From time to time this year, I've talked about submitting appropriate reviews to the ongoing Vintage Mystery Bingo Reading Challenge under way at Bev's My Reader's Block blog. The idea is that we are filling in a "Bingo"-type scorecard in which each square requires reading a book that meets a particular criterion (see below). For the Golden scorecard, the books must all have been published prior to 1960. There are 36 squares on the scorecard.
So far this year, I have read (and submitted) reviews of 18 books.
So it's time to get serious. Each book selected for the podcast for the next 18 weeks will fill in one of the missing squares. In other words, my goal is to fill in the entire scorecard.
here are links to all of the ones I've read and reviewed so far (with space for the squares not yet filled). I am listing them as they appear on the scorecard, by row from top to bottom, in order going across left and right.
- One book with a color in the title: Green Shiver, by Clyde B. Clason
- A book published under more than one title: Murder Can Be Fun, by Fredric Brown
- One book with a "spooky" title: Diabolic Candelabra, by E. R. Punshon
- A book by an author you've read before: Going, Going Gone, by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
- A book with a detective team: The Greek Coffin Mystery, by Ellery Queen
- One book with an animal in the title: The Puzzle of the Red Stallion, by Stuart Palmer
- One book set anywhere except the U.S. or England:
- One book with a number in the title:
- One book that has been made into a movie:
- One book with a lawyer, courtroom, judge, etc.:
- One book with a time, day, month, etc. in the title:
- One book with a place in the title: Murder a la Richelieu, by Anita Blackmon
- One book that features a crime other than murder: Murder Must Wait, by Arthur W. Upfield
- One book that features food/cooks in some way:
- One book with an amateur detective: Whose Body?, by Dorothy L. Sayers
- One book already read by a fellow challenger: One Drop of Blood, by Anne Austin
- One translated work:
- One book with a size in the title:
- One locked room mystery:
- A book by an author you've never read before:
- One book with a man in the title: Pietr the Latvian, by Georges Simenon
- One book with a professional detective: They Found Him Dead, by Georgette Heyer
- One short story collection: Dorothy L. Sayers: The Complete Stories
- One medical mystery (or features Dr. or nurse):
- One academic mystery: Death on the Cherwell, by Mavis Doriel Hay
- One book with a method of murder in the title: Death-Watch, by John Dickson Carr
- One country house mystery: The Cornish Coast Murder, by John Bude
- One mystery that involves water:
- One book set in England: The Devil at Saxon Wall, by Gladys Mitchell
- One book written by an author with a pseudonym:
- One book set in the entertainment world: And So to Murder, by John Dickson Carr, writing as Carter Dickson
- One book with a woman in the title:
- One book that involves a mode of transportation:
- One book outside your comfort zone:
- One book that you have to borrow (you do not own):
- One book set in the U.S.:
So that's 18 filled so far - and you can see what lies ahead. I have books selected for all those so-far empty spaces and slots. Thanks to Bev Hankins for coming up with a really challenging challenge this year.
Time to get readin'. I hope you'll come along for the ride!