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)
60. Accent on Murder by Frances & Richard Lockridge (5/7/21) Deaths = 3 (two shot; one explosion)
61. With One Stone by Frances & Richard Lockridge (5/7/21) Deaths = 3 (two hit on head; one shot)
62. Preach No More by Richard Lockridge (5/9/21) Deaths = 2 (one stabbed; one smothered)
63. The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon (5/9/21) Deaths = 3 shot (actually five shot--but I don't think "the Countryman" and "the Man With No Arms" counts as names; also Ledlow dies, but we're not told exactly how)
64. The Haunted Attic by Judy Bolton (5/10/21) Deaths = 3 (one shot; one car accident; one natural)
65. Innocent Blood by P. D. James (5/12/21) Deaths = 3 (one strangled; one natural; one overdose)
66. The Clue of the New Pin by Edgar Wallace (5/15/21) Deaths = 3 (two shot; one stabbed)
67. I'll Kill You Next! by Adam Knight [Lawrence Lariar] (5/16/21) Deaths = 2 (one drowned; one exposure to the cold)
68. The Montmartre Investigation by Claude Izner (5/17/21) Deaths = 5 (one stabbed; three strangled; one mauled by lion)
69. Theoretically Dead by Tinker Marks (5/19/21) Deaths = 2 hit on head
70. Think of Death by Frances & Richard Lockridge (5/23/21) Deaths = 2 hit on head
71. Who Buries the Dead by C. S. Harris (5/25/21) Deaths = 6 (two stabbed; one hit on head; two shot; one drowned)
72. Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie (5/27/21) Deaths = 2 (one hit on head; one poisoned)
73. The Black Thumb by Constance & Gwenyth Little (5/30/21) Deaths = 2 axed to death
74. The Ultraviolet Widow by Frances Crane (5/31/21) Deaths = 1 pushed into well
75. Hunt the Tortoise by E. X. [Elizabeth] Ferrars (6/6/21) Deaths = 4 (one stabbed; three shot)
76. A Silver Spade by Louisa Revell (6/9/21) Deaths = 5 (one shot; two poisoned; one stabbed; one hit on head)
77. The Judge Is Reversed by Frances & Richard Lockridge (6/10/21) Deaths = 3 (one hit on head; one strangled; one pushed down stairs)
78. The Curious Custard Pie by Margaret Scherf (6/11/21) Deaths = 2 (poisoned)
79. Murder by the Book: The Crime That Shocked Dickens's London (6/12/21) Deaths = 6 (two throat cut; one pushed down well; one crushed to death; two hanged)
80. The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Murder at Sorrow's Crown by Steven Savile & Robert Greenberger (6/14/21) Deaths = 5 (two poisoned; one stabbed; one suffocated; one shot)
81. A Tasty Way to Die by Janet Laurence (6/15/21) Deaths = 2 poisoned
82. When Falcons Fall by C. S. Harris (6/15/21) Deaths = 13 (one poisoned; one shot; two fell from height; one drowned; two natural; two accident; two hit on head; two stabbed)
83. Where the Dead Lie by C. S. Harris (6/16/21) Deaths = 12 (four strangled; seven stabbed; one fell from height)
84. The Marais Assassin by Claude Izner (6/17/21) Deaths = 6 (four shot; two fell from height)
85. The Bitter Path of Death by Pierre Audemars (6/18/21) Deaths =2 stabbed
86. Dragon's Cave by Clyde B. Clason (6/21/21) Deaths = 3 (two stabbed; one poisoned)
87. Why Kill the Innocent by C. S. Harris (6/22/21) Deaths =6 (one hit on head; three stabbed; one shot; one drowned)
88. Mrs. Jeffries on the Ball by Emily Brightwell (6/24/21) Deaths = 3 (one stabbed; one hit by train; one natural)
89. The Youth Hostel Murders by Glyn Carr (6/28/21) Deaths = 3 (hit on head)
90. The Predator of Batignolles by Claude Izner (6/30/21) Deaths = 5 (two stabbed; one burned to death; one gassed; one shot)
91. Who Slays the Wicked by C. S. Harris (6/30/21) Deaths = 11 (five stabbed; one drowned; one hit on head; three shot; one strangled)
92. Road Rage by Ruth Rendell (7/2/21) Deaths = 3 (one strangled; one fell from height; one shot)
93. The Conjure-Man Dies by Rudolph Fisher (7/3/21) Deaths = 2 (one suffocated; one shot)
94. The Bride of Newgate by John Dickson Carr (7/3/21) Deaths = 4 (one stabbed; one fell from height; two natural)
95. Murder in a Hurry by Frances & Richard Lockridge (7/4/21) Deaths = 2 (one poisoned; one strangled)
96. Giant Mystery Reader by Various (7/4/21) Total Deaths (for shorter works) =  23 (seven shot; eleven hit on head; one axed; four stabbed)
97. Murder Underground by Mavis Doriel Hay (7/5/21) Deaths = two strangled (one a dog named Dido--which provides a vital clue)
98. After the Armistice Ball by Catriona McPherson (7/6/21) Deaths = two fell from height
99. Two-Way Murder by E. C. R. Lorac (7/9/21) Deaths = 2 (one hit on head; one stabbed)
100. The Red Right Hand by Joel Townsley Rogers (7/10/21) Deaths = 5 (one strangled; two hit on head; one run over; one stabbed)
101. The Illusion of Murder by Carol McCleary (7/11/21) Deaths = 5 (one stabbed; four shot)
102. Cats Don't Smile by D. B. Olsen [Dolores Hitchens (7/11/21) Deaths = 5 (two strangled; one stabbed [cat named Silver--important to plot]; one shot; one natural)
103. Who Speaks for the Damned by C. S. Harris (7/12/21) Deaths = 10 (six stabbed; one drowned; two shot; one strangled)
104. Strangled in Paris by Claude Izner (7/13/21) Deaths = 5 (one strangled; three hit on head; one natural)
105. Murder Draws a Line by Willetta Ann Barber & R. F. Schabelitz (7/15/21) Deaths = 4 (one stabbed; two shot; one fell from height)
106. Murder at Teatime by Cynthia Manson [ed] (7/16/21) Deaths = 13 (two poisoned; four hit on head; two strangled; three natural; one neck broken--by a blow; one fell from height)
107. Stone Cold Blonde by Adam Knight (7/17/21) Deaths = 3 (one stabbed; two hit on head)
108. Naked Came the Manatee by Carl Hiassen, Dave Barry, et. al (7/17/21) Deaths = 6 (one strangled; one blown up; one choked to death; two shot; one killed by boat propellers)
109. Quaker Witness by Irene Allen (7/19/21) Deaths = one poisoned
110. The Kennel Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine (7/20/21) Deaths = 4 (2 stabbed; one attacked by dog; one shot [dog named Ruprecht--important to plot])
111. No Medals for the Major by Margaret Yorke (7/20/21) Deaths = 2 (one run over; one shot)
112. The Perfect Crime (aka The Big Bow Mystery) by Israel Zangwill [with "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe] (7/21/21) Deaths = 4 (two stabbed; one shot; one strangled) 
112. What the Devil Knows by C. S. Harris (7/22/21) Deaths = 24 (ten head bashed & throat cut; one hanged; five stabbed; two strangled; one fell from height; two drowned; two shot; one hit with flotsam from the brewery flood) [Harris's books are always pretty death-ridden, but this one was a regular blood-bath. It includes all of the deaths related to the original Ratcliffe Highway murders which are detailed in the story.]
113. The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry (7/23/21) Deaths = 5 strangled
114. Great French Detective Stories by T. J. Hale [ed] (7/25/21) Deaths = 19 (nine stabbed; one natural; three shot; three poisoned; one hit by taxi; two hanged)
115. Callander Square by Anne Perry (7/25/21) Deaths = 7 (three stabbed; three strangled; one poisoned)
116. The Portcullis Room by Valentine Williams (7/27/21) Deaths = 3 (two stabbed; one drowned)
117. The Basle Express by Manning Coles (7/28/21) Deaths = 5 (two shot [Edouard Bastien; Herr Eisenschmidt]; one stabbed [Gregor--Russian bodyguard]; two fell from height [Duble; Medeski])
118. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume (7/29/21) Deaths = 6 (one poisoned; one fell from height; three natural; one hanged)

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