2020 Six Shooter Mystery Reading Challenge

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READER BOARD as of: FRI JAN 17 2020 Gunslingers: 13
sorted by shots taken
Gunslinger TCP* Active
Shots taken Completed
More info
Avid Series Reader
New Mexico
.000 4 11 0 Goodreads
Bev Hankins
.000 3 10 0 Blogger Goodreads
.000 4 6 0 Goodreads
Rick Mills
.000 3 6 0 Blogger Goodreads PaperBack Swap
Stephanie W
.000 1 4 0  
Tari Hann
.000 4 3 0 Goodreads blog by Wordpress
Traci L.
.000 3 3 0 Blogger Goodreads
New Jersey
.000 4 2 0
Jane Reads
South Carolina
.000 6 1 0 Blogger Goodreads
.000 1 1 0 Blogger Goodreads
.000 1 1 0
Boocks Books
.000 1 0 0 Goodreads
.000 2 0 0
Lane open
This could be you.
.000 0 0 0  
Lane open
This lane is closest to the snack bar.
.000 0 0 0  

* 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 (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, and it leads to a lot of exciting activity on 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! (Once some targets get completed and we begin to have TCP data, the sort column above will switch over to TCP). - Marge N. O'Vera, Shooting Gallery Statistician

Shooting gallery:

Gunslinger Target
(links to bio/web)
Shot 1
(links to review)
Shot 2 Shot 3 Shot 4 Shot 5 Shot 6
Ahcop Miles Burton ( Cecil Street ) bang!Mr. Westerby Missing          
Ahcop John Dickson Carr bang!The Nine Wrong Answers          
Ahcop Anthony Gilbert bang!Out For the Kill bang!A Question of Murder bang!Prelude to Murder      
Ahcop Jean Potts bang!Go, Lovely Rose          
Avid Series Reader Philip R. Craig bang!First Light bang!Vineyard Enigma bang!A Vineyard Killing      
Avid Series Reader
Charles Finch bang!The Woman in the Water bang!A Death in the Small Hours bang!An Old Betrayal      
Avid Series Reader
Marcia Muller bang!The McCone Files bang!The Dangerous Hour bang!The Vanishing Point      
Avid Series Reader Carol O'Connell bang!Find Me bang!Judas Child        
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    
Bev Hankins Frances & Richard Lockridge bang!Killing the Goose          
Bev Hankins Dorothy L. Sayers bang!Gaudy Night bang!Unnatural Death bang!Thrones, Dominations bang! The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club bang! Have His Carcase  
Boocks Books Tonya Kappes            
Donnisha Robert Galbraith ( J. K. Rowling ) bang!The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)          
Fanda Agatha Christie bang!The Sittaford Mystery          
Jane Reads Ellie Alexander
(Kate Dyer-Seeley)
Jane Reads Rita Mae Brown            
Jane Reads V. M. Burns            
Jane Reads J. C. Eaton bang! Botched 4 Murder          
Jane Reads Karen MacInerney            
Jane Reads Diane Vallere            
Nessa Jessa Archer          
Nessa Agatha Christie          
Rick Mills 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    
Rick Mills Erle Stanley Gardner
(Doug Selby series)
bang! The D.A. Calls it Murder          
Rick Mills Dorothy L. Sayers bang! Whose Body?          
sk888888 Andrea Camilleri            
sk888888 Paul Cleave bang! Joe Victim          
sk888888 Barry Eisler bang! Hard Rain (A Lonely Resurrection)          
sk888888 Paul Levine            
Stephanie W. J. D. Robb
(Nora Roberts)
bang!Visions In Death bang!Survivor In Death bang!Origin In Death bang!Memory In Death    
Tari Hann Ellery Adams            
Tari Hann Lyndsey Cole bang!BlackBuried Pie          
Tari Hann Lee Hollis ( Rick Copp & Holly Simason ) bang!Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury          
Tari Hann Tonya Kappes
( Maymee Bell )
bang!Stamped Out          
Traci L. Laura Childs bang! Eggs on Ice          
Traci L. James Patterson bang! 19th Christmas          
Traci L. Debra Sennefelder bang! Three Widows and a Corpse          

Key: Target bang! Shot! New Rolled over from 2019 One shot to go! 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.


  1. The challenge is open for business! Challenge runs now to Dec 31 2020. Plenty of time to jump in!
  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.
Rick MillsThe Mystillery