Vintage Mysteries Challenge: 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: Incomplete – 45/48 books read

Golden Age Reads

Who What When
An Academic

The Case of the Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr

Pseudonymous Author

Death Makes A Prophet by John Bude

During a recognized holiday
Crime-solving duo

Death in the Dentist’s Chair by Molly Thynne

Number in the Title

Seven Dead by J. Jefferson Farjeon

A historical crime

Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie

An amateur detective

Murder Has A Motive by Francis Duncan

Color in the Title

The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie

Time/date/etc in the Title

Death at Breakfast by John Rhode

In the medical field

The Bungalow Mystery by Annie Haynes

An animal in the Title Time of the crime is crucial*

The Chief Witness by Herbert Adams

A journalist/writer

Murder by Formula by J. H. Wallis

Means of murder in the title During a weather event

The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie

An artist/photographer

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

Reference to a man or woman in the title

The Man Who Could Not Shudder by John Dickson Carr

During a trip/vacation/cruise, etc

Heir Presumptive by Henry Wade

Retired from or in the armed forces

Too Soon to Die by Henry Wade

Book published under more than one title

Mystery on Southampton Water by Freeman Wills Crofts

During a performance of any sort

Crime on my Hands by George Sanders

Matriarch/patriarch of the family

Blueprint for Murder by Roger Bax

Title contains two words beginning with same letter

Murder in the Maze by J. J. Connington

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

Mystery at Olympia by John Rhode

Where How Why
At a Country House

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Death by drowning

The Box Office Murders by Freeman Wills Crofts

It won an award of any sort

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

On a mode of transportation

The End of Andrew Harrison by Freeman Wills Crofts

Crime involved fire/arson

The Murder of My Aunt by Richard Hull

It made a “best of” list

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

On an Island

Toll the Bell for Murder by George Bellairs

Death by poison

The Face on the Cutting Room Floor by Cameron McCabe

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

Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie

Set in a Small Village

It Might Lead Anywhere by E R Punshon

Death by knife/dagger/etc

Once Off Guard by James Harold Wallis

Out of Your Comfort Zone

The Skull of the Waltzing Clown by Harry Stephen Keeler

At a school Death by strangulation

The Problem of the Wire Cage by John Dickson Carr

Has been on your TBR list

The Chinese Puzzle by Miles Burton

Set in a hospital/nursing home

The Dutch Shoe Mystery by Ellery Queen

Death by shooting

The Murdered Banker by Augusto de Angelis

An author you’ve never tried

The Medbury Fort Murder by George Limnelius

Features a courtroom scene

Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles

At least two deaths with different means

The Case of the Headless Jesuit by George Bellairs

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

Diplomat’s Folly by Henry Wade

In a locked room

The Three Taps by Ronald Knox

Death by blunt instrument

The Affair at Little Wokeham by Freeman Wills Crofts

Book made into film/tv/play

The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner