2021 Six Shooter Mystery Reading Challenge

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Welcome to the 2021 Six Shooter Challenge! Your goal is to shoot (read) six mysteries by the same target (author). You get one notch on your gun for each target completed. After your first target completion, you get bonus points for each additional notch. Unlike many reading challenges, reading more books may not necessarily help your score. Scores are not based upon quantity, but rather efficient shooting in reaching your target(s). Just read a book and submit your entry to set up a target!
Dec 1: Here is Mystillery Newsletter #16 for December.

Dec 1: A housekeeping note: If you have partially-completed authors in your shooting gallery which left you yawning and you do not wish to continue with them, let me know and I will mark them to not rollover into 2022.
Nov 29: Jjean (Missouri) has just carved Notch #100 of the challenge with author James Patterson! Last year, we closed out 2020 with just 64 notches.
Nov 25: OutsmartYourShelf (The United Kingdom) has just carved her Notch #4 for author Patricia Cornwell !

Who else took a shot at my book? Enter Author or Title:

READER BOARD updated WED DEC 1 2021 @ 9.00 am EST convert
2 1
1 0 1
/ Shots
1 0 1 4
x6 = TCP
0. 5 9 8
+ bonus = score Shooting
18 119 0.907 1.700 sharpshooter badgesharpshooter badge 2.607
15 102 0.882 1.400 sharpshooter badgesharpshooter badge 2.282
Rick Mills
13 84 0.928 1.200 sharpshooter badgesharpshooter badge 2.128
14 113 0.743 1.300 sharpshooter badgesharpshooter badge 2.043
Bev Hankins
9 56 0.964 0.800 sharpshooter badge 1.764
Tina Hilbert
10 122 0.491 0.900 sharpshooter badge 1.391
5 34 0.882 0.400 sharpshooter badge 1.282
Tari Hann
2 11 1.090 0.100 sharpshooter badge 1.190
1 6 1.000 0 sharpshooter badge 1.000
The United Kingdom
4 36 0.666 0.300 0.966
Traci L.
7 131 0.320 0.600 0.920
Avid Series Reader
New Mexico
3 68 0.264 0.200 0.464
Scott Nickels
1 51 0.117 0 0.117
Simone C.
0 31 0.000 0 0.000
Karen Baroness
0 29 0.000 0 0.000
0 5 0.000 0 0.000
Guatemala Paula
0 4 0.000 0 0.000
The United Kingdom
0 3 0.000 0 0.000
Anna Marten
0 2 0.000 0 0.000
0 2 0.000 0 0.000
Sharon Angle-Boyer
North Carolina
0 1 0.000 0 0.000

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sharpshooter badge Sharpshooter badge (score 1.000+ at some point*)
sharpshooter badgesharpshooter badge Booksniper badge (score 2.000+ at some point*)
High column stat
2nd place column stat
Shooting Gallery
Tracker page
Goodreads profile
Paperback Swap bookshelf
*you keep the badge even if your score subsequently drops below the threshold.

How to:

  1. Advance signup is no longer needed.
  2. Shoot (read) book #1
  3. Submit the form.
  4. Reload,repeat until you have read 6 books. Once you complete 6, you get a notch on your gun.
  5. Please note the Shooting Gallery does not update in real time. Your submission generates an email to The Grand Targetmeister, who will post the data. Generally, you should see your submission posted within 24 hours. If you do not see it, click the REFRESH button on your web browser to reload the page.
  6. This is a rolling challenge. How does that work? At the end of the year, incomplete targets carry forward to the following year.


  1. The challenge runs from January 1 - December 24, 2021..
  2. Genres: You get to decide what is a 'mystery'. Traditional murder mysteries, thrillers, police procedurals, young adult, romances, all are welcome.
  3. Formats: 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, the title will link to it.
  10. Bloggers are welcome to copy any images from this challenge.
  11. Never enter the secret passageway first.
The Six Shooter rollover is coming! At the end of the year, the 2021 Six Shooter Challenge will roll over to 2022! When the 2022 version is posted, your completed targets will be removed. Your partially completed targets will still appear, so you do not lose any progress. All your numbers (notch, shot, TCP, bonus, and score) will reset to zero. Of course, the entire 2021 challenge will be archived so you can still refer back to see your 2021 completed targets.




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, chain saw, flamethrower, military weapons, or lawnmower. Any reproduction, retransmission or rebroadcast without the express, written consent of Major League Baseball is strictly prohibited.

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