Five-minute Mysteries 5: 40 Additional Cases of Murder and Mayhem for You to Solve [NOOK Book]

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When you have a few minutes to kill.

Armchairs sleuths can test their powers of deduction with 40 of the best quick-read whodunits in this fifth volume of the popular Five-minute Mysteries series.

Here's the idea. Readers take about five minutes to read a short mystery. Next, they must solve the question posed at the end by putting themselves in the shoes of the detective to ...

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Five-minute Mysteries 5: 40 Additional Cases of Murder and Mayhem for You to Solve

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Overview

When you have a few minutes to kill.

Armchairs sleuths can test their powers of deduction with 40 of the best quick-read whodunits in this fifth volume of the popular Five-minute Mysteries series.

Here's the idea. Readers take about five minutes to read a short mystery. Next, they must solve the question posed at the end by putting themselves in the shoes of the detective to examine the evidence and figure out who done it. All the clues they need are found somewhere in the story.

A sampling of the mysteries to solve:

  • A murderer describes in detail the Perfect Crime. But the plan is flawed... how?
  • An English arrow kills a French soldier during the Hundred Years' War. Which clues point to a cold-blooded murder?
  • What clues did the rookie cop see that went unobserved by the veteran sheriff?
  • What exactly told investigators that the forged painting wasn't picture perfect?

Cases are rated easy, moderate and challenging. Some mysteries will unravel faster than a dime-store sweater while others will take longer to solve. Solutions for all, however, are revealed at the back of the book.

Five-minute Mysteries 5 is a treat for both puzzle aficionados and mystery fans, and a rare opportunity to step into the shoes of law enforcement professionals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770850675
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/22/2013
  • Series: Five Minute Mysteries
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: eBook
  • Pages: 189
  • Sales rank: 742,586
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Table of Contents

  1. Memorandum

    Unsolved Cases

  2. Alone on the Beach
  3. Border Alert
  4. Homicide at 24 North Bleaker Street
  5. In Pursuit of Deserters
  6. Count to Five, Press the Button and Get Out!
  7. The Case of the Open Safe
  8. Getting to the Front Door
  9. Leave No Trace
  10. A Great Future in Art Forgery
  11. A Rush Order
  12. Undercover with the Black Lasers
  13. Deadly Treasure Hunt
  14. Too Much Medication?
  15. Detective Aylmer's Report
  16. An Impulse Rewarded
  17. A Second Opinion on the Case
  18. Corinne Beardsley's Deadly Mistake
  19. After Hours at the Bank
  20. Analyzing a DJ
  21. The Anthrax Plot
  22. Assessing the Risk
  23. The Unlamented Demise of Tony "the Heaver" Pellino
  24. A Perfect Crime?
  25. Mr. Mayo's Wakeup Test
  26. Mr. Mayo's Wakeup Test: A Sequel
  27. Leo's Interim Report
  28. An Enemy Within?
  29. En Route to the Scene
  30. A Discussion at Clancy, Goldberg & Associates
  31. An Alternative Career
  32. The New Recruit
  33. The Secret Service at Work
  34. The Next Step
  35. The Whitsun Islands Sting
  36. One Bad Apple?
  37. Why Pvt. Raymond Failed
  38. On a Grassy Knoll
  39. Keeping an Eye on the Docks
  40. To Praise a Rookie
    Cop
  41. One Small Favor Before the Wedding
  42. Solutions

Ken Weber is professor emeritus of the University of Toronto and the best-selling author of more than 40 educational and general interest books, including the Five-minute Mysteries series.

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Preface

Memorandum

To: ALL MYSTERY BUFFS From: the author

Mystery buffs know there are only two kinds of people in the world: those who love mysteries and, well, that other kind. A tiny majority, the latter are, and that's a good thing because they are missing something unique. For only in mysteries can a reader get a charge out of winning or losing.

It works like this. Nothing gives mystery buffs more satisfaction than getting ahead in a story and beating the writer to the punch. They get a special charge out of combining logic, analysis, intuition and insight so that before they turn the last page, they already have the problem solved. Yet -- and this is what sets mystery lovers apart -- nothing thrills them more than when the mystery defeats them, when they turn the last page and find a surprise waiting, something they'd missed.

In this, the fifth installment of the series,
mystery lovers get no less than forty shots at the fun of winning or losing, in a set of wildly different stories. Every mystery in the book is set up for the reader to solve. At the end of each mystery there is a question: Who did ...? or What did ...? or It seems the thief made a mistake. How could ..? Like that.

There's great variety. The settings range from city to country, from a bank to a beach, and from France to Australia. You'll encounter detectives, thieves and murderers, a sub-lieutenant searching for deserters during the Napoleonic Wars, an undercover KGB agent and a centurion in the Roman Empire.

There's also variety in the level of challenge. As you turn the pages of Five-minute Mysteries 5 you'll notice one, two or three symbols -- a gun -- at the beginning of each story. The number of guns suggests how easy or difficult the mystery is, one being easy, two being a little harder, and three, difficult. (Or, perhaps more accurately, how easy or difficult each one seems to me.) But don't let the ratings stop you from enjoying all the mysteries! One that I rate "difficult" might be an open-and-shut case for you, while you might be utterly stumped by one I've rated "easy." Try them all.

Finally, all the solutions are at the back of the book, so you can prove you're a winner or, once in a while, get a kick out of losing. Either way, enjoy.

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