Saturday, October 23, 2021

Medical Examiner 2022: My Sign-Up


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 2022 (as well as the fairly 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. [Tallies for 2022 begin after Christmas 2021.]

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. In the Crypt with a Candlestick by Daisy Waugh (12/24/21) Deaths = 4 (one natural; one drug overdose; one hit on head; one fell from height)
2. Spare Time for Murder by John Gale (12/27/21) Deaths = 7 (one drowned; one beaten to death; one bombed; one mauled by dogs; three shot)
3. The Death at Yew Corner by Robert Forrest (12/29/21) Deaths = 7 (one scalded to death; four suffocated; one poisoned [dog named Kurt]; one shot)
4. The Clocks by Agatha Christie (12/30/21) Deaths = 3 (two stabbed; one strangled)
5. Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie (12/31/21) Deaths = 2 (one poisoned; one shot)
6. Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie (1/1/22) Deaths = one stabbed
7. Fadeaway Girl by Martha Grimes (1/2/22) Deaths = 4 (one drowned; two shot; one stabbed)
8. The Case of the Famished Parson by George Bellairs (1/2/22) Deaths = 4 (one hit on head; one shot; two hanged)
9. The Price of the Phoenix by Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath (1/4/22) Deaths = 2 (shot)
10. Easy to Kill by Agatha Christie (1/7/22) Deaths = 6 (one run over; two poisoned; one fell from height; one drowned; one hit on head)
11. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (1/9/22) Deaths = 21 total (11 current in narrative: four poisoned; one strangled; one stabbed; two shot; one drowned; two hit. Plus 10+ caused by our current murder victims: two run over; three neglect/medical malpractice; one shot [war]; two drowned; one hung; one overdose [and a bunch of unnamed natives left to die in the jungle]
12. Bodies from the Library by Tony Medawar [ed] (1/13/22) Deaths = 18 (five stabbed; one fell to his death; one natural; six shot; one hanged; one strangled; one flying accident; one electrocuted; one poisoned)
13. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James (1/15/22) Deaths = 5 (one shot; two hanged; one run over; one hit on head)
14. Best "Thinking Machine" Stories by Jacques Futrelle (1/16/22) Deaths = 4 (one poisoned; one hit on head; one stabbed; one natural)
15. What, Me, Mr. Mosley? by John Greenwood (1/17/22) Deaths = one natural
16. The Ruby Raven by Michael Dahl (1/19/22) Deaths = 4 (one squashed by pillar; one beheaded; one fell to death; one shot)
17. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (1/20/22) Deaths = 2 (one hit on head; one other)
18. Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie (1/21/22) Deaths = 16 (two hit on head; three shot; two in railway accident; three natural; one strangled; two stabbed; one fell from height; two poisoned)
19. Deathblow Hill by Phoebe Atwood Taylor (1/21/22) Deaths = 5 (two strangled; one died of plague; one car/train accident; one drowned)
20. Star Trek: Voyage to Adventure by Michael J. Dodge (1/22/22) Deaths = 11 (one accident; four shooting; three electric shock; one attacked by alien; one asphyxiated; one smashed by falling rock)
Commitment Met!
21. Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson (1/23/22) Deaths = 16 (five shot; one beaten to death; one hit on head; one cancer; one heart attack; one fell from height; one car accident; one house fire; one strangled; two poisoned; one hit & run) [This includes deaths from the books mentioned within the story where victim and method are named.]
22. And Soon I'll Come to Kill You by Susan Kelly (1/23/22) Deaths = 5 (two shot; one car accident; two stabbed)
23. The Green Island Mystery by Betsy Allen (1/24/22) Deaths = one natural
24. An Old Betrayal by Charles Finch (1/29/22) Deaths = 5 (one natural; two shot; one fell from height; one hanged)
25. Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh (1/29/22) Deaths = one shot
26. Cut to the Quick by Kate Ross (1/31/22) Deaths = 4 (two stabbed; two natural)
27. Murder at the Spring Ball by Benedict Brown (2/5/22) Deaths = 3 (two poisoned; one shot with arrow)
28. The Egyptologist by Arthur Phillips (2/6/22) Deaths = 4 (two accident; on hit on head; one poisoned)
29. Midnight Sailing by Lawrence G. Blochman (2/8/22) Deaths = 5 (one shot; one hit on head; one stabbed; one strangled; one drowned)
30. This Club Frowns on Murder by Albert Borowitz (2/10/22) Deaths = 4 (one shot; one poisoned; two hit on head)
31. Death Walks in Marble Halls by Lawrence G. Blochman (2/11/22) Deaths = 3 (one stabbed; one shot; one fell from height)
32. The Murderer Who Wanted More by Baynard Kendrick (2/11/22) Deaths = 3 (one shot; one natural; one stabbed)
33. The Murder Game by Steve Allen (2/12/22) Deaths = 8 (two vehicle accidents; one drowned; one fell from height; one hit by garage door; one natural; one poisoned; one hanged)
34. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers (2/13/14) Deaths = 5 (three hit; one shot; one stabbed)
35. The Golden Box by Frances Crane (2/14/22) Deaths = 6 (two auto accident; one drowned; one shot; one poisoned; one hanged)
36. He'd Rather Be Dead by George Bellairs (2/15/22) Deaths = 6 (two poisoned; one drowned; one strangled; one buried by rubble; one stabbed)
37. Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie (2/16/22) Deaths = 2 poisoned
38. Death Stops the Frolic by George Bellairs (2/18/22) Deaths = 3 (one stabbed; one strangled; one car accident)
39. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers (2/19/22) Deaths = 2 (one shot; one hit by car)
40. Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh (2/20/22) Deaths = 3 strangled
41. Midsummer Nightmare by Christopher Hale (2/21/22) Deaths = 3 (one stabbed; one poisoned; one hit on head)
42. Portrait of a Dead Heiress by Thomas B. Dewey (2/22/22) Deaths = 2 (one drowned; one stabbed)
43. The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers (2/24/22) Deaths = one hit on head
44. Surfeit of Suspects by George Bellairs (2/24/22) Deaths = 7 (three hit on head, two heart attack, one drowned, one stroke)
45. The Dishonest Murderer by Frances & Richard Lockridge (2/25/22) Deaths = 2 (one poisoned; one shot)
46. Murder Begins at Home by Delano Ames (2/26/22) Deaths = 3 (one stabbed; one fell from height; one poisoned)
47. A Broken Vessel by Kate Ross (2/27/22) Deaths = 7 (one poisoned; three natural; two hanged; one fell from height)
48. The Ghost Finders by Adam McOmber (3/2/22) Deaths = 10 (one natural; two accident; two shot; one attacked by creature; one drowned; two stabbed; one suffocated)
49. Calamity at Harwood by George Bellairs (3/3/22) Deaths = 9 (one fell from height; two car accident; two shot; three hanged; one hit by a bell)
50. The Corpse with the Grimy Glove by R. A. J. Walling (3/5/22) Deaths = 5 (two shot; one airplane accident; one hanged; one drowned)
51. Death Treads Softly by George Bellairs (3/7/22) Deaths = 5 (three shot; one drowned; one natural)
52. Clue: Candlestick by Dash Shaw (3/7/22) Deaths = 7 (one shot; three hit on head; one poisoned; one stabbed; one in fire)
53. Clue by Paul Allor (3/8/22) Deaths = 10 (one shot; three hit on head; four stabbed; two fell from height)
54. Whom the Gods Love by Kate Ross (3/8/22) Deaths = 5 (two hit on head; one throat cut; one accident; one natural)
55. The Laws of Murder by Charles Finch (3/9/22) Deaths = 5 (two shot; one fell from height; two poisoned)
56. Home by Nightfall by Charles Finch (3/11/22) Deaths = 4 (one poisoned; one stabbed; two natural)
57. Murder Roundabout by Richard Lockridge (3/12/22) Deaths = 2 (one shot; one natural)
58. The Devil in Music by Kate Ross (3/13/22) Deaths = 4 (one shot; one natural; one stabbed; one asphyxiated)
59. Death of an Angel by Frances & Richard Lockridge (3/14/22) Deaths = 3 (one poisoned; two shot)
60. The Mystery of the Talking Skull by Robert Arthur (3/15/22) Deats = 2 natural
61. Inspector's Holiday by Richard Lockridge (3/15/22) Deaths = 3 (one heart attack; one drowned; one strangled)
62. The Man in the Moonlight by Helen McCloy (3/19/22) Deaths = 4 (two shot; one cancer; one drowned)
63. The Castle Island Case by F. Van Wyck Mason (3/20/22) Deaths = 3 (one stabbed; one strangled; one shot)
64. With Option to Die by Richard Lockridge (3/22/22) Deaths = 2 (one shot; one beaten to death)
65. The Cat Saw Murder by D. B. Olsen [Dolores Hitchens] (3/25/22) Deaths = 4 (one beaten to death; one stabbed; one auto accident; one fell from height)
66. Murder for Art's Sake by Richard Lockridge (3/26/22) Deaths = one shot
67. A Plate of Red Herrings by Richard Lockridge (3/28/22) Deaths = 2 (one stabbed; one hit by car)
68. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers (3/29/22) Deaths = one poisoned
69. The Inheritance by Charles Finch (3/30/22) Deaths = 4 (one by hit by horses & wagon; one shot; one heart attack; one natural)
70. The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot by Robert Arthur (3/30/22) Deaths = one natural
71. The Sunburned Corpse by Adam Knight (Lawrence Lariar) [4/4/22] Deaths = 4 (one strangled; two hit on head; one shot)
72. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes (4/6/22) Deaths = 2 stabbed (more--but others not named)
73. Always Lock Your Bedroom Door by Roy Winsor (4/10/22) Deaths = 3 (one hit on head; two poisoned)
74. The Body in the Fog by Cora Harrison (4/10/22) Deaths = 3 (one hit on head; one strangled; one shot)
75. Death & the Professor by E. & M.A. Radford (4/12/22) Deaths = 10 (one shot; six poisoned; one heart attack induced by sleeping drug; one strangled; one stabbed)
76. Evan's Gate by Rhys Bowen (4/13/22) Deaths = 2 (one drowned; one fell from height)
77. The Guest List by Lucy Foley (4/14/22) Deaths = 4 (one overdose; one drowned; one stabbed; one heart attack)
78. Nancy Drew Ghost Stories by Carolyn Keene (4/15/22) Deaths = 3 (two natural; one shot)
79. Luck Be a Lady, Don't Die by Robert J. Randisi (4/16/22) Deaths = 5 (two hit on head; three shot)
80. Take Two at Bedtime by Margery Allingham (4/17/22) Deaths = 4 (two drowned; two poisoned)
81. Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers (4/21/22) Deaths = one throat cut
82. The Black Mountain by Rex Stout (4/23/22) Deaths = one shot
83. Lieutenant Pascal's Tastes in Homicides by Hugh Pentecost (4/25/22) Deaths = 7 (two blown up; one stabbed; two fell from height; one hit on head; one shot)
84. Dead Little Rich Girl by Norbert Davis (4/26/22) Deaths = 8 (three shot; one hung; two hit with objects; two stabbed)
85. The Black Hand by Will Thomas (4/27/22) Deaths = 9 (seven shot; two stabbed)
86. The Case of the Sapphire Brooch by Christopher Bush (4/30/22) Deaths = 6 (two natural; one shot; one drowned; two drug overdose)
87. Raisins & Almonds by Kerry Greenwood (4/30/22) Deaths = 2 (one poisoned; one stabbed)
88. Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood (5/2/22) Deaths = 2 (one hit on head; one shot)
89. The Vanishing Thief by Kate Parker (5/5/22) Deaths = 9 (three burned to death; three poisoned; one drowned; one strangled; one stabbed)
90. Parcels for Inspector West by John Creasey (5/7/22) Deaths = 5 hit on head
91. The Parchment Key by Stanley Hopkins, Jr. (5/9/22) Deaths = 4 (one auto accident; one poisoned; one pneumonia; one drowned)
92. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers (5/10/22) Deaths = one shot
93. Killer Loose! by Genevieve Holden (5/11/22) Deaths = 5 throat cut
94. Murder on "B" Deck by Vincent Starrett (5/14/22) Deaths = 3 (one strangled; one drowned; one natural)
95. Lock 14 by Georges Simenon (5/14/22) Deaths = 4 (two strangled; one poisoned; one fell from height)
96. Going Public by David Westheimer (5/16/22) Deaths = 7 (one fell from height; one shot; one hit by bus; two natural; one blown up; one drowned)
97. Reliquary by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (5/19/22) Deaths = 12 (ten beheaded; one throat cut; one electrocuted)
98. Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers (5/21/22) Deaths = 2 (one hit on head; one hanged)
99. The Body That Wasn't Uncle by George Worthing Yates (5/23/22) Deaths = 4 (one poisoned; two shot; one natural)
100. The Counterfeit Lady by Kate Parker (5/25/22) Deaths = 3 (one hanged; one hit on head; one neck broken)
101. The Corbin Necklace by Henry Kitchell Webster (5/26/22) Deaths = 2 natural
102. Murder Down Under by Arthur W. Upfield (5/28/22) Deaths = 3 (two shot; one poisoned)
103. When Blood Lies by C. S. Harris (5/29/22) Deaths = 13 (one drowned; one natural; five stabbed; one broken neck; two hit on head; two shot; one strangled)
104. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall by Carolyn Keene (5/29/22) Deaths = 2 natural
105. Death Among the Sunbathers by E. R. Punshon (6/3/22) Deaths = one shot
106. Bullets for Macbeth by Marvin Kaye (6/5/22) Deaths = 3 (one shot; two stabbed)
107. The Bluebeard Room by Carolyn Keene (6/6/22) Deaths = one burned at stake
108. All Hallows' Evil by Valerie Wolzien (6/7/22) Deaths = two stabbed
109. Still Life with Crows by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (6/10/22) Deaths = 11 (two shot; four strangled; one boiled to death; one natural (heart attack/fright); two fell from height; one hit on head)
110. Give the Little Corpse a Great Big Hand by George Bagby (Aaron Marc Stein) [6/14/22] Deaths = 2 (one poisoned; one strangled)
111. Murder Gone Minoan by Clyde B. Clason (6/17/22) Deaths = 4 (two fell from height; two hit on head)
****The Following Stories All Come From: Alfred Hitchcock Presents: A Month of Mystery as edited by Alfred Hitchcock [not all stories in collection have deaths, so that's why I've done this batch as separate stories--as allowed by Rick]
112. "South of Market" by Joe Gores (6/20/22) Deaths = four stabbed
113. "The Uses of Intelligence" by Matthew Gant (6/20/22) Deaths = one hit on head
114. "The Queen's Jewel" by James Holding (6/20/22) Deaths = one poisoned
115. "Pool Party" by Andrew Benedict (6/20/22) Deaths = two drowned
116. "That Touch of Genius" by William Sambrot (6/20/22) Deaths = one fell from height
117. "A Taste for Murder" by Jack Ritchie (6/20/22) Deaths = 3 (two stabbed; one shot)
118. "The Amateur" by Michael Gilbert (6/20/22) Deaths = one burned to death (several others--either named but no method OR method with unnamed victims)
119. "Death Wish" by Lawrence Block (6/20/22) Deaths = 2 (one hit on head; one shot)
120. "The Singing Pigeon" by Ross Macdonald (6/20/22) Deaths  = three shot
121. "Justice Magnifique" by Lawrence Treat (6/20/22) Deaths = one hit on head
122. "The White Hat" by Sax Rohmer (6/20/22) Deaths = one fell from height
123. "Hard Sell" by Craig Rice (6/20/22) Deaths = 4 (one hit by car; one fell from height; one hit by train; one shot)
124. "Greedy Night" by E. C. Bentley (6/20/22) Deaths = one poisoned
125. "A Twilight Adventure" by Melville Davisson Post (6/20/22) Deaths = one shot
126. "Murder Matinee" by Harold Q. Masur (6/20/22) Deaths = 2 (one stabbed; one shot)
127. "The Oblong Room" by Edward D. Hoch (6/20/22) Deaths = one stabbed
128. "Dead Man's Story" by Howard Rigsby (6/20/22) Deaths = one shot
129. "The Legend of John Lee" by John D. MacDonald (6/20/22) Deaths = two drowned
130. "The Janissaries of Emillion" by Basil Copper (6/20/22) Deaths = one stabbed
131. "Chinoiserie" by Helen McCloy (6/20/22) Deaths = one poisoned
132. John Smith Hears Death Walking by Wyatt Blassingame (6/21/22) Deaths = 14 (four poisoned; seven shot; one stabbed; two strangled)
133. The Golden Man by Frances & Richard Lockridge (6/22/22) Deaths = 4 (one auto accident; one froze to death; two shot)
134. The Queen & the Corpse by Max Murray (6/24/22) Deaths = 6 (two shot; one hit by train; two drowned; one fell from height)
135. The White Elephant by Ellery Queen, Jr. (6/25/22) Deaths = 2 natural
136. Cat's Paw by Roger Scarlett (6/25/22) Deaths = 2 shot
137. The Secret of the Golden Pavilion by Carolyn Keene (6/26/22) Deaths = one natural
138. The Scarlet Slipper Mystery by Carolyn Keene (6/27/22) Deaths = two natural
139. Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dodge (6/29/22) Deaths = 2 (one natural; one poisoned)

1 comment:

Rick Mills said...

Welcome to the 2022 edition of the challenge! Perhaps you will be the first to wear the Lavender Lab Coat in 2022! - Rick