Thursday, January 7, 2016

Wrap-Up: Vintage Mystery 2015

I have completed the Vintage Mystery challenge hosted by Bev @ My Reader's Block. My goal was to finish 2 bingos, I am glad to have completed five. (Line G, Line N, and the 1st, 2nd, and last horizontal rows). Total books read for the challenge: 26.

Here are the books read:


G1: Color in the Title: The Mystery of the Green Bottle by Sax Rohmer
G2: Set Anywhere except US/ UK: Call the Next Witness by Philip Mason. Set in my own India.
G3: A Crime Other Than Murder: Shootout at the Rocks by Ibn-e-Safi: The crime is robbery.
G4: Locked Room/ Impossible Crime: Crooked Hinge by J.D. Carr
G5: Medical Mystery: Stealthy Terror by John Ferguson. The Hero is a doctor about to start his own practice.
G6: Professional Detective: After the Funeral by Agatha Christe (Hercule Poirot)

O1: TBR: First Lines: The Old Dark House by J.B. Priestley: Margaret was saying something but he couldn't hear a thing.
O2: Number/Quality in Title: Port of Seven Strangers by Kathleen Moore
O3: Animal in the Title:
O4: An Author Never Read Before:
O5: Spooky Title:
O6: Woman in the Title: The Case of the Sulky Girl by Erle Stanley Gardner

L1: Entertainment World: Murder at the Black Crook by Cecile Hulse Matschat
L2: Made into a Movie/ TV Show: The Case of the Silent Partner by Erle Stanley Gardner.
L3: Amateur Detective:
L4: Man in the Title: Patrick Butler for the Defence by J.D. Carr
L5: Academic Mystery:
L6: Mode of Transport: The Motor Rally Mystery by John Rhode

D1: Country House Mystery: An English Murder by Cyril Hare
D2: Lawyer/ Courtroom: The Case of the Baited Hook by Erle Stanley Gardner
D3: Read by a Fellow Challenger:
D4: Outside Comfort Zone:
D5: Clergy or Religion: Death Takes the Living by Miles Burton
D6: First/ Last Name same as Mine: The Shudders by Anthony Abbot

E1: Detective Team: House of Fear by Ibn-e-Safi (Imran and Farooq)
E2: Time/ Day/ Month: The Face in the Night by Edgar Wallace
E3: Birthday Read:
E4: Short Story Collection:
E5: Set in US/ UK
E6: Borrowed Book: The 'Z' Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon

N1: Method of Murder: Death in Flames by Gordon Ashe
N2: Place in the Title: The  Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E.P. Oppenheim
N3: More Than one Title: Officially Dead by Quentin Reynolds
N4: Historical Mystery: Ayesha by H. Rider Haggard
N5: Author with a Pseudonym: Phantom Lady by William Irish (Cornell Woolrich)
N6: Food/ Drink/ Party: The Oval Table by J.Jefferson Farjeon


  1. That's quite impressive, Neeru! It's an interesting challenge, and you've read some fascinating titles.

    1. Thanks Margot. Yes some of the books were really interesting.

  2. You did great on this challenge, Neer. I just could not keep up with keeping track of the categories and had a lot that fit in the same category.

    1. Thanks Tracy. Guess a kind of fatigue set in while completing the categories. I also could not manage a full house.

  3. These books are quite difficult to find, Neeru. I was looking for them at our library but could not find many of them.

    1. Some of them are available online Nitu di.