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: 6/60

Golden Age Reads

Who What When
An Academic Person’s name in the title

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

During a recognized holiday
Actor/Actress Number in the title Set in the Victorian Era
Professional is main sleuth Color in the title Time/Date/etc in title
In the Medical Field An animal in the title Timing of the crime is crucial
A Journalist/Writer Means of murder in the title During a weather event
An Artist/Photographer Written 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 Figure Comic/humorous novel Set pre-1800
Watson narrator Inverted mystery During trip/vacation/etc.
Librarian/Bookstore Owner/Publisher 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 it During a special event: birthday, village fete, etc.


Where How Why
At a country house Death by drowning It won an award of some sort
Set in a capital city Crime involved fire/arson It made a “best of” list
On an island Death on “wheels” – any vehicle used to murder Author’s first/last name begins with the same letter as yours
At a school Death by strangulation

Murder Underground (1934) by Mavis Doriel Hays

Author from your country
Set in a small village Death by knife/dagger/etc. Out of your comfort zone
In a hospital/nursing home Death by shooting Author NOT from your country
Any country but US or UK

Death in High Provence (1957) by George Bellairs

Death by blunt instrument A character has a job similar to yours
Any outdoor location Unusual murder method Read by fellow challenger

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

At a theatre/circus/other place of performance At least two deaths with different means Because “Simon” says (see explanation at My Reader’s Block)
In a locked room Death by poison

A Study in Scarlet (1887) by Arthur Conan Doyle

Book made into tv/film/play