2014 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge – status update

In short, status: failed.

Vintage-Silver-CardThe rules to the 2014 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge are explained over at My Reader’s Block. Basically I decided to complete the Silver bingo card which covers books first published in the period 1960 to 1989.

As you’ll see below, I haven’t done very well, partly because I haven’t read as much as usual this year, partly because I have been reading older books. Still, I’ll be giving it another whirl in 2015 (you can sign up for next year’s challenge here).

  • Book with a colour in the title:
  • Book published under more than one title:
  • Book with a ‘spooky’ title:
  • Book by an author you’ve read before: Agatha Christie’s The Clocks (1963)
  • Book with a detective team: P. D. James’ A Taste for Death (1987)
  • Book with an animal in the title: Philip Youngman Carter’s Mr Campion’s Falcon (1970)

  • Book set anywhere except the US or England: Len Deighton’s Mexico Set (1984)
  • Book with a number in the title:
  • Book that has been made into a movie:
  • Book with a lawyer, courtroom, judge etc.:
  • Book with a time, day, month, etc. in the title:
  • Book with a place in the title: Len Deighton’s London Match (1986)

  • Book which involves a crime other than murder: Dick Francis’s The Danger (1983)
  • Book that features food/cooks in some way:
  • Book with an amateur detective:
  • Book already read by a fellow challenger:
  • One translated work:
  • One book with a size in the title:

  • One locked room mystery:
  • Book by an author you’ve never read before: Len Deighton’s Berlin Game (1984)
  • Book with a man in the title:
  • Book with a professional detective: Margery Allingham’s Hide My Eyes (1963)
  • One short story collection:
  • One medical mystery:

  • One academic mystery:
  • One book with a method of murder in the title: Joan Hess’s Strangled Prose (1986)
  • One country house mystery:
  • Mystery that involves water: Peter Lovesey’s The False Inspector Dew (1982)
  • Book set in England: Philip Youngman Carter’s Mr Campion’s Farthing (1969)
  • One book written by an author with a pseudonym:

  • Book set in the entertainment world: Simon Brett’s What Bloody Man is That? (1987)
  • One book with a woman in the title: Margery Allingham’s The China Governess (1963)
  • One book that involves a mode of transportation:
  • One book outside your comfort zone: Tom Sharpe’s Riotous Assembly (1971)
  • One book that you have to borrow:
  • One book set in the US: Hillary Waugh’s Prisoner’s Plea (1963)

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7 Responses to 2014 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge – status update

  1. Jose Ignacio says:

    Rich, I did fail also on my attempt to complete the 2014 Global Reading Challenge. It takes courage to recognise it.

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  2. kaggsysbookishramblings says:

    It’s a hard challenge, so well done on what you *did* read! 🙂


  3. MarinaSofia says:

    It’s not a failure if you managed to extend your reading to something new and different from your usual reading, even if it wasn’t quite as much as you had hoped.


  4. KerrieS says:

    You did well Rich. I found I had to think “creatively” and juggle some of the titeles around to complete one bingo line even though I read 14 books in the Silver category. Did you realise some of the categories have changed for 2015?


  5. Bev Hankins says:

    Rich: You read some interesting titles this year. Sorry, my categories didn’t line up properly for you to claim a Bingo on them. Maybe next year though–as Kerrie pointed out, I did give the cards a twist and moved categories around as well as changed a few. [Trying to keep it interesting. 🙂 ]


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