A Crime is Afoot, then saw lists at Cleopatra Loves Books and findingtimetowrite. Then I was reminded today by Keishon's post at Yet Another Crime Fiction Blog. She hasn't put up a list yet, and I look forward to seeing it.
The challenge is to read 20 Books in Summer; it begins on June 1 and goes through September 5th. The originator is Cathy at 746 Books. Visit there for more information. She does also suggest 15 book or 10 book versions for those who don't want to commit to 20.
I resisted at first because it is a challenge and I haven't done so well at those lately, but I do like the ones with a shorter span of time. I already knew of seven books that I planned to read ASAP and thought, why not add others I have been wanting to read soon, and see what happens?
So, here is my list:
- The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie (1929)
- Passing by Nella Larsen (1929)
- Some Buried Caesar by Rex Stout (1939)
- Murder Among Friends by Elizabeth Ferrars (1946)
- She Shall Have Murder by Delano Ames (1948)
- Murder Begins at Home by Delano Ames (1949)
- Vertigo by Boileau-Narcejac (orig. publ. as D'entre les morts in 1954)
- From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming (1957)
- The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon (1959)
- Smiley's People by John le Carré (1979)
- The Black Company by Glen Cook (1984)
- A Perfect Spy by John le Carré (1986)
- Mort by Terry Pratchett (1987)
- Grifters & Swindlers ed. by Cynthia Mason (short story anthology, 1993)
- Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason (2000)
- An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer (2012)
- Dead Lions by Mick Herron (2013)
- Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters by Lida Sideris (2015)
- See Also Deception by Larry D. Sweazy (2016)
- Shot in Detroit by Patricia Abbott (2016)
I know that I will want to add a book in July and August for Crimes of the Century at Past Offences, but otherwise I hope to stay on track.
At this point, if I succeed, this will remove 15 books from my TBR shelves, boxes, and stacks. That will be good as I move toward the big book sale in September that always adds many more books to the shelves.
Note that on the cover of Murder Begins at Home above, many of the tiny white flowers have skulls in them. Moira at Clothes in Books graciously sent me this edition to add to my collection of book covers adorned with skulls.