|Mystillery Newsletter #13 - September 2021|
From The MystillerySeptember is here and the sun is setting on baseball season, so time is running out on the Abra Cadavers game (ends Sep. 30). Not to worry, The Mystillery has an infuriating new game to be unveiled Oct 1, which will run thru March; so there will always be a game available throughout the year. The new game has been tested and the submission form is all ready to go. What is it? Well, it will be a surprise, but I will just mention it is going to require a little bit of math based upon titles of your books. It should be challenging - there are multiple ways you can meet the goals so it will require some head-scratching and shelf-searching too!
Most of my reading is conventional hardcover books - but I do read some older authors which are readily available on Kindle. Anna Katherine Green, Carolyn Wells, Edgar Wallace, Mary Roberts Rinehart and those of that era are available in bulk very cheaply in the 'Megapack' bundles. Search Amazon Kindle bookstore for mystery megapack, detective megapack or author name + megapack (try this search) and you will be surprised what turns up for either 99 cents or $1.99.
One aspect I am enjoying while reading older mysteries on the Kindle is the immediate dictionary access. I came across one character whose occupation was 'amanuensis' - What? touching the word pulled up the definition of a literary or artistic assistant, in particular one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts. Then I came to 'lugubrious' (one of Erle Stanley Gardner's favorite terms to describe Paul Drake, after he settles down sideways in the office chair) and found it means looking or sounding sad and dismal.
Just finished POIROT LOSES A CLIENT (review) by Agatha Christie. My copy is a ex-library 1937 first edition which is just falling apart, but complete. I find it fascinating to look at the signout record on the inside back cover, and think about how people on the home front made it through WWII with mysteries like Agatha Christie! Patron 318 was reading THIS VERY COPY during the attack on Pearl Harbor (Dec. 7 1941)!
Medical Examiner newsHONORARY BADGES AWARDED IN AUGUST:
SEARCH ENGINE UPDATED: The search engine had its monthly update this morning (Sept 1), so your submissions through Aug 31 can now be found by it. This searches submissions to all Mystillery challenges, but it is only available from the Medical Examiner challenge page. See "Who else examined my book?" at the top of the table.
- C0NTENTH0MEB0DY (USA) took the Groaning Golden Gurney badge for highest number of Toe Tags!
- Sanacrow (Tennessee) tied her 500th, 600th, and 700th toe tag!
- Bev Hankins (Indiana) tied her 600th toe tag!
- OutsmartYourShelf (United Kingdom) tied her 500th toe tag!
- Jjean (Missouri) tied her 400th toe tag to grab the icky Squishy Scarlet Sponge! She held it for a while, until...
- Tracy (New York) tied her 400th toe tag, and grabbed the Squishy Scarlet Sponge from Jjean!
- SueC (Utah) tied her 300th toe tag to brandish the Bent Brass Bone Saw ! She sawed a few briefly, until...
- Tina Hilbert (Utah) tied her 300th toe tag to take the Bent Brass Bone Saw away from SueC! Then...
- Avid Series Reader (New Mexico) tied her 300th toe tag to take the Bent Brass Bone Saw away from SueC!
- Susan Jensen (Arizona) tied her 200th toe tag to take the Floppy Fuschia Forceps away from your host! Oops, seems I left someone's gall bladder in it.
Six Shooter newsPlease note a change in the structure of the challenge pages. The Shooting Gallery had grown way too long and was getting quite awkward to edit. The Shooting Gallery has been broken apart so there is a separate Shooting Gallery page for each challenger (just like the Clipboards in the Medical Examiner challenge). Click on the target icon next to your name, and your shooting gallery will open in a separate window or tab. This will also allow you to print your own Shooting Gallery page if that assists you in keeping track.
NEW NOTCHES CARVED IN AUGUST:
NEW SHARPSHOOTERS IN AUGUST:
- Sanacrow (Tennessee) carves notch #12 for author Karin Slaughter, notch #13 for author David Baldacci, and notch #14 for author Karen Rose!
- SueC (Utah) carves notch #11 with author C. S. Harris!
- C0NTENTH0MEB0DY (USA) carves notch #11 with author Lee Child!
- Bev Hankins (Indiana) carves notch #5 with author Anne Perry!
- Avid Series Reader (New Mexico) carves her first notch with author Michael Pearce!
Beachcomber newsNo activity on the beach in August! How can that be?
Century Club news
- A big Event was held at Mystillery Manor on August 8, as C0NTENTH0MEB0DY (and her cat) made her regal entrance into the Mystillery Dining Room, having successfully completed all ten decades of the Challenge to become Centurion #6! Be sure to read her reflections on completing the challenge! A celebratory toast was made in her honor at the cocktail reception, followed by dinner by renowned chef Fritz Brenner; and then by a lengthy, pedantic lecture ("A Statistical Analysis of the Various Causes of Death Reported to Obscure Mystery Reading Challenges") in the Mystillery Library. The evening was rounded out with a rousing Limbo contest in the Mystillery Ballroom, which was won by her cat.
- SueC (Utah) has been seen peeking longingly in the windows. Sue only has one decade remaining to fulfill. She is on track to become Centurion #7! Will this be her month?
- Simone C. (Alabama) fulfilled three more decades this month. Only four to go!
- Remember, ALL past reading counts for this challenge - no matter when you read it! Check your bookshelves!
- It seems like the 1920's decade is the most difficult to find - those books are pushing 100 years old! So here are some 1920's mysteries available free from Project Gutenberg. They are in the public domain in the USA. You can read them online or download to your Kindle:
- The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, 1921
- The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie, 1922
- The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie, 1923
- Poirot Investigates (short stories) by Agatha Christie, 1924
- The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie, 1924
- The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie, 1925
- The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart, 1920
- The Angel of Terror by Edgar Wallace, 1922
- The Daffodil Mystery by Edgar Wallace, 1920
- Mr. Justice Maxell by Edgar Wallace, 1922
Abra Cadavers newsThe Abra Cadavers season ends soon - September 30! Last chance to step up to bat! Come October 1, when the Abra Cadavers team puts away the bats and balls for the season, The Mystillery will open a new off-season game to run alternately with Abra Cadavers, October to April. It is an indoor sport for those cold winter months. This means there will always be a game available year-round for all our challengers! All reading since January 1 all qualifies! Check your Medical Examiner clipboard to review all your 2021 titles!
- Newsletter #1 - Sep 2020
- Newsletter #2 - Oct 2020
- Newsletter #3 - Nov 2020
- Newsletter #4 - Dec 2020
- Newsletter #5 - Jan 2021
- Newsletter #6 - Feb 2021
- Newsletter #7 - Mar 2021
- Newsletter #8 - April 2021
- Newsletter #9 - May 2021
- Newsletter #10 - June 2021
- Newsletter #11 - July 2021
- Newsletter #12 - August 2021
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