Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Vintage Mystery Challenge Reviews

Please post your reviews below.


Anonymous said...

Bingo number two! My first was in silver, S6 to R6. Have I made an amalgamation of lengthy titles, or what? Q;-)= Enjoy my reviews and dual bingo details here. Carolyn http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2013/11/02/vintage-mysteries-2013-2014/

Kate said...

I have at last got two bingos for the Gold card.
They are the first row from the top and the fifth row from the bottom.

Since my posting last month I have completed the following squares:

Read one book with a colour in the title:
Black land, white land (1937) by H. C. Bailey
I found this a rather disappointing book, with a very dull narrative style.

Read one book with a spooky title:
The Dreadful Hollow (1953) by Nicholas Blake

Read one book with a number in the title:
Lock 14 (1931) by George Simenon

Read one book already read by a fellow challenger:
And then there were none (1939) by Agatha Christie. I believe Hannah@bookinginheels read this one in March.
Excellent read. One of my favourites so far.

Read a book by an author you've never read before:
Who killed the curate? (1944) by Joan Coggin
Delightful amateur detective who is forever getting the wrong end of the stick.

Read one academic mystery:
The Widening Stain (1942) by Morris Bishop

Read one country-house mystery:
The Santa Klaus Murder (1936) by Mavis Doriel Hay

Read one book with a professional detective:
Murder at Shots Hall (1945) by Maureen Sarsfield
Another excellent mystery.

Read one book set in England:
The Blotting Book (1908) by E. F. Benson
Unfortunately this was another disappointing novel, despite being very well written. The murderer was just too obvious and the clues too explicit.

Read one book written by an author with a pseudonym:
Head of Traveller (1949) by Nicholas Blake

However, I was wondering if anyone had any good recommendations for books which would qualify for a book that features food/cooks in some way and a book set in the entertainment world?

Bev Hankins said...

Kate: There is Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout (1938)--which I actually have my eye on. Or Pass the Gravy by A. A. Fair (1959), Murder & Blueberry Pie by Frances & Richard Lockridge (1959), The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen (1934), The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley (1929), and The Chocolate Cobweb by Charlotte Armstrong (1948).

For the entertainment world--Ngaio Marsh has a few that are set in the theatre (or centered on artists or actors)--Vintage Murder (1937), for example. There is also The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin (1945); A Puzzle for Puppets by Patrick Quentin (1944); Death on the Aisle (1942) or Death of an Angel (1955) by Frances & Richard Lockridge, and Made Up to Kill by Kelley Roos.

Bev Hankins said...

Also, I recently read Malcolm Sage: Detective by Herbert George Jenkins. I'll totally accept food/cooks in the title--even if sage itself doesn't figure in the mystery.

Kate said...

Thanks Bev I will have a look at the books you've suggested =)