Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Vintage Bingo Reviews

Please link up your reviews below.


Kate said...

Here are the squares I have completed so far, though alas no bingos yet:
Colour in the title: The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen

Book that features a crime other than murder: No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer (Includes Blackmail)

Professional Detective: The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude

Author you've never read: Murder in a Hurry by Lockridge

Something spooky in the title or cover: The Skeleton in the Clock by Carter Dickson

Amateur Detective: Fer de lance by Rex Stout
(I wasn't sure if this one counted as an amateur detective or not)

Man in title: The League of Frightened Men by Rex Stout

Country House Mystery: What Happened at Hazelwood

Book already read by another challenger: The Emperor's Snuff Box by John Dickson Carr which was read by Ryan@Wordsmithonia in January

One Short Story Collection: Mr Campion and Others by Margery Allingham

Book set in England or U. S. = The Longer Bodies by Gladys Mitchell

Method of Murder in Title = Behold Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer

Place in Title: Murder in Piccadilly by Charles Kingston

Book written by someone using a pseudonym = A Night of Errors by Michael Innes (a.k.a) J. I. M. Stewart

Book featuring food/drink or party = Surfeit of Lampreys by Ngaio Marsh (Food in the title and book also includes a party gathering)

Could anyone advise me on any good novels which would fulfill the category for involves the clergy or religion, as the only ones I can think of as the Father Brown stories and I have already read them?

Anonymous said...

Replying to Kate -

There's Catherine Aird's "The Religious Body," published in 1966 (so eligible for the silver card). For the gold card, I'm planning to use Ngaio Marsh's first-rate "Death in Ecstasy," from 1936. More for the silver card: any of the Harry Kemelman stories about Rabbi Small. Ellis Peters's first Brother Cadfael novel was 1977's "A Morbid Taste for Bones." Come to think of it, you could stretch a bit to include John Bude's "The Cornish Coast Murder" (1935) as much of the detecting is done by the vicar, Reverend Dodd. Hope these help!

Bev Hankins said...

Uncle Abner stories by Melville Davisson Post

The Bishop's Secret (aka Bishop Pendle) by Fergus Hume

Always Murder a Friend; For the Love of Murder (aka Gilbert's Last Toothache); Divine & Deadly (aka The Curious Custard Pie); and others by Margaret Scherf.

This site ( gives a list of clerical detectives--you'd just need to browse through to see which appear during the proper time period.

I would also accept any of the books written by Father Ronald A. Knox (one of the few Golden Age writers who was a member of the clergy)

Kate said...

Thanks for all your great suggestions, I'll definitely take a look at them =)

CS said...

Hi Bev - Margery Allingham Death of a Ghost for the something spooky square - i loved this but couldn't decide if i felt that the ending was a bit of an anti-climax... Best wishes Clint