Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Challenge Complete: Mystery Reporter

Sponsored by Ellie at Dead Herring 
Thru Goodreads Group: The Challenge Factory

The challenge runs from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.
Who? What? Where? When? How?
Why? – because it’s fun to read!

Read books that fulfill the various categories under the reporter's standard questions.

Cub reporter: 5 books (1 from each category)--fulfilled 2/916
Columnist: 10 books (2 from each category)--fulfilled 2/28/16
News Anchor: 15 books (3 from each category)--fulfilled 4/12/16
Editor: 20 books (4 from each category)--fulfilled 5/29/16
Newspaper Mogul: 25 books--fulfilled 7/5/16

BONUS CATEGORY: Pulitzer Prize Winner (Newspaper Mogul plus Bonus Category): 30 books--fulfilled 7/17/16

I originally declared my objective to be Cub Reporter. I met that back in February. I have now completed all books in all categories and earned my status as a Pulitzeer Prize Winner and the challenge is absolutely complete.


Protagonist is a forensic specialist: Good Bones by Aaron Elkins (5/23/16)
Protagonist is a crime-solving duo: The Calcutta Affair by George S. Elrick [Napoleon Solo & Illya Kuryakin] (2/28/16)
Protagonist is a dead person: The Warsaw Anagrams by Ricard Zimler (7/17/16)
Protagonist works with animals: The Doberman Wore Black by Barbara Moore [vet] (2/9/16)
Protagonist is a legal professional: The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde by Erle Stanley Gardner [Perry Mason--Lawyer] (4/12/16)


Number in the title: Four Against the Bank of England by Ann Huxley (1/25/16)
Poison in the title: A Pinch of Poison by Frances & Richard Lockridge (7/5/16)
Weather in the title: The Paper Thunderbolt by Michael Innes (5/29/16)
Color in title: Red for Murder by Harold Kemp (1/13/16)
Title starts with the same letter as your last name: House of Darkness by Allan MacKinnon (3/7/16)


Set in a little town: Hunt With the Hounds by Mignon G. Eberhart [little village of Bedford, VA] (1/3/16)
NOT set on land: The Fifth Passenger by Edward Young [submarine & schooner] (2/10/16)
Set in Nevada: The Poet's Funeral by John M. Daniel (7/12/16)
Set on foreign soil (not America or England): The Bachelors of Broken Hill by Arthur W. Upfield [Australia] (2/24/16)
Historical novel (pre 1930): The Limehouse Text by Will Thomas [Victorian] (4/13/16)


One book set during a party: The Norths Meet Murder by Frances & Richard Lockridge (6/30/16)
One that centers around a holiday: Line Up for Murder by Marion Babson [takes place over the New Year's holiday] (4/28/16)
One Dark & Stormy night: The Spiral Staircase by Ethel Lina White (2/20/16)
One where the protagonist has to beat the clock (time is crucial to solving mystery): Hardly a Man Is Now Alive by Herbert Brean (1/16/16)
One set during a courtroom trial: The Third Encounter by Sara Woods [barrister] (4/1/16)

(Method of Murder)
Poison is murder weapon: Who's Calling by Helen McCloy [strychnine] (1/31/16)
Knife/stabbing is murder weapon: The Bridal Bed Murders by A. E Martin [Chinese dagger] (2/13/16)
Gun/shooting is murder weapon: The Girl in the Cellar by Patricia Wentworth [girl shot in the cellar] (1/9/16)
Blunt object is murder weapon: Which Doctor by Edward Candy [lead pipe] (1/28/16)
Rope/strangulation is murder weapon: Murder at Arroways by Helen Reilly [strangled with a silver necklace] (1/7/16)


WHO - Protagonist is a child (under the age of 18): The Bobbsey Twins at London Tower by Laura Lee Hope (5/13/16)
WHAT - 3 word title (title is only 3 words and they all start with the same letter): Chili Con Corpses by J. B. Stanley (4/28/16)
WHERE - “Locked Room” mystery (not necessarily a room, as long as the scene is contained): The Obstinate Murderer by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding [all action at a country house] (3/17/16)
WHEN – Death occurs during a natural disaster (hurricane, avalanche, tsunami, etc): The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Titanic Tragedy by William Seil [iceberg!] (6/28/16)
HOW - At least 3 different people killed by 3 different means, all in one story: The April Robin Murders by Craig Rice & Ed McBain [death by poisonous fumes; throat cut; run over by car] (2/17/16)

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