Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Challenge Complete: Mystery Reporter

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

Challenge Complete! I have won a Pulitzer by completing all 30 categories. Thanks so much to Ellie for sponsoring this each year. Can't wait till the 2020 version is ready to go.

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: 12/15/19

BONUS CATEGORY: Pulitzer Prize Winner (Newspaper Mogul plus Bonus Category) = 30 books COMPLETE: 12/15/19

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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