Saturday, January 1, 2011

Vintage Mystery Progress and Review Site


All right, folks--2011 is here! Let the challenge begin! I am setting up this post as the place to track everyone's progress on the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge and also to link reviews, if you review the books you read. Please either comment below with the title and author of the book read (plus link for review, if you have one) or send the info to me by email (phryne1969 AT gmail DOT com). I'll update this post with everyone's progress. I think it will be interesting for all the challengers to see what everyone is reading and also to cheer for those who finish their challenge levels. Good luck and have fun with those classic crimes!

A Reminder of the Challenge Level:

In a Murderous Mood: 4-6 Books
Get a Clue: 7-9 Books
Hot on the Trail: 10-12 Books
Capture the Criminal: 13-15 Books
Take 'Em to Trial: 16+ Books

OR

The Golden Age Girls*: Read 5-7 books from female authors from the vintage years
Cherchez Le Homme: Read 5-7 books from male authors from the vintage years

Kerrie @ Mysteries in Paradise [Get a Clue]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!
1. DUMB WITNESS, Agatha Christie (1937)
2. MAIGRET & the MAN on the BOULEVARD (Georges Simenon) 1953
3. In the Teeth of the Evidence (Dorothy L Sayers) 1939
4. Died in the Wool (Ngaio Marsh) 1943
5. Death at the President's Lodging (Michael Innes) 1936
6. X.Y. Z. A Detective Story (Anna Katherine Green) 1883
7. Before Midnight (Rex Stout) 1955
8. Gideon's Day (J. J. Marric) 1955
9. An Assistant Murderer (Dashiell Hammett) 1926

Birdie @ Birdie's Nest [Take 'Em to Trial]
2. Holy Disorders (Edmund Crispin) 1945
4. The Floating Admiral (The Detection Club) 1931
5. The Secret of the Chimneys (Agatha Christie) 1925
6. The Seven Dials Mystery (Agatha Christie) 1929
7. The Crime at Black Dudley (Margery Allingham) 1929
8. The Beckoning Lady (Margery Allingham) 1955
9. Hide My Eyes (Margery Allingham) 1958
10. The Canary Murder Case (S. S. Van Dine) 1927
11. The Greene Murder Case (S. S. Van Dine) 1928
12. The Bishop Murder Case (S. S. Van Dine) 1928
13. In the Fog (Richard Harding Davis) 1897
14. The Big Clock (Kenneth Fearing) 1946

Kathy @ Catching Happiness [In a Murderous Mood]
1. The Crime at Black Dudley (Margery Allingham) 1929
2. The Norths Meet Murder (Frances & Richard Lockridge) 1940
3. Thirteen Clues for Miss Marple (Agatha Christie) {book published 1966, but all short stories from earlier publications--some only in periodicals}
4. Death Takes a Bow (Frances & Richard Lockridge) 1943
5. The Black Mountain (Rex Stout) 1954

Les @ Classic Mysteries [Take 'Em to Trial]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE, but still reading!
1. Partners in Crime (Agatha Christie) 1929
2. Artists in Crime (Ngaio Marsh) 1938
3. Punch with Care (Phoebe Atwood Taylor) 1946
4. The League of Frightened Men (Rex Stout) 1935
5. Merlin's Furlong (Gladys Mitchell) 1953
6. The Puzzle of the Silver Persian (Stuart Palmer) 1934
7. Ten Thousand Blunt Instruments (Philip Wylie) 1931-44 [short story collection]
8. The Case of the Constant Suicides (John Dickson Carr) 1941
9. Case with Four Clowns (Leo Bruce) 1939
10. All-Time Favorite Detective Stories (Rochell Kronzek, ed) all stories included = pre-1950
11. Death in the Stocks (Georgette Heyer) 1935
12. The Circular Staircase (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1908
13. Arrow Pointing Nowhere (Elizabeth Daly) 1944
14. The Riddle of the Sands (Erskine Childers) 1904
15. Fear & Miss Betony (Dorothy Bowers) 1941
16. Sudden Vengeance [Frequent Hearses] (Edmund Cripsin) 1950
17. The Pink Umbrella (Frances Crane) 1943
18. Murder on the Matterhorn (Glyn Carr) 1951
19. Rim of the Pit (Hake Talbot) 1944
20. Three Witnesses (Rex Stout) 1956
21. More Work for the Undertaker (Margery Allingham) 1949
22. Dragon's Cave (Clyde B Clason) 1940
23. The Man in the Brown Suit (Agatha Christie) 1924
24. The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime (Michael Sims, ed) all stories 1864-1915
25. When Last I Died (Gladys Mitchell) 1941
26. If Death Ever Slept (Rex Stout) 1957
27. The Plague Court Murders (Carter Dickson) 1934
28. At the Villa Rose (A. E. W. Mason) 1910
29. A Night of Errors (Michael Innes) 1948
30. Night of the Jabberwock (Fredric Brown) 1951
31. Hag's Nook (John Dickson Carr) 1933
32. Murder on the Blackboard (Stuart Palmer) 1932
33. Dead Men's Morris (Gladys Mitchell) 1936

34. Give a Corpse a Bad Name (Elizabeth Ferrars) 1940

Jo @ Books to the Rescue [In a Murderous Mood]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!
1. Why Shoot a Butler? (Georgette Heyer) 1933
2. The Roman Hat Mystery (Ellery Queen) 1929/30
3. Footsteps in the Dark (Georgette Heyer) 1932
4. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Agatha Christie) 1920

Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews
[Golden Age Girls]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE! but still reading

1. Whose Body? (Dorothy L. Sayers) 1923

2. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Agatha Chrstie) 1920

3. Unnatural Death (Dorothy L Sayers) 1927

4. Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie) 1933

5. Strong Poison (Dorothy L Sayers) 1930

6. Murder at the Vicarage (Agatha Christie) 1930

7. Have His Carcase (Dorothy L Sayers) 1932

8. The ABC Murders (Agatha Christie) 1935
9. Gaudy Night (Dorothy L Sayers) 1936
10. Five Little Pigs (Agatha Christie) 1941

11. The Body in the Library (Agatha Christie) 1941

12. 4:50 from Paddington (Agatha Christie) 1957

13. A Murder Is Announced (Agatha Christie) 1950

14. Cards on the Table (Agatha Christie) 1937

15. Appointment with Death (Agatha Christie) 1937

16
. Cat Among the Pigeons (Agatha Christie) 1959
17. Sad Cypress (Agatha Christie) 1939

18. And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie) 1939

19. The Moving Finger (Agatha Christie) 1942

20. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie) 1926

21. The Big Four (Agatha Christie) 1927

22. Evil Under the Sun (Agatha Christie) 1940

23. Taken at the Flood (Agatha Christie) 1948

24. Dead Man's Folly (Agatha Christie) 1956

25. A Man Lay Dead (Ngaio Marsh) 1934


Yvette @ in so many words
[Take 'Em to Trial]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!
1. Cat of Many Tails (Ellery Queen) 1949
2. The Scarlet Letters (Ellery Queen)

3. Castle Skull (John Dickson Carr) 1931

4. They Came to Baghdad (Agatha Christie) 1951
5. Journey Into Fear (Eric Ambler) 1940
6. A Coffin for Dimitrios (Eric Ambler) 1939

7. Appleby's End (Michael Innes) 1945

8. The Yellow Room (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1945

9. Death in Cypress (M. M. Kaye) 1956

10. The Moving Toyshop (Edmund Crispin) 1946

11. The Circular Staircase (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1908

12. The Wall (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1938
13. To Love & Be Wise (Josephine Tey) 1950
14. The Door (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1921
15. Where There's a Will (Rex Stout) 1940
16. Prisoner's Base (Rex Stout) 1952
17. Too Many Women (Rex Stout) 1947
18. Not Quite Dead Enough (Rex Stout) 1944
19. Trouble in Triplicate (Rex Stout) 1949
20. Curtains for Three (Rex Stout) 1950
21. And Four to Go (Rex Stout) 1958
22. The Case of Gilded Fly (Edmund Crispin) 1944

April @ Wednesday Book Club [Get a Clue]
1.
A Study in Scarlet (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) 1887

Amanda @ Fig & Thistle [In a Murderous Mood]

1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Agatha Christie) 1920


Linda @ Potpourri-of-Books [Take 'Em to Trial]
1. Artists in Crime (Ngaio Marsh) 1938

2. The Chines Lake Murders (Robert Van Gulik) 1953-6/1960

3. The Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey) 1951

4. Appleby's End (Michael Innes) 1945

5. Tiger in Smoke (Margery Allingham) 1952
6. The Leavenworth Case (Anna Katherine Green) 1878
7. Red Harvest (Dashiell Hammett) 1929

Dorte @ DJ's Krimiblog [In a Murderous Mood]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE! (but I'm sure she'll keep reading)

1. Hide My Eyes (Margery Allingham) 1958

2. The Thirty-Nine Steps (John Buchan) 1915

3. What the Forest Lake Hid (Palle Rosenkrantz) 1903
4.
The Most Interesting Stories of All Nations (Julian Hawthorne, ed) All stories pre-1911
5. Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1862)
6.
Den vidtudraabte besættelse i Thisted (Arne Magnussen) 1699/1891 Danish account of the last witch trial in Denmark.

Charley @ Bending Bookshelf [In a Murderous Mood]

1. Gaudy Night (Dorothy L Sayers) 1936

2. The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammett) 1930


Condorena [Take 'Em to Trial]

1. The Penguin Pool Murder (Stuart Palmer) 1931 (see comments)

2. The House Without a Door (Elizabeth Daly) 1942 (see comments)


Buffy @ Situations Where You May Need It [Take 'Em to Trial]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!

1. The ABC Murders (Agatha Christie) 1936

2. Death in the Air (Agatha Christie) 1935
3. The Patriotic Murders [aka An Overdose of Death OR One, Two Buckle My Shoe] (Agatha Christie) 1940
4. A Holiday for Murder (Agatha Christie) 1938

5. Crooked House (Agatha Christie) 1949

6. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie) 1926

7. Easy to Kill (Agatha Christie) 1939

8. The Seven Dials Mystery (Agatha Christie) 1929

9. Funerals Are Fatal (Agatha Christie) 1953

10. Ordeal by Innocence (Agatha Christie) 1958

11. Thirteen at Dinner (Agatha Christie) 1933
12. Sleeping Murder (Agatha Christie) written during World War II; sealed in a bank vault for over 30 years until its publication in 1976 {that knowledge is the only thing that gives this one a pass on publication date}

13. Why Shoot a Butler? (Georgette Heyer) 1933
14. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Agatha Christie) 1920
15. The Moving Finger (Agatha Christie) 1942
16. Unnatural Death (Dorothy L Sayers) 1927
17. The Red House Mystery (A. A. Milne) 1922
18. Gaudy Night (Dorothy L Sayers) 1935

Booksploring [In a Murderous Mood]

1.
Enter a Murderer (Ngaio Marsh) 1935

J. F. Norris
[Take 'Em to Trial] You can also find reviews 1-8 at his new blog: Pretty Sinister Books
CHALLENGE COMPLETE! [But we all know he'll keep reading!]
1. Such Friends Are Dangerous (Walter Tyrer) 1954

2. The House of Strange Guests (Nicholas Brady) 1932

3. The Chinese Parrot (Earl Derr Biggers) 1926

4. Murder on Wheels (Stuart Palmer) 1932
5. The Saltmarsh Murders (Gladys Mitchell) 1932
6. The Poison Fly (Harriet Rutland) 1940
7. The Cut Direct (Alice Tilton [Phoebe Atwood Taylor]) 1938

8. Death Turns the Tables (John Dickson Carr) 1941 [second part of the post]
9. Mystery of the 13th Floor (Lee Thayer) 1919

10. Corpses at Indian Stone (Philip Wylie) 1943

11. The Crooked Wreath (Christianna Brand) 1946

12. The Case of the Solid Key (Anthony Boucher) 1941

13. Dance of Death (Helen McCloy) 1938

14. The High Window (Raymond Chandler) 1942

15. The Crime with Ten Solutions (Patrick Leyton) 1935
16. Death at "The Bottoms" (A. B. Cunningham) 1942


P Segal @ Femme Noir [Take 'Em to Trial]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!

1. The "Canary" Murder Case (S. S. Van Dine) 1927

2. The Egyptian Cross Mystery (Ellery Queen) 1933

3. Trouble Is My Business (Raymond Chandler) 1934
4. Find a Victim (Ross MacDonald) 1954
5. Mr. Moto Is So Sorry (John P Marquand) 1936
6. The Toff Is Back (John Creasey) 1942)
7. The Chinese Bell Murders (Robert Van Gulik) 1958
8. The Case of the Seven of Cavalry (Anthony Boucher) 1937
9. The Conjure-Man Dies (Rudolph Fisher) 1932
10. Murder in Mesopotamia (Agatha Christie) 1936
11. A Toast to Tomorrow (Manning Coles) 1940
12. Colour Scheme (Ngaio Marsh) 1943
13. The Cross-Eyed Bears Murders (Dorothy B Hughes) 1940
14. The Black Mountain (Rex Stout) 1954
15. The Law & the Lady (Wilkie Collins) 1875
16. Envoy Extraordinary (E. Phillips Oppenheim) 1937 [no review]

Jen @ for love of lovely words [Golden Age Girls]

1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Agatha Christie) 1920

Kathy @ Just stuff from a boomer [In a Murderous Mood]
1. The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins) 1860


Ryan @ Wordsmithonia [Take 'Em to Trial]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!! But still reading!

1. Lord Edgeware Dies (Agatha Christie) 1933

2. Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie) 1934
3. Why Didn't They Ask Evans (Agatha Christie) 1935
4. The Case of the One-Eyed Witness (Erle Stanley Gardner) 1956

5. The Thin Man (Dashiell Hammett) 1934
6. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) 1892
7. The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins) 1868
8. The Bat (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1932
9. Parker Pyne Investigates (Agatha Christie)
1934
10. The Case of the Dangerous Dowager (Erle Stanley Gardner) 1937
11. The After House (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1914
12. The Case of Jennie Brice (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1913
13. Ten Adventures of Father Brown (G. K. Chesterton) 1961--but all stories originally published 1911-1927
14. The Swimming Pool (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1952
15. The Case of the Velvet Claws (Erle Stanley Gardner) 1933
16. The Wall (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1938
17. The Secret of the Old Clock (Carolyn Keene) 1930
18. The Tower Treasure (Franklin W. Dixon) 1927
19. The State vs Elinor Norton (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1933
20. Alibi for Isabel (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1944
21. Three Act Tragedy (Agatha Christie) 1934

Alison @ Piling on the Books [In a Murderous Mood]
Challenge Complete!!!

1. Five Red Herrings (Dorothy L Sayers) 1931

2. Dead Man's Folly (Agatha Christie) 1956
3. Death of a Fool (Ngaio Marsh) 1956
4. Overture to Death (Ngaio Marsh) 1939
5. Whose Body? (Dorothy L Sayers) 1923
6. Black Plumes (Margery Allingham) 1940


Christina @ Christina Reads!
[In a Murderous Mood]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE! but still reading

1.
Footsteps in the Dark (Georgette Heyer) 1932
2.
The Pledge (Friedrich Dürrenmatt) 1958
3. Death in Berlin (M. M. Kaye) 1955

4. The Judge & His Hangman (Friedrich
Dürrenmatt) 1950
5. Death in Cypress (M. M. Kaye) 1956

Emma @ Scottish Girl in Zurich [Hot on the Trail]
Challenge Complete!
1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Agatha Christie) 1920

2. Sweet Danger (Margery Allingham) 1933

3. Gaudy Night (Dorothy L Sayers) 1935

4. Black Orchids (Rex Stout) 1941
5. The ABC Murders (Agatha Christie) 1936

6. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie) 1926

7. Police at the Funeral (Margery Allingham) 1931

8. They Found Him Dead (Georgette Heyer) 1937
9. A Man Lay Dead (Ngaio Marsh) 1934
10. Enter a Murderer (Ngaio Marsh) 1935
11. The Nursing Home Murder (Ngaio Marsh) 1935
12. The Franchise Affair (Josephine Tey) 1948


Melanie @Cynical Optimism [Get a Clue]

1. Whose Body? (Dorothy L Sayers) 1923

2. Unnatural Death (Dorothy L Sayers) 1927
3. Wyllard's Weird (Mary Elizabeth Braddon) 1885
4. Death in the Clouds (Agatha Christie) 1935
5. The Big Four (Agatha Christie) 1927
6. The Labours of Hercules (Agatha Christie) 1947


Rose City Reader [In a Murderous Mood]
Challenge Complete!!!

1. A Study in Scarlet (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) 1887
2. The Sign of Four (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) 1890
3. The League of Frightened Men (Rex Stout) 1935
4. Clouds of Witness (Dorothy L Sayers) 1926
5. The Secret of Chimneys (Agatha Christie) 1925
6. Unnatural Death (Dorothy L Sayers) 1927


Carol K Carr [Take 'Em to Trial]

CHALLENGE COMPLETE!! [But probably still reading--she's hooked!]

1. Murder in the Gun Room (H. Piper Beam) 1953

2. The Red Thumb Mark (R. Austin Freeman) 1907
3. The Daffodil Mystery (Edgar Wallace) 1920

4. The Bishop's Crime (H. C. Bailey) 1941

5. The Benevent Treasure (Patricia Wentworth) 1953

6. Green for Danger (Chrisianna Brand) 1944

7. Behold, Here's Poison (Georgette Heye) 1936

8. Trent's Last Case (E C Bentley) 1913

9. The Secret of High Eldersham (R Miles Burton) 1931

10. A Question of Proof (Nicholas Blake) 1935

11. The Murder of My Aunt (Richard Hull) 1935

12. A Puzzle in Poison (Anthony Berkeley) 1939

13. The Queen's Gate Mystery (Herbert Adams) 1927

1
4. The Rasp (Philip MacDonald)1924
15. A Coffin for Dimitrios (Eric Ambler) 1939

16. The Talleyrand Maxim (J. S. Fletcher) 1920


Jenn @ Drivin' on 9 [Take 'Em to Trial]

1. The Man in the Queue (Josephine Tey) 1929

. The Crime at Black Dudley (Margery Allingham) 1929

3. Five Red Herrings (Dorothy L Sayers) 1931

4. Swan Song (Edmund Crispin) 1947

5. The Long Divorce (Edmund Crispin) 1952
6. Poirot Investigates (Agatha Christie) 1924
7. Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (Agatha Christie) 1948
8. Hickory Dickory Dock (Agatha Christie) 1955
9. The Red House Mystery (A.A. Milne) 1922
10. Suddenly at His Residence (Christianna Brand) 1946
11. A Blunt Instrument (Georgette Heyer) 1938
12. Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer 1936
13. Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer 1941
14. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey 1952

Sharon @ Books to the Ceiling [In a Murderous Mood]

1. And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)
1939
2. Whose Body? (Dorothy L Sayers) 1923
3. Cat of Many Tails (Ellery Queen)
1949
4. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie) 1926
5. Clouds of Witness (Dorothy L Sayers) 1926
6. The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu (Sax Rohmer) 1913

Amy @ movingfloor [Capture the Criminal]

1.
The Circular Staircase (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1908
2. Murder at the Vicarage (Agatha Christie) 1930


Vanda @ overkill [Get a Clue]

1. Surfeit of Lampreys (Ngaio Marsh) 1941
2. Death & the Dancing Footman (Ngaio Marsh) 1942

Elena @ Roots of the Mountains [Take 'Em to Trial]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!

1. Busman's Honeymoon (Dorothy L Sayers) 1937

2. Farewell, My Lovely (Raymond Chandler) 1940

3. Sweet Danger (Margery Allingham) 1933

4. The High Window (Raymond Chandler) 1942

5. The Lady in the Lake (Raymond Chandler) 1943

6. The Little Sister (Raymond Chandler) 1949
7. The Chinese Parrot (Earl Derr Biggers) 1926
8. The Long Goodbye (Ramond Chandler) 1953
9. The Case of the Gilded Fly (Edmund Crispin) 1944
10. The Cape Cod Mystery (Phoebe Atwood Taylor) 1931
11. Detection Unlimited (Georgette Heyer) 1944
12. Black Orchids (Rex Stout) 1942
13. The Silent Speaker (Rex Stout) 1946

14. The Old Man in the Corner (Baroness Orczy) 1909
15. Singing in the Shrouds (Ngaio Marsh) 1958
16. The Big Clock (Kenneth Fearing) 1946

Carol @ Carol's Notebook [Get a Clue]

1. The Man Who Knew Too Much (G. K. Chesterton) 1922
2. The Secret Adversary (Agatha Christie) 1922
3. The Man in Lower Ten (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1906
4. Overture to Death (Ngaio Marsh) 1939
5. 4:50 from Paddington (Agatha Christie) 1957
6. Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie) 1934
7. The Afterhouse (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1914


Karyn @ A Penguin a Week [Hot on the Trail]

CHALLENGE COMPLETE!
1. The Deadly Reaper (Clark Smith) 1956
2. Green for Danger (Christianna Brand) 1945
3. The Yellow Room (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1945
4. The Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey) 1951
5. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Dorothy L Sayers) 1928
6. The Dying Alderman (Henry Wade)1930
7. With a Bare Bodkin (Cyril Hare)
1946
8. Appleby on Ararat (Michael Innes) 1941
9. The Chinese Orange Mystery (Ellery Queen) 1934
10. The Weight of the Evidence (Michael Innes) 1943
11. The Postman Always Rings Twice (James M Cain) 1934
12. Hare Sitting Up (Michael Innes) 1959
13. Hamlet, Revenge! (Michael Innes) 1937
14. An Oxford Tragedy (J. C. Masterson) 1933)

Clarissa @ Listen to the Voices [5 books]

1. Whose Body? (Dorothy L Sayers) 1923

2. The Secret Adversary (Agatha Christie) 1922
3. Clouds of Witness (Dorothy L Sayers) 1926


Jennifer [Take 'Em to Trial]

CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!
1
. Murder Loves Company (John Mersereau) 1940
2. Thou Shell of Death (Nicholas Blake) 1936

3. Fer-de-Lance (Rex Stout) 1934
4. The Cape Cod Mystery (Phoebe Atwood Taylor) 1931
5. Overture to Death (Ngaio Marsh) 1939
6. Death of an Angel (Frances and Richard Lockridge) 1955
7. Death of a Peer (Ngaio Marsh) 1940
8. Striding Folly (Dorothy L. Sayers) pub 1972--but all stories written by Sayers well before the 1960 cut-off (by which time she had abandoned detective novels and devoted her time to Christian apologetics and translation work)
9. Puzzle of the Silver Person (Stuart Palmer) 1934
10. Banbury Bog (Phoebe Atwood Taylor) 1938
11. Busman's Honeymoon (Dorothy L. Sayers) 1937
12. She Shall Have Murder Delano Ames) 1948
13. Murder Comes First (Frances and Richard Lockridge) 1951
14. Octagon House (Phoebe Atwood Taylor) 1937
15. The Case of the Buried Clock (Erle Stanley Gardner) 1943
16. Arrow Pointing Nowhere (Elizabeth Daly) 1949
17.
The Benevent Treasure (Patricia Wentworth) 1954
18. Death at the Bar (Ngaio Marsh) 1940
19. Our Jubilee Is Death (Leo Bruce) 1959


Jose Ignacio @ The Game's Afoot [In a Murderous Mood)

1. The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Edgar Allan Poe) 1841

2. A Study in Scarlet (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) 1887

Marisa @ Armchair Archives [Hot on the Trail]
1. Destination Unknown (Agatha Christie) 1954
2. The House Without a Key (Earl Derr Biggers 1925


Sherrie @ Just Books [In a Murderous Mood]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!

1. The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) 1902
2. Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie) 1934
3. A Murder Is Announced (Agatha Christie)
1950
4. N or M? (Agatha Christie) 1941
5. A Study in Scarlet (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) 1887
6. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Agatha Christie) 1920

Cavershamragu @ Tipping My Fedora [Take 'Em to Trial]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!! But still reading!

1. The Beast Must Die (Nicholas Blake) 1938

2. Playback (Raymond Chandler) 1958

3. The Judas Window (Carr as Carter Dickson) 1938

4. Killer's Choice (Ed McBain) 1958

5. Killer's Payoff (Ed McBain) 1958

6. Killer's Wedge (Ed McBain) 1959

7. King's Ransom (Ed McBain) 1959

8. The League of Frightened Men (Rex Stout) 1935
9. Nine Times Nine (Anthony Boucher) 1940
10. Obelists at Sea (C. Daly King) 1932
11. The Origin of Evil (Ellery Queen) 1951
12. A Puzzle for Players (Patrick Quentin) 1938
13. Ride the Nightmare (Richard Matheson) 1959
14. The Red Right Hand (Joel Townsley Rogers) 1945
15. Unnatural Death (Dorothy L Sayers) 1927
16. Solomon's Vineyard (Jonathan Latimer) 1941
17. X vs Rex (Philip MacDonald) 1933
18. Cop Hater (Ed McBain) 1956
19. The Mugger (Ed McBain) 1956
20. The Pusher (Ed McBain) 1956
21. Turn of the Table (Jonathan Stagge) 1940
22. The Bishop Murder Case (S. S. Van Dine) 1928
23. Murder on Safari (Elspeth Huxley) 1938
24. The Con Man (Ed McBain) 1957
25. Lady Killer (Ed McBain) 1958
26. 'Til Death (Ed McBain) 1959
27. Death on the Aisle (Frances & Richard Lockridge) 1942
28. Woman in the Dark (Dashiell Hammett) 1933
29. The Judge & His Hangman (
Friedrich Dürrenmatt) 1950
30. Mildred Pierce (James M Cain) 1941

Shirley @ My Bookshelf [In a Murderous Mood]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!

1. Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie) 1934
2. Partners in Crime (Agatha Christie) 1929
3. The Town Cried Murder (Leslie Ford) 1938
4. The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) 1901/02 (serialized); 1902 single volume


Gigi Ann @ My Reading Corner [In a Murderous Mood]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!

1. Behold Here's Poison (Georgette Heyer) 1936

2. Cards on the Table (Agatha Christie) 1936
3. The Tuesday Club Murders (Agatha Christie)
1932
4. 4:50 from Paddington (Agatha Christie) 1957

Connolly-Ahern @ Col Reads [Golden Age Girls]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!

1. Behold Here's Poison (Georgette Heyer) 1936
2. Whose Body? (Dorothy L Sayers) 1923
3. Taken at the Flood (Agatha Christie) 1948
4. The Mill Mystery (Anna Katherine Green) 1886
5. Vintage Murder (Ngaio Marsh) 1937
6. The Crime at Black Dudley (Margery Allingham) 1929
7. The Cape Cod Mystery (Phoebe Atwood Taylor) 1931

neer @ hot cup of pleasure [In a Murderous Mood]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!

1. In the Fog (Richard Harding Davis) 1901
2. Death in Kashmir (M. M. Kaye) 1953
3. Murder of a Martinet (E. C. R. Lorac) 1951
4. Police at the Funeral (Margery Allingham) 1931
5. X. Y. Z. A Story Told by a Detective (Anna Katherine Green) 1883
6. The Wheel Spins (Ethel Lina White) 1936
7. The Circular Staircase (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1908

wuthering willow @ a paperback life [In a Murderous Mood]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!
1. Dead Man's Folly (Agatha Christie) 1956

2. The Mystery of the Yellow Room (Gaston Leroux) 1907

3. The Circular Staircase (Mary Roberts Rhinehart) 1908
4. Murder at the Vicarage (Agatha Christie) 1930
5. Plot It Yourself (Rex Stout) 1959
6. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Agatha Christie) 1920

Landslide @ tantoslivrostaopoucotempo [In a Murderous Mood]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!
1. They Do It With Mirrors (Agatha Christie) 1952
2. Lament for a Maker (Michael Innes) 1938
3. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Agatha Christie) 1920
4.
Hercule Poirot's Christmas (Agatha Christie) 1938

Joanne @ A Certain Book [Golden Age Girls]
1. A Man Lay Dead (Ngaio Marsh) 1934

Bina @ if you can read this [In a Murderous Mood]
1. The Red House Mystery (A. A. Milne) 1922

BookBelle [Hot on the Trail]
1. A Man Lay Dead (Ngaio Marsh) 1934
2. Enter a Murderer (Ngaio Marsh) 1935

Laurie @ In Laurie's Mind) [Hot on the Trail]
1. Miss Pym Disposes (Josephine Tey) 1946
2. Vintage Murder (Ngaio Marsh) 1937
3. The Nine Tailors (Dorothy L Sayers) 1934
4. Whose Body? (Dorothy L Sayers) 1923
5. The Case of the Late Pig (Margery Allingham) 1937
6. Poirot Investigates (Agatha Christie) 1924

Peggy @ Peggy Ann's Post [Capture the Criminal]
Challenge Complete!!! But still reading.
1. The Bat (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1920
2. Unexpected Night (Elizabeth Daly) 1940
3. The Hags Nook (John Dickson Carr) 1932
4. The Haunted Lady (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1942
5. The Red House Mystery (A.A. Milne) 1919
6. The Yellow Room (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1945
7. The Library Window (Margaret Oliphant) 1882
8. Miss Pym Disposes (Josephine Tey) 1946
9. The Circular Staircase (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1908
10. Poison in the Pen (Patricia Wentworth) 1955
11. The Professor's Mystery (Wells Hastings) 1911
12. The Mysterious Key & What It Opened (Louisa May Alcott) 1867
13. The Great Mistake (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1940
14. The Mystery of 31 New Inn ( R. Austin Freeman) 1912

Ruth @ Booktalk @ More [Get a Clue]
1. The Secret of Chimneys (Agatha Christie) 1925

srivalli
[Golden Age Girls]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!
1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Agatha Christie) 1920
2. The Man in Lower Ten (Mary Roberts Rinehart) 1906
3. The Amethyst Box (Anna Katherine Green) 1905
4. The Case of the Lamp That Went Out (Augusta Groner) 1910
5. From Out of the Vasty Deep (Marie Belloc Lowndes) 1921
6. The Black Eagle Mystery (Geraldine Bonner) 1915
7. Colour Scheme (Ngaio Marsh) 1943

Karen @ How Mysterious [In a Murderous Mood]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!
1. Murder Must Advertise (Dorothy L Sayers) 1933
2. The Red House Mystery (A. A. Milne) 1922
3. Maigret's War of Nerves (Georges Simenon) 1939
4.
Heads You Lose, Christianna Brand (1941)

JLS Hall @ A Little Reading (My Reading Challenges site) [In a Murderous Mood]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!
  1. A Shilling for Candles. Josephine Tey (1936)
  2. The Man in Lower Ten. Mary Roberts Rinehart (1906)
  3. Episode of the Wandering Knife. Mary Roberts Rinehart (1943)
  4. Mrs. McGinty's Dead. Agatha Christie (1952)


Bev @ My Reader's Block (Host) [Take 'Em to Trial]
CHALLENGE COMPLETE! but still reading.

1. The Nine Tailors (Dorothy L Sayers) 1934

2. Police at the Funeral (Margery Allingham) 1931

3. Murder on the Links (Agatha Christie) 1923

4.
5 Bullets (Lee Thayer) 1944)
5. The Chinese Orange Mystery (Ellery Queen) 1934
6. Black Orchids (Rex Stout) 1941

7. Cordially Invited to Meet Death (Rex Stout)
1942 (aka Invitation to Murder)
8. The Fashion in Shrouds (Margery Allingham) 1938

9. Rope's End, Rogue's End (E. C. R. Lorac) 1942

10. A Graveyard to Let (Carter Dickson) 1949

11. Why Shoot a Butler? (Georgette Heyer) 1933

12 The Leavenworth Case (Anna Katherine Green) 1878

13. The Silk Stocking Murders (Anthony Berkeley) 1928

14. McKee of Centre Street (Helen Reilly) 1934

15. You Can Die Laughing (A. A. Fair, aka Erle Stanley Gardner) 1957

16. Dividend on Death (Brett Halliday) 1939

17. Colour Scheme (Ngaio Marsh) 1943

18. Rim of the Pit (Hake Talbot) 1944)

19. Shroud of Darkness (E. C. R. Lorac) 1954

20. Blood Upon the Snow (Hilda Lawrence) 1944

21. The Man in the Brown Suit (Agatha Christie) 1924

22.
Whose Body? (Dorothy L Sayers) 1923


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Kerrie said...

I have read 2 so far:
1. DUMB WITNESS, Agatha Christie (1937)
2. MAIGRET & the MAN on the BOULEVARD (1953)

Birdie said...

I've just finished Mystery Mile (Margery Allingham) 1930.

Hope the hyperlink works--first time I've done that in a comment

Kathy A. Johnson said...

I just finished The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham. Haven't reviewed it on the blog yet, but I loved it. I'll be reading more of her work.

Les Blatt said...

My first for this challenge is Agatha Christie's "Partners in Crime" (1929). Great fun - Tommy and Tuppence Beresford short stories, each of which includes a parody of a popular fictional detective of the period. Full review is here.

Jo said...

My first book for the challenge:

Why Shoot a Butler? by Georgette Heyer (1933)

Yvette said...

I've read two so far. CAT OF MANY TAILS by Ellery Queen which I reviewed. THE SCARLET LETTERS, also by Ellery Queen - not reviewed.

http://yvettecandraw.blogspot.com/2011/01/vintage-mystery-challenge-review-cat-of.html

Yvette said...

I'm sorry Bev, I don't know how to do the link from a comment to my blog.

Becky said...

I've reviewed Agatha Christie's Mysterious Affair at Styles, 1920.

Dorte H said...

My first review: Margery Allingham, Hide my Eyes (1958).
http://djskrimiblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/margery-allingham-hide-my-eyes-1958.html

Amanda said...

Here we go: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie http://wp.me/p10sL0-7N

Becky said...

My review of Unnatural Death by Dorothy Sayers, 1927.

Birdie said...

double review this time Holy Disorders and The Mystery of the Hansom Cab
This is fun

Linda said...

My review of Artists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh
http://potpourri-of-books.blogspot.com/2011/01/artists-in-crime-by-ngaio-marsh.html

Birdie said...

Finished The Floating Admiral. Fun stuff
review here

condorena said...

I enjoyed these

THE PENGUIN POOL MURDER by Stuart Palmer

Hildegarde Withers left Iowa looking for adventure and ended up in New York teaching third grade for years before she got her opportunity for adventure. This happened when she took her class to the New York City Aquarium and discovered a dead man in the penguin pool. The man was murdered by Miss Withers own hatpin.

Published in 1931 the story takes place just after the great stock market crash, and the murder victim himself is a stockbroker. The mystery involves love triangles, publicity seeking DA’s and romance.

THE HOUSE WITHOUT A DOOR by Elizabeth Daly

The first clue that this is a vintage murder is that one of the main characters in the book lives in a New York flat with a remarkable rent of $45, and owns furniture called a settee and a chesterfield sofa.

Published in 1942 it is the case of a widow who has gone into hiding with a double identity to try a have a new life after being acquitted of the highly publicized murder of her husband. But she has begun to get threatening note and subsequently she has had several attempts made on her life.

Document expert and amateur sleuth Henry Gamadge is asked to help clear her name. Gamadge , however, must sort through a the motives of several suspects before he can get a clear picture of what is going on, so he initially puts his client Vina Gregson in a safe haven. It is only hours before another murder is committed and the police want Henry to spill the beans. A nice bit of twisting at the end.

booksploring said...

My first review is Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh

P Segal said...

Here's my first entry:

Van Dine, S. S. (1927) The “Canary” Murder Case

Sometimes, when I’m perusing the Mystery Room of the San Francisco Public Library, I spot an old favorite author that I haven’t read in years. As the purpose of this blog is to acquaint other fans of the genre with books that have given me so much pleasure, current and vintage, I’ll sometimes re-read and review a book that I loved long ago—but have since forgotten the plot.

S. S. Van Dine was one of the authors I read avidly in the earliest years of saturating myself in the genre. He created the wealthy amateur sleuth Philo Vance, who is somehow reminiscent of Dorothy Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey—a highly educated aesthete, whose clever perceptions overshadow those of an entire police force put together. The author tells of Vance’s triumphs from the first-person point of view, as Vance’s sidekick, resident attorney, and “Boswellian spectator.” As I leafed through the Van Dines, I saw The “Canary” Murder Case, and remembered vaguely that the solution had something to do with the psychology of poker, a subject I have though about extensively myself. So I got that one.

Vance is an old friend of John F.X. Markham, who is the district attorney of New York City in the Roaring Twenties, the age when the nightclub first became the rage of both high society and organized crime. Vance has helped Markham solve cases that seemed insoluble; the district attorney’s office has vowed to step in and address the rising rate of crime in the city, and when the Canary’s murder stumps the police, Markham brings in Vance.

The “Canary” is one of the showgirls of the nightclub circuit, who became a sensation when she dressed as a canary in a revue where each girl was costumed like a different bird. Unlike that gentle little yellow creature, the victim of this murder seemed to have a hard-as-nails interior beneath the blonde and beautiful fragility on the surface. The Canary’s particular game was cultivating rich admirers, playing them one against the other, and using their protestations of love to her advantage. She is found, strangled, in her locked apartment, and there seems to be no way anyone could have entered without being observed.

The suspects are reduced to the four highly successful men who have fallen for her overt charm. Two of them have confessed that she has used their love letters to blackmail them, threatening to break up their otherwise stable family relationships. All of them have alibis. One alibi is so ingenious that it takes a man of Vance’s cleverness to crack it.

This “locked room” quandary has the police stumped, and ready to pin the murder on the Canary’s young lover—if that is indeed their relationship—except that as events develop, it is clear that it’s not him at all. Markham reluctantly leaves it up to Vance, with his psychological theories and unlikely assumptions, to save the day. And of course he does.

The world of Philo Vance is full of indulgences. Everyone smokes—most of them cigars. Vance likes to sleep until noon and be up in the wee hours, and a spectacular art event is just cause for slacking off. Readers who are appalled by such self-indulgence and naughty behavior might not find Vance so appealing. But what he lacks in self-control he makes up for with wit and insight. He’ll say thing like, “The only true and consistent theologians are the atheists,” or “the terrible thing about logic is it so often leads one irresistibly to a false conclusion.”

Van Dine’s scholarship is obvious in Vance’s Latin quotations, knowledge of art and classical music, and references to literature. In scholarly style, he footnotes the text with historical references to the public figures like Markham, famous cases, and other things, creating the feeling that what we read is not fiction at all. Philo Vance, unfortunately, existed only in the mind of S. S. Van Dine, and all the readers since who have delighted in his brilliance. Having re-read one of these entertaining old favorites, now I want to read them all again.

Les Blatt said...

My second entry in the challenge is Ngaio Marsh's "Artists in Crime," (1938). One of my favorites of hers, the book in which Alleyn meets his future wife. Full review is here.

J F Norris said...

I have read two books, both reviewed. The first review for Such Friends Are Dangerous (1954) by Walter Tyrer has yet to be posted. My second review is posted and can be found at the Golden Age Detective Fiction wiki site. The book is The House of Strange Guests (1932) by Nicholas Brady.

chicagofats said...

First one down! The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie at http://chicagofats.livejournal.com/27067.html

J F Norris said...

Now posted at Mystery*File: Such Friends Are Dangerous by Walter Tyrer

Kathy said...

I finished Wilke Collin's THE WOMAN IN WHITE and loved it. Review to follow.

Yvette said...

Today I posted my third Vintage Review on my blog: CASTLE SKULL by John Dickson Carr. (1931)

christina-reads said...

Just finished my first review for this challenge -- Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer (1932).

Ryan G said...

I was going to let you know I finished Lord Edware Dies by Agatha Christie, but you beat me to it :-)

Becky said...

I have two more to add: Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express and Dorothy Sayers' Strong Poison.

J F Norris said...

I knocked off The Chinese Parrot by Earl Derr Biggers (1926) in a couple of days. Excellent! Review submitted to Mystery*File with link to follow when posted. I plan on reading all of the Charlie Chan books. They really are incredibly good and surprisingly modern.

Emma said...

I have just read my first book, Agatha Christie`s The Mysterious Affair at Styles. I enjoyed it very much.

Melanie said...

I just finished Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers

Carol said...

I've done lots of reading (9 books), but no reviews until today. My review of Murder in the Gun Room is up today at http://carolkcarr.com/blog/post/murder-in-the-gun-room/.

Carol said...

Sorry. Here's the link.

Murder in the Gun Room

Jenn said...

My first review is up: The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey.

J F Norris said...

Now posted at Mystery*File: My article on The Chinese Parrot - the second book in the Charlie Chan series by Earl Derr Biggers.

John

Les Blatt said...

Another entry today: Punch with Care, by Phoebe Atwood Taylor (1946). It features Asey Mayo, the "Codfish Sherlock," and it's one of a marvelous series of mostly humorous mysteries set on Cape Cod.

Becky said...

I'm back with Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (1930)

Sharon said...

Hi! I read my first one: And Then There Were None (1939). the review is here:

http://abookwormsreviews.blogspot.com/2011/01/and-then-there-were-none-by-agatha.html

I like seeing what others are reading for this, thanks!

Buffy said...

Death in the Air by Agatha Christie

http://situationswhereyoumayneedit.blogspot.com/2011/01/death-in-air-by-agatha-christie.html

Happy Monday, all!

J F Norris said...

Two more down! However, I'm skipping full reviews. I had mixed feelings (mostly negative) about both.

Murder on Wheels by Stuart Palmer (1932)
The Saltmarsh Murders by Gladys Mitchell (1932)

Amy said...

I finished The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Vanda Symon said...

Hi Bev, I've knocked off my first - Surfeit of Lampreys by Ngaio Marsh.

The review and notice of your challenge is at http://vandasymon.blogspot.com/2011/01/surfeit-of-lampreys.html

I'm going for the Get a Clue level!

Landslide said...

I went for the In a Murderous Mood level and just finished They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie.

Here's the link: http://tantoslivrostaopoucotempo.blogspot.com/2011/01/opiniao-jogo-de-espelhos.html

christina-reads said...

Here's review #2 for this challenge: The Pledge by Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1958).

J F Norris said...

Now posted at the Golden Age Detection wiki: My review of The Poison Fly Murder by Harriet Rutland (1940). It's original British title is the far more evocative Bleeding Hooks. Highly recommended, but good luck in tracking it down. Turns out the book is extremely scarce.

Becky said...

I've got two more reviews to share: Agatha Christie's ABC Murders (1935) and Dorothy Sayers' Have His Carcase (1932)

Elena said...

My first two are Busman's Honeymoon(1937) by Dorothy Sayers and Farewell, My Lovely(1940) by Raymond Chandler.

Vintage Mysteries 1 & 2

Becky said...

My review of Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers, 1936.

J F Norris said...

Now posted at Golden Age Detection wiki: my review of The Cut Direct by Alice Tilton (1938). My first reading in this series of books. More romp, than mystery.

carolsnotebook said...

I just finished The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton.

http://carolsnotebook.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/the-man-who-knew-too-much-by-g-k-chesterton/

Emma said...

I have finished and reviewed Sweet Danger by Margery Allingham. Here is the review:

scottishgirlinzurich.blogspot.com/2011/01/sweet-danger-by-margery-allingham. html

J F Norris said...

Now posted at the Golden Age Detection wiki: My review of Death Turns the Tables by John Dickson Carr (1941). Mine is the second posting on the page.

John said...

I have succumbed to the blogosphere! All my reviews (nicely illustrated with those nifty DJs from the 1st editions) are now at my BRAND NEW blog: Pretty Sinister Books (named after my bookselling biz). I even wrote my mixed feeling reviews for Murder on Wheels and The Saltmarsh Murders Because, it's true: I'm just not gonna like everything.

Becky said...

I have finished two more Christie novels: Five Little Pigs (1941) and A Body in the Library (1941).

Linda P said...

I've just read The Attenbury Emeralds written by Jill Paton Walsh which is based on Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane mystery series. It's about Lord Peter's first case. It doesn't count towards the challenge as it was published in 2010, but is an interesting preview to my reading Dorothy Sayers' Wimsey series in chronological order.
My link is http://7hills.blogspot.com/

Les Blatt said...

My newest entry in the challenge is Rex Stout's "The League of Frightened Men," published in 1935. Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are still a bit rougher than in the later books, but this is one of the best of the early books, and has a superb character in the twisted and possibly murderous Paul Chapin. Very much worth a read. The full review is at my Classic Mysteries site.

John said...

My last book for January, but first post for February. Happy Ground Dog Day Eve! :^D

The Mystery of the 13th Floor by Lee Thayer written in 1919. An interesting, but mixed affair and a perfect example of what the mystery novel was like before its heyday in the 30s and 40s.

Linda said...

I've just finished The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (1951)
http://potpourri-of-books.blogspot.com/2011/02/daughter-of-time-by-josephine-tey.html

Ryan G said...

I just posted a review for Murder on the Orient Express from 1933

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/02/murder-on-oriend-express-by-agatha.html

Becky said...

I've got two more Agatha Christie to add: 4:50 from Paddington (1957) and A Murder is Announced (1950).

Carol said...

I'm behind in posting reviews. So, for a snowy day, I've put up three: The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman, The Daffodil Mystery by Edgar Wallace, and the Bishop's Crime by H.C. Bailey:

http://carolkcarr.com/blog/post/vintage-crime/

Carol said...

Argh. I can never get the hyperlink to work on the first try. Here it is:

Three reviews

Emma said...

I have Gaudy Nights, Balck Orchids and just finished The ABC Murders. Only written the review for Gaudy Nights at the moment

scottishgirlinzurich.blogspot.com/2011/02/book-review-gaudy-nights.html

Ryan G said...

Here is my review for Why Didn't They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/02/why-didnt-they-ask-evans-by-agatha.html

John said...

Rather an intense review of my latest read in the Vintage Mystery world which I'll count towards the challenge. Corpses at Indian Stones by Philip Wylie. I found an intriguing parallel with his other work which most critics classify as sci-fi. Check it out.

christina-reads said...

I finished my third book for this challenge! It's Death in Berlin by M. M. Kaye (1955).

Les Blatt said...

Gladys Mitchell still isn't very well known in the US, but English readers considered her on a par with Agatha Christie and the other "crime queens." Her 1953 mystery, "Merlin's Furlong," is a good way for American readers to meet her wonderful detective, the psychiatrist Mrs. Bradley. I have posted a full review at Classic Mysteries.

Ryan G said...

Just posted a review of "The Case of the One-Eyed Witness" by Erle Stanley Gardner.

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/02/case-of-one-eyed-witness-by-erle.html

Carol said...

I've just posted reviews for "Green for Danger" by Christianna Brand, "Behold, Here's Poison," by Georgette Heyer, and "The Benevent Treasure" by Patricia Wentworth.

Three Reviews

Bev Hankins said...

Had one of my participants say that the posting link wasn't behaving. If you have any problem posting a comment with your review/progress update, PLEASE email me at phryne1969 [at] gmail [dot] come. Thanks!

Jennifer said...

Thus far, I have read:
Murder Loves Company by John Mersereau
Thou Shell of Death by Nicholas Blake
Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout
The Cape Cod Mystery by Phoebe Awood Taylor

I have enjoyed them all and look forward to more!

Bev Hankins said...

@Jennifer: Did you sign up on the original Challenge Post? I have a few Jennifers participating and you don't seem to match any that I have on my list. I need to know what Challenge level you are going for and a way to contact you if needed (a blog where I can post a comment or email me at phryne1969 [at] gmail [dot] com).

Elena said...

Here is my second set of reviews: http://rootsofmountains.blogspot.com/2011/02/more-vintage-mysteries.html

Sweet Danger by Margery Allingham (1933)
The HIgh Window by Raymond Chandler (1942)

Buffy said...

I think I'm up to 10 now:

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Easy to Kill by Agatha Christie
The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
Funerals Are Fatal by Agatha Christie
Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

http://situationswhereyoumayneedit.blogspot.com/p/2011-challenges.html

I know I need to get some more authors in besides Christie, but it's still early days. :)

Becky said...

I have finished a couple of more Agatha Christie novels: Cards On the Table (1937), Appointment with Death (1937), Cat Among the Pigeons (1959), Sad Cypress (1939), And Then There Were None (1939).

Carol said...

Six Reviews in two separate posts (had trouble posting the first set of three, so am trying again - I just know you want to read them!):

First 3
Green for Danger - Chrisianna Brand
Behold, Here's Poison - Georgette Heyer
The Benevent Treasure - Patricia Wentworth

Second 3
A Question of Proof - Nicholas Blake
The Secret of High Eldersham - R. Miles Burton
Trent's Last Case - E. C. Bentley

Melanie said...

I finished Unnatural Death By Doroty Sayers.

Emma said...

The post for Black Orchids is here:

scottishgirlinzurich.blogspot.com/2011/02/reading-challenge-black-orchids.html

Carol said...

Three more

Three More

Bev Hankins said...

@Jennifer. Found your comment giving me your challenge level.

Les Blatt said...

My entry this week is Stuart Palmer's "The Puzzle of the Silver Persian," originally published in 1934. Palmer's "meddlesome battleaxe" of a schoolteacher, Hildegarde Withers, deals with a disappearance at sea, followed by a suicide (or murder). When even more of her fellow passengers meet untimely ends after disembarking in England, Hildy must unravel the clues. But it is only when she observes the behavior of Tobermory, a silver Persian cat, that she finds the right answer. Full review at my Classic Mysteries site.

Carol said...

I've posted 3 new reviews on my website for "The Secret of High Eldersham" by R. Miles Burton, "Trent's Last Case by E.C. Bentley, and
"A Question of Proof" by Nicholas Blake. I've having trouble posting a hyperlink here, so if you'll just visit my blog at www.carolkcarr.com, you'll find the reviews posted on February 13th.

John said...

My reading this month of impossible crime mysteries continues with The Crooked Wreath by Christianna Brand who is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite mystery writers. This one was EXTREMELY good. Review now posted at my blog.

Linda said...

I've just posted a review for Appleby's End
http://potpourri-of-books.blogspot.com/2011/02/applebys-end-by-michael-innes.html

Birdie said...

Now that I have a computer back, I'll be catching up on the reviews for books I've read. Here's the one for The Secret of Chimneys and The Seven Dials Mystery

Birdie said...

Ok, I think these are all I have for the moment. Allingham extravaganza: Crime at the Black Dudley, The Beckoning Lady, and Hide My Eyes

Sharon said...

Here's my second one: Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
The review is here: http://abookwormsreviews.blogspot.com/2011/02/whose-body-by-dorothy-l-sayer-1923.html

Emma said...

This is my review for The ABC Murders by A Christie.

I have also read by A Christie "The Murder of Rodger Ackroyd" and "Police at the Funeral" by Margery Allingham

http://scottishgirlinzurich.blogspot.com/2011/02/abc-murders-reading-challenge.html

Les Blatt said...

My entry this week is a marvelous collection of Philip Wylie's short mysteries, "Ten Thousand Blunt Instruments," published between 1931 and 1944 and now collected and reissued by Crippen & Landru Publishers. They are first-rate traditional mysteries, fairly clued, with memorable characters and ingenious plots. Among them: a blind newspaperman grapples with an unseen killer...a young artist discovers that seemingly natural "heart attacks" are murder...and police investigate death at a museum where the weapon could be any of "Ten Thousand Blunt Instruments" on display throughout the building. A full review is at my Classic Mysteries site.

Marisa said...

My latest review is for Agatha Christie's Destination Unknown at:

http://armchairarchives.blogspot.com/2011/02/agatha-christies-destination-unknown.html

Carol said...

I've posted my review today for Richard Hull's "The Murder of My Aunt."

http://carolkcarr.com/blog/post/creepy-but-good/

Becky said...

I've read a few more. The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie (1942), The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (1926), The Big Four by Agatha Christie (1927), Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie (1940), Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie (1948).

Les Blatt said...

Here's a classic from one of my favorite authors, John Dickson Carr, the master of the locked room and impossible crime. His 1941 book, "The Case of the Constant Suicides," is not only a superb impossible crime mystery, it is also a very funny book. Can you figure out why people are falling from a locked-and-bolted bedroom at the top of a tower? Carr will give you the clues - if you can spot them. You'll find a full review at my Classic Mysteries site.

Sherrie said...

Hi!
I've read and reviewed The Hound of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I am doing 6 books for this challenge. I have 1 of 6 done. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books
http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/2011/02/review-hound-of-baskervilles.html

Yvette said...

Hi, Bev: I've just posted my latest entry in the Vintage Challenge: THE YELLOW ROOM by Mary Roberts Rinehart. I emailed you the link. Thanks.

http://yvettecandraw.blogspot.com/2011/02/vintage-reading-challenge-yellow-room.html

cavershamragu said...

Hello Bev, I am new here and have signed up to read 16+. To get started I just posted my review of THE BEAST MUST DIE (1939) by Nicholas Blake at:
http://bloodymurder.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/the-beats-must-die-1939-by-nicholas-blake/

All the best,
Cavershamragu

Elena said...

Ok, now I've added The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler (1943) and The Little Sister by the same (1949)

Elena said...

Hi, I tried to link to my blog but couldn't make it work. Let's try again:
Raymond Chandler Obsession

John said...

I finished The Case of The Solid Key two weeks ago and finally posted the review. Expect a flurry of catching up this month.

Jenn said...

Sorry - I'm terrible at keeping up to date, but I've added four more today.
Crime at the Black Dudley by Margery Alligham 1929
Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers 1931
Swan Song by Edmund Crispin 1947
The Long Divorce by Edmund Crispin 1952

amy @ movingfloor.com said...

I read Christie's Murder at the Vicarage last month. Probably won't review that one.

Les Blatt said...

An ex-policeman is warned that someone is going to be murdered in a small traveling circus. Only trouble is - it's not known who will be the murderer and who the victim. It's the central puzzle in Leo Bruce's 1939 book, "Case with Four Clowns," a Sergeant Beef mystery and a delightful read. There's a full review at Classic Mysteries.

Yvette said...

I posted my 9th entry: DEATH IN CYPRUS by M.M. Kaye this week. I don't seem to be moving very quickly, but at least we still have the rest of the year...

christina-reads said...

I just completed my fourth book for this challenge! It's The Judge and His Hangman by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, originally published in 1950.

Review is here: http://christina-reads.livejournal.com/132022.html.

Technically, I have now completed my challenge, which was set at the "In a Murderous Mood" level; but I'll continue to comment with any additional vintage mysteries that I read!

John said...

Another one down: Dance of Death by Helen McCloy. And two more on the way...

Linda said...

I finished and posted a review for Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham

Shirley said...

Is it too late to sign up? I've read Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, if I can count that retroactive?

riverboat38@hotmail.com

Ryan G said...

I thought I already left the link to my review of The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett but I guess I didn't.

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/03/thin-man-by-dashiell-hammett.html

Shirley said...

Here's my first towards my goal "In a Murderous Mood" My Bookshelf on Murder on the Orient Express 1934.

Connolly-Ahern (Col Reads) said...

I finally got my first book for The Golden Age Girls Challenge read: Georgette Heyer's Behold Here's Poison. Love it. My review is at http://colreads.blogspot.com/2011/03/hipster-vs-vintage-book-reviews-red.html

Thanks so much for hosting!

Connolly-Ahern (Col Reads) said...

Behold, Here's Poison, was originally published in 1936 -- sorry I forgot to include that!

Carol said...

I'm closing in on the finish line! Three more reviews (okay, impressions) posted here: "The Rasp" by Philip MacDonald, "The Queen's Gate Mystery" by Herbert Adams, and "A Puzzle in Poison" by Anthony Berkeley.

Les Blatt said...

Here's a collection of vintage stories for my entry this week. In 1950, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine invited authors and critics to make up a list of what they considered the best detective stories of all time. The twelve stories on that list (which was published in the magazine's 1950 edition) have now been published in an anthology called "All-Time Favorite Detective Stories." It's quite a collection of first-rate stories, and a good snapshot of what the mystery/detective story field looked like in mid-twentieth century. Full review at Classic Mysteries.

Yvette said...

Bev, I posted my review of THE MOVING TOYSHOP by Edmund Crispin, today on my blog.

John said...

Two more down: The High Window by Raymond Chandler (everyone seems to be reading this one!) and The Crime with Ten Solutions by Patrick Leyton from 1935. Reviews are on the way at the usual place. Probably will be up later tonight.

And I'm nearly done with my first book in your Color Challenge - which of course is a vintage detective novel. It's an addiction, isn't it?

neer said...

My first entry (long overdue) is Richard Harding Davis' In the Fog (1901). Here's the link:

http://inkquilletc.blogspot.com/2011/03/twist-in-tale-in-fog.html

Emma said...

The review of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

www.scottishgirlinzurich.blogspot.com/2011/03/reading-challenge-murder-of-roger.html

I have also read: They Found Him Dead by Georgette Heyer

Les Blatt said...

My book read this week is "Death in the Stocks," by Georgette Heyer. A most unpleasant man is found murdered - locked in the stocks on the village green. His family cheerfully admits they loathed him - but who hated him enough to kill? This 1935 Golden Age mystery is a good mystery and a very funny book as well. The full review is available at href="http://www.classicmysteries.net/2011/03/death-in-the-stocks.html">Classic Mysteries.

Gigi Ann said...

I don't know how to do all the link up things, so will leave my comment here. I just finished my second book today.(Monday, March 21, 2011) It was an Agatha Christie book "Cards On The Table," My review is here on My Reading Corner. http://annsreadingcorner.blogspot.com

wutheringwillow said...

I finished Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie this week. This is the first book I've completed for my challenge. My review is here,

Carol said...

Finished, but only with the challenge. My appetite for vintage mysteries has been rekindled and I've discovered new writers. I'm busy devouring their books now. Thanks for hosting, Bev. My last two novels were "The Talleyrand Maxim" (1920) by J.S. Fletcher and "A Coffin for Dimitrios" (1939) by Eric Ambler. Here's the link.

Elena said...

Two more for me:
1. The Chinese Parrot by Earl Derr Biggers (1926)
2. The Long Goodbye By Raymond Chandler (1953)

Unlikely Pairing

Birdie said...

Hey Bev--
I decided to condense the S.S. Van Dine novels into one entry Philo Vance Weekend Omnibus

Becky said...

I've got two to add for March. A review of Agatha Christie's Dead Man's Folly (1956) and Ngaio Marsh's A Man Lay Dead (1934).

wutheringwillow said...

Finished two just about okay vintage mysteries, The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux and The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Les Blatt said...

My entry this week is Mary Roberts Rinehart's "The Circular Staircase," first published in 1908. It's the book that created a genre, "Had I But Known," which was fresh and skillfully handled by Rinehart - less so by later and lesser writers. I have a full review at Classic Mysteries.

Ryan G said...

I posted a review of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/03/adventures-of-sherlock-holmes-by-sir.html

carolsnotebook said...

I finished The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie.

http://carolsnotebook.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/review-the-secret-adversary-by-agatha-christie/

Emma said...

The review for Police at a Funeral by Margery Allingham (1932)

I have also finished two Ngaio Marsh and nearly a third one.
A Man Lay Dead and Enter a Murderer.

/scottishgirlinzurich.blogspot.com/2011/03/vantage-reading-challenge.html

Dorte H said...

I have just reviewed some classic Danish short stories:

http://djskrimiblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/vintage-short-stories-from-denmark.html

Col (Col Reads) said...

Two reviews in one post! I've read Dorothy Sayers' Whose Body (1923) and Agatha Christie's Taken at the Flood (1948). I am loving this challenge -- thanks so much for hosting. And congratulations on your Eagle Scout!

My reviews are at http://colreads.blogspot.com/2011/04/vintage-sleuth-reviews-lord-peter.html

Col (Col Reads) said...

Oh, and Bev, I signed up as Connolly-Ahern, but it's so long that I've just started to use Col -- hope it's not too confusing!

Emma said...

I have finsihed Hgaio Marsh The Nursing Home Murder and a review for G Heyer They Found him Dead

www.scottishgirlinzurich.blogspot.com/2011/04/reading-challenge-they-found-him-dead.html

Les Blatt said...

Entry number 13 (for me): "Arrow Pointing Nowhere," by Elizabeth Daly. First published in 1944, it features Daly's sleuth, Henry Gamadge, an expert on rare books and documents who also takes on amateur detective work for friends. Daly is said to have been Agatha Christie's favorite American mystery writer. It's not surprising, given Daly's writing skills, fair play with the reader, and surprising - often stunning - plot twists. "Arrow Pointing Nowhere" is a good introduction. Full review at Classic Mysteries.

wutheringwillow said...

Finished a re-read of The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. It's the first book to feature my favourite Christie detective, Miss Marple.

John said...

Challenge complete! The last book is Death at "The Bottoms" by A. B. Cunningham. As usual it's a ridiculously hard to find book, and as a mystery itself rather a strange book.

Linda said...

I just finished The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katherine Green—written in 1878. I discovered that she was associated with number of first—first detective novel by a woman in any country.
My review: http://potpourri-of-books.blogspot.com/2011/04/leavenworth-case-by-anna-katherine.html

Shirley said...

Here's my second vintage mystery Partners in Crime. I am doing the 'In a Murderous Mood' level.

Gigi Ann said...

I just finished reading my third Vintage Mystery, Agatha Christie's "The Tuesday Club Murders" I have posted my review here: http://annsreadingcorner.blogspot.com

I think I am doing the Murderous Mood level.

Gigi Ann

wutheringwillow said...

Hi! Finished one more mystery for the challenge. It’s Plot It Yourself by Rex Stout.

Now only one more to go to finish my challenge! :-)

Emma said...

Hi Bev

I am not sure what the correct email is for you now, as I sent two each to a slightly different address.

Emma

Emma said...

The review for Ngaio Marsh "A Man Lay Dead"

/scottishgirlinzurich.blogspot.com/2011/04/reading-challenge-man-lay-dead.html

I have sent the email, so if for some reason it does not work this is mine.

emmaferry@yahoo.com

Les Blatt said...

Book 14 for me is "Riddle of the Sands," by Erskine Childers. Published in 1904, it stands as the first political spy thriller - long before the likes of John LeCarre, Ian Fleming, Tom Clancy, or Len Deighton, to name just a few of the authors who have followed in the footsteps of this book. Full review at Classic Mysteries.

Elena said...

My latest two are

The Case of the GIlded Fly by Edmund Crispin (1944)
The Cape Cod Mystery by Phoebe Atwood Taylor (1931)

Less Thrilling Mysteries

Ryan G said...
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Shirley said...

The Town Cried Murder by Leslie Ford (Mrs. Zenith Brown) 1938/1939

My third vintage mystery in the Murderous Mood level. Here's my link:

The Town Cried Murder

Les Blatt said...

My fifteenth book for this challenge: "Fear and Miss Betony," by Dorothy Bowers. First published in 1941, it's a late "Golden Age" classic whose ingenious but fair plot will take your breathy away. There's a full review at my Classic Mysteries blog.

Bev - hope your surgery went smoothly. Speedy recovery!

Ryan G said...

I just posted a review for The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/04/bat-by-mary-roberts-rinehart.html

wutheringwillow said...

Hi everyone! I’m very happy to say that I’ve completed my Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge 2011 (level In a Murderous Mood) today. The final book in my challenge was The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.

Thanks to Bev for hosting this awesome challenge. I loved participating in it!

And also thanks for being such an attentive host. I appreciate the encouragement you gave me with your comments on my blog. :-)

Emma said...

This is my review for Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh.

scottishgirlinzurich.blogspot.com/2011/04/reading-challenge-enter-murderer.html

I also have read The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Les Blatt said...

Book number 16 this week (it won't be the last): "Sudden Vengeance," by Edmund Crispin. It also appeared under the title "Frequent Hearses." As with all Crispin, it is funny, horrifying, amusing, literate, tragic, all at once. It features Gervase Fen, English Professor at Oxford, acting here as an adviser to the film company trying to make a movie about the life of the English poet, Alexander Pope. The title - both titles, really - are from Pope's "Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortuate Lady," and sum up much of the plot of the book, as someone apparently tries to avenge the death of a young woman who commits suicide. Brilliant book. Full review at the Classic Mysteries blog.

Dorte H said...

I just reviewed my 5th book of 6:

http://djskrimiblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/mary-elizabeth-braddon-lady-audleys.html

Les Blatt said...

Number 16 (but certainly not final) contribution to the challenge is Edmund Crispin's "Sudden Vengeance," also published as "Frequent Hearses," which first appeared in 1950. It features Oxford University professor Gervase Fen, hired as an expert in the poetry of the 17th century English poet, Alexander Pope, who finds himself caught up in what appears to be a series of murders for revenge, all tied in with Pope's most famous poem, "Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady." Witty, literate, funny, horrifying - typical Crispin! Full review at Classic Mysteries.

Dorte H said...

Tada! My sixth & final review: a Danish account of a witch hunt from the 1690s:

http://djskrimiblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/arne-magnussen-den-vidtudraabte.html

Bev, thank you for hosting this challenge; it has been a great opportunity to read some books I have always wanted to read!

Landslide said...

Finished my second book for the challenge: Lament for a Maker, by Michael Innes. I really enjoyed it, but it's a very dense mystery.

Since it was written in 1938, it qualifies for this challenge: http://tantoslivrostaopoucotempo.blogspot.com/2011/04/opiniao-torre-e-morte.html

Karyn said...

I have completed the challenge, and these are the books I have read:

The Deadly Reaper by Clark Smith

Green for Danger by Christianna Brand

The Yellow Room by Mary Roberts Rinehart

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers

The Dying Alderman by Henry Wade

With a Bare Bodkin by Cyril Hare

Appleby on Ararat by Michael Innes

The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen

The Weight of the Evidence by Michael Innes

Les Blatt said...

While I have completed the formal challenge, reading 16 books, I'm still reading. Here's another one that may be of interest: "The Pink Umbrella," a 1943 mystery by Frances Crane, featuring Pat and Jean Abbott, a husband-and-wife team very popular with readers during the '40s and beyond. Full review at the Classic Mysteries site.

Ryan G said...

I just posted a review for Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/05/parker-pyne-investigates-by-agatha.html

Emma said...

This is my review of The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh

http://scottishgirlinzurich.blogspot.com/2011/05/reading-challenge-nursing-home-murder.html

Buffy said...

Almost there!

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie:
http://situationswhereyoumayneedit.blogspot.com/2011/02/theme-thursdays-sleeping-murder-by.html

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie:
http://situationswhereyoumayneedit.blogspot.com/2011/03/mysterious-affair-at-styles-by-agatha.html
Why Shoot a Butler? by Georgette Heyer
http://situationswhereyoumayneedit.blogspot.com/2011/04/theme-thursday-beauty-why-shoot-butler.html

Ryan G said...

Here is my review of The Case of the Dangerous Dowager by Erle Stanley Gardner

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/05/case-of-dangerous-dowager-by-erle.html

Les Blatt said...

Ever think of an open mountainside as the setting for an impossible, locked-room type murder? Author Glyn Carr wrote more than a dozen of them. "Murder on the Matterhorn" (1951) was the second, and it's a marvelous book, combining an impossible murder with a joyous look at the sport of mountaineering. Full review at Classic Mysteries.

Elena said...

Finished! My final post and reviews of the following are here: Finished

Detection Unlimited by Georgette Heyer(1944)
Black Orchids by Rex Stout (1942)
The Silent Speaker by Rex Stout (1946)
The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy (1909)
Singing in the Shrouds by Ngaio March (1958)
The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing (1946)

Les Blatt said...

Here's one that is an absolute must-read if you enjoy the locked room/impossible crime genre: Hake Talbot's "Rim of the Pit," from 1944. It reads like a supernatural horror story - but it's not. It's a fiendishly clever, fairly clued traditional mystery. It begins, "'I came up here to make a dead man change his mind'," and goes on from there. Full review at Classic Mysteries.

Col (Col Reads) said...

Hi, Bev. I don't see my latest update, so I think I may have had a problem with the comments. I read Anna Katharine Green's The Mill Mystery. My review is at http://colreads.blogspot.com/2011/05/book-review-mill-mystery.html

Col (Col Reads) said...

Oops, I did it again. The Mill Mystery was written in 1886.

Joanne said...

Hi Bev,

My first entry - A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh

http://acertainbook.blogspot.com/2011/05/man-lay-dead-by-ngaio-marsh-vintage.html

Thanks. :)

carolsnotebook said...

I finished The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

http://carolsnotebook.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/review-the-man-in-lower-ten-by-mary-roberts-rinehart/

I really love this challenge!

Linda said...

I just finished and posted my review for Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest.
http://potpourri-of-books.blogspot.com/2011/05/red-harvest-by-dashiell-hammett.html

Birdie said...

I just wrote up _The Big Clock_
http://featherednest-birdie.blogspot.com/2011/05/vintage-mysteries-big-clock.html

Les Blatt said...

Here's a fine collection of Nero Wolfe novellas, Rex Stout's "Three Witnesses," from 1956. It includes one of my favorites, "Die Like a Dog," which features as a "witness" a Black Labrador Retriever, who - because he behaves as a dog would naturally behave - manages to point out a killer to Nero Wolfe. Full review of the three novellas at Classic Mysteries.

Ryan G said...

Here is a review of The After House by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/05/after-house-by-mary-roberts-rinehart.html

Buffy said...

http://situationswhereyoumayneedit.blogspot.com/2011/05/teaser-tuesdays-moving-finger-by-agatha.html

My latest!

Les Blatt said...

One of Margery Allingham's best Albert Campion novels is "More Work for the Undertaker," written in 1949. Campion becomes involved with an eccentric (and poor) English family, the Palinodes, who are now living as boarders in the house their parents once owned. Somebody may be poisoning them. There's also an undertaker with the unfortunate name of Jas. Bowels and a general sense that something peculiar is going on in the neighborhood. It's a delightful, well-plotted and masterfully-written book. Full review at Classic Mysteries.

carolsnotebook said...

I finished Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh (1939)

http://carolsnotebook.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/review-overture-to-death-by-ngaio-marsh/

Jennifer said...

An update on my progress:
Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh
Death of an Angel by Frances and Richard Lockridge
Death of a Peer by Ngaio Marsh
Striding Folly by Dorothy L. Sayers
Puzzle of the Silver Person by Stuart Palmer
Banbury Bog by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
She Shall Have Murder by Delano Ames
Murder Comes First by Frances and Richard Lockridge
Octagon House by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
Just two more to go, I think!

Emma said...

My last review is for The Franchise Affair

scottishgirlinzurich.blogspot.com/2011/05/vantage-reading-challenge.html

Ryan G said...

I just posted a review of The Case of Jennie Brice by Mary Roberts Rinehart

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/06/case-of-jennie-brice-by-mary-roberts.html

christina-reads said...

I recently read Death in Cyprus by M. M. Kaye (1956), and reviewed it at http://christina-reads.livejournal.com/140571.html. Even though I've completed my goal for this challenge, I do plan to keep posting what I read!

Ryan G said...

I just posted a review of Ten Adventures of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton

The book was published in 1961 but all stories come from previsouly published books between 1911-1927

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/06/ten-adventures-of-father-brown-by-gk.html

Shirley said...

I read and posted a review for The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1901-1902) My review is here. This is book four of the challenge.

Shirley said...

Challenge complete for In A Murderous Mood. I will still continue reading vintage mysteries but my TBR pile is too extensive at the moment to continue as a challenge. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity this has given me to search out vintage mysteries!

Les Blatt said...

Who killed the antique weapons collector inside his locked study - apparently with one of his own weapons, a Gothic halberd? That's one of two impossible crimes in Clyde B. Clason's "Dragon's Cave," a 1940 Golden Age classic, featuring the detective skills of history professor Lucius Theocritus Westborough. Full review at Classic Mysteries.

Birdie said...

Hi Bev--
FINALLY got my review up for In the Fog

Gigi Ann said...

I just finished my fourth book yesterday, another Agatha Christie book, "4:50 From Paddington." I did not do a review, just read the book.

I hope you are feeling better, and congrats on the graduation.

Ryan G said...

I just posted a review of The Swimming Pool by Mary Roberts Rinehart

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/06/swimming-pool-by-mary-roberts-rinehart.html

Ryan G said...

The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/06/case-of-velvet-claws-by-erle-stanley.html

Sherrie said...

Hi!
I've finished another book for this reading challenge. Have a great day!

A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

Sherrie
Just Books
http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/2011/06/review-murder-is-announced.html

Les Blatt said...

Here's a great, early Agatha Christie thriller to add to your TBR lists this weekend: "The Man in the Brown Suit." It's a robust mix of murder, smuggling, robbery, assault, even a mysterious master criminal type, all revolving around a young woman who made the mistake of wishing for a little more excitement in her life. Full review at Classic Mysteries.

Ryan G said...

Here is number 16:

The Wall by Mary Roberts Rinehart

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/06/wall-by-mary-roberts-rinehart.html

I know that I'm done with the offical challenge, but I'll be back with more reviews as I do them. I love vintage mysteries.

Thanks for hosting the challenge, and I hope you repeat it next year!

Marisa said...

My second book for the challenge was Earl Derr Biggers' first Charlie Chan novel "The House Without a Key". Anyone else a Charlie Chan or Earl Derr Biggers fan?

My reviews is here: http://www.armchairarchives.blogspot.com

Happy reading!

BookBelle said...

I'm officially in the game! I'm starting A Dead Man Lays by Ngaio Marsh.

I found a complete set of Roderick Alleyn (33 books) for download to my Nook for $16.00. Yay!

Ryan G said...

I'm only adding in this review becaue I've already read my 16 books. I thought this one would be fun though.

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/06/secret-of-old-clock-by-carolyn-keene.html

Bina said...

Hi Bev! Just posted my review for my first challenge read, A. A. Milne's The Red House Mystery. My level is In a murderous mood and here's the link:
http://ifyoucanreadthis.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/review-the-red-house-mystery/

Ryan G said...

Another fun light read.

The Tower Treasure by Franklin W. Dixon

http://wordsmithonia.blogspot.com/2011/06/tower-treasure-by-franklin-w-dixon.html

Jenn said...

My progress since I last wrote (briefly summed up at http://drivinon9.blogspot.com/2011/06/yet-another-post-about-challenges.html)

Poirot Investigates - Agatha Christie 1924
Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories - Agatha Christie 1948
Hickory Dickory Dock - Agatha Christie 1955
The Red House Mystery - A.A. Milne 1922
Suddenly at His Residence - Christianna Brand 1946
A Blunt Instrument - Georgette Heyer 1938

BookBelle said...

Okay, count me in! I just finished A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh. It is the first of the Roderick Alleyn mysteries.

I did a little bio on Dame Ngaio Marsh and a quick synopsis of A Man Lay Dead here:

http://bookbelle0819.blogspot.com/2011/06/man-lay-dead-by-ngaio-marsh-and-little.html

Les Blatt said...

For some REALLY vintage mysteries, try "The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime." These stories, all featuring female rivals of Sherlock Holmes, were written between the 1860s and 1915. These women detectives were very popular in their day, and the stories are still fun to read. Full review at Classic Mysteries.

Laurie said...

Just posted my review of Josephine Tey, Miss Pym Disposes. Review is here:

http://inlauriesmind.blogspot.com/2011/06/review-miss-pym-disposes.html

carolsnotebook said...

Just posted my comments on 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie (1957).

http://carolsnotebook.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/cooling-down-with-ac-450-from-paddington/

Laurie said...

And just posted my review of Ngaio Marsh's Vintage Murder

http://inlauriesmind.blogspot.com/2011/06/review-vintage-murder.html

Les Blatt said...

I'd like to suggest another title by Gladys Mitchell, "When Last I Died," which originally appeared in 1941. I've reviewed other Mitchell books in the past and noted that she's not as well known in the US as the other British crime queens of the Golden Age, such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. "When Last I Died" is full of odd humor, set in a supposedly haunted house, features some horrific murders, and marvelous characters, including Mitchell's series detective, psychiatrist Mrs. Bradley. Full review at Classic Mysteries.

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