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Subject: Another Challenge??? OMG the mini-historical mystery challenge is back!
Date Posted: 2/28/2011 10:12 AM ET
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So, how far over the edge have we gone?? Can any of you possibly be up for still another reading challenge? Well, It has been requested that we try another mini-historical mystery challenge, so, after losing a boat load of guests here for the past 10 days, I have tried to put one together. In this one, for those of you interested, we can duplicate books between challenges and read alongs from this forum. Here goes:

Choose 4 books from the following categories:

1.) All Locked Up - any book involving the imprisonment of one of the characters.

2.) The King's Progress - any book which involves a mystery while traveling.

3.) A Little Help From My Friends - any book in which the protagonist gets some assistance in handling the case from another party.

4.) Double, Double, Toil and Trouble - any book which has a supernatural element to it.

5.) Just Hangin' Around - any book which involves the gallows in some way.

6.) The Benefits of a Higher Education - any book in which a university is involved - or a scholar.

7.) Plague, Poison or Pox? - any book which involves any of these potential threats to life.

8.) This Could Be the Start of Something Grand - The first book in a mystery series that intrigues you.

Pick 4 of the above and get ready to do some sleuthing!!

We can use this thread for discussions and I will create another for LISTS ONLY.

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 10:13 AM ET
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Those are excellent categories Jeanne I am IN!!!!  YAY!!!



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Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 2/28/2011 10:14 AM ET
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Now this is my kind of Challenge, lol!!

Is this just for the month of March?

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 10:16 AM ET
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Nope, Polbio - it is the yearly one! Shoot  - have I started a precedent here??? crying

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 10:26 AM ET
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Great categories!  Well done Jeanne!!

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 10:44 AM ET
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Heck, what's one more challenge.  Interesting categories Jeanne!

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 10:52 AM ET
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Oh, polbio, you could make the Arianna Franklin books fit into this category, I bet!  I loved the series.

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 10:58 AM ET
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Great job on the categories, Fabulous Jeanne!  I didn't do the mystery one last year, but I have some HF mystery on my shelf, so I may give it a try.

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 11:03 AM ET
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Oooh, I'm glad that you all are happy with the categories! Don't know if this mind could come up with any more than those, but I have to say that that part of it is a lot of fun!

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Date Posted: 2/28/2011 11:32 AM ET
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THANKS JEANNE,

Thank you for starting this thread. This is my fav genre, so I am ready for this one!!!

Mary

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 11:53 AM ET
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Woo-Hoo! I am so in! I have sevral historical mysteries that I have really been wanting to read, now is my chance!

 

I love the categories!! Now, I'm so glad I never got around to read Bernard Cornwell's book "Gallows Thief". I have a copy though and it will be perfect for category number 5 - Just Hangin' Around. Oh, wait, this category might be just the excuse I need to buy Karen Maitland's newest, "The Gallows Curse". It sounds so good!

Number 7 - Plague, Poison, or Pox is intriguing too. I wish I hadn't already read Sara Poole's book, "Poison" because it would be perfect here. She does have a sequel coming out this year though...

I really like number 4 too. I've been craving fantasy books lately and I'm sure I can find a great one to fit here...

 

This is going to be fun!! Thanks, Jeanne!

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 11:56 AM ET
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I think I am going to read a book for each category, simply because I think they all sound great and I can't choose just four! I might need some help figuring out a book for some of them though. I can't think of a single thing for the university one...I'm sure I will find something good!

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 11:59 AM ET
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Valli, I am going to read A Trail Of Ink for the higher learning Category.

A Trail of Ink
Author:
Melvin R. Starr
 
I had never seen Master John Wyclif so afflicted. He was rarely found at such a loss when in disputation with other masters. He told me later, when I had returned them to him, that it was as onerous to plunder a bachelor scholar's books as it would be to steal another man's wife. I had, at the time, no way to assess the accuracy of that ...  more »opinion, for I had no wife and few books ...' So begins another delightful and intriguing tale from the life of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon in the medieval village of Bampton, near Oxford, and bailiff of Bampton Castle at the behest of Lord Gilbert Talbot. 
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I know I can find one for each category also  (and more than likely already on my TBR shelves) and since i only joined two other challenges this year, I might even get it done, lol.

Valli, I just got my first two Bernard Conrwell books, Agincourt and Rebel.

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 12:15 PM ET
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Valli - a couple of suggestions for category 6 - if you're interested:

Heresy by S J Parris - much involvement of  Lincoln college at Oxford

Henry Gresham books - he used much of his inheritance to refound Granville College at Cambridge.

I'll keep thinking on this....

Oh! and then there's The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard - West Point in 1830 - I think this is the one that I will use.



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Date Posted: 2/28/2011 12:22 PM ET
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I'm in!  Maybe I can whittle down that TBR pile a little more.

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Date Posted: 2/28/2011 3:28 PM ET
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Oh Jeanne Dear,  Would this work for the paranormal category?

Midnight is a Lonely Place
Author:
Barbara Erskine
 
Seeking seclusion in a remote part of England where she can finish writing her biography and get away from a troubled relationship, Kate Kennedy realizes that her cottage is haunted by a pair of Roman Britain star-crossed lovers. — When author Kate Kennedy escapes London for a remote cottage on the North Essex coast, she hopes to heal fr...  more »om her broken love affair. Soon, though, eerie sounds of doors opening by themselves, shocking vandalism, and smells of musky perfume and damp earth are filling Kate's nights with fear. Yet it may be Greg Lindsey, her landlord's hostile artist son, and his sullen sister Alison, who are playing malicious pranks on her.

But Kate's discovery of a Celtic necklace leads her to believe that the voices intruding on her mind and the strange curses appearing on her computer screen may be connected to something beyond this time and place. And when her dreams leave her trembling over the violent murders of star-crossed lovers from ancient Rome, it becomes clear that she must try to undo the treachery that inexplicably binds her to these restless, unhappy ghosts crying out through tangled strands of time. If she dares... if she lives
Date Posted: 2/28/2011 3:47 PM ET
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Yes, Letty, that book sounds like it would work fine! Sounds good too!

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 4:13 PM ET
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Thank you!heart

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 8:53 PM ET
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Thanks! I think I will go with the the Gresham book.

Letty, I just looked up Melvin Starr's books and they sound gooood...

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 8:56 PM ET
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Valli they are!

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 10:34 PM ET
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Woohoo! 9 fellow HF members are signed up so far and it looks like we have yet another challenge going!! We must be out of our minds.frown

 Where the heck is Deb? I thought sure that she would be testing my limits with a gazillion questions about what she can and can't do here. She's probably out shopping for a kindle/nook/ Kobo/bazooka or whatever!!

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 10:55 PM ET
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 Where the heck is Deb? I thought sure that she would be testing my limits with a gazillion questions about what she can and can't do here. She's probably out shopping for a kindle/nook/ Kobo/bazooka or whatever!!

LOL!! I'm here -- repeating to myself, "no challenges, no challenges, no challenges...."  Umm...a bazooka...now there's a nifty idea!

We must be out of our minds.

Yes -- you are.

 

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 11:21 PM ET
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SOOOOO - Are you going to join us Deb, or what!!!

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