Friday, March 2, 2018

2018 Just the Facts, Ma'am Challenge

This challenge is found here. My goal (at the moment) is to achieve the Detective Sergeant level by reading 12 books from the Golden Age of mysteries (published prior to 1960) during 2018: two from each category of the Detective Notebook below. Read all about it and join in!

09 of 12 books complete!

Goal: Detective Sergeant level (12 books, 2 from each category):

  • (Journalist): For Sale - Murder by Will Levinrew (1932) in which Richard Quantrell Marlow is a reporter for the Newark Evening Bulletin

  • (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!)

  • (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

  • (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.

  • (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.

2018 Alphabet Soup challenge (Rick Mills)

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

07 of 26 complete!

My 2018 Alphabet Soup bowl:
  • A Acts of Black Night by Kathleen Moore Knight
  • The Bungalow on the Roof by Achmed Abdullah
  • The Casino Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine
  • Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew
  • The Ebony Bed Murders by Rufus Gillmore
  • The False Purple by Sydney Horler
  • The Greene Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine
  • The Hunterstone Outrage by Seldon Truss
  • Invitation to Vengeance by Kathleen Moore Knight
  • The Jade Venus by George Harmon Coxe
  • The Kennel Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine
  • Let the Tiger Die by Manning Coles
  • The Merrivale Mystery by James Corbett
  • N or M? by Agatha Christie
  • Orient Express by Graham Greene
  • The Patient in Room 18 by Mignon Eberhart
  • Q*  Inspector Queen's Own Case by Ellery Queen
  • R  Red Mass by Valentine Williams
  • The Secret of High Eldersham by Miles Burton
  • The Tunnel Mystery by J. C. Lenehan
  • The Ultra Secret by F. W. Winterbotham
  • The Vanity Case by Carolyn Wells
  • W  The Winter Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine
  • X* The Tragedy of X by Barnaby Ross (Ellery Queen)
  • Y   The Yellow Room by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Z* The Tragedy of Z by Barnaby Ross (Ellery Queen)

* 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.