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Subject: 2010 Mystery Challenge LISTS ONLY!
Date Posted: 12/3/2009 9:46 AM ET
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Okay, I don't have mine picked yet, but wanted to get the thread set so those who want to can copy/paste this template and add their lists! LeeAnne, do be a good girl and leave it alone for a few weeks. ROFL! (JK, of course...)

1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)


2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.


3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.


4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.


5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.


6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)


7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)


8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRANÇAIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.


9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)


10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.


11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.


12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.


 

BONUSES:


Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

 

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1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 10-28-2010

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Everybody Loved Roger Harden by Cecil Murphey 02-22-2010

3. HOME SWEET HOME True Believers by Jane Haddam

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Caught by Harlan Coben. 06-23-2010

5. ARE WE RELATED? The Inside Ring by Mike Lawson Completed 1-4-2010

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS The Spectacle of Corruption by David Liss 10-26-2010

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS?The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 07-26-2010

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Codex by Lev Grossman 11-3-2010

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith 

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hamett 11-22-2010

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith

BONUSES:

Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

  1. Cold Dish by Craig Johnson 4-11-2010
  2. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin 06-27-2010
  3. The Second Perimeter by Mike Lawson 06-17-2010
  4. Death of an Irish Politician by Barthlomew Gill 07-09-2010
  5. A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss  02-09-2010
  6. No Second Chance by Harlan Coben 06-27-2010
  7. One False Move by Harlan Coben 07-19-2010
  8. The Final Detail by Harlan Coben 08-05-2010
  9. Darkest Fear by Harlan Coben 08-22-2010
  10. Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas 03-30-2010


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Thanks, Cheryl, for putting this together!  I'm really looking forward to this.  Books pretty much TBD

 

1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)

Death of a Travelling Man - M.C. Beaton 1/6/10

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.

A Test of Wills - Charles Todd

3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.

Invisible - Paul Auster

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.

The Manual of Detection - Jedediah Berry

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.

The Other David - Carolyn Coker

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)

Anna's Book - Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRANÇAIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

The Black Book - Orhan Pamuk

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)

From Dead To Worse - Charlaine Harris 1/5/10

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.

Murder in the Bastille - Cara Black  2/3/10

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.

The Poisoned Chocolates Case - Anthony Berkeley 1/9/10



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This will be fun! All books listed are subject to change...too many books to chose from for almost all categories.

1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)

 Die, Decorator, Die - Franklin H. Levy 1/19/09

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.

Looks to Die For (Lacy Fields, Bk 1)- Janice Kaplan2/11/10

In the Bleak Midwinter - Julia Spencer-Fleming 2/20/10

Track of the Cat - Nevada Barr 4/15/10

Murder at the PTA Luncheon (Susan Henshaw, Bk 1) - Valerie Wolzien 4/30/10

Tularosa (Kevin Kerney, Bk 1) - Michael McGarrity 5/1/10

3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.

Justice Denied - M. Diane Vogt 1/21/10

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.

U is for Undertow - Sue Grafton 1/14/10

Split Image - Robert B. Parker 4/23/10

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.

Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult

 6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)

The Beekeeper's Apprentice - Laurie R. King - 3/31/10

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

We Wish You a Merry Murder - Valerie Wolzien - 5/2/10

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

Maigret Bides his TIme - Georges Simenon 3/18/10

Maigret in Vichey - Georges Simenon 4/6/10

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)

One Hex of a Wedding - Yasmine Galenorn 1/22/10

Dating Can be Deadly - Wendy Roberts 5/2/10

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.

Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Secret Mission = 1/16/10

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.

The Poisoned Chocolates Murder - Anthony Berkeley

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.

The Chocolate Cat Caper - Joanna Carl 2/04/10

 BONUSES:

Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

Martha's Vineyard Series (19 books) by Phllip R. Craig (deceased) Finished the last one this a.m., 11/11/10!

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

Labyrinth - Bill Pronzini 1/16/10

Play it Again, Spam - Tamar Myers 3/3/10

Murder She Wrote: Dying to Retire - Jessica Fletcher 3/12/10

The Whiff of Money - James Hadley Chase - 3/09/10

A Dose of Murder - Lori Avocato - 3/21/10

Damage Control, Outlaw Mountain, Devil's Claw - J.A. Jance - 3/31 & 4/3/10

The Stiff and the Dead - Lori Avocato - 4/2/10

Cooking Up Murder - Miranda Bliss- 4/24/10

Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris 5/6/10

Bead on Trouble - Barbara Smith 5/14/10

Until it Hurts - Polly Whitney 5/27/10



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1. He's Dead Jim  - Die Upon a Kiss by Barbara Hambly (Benjamin January series) completed April

2. Nicet Ta Meetcha - What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris completed in April

3. Home Sweet Home - Death by Cashmere by Sally Goldenbaum completed in May

4. Ah, That New Book Smell A Murderous Procession by Ariana Franklin completed in March

5. Are we Related The Ghost and Mrs McClure (A Haunted Bookshop Mystery) by Alice Kimberly completed April

6. Sinners, not Saints Poseidon's Gold by Lindsey Davis (ancient Rome) complete February

7. Have a Holly Jolly Halloween Christmas Visitor by Anne Perry finished February

8. Parlez-vous Francais - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Swedish) complete January

9 Beam me up Scotty -  Witch Hunt (Ophelia and Abby mystery) Shirley Damsgaard  complete January

10 Far, Far away The Janissarty Tree by Jason Goodwin (Ottoman Empire) complete January

11. Like Comfy Old Shoes Old Bones by Aaron Elkins (Gideon Oliver mystery) done May

12 Ch-ch-ch-changes The Chocolate Cat Caper by Joanna Carl complete January

Bonus

Finish off a dead series The Michael Merrick Mystery Series by Mary Jo Adamson, only two books no more since 2001. The Blazing Tree and Elusive Voice 

Read 10 mysteries that have been sitting on yourTBR for a year.



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Okay! I'm going to give this one a try - sounds like a great challenge, Cheryl!! 

1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)

The Angel of Death by P C Doherty - finished on 8/25/10

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.

The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley -finished on 3/29/10

3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.

Tombstone Courage by J A Jance  (Arizona)

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.

What Remains of Heaven by C.S. Harris -   Finished on 2/5/2010  

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.

The Victim in Victoria Station by Jeanne M Dams - finished on 12/6/10

6. SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)

River of Darkness by Rennie Airth - post WWl - finished on 1/12/2010

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

The Gates by John Connolly - finished on 8/7/10

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason - finished on 3/31/10

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)

Ghosts in the Snow by Tamara Siler Jones - finished on 7/22/10

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.

The Man on the Balcony by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (Sweden) finished 1/8/10

 

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.

Nothing Personal by Eileen Dreyer

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.

Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke 

 

 

BONUSES:


 

Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.



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1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)

 Death Loves a Messy Desk by Mary Jane Maffini 01/07/10

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before

Killer Mousse by Melinda Wells 01/11/10
 

3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state. Victoria Laurie A Psychic Eye Mystery Series


 

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.

 Rotten to the Core by  Sheila Connolly- paperback July 2009

 

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.


 

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)

The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters 05/26/10


 

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

Death of a Trickster by Kate Borden 01/05/10
 

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.


 

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.) Victoria Laurie's A Pysychic Eye Mystery Series


 

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.


Children of the Storm by Elizabeth Peters 05/04/10

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.

Holiday In Death by J.D. Robb - 05/05/10
 

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder byJOanne Fluke1/10

 

BONUSES:


 

Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

1. Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein

2. The Memory Collector by Meg Gardiner

3. Death of a Turkey by Kate Borden

4. The Cornbread Killer by Lou Jane Temple

5. The Dime Museum Murders by Daniel Stashower

6. Wreath of Deception by Mary Ellen Hughes

7. The Cluttered Corpse by Mary Jane Maffini

8. A Veiled Deception by Annette Blair

9. Larceny and Lace by Annette Blair

10. State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy



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1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)

DEAD CERT BY  DICK FRANCIS 3-31-10
 

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.

Every Dead Thing by John Connolly 8-11-10


 3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.

FURY  BY  G.M. FORD ( Washington) 10-31-10
 

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.

ALEX CROSS'S  TRIAL BY JAMES PATTERSON 2-21-10


 

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.  NIGHT SINS BY TAMI HOAG 10-6-10


 

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)

BELLFIELD HALL BY ANNA DEAN 8-29-10

 


 7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

FOWL PREY BY MARY DAHEIM 10-2-10

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

FACELESS KILLERS  BY HENNING MANKELL 3-5-10


 9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)

The Summoner by Gail Z. Martin 4-8-10


 10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.

THE COLLABORATOR OF BETHLEHEM BY MATT BEYNON REES(ISTANBUL) 5-22-10


 

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.

RETRIBUTION BY JILLIANE HOFFMAN 5-30-10


 

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MURDER BY JOANNE FLUKE  1-17-10


 

BONUSES:


 

Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

The Mark of the Assassin by Daniel Silva 11-6-10

The Marching Season by Daniel Silva 11-7-10

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

  1. Rules of Prey by John Sandford 7-22-10
  2. The Bone Collector byJeffrey Deaver 7-13-10
  3. The Monkey's Rain Coat by Robert Crais 7-31-10
  4. The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry 10-28-10
  5. The Killing Floor by Lee Child8-3-10
  6. Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn 5-8-10
  7. Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell 7-3-10
  8. Run Before the Wind by Stuart Woods 9-6-10
  9. Split Second by David Baldacci 8-18-10
  10. The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor 7-14-10


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ALL PARTS OF THE CHALLENGE FINSIHED 12/22/10

PART ONE OF THE CHALLENGE FINISHED 10/21/10

1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)

Dead Men's Hearts by Aaron Elkins-- finished 5/2/10

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.

Snow Angels by James Thompson -- finished 8/7/10

3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.

The Riverview Murders by Michael Raleigh  (Chicago) --finished 5/16/10
 

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley --finished 8/15/10
 

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.

The Eye of Jade by Diane Wei Liang -- finished 1/11/10

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)

A Fearsome Doubt/Charles Todd -- finished 6/18/10 

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

Hercule Poirot's Christmas/Agatha Christie-- finished 8/31/10

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

Sun and Shadow by Ake Edwardson  (Swedish) --finished 2/3/10
 

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield -- finished 10/21/10
 

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.

In Cold Pursuit by Sarah Andrews (Antarctica) --finished8/13/10
 

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.

Find Me a Villain by Margaret Yorke -- finished 1/24/10
 

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.

The Cherry Blossom Corpse by Robert Barnard -- finished 1/19/10

  BONUSES:

BONUS # 1 FINISHED 3/10/10

 Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

The Irisih Cottage Murder (already read)

The Irish Manor House Murder finished 2/10

The Irish Cairn Murder finished 2/10

The Irish Village Murder finished3/10 all by Dicey Deere (The last was written in 2004)

BONUS #2 FINISHED 12/22/10

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

The House of Stairs/Barbara Vine finished 4/10

A Dark Adapted Eye/Barbara Vine finished 4/10

The Sibyl in Her Grave/Sarah Caudwell finished 7/10

Thus Was Adonis Murdered/Sarah Caudwell finished 7/10

Sleeping Murder/Agatha Christie finished 8/10

Grave Matters/Margaret Yorke finished 10/10

The Hand of Death/Margaret Yorkefinished 10/23

4:50 From Paddinton/Agatha Christie finished 11/25

A Drink of Deadly Wine/Kate Charles finished 12/5

The Snares of Death/Kate Charles finished 12/22


 



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1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)

     AUNT DIMITY'S DEATH ( Aunt Dimity Mysteries) by Nancy Atherton-- Completed -- 3/26/10

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.

    MARGARITA NIGHTS ( Sherri Travis Mysteries) by Phyllis Smallman-- Completed -- 1/27/10

3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state. 

    A COLD DAY IN PARADISE (Alex McKnight Mysteries) by Steve Hamilton - Michigan-- Completed -- 3/9/10

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.

  HOW TO HOST A KILLER PARTY (Party Planning Mysteries) by Penny Warner-- Completed -- 4/9/10

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.         

    DEAD IN THE WATER (Amanda Hazard Mysteries) by Connie Feddersen

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)

   THE NINTH DAUGHTER (An Abigail Adams Mystery) by Barbara Hamilton

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

    VALENTINE MURDER (Lucy Stone Mysteries) by Leslie Meier-- Completed -- 2/10/10

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

    THE TERRA-COTTA DOG (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries) by Andrea Camilleri (Italian to English)

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)  

     TRULY, MADLY (Lucy Valentine Murders) by Heather Webber -- Completed -- 3/1/10

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.

      ALPINE FOR YOU (A Passport to Peril Mystery) by Maddy Hunter

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.

       FLAMINGO FATALE (Trailer Park Mysteries) by Jimmie Ruth Evans

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.

       THE CHOCOLATE SNOWMAN MURDERS  (Chocoholic Mysteries) by JoAnna Carl-- Completed --2/24/10

BONUSES:

Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

Anne George -- Southern Sisters Series

1. MURDER ON A GIRlS' NIGHT OUT-- Completed -- 3/12/10

2. MURDER ON A BAD HAIR DAY -- Completed -- 4/25/10

3. MURDER RUNS IN THE FAMILY

4. MURDER MAKES WAVES

5. MURDER GETS A LIFE

6. MURDER SHOOTS THE BULL

7. MURDER CARRIES A TORCH

8. MURDER BOOGIES WITHELVIS

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

1. DEATH BRIMS OVER -- Brenda Midnight Mysteries by Barbara Jaye Wilson

2. BIGGIE AND THE POISONED POLITICIAN -- Biggie Weatherford Mysteries by Nancy Bell

3. DIED IN THE WOOL -- Knitting Mysteries by Mary Kruger

4. JUST DESSERTS -- Savannah Reid Mysteries by G.A. McKevett

5. MAID FOR MURDER -- Charlotte LaRue Mysteries by Barbara Colley

6. MURDER ON MONDAY -- Lois Meade Mysteries by Ann Purser

7. MURDER AT THE PTA LUNCHEON -- Susan Henshaw Mysteries by Valerie Wolzien

8. MURDER ON THE MENU -- Cooking Class Mysteries by Miranda Bliss

9. MURDER UNCORKED -- Wine Lover's Mysteries by Michele Scott

10. A PEDIGREE TO DIE FOR -- Melanie Travis Mysteries by Laurien Berenson



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I don't have mine picked out yet but I need to have a front row seat.  I'm short. :p  And don't worry, Cheryl, I won't crack a challenge book until January 1st but you'd better believe that there will be a stack sitting there waiting for me on that fateful day!! :D

1. HE'S DEAD, JIM!  The Dead Cat Bounce by Sarah Graves Completed 1/11/10

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! River of Darkness by Rennie Airth (first in series) Completed 1/16/10

3. HOME SWEET HOME Silver Lies by Ann Parker (set in Leadville, Colorado which is not too far from where I live. This sounded more interesting than a story set in Denver or Boulder.) Completed 1/5/10

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL No Mercy by Lori G. Armstrong Completed 2/1/10

5. ARE WE RELATED? Death at the Crossroads by Dale Furutani (author's first name is my last name) Completed 2/3/10

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS  The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth (set just after WWI) Completed 1/30/10

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! The Yom Kippur Murder by Lee Harris Completed 1/19/10

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS? The White Lioness by Henning Mankell (translated from Swedish) Completed 3/25/10

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Dead and Kicking by Wendy Roberts (she sees ghosts) Completed 1/18/10

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (takes place in Soviet Russia) Completed 1/8/10

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Death On The Orient Express (Hercule Poirot) by Agatha Christie (read it first in the early 80s) Completed 8/1/10

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES The Chocolate Cat Caper by JoAnna Carl Completed 1/17/10

 

 

BONUSES:

Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

1. The Stolen Blue (Read in 2008)

2. Vanishing Point (Completed 4/26/10)

3. Confidence Woman (Completed 5/12/10)

4. Land of Burning Heat (Completed 7/13/10)

5. The Shadow of Venus (Completed 7/21/10)

All of the books listed above are by Judith Van Gieson. I read the first book last year (maybe in 2008) and enjoyed it well enough. I'm not certain that this is truly a dead series but the author has not written a book in the series for six years so...I'm calling it dead! (Hope that's okay!)

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

1. Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie Completed 1/22/10

2. To Shield the Queen by Fiona Buckley Completed 11/15/10

3. Fear on Friday by Ann Purser Completed 3/2/10

4. Secrets on Saturday by Ann Purser Completed 6/8/10

5. The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner Completed 9/?/10 (forgot to post...wasn't thrilled with the book)

6. Eleven Days by Donald Harstad Completed 3/3/10

7. Bloody Mary by J. A. Konrath Completed 11/14/10

8. Murder on Bank Street by Victoria Thompson Completed 12/6/10

9. A Plague on Both Your Houses by Susanna Gregory Completed 11/21/10

10. Murder in Chinatown by Victoria Thompson Completed 12/1/10



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I'll fill in later....

1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)

Sorry, can't reveal this one yet.  I'll be sending it to kkat next.  Tiny little surprise for her.
 

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.

The Case of the Missing Books      Ian Sansom      Done 1/8
 

3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Murder     (New Jersey)

 

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.

Ghastly Glass        Joyce and Jim Lavene
 

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.

Good Friday Murder
 

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)

The Spice Box       Lou Jane Temple
 

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

The New Year's Ever Murder          Lee Harris
 

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRANÇAIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

Three Bags Full          (thanks to someone on the next page.  I didn't know this was translated)
 

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)

The Ghost and Mrs. McClure  and/or  California Demon
 

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.

Black Ice 
 

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.


 

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.

The Chocolate Frog Frame    
 


 



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1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)

Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.

Atlantis by David Gibbins  Finished 1/20/10

3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.

You Can Run by Carlene Thompson
 

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova Finished 12/10/10

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.

The London Eye Mystery by S. Dowd (main character named Kat) Finished 9/1/10

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)

The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte finished (5-12-10)

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

Murder Under the Mistletoe by Jennifer Jordan Finished (12-15-10)
 

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

The Last Pope by Luis Miguel Rocha (originally in Spanish)
 

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke Finished 2/6/10
 

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.

The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry (set in Denmark, Austria and other areas) Finished 5/10/10
 

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.

The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie Finished 3/16/10

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.

Chocolate Chip Murder by Joanne Fluke Finished 4/16/10

 BONUSES:

Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

Sir John Fielding Mysteries by Bruce Alexander (I started it for the 2009 challenge but didnt finish, hopefully I can for 2010)

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

                 I will either read 10 Agatha Christie books that I have on my shelf, or the rest of the Alex Cross books by James Patterson or a mix of    

  1. Seven Dials Mystery
  2. Ordeal by Innocence
  3. Takenat the Flood
  4. The Big Four
  5. Mysterious Affair at Styles
  6. The Clocks
  7. Evil under the Sun
  8. The Man in the Brown Suit
  9. Dumb Witness
  10. Third Girl

               both, since there are only 7 of the Alex Cross books that have been on my shelf for a year.



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I will add my titles later.  Looking forward to this!

1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)


 

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.

Invitation to Murder (Card-Making Mystery Bk 1) by Elizabeth Bright (Finished 1/16/2010)

3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.


 

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.


Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum Bk 15) byJanet Evanovich (Finished 3/20/2010)

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.


 

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)


 

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

Holiday Grind (Coffeehouse, Bk 8) by Cleo Coyle (Finished 5/7/2010)

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.


 

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)


 

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.


 

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.


 

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.


 

 

 

BONUSES:


 

Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.



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1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)

Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert - DONE (May)

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.

Murder on the Eiffel Tower by Claude Izner DONE (March)

3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.

Mama Does Time by Deborah Sharp, first in the Mace Bauer series (Florida) DONE (April)

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.

The Reisling Retribution by Ellen Crosby published 8/09  DONE (January)

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.

Going to need to tweek this one by one letter so I can stick within my tbr pile, so it's going to be Miss JuliA Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross

Did not get this one finished, the month of December just flew by. : (

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)

The Bohemian Murders by Dianne Day set in 1906, both books set in California's Bay Area. DONE (August)

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

Star Spangled Murders by Leslie Meier - DONE (July)

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, first published in Swedish. DONE (June)

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)

Crazy for You by Kate Angell DONE (September)

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles. DONE (November)

The Girl Who Played With Fire, set in Sweden. (had to change this one, couldn't locate my original pick, and due to company, all my books were moved to storage, so in order to meet the challenge, just went with this one)

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.

Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor, the first Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron DONE (October)

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.

The Chocolate Snowman Murders by JoAnna Carl DONE (February)


 BONUSES:

Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.



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1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Died in the Wool by Mary Kruger Finished 3/15

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter FINISHED 4/14

3. HOME SWEET HOME Now You Die by Christaine Heggan Finished 6/10

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett.  (Published . Nov. 2009) FINISHED 1/03

5. ARE WE RELATED? Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie FINISHED 2/17

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Fleece Navidad by Maggie Sefton FINISHED 4/09

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS? The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Finished 2/25

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Ghost Walk by Heather Graham Finished 7/21

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Closed Circle by Robert Goddard Finished 5/26

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder By Joanne Fluke Finished 1/06

BONUSES:

Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.   Finish Deborah Donnelly's 'Wedding Planner' series: Death Takes a Honeymoon (2/10) You May Now Kill the Bride (3/4)

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.


 



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1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title.

A Man Lay Dead, by Ngaio Marsh. Start date: 2/1/10. Finish date: 2/2/10. Rating: 2 1/2 stars.

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.

The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins. Start date: 7/26/10. Finish date: 7/28/10. Rating: 4 1/2 stars.

3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.

Inherent Vice, by Thomas Pynchon (Los Angeles). Start date: 3/13/10. Finish date: 3/27/10. Rating: 2 1/2 stars.

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.

The City and the City, by China MIeville. Start date: 9/19/10. Finish date: 9/20/10. Rating: 4 1/2 stars.

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.

Until Dark, by Mariah Stewart. Start date: 9/30/10. Finish date: 10/2/10. Rating: 2 1/2 stars.

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)

Death Comes as the End, by Agatha Christie (Ancient Egypt). Start date: 6/14/10. End date: 6/14/10. Rating: 3 stars.

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

A Free Man of Color, by Barbara Hambly (Carnival in New Orleans). Start date: 1/11/10. Finish date: 1/13/10. Rating: A strong 4 stars.

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRANCAIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Spanish). Start date:12/26/10. Finish date: 12/31/10. Rating: 3 stars.

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)

Half a Crown, by Jo Walton (Alternate History). Start date: 6/23/10. Finish date: 6/23/10. Rating: 3 1/2 stars.

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.

Dolly and the Bird of Paradise, by Dorothy Dunnett (Madeira). Start date: 8/25/10. Finish date: 8/25/10. Rating: 4 stars.

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.

The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy. Start date: 11/23/10. Finish date: 11/26/10. Rating: 4 1/2 stars.

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.

The Poisoned Chocolates Case, by Anthony Berkeley. Start date: 5/9/10. Finish date: 5/14/10. Rating: 3 1/2 stars.



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1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Dead Men Don't Crochet by Betty Hechtman

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Dead for the Winter by Betsy Thornton

3. HOME SWEET HOME Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamiliton (Upper, Michigan)

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson

5. ARE WE RELATED? All the Lonely People by Geraldine Evans

6. SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Someone to Watch Over Me by Jill Churchill

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! New Year's Eve Murder by Leslie Meier

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRANAIS? Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Dead Men Talking by Casey Daniels

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Norway to Hide by Maddy Hunter

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Madam Will You Talk by Mary Stewart (really comfy!)

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES The Chocolate Snowman Murder by JoAnna Carl

BONUSES:

Bonus 1:

Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

Finish off the Vineyard series by Phillip Craig -

  • Vineyard Prey
  • Dead in Vineyard Sand
  • Vineyard Stalker
  • Vineyard Chill

Bonus 2:

Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

  1. Winter House Carol O'Connell
  2. Cold Springs Rick Riordan
  3. Sins of the Fathers Patricia Sprinkle
  4. Murder Most Strange Del Shannon
  5. Small Towns Can be Murder Connie Shelton
  6. Hung Out to Die Sharon Short
  7. Dead Giveaway Leann Sweeney
  8. Share No Secrets Carlene Thompson
  9. Trouble in Bloom Heather Webber
  10. Dead of Night Randy Wayne White


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1. HE'S DEAD, JIM!   The Dead Cat Bounce-Sarah Graves-Finished 2/2/10

2. NICE TA MEETCHA!   Tilt-A-Whirl-Chris Grabenstein-Finished 1/28/10

3. HOME SWEET HOME   Grave Sight-Charlaine Harris-Finished 2/15/10

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL   U is for Undertow-Sue Grafton-Finished 1/16/10

5. ARE WE RELATED?    Dead Girls are Easy-Terri Garey-Finished 3/14/10

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS   A Poisoned Season-Tasha Alexander-Finished 3/23/10

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Knee High by the Fourth of July-Jess Lourey-Finished 7/3/10

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRANCAIS?   The Shape of Water-Andrea Camilleri-Finished 4/30/10

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY!   The Girl on Legare Street-Karen White-Finished 1/23/10

10.FAR, FAR AWAY    Crocodile on the Sandbank-Elizabeth Peters-Finished 6/16/10

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE One For the Money-Janet Evanovich-Finished 4/3/10

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES    The Poisoned Chocolate Case-Anthony Berkeley-Finished 1/9/10


 BONUSES:

Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you. This may be cheating just a bit but this bonus for me will only have one book. I only have one book left in the Kat Colorado series by Karen Kijewski. I don't want to start another dead seriesat this point, so my book is for this category is:

Stray Kat Waltz-Karen Kijewski-Finished 2/20/10

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

  1. The Vanished Man-Jeffery Deaver-Finished 2/12/10
  2. Winter's Child-Margaret Maron-Finished 2/23/10
  3. The Informant-James Grippando-Finished 3/6/10
  4. Hard Row-Margaret Maron-Finished 4/9/10
  5. Void Moon-Michael Connelly-Finished 7/1/10
  6. Echo Burning-Lee Child-Finished 7/10/10
  7. Devil Bones-Kathy Reichs-Finished 8/14/10
  8. North of Clever-Suzann Ledbetter-Finished 9/2/10
  9. And Then There Were None-Agatha Christie-Finished 10/23/10
  10. The Matters at Mansfield-Carrie Bebris-Finished 11/18/10

CHALLENGE COMPLETE!



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Yeah! A new challenge.

1.  He's Dead Jim - Death by Cashmere - Sally Goldenbaum 3/20/10

2.  Nice Ta Meetcha - The Diva Runs Out of Thyme - Krista Davis

3.  Home Sweet Home -Crawlpace by Sarah Graves (Maine)

4.  Ah, That New Book Smell - Stork Raving Mad, A Meg Lanslow Mystery by Donna Andrews

5.  Are We Related?  -

6.  Sinners Not Saints  - The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King 12/10

7.  Have a Holly, Jolly, Halloween -  Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meyers 1/11/10

8.  Parlez-Vous Francais? -

9.  Beam Me Up Scotty - Merry, Merry Ghost by Carolyn Hart   1/28/10

10.  Far, Far Away - Aunt Dimity Down Under - Nancy Atherton 5/10

11.  Like a Comfy Old Shoe - TheCat Who Went Underground - Lilian Jackson Braun

12.  Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes - Chocolate Cupid Killings by Joanna Carl 5/28/10

Bonuses:

Bonus #1  -  Finish off a dead mystery series to the end - Emma Chizzet mysteries by Mary Bowen Hall

  • Emma Chizzit and the Queen Anne Killer
  • Emma Chizzit and the Sacromento Stalker
  • Emma Chizzit and the Napa Nemesis
  • Emma Chizzit and the Mother Lode Maraunder

Bonus #2  -  Read 10 mysteries that have been on your TBR shelf for at least a year -

  1. Crime Brulee - Nancy Fairbanks 2/10
  2. Death by Inferior Design - Leslie Caine
  3. The Nantucket Diet Murders - Virginia Rich
  4. Bake Sale Murder - Leslie Meier 2/10
  5. Murder at Manassas - Michael Kilian
  6. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor - Stephanie Barron 3/5/10
  7. Goodbye Nanny Gray - Susannah Stacey
  8. Murder She Wrote,From RussiaWith Love- Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
  9. The Hydrogen Murder - Camille Minchino
  10. Somethings Cooking - Joanne Pence


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This sounds like lots of fun.

 

1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)

Emily Dickinson is Dead by Jane Langton

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.

Haunted Heirloom by Marjorie Eatock - Completed 4/9/2010

3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.

Must the Maiden Die by Miriam Grace Monfredo

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.

Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge - Completed 4/8/2010

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.

Burning Time by Leslie Glass - Completed 1/7/2010

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)

The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart - Completed 5/2/2010

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell (original in Swedish) - Completed 4/5/2010

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.

Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.

The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley - Completed 4/3/2010

BONUS1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

Brothers of Cain by Miriam Grace Monfredo

Children of Cain by Miriam Grace Monfredo

BONUS 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart - Completed 4/10/2010

The Spanish Cape Mystery by Ellery Queen

Message from Malaga by Helen MacInnes

The Reader is Warned by Carter Dickson

Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear

Firewall by Henning Mankell



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1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?) - Born in Death by J.D. Robb - DONE

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before. - A Bicycle Built for Murder by Kate Kingsbury , Death is in the Air by Kate Kingsbury - DONE

3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state. -Shoot to Thrill byP.J. Tracy DONE

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year. - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson - DONE

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name. - Larger Than Death by Lynne Murray

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII) - A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English. - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson - DONE

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.) - Arousing Suspicions, Satisfaction and Killer Charms by Marianne Stillings - DONE

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles. The first eight books in the Phyrne Fisher series - a historical series featuring a society flapper in 1920's Australia: (1) Cocaine Blues, (2) Flying Too High, (3) Murder on the Ballarat Train, (4) Death at Victoria Dock, (5) The Green Mill Murder, (6) Blood and Circuses, (7) Ruddy Gore and(8) Urn Burial. - DONE


11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken. - The Chocolate Mouse Trap by JoAnna Carl+

BONUSES:

Bonus 1: - Strip Poker by Nancy Bartholomew

Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

Bonus 2:

Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

  1. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur
  2. Kissing Sin by Keri Arthur
  3. Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur
  4. Dangerous Games by Keri Arthur
  5. Embraced by Darkness by Keri Arthur
  6. The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur
  7. The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters
  8. Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur
  9. Bound to Shadows by Keri Arthur
  10. A Murderous Yarn by Monica Ferris
  11. Murder on Moloka'i by Chip Hughes
  12. Creation in Death by J.D. Robb
  13. Mercy Falls by WIlliam Kent Krueger
  14. Cooper River by William Kent Krueger
  15. Salvation in Death by J.D. Robb
  16. Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash by Dixie Cash
  17. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  18. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
  19. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
  20. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
  21. Dead asa Doornail by Charlaine Harris
  22. Undead and Unemployed by MaryJanice Davidson


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My list:

1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! -  Saratoga Longshot by Stephen Dobyns

3. HOME SWEET HOME  - Breakfast at Madeline's by Matt Witten (finished 1/2/10)

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL -  Broken by Karin Slaughter (finished 6/30/10)

5. ARE WE RELATED?  -  The Chocolate Bear Burglary by JoAnna Carl.

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS -  Lady in White by Wilkie Collins.

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRAN?AIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! -  The Third Lynx by Timothy Zahn (finished 1/9/10)

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE -  A Whiff of Death by Isaac Asimov.

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....  -  The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up by JoAnna Carl.

 

Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.



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1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)

2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.

3. HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.

4. AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL Read a new release--a mystery published either in paperback, hardcover or audio within the past year.

5. ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.

6 SINNERS, NOT SAINTS Read a historical mystery that does NOT feature a monk, nun or other religious figure as the main character. ("Historical" in this sense meaning anything before WWII)

7. HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HALLOWEEN! Read a mystery where a holiday is part of the plot. (Any holiday will do!)

8. PARLEZ-VOUS FRANÇAIS? Read a mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)  Doom with a View - Victoria Laurie

10.FAR, FAR AWAY Read a mystery that takes place at a locale NOT on the North American continent, or in the British Isles.

11. LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.

12. CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES....Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.

BONUSES:

Bonus 1: Finish off a 'dead' mystery series to the end--dead meaning either the author has died or has not written a book in the series for at least 5 years. This can entail as few as two books or as many books as a series is long, and can be a series you're partway through or something new to you.

Bonus 2: Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

 

**just marking my spot for now!**



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