2017 Reading Challenges






Going for
'Investigator'


19/20 books

1) One from culinary (anything dealing with food): Curried Away by Gail Oust (spice shop)
2) One from animal related: The Cat Sitter and The Canary by Blaize and John Clement
3) One from craft related: Cancelled By Murder by Jean Flowers (quilt group)
4) One from Paranormal: Pall in the Family by Dawn Eastman
5) One from British cozy mysteries: The Victim in Victoria Station by Jeanne M. Dams
6) One career-based cozy: Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James (librarian)
7) One holiday based: Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke
8) One travel mystery: A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander (travels to Greece)
9) One historical mystery: Death Along The River Fleet by Susanna Calkins (1600's)
10) One is your choice! (freebie!): The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
Now read 10 more books of your choice:
11) Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen
12) Death Sits Down To Dinner by Tessa Arlen
13) Murder In Style by Veronica Heley
14) Without A Grave by Marcia Talley
15) Gone With The Twins by Kylie Logan
16) Secrets and Shamrocks by Phyllis Gobbell
17) Occult and Battery by Lena Gregory
18) Switcheroo by Aaron Elkins
19) Pride v. Prejudice by Joan Hess
20) The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband by E.J. Copperman













13/26 books

And Then There Were Nuns by Kylie Logan
B
Crooked Street by Priscilla Masters
Death of a Toy Soldier by Barbara Early
Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany
Footprints to Murder by Marcia Talley
Glass On The Stairs by Margaret Scherf
H
Inherit The Bones by Emily Littlejohn
J
K
L
M
N
Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
Plaid And Plagiarism by Molly MacRae
Q
Read and Buried by Erika Chase
Sing It To Her Bones by Marcia Talley
Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich
U
V
Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao
X 
Y
Z



REPORTER CHALLENGE



Go to Goodreads to join in the challenge

(This is MY challenge)

(I'm aiming for the Pulitzer level)



25/30 books

WHO
Protagonist is a religious person (priest, nun, cleric, minister, deacon, etc) Nun Too Soon by Alice Loweecey (ex-nun)
 Protagonist is in the medical profession (doctor, nurse, EMT, hospital staff, etc.) Who's Kitten Who? by Cynthia Baxter (vet)
Protagonist is a dead person (ghost, skeleton, vampire, zombie…anybody who is dead)
Protagonist is a writer A Story To Kill by Lynn Cahoon
Protagonist is an innkeeper (Inn, B&B, hotel, motel, etc) No Virgin Island by C. Michele Dorsey

WHAT
A Short Story from an Anthology The Haunted Cruise Ship, 1985 by Chelsea Cain (Confessions of a Teen Sleuth)
Poison in the title A Pinch Of Poison by Alyssa Maxwell
Weather in the title
A Cold Case (crime investigated is over 10 years old) A Death In The Dales by Frances Brody
Time in the Title (minute, week, clock, year, hour, etc) The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day

WHERE
Set in a big city There Was A Crooked Man by K.J. Larsen (Chicago)
NOT set on land (cruise ship, boat, airplane, spaceship, etc)
Set in a state beginning with the letter ‘N’ Glow of Death by Jane K. Cleland (New Hampshire)
Set in England The Vanishing Thief by Kate Parker
Set in Europe (anywhere but England) A Fine House In Trinity by Lesley Kelly (Scotland)

WHEN
Set during a competition Dead Man Dancing by Marcia Talley (dancing competition)
Centers around a holiday
Set during summer A Puzzle To Be Named Later by Parnell Hall
One where the protagonist has to beat the clock (time is crucial to solving mystery) A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn (1 week before hanging)
Set during a courtroom trial (Not the whole book) The Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg

HOW
Framed for Murder Time of Death by Lucy Kerr
Attempted Murder (victim recovers) Second To Nun by Alice Loweecey
Fire (burned, smoke inhalation, etc.) Death of a Hussy by M.C. Beaton
Drowned Wicked by Joanne Fluke
Supernatural death (exsanguinations, staked, voodoo, magic, etc)

BONUS CATEGORY
WHO - Protagonist is industrous (deaf, blind, wheelchair-bound, ADHD, Aspergers, etc.) The Question of the Felonious Friend by E.J. Copperman (Aspergers)
WHAT – Title starts with the same letter as your pet’s name Occasion Of Revenge by Marcia Talley
WHERE - Set at work (main event occurs at protagonist’s workplace) Permanent Sunset by C.Michele Dorsey
WHEN – Book set during a snowstorm Mystery In White by J. Jefferson Farjeon
HOW – 2 different attempts to kill the same victim (killer can be successful on 2nd attempt) A Most Novel Revenge by Ashley Weaver (poisoned, then stabbed)