Sunday, January 4, 2015

Vintage Mystery Bingo 2015

Hosted by: Bev @ My Reader's Block
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2015

Guidelines (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.
  • Challengers may play either the Silver Age or Golden Age Card—or both. 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. Please remember that some of our Golden Age Vintage authors wrote well after 1959--so keep an eye on the original publication date and apply them to the appropriate card. 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.
  • Challenge runs from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Sign up any time between now and November 4, 2015. Any books read from January 1 on may count regardless of your sign-up date. If you decide to go for broke and try to score on both cards, you only need sign up once--pick a card, any card for your link. 
  • Books can be used for other challenges.
  • Reviews aren't required, but would be nice.
  • One Free Space per card—you may use your Free Space to cover any spot on the board. The Free Space book must fulfill one of the categories from the card, but it may fulfill ANY space you like—even a category you have already fulfilled. For example…if you are having trouble finding a book to meet the “mode of transportation” category, but you really need that space to complete a BINGO then you may read a book that meets any other category on the board and use your Free Space to claim the “mode of transportation” space.
  • No double-counting. A book may not count for both the original category (say, "Woman in the Title") and as the Free Space to replace "mode of transportation." A second "Woman in the Title" would need to be read to complete the Free Space and replace "mode of transportation."
  • BINGOS may be claimed by completing all spaces in a row--horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. You may also claim a “Four Corner” BINGO by reading a book for each of the four corners plus two more spaces—any two. A valid BINGO must have six complete spaces.
✹ I'll be reading Golden Age mysteries and working on Gold Card bingos. 

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up post HERE.
● See challenge headquarters HERE.

  1. Color in the Title or Cover Color: The Red House Mystery, by A.A. Milne (first published 1922)
  2. Method of Murder in Title: .
  3. Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Champagne for One (Nero Wolfe #31), by Rex Stout (first published 1958)
  4. Book with Professional Detective: The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett (first published 1930)
  5. First Extra Square - Book featuring Lawyer, Courtroom, etc.: The Case of the Velvet Claws (Perry Mason #1), by Erle Stanley Gardner (first published 1933)
  6. Second Extra Square - Book Set in US or England: Gently Does It (Chief Inspector George Gently #1), by Alan Hunter (first published 1955; set in England)

Possible for "Method of Murder":

  • Behold, Here's Poison (Inspector Hannasyde #2). Georgette Heyer (1936) 
  • The Canvas Dagger (Inspector McKee #26). Helen Reilly (1956) 
  • The Case of the Drowning Duck (Perry Mason #20). Erle Stanley Gardner (1942) 
  • Cold Poison (Hildegarde Withers #15). Stuart Palmer (1954) 
  • The Drowning Pool (Lew Archer #2). Ross Macdonald (1950)
  • Name Your Poison (Inspector McKee #14). Helen Reilly (1942)
  • The Poisoned Chocolates Case (Roger Sheringham Cases #5). Anthony Berkeley (1929) 

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