Saturday, January 9, 2021

Reporter's Challenge 2021


Mystery Reporter's Challenge 2021
Sponsored by Ellie in The Challenge Factory on Goodreads
My posts on Goodreads
The challenge runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.

Who? What? Where? When? How?
Why? – because it’s fun to read!

Cub reporter: 5 books (1 from each category) [1/22/21]
Columnist: 10 books (2 from each category) [2/21/21]
News Anchor: 15 books (3 from each category) [4/1/21]
Editor: 20 books (4 from each category) [4/18/21]
Newspaper Mogul: 25 books (5 from each category) [5/13/21]

BONUS CATEGORY: Pulitzer Prize Winner [5/13/21]
(Newspaper Mogul plus Bonus Category) = 30 books 

Nobel Prize for Literature (Newspaper Mogul + Pulitizer + Extra Bonus) = 31 books [6/15/21]

I'm back for another round! I'm going to go for News Anchor as my official goal this year and hope to do them all again.

Protagonist is in the legal profession: Mr. President, Private Eye by Martin H. Greenberg & Francis M. Nevins (eds) [several of these presidents were also lawyers] (1/22/21)
Protagonist works with animals: Dr. Nightingale Traps the Missing Lynx by Lydia Adamsom (5/13/21)
Protagonist is a librarian: Final Notice by Jo Dereske (3/27/21)
Protagonist is starting a new business or job: Murder at Bray Manor by Lee Strauss [Lady Ginger Gold has just started a new dress/fashion shop] (2/21/21)
Protagonist is a senior citizen: An Ad for Murder by John Peen (4/18/21)

Book has paranormal element: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix (1/18/21)
Alliteration in title: Dead as a Dodo by Jane Langton (1/24/21)
Title is a pun: A Rogue of One's Own by Evie Dunmore (2/26/21)
A number in the title: Murder in 3 Acts by Agatha Christie (3/25/21)
Collaboration (written by more than one author): Death of a Millionaire by G.D.H. & Margaret Cole (1/4/21)

Set in Florida: Murder by the Book by Frances & Richard Lockridge (5/5/21)
Set in a city starting with the letter "B": The Devil & the Dark Water by Stuart Turton [Beginning set in Batavia (modern day Jakarta, Indonesia)] (4/1/21)
Set in a New England State: Mr. Smith's Hat by Helen Reilly [Connecticut] (4/7/21)
Set in a state beginning with the letter "I": The Double-Jack Murders by Patrick McManus [Idaho] (2/2/21)
Set on foreign soil (NOT America or England): Death & the Dutch Uncle by Patricia Moyes [Netherlands] (1/18/21)

Set in the 1800s: When Maidens Mourn by C. S. Harris [1812] (1/20/21)
Set in the 1900s: Princess Elizabeth's Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal (1/2/21)
Set during Spring: Murder Goes to College by Kurt Steel (4/8/21)
Set during Winter: Crimson Snow by Martin Edwards (ed) [all set around Christmas time] (1/12/21)
Set during a holiday season: Hallowed Murder by Ellen Hart [Thanksgiving] (1/26/21)

Money/Greed: Raffles (The Amateur Cracksman) by E. W. Hornung (1/28/21)
Jealousy: Gently in the Sun by Alan Hunter (4/5/21)
Revenge: Murder in the Calais Coach (aka Murder on the Orient Express) by Agatha Christie (1/30/21) [though the murderer/s would probably say it was justice]
"Love": The Lazarus Tree by Robert Richardson (4/2/21)
To keep a secret/cover up: The Floating Admiral by The Detection Club (1/17/21)

WHO: Protagonist married at least 3 times: The Adventure of the Peerless Peer by Philip Jose Farmer [Watson will be married 4 times by end of book] (22/28/21)
WHAT: Protagonist's last name starts with your first or last initial: The Sands of Windee by Arthur W. Upfield [Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte] (5/3/21)
WHERE: Set in country village/small town: Sidney Chambers & the Shadow of Death by James Runcie (1/13/21)
WHEN: Set in decade you (or family member) was born: Money in the Morgue by Ngaio Marsh & Stella Duffy [Mom & Dad both born in the 40s] (3/29/21)
WHY: Accidental death: Blue Octavo by John Blackburn (3/12/21)

Horoscope: Pick a date that has special meaning for you & read your 2021 horoscope for that date. Read a book that relates to that horoscope.

A Tasty Way to Die by Janet Laurence (6/15/21) [I'm taking "new friends from foreign countries" as read about characters from another country who are new to me]

June 1, 2021 (30th wedding anniversary)
My horoscope (Cancer): Study & the exploration of opportunities in publishing and the media will appeal to you today. You crave excitement through the discovery of new knowledge as well as meeting new friends from foreign countries.

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