28 December 2014

2014 Vintage Mystery Bingo Challenge completed.

One of the challenges which has really held my interest this year has been Vintage Mystery Bingo hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block.

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.
It actually took reading 30 books for me to be able to claim 3 bingos!

2014 Golden Vintage - books written before 1960

6 books to be read - but need to be lined up for Bingo: 2 Bingos claimed
  1. THE LATE MONSIEUR GALLET, Georges Simenon, published 1931 - one translated work
  2. THE NURSING HOME MURDER, Ngaio Marsh, published 1937 - One Medical Mystery
  3. MURDER IN THE MEWS, Agatha Christie, published 1937 - a short story collection
  4. DEATH OF A SWAGMAN, Arthur Upfield, published 1945 -  a man in the title
  5. THE INSPECTOR BARLACH MYSTERIES, Friedrich Durrenmatt, published 1950/1 - with a professional detective
  6. 4.5, GIDEON'S MONTH, J.J. Marric published 1958 - with a Time, Day, Month etc in the title
  7. 4.1, GREY MASK, Patricia Wentworth - published 1928 - with a Color in the title
  8. 4.0, DEATH-WATCH, John Dickson-Carr - published 1935 - by an Author You've never read before
  9. 3.9, THE CIRCULAR STAIRCASE, Mary Roberts Rinehart - published 1907 - a book set in the U.S.
  10. 3.7, THE FOOTPRINTS ON THE CEILING, Clayton Rawson - published 1939 - a locked room mystery
  11. 3.8, A BLUNT INSTRUMENT, Georgette Heyer - published 1938 - read a book with a detective team 
  12. 4.6, CURTAIN: Poirot's Last Case, Agatha Christie, written about 1941 -  Read one book set in England
  13. 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.
  14. 4.4, NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH, James Hadley Chase - published 1939 - a book with a woman in the title
  15. 4.4, THE RULES OF THE GAME, Georges Simenon - published 1955 - read one book you have to borrow
  16. 4.0, MURDER UNDERGROUND, Mavis Doriel Hay - published 1934, involving a mode of transportation
2014 Silver Vintage: books written 1960 - 1989

6 books to be read but need to be lined up for "bingo" - 1 bingo claimed
  1. 4.4, THIRD GIRL, Agatha Christie published 1966 - book with a number in the title
  2. 3.9, A HANK OF HAIR, Charlotte Jay,  published 1964 - by an author with a pseudonym
  3. 4.4, ENDLESS NIGHT, Agatha Christie, published 1967 - has been made into a movie
  4. 4.5, BY THE PRICKING OF MY THUMBS, Agatha Christie, published 1968 - a detective team
  5. 4.5, ARMS FOR ADONIS, Charlotte Jay, published 1961 - set anywhere except USA or UK
  6. 4.4, THE LABYRINTH MAKERS, Anthony Price, published 1970 - read one book that features a crime other than murder
  7. 4.5, HALLOWE'EN PARTY, Agatha Christie, published 1969 - read one book with a time, day, month etc. in the title
  8. 3.6, THE ALAMUT AMBUSH, Anthony Price published 1972, read one book with a place in the title
  9.  2.0, PASSENGER TO FRANKFURT, Agatha Christie published 1970, involves a mode of transportation 
  10. 4.3, GIDEON'S RIDE, J.J. Marric, published 1963,  - a book with a professional detective
  11. 4.4, NEMESIS, Agatha Christie - published 1971 - set in England
  12. 4.3, ELEPHANTS CAN REMEMBER, Agatha Christie  - published 1971 - read a book with an animal in the title.  
  13. 4.4, THE FLIGHT OF THE FALCON, Daphne du Maurier - published 1965 -  read a book by an author you've read before
  14.  4.4, A TIME TO KILL, John Grisham, published 1989 - read a book with a courtroom, a lawyer, a judge


Margot Kinberg said...

Well done you, Kerrie. I always admire the way you complete so many of these challenges.

Bev Hankins said...

Congratulations on your finish! Lots of great books read as well.


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