2020 Six Shooter Mystery Reading Challenge

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READER BOARD as of: FRI MAR 27 2020 Gunslingers: 17
sorted by TCP, then shots fired. highest stats shown in red.
Gunslinger TCP* Shots
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Bev Hankins
.857 14 1 2 Blogger Goodreads
Rick Mills
.400 16 4 1 Blogger Goodreads PaperBack Swap
Traci L.
.000 16 11 0 Blogger Goodreads
Tari Hann
.000 13 7 0 Goodreads blog by Wordpress
New Jersey
.000 11 6 0
.000 11 4 0
Avid Series Reader
New Mexico
.000 11 4 0 Goodreads
.000 6 4 0 Goodreads
Stephanie W
.000 4 1 0  
.000 2 2 0 Goodreads
.000 2 1 0 Goodreads
.000 2 1 0  
.000 2 1 0 Blogger Goodreads
Jane Reads
South Carolina
.000 1 6 0 Blogger Goodreads
.000 1 1 0
Boocks Books
.000 0 1 0 Goodreads
.000 0 2 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! Marge N. O'Vera, Shooting Gallery Statistician

Shooting gallery:

Gunslinger Target *
(links to review)
2 3 4 5 6
Ahcop Miles Burton (Cecil Street) bang!Mr. Westerby Missing          
John Dickson Carr bang!The Nine Wrong Answers          
Anthony Gilbert bang!Out For the Kill bang!A Question of Murder bang!Prelude to Murder      
Jean Potts bang!Go, Lovely Rose          
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Avid Series Reader Philip R. Craig bang!First Light bang!Vineyard Enigma bang!A Vineyard Killing      
Charles Finch bang!The Woman in the Water bang!A Death in the Small Hours bang!An Old Betrayal      
Marcia Muller bang!The McCone Files bang!The Dangerous Hour bang!The Vanishing Point      
Carol O'Connell bang!Find Me bang!Judas Child        
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
Frances & Richard Lockridge bang!Killing the Goose bang! Spin Your Web, Lady!        
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        
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)        
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Lynn R.D. Wingfield bang! A Touch of Frost bang! Night Frost        
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Nessa Jessa Archer          
Agatha Christie          
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Rick Mills Leslie Charteris            
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
Erle Stanley Gardner
(Doug Selby series)
bang! The D.A. Calls it Murder bang!The D.A. Holds a Candle bang!The D.A. Draws a Circle bang!The D.A. Goes to Trial bang! The D.A. Cooks a Goose  
Dorothy L. Sayers bang! Whose Body? bang! Clouds of Witness bang! Murder Must Advertise bang!Gaudy Night    
Edgar Wallace bang! The Four Just Men          
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
sk888888 Andrea Camilleri            
Paul Cleave bang! Joe Victim bang! Cemetery Lake        
Barry Eisler bang! A Lonely Resurrection          
Paul Levine bang! False Dawn bang! Last Chance Lassiter bang! Solomon vs. Lord      
Archer Mayor bang! Borderlines        
Nick Pirog bang!3:00 AM bang!3:10 AM bang!3:21 AM bang!Unforseen    
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      
Elly Griffiths (Domenica de Rosa) bang!The Ghost Fields bang!The Zig Zag Girl bang!Smoke and Mirrors bang!The Blood Card    
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          
Ellery Adams bang!The Book of Candlelight bang! Peach Pies and Alibis        
Lyndsey Cole bang!BlackBuried Pie          
Kathi Daley bang! Cupid's Curse          
Joanne Fluke bang! Sugar Cookie Murder bang!Blueberry Muffin Murder bang!Coconut Layer Cake Murder bang! Fudge Cupcake Murder    
Lee Hollis (Rick Copp & Holly Simason) bang!Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury          
Tonya Kappes
(Maymee Bell)
bang!Stamped Out bang! Dead to the Last Drop bang! Southern Fried      
Target 1 2 3 4 5 6
Traci L. Lucy Burdette
(Roberta Isleib)
bang! An Appetite 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          
Amanda Flower bang! Toxic Toffee          
Sherry Harris bang! Let's Fake a Deal          
Jenn McKinlay bang!Buried to the Brim bang! Word to the Wise        
James Patterson bang! 19th Christmas bang!The Medical Examiner        
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      

* Pseudonyms (pen names) are set in italics.

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