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27th May '17 11:10:03 AM nombretomado
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* [[TheMillenniumTrilogy Stieg Larsson's]] ''Men Who Hate Women''/''The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'', is about a journalist investigating a forty year old murder which is a Locked Room Mystery on an island.

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* [[TheMillenniumTrilogy [[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy Stieg Larsson's]] ''Men Who Hate Women''/''The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'', is about a journalist investigating a forty year old murder which is a Locked Room Mystery on an island.
26th May '17 7:23:40 PM LadyNorbert
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** Unfortunately, it's programmed so badly that [[spoiler: they never notice that you're the murder even if you do it in front of them.]]
** Another side-quest, ''A Brush With Death'', is a textbook example; painter locks himself inside the study. His wife uses the only extra key to check up on him after he doesn't emerge for several days to find he is gone. [[spoiler:[[PortalPicture Turns out, he was still in the room]]]].

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** Unfortunately, it's programmed so badly that [[spoiler: they never notice that you're the murder murderer even if you do it in front of them.]]
** Another side-quest, ''A side quest, "A Brush With Death'', Death," is a textbook example; painter locks himself inside the study. His wife uses the only extra key to check up on him after he doesn't emerge for several days to find he is gone. [[spoiler:[[PortalPicture Turns out, he was he's still in the room]]]].room]].]]
26th May '17 7:22:01 PM LadyNorbert
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the player can find and read all of the chapters of Varric's in-game hit novel ''Hard in Hightown,'' which includes one of these as part of its mystery. Meanwhile, on the war table, a string of operations reveals that someone with a grudge against Varric is re-creating some of the murders in the story, ''including that one'', and the Inquisitor's advisers must use their resources to figure out who it is. [[spoiler:Although the guilty party is unmasked at the end of the quest chain, exactly how the locked room murder was done is never revealed.]]



** "Turnaboout Big Top" involves a man found dead in the middle of a snow-covered courtyard with only one set of footprints leading to the body... and an eyewitness who saw the killer leave the murder scene by ''flying over the rooftops''.

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** "Turnaboout "Turnabout Big Top" involves a man found dead in the middle of a snow-covered courtyard with only one set of footprints leading to the body... and an eyewitness who saw the killer leave the murder scene by ''flying over the rooftops''.
16th May '17 9:26:49 PM Halter7W
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* Most of French mystery author Paul Halter's works fall into this category. For example in ''The Fourth Door'' a man enters a supposedly haunted attic room. The door is sealed from the outside with a ribbon and wax, and the wax is imprinted with a rare coin chosen at random. When the cast enter the room later, still sealed from the outside, they discover a different man lying stabbed to death.
14th May '17 4:31:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[TraumaCenter Trauma Team's]]'' Forensics mode features a stage with this trope's exact name.

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* ''[[TraumaCenter Trauma Team's]]'' ''VideoGame/TraumaTeam'''s Forensics mode features a stage with this trope's exact name.
23rd Apr '17 7:47:40 AM Gosicrystal
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** In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' there's a case where the killer has to have escaped from the room in the few seconds after Apollo and Ema heard the gunshots.

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** In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' there's a case where the killer has to have escaped from the room in the few seconds after Apollo and Ema heard the gunshots. Turns out [[spoiler:the murder occured ''much'' earlier than when the gunshots were heard, which were actually firecrackers being ignited when Apollo and Ema were in front of the room]].


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** The second half of the fifth case of ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'' has the victim and the defendant found together inside a tomb. Of course, [[GoodLawyersGoodClients Apollo thinks the defendant is innocent]], so the question is: who killed the victim and how did they come in and get out without the guards outside noticing? [[spoiler:Simple: the murder occured one hour earlier than initially thought, when there were no guards watching the tomb.]]
23rd Apr '17 7:31:24 AM Gosicrystal
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* In the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' manga, Turnabout Showtime is referred to as "the world's smallest locked-room murder", when Flip Chambers is somehow fatally stabbed inside his Sparklestar costume, which cannot hold anything in its hands and is impossible to open by the wearer (although it comes to light that there are workarounds for that, such as catching the zipper on a piece if wire, or wearing the costume backwards).

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* In the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' manga, Turnabout Showtime "Turnabout Showtime" is referred to as "the world's smallest locked-room murder", when Flip Chambers is somehow fatally stabbed inside his Sparklestar costume, which cannot hold anything in its hands and is impossible to open by the wearer (although it comes to light that there are workarounds for that, such as catching the zipper on a piece if wire, or wearing the costume backwards).



** The second game has a case where your assistant is locked in an empty room with the victim, a gunshot is heard, and the door is opened to reveal her standing over the corpse with a smoking gun in her hand. Naturally, [[CourtroomAntic it now falls on you to prove her innocent in court]].
** Another case involves a man found dead in the middle of a snow-covered courtyard with only one set of footprints leading to the body... and an eyewitness who saw the killer leave the murder scene by ''flying over the rooftops''.
** And in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' we get [[spoiler: a double murder]] that comes this way.

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** The second game has a case where In "Reunion, and Turnabout", your assistant is locked in an empty room with the victim, a gunshot is heard, and the door is opened to reveal her standing over the corpse with a smoking gun in her hand. Naturally, [[CourtroomAntic it now falls on you to prove her innocent in court]].
** Another case "Turnaboout Big Top" involves a man found dead in the middle of a snow-covered courtyard with only one set of footprints leading to the body... and an eyewitness who saw the killer leave the murder scene by ''flying over the rooftops''.
** And Doesn't look like this at first, but the fourth case in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' we get [[spoiler: a double murder]] turns into this when [[spoiler:you deduce that comes this way.a third person killed two men, armed them with a gun and a knife, and locked the room to make it seem like it was a mutual murder]].



** "Bridge to the Turnabout" as well, due to the crime scene being seemingly cut off from everyone else by a now BrokenBridge.

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** "Bridge to the Turnabout" as well, Turnabout", due to the crime scene being seemingly cut off from everyone else by a now BrokenBridge.bridge that burned down shortly after the deed. [[spoiler:Even the murderer got trapped in the crime scene and then made it seem like he just arrived when the bridge was repaired and the police came, but you don't figure this out until late in the case.]]
17th Apr '17 7:51:47 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 (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. He says Flora was a "wicked woman". Twenty-some years ago, she had an affair. The man was sentenced to 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 that immediately gives Elisa the creeps. There's a portrait of Flora. On the otherwise plain wall behind the desk is a smaller picture of a man hanging from the gallows. There is a tattered silk ball gown draped over a 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 caught in the panel behind the desk. 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 the grave of his first wife Flora's grave, frightening her. He says Flora was Flora, a "wicked woman". Twenty-some years ago, she woman" who'd had an affair. affair 20 years ago. The man was sentenced to hang, and hang; Flora took ill and died some weeks later. Orford then shows Elisa and her cousin off his "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_(room) cabinet]]", a small study that immediately gives Elisa the creeps. There's a creeps with its portrait of Flora. On Flora, and a picture of a hanged man on the otherwise plain wall behind the desk is a smaller picture of a man hanging from the gallows. There is a desk. A tattered silk ball gown is draped over a chair [[note]]To "scour" silk is to clean it with detergent.detergent, usually a pre-treatment for dyeing. 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 "[[HoldingBothSidesOfTheConversation imitate her voice, answering".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 caught in the panel behind the desk. It is a secret door. Three guesses what was in there and the first two don't count.
17th Mar '17 4:55:27 PM Lemia
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* ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' uses a "stranded on the island" variant of this trope: the ten people invited to the island were all trapped there by a storm and [[TenLittleMurderVictims killed off one by one]]. The police can't figure out who the killer could have been because there's irrefutable evidence that none of the last four surviving victims could have been the killer. The solution turns out to be that [[spoiler:the killer faked their own death and later committed suicide in a way that would match up with the other people's written accounts of when they died]].
7th Mar '17 10:48:36 AM AG1995
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* ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'': Two cases in the same Chapter:
** One victim is found with a stab wound through their neck, inside a room that was bolted from the inside. [[spoiler:The killer stabbed the sword they'd used to kill her into a hanging sculpture of Akamatsu, then twisted the rope on the statue so that it would spin on release, the sword's hilt pushing the bolt shut ]].
** The other is somehow stabbed in the neck [[spoiler:while crouching inside a cage, with a sheet and an 8kg statue on top]], with several other people present. [[spoiler:The killer rigged the floorboard the victim was crouching on to act as a see-saw, so she could be propelled upwards into the blade, which had been planted inside the cage]].

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* ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'': Two cases in the same Chapter:
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** One victim is found with a stab wound through their neck, inside a room that was bolted from the inside. [[spoiler:The killer stabbed the sword they'd used to kill her into a hanging sculpture of Akamatsu, then twisted the rope on the statue so that it would spin on release, the sword's hilt pushing the bolt shut ]].
** The other is somehow stabbed in the neck [[spoiler:while crouching inside a cage, with a sheet and an 8kg statue on top]], with several other people present. [[spoiler:The killer rigged the floorboard the victim was crouching on to act as a see-saw, so she could be propelled upwards into the blade, which had been planted inside the cage]].
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