Wednesday, November 4, 2020

2021 Medical Examiner Mystery Reading Challenge


Once again Rick at the Rick Mills Project will be offering up the Medical Examiner Mystery Reading Challenge as well as the Six Shooter Challenge. I, having no self-control when it comes to challenges--especially mystery-related challenges, will--of course--sign up for both. He's got them both on deck for 2020 (as well as an all-new Beachcomber Challenge), so here I go again....For full details, check out the link above. Basically, just read mysteries and log the murder methods on his handy form. Compete for prizes!

Rick doesn't require a sign-up post, but in order to claim this one as complete on my own personal challenge tally sheet, I must submit at least 20 death certificate reports. With the number of mysteries I read per year, this shouldn't be too difficult.

1. And Then Put Out the Light by E. C. R. Lorac (12/25/20) Deaths = 4 (two electrocuted; one poisoned/gassed; one drowned)
2. The Clue of the Runaway Blonde/The Clue of the Hungry Horse by Erle Stanley Gardner (12/28/20) Deaths = 2 (one stabbed; one hit on head)
3. The Crimes of Dr. Watson by Duane Swierczynski (12/29/20) Deaths = 1 (burned in fire)
4. Who's Killing the Great Writers of America? by Robert Kaplow (12/31/20) Deaths = 2 (shot)
5. Princess Elizabeth's Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal (1/2/21) Deaths = 3 (one shot; one beheaded; one drowned)
6. Death of a Millionaire by G.D.H. & Margaret Cole (1/4/21) Deaths = (one that is a spoiler to reveal)
7. Crimson Snow by Martin Edwards [ed] (1/12/21) Deaths = 10 (four shot; one drowned; one stabbed; one strangled; one fell from height; one poisoned; one natural)
8. Sidney Chambers & the Shadow of Death by James Runcie (1/14/21) Deaths = 5 (one shot; two "natural" [possibly helped along--but not proven]; one strangles; one stabbed)
9. The Floating Admiral by The Detection Club (1/17/21) Deaths = 3 (two stabbed; one natural)
10. Death & the Dutch Uncle by Patricia Moyes (1/18/21) Deaths = 3 (one shot; one hit by vehicle; one poisoned) 
11. When Maidens Mourn by C. S. Harris (1/20/21) Deaths = 5 (three shot; one stabbed; one hit on head)
12. Mr. President, Private Eye by Martin H. Greenberg & Francis M. Nevins, Jr. [eds] (1/22/21) Deaths = 15 (three shot; two hit on head; four stabbed; one drowned; one neck broken; one eaten by piranha; two poisoned; one natural)
13. Dead as a Dodo by Jane Langton (1/24/21) Deaths = 5 (two fell from height; one stabbed; one shot; one hung)
14. Hallowed Murder by Ellen Hart (1/26/21) Deaths = 3 (one drowned; one frozen to death; one heart attack)
15. Raffles [The Amateur Cracksman] by E. W. Hornung (1/28/21) Deaths = 5 (one hit with poker; one stabbed; one shot; one poisoned; one fell from height)
16. Murder in the Calais Coach [aka Murder on the Orient Express] (1/30/21) Deaths = 4 (one shot; one natural [died in childbirth]; one fell from height; one stabbed)
17. The Double-Jack Murders by Patrick McManus (2/2/21) Deaths = 3 (shot)
18. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (2/4/21) Deaths = 10 (one drowned; two fell from height; three stabbed; one natural; three poisoned)
19. The Listerdale Mystery by Agatha Christie (2/7/21) Deaths = 6 (one hit on head; one natural; two poisoned; one fell from height; one stabbed)
20. The Cannibal Who Overate by Hugh Pentecost (2/14/21) Deaths = 4 (one hanged; one shot; one natural; one stabbed)
Commitment Complete!
21. The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer (2/19/21) Deaths = one shot
22. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre (2/20/21) Deaths = one neck broken
23. Murder at Bray Manor by Lee Strauss (2/21/21) Deaths = one stabbed
24. The Boomerang Clue (Why Didn't They Ask Evans?) by Agatha Christie (2/21/21) Deaths = 3 (one poisoned; one fell from height/shoved off cliff; one shot)
25. Uncle Silas by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (2/22/21) Deaths = 4 (one natural; one stabbed/throat cut; one hit with hammer; one poisoned/overdose)
26. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (2/24/21) Deaths = one shot
27. Dracula by Bram Stoker (adapted by Naunerle Farr) [3/2/21] Deaths = 2 (stabbed with sharp instrument--vampire teeth; then stake to the heart and knife to cut off head and give a final death to the undead vampires)
28. Dead, Man, Dead by David Alexander (3/7/21) Deaths = 3 shot
29. Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective (aka Parker Pyne Investigates) by Agatha Christie (3/8/21) Deaths = 4 (one stabbed; two poisoned; one fell from height)
30. Bodies from the Library: Lost Tales of Mystery & Suspense by Agatha Christie & Other Masters of the Golden Age by Tony Medawar [ed] (3/10/21) Deaths = 13 (one natural; two hit on head; two hanged; two drowned; two shot; two poisoned; two stabbed)
31. Blue Octavo by John Blackburn (3/12/21) Deaths = 6 (one hanged; one drowned; one burned to death; two fell from height; one natural)
32. The Coconut Killings by Patricia Moyes (3/22/21) Deaths = 2 stabbed/slashed with machete
33. Murder in 3 Acts by Agatha Christie (3/25/21) Deaths = 3 poisoned
34. Final Notice by Jo Dereske (3/27/21) Deaths = one stabbed
35. Money in the Morgue by Ngaio Marsh & Stella Duffy (3/29/21) Deaths = one smothered
36. Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie (3/31/21) Deaths = 2 poisoned
37. The Devil & the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (4/1/21) Deaths = 7 (five stabbed; one beaten; one burned)
38. The Lazarus Tree by Robert Richardson (4/2/21) Deaths = 2 (one stabbed; one poisoned [overdose])
39. Gently in the Sun by Alan Hunter (4/5/21) Deaths = 3 (two strangled; one boat exploded)
40. Mr. Smith's Hat by Helen Reilly (4/7/21) Deaths = 3 (one hit on head; two stabbed)
41. Murder Goes to College by Kurt Steel (4/8/21) Deaths = 2 shot
42. Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs (4/10/21) Deaths = 2 (one drowned; one shot)
43. What Darkness Brings by C. S. Harris (4/11/21) Deaths =12 (one poisoned; five shot; two stabbed; one hit on head; two drowned; one fell from height)
44. Why Kings Confess by C. S. Harris (4/12/21) Deaths = 11 (four stabbed; three natural; two beaten/hit on head; one blown up; one fell from height)
45. One Murdered: Two Dead by Milton Propper (4/14/21) Deaths = 2 (one stabbed; one natural)
46. Who Killed Stella Pomeroy? by Sir Basil Thomson (4/16/21) Deaths = 3 (one hit on head; two natural)
47. Murder in the Bookshop by Carolyn Wells (4/17/21) Deaths = 3 [total for book; 2 in main story; 1 in short story] (one stabbed; one suffocated; one shot)
48. An Ad for Murder by John Penn (4/18/21) Deaths = 3 (one explosion; one poisoned; one fell from height)
49. Murdock's Acid Test by George Harmon Coxe (4/19/21) Deaths = 3 (two shot; one stabbed)
50. The African Poison Murders by Elspeth Huxley (4/21/21) Deaths = 4 (one stabbed; one poisoned; one burned to death; one shot) [includes one red setter dog named Rhode]
51. The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers & Robert Eustace (4/24/21) Deaths= 2 (one poisoned; one hung)
52. Smooth Justice by Michael Underwood (4/25/21) Deaths = one hit on head
53. The Ivory Snuff Box by Arnold Fredericks (4/27/21) Deaths = one stabbed
54. The Egyptian Cross Mystery by Ellery Queen (4/29/21) Deaths = four hit on head (beheaded after death)
55. Fire in the Thatch by E. C. R. Lorac (4/30/2) Deaths = 3 (one hit on head; one auto crash; one shot)
56. Look Behind You, Lady by A. S. Fleischman (5/1/21) Deaths = 5 (one stabbed; one auto crash; one shot; two blown up)
57. The Sands of Windee by Arthur W. Upfield (5/3/21) Deaths = 2 (one shot; one snake bite)
58. The Venetian Blonde by A. S. Fleischman (5/3/21) Deaths = 5 (one hit on head; one stabbed; one heart attack; one drowned; one shot)
59. Murder by the Book by Frances & Richard Lockridge (5/5/21) Deaths = 3 (one stabbed; one poisoned; one natural)

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