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The Big Bow Mystery

Israel Zangwill

Book Overview: 

It’s a cold and foggy night in London. A man is horribly murdered in his bedroom, the door locked and bolted on the inside. Scotland Yard is stumped. Yet the seemingly unsolvable case has, as Inspector Grodman says, “one sublimely simple solution” that is revealed in a final chapter full of revelations and a shocking denouement. Detective fiction afficionados will be happy to learn that all the evidence to solve the case is provided.

Recommended for fans of John Grisham, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Scott Turow and David Baldacci.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The poor girl had been telegraphed for, and had started for England. The witness stated that the outburst of despondency in this letter was almost a solitary one, most of the letters in his possession being bright, buoyant and hopeful. Even this letter ended with a humorous statement of the writer's manifold plans and projects for the new year. The deceased was a good Churchman.

Coroner: Was there any private trouble in his own life to account for the temporary despondency?

Witness: Not so far as I am aware. His financial position was exceptionally favorable.

Coroner: There had been no quarrel with Miss Brent?

Witness: I have the best authority for saying that no shadow of difference had ever come between them.

Coroner: Was the deceased left-handed?

Witness: Certainly not. He was not even ambidextrous.

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Community Reviews

Published initially as a newspaper serial in 1891, The Big Bow Mystery is generally regarded as the first locked-room mystery novel. (It's retitled in some editions The Perfect Crime to match the title of the 1928 movie based on the book, the first screen adaptation of three.)

No one can believe it w

Muy curioso, un misterio clásico de tipo “cuarto cerrado”, al más puro estilo Edgar Allan Poe y Gaston Leroux (hay una alusión directa a “Los crímenes de la calle Morgue” en el texto), con sus incógnitas “irresolubles” y la, en principio, imposibilidad de hallar al culpable del crimen.
Con un ambien

The GR description says this was the first locked-room mystery, but it was not. The novel even refers to Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue. But in Poe's and most later mysteries, we are with the detective while s/he performs an investigation. This novel is decidedly different. There is none of tha

I saw this book and, being the so-called first locked room mystery, I just had to purchase it, especially as I have a signed postcard of Israel Zangwill on my wall, not that that matters much I suppose but I thought it would be good to read something by him. I am pleased that I did so but it was not

Como cualquier buena novela que trate el problema del cuarto cerrado (véase ’Los crímenes de la calle Morgue’, de Edgar Allan Poe, o ’El misterio del cuarto amarillo’, de Gaston Leroux), ‘El gran misterio de Bow’ (The Big Bow Mystery, 1892), del londinense Israel Zangwill, comienza con un asesinato

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