Who? What? Where? When? How?
Why? – because it’s fun to read!

Cub reporter: 5 books (1 from each category)
Columnist:   10 books (2 from each category)
News Anchor: 15 books (3 from each category)
Editor: 20 books (4 from each category)
Newspaper Mogul: 25 books (5 from each category)

BONUS CATEGORY: Pulitzer Prize Winner (Newspaper Mogul plus Bonus Category) = 30 books


WHO 5/5
Protagonist is a librarian Read and Gone by Allison Brook
Protagonist works with animals Feral Attractions by Eileen Watkins (cat grooming shop)
Protagonist dabbles in the supernatural Murders & Metaphors by Amanda Flower
A Main Character is a dead person (ghost, skeleton, vampire, zombie…anybody who is dead) A Gift of Bones by Carolyn Haines (Jitty - ghost)
Protagonist is a youngster (25 yrs or younger) Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley (12 yr. old)

WHAT 5/5
Animal in the title (NOT dog or cat) The Potbellied Pig Caper by Georgette Livingston
Title is at least 6 words The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala by Laura DiSilverio
Color in the title Wedding Bell Blues by Ruth Moose
A ‘food word’ in the title A Baker Street Wedding by Michael Robertson
A weather element in the Title Dead of Winter by Annelise Ryan

Set in a small town Do No Harm by Dawn Eastman (Baxter, Michigan)
Set in a big city The Breakers by Marcia Muller (San Francisco)
Set in a B&B or a hotel Death At a Premium by Valerie Wolzien (B&B)
Set in a state beginning with the letter ‘A’ Downfall by J.A. Jance (Arizona)
Set on foreign soil (NOT America or England) The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton (Scotland)

WHEN 5/5
Set in the 1900’s A Murderous Marriage by Alyssa Maxwell (1920)
Set during a competition (Olympics, ballroom dancing, bake-off, rodeo, etc.) Three Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder (Scavenger Hunt)
Set in the 1800’s Death Comes to Bath by Catherine Lloyd (1822)
‘Ticking clock’ is involved (time is crucial to solving mystery) First, Kill The Lawyers by David Housewright
Set during winter Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

HOW 5/5
(Method of Murder)
Poison The Hour of Death by Jane Willan
Knife/stabbing Death At The Dog by Joanna Cannan
Gun/shooting The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt
Blunt object The Stately Home Murder by Catherine Aird
Rope/strangulation Death of a Russian Doll by Barbara Early

WHO – Not your typical protagonist (deaf, blind, wheelchair-bound, ADHD, Aspergers, etc.) The Question of the Dead Mistress by E.J. Copperman (Aspergers)
WHAT – The protagonist’s first name starts with your first or last initial Murder By Suggestion  by Veronica Heley (Ellie Quicke)
WHERE – Set in a school Grave Errors by Carol J. Perry
WHEN – Book set during a storm Cyanide with Christie by Katherine Bolger Hyde
HOW – Killed by fire Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima

Rules:  For this challenge – Each book can only be used once (If it fits more than 1 category choose one – as it can only be used in 1 of the categories)
The bonus round is just an added challenge to kick it up a notch!
The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.
You don’t have to choose your books in advance.  If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year.
Books can be in any format – paper, ebooks, audio…
 Crossovers with other challenges are fine.
Most of all—have fun!

A - Z Challenge

26/26 books

Ask Me No Questions by Shelley Noble
Bones to Pick by Carolyn Haines
City of Lies by Victoria Thompson
Deck The Hounds by David Rosenfelt
Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson
Field of Bones by J.A. Jance
Ghostal Living by Kathleen Bridge
Hot Fudge Murder by Cynthia Baxter
In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon
Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear
Knit Your Own Murder by Monica Ferris
Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich
Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
Naughty on Ice by Maia Chance
Overkilt by Kaitlyn Dunnett
Past Due For Murder by Victoria Gilbert
Queen of Bones by Teresa Dovalpage
River Bodies by Karen Katchur
Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima
They Rang Up the Police by Joanna Cannan
Under A Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day
Vanished in the Dunes by Allan Retzky
Wheel of Fire by Hilary Bonner
Marks The Scot by Kaitlyn Dunnett
You Don't Own Me by Mary Higgins Clark
Zoo Job by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Cruising Through the Cozies 2019


  1) One from culinary Cooking' The Books by Amy Patricia Meade
  2) One animal related The Long Paw of the Law by Diane Kelly (K9)
  3) One craft related Hooks Can Be Deceiving by Betty Hechtman (crochet)
  4) One paranormal Bones Behind The Wheel by E.J. Copperman
  5) One based outside US Henrietta Who? by Catherine Aird (England)
  6) One career based Death By Chocolate Malted Milkshake by Sarah Graves (bake shop)  
  7) One holiday based Murder At The Mill by M.B. Shaw (Christmas)
  8) One travel based Catch Me if Yukon by Maddy Hunter
  9) One historical City of Secrets by Victoria Thompson
10) Freebie choice Murder by Suicide by Veronica Heley

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