Cloak & Dagger – June Update

CDChallengebadge2016.jpgI 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. 

  1. Perfect Death by Helen Fields
  2. Hide and Seek by M. J. Arlidge
  3. The Hoarder by Jess Kidd
  4. Murder in Little Shendon by A. H. Richardson
  5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  6. I See You by Clare Mackintosh
  7. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
  8. White Bodies by Jane Robins
  9. Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
  10. The Last of the Greenwoods by Clare Morrall
  11. Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris
  12. Look For Me by Lisa Gardner
  13. The Killer is Dying by James Sallis
  14. Everything is Lies by Helen Callaghan
  15. Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
  16. A Kill for the Poet by Simon Maltman
  17. The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
  18. Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza
  19. Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
  20. The Burgas Affair by Ellis Shuman
  21. Macbeth by Jo Nesbo
  22. Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
  23. My Husband’s Lies by Caroline England
  24. The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
  25. This is What Happened by Mick Herron
  26. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
  27. Fire on the Fens by Joy Ellis
  28. Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey
  29. Willnot by James Sallis
  30. The Fear by C. L . Taylor
  31. Come and Find Me by Sarah Hilary
  32. The Guilty Ones by Joy Ellis
  33. 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?

Emma x



  1. What a cool challenge! And well done for getting through so many! There are some great books on this list 🙂


  2. 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!


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