Saturday, November 30, 2013

Challenge Complete: Vintage Mystery 2013

. With the reviewing of Friedrich Glauser's In Matto's Realm, I have completed the
Vintage Mystery Challenge 2013, hosted by Bev @ My Reader's Block. I had opted to read 16 titles in eight or more categories. Well, I am happy to note that I have read 16 books in 16 categories (or scattergories).

Here are the books read:

1. Colorful Crime: a book with a color or reference to color in the title : BLACK PLUMES by Margery Allingham (1940).

2. Amateur Night: a book with a "detective" who is not a P.I.; Police Officer; Official Investigator:
BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR by Mildred Wirt (1940).

3. Leave It to the Professionals: a book featuring cops, private eyes, secret service, professional spies, etc.: HEADS YOU LOSE by Christianna Brand (1942).

4. World Traveler: one mystery set in any country except the US or Britain: DEATH IN CYPRUS by M.M. Kaye (1956).

5. Wicked Women: a book with a woman in the title--: THE RELUCTANT WIDOW by Georgette Heyer (1946)

6. Malicious Men:  LADY KILLER by Anthony Gilbert (1951).

7. Cops & Robbers: a book that features a theft rather than murder : THE AFFAIR AT ALIQUID by G.D.H and Margaret Cole (1933).

8. Country House Criminals: a standard (or not-so-standard) Golden Age country house murder:
DEATH IN RETIREMENT by Josephine Bell (1953).

9. Things That Go Bump in the Night: a mystery with something spooky, creepy, gothic in the title:
DEATH WHISPERS by J.B. Carr (1933).

10. Repeat Offenders: a mystery featuring your favorite series detective or by your favorite author :
THE MUSICAL COMEDY CRIME by Anthony Gilbert (1933)

11. Dynamic Duos: HOLOCAUST HOUSE by Norbert Davis (1940).

12. Psychic Phenomena: a mystery featuring a seance, medium, hypnotism, or other psychic or "supernatural" characters/events: BURGLARS IN BUCKS by G.D.H and Margaret Cole (1930).

13. Serial Killers: Books that were originally published in serial format: IN MATTO'S REALM by Friedrich Glauser (1936).

14. Killed in Translation: Works that originally appeared in another language and have been made available in English: MYSTERIES by Knut Hamsun (1892).

15. Somebody Else's Crime:  Read one book that someone else has already reviewed for the Vintage Mystery Challenge: SOME BURIED CAESAR by Rex Stout (1939).

16. Genuine Fakes: Authors who wrote under a pseudonym: THE BODY ON THE BEAM by Anthony Gilbert (1932).

Needless to add that I enjoyed the challenge immensely and now am off to join the 2014 edition of the challenge.


  1. Neeru - Congratulations and well-done! And thanks for sharing your reviews with us.

    1. Margot, I should be thanking you for being so encouraging about the reviews. Thanks a lot.

  2. I have only read 13 vintage mysteries so far this year and will probably only get in 1 more. Congratulations on this list. Several authors are new to me.

    1. Thanks Tracy and I wish you are able to read 3 more so as to complete the challenge. Quite a few authors (perhaps half of them) were new to me too. :)

  3. Hurray Neeru! Congrats on finishing up 16. If you'd like to claim a prize, email me at phryne1969 AT gmail DOT com and I'll send you the prize vault list.

    1. Thanks Bev for hosting the challenge. It is a pleasure taking part in it.

  4. Good going, Neer. Many congratulations! I've made a mental note of many of these authors.

    1. Thanks so much Prashant. Half of the authors were new to me too. It was fun reading these books.

  5. Well done Neeru - I hope to finish this week and I think we reviewed the same number of titles - snap!

    1. Thanks Sergio. I look forward to your wrap-up post. Snap!