Friday, December 28, 2012

2013 Challenges: Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge





Host: The Crafty Book Nerd

Name: Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge
Dates: January - December
# Books: 15+
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What I Read (last updated for June):

1. Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death. James Runcie. 2012. Bloomsbury. 400 pages. (Grantchester Mysteries Series #1)
2. Whose Body? Dorothy L. Sayers. 1923/1995. HarperCollins. 224 pages. 
3. The Case of the Worried Waitress: A Perry Mason mystery. Erle Stanley Gardner. 1966. 151 pages.
4. Final Curtain. Ngaio Marsh. 1947. Jove. 278 pages.
5. Clouds of Witness. Dorothy L. Sayers.
6. The Cape Cod Mystery. Phoebe Atwood Taylor.
7. The Leavenworth Case. Anna Katharine Green. 1878. 439 pages.
8. Unnatural Death. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1927. HarperCollins. 288 pages.
9. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1928/1995. HarperCollins. 256 pages. 
10. The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Agatha Christie. 1920/2006. Black Dog & Leventhal. 224 pages. 
11. The Case of the Late Pig. Margery Allingham. 1948. 144 pages.
12. Hamlet, Revenge! Michael Innes. 1937. 312 pages.
13. Why Shoot a Butler? Georgette Heyer. 1933. 352 pages.
14. Peril at End House. Agatha Christie. 1932. HarperCollins. 287 pages.
15. Mary Barton. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1848. 437 pages.
16. Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie.
17. Speaking from Among the Bones. Alan Bradley. 2013. Random House. 400 pages. 
18. The League of Frightened Men.  (Nero Wolfe #2) Rex Stout. 1935. Bantam. 320 pages.
19. The Rubber Band. (Nero Wolfe #3) Rex Stout. 190 pages.
20. Envious Casca. Georgette Heyer. 1941/2010. Sourcebooks. 396 pages.
21. Duplicate Death. Georgette Heyer. 1951/2010. Sourcebooks. 352 pages.
22. The Daughter of Time. (Inspector Grant #5). Josephine Tey. 1955/1995. Touchstone. 206 pages.
23. Detection Unlimited. Georgette Heyer. 1944/2010. Sourcebooks. 378 pages.
24. The Red Box. Nero Wolfe. (Nero Wolfe #4) 1936. 266 pages.
25. Strong Poison. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1930/1995. HarperCollins. 272 pages.
26. The Five Red Herrings. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1931. HarperCollins. 325 pages.
27. Death in the Stocks. Georgette Heyer. 1935/2009. Sourcebooks. 314 pages.
28. Behold, Here's Poison. Georgette Heyer. 1936/2009. Sourcebooks. 330 pages.
29.  They Found Him Dead. Georgette Heyer. 1937. Sourcebooks. 325 pages
30. A Blunt Instrument. Georgette Heyer. 1938. Sourcebooks. 309 pages.
31. Death on the Nile. Agatha Christie. 1937/2007. Black Dog & Leventhal. 352 pages.
32. The Case of the Cautious Coquette (Perry Mason #34). Erle Stanley Gardner. 1949. 230 pages



© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comments:

Amy Yingling 12:16 AM  

Hi Becky, so glad you will be reading with us over at The Crafty Book Nerd in 2013!
Amy Yingling
The Crafty Book Nerd

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