Vintage Mysteries Challenge 2018: Just The Facts

Every year I set myself the goal to read a hundred books on Goodreads but I’d like to add one more specific mystery challenge. As the vast majority of my reviews here are of vintage mysteries, I have decided to do the Vintage Mysteries challenge from My Reader’s Block.

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: Complete as of 12/31/2018!

Golden Age Reads

Who What When
An Academic

The Case of the Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr (1941)

Pseudonymous Author

Death Makes A Prophet by John Bude (1947)

During a recognized holiday

The Dead Shall Be Raised by George Bellairs (1942)

Crime-solving duo

Death in the Dentist’s Chair by Molly Thynne (1932)

Number in the Title

Seven Dead by J. Jefferson Farjeon (1939)

A historical crime

Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie (1944)

An amateur detective

Murder Has A Motive by Francis Duncan (1947)

Color in the Title

The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie (1924)

Time/date/etc in the Title

Death at Breakfast by John Rhode (1936)

In the medical field

The Bungalow Mystery by Annie Haynes (1923)

An animal in the Title

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy (1935)

Time of the crime is crucial*

The Chief Witness by Herbert Adams (1949)

A journalist/writer

Murder by Formula by J. H. Wallis (1931)

Means of murder in the title

The Three Taps by Ronald Knox (1927)

During a weather event

The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie (1931)

An artist/photographer

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (1923)

Reference to a man or woman in the title

The Man Who Could Not Shudder by John Dickson Carr (1940)

During a trip/vacation/cruise, etc

Heir Presumptive by Henry Wade (1935)

Retired from or in the armed forces

Too Soon to Die by Henry Wade (1953)

Book published under more than one title

Mystery on Southampton Water by Freeman Wills Crofts (1934)

During a performance of any sort

Crime on my Hands by George Sanders (1944)

Matriarch/patriarch of the family

Blueprint for Murder by Roger Bax (1948)

Title contains two words beginning with same letter

Murder in the Maze by J. J. Connington (1927)

During a special event: birthday, village fete, etc.

Mystery at Olympia by John Rhode (1935)

Where How Why
At a Country House

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (1919)

Death by drowning

The Box Office Murders by Freeman Wills Crofts (1929)

It won an award of any sort

Death Knocks Three Times (Book of the Month: Cross Examining Crime) (1949)

On a mode of transportation

The End of Andrew Harrison by Freeman Wills Crofts (1938)

Crime involved fire/arson

The Murder of My Aunt by Richard Hull (1934)

It made a “best of” list

The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen
(Best of List) (1932)

On an Island

Toll the Bell for Murder by George Bellairs (1959)

Death by poison

The Face on the Cutting Room Floor by Cameron McCabe (1937)

Has been read/reviewed by a fellow challenger at any time

Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie (1954)

Set in a Small Village

It Might Lead Anywhere by E R Punshon (1946)

Death by knife/dagger/etc

Once Off Guard by James Harold Wallis (1942)

Out of Your Comfort Zone

The Skull of the Waltzing Clown by Harry Stephen Keeler (1935)

At a school

St. Peter’s Finger by Gladys Mitchell (1933)

Death by strangulation

The Problem of the Wire Cage by John Dickson Carr (1939)

Has been on your TBR list

The Chinese Puzzle by Miles Burton (1957)

Set in a hospital/nursing home

The Dutch Shoe Mystery by Ellery Queen (1931)

Death by shooting

The Murdered Banker by Augusto de Angelis (1935)

An author you’ve never tried

The Medbury Fort Murder by George Limnelius (1929)

Features a courtroom scene

Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles (1931)

At least two deaths with different means

The Case of the Headless Jesuit by George Bellairs (1950)

It’s by an author you’ve read & loved before

Diplomat’s Folly by Henry Wade (1951)

In a locked room

The Case of Sir Adam Braid by Molly Thynne (1930)

Death by blunt instrument

The Affair at Little Wokeham by Freeman Wills Crofts (1943)

Book made into film/tv/play

The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner (1933)