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: 27/60

Golden Age Reads

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 sleuth
Death in Dark Glasses (1952) by George Bellairs
Color in the titleTime/Date/etc in title
In the Medical FieldAn animal in the title
The Book of the Lion (1948) by
Elizabeth Daly
Timing of the crime is crucial
Unnatural Death (1927) by
Dorothy L Sayers
A Journalist/Writer
Inspector French and the Cheyne Mystery (1926)
Means of murder in the title
A Knife for Harry Dodd (1953) by George Bellairs
During 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)
Death of a Train (1946) by
Freeman Wills Crofts
Vicar/Religious FigureComic/humorous novel
Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (1934)
Set pre-1800
Watson narratorInverted mysteryDuring trip/vacation/etc.
Dread Journey (1945) by Dorothy B Hughes
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
The American Gun Mystery (1933) by Ellery Queen
Lawyer/Barrister/Judge (etc)Title with a literary allusion in it
The Mad Hatter Mystery (1933) by John Dickson Carr
During a special event: birthday, village fete, etc.
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 village
Murder is Easy (1939) by Agatha Christie
Death by knife/dagger/etc.

The Murder on the Links (1923) by Agatha Christie

Out of your comfort zone
The Sleeper (1955) by Holly Roth
In a hospital/nursing homeDeath by shooting

Home Sweet Homicide by Craig Rice
Author NOT from your country
The King of Fools (1952) by Frédéric Dard
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 location
Murder in the Mill-Race (1952) by E.C.R. Lorac
Unusual murder method
Unexpected Night (1940) by Elizabeth Daly
Read 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