This challenge is found here. I am reading from the Golden Age of mysteries (published prior to 1960). Read all about it and join in!
- Constable: 6 books/1 per category. COMPLETE
- Detective Sergeant: 12 books/2 per category: COMPLETE
- Inspector: 18 books/3 per category: underway!
- Inspired Amateur: 24 books/4 per category:
My goal level will (hopefully) increase as the books get read... In 2018 I attained Chief Inspector level at 24 books.
Photo from Grand Valley State University Police Academy by Rick VanGrouw
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Titles below are links to my reviews.
- (Academic): Deep Lay the Dead by Frederick C. Davis (1942), in which our detective Rigby Webb is a Professor of Mathematics
- (Watson Narrator): Might As Well Be Dead by Rex Stout (1956), with Archie Goodwin as narrator
- (Color in title): The Black Heart by Sydney Horler (1928)
- (Means in title): Give 'Em the Ax by A. A. Fair (1944)
- (Includes letters): The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen (1929), in which letters are used as a basis for blackmail.
- (Literary allusion): The Origin of Evil by Ellery Queen (1951), in which the title is a takeoff of Darwin's The Origin of Species, which plays a role in the plot.
- (Timing of crime is crucial): The Perfect Crime by Ellery Queen (1942), in which several events, including the murder, occur over a span of 10 minutes; and analysis of the sequence of the events reveals the murderer.
- (World War II): Speak No Evil by Mignon Eberhart (1940), in which the victim is a dealer in war materiel; prior to US entry into the war.
- (Special event): Stream Sinister by Kathleen Moore Knight (1945), in which murder and mayhem occurs centered around a birthday celebration for one of two twins - but has one come back from the dead?
- (On an island): Footbridge to Death by Kathleen Moore Knight (1947), which occurs on Penberthy Island off Massachusetts. (Note - started the book in Dec 2018, so the review post has that date on it, finished it in Jan 2019)
- (Small village): Q As In Quicksand by Lawrence Treat (1947), which is set in Gobelin, Pennsylvania
- (Other country): The Come Back by Carolyn Wells (1921), in which the first half of the book takes place in Labrador, Canada.
- (Locked room): Deep Lake Mystery by Carolyn Wells (1928)
- (knife): In The Onyx Lobby by Carolyn Wells (1920)
- (2 deaths by different means): The Tainted Token by Kathleen Moore Knight (1939), two victims are stabbed, one falls to his death.
- (Poison): And Be a Villain by Rex Stout (1948), in which two victims are poisoned by cyanide.
- (Name/same letter): Where There's a Will by Rex Stout (1940)
- (Read by fellow challenger): The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1910), which Bev reviewed on Goodreads in 2015.