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.