Friday, January 14, 2011

A-Z Mystery Author Challenge

Wheee! I'm telling you folks, once you start down that slippery slope of Reading Challenges, if you're not careful, you just keep picking them up and adding them on like a snowball rolling down a hill. That's right, you guessed it--I'm signing up for yet another: The A-Z Mystery Author Challenge sponsored by Michelle at Red Headed Book Child. I've missed the give-away, but that doesn't bother me...the challenge is the thing.

Here are the RULES:

*Challenge runs from January 1 -December 31, 2011. Sign up ends February 1, 2011.
*Read A-I, J-P or Q-Z. You choose. The letter group represents the last name of the author. (i.e. = S for John Sandford).
*Mystery genre can include Cozy, Suspense, Thriller or Noir. All Adult novels please.
*Leave a comment if you want to sign up.
*Write a post about the challenge and which group/s you pick. You can list the authors you choose or do it as you go.
*When you post reviews, mention this challenge and link it to the Review Post.

I am officially signing up for letters A-I. Being the wild and crazy girl that I am, I will probably wind up doing the whole alphabet. Here's what I've got so far:

A: The Fashion in Shrouds by Margery Allingham (1/25/11)
B: A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Barron (1/30/11)
C: All Booked Up by Terrie Curran (2/5/11)
D: A Graveyard to Let by Carter Dickson (1/31/11)
E: Publish & Be Murdered by Ruth Dudley Edwards (1/19/11)
F: Flying Finish by Dick Francis (1/29/11)
G: The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green (2/8/11)
H: Why Shoot a Butler? by Georgette Heyer (2/2/11)
I: Death in the Garden by Elizabeth Ironside (2/4/11)

A-I Challenge Level Complete! (2/8/11)

J: Murder on Theatre Row by Micahel Jahn (12/24/11)
K: C. B. Greenfield: A Little Madness by Lucille Kallen (12/26/11)
L: Blood Upon the Snow by Hilda Lawrence (3/16/11)
M: Colour Scheme by Ngaio Marsh (2/28/11)
N: Death of an Englishman by Magdalen Nabb (9/25/11)
O: The Elberg Collection by Anthony Oliver (8/15/11)
P: The Caravaggio Books by Bernard Peterson (6/2/11)
Q: The New Adventures of Ellery Queen by Ellery Queen (4/15/11)
R: McKee of Centre Street by Helen Reilly (2/23/11)
S: Black Orchids by Rex Stout (1/21/11)
T: The Rim of the Pit by Hake Talbot (3/4/11)
U: An Author Bites the Dust by Arthur W. Upfield (4/27/11)
V: The Chinese Bell Murders by Robert Van Gulik (12/31/11)
W: The Blood Detective by Dan Waddell (9/8/11)
X: A Pair of Jade Frogs by Ye Xin (6/26/11)
Y: The Last Matryoshka by Joyce Yarrow (7/2/11)
Z: The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (7/6/11)

Alphabet Complete 12/31/11!!!


Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Wowee! Look at you! What a fantastic list you have. Impressive! Thanks so much for signing up. I really look forward to reading your reviews. Some of those authors I have never heard of...HA! that's why I'm doing this challenge. To discover more !


Carol said...

Have you read any of Ruth Dudley Edwards's Baroness Troutbeck books before? I was so excited when I saw it on your list - I love that series. I was just thinking the other day how much I'd like to read it again.

Bev Hankins said...

@Michelle: A lot of these are older mysteries (which I adore).

@Carol: I LOVE the Ruth Dudley Edwards books. I haven't read one in a while and just had to add her when I needed an "E."

Birdie said...

*clearing throat noises*
You seem to believe that just because I am in NYC for the weekend, I won't come back and pop you one for the *multiple* challenges you've joined. LOL.

Seriously, though, I'm glad you decided to give this one a go!

Bev Hankins said...

@Birdie: You missed your chance, girlie. I offered up the cheek and everything (admittedly after ducking, but still.)