2016 Scavenger Hunt Wrap-Up

Thanks to the sabbatical in 2016, I completed the Golden Age Vintage Cover Scavenger Hunt for 75 books, plus 37 more on the Silver Age Scavenger Hunt, for a total of 112 books.

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Golden Age Scavenger Hunt

  1. Full Skeleton – Stewart Sterling – Where There’s Smoke (1946)
  2. Shadowy Figure – Henry Kane – Death for Sale (1957)
  3. Ghostly Figure – Manning Coles – Night Train to Paris (1952)
  4. Knife – Rex Stout – Bad for Business (1940)
  5. Body of Water – Edward S. Aarons – Assignment Treason (1956)
  6. Coffin – The Spider – Mayor of Hell (1936) and Fangs of the Dragon (1942)
  7. Bottle/Glass for Drinking – Edward S. Aarons – Assignment Treason (1956)
  8. Statue – Paul Ernst – The Bronze Mermaid (1952)
  9. Bird – Craig Rice – The Sunday Pigeon Murders (1942)
  10. Chandelier/Candle/Etc. – Phoebe Atwood Taylor – Death Lights a Candle (1932)
  11. Boat – Rex Stout – Double for Death (1939)
  12. Broken Object – Rex Stout – The Broken Vase (1941)
  13. Painting/Photograph – Ed Lacy – Visa to Death (1955)
  14. Nurse – Brett Halliday – Call for Michael Shayne (1949)
  15. Telephone – Kelley Roos – Ghost of a Chance (1947)
  16. Artist/Art Equipment – Brandon Bird – Death in Four Colors (1950)
  17. Jewelry of Any Sort – Henry Kane – Trinity in Violence (1955)
  18. Just One Person – Thomas B. Dewey – Hue and Cry (1944)
  19. Castle or Ruins – John Dickson Carr – Castle Skull (1931)
  20. A Hat – D.L. Champion – Footprints on a Brain (2001)
  21. Cigarette or Pipe – David Knight – Dragnet, Case No. 561 (1956)
  22. A Blonde – Adam Knight – Stone Cold Blonde (1951)
  23. A Blue Object – Dorothy B. Hughes – The So Blue Marble (1940)
  24. A Yellow Object – A.A. Fair – The Bigger They Come (1939)
  25. Musical Instrument – Ngaio Marsh – Overture to Death (1939)
  26. Skeletal Hand – Wesley Price – Death Is a Stowaway (1933)
  27. Skull – George Harmon Coxe – The Charred Witness (1942)
  28. Spooky House/Mansion – Evelyn Berckman – House of Terror (1957)
  29. Revolver – J.F. Hutton – Dead Man Friday (1948)
  30. “Evil” Eyes – Ben Benson – The Ninth Hour (1956)
  31. Bottle of Poison – Agatha Christie – Death Comes as the End (1944)
  32. Clock/Timepiece – Carter Dickson – The Plague Court Murders (1934)
  33. Dog – Edward S. Aarons – Million Dollar Murder (1950)
  34. Any Other Animal – Phoebe Atwood Taylor – Mystery of the Cape Cod Players (1933)
  35. Car/Truck – William Campbell Gault – Day of the Ram (1956)
  36. Carriage/Wagon – R. Austin Freeman – The Best Dr. Thorndyke Detective Stories (1973)
  37. Bloodstains – Various, Blackjacked and Pistol-Whipped (2011)
  38. Staircase – Jay Barbette – Death’s Long Shadow (1953)
  39. Doctor – R. Austin Freeman – John Thorndyke’s Cases (1909)
  40. Typewriter – A.A. Fair – Turn on the Heat (1940)
  41. Fishing Gear – Georges Simenon – Maigret and the Tavern by the Seine (1931)
  42. A Town Scene – Richard Ellington – Shakedown (1953)
  43. Two People – Margery Allingham – Tether’s End (1958)
  44. Graveyard – Gypsy Rose Lee – Mother Finds a Body (1942)
  45. Magnifying Glass – Agatha Christie – The Under Dog and Other Stories (1951)
  46. Playing Cards – W.T. Ballard – Dealing Out Death (1948)
  47. A Red-Head – Frank Kane – Grave Danger (1954)
  48. A Red Object – Leslie Charteris – The Saint and Mr. Teal (1933)
  49. Object of Any Other Color – Brett Halliday – A Taste for Violence (1949)
  50. Spider or Spiderweb – Elisabeth Sanxay Holding – Net of Cobwebs (1945)
  51. Rope/Hangman’s Noose – Edmund Crispin – Swan Song (1947)
  52. Blunt Instrument – Henry Kane – Edge of Panic (1950)
  53. “Damsel in Distress” – John D. MacDonald – The Price of Murder (1957)
  54. Hand Holding Weapon – Craig Rice – Home Sweet Homicide (1944)
  55. Dead Body – Thomas B. Dewey – The Case of the Murdered Model (1954)
  56. Food of Some Sort – John Creasey – The Toff Goes to Market (1942)
  57. Library or Book – Brett Halliday – The Corpse Came Calling (1942)
  58. Cat – Edward S. Aarons – Catspaw Ordeal (1950)
  59. Map or Chart – Brett Halliday – Blood on the Stars (1948)
  60. Plane – Arthur Upfield – No Footprints in the Bush (1940)
  61. Christmas Tree/Decoration – Henry Kane – Homicide at Yuletide (1951)
  62. Any other Holiday Object – Rufus King – Holiday Homicide (1940)
  63. Policeman – Ben Benson – Broken Shield (1955)
  64. Building (other than house) – Thomas B. Dewey – The Brave, Bad Girls (1956)
  65. Camera – Brett Halliday – Tickets for Death (1941)
  66. Performer – Robert H. Kelston – Kill One, Kill Two (1958)
  67. A Country Scene – Ben Benson – The Running Man (1957)
  68. More Than Two People – Frank Kane – Slay Ride (1950)
  69. A Tombstone – Agatha Christie – Murder at the Vicarage (1930)
  70. Moon – Agatha Christie – Murder in the Mews (1937)
  71. Flashlight – Cleve F. Adams – The Black Door (1941)
  72. A Brunette – Fredric Brown – The Wench Is Dead (1955)
  73. A Green Object – Ben Benson – Alibi at Dusk (1951)
  74. A Mask – Norman Daniels, High Adventure 98 – The Crimson Mask (2008)
  75. Weirdest Item You’ve Seen – Wenzel Brown and others – Witness to Death (1959)

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Silver Age Scavenger Hunt

  1. Shadowy Figure – W.T. Ballard – The Seven Sisters (1962)
  2. Knife – Talmage Powell – With a Madman Behind Me (1961)
  3. Body of Water – Basil Heatter – Virgin Cay (1963)
  4. Coffin – Alfred Hitchcock’s Coffin Break (1974)
  5. Bottle/Glass for Drinking – Bob McKnight – Homicide Handicap (1963)
  6. Statue – Jerry West – The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Little Mermaid (1960)
  7. Bird – Thomas B. Dewey – Can a Mermaid Kill? (1965)
  8. Chandelier/Candle/Etc. – Frank Kane – Maid in Paris (1966)
  9. Boat – Marian Babson – Murder Sails at Midnight (1975)
  10. Broken Object – Richard Lockridge – A Risky Wall to Kill (1969)
  11. Painting/Photograph – William Cox – Death Comes Early (1961)
  12. Telephone – Thomas B. Dewey – Hunter at Large (1961)
  13. Jewelry of Any Sort – George Harmon Coxe – Fenner (1971)
  14. Just One Person – William Campbell Gault – Vein of Violence (1961)
  15. A Hat – Thomas B. Dewey – Nude in Nevada (1965)
  16. A Blonde – John Creighton – The Blonde Cried Murder (1961)
  17. Musical Instrument –William Campbell Gault – County Kill (1962)
  18. Skull – Nicolas Freeling – Criminal Conversation (1965)
  19. Spooky House/Mansion – Richard Stark – The Outfit (1963)
  20. Revolver – Richard Stark – The Hunter (1962)
  21. Any Other Animal – Bob McKnight – Kiss the Babe Goodbye (1960)
  22. Car/Truck – J.M. Flynn – The Hot Chariot (1960)
  23. A Town Scene – Louis Trimble – The Dead and the Deadly (1963)
  24. Two People – Ben Benson – The Frightened Ladies (1960)
  25. Playing Cards – Richard S. Prather – Joker in the Deck (1964)
  26. A Red-Head – Hampton Stone – The Corpse Was No Bargain At All (1968)
  27. A Red Object – Ellery Queen (Fletcher Flora) – Blow Hot, Blow Cold (1964)
  28. Object of Any Other Color – Talmage Powell – The Girl’s Number Doesn’t Answer (1960)
  29. “Damsel in Distress” – Clayton Fox – Never Forget, Never Forgive (1961)
  30. Dead Body – Spencer Dean – Credit for a Murder (1961)
  31. Building (other than house) – W.T. Ballard – Pretty Miss Murder (1961)
  32. A Country Scene – Richard Wormser – Drive East on 66 (1961)
  33. More Than Two People – Donald Hamilton – The Silencers (1962)
  34. Flashlight – Bob McKnight – The Flying Eye (1961)
  35. A Brunette – Carter Brown – The Ice Cold Nude (1962)
  36. A Green Object – Roger Fuller – Who Killed Madcap Millicent? (1964)
  37. A Mask – Richard S. Prather – Kill the Clown (1962)

Uff da.

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George Harmon Coxe – Fenner (1971)

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Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Jewelry of Any Sort
Date Finished: October 23, 2016
TBR #72

Jack Fenner, a supporting character in the Kent Murdock mystery series, finally gets to star in his own novel late in George Harmon Coxe’s writing career. It is too bad he did not get a stronger outing. A young wealthy woman escapes from a mental institution where he husband had committed her and seeks help from Fenner. Her husband turns up dead shortly thereafter and Fenner has to track down the murderer before the young woman has to report to the police. Some of the dialogue prior to the murder just seems odd, as if Fenner is already gathering murder-related clues. Murdock shows up here, but he works better as a lead, rather than a bland supporting character. Fenner’s character doesn’t have all that much to distinguish it either, and Coxe doesn’t really give us anything new when using Fenner as the lead. Disappointing.

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William Cox – Death Comes Early (1961)

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Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Painting/Photograph
Date Finished: October 15, 2016

While investigating his best friend’s murder, a restaurateur gets involved with the mob, his best friend’s girl, and a number of other shady characters. Fairly well done, with an unexpected murderer, though not too memorable a couple of weeks later. Still, a good read for an airplane ride.

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William Campbell Gault – County Kill (1962)

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Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Musical instruments
Date Finished: October 12, 2016

Brock Callahan returns for his sixth mystery as he helps a runaway kid out by trying to find his missing father. The father’s disappearance takes him to a small California town where he runs into trouble with the law, the wealthier residents of town, and the Mexican-American residents. Unfortunately, the cover gave away the solution to me, so the mystery fell somewhat flat.

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Talmage Powell – With a Madman Behind Me (1961)

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Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Knife
Date Finished: October 9, 2016

Well, I’ve fallen behind again in posting. And in reading. With a Madman Behind Me is the third Ed Rivers novel from Talmage Powell. Here he investigates a two deaths related through some smut films. Supposedly a homicidal maniac is involved, though he disappears for most of the book. Disappointingly, the one non-smut character is implicated. Not much characterizations beyond Rivers, though it moves fairly well. Still, could have been more. That seems to be my common complaint with these. Three out of five.

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Clayton Fox – Never Forget, Never Forgive (1961)

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Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Damsel in Distress
Date Finished: September 17, 2016
TBR #71

The other half of Ace Double F-102 brings me back up to a whole number on the TBR pile. A police detective, who lost his wife, his job, and his reputation, arrives in a small town to take a position as criminal investigator in the sheriff’s office of a rural county in, I presume, a northwestern state. He soon gets tied up with a woman with a past, as a couple of bodies are found. He discovers that they may be two of her three rapists from ten years before. But is she or someone related to her seeking revenge or is the third, yet undiscovered man, responsible? This moves along quite well, and is a good read. The psychological aspect of it is covered too quickly to be really believable, though, as she overcomes her ten-years of anger and distrust of men to fall in love with the detective within a few chapters. It is better that it was covered too quickly than too slowly, of course.

The cover doesn’t relate to much of anything in the story and the only distress the only female character is in is psychological. Still, we’ll check that one off.

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Hampton Stone – The Corpse Was No Bargain At All (1968)

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Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Redhead
Date Finished: September 16, 2016
TBR #70.5

The 16th in the Jeremiah X. Gibson (aka Gibby) series is for some reason released as #3 in the series from Paperback Library in 1971. The Hampton Stone pseudonym is one of Aaron Marc Stein’s, better known as George Bagby. I enjoyed the one George Bagby Inspector Schmidt mystery I read, as that one gave a good feeling of New York City in the 1950s. This one was a struggle to get through, however. The narrator is an attorney in the district attorney’s office, working alongside Gibby. The narrator, Mac, gets tied up with a mysterious death due to his nude, sun-bathing neighbors. The narrator is a bit of an uptight drag and doesn’t pay much attention to them. Gibby arrives to spot the clues and save the day. Way, way too talky, with a very obvious mystery. Definitely a disappointment and one that I struggled to pick up from day to day.

I’m not sure who was supposed to look like Steve McQueen, as per this cover, but this depiction does not fit any description I gathered from the text.

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