2019 Six Shooter Mystery Reading Challenge

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Shooting The Wheel That Turned by Kathleen Moore Knight

In this challenge, the concept of shooting books
is just our way of setting a goal, it does not imply
we do not like the books!

READER BOARD as of TUE DEC 31 2019
sorted by TCP (Target Completion Percentage) *
Gunslinger TCP* Notches Shots More ammo
Rick Mills
1.000 11 66 Blogger Facebook Goodreads PaperBack Swap
New Jersey
1.000 3 18
1.000 1 6 Goodreads
Tari Hann
.923 2 13 blog by Wordpress Facebook Goodreads
Stephanie W
.818 3 22  
Bev Hankins
.750 4 32 Blogger Facebook Goodreads
.750 3 24 Goodreads
Avid Series Reader
New Mexico
.000 0 11 Goodreads

* TCP = Target Completion Percentage. This is similar to a batting average in baseball. It is the ratio of notches achieved to the number of shots taken. The formula is (notches/shots taken)*6. Completed targets will improve your TCP. However, shots that do not complete a target will lower your TCP. It's maddening, but that's the incentive to complete your targets. It also leads to the curious effect that you can rise in the Reader Board standings by simply doing nothing while other people read books that do not complete targets! - Marge N. O'Vera, Shooting Gallery Statistician

Shooting gallery:

Gunslinger Target
(links to bio)
Shot 1
(links to review)
Shot 2 Shot 3 Shot 4 Shot 5 Shot 6
Ahcop Francis Beeding
(John Palmer)
bang!The Norwich Victims bang!The League of Discontent bang!The Black Arrows bang!Death in Four Letters bang!No Fury bang!Take it Crooked
Ahcop Victor Bridges bang!Dusky Night bang!The Happy Murderers bang!It Happened in Essex bang!Greensea Island bang!The King Comes Back bang!The Secret of the Creek
Ahcop Miles Burton ( Cecil Street ) bang!Mr. Westerby Missing Target carried forward to 2020        
Ahcop John Dickson Carr bang!The Nine Wrong Answers Target carried forward to 2020        
Ahcop Anthony Gilbert bang!Out For the Kill bang!A Question of Murder bang!Prelude to Murder Target carried forward to 2020    
Ahcop Marie Belloc Lowndes bang!And Call It Accident bang!The House by the Sea bang! The Injured Lover bang! The Lonely House bang!The Chianti Flask bang!The Marriage Broker
Ahcop Jean Potts bang!Go, Lovely Rose Target carried forward to 2020        
Avid Series Reader Philip R. Craig bang!First Light bang!Vineyard Enigma bang!A Vineyard Killing Target carried forward to 2020    
Avid Series Reader
Charles Finch bang!The Woman in the Water bang!A Death in the Small Hours bang!An Old Betrayal Target carried forward to 2020    
Avid Series Reader
Marcia Muller bang!The McCone Files bang!The Dangerous Hour bang!The Vanishing Point Target carried forward to 2020    
Avid Series Reader Carol O'Connell bang!Find Me bang!Judas Child Target carried forward to 2020      
Bev Hankins Agatha Christie bang!The Mysterious Affair at Styles bang!The Secret Adversary bang!Murder on the LInks bang!The Man in the Brown Suit bang!Poirot Investigates bang!The Secret of Chimneys
Bev Hankins Agatha Christie bang!4:50 from Paddington bang!And Then There Were None bang!The Unexpected Guest Target carried forward to 2020    
Bev Hankins Frances & Richard Lockridge bang!Killing the Goose Target carried forward to 2020        
Bev Hankins Ngaio Marsh bang!Died in the Wool bang!Final Curtain bang!A Wreath for Rivera bang!Opening Night bang!Spinsters in Jeopardy bang!Scales of Justice
Bev Hankins Ngaio Marsh bang!Death of a Fool bang!Singing in the Shrouds bang!False Scent bang! Hand in Glove bang!Dead Water bang!Killer Dolphin
Bev Hankins Dorothy L. Sayers bang!Clouds of Witness bang!Whose Body? bang!Lord Peter Views the Body bang!Murder Must Advertise bang!Strong Poison bang!The Five Red Herrings
Bev Hankins Dorothy L. Sayers bang!Gaudy Night bang!Unnatural Death bang!Thrones, Dominations bang! The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club Target carried forward to 2020  
Lynn John Dunning bang!Booked To Die bang!The Bookman's Wake bang!The Bookman's Promise bang!The Sign of the Book bang!The Bookwoman's Last Fling bang!Two O'Clock Eastern Wartime
Rick Mills John Dickson Carr (Carter Dickson) bang!The Lost Gallows bang!The White Priory Murders bang!And So To Murder bang!The House at Satan's Elbow bang! The Men Who Explained Miracles bang!The Burning Court
Rick Mills Agatha Christie bang!And Then There Were None bang!The Hollow bang!There Is A Tide bang!The A.B.C. Murders bang!Death in the Air bang!A Murder Is Announced
Rick Mills Mignon Eberhart bang!Speak No Evil bang!El Rancho Rio bang!The Man Next Door bang!Five Passengers from Lisbon bang!Three Days for Emeralds bang!Fair Warning
Rick Mills A. A. Fair
(Erle Stanley Gardner)
bang!Give Em the Ax bang!Kept Women Can't Quit bang!Case of the Negligent Nymph bang!Bedrooms Have Windows bang!Bachelors Get Lonely bang! Bats Fly at Dusk
Rick Mills Rufus King bang!Murder By The Clock bang!Museum Piece No. 13 bang! Murder in the Willett Family bang! The Steps to Murder bang!The Case of the Dowager's Etchings bang! Holiday Homicide
Rick Mills Kathleen Moore Knight bang!Footbridge to Death bang!The Tainted Token bang!Stream Sinister bang!The Wheel That Turned bang!Birds of Ill Omen bang!Death Blew Out The Match
Rick Mills Ellery Queen bang!The Perfect Crime bang!The Origin of Evil bang!The House of Brass bang!The Roman Hat Mystery bang!The Finishing Stroke bang!Face to Face
Rick Mills Mary Roberts Rinehart bang!The Window at the White Cat bang!Episode of the Wandering Knife bang!The Secret bang!Miss Pinkerton bang!The Bat bang!The Case of Jennie Brice
Rick Mills Rex Stout bang!And Be a Villain bang!Where There's a Will bang!Might As Well Be Dead bang!Too Many Clients bang!Trouble in Triplicate bang!Before Midnight
Rick Mills Carolyn Wells bang!Deep Lake Mystery bang!The Come Back bang!In The Onyx Lobby bang!Vicky Van bang!Feathers Left Around bang!Face Cards
Rick Mills Valentine Williams bang!The Fox Prowls bang!Clubfoot the Avenger bang! The Eye in Attendance bang!The Clue of the Rising Moon bang!The Mysterious Miss Morrisot bang!The Portcullis Room
sk888888 Owen Laukkanen bang!The Professionals bang!Criminal Enterprise bang!Kill Fee bang!The Stolen Ones bang!The Watcher In The Wall bang!The Forgotten Girls
sk888888 Paul Levine bang!Night Vision bang!Mortal Sin bang!Riptide bang!Fool Me Twice bang!Flesh & Bones bang!Lassiter
sk888888 Ed McBain bang!The Con Man bang!Killer's Choice bang!Lady Killer bang!'Til Death bang!Lady, Lady, I Did It! bang!Ax
Stephanie W. J. D. Robb
(Nora Roberts)
bang!Naked in Death bang!Immortal in Death bang!Rapture in Death bang!Vengeance in Death bang!Holiday In Death bang!Conspiracy in Death
Stephanie W. J. D. Robb
(Nora Roberts)
bang!Loyalty In Death bang!Judgment In Death bang!Betrayal In Death bang!Midnight In Death bang!Interlude In Death bang!Seduction In Death
Stephanie W. J. D. Robb
(Nora Roberts)
bang!Reunion In Death bang!Portrait In Death bang!Imitation In Death bang!Purity In Death bang!Remember When bang!Divided In Death
Stephanie W. J. D. Robb
(Nora Roberts)
bang!Visions In Death bang!Survivor In Death bang!Origin In Death bang!Memory In Death Target carried forward to 2020  
Tari Hann Tonya Kappes
aka Maymee Bell
bang!Batter Off Dead bang!A Charming Cure bang!Decaffeinated Scandal bang!Forests, Fishing and Forgery bang!Fixin' to Die bang!A Killer Latte
Tari Hann Tonya Kappes
aka Maymee Bell
bang!Stamped Out Target carried forward to 2020       
Tari Hann Ellery Adams bang!The Whispered Word bang!A Killer Plot bang!Pies and Prejudice bang!Murder in the Paperback Parlor bang!Murder in the Secret Garden bang!Murder in the Locked Library

Key: Target bang! Shot! Updated One shot to go! Notch your gun!


How to:

  1. No advance signup needed.
  2. Safety glasses and hearing protection are required.
  3. Shoot (read) book #1
  4. Submit the form.
  5. You will get a line placed in the Shooting Gallery upon your first shot.
  6. Lather, Rinse, Repeat until you have read 6 books. Once you complete 6, you get a notch on your gun, and a prize.
  7. Please note the Shooting Gallery does not update in real time. This is a surprisingly low-tech operation. Your submission generates an email to The Grand Targetmeister, who will fill in the data.


  1. The 2019 challenge is closed.
  2. You get to define what is a "mystery".
  3. Print books, audio books, or e-books may be used.
  4. Each completed targets earns you a notch on your gun.
  5. Once you have completed a target, you can target the same author again for additional notches.
  6. You can target different authors simultaneously or consecutively.
  7. Young folks are especially welcome too. Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew readers are naturals!
  8. Pseudonyms count as the same author, for example, if your target is Erle Stanley Gardner, you can count books by A. A. Fair.
  9. You do not need to write reviews, but you are welcome to. If you supply a link to your blog or Goodreads review, I will link to it.
  10. Bloggers are welcome to copy the target image from the header for your blog.
  11. Cross-entries from other challenges are encouraged.
  12. Never enter the secret passageway first.



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This is a virtual shooting gallery. No actual books were harmed in the creation of this challenge. Do not read books for this challenge while operating a motor vehicle, watercraft, aircraft, locomotive, or lawnmower. All models are over 18 years of age. Do not use while sleeping. Any reproduction, retransmission or rebroadcast without the express, written consent of Major League Baseball is strictly prohibited.
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