2020 Reading Challenges


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 in the medical profession Diagnosis Murder The Silent Partner by Lee Goldberg (doctor)
Protagonist works with animals Paw and Order by Diane Kelly (K9 officer)
Protagonist is writing a book The Man Who Couldn't Miss by David Handler
Protagonist is happily married Dachshund Through The Snow by David Rosenfelt
Protagonist is a male The Hard Way by Lee Child

WHAT 5/5
Title is 1 word Downfall by J.A. Jance
Title is at least 6 words The Man in the White Linen Suit by David Handler
Title starts with a vowel (Not the word ‘A’) In Hot Water by J.J. Cook
An event in the title (example=Wedding Bell Blues) An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly
Any measurement in the title (example=inch, minute, mile, cup, quarter, etc) The Fat Innkeeper by Alan Russell

Set in a beach town A Time For Murder by Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land (Cabot Cove)
Set in a big city Divorce Turkish Style by Esmahan Aykol (Istanbul)
Set on an island Invitation Only Murder by Leslie Meier
Set in a state beginning with the letter ‘M’ Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay (Maine)
Set on foreign soil (NOT America or England) Bad Day at the Vulture Club by Vaseem Khan (India)

WHEN 5/5
Set in the 1900s Lady Takes The Case by Eliza Casey (1912)
Set in the 1800s The Case of the Wandering Scholar by Kate Saunders (1851)
Set in the future (2021 or beyond) Arrow's Flight (beyond 2850)
Set during a storm Cruel Winter by Sheila Connolly (stranded in snowstorm)
Set during summer Murder for Choir by Joelle Charbonneau

HOW 5/5
(Method of Murder)
Poison The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall
Drowning Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury by Lee Hollis
Gun/shooting The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes by David Handler
Blunt object The Ringmaster by Vanda Symons
Accident A Turn For The Bad by Sheila Connolly

WHO – Not your typical protagonist (deaf, blind, wheelchair-bound, ADHD, Aspergers, etc.) The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking by Leigh Perry
WHAT – The protagonist’s first name starts with your first or last initial Potions Are For Pushovers by Tamara Berry (Protagonist's name is Ellie!)
WHERE – Set in a hotel The Hotel Detective by Alan Russell
WHEN – Whole book takes place within a week Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece by Rose Pressey
HOW – Mistaken identity – wrong person killed One Hot Murder by Lorraine Bartlett

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, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
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

20/26 books

Affairs of Steak by Julie Hyzy
Buried in a Bog by Sheila Connolly
Copy Cap Murder by JenMcKinlay
Ditched 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
Enforcing the Paw by Diane Kelly
Fear on the Phantom Special by Edward Marston
Graveyard Shift by Casey Daniels
Homicide Hustle by Ella Barrick
In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund
Justice & Jealousy by Ellie Blake
K Team by David Rosenfelt
Lady Takes the Case by Eliza Casey
Molded 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
Owl Be Home for Christmas by Donna Andrews
Puddin' on the Blitz by Tamar Myers
Road Less Traveled by Cris Ramsay
Scandal In Skibbereen by Sheila Connolly
Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich
Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes
Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey

Cruising Through the Cozies 2020


  1) One from culinary Sweet Pepper Hero by J.J. Cook
  2) One animal related Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima (K9)
  3) One craft related A Fatal Yarn by Peggy Ehrhart (Knitting)
  4) One paranormal Playing With Fire by J.J. Cook
  5) One based outside US The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall (India)
  6) One career based Read On Arrival by Nora Page (librarian)
  7) One holiday based Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker (Christmas)
  8) One travel based A Chorus Lineup by Joelle Charbonneau
  9) One historical A Silent Stabbing by Alyssa Maxwell (1920)
10) Freebie choice A View To A Kilt by Kaitlyn Dunnett
11) A Nun In The Closet by Dorothy Gilman
12) Poppy Harmon Investigates by Lee Hollis
13) Blind Search by Paula Munier
14) Staged 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
15) Botched 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
16) Skating Under The Wire by Joelle Charbonneau
17) She Shoots To Conquer by Dorothy Cannell
18) Murder at the Monks' Table by Sister Carol Anne O'Marie
19) Playing the Devil by R.J. Lee
20) Flowerbed of State by Dorothy St. James

"It’s all in the Title" Challenge


Color in title The Man in the White Linen Suit by David Handler

Number in title Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich

Dance (or dance movement) in title (ex: Salsa, ballet, dip, swing, hustle, waltz, etc.) A Chorus Lineup by Joelle Charbonneau

Name in title (any proper name) Poppy Harmon Investigates by Lee Hollis

Job (or career) in title The Ringmaster by Vanda Symons

Holiday in title Owl Be Home For Christmas by Donna Andrews

Fire in title (flame, candle, light, etc.) Playing with Fire by J.J. Cook

Vehicle in title (car, ambulance, truck, plane, ship, etc.) Fear On The Phantom Special by Edward Marston (name of a train)

Relationship in title (aunt, uncle, grandmother, parent, niece, etc.) Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey

Animal in title Bad Day at the Vulture Club by Vaseem Khan

Weather in title (snow, sunny, rain, ice, etc.) Dachsund Through The Snow by David Rosenfelt

Supernatural element in title (witch, vampire, skeleton, etc.) Fear on the Phantom Special by Edward Marston

Food in title (cheese, cake, apple, cinnamon, etc.) Puddin' on the Blitz by Tamar Myers

Gambling in title (cards, poker, chips, bet, etc.) Tails, You Lose by Carol J. Perry

Sports in title (football, game, bat, team name, etc.) She Shoots To Conquer by Dorothy Cannell

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