Five Minute Mysteries
Not the official series title
3 Books

Stan Smith

1997-2003

A collection of Minute Mysteries, with small accompanying illustrations.

Five Minute Mysteries

While '5 Minute Mysteries' is not the actual series title, each book by author Stan Smith here follows Detective Thomas P. Stanwick and his companions through a series of Minute Mysteries (each purporting to be a '5 Minute' puzzles).

These are the same format we're all used to, with some charming illustrations to support the stories (though not for clues, just to give life to the stories.

Stan Smith was amongst a few other mystery writers (some perhaps aliases of others...?) who contributed to several Omnibus and 'pocket edition' compilations of Minute Mysteries. These are Stan Smith's only solo puzzle series.

Books in this series
1
Five Minute Whodunnits
Stan Smith
Lucy Corvino (Illustrator)
1997

Accompany Thomas Stanwick as he hears about a crime, arrives on the scene, interviews the authorities and witnesses, examines the body, surveys the surroundings, and announces which suspect to arrest. All under 5 minutes.

You'll be right there with him for dozens of different crime scenes, and if it takes you less than five minutes to bust the case open, consider yourself

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3.91
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★★★★★
96 pages
ISBN 9780806994024
2
Five Minute Crimebusters
Stan Smith
Kathleen O'Malley (Illustrator)
1999

Detective Stanwick is back! And you are about to be challenged by 30 exciting mysteries. Each one takes only about five minutes to read. Every puzzle combines features of the traditional whodunit (physical clues, red herrings, means, motive, opportunity, time sequences) with logic puzzles (true-false statements, matching suspects with occupations, even a little math).

Are you up to a little sleuthing and deductive reasoning?

· The Case of the Suspicious Fire: Did the owner try to burn down his own store? Or was he really home asleep?

· The Megaplast Mystery: Someone's threatening the life of The Megaplast Corporation's vice president. Can you find the culprit? You'll get some confusing facts, but if you use your smarts, you'll arrive at the answer. And many more!

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3.68
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96 pages
ISBN 9780806918273
3
Five Minute MiniMysteries
Stan Smith
Kathleen O'Malley (Illustrator)
2003

Murders most foul, criminal capers, and miscellaneous mysteries: welcome to the world of wily logician Thomas P. Stanwick.Join him as he fingers the guilty parties in homicides, robberies, frauds, and espionage and helps his neighbours with less felonious puzzlers. Take a careful look at the facts, the timing, and the suspects and try to get to the bottom of these whodunits as quickly as Stanwick!

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3.54
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96 pages
ISBN 9781402700316