[LMB] OT: Puzzles

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 12 06:48:18 GMT 2022


Yes, that's him. I think I read all of his Lord Darcy books. Excellent
writer.

On Tue, Jan 11, 2022, 9:01 AM Jason Long <sturmvogel66 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Sounds like Randall Garret's Lord Darcy series. Clever locked-room
> mysteries that used generally used science(!) to explain the crimes in a
> world of magic. All the magical elements were explained to the reader so
> they could figure out the mystery for themselves.
>
> On Tue, Jan 11, 2022 at 1:45 AM Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > There were a series of mysteries that took place in a fantasy universe.
> The
> > writer discussed how he had to create a set of rules. One story had a
> > victim being propelled out of a second story window by a ball of light.
> And
> > yet, No evidence of magic being used in his murder.
> >
> > On Mon, Jan 10, 2022, 1:36 PM Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
> > > > A requirement for all mysteries is for the reader to know the rules.
> > > > In F&SF, those include the rules of how that universe works.
> > >
> > > Or at least that's what is now considered appropriate for a "fair"
> > > mystery, one in which the reader has a chance to solve the puzzle along
> > > with the detective / protagonist.  I seem to recall Asimov describing
> > > that while writing about some of his own stories.  Most of the Sherlock
> > > Holmes stories are resolved with information that isn't given to
> > > the reader until Holmes explains things after the arrest, and I tend
> > > to think of them as adventures rather than mysteries on that basis.
> > > "I observed that the stone of the bridge had been chipped" and so on.
> > >
> > > Joel
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