I'm belatedly signing up for the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge at My Reader's Block. The challenge is to complete one book from a minimum of 8 different categories. The categories I hope to complete (although I might add more later) are:
Amateur Night: a book with a "detective" who is not a P.I.; Police Officer; Official Investigator (Nurse Keate, Father Brown, Miss Marple, etc.)
Leave It to the Professionals: a book featuring cops, private eyes, secret service, professional spies, etc.
Jolly Old England: one mystery set in Britain
Yankee Doodle Dandy: one mystery set in the United States
Dangerous Beasts: a book with an animal in the title (The Case of the Grinning Gorilla; The Canary Murder Case; etc.)
Wicked Women: a book with a woman in the title--either by name (Mrs. McGinty's Dead) or by reference (The Case of the Vagabound Virgin)
Malicious Men: a book with a man in the title--either by name (Maigret & the Yellow Dog) or by reference (The Case of the Haunted Husband)
Scene of the Crime: a book with the location of the crime in the title (The Body in the Library, Murder at the Vicarage, etc.)
Locked Rooms: a locked-room mystery
Country House Criminals: a standard (or not-so-standard) Golden Age country house murder
Murder on the High Seas: a mystery involving water
Murder Is Academic: a mystery involving a scholar, teacher, librarian, etc. OR set at a school, university, library, etc.
Things That Go Bump in the Night: a mystery with something spooky, creepy, gothic in the title (The Skeleton in the Clock, Haunted Lady, The Bat, etc.)
The Butler Did It...Or Not: a mystery where the butler is the victim, the sleuth....(gasp) the criminal....or is just downright memorable for whatever reason.
A Mystery By Any Other Name: any book that has been published under more than one title (Murder Is Easy--aka Easy to Kill [Christie]; Fog of Doubt--aka London Particular [Christianna Brand], etc.)
Dynamic Duos: a mystery featuring a detective team--Holmes & Watson, Pam & Jerry North, Wolfe & Goodwin, or....a little-known team that you introduce to us.
Psychic Phenomena: a mystery featuring a seance, medium, hypnotism, or other psychic or "supernatural" characters/events
Killed in Translation: Works that originally appeared in another language and have been made available in English
Blondes in Danger: A variation on "Colorful Crime". Books that feature a blonde in the title role, like The Blonde Died First, or Blonde for Danger.
Genuine Fakes: Authors who wrote under a pseudonym
Get Out of Jail Free: This is a freebie category. One per customer. You tell me what special category the book fits ("It's got an awesome cover!"..."First book I grabbed off my shelf") and it counts