Wednesday, November 11, 2020

2012 British Crime Classics

Rekha at The Book Decoder is sponsoring a third round of her British Crime Classics Challenge. The rules are simple--Read British mysteries written before 1965. Read as many as you like. For those who would like to add a little spice to the mix, she's added a set of themes to choose from (listed below). Since I read so many vintage mysteries, I'm setting my personal goal at twelve--one for every month of the year. To join in, see her post at the link above.

~Read a book by your favorite author
~Read a book by an author new to you 
~A favorite detective
~A favorite amateur sleuth
~A re-read
~Death by Strangulation/Poison/Drowning/Stabbing (pick one or do one of each)
~Missing documents
~Mystery set in a foreign land
~A mysterious journey
~Spooky Doobie Doo
~Locked room/Trapped on an Island
~Cliched tropes

1. Death of a Millionaire by G.D.H. & Margaret Cole (1/4/21) [New to me authors]
2. The Floating Admiral by The Detection Club (1/17/21) [Reread]
3. Raffles [The Amateur Cracksman] by E. W. Hornung (1/28/21) [Foreign land--primarily England to my US--but one story in Italy]
4. Murder in the Calais Coach [aka Murder on the Orient Express] (1/30/21) [Stabbed]
5. The Listerdale Mystery by Agatha Christie (2/7/21) [several mysterious journeys]
6. The Boomerang Clue by Agatha Christie (2/21/21) [A favorite author]
7. Uncle Silas by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (2/22/21)
8. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (2/24/21)
9. Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective by Agatha Christie (3/8/21)
10. Bodies from the Library by Tony Medawar (3/10/21)
11. Blue Octavo by John Blackburn (3/12/21)
12. Murder in 3 Acts by Agatha Christie [A favorite detective] (3/25/21)

Commitment complete--may count more if I read any that fit the above categories.

13. Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie (3/31/21)
14. Gently in the Sun by Alan Hunter [1959] (4/5/21) 


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