Saturday, December 29, 2018

Mystery Reporter's Challenge 2019

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

The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

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 complete: 4/23/19
Columnist complete: 5/5/19
News Anchor complete: 8/5/19
Editor complete: 9/4/19 

Newspaper Mogul complete:  

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

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 people who work with animals. We'll see... 

Protagonist is a librarian: Murder at the 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane (5/5/19)
Protagonist works with animals: The Case of the Ill-Gotten Goat by Claudia Bishop (9/14/19)

Protagonist dabbles in the supernatural: Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes by J.R. Campbell & charles Prepolec, eds [Holmes takes on the supernatural] (8/5/19)
Main Character is a dead person (ghost, skeleton, vampire, zombie…anybody who is dead): The Holmes-Dracula File by Fred Saberhagen (9/4/19)
Protagonist is a youngster (25 yrs old or younger): Trixie Belden & the Mystery on the Mississippi by Kathryn Kenny (4/23/19)

Animal in the title [NOT dog or cat]: Night of the Fox by Jack Higgins (2/19/19)
Title is at least 6 words:
The Secret Files of Sherlock Holmes by June Thomson (1/25/19)
Color in the title: The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie (4/13/19)
A "food word" in the title: The Eel Pie Murders by David Frome (11/13/19)
Weather element in the title:
Where the Snow Was Red by Hugh Pentecost (2/16/19)
Set in a small town: The Dead Shall Be Raised by George Bellairs (1/13/19)
Set in a big city: Monsieur Lecoq by Emile Gaboriau [Paris] (2/27/19]
Set in a B&B or hotel: Death After Breakfast by Hugh Pentecost [hotel] (8/10/19)
Set in a state beginning with letter "A": Murder Breaks Trail by Eunice Mays Boyd [Alaska] 12/15/19
Out on foreign soil [not US or England]: No Patent on Murder by Akimitsu Takagi [Japan] (2/21/19)

Set in the 1900s: The Murder of a Quack by George Bellairs [1942] (1/14/19)
Set during a competition: Is Skin Deep, Is Fatal by H.R.F. Keating [beauty contest] (5/1/19)

Set in the 1800's: An African Millionaire by Grant Allen [1897] (1/10/19)
"Ticking clock" is involved [timing crucial to solving mystery]: Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers (9/2/19)
Set during winter: Blood of the North by James B. Hendryx (2/15/19)

(Method of Murder)
Poison: A Whiff of Cyanide by Guy Fraser-Sampson (1/15/19)
Knife/stabbing: Blind Corner by Dornford Yates (1/27/19)
Gun/shooting: Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers (1/12/19)
Blunt object: Murdered: One by One by Francis Beeding (3/16/19)
Rope/strangulation: Died in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh [asphyxiated] (1/10/19)

WHO - Not your typical protagonist [blind, deaf, wheel-chair bound, ADHD, Aspergers, etc): Death Knell by Baynard Kendrick [blind detective] (12/5/19)
WHAT – Protagonist's first name starts with your 1st or last initial [actually, my whole first name]: Beverly Gray's Island Adventure by Clair Blank (5/21/19)
WHERE – Set in a school: A Knife in the Back by Bill Crider (4/2/19)
WHEN – Set during a storm: The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur W. Upfield (6/1/19)
HOW - Killed by Fire: Gallows Court by Martin Edwards [3 of several victims burned to death] (4/13/19)

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