Well, it seems that I haven’t posted anything here except my own fiction for a while–a sincere thank you to everyone who has looked at it and especially to those who have commented!–but I’ll try to remedy that with this question–er, game– for all of the mystery bloggers out there.
I’ll call it “desert island books,” but it’s a bit different from the “mysteries you would take to a desert island.” (I wouldn’t take a mystery to a desert island; I’d follow Chesterton’s lead, and take A Practical Guide to Ship-Building! 😀 )
So, here are the “rules,” then (your mission, if you choose to accept it): you choose your ten favorite mystery authors, first of all, and then have to choose one book from each to take with you. Only one–no more! (You can pick a runner-up, though, if you’d like.) I would prefer that we stick to novels, which unfortunately means no Chesterton and little of Conan Doyle. (I’m going to try to keep to the formal, fair-play, “puzzle-plot” mystery, but you can be a bit more open with your criteria if you want.) A bit like Carr’s list, which I suppose we all know–at least, I hope so, because I no longer seem to be able to find a copy online!
Anyway… Anyone game?
John Dickson Carr: The Crooked Hinge (runner-up: He Who Whispers)
Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile (runner-up: Five Little Pigs)
Ellery Queen: Ten Days’ Wonder (runner-up: Cat of Many Tails)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Unnatural Death (runner-up: The Nine Tailors)
Gladys Mitchell: Come Away, Death (runner-up: When Last I Died)
Christianna Brand: Death of Jezebel (runner-up: Green for Danger)
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Valley of Fear (runner-up: The Sign of the Four)
A.E.W. Mason: The House of the Arrow (runner-up: At the Villa Rose)
E.C. Bentley: Trent’s Last Case
Rex Stout: Some Buried Caesar (runner-up: Too Many Cooks)
P.S. Unless something unforeseen occurs, I’m intending to post the solution to “The Unhinged Man” tomorrow, if that’s OK for everyone! 🙂