Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018 Color Coded Challenge




The challenge is located here, to read nine titles in the following categories.

Here is my progress. 
2 of 9 complete!



Titles are linked to my reviews.


1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover. 


  • planned: The Blue Horse of Taxco by Kathleen Moore Knight
  • note for next time? The Blue Hand by Edgar Wallace
  • note for next time? Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie



2. A book with "Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title/on the cover.

  • planned: Red Mass by Valentine Williams
  • note for next time? The Scarlet Letters by Ellery Queen
  • note for next time? The Red Lamp by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • note for next time? A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • note for next time? Crimson Friday by Dorothy Cameron Disney
  • note for next time? The Crimson Circle by Edgar Wallace


3. A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.)in the title/on the cover.

  • planned: The Yellow Room by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • note for next time? Gold Comes in Bricks by A. A. Fair (Erle Stanley Gardner)
  • note for next time? The Golden Spiders by Rex Stout
  • note for next time? The Golden Goose by Ellery Queen
  • note for next time? Mystery of the Gold Box by Valentine Williams



4. A book with "Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title/on the cover.

  • planned: The Jade Venus by George Harmon Coxe
  • note for next time? The Man in the Green Hat by Manning Coles
  • note for next time? Green Hazard by Manning Coles
  • note for next time? The Case of the Green Eyed Sister by Erle Stanley Gardner
  • note for next time? The Green Ribbon by Edgar Wallace
  • I just couldn't bring myself to claim "The Greene Murder Case" by S. S. Van Dine for this one!


5. A book with "Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Beige, Sand etc) in the title/on the cover.


  • planned: ?



6. A book with "Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover.


  • complete:  The Ebony Bed Murder by Rufus Gillmore (1932)
  • note for next time? Acts of Black Night by Kathleen Moore Knight
  • note for next time? The Black Mountain by Rex Stout
  • note for next time? Black Orchids by Rex Stout


7. A book with "White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc)in the title/on the cover.

  • planned: The White Elephant Mystery by Ellery Queen
  • note for next time? The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • note for next time? White Face by Edgar Wallace




8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).  

  • complete: The False Purple by Sydney Horler (1932)
  • note for next time? The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen
  • note for next time? Ride the Pink Horse by Dorothy Hughes
  • note for next time? The Silver Key by Edgar Wallace


9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).

  • planned: The Bronze Hand by Carolyn Wells?


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Friday, March 2, 2018

2018 Just the Facts, Ma'am Challenge



This challenge is found here. My goal is to achieve the Inspector level by reading 18 books from the Golden Age of mysteries (published prior to 1960) during 2018: three from each category of the Detective Notebook below. Read all about it and join in!



Working my way up the ranks:

Could this be Bev and me? Alas, no. Photo from Grand Valley State University Police Academy by Rick VanGrouw

  • Constable: 6 of 6 complete!
  • Detective Sergeant: 12 of 12 complete!
  • Inspector: 16 of 18 books complete!







Titles below are links to my reviews.

WHO 
  • (Amateur detective): Scotland Yard Can Wait! (preliminary title was Death Holds the Key) by David Frome (1933), in which Jerry Drake, a junior lawyer, is the amateur detective
  • (Academic): Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew (1933), in which retired professor Herman Brierly is the detective
  • (Journalist): For Sale - Murder by Will Levinrew (1932) in which Richard Quantrell Marlow is a reporter for the Newark Evening Bulletin
WHAT
WHEN 

  • (Weather event): Two and Two Make Twenty-Two by Gwen Bristow and Bruce Manning (1932) in which the characters are stranded on an island during a fierce storm.
  • (Special event): The Ebony Bed Murder by Rufus Gillmore (1932) in which the victim is murdered at her birthday party (how rude!)
  • need one more!
WHERE

  • (On mode of transport): The Tunnel Mystery by J. C. Lenehan (1932); in which the victim is shot in a railway carriage as it passes through a tunnel
  • (In a locked room): The Kennel Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine (1933); in which Archer Coe is found dead in a locked room, with the windows all locked too of course. 
  • need one more!
HOW

  • (Death by poison): The Bishop Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine (1929), in which Philo Vance switches wine glasses, causing the murderer to drink poison. No prosecution necessary!
  • (Knife/dagger/etc.): Murder in the French Room by Helen Joan Hultman (1932); in which the victim is stabbed by a makeshift dagger - a pair of scissors. Ouch!
  • (At least 2 deaths by different means): The Mardi Gras Murders by Gwen Bristow and Bruce Manning, in which victim #1 (Roger Parnell) is knifed, victim #2 (Cynthia Fonteney) is lured to lean over a high railing which has been sawn almost through, and victim #3 (Mark Oliver) is shot.
WHY 

  • (Author never tried before): The Stingaree Murders by W. Shepard Pleasants (by definition, as he only wrote this one book :-)
  • (Author read & loved): The False Purple by Sydney Horler, I have read his thriller titles The Curse of Doone and Peril! before.
  • (Made into film): The Scarab Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine. Good luck finding it. IMDb says: One of the "75 Most Wanted" films listed by the British Film Institute as "Missing, believed lost".
  • (Read/reviewed by fellow challenger): The Garden Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine. It was reviewed by Bev Hankins here

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2018 Alphabet Soup challenge



This challenge is found here. The goal is to read 26 books of your choice during 2018: each one starting with a different letter of the alphabet. Read all about it and join in!

My titles highlighted in green are completed
My title highlighted in yellow is under the reading lamp right now
My titles shown in grey are upcoming reads

11 of 26 complete!

Titles below are links to my reviews.

My 2018 Alphabet Soup bowl:

* From the rules: For those pesky Q, X AND Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.


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