Thursday, December 22, 2016

Reporter Challenge 2017



MYSTERY READER'S CHALLENGE 2017
Sponsored by Ellie at Dead Herring 
Thru Goodreads Group: The Challenge Factory

The challenge runs from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

REPORTER CHALLENGE:
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) [2/13/17]
Columnist: 10 books (2 from each category) [5/1/17]
News Anchor: 15 books (3 from each category) [5/9/17]
Editor: 20 books (4 from each category) [6/11/17]
Newspaper Mogul: 25 books (5 from each category) [7/7/17]

BONUS CATEGORY: Pulitzer Prize Winner (Newspaper Mogul plus Bonus Category) = 30 books



As in past years, my declared commitment will be for Cub Reporter and I can consider the challenge fulfilled at that level. My ultimate goal will, of course, be to try for all thirty books--but I can see some tricky ones on the list, especially since I want to fulfill all my challenges with books I own. Not sure I have any more books with dead people or set during a snow storm or where two attempts are made on the same person. We'll see...

WHO
Protagonist is a religious person (priest, nun, cleric, minister, deacon, etc): Nun Plussed by Monica Quill (3/30/17)
Protagonist is in the medical profession (doctor, nurse, EMT, hospital staff, etc.): Episode of the Wandering Knife by Mary Roberts Rinehart [Nurse] (2/17/17)
Protagonist is a dead person (ghost, skeleton, vampire, zombie…anybody who is dead)

The Ghost & the Dead Deb by Alice Kimberly (6/16/17)
Protagonist is a writer: Deception Island by M. K. Lorens (2/13/17)
Protagonist is an innkeeper (Inn, B&B, hotel, motel, etc): Grounds for Murder by Kate Kingsbury (4/26/17)

WHAT
A Short Story from an Anthology: "The Riddle of the Rainbow Pearl" by Thomas W. Hanshew (1/4/17)
Poison in the title: Deadly Nightshade by Elizabeth Daly (5/19/17)

Weather in the title: Storm Center by Douglas Clark (5/1/17)
A Cold Case (crime investigated is over 10 years old): The Case of the Seven Sneezes by Anthony Boucher
Time in the Title (minute, week, clock, year, hour, etc): Murder at Teatime by Stefanie Matteson (5/9/17)

WHERE
Set in a big city [NYC]: The 24th Horse by Hugh Pentecost (1/13/17)
NOT set on land (cruise ship, boat, airplane, spaceship, etc): The Fennister Affair by Josephine Bell [cruise ship] (4/28/17)
Set in a state beginning with the letter ‘N’ [New York]: Death Takes a Bow by Frances & Richard Lockridge (2/5/17)
Set in England: Death at Swaythling Court by J. J. Connington (1/4/17)
Set in Europe (anywhere but England) [France]: Murder at the Masque by Amy Myers (1/16/17)

WHEN
Set during a competition (Olympics, ballroom dancing, cooking contest, etc.)

The Vanishing Violinist by Sara Hoskinson Frommer [International Violin Competition] (4/30/17)
Centers around a holiday [Christmas]: Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon (6/11/17)
Set during summer [July]: All for the Love of a Lady by Leslie Ford (2/9/17)
One where the protagonist has to beat the clock (time is crucial to solving mystery): Coffin's Dark Number by Gwendoline Butler [working desperately to try and prevent another little girl's death] (4/16/17)
Set during a courtroom trial (Not the whole book): The Killing of Katie Steelstock  by Michael GIlbert (6/30/17)

HOW
Framed for Murder: Death of a Racehorse by John Creasey (1/7/17)
Attempted Murder (victim recovers): A Losing Game by Freeman Wills Cofts (1/31/17) [Murderer attempts drowning a second victim, but she recovers]
Fire (burned, smoke inhalation, etc.): Where There's Smoke by Stewart Sterling (6/4/17)
Drowned: Stroke of Death by Josephine Bell (4/12/17)

Supernatural death (exsanguinations, staked, voodoo, magic, etc): Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly (7/7/17)

BONUS CATEGORY
WHO - Protagonist is industrious (deaf, blind, wheelchair-bound, ADHD, Aspergers, etc.)
WHAT – Title starts with the same letter as your pet’s name (or the pet of someone close to you)
WHERE - Set at work (main event occurs at protagonist’s workplace): Publish & Perish by Sally Wright [set at a college] (6/22/17)
WHEN – Book set during a snowstorm: Fire Will Freeze by Margaret Millar
HOW – 2 different attempts to kill the same victim (killer can be successful on 2nd attempt): Deed Without a Name by Dorothy Bowers (6/18/17)





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