If you have been following my blog so far this year, you know that I have been taking part in the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge which has been under way at the My Reader's Block blog. The idea was to read mysteries, all written by 1960 or earlier, and post reviews of them, along with links to (and from) the challenge page. The moderator, Bev Hankins, provided a list of "scattergories" - 37 in all - in which our vintage books might be classified.
We are now a little more than halfway into the year, and I am pleased to say that I have completed sixteen reviews for the challenge. While participants were only required to make sure that each of the first eight books completed fit into one of those "scattergories," I am happy and proud to say that each of the sixteen books I have read so far falls into a different category.
For the record, here are the books (in the order in which I read them), together with their categories:
- No Coffin for the Corpse, by Clayton Rawson (1942). In category 21. Things That Go Bump in the Night: a mystery with something spooky, creepy, gothic in the title.
- Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L. Sayers (1936). In category 20. Murder Is Academic: a mystery involving a scholar, teacher, librarian, etc. OR set at a school, university, library, etc.
- The Fingerprint, by Patricia Wentworth (1960). In Category 4, Leave it to the Professionals: a book featuring cops, private eyes, secret service, professional spies, etc.
- The Chinese Orange Mystery, by Ellery Queen (1934). In Category 35, Genuine Fakes: Authors who wrote under a pseudonym.
- The Case of the Gilded Fly, by Edmund Crispin (1944). In Category 16, Locked Rooms.
- Blind Drifts, by Clyde B. Clason (1937). In Category 3, Amateur Night: a book with a "detective" who is not a P.I., police officer, official.
- Vultures in the Sky, by Todd Downing (1935). In Category 7, World Traveler: one mystery set in any country except the US or Britain.
- Vintage Murder, by Ngaio Marsh (1937). In Category 13, Staging the Crime, a mystery set in the entertainment world.
- Murder at Cambridge, by Q. Patrick (1933). In Category 5, Jolly Old England, one mystery set in Britain.
- Fatal Descent, by John Dickson Carr and Cecil Street (1939). In Category 24, A Mystery By Any Other Name, any book that has been published under more than one title.
- Revelation of a Lady Detective, by William Stephens Hayward (1864). In Category 10, Wicked Women, a book with a woman in the title.
- The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan, by Stuart Palmer (1941). In Category 6, Yankee Doodle Dandy, one mystery set in the United States.
- The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett (1934).In Category 34, Somebody Else's Crime, read one book that someone else has already reviewed for the Vintage Mystery Challenge.
- The Corpse Steps Out, by Craig Rice (1940). In Category 29, The Old Bailey (it features lawyer John J. Malone), a mystery featuring a judge, lawyer, barrister, D.A., etc.
- The Case with Nine Solutions, by J. J. Connington (1928). In Category 2, Murder by the Numbers, a book with a number, quantity in the title.
- The Lodger, by Marie Belloc Lowndes (1913). In Category 28, Book to Movie, one vintage mystery that has appeared on screen.
The links will take you back to my original blog post for each of the titles.
So...read any good books lately?