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60 Second Brain Teasers: Crime Puzzles
by M. Diane Vogt
Fair Winds Press, $12.99, 128pp
Published: September 2020

Short Forensic Mysteries to Challenge Your Inner Amateur Detective

60 Second Brain Teasers Crime Puzzles is a fun book. It reminded me of the 60-second mysteries I read as a kid. In fact, that is what first drew my attention to the book. It instilled a bit of childhood nostalgia, as well as testing my puzzle solving skills as an adult.

I enjoy a chance to flex the little grey cells now and then with an interesting mental challenge. These short scenarios lay out a case, and then pose a question at the end for you to figure out.

There are 65 crime stories to work through. Some of them will test your knowledge of DNA analysis or suspect identification; others will test your forensic pathology and toxicology. With some, it's just a matter of paying attention and using common sense to figure them out.

This type of book is doubly fun because you can read the stories to a friend and have them then try to figure out the answer, or you can work on them together and see who comes up with the right answer first.

Some of the puzzles were very easy while others were a bit tricky but, overall, if you have a love of a good mind challenge and have a bit of crime scene knowledge, then you can solve most all the cases and enjoy the time spent doing so.

The only issue I can say annoyed me slightly ties to the fact that I was reading this as an e-book on my phone. I had to scroll side to side to see the case layouts, then had to scroll all the way to the end of the book, and again side to side, to get the answers to the cases. I ended up coming up with my answers for several cases before going to check to see if I had them right. I didn't want to do the whole book this way, though, so that I would not forget case details when I looking over the answers. This is a book I'd prefer to have in paperback form. ~~ Dee Astell

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