Bev at My Reader's Block is hosting the Vintage Mystery Challenge again in 2012. This was one of my favorite challenges in 2011.
The idea is to read mysteries by more than one author, all published before 1960.
This year, Bev has several "vintage themes" to choose from or invites participants to make up their own theme.
Click the button or the link above to go to the main challenge post for more details.
I am using two of Bev's suggested themes, signing up for the Golden Age Girls and Cherchez le Homme categories to read eight books by female authors or featuring female detectives and eight by male authors or featuring male detectives.
I have in mind reading more Agatha Christie, because I read a couple in 2011 and loved them. My plan is to start with this:
Murder on Board, an omnibus edition of three novels by AC: The Mystery on the Blue Train, Death in the Air, and What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw.
Another possibility include a couple of pre-1960 Helen McInnes books, perhaps Assignment in Brittany (1942). Friends and Lovers (1947), Rest and be Thankful (1949), or North from Rome (1958), all on my TBR shelf now.
MY BOOKS AND REVIEWS
- Dracula by Bram Stoker (reviewed here);
- The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (reviewed here);
- Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie;
- The Rubber Band by Rex Stout (reviewed here);
- The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie;
- Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh (reviewed here);
- The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers (reviewed here);
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle;
Last updated December 27, 2012. I read 5 of my 8 female books, and only 3 of my 8 male books. Uh oh. Better luck in 2013!