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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J.J. Marric – Gideon’s Power (1969)

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Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Chandelier/Candle/Etc.
TBR #108
Date Finished: December 31, 2017

Commander George Gideon and his entire Scotland Yard staff of detectives, or most of them, investigate sabotage at London power plants, a furniture company fire, and a child abuser/rapist/killer. The first two turn out to be related as Gideon seemingly deals less with the politics involved, and his inner turmoil, as opposed to others in this series.

Although Gideon jumps at his conclusions fairly quickly and wraps up major conspiracies against the U.K. in 160 pages, still this is a rather suspenseful and entertaining mystery, though from an administrative angle throughout.

And that finishes the Vintage Cover Scavenger Hunt and 2017.

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Margery Allingham – Mr. Campion’s Farthing (1969)

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Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Spooky House/Mansion
TBR #107
Date Finished: December 30, 2017

A Russian scientist, Vassily Kopeck (Kopeck=Farthing, get it?) disappears after being at a Victorian reenactment house. Much clamor ensues. Campion becomes involved because he is now all about the secret service and other stuff happens. Bleah.

What the heck. If an author was running on fumes anyway, let her die and don’t try and keep going a series that has no inspiration or cleverness left. Here Margery Allingham’s husband, Youngman Carter, tries to prove that he has talent, too. No, he does not. A convoluted mess that starts off fairly well, but just bogs down and goes nowhere. Poor Campion. You deserved better than this. No suspense and the only mystery is why bother.

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Jim Thompson – Texas By the Tail (1965)

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Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Playing cards
Date Finished: December 28, 2017

A gambler and his woman are running low on their funds, though she isn’t fully aware of the situation. This shortage is due partly to the blackmail that his secret wife is forcing him to pay. The gambler is afraid the woman, whom he really loves, will leave him if he finds out the lies he has been telling her. Of course, his whole lifestyle is built around lying and cheating. Various schemes and failures occur as we look at their life and what brought them to this point.

There isn’t a strong plot here, or a big climax payoff scene, but more a character study and a look at the gambler/conman lifestyle. The main character, Mitch Corley, is very sympathetic and you root for him, despite all the shady actions. Thompson also looks at Texas itself and the role it plays in this sort of person. The gambler plays craps, rather than cards, so the cover image is not representative of the book, though it does fulfill one of my last categories. This may not be Thompson’s best work, but it is still an engrossing read, and a good change of pace from all the British/European police mysteries that I’ve left to last this year.

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P.D. James – A Mind to Murder (1963)

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Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Statue
TBR #106
Date Finished: December 27, 2017

The cold and officious administrator of a London psychiatric clinic is murdered in the medical records room. Only the staff of the clinic had the opportunity to commit the murder and Superintendent Adam Dalgleish of Scotland Yard must sort through their characters and their motives to find the killer.

The murder happens fairly quickly in this one, so there is much more focus on the investigation and on Dalgleish than there was in the first one of this series, Cover Her Face. The ending is a surprising switch, but not terribly clever. Dalgleish’s morose and self-critical character is the draw, I suppose, as is the other well-rounded characters. I guess I’ll have to keep reading these.

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Maj Sjowall-Per Wahloo – Murder at the Savoy (1970)

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Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Food of Some Sort
TBR #105
Date Finished: December 26, 2017

A Swedish business tycoon is murdered by an unidentified man during a corporate dinner at a restaurant in Malmö. No one recognized him and, although various motives could be found among the corporate underlings attending the dinner, no connections are found indicating guilt. Martin Beck is called in from Stockholm to assist the local police in their investigation.

This is an interesting look at a police investigation and at Sweden in the late 1960s. The reader is not challenged to unravel the mystery, as the killer is not even a character in the novel until he becomes the prime suspect. Rather, this is a character study of various police officers who are struggling with, against, and for their jobs and their calling. Beck is identified by the cover marketeers as the detective, but he is just one of several featured here. It is not terribly fast moving, but it is very well done.

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Lawrence Sanders – Tales of the Wolf (1986)

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Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Written Document
TBR #104
Date Finished: December 24, 2017

These thirteen short stories, originally published in 1968 and 1969 in Swank magazine, feature Wolf Lannihan, insurance investigator, as he looks into various crimes for which insurance companies are on the hook. Being in Swank, Wolf manages to hook up in most of the stories, regardless of the innocence or guilt of his “friend.” The stories are well written, with sufficient tough guy stuff and humor, and fast moving enough to fit with a dozen to two dozen pages. I’d never read anything by Lawrence Sanders before, but would be willing to do so if the pacing was similar.

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