Thursday, January 5, 2017

Purrfect Reading Challenge 2017

The Purrfect Reading Challenge is hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews.

from Yvonne:

Many years ago I found a cat mystery reading challenge on one of the blogs. Being both a cat and mystery lover, it was the *purrfect* reading challenge for me but then it suddenly disappeared and I never saw one again. So, I decided to create my own. It's very simple, this challenge is all about reading mysteries that have cats as the main characters. Here are a few examples...

  • Joe Grey Mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • Midnight Louie Mysteries by Carole Nelson Douglas
  • A Cats In Trouble Mysteries by Leann Sweeney
  • A Klepto Cat Mysteries by Patricia Fry
  • Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries by Ali Brandon
  • Cat Who Mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James
  • Bookmobile Cat Mysteries by Laurie Cass
  • Theda Krakow Mysteries by Clea Simon
  • Black Cat Mysteries by Elaine Faber

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens more. You can find a list here, but you aren't limited to just these choices. If you find others, that's great.

Here are the levels you can choose from:

Purring - Read 1-10 cat mysteries
Kneading - Read 11-20 cat mysteries
Meowing - Read 21-30 cat mysteries
Catnip - Go crazy and read at least 31 and go as high as you'd like - the sky is the limit!

The challenge will begin on January 1, 2017 and end on December 31, 2017.

The rules are really simple. 

1. Any book read for this challenge has to be a mystery and have a cat that plays a major role in the book.

2. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

3. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime for those who make a list in advance.

4. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

5. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to. If you don't have a blog, just post in the comment section here that you'd like to join. You can post your books in there also. I have a Cat Mystery group on Goodreads and you can join over there. The link is

6. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

7. To sign up, choose one of the levels from the above list and use the Mister Linky here. There will be links for reviews and wrap posts later.

Enjoy and have fun!


I signed up for Purring and will read 10 books. I'll list them here throughout the year.

1.  Murder on the Prowl by Rita Mae Brown
     The human sleuth, Harry, is unknowingly aided in her efforts by her sleuthing pets - her cats, Mrs Murphy and Pewter, and her dog, Tee Tucker.

2.  The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss
     There's a g.d. cat in this book.  No, not that.... A ghost-detecting cat.

3.  Pressed to Death by Kirsten Weiss
     G.d. cat is back!

4.  Murder Past Due by Miranda James
     Starring Diesel, the library cat - a Maine Coon who walks on a leash.

5.  Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase
     #2 in the Kitty Couture series about Lacy Crocker - this time, with her cat Penelope, and two foster Siamese cats who are heirs to a huge trust fund.

6.  The Madness of Mercury by Connie DI Marco
     #1 in the Zodiac Mystery series, about San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti and her black cat, Wizard. Julia does readings for clients and writes an astrology advice column ("Ask Zodia") for the local newspaper.

7.  Bloodline by Vicki Vass
     About a young witch during the Salem Witch Trials, who was transformed into a cat. The cat now lives in modern Asheville, NC. #1 in the Witch Cat Mysteries.

8.  Cat About Town by Cate Conte
     Maddie, just arrived on Daybreak Island, adopts a stray orange tabby. She begins work towards opening a cat café. #1 in the Cat Café Mysteries.

9.  All Signs Point to Murder by Connie Di Marco
     #2 in the Zodiac Mystery series. More Wizard.

10. Cat Got Your Secrets by Julie Chase
      #3 in the Kitty Couture series. More Penelope, who loves riding "Spot" the Roomba.

11. Cat Shining Bright by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
      #20 in the Joe Grey Mysteries, about talking, sleuthing cats who assist the local PD, without letting on that the anonymous snitches are feline rather than human.