Authors: Sandy Silverthorne and John Warner
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-7369-4973-6

When solving these puzzles, remember to throw out all your assumptions about what is going on. You’ll have to think outside the box, use deductive reasoning, and see things from new perspectives. In other words, think like a detective!” Sandy Silverthorne and John Warner write in their book, The Awesome Book of One-Minute Mysteries and Brain Teasers.

At one hundred and seventy-six pages, this paperback targets any age bracket that enjoys trying to figure out a small problem with a twist. With no profanity, sex or violence, it would be recommended for late elementary-school age children to the elderly.

After an introduction that includes six helpful hints to solving the questions, there are one hundred mysteries and brain teasers that are broken down into ten categories, having five to twenty problems in each.

Numbered problems are written out one per page and include a cartoon-type drawing. Being one paragraph long, the teaser may be one to seven sentences long.

Toward the back of the book, a tabbed section titled “Clues” lists the numbered problem and three to five corresponding clues to help the reader come to a conclusion. The marked “Solutions” at the end list the number and named problem along with its answer.

Here are two examples:

Problem #32 May I have Your Autograph. Why does a famous actor’s autograph change in value daily?
Clues: Who the actor is doesn’t matter. The autograph written yesterday doesn’t have a different value today. The material the autograph is written on is significant. The autograph is used to get things.
Solution: The author writes his autograph or signature on checks.

Problem #98 Locked Door. A door is locked and impenetrable, and Neil doesn’t have a key. No one unlocks the door for him, and no damage is done, yet he is able to open the door and enter the house. How?
Clues: The door is locked on the inside, and Neil is outside. Neil doesn’t pick the lock or put anything in the keyhole. Someone recently went through the door.

Solution: Someone accidently left a key in the lock.

Although silly at times, this fun book will make readers think and often discuss before coming to conclusions, with maybe alternative correct answers too.

Thanks to Harvest House Publishers for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

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