Challenge Wrap-Up

Finished Challenge – Suspense & Thriller 2008/2009 Challenge

I just finished the Suspense & Thriller 2008/2009 Challenge! The rules were to read twelve books total; six in 2008 and 6 in 2009. And each book had to belong to one of the subcategories that were listed on the challenge homepage. There were a lot of different categories to choose from, but I found myself repeating many of the categories and that’s why it took me so long to finish this challenge. However I was pleasantly surprised to see that the last book I read (A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket) would fit nicely into the cozy mystery category to complete this challenge. Plus this is my first completed challenge for 2009 so it’s a great big sigh of relief for me!!! Here’s what I read:

  1. J.T. Ellison, All the Pretty Girls (serial killer thriller)
  2. W.E.B. Griffin, By Order of the President (military thriller)
  3. Laura Lippman, To the Power of Three (drama thriller)
  4. Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem (forensic mystery)
  5. James Patterson, The 8th Confession (police procedural thriller)
  6. Fran Rizer, A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket (cozy mystery)

Favorite: All the Pretty Girls (Ellison) and To the Power of Three (Lippman)
Least Favorite: Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Lindsay)

AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, R, Read in 2009

A Tisket, A Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket by Fran Rizer

A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket
by Fran Rizer

Copyright: 2007
Pages: 282
Rating: 5/5
Read: June 7-10, 2009
Challenge:  2009 100+ Reading Challenge; 1st in a Series Challenge; Suspense & Thriller Challenge – Cozy Mystery subcategory
Yearly Count: 28

First Line: Eager to pump up my new underwear, I dashed into my apartment just as the phone rang.

Calamine “Callie” Parrish is a mortuary cosetologist at Middleton’s Mortuary. She likes to spend her free time with a moon pie and a mystery novel. Oh yeah, and watching Six Feet Under. But, she finds herself mixed up in a local murder. When the body of Bobby Saxon comes in with a hypodermic needle broken off in his neck, Callie realizes that his death wasn’t accidental as originally thought, and that there’s a killer on the loose in town. But with the list of suspects as long as her arm, Callie must figure out who the killer is before she turns up dead next.

Okay, so this is a little bit out of my comfort zone. I am more of a hard-boiled mystery reader. However, I do like the occasional cozy (or as I call them, “fluff books”) just to get myself out of a funk. I found Calamine to be an endearing character, even if a little naive for my taste. I had pretty much figured out who the killer was since Rizer didn’t hide her clues very well. But overall I enjoyed this quick and fun read.