Saturday, September 28, 2013

Challenge Complete: Vintage Scattergories

I have finally completed my commitment for the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge.  I long ago completed the initial commitment of at least 8 books and then took a little longer to get to 16. But I knew (and I'm sure you did too) that I would go for the craziness of reading at least one book for each of the original categories.  I've now done that--so mission accomplished for 2013.  But...stay tuned.  I'm sure I'll finish the extra categories before the year's well as the extra academic mysteries that I mentioned.  I did occasionally read extra books for a category--for a full list of books read, please see my sign up post.

Here's the list of books for the initial categories:
(Category #1) Colorful Crime: The Puzzle of the Silver Persian by Stuart Palmer [1943] (1/15/13) 
(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 #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)
(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 #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 #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: Corpses at Indian Stones by Philip Wylie [1943] (2/7/13)
(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 #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)


Anonymous said...

Well done Bev - I always knew you'd make it! I will certainly make the 13 I set myself but would love to get all the categories done fore the year out - will just have to wait and see - am really enjoying this as always Bev, thanks very much for looking after us!

Gypsi said...

That is awesome!

I'm still working on completing them all, but I lack 9 (though I have the book and haven't read it yet), 21, 26. I need 31 and 32 to finish the other challenges. I might have to borrow some inspiration from your choices!

I have truly enjoyed this challenge; hope you are planning for it again next year!

Bev Hankins said...

Never fear...another round of Vintage reading is on its way for 2014. I've got my plan set--there will be a slight twist. But hopefully, lots of fun. I like to do something a little different each year just to keep things interesting. Stay tuned!

Bev Hankins said...

Oh and, Sergio, I have no doubt that you'll make it.

srivalli said...

wow! i would love to do all the 30 categories too, I don't think I will able to do this year. i am just going to aim to read 16 that i initially set to do.