2013 Vintage Mystery Challenge – completed

Vintage Challenge 2013 The indefatigable and always welcoming Bev of My Reader’s Block regularly corrals us mystery buffs with her Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, which focuses on mystery fiction published pre-1960 to be eligible for inclusion. I’ve had a great time this year with her current challenge, which fiendishly introduced a new wrinkle by creating a series of categories into which the books also had to fit. Below you will find a complete list of the categories and review links – just time to take a breath before embarking on her 2014 challenge! Here is my completed list of the suggested Vintage Themes for 2013 and links to my reviews – I had madly hoped to somehow be able to do one for each of Bev’s 37 categories but just couldn’t manage – but at least I managed to go over my initial target of 13! Thanks Bev, as always.

Vintage Categories:

  1. Colorful Crime: The Green Plaid Pants (1951) by Margaret Scherf
  2. Murder by the Numbers: The Four Just Men (1905) by Edgar Wallace
  3. Amateur Night: Someone is Bleeding (1953) by Richard Matheson
  4. Yankee Doodle Dandy: Blackmailer (1952) by George Axelrod
  5. World Traveler: Maigret Sets a Trap (1955) by Georges Simenon
  6. Dangerous Beasts: The Case of the Late Pig (1937) by Margery Allingham
  7. A Calendar of Crime: The Winter Murder Case (1939) by SS Van Dine
  8. Wicked Women: The Girl Who Had to Die (1940) by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
  9. Murderous Methods: The Drowning Pool (1950) by Ross Macdonald
  10. Staging the Crime: Deadly Weapon (1946) by Wade Miller
  11. Locked Rooms: Death in Captivity (1952) by Michael Gilbert
  12. Country House Criminals: Think Twice (1939) by Ayn Rand
  13. Size Matters: The Big Clock (1946) by Kenneth Fearing
  14. Book to Movie: Badge of Evil (1956) by Whit Masterson
  15. The Old Bailey: If I Die Before I Wake (1938) by Sherwood King
  16. Killed in Translation: The Living and the Dead (1954) by Boileau-Narcejac
  17. Get Out of Jail Free: Shakespeare: Dreadful Summit (1948) by Stanley Ellin


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26 Responses to 2013 Vintage Mystery Challenge – completed

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Sergio – Well done! You’ve chosen some great books, too. And thanks for adding links, as I mean to archive this and go back and savour your reviews again.

  2. Jose Ignacio says:

    Congratulations, Sergio

  3. Colin says:

    Congratulations! That’s quite a haul, and every one a good write-up.

  4. Ela says:

    Wow! Those are quite some categories – and some authors I’ve not heard of (I think there’s only two of your list that I’ve actually read). Your breadth of reading over the crime genre is huge, so many thanks for serving up so many recommendations. Best of luck for 2014!

  5. Kelly says:

    Your choices are great, as they’re never the obvious ones.

  6. neer says:

    Congrats Sergio. Like Margot, I intend to savour the reviews.

  7. Good show, Sergio! Do you know I haven’t read any of these 17 novels? No surprises there. What I have read are nearly every one of your 17 reviews except for, I think, “The Case of the Late Pig” by Margery Allingham and “Badge of Evil” by Whit Masterson. An excellent mix of pre-1960 mystery fiction. I expect you’ll be rubbing it in in 2014 again! Well, I can only be the richer for it.

  8. TracyK says:

    That is a very varied list, and Of Course I expect that from you. We will both enjoy next year’s challenge and I look forward to more reviews for vintage mysteries. I did not complete 16 vintage mysteries myself this year. But I got close.

    • What I find fascinating is looking at the fact that I did nearly double the number of reviews when Bev first started so clearly old age is catching up with me, though Katie’ Book to Movie Challenge probab’y had somethign to with it too …

  9. Bev Hankins says:

    Yay! All linked up…and you get a prize. I’ll send you the list ASAP.

  10. robert says:

    there is a least one book missing on the list and it is Gaston Leroux’s “le Mystere de la Chambre Jaune” or “Le Parfum de la Dame en noir”… 🙂

    • I would definitely go with Yellow Room – I need to re-read it though as it;s been about 30 years since I last looked at it – I did like it a lot though! Thanks for the reminder – must do something about it!

      • robert says:

        to be honest it was a little a tongue in cheek from me because I also read these 2 books when I was 10-12, that is more than 30 years ago, and I was really impressed and moved. But experience has taught me that sometimes it’s better to keep it that way. 30 years changes a man (or a woman indeed) and maybe some dear memories should be left for what they are. For example I was a great fan of “Captain Scarlet” when I was 5 or 6, and few years ago I was able to rent a dvd of it and watched… Well that was a big mistake 🙂

  11. threeoutside says:

    Hi! I just found your web site here and I’m going through your reviews – did you know that your #3 actually links to #5, the Maigret one? I’ll check back in a few days to see if I can read the actual #3 then…thanks for all your work, I’m loving this web site!

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