Sfida ospitata da My reader's block.
This is another reading challenge that will allow mystery readers to include any mystery regardless of publication date. If it falls in a mystery category (crime fiction/detective novel/police procedural/suspense/thriller/spy & espionage/hard-boiled/cozy etc.), then it counts and it does not matter if it was published in 1892 or 2019.
~Challenge runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. all books should be read during this time period.
~All books must be mysteries. Humor, romance, supernatural elements (etc.) are welcome, but the books must be mysteries/crime/detective novels first.
~ Twelve books, one representing each month, are required for a completed challenge and to be eligible for the end-of-year prize drawing. Each month comes with several categories (see chart above) that may be selected to fulfill the month's reading.
~To claim a book, it must fit one of the categories for the month you wish to fulfill. Unless otherwise specified, the category is fulfilled within the actual story. For instance, if you are claiming a book for December and you want to use "Christmas" as the category, then Christmas must figure in some way in the plot.
~The "wild card" book is exactly that. If July is your birth month, then for category #9, you may read any mystery book you want. It does not have to connect with July in any way--other than a July baby chose it. The other eleven months, you must do the alternate category #9 if you want to fulfill that slot.
~For the category that says "Book title contains a word that starts with the letter A," the following do not count: "A" and "An."
~Books may only count for one month and one category, but they may count for other challenges (such as my other mystery challenge, Just the Facts, Ma'am). If it could fulfill more than one category or month, then you are welcome to change the category/month at any time prior to the final wrap-up.
~Books do not have to be read during the month for which they qualify. So--if you're feeling like a little "Christmas in July" (or May or...), then feel free to read your book for December whenever the mood strikes.
JAN: author's birth month --> Un paio di scarpe (Ellery Queen)
FEB: couple/triangle/love major role --> Morte sotto spirito (Brigitte Glaser)
MAR: money/fortune/inheritance has major role --> Il prezzo dei soldi (Petros Markaris)
APR: author's birth month --> Lo smeraldo maledetto (Edgar Wallace)
MAY: book title has word starting with "M"--> Morituri te salutant (Danila Comastri Montanari)
JUN: author's birth month (e anche il mio) --> Il gatto che amava Brahms (Lilian Jackson Braun)
JUL: takes place in US --> Il chirurgo (Tess Gerritsen)
AUG: author'snirth month --> Le lacrime della giraffa (Alexander McCall Smith)
SEP: author's birth month --> Delitto in cielo (Agatha Christie)
OCT: mistaken identity --> L'indizio della chiave argentata (Edgar Wallace)
NOV: family relationships play major role --> Blacklands (Belinda Bauer)
DEC: primary action takes place in this month --> Il senso di Smilla per la neve (Peter Hoeg)