Vintage Mysteries Challenge 2019

Last year I had a great time working on 2018’s Vintage Mysteries Challenge organized by My Reader’s Block so it was an easy choice to go ahead and sign up once again for this year’s challenge. The idea is simple and works a little like a sort of book bingo. There are categories of book that relate to an element such as the setting or a major character and when you read a book that matches that category you can check it off.

Each book can only count towards one category and there are separate entry sheets for golden and silver age crime fiction (the former being classed as pre-1960 for the purposes of the game). You can take part even if you do not have a blog and there are prize draws for those completing the game so it is definitely worth taking part.

I am undertaking to complete Golden Age reads at the Chief Constable level meaning I aim to find one book for each category. Below is a table with each of the categories I am aiming to complete. The original scorecard can be found on the link above. As I meet each one I will put a hyperlink to the corresponding review underneath.

Challenge Status: 12/60

Golden Age Reads

WhoWhatWhen
An AcademicPerson’s name in the title

The Niece of Abraham Pein (1943) by James Harold Wallis

During a recognized holiday
Actor/ActressNumber in the titleSet in the Victorian Era
Professional is main sleuthColor in the titleTime/Date/etc in title
In the Medical FieldAn animal in the titleTiming of the crime is crucial
A Journalist/WriterMeans of murder in the titleDuring a weather event
An Artist/PhotographerWritten by more than one person

Crime on the Coast & No Flowers by Request (1954/1953) by Members of the Detection Club

Set during WWI or WWII (wartime setting is obvious)
Vicar/Religious FigureComic/humorous novelSet pre-1800
Watson narratorInverted mysteryDuring trip/vacation/etc.
Librarian/Bookstore Owner/Publisher

The Book of the Crime by Elizabeth Daly (1951)

Includes letter/s or diary extracts (or similar items)During a performance of any sort
Lawyer/Barrister/Judge (etc)Title with a literary allusion in itDuring a special event: birthday, village fete, etc.
WhereHowWhy
At a country houseDeath by drowningIt won an award of some sort
Set in a capital city

In the Fog (1901) by Richard Harding Davis

Crime involved fire/arson
The Starvel Hollow Mystery (1927) by Freeman Wills Crofts
It made a “best of” list
On an islandDeath on “wheels” – any vehicle used to murderAuthor’s first/last name begins with the same letter as yours
At a schoolDeath by strangulation

Murder Underground (1934) by Mavis Doriel Hays

Author from your country
Set in a small villageDeath by knife/dagger/etc.

The Murder on the Links (1923) by Agatha Christie

Out of your comfort zone
In a hospital/nursing homeDeath by shooting

Home Sweet Homicide by Craig Rice
Author NOT from your country
Any country but US or UK

Death in High Provence (1957) by George Bellairs

Death by blunt instrumentA character has a job similar to yours
Any outdoor locationUnusual murder methodRead by fellow challenger

A Man Lay Dead (1934) by Ngaio March – My Reader’s Block review

At a theatre/circus/other place of performanceAt least two deaths with different meansBecause “Simon” says (see explanation at My Reader’s Block)
In a locked roomDeath by poison

A Study in Scarlet (1887) by Arthur Conan Doyle

Book made into tv/film/play

Double Indemnity (1943) by James M. Cain