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Subject: 2014 HF Mystery Mini-Challenge~~LISTS ONLY
Date Posted: 10/22/2013 8:50 PM ET
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In keeping with our regular HF challenge, which features game shows, I thought it would be fun to examine the personalities that you find competing in these contests.  Your mini-HF mystery challenge is to read at least six books from the following character categories for a chance to win one credit.  If you feel like a winner, you can read 12 books for a chance at two credits.  This year, if you read all the categories, your name will go into a drawing for a whopping 3 credits!  

Mix and match in any way—use up your TBR pile—and have fun!  This challenge runs from January 1st through December 31st, 2014.  NOTE: If you create your list in advance, please show that you have read a title,either by adding the date read, or telling me how you keep track of titles finished. THANKS!!

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment.

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it.

2.  The main character works with a partner.

3.  The author writes with a partner.

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

2.  The main character was a real person.

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you.

4.  The title is a debut novel.



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I absolutely love this.  You are a clever gal, Vicky.

In keeping with our regular HF challenge, which features game shows, I thought it would be fun to examine the personalities that you find competing in these contests.  Your mini-HF mystery challenge is to read at least six books from the following character categories for a chance to win one credit.  If you feel like a winner, you can read 12 books for a chance at two credits.  This year, if you read all the categories, your name will go into a drawing for a whopping 3 credits!  

Mix and match in any way—use up your TBR pile—and have fun!  This challenge runs from January 1st through December 31st, 2014.

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.Island of Bones by Imogen Robertson- completed 1/20 - 3***

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment.

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it. Dissolution by C J Sansom - finished 7/21 4****

2.  The main character works with a partner.

3.  The author writes with a partner.

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.) The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley - completed 1/16 -  5*****

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft. Veil of Lies by Jeri Westerson - Completed 1/26 4****

2.  The main character was a real person.

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you.

4.  The title is a debut novel. A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger - Completed March 30th - 4****

 


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In keeping with our regular HF challenge, which features game shows, I thought it would be fun to examine the personalities that you find competing in these contests.  Your mini-HF mystery challenge is to read at least six books from the following character categories for a chance to win one credit.  If you feel like a winner, you can read 12 books for a chance at two credits.  This year, if you read all the categories, your name will go into a drawing for a whopping 3 credits!  

Mix and match in any way—use up your TBR pile—and have fun!  This challenge runs from January 1st through December 31st, 2014.  NOTE: If you create your list in advance, please show that you have read a title,either by adding the date read, or telling me how you keep track of titles finished. THANKS!!

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.    The Prioress' s Tale by Margeret Frazer   Finished 9/13/14

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment.

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)  

                                  The Murderer's Tale by Margaret Frazer       Finished  3/17/14

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it.

2.  The main character works with a partner.

3.  The author writes with a partner.

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.   

                               The Outlaw's Tale by Margaret Frazer   Finished 1/17/14

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)

                                The Boy's Tale by Margaret Frazer    Finished 4/21/14

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

2.  The main character was a real person.

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you.

4.  The title is a debut novel.



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Very clever Vicky!

In keeping with our regular HF challenge, which features game shows, I thought it would be fun to examine the personalities that you find competing in these contests.  Your mini-HF mystery challenge is to read at least six books from the following character categories for a chance to win one credit.  If you feel like a winner, you can read 12 books for a chance at two credits.  This year, if you read all the categories, your name will go into a drawing for a whopping 3 credits!  

Mix and match in any way—use up your TBR pile—and have fun!  This challenge runs from January 1st through December 31st, 2014.

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.  The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber  completed 7/23/14

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.  Rest not in Peace by Mel Starr  completed 1/12/14

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.  Sovereign by C.J. Sansom  completed 6/25/14

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.  Revelation by C.J. Sansom  completed 7/20/14

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment.

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it.  Cup of Blood by Jeri Westerson  completed 11/2/14

2.  The main character works with a partner.  India Black and the Gentleman Thief by Carol Carr  completed 7/6/14

3.  The author writes with a partner.

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)  The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith  completed 3/21/14  author won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Child 44

4.  The book has won an award.  In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff  completed  4/30/14  Edgar award winner

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

2.  The main character was a real person.  The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard  completed 10/19/14  Edgar Allan Poe

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)  Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard  completed 2/13/14  Tiny Tim from Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol" 

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.  The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley completed 1/7/14

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you.  The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch   completed 11/20/14

4.  The title is a debut novel.

 


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Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime. The Beggar King by Oliver Potzsch - finished on 6/14/14

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D. Nor Will He Sleep - An Inspector McLevy Mystery by David Ashton - finished on 5/25/14

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.-  Seven For a Secret by Lyndsay Faye - finished on 2/2/14

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something. Shadow of the Alchemist by Jeri Westerson  (loss of the Philosopher's Stone)- finished on 3/2/14

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation. Fatal Enquiry by Will Thomas - finished on 6/7/14

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R. Circle of Shadows by Imogen Robertson finished on 6/22/14

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline. When the Devil Drives by Caro Peacock (Liberty's horse Rancie) - finished on 12/21/14

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment. The Devil's Breath by Tessa Harris - finished on 1/21/2014

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.) 

4.  The title contains an L, K or D. The Regency Detective by David Lassman - finished on 4/30/14

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it. The English Monster: or, The Melancholy Transactions of William Ablass :: Lloyd Shepherd - finished 4/16/14

2.  The main character works with a partner. India Black and The Gentleman Thief by Carol K. Carr - finished on 4/6/14

3.  The author writes with a partner.

4.  The title contains a T, M or P. A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber - finished on 7/29 2014

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.) Why Kings Confess by C S Harris (Sebastian St. Cyr series) finished on 4/1/14

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D. Blackdown by D.M. Mitchell - finished on 7/6/14

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar. The Lazarus Curse by Tessa Harris (MC is a professor of Anatomy) - finished 9/8/14

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.) Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville (Barry Award) finished 12/6/14

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft. The Arnifour Affair by Gregory Harris - finished on 4/11/14

2.  The main character was a real person. 

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’ Stolen Remains by Christine Trent - finished on 9/12/14

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series. Mangle Street Murders by M R C Kasasian - finished on 3/19/14

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you. The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley - finished on 8/12/14

4.  The title is a debut novel.



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I think I'll try my own challenge this time!

 

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.~~Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment.~~Some Danger Involved, by Will Thomas ~~finished 6/7. Llewelyn is almost crucified!

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it.

2.  The main character works with a partner.~~The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard (MC works with Edgar Allen Poe)

3.  The author writes with a partner.

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.~~The Exile of Sara Stevenson by Darci Hannah (Time travel)

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.) 

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)~~The Darkening Glass by Paul Doherty

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.~~To Kingdom Come by Will Thomas~~finished 6/13

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.~~Heresy by S.J. Parris (Oxford)~~finished 1/17

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.~~A Plague on both your houses by Susanna Gregory (Teaches medicine)

3 The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)~~Hush Now, Don't You Cry by Rhys Bowen~~finished 1/21. Bowen has won several awards, the Anthony and the Agatha, but not for this book. This book is not award-worthy.

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

2.  The main character was a real person.~~Prophecy by S.J. Parris (Giordano Bruno)

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)~~Good Night, Mr. Holmes by Carole Nelson Douglas (Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler)

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.~~Death and the Running Patterer by Robin Adair

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you.~~Dissolution by C.J. Sansom

4.  The title is a debut novel.~~The Desperate Remedy by Martin Stephen



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LINDA's list:
 

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.  Vienna Waltz, Teresa Grant - 9/30/14

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.  Person or Persons Unknown, Bruce Alexander - 8/28/14

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something. Shadow of the Alchemist, Jeri Westerson - 3/14/14

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.  Revenger, Rory Clements - 8/2/14

4.  The title contains an O, E or L. 

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment. Roman Blood, Steven Saylor - 7/10/14

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.  Why Kings Confess, C. S. Harris - 3/9/14

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it.

2.  The main character works with a partner.

3.  The author writes with a partner.  Search the Dark, by Charles Todd (a mother/son writing team)  1/2/14

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.  His Majesty's Hope, Susan Elia MacNeal - 2/13/14

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.) Secret of the White Rose, Stefanie Pintoff - 7/13/14

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.   Cup of Blood, Jeri Westerson - 7/25/14

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.  Heresy, S. J. Parris - 7/6/14

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

2.  The main character was a real person.

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.) Dust and Shadow, Lyndsay Faye - (Sherlock is a character) - 3/11/14

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series. Gold Digger, Vicki Delany - 2/8/14

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you.  Unquiet Bones, Mel Starr - 10/24/14

4.  The title is a debut novel.



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Your mini-HF mystery challenge is to read at least six books from the following character categories for a chance to win one credit.  If you feel like a winner, you can read 12 books for a chance at two credits.  This year, if you read all the categories, your name will go into a drawing for a whopping 3 credits! 

KELLY's list:
 

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for somethingThe Black Country, Alex Grecian, 3/5, 13 Feb. William Day and his Sergeant, Nevil Hammersmith have been sent to a small village in England's coal country to find out what happened to three missing people - one of them just a small child. Book was interesting and I enjoyed it, but too OTT with some of the plot developments.

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.  Why Kings Confess, C.S. Harris; 4.5/5, 23 Mar. Sebastian & Hero's black cat shows up in several scenes and is even threatened by the bad guy. This mystery swirls around the exiled Bourbons, several murders and lots of London fog. Very good, but I think a couple of loose ends were unsatisfactorily resolved. However, a love interest for Paul Gibson and a new baby boy for Sebastian & Hero! Love Sebastian St. Cyr!

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment.

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.) On the Wrong Track, Steve Hockensmith; 3.5/5, 8 Feb. Author was an Edgar Award Finalist for this first book, Holmes on the Range. This is the 2nd book in the mystery series featuring the two brothers: Old Red & Big Red. Fun, enjoyable books.

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it. Revenger, Rory Clements; 4.5/5, 29 Sep. The 2nd John Shakespeare book. John Shakespeare is back, this time working for Sir Robert Cecil, and working under cover for The Earl of Essex. First mystery - Eleanor Dare, of the Roanoke Colony. Can she really be back in England? Second mystery - who all is involved in the conspiracy to wed the Earl of Essex to Arbella Stuart and thus secure the crown? Also, who is McGunn and what drives him in his merciless thirst for blood?

2.  The main character works with a partner Mortal Arts, Ann Lee Huber, 2.5/5, 17 Sep. Second book in the Lady Darby series and the last one I will be reading. These books are tedious to get through and whatever chemistry is between Sebastian Gage & Lady Darby and however interesting the plot might be, it is not enough to get around the writing style and first person thought processes for me to continue this series.

3.  The author writes with a partner. A Robin Paige book?

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.

2.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)  The Demon's Parchment, Jeri Westerson, 3.5/5, 6 Sep. This series is interesting enough to keep me reading; but just barely. In this one - 3rd in the series - Crispin is trying to solve a serial murder case and also recover missing ancient Hebrew documents.

3.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college townAn Air of Treason, P.F. Chisholm, 4.5/5, 6 Sep. Set in and around Oxford in 1592, during a progress of Queen Elizabeth. Sir Robert Carey is tasked by his cousin/nephew to solve the mystery of Amy Dudley's death once and for all. Wonderful book as are all the Sir Robert Carey books!

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar Princess Elizabeth's Spy, Susan Elia MacNeal, 4/5, 6 Oct. Second Maggie Hope mystery. Maggie is a math scholar and has the job with MI-Six because of her sharp mind and mathematical abilities. In this one, she is sent to Windsor Castle to guard the young Princesses from kidnapping (or worse) by people sympathetic to Hitler & the Nazis.

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.) The Light in the Ruins, Chris Bohjalian, 4.5/5, 28 Jul. Set in both 1943/44 & 1955, Florence, Italy. Enjoyed the skillful way the author tied together murders, the victims' family, the detective and the past that linked them all together.

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft. Cup of Blood, Jeri Westerson, 4.5/5, 28 Jul. The prequel to the Crispin Guest series and a very good book! Theft and infidelities abound as Crispin tries to discover who poisoned a fallen Templar Knight, stabbed an apothecary, and stole the Holy Grail! 

2.  The main character was a real person.

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)  The Black Dove, Steve Hockensith 3.5/5, 12 Nov. Old Red (the older brother of our detective team) is a Sherlock Holmes devotee and studies his methods, quotes his advice and tries to pattern himself after Sherlock. Black Dove is the 3rd book of the series, set in San Francisco' Chinatown.

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.  Martyr, Rory Clements, 4.5/5, 19 Sep. The first John Shakespeare book. In this one intelligencer John Shakespeare (older brother to William) is tasked by Sir Francis Walsingham to protect the life of Sir Francis Drake. His foe is a skilled and ruthless assassin! Very good. Immediately read the 2nd book in the series.

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you.

4.  The title is a debut novel.



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Here is my spot

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.

The Parish Affair by Teresa Grant done Sept 27th

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.

Rest Not in Peace by Mel Starr done 3/30

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

Raiders of the Nile by Steven Saylor done 4/9

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

       India Black and Gentleman Thief by Carol K Carr (puppies) done 1/26

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment.

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

The Prime Minister's Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal done 7/16

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it.

2.  The main character works with a partner.

Imperial Scandal by Teresa Grant done 6/23

3.  The author writes with a partner.

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.

Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause by Mignon F. Ballard done 8/1

 

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)

              A Dangerous Affair (Liberty Lane, Bk 2) :: Caro Peacock done 1/27

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.

Delia'a Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer done 10/15

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen done 10/1

4.  The book has won an award.

The Impersonator by Mary Miley done 10/13

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

2.  The main character was a real person.

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.

Murder at Hatfield House (Elizabethan Mystery, Bk 1) :: Amanda Carmack  done1/9

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you.

The Light in the ruins by chris Bohjalian done 10/31

4.  The title is a debut novel.



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12/23/2014:  23 books completed

Me too!  Read at least six books from the following character categories for a chance to win one credit.  If you feel like a winner, you can read 12 books for a chance at two credits.  This year, if you read all the categories, your name will go into a drawing for a whopping 3 credits!  

Mix and match in any way—use up your TBR pile—and have fun!  (Including my vintage mysteries even though they may not meet a strict interpretation of what makes historical fiction.)  This challenge runs from January 1st through December 31st, 2014.

Reminder to me:  Check out the medieval mysteries by Susanna Gregory. 

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event:   Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear, 1/16/2014, 3.5 stars

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime:  The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters (minstrel accused of robbery and murder), 3/30/2014, 4 stars

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D:  Favorite Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton, 8/8,2014, 4 stars

4.  The title contains an S, P or R: Circle of Shadows by Stefanie Pintoff, 1/30/2014, 5 stars

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something:  Special Assignments by Boris Akunin (One of the key villians robs his victims of 'outrageous' sums of money), 2/15/2014, 4 stars.

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation:  Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexander (newlywed Lady Emily is shot during an investigation of a series of murders.)  6/12/2014, 4 stars

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R:  What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris, 9/20/2014, 4.5 stars.

4.  The title contains an O, E or L:  Lord of the Silent by Elizabeth Peters, 4 stars, 3/15/20148/17/2014, 4 stars.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline:  Why Kings Confess by C.S. Harris, in process ((Sebastian and Hero's black cat), 8/17/2014, 4 stars.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment:  Eye of the Raven by Eliot Pattison, 4 stars, 10/18/2014  

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)  A Right to Die by Rex Stout, 1/30/2014, 4 stars.

4.  The title contains an L, K or D:   The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear, 9/9/2014, 3 stars

Team Player

1.  The story line has more than one mystery in it:  An Unholy Alliance by Susanna Gregory, (murder and blackmail), 9/30/2014, 4 stars.

2.  The main character works with a partner:   The Alienist by Caleb Carr ( New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore, his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist," and Sara Howard, a brave and determined woman who works as a secretary in the police department form a team to find a murderer.)

3.  The author writes with a partner:  The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers with Robert Eustace, 3/24/2014, 3 stars

4.  The title contains a T, M or P:  Murder in the North End by P.B. Ryan, 1/20/2014, 3.5 stars

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative:  The Outlaw's Tale by  Margaret Frazer

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.):  How It Was for Billy Nelson by Jean Ameluxen, 3/8/2014, 3 stars 

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.):  A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny, 5/2014, 4 stars.   

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D:   Murder in the Bastille by Cara Black, 1/15/2014, 3.5 stars

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town:  Heresy by S.J. Parris (Oxford), 8/7/2014, 5 stars

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar:  A Bone of Contention (Matthew Bartholomew Bk 3) by Susanna Gregory.  

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.):   A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King (Edgar award winner)

4.  The book has won an award:  The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison (Edgar award), 12/26/2014, 4.5 stars.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft:   Murder on the Lusitania by Conrad Allen (ship's blueprints stolen, violin, purse, and clock stolen), 7/21/2014, 4 stars

2.  The main character was a real person:  Trial by James Patterson & Richard Dilallo (mystery about JP's grandfather), in process.

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.):  O Jerusalem by Laurie King 

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’  The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series:  The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, Bk 1) by Laurie R. King, 7/25/2014, 4.5 stars

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case:  The Alehouse Murders - Templar Knight, Bk. 1 by Maureen Ash (hero returning home to recuperate from the Crusades is asked to assist in investigating several murders.)
3.  The author is new to you:  Beacon Street Mourning by Dianne Day, 1/2014, 4 stars.

4.  The title is a debut novel:  The House at Riverton by Kate Morton, 4/10/2014, 4.5 stars

 
 


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Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event. Attila: The Judgement by William Napier 11/08/14

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime. Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip Margolin 2/21/14

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.  Sundance by David Fuller 5/10/14

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.  Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer 2/12/14

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something. Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer 4/06/14

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation. Why Kings Confess by C.S. Harris 5/14/14

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks 6/25/14

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.) The Tilted World by Tom Franklin 5/16/14

4.  The title contains an L, K or D. The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry 6/10/14

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it. Leadville by James Best 2/13/14

2.  The main character works with a partner.  A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch 9/08/14

3.  The author writes with a partner.

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.  The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch 11/12/14

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon 10/29/14

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.) Dragon's Child by M.K. Hume 11/19/14

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)  Murder at Thumb Butte by James D. Best 11/27/14

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.  The Secret Dead by S. J. Parris 11/28/14

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.  The September Society by Charles Finch 9/22/14

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

2.  The main character was a real person.

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you. I Serve, A Novel of the Black Prince by Rosanne Lortz

4.  The title is a debut novel.



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Saving my spot.

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Marking my spot!

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Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.   The Old Buzzard Had it Coming                   Donis Casey                         06/2014

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.                             The Shimmering Sands                                   Victoria Holt                    04/2014

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves hunting for something.          Murder at Bent Elbow                                     Kate Bryan                      03/2014      

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.                    Her Royal Spyness                                         Rhys Bowen                      02/2014

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.               The Tale of Holly How                       Susan Wittig Albert                 02/2014

2.  The main character escapes death.                            The Revenge of Tom Graben             Van Holt                                  03/2014

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.

Team Player

1.  The story has more than one mystery in it.        Bellfield Hall                                               Anna Dean                         04/2014

2.  The main character works with a partner.

3.  The author writes with a partner.                     Death in Hyde Park                                    Robin Paige                        04/2014

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.                              Murder on the Barbary Coast                      Kate Bryan                       03/2014

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)               The Incident at Badamya                     Dorothy Gilman                 02/2014

3.  The author writes a series                                          Murder on Waverly Place                     Victoria Thompson            01/2014

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.                                 The Boys Tale                                     Margaret Frazer                02/2014

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3.  The author has won an award                           Dorchester Terrace                                        Anne Perry                         02/2014

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.                           Civil Blood                                          Ann McMillan                  02/2014

2.  The main character was a real person.

3.  The author has used a previously (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)    Sherlock Holmes & the Red Demon   Larry Millett                   03/2014

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.                          Dying in the Wool                     Frances Brody                         01/2014

2.  The MC is an amateur sleuth on her first case.        India Black                               Carol K. Carr                          01/2014

3.  The author is new to you.                                        Mortal Arts                              Anna Lee Huber                      02/2014

4.  The title is a debut novel.                                         The Anatomist's Wife            Anna Lee Huber                       01/2014



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SPOT SAVED

 

In keeping with our regular HF challenge, which features game shows, I thought it would be fun to examine the personalities that you find competing in these contests.  Your mini-HF mystery challenge is to read at least six books from the following character categories for a chance to win one credit.  If you feel like a winner, you can read 12 books for a chance at two credits.  This year, if you read all the categories, your name will go into a drawing for a whopping 3 credits!  

Mix and match in any way—use up your TBR pile—and have fun!  This challenge runs from January 1st through December 31st, 2014.

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment.

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it.

2.  The main character works with a partner.

3.  The author writes with a partner.

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

2.  The main character was a real person.

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you.

4.  The title is a debut novel.

 
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I'm choosing one book from each category for a total of 8

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment.

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it.

2.  The main character works with a partner.

3.  The author writes with a partner.

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

2.  The main character was a real person.

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you.

4.  The title is a debut novel.

 
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Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.   Murder at Fenway Park by Troy Soos 12/4/14

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.  The Day the Music Died by Ed Gorman 2/12/14

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.   Who's Sorry Now by Jill Churchill 6/4/14

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.  Honor's Kingdom by Owen Parry 4/23/14

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.  River of Darkness by Rennie Airth 2/28/14

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.  Rest Not in Peace by Mel Starr 8/9/14

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.   Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent 10/30/14

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment.

3.  The author was nominated for an award The Assassins of Isis by P. C. Doherty- winner of the Herodotus, for lifelong achievement for excellence in the writing of historical mysteries by the Historical Mystery Appreciation Society-1/8/2014

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.   The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth 4/16/2014

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it.   Dissolution by C J Sansom 7/24/14

2.  The main character works with a partner.   The Bellini Card (Inspector Yashim, Bk 3) by Jason Goodwin 9/10/14

3.  The author writes with a partner.   A Lonely Death (Inspector Ian Rutledge, Bk 15) by Charles Todd 12/30/14

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.  A Play of Treachery (Joliffe, Bk 5) by Margaret Frazer 12/28/14

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.   The Traitor in the Tunnel (The Agency/Mary Quinn, Bk 3) by Y. S. Lee 4/5/14

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)   The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley 8/4/14

3.  The author writes a series Folly du Jour by Barbara Cleverly (Detective Joe Sandilands series) 1/6/2014

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.  A Death in the Small Hours by Charles Finch 8/3/14

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.  The Technologists by Matthew Pearl 8/12/14

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.   The Eloquence of Blood by Judith Rock 8/27/14

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)  The Paris Deadline by Max Byrd 10/2/14 (won first Shamus award in 1981)

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.   A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer 9/21/14

2.  The main character was a real person.   The Ninth Daughter (Abigail Adams, Bk 1) by Barbara Hamilton 5/7/14

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.  A Dead Man in Trieste by Michael Pearce (first in the Seymour of the Special Branch series) 1/22/14

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.  The Rhetoric of Death  by Judith Rock 8/18/14

3.  The author is new to you.  Murder in Montparnasse: A Mystery of Literary Paris by Howard Engel 3/12/14

4.  The title is a debut novel.  The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber



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Good Sport

1. The mystery contains a sporting event.

2. The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.

3. The author’s name contains a G or a D.

4. The title contains an S, P or R.

Sore Loser

1. The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.

2. The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.

3. The author’s name contains an S or R.

4. The title contains an O, E or L. - "Ovid" by David Wishart

Lucky Dog

1. The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2. The main character escapes death or imprisonment.

3. The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

4. The title contains an L, K or D.

Team Player

1. The storyline has more than one mystery in it.

2. The main character works with a partner.

3. The author writes with a partner.

4. The title contains a T, M or P.

Comeback Kid

1. The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.

2. The main character is a child (under age 18.)

3. The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)

4. The title contains a C, B, K or D.

Smarty Pants

1. The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

2. The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3. The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)

4. The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1. The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

2. The main character was a real person.

3. The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

4. The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1. The mystery is the first in a series.  "Ovid" by David Wishart

2. The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3. The author is new to you.

4. The title is a debut novel.



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I'll give this one a try.

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

Murder at Fenway Park (Mickey Rawlings, Bk 1) by Troy Soos......11/12/14

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.

Murder at Hatfield House  by Amanda Carmack....4/8/14

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.

Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray....7/13/14

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.

A Study in Silks (Baskerville Affair, Bk 1) by Emma Jane Holloway...4/1/14

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.

The Solitary House: A Novel by Lynn Shepherd...3/5/14

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.

No Safe Harbor [Edge of Freedom, Bk 1] by Elizabeth Ludwig ....1/6/14

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James.....3/18/14

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Veil of Lies (Medieval Noir, Bk 1) by Jeri Westerson....11/1/14

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

A Pale Horse (Inspector Ian Rutledge, Bk 10) by Charles Todd.....11/4/14

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment. The Dark Lady  by Maire Claremont...1/18/14

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

Hunting Shadows (Inspector Ian Rutledge, Bk 16) by Charles Todd .....5/5/14

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.  A Fatal Likeness by Lynn Shepherd...1/27/14

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it.

The Dead Shall Not Rest (Dr. Thomas Silkstone, Bk 2)....1/9/14

2.  The main character works with a partner .

Circle of Shadows [Westerman/Crowther, Bk 4] by Imogene Robertson...5/11/14

3.  The author writes with a partner.

A Pale Horse (Inspector Ian Rutledge, Bk 10) by Charles Todd.......11/3/14

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.

Watchers of Time (Inspector Ian Rutledge, Bk 5) ...4/18/14

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.

Mortal Arts [Lady Darby, Bk 2] by Anna Lee Huber.... 5/4/14

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, Bk 6) by Alan Bradley......1/17/14

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)

A Murderous Procession by Ariana Franklin....2/16/14

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James....3/18/14

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor....1/20/14

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

The Widow's Walk by Robert Barclay.....9/29/14

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)

Proof of Guilt (Inspector Ian Rutledge, Bk 15) by Charles Todd...4/13/14

4.  The book has won an award.

Burial Rites: A Novel by Hannah Grant ...6/24/14

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden....1/23/14

2.  The main character was a real person.

The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott...3/14/14

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

The Game's Afoot Mrs Hudson by Sydney Hosier....1/10/14

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Stolen Remains a Lady of Ashes Mystery  by Christine Trent...5/4/14

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.

A Murder at Rosamund's Gate (Lucy Campion, Bk 1) by Susanna Calkins...1/12/14

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

The Anatomy of Death (Dody McCleland, Bk 1) by Felicity Young ....6/19/14

3.  The author is new to you.

Always a Cold Deck (Harry Reese Mysteries) (Volume 1) by Robert Bruce Stewart ....6/10/14

4.  The title is a debut novel.

Murder at the Breakers (Gilded Newport, Bk 1) by Alyssa Maxwell ...6/18/14

 



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My Spot!

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment.

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it.

2.  The main character works with a partner.

3.  The author writes with a partner.

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

2.  The main character was a real person.

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series. Wicked Autumn by G.M.Malliet

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you.

4.  The title is a debut novel.

 



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Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment.

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it.

2.  The main character works with a partner.

3.  The author writes with a partner.

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative.

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

2.  The main character was a real person.

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you.

4.  The title is a debut novel.

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In keeping with our regular HF challenge, which features game shows, I thought it would be fun to examine the personalities that you find competing in these contests.  Your mini-HF mystery challenge is to read at least six books from the following character categories for a chance to win one credit.  If you feel like a winner, you can read 12 books for a chance at two credits.  This year, if you read all the categories, your name will go into a drawing for a whopping 3 credits!  

Mix and match in any way—use up your TBR pile—and have fun!  This challenge runs from January 1st through December 31st, 2014.  NOTE: If you create your list in advance, please show that you have read a title,either by adding the date read, or telling me how you keep track of titles finished. THANKS!!

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D. Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon

4.  The title contains an S, P or R.

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation. A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

4.  The title contains an O, E or L.

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment.

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

4.  The title contains an L, K or D.

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it.

2.  The main character works with a partner.

3.  The author writes with a partner.

4.  The title contains a T, M or P.

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.)

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

2.  The main character was a real person.

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series.

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you.

4.  The title is a debut novel.



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I'm a little late but I think I'll try this this year!

 

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event. Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen (Hunting) Finished 10/10/14

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime. The Old Buzzard Had it Coming by Donis Casey Finished 6/21/14

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.Terra Incognita by Ruth Downie Finished 2/5/14

4.  The title contains an S, P or R. Murder in Grub Street by Bruce Alexander Finished 1/11/14

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something. City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn Finished 3/09

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation. Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith Finished 3/29

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R. Silence For the Dead by Simone St. James Finished 5/31/14

4.  The title contains an O, E or L. The Last Camel Died at Noon by Elizabeth Peters Finished 6/21/14

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline. India Black and the Gentleman Thief by Carol K. Carr (Puppies)  Finished 3/08

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment. The Tudor Conspiracy by C.W. Gortner Finished 2/9/14

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.) Resurrection Row by Anne Perry Finished 4/25/14

4.  The title contains an L, K or D. Dead March by Ann McMillan Finished 3/14

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it. Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin Finished 5/11/14

2.  The main character works with a partner. The Truth of All Things by Kieran Shields Finished 1/28/14

3.  The author writes with a partner. Wings of Fire by Charles Todd Finished 4/18/14

4.  The title contains a T, M or P. To Kingdom Come by Will Thomas Finished 6/19/14

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative. The Outlaw's Tale by Margaret Frazer Finished 11/9/14

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.) The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley Finished 1/30/14

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.) A Woman of Consequence by Anna Dean Finished 6/15/14

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D. The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush by Susan Wittig Albert Finished 10/26/14

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town. Heresy by S.J. Parris (Oxford) Finished 11/15/14

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar. A Plague on Both Your Houses by Susanna Gregory Finished 11/26/14

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.) The Prime Minister's Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal Finished 7/13/14

4.  The book has won an award. Revenger by Rory Clements (won the 2010 Historical Dagger award) Finished 7/8/14

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft. The Demon's Parchment by Jeri Westerson (involves theft) Finished 1/16/14

2.  The main character was a real person. The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon Finished 2/8/14

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.) The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black (Phillip Marlowe) Finished 3/16

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’ Stolen Remains by Christine Trent Finished 10/7/14

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series. Gold Digger by Vicki Delany Finished 1/13/14

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case. The Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering Finished 2/4/14

3.  The author is new to you. Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent Finished 8/6/14

4.  The title is a debut novel. A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell Finished 6/14/14



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In keeping with our regular HF challenge, which features game shows, I thought it would be fun to examine the personalities that you find competing in these contests.  Your mini-HF mystery challenge is to read at least six books from the following character categories for a chance to win one credit.  If you feel like a winner, you can read 12 books for a chance at two credits.  This year, if you read all the categories, your name will go into a drawing for a whopping 3 credits!  

Mix and match in any way—use up your TBR pile—and have fun!  This challenge runs from January 1st through December 31st, 2014.  NOTE: If you create your list in advance, please show that you have read a title,either by adding the date read, or telling me how you keep track of titles finished. THANKS!!

Good Sport

1.  The mystery contains a sporting event.

2.  The main character is a good person wrongly accused of a crime.

3.  The author’s name contains a G or a D.

4.  The title contains an S, P or R. Philip Pullman.The Ruby in the Smoke completed 8/2/14

Sore Loser

1.  The mystery involves the loss of something, or hunting for something.

2.  The main character is hurt or injured either before or during the investigation.

3.  The author’s name contains an S or R.

4.  The title contains an O, E or L. Benjamin Black Vengeance. Completed 8/19/14

Lucky Dog

1.  The mystery has an animal in the storyline.

2.  The main character escapes death or imprisonment.

3.  The author was nominated for an award (not necessarily for the mystery you are reading.)

4.  The title contains an L, K or D. Benjamin Black. Holy Orders. Completed 7/31/14

Team Player

1.  The storyline has more than one mystery in it.

2.  The main character works with a partner.

3.  The author writes with a partner.

4.  The title contains a T, M or P. Benjamin Black. The Black-eyed Blonde: a Philip Marlow Novel. Completed 10/10/14

Comeback Kid

1.  The mystery is about time travel, or has someone with amnesia, or a long-lost relative. Neil Jordan. Shade. Completed 9/15/14

2.  The main character is a child (under age 18.)

3.  The author writes a series (although you may read a stand-alone if available.)

4.  The title contains a C, B, K or D.

Smarty Pants

1.  The mystery is set in a school, university or a college town.

2.  The main character is a teacher, professor or scholar.

3.  The author has won an award (but not necessarily for the book you are reading.) Benjamin Black. Under his real name, John Banville - won the Booker

4.  The book has won an award.

Cheaters!

1.  The mystery involves infidelity or theft.

2.  The main character was a real person.

3.  The author has used a previously created character in this mystery (ie. Sherlock Holmes.)

4.  The title contains the word ‘cheat’ or ‘stolen’ or ‘theft’ or ‘loss.’ David Benioff. City of Thieves. Completed 8/16/14

Beginner’s Luck

1.  The mystery is the first in a series. C. S. Harris. What Angels Fear. Completed 11/3/14

2.  The main character is not a professional, but an amateur sleuth on his/her first case.

3.  The author is new to you.

4.  The title is a debut novel.


 



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