Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Vintage Mystery Challenge Wrap-up

The Vintage Mystery Challenge at My Reader's Block asks you to read 8 books, each from a separate category. There is a "bonus" challenge of sorts to read 16 books. I really enjoyed these vintage mysteries and the whole thing got a bit out of hand. I ended up reading books for 21 of the categories. I also read a few additional vintage mysteries this year that fit categories I had already covered. I really liked reading these!

Here are the books I read for the various categories (the numbers are from the original list of categories):

1. Colorful Crime: a book with a color or reference to color in the title The Black Mountain

2. Murder by the Numbers: a book with a number, quantity in the title The Five Red Herrings
4. Leave It to the Professionals: a book featuring cops, private eyes, secret service, professional spies, etc. Death in a White Tie

5. Jolly Old England: one mystery set in Britain Upleasantness at the Bellona Club
6. Yankee Doodle Dandy: one mystery set in the United States The Chinese Orange Mystery
7. World Traveler: one mystery set in any country except the US or Britain Maigret in Holland
8. Dangerous Beasts: a book with an animal in the title Cat Among the Pigeons

10. Wicked Women: a book with a woman in the title--either by name or by reference Spinsters in Jeopardy
11. Malicious Men: a book with a man in the title--either by name or by reference Lord Edgware Dies
12. Murderous Methods : a book with a means of death in the title. Strong Poison
13. Staging the Crime: a mystery set in the entertainment world Enter a Murderer
14. Scene of the Crime: a book with the location of the crime in the title Death at the Bar

18. Murder on the High Seas: a mystery involving water  Death on the Nile
19. Planes, Trains and Automobiles: a mystery that involves a mode of transportation in a vital way--explicitly in the title or by implication or perhaps the victim was shoved under a bus... The Mystery of the Blue Train 
21. Things That Go Bump in the Night: a mystery with something spooky, creepy, gothic in the title The Plague Court Murders  (it has a haunted crime scene)
22. Repeat Offenders: a mystery featuring your favorite series detective or by your favorite author (the books/authors you'd read over and over again) OR reread an old favorite Death in Ecstasy
23. The Butler Did It...Or Not: a mystery where the butler is the victim, the sleuth....(gasp) the criminal....or is just downright memorable for whatever reason. Why Shoot a Butler?
24. A Mystery By Any Other Name: any book that has been published under more than one title Death of a Peer aka A Surfeit of Lampreys

25. Dynamic Duos: a mystery featuring a detective team Have His Carcase 
37. Get Out of Jail Free: This is a freebie category.  One per customer.  You tell me what special category the book fits.  The Nursing Home Murder (my category is "Medical Mystery")


  1. What an accomplishment! I have read about 13 vintage mysteries so far this year and I doubt if I will make it to 16. I will check back with your list next year when I am working on the 2014 challenge and see if there are any here I want to read. I did read Mystery on the Blue Train this year and loved it.

  2. Congratulations! You've done very well with the vintage mysteries--and, having completed not just 16, but 21, you're eligible to pick a prize from my secret prize vault. If you'd like to take a peek, send me an email at phryne1969 AT gmail DOT com.


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