Medea Thorne (Murder Most Puzzling)

Created by Stephanie Von Reiswitz

Is it a game? Is it a book?

It’s two, two, two things at once!

Murder Most Puzzling: Twenty Mysterious Cases to Solve, written and illustrated by Stephanie Von Reiswitz, is a clever and handsomely illustrated collection of puzzles in book form–a variation of sorts on those five-minute mystery books many of us had as kids, this one is definitely for adults.

The premise is that you’ve answered a classified ad in The Gazette, and have applied for a job as assistant to MEDEA THORNE, an eccentric and absent-minded private eye with quite a high opinion of herself.

Meanwhile, the book itself is a chronicle of twenty of the first cases that you solved together. Except she forgot to include the solutions, and it’s once again up to you to do the leg work, using logic, math and all the deductive skills you can muster to solve the riddles, analyze the evidence and crack the case.

A big part of the charm here are the numerous, Edward Gorey-style illustrations throughout the book, imbuing a sense of playfulness and wit that sets this one above so many of its po-faced rivals.

Ideal for couples.



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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