Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Criminal Plots II

About this time last year I announced the inaugural Criminal Plots Reading Challenge. For the first year, things have gone pretty well. If you signed up, there's still time to finish and be included in the drawing for the prizes. You have until the end of the month.

In the meantime, I have put together the second year of Criminal Plots and I hope you'll join in the fun. It's six crime fiction books in the following categories, read anytime between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012:

1. Novel with a weapon in the title (examples: A Night of Long Knives, A Nail Through the Heart, Sharp Objects, The Rope, Lay Down my Sword and Shield)

2. Book published at least 10 years ago - this should be an easy one, time to pull out those backlists (examples: Goodnight Irene, The Black Echo, Indemnity Only)

3. Book written by an author from the state/provinence/etc. where you live. (I live in Ohio, so examples for me would be Carla Buckley, Les Roberts, Craig McDonald)

4. Book written by an author using a pen name (examples: Spencer Quinn, Ross Macdonald, Ariana Franklin, Noah Boyd, Juliett Blackwell, Lisa Black)

5. Crime novel whose protagonist is the opposite gender of the author (examples: Demolition Angel, Bury Your Dead, Calumet City)

6. A stand-alone novel written by an author who writes at least one series (examples: El Gavilan (Craig McDonald), Long Gone (Alafair Burke), The Lock Artist (Steve Hamilton), Envy the Night (Michael Koryta), The Most Dangerous Thing (Laura Lippman))

As with last year's challenge,  you can use the same books from other challenges but you can not use the same book in two or more categories of THIS challenge. So you need six different books. You don't have to read them in the order I've listed them, they can be in any format and any crime fiction sub-genre (i.e., thrillers, cozies, procedurals, etc.). You don't need to decide your books ahead of time, choose them as you go, and you don't need a blog to participate.

Sign-ups are located at the Criminal Plots site. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. I hope to see all of you there! Happy Reading!


Perry St Lawyer December 8, 2011 at 10:10 PM  

What do I read next? Just finished The Ridge and before that Tana French's The Likeness. HELP! I need a list of the top five in recent history!

Jen December 9, 2011 at 6:14 PM  

Alrighty! I'm going to assume you've already read Gregg Hurwitz's YOU'RE NEXT, Marcus Sakey's THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES, Alafair Burke's LONG GONE and Craig Johnson's HELL'S EMPTY. If not, get those!!

Three that I'll be reviewing here soonish that are top-notch:

EL GAVILAN (Craig McDonald)
THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE(Lene Keaaberbol & Agnete Friis)

Make sure you check out Tania Carver's THE SURROGATE and Duane Swierczski's HELL & GONE (as long as you read FUN & GAMES first - read those books in order) and Will Lavender's DOMINANCE.

Does that give you enough to stay busy for at least the next week? ;-)

Perry St Lawyer December 9, 2011 at 11:17 PM  

Thanks! Maybe I can download one tonight on the Nook. Or I'll visit my local supplier tomorrow.

Marion December 10, 2011 at 12:48 AM  

Look forward to this challenge, we have some great authors here in New Zealand who will fit right in with this reading challenge.

Beth F December 12, 2011 at 6:49 AM  

I haven't picked my challenges yet, but I love this one!

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