2024 Six Shooter Mystery Reading Challenge

General Information

Your host:


  1. No advance signup needed. Just jump in.
  2. Shoot (read) book #1
  3. Repeat until you have read 6 books by one author. Once you complete 6, you get a notch on your gun.
  4. TCP scoring: Your Target Completion Percentage (TCP) is Notches/Shots*6. You can see this scoring guide (PDF).
  5. Please note the Shooting Gallery does not update in real time. Your submission generates an email to the host, 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.

Setting up targets:


  1. The challenge runs from January 1 - December 31, 2024.
  2. Genres: Fiction only. You get to decide what is a 'mystery'. Traditional murder mysteries, thrillers, police procedurals, young adult, short stories, 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. Re-reads count for the same target, if in different years.
  8. Pseudonyms and real names count toward the same target.
    • For those authors who write under multiple names, targets will be listed under the real name (if known); and a cross-reference line added for the pseudonym.
    • This convention would not apply for authors who write under only the pseudonym and not their real name (e.g., Ellery Queen is listed as Ellery Queen)
    • Pseudo's can be confusing, so I will try to organize it in the clearest manner.
  9. Continuations of a series character by a subsequent author count as the same author.
  10. Writing reviews is optional. If you supply a link to your blog or Goodreads review, the title of your submission will link to it.
  11. Bloggers are welcome to copy any images from this challenge.
  12. Short Stories are welcome in all Mystillery challenges. In this Six Shooter challenge, it is to your advantage to submit them separately, in order to earn more shots toward your targets.
  13. Omnibus (multiple full length stories bound in one book): In this Six Shooter challenge, it is to your advantage to submit the stories separately, in order to earn more shots toward your targets.
  14. Honorary Badges: The challege offers three honorary badges, based upon your score. You keep your badges even if your score subsequently drops below the threshold.
    • Sharpshooter: Your score has achieved 1.000, even if it subsequently falls below that level.
    • Booksniper: Your score has achieved 2.000, even if it subsequently falls below that level.
    • Ammonuensis: Your score has achieved 3.000, even if it subsequently falls below that level.

January 1 2025 Rollover:



Goodreads Discussion Group:

Private Messaging:

If you wish to contact another challenger, first try the Goodreads message system:
  1. Click on the Goodreads icon on the challenger's line on the main page. This brings you to their Goodreads profile.
  2. Click the MORE button (with the down arrow)
  3. Click MESSAGE. This - hopefully - brings up a message form. Just fill it out!
  4. If the challenger does not have Goodreads, or is not accepting Goodreads messages, send an email to me (rickmills9@gmail.com) indicating who you wish to message. I will inquire of that challenger if they wish to message with you.


Back to the challenge page • Revised May 27 2024 (fixed image links)