06-26-2011 08:24 AM
I have been searching high and low for this book! When I was in Elementary School, our English teacher read a book to use that made you think. It's not silly childish riddles but ones that involved (not horrible) crimes. This edition was hard cover with black and white illustrations. If I am not mistaken it had a strange drawing of household items stacked on top of a chair (strange, I know). This was back in 1994 so my memory escapes me on the author and title. I will give an example of one riddle. It's not an exact quote but the end result is the same.:
John and Tom enter a dinner and wait to order lunch with drinks.
The waitress recognizes these two men. They had stolen all her life savings and they were the reason why she was working part time as a waitress. She takes the order of both men, they did not recognize her. She prepares their drinks and adds poison to both. She serves the drinks to both men and waits. John drank his drink and lives. Tom drank his drink and dies. What happened?
Thanks for reading my post! Hope someone can help me out!
06-28-2011 01:46 AM
It sounds vaguely like Shel Silverstein. This one has a cover most like the one you described:
08-19-2011 06:07 PM
This sounds like it might be Two-Minute Mysteries, by Sobol. It seems to have been reprinted in the early 90s. I can't figure out how to post images, but it's on the B&N website. (Amazon gives you a chance to look inside the book, if that helps.)