Saturday, November 2, 2013

Vintage Mystery BINGO: My Sign-Up

Vintage Mystery Bingo  

 Here it is--my first challenge sign-up for 2014!  My very own Vintage Mystery Challenge.  This year's challenge will be run as a Bingo extravaganza.  I have also added a level to the challenge this year--dividing the Vintage mysteries into Silver & Golden Ages.  I, being the crazy challengaholic that I am, will be attempting both Bingo Cards.  My declared challenge will be to finish two Bingos on each card (a total of 24 books).  But those of you who know me well won't be surprised if I don't go for all the marbles and try to cover both cards....Why don't you come and join me?  Click the link above to see the complete rules.

Golden Bingo List (Pre-1960 Mysteries):
1. The Skeleton in the Clock by Carter Dickson (1948) [Set in England] (1/8/14)
2. Seven Footprints to Satan by A. Merritt (1928) ["Spooky" Title] (1/22/14)
3. The Winter Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine (1939) [Time,Day, etc] (1/23/14)
4. Death on the Aisle by Frances & Richard Lockridge (1942) [Entertainment World] (1/24/14)
5. The Adventure of the Eleven Cuff-Buttons by James Francis Thierry (1918) [Number] (1/26/14)
6. Too Much of Water by Bruce Hamilton (1958) [Water] (1/27/14)
7. Darkness at Pemberley by T. H. White (1932) [Professional Detective] (1/30/14)
8. Where There's Love, There's Hate by Adolfo Bioy Casares & Silvina Ocampo (1946) [Translation] (2/5/14)
9. Death Walks on Cat Feet by D. B. Olsen (1956) [Amateur Detective] (2/13/14)
10. Made Up to Kill by Kelley Roos (1940) [Set in the US] (2/18/14)
11. The Purple Parrot by Clyde Clason (1937) [Color in Title] (2/25/14)  BINGO!!
12. The Darker the Night by Herbert Brean (1949) [Author Read Before] (3/3/14)
13. The League of Frightened Men by Rex Stout (1935) [Detective "Team"] (3/23/14) 
14. Tut, Tut! Mr. Tutt by Arthur Train (1920--date in 1st edition which I own) [Lawyer] (3/25/14) 
15. The Clue of the Leather Noose by Donald Bayne Hobart (1929) [Murder Method in Title] (3/31/14) 
16. The Coral Princess Murders by Frances Crane (1954) [Set Anywhere but US/England] (4/5/14) 
17. Gale Warning by Hammond Innes (1948) [More Than One Title: aka Maddon's Rock] (4/15/14) 
18. Dorothy Dixon & the Double Cousin by Dorothy Wayne (1933) [Crime Other Than Murder] (4/26/14) 
19. For Old Crime's Sake (aka Lucky Jane) by Delano Ames (1959) [Mode of Transportation] (4/29/14)
20. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain (1934) [Book to Movie] (4/29/14) 
21. Death at the Medical Board by Josephine Bell (1944) [Features Doctor/Nurse] (5/16/14) 
22. By the Watchman's Clock by Leslie Ford (1932) [Academic Mystery] (5/23/14) 
23. Red Herring by Edward Acheson (1932) [Animal in Title] (5/25/14) BINGO!!
24. Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout (1938) [Food/Cooks] (7/12/14)
25. Murder at the Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason (1910) [Place] (7/14/14) BINGO!!
26. The Tattooed Man by Howard Pease (1926) [Man in Title] (7/17/14)
27. Button, Button by Marion Bramhall (1944) [Author Not Read Before] (8/13/14)
28. The Bigger They Come by A. A. Fair (1938) [Size in Title] (8/28/14) 
29. The Unfinished Crime by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (1935) [Borrow] (9/8/14) 
30. Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie (1939) [Locked Room] (9/11/14) BINGO!
31. The Footprints on the Ceiling by Clayton Rawson [Read by Fellow Challenger (9/25/14) BINGO! (2 ways)
32. Blood on the Stars by Brett Halliday [Out of My Comfort Zone] (10/4/14) BINGO!
33. Lament for a Maker by Michael Innes [Pseudonymous Author] (10/8/14) BINGO!
34. The Labors of Hercules by Agatha Christie [Short Stories] (10/11/14) BINGO! (2 ways)
35. The Haunted Lady by Mary Roberts Rinehart [Woman in Title] (10/19/14) BINGO! (2 ways)
36. The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart [Country House] (11/4/14) BINGO! And a covered card!

Silver Bingo List (1960-1989, inclusive):

1. Shake Hands Forever by Ruth Rendell (1975) [Set in England] (1/13/14)
2. Exit Actors, Dying by Margot Arnold (1979) [Set Anywhere But US/England] (2/4/14)
3. Shelf Life by Douglas Clark (1982) [Professional Detective] (2/6/14)
4. Gambit by Rex Stout (1962) [Read by Fellow Challenger] (2/8/14)
5. Ellery Queen's 20th Anniversary Annual by Ellery Queen, ed (1965) [Short Story Collection] (2/22/14)
6. Vicious Circle by Douglas Clark (1983) [Detective Team] (3/11/14)
7. Endless Night by Agatha Christie (1967) [Author Read Before] (3/13/14)
8. A Hangman's Dozen by Alfred Hitchcock, ed (1962) [Number in Title] (4/7/14)
9. Invisible Green by John Sladek (1977) [Locked Room] (6/2/14)
10. Thus Was Adonis Murdered by Sarah Caudwell (1981) [Lawyer/Courtroom] (6/5/14)
11. The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo (1968) [Made into Movie] (6/8/14)
12. Plain Sailing by Douglas Clark (1987) [Involves Water] (6/11/14)
13. A Hearse on May-Day by Gladys Mitchell (1972) [Time/Day/Month/Etc] (6/15/14)  
14. The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker (1973) [Out of Comfort Zone] (6/19/14)
15. No. 9 Belmont Square by Margaret Erskine (1963) [Place in Title] (6/21/14)
16. The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie (1961) [Animal in Title] (6/23/14)
17. DeKok & Murder in Ecstasy by A. C. Baantjer (1982) [Translated Work] (6/27/14)
18. The Day They Kidnapped Queen Victoria by H. K. Fleming (1969) [Crime Other Than Murder] (7/2/14) 
19. The Chief Inspector's Daughter by Sheila Radley (1980) [Woman in Title] (7/5/14) 
20. Who Guards a Prince by Reginald Hill (1982) [Man in the Title] (7/23/14)
21. Introducing C. B. Greenfield by Lucille Kallen (1979) [Set in U.S.] (8/6/14) 
22. Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet by Harry Kemelman (1976) [Borrow] (9/8/14) BINGO!
23. Red Cent by Robert Campbell (1989) [Mode of Transportation] (9/10/14)
24. Death Takes a Sabbatical  by Robert Bernard (1967) [Academic Mystery] (9/16/14)
25. A Death for a Dancer by E. X. Giroux (1985) [Country House] (9/28/14)
26. Death on Allhallowe'en by Leo Bruce (1970) [Spooky Title] (10/11/14)
27. Only a Matter of Time by V. C. Clinton-Baddeley (1969) [Amateur] (10/13/14) BINGO!
28. Murder on Mike by H. Paul Jeffers (1984) [Entertainment] (10/15/14) BINGO!
29. Appleby's Answer by Michael Innes (1973) [Pseudonymous Author] (10/17/14)
30. Too Many Doctors by Holly Roth (1962) [Medical Mystery] (10/22/14)
31. Madman's Bend by Arthur W. Upfield (1963) [More Than One Title] (10/24/14)
32. Roast Eggs by Douglas Clark (1981) [Cook/Food] (10/25/14)
33. Nor Live so Long by Sara Woods (1986) [Size/Measurement] (10/26/14) BINGO! (2 ways)
34. The Mind-Murders by Janwillem van de Wetering (1981) [New Author] (10/30/14) BINGO!
35. The Lady in Black by Anna Clarke (1977) [Color in Title] (11/1/14) BINGO! (3 ways)
36. Death by Sheer Torture by Robert Barnard (1981) [Method] (11/15/14) BINGO! (2 ways & a covered card!)

***I must give credit for the bingo-style challenge idea to Anne from Creativity’s Corner and Kristilyn from Reading in Winter.  These ladies enticed me with their 2013 Bingo Reading Challenge this past year.  I had so much fun with it that I thought it would be very cool to come up with a mystery version.  With Anne & Kristilyn’s kind permission, I have “stolen” their idea and given it a mysterious twist.  If you love challenges as much as I do be sure and check out their 2014 Bingo Reading Challenge.


goldmoon said...
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goldmoon said...

Hi :-)
I have liked your Vintage Mystery challenge in 2013, even though I couldn't join it because I discovered it very late :-(
I'd like to join the 2014 challenge!! But, as I'm not so informed about Bingo, I don't understand one thing: must I read 12 books of my choice between all the categories, or must I read 2 books under the "G" column, 2 books under the "O" column, and so on?
Which one of these two?
Thanks for your attention!
Have a nice day. And forgive my basic English!

Bev Hankins said...


In order to participate you must read at least 6 books that fulfill categories listed on the Bingo cards above (that will qualify you as complete and allow you to be entered in a prize drawing at the end of the year). Those books must fulfill separate categories in a line...either down a column--say under the letter "G," Across all six columns in one row--say across the bottom row of the card, OR from one corner to its opposite corner--say top left corner through the bottom right. OR you can do one book for each corner category plus any other two boxes on that same board. If you complete two SEPARATE Bingos (12 books total), then you will qualify for an automatic prize. Those two Bingos can be on the same card (all books read for the Golden Age time period, for instance) or you can do one Bingo on the Gold card and one on the Silver. You can read for any of the categories you want--but only those boxes that equal six in a row (or "four corners") will qualify for a Bingo.

If you click on this link ( You will see an example of Bingo-type scoring from a different Bingo challenge I did for 2013. You will see that for this one I had to read five books in a row. I have marked the categories I read and you will see that I have five stars across the top, five stars down the left side, and five stars from the bottom left to the top right--for a total of three complete Bingos. I hope this helps.

Major said...

I'm in. The link to my list is



Kerrie said...

Bev, I am really impressed with all that you read.
I'm not sure where to go to tell you that I have finished for 2014 and have posted my summary here:
I've signed up for next year