Thursday, January 5, 2017

My 2017 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge Sign-up


Thanks to Tina at Mommynificent and Katherine at Katherine's Corner for hosting these wonderful link-ups!  Click on the buttons to see the other participants and link-up!

TT&HH is a meme hosted by Lexxie at (un)Conventional Book Reviews.  All y'all readers out there are welcome to share a food or drink related quote from a book you are reading or have read.  Click the button above to get the full details and to link up your post(s)!


This challenge fits in rather nicely with a couple others in which I'm participating, so I thought, "Bring it!"  Thanks to Stormi at Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! and Barb at Booker T's Farm for hosting this challenge!

Books must be 100+ pages, all mysteries and sub-genres are good to go and sign-ups end April 15th.

5-15 books – Amateur sleuth
16-25 books – Detective
26-35 books – Inspector
36 – 55 – Special agent
56+ books – Sherlock Holmes

I'll start out with the Amateur Sleuth level (5-15) books, and hope to do more.   There are monthly link-ups for progress and reviews, a give-away half-way through the year and this: #2017CloakDaggerChal


My Book List (so far)

1.  Deadlocked by Joel Goldman
2.  Every Trick in the Rook by Marty Wingate
3.  A Friend of Silence by M. Lee Prescott
4.  The First Shot by EH Reinhard
5.  The Girl in the Yacht by Karen & Thomas Donahue


Now, reading and reading challenges are two of my favorite things, and I'll go ahead and give a little sneak peek into one of the books that I'll be using for this challenge...


Ryan Kowalczyk has spent the last 15 years on death row. Like every other death row inmate, he clung steadfastly to his claim of innocence. Accused of brutally beating two young parents to death with a baseball bat, while their 3 year-old child slept under a blanket in the back seat of the car, no one felt sorry for Kowalczyk, especially Detective Harry Ryman who arrested Ryan for the crime.

After Ryan is executed, his mother, Mary, hires Mason to prove her dead son's innocence and build a case against the man she believes is the actual murderer; her son's best friend. As Mason delves deeper into the case, he journeys further into danger and a dark world rife with fear, deceit, corruption and murder.



My Hungry Hearts this week comes from The Parting by Beverly Lewis.  The cover below is linked to Goodreads, and I will post my review of this book at 1600 hrs US eastern time today!

For as long as I can remember, I've eagerly awaited the harvest.  Oh, the tantalizing scents wafting from Mamma's kitchen, come autumn.  But it's not my mother's baking as much as it is my own that fills the house with mouthwatering aromas.  Each year I entertain myself, seeing how many ways I can use pumpkin in an array of baked goodies.  Naturally there are pumpkin pies and pumpkin breads.  But I also delight in making pumpkin cookies with walnut pieces and brown sugar sprinkled atop.  And there is spicy pumpkin custard, too, and gooey pumpkin cinnamon rolls--sticky buns, of course--cinnamon pumpkin muffins, and the most popular item of all:  pumpkin cheesecake.


Question(s) of the Day:

What is your favorite literary genre?
(My Answer) - cozy mysteries w/historical fiction a close second.


If you like pumpkin goodies, which is your favorite?
(My Answer) - I made a wicked good pumpkin cheesecake one time and took it to my work.  My only regret was that I had to share! *lol*


  1. I'm still looking at a few more challenges. I'll think about these.

    1. Do you have trouble saying enough is enough with reading challenges too, Laura?

  2. Right now I'm reading memoirs of writers and musicians. I watch Sherlock Holmes for the mystery fix.

  3. Oh my gosh, I love your hungry hearts quote LuAnn!! So nice! And now I want pumpkin even if that's not really on the menu at this time of the year :D
    I don't think I can pick a favorite literary genre, I read all over the place, YA, NA, adult, classics, mysteries, thrillers, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, contemporary romance... impossible to choose one I like more than the other, really.
    Have a fantastic Friday and happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews