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2020 Six Shooter Mystery Reading Challenge

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READER BOARD as of: WED JULY 15 2020 Gunslingers: 18
sorted by TCP, then shots fired. highest stats highlighted in green.
Gunslinger TCP* Shots
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.827 29 3 4
New Jersey
.818 44 2 6 PaperBack Swap
Bev Hankins
.727 33 2 4 Blogger Goodreads
Rick Mills
.499 36 5 3 Blogger Goodreads PaperBack Swap
Avid Series Reader
New Mexico
.109 55 18 1 Goodreads
Traci L.
.000 36 18 0 Blogger Goodreads
.000 25 11 0 Goodreads blog by Wordpress
Tari Hann
.000 23 7 0 Goodreads blog by Wordpress
.000 9 2 0  
.000 6 2 0 Goodreads
Stephanie W
.000 4 1 0  
.000 3 1 0 Blogger Goodreads
.000 3 1 0 Goodreads
.000 2 2 0 Goodreads
Jane Reads
South Carolina
.000 1 6 0 Blogger Goodreads
.000 1 1 0
.000 0 2 0
Boocks Books
.000 0 1 0 Goodreads
Lane open
This could be you.
.000 0 0 0  
Lane open
This lane is closest to the snack bar.
.000 0 0 0  

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highest stats per column

* TCP = Target Completion Percentage. This is similar to a batting average in baseball. It is the ratio of notches achieved (e.g., completed targets) to the number of shots taken. The formula is (completed targets/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, and it leads to a lot of exciting movement up and down the Reader Board. It also leads to the curious effect that you can rise in the Reader Board standings by simply doing nothing while other gunslingers read books that do not complete targets! Also note that the TCP is not affected by the number of active targets you have up (we have an infinite number of lanes), so load up the shooting gallery! Marge N. O'Vera, Shooting Gallery Statistician

Shooting gallery:

alphabetical by gunslinger
Gunslinger Target *
(links to review)
2 3 4 5 6
Ahcop Miles Burton (Cecil Street) bang!Mr. Westerby Missing bang! Tragedy at the Thirteenth Hole        
John Dickson Carr bang!The Nine Wrong Answers bang! Papa La-Bas        
Freeman Wills Crofts bang!The Cask          
Joan Fleming bang!The Chill and the Kill bang! Miss Bones bang! Death of a Sardine      
Lucille Fletcher bang!Mirror Image bang! ...And Presumed Dead bang! The Strange Blue Yawl      
Anthony Gilbert bang!Out For the Kill bang!A Question of Murder bang!Prelude to Murder      
P. M. Hubbard bang! The Dancing Man bang! A Rooted Sorrow bang! A Thirsty Evil      
E. C. R. Lorac (Edith Rivett) bang! Speak Justly of the Dead bang! Relative to Poison bang! Black Beadle The Last Escape Shroud of Darkness  
E. Phillips Oppenheim bang!The Great Impersonation          
Jean Potts bang!Go, Lovely Rose          
Hillary Waugh bang! Sleep Long, My Love          
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Avid Series Reader M. C. Beaton
(Marion Chesney Gibbons)
bang! Death of a Traveling Man bang!Death of a Prankster bang!Death of a Greedy Woman      
Rhys Bowen
(Janet Quin-Harkin)
bang! Naughty in Nice bang! In Like Flynn        
Fiona Buckley
(Valerie Anand)
bang! The Doublet Affair bang!Queen's Ransom bang! To Ruin a Queen      
Barbara Cleverly bang! The Damascened Blade bang! The Palace Tiger bang! The Bee's Kiss      
Philip R. Craig bang!First Light bang!Vineyard Enigma bang!A Vineyard Killing      
Deborah Crombie bang!All Shall Be Well bang!Dreaming of the Bones bang!Mourn Not Your Dead bang!Leave the Grave Green bang! Kissed a Sad Goodbye  
Joan Druett bang! Shark Island bang! Run Afoul bang! Deadly Shoals      
Martin Edwards bang! I Remember You bang! The Dungeon House        
Monica Ferris bang! Thai Die bang! Knitting Bones        
Charles Finch bang!The Woman in the Water bang!A Death in the Small Hours bang!An Old Betrayal bang! The Laws of Murder    
Kerry Greenwood bang!The Green Mill Murder bang!Blood and Circuses bang!Forbidden Fruit bang! Cooking the Books    
Kate Kingsbury bang!For Whom Death Tolls bang! Dig Deep for Murder bang! Dead and Breakfast      
Adrian McKinty bang! The Cold Cold Ground          
Marcia Muller bang!The McCone Files bang!The Dangerous Hour bang!The Vanishing Point bang! The Ever-Running Man    
Carol O'Connell bang!Find Me bang!Judas Child        
Sandra Parshall bang! Broken Places bang! Disturbing the Dead        
David Rosenfelt bang!Open and Shut bang! Sudden Death bang!Bury the Lead bang!First Degree bang! Dead Center bang! Play Dead
Ann B. Ross bang! Miss Julia Throws a Wedding #3 bang! Miss Julia Hits the Road #4 bang! Miss Julia Meets Her Match #5      
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Bev Hankins Agatha Christie bang!4:50 from Paddington bang!And Then There Were None bang!The Unexpected Guest bang! The Murder of Roger Ackroyd bang! The Big Four bang! The Mystery of the Blue Train
Agatha Christie bang! The Clocks bang! The Seven Dials Mystery bang! Partners in Crime bang! The Mysterious Mr. Quin    
Douglas Clark bang!Nobody's Perfect bang! Death After Evensong bang! Deadly Pattern bang! Golden Rain bang! The Longest Pleasure bang! The Gimmel Flask
Lee Harris (Syrell Leahy) bang! The Christening Day Murder bang!The Valentine's Day Murder bang! The Passover Murder bang! The New Year's Eve Murder bang! The April Fool's Day Murder bang!The Bar Mitzvah Murder
Frances & Richard Lockridge bang!Killing the Goose bang! Spin Your Web, Lady! bang! Stand Up and Die bang! Curtain for a Jester bang! Murder in a Hurry  
Dorothy L. Sayers bang!Gaudy Night bang!Unnatural Death bang!Thrones, Dominations bang! The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club bang! Have His Carcase bang! The Nine Tailors
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Boocks Books Tonya Kappes            
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Deanie Agatha Christie bang! And Then There Were None          
J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts) bang! Divided in Death          
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Donnisha Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling) bang!The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)          
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Fanda Agatha Christie bang!The Sittaford Mystery bang!Peril at End House bang! Lord Edgeware Dies a.p.a. 13 at Dinner      
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Jane Reads Ellie Alexander
(Kate Dyer-Seeley)
Rita Mae Brown            
V. M. Burns            
J. C. Eaton bang! Botched 4 Murder          
Karen MacInerney            
Diane Vallere            
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
JJA Franklin W. Dixon bang! Rocky Road (Undercover Brothers #5) bang! Top Ten Ways to Die (Undercover Brothers #8) bang! Operation Survival [ Undercover Brothers # 7] bang! Running on Fumes [Undercover Brothers #2] bang! Martial Law [Undercover Brothers # 9]  
Luther Tsai and Nury Vittachi bang! The Visionary Voyage (Magic Mirror Mystery #1) bang!The Traveller's Tale (Magic Mirror Mystery #2) bang! The Tomb of Time (Magic Mirror Mystery #3) bang! The Shining Scripture (Magic Mirror Mystery #5)    
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Jjean Stephen King bang! Bag of Bones bang! The Institute        
James Patterson bang! Alex Cross's Trial bang!The River Murders bang! 20th Victim bang! Texas Outlaw    
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Lynn R.D. Wingfield bang! A Touch of Frost bang! Night Frost bang! Frost at Christmas      
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Nessa Jessa Archer          
Agatha Christie          
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Rick Mills Leslie Charteris bang! The Saint Goes On bang! Saint Overboard bang! The Brighter Buccaneer bang! The Saint and the Templar Treasure bang! The Saint in Miami  
Manning Coles (Adelaide Manning & Cyril Coles) bang! Drink to Yesterday bang! Toast to Tomorrow bang! They Tell No Tales      
Arthur Conan Doyle bang! A Study in Scarlet bang! The Sign of the Four bang! The Hound of the Baskervilles bang! The Valley of Fear bang! The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes bang! Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
J. Jefferson Farjeon bang! Mystery in White bang! Seven Dead bang! The Z Murders      
Erle Stanley Gardner bang! The D.A. Calls it Murder Selby #1 bang!The D.A. Holds a Candle Selby #2 bang!The D.A. Draws a Circle Selby #3 bang!The D.A. Goes to Trial Selby #4 bang! The D.A. Cooks a Goose Selby #5 bang!The D.A. Calls A Turn Selby #6
Erle Stanley Gardner bang! The D.A. Breaks a Seal Selby #7 bang! The D.A. Takes a Chance Selby #8 bang! The D.A. Breaks an Egg Selby #9      
Dorothy L. Sayers bang! Whose Body? bang! Clouds of Witness bang! Murder Must Advertise bang!Gaudy Night bang! Strong Poison bang! Have His Carcase
Edgar Wallace bang! The Four Just Men bang! The Secret House bang! The Man Who Knew bang! The Girl from Scotland Yard    
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
sk888888 M. C. Beaton (Marion Chesney) bang! Death of a Snob bang! Death of an Outsider bang! Death Of A Traveling Man bang! Death Of A Dustman bang! Death of a Perfect Wife bang!Death of a Hussy
Andrea Camilleri bang! A Nest of Vipers bang! Pyramid of Mud bang!The Overnight Kidnapper The Other End of the Line bang! Death At Sea bang! Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories
Paul Cleave bang! Joe Victim bang! Cemetery Lake bang! Collecting Cooper bang! The Laughterhouse bang! Five Minutes Alone bang! Trust No One
Barry Eisler bang! A Lonely Resurrection bang! Winner Take All bang! The Last Assassin      
Paul Levine bang! False Dawn bang! Last Chance Lassiter bang! Solomon vs. Lord bang! Bum Deal bang! Kill All The Lawyers bang! State vs Lassiter
Ed McBain bang! Kiss bang! Money, Money, Money bang! Fat Ollie's Book bang!The Frumious Bandersnatch bang! Hark! bang! The Gutter And The Grave
Archer Mayor bang! Borderlines bang! Scent of Evil bang! The Skeleton's Knee bang! Fruits of the Poisonous Tree bang! The Dark Root  
Nick Pirog bang!3:00 AM bang!3:10 AM bang!3:21 AM bang!Unforseen bang!3:34 AM bang! 3:46 AM
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Stephanie W. J. D. Robb
(Nora Roberts)
bang!Visions In Death bang!Survivor In Death bang!Origin In Death bang!Memory In Death    
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
SueC Rhys Bowen (Janet Quin-Harkin) bang!Murphy's Law bang!Her Royal Spyness        
C. J. Box bang! Savage Run bang! Open Season bang! Winterkill bang! Trophy Hunt bang! Out of Range bang! In Plain Sight
C. J. Box bang! Free Fire bang! Blood Trail bang! Below Zero bang!Nowhere to Run bang! Cold Wind bang! Breaking Point
C. J. Box bang! Stone Cold          
Elly Griffiths (Domenica de Rosa) bang!The Ghost Fields bang!The Zig Zag Girl bang!Smoke and Mirrors bang!The Blood Card bang! The Vanishing Box bang! Now You See Them
Laurie R. King bang!To Play the Fool bang! A Grave Talent bang! With Child bang! Night Work bang! The Art of Detection bang! O Jerusalem
Karen White bang!The House on Tradd Street bang! The Girl on Legare Street        
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Tari Hann Avery Aames (Daryl Wood Gerber) bang! Lost and Fondue bang! A Sprinkling of Murder        
Ellery Adams bang!The Book of Candlelight bang! Peach Pies and Alibis        
Lyndsey Cole bang!BlackBuried Pie          
Kathi Daley bang! Cupid's Curse bang!Christmas in Paradise bang! Puppies in Paradise bang! Much Ado About Felines bang! Beach Blanket Barbie  
Joanna Fluke (Joanne Fischmann) bang! Sugar Cookie Murder bang!Blueberry Muffin Murder bang!Coconut Layer Cake Murder bang! Fudge Cupcake Murder bang! Peach Cobbler Murder  
Lee Hollis (Rick Copp & Holly Simason) bang!Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury bang! Death of a Blueberry Tart bang! Death of a Chocoholic      
Tonya Kappes
(Maymee Bell)
bang!Stamped Out bang! Dead to the Last Drop bang! Southern Fried bang! Address for Murder bang! Canyons, Caravans & Cadavers  
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Traci L. Leslie Budewitz bang! Death Al Dente          
Lucy Burdette
(Roberta Isleib)
bang! An Appetite for Murder          
V. M. Burns bang! The Plot is Murder bang! Read Herring Hunt bang! Novel Art of Murder bang! Wed, Read & Dead bang! Bookmarked for Murder  
Laura Childs bang! Eggs on Ice bang! Mumbo Gumbo Murder        
Agatha Christie bang!Murder on the Orient Express          
Mary Higgins Clark bang!Kiss the Girls and Make them Cry bang! Every Breath you Take        
Sheila Connolly bang! Buried in a Bog          
Jessica Fletcher bang! Aloha Betrayed bang! The Murder of Twelve        
Amanda Flower bang! Toxic Toffee          
Joanna Fluke (Joanne Fischmann) bang! Coconut Layer Cake Murder          
Sally Goldenbaum bang! Death by Cashmere          
Sherry Harris bang! Let's Fake a Deal          
Jenn McKinlay bang!Buried to the Brim bang! Word to the Wise bang! Hitting the Books bang! Pumpkin Spice Peril    
Sara Paretsky bang! Shell Game          
James Patterson bang! 19th Christmas bang!The Medical Examiner bang! Private Games      
Debra Sennefelder bang! Three Widows and a Corpse          
Joanna Campbell Slan bang! Kiki Lowenstein and the Purple Passion          
Stuart Woods bang! Stealth bang! Treason bang! Contraband bang! Money Shot bang! Hit List  

* Pseudonyms (pen names) are set in italics.

Key: Target bang! Shot! New Rolled over from 2019 Penultimate! Notch your gun!


How to:

  1. No advance signup needed, but you can grab a lane and set up a target before you begin reading if you like.
  2. Safety glasses and hearing protection are required.
  3. Shoot (read) book #1
  4. Submit the form.
  5. You will get a lane in the Shooting Gallery upon taking 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.
  8. This is a rolling challenge. How does that work? At the end of the year (Dec 31 2020):
    • A new page is set up for 2021, and the 2020 challenge is archived for your future reference.
    • Completed targets are removed.
    • Partially-completed targets roll over to 2021, provided there was some activity on that target during 2020. Otherwise they will be considered abandoned and removed.


  1. The challenge is open for business! Any reading from January 1 2019 is eligible.
  2. You get to define what is a "mystery".
  3. Print books, audio books, radio dramatizations, or e-books may be used.
  4. Each completed target 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 any images from this challenge.
  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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