Monday, December 06, 2010


This is the time of year when the 2011 reading challenges come thick and fast. I have already committed to Dorte's Global Reading Challenge, and now I cannot resist the chance to dive into some of the books on my TBR shelf for the 2011 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block. [all the rules are there]

The books to be included as vintage have to date from before 1960!
Obviously younger bloggers have a different perspective on what is a vintage mystery.
With my other commitments, I am only entering this one at the basic level-'In a Murderous Mood', which involves reading 4-6 books.

I have lined up the following seven books from some of the greatest crime writers of all time, and will select four [or possible six] to read during the year.

Before the Fact [1932] Francis Iles
The League of Frightened Gentlemen [1935] Rex Stout
Peril at End House [1932] Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None [1939] Agatha Christie
Green for Danger [1944] Christianna Brand
The Case of the Footloose-Doll [1958] Erle Stanley Gardner
The Eighth Circle [1958] Stanley Ellin


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norman - You've chosen some fine novels!!! They certainly are vintage, and I look forward to reading what you think of them :-).

8:24 AM  
Blogger Bev Hankins said...

Welcome to the Vintage Mystery Challenge! I knew I was pushing the envelope on "vintage" by setting the 1960 cut-off...but I really wanted to be able to let participants include the Lockridges and they wrote some really good ones all the way through the 50s (Richard kept writing through the 70s, but I like the earlier ones better).

Like your list (I love Green for Danger!)...will have to check out Stanley Ellin, I'm not familiar with him.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks Margot- I have read Christie's And then there were None before, but as it was back almost in the vintage period I have forgotten most of the plot!

8:43 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Bev, thanks for setting up this challenge. I note the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award is for books set 35 years in the past!
So your 1960 time limit is fine, and I have sneaked two books from 1958 in there. Stanley Ellin's The Eighth Circle won the Edgar in 1958.
Now I am not familiar with Richard Lockridge so I will look him up. One of the best things about blogging is discovering so many new authors, although it is not so good for the bank balance.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Karen Russell said...

Oops, you've counted Christie's "Peril" twice. ; ) I'm doing this challenge, too, but haven't even thought about which books -- may pirate some of yours if you like them.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks Karen, I hadn't noticed that, unfortunately my brain is as vintage as the books but not as clever.

1:28 AM  

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