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Subject: 2011 Mystery Readers Challenge!! (and discussion)
Date Posted: 12/1/2010 12:01 AM ET
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Here it is!  The 2011 PBS Mystery Challenge!  I have received quite a few suggestions from regular forum participants and I have stolen mercilessly from our previous challenge organizer (you know who you are, Spuddie!) In so doing, I hope that I have come up with a challenge that will keep us all busy, entertained, and satisfied.

As with our two previous challenges, the purpose of this exercise is to have fun and broaden our reading horizons.  Some of the categories below will seem familiar and others are new.  There are no real rules except that you should not ?double dip? or use one book to complete two categories.  No one is keeping track and there are no prizes. Read at your own pace and complete the categories in any order you choose.  Be sure to let us know when you read an outstanding book!  Lists are meant to be edited.

This thread will serve as the gathering place for all challenge conversations.  If you have suggestions for authors, or if you are having difficulty finding books to fulfill a requirement, post HERE and someone will come to your aid.  As with the previous years, there will be another thread for posting (and editing) your challenge lists.

Without further adieu:  The 2011 Mystery Challenge!

1. AND THE AWARD GOES TO?.  Read a mystery that has won a literary award within the past five years. This could be an Agatha, an Edgar, a Shamus, a Lefty?any of the major (or minor) awards given for books in this genre.  (SYKM has a comprehensive list of awards.)

2.   THOSE WERE THE DAYS:  Read a mystery from the Golden Age of Mysteries. Generally speaking these are mysteries written in the 1920s and1930s.

3.  ONE, TWO THREE:  Read a mystery that has a number in the title.  The number can be numeric (1, 2, 3?) or written out (four, five, six). Cardinal or ordinal numbers are fine.

4. THE NATIVE SON (OR DAUGHTER):  Read a mystery by an author who was born in the state, province or country where you were born.

5.  LET?S START AT THE VERY BEGINNING:  Read the first book in a mystery series that is new to you.  Take this opportunity to delve into a new subgenre!

6. DON?T MAKE ME GO ALL MEDIEVAL ON YA!  Read an historical mystery set in medieval times (from the 5th to the 15th century)

7. SNUGGLE UP WITH YOUR FAVORITE COZY:  Read the next mystery in any cozy series that you have already started.  If you don?t read cozies, now is a good time to give one a try!

8. WE?RE PRACTICALLY TWINS:  Read a mystery by an author who has the same first and last initials as you.

9. NEW KID ON THE BLOCK:  Read a mystery by a first time author that has been published since January 2010.

10. THE GREAT WHITE NORTH, EH?  Read a mystery by a Canadian author that is also set in Canada.  Pick your favorite province!

11. SCOOBY, IS THAT YOU?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it?ghost, zombies, vampires etc. 

12. GLORY DAYS:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school.

 

BONUSES:

BONUS ONE: Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title.

BONUS TWO: Around the World in At Least Five Continents:  Read at least five books that are set on five different continents.  Extra credit to those who read seven books!



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Date Posted: 12/1/2010 8:48 AM ET
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Well, I already have a question about the Bonus #1.  Does that mean read one book for each of the seven colors?  One book with red in the title, one with orange, one with yellow, etc.?  (Not choosing one color and then reading 7 books with that same color in the title?)

And as for Bonus #2, I already read a mystery set in Antartica last year!  Now I have to see if there's another one.

Great challenge, LeeAnne!

Diane



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Date Posted: 12/1/2010 9:12 AM ET
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These challenges are new to me..Im going to make my list and try alot of the ones that you have listed above.

I love cozies!  Its going to be fun reading new series and authors.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 12/1/2010 10:09 AM ET
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Hey Diane, thanks for the kudos.  Whenever I do something like this, I always feel exposed and inadequate.  It's nice to know that I've done well by at least one person! LOL!

My intent with Bonus One is that you find a book with each color of the rainbow in the title...a red title, an orange title, a yellow title etc.  I HAVE looked into this and it CAN be done! :D  If people have different interpretations, that's okay but my intention was for seven different colors (the colors of the ROY G. BIV!) and for my list, I am going to have a different color in each title.

Date Posted: 12/1/2010 10:14 AM ET
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Great List!  I LOVE the bonuses!!  This is going to be fun.  Now to start hunting down books.....

 

Thank you LeeAnne!!!

Date Posted: 12/1/2010 11:21 AM ET
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This is going to be a great challenge!  Thanks, LeeAnne, for all your work.

I did the challenge for the first time this year and really enjoyed it.  While I am one book short for the original list, I consider it a success because I found many new authors and series that I probably never would have discovered (and once I started a new series, I HAD to read the whole thing LOL).

I'm looking forward to this new challenge.

Carol

Date Posted: 12/1/2010 11:41 AM ET
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I just joined in Sept. Have already read many new authors to me but I am going to try and meet the chalange. Sure that I will read many more new authors.

Date Posted: 12/1/2010 2:49 PM ET
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This will be the first challenge of this type I have ever done.  Looking forward to it.   Thanks LeeAnne for taking this on.

Date Posted: 12/1/2010 3:03 PM ET
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Sounds good, LeeAnn.  Great job!  Now I'll need to get busy finding the books! 

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Date Posted: 12/1/2010 6:00 PM ET
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I like the catagories LeeAnn. I have have to alter a few to fit my 2 book cases of of mysteris. I don't have my initials book AJ but I have my motherer AT so that will have to do.  I searched and searched for one from my graduation year from high school, 1981. I finally found 1 but it works:)

Alice



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Date Posted: 12/1/2010 7:44 PM ET
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Awesome challenge, LeeAnne.  I can't wait to get started searching for books.  The bonuses will be the biggest challenge for me.  I have had a hard time getting into the few foreign mysteries I've read but I will try some new ones in 2011.  The colors will be interesting......  Unfortunately, work and family are going to keep me pretty busy until after Christmas.  Come January 1, I hope to have a lot more time to read.  Thanks so much for coming up with such a fun category list!!

Date Posted: 12/1/2010 7:50 PM ET
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Count me in! I love mysteries, though not much of a cozy reader. Great categories and bonuses! Looking forward to this, LeeAnne!

Date Posted: 12/1/2010 7:52 PM ET
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Do audio books count?  Last year all my challenge books were paper and I don't remember if this question ever came up?  I actually have the first Rex Stout book, Fer De Lance, in audio on it's way to me now.

Date Posted: 12/1/2010 7:56 PM ET
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Hey, Terri, if you notice, the 2nd bonus (Around the World...) is for books set in other countries, not necessarily books written by people of those countries/continents and translated to English.  Obviously, if you want to read a book that has been translated to English, that is your choice but I think you can find plenty of books written by native English speakers that are set abroad.  For myself, I know that I am going to have problems with finding a book set in South America. Well...finding one that I want to read!! :)

Subject: International Mysteries
Date Posted: 12/1/2010 9:25 PM ET
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Argentina:  Needle in a Hay Stack by Ernesto Mallo.  I've not read it so cannot vouch for it; it's on my WL.

Peru:   Red April by Santiago Roncaglilo

This link may be helpful:  http://www.sldirectory.com/libsf/booksf/mystery/internat.html



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Date Posted: 12/1/2010 9:50 PM ET
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This challenge looks FUN!  Good job, LeeAnne!  Some of the categories I have ideas for and others are going to take a little searching, so that's perfect.  Now to start pondering books!

Date Posted: 12/1/2010 9:55 PM ET
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Count me in!  Already got my books up. 

Alice - I went to Wikipedia to help me with my initials. You can search for mystery writers by name and they will give you a list.  Otherwise, I couldn't come up with ANYTHING!!!

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Good web site, Valerie!  That should help.

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 12:27 AM ET
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Thanks, LeeAnne!  I am searching through my TBR pile instead of going to bed. LOL

Love your list but can't figure out why I have all these books with "blue" in the title but no other colors.

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 7:37 AM ET
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Ha!  Blue and red seems to be the colors of choice among authors of mysteries! smiley

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 8:33 AM ET
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Just skimming at the moment, and have to leave for work in a bit, so will read more carefully and get my lists together this weekend. Looks good, LeeAnne!

@Terri, I should think audio books would count, I consider them "books I've read" so not sure why they wouldn't!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 8:39 AM ET
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Nice link, Valerie. SYRKM has a location Index that is also very useful for such challenges.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/2/2010 10:23 AM ET
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Lori I know there are few mystery writers out there with my initials but I am trying to work off my two book cases full of mysteries so I will adapt as need be. I will buy a few new ones during the year, I always like to try new authors so we will see who comes out new in the mystery world.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 11:21 AM ET
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The only author who came to mind immediately for my initials was Dean Koontz, and although I've read some of his books in the past I didn't want to do one for this challenge.  SYKM had several names but they're all thriller writers except  Diana Killian, so I'm going with her.  (I even seem to remember having one of her books if I can locate it!)

The home state topic is interesting too--I knew Sara Paretsky was from Illinois but didn't know that about Kathy Reichs, Nancy Atherton and Dorothy Cannell.  I like all of these authors so won't have trouble choosing one.

Diane

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 1:13 PM ET
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LeeAnne, thanks for setting this up as it looks like fun. For the last few months I haven't been to able to read anything and being in two challenges in 2011 will really get me going. I have missed reading and am now going to put it right up there to the top of my list, lol.

I had fun searching for my mystery challenge books and some were difficult to find, especially the color ones, but I found them! Most of the authors that I will be reading are new to me, so that will be interesting.  Also, I have never read a medieval mystery book and my major in college was history!The only mystery book that I have read set in another country was the first Aunt Dimity book, so the 2nd bonus category will also be interesting. I have already ordered some books from members and they are on their way.

Counting the days until January 1st, when I can start this fun challenge. smiley

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