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Subject: 2010 Mystery Challenge - CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES - #12
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 7:45 AM ET
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CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.

All discussion about the book or author for this challenge will be conducted in this topic.

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Subject: Lots of Chocolate
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 10:43 AM ET
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Hi. I'm new. I've enjoyed reading your book suggestions and look forward to the 2010 challenge. Do we post our books at any particular time, for example, after we've read them? If not, then I'll go ahead and post my "CH" books since I have a four-in-one on the way: Crime de Cocoa - The Chocolate Cat Caper, The Chocolate Bear Burglary, The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up, and The Chocolate Kidnapping Clue (short story). I'll save them until the new year. ~JM



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Date Posted: 12/4/2009 6:15 PM ET
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You can do it either way--list the books you PLAN to read for each category and mark them off on your main list as you go, or just enter them as you complete them.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 7:31 PM ET
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JM -- Welcome to PBS, and I love your avatar!

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 7:57 PM ET
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Lol, I have that book on the way as well. But I already have read -

The Cherry Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 8:00 PM ET
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And while I'm commenting on category names, it's a good thing I like this song, because I'll obviously have it going through my head quite often in the coming year!!

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 11:27 AM ET
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Just thought of the book Cherry Bomb if anyone likes the author Konrath.

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 3:17 PM ET
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I think this (or possibly the holiday one) is the book I'll have the most difficulty with.  Any suggestions for someone who likes classic mysteries, and doesn't much like cozies?

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 12:04 PM ET
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I'm having trouble with this one too, but I have time, so I'm not worried........yet.  LOL.  If only CHeese was in the list.   I'm actually very surprised that I was able to populate nearly the entire challenge list with books I already own.  Very happy about that, but will be keeping my eye on this thread.  :)

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 1:26 PM ET
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I'm hoping since I have a long time to worry about it, that something will just crop up.

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 5:02 PM ET
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Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke

Pretty sure that one is not a cozy :-)

or

White Chocolate by Elizabeth Atkins Bowman

The Chicken Asylum - Fred Hunter

Waldo Chicken Wakes the Dead: A Murder Mystery of Uncommon Proportions - Alan Goldsmith

Appleby Plays Chicken - Michael Innes

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 5:57 PM ET
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Oh Caviglia, here's a classic I almost forgot about. The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley. I haven't read it in a while, but I remember it being different - it's about a crime discussion group and quite good. Published in 1928 or '29, it's not a cosy at all.  

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 6:01 PM ET
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Jodi - that sounds really exciting.  It's always amazing to me that after spending so many years reading mysteries that there are classic ones I haven't even heard of.  Yay.

ETA - Wait - was he one of the writers Agatha Christie parodied in "Partners in Crime"?



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Date Posted: 12/6/2009 7:06 PM ET
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Now that I don't know offhand, but it could well be as they were contemporaries. (I can't check it as my Christies are under the bed...which sounds simplistic enough - except that it's a platform bed.) Other than this, I think most of Berkeley's other books weren't much good, but this one even though not uber well-known, does qualify as a classic.

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 7:27 PM ET
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If I hadn't found Cherry Blossom Corpse by Robert Barnard I would probably go with Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall.  It's the second in a series, though.



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Date Posted: 12/6/2009 7:49 PM ET
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This sounds very promising!  Doesn't look like it's available here.  Think I'll go do some research.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 9:50 AM ET
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Death by Chocolate by G.A. McKevett

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He was one of the parodied authors!  I had made a list of them all years and years ago with the intention of reading all of them, but some were so incredibly difficult to find (this was pre-internet), I just let it drop.

I will be thrilled if I can get through this category without having to read a cozy.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 8:04 PM ET
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Well, I broke down and ordered a copy of The Poisoned Chocolates Case since there aren't any available here.  I'll read it early on and pass it along to someone here. 

Terri

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 8:27 PM ET
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Lol, Terri - I looked for mine for a few, but couldn't find it, so I ordered another one as well. Figured if I was plugging it, I should reread it!

Other possibilities, between a classic and a cozy and perhaps easier to find if you don't mind reading a series book are Fred Hunter's The Chicken Asylum, it's the 5th Alex Reynolds mystery, and Bill Crider's The Prairie Chicken Kill, the 4th Truman Smith mystery.



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Date Posted: 12/7/2009 8:50 PM ET
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Jodi, where did you find a copy?  I had to search a little and finally found a used copy through AbeBooks.  They had several used copies.  The one I ordered is supposed to be in "good" condition, but considering it's a 20 year old paperback I don't really know what to expect.  Hopefully it will be postable.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 9:11 PM ET
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Terri, I got mine from Abe as well. I've always had pretty good luck ordering through them (although I order from one seller fairly frequently who has reasonable shipping charges for multiple books) and haven't ordered from this seller before. I think most sellers there are pretty good, I get the newsletter, and they had a couple sales in excess of $10K in November...pretty good for sight unseen, used books. I've never been unhappy, but then again, I'm fairly relaxed about used books, especially hard to find or aged,  as I'm more interested in reading them, and keep too many. If I don't want it and can repost it, it's kind of a bonus.



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Date Posted: 12/7/2009 9:25 PM ET
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I was lucky enough to find a seller with no shipping and paid only $3.79 for the book.  I'll pass it along no matter what.  If it's unpostable I'll offer it as a freebie.    I am so glad you recommended it.  I do like some cozies, but not really a fan of the "foodie" ones.

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 6:15 PM ET
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I paid just slightly more...cheap book & cheap shipping. I'll probably pass mine on as well after reading it again, my original copy is here somewhere, and I since I do read the "cooking cozies," I've got lots of choices for this one, as well as perhaps checking out the other non-cozy series I mentioned with "chicken" books. 

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 8:43 PM ET
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I received my copy of The Poisoned Chocolates Case today.  It isn't in bad shape considering that it's, best I can tell, close to 30 years old.  The original price on the front is $2.25.  It does have a stain on the front top corner of the cover so I'll probably offer it free with an order from my shelf.  This will probably be my first read of 2010.

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