The Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge – Completed

I’m happy to say I’ve completed the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block. As of reviewing Crooked House tonight, I’ve posted on 16 pre-1960 crime novels in the following categories:

  • Colourful Crime: a book with a colour or reference to colour in the title (John Buchan’s Greenmantle)
  • Amateur Night: a book with a “detective” who is not a P.I.; Police Officer; Official Investigator (William Le Queux The Doctor of Pimlico)
  • Leave It to the Professionals: a book featuring cops, private eyes, secret service, professional spies, etc. (Ed McBain’s Cop Hater)
  • Jolly Old England: one mystery set in Britain (John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps)
  • Dangerous Beasts: a book with an animal in the title (Nina Bawden’s The Odd Flamingo)
  • Wicked Women: a book with a woman in the title (William Stephens Hayward’s Revelations of a Lady Detective)
  • Malicious Men: a book with a man in the title (Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male)
  • Scene of the Crime: a book with the location of the crime in the title (Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock)
  • Country House Criminals: a standard (or not-so-standard) Golden Age country house murder (Agatha Christie’s Crooked House)
  • Murder on the High Seas: a mystery involving water (Erksine Childers’ The Riddle of the Sands)
  • Murder Is Academic: a mystery involving a scholar, teacher, librarian, etc. OR set at a school, university, library, etc. (Michael Innes: The Journeying Boy)
  • Psychic Phenomena: a mystery featuring a seance, medium, hypnotism, or other psychic or “supernatural” characters/events (Charles Warren Adams’ The Notting Hill Mystery)
  • Book to Movie: one vintage mystery that has appeared on screen (feature film or TV movie). (Christianna Brand’s Green for Danger)
  • The Old Bailey: a courtroom drama mystery OR a mystery featuring a judge, lawyer, barrister, D.A., etc. (Cyril Hare’s Best Detective Stories)
  • Genuine Fakes: Authors who wrote under a pseudonym (Andrew Forrester’s [James Redding Ware] The Female Detective)
  • Get Out of Jail Free: This is a freebie category (Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley)

Thanks to Bev for organising the challenge; I look forward to playing next year’s Vintage Mystery Bingo game.


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5 Responses to The Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge – Completed

  1. Terrific collection Rich – well done mate. Really looking forward to going back to some of these reviews – are you taking part in 2014? I just can’t resist. I’m almost finished but have to get at least one more done – can’t disappoint Bev!


  2. What a great collection of themes – I haven’t come across this challenge, I’ll have to look it up.


  3. Bev Hankins says:

    Congratulations, Rich! What an awesome list of books–most of which I haven’t had a chance to read yet. With your 16, you are eligible to claim a prize from my prize vault. If you’d like to take a peek, please email me at phryne1969 AT gmail DOT com.


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