Monday, November 18, 2013

Vintage Mystery Bingo Challenge 2014

I will join the 2014 Golden Mystery Bingo Challenge.  This is hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block. The rules are given below.

* All books must be from the mystery category (crime fiction, detective fiction, espionage, etc.).  The mystery/crime must be the primary feature of the book--ghost stories, paranormal, romance, humor, etc are all welcome as ingredients, but must not be the primary category under which these books would be labeled at the library or bookstore.

*Challengers may play either the Silver Age or Golden Age Card—or both.  For the purposes of this challenge, the Golden Age Vintage Mysteries must have been first published before 1960. Golden Age short story collections (whether published pre-1960 or not) are permissible provided all of the stories included in the collection were originally written pre-1960.  Please remember that some of our Golden Age Vintage authors wrote well after 1959--so keep an eye on the original publication date and apply them to the appropriate card.  Silver Age Vintage Mysteries may be first published any time from 1960 to 1989 (inclusive).  Again, Silver Age short story collections published later than 1989 are permissible as long as they feature stories first published during the declared Silver Age years and include no stories first published later than 1989.  Yes, I admit my dates are arbitrary and may not exactly meet standard definitions of Golden or Silver Age.

*Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Sign up any time between now and November 30, 2014.  Any books read from January 1 on may count regardless of your sign-up date. If you have a blog, please post about the challenge and a little bit about your commitment—if you’re going Silver or Gold…or maybe some of each. Then sign up via one of the linkys found below. And please make the url link to your Challenge post and not your home page. (Links that do not follow this rule will be removed.)  If you decide to go for broke and try to score on both cards, you only need sign up once--pick a card, any card for your link.

*One Free Space per card—you may use your Free Space to cover any spot on the board.  The Free Space book must fulfill one of the categories from the card, but it may fulfill ANY space you like—even a category you have already fulfilled.   For example…if you are having trouble finding a book to meet the “mode of transportation” category, but you really need that space to complete a BINGO then you may read a book that meets any other category on the board and use your Free Space to claim the “mode of transportation” space.

*No double-counting.  A book may not count for both the original category (say, "Woman in the Title") and as the Free Space to replace "mode of transportation."  A second "Woman in the Title" would need to be read to complete the Free Space and replace "mode of transportation."

*BINGOS may be claimed by completing all spaces in a row--horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.  You may also claim a “Four Corner” BINGO by reading a book for each of the four corners plus two more spaces—any two.  A valid BINGO must have six complete spaces.

*Any challenger who completes one BINGO will be entered in a drawing at the end of the year.  Any challenger who completes two or more BINGOs (either from the same card or BINGOs from each card) will automatically be offered a prize from the prize list.  Any challenger who covers a card by completing all categories will automatically be offered a prize from the prize list (as referred to in the "two or more BINGOs" section) PLUS a special surprise bonus.

*The categories are open for interpretation.  Many of these categories were featured in the 2013 version of the challenge and it may help to refer to the 2013 Challenge List.  If you have doubts whether a potential book will meet a category, please email me at phryne1969 AT gmail DOT com.  The “Out of Your Comfort Zone” is absolutely up to you.  For me—that will most likely mean hard-boiled or spy/thriller—but if that’s what you prefer, then you might go for a nice cozy mystery.  *Borrow = from the library, from a friend, using free electronic downloads. In my world “own” means that you have purchased the book (preferably hard copy—but that’s just me, :-)  ) or received it as a present. For more information, see My Reader's Block

Books Read for the Golden Vintage Mystery Bingo Challenge:

G1 The Woman in Black by Leslie Ford. A book with a color in the title.

G2 Colour Scheme by Ngaio Marsh. Read one book set anywhere except the U.S. or England.

G3 The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. A book that features a crime other than murder.

G4  The Case of the Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr. A locked room mystery.

G5 Old Hall, New Hall by Michael Innes. An academic mystery.

G6 Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh. A book set in the entertainment world.

O1 Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham. A book published under more than one title.

O2 The 9 Dark Hours by Lenore Glen Offord. A book with a number in the title.

O3 Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout. A book which features food/cooks in some way.

O4 Meat for Murder by Lange Lewis. A book by an author I've never read before.

O5 Poison in Jest by John Dickson Carr. A book with a method of murder in the title.

O6 The Vanishing of Betty Varian by Carolyn Wells. A book with a woman in the title.

L1 Haunted Lady by Mary Robert Rinehart. A book with a "spooky" title.

L2 The Odor of Violets by Baynard Kendrick. A book that has been made into a movie.

L3 Bodies in a Bookshop by R. T. Campbell. A book with an amateur detective.

L4 The Case of William Smith by Patricia Wentworth. A book with a man in the title.

L5 The Clue of the Judas Tree by Leslie Ford. A country house mystery.

L6 The After House  by Mary Roberts Rinehart. A book which involves a mode of transportation (a yacht).

D1 Final Curtain by Ngaio Marsh. A book by an author that I have read before.

D2 The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner. A book with a lawyer.

D3 Mr. Bazalgette's Agent by Leonard Merrick. A book which has been read by a fellow challenger.

D4 One Man Show by Michael Innes. A book with a professional detective.

D5 Fatal Venture by Freeman Wills Crofts. A book which involves water.

D6 The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim. A book outside my comfort zone.

E1 Death Takes a Bow by Richard and Francis Lockridge. A book with a detective team.

E2 Spring Harrowing by Phoebe Atwood Taylor. A book with a time, day, month, etc. in the title.

E3 Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon. A book that is translated.

E4 The Old Man in the Corner  by Baroness Orczy. A short story collection.

E5 Murder Underground by Mavis Doriel Hay. A book set in England.

E6 Murder is Served by Francis and Richard Lockridge. A book which I had to borrow.

N1 The Murderer is a Fox by Ellery Queen.  A book with an animal in the title.

N2 The Lake District Murder by John Bude. A book with a place in the title.

N3 The Tall House Mystery by A. E. Fielding. A book with a size in the title.

N4 While the Patient Slept by Mignon G. Eberhart.  A book which features a doctor or nurse.

N5 There's Trouble Brewing by Nicholas Blake. A book written by an author with a pseudonym.

N6 The Benson Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine. A book set in the United States.

1 comment:

Bev Hankins said...

Welcome to the Vintage Mystery Challenge! I look forward to seeing what you will read.