Picks and Pans Review: The Clue Armchair Detective

updated 12/05/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/05/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Lawrence Treat and George Hardie

Here are 26 brief mysteries with titles such as "The Vandals," "Witchcraft" and "Femme Fatale." Constable Dimwiddie does the investigations, and the clues are concealed within carefully detailed drawings. In "The Powder Room," four women sit on chairs and a maid holds a hairbrush. Felicia de Mendacia-Soar, her face blue, has been found dead. If readers can answer nine questions (such as, "Could she have been tricked into taking poison?"), they can solve the mystery. The logic in every case is that of the old-fashioned murder yarn. The book could provide an enjoyable family game for a chilly winter's evening. (Ballantine, $6.95)

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