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Subject: 2013 Mystery Challenge Topics & Discussion
Date Posted: 11/11/2012 5:08 PM ET
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Some of these topics you will remember from years past and some are new.  It is a combined effort of Geri (mostly) and me.  Remember "Stop You're Killing Me" has a "Job Index" that might prove useful with a couple of the categories.  They also have lists of most all "Award Winners".  Hope you find this challenging enough, while finding many of the books right on your TBR shelves.

 1.   Gnu to me!  Read a mystery written by an author "new" to you.

 2.   Older than me!  Read a mystery that was written prior to your birth.

 3.   History lesson anyone?  Read a mystery set during, or before, WWII.

 4.   A long road home...  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long.

 5.   Whooo are you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element, ghost, zombies, vampires, etc.

 6.   Puss, Boots and the duck...  Read a mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.

 7.   Shiny new!  Read a new release --something published within the past year.

 8.   What's up Doc?  Read a mystery with a medical setting.

 9.   Exotic vacation... Read a mystery set in an exotic location.  Anywhere other than the USA, Canada or the U.K.

10.  My bloody Valentine!  Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.

11.  And the award goes to...  Read a 2012 or 2013 award nominated or winning mystery.

12.  Good to see you again...  Read an author that you always enjoy.

 

BONUS ONE --- COLORFUL YOU BEAUTIFUL (easy!)

Read 6 books that have a color in the title.

 

BONUS TWO ---  POTPOURRI  (not so easy!)

 1.   Legal Beagle???  Read a mystery with an attorney/legal storyline.

 2.   First time author!  Read a debut mystery from 2012.  You choose the author.

 3.   Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor,

       Nun, Shaman, etc.

 4.   Who am I?  Read a mystery with a genealogist doing the sleuthing.

 5.   Blazing saddles...  Read a mystery with a firefighter or arson investigator.

 6.   DIY...  Read a mystery that involves home repair or interior decorating.



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/11/2012 6:21 PM ET
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We're a smidge early this year.  This is the 2013 Challenge and hopefully you can clean some books off your TBR.

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Date Posted: 11/11/2012 10:37 PM ET
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I am getting ready for this one!!!!!!!! Mary
Date Posted: 11/11/2012 11:21 PM ET
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Mary --- I am just so happy you are feeling like doing the Challenge.  I bet your little dogs were very happy when you got home from Houston!!!  I know mine are always very excited to see us if we go away, even for a few days.

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Date Posted: 11/11/2012 11:45 PM ET
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Yes, Becky They went crazy. My sister stayed with them. Tulip is now asking for a drink from my glass (new trick). I learned that she had her own glass bedside each night. Of course Tulip slept on bed being the Princess that she is. Iris is sleeping next to my houseshoes, directly where I step each morning. These 2are taking NO CHANCES of me disappearing again. I had never left them for 2 wks and this time Dan (husband) was gone too. I am feeling good, except for pain. Tomorrow I see MD for pain refills. Hopefully, she will allow me to have what I need. I am NOT a pill junkie, so only take enough to squeek by the pain. Looking forward to the extra timeto READ. Yes!!!!!
Date Posted: 11/12/2012 9:32 AM ET
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I know how it is with puppies who are glad to have "mom" back! You sound wonderful Mary and I'm sure that your doc will give you what you need - that was no small surgery you had!

Date Posted: 11/12/2012 2:41 PM ET
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OK...I'm in!  As always, I could complete it with the books I've read this year!!! LOL  But, the search is half the fun!

Date Posted: 11/12/2012 2:45 PM ET
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I'm in too. Looks fun--good categories!

Still need to finish up the 2012 challenge.  Just have a few categories left for that one, but have been reading other books lately.  We'll see if I finish 2012 challenge, still don't have a book for the "gem" category but the others I do have--just need to read them!

Date Posted: 11/12/2012 2:56 PM ET
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Great list, Becky & Geri!  I'm looking forward to finding books for this challenge.



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Date Posted: 11/12/2012 3:30 PM ET
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I have a question about #12 - Good to see you again, Re-read an author that you always enjoy

Does this mean to read a new book by the author, or read one from the author that you have read already?   Thanks!

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/12/2012 4:46 PM ET
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Jonathan Harrington has a genelogical series, just three books but the researh is done more in Ireland than the US and fun.

Joy I think you could go either way with #12.  I was going to re-read but I think I like your idea of reading something by an author you know.  I've got some stand alones by authors I like. 

Date Posted: 11/12/2012 5:11 PM ET
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This is so funny.  For #12, I thought it meant read a "new to you " book by a favorite author!!!!!   So I think it means either one --- re-read or read new!!!

Glad to see folks signing up for next year!!!

Date Posted: 11/12/2012 5:46 PM ET
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Saved my place on the lists post.  I hope to do better in 2013, LOL

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/12/2012 5:50 PM ET
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I was the one who picked the genealogical job description.  In SYKM there are 10 authors who have written books in that line and I've read eight of the series!  I had no idea.  At least I've found a new to me author and something in that job category.  Plus it's now on my wish list and last posted last week!  Crossing fingers I'll get it within the year.

I've been thumbing through my TBR, one advantage to having lots of books in the house, I found everything but two right here on my shelves!  learing up the TBR in 2013!!!

 

Date Posted: 11/12/2012 9:50 PM ET
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Okay I am going to whine about Category #11.  I know, I know ---- I am co-author ---- I can still whine and we may even need to make a little change!!!  In looking for books that actually WON an award.  In several of the awards, the books were actually written in 2011 and awarded in 2012.  So to actually have a book that wins an award for 2013, it will be awarded in 2014 in some of the cases.  I am sure my co-author will chime in on this one as well.

My other whine about award winners in general is that there are so many SERIES books that WIN the BEST category.  So if you have not read all of the previous books in whatever the series may be, you have to either read like a fanatic and catch up, or read the winner out of order. 

Okay, no more whining.

Date Posted: 11/13/2012 2:23 AM ET
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Been wandering around on SYKM and some other sites and have a few ideas!  Couldn't believe I only found four on my TBR pile...and three of those are WWII!  Put some that had numerous copies available on my RL...if I order them now, I would probably end up reading them before Jan 1! LOL

If anybody is looking for books involving arson, check out Earl Emerson's Mac Fontana series or Suzie Chazen.  Unfortunately (in terms of the challenge), I've read, and enjoyed, both of them.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/13/2012 9:29 AM ET
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Regarding #11 - Since the books were written in 2012 and given the award in 2013 we can accept that.  It's our challenge and we can be flexible.  No one is going to hold a gun to our heads and say this is what must be.  The challenge is supposed to be fun, clean up our TBR if possible.  Maybe introduce us to new authors or a slightly different read than our usual.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/13/2012 9:31 AM ET
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Marla, you could chek out Earl Emerson's stand alones.  They're the same caliber as his series and have firefighters in them.  That's what I'm going with didn't have a genealogist or firefighter on my shelf!

Date Posted: 11/13/2012 10:00 AM ET
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Okay Everyone ---- I simply do not read read paranormal, etc.  I did read "The Historian" years ago which was about Dracula, but for the most part, I do not read those sorts of books.  SO, could some of you chime in with something ghostly, etc. I would really appreciate it.  This is one that is definitely not on my TBR!!!  Thanks for the help.

Date Posted: 11/13/2012 10:12 AM ET
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Becky - you may want to check out a couple of Michael Koryta's stand alones like Cypress House or The Ridge. I'm not a paranormal reader either but I loved these books! They aren't chock full of paranormal activity but there is a hint of something rather eerie going on.....

Date Posted: 11/13/2012 10:43 AM ET
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Thanks Jeanne --- The only Koryta I have on the shelf is "Envy the Night" and it does not look to have any "ghosties" running around!!!!  I will look into the ones you mention.  I have yet to read anything by this author, but I know you recommend him, so I did get the one book I have to try.

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Date Posted: 11/13/2012 11:21 AM ET
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Nice job ladies. I need to get the paranormal challenge up next week while I am on vacation.

Alice

Date Posted: 11/13/2012 11:32 AM ET
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I love mysteries so I think I will try this Challenge! Lots of great categories. Thanks Becky and Geri for doing this. Off to save my spot on the lists forum.

Date Posted: 11/13/2012 11:43 AM ET
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Thanks for putting this up early, ladies! It will give me a chance to plan my reading for next year's challenge.

I don't read cozies if I can help it so some of the Potpourri challenges will not be met, I guess. But good spread overall. Would have liked to see spies included. :) Maybe next time.

Date Posted: 11/13/2012 12:39 PM ET
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Becky--I'm not usually a paranormal reader either.  You might check out Daniel Hecht's Cree Black series.  I read (actually listened to the audio version) of the first book in that series "City of Masks" not too long ago and found myself enjoying it quite a bit.

Here's the description for "City of Masks" from Amazon:

"In City of Masks, the first Cree Black novel, parapsychologist Cree and her partner take a case in New Orleans's Garden District that leaves them fearing for their own lives. The 150-year-old Beauforte House has long stood empty, until Lila Beauforte resumes residence and starts to see some of the house's secrets literally come to life. Tormented by an insidious and violent presence, Lila finds herself trapped in a life increasingly filled with childhood terrors. It takes Cree's unconventional take on psychology and her powerful natural empathy with Lila to navigate the dangerous worlds of spirit and memory, as they clash in a terrifying tale of mistaken identity and murder."

I plan on using the second (or third) book in the series to satisfy the paranormal category.



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