It’s that time again, bluestockings. Time for the most exciting and excruciatingly cutthroat competition ever to rage in the month of March…
Bas Bleu’s Tournament of Classics!
For those of you who are new to the Bluestocking Salon, the Tournament of Classics is our annual tribute to college basketball’s March Madness, in which we pit literary classics against one other in a “big dance” to victory. In 2013, To Kill a Mockingbird edged out Pride and Prejudice in the battle for your favorite classic novel. In 2014, Madeline trounced Make Way for Ducklings to claim the title of favorite children’s classic.
This year, we’re returning to the adult section of the bookshelves, where sixteen of literature’s most enduring crime/mystery novels will go head to head in their quest for the gold. Agatha Christie, Wilkie Collins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, Edgar Allan Poe, Daphne du Maurier, John Le Carré, Josephine Tey, Dashiell Hammett, Patricia Highsmith… If you expect these literary powerhouses (or, at least, their enduring work) to take our challenge lying down, you’re about to be sorely disappointed! Below you’ll find our customized bracket of titles:
It’s up to you to decide which of the Sweet Sixteen contenders will advance to the Elite Eight. Cast your votes below by clicking the button next to your book choice, then clicking “Vote.” We’ll announce the winners of each round on Facebook and let you know when it’s time to vote again.
Now for the fine print, aka rules and disclaimers:
1. We run a clean game here, folks, no matter how dastardly the crimes being investigated in our competing books. No stuffing the ballot box, no insulting the voters or players, and definitely, definitely no bribing the judges. (Wink, wink: Why, hello, mysterious gift basket stuffed with wine and chocolate…)
2. These competitors were chosen by popular opinion, not sales or statistics, so we hope you’ll take it in stride if your favorite whodunit didn’t earn a seed. We always welcome reading suggestions in the comments, but please be sporting about it.
3. Alas, there are not great riches to be won here. At least, none beyond bragging rights and fantastic reading suggestions. But a bluestocking’s “To Read” list is probably worth its weight in gold!
Now without further ado, let the games begin!