Category Archives: 2014 Vintage Mystery Challenge Bingo

2014 Vintage Mystery Challenges – completed

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 … Continue reading

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Buon Natale 2014

2014 has been very busy – but will it be remembered as a vintage year?

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DOLLY AND THE BIRD OF PARADISE (1983) by Dorothy Dunnett

Dorothy Dunnett (1923 – 2001) was best known for her historical novels but she also penned a series of mysteries featuring Johnson Johnson, a portrait painter and spy who travels on his yacht, the eponymous ‘Dolly,’ each book narrated by a … Continue reading

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THE BODY VANISHES (1976) by Jacquemard-Sénécal

Originally published in France as ‘Le Crime de la maison Grün’, this elaborate murder mystery was the earliest book by the team of Yves Jacquemard (1943-1980) and Jean-Michel Sénécal to be translated into English. Although the prose is a little … Continue reading

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BLACK ALICE (1968) by Thomas M. Disch and John T. Sladek

When Todd Mason wrote on his Sweet Freedom blog about the neglect of SF writer Thomas M. Disch, this immediately struck a chord. I realised that not only did I know very little of the man’s work but that what … Continue reading

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BURY ME DEEP (1947) by Harold Q. Masur

This was the first in the series featuring New York lawyer Scott Jordan. It opens with a great screwball variant on that hardboiled cliché of a man waking up with a hangover and an unknown dead blonde in his bed. … Continue reading

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THE LIVING SHADOW (1931) by Maxwell Grant

One of the great figures from the pulp magazines era, The Shadow was also something of a multimedia phenomenon in the 1930s. This was the first novel in which the vigilante appeared and was penned by the ultra prolific Walter B. … Continue reading

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