I have found trying to find books that fitted the descriptions in both the Golden Vintage (books written before 1960) and Silver Vintage (books written 1960-1989) challenging. I wasn't disappointed by too many of the books. I was impressed by this participant who found a book for every square of the golden card!
I intend to participate in the 2015 version which you can find here. Bev has changed some of the categories just to make it more interesting.
* 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.
*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.
2014 Golden Vintage - books written before 1960
- THE LATE MONSIEUR GALLET, Georges Simenon, published 1931 - one translated work
- THE NURSING HOME MURDER, Ngaio Marsh, published 1937 - One Medical Mystery
- MURDER IN THE MEWS, Agatha Christie, published 1937 - a short story collection
- DEATH OF A SWAGMAN, Arthur Upfield, published 1945 - a man in the title
- THE INSPECTOR BARLACH MYSTERIES, Friedrich Durrenmatt, published 1950/1 - with a professional detective
- 4.5, GIDEON'S MONTH, J.J. Marric published 1958 - with a Time, Day, Month etc in the title
- 4.1, GREY MASK, Patricia Wentworth - published 1928 - with a Color in the title
- 4.0, DEATH-WATCH, John Dickson-Carr - published 1935 - by an Author You've never read before
- 3.9, THE CIRCULAR STAIRCASE, Mary Roberts Rinehart - published 1907 - a book set in the U.S.
- 3.7, THE FOOTPRINTS ON THE CEILING, Clayton Rawson - published 1939 - a locked room mystery
- 3.8, A BLUNT INSTRUMENT, Georgette Heyer - published 1938 - read a book with a detective team
- 4.6, CURTAIN: Poirot's Last Case, Agatha Christie, written about 1941 - Read one book set in England
- 4.7, SLEEPING MURDER: Miss Marple's last case, Agatha Christie, written about 1941 - Read one book with a method of murder in the title.
- 4.4, NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH, James Hadley Chase - published 1939 - a book with a woman in the title
- 4.4, THE RULES OF THE GAME, Georges Simenon - published 1955 - read one book you have to borrow
- 4.0, MURDER UNDERGROUND, Mavis Doriel Hay - published 1934, involving a mode of transportation
- 4.4, THIRD GIRL, Agatha Christie published 1966 - book with a number in the title
- 3.9, A HANK OF HAIR, Charlotte Jay, published 1964 - by an author with a pseudonym
- 4.4, ENDLESS NIGHT, Agatha Christie, published 1967 - has been made into a movie
- 4.5, BY THE PRICKING OF MY THUMBS, Agatha Christie, published 1968 - a detective team
- 4.5, ARMS FOR ADONIS, Charlotte Jay, published 1961 - set anywhere except USA or UK
- 4.4, THE LABYRINTH MAKERS, Anthony Price, published 1970 - read one book that features a crime other than murder
- 4.5, HALLOWE'EN PARTY, Agatha Christie, published 1969 - read one book with a time, day, month etc. in the title
- 3.6, THE ALAMUT AMBUSH, Anthony Price published 1972, read one book with a place in the title
- 2.0, PASSENGER TO FRANKFURT, Agatha Christie published 1970, involves a mode of transportation
- 4.3, GIDEON'S RIDE, J.J. Marric, published 1963, - a book with a professional detective
- 4.4, NEMESIS, Agatha Christie - published 1971 - set in England
- 4.3, ELEPHANTS CAN REMEMBER, Agatha Christie - published 1971 - read a book with an animal in the title.
- 4.4, THE FLIGHT OF THE FALCON, Daphne du Maurier - published 1965 - read a book by an author you've read before
- 4.4, A TIME TO KILL, John Grisham, published 1989 - read a book with a courtroom, a lawyer, a judge