Thursday, November 15, 2012

Vintage Mystery Scattergories

Once again it's time to start thinking about Reading Challenges for the new year.  And once again I am sponsoring the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge.  The theme is "Scattergories" and if you hop on the link you can read up on the complete rules and see what categories are available.  Minimum commitment for the full ride is 8 books in 8 diifferent categories.  I'm quite sure that I'll be doing more than 8 books.  I may get a little crazy (crazier...) and see if I can do at least one from each category.  
Here's the plan:
(Category #1) Colorful Crime: The Puzzle of the Silver Persian by Stuart Palmer [1943] (1/15/13) 
(Category #1) Colorful Crime: The Green Plaid Pants by Margaret Scherf [1951] (3/3/13)
(Category #1) Colorful Crime: Murder & Blueberry Pie by Frances & Richard Lockridge [1959] (9/3/13)
(Category #2) Murder by the Numbers: Death Knocks Three Times by Anthony Gilbert [1949] (9/27/13)
(Category #3) Amateur Night: The Mummy Case Mystery by Dermot Morrah [1933] (7/3/13)
(Category #3) Amateur Night: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene [1930] (9/17/13)
(Category #4) Leave It to the Professionals: Dead Man Control by Helen Reilly [1936] (7/6/13)
(Category #5) Jolly Old England: Mist on the Saltings by Henry Wade [1933] (7/26/13)
(Category #6) Yankee Doodle Dandy: Sally's in the Alley by Norbert Davis [1943] (3/25/13)
(Category #7) World Traveler: Death in Zanzibar by M. M. Kaye [1959] (6/25/13)
(Category #8) Dangerous Beasts: The Talking Sparrow Murders by Darwin L. Teilhet [1934] (5/6/13) AND Death & The Gentle Bull by Frances & Richard Lockridge [1954] (6/29/13)
(Category #9) A Calendar of Crime: Holiday Homicide by Rufu King [1940; New Year's]
(Category #10) Wicked Women: The Lady in the Morgue by Jonathan Latimer [1936] (3/10/13)
(Category #10) Wicked Women: Black Widow by Patrick Quentin [1952] (4/3/13)
(Category #11) Malicious Men: Malcolm Sage: Detective by Herbert Jenkins [1921] (9/8/13)
(Category #12) Murderous Methods: Spotted Hemlock by Gladys Mitchell [1958] (7/18/13)
(Category #13) Staging the Crime: Unhappy Hooligan by Stuart Palmer [1956; Circus performers] (3/24/13)
(Category #13) Staging the Crime: A Bullet in the Ballet by Caryl Brahms & S. J. Simon [1937] (8/28/13)
(Category #14) Scene of the Crime: Murder on Safari by Elspeth Huxley [1938] (6/8/13)
(Category #15) Cops & Robbers: The Cavalier's Cup by Carter Dickson [1953] (2/5/13)
(Category #16) Locked Rooms: Till Death Do Us Part by John Dickson Carr [1944] (8/2/13)
(Category #17) Country House Criminals: Sleep No More by Margaret Erskine [1958]
(Category #18) Murder on the High Seas: Inland Passage by George Harmon Coxe [1953] (5/2/3)
(Category # 19) Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Death in the Air by Agatha Christie [1935] (8/5/13)
(Category #20*) Murder Is Academic: Murder at Cambridge by Q. Patrick [1933] (10/15/13)
(Category #20*) Murder Is Academic: Corpses at Indian Stones by Philip Wylie [1943] (2/7/13)
(Category #20*) Murder Is Academic: Darkness at Pemberley by T. H. White [1932]
(Category #21) Things That Go Bump in the Night: The Devil's Stronghold by Leslie Ford [1948] (4/21/13)
(Category #22) Repeat Offenders: The Mystery of Hunting's End by Mignon G. Eberhart [1930] (3/29/13)
(Category #23) The Butler Did It...or Not: The Door by Mary Roberts Rinehart [1930] (8/22/13)
(Category #24) A Mystery by Any Other Name: London Particular (aka Fog of Doubt) by Christianna Brand [1952] (7/22/13)
(Category #25) Dynamic Duos: Murder Within Murder by Frances & Richard Lockridge [1946] (6/14/13)  Pam & Jerry North
(Category #25) Dynamic Duos: The Yellow Violet by Frances Crane [1942] (9/30/13) Pat & Jean Abbott
(Category #26) Size Matters: The Long Farewell by Michael Innes [1958] (8/3/13)
(Category #27) Psychic Phenomena: The Curse of the Bronze Lamp by Carter Dickson [1945] (5/27/13) Egyptian seer predicts Lady Helen Loring will disappear--she does.
(Category #28) Book to Movie: The Lady Vanishes (aka The Wheel Spins) by Ethel Lina White [1936] (3/17/13)
(Category #29) The Old Bailey: Tragedy at Law by Cyril Hare [1942] (6/21/13)
(Category #29) The Old Bailey: Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh [1940] (8/28/13)

Extra Categories [Added after my initial commitment.  I will complete them if possible, but challenge completion will be fulfilling the original list.]
(Category 30) Serial Killers: The Chinese Parrot by Earl Derr Biggers [1926] (the Charlie Chan stories first appeared as serials in The Saturday Evening Post) [6/18/13]
(Category 31) Killed in Translation: Maigret's Christmas by

(Category 32)  Blondes in Danger: The Bamboo Blonde by Dorothy B. Hughes [1941] (12/31/13)
(Category 33) International Detectives: The Mountains Have a Secret by Arthur W. Upfield [Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte,
a half-caste Aborigine in Australia] (4/16/13)
(Category 34) Somebody Else's Crime: The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [also read by Rich @ Past Offenses] (6/12/13) 

(Category 35) Genuine Fakes: The Black Stage by Anthony Gilbert {Lucy Beatrice Malleson} (7/27/13)
(Category 35) Genuine Fakes: The Dreadful Hollow by Nicholas Blake {Cecil Day Lewis} [1953] (9/19/13)
(Category 36) Hobbies Can Be Murder: Miss Silver Deals With Death by Patricia Wentworth [1943] {knitting} (finished 5/28/13)
(Category 37) Get Out of Jail Free: {Reread a Favorite!} A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (8/1/13)

*I had to do at least three academic mysteries--both because that's a weakness of mine and because my good friends, John from Pretty Sinister Books, was so generous and gave me the Philip Wylie book AND Sergio from Tipping My Fedora was also generous and gave me the White book, and they need to be read!
***(No, I don't think I"m over-doing it.  Why do you ask?) .

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