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Montague Island Mysteries and Other Logic Puzzles (Volume 1) Paperback – November 1, 2016
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- Publisher : Puzzlewright; Csm Spi edition (November 1, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 145491811X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1454918110
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 9 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are 40 total puzzles. Quite a few puzzles involve plugging solutions into a grid, and 16 are grid based logic puzzles along the lines of Baron's logic puzzles. Many of these grid based logic puzzles are challenging -- most clues negate possibilities, rather than outright tell you associations, and many require you to take into account another element that is not accounted for on the grid (for instance, you have to consult floor plans to determine which floors people are staying on, keep track of who is right or left handed, when people were traveling, etc.)
Almost all puzzles center upon a group of puzzle-loving people who are staying together on an island. There is some text connecting various puzzles and parts of the book, but with one exception, the puzzles (including the last one) have no direct connection to the other puzzles (for instance, the identity of the murderer in a given puzzle is insignificant to solving the subsequent puzzles, and you are never asked to consult past solutions when solving puzzles).
All in all, this puzzle book is well worth the money, and provided hours of challenging entertainment.
By Sam25 on March 27, 2018
This reminds me of the Professor Layton games in book form. If you don't know, Professor Layton games are also stories with embedded first-class puzzles (although not just logic puzzles). Good for your brain, and a lot of fun!
Highly recommended for all logic puzzle fans!
It can be slightly challenging to understand the set-up of a few of the puzzles because of the complexity of the assumptions, but I was able to figure out what I was supposed to do after re-reading the directions several times. There was only one puzzle that I couldn't start, and less than a handful that I couldn't complete on the first attempt. The puzzles overall are set up quite nicely and all have a unique solution that can be found through trial and error if need be. The only exception to this (that I found) is the puzzle called “The Puzzle Game” which has one error given in the last clue. The clue says that “there were two puzzles that Jessica and Karen both attempted but failed to solve.” The clue should say three instead of two.
As a side note, this book is very well made. The paper is heavy, the graphics are well done, the spiral binding is convenient, the font is large and easy to read, and the solutions in the back are comprehensive and easy to understand. Overall, this a quality book and I recommend it to those people who find joy in working out their brain with logic puzzles. In my opinion, this book is undervalued and should certainly be selling at a much higher price than what it is currently being sold for (just $7.16!)
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My wife loves the logic problems found in regular newsstand puzzle magazines and, while there are elements of this book that are exactly like that, this book goes much further and in doing so manages to present an overall impression of joyless tedium (just my view of course).
The story hasn't done anything to lift the experience so far (we are well over half way through) and it has become similar to doing the ironing or the washing-up; i.e. something that we feel we have to do but get very little satisfaction from.
It will probably appeal to more "hardcore" logic puzzlers, but I am starting to struggle to care whether or not we get a puzzle right, which is not a good feeling.
If the solution to one puzzle mattered for the next or subsequent puzzles then there might be more motivation to work at it.
Disappointing, especially when compared to our experiences with the other two books we got.