Here is an excellent challenge for lovers of crime, mystery, suspense and thrillers.  The review site Books, Movies Reviews! Oh My! instigated this one, and asks for a monthly check-in.  Here are the rules:

Challenge Rules:

  • You can read any book that is from the mystery/suspense/thriller/crime genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate but you do need a place to post your reviews to link up. (blog, Goodreads, booklikes, shelfari, etc.)
  • Make a goal post [that’s this page] and link it back here with your goal for this challenge.
  • Books need to be novellas or novels, please no short stories. (At least 100 pages +)
  • Crossovers into other challenges are fine.
  • The Challenge will  be from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st. (Sign up ends April 15th)

My Target for 2018

I’m going for the basic level – Amateur Sleuth, at between 5 and 15 books read.

Fortunately I don’t have to say what I’m reading in advance, but expect to see books by Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway series) and Lindsey Davis (Falco, Flavia Alba) among them.  I think the Lockwood & Co books might be allowed, too 🙂  This sounds too easy!

  1. Everything is Lies by Helen Callaghan (suspense)
  2. The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths (crime thriller)
  3. Daemon by Doug Dandridge (scifi crime thriller)
  4. Death by Adverb by Rebecca M Douglass (cozy mystery)
  5. The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths (crime thriller)
  6. The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths (crime thriller)
  7. The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths (crime thriller)
  8. Alexandria by Lindsey Davis (historical crime mystery)
  9. The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah (Hercule Poirot mysteries)
  10. The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry (historical crime suspense)
  11. Enemies at Home by Lindsey Davis (historical crime mystery)
  12. Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis (historical crime mystery)
  13. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (gothic crime suspense thriller)
  14. The Accident on the A35 by Graeme Macrae Burnet (literary crime mystery)
  15. Kiwi in Cat City by Vickie Johnstone (MG fantasy crime) *** Amateur Sleuth completed ***
  16. Nemesis by Lindsey Davis (historical crime mystery)
  17. A Maigret Christmas by Georges Simenon (detective)
  18. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey (crime, audiobook)
  19. The Body in the Snow by Christoph Fischer (crime)

Achieved level 2: Detective!

Challenge for 2019

I’m not doing this.  Really, I’m not.  I might just tally qualifying books, though.

  1. Dining Out With the Gas Giants by Clare O’Beara (scifi crime)
  2. The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths (crime thriller)
  3. The Lie Tree by Frances Harding’s (magical-realism mystery)
  4. The Seagull by Ann Cleeves (crime thriller – Vera #1)
  5. Raven Black by Ann Cleeves (crime thriller – Shetland #1)
  6. The Czar’s Spy by William Le Queux (historical mystery thriller)
  7. Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor (historical mystery)

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