Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Vintage Mystery Challenge 2013 Scattergories Wrap Up

I have read a book from 16 categories.  So I am finished with this challenge!  Here is what I have read.  My choices have the numbers in pink.  I enjoyed this challenge very much.  I am hoping to participate next year!

Vintage Categories:

1. Colorful Crime:
The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
2. Murder by the Numbers: a book with a number, quantity in the title
3. Amateur Night: The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
4. Leave It to the Professionals: a book featuring cops, private eyes, secret service, professional spies, etc. Plot It Yourself by Rex Stout
5. Jolly Old England: one mystery set in Britain Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

6. Yankee Doodle Dandy: one mystery set in the United States A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin
7. World Traveler: The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier
8. Dangerous Beasts: Dead As A Dinosaur by Frances and Richard Lockridge

9. A Calendar of Crime: a mystery with a date/holiday/year/month/etc. in the title (Hercule Poirot's Christmas, Holiday Homicide, etc.)
10. Wicked Women: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
11. Malicious Men: a book with a man in the title--either by name (Maigret & the Yellow Dog) or by reference (The Case of the Haunted Husband)
12. Murderous Methods : Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer

13. Staging the Crime: a mystery set in the entertainment world (the theater, musical event, a pageant, Hollywood, featuring a magician, etc)
14. Scene of the Crime: The Man in the Queue By Josephine Tey
15. Cops & Robbers: a book that features a theft rather than murder Secret of the Golden Pavilion by Carolyn Keene
16. Locked Rooms: a locked-room mystery
17. Country House Criminals: a standard (or not-so-standard) Golden Age country house murder
18. Murder on the High Seas: The After House by Mary Roberts Rinehart
19. Planes, Trains & Automobiles: a mystery that involves a mode of transportation in a vital way--explicitly in the title (Murder on the Orient Express) or by implication (Death in the Air; Death Under Sail) or perhaps the victim was shoved under a bus....
20. Murder Is Academic: a mystery involving a scholar, teacher, librarian, etc.  OR set at a school, university, library, etc.
21. Things That Go Bump in the Night: The Ghost of Guir House by Charles Willing Beale
22. Repeat Offenders: a mystery featuring your favorite series detective or by your favorite author (the books/authors you'd read over and over again) OR reread an old favorite
23. The Butler Did It...Or Not: a mystery where the butler is the victim, the sleuth....(gasp) the criminal....or is just downright memorable for whatever reason. 
24. A Mystery By Any Other Name: any book that has been published under more than one title (Murder Is Easy--aka Easy to Kill [Christie]; Fog of Doubt--aka London Particular [Christianna Brand], etc.)
25. Dynamic Duos: a mystery featuring a detective team--Holmes & Watson, Pam & Jerry North, Wolfe & Goodwin, or....a little-known team that you introduce to us.
26. Size Matters: a book with a size or measurement in the title (Death Has a Small Voice, The Big Four, The Weight of the Evidence, etc.)
27. Psychic Phenomena: a mystery featuring a seance, medium, hypnotism, or other psychic or "supernatural" characters/events
28. Book to Movie: Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
29. The Old Bailey: The Case of the Crooked Candle by Erle Stanley Gardner
30. Serial Killers: Books that were originally published in serial format, probably from the pulp era.  Frank Packard's works come to mind.
31. Killed in Translation: Works that originally appeared in another language and have been made available in English (works published in English post-1960 would be acceptable, provided the original was published pre-1960).  Georges Simeon's works come to mind. OR If your native language is not English, then works that originally appeared in English and have been made available in your native language (same dating rules apply).
32.  Blondes in Danger:  A variation on "Colorful Crime".  Books that feature a blonde in the title role, like The Blonde Died First, or Blonde for Danger.
33. International Detectives.  A variation on "World Traveler" but instead of the crime being set in another country, the detective is not from the US or UK.   This may include Hercule Poirot as well as such notables as Judge Dee,
34. Somebody Else's Crime:  Read one book that someone else has already reviewed for the Vintage Mystery Challenge. 
35. Genuine Fakes: Behind A Mask by A M Barnard/Louisa May Alcott
36. Hobbies Can Be Murder: A mystery that involves a hobby in some way: stamp or coin collecting; knitting (a la Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver); bird watching; hunting (particularly the British hunt); scrapbooks; etc.  [thanks to S from Snaps and Snippets for the idea]
37. Get Out of Jail Free: This is a freebie category.  One per customer.  You tell me what special category the book fits ("It's got an awesome cover!"..."First book I grabbed off my shelf") and it counts.  Only thing I won't take is "It's a Vintage Mystery!"--that's a given. :-)

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