Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cruisin' thru the Cozies 2017 Reading Challenge

Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge is hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews.

from Yvonne:

Welcome to the seventh annual Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge! I'm changing things up a bit this year. Sometimes we get hooked on one type of genre or sub-genre and don't venture out of our comfort zone. Maybe some only read culinary cozies, maybe some only animals or crafts.

To find out exactly what a cozy mystery is, check out This site is dedicated to cozy mysteries and does a great job of defining them as well as giving a list of cozy mysteries. This challenge is NOT restricted to what is on their list, it's just to be used as a guideline in case you need some hints on what to read.

Whatever you might like, I thought it might be fun to read a bit of everything. So here is this year's cozy mystery reading challenge:

Level one (Snoop) - Read one book in each of these cozy sub-genres (total of 10 books)

- One from culinary (anything dealing with food:  restaurants, baked goods, etc.)
- One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
- One from craft related (any kind of hobbies - knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
- One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)
- One from British cozy mysteries (example:  Belinda Lawrence series)
- One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
- One holiday based (set during any holiday - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
- One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.)
- One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present)
- One is your choice!  (freebie!)

Level two (Investigator) - Read all the books in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 20)

Level three (Super Sleuth) - Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 30 books)

Level four (Sleuth Extraordinaire) - Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 20 cozy books of your choice (total of 40 books)

Here are the rules...

1. The challenge runs from January 1, 2017 and ends December 31, 2017.

2. You don't have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

3. Books can be in any format - paper, audio, all counts!

4. You don't have to post a review, but I'm sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists. 

NOTE: If you don't have a blog and want to participate, that's fine. You don't have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books. If you belong to a site like Goodreads and review the books there, that's fine too. Just leave us the link. I also have a group for this challenge on Goodreads and you can sign up here.

5. If you do have a blog, take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. Then add your name to Mr. Linky here. Please use the link of your challenge post, not the link to your home page.

6. I'm going to have one link for signing up, one link for completed reviews and one link for your wrap up posts. I won't be having a monthly link, just one for all reviews read for this challenge.

ADDENDUM:  (I'm adding one more thing for those who aren't sure they want to read some of the sub-genres.)

7.  If you can't find or don't want to read a certain sub-genre, you can switch it out for another one of your choice. However, this can only be done one time.


I signed up at the Sleuth Extraordinaire level, to read 40 cozy mysteries. I'll list my progress here.


1.  Culinary, Fudge and Jury by Ellie Alexander

2.  Animal-related, Cat Got Your Diamonds by Julie Chase

3. Craft-related, Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston

4.  Paranormal, Phantom Quartz by Barbra Annino

5.  British, Move Your Blooming Corpse by D.E. Ireland

6.  Career-based, 15 Minutes by Larissa Reinhart

7.  Holiday-based (Halloween), A Stitch to Die For by Lois Winston

8.  Travel, Southern Ghost by Carolyn G Hart 

9.  Historical mystery, A Nate To Remember by Barbara Jean Coast

10. Freebie, Dead in the Water by Annelise Ryan

11. Culinary, A Crime of Passion Fruit by Ellie Alexander

12. Animal-related, Murder on the Prowl by Rita Mae Brown

13. Craft-related, Death by Killer Mop Doll by Lois Winston

14. Paranormal, The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss

15. British, Get Me to the Grave on Time by D.E. Ireland

16. Career-based, Poison is the New Black by Chelsea Field

17. Holiday-based (Halloween), The Pumpkin Thief by Melanie Jackson

18. Travel, No Way Home by Annette Dashofy 

19. Historical mystery, Wouldn't It Be Deadly by D.E. Ireland

20. Freebie, First Degree Mudder by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley

Additional twenty:

21. Killer Moves by Paula Boyd

22. The Christie Caper by Carolyn G Hart

23. Pressed to Death by Kirsten Weiss

24. Person of Interest by Emery Harper

25. In the Bag by Emery Harper

26. Murder Past Due by Miranda James

27. Revenge of the Crafty Corpse by Lois Winston

28. Decoupage Can Be Deadly by Lois Winston

29. Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase

30. The Case of the Curious Cook by Cathy Ace

31. A Pinch of Poison by Alyssa Maxwell

32. The Art of Vanishing by Cynthia Kuhn

33. Of Books and Bagpipes by Paige Shelton

34. A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal

35. Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern

36. Murder Between the Lines by Radha Vatsal

37. Designer Dirty Laundry by Diane Vallere

38. Buyer Beware by Diane Vallere

The Madness of Mercury by Connie Di Marco

40. Bloodline by Vicki Vass