Century Club Mystery Reading Challenge

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We now have 8 at table!
Welcome to the Century Club Mystery Reading Challenge at Mystillery Manor, the pièce de résistance of mystery reading challenges! This is an ongoing (not an annual) reading challenge. Your goal is to gain a place at the table of our refined, elegant, gluten-free Mystillery Century Club; where the conversation, like the champagne; is sparkling. You do this by becoming acquainted with mystery stories across the last century, by reading one from each of the ten previous decades (1920-2019); and submitting each one to your pedigree.

You will join the Social Climbers upon your first submission. You will become a Centurion upon your tenth - and final - submission, and gain a place at our table. Then your membership standing is permanent, and you will earn the coveted privilege of displaying the Century Club laurel-wreath logo on your web page or blog. You may wish to link the image or text to this page so the bourgeois on the internet can gape in abject awe.

We are pleased to welcome JenneB to the Social Climbers, having added four decades to her pedigree!
We are pleased to welcome Rhonda D. to the Social Climbers, having added seven decades to her pedigree!
We are pleased to welcome Simone Clark (Alabama) to the Century Club, as Centurion #8! Waiter, break out the pretzels!


MYSTILLERY CENTURY CLUB Centurions as of SAT JAN 15 2022 - in order of admission
Member # Centurion Social Register 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's 2010's Award
1 Bev Hankins
2 Rick Mills
3 Avid Series Reader
New Mexico
4 Jjean
5 Sanacrow
7 Robin Retzler
8 Simone Clark

Social Climbers:

MYSTILLERY CENTURY CLUB Social Climbers as of SAT JAN 15 2022 - sorted by last engagement
Social Climber Social Register Last activity Expiration* 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's 2010's
Goodreads profile Instagram Jan 15 2022 Jan 15 2023            
Rhonda D.
Jan 7 2022 Jan 7 2023    
Tina Hilbert
Dec 2 2021 Dec 2 2022    
Traci L
Nov 9 2021 Nov 9 2022            
May 14 2021 May 14 2022  

* Expiration date is extended by one year upon each submission. See rules below.

Key to symbols
(various book icons) Decade completed
Moved up
New or updated today
Tracker page
Goodreads profile
Paperback Swap bookshelf

Pedigrees of Centurions:

Bev Hankins, Centurion #1 
20s The Crimson Circle by Edgar Wallace, 1922
30s Red Warning by Virgil Markham, 1933
40s The Dead Shall Be Raised by George Bellairs, 1942
50s Stand Up & Die by Frances & Richard Lockridge, 1953
60s The Stately Home Murder by Catherine Aird. 1969
70s Table D'Hote by Douglas Clark, 1977
80s Lament for a Lady Laird by Margot Arnold, 1982
90s River of Darkness by Rennie Airth, 1999
00s The Hellfire Conspiracy by Will Thomas, 2007
10s Murder at Midnight by C. S. Challinor, 2014

Rick Mills, Centurion #2 
20s The Broadway Murders by Edward Doherty, 1929 
30s Death in the Air by Agatha Christie, 1935
40s Deep Lay the Dead by Frederick C. Davis, 1942
50s A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie, 1950
60s Kept Women Can't Quit by Erle Stanley Gardner, 1960
70s El Rancho Rio by Mignon Eberhart, 1970
80s Three Days for Emeralds by Mignon Eberhart, 1988
90s The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva, 1995
00s Vineyard Enigma by Philip R. Craig, 2002
10s The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child, 2015

Avid Series Reader,  Centurion #3 
20s The Canary Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, 1927
30s The Attic Murder by S. Fowler Wright, 1936
40s The Horizontal Man by Helen Eustis, 1946
50s Death in Berlin by M.M. Kaye, 1955
60s The Deep Blue Good-By by John D. MacDonald, 1964
70s Death of a Hawker by Janwillem van de Wetering, 1977
80s Lonely Hearts by John Harvey, 1989
90s Witch Hunt by Jack Harvey (Ian Rankin), 1993
00s Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, 2009
10s Tangerine by Christine Mangan, 2018

Jjean, Centurion #4 
20s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4), 1926
30s Death In The Clouds by Agatha Christie, 1935
40s The Body in the Library (Miss Marple, #3), 1942
50s Fallen Into The Pit by Ellis Peters, 1951
60s Under The Snow by Kerstin Ekman, Joan Tate, 1961
70s Nemesis by Agatha Christie, 1971
80s Careless Whispers by Carlton Stowers, 1986
90s Bag of Bones by Stephen King, 1998
00s Hide by Lisa Gardner, 2007
10s Collateral Damage by Hannah Alexander, 2014

Sanacrow, Centurion #5 
20s Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers, 1923
30s Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie, 1930
40s I, the Jury by Mickey Spillane, 1947
50s Room to Swing by Ed Lacy, 1957
60s My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart, 1960
70s Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark, 1975
80s Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith, 1981
90s Naked in Death by J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts), 1995
00s All the Pretty Girls by JT Ellison, 2007
10s Blackout by Mira Grant, 2012

C0NTENTH0MEB0DY, Centurion #6 
20s The Man of the Forest by Zane Grey, 1920
30s Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, 1936
40s The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1943
50s Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, 1954
60s In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 1965
70s Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi, 1974
80s Rules of Prey by John Sandford, 1989
90s The Killing Floor by Lee Child, 1998
00s 1st to Die by James Patterson, 2005
10s Love Me to Death by Allison Brennan, 2010

Robin Retzler, Centurion #7 
20s Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers, 1923
30s Sweet Danger by Margery Allingham, 1933
40s The Chinese Shawl by Patricia Wentworth, 1943
50s To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey, 1950
60s The Spoilt Kill by Mary Kelly, 1961
70s The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy by James Anderson, 1975
80s A Dead Liberty by Catherine Aird, 1986
90s The Jewel That Was Ours by Colin Dexter, 1991
00s In The Woods by Tana French, 2007
10s The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, 2013

Simone Clark, Centurion #8 
20s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, 1926
30s Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie, 1937
40s Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie, 1941
50s Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie, 1955
60s The Clocks by Agatha Christie, 1963
70s Fletch by Gregory McDonald, 1974
80s Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, 1981
90s The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry, 1990
00s The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, 2001
10s A Gift of Bones by Carolyn Haines, 2018

Pedigrees of Social Climbers:

30s The Haunted Attic by Margaret Sutton, 1932
60s A Mind to Murder by P. D. James, 1963
90s LA Confidential by James Ellroy, 1990
00s The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, 2002

Rhonda D.
20s The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, 1920
30s Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers, 1930
40s The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, 1943
70s The Seventh Sinner by Elizabeth Peters, 1974
80s The Dead SIde of the Mike by Simon Brett, 1981
90s Dead to Rights by JA Jance, 1996
00s Hallowed Bones by Carolyn Haynes, 2004

20s The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, 1920
30s Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, 1938
40s The Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell, 1948
60s The Turquoise Mask by Phyllis A. Whitney, 1964
70s The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman, 1970
80s The Curse of the Pharoahs (Amelia Peabody #2) by Elizabeth Peters, 1981
90s The Face of a Stranger (William Monk #1) by Anne Perry, 1990
00s Spanish Dagger by Susan Wittig Albert, 2007
10s Duck the Halls by Donna Andrews, 2013

Tina Hilbert 
20s The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, 1920
30s The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1) by Carolyn Keene, 1930
60s To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1960
70s Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews, 1978
80s Return to Red Castle by Dorothy M. Keddington, 1981 
90s Seven for a Secret by Victoria Holt, 1993
00s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1) by Alan Bradley, 2009
10s Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, 2018

Traci L 
20s The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, 1920
30s Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, 1934
00s Kilt Dead (Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries #1) by Kaitlyn Dunnett, 2007
10s Parchment and Old Lace by Laura Childs, 2015

How to:

  1. No advance signup needed.
  2. Here is an easy way to sort your Goodreads books by publication year, making it easy to identify books you have already read that qualify for this challenge! Read How to sort your Goodreads books by publication date.
  3. Once you have read each book, submit the Century Club Submission to the Membership Secretary.


  1. This is an ongoing - not annual - challenge. However, Social Climbers are encouraged to submit at least one book every six months.
  2. No advance signup needed. Just submit your first book(s) to begin and join the Social Climbers. As a Social Climber, the expiration date of your application is extended by one year upon each submission to your pedigree. If there are no additions to your pedigree for a period of one year, the application will be considered abandoned and expired.
  3. Upon your tenth (and final) addition to your pedigree, you will become a Centurion. This status will never expire, you shall be immortal.
  4. For our purposes, use the year the book was written, not necessarily the year it was published. If in doubt, just use the earliest date on the book's title page.
  5. Books may be read in any order.
  6. Past reading may be submitted. Check your shelves! That book you had to read in fourth grade? It counts!
  7. Authors can be enjoyed multiple times.
  8. Print books, audio books, radio dramatizations, short stories, or e-books may be used. Movies do not count.
  9. Reviews are optional. If you include the URL of your review, a link to it will be provided.
  10. Once you achieve Centurionship (all ten decades), you may modestly post the Mystillery Century Club logo on your blog, your Bentley, Tesla, Rolls, or equivalent.


A Note to Purists: The very first year A.D. began as year 1, as there was no year "0" (I know, I was there). Thus, decades technically begin on Jan. 1 XXX1 and end Dec. 31 XXX0. While I concede the validity of this argument, following that protocol would overly complicate the presentation of this challenge; so for our purposes decades begin on Jan. 1 XXX0 and end Dec. 31 XXX9.

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