Category Archives: Vintage Mystery Challenge

The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard

Packard, Frank L. The Adventures of Jimmie Dale. New York: George H. Doran Co., 1917. “Dear Philanthropic crook.” So begins each letter of instruction that the Gray Seal receives from the mysterious Tocsin.  The Gray Seal is the most audacious … Continue reading

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Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge 2013: Scattergories

The 2013 version of the Vintage Mystery Challenge is now up.  I will be participating again this year and there is a wide variety of categories available to select or slot novels into. Vintage Categories: 1. Colorful Crime: a book … Continue reading

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Vintage Mystery Challenge 2012 Wrap-up

It is the end of the year and, as usual I have not managed to blog nearly as much as I would liked to have.  The Vintage Mystery Challenge did get me blogging some.  The goal was to read at … Continue reading

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The Scorpion by Douglas Carey

Carey, Douglas. The Scorpion, A Limehouse Mystery. Ottawa: Graphic Publications, 1931 Thirty years ago, while living in China, four men looted the Temple of the Buddha of Scorpions.  The gems that they made off with formed the base on which … Continue reading

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Murder at Calamity House by Ann Cardwell

Cardwell, Ann. Murder at Calamity House. New York: Arcadia House, 1947, pp. 224. From the dust jacket: “Disaster, or something infinitely more terrifying, seemed always to be lurking in the shadowy halls and corners of Ashton Park.  It dwelt in … Continue reading

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Mr. Chang’s Crime Ray by A.E. Apple

Apple, A.E., Mr. Chang’s Crime Ray. New York: Chelsea House, 1928, pp. 249. This is the second of two Mr. Chang novels.  This one is also based on two stories published in Detective Story Magazine.  In this case the stories … Continue reading

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Bulldog Carney by W.A. Fraser

Fraser, W.A. Bulldog Carney. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1919, pp. 306. For some reason I thought that this was going to be a 40 or 50’s noir type novel.  I guess I was thinking Bulldog Carney = Bulldog Drummond.  Published … Continue reading

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Mr. Chang of Scotland Yard by A.E. Apple

Apple, A.E. Mr. Chang of Scotland Yard. New York: Chelsea House, 1926, pp.255. Mr. Chang of Scotland Yard began life as a story, with the same title, in the January 3, 1925 issue of Detective Story Magazine, a Street and … Continue reading

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Exit in Green by Martin Brett

Brett, Martin. Exit in Green. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1953, pp. 256. Completed: 21 January 2012. William Marshall, a writer, heads to the small Quebec village of St. Genebald to recover from a breakdown brought on by overwork.  … Continue reading

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Blood on Biscayne Bay by Brett Halliday

Halliday, Brett. Blood on Biscayne Bay. New York: Dell Publishing Company, 1946. Completed: 10 January 2012 Much like Charlie Chan, I was only familiar with Michael Shayne from the films I had seen featuring that character.  Unlike Earl Biggers, Brett … Continue reading

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