5 Minute Mysteries

5minmyst_My daughter Candice and her husband Mark gave me this book a year ago for Christmas. It has been an enormous amount of fun and I thought I would recommend it to you. There is a whole series of these books and here is how they work.

My little book has 34 different mysteries/stories. Each one is three to seven pages long and tells a story and then asks a question. If I have been paying attention to the details and I use some basic common sense, I can figure it out. If I’m totally stumped there is a section in the back that discusses the solution.

It’s a fun mental exercise that takes, well, five minutes or so. I’ve tried to do one about once a week to spread out the fun. If you want to know if this book is right for you, here are some questions from the back page:

Do you have an eye for detail? A knack for knowing when people are lying to you? Those skills and other keen powers of observation will come in handy as you match wits with the scheming suspects in these 34 mini-mysteries.

If you are an armchair crime scene investigator, you might want to give it a try. 5 Minute Mysteries by Ken Weber, Running Press, 1993.

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8 Responses to 5 Minute Mysteries

  1. Kathy says:

    That sounds like a great book to keep in the car for those times you have an unexpected wait.

  2. Book Psmith says:

    This book sounds like a lot of fun. I am going to put it on my list (even though I am always missing the details in the mysteries I have been reading:)

  3. Crystal says:

    This sounds like fun – I use to love doing different types of puzzles and I love reading mysteries so this should be right up my alley. Thanks for posting about it.

  4. Beth F says:

    This sounds fun — Like Kathy said, something for the car when camping, we could all play along.

  5. J and I used to read these on long car trips (that is, the passenger would read aloud), then try to figure them out. A fun, collaborative way to pass miles.

  6. Mo says:

    What a great concept; this does sound like fun…I’ll have to look for this one.
    Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, and Happy Reading to ya!

  7. Cerrin says:

    I love these little mysteries…I remember in grade school out teacher would read something like them and we would try to figure the mystery out. It was a great lesson in listening.

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