Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt 2017: My Sign-Up

I'm a little behind on signing up for my 2017 reading challenges. Obviously, the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge is the one that is nearest and dearest to my heart. It's the first reading challenge I sponsored and if I had to choose only one genre to read for the rest of my life, it would definitely be mysteries. I've decided to run another year's worth of mystery hunting with a second round of the Vintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt with slightly different score cards.

Here is a short version of the rules. For the full scoop click on the link above.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to find as many objects on the scavenger hunt list as possible. As has been the case for Vintage Bingo you may play along in either the Golden (Pre-1960) or Silver (1960-1989, inclusive) Mystery Eras (or, for the more adventurous, both). See check lists below.

* All books must be from the mystery category (crime fiction, detective fiction, espionage, etc.). The mystery/crime must be the primary feature of the book--ghost stories, paranormal, romance, humor, etc are all welcome as ingredients, but must not be the primary category under which these books would be labeled at the library or bookstore. 

*Minimum number of items to complete the challenge and to be eligible for the participation prize drawing at the end of the year is six from a single Vintage Mystery Era.  If you choose to do both eras, you must use separate checklists. You may not, for example, find three golden age items and three silver age items to claim the minimum six.
*Challenge runs from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.  

My Commitment: Once again I will be aiming for at least 12 books in each era. But I will ultimately be aiming to find as many items as possible.


1. Death at Swaythling Court by J. J. Connington (1926) [Revolver] (1/4/17)
2. Death of a Racehorse by John Creasey (1959) [Dead Body] (1/7/17)
3. The Snake on 99 by Stewart Farrar (1958) [Other Animal] (1/11/17)
4. The 24th Horse by Hugh Pentecost (1940) [Skull] (1/13/17)
5. The Unconscious Witness by R. Austin Freeman (1942) [Hand Holding Weapon] (1/28/17)
6. A Losing Game by Freeman Wills Crofts (1941) [Staircase] (1/31/17)
7. Death Takes a Bow by Frances & Richard Lockridge (1943) [Red Object] (2/5/17)
8. All for the Love of a Lady by Leslie Ford (1943/44) [Spider] (2/9/17)
9. The Thursday Turkey Murders by Craig Rice (1943) [Brunette] (2/13/17)
10. Episode of the Wandering Knife by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1950) [Knife] (2/17/17)
11. Search for a Scientist by Charles Leonard (1947) [Shadowy Figure] (2/24/17)
12. Death in the Wrong Room by Anthony Gilbert (1947) [Blue Object] (2/27/17)
13. The Body Missed the Boat by Jack Iams (1947) [Map/Chart] (3/6/17)
14. Thrilling Stories of the Railway by Victor L. Whitechurch (1912) [Train] (3/9/17)
15. Murder at Government House3 by Elspeth Huxley (1937) [Telephone] (3/14/17)
16. Trixie Belden & the Gatehouse by Julie Campbell (1951) [Blonde] (3/16/17)
17. The Green Turtle Mystery by Ellery Queen, Jr. (1944) [Green Object] (3/19/17)
18. Fit to Kill by Hans C. Owen (1937) [Graveyard] (3/22/17)
19. I Could Murder Her by E. C. R. Lorac (1951) [Broken Object] (4/7/17)
20. A Grave Case of Murder by Roger Bax (1951) [Other Building--Church] (4/10/17)
21. Murder Comes First by Frances & Richard Lockridge (1951) [Bottle/Glass] (4/11/17)

1. Spice Island Mystery by Betty Cavanna (1969/70) [Boat] (2/10/17)
2. Zadok's Treasure by Margot Arnold (1979) [Body of Water] (2/22/17)
3. Dread & Water by Douglas Clark (1976) [Rope] (3/15/17)
4. Silence Observed by Michael Innes (1961) [Skull] (3/28/17)
5. Coffin's Dark Number by Gwendoline Butler (1969) [Red Object] (4/16/17)
6. Death with Blue Ribbon by Leo Bruce (1969) [Food of Some Sort] (4/20/17)

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