Reading Challenge #1: Mysteries from each US State

So I haven’t really done a reading challenge before besides a goal for how many books to read in the year (so far 2012’s goal is 90 books. I’m hoping to surpass and actually get to 100!). I was browsing in the Cozy Mystery group that I joined on GoodReads and I saw this challenge and thought what a great idea it was! It’ll help me expand on the kind of mysteries I’m reading and give me some distinct goals instead of aimlessly hopping around from one book to the next as well as expanding my horizons on new authors, new settings, and even new time periods.

Rules: Read at least one mystery set in each one of the states. No particular time limit.

Here’s what I have so far:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California – Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida – B is For Burglar by Sue Grafton (although this only half takes place in FL. Does that count?)
Georgia – Body Movers by Stephanie Bond
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois – Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana – Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts – The Square Root of Murder by Ada Madison
Michigan – A Vision of Murder by Victoria Laurie
Minnesota – Cherry Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire – Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
New Jersey – Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
New Mexico
New York – Vengeance in Death by JD Robb
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon – Candy Apple Red by Nancy Bush
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia – Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
Washington – Lye In Wait by Cricket McRae
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Hmmm, well… It’s not much! Difficult when I read a series and it all takes place in one spot, plus the multiple ones that take place in NY and CA. I’ll have to update periodically when I get some more books under my belt!

3 thoughts on “Reading Challenge #1: Mysteries from each US State

  1. Keri

    This is Keri from TX (and OH) from the Cozy Mysteries group on Goodreads. I just love this idea of adding the state locations for a challenge. Hope you keep up with this and look forward to checking back now and then to see what you’ve managed to discover on your quest!

  2. amyandthepen

    Neat challenge! I actually have a suggestion for Colorado – Loose Screw by Rae Davies if you haven’t read it before. I may have to check out some of the books on your list so far!

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