Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Challenge Commitment Complete: Vintage Scavenger Hunt

The Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge is the one that is nearest and dearest to my heart. It's the first reading challenge I sponsored and if I had to choose only one genre to read for the rest of my life, it would definitely be mysteries. This year I've changed things up once again and have launched the Vintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt. Challengers have been busy scouring their shelves for cover items to fulfill categories. There's still time to join us!

My Committment: At least 12 books in each era. And I have now completed that. Since I've also been participating in Rich's Crimes of the Century (with a number of pre-1960 years) and the Tuesday Night Bloggers (featuring Golden Age crime), I really racked up the Golden-Era covers. I had to make an effort to squeeze in my Silver hunt. As you all know, I'm a glutton when it comes to these things, so while my commitment is complete, I will be aiming to find as many items as possible before the end of the year.....

Golden Era (Pre-1960)

1. Hunt with the Hounds by Mignon G. Eberhart (1950) [Damsel in Distress] (1/3/16)
2. Murder at Arroways by Helen Reilly (1950) [Map/Chart] (1/7/16)
3. Red for Murder by Harold Kemp (1957) [Jewelry] (1/13/16)
4. Hardly a Man Is Now Alive by Herbert Brean (1950) [Bottle of Poison] (1/16/16)
5. Puzzle in Petticoats by Samuel M. Kootz (1944) [Shadowy Figure] (1/20/16)
6. Which Doctor by Edward Candy (1954) [Nurse] (1/28/16)
7. The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont by Robert Barr (1906) [Town Scene] (1/30/16)
8. Who's Calling by Helen McCloy (1942) [Telephone] (1/31/16)
9. The Clock Ticks On by Valentine Williams (1933) [Clock] (2/3/16)
10. The Clue of the Judas Tree by Leslie Ford (1933) [Bloodstain] (2/6/16)
11. The Bridal Bed Murders by A. E. Martin (1954) [Just One Person] (2/13/16)
12. The April Robin Murders by Craig Rice & Ed McBain (1958) [Red-Head] (2/17/16)
13. The Spiral Staircase by Ethel Lina White (1933) [Staircase] (2/20/16)
14. The Black Rustle by Constance & Gwenyth Little (1942) [Statue] (2/22/16)
15. The Bachelors of Broken Hill by Arthur W. Upfield (1950) [Dead Body] (2/24/16)
16. The Day He Died by Lewis Padgett (1947) [Two People] (3/3/16)
17. House of Darkness by Allan MacKinnon (1947) [Castle/Ruins] (3/7/16)
18. The Old Battle Axe/The Obstinate Murderer (1943/1938) [Brunette] (3/17/16)
19. The Jade Venus by George Harmon Coxe (1945) [Boat] (4/7/16)
20. The Indigo Necklace Murders by Frances Crane (1945) [More Than Two People] (4/12/16)
21. The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde by Erle Stanley Gardner (1944) [Blonde] (4/12/16) 
22. Death in Cyprus by M. M. Kaye (1956) [Moon] (4/22/16)

Silver Era (1960-1989, inclusive)
1. The Girl in the Cellar by Patricia Wentworth (1961) [Jewelry] (1/9/16)
2. The Doberman Wore Black by Barbara Moore (1983) [Dog] (2/9/16)
3. The Fifth Passenger by Edward Young (1963) [Boat] (2/10/16)
4. Poacher's Bag by Douglas Clark (1980) [Green Object] (2/19/16)
5. Gently with the Painters by Alan Hunter (1960) [Artist/Art Equipment] (2/27/16)
6. The Calcutta Affair by George S. Elrick (1967) [Two People] (2/28/16)
7. Make Death Love Me by Ruth Rendell (1979) [Skull] (3/1/16)
8. The Philomel Foundation by James Gollin (1980) [Musical Instrument] (3/11/16)
9. Dead Against My Principles by Kenneth Hopkins (1960) [Watch] (3/29/16)
10. The Third Encounter by Sara Woods (1963) [Doctor] (4/1/16)
11. One Foot in the Grave by Peter Dickinson (1979) [Bloodstains] (4/18/16)
12. Death by Hoax by Lionel Black (1974) [Telephone] (4/25/16)


Anonymous said...

Wow, well done Bev - I actually now realise that I never set myself a target - but if I can manage a dozen in both Ages I'll feel very chuffed with myself!

Bev Hankins said...

Thanks, Sergio! I didn't think I'd get my Silver--I kept wanting to grab Golden era books.