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Subject: Mystery Challenge Lists/Updates Thread
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 11:30 PM ET
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Okay, here is the thread we can keep track of our lists and our progress--please post questions, comments, etc. in the other thread. Thanks to all who are playing along!

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. EIGHT OF SWORDS by DAVID SKIBBINS (completed 1/13/09)

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born. AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by AGATHA CHRISTIE  (completed 6/20/09)

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.) FEAR IN THE FOREST by BERNARD KNIGHT (set in 12th c. Devon, UK) completed 2/12/09

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before. SISTER PELAGIA AND THE WHITE BULLDOG by Boris Akunin (19th c. Russia) FINALLY finished 12/11/09!!

4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. A SUMMER OF DISCONTENT by SUSANNA GREGORY (520 pages) (completed 6/26/09)

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English. HE WHO FEARS THE WOLF by KARIN FOSSUM (Norwegian) (completed 1/14/09)

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.  New choice: PUSS 'N CAHOOTS by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown. (completed 6/20/09)

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months. TRIGGER CITY by SEAN CHERCOVER  (completed 2/24/09)

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for. THE LAST TEMPLAR by MICHAEL JECKS completed 8/12/09 (and my opinion didn't change much)

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK. THE SNAKE STONE by JASON GOODWIN (Istanbul) (completed 4/25/09)

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title. WRITTEN IN BLOOD by CAROLINE GRAHAM completed 6/8/09

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming. I've read two and have two left in the four book "Mars Bahr" series by K.J. Erickson. bonus completed 3/31/09

As you can see, I have a couple holes I haven't decided on titles for yet. I don't have anything on my current TBR to match them and may need to use library books if I fulfill those.

Cheryl



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Here's mine.  I think it's set ... in wet cement anyhow! :)

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. The Sleeping Doll by Jeffrey Deaver  finished: 1/23/09

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born. The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler (1958)

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.)  A Bicycle Built for Murder by Kate Kinsbury (set during WW II)

4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. Play Dirty by Sandra Brown (535 pgs)

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English. Adios Hemingway  by Leonardo Padura. (Spanish)

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal. Cat Under Fire by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months. A Veiled Deception by Annette Blair

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for. Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit by Carole Nelson Douglas

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK. Missing in Precinct Puerto Rico (#4) by Steven Torres

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title. Blood Work by Michael Connelly

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming. The Torrey Tunnet series (4 books) by Dicey Deere. I have all 4 so it works out perfect.



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I've finished the challenge and decided to try to do it again.  No Cheryl it wasn't that easy I just read fast and suffer from insomnia...:)

Finished my personal second round.  I almost thought I'd miss the last book!  Phew.  Fun, can't wait for Cheryl's next challenge.

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. 

  • Scent of the Grave   India Ink        Finished 01/10/09
  • Cart of Death            Mari Ulmer    Finished 07/18/09 

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born.  

  • Murder After Hours   Agatha Christie                 Finished 01/09/09 
  • A Study in Scarlet     Sir Arthur Conan Doyle    Finished 07/24/09 

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.) 

  • Murder and the First Lady  Elliott Roosevelt  Finished 01/21/09
  • Above Suspicion                  Helen MacInnes  Finished 07/17/09

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before.   

  • Pope Joan                Donna W Cross Finished 01/15/09  (a time I've never read before)
  • Mummy Dearest     Joan Hess                         

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

  • Dark of the Moon   John Sandford (474 pgs) Finished 02/01/09
  • The Only Suspect  Jonnie Jacobs                   Finished 08/03/09

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

  • Jar City Arnaldu                                    Indridason (Icelandic) Finished 01/28/09
  •  When the Devil Holds the Candle    Karen Fossum

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal. 

  • Cat Cross Their Graves   Shirley Rousseau Murphy  Finished 04/12/09
  • Cat's Eyewitness              Rita Mae Brown                     Finished 08/07/09

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months. 

  • Eggs in Purgatory               Laura Childs  Finished 02/18/09
  • Homicide in Hardcover      Kate Carlise  Finished 07/15/09

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for. 

  • Murder by Impulse            D R Meredith  Finished 03/15/09
  • Candy Apple Dead            Sammi Carter  Finished 08/20/09

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK. 

  • The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency  Alexander McCall Smith  Finished 01/13/09
  • Death of a Red Heroine                      Qiu Xiaoiong  Finished 08/21/09

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title. 

  • Blood Memory   Greg  Ilels  Finished 5/30/09
  • Bloodline            Fiona Mountain  Finished 9/21/09

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming. 

  • Caught Dead in Philadelphia; Philly Stakes; I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia; With Friends Like These; How I Sent My Summer Vacation' In the Dead of Summer' The Mummers' Curse; The Bluest Blood; Adam and Evil; Helen Hath No Fury; Clair and Present Danger, Til the End of Tom, .A Hole in Juan and All's Well That Ends - by  Gillian Roberts
  • You've Got Murder, Click Here for Murder, Access Denied and Delete All Suspects  Donna Andrews  Finished 9/19/09


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1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. Track of the Cat by Navada Barr finished 2/10/09

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born. Cat Amongst the Pigeons by Agatha Christie Finished 6/3/09

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.)  Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor (Jane Austen Mystery) by Stephanie Barron   finished 4/14/09

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before. World Without End by Ken Follett  finished 6/18/09(set in 1300's England)

4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (406 pages) Finished 1/7/09

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English. Murder on the Leviathan by Boris Akunin finished 1/19/09

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal. Gone for Dogs by Susan Conant finished 9/23/09

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months. Portrait of a Lady by Diane Stuckert finished 6/12/09

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for. The Cat Who Played Brahms by Lillian Jackson Braun (I previously read The Cat Who went up a Creek, and didnt care for it.)

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK. The Last Templar by Steve Berry (set in Denmark and southern France) finished 9/15/09

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.  Roman Blood by Steve Saylor

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Sir John Fielding Mysteries by Bruce Alexander (11 books)

  1. Blind Justice Finished 1/14/09
  2. Murder in Grub Street Finished 3/4/09
  3. Watery Grave Finished 4/20/09
  4. Person or Persons Unknown Finished 5/29/09
  5. Jack Knave and Fool  Finished 6/20/09
  6. Death of a Colonial  finished 11/08/09
  7. Color of Death
  8. Smuggler's Moon
  9. An Experiment in Treason
  10. THe Price of Murder
  11. RUles of Engagement


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1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. Dying to be Thin By Kathryn Lilley Finshed 1-18-09

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born. Edwin of the Iron Shoes  by Marcia Muller  11-10-09

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.) Anything Goes by Jill Chruchill  5-25-09

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before.

4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. The Gold Coast by Nelson Demille (707 Pages) 7-18-09

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson  Finshed 1-31-09

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal. Catnap By Carole Nelson Douglas 5-24-09

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months. Cross Country  By James Patterson  Finshed 1-12-09

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for. HeartSick by Chelsea Cain  Finshed 2-16-09

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK. A Season for The Dead by David Hewson(Rome) Finshed 2-8-09

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title. Precious  Blood by Jonathan Hayes   Finshed 1-24-09

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming  Ryan Kealy series by Andrew Britton

1. The American 6-1-09

2. The Assassin 6-8-09

3. The Invisible 6-8-09

 

 



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Alright, I going start this by using books from my house.  The categories left will have to be found another way...

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. Murder is Binding by Lorena Barrett (finished 01/09/09)

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie (finished 3/19/09)

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.) Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (finished 2/20/09)

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about beforeFIRE AND FOG by Dianne Day [set in San francisco, 1906] (finished 2/3/09)

4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. In the Woods  by Tana French [592pp.] (finished 3/30/09)

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English. Sun and Shadow by Ake Edwardson [Swedish] (Finished 2/19/09)

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animalRUFFY SPEAKING  by Susan Conant (finished 2/26/09)

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months. Found Wanting by Robert Goddard (published 1/6/09, finished 5/26/09)

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for. Death of Riley by Rhys Bowen (finished 2/6/09)

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK.  The Moon-Spinners by Mary Stewart [set in Crete] (finished 2/15/09)

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.  Innocent Blood by P.D. James (finished 9/15/09)

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming. I"Guilded Age" series by P.B. Ryan (read the last four books) FINISHED 1/29/09

 

Whoo-hoo!  Finished!



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1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before.  Nancy Pickard - Say No To Murder Finished 01/09/09

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born. The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett Finished 02/16/09

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.)  Elizabeth Peters - Crocodile onb the Sandbank - Vicotrian Age

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before.

4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. Turn Coat by Jim Butcher 07/03/09

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English.The mosaic crimes : [a Dante Alighieri mystery] / Giulio Leoni ; translated from the Italian by Anne Milano Appel Finished 02-04-09

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.Tamar Myers Den of Aniquity series - Cat plays a big role.

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months. Janet Evanovich - Plum Spooky Pub 01/06/09 -fin 01/11/09

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.Lee Harris - A christening day Murder - 05/19/09

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK. Conventual Spirit - Paraclete France 02/16/09

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title. Whisper to The Blood - Dana Stabenow Finished 02/20/09 

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.

Southen Sisters Series by Anne George

1. Murder on  Girl's Night Out. 04/27/09  2. Murder on Bad Hair Day. 04/29/09  3. Murder Runs in the Family. 05/01/09  4. Murder Makes Waves.05/03/09 5. Murder Gets a Life.05/04/09  6. Murder Shoots the Bull. 05/04/09 7. Murder Carries a Touch.05/08/09  8. Murder Boogies With Elvis. 05/15/09



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I'm going to try this. Not sure I can do all of them (esp. the blood one) but I'm game.

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before.

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born.

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.)

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before.

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

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months. Murder Most Maine by Karen MacInerny 1/15/2009

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK.

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.



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Ok, I'm posting my list here.  I still have to decide about most of these,, but if I put in here, it will inspire me to figure the rest of them out.  Accountability and all that!  :)  LIke lots of others, I'm trying to do this from ones that are on my shelves already.  I reserve the right to change my mind about any of these!!  LOL.

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born.    I have an Agatha Christie that is from 1940.

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.)  Absolution by Murder by Peter Tremayne (Ireland, mid 7th century)

4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages longStraight Into Darkness by Faye Kellerman 

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to EnglishFaceless Killers by Henning Mankell (Sweden)

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.   Smoky Mountain Tracks by Donna Ball

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six monthsFractured by Karin Slaughter (August 08)

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  I guess this may be a Patricia Cornwell or James Patterson.  I don't know; I'll have to think about this one... 

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK.   Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon (Venice, Italy)

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the titleBlood Hollow  by William Kent Krueger.

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming. 



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Hey Sharon, when you finish that "Smoky Mountain Tracks" by Donna Ball  - send it this way please, it sounds really really good!

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Haven't decided on which books I'll read yet as I like to let the mood strike me, but I'll post them as I get them done:

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before.  Keepsake Crimes by Laura Childs (finished 1/9/2009)

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born. The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie (written in 1928, way before my time! Finished 1/11/2009)

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.)  Her Royal Spyness Solves Her First Case by Rhys Bowen (finished 2/27/2009)

4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long.  Cold Is The Grave by Peter Robinson - 435 pages (finished 1/21/2009) - unforunately I don't recommend this book as it was a very difficult and uninteresting book :(

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English.  The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell (finished 1/15/2009)

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.  The Purrfect Murder by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown (finished 2/17/2009)

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months. Fleece Navidad by Maggie Sefton (finished 1/6/2009)

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for. Old Bones, A Gideon Oliver Myster by Aaron Elkins (finished 2/1/2009) . . . sorry Aaron, still don't like the writing style, quite a difficult read for me!

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK. The Princess of Burundi by Kjell Eriksson (finished 5/31/2009)

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title. Oxford Blood, a Jemima Shore Mystery by Antonia Fraser - (finished 1/26/2009)

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming. Going to read the Grub-and-Stakers series by Alisa Craig (aka Charlotte MacLeod) :

  1. The Grub-And-Stakers Move a Mountain (finished 3/4/2009)
  2. The Grub-And-Stakers Quilt a Bee  (finished 3/6/3009)
  3. The Grub-And-Stakers Pinch a Poke (finished 3/7/2009)
  4. The Grub-And-Stakers Spin A Yarn (finished 3/8/2009)
  5. The Grub-And-Stakers House A Haunt  (finished 3/9/2009)

 

I'M DONE!

 



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1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. - Murder in Volume by D.R. Meredith
2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born. - Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers
3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.) - A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King
4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. - Putting on the Dog by Cynthia Baxter
5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English. - Have Mercy On Us All by Fred Vargas
6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal. Three Bags Full - Leonie Swann
7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months. - Death Swatch by Laura Childs (9/08)
8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for. - Dead and Doggone by Susan Conant
9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK. - The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency  Alexander McCall Smith  (Thanks Geri, I have this one in my TBR pile!)
10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming. - Bath & Body series by India Ink - 3 books, no more in the series (bummer, good books!)



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My 16 year old son and myself are doing this challenge.  So, the T is for me and K is for him.  We are going to fill in as we figure out what we are going to read.

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before.  T: "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder" Joanne Fluke 2-27-09

     K:"Post Mortem" Patricia Cornwell

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born.T:  "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards" Lilian Jackson Braun  1-19-09

    K:

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.)T:"Death on the Nile" Agatha Christie

    K:"Death on the Nile" Agatha Christie

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before.

4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long.T:"The Empty Chair" Jeffrey Deaver

    K:

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English. T:

    K:

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal. T:"The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern"Lilian Jackson Braun

    K: "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards" Lilian Jackson Braun

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months.T:

    K:

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for. T: "Keepsake Crimes" Laura Childs

    K:  Jeffrey Deaver

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK. T:

   K: "Cross Country" James Patterson

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.T:

    K:

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.

T:

K:

 



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Here’s my list. I still need a book that was translated to English, so if anyone has any recommendations I’d appreciate it!

 

 

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. Quieter Than Sleep by Joanne Dobson  - Finished 1/10/09

 

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born. The Case is Closed by Patricia Wentworth  -  Finished  1/15/09

 

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.) Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry - Finished  3/01/09

 

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before. A Morbid Taste For Bones by Ellis Peters    Finished 11/28/09

 

4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. Silent In the Grave by Deanna Raybourn  - Finished 9/7/09

 

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English.  Wash This Blood Clean From My Hands by Fred Vargas - Finished 6/15/09

 

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal. The Cat Who Turned On and Off by Lilian Jackson Braun  - Finished 01/05/09

 

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months. Cross Country by James Patterson  - Finished – 01/03/09

 

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for. Larceny and Old Lace by Tamar Myers

 

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK. The Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith  - Finished 11/22/09

 

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title. Innocent Blood by P.D. James - Finished - 01/26/09

 

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming. I really want to try and read all of Ngaio Marsh’s Roderick Alleyn series.



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Aubree, someone suggested to me the books by Fred Vargas.  They were originally written in French.  I have the first book on my list

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I have a lot of holes in mine, but since I usually read romance, this is a big step for me.  I used to read mystery all of the time so this will get me back in the genre.

 

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born. The Moonstne by Wilkie Collins

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.) Need to look for a new book

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before. Slipknot by Linda Greenlaw

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

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal. Delilah Doolittle and the Purloined Pooch by Patricia Guiver

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months.A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for. 6th Target by James Patterson

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK.

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title. Fountain of Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.The Delilah Doolittle Series by Patricia Guiver

I am actually moving faster than I thought I would!



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#1- (COMPLETE) I just finished "Dead Until Dark" by Charlaine Harris to fulfill the requirements of #1. Woohoo!

#2-(COMPLETE) I finished "Cover Her Face", the first Adam Dalgliesh mystery by P.D. James which was first published in 1962, three years before I was born. That takes care of requirement #2.

#3-(COMPLETE) I have taken care of requirement #3 with Charles Todd's "Legacy of the Dead", an Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery that takes place in England just after the end of WWI.

#3b.(COMPLETE) If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before. "Dissolution" by C. J. Sansom.

#4- (COMPLETE) I've completed #4 by reading 'Black Dog' by Stephen Booth which came in at 466 pages.

#5-(COMPLETE)Today I completed "Faceless Killers" by Henning Mankell to fulfill the requirements of #5. Yay me!

# 6-(COMPLETE) Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal. "Dog On It"

#7- (COMPLETE) Finished "Below Zero" by C. J. Box today.  It was released on June 16th. Read a new release--something published within the past six months.

#8- Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for. 

#9- (COMPLETE) Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK. "The Collaborator of Bethlehem" by Matt Beynon Rees

#10- (COMPLETE)Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title. I just finished "Blood Trail" by C. J. Box.

 

BONUS:(COMPLETE)  I'll read Charlaine Harris' Lily Bard series.  There are five books in the series and the last one was published in 2001.  I have completed the first two in the series, Shakespeare's Landlord and Shakespeare's Champion. I have completed the 3rd book in the series, Shakespeare's Christmas. I've completed Shakespear's Trollop. I've completed Shakespeare's Counselor so now I'm done with the bonus.  Yay me!



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Wow - I'll have to think about most of these - but here's what I have so far:

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. The Color of Law by Mark Gimenez

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born.

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.)

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before.

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

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English.  Probably something by Arnaldur Indriðason, (Iceland)

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months.

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for. (???)  Sue Grafton - T is for Trespass

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK.  Zen Attitude by Sujata Massey (Japan)

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.  (Darn - have already read A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer Fleming!)  I know - Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper!

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.

 

 



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This sounds fun. I'm gonna give it a shot but I have no idea what I'll read for some of these books.

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before.   Eggs in Purgatory by Laura Childs

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born.    The Chinese Parrot by Earl Derr Biggers

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.)   The Titianic Murders by Max Allan Collins

4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long.   Dead Canaries Don't Sing by Cynthia Baxter (400 pages)

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.   The Purrfect Murder by Rita Mae Brown   finished (1/2/09)

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months.   The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion by Alice Kimberly finished 1/28/09

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.   Grave Site by Charlaine Harris

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK.

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.  Bloodline by Fiona Mountain

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming. Annabelle Archer Mysteries by Laura Durham



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Claiming my page, but I think I'll pick my books as I go along.

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. Died in the Wool, by Mary Kruger

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born.

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.) A Matter of Justice, by Charles Todd

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before.

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

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.  Doggie Day Care Murder, by Laurien Berenson

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months. Eggs in Purgatory, by Laura Childs

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK. Tears of the Giraffe, by Alexander McCall Smith

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.  Blood Trail, by C.J. Box

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.



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Okay, I'm late, I know, but I'm going to try this challenge too:

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before.

       The Rosary Murders by William X. Kienzle - finished 5/30/09

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born.

         Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle  - published in 1887 (whew, just made it!) finished on July 5, 2009

        3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.)

        

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before.

       The Queen's Cross by Lawrence Schoonover ( it's set in Spain and I haven't read any HF about Spain yet) -  finished on 6/26/09

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

         Next of Kin by John Boyne - finished on 2/26/2009

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

          Voices by Arnaldur Indridason (translated from Icelandic)   finished 1/17/2009

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.

         Dog On It by Spencer Quinn - finished on 6/24/09

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months.

        Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett (waiting for release) - finished 2/1/2009

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.

         Ruling Passion by Reginald Hill - finished on 8/11/2009

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK.

         The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo  (Stockholm) finished on 2/9/2009

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.

         Bloody Mary by J.A. Konrath  (finished on 1/24/2009)

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.

May only be able to do the lite challenge, depending on how my time goes, since we have a move coming up, probably in May.



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1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. MURDER ON THE IDITAROD TRAIL by Sue Henry

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born. GAUDY NIGHT by Dorothy Sayers

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.) SEE DELPHI AND DIE by Lindsey Davis 1/31/09

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before.

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

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English. THE TERRA-COTTA DOG by Andrea Camilleri

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months.

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for. Something by Greg Iles?

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK. THE LADIES NO. 1 DETECTIVE AGENCY by Alexander McCall Smith

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming. JONATHAN ARGYLL SERIES by Iain Pears



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1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read beforePublish and Perish / Sally Wright / 1.4.09 and Body Trace / D. H. Dublin / 1.16.09

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born.

3. Read one historical mysteryA Royal Pain / Rhys Bowen / 1.2.09

4.  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. Cruel Habitations (515 pgs) / Kate Charles / 1.21.09

5.  Read one mystery written first in another language and translated into EnglishThe Three Evangelists/Fred Vargas

6.  Read one mystery were one of the main characters is an animalOrange as Marmalade / Fran Stewart

7.  Read a new release--something published within the past six months. Homicide in Hardback / Kate Carlisle (pub. 2/09) / 3.17.9

8.  Read a mystery by an author you previoiusly tried and didn't care for.  Man with a Load of Mischief / Martha Grimes / 1.11.09

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--other than USA, Canada or UK. Tomb of Zeus (Crete) / Barbara Cleverly / 4.19.09

10. Read a mystery with the work "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title  Bloodhounds / Peter Lovesey / 3.5.09

BONUS:  Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcomingKate Charles / Book of Psalms Mysteries / Five Books / Last one published 1995

 



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. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before.  The Search for my Great Uncles Head by Robert Latimer 2/09

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born.The Case of the Bigamous Spouse/ Shills Don't Cash Chips  Erle

                                                                                                                           Erle stanley Gardner @ 1961 Jan 2009

 

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.) A Grave at Glorita by michael Kilian 7/09

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before.

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

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English. Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann April 2009

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.  Dog On it by Spencer Quinn  March 2009  Out to sea by Laura Levine sept. 2009

7- read a new release 6 months. Getting Old is a Disaster  Jan. 2009

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.Bobbie Faye's very, very, very bad day by Toni McGee Causey.   I started and re started this book 6 times this summer and finally finished it.  Just did not do it for me. Aug/2009

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK.Alpine For You by Maddy Hunter. 

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.

All by Ann McMillan

Dead March

Angel Trumpet

Civil Blood

Chickahiminy Fever



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