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Subject: 2010 Mini HF/Mystery Challenge Lists
Date Posted: 4/22/2010 9:52 AM ET
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OKAY - Since this thread has gotten a little sidetracked, we will use this thread for misc. discussion about the challenge and there will be another for LISTS ONLY! So go get your spots ASAP!!

We will start a new challenge for the remainder of this year which will include HFMysteries. The categories are listed below. These will be new reads as opposed to using books already read for the other two challenges. I think the categories are pretty self-explanatory, but if you have any questions, please post them here. We will also have separate threads for discussion of the individual categories (oy vey!). Start whenever the spirit moves you!

1. SOLVE A MYSTERY AT HOME: Read an HF mystery that takes place in the U.S.

2. MURDER ON THE WATER: Read an HF mystery that takes place on the water.

3. ROYAL WHO- DUNNIT: Read an HF mystery with the word Prince, Princess, King, Queen, Duke, etc. in the title.

4. YOU OLD DEVIL, YOU: Read an HF mystery with the word Devil, Satan, etc in the title.

     Alternate Category for # 4: THE GRAVE YARD SHIFT - Read a book with the word Grave, Cemetery, Spirit, etc in the title.

5. SNUGGLE UP TO A CRIMINAL: Read an HF cozy mystery.

6. PICK YOUR POISON: Read an HF mystery of your choice.

Thanks to you all for your enthusiasm and willingness to participate (even Vicky)!



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Date Posted: 4/22/2010 11:07 AM ET
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Put in it's place!wink



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Saving my place this time!

1. SOLVE A MYSTERY AT HOME: Read an HF mystery that takes place in the U.S.

Cassandra Lost by Joanna Catherine Scott, 3/5

2. MURDER ON THE WATER: Read an HF mystery that takes place on the water.

3. ROYAL WHO- DUNNIT: Read an HF mystery with the word Prince, Princess, King, Queen, Duke, etc. in the title.

4. YOU OLD DEVIL, YOU: Read an HF mystery with the word Devil, Satan, etc in the title.

     Alternate Category for # 4: THE GRAVE YARD SHIFT - Read a book with the word Grave, Cemetery, Spirit, etc in the title.

5. SNUGGLE UP TO A CRIMINAL: Read an HF cozy mystery.

6. PICK YOUR POISON: Read an HF mystery of your choice. -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, 5/5



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Date Posted: 4/22/2010 12:58 PM ET
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Okay, I'll get in here now, as well!

1. SOLVE A MYSTERY AT HOME: Read an HF mystery that takes place in the U.S.

2. MURDER ON THE WATER: Read an HF mystery that takes place on the water.

3. ROYAL WHO- DUNNIT: Read an HF mystery with the word Prince, Princess, King, Queen, Duke, etc. in the title.

4. YOU OLD DEVIL, YOU: Read an HF mystery with the word Devil, Satan, etc in the title.

    The Demon Archer by P.C. Doherty

     Alternate Category for # 4: THE GRAVE YARD SHIFT - Read a book with the word Grave, Cemetery, Spirit, etc in the title.

5. SNUGGLE UP TO A CRIMINAL: Read an HF cozy mystery.

  Mrs. Jeffries & The Silent Knight by Emily Brightwell

6. PICK YOUR POISON: Read an HF mystery of your choice.



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Date Posted: 4/22/2010 3:19 PM ET
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OK , I am going to save my place as well.  Thanks Jeanne for coming up with this for us mystery fans!

 

1. SOLVE A MYSTERY AT HOME (US)

2. MURDER ON THE WATER

3. ROYAL WHO-DUNNIT

4.  YOU OLD DEVIL, YOU

5.  SNUGGLE UP TO A CRIMINAL  (H/F cozy mystery)

6.  PICK YOUR POISON  (your choice)

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 5:00 PM ET
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Linda's List ...

1. SOLVE A MYSTERY AT HOME: Read an HF mystery that takes place in the U.S.

2. MURDER ON THE WATER: Read an HF mystery that takes place on the water.

3. ROYAL WHO- DUNNIT: Read an HF mystery with the word Prince, Princess, King, Queen, Duke, etc. in the title.

4. YOU OLD DEVIL, YOU: Read an HF mystery with the word Devil, Satan, etc in the title.

     Alternate Category for # 4: THE GRAVE YARD SHIFT - Read a book with the word Grave, Cemetery, Spirit, etc in the title.

5. SNUGGLE UP TO A CRIMINAL: Read an HF cozy mystery.

6. PICK YOUR POISON: Read an HF mystery of your choice.

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 5:01 PM ET
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Kelly's List ...

1. SOLVE A MYSTERY AT HOME: Read an HF mystery that takes place in the U.S.

2. MURDER ON THE WATER: Read an HF mystery that takes place on the water.

3. ROYAL WHO- DUNNIT: Read an HF mystery with the word Prince, Princess, King, Queen, Duke, etc. in the title.

4. YOU OLD DEVIL, YOU: Read an HF mystery with the word Devil, Satan, etc in the title.

     Alternate Category for # 4: THE GRAVE YARD SHIFT - Read a book with the word Grave, Cemetery, Spirit, etc in the title.

5. SNUGGLE UP TO A CRIMINAL: Read an HF cozy mystery.

6. PICK YOUR POISON: Read an HF mystery of your choice.

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 7:22 PM ET
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1. SOLVE A MYSTERY AT HOME: Read an HF mystery that takes place in the U.S.

2. MURDER ON THE WATER: Read an HF mystery that takes place on the water.

3. ROYAL WHO- DUNNIT: Prince of Darkness, by Sharon Kay Penman~~Finished 5/9/10

4. YOU OLD DEVIL, YOU: Read an HF mystery with the word Devil, Satan, etc in the title.

     Alternate Category for # 4: THE GRAVE YARD SHIFT - Read a book with the word Grave, Cemetery, Spirit, etc in the title.

5. SNUGGLE UP TO A CRIMINAL: Read an HF cozy mystery.

6. PICK YOUR POISON: Read an HF mystery of your choice.

Thanks to you all for your enthusiasm and willingness to participate (even Vicky)!

Great!  Now I have to do this challenge too!  surprise



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Yeah, Vicky, you do!devil

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 7:48 PM ET
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1. SOLVE A MYSTERY AT HOME: Read an HF mystery that takes place in the U.S.

 

2. MURDER ON THE WATER: Read an HF mystery that takes place on the water.

"The Devil's Eye" by Ian Townsend

3. ROYAL WHO- DUNNIT: Read an HF mystery with the word Prince, Princess, King, Queen, Duke, etc. in the title.

4. YOU OLD DEVIL, YOU: Read an HF mystery with the word Devil, Satan, etc in the title.

     Alternate Category for # 4: THE GRAVE YARD SHIFT - Read a book with the word Grave, Cemetery, Spirit, etc in the title.

5. SNUGGLE UP TO A CRIMINAL: Read an HF cozy mystery.

6. PICK YOUR POISON: Read an HF mystery of your choice.



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Date Posted: 4/22/2010 8:03 PM ET
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Got try, Vicky. We're all in this together. LOL!

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 8:25 PM ET
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So, maybe you all don't share my enthusiasm, but I'm kinda excited about some authors I've been finding for this challenge. If I get these books (OMG) it will probably open (Oh, Lordy) new vistas for the books I've NOT been searching for, but that I've stumbled across anyway!crying

WHERE is Mary????



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Date Posted: 4/23/2010 7:14 AM ET
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I knew this would happen.

I found two HF mysteries that I thought would be perfect for "Murder on the Water"...(I was having trouble with this category).  But Amazon is my frenemy, and I found "Dead Water" by Barbara Hambly (BOOK 8 IN HER SERIES) and "Dead in the Water" by Carola Dunn (BOOK 51) and then the most perfect, "Death by Water" by Kerry Greenwood (BOOK 2,462 IN HER SERIES).

They all sound good, esp. the Hambly and Greenwood books; I've never read these authors, so that IS exciting...but series??  I need to read them in order!!! 

*heading to Fantastic Fiction for the list of titles*

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 7:39 AM ET
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Oh, go for it, Vicky!

ROTFL!

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 7:42 AM ET
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Genie....LOL....You are NOT helping!!

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 9:31 AM ET
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2,462 books in a series!!! Okay, Vicky, this is what I would do: read the first one and then jump to the 2,462nd one!devil

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 10:08 AM ET
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Yep -- Vicky hit the nail on the head (or the head on the nail). Any serious (or obsessive or insane) reader knows that series must be read in order. Clearly, if it's the 15th book in a series that fits the challenge category, you need to read #1-14 first and if it's the gazillionth book, you need to read a gazillion minus one first.  So, contrary to Jeanne's well-intentioned but, umm, well, misguided advice, I suggest Vicky that you either (a) employ a more discerning strategy in choosing your challenge books (i.e., find series in which one of the first three books fit the category), or (b) quit your job, forego chores and hobbies, and spend your days and nights reading (sleeping and eating are permitted as long as such activities are not prolonged) -- in this manner, you may be able to complete your challenge books before the next decade starts.

Good luck! I'll be rooting for you.smiley



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Date Posted: 4/23/2010 10:44 AM ET
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I have the perfect book for the "On the water" one! You know, I'm starting to think I could find a book for ANY topic  imaginable on my shelves. ;-)

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Well, are you going to tell us the title????

(Someday I want to see your bookshelves -- you do seem to have an eclectic collection.)

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I can always count on sage advice from this group!

I think I"ll save my "On the Water" category for last...unless Valli coughs up her perfect title, and it's one I have...

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Oops, sorry, I thought I did give the title! The book is "The Devil's Eye" by Ian Townsend. The book is mainly about a hurricane that hit and wiped out most of the pearling fleet, but there is also a murder to solve. Since one of the main characters is aboard a pearling vessel, large parts of the novel take place on the water.

Of course, now that I've bragged about my bottomless shelves, I don't think I have a book for the "Cozy" one. Drat. I'm not totally sure that I understand exactly what criteria makes a book a cozy.



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Date Posted: 4/23/2010 4:37 PM ET
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Valli - I found this on the M/T forum:

Here's a definition from About.com: Cozies are mystery novels typically set in English [or American] country houses, small towns, villages, or other benign environments. Cozies feature very little violence, aside from the murder, and few gory details. The term arose from the relatively genteel settings, the common use of amateur sleuths as protagonists, and the fact that all loose ends are tied up and the villain caught and punished by the novel's conclusion. Agatha Christie's Jane Marple novels typify the subgenre. Normally, there is not a lot of foul language or sex in cozies.

Someone has said that a true cozy mystery has to have a cat in it. :-) My own definition is that it's a mystery I can read right before I go to bed and I won't have nightmares.

 

Here's a good definition of a cozy mystery: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE4DC103BF93BA25753C1A964958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=print

 

I'm wondering if I should make another thread just for the lists again. What do you all think?

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 4:45 PM ET
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I'm wondering if I should make another thread just for the lists again. What do you all think?

Is that because some people have gotten completely off-topic??  You know those HF types -- mavericks, rebels, and rule-breakers!! devil

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Oh yeah, Deb, all of us "geeky" mavericks, rebels and rule-breakers! LOL

I was just thinking that if any others want to sign up for this, they will never find their lists, so maybe I WILL make another thread for LISTS ONLY and we use this one for yakking - yes, that's what I will do!

Date Posted: 4/23/2010 5:59 PM ET
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Ywp, we need another thread for lists. We have to have one to chat. ;-)

Thanks for the cozy info! I think it might be the one genre I don't already have.

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