**Challenge complete (sort of). See my wrap-up post HERE.**
Dates: 1 January - 31 December, 2013
Hosted by: Bev @ My Reader's Block
- Read at least 8 books from 8 different categories
- All books must have been originally written before 1960 and be from the mystery category (crime fiction, detective fiction, espionage, etc.).
- Short story collections are OK so long as all the stories included were originally written pre-1960.
- Each book may count for only one category.
- Books may count towards any other challenges.
- Challenge runs from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Sign up any time between now and November 30, 2013. Any books read from January 1 on may count regardless of your sign-up date.
- Reviews are not required.
- Once you have met the 8 book minimum, you may repeat any category (except the last one) any number of times to reach the 16+ level.
- There will be a site for reviews/progress reports.
- Mini-Challenge Level--for those who would like to participate at a lower commitment. Choose any 4 categories for a commitment of 4 books. Challengers who complete this level will be eligible for a separate year-end prize drawing.
- Colorful Crime: a book with a color or reference to color in the title
- Murder by the Numbers: a book with a number, quantity in the title
- Amateur Night: a book with a "detective" who is not a P.I.; Police Officer; Official Investigator (Nurse Keate, Father Brown, Miss Marple, etc.)
- Leave It to the Professionals: a book featuring cops, private eyes, secret service, professional spies, etc.
- Jolly Old England: one mystery set in Britain
- Yankee Doodle Dandy: one mystery set in the United States
- World Traveler: one mystery set in any country except the US or Britain
- Dangerous Beasts: a book with an animal in the title (The Case of the Grinning Gorilla; The Canary Murder Case; etc.)
- A Calendar of Crime: a mystery with a date/holiday/year/month/etc. in the title (Hercule Poirot's Christmas, Holiday Homicide, etc.)
- Wicked Women: a book with a woman in the title--either by name (Mrs. McGinty's Dead) or by reference (The Case of the Vagabound Virgin)
- Malicious Men: a book with a man in the title--either by name (Maigret & the Yellow Dog) or by reference (The Case of the Haunted Husband)
- Murderous Methods : a book with a means of death in the title (The Noose, 5 Bullets, Deadly Nightshade, etc).
- Staging the Crime: a mystery set in the entertainment world (the theater, musical event, a pageant, Hollywood, featuring a magician, etc)
- Scene of the Crime: a book with the location of the crime in the title (The Body in the Library, Murder at the Vicarage, etc.)
- Cops & Robbers: a book that features a theft rather than murder
- Locked Rooms: a locked-room mystery
- Country House Criminals: a standard (or not-so-standard) Golden Age country house murder
- Murder on the High Seas: a mystery involving water
- Planes, Trains & Automobiles: a mystery that involves a mode of transportation in a vital way--explicitly in the title (Murder on the Orient Express) or by implication (Death in the Air; Death Under Sail) or perhaps the victim was shoved under a bus....
- Murder Is Academic: a mystery involving a scholar, teacher, librarian, etc. OR set at a school, university, library, etc.
- Things That Go Bump in the Night: a mystery with something spooky, creepy, gothic in the title (The Skeleton in the Clock, Haunted Lady, The Bat, etc.)
- Repeat Offenders: a mystery featuring your favorite series detective or by your favorite author (the books/authors you'd read over and over again) OR reread an old favorite
- The Butler Did It...Or Not: a mystery where the butler is the victim, the sleuth....(gasp) the criminal....or is just downright memorable for whatever reason.
- A Mystery By Any Other Name: any book that has been published under more than one title (Murder Is Easy--aka Easy to Kill [Christie]; Fog of Doubt--aka London Particular [Christianna Brand], etc.)
- Dynamic Duos: a mystery featuring a detective team--Holmes & Watson, Pam & Jerry North, Wolfe & Goodwin, or....a little-known team that you introduce to us.
- Size Matters: a book with a size or measurement in the title (Death Has a Small Voice, The Big Four, The Weight of the Evidence, etc.)
- Psychic Phenomena: a mystery featuring a seance, medium, hypnotism, or other psychic or "supernatural" characters/events
- Book to Movie: one vintage mystery that has appeared on screen (feature film or TV movie).
- The Old Bailey: a courtroom drama mystery (Perry Mason, anyone? Witness for the Prosecution...etc.) OR a mystery featuring a judge, lawyer, barrister, D.A., etc.
- Get Out of Jail Free: This is a freebie category. One per customer.
See my original post about the challenge here.
See my challenge wrap-up post here.
See the Challenge Announcement page here.
See the review site here.
MY READING LIST (with links to reviews):
- Fer-de-Lance. Rex Stout (first published 1934)
~ Since this is the first book in Stout's Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin series, it's definitely in the "Dynamic Duo" category (Category #25).
- Evil Under the Sun. Agatha Christie (first published 1941)
~ I loved the film with Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, and Diana Rigg. How have I neglected to read the book all these years? Category #28 (Book to Movie)