Thursday, November 02, 2017

2018 Vintage Mystery Challenge

Vintage Mystery Challenge: Just the Facts, Ma'am
Host: My Reader's Block (sign up here)
January - December 2018
# of books: my goal is CONSTABLE. 6 books -- one from each category. If things are going well and I complete the Constable level, I may choose to go for DETECTIVE SERGEANT -- two books from each category. All mysteries must be published BEFORE 1960.

She has a LOVELY detective notebook, but I'm going to use the checklist to keep track of what I read.

Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. If you list the books you read, that may help other people decide what to read.

Who (For the "Who" category, the who may be the sleuth, victim, or other quite prominent character. It should not be a minor character who only shows up once or twice in the book and isn't really crucial to the plot.)
_ An Academic
_ Crime-Solving Duo
_ An amateur detective
_ In the medical field
_ a journalist/writer
_ an artist/photographer
_ retired from or in the armed services
_ matriarch/patriarch of the family

What
_ pseudonymous author
_ number in the title
_ color in the title
_ animal in the title
_ means of murder in the title
_ reference to man or woman in title
_ book published under more than one title
_ title contains two words beginning with same letter

When
_ during a recognized holiday
_ a historical crime
_ time/date in title
_ timing of crime is crucial (An example for the item "Timing of the crime is crucial" might be that X murders Y before their 21st birthday to prevent them from inheriting. Or X knocks off Great-Uncle Y to prevent him from changing his will. Just be prepared to explain what the crucial element is.)
_ during a weather event
_ during a trip/vacation/cruise, etc.
_ during a performance of any sort
_ during a special event (birthday, village fete, etc.)

Where
_ At a country house
_ on a mode of transportation
_ on an island
_ at a school
 _ set in a small village
_ in a hospital/nursing home
_ features a courtroom scene
_ in a locked room

How
_ death by drowning
_ crime involved fire/arson
_ death by poison
_ death by strangulation
_ death by knife/dagger
_ death by shooting
_ at least two deaths by different means
_ death by blunt instrument

Why
_ it won an award of any sort
_ it made a best of list {For the "Made a best of list" item, the "best of list" can be a well-known list from a journal or newspaper, from Goodreads, or even from a fellow blogger. Please reference the list you have used.}
_ has been read/reviewed by a fellow challenger at any time
_ has been on your tbr list
_ out of your comfort zone
_ an author you've never tried
_an author you've read and loved
_ book made into tv/film/play

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1 comments:

Bev Hankins 9:49 PM  

So glad you'll be detecting with me in 2018!

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