Saturday, November 30, 2013

Challenge Complete: Vintage Mystery 2013

. With the reviewing of Friedrich Glauser's In Matto's Realm, I have completed the
Vintage Mystery Challenge 2013, hosted by Bev @ My Reader's Block. I had opted to read 16 titles in eight or more categories. Well, I am happy to note that I have read 16 books in 16 categories (or scattergories).



Here are the books read:

1. Colorful Crime: a book with a color or reference to color in the title : BLACK PLUMES by Margery Allingham (1940).

2. Amateur Night: a book with a "detective" who is not a P.I.; Police Officer; Official Investigator:
BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR by Mildred Wirt (1940).

3. Leave It to the Professionals: a book featuring cops, private eyes, secret service, professional spies, etc.: HEADS YOU LOSE by Christianna Brand (1942).

4. World Traveler: one mystery set in any country except the US or Britain: DEATH IN CYPRUS by M.M. Kaye (1956).

5. Wicked Women: a book with a woman in the title--: THE RELUCTANT WIDOW by Georgette Heyer (1946)

6. Malicious Men:  LADY KILLER by Anthony Gilbert (1951).

7. Cops & Robbers: a book that features a theft rather than murder : THE AFFAIR AT ALIQUID by G.D.H and Margaret Cole (1933).

8. Country House Criminals: a standard (or not-so-standard) Golden Age country house murder:
DEATH IN RETIREMENT by Josephine Bell (1953).

9. Things That Go Bump in the Night: a mystery with something spooky, creepy, gothic in the title:
DEATH WHISPERS by J.B. Carr (1933).

10. Repeat Offenders: a mystery featuring your favorite series detective or by your favorite author :
THE MUSICAL COMEDY CRIME by Anthony Gilbert (1933)

11. Dynamic Duos: HOLOCAUST HOUSE by Norbert Davis (1940).

12. Psychic Phenomena: a mystery featuring a seance, medium, hypnotism, or other psychic or "supernatural" characters/events: BURGLARS IN BUCKS by G.D.H and Margaret Cole (1930).

13. Serial Killers: Books that were originally published in serial format: IN MATTO'S REALM by Friedrich Glauser (1936).

14. Killed in Translation: Works that originally appeared in another language and have been made available in English: MYSTERIES by Knut Hamsun (1892).

15. Somebody Else's Crime:  Read one book that someone else has already reviewed for the Vintage Mystery Challenge: SOME BURIED CAESAR by Rex Stout (1939).

16. Genuine Fakes: Authors who wrote under a pseudonym: THE BODY ON THE BEAM by Anthony Gilbert (1932).

Needless to add that I enjoyed the challenge immensely and now am off to join the 2014 edition of the challenge.




10 comments:

  1. Neeru - Congratulations and well-done! And thanks for sharing your reviews with us.

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    1. Margot, I should be thanking you for being so encouraging about the reviews. Thanks a lot.

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  2. I have only read 13 vintage mysteries so far this year and will probably only get in 1 more. Congratulations on this list. Several authors are new to me.

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    1. Thanks Tracy and I wish you are able to read 3 more so as to complete the challenge. Quite a few authors (perhaps half of them) were new to me too. :)

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  3. Hurray Neeru! Congrats on finishing up 16. If you'd like to claim a prize, email me at phryne1969 AT gmail DOT com and I'll send you the prize vault list.

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    1. Thanks Bev for hosting the challenge. It is a pleasure taking part in it.

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  4. Good going, Neer. Many congratulations! I've made a mental note of many of these authors.

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    1. Thanks so much Prashant. Half of the authors were new to me too. It was fun reading these books.

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  5. Well done Neeru - I hope to finish this week and I think we reviewed the same number of titles - snap!

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    1. Thanks Sergio. I look forward to your wrap-up post. Snap!

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