12 months and 72 book reviews later and the Vintage Mystery Challenge bingos, both Golden (pre-1960) and Silver (1960 to 1989) varieties, are complete! The indefatigable Bev of My Reader’s Block gives structure and meaning to the reading habits of us mystery buffs with her Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, which splits its focus on books published pre- and post- 1960.
I wasn’t always sure I’d manage to complete it next year, but I am rather chuffed to say I cracked it!
As always, I’ve had a great time this year and just time to catch my breath before starting the 2015 challenge!
Some of the authors covered this year included multiple books by such Golden Age favourites as Agatha Christie (3 reviews), Raymond Chandler (2), John Dickson Carr (2), Georges Simenon (2), and Ed McBain (5); but there were also some excursions into SF / horror with Asimov’s The Caves of Steel, L. Ron Hubbard’s Fear, John Farris’ The Fury, and Robert Sheckley’s The Tenth Victim; there were also my first encounters with the likes of Gil Brewer, as well as Helen Nielsen and Joan Hess. In terms of plot the most disappointing was probably Ngaio Marsh’s False Scent while Dolores Hitchens really delivered the goods with Sleep with Slander.
It was also great to re-connect with a number of authors I used to read a lot of in the past but have neglected a bit recently, including the likes of (the late) PD James, Robert B Parker, Graham Greene; and for the record, Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery has lost none of its malevolent potency! Really looking forward to 2015 and the new Gold and Silver Challenges, which Bev has tweaked a bit this year to keep us on our toes – let’s see what happens …
The complete list of links to my 72 reviews can be found by clicking here (if you dare).