Socko’s First Case by Tim Arnot

When I was a kid, I had a pretty unhealthy obsession with the game MindTrap. I never once managed to get anyone to play the actual game with me, but I would pour over the cards and spend hours trying to solve the logic and lateral thinking puzzles. While this would make me absolutely no fun to play lateral thinking games with as an adult, it also turned me into a sucker for locked room mysteries.

Socko’s First Case by Tim Arnot is, above all else, a locked room mystery. The king’s gold has gone missing, stolen out from under its guards’ noses. The room it was in, obviously, was locked with no way in or out. You know the drill with these things. The Kingsman Special Investigation unit is on it, with a seventeen-year-old doing most of the heavy lifting. Continue reading…