Vintage Mystery Challenge 2018

This page records how am I doing with the  pre-1960 challenge issued by My Reader’s Block and includes non-Agatha Christie books.


An academic: Death at the President’s Lodging by Michael Innes

A crime-solving duo: Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie

An amateur detective: The Mysterious Mr Quin by Agatha Christie

In the medical field: Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie

A journalist/writer: Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers

An artist/photographer: Bats in the Belfry by E. C. R. Lorac

Retired from or in the armed forces: The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

Matriarch/patriarch of the family: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie


Pseudonymous author: Stop Press by Michael Innes

Number in the title: The Big Four by Agatha Christie

Colour in the title: The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie

An animal in the title: The Hound of Death by Agatha Christie

Means of murder in the title: Maigret’s Revolver by Georges Simenon

Reference to a man or woman in the title: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Book published under more than one title: The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie

Title contains two words beginning with the same letter: Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie


During a recognised holiday: Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith

A historical crime: The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers

Time/date in the title: The Case of the April Fools by Christopher Bush

Timing of crime is crucial: The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace

During a weather event: The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie

During a trip/vacation: Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers

During a performance of any sort: Hamlet, Revenge! by Michael Innes

During a special event e.g. birthday, village fete: Peril at End House by Agatha Christie


At a country house: The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie

On a mode of transportation: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

On an island: The Hangman’s Handyman by Hake Talbot

At a school: Love Lies Bleeding by Edmund Crispin

Set in a small village: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

In a hospital/nursing home: Green for Danger by Christianna Brand

Features a court room scene: Tragedy at Law by Cyril Hare

In a locked room: Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie


Death by drowning: Inspector French and the Box Office Murders by Freeman Wills Crofts

Crime involved fire/arson: The Four Defences by J. J. Connington

Death by poison: Three-Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie

Death  by strangulation: The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

Death by knife/dagger: Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie

Death by shooting: The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie

At least two deaths with different means: Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers

Death by blunt instrument: Maigret is Afraid by Georges Simenon


It won an award of any sort: Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles

It made a “best of” list: The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake

Has been read/reviewed by a fellow challengerFire in the Thatch by E. C. R. Lorac

Has been on your To Be Read list: The Listerdale Mystery by Agatha Christie

Out of your comfort zone: Cinderella Goes to the Morgue by Nancy Spain

An author you’ve never tried: Murder in the Maze by J. J. Connington

By an author you’ve read and loved before: The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

Book made into TV programme/film/play: Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie






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