The increasing participation and expected completions are beginning to exceed my capacity to provide prizes. The number of unredeemed prize credits also reveals that a majority of participants are in it primarily for the experience, not the prizes. It is fun to have some prizes, but some changes in the challenge are needed to keep it sustainable. Here is a summary of before/after changes in the prize schedule for 2021:
Challenge 2020 prizes 2021 prizes Medical Examiner Top ten by Toe Tag count At the close of the challenge, five active participants (chosen at random) may select a book from the prize list. Six Shooter One per target completion At the close of the challenge, five active participants (chosen at random) may select a book from the prize list. Targets which were begun in 2020 and rolled over to 2021 are grandfathered and will still earn one prize. Beachcomber At the close of the challenge, ten participants (chosen at random from those who have filled four beach bags), will receive a beach-related prize. Abra Cadavers Prizes not offered Prizes not offered Century Club Prizes not offered Prizes not offered
- Prizes awarded from Beachcomber, Medical Examiner, and Six Shooter will be mutually exclusive - that is, you can't win a prize from more than one challenge.
- Due to issues with international payments/mailings, prizes can now only be provided to USA addresses.
- This page was last updated TUE NOV 17 2020
Prize credits!The following challengers have unredeemed prize credits in the Mystillery Bank to use up. Prize credits do not expire. If unused, they roll over into the next year.
- Ahcop (1) sorry, outside USA
- Bev Hankins (9) added one 8/26 for Six Shooter/Death on the Nile, added two 8/27 for bingos
- Fanda (1) sorry, outside USA
- JJA (1) sorry, outside USA
- Lynn H (1) added one 10/22 for Six Shooter
- sk888888 (6)
- Susan Jensen (1)
- Tari Hann (5) added one 10/9 for Six Shooter / Tonya Kappes
- Traci L (2) added two on 9/15 for Six Shooter / Stuart Woods, James Patterson
Prizes!You can choose a prize one of four ways:
- Option 1. From my stash
- Option 2. Direct credit transfer to your PBS account (PBS account required)
- Option 3. From my PBS bookshelf (PBS account not required)
- Option 4. From anyone's PBS bookshelf (PBS account not required)
Option 1:Select one from my stash. Here is the list:
Author Title Publisher Date Edition Auster, Paul The New York Trilogy Faber & Faber 1988 3 stories: City of Glass, Ghosts, The Locked Room. New condition. Trade paperback size, cover art is different than shown. Baldacci, David Hour Game Time Warner 2004 5 CDs, 6 hours, abridged Berry, Jedediah The Manual of Detection Highbridge 2009 8 CDs, unabridged, ex-library Brown, Dan Digital Fortress Thomas Dunne 1998 oversize paperbound Buck, Charles Neville Marked Men Collier Front Page Mysteries 1929 hardcover, Collier uniform binding, excellent condition Carr, John Dickson The Lost Gallows Berkley Medallion 1965 paperback, reading copy only, stained. I have posted a dust jacket image here but this is a paperback and does NOT have a dustjacket.
Old friends discover a small model of a gallows while in the lounge at the Hellfire Club, where they live along with our narrator. The model turns out to have been sent to Egyptian Nezam el Moulk, also a resident of the club. While outside, they see el Moulk's limosine careening through the city, stopping in front of the club, apparently driven by his dead chauffeur!
Carr, John Dickson The Witch of the Low Tide, an Edwardian Melodrama Harper 1961 hardcover, 1st edition, ex-library.
This murder admits of no solution said Doctor David Garth. "But she was strangled to death. And the murderer had to leave after he had killed. He's not here now. But in some fashion, explain it how you like, he or she or some damnable witch of the low tide managed to leave without a footprint in all that wet sand!"
Carr, John Dickson Scandal at High Chimneys, a Victorian Melodrama Harper 1959 hardcover, 1st edition, ex-library, with DJ and plastic overlay Christie, Agatha A.B.C. Murders Berkley 1991 paperback, very good condition.
When Alice Asher is murdered in Andover, Hercule Poirot is already on to the clues. Alphabetically speaking, it's one down, twenty-five to go. There's a serial killer on the loose. His macabre calling card is to leave the ABC Railway guide beside each victim's body.
Christie, Agatha A Caribbean Mystery Harper 1992 paperback, Miss Marple. very good condition. Christie, Agatha Murder on the Orient Express BBC radio dramatization 1993 2 cassettes, 140 minutes Christie, Agatha Murder with Mirrors Pocket Books ? paperback, has a nice crime scene map and cast of characters listing.
Jane Marple comes to visit Carrie Louise and Stonygates. Two-hundred-odd juvenile delinquents were no problem at all, compared with the half-dozen members of a wealthy family who were intimately connected with murder!
Christie, Agatha Mysterious Mr. Quin Berkley 1984 paperback, excellent condition.
Harley Quin is an enigma. Even his friend Mr Satterthwaite is unable to understand how the man seems to appear and disappear almost like a trick of the light. In fact, the only consistent thing about the Mysterious Mr Quin is that his presence is always a harbinger of love ... or death.
Christie, Agatha Postern of Fate Harper 1991 paperback, Very good condition.
Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have just become the proud owners of an old house in an English village. Along with the property, they have inherited some worthless bric-a-brac, including a collection of antique books. While rustling through aone, Tuppence comes upon a series of apparently random underlinings. However, when she writes down the letters, they spell out a very disturbing message: M a r y - J o r d a n - d i d - n o t - d i e - n a t u r a l l y. . .
Christie, Agatha Why Didn't They Ask Evans? Audio Renaissance 2002 2 cassettes, 120 minutes Conan Doyle, Arthur Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Barnes & Noble 2004 Hardcover with DJ, in new condition. Very nice edition, gold leaf on page edges, sewn-in ribbon, small (paperback size).
A collection of twelve detective stories: A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-headed League, A Case of Identity, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Five Orange Pips, The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb, The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor, The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, and The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
Cook, Robin Shock Putnam 2001 hardcover with DJ.
Deborah and Joanna, two students preparing their doctoral thesis, decide to contact the Wingate Clinic when they read their ad: They offer $ 45,000 to egg donors. So much money attracts them a lot. When the clinic accepts them as donors, they decide to pay for an apartment and then travel to Venice where the two will finish their doctoral thesis.
Cornwell, Patricia Predator Penguin Audio 2005 9 CDs, 11 hours, unabridged.
Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, digs into a case more bizarre than any she has ever faced, one that has produced not only unusual physical evidence, but also tantalizing clues about the inner workings of an extremely cunning and criminal mind.
Eberhart, Mignon Wings of Fear Collier Front Page Mystery 1946 hardcover, this series does not use DJ's. I have posted a dust jacket image here but this Collier series does NOT have dustjackets.
From the back of the book: "I am in a dreadful jam. Monica, come to me. Help me, Linda." This was the message from Monica Blaine's one-time best friend that started the chain of events which led to the murder of Eric Weller in Monica's New York apartment.
Footner, Hulbert The Under Dog Collier Front Page Mystery hardcover, this series does not use DJ's. Spine is frayed at top and bottom.
Madame Rosika Storey is a beautiful, wealthy investigator. Mme. Storey receives a plea for help from Melanie Soupert, imprisoned for a jewel theft while working as a domestic. A criminal organization helps her escape, then holds her prisoner for their own purposes - that is, committing crimes for their own benefit. Mme. Storey seeks to track down the organization by masquerading as a thief herself.
Gardner, Erle Stanley Murder Up My Sleeve World Publishing / Tower Books 1944 hardcover, 1944 reprint of 1937 original. Not a Perry Mason, this is1 of his 2 Terry Clane novels. Reading copy only, fair condition. Has water stains on page edges, pages are ripply. My fault, left book on nightstand next to water bottle which cat knocked over. Wartime paper is browned and brittle. A bookworm hole (yes, a bookworm hole) has been bored into the page edges to a depth of about 1/2". A chunk of p. 29/30 is missing, but I have another copy and will take photo of that page for you so you will not miss any text. I have posted a dust jacket image here but this does NOT have a dustjacket.
Set in San Francisco, takes places in the Chinese community to solve a murder committed with an obscure Chinese sleeve gun. See my review at title link.
Gorman, Ed; editor Dark Crimes 2: Modern Masters of Noir Carroll & Graf 1993 oversize paperback, ex-library Green, Tim Kingdom Come Time Warner 2006 5 CDs, 6 hours.
Bob King's corporation is a multi-billion dollar construction company that instills greed and competition among friends, including his son Scott and his two best friends, Thane and Ben. But instead of handing over the companys crown, Bob reveals a massive public offering that will make him CEO for life. Thanes wife, Jessica, is furious and goads him into a conspiracy to kill Bob. When the board of directors makes Thane CEO, Ben investigates the truth and Thane realizes that he can only be safe if his old friend is also dead.
Haycraft & Beecroft, editors A Treasury of Great Mysteries Doubleday 1957 two volume hardcover set. No DJ, first and only edition, a definitive collection! Check out the contents in photo 1 and photo 2. Hillerman, Tony The Shape Shifter Harper Collins 2006 hardcover, with DJ, first edition, a little worn, tape on DJ, page edges a little soiled on top corner.
Joe Leaphorn's original case involved a priceless, one-of-a-kind Navajo rug supposedly destroyed in a fire. Suddenly, what looks like the same rug turns up in a magazine spread. And the man who brings the photo to Leaphorn's attention has gone missing. Leaphorn must pick up the threads of a crime he'd thought impossible to untangle. Not only has the passage of time obscured the details, but it also appears that there's a murderer still on the loose.
Jance, J. A. Cruel Intent Simon & Schuster 2009 9 CDs, 10 hours, unabridged, ex-library.
On the SingleatHeart.com dating site, bored housewives can find romance with married men looking for sex without strings. But these "married singles" are flirting with more than just their vowsat the heart of this salacious service, a vengeful computer hacker is playing games with people's lives...and deaths.
Keillor, Garrison Leaving Home Viking 1987 hardcover with DJ Kellerman, Faye & Jonathan Double Homicide: Boston and Double Homicide: Santa Fe Warner 2004 hardcover with DJ, first edition, 2 novels back-to-back Kellerman, Jonathan The Web Bantam 1996 hardcover with DJ, first edition, excellent condition.
Dr. Woodrew Moreland, a respected scientist, has invited Alex Delaware, psychologist/detective, to his home on a tiny Pacific island to help him organize his papers for publication. Secretive houseguests and unexplained visitors dim the pleasures of deep blue water and white sands. Alex can't help wondering why Dr. Moreland really invited him to the island.
Makin, William Brigade of Spies (nonfiction, historical biographies of spies) Robert Hale & Co., London 1937 hardcover, no DJ Mayle, Peter A Year in Provence A&E 2001 2 DVD set in slipcase.
In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs.
Pearsll, Jay Mystery and Crime - The New York Public Library Book of Answers(nonfiction, mystery fiction trivia) Fireside 1995 hardcover, like new. Good bathroom browsing book. Queen, Ellery Cop Out World 1969 hardcover, no DJ. This is the book Bev Hankins calls "Oh, ick!" in her review. I have posted a dust jacket image here but this does NOT have a dustjacket.
Who are you, Malone? Just a little while ago you were a cop. That was before the two punks and their girl hit town. That was before they boosted a payroll and shot down a man and took your 9-year-old daughter as insurance to cover their getaway.
Queen, Ellery The Chinese Orange Mystery Triangle 1941 hardcover, very good condition. 1941 reprint of original 1934 novel. Flyleaf a bit soiled, otherwise clean and tight. No writing in book. I have posted a dust jacket image here but this does NOT have a dustjacket.
An unknown dead man is found in the office of a prosperous publisher. His clothes are on backward, and all of the furniture in the room has been reversed. Ellery Queen continues to uncover "backward" clues--leading him to the identity of this puzzling victim.
Queen, Ellery The Roman Hat Mystery
(the first Ellery Queen novel)
International 1930 hardcover, not so great condition. reading copy only. Flyleaf and title page missing. Last page missing (but I have pasted in a copy of the last page, so no text is missing). Writing in book. I have posted a dust jacket image here but this does NOT have a dustjacket.
The play "Gunplay" is playing to packed houses at the Roman Theatre on Broadway. Sometime in the second act, Monte Field is found dead in the last row of the audience. Cause of death is found to be an obscure poison. An odd aspect is that his top hat is missing.
Ransome, Stephen (Frederick C. Davis) Alias His Wife Dodd, Mead 1965 hardcover, ex-library, dust jacket has clear plastic overlay, good condition but well-read. Sayers, Dorothy L. Unnatural Death Avon 1964 paperback.
The wealthy Agatha Dawson is dead--a trifle sooner than expected--but there are no apparent signs of foul play. Lord Peter Wimsey, however, senses that something is amiss and refuses to let the case rest--even without any clues or leads. Suddenly, he is faced with another murder: Agatha's maid.
Stabenow, Dana Better to Rest New American hardcover with DJ and plastic overlay, ex-library, clean, flyleaf removed, otherwise very good condition.
Just when his personal life starts to heat up, Liam Campbell must put it on hold...after the grisly discovery of a dismembered hand leads him to a crashed World War II Army plane frozen precariously in a glacier.
Stout, Rex The President Vanishes Pyramid 1967 paperback.
Political thriller (not a Nero Wolfe). President Kidnapped! Hysteria and treason shrouded Washington- the Vice President a virtual prisoner-the Army threatened revolt, the country reeled toward disaster. The whole burden of the search for the President rested on Secret Service agent Chick Moffat.
Wallace, Edgar The Devil Man Crime Club 1931 Hardcover, first edition. I have posted a dust jacket image here but this does NOT have a dustjacket.
Charles Pearce is physically repulsive, tiny in stature, but a Samson in strength. He is a gifted musician, a terrible braggart - and for some reason women find him irresistible. He is also a burglar. And a murderer.
Weber, Ken Mini Five Minute Mysteries. This is a tiny 3" x 4" puzzle book, received as a gift, new condition Running Press 2004 hardcover. Weber, Ken More Five Minute Mysteries. Running Press 1991 oversize paperback, used but unmarked Willis, Clint Crimes of New York: Stories of Crooks, Killers, and Corruption from the World's Toughest City. (True Crime) Adrenaline 2003 paperback Secrets & Spies: Behind the Scenes Stories of WW II (non fiction) Readers Digest 1964 hardcover, with DJ
Option 2:(Paperback Swap account required) I can transfer a book credit directly into your account. Then you can browse/select a book direct from PBS, without me being the middleman.
Option 3:(Paperback Swap account not required) I have over 200 books available on my public Paperback Swap bookshelf (Not all are paperbacks!). Browse my Paperback Swap Bookshelf to see if you would like one of those. If so, do not request it through Paperback Swap. Request it directly from me by email.
Option 4:(Paperback Swap account not required) I can have Paperback Swap send you any posted book they have listed, no matter who posted it. It's just amazing. Here's how:
- Go to the Paperback Swap Search Page.
- Set the SEARCH TYPE pulldown to POSTED BOOKS as shown. (Otherwise the search defaults to ALL BOOKS which shows new books offered for sale). Posted Books means used books members have posted as available for swaps.
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- Enter your search terms.
- Click UPDATE RESULTS as shown. (The search results do not refresh until you do this).
- When you find one you want, note the author/title and email it to me, along with your mailing address if this is your first prize claim.
- I notify PBS to send you the book.
- When you get it, let me know, so I can click the receipt for the sender so they get credit.
- Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for participating!