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. You get bonus points for each additional notch beyond the first one. Unlike many reading challenges, just 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 first entry to join!

Effective October 1, the author/title search engine, previously available only in the Medical Examiner challenge, will expand to search all Mystillery challenges. The new search box appears below, see "Who else shot my book?". Until October 1, it will only return results from the Medical Examiner challenge. After October 1, it will return results from all Mystillery challenges.

Here is Mystillery Newsletter #13 for September.

Who else shot my book? Enter Author or Title:

READER BOARD updated THU SEP 16 2021 @ 11.15 am EDT convert
2 0
7 1
/ Shots
8 0 0
x6 = TCP + bonus = score Shooting
The "Whac-a-mole" section (the notched) - sorted by score
14 91 0.923 1.300 sharpshooter badge 2.223
11 84 0.785 1.000 sharpshooter badge 1.785
11 86 0.767 1.000 sharpshooter badge 1.767
Rick Mills
8 68 0.705 0.700 sharpshooter badge 1.405
Bev Hankins
6 40 0.900 0.500 sharpshooter badge 1.400
Tina Hilbert
9 91 0.593 0.800 sharpshooter badge 1.393
Tari Hann
2 11 1.090 0.100 sharpshooter badge 1.190
3 27 0.666 0.200 sharpshooter badge 0.866
Traci L.
5 109 0.275 0.400 0.675
Scott Nickels
1 40 0.150 0 0.150
Avid Series Reader
New Mexico
1 52 0.115 0 0.115
The not-yet-notched-mosh-pit. Sorted by shots fired - keep shooting, it's the only way out of here!
Simone C.
0 31 0.000 0 0.000
United Kingdom
0 22 0.000 0 0.000
Karen Baroness
0 20 0.000 0 0.000
0 5 0.000 0 0.000
Guatemala Paula
0 4 0.000 0 0.000
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

Key to symbols
Moved up
New or updated today
sharpshooter badge Sharpshooter badge (score 1.000+ at some point)
High column stat
2nd place column stat
Shooting Gallery
Tracker page
Goodreads profile
Paperback Swap bookshelf

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.




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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