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23rd Feb '17 12:22:19 PM Bissek
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* Commonplace in ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ''.

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* Commonplace in ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ''. The solution generally involves some manner of sealing the room from the inside in some way that can be performed while outside the room.
12th Feb '17 11:17:14 PM CaptEquinox
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* The award for all-time nastiness in a locked-room mystery has to go to Marjorie Bowen's "Scoured Silk". Mr. Orford is engaged to young Elisa and takes her to visit his first wife Flora's grave, frightening her. Twenty years ago, Flora had an affair, was discovered and subsequently died, while the man was sentenced to hang. Orford then shows Elisa and her cousin his "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_(room) cabinet]]", a small study with a portrait of Flora and a smaller picture of her paramour hanging from the gallows. There is a tattered silk ball gown draped over a chair. Elisa, terrified, calls off the wedding. The next morning, Orford is found in the locked cabinet with a steak knife in his back. Fascinated despite herself, Elisa returns with her cousin and investigates, discovering a portion of the silk dress now shut in what looks like a simple panel in the wall. It is a secret door. Three guesses what was in there and the first two don't count.

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* The award for all-time nastiness in a locked-room mystery has to go to Marjorie Bowen's "Scoured Silk". Mr. Orford (a nice man who [[LonersAreFreaks keeps to himself]]) is engaged to young Elisa and takes her to visit his first wife Flora's grave, frightening her. Twenty He says Flora was a "wicked woman". Twenty-some years ago, Flora she had an affair, was discovered and subsequently died, while the affair. The man was sentenced to hang.hang, and Flora took ill and died some weeks later. Orford then shows Elisa and her cousin his "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_(room) cabinet]]", a small study with that immediately gives Elisa the creeps. There's a portrait of Flora and Flora. On the otherwise plain wall behind the desk is a smaller picture of her paramour a man hanging from the gallows. There is a tattered silk ball gown draped over a chair.chair [[note]]To "scour" silk is to clean it with detergent. This dress has been "scoured, and turned, and mended, and patched a hundred times"[[/note]]. The housekeeper later confides that she's heard him talk to the portrait and then "imitate her voice, answering". Elisa, terrified, calls off the wedding. The next morning, Orford is found in the locked cabinet with a steak knife in his back. Fascinated despite herself, Elisa returns with her cousin and investigates, discovering a portion of the silk dress now shut in what looks like a simple panel caught in the wall.panel behind the desk. It is a secret door. Three guesses what was in there and the first two don't count.
12th Feb '17 10:58:20 PM CaptEquinox
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* The award for all-time nastiness in a locked-room mystery has to go to Marjorie Bowen's "Scoured Silk". Mr. Orford is engaged to young Elisa and takes her to visit his first wife Flora's grave, frightening her. It seems that Flora had an affair, was discovered and the man sentenced to death. He then shows her his "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_(room) cabinet]]", a small study with a portrait of Flora and a smaller picture of her paramour hanging from the gallows. There is a tattered silk ball gown draped over a chair. Elisa, terrified, calls off the wedding. The next morning, Orford is found in the locked cabinet with a steak knife in his back. Fascinated despite herself, Elisa returns and investigates, discovering a portion of the silk dress now shut in what looks like a simple panel in the wall. It is a secret door. Three guesses what was in there and the first two don't count.

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* The award for all-time nastiness in a locked-room mystery has to go to Marjorie Bowen's "Scoured Silk". Mr. Orford is engaged to young Elisa and takes her to visit his first wife Flora's grave, frightening her. It seems that Twenty years ago, Flora had an affair, was discovered and subsequently died, while the man was sentenced to death. He hang. Orford then shows Elisa and her cousin his "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_(room) cabinet]]", a small study with a portrait of Flora and a smaller picture of her paramour hanging from the gallows. There is a tattered silk ball gown draped over a chair. Elisa, terrified, calls off the wedding. The next morning, Orford is found in the locked cabinet with a steak knife in his back. Fascinated despite herself, Elisa returns with her cousin and investigates, discovering a portion of the silk dress now shut in what looks like a simple panel in the wall. It is a secret door. Three guesses what was in there and the first two don't count.
11th Feb '17 11:46:14 PM CaptEquinox
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* The award for all-time nastiness in a locked-room mystery has to go to Marjorie Bowen's "Scoured Silk". Mr. Orford is engaged to young Elisa and takes her to visit his first wife Flora's grave, frightening her. It seems that Flora had an affair, was discovered and the man sentenced to death. He then shows her his "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_(room) cabinet]]", a small study with a portrait of Flora and a smaller picture of her paramour hanging from the gallows. There is a tattered silk ball gown draped over a chair. Elisa, terrified, calls off the wedding. The next morning, Orford is found in the locked cabinet with a steak knife in his back. Fascinated despite herself, Elisa returns and investigates, discovering a portion of the silk dress now shut in what looks like a simple panel in the wall. It is a secret door. Three guesses what was in there and the first two don't count.
12th Jan '17 2:01:00 PM mullac
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* The {{Discworld}} novel, {{The Last Continent}}, has a minor plotline involving the folk hero "Tinhead Ned" who managed to mysteriously escape the prison. [[spoiler: Turns out, the jail door isn't affixed properly, allowing him, and later the main character Rincewind, to lift the door off its hinges and escape without detection]]
27th Dec '16 9:51:46 PM foxley
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* ''Series/TheCoroner'': In "Napoleon's Violin", the VictimOfTheWeek is stabbed to death inside a locked room.
6th Dec '16 5:19:13 PM StarSword
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* {{Parodied}} in a ''Webcomic/LeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'' [[http://superredundant.com/?comic=604-murder-mystery one-shot]]. The Literature/HerculePoirot {{expy}} says that all the characters had motive... and they promptly start pointing out that every one of them has a superpower that could have done it (teleportation, telekinesis, etc.).
-->'''Not-Poirot:''' ''(exasperated)'' Calm down, it was the chef, he poisoned the cake. Locked-room mysteries just aren't the same anymore...
3rd Nov '16 12:22:55 AM Statzkeen
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* To some extent, ''Film/IRobot'' fits this trope: Dr. Alfred J. Lanning's death looks like an open-and-shut suicide because the door to his room was locked. Spooner, of course, thinks otherwise. This is correct, incorrect, and a major BatmanGambit / ThanatosGambit on the part of the victim ''all at the same time.'' [[spoiler:The killer, Sonny, is a self-aware robot whom Planning ordered to kill him knowing that Spooner would likely catch the case, and that Spooner hated robots enough to keep digging until he uncovered the BigBad's plot. Sonny was still in the room, in standby mode, when the police arrived.]]

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* To some extent, ''Film/IRobot'' fits this trope: Dr. Alfred J. Lanning's death looks like an open-and-shut suicide because the door to his room was locked. Spooner, of course, thinks otherwise. This is correct, incorrect, and a major BatmanGambit / ThanatosGambit on the part of the victim ''all at the same time.'' [[spoiler:The killer, Sonny, is a self-aware robot whom Planning Lanning ordered to kill him knowing that Spooner would likely catch the case, and that Spooner hated robots enough to keep digging until he uncovered the BigBad's plot. Sonny was still in the room, in standby mode, when the police arrived.]]
16th Sep '16 1:30:53 AM PaulA
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* Creator/JohnDicksonCarr, the acknowledged master of this back in the golden age of crime fiction, provided all sorts of different ways to accomplish this. In his book ''The Hollow Man''/''The Three Coffins'', series lead Dr. Gideon Fell actually gives a lecture on the different ways a locked room mystery can be created. If the detective is Fell, Henry Merrivale, or Henri Benicolin, there is an excellent chance you've got a locked room or impossible crime on your hands.

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* Creator/JohnDicksonCarr, the acknowledged master of this back in the golden age of crime fiction, provided all sorts of different ways to accomplish this. In his book ''The Hollow Man''/''The Three Coffins'', series lead Dr. Gideon Fell Literature/DrGideonFell actually gives a lecture on the different ways a locked room mystery can be created. If the detective is Fell, Henry Merrivale, Literature/SirHenryMerrivale, or Henri Benicolin, there is an excellent chance you've got a locked room or impossible crime on your hands.
9th Sep '16 4:25:13 AM DaibhidC
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* ''The Mammoth Book of Locked Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes'', is a mix of classics of the genre and new stories adding modern twists, such "Murder in the Air" by Peter Tremayne (''Literature/SisterFidelma''), where a man is killed in an aeroplane toilet, and "Ice Elation" by Susanna Gregory, where a scientist disappears from a locked lab, in an Antarctic research station at the Pole of Inaccessibility.
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