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Almost Perfect Crimes: Mini-Mysteries For You To Solve Paperback – June 30, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (June 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806938072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806938073
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HY CONRAD
Best known for his work in mysteries, Hy was one of the original writers for the groundbreaking series, Monk, working on the show for all eight seasons, the final two as Co-Executive Producer. In a related project, Hy was Executive Producer and head writer of Little Monk, a series of short films featuring Adrian Monk as a ten-year-old. His latest TV work was as writer and Consulting Producer for White Collar.

Hy is also the author of hundreds of short stories and ten books of short whodunits, which have been sold around the world in fourteen languages. His first book in the successful "Monk" series ("Mr. Monk Helps Himself") was published in June 2013 and his second ("Mr. Monk Gets On Board") will be published in January 2014.

Hy's first humor book, "Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know," also debuted in 2012.

He lives in Key West with his partner and two miniature schnauzers. (www.hyconrad.com)


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By drebbles VINE VOICE on February 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Almost Perfect Crimes" by Hy Conrad is a book of challenging mini-mysteries. It has a unique format for solving the mysteries. The first part of the book is the mini-mysteries themselves, which are usually two pages long. There are questions at the end of the puzzle that the reader is supposed to answer after solving the puzzle. Conrad also tells you how many clues are needed to solve the puzzle. The next section is the Evidence Section, which has clues to help solve the case. Each puzzle will have clues in some, but not all of the Evidence Section. The Evidence Section itself is divided into several parts: Affidavit file; Autopsy Reports; Crime Scene Reports; Lab and Hospital Reports; Miscellaneous Examinations; Miscellaneous Searches; Research; and Wills and Insurance. After the Evidence Section is an "Analysis of Evidence" Section that helps sort out the evidence and gives even more clues. Finally, there is the Solution Section, which answers the questions asked in the puzzles and gives very detailed explanations as to how the crime was committed.

"Almost Perfect Crimes" is one of the best book of mini-mysteries that I've read. The puzzles range from easy ("The Bearded Lady", "The Flighty Freshman" and "Accidents will Happen" to the clever but difficult ("Checking Out", "Swallowing the Gun" and "The Show Girl Murders"). The Clue Section is well done, with the clues to each puzzle nicely scattered. What I liked best about the Clue Section is that it's in alphabetical order by puzzle title. The same is true in the Explanation of Evidence section and Solution section and it's perfect because it's impossible to accidentally see the answer to the next puzzle.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 1996
Format: Paperback
For only a few dollars, you can challenge yourself and your friends
in solving 15 fiendishly clever whodunits. Great for parties.

Note that some of the stories in this book have also
appeared in a slightly altered form at "The Case" website.
Buyer beware!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
This collection of mini-mysteries is just superb! They are by no means easy, but are great fun nonetheless. The way the evidence is organized into autopsies, CSI reports etc. makes the reader feel like a real detective. Very good, though kinda short.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Bolt on August 1, 2008
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I got this because I purchased another of Hy Conrad's books, Whodunit - You Decide!: Mini-Mysteries For You To Solve, and it was the best part of the trip. If you don't already have that one, get it before you get this one. This one is good too, but not quite as good. Some of the mysteries are a little improbable (one in particular involving a crystal wind chime used as a lens for the suns rays to ignite something inside a victims apartment) although so far most of them are good (my girlfriend and I haven't quite finished it yet). My biggest complaint is that the way the book is laid out is very inconvenient. Each mystery has various kinds of evidence as well as an "analysis of evidence". Instead of presenting the evidence in a separate section right after each mystery (which is what the other book did), the evidence is organized by type (e.g. autopsy, witness affidavits, research) in the back of the book. And within each section, the evidence for each mystery is organized alphabetically rather than in the order that the mysteries are presented in. So you have to go flipping all over the book to gather all the evidence. It's a pain. That said, it wouldn't stop me from buying it again!
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