Can't resist a good challenge.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Vintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt 2016

Link to challenge announcement/sign-up post

Hosted by: Bev @ My Reader's Block
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2016

Challenge objective:
  • Find as many objects on the scavenger hunt list as possible, on the covers of the mystery books you read.
  • You may play along in either the Golden or Silver Mystery Eras (or, for the more adventurous, both).

Challenge rules (quoted from the announcement post):
  • 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.
  • For the purposes of this challenge, the Golden Age Vintage Mysteries must have been first published before 1960. Golden Age short story collections (whether published pre-1960 or not) are permissible provided all of the stories included in the collection were originally written pre-1960. Silver Age Vintage Mysteries may be first published any time from 1960 to 1989 (inclusive). Again, Silver Age short story collections published later than 1989 are permissible as long as they include no stories first published later than 1989.
  • 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 items from the covers of books read 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.
  • "On the cover" may apply to either the front or the back cover of the book. Also, the item should be found on the cover of the edition that you read. If at all possible either post a picture showing the item on the cover or provide a link to a page showing us. Exception: If the edition you read has no picture whatsoever (hardbacks that have no dust jacket or e-copies, for example), then you may go on another scavenger hunt online to find a cover image--again, please provide a link to the edition used.
  • No double-counting within the challenge. If a book's cover has both a shadowy figure and a weapon, you may only use it to check off one item from the list. You are welcome to change the item claimed at any time prior to submitting it for prizes.
  • Books read for this challenge may be used for other challenges as well.
  • Reviews are encouraged, but they are not necessary to participate. If you do not have a blog, post to the comments below that you intend to join and then post again at the end-of-year wrap-up site when you have completed your challenge (include a list of books read, categories you have completed, and how to find images of covers).
  • Challengers who complete the minimum six books from a single era will be eligible for a drawing at the end of the year for a book from the prize list. Challengers who complete 12 or more books (either from the same era or six from each era) will also be entered in a separate drawing--for another chance to win, again for their choice of a book from the prize list.
  • Please keep track of your progress and be prepared to submit a final wrap-up post or comment at the end of the year. Please DO NOT submit completion notifications prior to the posting of the Wrap-Up Link.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See my wrap-up post HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up post HERE.
● See the challenge review pages: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December .
● See the page for challenge wrap-ups HERE.

✸ I'll be reading Silver Age mysteries. Here's the card:




MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):

(These are the books I'm planning to read. The review link will appear when I've actually written and posted the review. Until the review is posted and linked up, the list could change.)

1. Lovely in Her Bones. Sharyn McCrumb (first published 1985)
....For the scavenger hunt: Skull on cover
....Note to self: linked to review page, 7/20/2016



2. Picture Miss Seeton (Miss Seeton #1). Heron Carvic (first published 1968)
....For the scavenger hunt: Just One Person on cover
....Note to self: read but not yet reviewed (as of 8/17/2016)



3. Knots and Crosses (Inspector Rebus #1). Ian Rankin (first published 1987)
....For the scavenger hunt: Rope/Hangman's Noose on cover



4. The Clocks (Hercule Poirot #34). Agatha Christie (first published 1963)
....For the scavenger hunt: Clock/Timepiece on cover



5. Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (Hercule Poirot #39). Agatha Christie (first published 1975) (reading now)
....For the scavenger hunt: Bottle of Poison on cover



BOOKS I MIGHT READ:

πŸ“š  Rest You Merry (Peter Shandy series #1). Charlotte MacLeod (first published 1978)
....For the scavenger hunt: Weirdest Item You've Seen on cover (a skull/skeleton in a Santa suit)



πŸ“š  Death On Demand (Death On Demand #1). Carolyn G. Hart (first published 1987)
....For the scavenger hunt: Dog on cover



πŸ“š  The Case of the Missing BrontΓ« (Perry Trethowan #3). Robert Barnard (first published 1983)
....For the scavenger hunt: More Than Two People on cover



πŸ“š  'A' Is For Alibi (Kinsey Milhone Mysteries #1). Sue Grafton (first published 1982)
....For the scavenger hunt: Typewriter on cover



πŸ“š  Something The Cat Dragged In (Peter Shandy Series #4). Charlotte MacLeod (first published 1983)
....For the scavenger hunt: Cat on cover



πŸ“š  Flight of a Witch (Inspector George Felse Mysteries #3). Ellis Peters (first published 1964)
....For the scavenger hunt: Brunette woman on cover






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