Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mystery and Suspense Challenge: 2011

It's that time of year again to consider what challenges to sign up for. Since mysteries are my first love, I decided to sign up for this one hosted by Book Chick City.  Here are a few more details.

To sign up you MUST make a post on your blog about participating in the challenge - you then use the URL of the post to sign up to the challenge by adding it to Mr Linky below. DO NOT just add your blog URL - this will be deleted. Also please be aware that unless you show you are joining the challenge with a participation post your ARC will not be sent.

You must add the button to your sidebar - make sure that it links back to this post so others can join the challenge if they wish. Easiest way to do this is to copy and paste the code displayed above!

To Claim ARC

Courtesy of publisher SIMON & SCHUSTER UK, ALL participants of this challenge will receive a free ARC of 'The Survivor' by Sean Slater to start you off on your challenge! Once you have made your participation post and signed up for the challenge, FILL OUT THIS FORM! This form will ask for your full name, postal address, post URL and your entry number from the participants list below (so I can verify), which I will then pass on to the publisher.

Other Details

Timeline: 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2011
Rules: To read TWELVE (12) mystery & suspense novels in 2011 (12 is the minimum but you can read more if you wish!)

You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.

You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.

At the beginning of Jan 2011, you will find a link to specific month to add your reviews. There will be a monthly prize too courtesy of the lovely Simon & Schuster - you must be signed up to the challenge and add the link to your review to be entered into the monthly prize draw.

Now, there are many different sub-genres of mystery and suspense - you can choose from the numerous sub-genres, from cosy mysteries such as Agatha Christie to the more hard-boiled kind like V I Warshawski by Sara Paretsky, or romantic suspense written by the likes of Linda Howard, forensic crime such as those written by Kathy Reichs and even paranormal/supernatural suspense such as Kelley Armstrong. I'm sure this challenge will have something for everyone! :)

To help you figure out and decide, I have updated a sub-genre list - to view this list go HERE.

  1. Exhaustive Inquiries by Betty Rowlands 1/11
  2. Endless Night by Agatha Christie  1/11
  3. McNally's Luck by Lawrence Sanders 1/11
  4. In Silence by Erica Spindler  1/11
  5. Body Double by Tess Gerritson  1/11
  6. The Cat in the Jewelled Jump Suit by Carole Nelson Douglas 1/11
  7. Dead and Buried by Jean Hager 1/11
  8. Stitch Me Deadly by Amanda Lee  1/11
  9. Death on the Rocks by Eric Wright   1/11
  10. The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny  1/11
  11. Scones and Bones by Laura Childs  1/11
  12. Nemesis by Agatha Christie 1/11
  13. The Chocolate Cupid Killings by Joanne Fluke  1/11
  14. The Vendetta Defense by Lisa Scottoline  1/11
  15. From Away by David Carkeet 1/11
  16. Dead and Buried by Jean Hager 1/11
  17. Antiques to Die For by Jane K. Cleland 2/11
  18. Town in a Lobster Stew by B.B. Haywood 2/11
  19. L. A. Justice by Christopher Darden 2/11
  20. Beyond Recognition by Ridley Pearson 2/11
  21. Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie 2/11
  22. Night of the Living Dandelion by Kate Collins 2/11
  23. The Refuge by Sue Henry 2/11
  24. Wormwood by Susan Wittig Albert 2/11
  25. Fruit of all Evil by Paige Shelton 2/11
  26. Busy Bodies by Joan Hess 3/11
  27. Keeping Counsel by R.A. Forster 3/11
  28. Holly Blues by Susan Wittig Albert 3/11
  29. Zero Cool by John Lange 3/11
  30. Urn Burial by Kerry Greenwood 3/11
  31. Death of a Chimney Sweep by M.C. Beaton  3/11
  32. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter  3/11
  33. Berried to the Hilt by Karen MacInerney  3/11
  34. In Harm's Way by Ridley Pearson 3/11
  35. Sealed with a Kill by Lucy Lawrence 3/11
  36. Mourning Gloria by Susan Wittig Albert 3/11
  37. Murders on Elderberry Road by Sally Goldenbaum 3/11
  38. No Mardi Gras for the Dead by D.J. Donaldson 3/11
  39. Suspicion of Guilt by Barbara Parker 4/11
  40. Grave Concerns by Rebecca Tope 4/11
  41. Split Second by Alex Kava 04/11
  42. Dead by Midnight by Carolyn Hart 04/11
  43. Just One Look by Harlan Coben 04/11
  44. Going Wrong by Ruth Rendell 04/11
  45. The Wedding Shawl by Sally Goldenbaum 04/11
  46. Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets 04/11
  47. Hot Mahogany  by Stuart Woods 04/11
  48. Black Swan by Chris Knopf 04/11
  49. Run for Your Life by James Patterson/Michael Ledwidge 05/11
  50. Blood Trust by Eric Van Lustbader 5/11
  51. A Pug's Tale by Alison Pace 5/11
  52. Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke 5/11
  53. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny 5/11
  54. Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames 5/11
  55. A Parfait Murder by Wendy Lyn Watson 05/11
  56. The Worst Thing by Aaron Elkins 06/11
  57. Unraveled by Maggie Sefton 06/11
  58. The Orchid Memorandum by Tony Attanasio 06/11
  59. Invisible by Lorena McCourtney 06/11
  60. Live to Tell by Wendi Corsi Staub 06/11
  61. Foul Play at the PTA by Laura Alden 06/11
  62. The Blackheath Poisonings by Julian Symons 06/11
  63. Murder, My Deer by Jacqueline Girdner 06/11
  64. One Deadly Sister by Rod Hoisington 06/11
  65. Missing Persons by Stephen White 06/11
  66. Pie a la Murder by Melinda Wells 06/11
  67. Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay 06/11
  68. The Bake Sale Murder by Leslie Meier  07/11
  69. Shut Your Eyes Tight by John Verdon 07/11
  70. Nobody Lives Forever by Edna Buchanan 07/11
  71. Now You Don't by Roma Greth 07/11
  72. Roses are Red by James Patterson 07/11
  73. Worth Dying For by Lee Child 07/11
  74. 61 Hours by Lee Child 07/11
  75. You Only Die Twice by Edna Buchanan 07/11
  76. A Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Townsend 07/11
  77. A Sheetcake Named Desire by Jacklyn Brady 07/11
  78. Murder by Mocha by Cleo Coyle 07/11
  79. Hot Wire by Alex Kava 07/11
  80. The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne 07/11
  81. Unplugged by Lois Greiman 07/11
  82. Death of a Trophy Wife by Laura Levine 08/11
  83. Lye in Wait by Cricket Mcrae 08/11
  84. Too Big to Miss by Sue Ann Jaffarian 08/11
  85. Cul-de-Sac by David Martin 08/11
  86. The Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans 08/11
  87. Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer 08/11
  88. Strategic Moves by Stuart Woods 08/11
  89. The Body in the Bonfire by Katherine Hall Page 08/11
  90. Charmed to Death by Shirley Damsgaard 08/11
  91. Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet 08/11
  92. The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberley 08/11
  93. The Perfect Suspect by Margaret Coel 08/11
  94. Thread Reckoning by Amanda Lee 08/11
  95. Mind over Murder by Alison Kingsley 08/11
  96. Death in a Difficult Position by Diana Killian08/11
  97. A Small Case of Murder by Laurie Carr 09/11
  98. The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry 09/11
  99. Scared Stiff by Annelise Ryan 09/11
  100. The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry 09/11
  101. Deadly Masquerade by Tracey Tillis 09/11
  102. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie 09/11
  103. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly 09/11
  104. The Attorney by Steve Martini 09/11
  105. X Dames by J.J. Henderson 09/11
  106. Ghost in Trouble by Carolyn Hart 09/11
  107. Skeleton Letters by Laura Childs 09/11
  108. Twice Burned by Kit Craig 10/11
  109. Elvis and the Dearly Departed by Peggy Webb 10/11
  110. A Brisket, a Casket by Delia Rosen  10/11
  111. The Drowning Man by Margaret Coel 10/11
  112. Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay 10/11
  113. The Man Who Cast Two Shadows by Carol O'Connell 10/11
  114. Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer 10/11
  115. Dakota by Martha Grimes 10/11
  116. No Lesser Plea by Robert Tanenbaum 10/11
  117. Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch by B. J. Daniels 10/11
  118. The Deception at Lyme by Carrie Bebris 10/11
  119. I Shall Not Want by Debbie Viguié 10/11
  120. Killer Sweet Tooth by Gayle Trent 10/11
  121. Cemetery Girl by David Bell 10/11
  122. Bubba and the Dead Woman 10/11
  123. Button Holed by Kylie Logan 10/11
  124. The Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer 10/11
  125. Quick Step to Murder by Ella Barrick 10/11
  126. Unrevealed by Laurel Dewey 10/11
  127. Promissory Payback by Laurel Dewey 10/11
  128. Why Shoot a Butler by Georgette Heyer 10/11
  129. A Wee Christmas Homicide 10/11
  130. To Catch a Leaf by Kate Collins 10/11
  131. Chili Con Corpses by J.B. Stanley 11/11
  132. A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny 11/11
  133. Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer 11/11
  134. A Blunt Instrument by  Georgette Heyer 11/11
  135. Bitter Harvest by Sheila Connolly 11/11
  136. The Divine Circle of Ladies Tipping the Scales 11/11
  137. Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-up by Emily Brightwell 11/11
  138. Orchestrated Murder by Rick Blechta 11/11
  139. The Last Word by Ellery Adams 12/11
  140. Buried Sins by Marta Perry 12/11
  141. High Tide by Ann Summerville 12/11
  142. Graceful Death by Ann Summerville 12/11
  143. Sweet Masterpiece by Connie Shelton 12/11
  144. Iron Lake by William Kent Kreuger 12/11
  145. The Divine Circle of Ladies Painting the Town by Dolores Stewart Riccio 12/11


  1. This challenge is made for you!! Have fun :-)

  2. Perfect challenge for you Kaye - good luck!

  3. This is definitely so you! Maybe I'll join too. I'll have to think about it, since I totally bombed on the 2010 challenges, including my own.
    Enjoy :)

  4. Can you believe that it's that time already????

  5. This is a challenge that I complete quickly as I love this genre.


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.