I adore them! The puzzles challenge me to figure out how a crime was committed in a seemingly impossible situation (I'm writing a locked room mystery at the moment about a group of magic users trapped in a haunted inn with a killer on the loose!)
Locked room mysteries typically take place in a confined space where the suspects are limited, and the reader must use their wits to solve the crime before the detective does - in my case, it's a talking magical cat - she's an excellent snooper.
Some of the settings for locked room mysteries include:
The mysteries often involve elaborate setups, such as sealed windows and doors, inaccessible rooms, or impossible timeframes, that make the reader feel like they're solving a complex puzzle.
They offer a satisfying sense of accomplishment when the solution is revealed and the killer unmasked, making them engaging and entertaining for many mystery enthusiasts.
Some of my favorite locked room mysteries include:
Murder on the Orient Express - trapped on a train
The Mousetrap (I recently saw the play) - trapped in a house in a snowstorm
Proof of Murder - locked in a library
Every Witch Way but Omens (my book) - trapped by magic in a haunted inn
Do you have a favorite locked room mystery?
K.E. O’Connor is the author of so many books she can't remember them all. Noteworthy mentions include:
Every Witch Way series (a talking familiar as the lead character, anyone?)
Witch Haven mystery series (14 books of fabulous witchy mayhem)
Crypt Witch cozy mysteries (17 books of murder, a talking hellhound, and a big old demon issue)
Lorna Shadow ghost mysteries (13 books of ghostly mystery)
Holly Holmes baking mysteries (9 books of delicious cake, murder, and stunning British jollies)
Zee Town paranormal cozy series (5 quirky, fun books with murder and friendly zombies in Cornwall)
Along with other titles available if you cast the right spell.
She can imagine dragons, taste cookies when they aren’t even there, and hear the crack of a witch’s broom at a hundred paces.
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