Wow, I joined ‘a hat trick’ of demanding circles but what’s the hockey term for a fourth!? I think of Robin Williams’s parody on the impossibility of golf. A vintage mystery challenge requests 8 books. Easy – I read 60s & 70s all the time. However we can’t use 1960 on the nose. We’re talking 1959 and under!
You know my rule, don’t you? My book activities utilize what I already own. I can handle extra-old! My collecting began with a bargain box at my childhood cottage store. My shelves could squeeze in this challenge 5 times (were there time). https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/gauged-exclusively-by-covers/ Ready for the hard part?
This devious hostess Bev, wants to additionally fit pre-1959 titles into very specific themes. She allows us to devise our own but I don’t give up easily and will adhere to the game as-is. There is a prize and we get entries for each theme we hit… but we can’t mix sets. It takes 8 additional books per theme to compete!
The hardest is #7 “Deadly Decades“. I’d need 8 published in every qualifying decade, plus 1 older than 1900. 40s & 50s are easy and I found titles from 1909 and the 20s. The 30s were sparse but I managed. One left. Could my own collection stretch as far as 1899?
I can do it! On one shelf is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle unopened. He was into short stories but there must be a few novels. My eyes scanned the eras and were elated! His first came out in 1887! One of these days, I gotta show you this room. Wish me luck, my fellow readers and follow how I do. I’m in, Bev! ~Carolyn~
******** VINTAGE THEMES ********
01. Colourful Crime
8 with colors in the title
02. Murder By Numbers
8 with a number in the title
03. Occupational Hazards
8 with a non-official investigator
04. Perilous Policemen
8 with a policeman as primary investigator
05. Lethal Locations
8 all about place (a manor house, hotel, cities/countries)
06. Dangerous Beasts
8 with an animal in the title
07. Deadly Decades
each period + your choice
(pre-1900; 1900-09; 1910-19; 1920-29; 1930-39; 1940-49; 1950-59)
08. Golden Age Girls
8 female authors, or 8 with female detectives
09. Cherchez l’homme
8 male authors, or 8 books with male detectives
10. Murderous Miscellany
Get creative – surprise us! Just don’t make the theme an author.