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Old December 14 2011, 04:36 AM   #1
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Locked room mysteries in Trek lit?

While cooking dinner I found myself idly wondering whether there had ever been an instance of the classic locked room mystery in Trek lit, thinking it could be good fun within the various rules of Trek sci/tech ... can anyone think of one?
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Old December 14 2011, 06:29 AM   #2
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Re: Locked room mysteries in Trek lit?

TNG: Contamination by John Vornholt.

SCE: Malefactorum by Terri Osborne.

Also, Ro's investigation in DS9: Lesser Evil may qualify, but the event she was investigating took place in the previous book, Cathedral.
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Old December 14 2011, 06:30 AM   #3
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Re: Locked room mysteries in Trek lit?

I haven't read them yet, so I don't know if they're "locked room mysteries" but I do know that the TOS novel The Case of the Colonist's Corpse and the SCE novella Malefictorum are both murder mysteries.
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Old December 14 2011, 09:10 AM   #4
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Re: Locked room mysteries in Trek lit?

Yeah, Malefictorum is the one that came to mind for me too.

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Old December 14 2011, 02:47 PM   #5
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Re: Locked room mysteries in Trek lit?

Frankly I'd have thought the transporter would have killed the locked room mystery stone dead...
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Old December 14 2011, 03:55 PM   #6
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Re: Locked room mysteries in Trek lit?

Lonemagpie wrote: View Post
Frankly I'd have thought the transporter would have killed the locked room mystery stone dead...
Maybe in this context it should be the "shielded room mystery?"

Of course, it's been established that transporters leave traces, so all you have to do is run a tricorder over the scene and say "Nope, no sign anyone beamed in or out," and you've still got your mystery.
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Old December 14 2011, 04:42 PM   #7
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Re: Locked room mysteries in Trek lit?

The Changeling did it, in the crew quarters, with the candlestick.
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Old December 14 2011, 05:59 PM   #8
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Re: Locked room mysteries in Trek lit?

Immortal Coil shapes up that way, but then rather disappointingly, isn't.
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Old December 14 2011, 06:46 PM   #9
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The Changeling did it, in the crew quarters, with the candlestick.
As the candlestick.
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Old December 14 2011, 07:11 PM   #10
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The Changeling did it, in the crew quarters, with the candlestick.
Or, of course, the Changeling *was* the candlestick...
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Old December 14 2011, 08:47 PM   #11
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Re: Locked room mysteries in Trek lit?

I think "The Siege" by Peter David would qualify as one. And one of the two plots of "Vulcan's Glory" by D.C. Fontana might as well.
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Old December 14 2011, 09:03 PM   #12
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Re: Locked room mysteries in Trek lit?

DS9 did a couple like this: "A Man Alone" (Ibudan's murder), and that one ep where the Vulcan goes crazy and shoots people with a gun that can beam bullets through walls.
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Old December 15 2011, 12:49 PM   #13
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Re: Locked room mysteries in Trek lit?

D'oh, I can't believe I forgot about "Malefictorium" - I actually read that one. I wish I had the database brain of various forum members .

And true, the beginning of "Immortail Coil" with the lab incident fits the pattern as well, but the mystery is explained away rather unceremonously later as the plot moves on to bigger issues ...

"Contatmination" sounds like fun, I tend to enjoy the Worf/Troi pairing. I'll check out some of the other recommendations as well, thanks!
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Old December 17 2011, 11:11 PM   #14
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Re: Locked room mysteries in Trek lit?

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the beginning of "Immortail Coil" with the lab incident fits the pattern as well, but the mystery is explained away rather unceremonously
I thought it a delicious twist that had me completely by surprise.

How about "A Hard Rain"? Not quite a locked holodeck story, because the Starfleet characters do enter and leave, but the mystery occurs in there, IIRC.
http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/A_Hard_Rain
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Old December 18 2011, 03:50 AM   #15
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The Changeling did it, in the crew quarters, with the candlestick.
I thought the Changeling was in the one with the fish, not the one with the candlestick.
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