Im looking for a book I read when I was younger, it was a collection of short (2 or 3 page) mysteries, and at the end there would be a question involving the…

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21.3.2007

Hi, Im looking for a book I read when I was younger, it was a collection of short (2 or 3 page) mysteries, and at the end there would be a question involving the story and the reader would have to use the information given to solve the mystery.
At the end of the story, the answer was given, I believe the answer was printed upside down.

For example:
In the ending of one story I remember, a man (lets call him Bob) drives up to another man's house (call him Mike). Mikeis standing outside and his child is sitting happily on the hood of his car.

For whatever reason, the story calls into question Mike's whereabouts during the last few hours, and he tells Mike that he just got back from a 3-4 hour drive from somewhere. The question at the end was something like "How did Bob know Mike was lying?" and the answer was because if Mike really had been driving that long his car would have been very hot and his child wouldnt have been happily playing on it.

Any information would be greatly appreciated!

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Answered
22.3.2007
Last updated
26.3.2007

There are a large number of books that play with the short mysteries genre sometimes called mini-mysteries, where the reader is asked to solve a mystery. Consequently, without any more detailed information about the specific book you are looking for it is fairly difficult to offer an exact answer. Here are a few possible candidates: "Two-minute Mysteries" by Donald Sobal; "You're the Detective!: Twenty-Four Solve-Them-Yourself Picture Mysteries" by Lawrence Treat; "You Be The Jury" by Marvin Miller; "Almost Perfect Crimes: Mini-Mysteries For You To Solve" by Hy Conrad.

One possible option would be to try online retail book sellers (Amazon.com or Barnes&Noble.com for example) and search for the availablity of the above titles. These retailers also show other similar books that customers have purchased, which may lead to the book for which you are looking.
There are also quality online sites that provide similar such stories that are worth examining such as the following: http://www.isd77.k12.mn.us/schools/dakota/mystery/contents.html

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