Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Criminal Plots III Reading Challenge

Why did I even bother to say that I planned to restrain myself when it came to reading challenges this year?  Did anyone out there really believe I would be able to do it? Show of hands?  Anybody? Anybody? [insert sound of crickets chirping]  Ahem.

Well, Srivalli over at Valli's Book Den just had to post about the Criminal Plots III challenge sponsored by Jen and requiring us to read six books from six specific categories. I enjoyed this challenge last year. So here I am signing up for yet another.  Here is my tentative list.

1. Novel with an animal in the title: The Puzzle of the Silver Persian by Stuart Palmer (1/15/13)

2. Two short stories written by two different authors who are new to you:

"The Guilty Secret" by Paul de Kock
"Out of Exile" by Wilbur Daniel Steele
"The Knightsbridge Mystery" by Charles Reade
"Silence" by Leonid Andreiev
"The Doll's House" by Katherine Mansfield
"The Bamboozling of Mr. Gascoigne" by E. Phillips Oppenheim

**All new authors to me and all in The World's 100 Best Short Stories Vol. III: Mystery by Grant Overton, ed (2/24/13)

3. Book written by more than one person: The Man Who Went up in Smoke is the second novel by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (1/8/13)

4. A YA crime novel:  Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams (3/19/13)

5. A book from a series optioned for television: The Case of the Negligent Nymph by Erle Stanley Gardner [TV Episode 12/7/57] (1/24/13)

6. A novel that's been nominated for an Edgar® in the last five years: In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff (Best First Novel of 2010) [I'm so pleased that I actually have one sitting on my TBR pile for this one! I don't generally buy a lot of modern mysteries.] (4/9/13)


Debra Wilson said...

Oh no!!! I don't need another challenge.....but this one has some neat twists. Oh dear.

Bev Hankins said...

It's hard to resist, Debra, isn't it? :-)