Thursday, September 13, 2012

Challenge Complete: Vintage Mystery

I have finished one of my favourite challenges: Vintage Mystery Challenge. Hosted by Bev @MyReader's Block, it is not so much a challenge as a pleasure. I love vintage mysteries and this challenge gives me the opportunity to discover new authors and titles. This year I chose to read eight books each by male and female writers. Here are the books read:

Golden Girls

The Clock in the Hat-Box by Anthony Gilbert (1939)
The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham (1929)
The End of Her Honeymoon by Marie Belloc Lowndes (1913)
The King's General by Daphne du Maurier (1946)
The Slippery Staircase by E.C.R Lorac (1938)
The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes (1927)
The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1910)
The Whispering House by Margaret Erskine (1947)

Cherchez le Homme

The Beast must Die by Nicholas Blake (1938)
A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler (1939)
The Double Traitor by E.P. Oppenheim (1915)
The Eight of Swords by John Dickson Carr (1952)
He Who Whispers by John Dickson Carr (1946)
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dicken (1870)
Night Exercise by John Rhode (1942)
Sir John Macgill's Last Journey by Freeman Wills Crofts (1930)

I discovered some wonderful writers notably Anthony Gilbert and Marie Belloc Lowndes. I also re-discovered John Dickson Carr and Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Though the challenge might be over, I am not through with vintage mysteries. In fact, I'm reading Fred White's The Yellow Face and a few more are in the pipe-line. Also I am looking forward to the next year's edition of the challenge.:)

If you want to participate in it, you can join it over here.


  1. Is it "The Clock in the Hat-Box" that you were asking me to read?

    1. Yes. Yes. Yes. Its such a novel that after finishing it, I had to call Parul and tell her how the end left me staggering.

    2. Pity, we do not have it at our library.

    3. Oho. Try getting it from a second-hand bookstore. The edition that I read had been published in Calcutta!

  2. Woo Hoo! Congratulations, neer! Since you completed two themes, you're an automatic winner. Send me an email at phryne1969 AT gmail DOT com and I'll set you up with the current prize list.

    1. Thanks Bev. I'll send you an emila right now. So excited about that list.

      Looking forward to next year's edition.

  3. Congrats - I'm very envious (nowhere near completing mine yet ...).