Crime and Puzzlement
5 Books

Lawrence Treat

1981-1993

Another selection of puzzles from Treat in his familiar, and popular, format: simple text and clues hidden in imagery.

Crime and Puzzlement

Lawrence Treat, one of the authors who founded and populated 'police procedurals' as a format, built this series with his winning formula - double page puzzles, with riddles to solve with the aid of the imagery.

In these books readers are asked to solve not only the main puzzle but a series of questions about what transpired in each case, in 'yes' or 'no' questions.

Noir artwork

Illustrations are stunning, with great use of black and white linework to illustrate bold shadowing in a very classic noir style, and puzzles (as with all Treat's work) are interesting and often difficult and rewarding.

This is Treat's longest running puzzle series with 5 books, each containing 24 puzzles, with solutions at the back. They're very popular and well received, spanning two decades and ending late in Treat's life - the last in 1993, only 5 years before his death.

Books in this series
1
Crime And Puzzlement 1
Lawrence Treat
Leslie Cabarga (Illustrator)
1981

Full of hitmen, sneak-thieves and kidnappers, this book offers mysteries as challenging as any novel. The clues are all here, just waiting for the reader to piece together the solutions. Guided by questions, young sleuths can narrow down the evidence and find the culprit.

Goodreads
3.92
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
78 pages
ISBN 9780879234058
2
Crime And Puzzlement 2
Lawrence Treat
Paul Karasik (Illustrator)
1982

You are the detective! Alone in his locked room (or was he?), Torrick the truckdiver succumbed, but to what, and why? Arthur, on his way downstairs for another drink, slipped, or did he? Siegfried Jones was obviously knifed on his way to the operating room, but by whom?

Goodreads
4.03
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
78 pages
ISBN 9780879234409
3
Crime And Puzzlement 3
Lawrence Treat
Paul Karasik (Illustrator)
1988

Match your sleuthing skills against Julius Quackery, amateur detective extraordinaire, as he tries to find out: Who beaned poor Kippy Betcher, ex-jockey, and sent him on his final ride? Wealthy Robert Pickle has disappeared overboard -- suicide or murder? The police hold a photograph of the murderer on the way to his crime -- but who or what is in the picture?

Goodreads
4.29
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
78 pages
ISBN 9780879237370
4
Crime And Puzzlement 4
Lawrence Treat
Dean Bornstein (Illustrator)
1991

The originator of the infamous Crime and Punishment series presents a delightful collection of 24 cleverly-devised, solve-them-yourself mystery capers. Led this time by the author's mysteriously precocious cousin Phoebe, readers will be able to test their detective mettle while improving their powers of observation, creativity, and logic.

Goodreads
4.31
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
64 pages
ISBN 9780805015928
5
Crime And Puzzlement 5
Lawrence Treat
Paul Karasik (Illustrator)
1993

The fiendishly funny follow-up to the enormously successful volume My Cousin Phoebe. Basic abilities such as creativity, observation, and logic are all readers need to solve these 24 brand-new picture mysteries, most taking place on the near-mythical island of Martha's Vineyard.

Goodreads
4
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
82 pages
ISBN 9780805015935