I’m struggling at the moment to settle into a book – never quite sure why. My brain’s a little frazzled at the moment – it always is at this time of year, the time of students getting closer to exam leave starting, meaning that I’m up to my eyeballs in marking. Thank goodness I’m a Maths teacher (i.e. no essays) otherwise I’ve no idea how I’d cope.
Anyway, to pass the time away, I’d thought I’d set you a Bank Holiday Weekend challenge. It’s May Day in the UK, a Spring holiday with its origins far back in various pagan traditions. So while we Brits practise dancing round the maypole, here’s a little quiz – my version of the game that seems to be clogging up my Facebook feed.
So, in tribute to Rich over at Past Offences finally completing his reading of the entire Crime Writers’ Association Top 100, here’s a list of ten classic crime novels, nine of which I haven’t read and one which I have. The challenge is simple: which one of these books have I read? And the book that I read was pre-blog btw…
- Raymond Chandler – The Big Sleep
- Dashiell Hammett – The Maltese Falcon
- Dorothy L Sayers – Gaudy Night
- Francis Iles – Malice Aforethought
- John Buchan – The Thirty-Nine Steps
- Margery Allingham – The Tiger In The Smoke
- Patricia Highsmith – Strangers On A Train
- Reginald Hill – Deadheads
- P D James – A Taste For Death
- Nicholas Blake – The Beast Must Die
No prizes, just a bit of fun. Honest. Happy May Day everyone!
Oh, and as a bonus round – how many of the Crime Writers’ Association Top 100 Mystery Novels have I actually read?