Continuing our examination of the 15 best impossible crime novels of all time as compèred by Edward D. Hoch in 1981, here is the second of three episodes looking at the titles in question from Dan and myself in our occasional podcast The Men Who Explain Miracles.
In addition to discussing books 6 through 10 on the list — no spoilers, we promise — we also take a look at the situation in mystery fandom at the time (pre-internet, would you believe) that in part contributed to this list coming about in the first place.
The books discussed this week are:
The Ten Teacups, a.k.a. The Peacock Feather Murders (1937) by Carter Dickson Nine Times Nine (1940) by Anthony Boucher The Chinese Orange Mystery (1934) by Ellery Queen Death from a Top Hat (1938) by Clayton Rawson The Big Bow Mystery (1892) by Israel Zangwill
The three episodes we recorded prior to this run can currently be found here on SoundCloud, and I will — I will, I will, I will — get them uploaded on a proper page all of their own here at some point….