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message 1: by Chris (last edited Sep 13, 2010 06:25PM) (new)

Chris Curtis (cjccur) | 68 comments Summer Challenge - Read the Season
June 21 (First day of Summer) - Sep 22, 2010

S - Shades of Earl Grey by Laura Childs
U - Unleashed by Laurien Berenson
M - Murder Among Neighbors: A Kate Austen Mystery by Jonnie Jacobs
M - Tim Myers Room for Murder
E - Evans Above by Rhys Bowen
R - Rita Mae Brown The Purrfect Murder

Bonus - The Summer Wind : Thomas Capano and the Murder of Anne Marie Fahey by George Anastasia (Not a cozy but it has Summer in the title and has been in my to read pile for ages.)


message 2: by Chris (last edited Sep 28, 2010 08:06PM) (new)

Chris Curtis (cjccur) | 68 comments Mysteries Around the World Quarterly Challenge
July 1 thru Sep 30th

North America: Always Watching CA and CO
South America:
Europe: Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage England
Asia: Murder on the Orient Express Syria
Africa: Crocodile on the Sandbank Egypt
Australia: Vintage Murder New Zealand
Antartica:In Cold Pursuit


message 3: by Chris (last edited Nov 21, 2011 08:14AM) (new)

Chris Curtis (cjccur) | 68 comments Read Around the USA Challenge


Alabama
Alaska
Arizona Mystery in Arizona
Arkansas
California Murder Among Neighbors: A Kate Austen Mystery by Jonnie Jacobs
Colorado
ConnecticutUnleashed by Laurien Berenson
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois Murder of a Small-Town Honey by Denise Swanson
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine Spackled and Spooked
Maryland
Massachusetts Stuck on Murder by Lucy Lawrence
Michigan
Minnesota Cream Puff Murder
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey - Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina Room for Murder by Tim Myers
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon The Quick and the Thread by Amanda Lee
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina Shades of Earl Grey Laura Childs
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas Thyme of Death
Utah Tutu Deadly by Natalie M. Roberts
Vermont
Virginia The Purrfect Murder by Rita Mae Brown
Washington The Pumpkin Thief by Melanie Jackson
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming


message 4: by Chris (last edited Aug 04, 2010 03:15PM) (new)

Chris Curtis (cjccur) | 68 comments August, the month of sun and fun!


1) Read a mystery about travel or vacations; a mystery location at a popular vacation destination works too.
Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist


2) At the end of a nice summer vacation, it's back to school time - read an academic mystery
Murder of a Small-Town Honey


Featured Author for August Dorothy Sayers
Lord Peter : The Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Stories


message 5: by Chris (last edited Sep 18, 2010 07:29AM) (new)

Chris Curtis (cjccur) | 68 comments September - the harvest month


1) Read a mystery involving a farm, produce, cooking - basically anything that celebrates harvested food.

The Pumpkin Thief



2) In particular, September seems to be the month for grape harvesting and wine making, so read a mystery that involves, wine, vineyards, or other spirits.

Murder Uncorked



message 6: by Chris (last edited Oct 06, 2010 06:20PM) (new)

Chris Curtis (cjccur) | 68 comments Autumn/Fall Challenge - Read the Season
Sept 23 (First day of Autumn) - Dec 20, 2010

Bonus: The word "Autumn" or "Fall" in the title.

A - Aunt Dimity and the Duke - by Nancy Atherton
U - Uhnak, Dorothy - Bait
T - Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart
U - Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers
M - Macomber, Debbie - That Holiday Feeling
Malmont, Valerie S. - Death, Snow, and Mistletoe
N - Nancy J. Cohen - Permed to Death


message 7: by Chris (last edited Oct 31, 2010 08:56PM) (new)

Chris Curtis (cjccur) | 68 comments October Theme Read

For October, let's go with the obvious and read a mystery centered around Halloween or autumn. Or, read a mystery centered around something usually associated with Halloween (but not occurring around Halloween) - i.e. ghosts, witches, candy, costumes, etc.

Spackled and Spooked has ghosts and ends on Halloween.


To celebrate National Card Making Day, read a book centered around paper crafts - i.e. card making, scrapbooking, rubber stamping.

Urg I don't like these craft mysteries. I may skip this one.

Ok I found a couple of crafty mysteries I have not read or given away and one of them is about decoupage which uses paper. Stuck on Murder


message 8: by Melodie (new)

Melodie (melodieco) | 5280 comments I don't care for the "craft-y" mysteries either, unless you count Cricket McRae's Sophie Reynolds books, but I've read all those. I'll just read an extra Halloween or supernatural one!


❂ Murder by Death  (murderbydeath) I'm with you two - the craft thing, especially paper crafts, really hold no interest for me at all. (Except Cricket's books, which I've also finished). I was ready to skip this challenge, but I may take Melodie's lead and just double up on the Halloween/supernatural theme.


message 10: by Chris (last edited Oct 17, 2011 07:01AM) (new)

Chris Curtis (cjccur) | 68 comments October 2011 Challenge

It's been great to have more time to read since I am working fewer hours. I read a book by the featured author this month as well as the challenge books. The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse (A Cats in Trouble Mystery, #1) by Leann Sweeney

Diabetes Awareness: Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen, #11) by Joanne Fluke
Computer Learning:Coffee, Tea or Me? by Donald Bain Not a mystery but read on my nook.
Frugal Fun Day: Death Drop (A Figure Skating Mystery, #4) by Alina Adams
Briansgirl's Wedding: Blackwork (A Needlecraft Mystery, #13) by Monica Ferris from Briansgirl's bookshelves & has a wedding.
Halloween: Wicked Witch Murder (Lucy Stone, #16) by Leslie Meier

I managed to read all 5 this month. My computer learning book wasn't a mystery. If I get time I will look up a mystery on my nook and read it too. This was a fun challenge.


message 11: by Chris (last edited Nov 28, 2011 09:33AM) (new)

Chris Curtis (cjccur) | 68 comments November 2011 Challenge


Nov 1 - All Saint's Day
Nov 2 - All Soul's Day
Read a book where someone has died.
Mortar and Murder (A Do-It-Yourself Mystery, #4) by Jennie Bentley DONE

Nov 5 - Guy Fawkes Day
"Remember Remember, the 5th of November!" In honor of the man who nearly blew up Parliament, and whose effigy is burned yearly on Bonfire Night... Read a book set in the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Well I guess I don't have the Aunt Dimity book after all.

Nov 5 - Book Lover's Day
Read the last book you bought.
Cherry Ames Student Nurse (Cherry Ames, #1) by Helen Wells DONE

Nov 17 - Homemade Bread Day
Read a Culinary Mystery. BONUS: Bake Homemade Bread this month, or eat homemade bread. Yum!
The Chocolate Jewel Case (A Chocoholic Mystery, #7) by JoAnna Carl DONE

Nov 11 - Veteran's Day
Moving is Murder (A Mom Zone Mystery, #1) by Sara Rosett DONE
Staying Home is a Killer (A Mom Zone Mystery, #2) by Sara Rosett


message 12: by Chris (last edited Jul 02, 2012 09:23AM) (new)

Chris Curtis (cjccur) | 68 comments For this challenge you will need to read 10 books, one for each category/theme. You can read more, but you only need to read one each. You can choose your books before you start, change them later as you go along.

Duration: Starts Feb 16th - July 31st

Cozy Themes:

#1 British - English - Books that take place in the United Kingdom countries of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Femmes Fatal (Ellie Haskell Mystery, #5) by Dorothy Cannell

#2 Historical/Period - Any book that takes place prior to 1940.
Anything Goes (Grace & Favor, #1) by Jill Churchill

#3 Animals - Any book with an animal as a main character, subject of the book, book takes place in a pet shop, stable, etc.
Cat of the Century (Mrs. Murphy, #18) by Rita Mae Brown

#4 Culinary/Cooking - Food themed mysteries.
Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen, #15) by Joanne Fluke

#5 Paranormal - Anything centered around the occult, witches, vampires, werewolves, Psychics, ghosts, etc.
Secondhand Spirits (A Witchcraft Mystery, #1) by Juliet Blackwell

#6 Vacation Mysteries/Exotic Locations - Any book that takes place outside the United States and/or outside the country in which you live.
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #13) by Alexander McCall Smith

#7 Holidays - Any holiday themed mystery.
Santa Clawed (Mrs. Murphy, #17) by Rita Mae Brown

#8 Hobbies - Any mystery that centers around a hobby, craft, sport, etc.
Knit One, Kill Two (A Knitting Mystery #1) by Maggie Sefton

#9 Professions/Careers/Jobs/Occupations - Any mystery that centers on or highlights a particular job. Doesn't matter if the job is that of the person murdered, or that of the amateur slueth.
My Boss Is A Serial Killer A Tale Of Murder, Romance, And Filing by Christina Harlin

#10 Senior Slueths - Read a mystery where the sleuth is 50 or older.
Murder on the QE2 (Murder, She Wrote, #9) by Jessica Fletcher
Happy Sleuthing!

Finally finished this one. I enjoyed books by some of my favorite authors as well as a couple I have not read before. Now to decide what to read next.


message 13: by Chris (last edited Sep 29, 2012 04:18PM) (new)

Chris Curtis (cjccur) | 68 comments Read the Rainbow!

In this challenge, you'll be looking for book covers to match the colors of the rainbow. Either the cover or the spine must have a large amount of whatever color you're looking for. Obviously solid colored covers aren't necessarily easy to find (spines are easier), but a spot of color the size of a dime isn't quite enough either. (For example: The booktown mysteries by Lorna Barrett have spins in various solid colors, as do the Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs). I let the spines qualify because I love seeing a rainbow when looking at a stack of books. :)

You'll have 3 months to complete the challenge.
July 1 - Sep 31

Red
A Killer Plot (A Books by the Bay Mystery #1) by Ellery Adams
Orange
Shadows at the Fair (An Antique Print Mystery, #1) by Lea Wait
Yellow
Death on a Platter (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper, #7) by Elaine Viets
Green
Dutch Me Deadly by Maddy Hunter
Blue
Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #8) by Nancy Atherton
Wicked Business (Lizzy & Diesel, #2) by Janet Evanovich
Purple/Violet
Plaster and Poison (A Do-It-Yourself Mystery, #3) by Jennie Bentley

Just for fun, you can post the covers of your books if you'd like. When you add book, just click the bubble that says cover instead of link.


message 14: by Chris (last edited Jul 07, 2015 04:58PM) (new)

Chris Curtis (cjccur) | 68 comments [ ] A book with 500 pages
[ ] A classic romance
[ ] A book that became a movie
[ x] A book published this year Endgame
[ ] A book with a number in the title
[ ] A book written by someone under 30
[ ] A book with nonhuman characters
[ ] A funny book
[x ] A book with a female authorWar and Peas
[x ] A mystery or thriller Hush Puppy
[x ] A book with a one-word title Watchdog
[ ] A book of short stories
[x ] A book set in a different country Found Guilty at Five
[x ] A nonfiction book Why Do Dramas Do That? Part 1
[ ] A popular author's first book
[x ] A book from an author you love that you have not read yet Fleur de Lies
[ ] A book a friend recommended
[ ] A Pulitzer Prize winning book
[ ] A book based on a true story
[ ] A book at the bottom of your to-read list
[ ] A book your mom loves
[ ] A book that scares you
[ ] A book more than 100 years old
[ ] A book based entirely on its cover
[ ] A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't
[ ] A memoir
[x ] A book you can finish in a day Death at the Manor
[ ] A book with antonyms in the title
[ ] A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
[ ] A book that came out the year you were born
[x ] A book with bad reviews The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club
[ ] A trilogy
[ ] A book from your childhood
[ ] A book with a love triangle
[ ] A book set in the future
[ x] A book set in high school The Other Side of Envy
[ ] A book with a color in the title
[ ] A book that made you cry
[x ] A book with magic Spice God
[ ] A graphic novel
[ ] A book by an author you've never read before
[x ] A book you own but have never read A Groom with a View
[ ] A book that takes place in your hometown (or close to where you live)
[ ] A book originally written in a different language
[ ] A book set during Christmas
[ ] A book written by an author with your same initials
[ ] A play
[ ] A banned book
[ ] A book based on or turned into a TV show
[ ] A book you started but never finished


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