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.


  1. Rick: so glad you've joined me on this. You're doing great!

  2. Thank you - Since some books fit multiple categories, I find that sometimes I shuffle books to different categories in order to maximize progress.