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Subject: 2010 Mystery Readers Challenge
Date Posted: 12/3/2009 9:43 AM ET
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For 2010, I expanded things a little, as some of you suggested. Instead of 10 categories, there will be 12, which averages out to one per month, plus a couple of bonuses. You'll recognize that some of the categories are the same as last year, some are similar but slightly different, and a few are totally new. Thanks to all for the suggestions, ideas, and comments that helped me put this together.


The object is to expand our horizons and have some fun. There is no hurry--you have the entire calendar year 2010 to complete the Challenge, and you're completing this on your honor. There's no  competition and no prizes, except the satisfaction of completing a Challenge. There aren't really any rules except the conditions outlined in each category, except any rules you impose on yourself. (For example, using only books from your own TBR, not library books.) You can complete these in any order, as quickly or as slowly as you like. Please do not use the same book to meet requirements for more than one category within this Challenge--although you certainly can overlap books with other Challenges if you want to.


There will be another thread posted that will be used solely for your lists and your updates as you complete categories--in order to keep that thread cleaner, try to put all discussion about books, authors, suggestions for the various categories, etc. here in this thread, please.


And now....(drum roll please)....the 2010 PBS Mystery Challenge!


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.

 

Have fun!

Cheryl

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/3/2009 10:19 AM ET
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Nice Job Cheryl very good variety here. We should have fun with it.

Alice

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Date Posted: 12/3/2009 10:35 AM ET
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Does any one know an author or main character with the first name Alice (no Alice in Wonderland comments, I hate that book). Seems like one of our more famous authors (pen named) is orifinally Alice.

I actually found one on shelf that I have never read The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimerly. Glad I don't need to order another book.

Alice



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Date Posted: 12/3/2009 11:10 AM ET
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I am in - Loved the challenge last year.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 6:20 PM ET
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Woohoo!!  Great challenge!  I do believe I'm up to that challenge!  Thanks, Cheryl!

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 9:24 PM ET
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Great job with the new mystery challenge!  I love it!

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 10:15 PM ET
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I joined PBS part way into the year and thought about starting the 2009 challenge late, but decided not to.  I am in for the 2010 challenge though.  Is mystery and thriller interchangable in the challenge? I know some mysteries can be thrillers, and not all thrillers are mysteries, and who catagorizes which is which anyway?  OK   - I am done rambling on.



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Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 12/3/2009 10:31 PM ET
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Well I need help with two categories.

5. R We Related category. I have no idea of a book to read. My maiden and married last names dont exsist as authors or characters, I have been looking. My first name is pretty common. Kathleen (Kat). I found a couple of mystery authors named Kat. Not sure what their books are like though.  Any suggestions? I like cozy mysteries, as well as spy type and detective books. I get really turned off by bad writing and too much sex. I dont read a lot of romance and prefer my mysteries to  be about mysteries. ;) Does anyone know of good mystery authors or characters named Kathleen or Kat or Kathy?

12. CH-Ch-Ch-Changes: I know there are a lot of cozy mysteries out there with food in the titles. Which ones do any of you highly recomend?

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 10:36 PM ET
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Since the kkkkkat's here (and she didn't bother to let me know about this, mind you!!!!)  I'll give it a whirl.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 10:43 PM ET
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Kathleen - There is a cozy mystery author named Cathy Pickens (spelled differently but it's still Cathy!)  She writes a series called Southern Fried.  I've never read any of her books, but I have a couple on my TBR.  Another author, Kathy Reichs, has a series about a female forensic anthropologist.  Naturally, I haven't read hers either but have them on my TBR.  LOL

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 10:48 PM ET
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I just had a lot of fun finding a book using my name--found a few authors I had never heard of, and added some books to my reminder list in the process.  I thought I was going to have to bow out of the #12 category, ("ch") because I just have no interest at all in the food cozy series.  But, I found an old book from a favorite author that fits--The Cherry Blossom Corpse by Robert Barnard.  Wouldn't you know I have about 20 Barnard books, but not that one, so I'll be ordering that one and the Diane author.

Kat, I just looked at the Kathleen authors available on PBS and found many choices, a lot of them look like cozies.



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Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 12/3/2009 10:57 PM ET
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Thanks everyone.

Kim, I have a Kathy Reichs book on my Reminder List. Forgot all about her. Thanks!!

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 11:24 PM ET
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I'm drawing a blank on #5, too.  My last name doesn't exist (it's basically us, three families in Pakistan, one in Argentina, and not a mystery writer among them) in mystery world.  My first name is Carolyn and I usually don't really like cozies.  Can someone recommend something?

I guess I could always re-read a Nancy Drew book!

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 11:44 PM ET
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Good to see so many here already! Alice sent me a PM and asked if it would be okay if we do like the HF challenge folks did and make a separate post for each category for discussion, suggestions, etc. so this thread doesn't get too long and cluttery over the months. I said, "great idea!" so I've let Alice know to go ahead and do that. Not that my permission is required anyhoo--I'm not the Empress of the Challenge or anything. ;)

I think it will be easier if we have one person do those, so I'm sure when Alice gets time she'll have them up and running. I'm short on time at the moment--and the first thing I need to do is figure out which books I'm going to choose for the challenge. Unfortunately, I wasn't smart enough to think ahead and choose categories that I could immediately think of books from my bookshelf to slot in each category. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 8:22 AM ET
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If I had to go with a Carolyn author I would choose Carolyn Coker, who has a series of art expert mysteries.  I have the first two and they look good, but I must admit I haven't read them yet--they don't look like cozies.  If I remember correctly Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand series is about a bookstore--but those are definitely cozies.  I think I read the first 5 or so, quite a while ago.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 8:51 AM ET
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Kathleen, Karen Kijewski had a series (1988-1998) that revolved around Kat Colorado, a bar-tending private investigator, in Sacramento, California. The first book in the series, Katwalk, won the 1990 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and the 1990 Shamus Award for Best First Novel.

Another Carolyn author is Carolyn Haines. There are nine books in her Southern Belle mysteries, set in Zinnia, Mississippi.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 11:56 AM ET
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Oh fluffy lambie you are soooooo funny! Honestly it never occured to me with as many swaps as we are in that you would do a challenge too!

Kathleen - I have not read the Southern Fried series but they are on my shelf and I heard from family that they are good. The Kathy Reiches series is like the show BONES on TV - the books are NOT cozies - I have read a few but perfer the show.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 12:40 PM ET
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The Carolyn Coker books look like something I might like - thanks!  I just ordered the first one.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 1:47 PM ET
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Well, I filled in all the categories that I'm going to decide on now.  There are 4-5 of them that I left as TBD because I have a large number of books that will fit so I'll just pick one later.  It was fun deciding on these, and now I'm going to start going through every else's lists so I can add yet more books to my reminder list.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 5:15 PM ET
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I'll never be able to find a book for the are we related....lol.  My first name doesn't exist anywhere.  My maiden name and my married name are just as obscure it seems.  Maybe I could use my first married name........

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Date Posted: 12/4/2009 6:54 PM ET
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Melanie there's Melani Blazer on Fantastic Fiction.  I can't tell if she writes mysteries though.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 7:56 PM ET
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Geri - I thought of her, but as far as I know, she only writes paranormal and/or erotica. I saw her book one night at a bookstore and I HAD to email her to see if she pronounced her name the same as me, but alas, she pronounces it just like Melanie.  I DID however find a series with a character named Melanie. I figure I can get credit for it right?  I mean it's not MY fault my mom spelled my name funny AND pronounced it oddly (It's MuhLANEknee)

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 11:47 PM ET
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I've never run across an author with my first name and I KNOW there are not authors with my maiden name.  I can try my maiden name but...I'm not gonna hold my breath!

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 1:47 AM ET
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I enjoyed the first Southern Fried book I read, but not so much the second one.  I don't think I read them in order though.
I hate when I do that!!

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Date Posted: 12/5/2009 7:24 AM ET
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Leanne,

If you go to search in top right of the pages here and type in Leanne a bunch of authors will come up. I don't know if they are mystery authors you will have to check it out.

Alice

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