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Subject: 2015 Cozy Mystery Challenge --LIST ONLY--
Date Posted: 11/12/2014 10:00 PM ET
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Here is our Reading Challenge for 2015. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2015. Levels shameless copied for paranormal challenge.

  • Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
  • Read two in a category silver medal for that category
  • Read three in a category gold medal for that category
  • Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
  • Read five in a category for platinum status for that category

 

 

  1. First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started
  2. Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)
  3. Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too
  4. Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be creative)
  5. Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.)
  6. New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read.
  7. Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)
  8. Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
  9. Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
  10. Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character
  11. Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages
  12. Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc)

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

1 Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont
Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia
Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

2. Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species

3. Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)



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Here is our Reading Challenge for 2015. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2015. Levels shameless copied for paranormal challenge.

  • Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
  • Read two in a category silver medal for that category
  • Read three in a category gold medal for that category
  • Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
  • Read five in a category for platinum status for that category

 

 

  1. First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started
    1. Snow White Red-Handed by Maia Chance done 1/27
    2. Criminal Confections by Colette London done 3/18
    3. A Wee Murder in my Shop by Fran Stewart done 4/5
    4. With Baited Breath by Lorraine Bartlett by 5/12
    5. Give em Pumpkin to Talk about by Joyce and Jim Lavene done 10/15
  2. Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)
    1.  Fry Another Day by J.J. Cook done 2/3
    2. At the Drop of a Hat by Jenn McKinlay 2/27
    3. Royal Assiassin by Kate Parker done 7/15
    4. Murder Ties the Knot by Christy Fifield done 8/29
    5. Floral Depravity by Beverly Allen done 11/8
  3. Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too
    1. White Magic Five and Dime by Steve Hockensmith done 4/13
    2. Play of Isaac by Margaret Frazer done 8/14
    3. Fool Me Once by Steve Hockensmith done 9/11
    4. Fat Tuesday Fricasse by JJ Cook done 12/17 JJ COOK =joyce and jim Levene
    5. A Gala Celebration by Sheila Connolly done 12/23  fiance
  4. Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be creative) My theme is books that deal with Food, (eat, cooking or selling)
    1. Days of Wine and Roquefort by Avery Aames done 1/10
    2. Lemon PIes and LIttle White Lies by Ellery Adams done 4/19
    3. Chili Death by Jessica Beck done 4/27
    4. Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinley done 6/5
    5. A Dish Best Served Cold by Rosie Genova done 9/26
  5. Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.)
    1. Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer Seeley don 5/9
    2. A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die by Edith Maxwell done 11/28
  6. New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read.
    1. Bloom and Doom by Beverly Allen done 3/3
    2. Tempest in a Teapot by Amanada Cooper done 5/31
    3. Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran done 7/3
    4. Basket Case by Nancy Haddock done 10/4
    5. Murder t Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison done 12/2
  7. Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)
    1. Twisted Threads by Lea Wait done 6/30
  8. Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
    1. Murder, Served and Simply by Isabella Alan done 1/24
    2. Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams 2/13
    3. A Seamless Murder by Melissa Bourbon done 2/16
    4. Meows, Magic & Murder by Madison Johns done 7/9
    5. Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams done 9/14
  9. Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
    1. Ghost in Guacamole by Sue Ann Jaffarian done 1/16
    2. For Whom the Bluebell Tolls by Beverly Allen done 3/27 
    3. Oh Say Can you Fudge by Nancy Coco done 5/29
    4. Musseled Out  by Barbara Ross done 5/26
    5. If onions Could Spring Leaks by Paige Shelton done 8/25
  10. Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character
    1. Lethal Bayou Beauty by Jana Deleon done 1/3
    2. Swamp Sniper by Jana Deleon done 2/25
    3. Swamp Team 3 by Jana Deleon done 5/5
    4. Gator Bait by Jana Deleon done 5/18
    5. Soldiers of Fortune done 7/27
  11. Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages
    1. Counterfeit Lady by Kate Parker done 4/4 309 pages
    2. Caught Dead Handed done 4/7 393 pages
    3. Spellcasting in Silk by Juliet Blackwell done 7/22 315 pages
  12. Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc)
    1. By Book or by Crook by Eva Gates done 4/24, Librarian
    2. A Ghostly Undertaking by Tonya Kappes 7/10 Mortician
    3. A Ghostly Grave by Tonya Koppes done 9/9 Mortician
    4. A Ghostly Demise by Tonya Kappes done 11/12 Mortician
    5. The Skeleton Haunts a House by Leigh Perry done 12/30 Professor

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

1 Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

Death on Beacon Hill by PB Ryan done 12/9  Massachusetts
Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Fat Cat at Large by Janet Cantrell--Minnesota done 12/4
Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia
Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

2. Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species

Ghostly Paws by Leighann Dobbs done 2/7

3. Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)



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Connie's List
    Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
    Read two in a category silver medal for that category
    Read three in a category gold medal for that category
    Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
    Read five in a category for platinum status for that category

    1. First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started

        Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander (Bakeshop Mystery Series ~ Bk 1) Completed on 1/19


    2. Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)

         Oh Say Can You Fudge by Nancy Coco (Candy-Coated Mystery Series ~ Bk 3) Owner of the historic McMurphy Hotel and   Fudge Shop on Mackinac Island Completed on 5/26

   
    3. Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too

         Murder With Fried Chicken and Waffles by A.L. Herbert (Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery Series ~ Bk 1) ~ Male author Completed on 3/31

    
    4. Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be   creative) First book in a new series released in 2015

        Threads of Deceit by Mae Fox and Jan Fields (Vineyard Quilt Mystery Series ~ Bk 1) Completed on 7/8

     
    5. Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.)

        'Til Dirt Do Us Part by Edith Maxwell (Local Foods Mystery Series ~ Bk 2) ~ Organic Farming Completed on 6/12

       Peaches and Scream by Susan Furlong (Georgia Peach Mystery Series ~ Bk 1) ~ Farming Completed on 8/1

       Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown (Cycle Path Mystery Series ~ Bk 1) Biking Completed on 8/25

      

    6. New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read.

        Feta Attraction by Susannah Hardy (Greek to Me Mystery Series ~ Bk 1) Completed on 2/22


    7. Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)

        Sealed with a Kill by Lucy Lawrence (Decoupage Mystery Series ~ Bk 3) ~ Decoupage Completed on 1/27


    8. Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

        Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams (Book Retreat Mystery Series ~ Bk 1) Completed on 3/17

     Death of a Chocolate Cheater by Penny Pike (Food Festival Mystery Series ~ Bk 2) Completed on 7/27/15

     Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams (Book Retreat Mystery Series ~ Bk 2) Completed on 10/7/15

 
   9.  Murderless Titles - Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

        Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon (Miss Fortune Mystery Series ~ Bk 1) Completed on 6/27


  10. Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character

         Living With Your Kids is Murder by Mike Befeler (Paul Jacobson Geezer-Lit Mystery Series ~ Bk 2) Completed on 4/17


  11. Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages

        Tailing a Tabby by Laurie Cass (Bookmobile Cat Mystery Series ~ Bk 2) (340 pgs) Completed on 5/17

    
  12. Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc)

       That Old Flame of Mine by J.J.Cook (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery Series ~ Bk 1) ~ Fire Chief Completed on 7/21/15

 

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

1.  Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont


Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin


Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia


Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

 

2. Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species


3. Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)



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Mary's List:

  • Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
  • Read two in a category silver medal for that category
  • Read three in a category gold medal for that category
  • Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
  • Read five in a category for platinum status for that category

First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started

  • Spell Booked by Jim and Joyce Lavene......2/21/15
  • Murder at Mullings by Dorothy Cannell.....1/1/15
  • Relatively Dead by Sheila Connolly....1/5/15
  • Under an English Heaven by Alice K. Boatwright....1/9/15
  • If You've Got It, Haunt It by Rose Pressey......1/31/15

Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)

  • Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinlay.....4/16/15
  • An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly.....2/27/15
  • By Cook or By Crook by Maya Corrigan......2/17/15
  • Snow Way Out by CHristine Husom .....3/22/15
  • Toured to Death by Hy Conrad....4/1/15

Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too

  • Dying to Know by T J O'Connor .....3/6/15
  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley......1/8/15
  • The Lost Empress by Steve Robinson .....1/16/15
  • Murder in the Raw by C.S. Challinor.......2/14/15
  • Murder Under Blue Skies by Willard Scott ......2/14/15

Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be creative)....All the amateur sleuths are married

  • Star Spangled Murder by Leslie Meier....1/13/15
  • Murder of a Needled Knitter by Denise Swanson .......1/20/15
  • Die Laughing by Carola Dunn .....1/22/15
  • Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree by Nancy Atherton ....1/19/15
  • A Misty Mourning by Rhett McPherson........1/25/15

Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.)

  • Keeper of the Castle by Juliet Blackwell... (green builder/restorer)....3/1/15
  • Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer-Seeley....1/18/15
  • Healthy Homicide by Staci McLaughlin....3/24/15
  • License to Dill by Mary Ellen Hughes.....3/26/15
  •  The Icing on the Corpse by Liz Mugavaro.....4/2/15

New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read.

  • Death is Like a Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons .....1/16/15
  • A Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen....2/25/15
  • Death of a Crabby Cook by Penny Pike.....4/5/15
  • A Wee Murder in my Shop by Fran Stewart.....3/22/15
  • Nightmares can be Murder by Mary Kennedy .....1/30/14

Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)

  • Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown.......5/7/15 (cycling)....
  • A Basket of Trouble by Beth Groundwater........5/6/15 (gift baskets)
  • A Crafty Christmas by Mollie Cox Bryan......2/15/15 (scrapbooking)
  • Group, Photo, Grave by Joanna Campbell Slan.....4/1/15 (scrapbooking)
  • Chicken Soup Homicide...Janel Gradowski........... (amateur cooking) .....5/13/15

Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

  • Marked Down for Murder by Josie Bell.....3/8/15
  • Death in the Memorial Garden by Kathy Deviny.....4/17/15
  • Death Comes to London by Catherine Lloyd.....1/3/14
  • Death by Guacamole by Sue Ann Jaffarian....1/11/15
  • Dying to Sell by Maggie Sefton......3/3/15

Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

  • Snowmen in Paradise by Kathi Daley......2/18/15
  • A Woman Unknown by Frances Brody.......2/20/15
  • Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By by Elizabeth J. Duncan.....1/30/15
  •  Lie of the Needle by Cate Price....1/14/15
  • Mrs. Jeffries and the One Who Got Away by Emily Brightwell......2/8/15

Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character

  • Cruising in Your Eighties is Murder by Mike Befeler......2/23/15
  • Aunt Bessie Considers by Diana Xiarra......3/18/15
  • Caribbean Sunset with a Yellow Parrot by Andrea Frazer....3/4/15
  • To Helen Back by Susan McBride.....4/11/15
  • Aunt Bessie Decides by Diana Xiarra.....4/15/15

Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages

  • An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd......1/30/15......(352 pgs)
  • Off Kilter by Hannah Reed......2/22/15.......(304 pages)
  • The Diva Wraps it Up by Krista Davis.......2/16/15......(304 pgs)
  • Gilt by Association by Karen Rose Smith.....3/27/15...(320 pgs)
  •  The Counterfeit Lady by Kate Parker ......1/27/15 .....(320 pgs.)

Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc)

  • Magic Mirror: A Parisian Mystery by Machaela Thompson...(journalist)....4/18/15
  • Miss Dimple Disappears by Mignon F. Ballard....(teacher)...........1/20/15
  • Borrowed Crime by Laurie Cass.....(librarian)....3/25/14
  • Death of a Liar by M.C. Beaton....(policeman)....3.29/15
  •  Golden Eggs and Other Deadly Things by Nancy Tesler....(biofeedback clinician)... 4/7/15

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA:


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

  • Blood Rubies by Jane K. McCleland (NH).....4/23/15
  • Plain Killing by Emma Miller .... (PA) ....1/4/15
  • Gilded Death by Anne-Marie Sutton ...(RI)....2/27/15
  • Seeing the Dead by Sheila Connolly... (MA)....5/2/15
  • Funerals are Murder by Susan Santangelo....(CT)......5/16/15

Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Appraisal for Murder by Elaine Orr (k) (IL)
Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia

  • A Distant Murder by Donna McLean....(NC).....1/4/15
  • .Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust....(GA)....3/21/15
  • For Whom the Bluebell Tolls by Beverly Allen... (VA)...3/28/15
  • Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon.....(LA).....5/9/15
  • Fry Another Day by J. J. Cook (AL).....5/11/15

Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

  • Death by Syllabub by Kathleen Delaney.................(CA)....1/11/13
  • Honeymoons can be Murder by Connie Shelton....(NM).....2/6/15
  • Dying to Sell by Maggie Shefton ....(CO).....3/2/15
  • Assault and Pepper.......Leslie Budewitz.(WA)......3/9/15
  • Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander...(OR)....3/28/15

 Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species

  • Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis (dog).......2/8/15
  • A Vision in Velvet by Juliet Blackwell (pig).....3/18/15
  •  Dae's Christmas Past by Jim and Joyce Lavene....(horses).....2/11/15
  •  Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James.....(cat).....2/16/15
  •  Murder Ties the Knot by Christy Fifield (parrot),,,,,,4/4/15

Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)

  • A Spirited Tale by Leighann Dobbs.....bookstore.......2/1/15
  • At the Drop of a Hat by Jenn McKinlay.......hat shop.........2/9/15
  • For Better, For Murder by Lisa Bork.......car boutique......2/10/15
  •  A Crafty Christmas by Mollie Cox Bryan......cruise ship.....2/12/15
  • Murder at Midnight....C.S. Challinor.......hunting lodge......1/26/15


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Una's list:

  • Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
  • Read two in a category silver medal for that category
  • Read three in a category gold medal for that category
  • Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
  • Read five in a category for platinum status for that category
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  • First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started
    • Death on Eat Street (Biscuit Bowl Food Truck #1) by J.J. Cook
    • Pall in the Family (Family Fortune #1) by Dawn Eastman
    • Brownies & Betrayal (Sweet Bites #1) by Heather Justesen
    • Caught Dead Handed (Witch City #1) by Carol J. Perry
    • Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor
  • Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)
    • Deadly Donuts (Donut Mystery #10) by Jessica Beck
    • Murder Gone A-Rye (Baker's Treat #2) by Nancy J. Parra
    • Hot Fudge Frame-Up (Fudge Shop #2) by Christine DeSmet
    • The Cakes of Wrath (Piece of Cake #4) by Jacklyn Brady
    • If You've Got It, Haunt It (Haunted Vintage #1) by Rose Pressey
  • Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too
    • In Hot Water (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade #3) by J. J. Cook
    • Coffee, Cupcakes & Murder by William Jarvis
    • Spell Booked (Retired Witches #1) by Joyce and Jim Lavene
    • Give 'Em Pumpkin to Talk About (Pumpkin Patch #1) by Joyce and Jim Lavene
    • The White Magic Five and Dime (Tarot #1) by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco
  • Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be creative) (the word cat or cats in title)
    • The Cats that Surfed the Web by Karen Anne Golden
    • Cat-Eye Witness (Klepto Cat #2) by Patricia Fry
    • Black Cat Crossing (Bad Luck Cat #1) by Kay Finch
    • Cat Sleuth (Pattie Lansbury Cat #1) by Nancy C. Davis
    • Cat In A Yellow Spotlight (Midnight Louie #26) by Carole Nelson Douglas
  • Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.
    • ​​Picked to Die (Orchard # 8) by Sheila Connolly 
    • Drizzled With Death (Sugar Grove #1) by Jessie Crockett 
    • Five-Alarm Fudge (Fudge Shop #3) by Christine DeSmet
    • A Tine To Live, A Tine To Die (Local Foods #1) by Edith Maxwell
    • Crime Rib (Food Lovers Village #2) by Leslie Budewitz
  • New to You Author - Books with an author that you have never read.
    •  Meow If It's Murder (Nick & Nora #1) by T. C.  LoTempio  
    • Feta Attraction (Greek to Me #1) by Susannah Hardy
    • Meet Your Baker (Bakeshop #1) by Ellie Alexander 
    • Wouldn't It Be Deadly (Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins #1) by D. E. Ireland  
    • By Cook or By Crook (Five-Ingredient #1) by Maya Corrigan                                                                             
  • Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc). 
    • ​Taken In (Southern Sewing Circle) by Elizabeth Lynn Casey  
    • Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun (Anastasia Pollack Crafting #1) by Lois Winston  
    • Quilt as Desired (Harriet Truman/Loose Threads #1) by Arlene Sachitano 
    • Spinning In Her Grave (Haunted Yarn Shop #3) by Molly MacRae  
    • Wedding Duress (Southern Sewing Circle #10) by Elizabeth Lynn Casey                                                        
  •  Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
    • ​​Died With a Bow (Accessories Mystery) by Grace Carroll
    • A Deadly Beef (Classic Diner #2) by Jessica Beck
    • Paws for Murder (Pet Boutique #1) by Annie Knox
    • Death of a Chocolate Cheater (Food Festival #2) by Penny Pike
    • Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
  • Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
    • The Sayers Swindle (Book Collector Mystery) by Victoria Abbott
    • The Ghost and Mrs Mewer (Pets and Claws #2) by Krista Davis
    • At The Drop of A Hat (Hat Shop #3) by Jenn McKinlay
    • Suspendered Sentence (Amish #4) by Laura Bradford
    • Played by the Book (Novel Idea #4) by Lucy Arlington
  • Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character
    • Progressive Dinner, Deadly (Myrtle Clover #2) by Elizabeth Spann Craig
    • Lethal Bayou Beauty (Miss Fortune #2) by Jana DeLeon
    • A Fright to the Death (Family Fortune #3) by Dawn Eastman
    • Swamp Sniper (Miss Fortune #3) by Jana DeLeon
    • Swamp Team 3 (Miss Fortune #4) by Jana DeLeon
  • Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages
    • Thugs and Kisses (Odelia Grey Mystery) by Sue Ann Jaffarian
    • English Trifle (Culinary Mystery) by Josi Kilpack
    • Death of a Crabby Cook (Food Festival #1) by Penny Pike
    • Double Fudge Brownie Murder (Hannah Swensen #20) by Joanne Fluke
    • Buy A Whisker (Second Chance Cat #2) by Sofie Ryan
  • Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc)
    • A Skeleton in the Family (Family Skeleton #1) by Leigh Perry -- teacher
    • All The President's Menus (White House Chef #8) by Julie Hyzy -- chef
    • Playing with Fire (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade #2) by J. J. Cook  --  fire chief
    • The Final Reveille (Living History Museum #1) by Amanda Flower  --  museum director
    • Borrowed Crime (Bookmobile Cat #3) by Laurie Cass -- librarian

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

1 Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

  • Absolutely, Positively (Lucy Valentine #3) by Heather Webber -- Massachusetts
  • Ladle to the Grave (Soup Lovers #4) by Connie Archer -- Vermont
  • Some Like It Witchy (Wishcraft #5) by Heather Blake -- Massachusetts
  • Well-Offed in Vermont (Pret'Near Perfect #1) by Amy Patricia Meade  --  Vermont
  • Tails, You Lose (Witch City #2) by Carol J. Perry  --  Massachusetts

Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

  • Be Careful What You Witch For (Family Fortune #2) by Dawn Eastman -- Michigan
  • Threads of Deceit (Vineyard Quilt #1) by Mae Fox & Jan Fields -- Missouri
  • Berried Secrets (Cranberry Cove #1) by Peg Cochran -- Michigan
  • Abby Cooper Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie -- Michigan
  • In the Drink (Mack's Bar #3) by Allyson Abbott -- Wisconsin

Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia

  • Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (Charmed Pie Shoppe #4) by Ellery Adams--Georgia
  • Bittersweet (China Bayles) by Susan Wittig Albert -- Texas
  • Assault and Batter (Donut Shop #11) by Jessica Beck -- North Carolina
  • Don't Go Home (Death On Demand) by Carolyn Hart --  Georgia
  • A Ghostly Undertaking (Ghostly Southern #1) by Tonya Kappes -- Kentucky

Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

  • Quilter's Knot (Harriet Truman/Loose Threads #2) by Arlene Sachitano -- Washington
  • Ghost of a Gamble (Ghost of Granny Apples) by Sue ann Jaffarian -- Nevada
  • Batter of Life and Death (Bakeshop #2) by Ellie Alexander -- Oregon
  • Fudging the Books (Cookbook Nook #4) by Daryl Wood Gerber -- California
  • A Vision in Velvet (Witchcraft #6) by Juliet Blackwell -- California

2. Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species

  • The Telltale Turtle (Pet Psychic #1) by Joyce & Jim Lavene  (turtle)
  • A Tiger's Tale (Call of the Wilde #2) by Laura Morrigan   (tiger) 
  • Green a a Garden Hose (Biscuit McKee #3) by Fran Stewart  (cat) 
  • Horse of a Different Killer (Call of the Wilde #3) by Laura Morrigan  (horse)  
  • The Goodbye Witch (Wishcraft #4 by Heather Blake  (macaw and mouse)                                                                 

3.  Read at least 5 Books that take place in different setting (School, boat, church, golf course etc)

  • An Early Wake (County Cork #3) by Sheila Connolly (bar)
  • Assault and Pepper (Spice Shop #1) by Leslie Budewitz (spice shop)
  • Stirring the Plot (Cookbook Nook #3) by Daryl Wood Gerber  (cookbook store)
  • Death by Pink Flamingo (Pink Flamingo Hotel #1) by Elisabeth Crabtree  (hotel)
  • Dark Chocolate Demise (Cupcake Bakery #7) by Jenn McKinlay (cupcake bakery)

 



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Here is our Reading Challenge for 2015. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2015. Levels shameless copied for paranormal challenge.

  • Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
  • Read two in a category silver medal for that category
  • Read three in a category gold medal for that category
  • Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
  • Read five in a category for platinum status for that category

First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started

  1. Paging the Dead (Family History, Bk 1) by Brynn Bonner 1/31/15
  2. The Cold Blue Blood (Berger and Mitry, Bk 1) by David Handler 4/2/15
  3. Death Comes to the Village (Kurland St. Mary, Bk 1) by Catherine Lloyd 4/27/15
  4. Tea and Witchery (Cassadaga Mysteries, Bk 1) by Marie Dees 4/28/15
  5. First Degree Fudge (Fudge Shop, Bk 1) by Christine DeSmet 5/26/15

Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)

  1.  Keeper of the Castle by Juliet Blackwell 2/28/15 (owner of small construction company)
  2.  Fry Another Day by J. J. Cook 3/20/15 (owner of a food truck)
  3. Double Booked for Death by Ali Brandon 4/20/15 (owner of an independent bookstore)
  4. An Early Wake (County Cork, Bk 3) by Sheila Connelley 7/20/15 (owner of a pub)

Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too

  1. Uncatalogued by Julie Kaewert 2/1/15

Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be creative)

  1. Ghostly Paws (Mystic Notch, Bk 1) by Leighann Dobbs 5/28/15
  2. The Cat, the Vagabond and the Victim (Cats in Trouble, Bk 6) by Leann Sweeney 7/23/15

Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.)

  1. A Charming Crime (Charming Crime, Bk 1) by Tonya Kappes 8/7/15 (herbal medicines)

New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read.

  1. Grey Expectations (A Dulcie Schwartz Feline Mystery) by Clea Simon 4/11/15
  2. Last Wool and Testament (Haunted Yarn Shop, Bk 1) by Molly MacRae 6/1/15
  3. Pall in the Family (Family Fortune, Bk 1) by Dawn Eastman 7/4/15
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Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)

Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

  1. Dead Wrong (Blackmoore Sisters, Bk 1) by Leighann Dobbs 5/12/15
  2. A Wee Murder in My Shop (ScotShop Mystery, Bk 1) by Fran Stewart 6/3/15
  3. Fiddle Dee Death by Caroline Cousins 6/18/15
  4. A Fright to the Death (Family Fortune, Bk 3) by Dawn Eastman 9/28/15

Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

  1. Bad Samaritan by Aimee and David Thurlo 3/12/15
  2. Be Careful What You Witch For (Family Fortune, Bk 2) by Dawn Eastman 9/29/15
  3. Sketch a Falling Start (Portrait of Crime, Bk 3) by Sharon Pape

Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character

  1.  House a Haunt (Grub and Stakers, Bk 4) by Alisa Craig 4/24/15

Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages

  1. The Station Master (Grace Marsden, Bk 3) by Luisa Buehler 2/26/15 (352 pgs)
  2. After the Armistice Ball by Catriona McPherson 6/3/15 (477 pgs)
  3. The Counterfeit Lady by Kate Parker 9/19/15 (312 pgs)
  4. Mortal Arts by Anna Lee Huber (384 pgs)

Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc)

  1. The Skeleton Takes a Bow by Leigh Perry 7/14/15 (English Professor)
  2.  A Dangerous Talent by Charlotte and Aaron Elkins 12/20/15 (Art Consultant)

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

1 Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont
Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia
Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

2. Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species

3. Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)



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Here is our Reading Challenge for 2015. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2015. Levels shameless copied for paranormal challenge.

  • Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
  • Read two in a category silver medal for that category
  • Read three in a category gold medal for that category
  • Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
  • Read five in a category for platinum status for that category
  1. First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started
    Suede to Rest (Material Witness, Bk 1)  Author: Diane Vallere   1-1-15
    That Old Flame of Mine (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade, Bk 1) Author: J. J. Cook   9-19-15
    Fillet of Murder (Deep Fried, Bk 1) Author: Linda Reilly  9-18-15
    Berried Secrets (Cranberry Cove, Bk 1) Author: Peg Cochran  8-25-15
     
  2. Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)
    Inspector Specter (Haunted Guesthouse Bk. 6)  Author: E. J. Copperman  2-21-15  Bed/Breakfast
     
  3. Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too
    Arsenic and Old Books (Cat in the Stacks, Bk 6)  Author: Miranda James  3-1-15
     
  4. Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story)
    The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer (Paws & Claws, Bk 2)  Author: Krista Davis  1-25-15
    To Fudge or Not to Fudge (Candy-Coated, Bk 2)  Author: Nancy Coco  2-7-15  
    Murder, Served Simply: An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery  Author: Isabella Alan  2-19-15
     
  5. Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.)
     
  6. New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read.
    If You've Got It, Haunt It (Haunted Vintage, Bk 1)  Author: Rose Pressey  1-18-15 
     
  7. Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)
     
  8. Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
    Fillet of Murder (Deep Fried, Bk 1) Author: Linda Reilly  9-18-15
     
  9. Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
     
  10. Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character
     
  11. Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages
     
  12. Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc)
     

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

1 Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

Inspector Specter (Haunted Guesthouse Bk. 6)  Author: E. J. Copperman  2-21-15 Jersey Shore, New Jersey

Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Murder, Served Simply: An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery  Author: Isabella Alan  2-19-15  Rolling Brook, Ohio
To Fudge or Not to Fudge (Candy-Coated, Bk 2)  Author: Nancy Coco  2-7-15   Mackinac Island, Michigan

Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia

Arsenic and Old Books (Cat in the Stacks, Bk 6)  Author: Miranda James  3-1-15      Athena, Mississippi
Fry Another Day (Biscuit Bowl Food Truck, Bk 2)  Author: J. J. Cook  2-22-15    Mobile, Alabama
If You've Got It, Haunt It (Haunted Vintage, Bk 1)  Author: Rose Pressey  1-18-15   Sugar Creek, Georgia
The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer (Paws & Claws, Bk 2)  Author: Krista Davis  1-25-15    Wagtail, Virginia

Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming
Suede to Rest (Material Witness, Bk 1)  Author: Diane Vallere   1-1-15   San Ladro, California

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3. Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)



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  • Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
  • Read two in a category silver medal for that category
  • Read three in a category gold medal for that category
  • Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
  • Read five in a category for platinum status for that category

First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started

  1. It Takes a Witch, (Wishcraft, Bk 1) Heather Blake
  2. Ghost a La Mode (Granny Apples, Bk 1) Sue Ann Jaffarian
  3. Brownies and Betrayal (Sweet Bites, Bk 1) Heather B Justesen
  4. You Cannoli Die Once (Italian Restaurant, Bk 1) Shelley Costa
  5. Night of the Living Deed (Haunted Guesthouse, Bk 1) E. J. Copperman

Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)

  1. The Missing Dough (Eleanor Swift, Bk 6) Chris Cavender    Pizza Shop
  2. Throw in the Trowel (Flower Shop, Bk 15) Kate Collins        Flower Shop
  3. French Pressed (Coffeehouse, Bk 6)  Cleo Coyle                 Coffeehouse
  4. Keeper of the Castle (Haunted Home Renovation, Bk 5) Juliet Blackwell   Renovation Business
  5. White Magic Five & Dime (Tarot, Bk 1) Steve Hockensmith, Lisa Falco    Five and Dime Store

Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too

  1. Antiques Roadkill (Trash'n'Treasures, Bk 1) Barbara Allan
  2. Antiques Maul (Trash'n'Treasures, Bk 2) Barbara Allan
  3. A Pizza to Die For (Eleanor Swift, Bk 3) Chris Cavender
  4. Rest in Pizza (Eleanor Swift, Bk 4) Chris Cavender
  5. Killer Crust (Eleanor Swift, Bk 5) Chris Cavender

Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be creative)

AN ENTIRE SERIES OF BOOKS 1-5

  1. Death Pays the Rose Rent (Tori Miracle, Bk 1)  Valerie S. Malmont
  2. Death, Lies, and Apple Pies (Tori Miracle, Bk 2) Valerie S. Malmont
  3. Death, Guns, and Sticky Buns (Tori Miracle, Bk 3) Valerie S. Malmont
  4. Death, Snow, and Mistletoe (Tori Miracle, Bk 4)  Valerie S. Malmont
  5. Death, Bones, and Stately Homes (Tori Miracle, Bk 5)  Valerie S. Malmont

Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.)

  1. A Diet to Die For (Skinny Mystery, Bk 1) Sarah Steding                               Eating Healthy
  2. Flowerbed of State (White House Gardener, Bk 1)  Dorothy St James        Gardening
  3. Farm Fresh Murder (Farmer's Murder Mystery, Bk 1) Paige Shelton           Organic Farming
  4. Death Drops (Natural Remedies, Bk 1) Chrystle Fielder                               Natural Remedies
  5. Going Organic Can Kill You (Blossom Valley Mystery, Bk 1) Staci McLaughlin    Organic Foods

New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read.

  1. Final Sentence (Cookbook Nook, Bk 1) Daryl Wood Gerber
  2. Bless Her Dead Little Heart (Southern Sisters, Bk 1) Miranda James
  3. Yarn to Go (Yarn Retreat, Bk 1) Betty Hechtman
  4. A Tough Nut to Kill (Nut House, Bk 1) Elizabeth Lee
  5. A High-End Finish (Fixer-Upper, Bk 1) Kate Carlisle

Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)

  1. Geared for the Grave (Cycle Path, Bk 1) Duffy Brown        Cycling
  2. Frankly My Dear I'm Dead (Deliah Dickerson, Bk 1) Livia J Washburn        Travel
  3. Spinning in Her Grave (Haunted Yarn Shop, Bk 3)  Molly MacRae     Spinning Yarn
  4. Taken In (Southern Sewing Circle, Bk 9)  Elizabeth Lynn Casey       Sewing
  5. Bead on Trouble (Kitzi Camden Mysteries, Bk 1)  Barbara Burnett Smith      Beading

Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

  1. A Second Helping of Murder (Comfort Food, Bk 2)  Christine Wenger
  2. Nickled and Dimed to Death (Devereaux Dime Store, Bk 2) Denise Swanson
  3. Murder by the Slice (Fresh Baked, Bk 2) Livia J Washburn
  4. Dead Between the Lines (Deveraux Dime Store, Bk 3) Denise Swanson
  5. Death is Like a Box of Chocolates (Chocolate Covered, Bx 1) Kathy Aarons

Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

  1. Fry another Day (Biscuit Bowl Truck, Bk 2) J. J. Cook
  2. Rubbed Out (Memphis BBQ, Bk 4) Riley Adams
  3. Lost and Fondue (Cheese Shop, Bk 2)  Avery Aames
  4. Stirring the Plot (Cookbook Nook, Bk 3) Daryl Wood Gerber
  5. An Early Wake (Cork County, Bk 3) Sheila Connolly

Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character

  1. Louisana Longshot (Miss Fortune, Bk 1)  Jana Deleon
  2. Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle (Miss Julia, Bk 12) Ann B Ross
  3. If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance (Country Cooking School, Bk 2) Paige Shelton
  4. If Catfish Had Nine Lives (Country Cooking School, Bk 4) Paige Shelton
  5. Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, Bk 5) Jimmie Ruth Evans
     

Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages

  1. Alibis in Arkansas (Sleuthing Sisters Omnibus)  Christine Lynxwiler        352 pages
  2. To Fudge or Not to Fudge (Candy Coated, Bk 2)  Nancy Coco                350 pages
  3. Tough Cookie (Goldy Schultz, Bk 9) Diane Mott Davidson                      336 pages
  4. Hot Fudge Frame-Up (Fudge Shop Mystery, Bk 2) Christine DeSmet      352 pages
  5. Roast Mortem (Coffeehouse, Bk 9) Cleo Coyle                                         368 pages

Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc)

  1. A Peach of a Murder (Fresh-Baked Mystery, Bk 1) Livia J Washburn----Retired teachers
  2. Tailing a Tabby (Bookmobile, Bk 2)  Laurie Cass                                    Librarian
  3. Buried in a Book (Novel Ideal, Bk 1)  Lucy Arlington                               Journalist
  4. All the President's Menus (White House Chef, Bk 8) Julie Hyzy             Chef
  5. Meet Your Baker (Bakeshop Mystery,Bk 1) Ellie Alexander                    Baker    
     

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

 Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA
Region 1: NORTHEAST

CT--On Borrowed Time (Library Lovers, Bk 5) Jenn McKinlay
ME--Boiled Over (Maine Clambake, Bk 2) Barbara Ross
MA--A Witch Before Dying (Wishcraft,Bk 2) Heather Blake
NH--
NJ--
NY-- Decaffeinated Corpse (Coffeehouse, Bk 5) Cleo Coyle
PA--
RI--
VT--Sugar and Spice and Not So Nice (Mellow Summers Paranormal Mystery Bk 1) Janet McNulty

Region 2: MIDWEST-

IL--Engaged in Murder (Perfect Proposals, Bk 1) Nancy J Parra
IN--
IA-- Antiques Flee Market (TrashnTreasures,Bk 7) Barbara Allan
KS--Murder Gone-A Rye (Baker's treat, Bk 2) Nancy P Parras
MI--Lending a Paw (Bookmobile Cat, Bk 1) Laurie Cass                 
MN- The Murder Pit (A Moose Rive Mystery Bk 1) Jeff Shelby
MO--If Fried Chicken Could Fly (Country Cooking School, Bk 1) Paige Shelton
NE--
ND--
OH--To Brie or Not to Brie (Cheese Shoppe, Bk 4) Avery Aames
SD--Nearly Departed in Deadwood (Deadwood Humorous Mystery,Bk 1) Ann Charles
WI

Region 3:  SOUTH

AL--  Death on Eat Street (Biscuit Bowl Food Truck, Bk 1)  J.J. Cook
AR--
DE--
FL--Murder with Ganache (Key West Food Critic, Bk 4) Lucy Burdette
GA--If You've Got It, Flaunt It (Haunted Vintage, Bk 1) Rose Pressey
KT--
LA-- Trouble in Mudbug (Ghost in Law Bk 1) Jana DeLeon
MD--
MS--Murder Over Easy (Trailer Park, Bk 2) Jimmie Ruth Evans
NC--A Chili Death (Classic Diner, Bk 1) Jessica Beck
OK--
SC- Fruit of all Evil (Farmers Market, Bk 2)  Paige Shelton
TN-- In Hot Water (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade, Bk 3) J. J. Cook
TX--The Wedding Cake Killer (Fresh Baked, Bk 7)  Livia J Washburn
VA--Killer Sweet Tooth (Daphne Martin, Bk 3) Gayle Trent
W, DC--
WV--

Region 4: WEST-

AK--
AZ--  Dark Chocolate Demise (Cupcake Bakery, Bk 7) Jenn McKinlay
CA--  Inherit the Word (Cookbook Nook, Bk 2) Daryl Wood Gerber
CO--
HA--
ID--
MT--Crime Rib (Food Lover's Village, Bk 2) Leslie Budewitz
NV  Innocent in Las Vegas (A Humorous Tiffany Black, Bk 1) A. R. Winters
NM
OR--
Scene of the Climb (Pacific Northwest, Bk 1) Kate Dwyer Seeley
UT       
WA  Grounds to Kill  Wendy Roberts
WY

 Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species

  1. Fat Cat at Large (Fat Cat, Bk 1)    Janet Cantrell                                              Cat
  2. Elvis and the Dearly Departed (Southern Cousins, Bk 1)   Peggy Webb          Dog
  3. Doing It at The Dixie Dew (Dixie Dew Bed & Breakfast, Bk 1) Ruth Moose     Rabbit
  4. Red Delicious Death (Orchard Mystery, Bk 3) Sheila Connolly                        Goats

  5.  

 Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)

  1. Flamingo Fatale (Trailer Park, Bk 1)  Jimmie Ruth Evans         Trailer Park
  2. An Uninvited Guest (Haunted Guesthouse, Bk 2) E. J. Copperman           Guesthouse
  3. If Bread Could Rise to the Occasion  (Country Cooking School, Bk 3) Paige Shelton       Cooking School
  4. Deadly Donuts (Donut Shop, Bk 10) Jessica Beck                    Donut Shop
  5. Clobbered by Camembert (Cheese Shop, Bk 3)  Avery Aames            Cheese Shop
  6. By Book or By Crook (Lighthouse Mystery, Bk 1) Eva Gates         Lighthouse



 



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Red first time around - blue for second time and only Kindle books

  1. First Book in a Series –

    Geared Up for the Grave / Duffy Brown
    Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play / Ellen Mansor Collier                                                     
    Brownie & Betrayal / Heather Justessen
    A Killer Collection / Ellery Adams                                                                              
    Criminal Confections / Colette London


    Meow is for Murder / T C LoTempio
    Twenty-eight and a half Wishes / Denis Groves Swank

    Hidden Agenda / Leighann Dobbs
    Murder on the Mind / Lorraine Bartlett
    For Better or Murder / Lisa Bork

                                     
  2. Small Business Owner-

    Keeper of the Castle / Juliet Blackwell
    For Whom the Bluebell Tolls/Beverly Allen        
    Snow Way Out / Christine Husom                                               
    The Icing on the Corpse / Liz Mugavero
    The Night Blooming Cerus / Joan Hadley


    Lye in Wait / Cricket McRae 
    Pillow Stalk / Diane Vallere
    Mission to Murder / Lynn Cahoon
    If the Shoe Kills / Lynn Cahoon
    Much Ado About Felines / Kathi Daley
         

     
  3. Y Chromosome-

    Inspector Specter / E J Cooperman
    Mammoth Murder / Bill Crider  
    Fry Another Day / J. J. Cook
    Dog Tags / David Rosenfelt                                                            
    Murder Among the OWLS / Bill Crider


    In the Blood / Peter Robinson
    The First Shall be Last / Jim & Joyce Lavene
    The Scam / Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
    Ice Hunter / Joseph Hunter
    Truman’s Spy / Noel Hynd

     
  4. Connecting Theme - Ghosts

    In Hot Water/ J J Cook                                                
    Mischief in Mudbug / Jana DeLeon                                     
    The Ghost & Mrs Mewer / Krista Davis  
    If Onions Could Spring Leeks / Paige Shelton                                                       
    A Wee Murder in My Shop / Fran Stewart


    Resurrection in Mudbug / Jana DeLeon
    These Haunts are Made for Walking / Pressey
    If You've Got it, Haunt It / Rose Pressey

    Mew to a Kill / Leighann Dobbs 
    Low Country Boil / Susan Boyer

     
  5. Green Living-

    The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree / Susan Wittig Albert        
    The Deadly Ackee / Joan Hadley                                                                               
    Nipped in the Bud / Susan Sleeman                                                                                                                    

    Devil’s Trumpet / Mary Freeman
    A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die

          

    A Valley to Die For / Radine Trees Nehring
    Destroyer Angel / Nevada Barr
    Keeping Mum / Alyce Carlson
    Til the Cows Come Home / Judy Clemens
    Mind Your Own Beeswax / Hannah Reed
       
           
             
  6. New to You Author

    All Things Murder / Jeanne Quigley        
    Tagged for Death / Sherry Harris
                                
    Snow White Red-handed / Maia Chance                                  

    Dire Threads / Janet Bolin
    Finding Gladys / Lee Mims


    Coconut Chronicles / Cam Larson
    Merchant’s House / Kate Ellis
    Chasing the Dollar / Ellie Ashe
    The Body Departed / J R Rain
    Bayou Bubba / Sam Cheever

     
  7. Hobby Time

    Bead on Trouble / Barbara Burnett Smith (beading)                          
    Knot in my Backyard / Mary Marks
    Gone But Know Forgotten / Mary Marks
    Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun / Lois Winston   
    Scrapbook of Secrets / Mollie Cox Bryan


    Stealing with Style / Emyl Jenkins (antiquing)
    A Stitch to Die For / Lois Winston

    The Stitching Hour / Amanda Lee
    Twisted Threads / Lee Waite
    Sealed With a Kill / Lucy Lawrence

     
  8. Die, Death, Murder-

    Slayed on the Slopes / Kate Dyer-Seeley                            
    Motherhood is Murder / Diane Orgain
    A Fright to the Death / Dawn Eastman                 
    Demise in Denim / Duffy Brown
    Murder Ties the Knot / Christy Fifield


    Death Island Style / Maggie Toussaint
    Death of a Chocoholic / Lee Hollis
    Easter Egg Murder / Patricia Wood-Smith
    Death by Ice Cream / Rebecca M Douglass
    Murder in Jade Cove / Dianne Harm
    on
      

     
  9. Murderless Titles

    White Magic Five and Dime / Steve Hockingsmith
    The Night Searchers / Marcia Mueller

    The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss / Krista Davis

    The Chocolate Moose Motive / JoAnna Carl
    Paw and Order / Diane Kelly


    The Job / Janet Evanovich

    Soldiers of Fortune / Jana DeLeon
    Day Shift / Charlaine Harris

    Kelly’s Koffee Shop / Diane Harman
    Last Song of Summer / Margaret Maron

     
  10. Senior Citizen-

    All the Old Lions / Carol Caverly
    Classic Revenge /  Mitzi Kelly
    Relative Danger / June Shaw

    Snoop to Nuts / Elizabeth lee                                   
    Armed and Outrageous / Madison Jones


    Birthdays Can be Deadly / Cindy Bell
    Funerals Can be Murder / Susan Santangelo
    Grannie, Guns and Ghosts / Madison Johns

    Murder in Cottage #6 / Dianne Harman
    Trouble in Tawas / Madison Johns

     
  11. Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages

    Clammed Up / Barbara Ross  (384)
    Bitch Factor / Chris Rogersa  (332)
    Death of a Coupon Clipper (416)
                               
    Loco Motive / Mary Daheim (471)

    Spell Booked / Joyce and Jim Lavene (302)

    Dante’s Wood / Lynn Raimondo (312)
    Whiskey & Tonic / Nina Wright (322)
    Death of a Cupcake Queen / Lee Hollis (320)
    A Gilded Grave / Shelly Freydont (420)  

    Paging the Dead / Brynn Bonner (302)

     
  12. Professionals

    Zero-degree Murder / M L Rowland (Search & rescue)
    Board Stiff / Elaine Viets (Priveate Investigators)           
                         
    A Ghostly Undertaking / Tonya Koppas (Funeral director)
    Privy for the Dead / Sheila Connolly
    Staying Home is a Killer / Sara Rosett (Professional Organizer)


    A Dangerous Talent / Aaron Elkins (Art restorer)
    Deadly Currents / Beth Grounwater (River Ranger)
    Peril for Your Thoughts / Kari Lee Townsend
     
    Death, Taxes and a French Manicure / Diane Kelly (IRS agent)
    In the Belly of Jonah / Sandra Brennan (Mgr of mine)

     

Bonus Category for the Over Achievers

1 Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA

Region 1: Northeast -

CT         Marriage Can be Murder /
Susan Santangelo
ME        Boiled Over / Barbara Ross   
MA       Wicked Charms / Janet Evanovich 
NH        Fall in Death  Emily Toll
NJ          Vengeance Beyond  / Joani Ascher
                
NY        
Feta Attraction / Susannah Hardy
PA         Threaded for Trouble / Janet Bolin
RI          Gravewriter /  Mark Arsenault
                        
VT         Ladle to the Grave / Connie Archer


CT         Funerals Can be Murder / Susan Santangelo
ME        Death of a Chocoholic / Lee Hollis
MA       Perfectly Matched / Heather Webber
NH         A Mew to a Kill / Leighann Dobbs      
NJ          Confession is Murder  Peg Cochran 
NY         Last Lessons of Summer / Margaret Maron
PA         Plain Killing / Emma Miller        
RI          Gilded Death / Anne-Marie Sutton                                      
VT         Sugar and Spice and Not so Nice / Janet McNutly       


Region 2: Midwest -

IL           Skating on the Edge / Julie Charbonneau     
IN          Paper, Scissors, Death / Joanna Campbell Slan

IA          Antiques Chop / Barbara Allen
KS          Missing Mabel / Nancy Mehl
MI         The Chocolate Moose Murder / JoAnna Carl
MN       Double Fudge Brownie Murder / Joanne Fluke
MO       Dying for a Cupcake / Denise Swanson
NE         Heartland / David Wiltse
ND        Family Matters / Joel Rosenburg
OH        As Gouda Dead/ Avery Ammes
SD         Foreign Body / Kathleen Taylor          
WI         Five Alarm Fudge / Christine DeSmet


IL         A Modern Witch / Dianne Geary                                        
IN        Don’t Ask for Rules / Jana Lynn Shellman
IA        Calamity Jane              book?         
KS       In the Dead of Winter / Nancy Mehl
MI        Pretty Hip and Dead / A R Winter
MN      Granny Hooks a Crook / Julie Seedorf
MO      Hideaway / Hannah Alexander      
NE       My Antonia / Willa Cather
ND       The Awakening / Donna Boyd       
OH       As Gouda as Dead / Avery Aames      
SD       Not so Cozy Christmas / Haley Harper
WI        Stiff Penalty / Annalise Ryan   
     


Region 3: South -

AL       The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies / Susan Wittig Albert             
AR       Murder as a Second Language / Joan Hess                              
DE       The Beach Affair / Barbara Johnson        
FL        Eight Dogs Flying / Karen Ann Wilson                                                                      
GA       Pearls and Poison / Duffy Brown
KY        A Ghostly Grave / Tonya Kappos
LA        Swamp Team 3 / Jana DeLeon
MD      Scam Chowder / Maya Corrigan                      
MS      Bone to be Wild / Caroline Harris
NC       Dae’s Christmas Past / Joyce Lavene
OK      Rude Awaking / Susan Rogers Cooper   
SC       Wedding Duress / Elizabeth Lynn Casey
TN       Hero’s Journey / Jim & Joyce Lavene
TX        Deadly Policy / Mitzi Kelly
VA       The Diva Takes the Cake / Krista Davis
WDC   Double Exposure / Susan Ford
WV      A Misty Mourning / Rhett McPherson


AL       Fat Tuesday Fricassee / J J Cook
AR       Twenty-eight & a Half Wishes / Denise Swank
DE       Bad Moon Rising / Barbara Johnson
FL        Senior Snoops / Madison Johns

GA       Southern Peach Pie and a Dead Guy / A Gardner
KY       Two Guys Detective Agency / Stephanie Bond
LA       Missing in Mudbug / Jana DeLeon

MD      Truffled to Death / Kathy Aarons
MS       Dixie Diva Blues / Virginia Brown
NC      A Watery Death / Joyce Lavene
OK      Husband and Wives / Susan Rogers Cooper
SC       Deep Fried Trouble / Toyna Moody
TN       Delicious and Suspicious / Riley Adams
VA       Be My Banshee / J Lavene
WDC   Killer Hair / Ellen Byerrum

WV      Haunts / John Douglas

Region 4: West -

AK         Trusting Viktor / Lee Mims
AZ         Dark Chocolate Demise / Jenn McKinlay
CA         Meow if it’s Murder / T C LoTempio
CO         The Readacholics and the Falcon Fiasco / Laura DiSilverio
HI         
Ashes and Bones / Dana Cameron
ID           The Blight Way / Patrick McManus
MT        The Edge of the Crazies / Jamie Harrison
NV       
Don’t Be a Stranger / A R Winter
NM       The Easter Egg Murder / Patricia Smith Wood
OR        Meet Your Baker / Ellie  Alexander
UT         Deadly Arrangements / Annie Adams

WA       Assault and Pepper / Leslie Budewitz
WY       Frog Skin and Mutton Fat / Carol Caverly 


AK       Alaska Gray /Susan Froeschel        
AZ       Barking Mad at Murder / Jaqueline Vick        
CA       Mission to Murder / Lynn Cahoon    
CO       Two Funerals and a Wedding / Leslie Caine
HI        Mai Tai One On / Jill Marie Landis
ID        The Double Jack Murders / Patrick McManus       
MT       The Bones Will Speak / Carrie Stuart Parks                
NV       Innocent in Las Vegas / A R Winter
NM      Murder on Sagebrush Lane / Patricia Smith Wood
OR      Grimm’s Fairy Tales / Kathi Daley     
UT       Bishop’s Wife / Mattie Ivie Heusller
WA      Smoke in Mirrors / Jane Anne Krentz
WY      Endangered / C J Box

2. Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) 

Doing it in the Dixie Dew / Ruth Moore  (rabbit)
Horse of a Different Killer / Laura Morrigan (horse)             
             
Cat-eye Witness / Patricia Fry  (cat)
Chef Maurice / Truffle / J A Lang (pig)
Night of the Living Thread / Janet Bolin (dogs)

Double Dog Dare / Donna Ball  (dogs)
The Mad Catter / Kathi Daley (cat)
Hidden Agenda / Leighann Dobbs (Crows)

Roadside Attraction / J Carson Black (Horse)
Claw Back / P J Parrish (panther)

3. Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)

Death of a Crabby Cook / Penny Pike (food truck)
A Knife in the Back  Bill Crider (College)

By Cook or by Crook / Maya Corrigan (Fitness club)
Copy Cat Crime / Karen Ann Wilson (Veterinarian office)
Berried Secrets / Peg  Cochran (Cranberry farm)


A First Date With Death / Diana Orgain (Reality show)
Soldiers of Fortune / Jana DeLeon (Swamp)
A Ghostly Murder / Tonya Kapppes (funeral home)

Copy Cat Crime / Karen Ann Wilson (Vet Office)
Corpse of Discovery  B B Cantwell (Bookmobile)



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Here is our Reading Challenge for 2015. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2015. Levels shameless copied for paranormal challenge.

  • Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
  • Read two in a category silver medal for that category
  • Read three in a category gold medal for that category
  • Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
  • Read five in a category for platinum status for that category

First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started

  • Assault & Pepper - Leslie Budowitz
  • Tough Nut to Kill  -  Elizabeth Lee
  • Meet Your Baker  -  Ellie Alexander
  • Murder at the Breakers  -Alyssa Maxwell
  • Last Chance  JJ Lavene

            

Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)

  • Wicked Stitch  -  Amanda Lee   
  • As Gouda As Dead  -  Avery Aames 4/15
  • Night of the Living Thread - Janet Bolin
  • A Root Awakening  -  Kate Collins    3/15
  • Fry Another Day  -  JJ Cook

Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too

  • Silence in Hanover Close - Anne Perry
  • A Death in the Small Hours  Charles Finch   2/15
  • Arsenic and Old Books  -  Miranda James
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters
  • Mrs. Jeffries and the One Who Got Away

 

Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be creative)

  • Murder Plain and Simple  - Isabella Alan
  • Knot in My Backyard  -  Mary Marks  1/15
    The Double Wedding Ring  -  Carole O'Donahue                               Quilting
  • Murder Served Simply - Isabella Alan
  • Gone but Not Forgotten - Mary Marks

Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.)

  • The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'Clock Lady             Susan Wittig Albert
  • Faux Paws  - Krista Davis
  • Snoop to Nuts  -  Cheryl Hollon
  • Peaches and Scream -
  • No Mallets Intended - Victoria Hamilton
     

New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read.

  • Pane & Suffering - Cheryl Hollon
  • By Book or By Crook - Eva Gates
  • A Royal Assassin - Kate Parker
  • Lending a Paw - Laurie Cass
  • Murder at the Brightwell - Ashley Weaver
     

Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)

  • Rocky Road  -  Josi Kilpack
  • Purl Up and Die  -  Maggie Sefton
  • Madness in Miniature - Margaret Grace
  • Wedding Duress - Elizabeth Lynn Casey
  • Cookies to Die For - Dana Low
  • A Finely Knit Murder  Sally Goldenbaum

Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

  • The Last Camel Died at Noon  -  Elizabeth Peters
  • Double Fudge Brownie Murder - Joanne Fluke
  • The Laws of Murder - Charles Finch
  • Death of a Blue Blood, Murder She Wrote - Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain
     

Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

  • Shadow of a Spout - Amanda Cooper
  • In Hot Water - JJ Cook
  • The Vanishing Thief - Kate Parker
  • The Job  -  Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg  12/14
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas Being a Jane Austen Mystery  -  Stephanie Barron   2/15

Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character

  • Thistle and Twigg  Mary Saums
  • Murder in the Kitchen, Murder She Wrote - Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
  • The Hanging in the Hotel - Simon Brett
  • Aunt Dimity and the Summer King - Nancy Atherton
  • Madness in Miniature  Margaret Grace
     

Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages

  • Golden Bird  -  Elizabeth Peters  3/15
  • Nemesis - Catherine Coulter
  • Cardington Crescent - Anne Perry
  • Undetected - Dee Henderson
  • Sabotaged - Dani Pettrey

Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc)

  • Undetected  -  Dee Henderson 
  • Taken -  Dee Henderson
  • Last Dance - Joyce & Jim Lavene
  • Deceived - Irene Hannon
  • All the President's Menus - Julie Hyzy
     

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

  • A Finely Knit Murder  -  Sally Goldenbaum
  • Town in a Sweet Pickle  -  BB Heywood 4/15
  • The Body in the Birches  -  Katherine Hall Page
  • Musseled Out -  Barbara Ross
  • Ho Ho Homicide  -  Kaitlyn Dunnet

Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

  • The Chocolate Clown Corpse  -  Joann Carl   1/9
  • No Mallets Intended  -  Victoria Hamilton
  • Double Fudge Brownie Murder  -  Joanne Fluke  5/15

Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia

  • Wedding Duress  -  Elizabeth Lynn Casey  6/15
  • In Hot Water  -  JJ Cook  7/15
  • Don't Go Home  -  Carolyn Hart
  • A Bushel Full of Murder  -  Paige Shelton  11/15
  • All the President's Menus  -  Julie Hyzy   4/15


Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

  • Dark Chocolate Demise  -  Jenn McKinley  Arizona  5/15
  • Sabotaged - Dana Pettrey    -  Alaska
  • A Batter of Life and Death  - Ellie Alexander  -  Oregon  8/15

2. Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species

  • Tail Gate  -  Rita Mae Brown   (cat & Corgi)
  • Picked to Die  -  Sheila Connolly   (goats)  2/15
  • Anteater of Death  (lions & tigers & bears-oh my!  Plus the anteater of course)

3. Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)

  • Night of the Living Thread  -  Janet Bolin  4/15
  • Scorched Eggs  -  Laura Childs  11/15
  • Grace Cries Uncle  -  Julie Hyzy 8/15
  • On Borrowed Time  -  Jen McKinley  1/9
  • The Vanishing Book Thief  -  Kate Parker


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  1. First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started
  2. Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)
  3. Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too
  4. Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be creative)
  5. Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.)
  6. New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read.
  7. Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)
  8. Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
  9. Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
  10. Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character
  11. Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages
  12. Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc)
  13. Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

1 Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont
Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia
Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

2. Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species

3. Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)

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This is the year, I do this challenge.   YEAH 

My 2015 cozy challenge page

Cat Who Went Bananas (Cat Who..., Bk 27) Author: Lilian Jackson Braun, George Guidall (Narrator)

Murder is a Piece of Cake (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, Bk 8)  Author: Elaine Viets

BONY AND THE BLACK VIRGIN  Author: Arthur Upfield

Lie Down in Green Pastures (Psalm 23, Bk 3)  Author: Debbie Viguie

Yellow as Legal Pads (Biscuit McKee, Bk 2) Author: Fran Stewart

Green as a Garden Hose (Biscuit McKee, Bk 3)  Author: Fran Stewart

Fade to Black (Movie Lover's Mysteries, Bk 1)  Author: Della Borton

Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1)  Author: Louise Penny 1, 3, 6, 9,  12

The Vanishing Thief (Victorian Bookshop, Bk 1)Author: Kate Parker

The Case of the Love Commandos (Vish Puri Mysteries)Author: Tarquin Hall

Echoes of TitanicAuthor: John Campbell ClarkMindy Starns Clark

Lending a Paw (Bookmobile Cat, Bk 1)Author: Laurie Cass

A Killer Plot (Books by the Bay, Bk 1)  Author: Ellery Adams

A Diet to Die For (Skinny Mystery, Bk 1)Author: Sarah Steding\

Buried in Bargains (Good Buy Girls, Bk 3)Author: Josie Belle

Marked Down for Murder (Good Buy Girls, Bk 4)  Author: Josie Belle

A Taste Fur Murder (Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot, Bk 1)
Author: Dixie Lyle

Here is our Reading Challenge for 2015. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2015. Levels shameless copied for paranormal challenge.

  • Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
  • Read two in a category silver medal for that category
  • Read three in a category gold medal for that category
  • Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
  • Read five in a category for platinum status for that category

 

 

  1. First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started
  2. Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)
  3. Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too
  4. Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be creative)
  5. Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.)
  6. New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read.
  7. Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)
  8. Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
  9. Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
  10. Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character
  11. Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages
  12. Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc)

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

1 Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont
Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia
Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

2. Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species

3. Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)



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  I'm in. My TBR stack is teetering and many of the offenders are cozies. Time to move 'em along!

Read one in a category bronze medal for that category

Read two in a category silver medal for that category

Read three in a category gold medal for that category

Read four in a category for diamond status for that category

Read five in a category for platinum status for that category

First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started

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Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)

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Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author, etc.)

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Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.)

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New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read.

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Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)

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Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

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Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

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Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character

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Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages

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Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc)

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Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA

Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

(1) No Mallets Intended 01/11/15 (Michigan)

Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia

(1) Literally Murder by Ali Brandon (set primarily in Florida) 01/06/15

Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

2. Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species

(1) A Vision in Velvet by Juliet Backwell (01/03/15)--pig

3. Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)

(1) Pampered to Death by Laura Levine (diet center/health spa) 02/08/15



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Here is our Reading Challenge for 2015. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2015. Levels shameless copied for paranormal challenge.

  • Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
  • Read two in a category silver medal for that category
  • Read three in a category gold medal for that category
  • Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
  • Read five in a category for platinum status for that category

 

 

First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never start

Suede To Rest by Dianne Vallere completed 01/02/15

Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)

Sour Apples by Shelia Connolly (mc owns an orchard) completed 01/18/2015

too Many Crooks Spoil The Broth Tamar Myers completed 4/4/15

 

Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too

Frozen Stiff Annalise Ryan

Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be creative)

Murder in Miniature Margaret Grace

Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.)

 

New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read.

Steamed by Jessica Conant-Park and Susan Conant completed 1/11/2015

A Lack of Temperance Anna Loan-Wiley

 

Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)

Twisted Threads by Lea Wait completed 1/27/2015

Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

Death of A Maid - MC Beaton

Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

           On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle completed 01/05/2015

           Running On Empty by Sandra Balzo completed on 01/30/15

           Town in a Strawberry Swirl by B.B. Haywood completed 2/23/15

 

Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character

A Cold Day For Murder Dana Stabenow (on the edge of cozy)

Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages

Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc).  

Murder of a Snake in the Grass Denise Swanson completed 1/19/2015

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont
Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia

Dying for Dinner Rolls  - Lois Lavrisa


Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Big Bunny Bump Off - Kathi Daley

2. Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species

3. Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)



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  • Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
  • Read two in a category silver medal for that category
  • Read three in a category gold medal for that category
  • Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
  • Read five in a category for platinum status for that category

 

 

  1. First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started
  2. Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc) Midnight Paws - Ghost Cat, Bk 1 Author: Jessica Beck 5/18/15
  3. Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too Murder Buys a T-Shirt (Haunted Souvenir Shop, Bk 1) Author: Christy Fifield 6/25/15 
  4. Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be creative) The Goodbye Witch (Wishcraft, Bk 4) Author: Heather Blake 1/27/15That Old Flame of Mine (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade, Bk 1) Author: J.J. Cook (Fireman) 9/20/15 & Playing with Fire (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade, Bk 2) Author: J. J. Cook 10/28/15
  5. Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.) Murder Sets Seed (Bretta Solomon) Author: Janis Harrison 8/14/15
  6. New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read.
  7. Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc) All Fudged Up (Candy-Coated, Bk 1) Author:  Nancy Coco 5/25/15
  8. Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words Death of a Mad Hatter (Hat Shop, Bk 2) Author: Jenn McKinlay 6/11/15/ Sirius About Murder (Beanie and Cruiser, Bk 2) Author: Susan Owens Wright
     
  9. Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
  10. Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune, Bk 1)Author: Jana Deleon 1/20/15
  11. Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages A Plain Scandal (Appleseed Creek, Bk 2)Author: Amanda Flower 2/22/16
  12. Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc) What Sarah Saw: Without a Trace Author: Margaret Daley (Psychiatrist) 2/10/15 

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

1 Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont
Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia
Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

2. Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species

3. Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)

 



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Here is our Reading Challenge for 2015. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2015. Levels shameless copied for paranormal challenge.

  • Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
  • Read two in a category silver medal for that category
  • Read three in a category gold medal for that category
  • Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
  • Read five in a category for platinum status for that category
  1. First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started
  2. Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)
  3. Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too
  4. Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be creative)
  5. Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.)
  6. New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read.
  7. Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)
  8. Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
  9. Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words
  10. Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character
  11. Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages
  12. Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc)

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

1 Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont
Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia
Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

2. Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species

3. Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)

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Yey I found the Cozy Challenge!  This looks so much more doable for me, though I'm gonna go the light weight version!

Here is our Reading Challenge for 2015. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2015. Levels shameless copied for paranormal challenge.

  • Read one in a category bronze medal for that category
  • Read two in a category silver medal for that category
  • Read three in a category gold medal for that category
  • Read four in a category for diamond status for that category
  • Read five in a category for platinum status for that category

First Book in a Series - It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started

yesSmall Business Owner - Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc)

Y Chromosone - Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too

yesConnecting Theme - All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be creative) - Witches!

Green Living - Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.)

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yesNew to You Author - Books with an author that you have never read.

Hobby Time - Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)

yesDie, Death, Murder - Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

yesMurderless Titles - Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words

Senior Citizen - Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character

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Plump Cozies - Read a cozy with more than 300 pages

Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc)

Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

1 Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

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Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

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Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia

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Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

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  1. First Book in a Series- It can be a brand new series, or a series that has been around but you have never started The Tell-Tale Turtle, Pet Psychic Bk 1, Joyce & Jim Lavene; Paw Enforcement, K-9 Bk 1, Diane Kelly; By Cook or by Crook, Five Ingredient, Bk 1, Maya Corrrigan; Ill Gotten Panes, Stained Glass, Bk 1, Jennifer McAndrews; A Wee Murder in my Shop, ScotShop Bk 1, Fran Stewart
  2. Small Business Owner- Cozy centers around a small business owner ( catering, bed and breakfast, salon etc) Spellcasting in Silk, (clothing) Juliet Blackwell; Dark Chocolate Demise, (cupcake) Jenn McKinley; The Wedding Soup Murder, (restaurant) Rosie Genova; At the Drop of a Hat, (hat shop) Jenn McKinlay; Bloom & Doom, (bridal shop) Beverly Allen
  3. Y Chromosone- Cozies with either male author, male main character or very important male character can be a male animal too The Bughouse Affair (Carpenter & Quincannon, Bk 1) Bill Pronzini; The Blazing Tree, Mary Jo Adamson; A Haunting Dream, Jim Lavene;
  4. Connecting Theme- All of these cozies must have something that is similar ( animals in the story, paranormal, same author etc., be creative) Dead Between the Lines, Denise Swanson; Going Through the Notions, Cate Price; Looming Murder, Carol Ann Martin; Assaulted Pretzel, Laura Bradford; Cookies and Scream, Virginia Lowell (small shop owners)
  5. Green Living- Cozies that are connected to green living or healthy live style (gardening, hiking, yoga, organics, forestry, farming  etc.) Bushel Full of Murder (Farmer's Market), Paige Shelton; A Biscuit A Casket (Pawsitively Organic) Liz Mugavero; A Tough Nut to Kill (Nuts) Elizabeth Lee; The Pickled Piper (Pickled and Preserved) Mary Ellen Hughes; Fruit of the Poisoned Tree (gardening), Jim and Joyce Lavene; Oak & Dagger, Dorothy St. James; 
  6. New to You Author- Books with an author that you have never read. Cause of Death, Jane Adams; Scene of the Climb, Kate Dyer-Seeley; A Tough Nut to Kill, Elizabeth Lee; Murder Plain and Simple, Isabella Allen; Dolled up for Murder, Deb Baker
  7. Hobby Time – Books centered around hobbies, (crafts, cooking, games, exercise etc)
  8. Die, Death, Murder- Cozies with Die, Death Murder in the title or any form of those words  Murder Simply Stitched, Isabella Allen; A Taste for Murder, Dixie Lyle; Paws for Murder, Annie Knox; You Cannoli Die Once, Shelly Costa; Death of a Coupon Clipper, Lee Hollis
  9. Murderless Titles Books without Die Death Murder in the title or any form of those words No Mallets Intended, Victoria Hamilton; Killer in Crinolines, Duffy Brown; Mr. Jeffries on the Ball, Emily Brightwell; The Chocolate Moose Motive, JoAnna Carl; All Shots, Susan Conant;  
  10. Senior Citizen- Books with a Senior Citizen as a main character or a significant supporting character Murder in Eden, Helen Goodman; The Body in the Transept, Trouble in the Town Hall, Holy Terror in the Hebrides, The Evil that Men Do, Jeanne M. Dams;
  11. Plump Cozies- Read a cozy with more than 300 pages Tailing a Tabby, Laurie Cass; Death in the Cotswolds, Rebecca Tope; Death of a Friend, Rebecca Tope; Black Beans and Vice, JB Stanley; A Custom Fit Crime, Melissa Bourbon; Forget Me Knot (Quilting, Bk 1), Mary Marks
  12. Professionals -  Cozies about professionals (Professors, teachers  Firemen, Policemen, Clergy- someone that has to obtain a college degree, professional certificate (plumber, electrician ), attend an academy etc) A Function of Murder (professor) Ada Madison; Laying Down the Paw (police) Diane Kelly; In Hot Water (fireperson) J.J. Cook; Murder off the Beaten Path (rescue) M.L. Rowland; Murder Under Cover (book repair) Kate Carlisle
  13. Bonus Category For the Over Achievers

1 Read at least 3 books in Different Regions of the USA


Region 1: Northeast - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont The Big Kitty, Claire Donnelly; Cat Nap, Claire Donnelly; Boiled Over, Barbara Ross
Region 2: Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin The Chocolate Book Bandit, Joanna Carl; If Catfish Had Nine Lives, Paige Shelton; Paws for Murder, Annie Knox Dead Between the Lines, Denise Swanson
Region 3: South - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia Bless Her Dead Little Heart, Miranda James; A Fatal Appraisal, JB Stanley; Mistletoe, Merriment & Murder, Sara Rosett 
Region 4: West - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

2. Read at least 5 Books that each have a different animal in it as a supporting character (bird, dog, cat, pig etc) Must be different Species

Whiskey on the Rocks (dog), Nina Wright; Final Catcall (cats) Sophie Kelly; Murder Hooks a Mermaid (bird) Christie Fifield; Deadly Patterns (pig)

3. Read at least 5 Books that take place in different settings (School, boat, church, golf course etc)

 



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