I have been very lax this year in doing regular updates on my challenges (and I didn’t even do that many of them), even though I have been taking part in the background. With the end of June fast approaching, I thought it would be a good time to revisit them and see where I was, starting with the Cloak & Dagger challenge, run by one of my favourite bloggers, Stormi at books, movies, reviews oh my!, along with Barb at Booker Ts Farm.
To take part, you can read any book from the mystery, suspense, thriller or crime genres (or sub-genres). They need to be books or novellas over 100 pages so no short stories. You don’t have to be a blogger as long as you post your reviews somewhere (so Goodreads is fine). Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres. Then you pick the level you want to read for:
- 5-15 books – Amateur sleuth
- 16-25 books – Detective
- 26-35 books – Inspector
- 36 – 55 – Special agent
- 56+ books – Sherlock Holmes
Plus a “bonus” challenge of finishing a series (or more).
How have I done?
I was Sherlock Holmes last year and hope to be again this year. Here’s how I’ve done so far (click on the titles to go to the review). My favourite books are shown in Bold.
- Perfect Death by Helen Fields
- Hide and Seek by M. J. Arlidge
- The Hoarder by Jess Kidd
- Murder in Little Shendon by A. H. Richardson
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- I See You by Clare Mackintosh
- The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
- White Bodies by Jane Robins
- Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
- The Last of the Greenwoods by Clare Morrall
- Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris
- Look For Me by Lisa Gardner
- The Killer is Dying by James Sallis
- Everything is Lies by Helen Callaghan
- Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
- A Kill for the Poet by Simon Maltman
- The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
- Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza
- Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
- The Burgas Affair by Ellis Shuman
- Macbeth by Jo Nesbo
- Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
- My Husband’s Lies by Caroline England
- The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
- This is What Happened by Mick Herron
- Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
- Fire on the Fens by Joy Ellis
- Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey
- Willnot by James Sallis
- The Fear by C. L . Taylor
- Come and Find Me by Sarah Hilary
- The Guilty Ones by Joy Ellis
- Splinter in the Blood by Ashley Dyer
So, halfway through the year and 60% towards my goal. I think I might just manage it. Have you read any of these books – what do you think of my choice of favourites? Are you taking part in the challenge? How have you done?
What a cool challenge! And well done for getting through so many! There are some great books on this list 🙂
It really is – and thanks to my reading preferences, one I can achieve!
I’m not sure I’ve heard of this challenge, but it would be one I’d have no problem with at all. I’ve read 5 books on your list and have many others on my TBR. I’m loving Joy Ellis’ Nikki and Joe series. You are at the Sherlock level indeed!
I’m impressed… and this is such a really cool challenge, Emma. No wonder you enjoy taking part:)