My Kind Of Mystery 2014

My Kind Of Mystery 2014

Mystery needs no murder!  I adore ancient places, eerie phenomenon…  Gothic greats of the 1960s-1980s, modern releases.  What’s your favourite?  This challenge welcomes the lot:  tutorials, biographies, fiction…  Any mystery and author-related material fits my all-encompassing theme.

Keep an eye out for fun riddles to solve throughout the year!
What is “A RIEDEL Clue”?

A RIEDEL Clue #1

A RIEDEL Clue #2

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Full Mystery Levels

(1Write about your goal and link it to this “My Kind Of Mystery” page.  *
(2Enter your URL, name, and level into the link button below.

* Any public website (not ‘facebook’).  If we can click on Twitter, Pinterest…  without membership, great.  If need be, sign-up your direct Goodreads profile.  Then mark your progress via comments.

Any format.  Any demographic.  Join anytime.
If non-adult, I ask for pre-1991 publications.  Enough sites cater to youths.
Limitless lengthCross over with all activities.
A short story, multi-author compilations;  bring them to the table!
A link to Goodreads, Book Depository…  to say you finished.  One line is fine.

Catch your breath:  we launch February 1st, 2014 – February 28th, 2015!



I, your hostess am striving for level “Invisible Floor“.
Here is what I intend to read.

Mystery Of Disaster Island”  Ann Rivkin  1975
Terror In Winnipeg”  Eric Wilson  1979
Vampires Of Ottawa”  Eric Wilson  1984
The Green Gables Detectives”  Eric Wilson  1987
Code Red At The Supermall”  Eric Wilson  1988
Cold Midnight In Vieux Québec”  Eric Wilson  1989
What The Witch Left”  Ruth Chew  1973
Witch In The House”  Ruth Chew  1975
The Man In The Brown Suit”  Agatha Christie  1924
(10) “Aunt Dimity Digs In”  Nancy Atherton  1995

Then Came Two Women”  Charlotte Armstrong  1962
The House On The Cliff”  Leslie McFarlane  1927
The Secret Of The Old Mill”  Leslie McFarlane   1927
The Secret Of Red Gate Farm”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931
The Monsters Within”  Corvus Winchester  2013
Elsewhere”  William Peter Blatty  1999
Angel’s Verdict”  Mary Stanton  2010
Angel Condemned”  Mary Stanton  2011
A Taste For Murder”  Claudia Bishop  1994
(20) “The Mystery Of Pony Hollow”  Lynn Hall  1978

Ghost Ship”  P.J. Alderman  2011
The Flanders Panel”  Arturo Pérez-Reverte  1990
The Irish Cairn Murder”  Dicey Deere  2003
Gunpowder Green”  Laura Childs  2002
Eggs In Purgatory”  Laura Childs  2008
Crocodile On The Sandbank”  Elizabeth Peters  1975
The Quicksilver Pool”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
The Clue In The Diary”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931
The Ghost & The Dead Deb”  Alice Kimberly  2005
(30) “Sea Jade”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1964

The Ghost & The Dead Man’s Library”  Alice Kimberly  2006
Eerie Tales Of The Old West”  Emily, Joe West  1991
Pleasing The Ghost”  Sharon Creech  1996
Time For Andrew”  Mary Downing Hahn  1994
The Doll In The Garden”  Mary Downing Hahn  1989
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1966
The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1967
The Cat Who Turned On And Off”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1968
The Cat Who Saw Red”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1986
(40)  “The Tale Of Oat Cake Crag”  Susan Wittig Albert  2010

My Cousin Rachel”  Daphne Du Maurier  1951
Mystery Of The Golden Horn”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1962
The Other Side Of Dark”  Joan Lowery Nixon  1986
The Curse Of The Pharaohs”  Elizabeth Peters  1981
Something The Cat Dragged In”  Charlotte MacLeod  1983
The Curse Of The Giant Hogweed”  Charlotte MacLeod  1985
Mariana”  Susanna Kearsley  1994
Come Like Shadows”  Welwyn Wilton Katz  1993
False Face”  Welwyn Wilton Katz  1987
(50)  “Caught Dead In Philadelphia”  Gillian Roberts  1987

Dead Bolt”  Juliet Blackwell  2011
Murder On The House”  Juliet Blackwell  2012
Tarnished And Torn”  Juliet Blackwell  2013
The Wednesday Witch”  Ruth Chew  1969
The Hidden Cave”  Ruth Chew  1973
A Veiled Deception”  Annette Blair  2008
Larceny And Lace”  Annette Blair  2009
Death By Diamonds”  Annette Blair  2010
Skirting The Grave”  Annette Blair  2011
(60)  “The Cosmic Clues”  Manjiri Prabhu  2004

Death Island”  Robert Sutherland  1989
Rosemary’s Witch”  Ann Turner  1991
Ghost Of A Chance”  Yasmine Galenorn  2003
An Uninvited Ghost”  E.J. Copperman  2011
Australian Golden Dagger Mysteries”  Professor Steven Knight  1988
The Tale Of Castle Cottage”  Susan Wittig Albert  2011
The Mystery Of Ireland’s Eye”  Shane Peacock  1999
Aunt Dimity’s Christmas”  Nancy T. Atherton  1999
Mysteries, Monsters & Untold Secrets”  George Laycock  1978
(70)  “The Merlot Murders”  Ellen Crosby  2006

Mystery On The Isle Of Skye”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
Death On Demand”  Carolyn G. Hart  1987
Gad’s Hall”  Norah Lofts  1977
The Haunting Of Gad’s Hall”  Norah Lofts  1978
Ammie, Come Home”  Barbara Michaels  1968
Curiosity Thrilled The Cat”  Sofie Kelly  2011
It Takes A Witch”  Heather Blake  2012
Murder In Scorpio”  Martha C. Lawrence  1995
Mind Over Murder”  Allison Kingsley  2011
(80)  “Last Wool And Testament”  Molly MacRae  2012

“The Secret Portrait”  Lillian Stewart Carl  2005
“The Witch Is Dead”  Shirley Damsgaard  2007
Remedy For Treason”  Caroline Roe  1998
The Family Vault”  Charlotte MacLeod  1979
The Withdrawing Room”  Charlotte MacLeod  1980
The Night The Gods Smiled”  Eric Wright  1983
Smoke Detector”  Eric Wright  1984
Death In The Old Country”  Eric Wright  1985
Cure For A Charlatan”  Caroline Roe  1999
The Secrets Of Hidden Creek”  Wylly Folk St. John  1966
Mansion Of Evil”  Caroline Farr  1966
The Mystery Of Saint Salgue”  Paul Berna  1962
The Cater Street Hangman”  Anne Perry  1979
The Lies That Bind”  Kate Carlisle  2010
Callander Square”  Anne Perry  1980
Death Of A Gossip”  Marion C. Beaton  1985
Kilt Dead”  Kaitlyn Dunnett  2007
The Twelve Deaths Of Christmas”  Marian Babson  1979
Mystery At Cranberry Farm”  Lynn Manuel  1981
The House On Cabra”  June Wetherell  1966
Phantom Horse Goes To Ireland”  Christine Pullein-Thompson  1972
Mystery At Star Lake”  Margaret Goff Clark  1965
The Seventh Mourner”  Dorothy Gardiner  1964
Return To Cranberry Farm”  Lynn Manuel  1990
A Single Death”  Eric Wright  1986
Buried In Stone”  Eric Wright  1996
The Suicide Murders”  Howard Engel  1980


42 Responses to My Kind Of Mystery 2014

  1. Bev Hankins says:

    I’m in! (You knew I wouldn’t be able to resist….)

    • I couldn’t be more thrilled to have you! What an honour to have someone who hosts so much of what I enjoy, be the first guest my first time as hostess. Mystery is definitely a shoe-in for you too! It still startled me to find you boldly joining at 40 – Mamma mía!

  2. JoAnne Isgro says:

    Carolyn, I have one question about this……Non-adult must be published by 1990 or earlier. Do you mean if I read a mystery that is Young Adult it must be prior to 1990? Thanks!

  3. Peggy@Peggy Ann's Post says:

    Signed up! Going for Hidden Doorways.

  4. gussiebetty says:

    I am going to join you Carolyn. I’ll try for the first group.

    • Pleased to meet you Betty! My name is “C-a-r-o-l-y-n“. No E. It rhymes with ‘gin’, rather than ‘wine’. :-) It sounds like we’ll have all year to know one another. Welcome! Peggy Ann, it’s great to see you in our ranks too.

  5. Amy Yingling says:

    Just signed up Carolyn!

  6. yvonne473 says:

    Great challenge! I’m in!

  7. Clearly, just on the cusp of Christmas Eve, I am having the best possible day! In the mystery hostess quartet that I know of, I am the fourth newcomer. As of right now, all three of the other very popular challenge-creators are taking part in my brand new launch! Ladies, I feel wonderful vibes about the presence and pleasure you will bring!

  8. DianaS says:

    I’m not sure if my first comment worked. I’m in for the challenge !

  9. I will start at the lower level as I am doing other challenges. If overlap is allowed I most probably will have more as I plan on reading a lot of cozies. From the dates for non-adult I will assume Judy Bolton or other older mystery series books would be allowed.

    • You’ll be glad to hear Rachelle, no rules for adult novels! “My Kind Of Mystery” includes author bios, tutorials, any length, re-reads, overlaps… anything to do with mysteries and authors! The only request, because there’s so much ‘YA’ everywhere else: is non-adult books derive before 1991. Otherwise kids, babies… any mystery or mystery author material is IN. :) Yours Truly, Carolyn.

  10. Thanks for hosting & for stopping by my sign-up post :)

  11. Topcho says:

    Phew, I am finally signing up! I am so glad that this challenge starts in February. I am still wraping up and cleaning my challenges from last year, lol!

    • Hi Nina! Wow, you’re doing “Mystery” instead of colours in “Gentle Spectrums” like you planned. I am honoured to have you as my guest! I agree challenges are too busy near Christmas and I’m trying to encourage hosts to avoid that. Please tell me how medical university is going. xoxo

  12. Carolyn, thanks to Dorothy Gilman, you got me! congratulations on launching your own reading challenges. I HAD to sign up for this one,lol, I’m in, #20

  13. twiggysc says:

    I’m going for Secret Messages.

    • I’m thrilled to welcome you both, Emma and Susan! Susan, I adjusted your sign-up, so it links your direct page to this group. Many thanks to Bonnie of “Off The Shelf” for teaching me how! [GRIN!]

  14. Hi – I signed up for the “Unearthing Clues” challenge. This is my first time being in challenges, so I made need help as I go. I’m excited to be sharing with others who enjoy reading as much as I do.

    • A hostess is here to help, as well as to have fun right along with you. Your Google profile allows posts. Why don’t you experiment with that, by clicking “About” and filling it in? Oddly, getting involved with the school system didn’t appeal to me (can’t picture myself as anything but an author). As long as I’m flying solo, I’m a good teacher. When I break anything down from the beginning, people understand me, which I’m very happy about. :)

  15. Kari says:

    Sounds like fun! I’m in! Starting with Hidden Doorways & I’m assuming I can move up a level later?

  16. Hello Kari! I’m pleased to meet you and find you a guest in one of my themes right away! There’s “Ethereal” should folks read new age, spiritual, mystical, paranormal. What a nice surprise to find you in mystery! Here’s my FAQ post. I’m no stickler for rules. :)

  17. Christine says:

    Hi Carolyn,

    Another Challenge is always welcome …. I’m going for ‘Lost Artifacts’

    Have posted my Goodreads profile page as link (let me know if not right) and not sure how to list the books I’ve finished but I’ll work it out eventually.


    • My friend Christine! It’s an honour to find you here! Non-bloggers needn’t list anything if their website doesn’t offer posts. Just put your review URLS in the alphabet buttons of the corresponding page. You’ll fly through them like a warm Australian wind. :)

      • Anonymous says:

        Ah ha! Have found the ‘Invisible Floor’ – which is good as have already added books to complete ‘Lost Artifacts’ – so will make this my goal now.

        Carolyn, I am completely lost as to where I add the url for my reviews.

        Thank you ….

      • Is that you Christine? Anywhere you are in my blog, there is a menu at its top. Toggle all of our group pages from there. However I’m glad you re-visited the original page, not only because I have refreshed explanations many times since starting. You are first to find and accept “The Secret Floor”! Well done. In all of the original sign-up pages, there is a link to their reviews too. You can’t lose.

  18. rblerner2013 says:

    Just want to know if cozies mysteries count here, also.

    • Oh yes! Our group is so broad, I want books about authors too! Every type of mystery story surely counts. List anything reviewed as of Feb 1. I can’t wait to see and hope you like the alphabetized layout. Contests begin soon in all 3 challenges. I urge participants to keep re-visiting the 3 group pages.

  19. Laura Pond says:

    Here is my review for Tom Clancy’s Command Authority: Is there a post for reviews to be posted?

    • Yes indeed! The “Riedel Challenges 2014” menu at the top of my blog has all related pages. On this page, you may click where it says ‘reviews wanted’. A third option is our “My Kind Of Mystery” banner at the bottom of my blog. I’ll happily add your two reviews in the linky buttons. I hope you like the author layout of the page. :)

  20. Hi Everyone! I LOVE mystery/psychological thrillers! Those are my FAVE! I’m going for Secret Messages. 5-10. My blog is contemporary fiction and my readers love the women’s fiction, chick-lit, and more! I sometimes find myself doing too many mystery at times! LOL! I have to stop for a bit then!
    I want to read Chevy Steven’s NEW book coming out in June, I believe? “Always Watching”! I read her book, “Never Knowing” which is about her father being a … I’ll leave that for YOU to find out! However, it was AMAZING!!! She also wrote “Still Missing” and has a NEW book coming out in June, which I got from NetGalley. I got a message stating I was okayed to read it! Squeeeeeee! I cannot impress upon you how GREAT “Never Knowing” was! Wow!!! If you want to go over to NetGalley to pick her NEW book up, it’s there. (They want you to wait until 30 days prior to the release to publish your review.) I completely finished for February:
    1. Anybodey’s Daughter by Pamela Samuels Young at this link: Excellent second novel in a series, although this book CAN be read as a stand alone, as I read it. See you later for now! Laurie

    • Hello Laurie! The message I left was about a contest that ended a few hours ago: the most recent post at this blog, also linked above. I waited awhile for last-minute entrants. However I *love* guests popping in to tell how they’re doing. I’m pro-physical book, very dedicated to keeping paper alive. ;) But others would be glad to look at ‘netgalley’.

      Also linked above, we have a page for entering reviews. I imagine everyone enjoys our buttons alphabetized by author? The entering format is: “TITLE” + AUTHOR + (YOUR NAME), shown at the top. An easy glance at titles on the left, participants on the right. Plenty of mysteries are chick-lit. :) Thank you for getting us started on some chatting!

  21. Marisa says:

    It’s curious to see “The Flanders Panel” and, after reading the author, say: “Ahhh, it’s….” Or “The man in the Brown Suit”, one of my favorites Agatha Christie’s, before I knew what a romance suspense is (I feel like that about this book and a Edgar Wallace’s: “The man who was nobody”).

    • Hi Marisa! Are you saying you disliked “The Flanders Panel” too? It looked like it would be the most amazing idea but the end was stupid and the whole process, unbearably slow. Yes, I loved “The Man In The Brown Suit”!

  22. bigemu59 says:

    Hi Carolyn, yes it’s Christine.

    I’m having one of those days where I can’t make head nor tail of anything. I’ve found the reviews, just can’t figure out how to post under the author letter.

  23. rblerner2013 says:

    I have read many cozies and have not listed them separately, I

    • Looks like your sentence cut off. There is no worry about book types. This isn’t a cozy challenge; it’s a full mystery challenge, with a review page alphabetized by author. Putting all types under the right letters on our review page is great.

  24. rblerner2013 says:

    I have trouble reading page as it comes out in too small a print for me to read. Any hints on how ro get it so I can read it.

    • It’s all about your web-browser’s settings, which you might not have known you can change. Go into something like a ‘view’ menu and ‘zoom’ the size percentage, to make letters larger. Also in a pinch, you could copy a paragraph you’d like to see. Paste it into a word-processor document, then enlarge the font.

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