Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Challenge Complete: Vintage Mysteries

Man, I can tell I'm really slipping this year.  Last year I managed to wipe out my commitment to my very own Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge in about two months.  I've been wandering all over the reading map this year, so it's only now that I can post and say: Complete!  Three Vintage Themes didn't add that many books to the commitment! Ah, well...here's the list of conquered books.  Now to start making plans and stacks for next year.....

Here are my chosen Vintage Themes:

Colorful Crime: 8 books with colors in the title

1. The Greenwell Mystery by E. C. R. Lorac (1934) [3/3/12]
2. Strange Murders at Greystones by Elsie N. Wright (1931) [3/16/12]
3. The Red Lamp by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1925) [2/7/12]
4. The So Blue Marble by Dorothy B. Hughes (1940) [3/24/12]
5. The Yellow Room by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1945) [2/27/12]
6. The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux (1907/French; 1908/English) [3/19/12]
7. The Black Seven by Carol Kendall (1946) [1/29/12]
8. The Problem of the Green Capsule by John Dickson Carr (1939)

Murder by the Numbers: 8 books with a number in the title
1. The Nine Wrong Answers by John Dickson Carr (1952) [7/7/12]
2. Champagne for One by Rex Stout (1958) [3/5/12]
3. The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1909) [5/15/12]
4. And Four to Go by Rex Stout (1956/7) [7/1/12]

5. File No. 113 by Emile Gaboriau (1867) [7/11/12]
6. The 39 Steps by John Buchan (1915) [7/3/12]
7. The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson (1906) [6/17/12]

8. Five Passengers from Lisbon by Mignon G. Eberhart (1946) [3/11/12]
9. The Fifth Man by Manning Coles (1946) [7/22/12]


Dangerous Beasts: 8 books with an animal in the title (The Bat; The Canary Murder Case; etc.)
1. Swan Song by Edmund Crispin (1947) reread [4/3/12]
2. The Case of the Grinning Gorilla by Erle Stanley Gardner (1952) [3/30/12]
3. Hare Sitting Up by Michael Innes (1959) [3/9/12]
4. The Murder in the Stork Club by Vera Caspary (1945/6) [3/10/12]
5. The Golden Scorpion by Sax Rohmer (1920) [4/2/12]
6. Dead as a Dinosaur by Frances & Richard Lockridge (1952) reread [3/8/12]
7. Pearls Before Swine by Margery Allingham (1945) [6/8/12]
8. The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1920/1932) [4/14/12]
9. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1902) [2/5/12]
10. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (1929) [4/4/12]

Commitment Complete: 7/11/12--BUT I sneaked in an extra book on Murder by the Numbers and being the perfectionist I am I couldn't post until I finished The Fifth Man (an original of the eight books required).


neer said...

Congratulations. I've read five of these: The 39 Steps, Grinning Gorilla, Hare Sitting Up, Hound of the Baskervilles, and Maltese Falcon.

Rinehart's The Yellow Room has long been on my wishlist and your review makes me want to pick up Blue Marble.

Ryan said...

Congrats! I still have far further to go than I want to be at this point in time.

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

Comngratulation Bev, really impressive. I am lagging way behind, but will abolutely get there!