Calendar of Crime Challenge 2020

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This is a reading challenge  hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block that allows mystery readers to include any mystery regardless of publication date. If it falls in a mystery category (crime fiction/detective novel/police procedural/suspense/thriller/spy & espionage/hard-boiled/cozy etc.), then it counts and it does not matter if it was published in 1892 or 2020.

The Challenge runs from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. All books should be read during this time period and you can sign up on Bev’s blog at any time.

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January:

#6 Hitler’s Secret by Rory Clements – original publication month

February:

#2 The Guardians by John Grisham – author’s birth month
#3 Still Life by Val McDermid – primary action takes place this month
#6 The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray – original publication month

March:

#6 A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry – original publication month
#7 The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey – book title has word starting with ‘M’

April:

#2 A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill – author’s birth month
#6 Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards – original publication month
#7 An Air That Kills by Andrew Taylor – title has word beginning with ‘A’

May:

#2 The Secret of High Eldersham by Miles Burton – author’s birth month
#5 Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz – other May holiday – May Day
#6 Sword by Bogdan Teodorescu – original publication month
#7 The Mist by Ragnar Jonasson – title has word beginning with’M’

June:

#2 The Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah – author’s birth month
#3 Wycliffe and How to Kill a Cat by W J Burley – primary action takes place this month
#6 The Winker by Andrew Martin – original publication month

July:

#2 Death Has Deep Roots by Michael Gilbert – author’s birth month
#6 How to Disappear by Gillian McAllister – original publication month

August:

#2 The Power-House by John Buchan – author’s birth month
#3 Maigret’s Holiday by Georges Simenon – primary action takes place this month
#6 The Search Party by Simon Lelic – original publication month
#9 Wycliffe and How to Kill a Cat by W J Burley – summer holiday setting

September:


#6 Looking Good Dead by Peter James – original publication month
#7 The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox – book title has word starting with ‘S’
#9 Smallbone Deceased by Michael Gilbert – setting = place of employment

October:

#2 His and Hers by Alice Feeney – author’s birth month

November:

#2 Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate – author’s birth month
#3 Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear – primary action takes place this month
#6 Yesterday’s Papers by Martin Edwards – original publication month
#9 Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok – Family relationships play major role

December:

#3 Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear – primary action takes place this month