2014 Vintage Mystery Challenges – completed

Vintage Mystery 201412 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).

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24 Responses to 2014 Vintage Mystery Challenges – completed

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Well done, Sergio! I am impressed! Thanks for you thoughtful and informative, helpful reviews, too

  2. Bev Hankins says:

    Well done, Sergio! I’ve followed along on your reviews all year, so I know you did them all–I won’t be clicking back through all those linked reviews. 😉

  3. Many congratulations, Sergio! I’m impressed you read 72 books this year and even more that you reviewed every one of them. That takes something. I review fewer books than I read.

    • Fair enough Prashant – I enjoy Bev’s Challenge partly because it gives me a bit of a nudge to at least think a little about what I have written and set it down – too often I find it just flies out of my brain much too quickly!

  4. Jose Ignacio says:

    Well done, Sergio! Am impressed by your perseverance.

  5. kaggsysbookishramblings says:

    Well done! That’s some achievement! 😃

  6. Colin says:

    Like Prashant said, I’m mightily impressed that you managed to not only read 72 books this year (can’t imagine myself doing that!) but also post reviews of them. And intelligent, articulate and entertaining reviews to boot! Bravo, pal.

  7. tracybham says:

    Nice summary, Sergio. I have to look by and see how I have done. I am sure I can come up with at least one Bingo each … I am guessing I read and reviewed about 15 books for each card.

  8. tracybham says:

    And to comment on your exchange above with Colin, it is the 45 film reviews that I find so amazing, in addition to the 72 books.

  9. Congrats on not only completing so many books, but also managing to write about them all. I’m in awe!

  10. Donna says:

    Congratulations. Your reviews are wonderful. I’m going to attempt this challenge for the first time in 2015. And it will be a challenge!

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