2011 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge


Thanks to Bernadette at Reactions to Reading I have came across this new reading challenge. I find it difficult to remain indifferent and I’ll probably participate. Although my priority for next year is to reduce the number of books on my TBR shelves, I think I have enough interest to read some books/authors who fall into this category and that otherwise I won’t find time enough to read.

I have come up with the following list of potential books from which to choose which books to read. I know that this is a capricious list, as every other list, but anyway take it as a starting point.

Vintage Mystery Books/Authors

The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Edgar Allan Poe
The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
The Mystery of the Yellow Room, Gastón Leroux
A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle
The Door with Seven Locks, Edgar Wallace
The Stoneware Monkey, R. Austin Freeman
The Innocence of Father Brown, G.K. Chesterton
The Crime at Lock 14, Georges Simenon
The Red Widow Murders, Carter Dickson
The Door Between, Ellery Queen
The Red House Mystery, A. A. Milne
Police at the Funeral, Margery Allingham
L’Assassin habite au 21, Stanislas-André Steeman (Is there an English version?)
The ABC Murders, Agatha Christie
The Bishop Murder Case, S. S. Van Dine
The Poisoned Chocolates Case, Anthony Berkeley
Hamlet, Revenge! Michael Innes
The Beast Must Die, Nicholas Blake
Death and the Dancing Footman, Ngaio Marsh
The Nine Tailors, Dorothy L. Sayers
Crime Pays no Dividend, E. & M. A. Radford
The Case of the Lame Canary, Erle Stanley Gardner
The Red Box, Rex Stout

May I ask what do you think of the list above? Which titles/authors will you add or delete from that list? Your comments are welcome.

2011 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge is sponsored by Bev Hankins at My Reader’s Block.

Here are the rules:
*All books must have been written before 1960 and be from the mystery category.
*Some suggested authors include: Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, Dorothy L Sayers, Earl Derr Biggers, Georgette Heyer, Edmund Crispin, Cyril Hare, Ellery Queen, Elizabeth Daly, Cyril Hare, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ngaio Marsh, S. S. Van Dine, Philip MacDonald, Rex Stout, Phoebe Atwood Taylor, Josephine Bell, Josephine Tey, Frances & Richard Lockridge, Michael Innes and Stuart Palmer. (Please remember that some of these authors published after 1960 as well–so keep an eye on the original copyright date.)
*You are welcome to count these books towards any other challenges as well.
*Challenge runs from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011. Sign up any time between now and November 30, 2011.
*I would love to see reviews of your challenge books, but it is not necessary to participate. If you do not have a blog, post to the comments what your challenge level will be and then post again when you have completed your challenge (include a list of books read).
*No matter what level you choose, please try at least two different vintage authors.
*The best part? A prize for everyone who completes their challenge. Once you declare your challenge level…you are locked in for that number of books. But you may change your list of books at any time. Let me know when you have met your challenge goal and I will send you a list of prizes (books) to choose from. Of course, the earlier you finish, the longer the list of books will be.
*Please post about the challenge on your blog (feel free to grab the image) with your declared challenge level.
*Please enter your name/blog name and the link to your challenge post in the link below.

Challenge Levels:
In a Murderous Mood: 4-6 Books
Get a Clue: 7-9 Books
Hot on the Trail: 10-12 Books
Capture the Criminal: 13-15 Books
Take ‘Em to Trial: 16+ Books
OR
The Golden Age Girls*: Read 5-7 books from female authors from the vintage years
Cherchez Le Homme: Read 5-7 books from male authors from the vintage years

So what the heck I’m signing for In a Murderous Mood (4 – 6 Books) Level.

12 thoughts on “2011 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge”

  1. >José Ignacio – That is a most tempting challenge, isn't it? I think you've chosen really fine books, too. You have a very nice variety :-). I'll look forward to reading your reviews of what you read.

  2. >It looks like a very fine list. I have read a handful of them, and of those my favourites are no 2 and 18. As many of these classics are available as free e-books, I may have to think about this challenge. There are a few on your list I have told myself to read for a long time.

  3. >Welcome to the challenge, Jose Ignacio (sorry, I can't get the accent mark to cooperate)! I am very excited at the number of people who are signing up for my very first challenge. And it's also great to see the number of people who like vintage mysteries. I hope you enjoy the challenge!

  4. >It looks great, I have only read five of them. May I ask why is The woman in white and not The Moonstone by W. Collins? it is said to be the first novel with a police detective in it, so appropiately named Cuff; and Betteredge is delicious.

  5. >Vanda thanks for your comment.Dr. J. The only reason being I've already read 'The Moonstone', but haven't read yet 'The Woman in White', besides I don't think 'The Moonstone' has passed well the test of time.

  6. >Looks like you have picked out some really fun books. I am going to do my own little challenge… I am trying to read as at least 100 books this year- my first, I have decided, will be a murder/mystery book titled, "Blood, Money, Power" by Michele Marie Tate… a fascinating story about the Hearst Castle, and the following the Preston bloodline through three generations 1920-1997.

  7. >Thank you for the list, just the other day I saw a remark by a priest (1957) saying he enjoyed Rex Stout novels very much, there seems to be an ocean of books, could you recommend some apart from The red box. Thanks

  8. Thank you. I am re-reading The Daffodil Affair by Michael Innes. I remembered it but vaguely, having read it first about twenty years ago. It is great stuff! a kind of psychic-thriller with lots of humour, and that in war time (1941). I will try to find Hamlet, Revenge!

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