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message 1: by Sherrie (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 418 comments In honor of sports we will do a sports theme this month since we are in the middle of Hockey,Basketball and also the Superbowl will be coming up. And since it is a "New" year I encourage you to try a new author to you.

1. Sports (Football,Hockey,Tennis, etc.)
2. "New" Author (break out of your comfort zone)


Take a look at www.stopyourekillingme.com for all the various sports books. Look under Job Index.


message 2: by Marisa, Cozy Mysteries Assistant Moderator (new)

Marisa (moretta) | 3745 comments Mod
"New" author is easy for me ;)


message 3: by Sherrie (last edited Jan 28, 2011 10:20PM) (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 418 comments Yep, me too Marisa! I have my sports book picked too.

Sports Murder on Ice (A Figure Skating Mystery, #1) by Alina Adams
New A Killer Plot (Books by the Bay, #1) by Ellery Adams


message 4: by Heather L, Cozy Mysteries Moderator (new)

Heather L (wordtrix) | 11618 comments Mod
Well, the "new" author part shouldn't be much of a challenge, since I have first books in the TBR pile by authors I've not read before (read about 40 new-to-me authors this year alone!), but I don't know that I have anything in the TBR to fit the sports part--and I really need to concentrate on the TBR pile. :-/


message 5: by Sherrie (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 418 comments I'm going to break out of the usual types of cozies I read and maybe read a historical mystery. I have Murder on Astor Place in the TBR and I've never tried this author.


message 6: by Caroline (new)

Caroline | 661 comments Oh, Sherrie! I love the entire series of figure skating books by Alina Adams. Wish the series had continued!


message 7: by Linda (new)

Linda (rudylkr) | 5396 comments I really liked the website listed above, I'll have to start using it more to figure out books for challenges. It reminded me of a sport I wouldn't have thought of (dog sled racing) and giving me an excuse to get the second book (Termination Dust) in the series out of the library to read. The new author book is TBD from my shelf at home.


message 8: by Sue (new)

Sue (suetinge) | 623 comments I think I'll read Double Black for the sports and I've got a bunch of new to me authors on the TBR list.


message 9: by Katherine (new)

Katherine | 451 comments Sherrie wrote: "I'm going to break out of the usual types of cozies I read and maybe read a historical mystery. I have Murder on Astor Place in the TBR and I've never tried this author."

I love that series!! I grew up in NYC and my Mom would be 110 if she were still alive and HER mother would be 135 so I heard lots of stories about Manhattan at the turn of the 20C and the early years of the 1900's. It is fun to imagine Sarah and Malloy through the eyes of those ladies!


message 10: by Sandy (last edited Jan 09, 2011 07:00PM) (new)

Sandy | 93 comments Sport (golf) - A Buried Lie by Roberta Isleib 1/4
New author - Evil in Carnations byKate Collins 1/8


message 11: by Sherrie (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 418 comments Katherine wrote: "Sherrie wrote: "I'm going to break out of the usual types of cozies I read and maybe read a historical mystery. I have Murder on Astor Place in the TBR and I've never tried this autho..."

I read a YA book called The Luxe by Anna Godbersen and it takes place in 1899 in New York. I really liked it and could imagine how it looked in those days. Really good book.


message 12: by Marisa, Cozy Mysteries Assistant Moderator (last edited Dec 22, 2010 02:56AM) (new)

Marisa (moretta) | 3745 comments Mod
I think that, for sports, I'll read my Lee Ofsted book ;)


message 13: by Andrea (new)

Andrea (anniec85) | 75 comments I think I will read:

Sports: End Run: A Drew Gavin Mystery by Steve Brewer
New Author: In The Dead of Winter by Nancy Mehl

most authors are new for me, so that one is easy. :) For sports, I chose one about a sports columnist and former football player. I hope that counts.


message 14: by Jan (new)

Jan (libraryhag) | 82 comments Oh, new author will be easy. Sports....hmmm. I will let you know


message 15: by Jan (new)

Jan (libraryhag) | 82 comments Caroline wrote: "Oh, Sherrie! I love the entire series of figure skating books by Alina Adams. Wish the series had continued!"

Oh thanks so much. I will do Murder On Ice for my sports read.


message 16: by ❂ Jennifer (new)

❂ Jennifer  (jennevans) | 2301 comments I wasn't going to do this challenge, because I get enough sports from DH, but we were Christmas shopping yesterday and I came across a book sale and found:
Sports: Axel of Evil by Alina Adams
New: Pretty Poison by Joyce Lavene

They were the only two books I could find that looked good, so I took it as a SIGN.... lol


message 17: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 7 comments I think I'll give this one a try. I'll have to check my cozy bookcase and see if I have any sports related ones or not. If I do...then I'll try both of the options...if not...just new to me authors.


message 18: by Marisa, Cozy Mysteries Assistant Moderator (new)

Marisa (moretta) | 3745 comments Mod
I've just remembered that I have a car race book for my USA challenge, so it's going to cover three sides (sports, around USA and ABC challenge) :D


message 19: by Sherrie (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 418 comments Andrea wrote: "I think I will read:

Sports: End Run: A Drew Gavin Mystery by Steve Brewer
New Author: In The Dead of Winter by Nancy Mehl

most authors are new for me, so that one is..."


Yes, the sports book will count.


message 20: by Kim (last edited Dec 26, 2010 09:23PM) (new)

Kim Galla (catmommie) I'll be reading Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand for Author of the Month. She's new and cozies in general are somewhat new to me.


message 21: by Nairabell (new)

Nairabell | 97 comments Dumb question but does yoga count as a sport?


message 22: by Sherrie (last edited Dec 27, 2010 10:16PM) (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 418 comments Nairabell wrote: "Dumb question but does yoga count as a sport?"

That would be really stretching it but I will allow it. I lookd at the site I mentioned above and it has a fitness intructor listed under sports and since yoga and fitness are pretty much the same it would be ok.


message 23: by Nairabell (new)

Nairabell | 97 comments Thanks Sherrie! Yoga is as close as I get to sports :)


message 24: by Nairabell (new)

Nairabell | 97 comments Okay, I'm going to read:

1. Sports: Corpse PoseDiana Killian
2. "New" Author: Night of the Living Deed by E.J. Copperman

Corpse Pose (Mantra for Murder, #1) by Diana Killian Night of the Living Deed (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #1) by E.J. Copperman Read: 0/2


message 25: by Valorie (new)

Valorie  | 550 comments I think I'm going to try these two...

Sports: Six Strokes Under by Roberta Isleib

New Author: Mum's the Word by Kate Collins

Six Strokes Under (A Golf Lover's Mystery, #1) by Roberta Isleib Mum's the Word (A Flower Shop Mystery, #1) by Kate Collins


message 26: by Shirley (last edited Jan 17, 2011 10:39AM) (new)

Shirley (shirleythekindlereader) 2011 Theme Read - January

1. Sports Horse Racing/Breeding/Equestrian
On the Run 2005 Iris Johansen

2. "New" Author - Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) 2004 Charlaine Harris


message 27: by Kim (new)

Kim Galla (catmommie) I just remembered, I'm reading Metro Girl in January for another group. That counts as sports - NASCAR.


message 28: by Nell (new)

Nell | 1108 comments I hadn't thought of yoga as a sport. Since I didn't get to Corpse Pose Corpse Pose (Mantra for Murder, #1) by Diana Killian last month, I will read it. This could be a two-fer since the author is a new one, but I have several new-to-me authors in my tbr so I plan to also read at least one other. Maybe Fool's Puzzle by Earlene Fowler or A Brisket, a Casket (Deadly Deli, #1) by Delia Rosen


message 29: by Melodie (new)

Melodie (melodieco) | 5281 comments Nell wrote: "I hadn't thought of yoga as a sport. Since I didn't get to Corpse PoseCorpse Pose (Mantra for Murder, #1) by Diana Killian last month, I will read it. This could be a two-fer since the author is a new ..."

Oh, definitely give FOOL'S PUZZLE a shot! The Benni Harper books are among my very favorites. The mystery is usually pretty good and the characters just make me feel good. Especially Benni's grandma, Dove. She reminds me so much of my Mamaw!


message 30: by Sherrie (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 418 comments I changed my "New" book to our FA Carolyn Hart.


message 31: by Sherrie (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 418 comments Kari wrote: "I just finished Death DropDeath Drop (A Figure Skating Mystery, #4) by Alina Adams for the sports and new to me author. I really liked it."

Waiting for Murder on Ice (A Figure Skating Mystery, #1) by Alina Adams so I can start. I hope I like this series.


message 32: by Marisa, Cozy Mysteries Assistant Moderator (new)

Marisa (moretta) | 3745 comments Mod
Theme Read: January, 2011

1 / 2

Sports

Hooked Up: A Stock Car Racing Mystery by Joyce Lavene (01/02/2011 - **)

Hooked Up A Stock Car Racing Mystery (Stock Car Racing Mysteries) by Joyce Lavene

I haven't liked it a lot. It's a pity, because I've liked all the other series.


message 33: by Marisa, Cozy Mysteries Assistant Moderator (new)

Marisa (moretta) | 3745 comments Mod
Theme Read: January, 2011

Done

Sports

Hooked Up: A Stock Car Racing Mystery by Joyce Lavene (01/02/2011 - **)

New Author

Elvis and the Dearly Departed by Peggy Webb (01/04/2011 - **)

Hooked Up A Stock Car Racing Mystery (Stock Car Racing Mysteries) by Joyce Lavene Elvis and the Dearly Departed (A Southern Cousins Mystery, #1) by Peggy Webb

An early end but not very happy. I'm afraid that it's another example I don't usually catch humor in the books, not funny for me.


message 34: by Trine (new)

Trine (trinespageongoodreads) | 200 comments Excellent themes as always, Sherrie. :-)

I'll be reading A Killer Workout (A Fat City Mystery, #2) by Kathryn Lilley by Kathryn Lilley and If Walls Could Talk A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery (A Haunted Home Repair Mystery, #1) by Juliet Blackwell by Juliet Blackwell.

Happy Reading/New Year, everyone! :-)


message 35: by Sue (new)

Sue (suetinge) | 623 comments I finished part. Death on Demand (Death on Demand, #1) by Carolyn Hart since our featured author is new-to-me.


message 36: by ❂ Jennifer (new)

❂ Jennifer  (jennevans) | 2301 comments Theme Read January 2011 - Completed

1. Sports (Football,Hockey,Tennis, etc.)
2. "New" Author (break out of your comfort zone)

1. Axel of Evil by Alina Adams
2. Pretty Poison by Joyce Lavene

While I liked the first one, I did not like the second, which just goes to show you. I was certain it would be the other way around. The second was a good story, but I just couldn't get into the book, or care about the characters.


message 37: by Sherrie (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 418 comments Ok, I will be doing a poll for next month's themes and along with that there will be colors in the mix as well to give us a few more ideas. There will be 2 colors but you don't need to do both unless you want to. So far I think a couple for everyone to vote on will be:
Valentine's
Flowers
Candy
Red/Pink


message 38: by Katherine (new)

Katherine | 451 comments Just received my giveaway book, Treasure Hunt, Treasure Hunt by John Lescroart , and so will use this for my new author. Still haven't decided on a sports themed book but will continue looking.

Flowers would be great for February and I love Pink! So maybe a Pink Carnation mystery would satisfy both?


Heidi (Yup. Still here.)  | 2445 comments I read a new to me author Murder 101 (Murder 101, #1) by Maggie Barbieri and liked it.


message 40: by Priscilla (new)

Priscilla | 127 comments Theme Read Jan 2011

New Author Murder Takes the Stage Murder Takes the Stage (Peter & Georgia Marsh) by Amy Myers

Just started this new Author read. Still looking for a sport theme book.


message 41: by Chris (last edited Jan 25, 2011 05:52AM) (new)

Chris Curtis (cjccur) | 68 comments New author If Walls Could Talk (A Haunted Home Repair Mystery, #1) by Juliet Blackwell

Sports On Thin Ice (A Figure Skating Mystery, #2) by Alina Adams

I managed to finish both books over my vacation. Both were better than I expected and I will probably be reading more in both series.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.)  | 2445 comments I have never heard of that haunted home repair series. Let me know if it is good!


message 43: by Melodie (new)

Melodie (melodieco) | 5281 comments Heidi I wrote: "I have never heard of that haunted home repair series. Let me know if it is good!"

I've got it nearing the top of The Pile myself and need to get to it soon.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.)  | 2445 comments Let me know how it is Melodie. Thanks!


message 45: by Chris (new)

Chris Curtis (cjccur) | 68 comments I have only read a few chapters so far. This is the book I keep at work to read at lunch and it surprised me with the description of the killing. It was not as cozy as I am used to while I am eating although not as gory as it could have been.


message 46: by Caroline (new)

Caroline | 661 comments Heidi I wrote: "I have never heard of that haunted home repair series. Let me know if it is good!"

Heidi - This is the first book in a new series by Juliet Blackwell and I really enjoyed it. Of course if you don't like a bit of paranormal, it may not be your cup of tea. Her other series is about witchcraft and I actually enjoy them both.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.)  | 2445 comments Thanks Chris and Caroline!


message 48: by Sherrie (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 418 comments The poll for February is now up so please come and vote. The 2 with the most choices will be the new themes.


message 49: by Heather L, Cozy Mysteries Moderator (new)

Heather L (wordtrix) | 11618 comments Mod
I noticed that "flowers" is in the lead so far. Methinks a lot of people (like me) are looking to catch up on Kate Collins' series. LOL


message 50: by Nairabell (new)

Nairabell | 97 comments Guilty - I've got the 1st on on my TBR and it'd be perfect


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