A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
1/17/1921 Thomas B. Chastain is born
January 17, 1921. Thomas B. Chastain was born on this day. He wrote a number of mystery novels including one of the most successful gimmick books of the 1980s. Who Killed The Robins Family? did not include the solution. Readers were invited to answer a series of questions and the one who came closest won $10,000. The book sold over a million copies.