2015 Reading Challenges


Super Sleuth - ACHEIVED!
(Reading 13 mysteries)

13/13 books

1) Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett
2) The Good, The Bad & The Emus by Donna Andrews
3) Suspicion At Seven by Ann Purser
4) The Chocolate Clown Corpse by JoAnna Carl
5) A Nip Of Murder by Carol Miller
6) The Marriage At The Rue Morgue by Jessie Bishop Powell
7) Biggie & The Meddlesome Mailman by Nancy Bell
8) The Question Of The Missing Head by E.J. Copperman & Jeff Cohen
9) Death Of A Blueblood by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
10) Murder, Simply Stitched by Isabella Alan
11) As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust by Alan Bradley
12) Hard Row by Margaret Maron
13) Murder Tightly Knit by Vannetta Chapman

This is a different type of book challenge.
You try to read a book that the title, author, or both starts with each letter of the alphabet.

24/26 books

A) All Things Murder by Jeanne Quiqley
B) Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo
C) Catwalk by Sheila Webster Boneham
D) Death By The Book by Julianna Deering
E) Edge Of Midnight by Charlene Weir
F) Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler
G) Grave Undertaking by Matt de Castrique
H) Ho Ho Homicide by Kaitlyn Dunnett
I) I Am Not A Cop by Richard Belzer with Michael Black
J) Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
K) Killer Physique by G.A. McKevett
L) Last Post by Robert Barnard
M) Murder In Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson
N) NYPD Puzzle by Parnell Hall
O) Of Merlot and Murder by Joni Folger
P) Puzzled Indemnity by Parnell Hall
Q) Queen Of Hearts by Rhys Bowen
R) A Reconstructed Corpse by Simon Brett
S) Snow White Red-Handed by Maia Chance
T) Toured To Death by Hy Conrad
U) Under Cold Stone by Vicki Delany
V) The Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler
W) Wouldn't It Be Deadly by D. E. Ireland
X) EXcept The Dying by Maureen Jennings

Striving for Sargeant Level
(This is tougher than you'd think)

2/5 books

1) Murder By Gravity - Barbara Graham (sheriff)

2) Unidentified Woman #15 - David Housewright (lawyer suit)





(This is MY challenge)

(I'm aiming for NEWSPAPER MOGUL level)


25/25 books

Protagonist is a librarian - Maid Of Murder by Amanda Flower
Protagonist is a government agent - Unpacking The Undertaker by Jennifer Oberth
Protagonist is a ghost - Ghost Wanted by Carolyn Hart
Protagonist works with animals (vet, dog walker, zoo, etc) - Muzzled by Eileen Brady (vet)
Protagonist is a crook - Nine Days by Minerva Koenig

Holiday in the title - The Nightingale Before Christmas by Donna Andrews
Animal in the title - Catnapped by Elaine Viets
Weather in the title - Snow Way Out by Christine Husom
Poison in the title Biggie & The Poisoned Politician  by Nancy Bell
Title starts with the same letter as your last name - Off Kilter by Hannah Reed

Set in England - Murder At Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
NOT set on land (cruise ship, boat, airplane, spaceship, etc) - A Crafty Christmas by Mollie Cox Bryan (cruise ship)
Set on an Island - Aloha Betrayed by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain (Hawaii)
Set on foreign soil (not America or England) - Gretel & the Case of the Missing Frog Prints by P.J.Brackson (set in Germany)
Historical novel - Murder At Westminster Abbey by Amanda Carmack (set in 1559)

One book set during any holiday - When Elves Attack by Tim Dorsey (Christmas)
One that centers around a convention or conference - Death In Paradise by Kate Flora
One Dark & Stormy night – bad weather plays big role in story - White Corridor by Christopher Fowler (stranded in snowstorm)
One where the protagonist has to beat the clock (time is crucial to solving mystery) - The Invisible Code by Christopher Fowler (have to solve before suspect leaves for conference)
One set during a vacation - Shadows Of Death by Jeanne M. Dams

(Method of Murder)
Poison is murder weapon - Hell On Wheels by Sue Ann Jaffarian
Knife/stabbing is murder weapon - Dead Between The Lines by Denise Swanson
Gun/shooting is murder weapon - Fatal Fortune by Victoria Laurie
Blunt object is murder weapon - Murder At The Brightwell by Ashley Weaver
Rope/strangulation is murder weapon - The Curse Of The House Of Foskett by M.R.C. Kasasian



Cover Items:
January: A Shirtless Person (male or female)
(Alternate) - Purple cover: The Memory Of Blood by Christopher Fowler

February: A Weapon: Ten Second Staircase by Christopher Fowler (gun)
(Alternate) - Red cover

March: Dress: Cursed In The Act by Raymond Buckland
(Alternate) - Green cover

April: Animal
(Alternate) - Blue cover: Murder At Cape Three Points by Kwei Quartey

May: Sports Equipment
(Alternate) - Flowers: A First Date With Death by Diana Orgain

June: Kissing (mouth or other body part)
(Alternate) - Pink cover: Killer Gourmet by G.A. McKevett (pink & purple cover)

July: Jewelry
(Alternate) - White cover

August: Tattoo
(Alternate) - Yellow cover: A Catered Mother's Day by Isis Crawford

September: Mode of Transportation
(Alternate) - Orange cover

October: Food
(Alternate) - Spooky

November: Body of Water
(Alternate) - Black cover

December: Snow 
(Alternate) - Something Christmasy

Click above to see the challenges I participated in!


  1. Welcome to the cozy challenge! Have fun!

  2. Good luck with your challenges! Thanks for participating in the Men in Uniform challenge :)