A room decorated with a simple table, covered in a tablecloth patterned with a peacock feather motif, with ten teacups arranged on them. A room with the door being watched by a policeman. A room where a man enters in response to a mysterious invitation. A room that now houses a dead body – the man has been shot in the back of the head from very close range. The gun lies on the ground, the gun shots were heard… but when the door is opened, immediately after the shots were heard, the murderer has vanished without trace.
Thus begins The Ten Teacups, the tenth best ever locked room mystery of all time, as voted for by a number of mystery writers. But people with long memories will remember that I’ve reviewed this before. So what’s the point of this post? Read on…
The list goes:
- The Hollow Man
- Rim Of The Pit
- The Mystery Of The Yellow Room
- The Crooked Hinge
- The Judas Window
- The Big Bow Mystery
- Death From A Top Hat
- Nine Times Nine
- The Ten Teacups
If you must know book eight, it’s by Ellery Queen, but knowing that it’s considered a locked room mystery is a massive spoiler. If you’re desperate to know, then click here.
Anyway, my general opinion is that there are some very dodgy choices on this list and The Ten Teacups, in my opinion, is the dodgiest. Not that it’s not a decent read, but there are so many problems with the plot that I can’t discuss without going into spoilers. So that’s what I’ve done – pop over to The Invisible Event, where JJ and I pick the plot to bits, spoilers and all. Seriously, we spoil everything – murderer, method, the works. Enjoy…