Vintage Scavenger Hunt 2017 – Wrap-up

Whew! Seventy-five books for both the Golden Age and Silver Age Vintage Cover Scavenger Hunt, plus accidentally reading two extra golden age ones when I messed up my card, causing me to read the same category twice.

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Golden Age Vintage Cover Scavenger Hunt

  1. Full Skeleton – Leslie Ford – Road to Folly (1940) 3/10/17
  2. Shadowy or Ghostly Figure – Rae Foley – Run For Your Life (1957) 4/1/17
  3. Written Document – Helen Reilly – The Canvas Dagger (1956) 4/24/17
  4. Knife – Louis Trimble – Till Death Do Us Part (1959) 7/25/17
  5. Body of Water – Earl Derr Biggers – The House Without a Key (1925) 1/14/17
  6. Any Piece of Furniture – William P. McGivern – Night Extra (1957) 3/27/17
  7. Bottle/Glass for Drinking – Charles Williams – A Touch of Death (1954) 7/25/17
  8. Statue – Michael Innes – One Man Show (1952) 7/3/17
  9. Bird – Christopher Bush – The Case of the Running Man (1958) 4/4/17
  10. Chandelier/Candle/Etc. – Vechel Howard – Murder on Her Mind (1959) 1/22/17
  11. Boat – Arthur Upfield – The Mystery of Swordfish Reef (1939) 5/19/17
  12. Broken Object – Agatha Christie – A Holiday for Murder (1938) 10/16/17
  13. Painting/Photograph – Thomas B. Dewey – My Love Is Violent (1956) 10/21/17
  14. Nurse – Agatha Christie – Ordeal By Innocence (1958) 9/9/17
  15. Telephone – Robert Wallace – Murder City (1934) 10/14/17
  16. Suit of Armor – Robert Wallace – The Phantom’s Greatest Gamble (1941) 9/18/17
  17. Jewelry of Any Sort – Lee Roberts – Once a Widow (1957) 6/27/17
  18. Curtain/s – John Stephen Strange – Catch the Gold Ring (1955) 6/14/17
  19. Castle or Ruins – Valentine Williams – The Portcullis Room (1934) 2/5/17
  20. A Hat – John D. MacDonald – The Beach Girls (1959) 6/20/17
  21. Cigarette or Pipe – Edwin Lanham – Murder on My Street (1957) 1/20/17
  22. A Blonde (man or woman) – Adam Knight – Knife at My Back (1952) 5/5/17
  23. A Blue Object – John Dickson Carr – The Nine Wrong Answers (1952) 7/16/17
  24. Fog/Mist – Frances Crane – Murder on the Purple Water (1947) 9/2/17
  25. Musical Instrument – Charles Williams – Nothing in Her Way (1953) 10/5/17
  26. Skeletal Hand or Skull – A.B. Cunningham – Death of a Bullionaire (1947) 10/21/17
  27. Train – Miles Burton – Death in the Tunnel (1936) 10/15/17
  28. Spooky House/Mansion – David Frome – Homicide House (1949) 11/17/17
  29. Revolver – Edward S. Aarons – Death Is My Shadow (1957) 7/23/17
  30. Any Other Weapon – Richard S. Prather – Over Her Dear Body (1959) 1/29/17 or Ngaio Marsh – Death at the Bar (1940) 7/30/17
  31. Bottle of Poison – Anthony Berkeley – Not To Be Taken (1938) 10/22/17
  32. Clock/Timepiece – Agatha Christie – The Seven Dials Mystery (1929) 11/3/17
  33. Dog – J.S. Fletcher – The Cartwright Gardens Murder (1926) 2/28/17
  34. Any Other Animal – David Alexander – The Murder of Whistler’s Brother (1956) 4/18/17
  35. Car/Truck – Roy Huggins – Too Late for Tears (1947) 8/12/17
  36. Carriage/Wagon – George Bellairs – Death of a Busybody (1943) 11/10/17
  37. Bloodstains – Samuel A. Krasney – Death Cries in the Street (1955) 3/18/17
  38. Staircase – Edward S. Aarons – Girl on the Run (1954) 11/11/17
  39. Doctor – Sax Rohmer – The Daughter of Fu Manchu (1931) 10/2/17
  40. Typewriter – Nicholas Blake – End of Chapter (1957) 10/10/17
  41. Flower/s – The Detection Club – Crime on the Coast and No Flowers By Request (1953/1954) 6/19/17
  42. A Glove – G.T. Fleming-Roberts – Death’s Five Faces (1941) 7/7/17
  43. A Door – Frank Gruber – The Whispering Master (1947) 9/3/17
  44. Graveyard – Phoebe Atwood Taylor – Three Plots for Asey Mayo (1942) 7/4/17
  45. Magnifying Glass – Rufus King – Murder By Latitude (1930) 10/28/17
  46. Playing Cards – Agatha Christie – Murder After Hours (1946) 8/19/17
  47. A Red-Head (woman or man) – William L. Stuart – Night Cry (1948) 3/21/17
  48. A Red Object – Phoebe Atwood Taylor – The Perennial Boarder (1941) 6/18/17
  49. Suitcase/Briefcase – John D. MacDonald – The Empty Trap (1957) 1/3/17
  50. Spider or Spiderweb – Patricia Wentworth – Dead or Alive (1936) 11/24/17
  51. Rope/Hangman’s Noose – Agatha Christie – And Then There Were None (1940) 7/1/17
  52. Blunt Instrument – William Grew – Doubles in Death (1953) 7/26/17
  53. “Damsel in Distress” – Rufus King – Somewhere in This House (1929) 10/11/17
  54. Hand Holding Weapon – Lindsay Hardy – The Nightshade Ring (1954) 6/17/17
  55. Dead Body – Richard Wormser – The Body Looks Familiar (1957) 1/28/17 or John D. MacDonald – Death Trap (1957) 7/27/17
  56. Food of Some Sort – Carter Dickson – Seeing Is Believing (1941) 10/19/17
  57. Library or A Book – Agatha Christie – The Body in the Library (1942) 1/30/17
  58. Cat – Doris Miles Disney – Room for Murder (1955) 2/2/17
  59. Map or Chart – George Harmon Coxe – Murder with Pictures (1935) 10/30/17
  60. Plane – Carter Dickson – The Unicorn Murders (1935) 9/28/17
  61. Any Holiday Decoration – Martin Edwards, ed. – Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries (2015) 11/22/17
  62. Newspaper – Death and the Spider (January 1942) and Scourge of the Yellow Fangs (April 1937) by Grant Stockbridge 9/12/17
  63. Policeman – Maxwell Grant – London Crimes/Castle of Doom (1935/1936) 2/15/17
  64. Building (other than house) – Ellery Queen Jr – The Blue Herring Mystery (1954) 5/17/17
  65. Camera – A.A. Fair – Owls Don’t Blink (1942) 8/31/17
  66. Performer (Clown/Dancer/Etc) – Thomas B. Dewey – Run, Brother, Run (1954) 4/8/17
  67. Snow/Snowy Scene – Craig Rice – 8 Faces of 3 (1939) 7/15/17
  68. A Tree – Helen MacInnes – Pray for a Brave Heart (1955) 8/30/17
  69. A Tombstone – Craig Rice – The Corpse Steps Out (1940) 9/16/17
  70. Moon – Patricia Wentworth – Hue and Cry (1927) 10/26/17
  71. Flashlight – Rufus King – The Deadly Dove (1945) 9/13/17
  72. A Brunette (woman or man) – Donald Hamilton – Night Walker (1954) 3/29/17
  73. A Green Object – Stanley Ellin – The Key to Nicholas Street (1952) 1/15/17
  74. A Mask – John Godey – Killer At His Back (1948) 5/10/17
  75. Butler/Maid/Servant – Jonathan Latimer – Sinners and Shrouds (1955) 11/14/17

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Silver Age Vintage Cover Scavenger Hunt

  1. Full Skeleton –Alfred Hitchcock’s Bleeding Hearts (1974) 11/21/17
  2. Shadowy or Ghostly Figure – Margery Allingham – Cargo of Eagles (1968) 12/16/17
  3. Written Document – Lawrence Sanders – Tales of the Wolf (1986) 12/24/17
  4. Knife – Lionel Davidson – The Chelsea Murders (1978) 2/25/17
  5. Body of Water – Edward S. Aarons – Assignment Sulu Sea (1964) 11/21/17
  6. Any Piece of Furniture – Carter Brown – Had I But Groaned (1968) 12/7/17
  7. Bottle/Glass for Drinking – Neil MacNeil – Hot Dam (1960) 8/6/17
  8. Statue – P.D. James – A Mind to Murder (1963) 12/27/17
  9. Bird – Agatha Christie – Third Girl (1966) 6/21/17
  10. Chandelier/Candle/Etc. – J.J. Marric – Gideon’s Power (1969) 12/31/17
  11. Boat – Edward S. Aarons – Assignment White Rajah (1970) 8/10/17
  12. Broken Object – Michael Gilbert – The Empty House (1978) 1/7/17
  13. Painting/Photograph – Lawrence Block – Make Out With Murder (1974) 11/19/17
  14. Nurse – Hank Janson – Cold Dead Coed (1964) 8/5/17
  15. Telephone – Frank Kane – Ring-a-Ding-Ding (1963) 11/4/17
  16. Suit of Armor – Robert Arthur – The Secret of Terror Castle (1964) 12/9/17
  17. Jewelry of Any Sort – Dorothy Salisbury Davis – A Death in the Life (1976) 7/21/17
  18. Curtain/s – James McKimmey – Blue Mascara Tears (1965) 8/10/17
  19. Castle or Ruins – Edward S. Aarons – Assignment Silver Scorpion (1973) 6/1/17
  20. A Hat – Velda Johnston – The Silver Dolphin (1979) 5/29/17
  21. Cigarette or Pipe – Frank Kane – Time to Prey (1960) 8/22/17
  22. A Blonde (man or woman) – Carter Brown – The Hammer of Thor (1965) 11/18/17
  23. A Blue Object – J.J. Marric – Gideon’s March (1962) 12/6/17
  24. Fog/Mist – Hugh Pentecost – Kingdom of Death (1960) 7/30/17
  25. Musical Instrument – Thomas B. Dewey – A Sad Song Singing (1963) 10/27/17
  26. Skeletal Hand or Skull – Richard Lockridge – Twice Retired (1970) 6/24/17
  27. Train – Nick Carter – The Katmandu Contract (1975) 11/26/17
  28. Spooky House/Mansion – Margery Allingham – Mr. Campion’s Farthing (1969) 12/30/17
  29. Revolver – Brett Halliday – Fourth Down to Death (1970) 7/7/17
  30. Any Other Weapon – Lou Cameron – Before It’s Too Late (1970) 8/13/17
  31. Bottle of Poison – P.D. James – Cover Her Face (1962) 12/3/17
  32. Clock/Timepiece – Agatha Christie – The Clocks (1963) 12/23/17
  33. Dog – Nick Carter – The Death’s-Head Conspiracy (1973) 12/19/17
  34. Any Other Animal – Hugh Pentecost – Die After Dark (1976) 8/14/17
  35. Car/Truck – Fredric Davies – The Cross of Gold Affair (1968) 6/3/17
  36. Carriage/Wagon – Alfred Hitchcock’s A Hearse of a Different Color (1972) 11/26/17
  37. Bloodstains – John Creasey – Death in Cold Print (1961) 8/4/17
  38. Staircase – Robert Arthur – The Mystery of the Green Ghost (1965) 12/22/17
  39. Doctor – Frank Thomas – Sherlock Holmes and the Golden Bird (1979) 12/13/17
  40. Typewriter – Vin Packer – The Girl on the Best Seller List (1960) 12/10/17
  41. Flower/s – Carter Brown – Blonde on a Broomstick (1966) 10/28/17
  42. A Glove – Brett Halliday – Never Kill a Client (1962) 6/29/17
  43. A Door – Donald Hamilton – The Menacers (1968) 1/2/17
  44. Graveyard – Alfred Hitchcock’s Death Can Be Beautiful (1972) 8/1/17
  45. Magnifying Glass – Basil Cooper – The Dossier of Solar Pons (1979) 11/13/17
  46. Playing Cards – Jim Thompson – Texas By the Tail (1965) 12/28/17
  47. A Red-Head (woman or man) – Carter Brown – The Coffin Bird (1970) 12/13/17
  48. A Red Object – Brett Halliday – Killers from the Keys (1961) 12/22/17
  49. Suitcase/Briefcase – Brett Halliday – Six Seconds to Kill (1970) 7/12/17
  50. Spider or Spiderweb – Isaac Asimov – Tales of the Black Widowers (1974) 11/24/17
  51. Rope/Hangman’s Noose – Frank Kane – Two to Tangle (1965) 7/4/17
  52. Blunt Instrument – George Harmon Coxe – An Easy Way to Go (1968) 11/30/17
  53. “Damsel in Distress” – Charles Williams – The Long Saturday Night (1962) 11/30/17
  54. Hand Holding Weapon – Lawrence Block – No Score (1970) 10/8/17
  55. Dead Body – E.X. Ferrars – In At the Kill (1978) 12/8/17
  56. Food of Some Sort – Maj Sjowall-Per Wahloo – Murder at the Savoy (1970) 12/26/17
  57. Library or A Book – William Campbell Gault – Dead Hero (1963) 11/12/17
  58. Cat – Richard Lockridge – The Tenth Life (1977) 7/18/17
  59. Map or Chart – John T. Phillifent – The Corfu Affair (1967) 11/27/17
  60. Plane – William P. McGivern – Seven Lies South (1960) 7/14/17
  61. Any Holiday Decoration – Jerry West – The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Golden Witch (1966) 10/25/17
  62. Newspaper – Simenon – Maigret in Society (1961) 12/9/17
  63. Policeman – Margery Allingham – The Mind Readers (1965) 1/27/17
  64. Building (other than house) – J.J. Marric – Gideon’s Ride (1963) 12/20/17
  65. Camera – Elmore Leonard – LaBrava (1983) 12/21/17
  66. Performer (Clown/Dancer/Etc) – Talmage Powell – Start Screaming Murder (1962) 10/18/17
  67. Snow/Snowy Scene – Nick Carter – Operation Snake (1969) 11/22/17
  68. A Tree – Philip McCutchan – Bluebolt One (1965) 5/17/17
  69. A Tombstone – Margery Allingham – The China Governess (1963) 11/28/17
  70. Moon – Elmore Leonard – The Big Bounce (1969) 11/11/17
  71. Flashlight – Brett Halliday – Lady Be Bad (1969) 11/20/17
  72. A Brunette (woman or man) – Michael Crichton – Odds On (1966) 12/18/17
  73. A Green Object – Van Wyck Mason – Secret Mission to Bangkok (1960) 10/24/17
  74. A Mask – Jerry West – The Happy Hollisters and the Punch and Judy Mystery (1964) 11/22/17
  75. Butler/Maid/Servant – Edward S. Aarons – Assignment the Girl in the Gondola (1964) 12/17/17
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Patricia Wentworth – Dead or Alive (1936)

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Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Spider
Date Finished: November 24, 2017

The rejected suitor of a young woman returns to England to find her widowed and virtually penniless. Her husband has disappeared and is presumed dead, although someone is leaving mysterious clues for her that indicate that he may still be alive. Her wealthy scientist uncle has become even more absent-minded and is now secluded away from her on a strange country estate with mysterious new servants who refuse access to him.

Whereas the heroine in Hue and Cry, the only other Wentworth I’ve read, was spunky, this one is a wishy-washy dud. Is her husband alive or dead? Does she love Bill, the former suitor? She can’t decide anything until we spend 200 pages talking about it. Sure, there are wishy-washy people in real life, but we don’t have to waste time reading about them. The end picks up a bit as she is pursued around the grounds of the country estate in the dark, until the deus ex machina ending, but she also manages to faint twice during that chase. The villain is good, but this seems to be part of a series, so she escapes to do harm is some further book. I had to work to keep from putting this one down.

And that completes the Golden Age Cover Scavenger Hunt card.

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Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries (2015)

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Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Any Holiday Decoration
Date Finished: November 22, 2017

Fifteen Golden Age Christmas-related mystery short stories are collected here by Martin Edwards. Some are well known, such as “The Blue Carbuncle” by Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as mysteries by Dorothy Sayers, Margery Allingham, and Edmund Crispin, while others are from unknown and forgotten authors. Although the inclusion of the well-known drives sales, it is a shame that others by long out-of-print authors may have been omitted to include these that are available through many other sources.

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David Frome – Homicide House (1949)

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Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Spooky House
Date Finished: November 17, 2017

Mr. Pinkerton returns after a 10-year gap for his final adventure. Here he is residing in post-WWII London in a boarding house situated in a partially bombed-out square. One of the destroyed houses belonged to a family that now resides in the boarding house, which Pinkerton secretly owns. That family consists of an invalid mother, a dutiful daughter, and a crotchety aunt. The father of the young woman absconded with a valuable painting and some funds 25 years before. The appearance of an American former-G.I., who has come hunting for the young woman, along with Mr. Pinkerton’s bumbling, lead the family to believe he is really after the father. Hilarity ensues. No actually, murder ensues. Who is covering up what and who keeps bumping people on their heads?

The good beginning, which primarily deals with the romance, and the adequate ending hardly make up for the long, drawn-out sections in the middle, as Frome (aka Leslie Ford or Zenith Brown) uses four sentences of florid description to respond to every sentence of dialogue. Mr. Pinkerton does little but bumble around, and plays no part in the resolution, other than one chance remark. The resolution is pulled out of thin air by the police inspector, but at least it requires some actual action. At least we don’t have to hear about the greatness of the American South as we do in many other Leslie Ford works.

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Jonathan Latimer – Sinners and Shrouds (1955)

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Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Butler/Maid/Servant
Date Finished: November 14, 2017

A newspaper reporter wakes up in a strange apartment after a black-out drunk night-on-the-town. In the bed next to him is a dead woman, who turns out also to be a reporter on the same Chicago paper. He has to reconstruct the previous night before the police catch up with him, not knowing himself whether he is innocent or not. Many on the paper once worked on a Texas newspaper owned by the same conglomerate, where they once covered or had ties to a criminal duo called Larry Trevor and the Hooded Nun. How does that relate to this current crime?

Unlike most stories of this kind, the reporter has friends and a lawyer who believe him and work to prove his innocence, so he isn’t quite the lone wolf. There is also an element of humor, though not a complete screwball comedy as Craig Rice would write. There are quite a few characters, as there would be in real life, but it was difficult to keep them all straight at times. The plot also gets a bit convoluted and implausible, though it remains entertaining. I look forward to reading more by Latimer.

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Edward S. Aarons – Girl on the Run (1954)

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Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Staircase
TBR #86
Date Finished: November 11, 2017

An engineer in France on his way back to the U.S. delays his trip to help out a young woman with whom he is in love. A year previously she had chosen to be with his friend rather than the engineer, but now that friend has become a smuggler and crook, somehow involved with a crowd after the young woman, Lorette. Her father has been kidnapped to either reveal the location of a Templar treasure or to reveal where he has found a vein of uranium. A communist organization is behind the kidnapping, while the smugglers and the policeman they’ve corrupted are working for their own ends. The engineer must fight through them all, and find the treasure, to rescue the girl.

Another competently told tale from Aarons that doesn’t break any new ground but gives us some entertaining action and suspense.

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George Bellairs – Death of a Busybody (1943)

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Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Carriage/Wagon
Date Finished: November 10, 2017

The mean, prying gossip of a small village is found dead, face down in the vicar’s septic tank. Who didn’t want to kill her? Seems like everyone had a motive, and most also had alibis, though one is clearly false.

A rather sedate mystery with a number of colorful characters and some rustic accents. The mystery itself isn’t very difficult, as the fake alibi is easy to spot. It took me a while to get through this, in large part due to a busy work week, but also due to the various character dialects, which slowed down the reading. The strength here is the characters, though the dead woman herself isn’t that clearly drawn.

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