Archive for December 6, 2010


This is the time of year when the 2011 reading challenges come thick and fast. I have already committed to Dorte’s Global Reading Challenge, and now I cannot resist the chance to dive into some of the books on my TBR shelf for the 2011 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block. [all the rules are there]

The books to be included as vintage have to date from before 1960!
Obviously younger bloggers have a different perspective on what is a vintage mystery.

With my other commitments, I am only entering this one at the basic level-‘In a Murderous Mood’, which involves reading 4-6 books.

I have lined up the following seven books from some of the greatest crime writers of all time, and will select four [or possible six] to read during the year.

Before the Fact [1932] Francis Iles
The League of Frightened Gentlemen [1935] Rex Stout
Peril at End House [1932] Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None [1939] Agatha Christie
Green for Danger [1944] Christianna Brand
The Case of the Footloose-Doll [1958] Erle Stanley Gardner
The Eighth Circle [1958] Stanley Ellin