Vintage Mystery Extravaganza 2020

Vintage Mystery Extravaganza

Time to sign up for Bev’s next challenge, the Vintage Mystery Extravaganza. We’ll see how this goes without a check-off box to keep me organized. I’ll sign up for both gold and silver, but may only do the extra credit on the gold.

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Deal Me In Challenge 2019

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Belatedly, I’m getting organized on the 2019 Deal Me In Challenge. My 2018 plan was to list the first story in a pulp or book, often a novella, and then use that to motivate me to read the entire thing. That was not entirely successful. This year, having stockpiled a number of short stories through the excellent Black Cat Mystery Club, I’m hoping I’ll have a much simpler time of it. My list:

Diamonds
A The Scarlet Ace – Theodore Tinsley
2 Somebody Knew Her – Gil Brewer
3 Sting of the Scorpion – Richard B. Sale
4 Terror Panics the Crime Quiz – David X. Manners
5 The Euthanasian – Jacob Hay
6 The Wind of Fear – Talmage Powell
7 A Way with a Will – Talmage Powell
8 On a Sunday Afternoon- Gil Brewer
9 Cut Bait – Gil Brewer
10 My Lady Is a Tramp – Gil Brewer
J The Body in the Pool – Rufus King
Q Swamp Search – Harry Whittington
K Jamaican Ice Mystery – John Gregory Bettencourt

♣Clubs♣
A♣ One Summer Night – Bryce Walton
2♣ Trespasser – Fletcher Flora
3♣ I’ll Kill For You – Fletcher Flora
4♣ I’ll Race You – Fletcher Flora
5♣ In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree – Fletcher Flora
6♣ Shadowed – Richard Wormser
7♣ Thubway Tham Goes to the Races – Johnston McCulley
8♣ Once Aboard the Lugger – Stuart Palmer
9♣ A Hearing Aid for Carmody – Stephen Wasylyk
10♣ Mystery of the Mexicali Murders – J. Lane Linklater
J♣ Game Plan – Stephen Wasylyk
Q♣ The Pickpocket- Mickey Spillane
K♣ The Opposite Number – Jacob Hay

Hearts
A Un-dressed to Kill – Richard Deming
2 Till Death Do Not Us Part – Talmage Powell
3 Miami Papers Please Copy – Rufus King
4 Murder Goes to the Dogs – Talmage Powell
5 Death of a Daughter – Talmage Powell
6 Home Again Blues – Gil Brewer
7 A Long Rope – Archie Obler
8 False Start – Talmage Powell
9 Somebody Cares – Talmage Powell
10 Her Dagger Before Me – Talmage Powell
J Obituary- Fletcher Flora
Q Once Upon a Bank Floor – James Holding
K Rendezvous- H. Bedford-Jones

♠Spades♠
A♠ The Collector Comes After Payday – Fletcher Flora
2♠ Mind the Posies – Talmage Powell
3♠ My Man Bertram – Jacob Hay
4♠ The Man From H-to-M – Jacob Hay
5♠ Soufflé Surprise- Vincent McConnor
6♠ A One-Pipe Problem – John Gregory Betancourt
7♠ Heels Are for Hating – Fletcher Flora
8♠ Half a Loaf – James Holding
9♠ Face of Evil – David Alexander
10♠ The Fast Line – Art Crockett
J♠ Top Secret Boondoggle – Jacob Hay
Q♠ With This Gun – Gil Brewer
K♠ The Big Job – Thomas B. Dewey

Mount TBR 2018 Final Checkpoint

Mount TBR 2018

1. Tell us how many miles you made it up your mountain (# of books read). If you’ve planted your flag on the peak, then tell us, take a selfie, and celebrate (and wave!). Even if you were especially athletic and have been sitting atop your mountain for months, please check back in and remind us how quickly you sprinted up that trail. And feel free to tell us about any particularly exciting book adventures you’ve had along the way.

After reaching my initial goal of 100 books off the TBR pile back in September, I decided to give Mt. Olympus a shot at 150 books. I’m happy to say I reached that goal on December 29.

2. The Words to the Wise According to Mount TBR: Using the titles of the books you read this year, see how many of the familiar proverbs and sayings below you can complete with a book read on your journey up the Mountain. Feel free to add/subtract a word or two to help them make sense. 

I’ll do a all-Western round-up here:

A stitch in time…Empty Saddles
Don’t count your chickens…[before] The Night Branders
A penny saved is…. (an) Incident at Sun Mountain
All good things must come… Among the Hunted (aka Marshal of Bitterroot)
When in Rome… Guns Up
All that glitters is not… The Ghost Trail
A picture is worth a… Singing Lariat
When the going gets tough, the tough get… the Last Shoot-Out
Two wrongs don’t make (a)… Dakota Boomtown
The pen is mightier than…. Saddle Justice
The squeaky wheel gets… (the) Song of the Gun
Hope for the best, but prepare for… The Last Rodeo
Birds of a feather flock… (to) The Manhunter

Just the Facts, Ma’am 2018 – Wrap-Up

It’s time for the end of the year wrap-up. Both golden age and silver age cards were filled with 48 books each for a total of 96 books.

Just the Facts, Ma’am Golden Age Challenge

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Who
Edmund Crispin – Love Lies Bleeding (1948) – An Academic
A.A. Fair – Spill the Jackpot (1941) – Crime-Solving Duo
John Creasey – The Toff and the Deadly Parson (1944) – An amateur detective
Miriam Borgenicht – Don’t Look Back (1956) – In the Medical Field
Owen Dudley – Murder for Charity (1957) – A Journalist/Writer
George Harmon Coxe – Murdock’s Acid Test (1936) – An Artist/Photographer
Edward S. Aarons – Assignment Angelina (1959) – Retired from or in the Armed Services
Earl Derr Biggers – The Black Camel (1929) – Matriarch/Patriarch of family

What
Kenneth Robeson – River of Ice (1940) – Pseudonymous author
Patrick Quentin – The Man With Two Wives (1955) – Number in the title
Frank Castle – Murder in Red (1957) – Color in the title
David Alexander – Die, Little Goose (1956) – An animal in the title
Richard and Frances Lockridge – Hanged for a Sheep (1942) – Means of Murder in title
Brett Halliday – When Dorinda Dances (1951) – Reference to a man or woman in title
Charles Williams – Gulf Coast Girl (1955) – Book published under more than one title
Agatha Christie – Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (1952) – Title Contains two words beginning with same letter

When
Craig Rice – The Right Murder (1941) – During a recognized holiday
W.C. Tuttle – Bluffer’s Luck (1937) – A historical crime
John K. Butler – At the Stroke of Midnight (1940-1942) – Time/Date/etc in Title
Georges Simenon – Maigret and the Millionaires (1958) – Timing of crime is crucial
Hilda Lawrence – Blood Upon the Snow (1944) – During a weather event
Donald Hamilton – The Steel Mirror (1948) – During a trip/vacation/cruise, etc.
Clayton Rawson – Death from a Top Hat (1938) – During a performance of any sort
Phoebe Atwood Taylor – Figure Away (1937) – During a special event: birthday, village fete, etc.

Where
Agatha Christie – Funerals Are Fatal (1953) – At a Country House
Georges Simenon – Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett (1931) – On a mode of transportation
Agatha Christie – Evil Under the Sun (1941) – On an Island
Agatha Christie – Cat Among Pigeons (1959) – At a school
Craig Rice – The Thursday Turkey Murders (1943) – Set in a small village
Richard Sale – Passing Strange (1942) – In a hospital/nursing home
Erle Stanley Gardner – The D.A. Draws a Circle (1939) – Features a courtroom scene
Rufus King – Murder By the Clock (1929) – In a locked room

How
G.G. Fickling – This Girl for Hire (1957) – Death by drowning
Stewart Sterling – Five-Alarm Funeral (1942) – Crime involved fire/arson
Erle Stanley Gardner – The D.A. Calls It Murder (1937) – Death by poison
Georges Simenon – Maigret’s Holiday (1948) – Death by strangulation
John Creasey – If Anything Happens to Hester (1959) – Death by knife/dagger/etc.
Edward Ronns – Point of Peril (1956) – Death by shooting
Clarence Budington Kelland – Death Keeps a Secret (1953) – At least two deaths with different means
Peter Cheyney – They Never Say When (1945) – Death by blunt instrument

Why 

Stanley Ellin – The Eighth Circle (1958) – It won an award of any sort
Ellery Queen – Tragedy of X (1932) – It made a ‘best of’ list
Georges Simenon – Maigret Meets a Milord (1931) – Has been read/reviewed by a fellow challenger at any time
Maxwell Grant – Road of Crime (1933)/Crooks Go Straight (1935) – Has been on your TBR list
Ione Sandberg Shriber – Pattern for Murder (1944) – Out of your comfort zone
Ross Laurence – The Fast Buck (1953) – An author you’ve never tried
Craig Rice – The Wrong Murder (1940) – It’s by an author you’ve read & loved before
Leslie Charteris – Follow the Saint (1938) – Book made into tv/film/play

Just the Facts, Ma’am Silver Age Challenge

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Who
Ellery Queen – The Campus Murders (1969) – An Academic
Agatha Christie – By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968) – Crime-Solving Duo
Robert Colby – In a Vanishing Room (1961) – An amateur detective
Michael Crichton – Drug of Choice (1970) – In the Medical Field
Max Allan Collins – The Baby Blue Rip-Off (1983) – A Journalist/Writer
George Harmon Coxe – The Reluctant Heiress (1965) – An Artist/Photographer
Michael Avallone – The Living Bomb (1963) – Retired from or in the Armed Services
George Harmon Coxe – The Silent Witness (1973) – Matriarch/Patriarch of family

What
Ellery Queen – Cop Out (1969) – Pseudonymous author
Michael Crichton – Scratch One (1967) – Number in the title
Margaret Truman – Murder in the White House (1980) – Color in the title
Michael Avallone – The Birds of a Feather Affair (1966) – An animal in the title
Brett Halliday – Shoot to Kill (1964) – Means of Murder in title
Robert Colby – Lament for Julie (1961) – Reference to a man or woman in title
Michael Innes – The Crabtree Affair (1962) – Book published under more than one title
Brett Halliday – The Careless Corpse (1961) – Title Contains two words beginning with same letter

When
Agatha Christie – Hallowe’en Party (1969) – During a recognized holiday
Robert van Gulik – The Chinese Lake Murders (1960) – A historical crime
Harry Kemelman – Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home (1969) – Time/Date/etc in Title
Thomas B. Dewey – The Girl Who Wasn’t There (1960) – Timing of crime is crucial
Max Allan Collins – Nice Weekend for a Murder (1986) – During a weather event
Ellery Queen – The Madman Theory (1966) – During a trip/vacation/cruise, etc.
Dick Francis – Dead Cert (1962) – During a performance of any sort
Richard S. Prather – The Trojan Hearse (1964) – During a special event: birthday, village fete, etc.

Where
Agatha Christie – Elephants Can Remember (1972) – At a Country House
Charles Williams – The Sailcloth Shroud (1960) – On a mode of transportation
John D. MacDonald – Slam the Big Door (1960) – On an Island
Leonard Holton – Flowers By Request (1964) – At a school
Agatha Christie – Postern of Fate (1973) – Set in a small village
Jonathan Kellerman – Blood Test (1986) – In a hospital/nursing home
Bill S. Ballinger – Not I, Said the Vixen (1965) – Features a courtroom scene
Michael Innes – Appleby and Honeybath (1983) – In a locked room

How
John D. MacDonald – The Drowner (1963) – Death by drowning
Charles Williams – And the Deep Blue Sea (1971) – Crime involved fire/arson
Brett Halliday – The Corpse That Never Was (1963) – Death by poison
Richard Deming – Anything But Saintly (1963) – Death by strangulation
Carter Brown – A Good Year for Dwarfs? (1970) – Death by knife/dagger/etc.
William Campbell Gault – The Cana Diversion (1982) – Death by shooting
Louis Trimble – The Surfside Caper (1961) – At least two deaths with different means
Carter Brown – The Never-Was Girl (1964) – Death by blunt instrument

Why
Fletcher Flora – Killing Cousins (1960) – It won an award of any sort
Robert van Gulik – The Chinese Nail Murders (1961) – It made a ‘best of’ list
Agatha Christie – The Pale Horse (1961) – Has been read/reviewed by a fellow challenger at any time
Henry Kane – Never Give a Millionaire an Even Break (1963) – Has been on your TBR list
Mignon Eberhart – Family Fortune (1976) – Out of your comfort zone
Robert Colby – Kim (1962) – An author you’ve never tried
William Campbell Gault – The Bad Samaritan (1980) – It’s by an author you’ve read & loved before
Leslie Charteris – The Saint on TV (1968) – Book made into tv/film/play

Thanks to Bev for running a great contest, which is a big motivation to keep me reading.

 

2019 European Reading Challenge: My Sign-Up

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This will be a new one for me, but I’ll give this a shot. I’ll aim for the Five Star (Deluxe Entourage) level with at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries. France and England shouldn’t be too difficult, but I’ll have to see what other international intrigue I can find.