Sunday, August 19, 2007

Summer Mystery Reading Challenge Wrap Up

I have officially completed the Summer Mystery Reading Challenge hosted by Liz and Bob at Reviewed by Liz. This challenge gave me the excuse to fit in some much needed mystery reading amongst all the other challenges I roped myself into.

Summer Mystery Reading List:

  • Field of Fire by James O. Born
  • The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson
  • The Society by Michael Palmer
  • The Pumpkin Seed Massacre by Susan Slater

  • What was the best mystery you read this summer for the challenge?

    The most enjoyable book by a new-to-me author I read this summer was Karen E. Olson's novel, Sacred Cows, followed close on the heels by The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais. Both were entertaining mysteries with strong and likeable protagonists who I look forward to spending more time with in the future. These two books had me turning the pages as fast as I could to find out what would happen next.

    What book could you have done without?

    I enjoyed each and every mystery that I chose to read for this summer, and I definitely plan to read more by each of the authors. There was not one dud in the bunch.

    What was the best part of the Summer Mystery Challenge?

    The best part of this challenge was getting to know six new authors. Several of my selected books had been sitting on my shelves for quite a while, waiting to be read. Although the books themselves weren't so new to me in that regard, this was the first time I took the opportunity to read anything by the authors. Now I find myself wondering why I waited so long.

    I enjoyed the featured authors' posts quite a bit. My wish list of books and authors to try has grown considerably since the start of this challenge, both from the featured author articles and seeing what everyone else has been reading. Unfortunately this time around, I did not get the chance to read more than one of the featured authors' works as my main reason for participating in most of the reading challenges this year is to focus on trimming down my TBR collection. The one I did get the chance to read was Karen E. Olson's Sacred Cows, which, as you know, I thought was terffic.

    All in all, the Summer Mystery Reading Challenge was an enjoyable experience; one I would definitely be interested in doing again. Many thanks to Liz and Bob for hosting the challenge. You put an amazing about of work into this and it is greatly appreciated.


    1. Oh, I love when challenges have wrap-up questions.

    2. Congratulations on finishing the challenge! I'm "this" close to finishing it. Well, I need one more book and I think I may read Sacred Cows after your review of it :)

    3. It was a great challenge; congrats on finishing. I think mysteries are the best reads and I've never even heard of 5 of your books. *adds more books to the list*

    4. Congrats on finishing the challenge! I have one more to go so I'm within reach.

    5. Dewey - Wrap-up questions make things a lot easier, don't they?

      Andi - Thanks!

      Iliana - Thank you! Sacred Cows would be a good choice. :-) Whatever you decide to read as your last book, I hope it's a good one.

      Elizabeth - Thank you! It really was a lot of fun.

      Tanabata - Thanks! You can do it! Haha It feels good to complete another challenge. :-)

    6. Congratulations! I'm glad you enjoyed The Monkey's Raincoat. If Sacred Cows beats it, I've *got* to find a copy!!!!

    7. Nancy - Thank you. Sacred Cows was really good. I definitely think you should give it a try. :-)


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