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Subject: 2015 Mystery Challenge Topics and Discussion
Date Posted: 10/15/2014 3:26 PM ET
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2015 Challenge

This is the place for discussion, questions and just general chit chat.  There is a LIST ONLY thread

This is a genre challenge.  These are sub categories found in the Mystery / Thriller genre on PBS and genres found on SYKM.  Some old categories, some new and some suggestions.

Any type of book will qualify, cozies, traditional mysteries, historicals.  Even if you wanted to read

  1. Have a holly, jolly time... Read a seasonal mystery.  Any holiday will do.  
  2. What’s up Doc?... Read a medical mystery or thriller.
  3. He did it, he really did it…  Read a true crime story.
  4. I’m gonna sue!... Read a legal mystery / thriller.
  5. The dog knows who dun it... Read a mystery with an animal in it.  Doesn’t have to do anything but be there.
  6. Snuggle up with your favorite... Author that is.
  7. Scary, really scary!... Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it
  8. I say there, HALT, eh!... Read a British or Canadian police procedure.
  9. Let’s go overseas… Read a mystery with an international mystery/crime. 
  10. Here’s looking at you kid… Read a mystery with a professional male, female or team, not an amateur sleuth.
  11. I think he’s crazy!... Read a psychological thriller. 
  12. Okay perfesser what’s that gizmo do?..Read a techno mystery.
  13. No murder in this case...  Read a mystery with a crime other than murder, e.g. Bank/Casino/Jewelry Heist, Kidnap, Burglary, Forgery/Counterfeiting or confidence men,  scams/hackers).
  14. What do you do?...  Read a mystery with a specific job category:  Technology, Teachers, Farmer/Rancher, Reporters, Scientists, Photographers.
  15. What nationality are you?...  Read a mystery with an ethnic MC
  16. Read something from a different historical period (per SYKM).  You like the 1800s or 1900s try something earlier or later.  And these days 1950 is considered historical!
  17. Crazy weather we’re having...  Read a mystery with something weather related.  Maybe going through a hurricane or a bad storm.  Maybe heavy snow or ice. 
  18. Let’s have a big chuckle together...  Read a humorous mystery
  19. She’s at it again...  Read a mystery with a woman sleuth, professional or amateur.
  20. Romancing the stone!...  Read a romantic suspense story
  21. The past is clinging to the present… Read a gothic suspense 
  22. I vant to bite your neck...  Read something with a vampire
  23. Award Winners:  Read a book by an Edgar Grand Master Award winning author. Make it personal the year of your high school graduation and your 21st birthday. 
  24. He’s gone Jim...  Read a book written by an author we’ve lost in the last year

 

BIG BANG BONUS

Read a book from a country that has hosted the Olympics multiple times = one or all your choice
Host cities for multiple Olympic Games In Summer and Winter

City               Country              Continent          Summer Olympics        Winter Olympics     Total

London          United Kingdom   Europe               3 (1908, 1948, 2012)    0                                3

Athens          Greece                Europe               3 (1896, 1906, 2004)    0                                3

Paris              France                Europe               2 (1900, 1924)              0                                2

Los Angeles   United States     North America  2 (1932, 1984)              0                                2

Tokyo            Japan                  Asia                   2 (1964, 2020)             0                                2

Lake Placid     United States    North America  0                                  2 (1932, 1980)            2

Innsbruck      Austria               Europe              0                                  2 (1964, 1976)             2

St. Moritz      Switzerland        Europe              0                                  2 (1920, 1948)            2



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 10/15/2014 3:49 PM ET
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I thought I’d share some information for the challenge.

For those who might not have tried a challenge before.  You can find a great deal of information on SYKM (Stop You’re Killing Me!)   http://www.stopyourekillingme.com
Fantastic Fiction  http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk
Cozy Mysteries  http://www.cozy-mystery.com/

These categories were suggested and a couple I came up with.  Thanks to all for the suggestions and I hope you like the categories.  

Stop You’re Killing Me has an index on the left side of the page that includes Award, Location, Job, Historical, Diversity and Genre among other things.

Fantastic Fiction is more a list of author thought they do show new releases and new authors.

Cozy Mystery might be the most help.  On the left are different areas to check out.  I found some non murder books listed on the site as well as the techno thriller.  Which really don't have to be heavy on the techno.  Maybe just a heavy use of computers or tablets or even cells. 

He’s gone Jim...  Read a book written by an author we’ve lost in the last year.

If you aren't aware of an author that has died in 2014 SYKM has a list in January which I will be adding   to this discussion thread at that time.



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Date Posted: 10/16/2014 12:02 PM ET
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Got my spot!!!  Who knows if I will finish next year or not, this year is looking a little grim --- but I love the Challenge!!!!

Thank you GERI!!!!

Date Posted: 10/17/2014 9:00 AM ET
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Looks great, Geri! (Did you mean "psychological" thriller for the "I think he's crazy!" category?)

I'm going to start looking for books now! Thanks especially for the vampire & award categories!



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Date Posted: 10/17/2014 9:21 AM ET
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I never heard of a physiological thriller either and had to look it up. I thought it was a psychological thriller, too. Goodreads has a nice list of physiological thrillers and I happen to have one on my TBR pile.

This challenge will definitely be a challenge for me next year as there are quire a few categories that I don't read/like. Will have to force myself to complete those.  I had a terrible time with the spy category this year. I know I don't have to read them all, but what's a challenge without a challenge?

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Date Posted: 10/17/2014 10:18 AM ET
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Mary., thanks for the hint Goodreads has a nice list of physiological thrillers

This year so far.I have three books on my TBR but haven't spent the time to really check it out.  It seems like I should have something to cover most of it.

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CORRECTION!

Did you mean "psychological" thriller for the "I think he's crazy!" category?  YES!!!

Date Posted: 10/17/2014 1:14 PM ET
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Oh Geri --- there MUST be some physiologist who had committed murder (hee hee)!!!! 

Date Posted: 10/17/2014 1:53 PM ET
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OK...I'm in!  A couple of these may be a real "challenge"!  Unlike last year, don't think I have more than a couple on the TBR pile.  The hunt begins!!!!!

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I figure we can use either spelling physiological or psychological. blush

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Marla, I'm sure you have a Brit police procedure and all you need is a Heather Graham or two.  One for a paranormal and another for Romantic suspense.  

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Geri...Brit police procedurals are never a problem for me!!  LOL  But, there is no way I will leave the Heather Graham you've sent until January!!!  I'm very sure she will have another one...or two...or three coming out next year!!!

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A new one coming in paperback in January.  Not a Krewe a Cafferty & Quinn with a new Krewe in February.  I simply don't know how we manage to wait so long!  wink  Darn, it's a novella.

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You all and your ghosts & goblins --- one genre I NEVER have on my TBR!!!!  Also slightly concerned about a "Techno" thriller!!!  An example please???

Date Posted: 10/18/2014 8:32 AM ET
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Again, Goodreads and Amazon have lists of techno thrillers.  I can only go by the lists since I never even heard of a Techno thriller.  Example:

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Also listed are the Jack Ryan series.

Splinter Cell by Tom Clancy

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Mary M.C.  --- Thanks for the reference.  I have actually read both the Dan Brown and the Crichton, but that is good information.  Who knew I read techno thrillers???? I will also look at SYKM and Goodreads.

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Technothriller is a sub genre on PBS now.  I'd describe it as things like hi-tech phones or super computers.  Maybe think of a James Bond story with his cars and special things from Q.  Mary found a source for all of us!

Heather Graham write a romantic suspense the Krewe of Hunters are FBI agents who just happen to have special skills.  Some see ghosts, others hear voices but it's not over powering, be all, end all.  There are many other authors writing ghost stories these days.

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I found the J. D. Robb books listed as "technothrillers".  I have never read any of them, tho my husband is addicted to them.  I wonder if they consider them in that category because they are set in the future? 

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J D Robb is in the future and maybe they're considered techno thrillers for the computers and communications things as well as the flying cars.  Oh and the routine space travel.     

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Does anybody know if Ghost Monster by Simon Clark fits in any of the categories?  The only thing I can find is that it is Horror.

Date Posted: 10/19/2014 8:43 AM ET
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Well, LOL, I love the J.D. Robb serious and am reading one now. I definitely would consider them techno thrillers with the auto chefs, flying cars, etc.

Karen, Sounds like that book would fit in Scary, Really Scary category. If it has a ghost, it has a paranormal element.

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Karen, I read the description of Ghost Monster on Amazon.  Scary,Really Scary!!!  Gave me shivers reading that.

From what I read it has a paranormal element to it. 

Date Posted: 10/20/2014 1:45 PM ET
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Other romantic suspense (that's more suspense than romance): Kay Hooper's trilogies featuring the FBI psychics - works for the supernatural stuff, too. Also, Catherine Coulter's FBI series.

And I love Jayne Ann Krentz for romantic suspense, too. She's got that series about the Arcane Society, romance - suspense - paranormal - some historical. Read just a few, and knock off several categories!

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Date Posted: 10/20/2014 3:44 PM ET
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Wow!  I went through my TBR and found I have almost all the categories!  No, I really didn't go through it and do the challenge from that.  I just thought using genres would get us to read something different, something that isn't our usual.  I'm already considering what new interesting thing to do next year.

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