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Sealed-room mysteries had appeared before this 1891 publication but the author's inventive, deftly humorous treatment offered a novel exploitation of the genre's puzzling possibilities, marking a turning point in detective fiction.
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In 1891, the serialized publication of The Big Bow Mystery in a London newspaper marked a turning point in detective fiction. Sealed-room mysteries had appeared before, but this inventive and deftly humorous tale offered a novel exploitation of the genre's puzzling possibilities. The modern style, which disguises the criminal and reveals the evidence, owes much to author Israel Zangwill and his retired police detective, George Grodman.
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