Vintage Mystery Challenge
Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve disappeared from the blogosphere lately, but I’m finally back from slacker-ville. ;) I went on an incredible trip to Denver the first week of December to see one of my best friends: it was really perfect, and I’ll be writing more about it for those who are curious (I’m thinking I’ll do a trip write-up on nested pages, then link to them as I finish so that those who are only interested in books can ignore them). I did a lot though, so when I got back last Thursday I was more than a little exhausted and just let the scheduled posts do their thing. This afternoon, I betook myself to a cafe with free wi-fi, and armed with some sweet, strong black tea, I’m ready to hop back into the fray. So let’s get to today’s post, shall we?
When I came across the Vintage Mystery Challenge, I couldn’t resist. As you might have noticed, I’ve re-discovered my love of the genre this year, and I always love old books. Bev, the host, has provided various fun-sounding themes participants can sign up for; I plumped for Deadly Decades. My choices are below: I wanted to focus on authors that I’ve either never read before or not read much of. If you’re thinking about participating and you’re new to classic mysteries, you should definitely have some Agatha Christie (I did an AMA post on her if you’re looking for specific title suggestions) and Dorothy Sayers (just don’t start with Gaudy Night: you’ve got to at least read Strong Poison first to appreciate it) on your own list! :)
- pre-1900s: Mary Elizabeth Braddon (probably Aurora Floyd)
- 1900s: John Kendrick Bangs (R. Holmes & Company) or Isabel Ostrander (At One-Thirty)
- 1910s: G.K. Chesterton (The Innocence of Father Brown)
- 1920s: Freeman Wills Crofts (The Cask or The Pit Prop Syndicate)
- 1930s: John Dickson Carr (Hag’s Nook or It Walks by Night or Poison in Jest)
- 1940s: Edmund Crispin (The Case of the Gilded Fly or The Moving Toyshop)
- 1950s: Patricia Highsmith (Strangers on a Train or The Blunderer or Deep Water)
Bonus: leaving open so that if I fall in love with any of the new-to-me authors I’m trying, I’ll be able to read more of them! :)
Who are your favourite pre-1960 mystery authors? If they’re not on my list, definitely leave a comment!