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READER BOARD updated THU SEP 24 2020 @ 5 PM EDT Gunslingers: 18
sorted by TCP, then shots fired. highest stats highlighted in green.
Gunslinger TCP* bang!


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New Jersey
.933 45 1 7 PaperBack Swap
Bev Hankins
.923 39 2 6 Blogger Goodreads
.750 8 1 1 Goodreads
.720 50 6 6
Rick Mills
.600 50 7 5 Blogger Goodreads PaperBack Swap<-- books for you!
Tari Hann
.600 30 6 3 Goodreads blog by Wordpress
.352 17 3 1  
Traci L.
.203 59 33 2 Blogger Goodreads
Avid Series Reader
New Mexico
.142 84 27 2 Goodreads PaperBack Swap bookshelf<-- books for you!
.000 31 11 0 Goodreads blog by Wordpress
.000 5 1 0 Goodreads
.000 5 1 0 Blogger Goodreads
Stephanie W
.000 4 1 0  
.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
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  Range Totals 407 shots fired 104 active targets 30 notches  

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* 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
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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 bang! A Daisy Chain for Satan bang! Maiden's Prayer  
Lucille Fletcher bang!Mirror Image bang! ...And Presumed Dead bang! The Strange Blue Yawl bang! Night Watch bang! The Girl in Cabin B54  
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 bang! The Last Escape bang! Shroud of Darkness  
E. Phillips Oppenheim bang!The Great Impersonation          
Jean Potts bang! Go, Lovely Rose bang! Death of a Stray Cat        
Hillary Waugh bang! Sleep Long, My Love bang! Girl on the Run        
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! Masked Ball at Broxley Manor
Royal Spyness #0.5
bang! Naughty in Nice
Royal Spyness #5
bang! In Like Flynn
Molly Murphy #4
bang! Oh Danny Boy
Molly Murphy #5
Frances Brody
(Frances McNeil)
bang!Dying in the Wool
Kate Shackleton #1
bang!A Medal for Murder
Kate Shackleton #2
Fiona Buckley
(Valerie Anand)
bang! The Doublet Affair bang!Queen's Ransom bang! To Ruin a Queen      
Vanetta Chapman bang! A Perfect Square bang! Material Witness        
Barbara Cleverly bang! The Damascened Blade bang! The Palace Tiger bang! The Bee's Kiss      
Philip R. Craig bang!First Light bang!Vineyard Enigma #13 bang!A Vineyard Killing #14 bang! Murder at a Vineyard Mansion #15    
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 notch! A Finer End
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    
Diana Gabaldon bang! Lord John and the Hellfire Club
Lord John Grey #0.5
bang! Lord John and the Private Matter
Lord John Grey #1
bang! Lord John and the Succubus
Lord John Grey #1.5
bang! Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade
Lord John Grey #2
bang! Lord John and the Haunted Soldier
Lord John Grey #2.5
Kerry Greenwood bang!The Green Mill Murder bang!Blood and Circuses bang!Forbidden Fruit bang! Cooking the Books    
Elly Griffiths (Domenica de Rosa) bang!Smoke and Mirrors
Stephens & Mephisto #2
bang!The Blood Card
Stephens & Mephisto #3
Sarah Jio bang!The Violets of March bang!The Bungalow        
Mari Jungstedt bang! Unspoken
Anders Knutas #2
bang! The Inner Circle
Anders Knutas #3
Kate Kingsbury bang!For Whom Death Tolls bang! Dig Deep for Murder bang! Dead and Breakfast      
Adrian McKinty bang! The Cold Cold Ground          
Kristina McMorris bang! Letters from Home bang! The Edge of Lost        
Henning Mankell bang! The Fifth Woman          
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 bang! The Chalk Girl      
Ann Parker bang! What Gold Buys bang! A Dying Note        
Sandra Parshall bang! Broken Places bang! Disturbing the Dead        
Michael Pearce bang! A Dead Man in Trieste bang! A Dead Man in Istanbul bang! A Dead Man in Athens      
Stefanie Pintoff bang!In the Shadow of Gotham          
David Rosenfelt bang!Open and Shut bang! Sudden Death bang!Bury the Lead bang!First Degree bang! Dead Center notch! 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 notch! 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 bang! Murder at the Vicarage notch! Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie bang! The ABC Murders          
Douglas Clark bang!Nobody's Perfect bang! Death After Evensong bang! Deadly Pattern bang! Golden Rain bang! The Longest Pleasure notch! The Gimmel Flask
C. S. Harris bang!What Angels Fear bang! When Gods Die        
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 notch!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 notch! A Client Is Cancelled
Dorothy L. Sayers bang!Gaudy Night bang!Unnatural Death bang!Thrones, Dominations bang! The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club bang! Have His Carcase notch!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 bang! Murder on the Orient Express bang! Three Act Tragedy  
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 Robert Arthur Jr. bang!The Secret of Terror Castle
Three Investigators #1
bang! The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot
Three Investigators #2
bang!The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy
Three Investigators #3
Enid Blyton bang!The Secret Of Cliff Castle bang! Smuggler Ben bang! The Boy Who Wanted A Dog      
Franklin W. Dixon bang! Running on Fumes
Undercover Brothers #2
bang! Rocky Road
Undercover Brothers #5
bang! Operation Survival
Undercover Brothers # 7
bang! Top Ten Ways to Die
Undercover Brothers #8
bang! Martial Law
Undercover Brothers # 9
Luther Tsai and Nury Vittachi bang! The Visionary Voyage
Magic Mirror #1
bang!The Traveller's Tale
Magic Mirror #2
bang! The Tomb of Time
Magic Mirror #3
bang! The Wall of Willows
Magic Mirror #4
bang! The Shining Scripture
Magic Mirror #5
notch! The Chess Pavilion
Magic Mirror #6
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 bang!Worst Case notch! The 5th Horseman
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Lynn R.D. Wingfield bang! Frost at Christmas
Inspector Frost #1
bang! A Touch of Frost
Inspector Frost #2
bang! Night Frost
Inspector Frost #3
bang! Hard Frost
Inspector Frost #4
bang! Winter Frost
Inspector Frost #5
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 notch! The Avenging Saint
Manning Coles (Adelaide Manning & Cyril Coles) bang! Drink to Yesterday bang! Toast to Tomorrow bang! They Tell No Tales bang! Now or Never bang! Not Negotiable  
Philip R. Craig bang! Death in Vineyard Waters #2 bang! Vineyard Enigma #13 bang! Murder at a Vineyard Mansion #15      
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 notch! Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
J. Jefferson Farjeon bang! Mystery in White bang! Seven Dead bang! The Z Murders bang! No. 17 bang! The Master Criminal  
Hulbert Footner bang! The Under Dogs bang! The Deaves Affair bang! The Whip-Poor-Will Mystery      
Erle Stanley Gardner bang! The D.A. Calls it Murder
Doug Selby #1
bang!The D.A. Holds a Candle
Doug Selby #2
bang!The D.A. Draws a Circle
Doug Selby #3
bang!The D.A. Goes to Trial
Doug Selby #4
bang! The D.A. Cooks a Goose
Doug Selby #5
notch!The D.A. Calls A Turn
Doug Selby #6
Erle Stanley Gardner bang! The D.A. Breaks a Seal
Doug Selby #7
bang! The D.A. Takes a Chance
Doug Selby #8
bang! The D.A. Breaks an Egg
Doug Selby #9
bang! This is Murder    
Kathleen Moore Knight            
Dorothy L. Sayers bang! Whose Body? bang! Clouds of Witness bang! Murder Must Advertise bang!Gaudy Night bang! Strong Poison notch! 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 bang! The Feathered Serpent notch! The Dark Eyes of London
Carolyn Wells            
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 notch!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 notch! 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 notch! 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 notch! State vs Lassiter
Ed McBain bang! Kiss bang! Money, Money, Money bang! Fat Ollie's Book bang!The Frumious Bandersnatch bang! Hark! notch! 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 notch! Ragman's Memory
Nick Pirog bang!3:00 AM bang!3:10 AM bang!3:21 AM bang!Unforseen bang!3:34 AM notch! 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 Susan Wittig Albert bang! Dead Man's Bones bang! Bleeding Hearts bang! Spanish Dagger      
Donna Andrews bang! Duck the Halls          
Rhys Bowen
(Janet Quin-Harkin)
bang! Murphy's Law bang! Her Royal Spyness
Royal Spyness #1
bang! A Royal Pain
Royal Spyness #2
bang! Royal Flush
Royal Spyness #3
bang! Royal Blood
Royal Spyness #4
Naughty in Nice
Royal Spyness #5
Rhys Bowen
(Janet Quin-Harkin)
bang! The Twelve Clues of Christmas
Royal Spyness #6
bang! Heirs and Graces
Royal Spyness #7
bang! Queen of Hearts
Royal Spyness #8
bang! Malice at the Palace
Royal Spyness #9
bang! Crowned and Dangerous
Royal Spyness #10
On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service
Royal Spyness #11
C. J. Box bang! Savage Run bang! Open Season bang! Winterkill bang! Trophy Hunt bang! Out of Range notch! In Plain Sight
C. J. Box bang! Free Fire bang! Blood Trail bang! Below Zero bang!Nowhere to Run bang! Cold Wind notch! Breaking Point
C. J. Box bang! Stone Cold bang! Endangered bang! Off the Grid bang! Vicious Circle    
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 notch! 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 notch! O Jerusalem
Laurie R. King bang! Justice Hall          
Patrick McManus bang!The Blight Way
Sheriff Bo Tully #1
Karen White bang!The House on Tradd Street bang! The Girl on Legare Street bang! The Strangers on Montagu Street bang! Return to Tradd 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        
Maymee Bell
(Tonya Kappes)
bang!Stamped Out bang! Dead to the Last Drop bang! Southern Fried bang! Address for Murder bang! Canyons, Caravans & Cadavers notch! Assailants, Asphalt & Alibis
Maymee Bell
(Tonya Kappes)
Sunsets, Sabbatical & Scandal All She Wrote        
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 notch! Maui Madness
Kathi Daley bang! Derby Divas          
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 notch! Chocolate Chip Cookie 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 bang! Death of a Wicked Witch    
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Traci L. Rhys Bowen
(Janet Quin-Harkin)
bang! Her Royal Spyness          
Leslie Budewitz bang! Death Al Dente          
Joseph Mark Brewer bang! Tokyo Summer          
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  
Kate Carlisle bang!The Grim Reader          
Vivien Chien bang!Egg Drop Dead          
Laura Childs bang! Eggs on Ice bang! Mumbo Gumbo Murder bang! Parchment and Old Lace      
Agatha Christie bang!Murder on the Orient Express          
Mary Higgins Clark bang!Kiss the Girls and Make them Cry bang! Every Breath you Take        
Nancy Coco
(Nancy J. Parra)
bang!All Fudged Up          
Sheila Connolly bang! Buried in a Bog          
Donna Amis Davis bang!Danger at the Dive Shack          
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          
J. M. Griffin bang!Left Fur Dead bang!Who's Dead, Doc?        
Sherry Harris bang! Let's Fake a Deal          
Jennifer Joy bang!Cabs, Cakes and Corpses          
Tonya Kappes bang!Beaches, Bungalows and Burglaries          
Libby Klein bang!Class Reunions are Murder bang!Midnight Snacks are Murder bang!Restaurant Weeks are Murder      
C A Larmer bang!Agatha Christie Book Club          
Jenn McKinlay bang!Buried to the Brim bang! Word to the Wise bang! Hitting the Books bang! Pumpkin Spice Peril    
Colleen Mooney bang!Rescued by a Kiss          
Catie Murphy bang!Dead in Dublin          
Sara Paretsky bang! Shell Game          
James Patterson bang! 19th Christmas bang!The Medical Examiner bang! Private Games bang! 20th Victim bang!Private The Games notch! Private Gold
Meredith Potts bang!Chocolates with a side of murder          
Sara Rosett bang!Death in the English Countryside          
Debra Sennefelder bang! Three Widows and a Corpse          
Joanna Campbell Slan bang! Kiki Lowenstein and the Purple Passion          
Ruth Ware
(Ruth Warburton)
bang!The Woman in Cabin 10          
Stuart Woods bang! Stealth bang! Treason bang! Contraband bang! Money Shot bang! Hit List notch! Bombshell
Ovidia Yu bang!Aunty Lee's Delights          

* Pseudonyms (pen names) are set in italics.

Key: Target bang! Shot! Notch! New Rolled over from 2019 Get your file ready! 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. Reload,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. 2020 close: The 2020 challenge will close December 24, 2020 at midnight.
  2. Maintenance: Between Dec 25-31 2020, your host will be resetting the challenge for the next opening.
  3. 2021 open: The 2021 challenge will open January 1, 2021.
  4. Genres: You get to decide what is a 'mystery'. Traditional murder mysteries, thrillers, police procedurals, young adult, romances, all are welcome.
  5. Formats: Print books, audio books, radio dramatizations, or e-books may be used.
  6. Each completed target earns you a notch on your gun.
  7. Once you have completed a target, you can target the same author again for additional notches.
  8. You can target different authors simultaneously or consecutively.
  9. Young folks are especially welcome too. Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew readers are naturals!
  10. Pseudonyms count as the same author, for example, if your target is Erle Stanley Gardner, you can count books by A. A. Fair.
  11. 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.
  12. Bloggers are welcome to copy any images from this challenge.
  13. Never enter the secret passageway first.



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