Rim of the Pit Author:Hake Talbot A snowbound group of people in the north woods must deal with a supernatural killer unleashed by a seance they hold. Locked rooms and impossible murders seem to be explainable only by believing that the dead can come back to take revenge on the living. Footprints that begin and end in the middle of unbroken snowfields, the appearance of a Wendig... more »o that can swoop down on its victims, someone killed by someone possessed by a dead man -- these are some of the puzzles adventurer Rogan Kinkaid is faced with in this classic whodunit/howwasitdun.« less
A masterpiece of the locked-room / impossible murder genre, this golden age murder mystery, written in 1944, is great fun.
It has all the elements required for a golden age mystery -- a secluded location at which all the suspects are stranded for the duration. A dashing hero who turns detective. A plucky heroine. And an assorted number of house guests, many of whom have a motive for the crime. Then it throws in some clever puzzles, including the footprints that begin and end in an unbroken expanse of snow, a locked room, a flying murderer and the disappearance from a watched room of one of the suspects.
Atmospheric yet still retaining a fun, light, "figure-this-out-if-you-can" attitude; it all makes this a perfect book for mystery lovers and those who enjoy a touch of the supernatural in the mix.