Book Chick City’s
Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge 2012!

Welcome to the Mystery & Suspense Challenge 2012! I didn’t do very well this year (again!) even though it is my own challenge, but I hope to do better this in 2012. However, it seems many of you did very well, so congratulations for completing the challenge. For those of you who were more like me, here’s your chance to beat this challenge!

I was amazed at the amount of participants in 2011 – 237 of you chose my challenge, amazing! I hope I have as many of you sign up for 2012.

If you would like to keep track of my progress, you can HERE.

Sign Up

To sign up you MUST make a post on your blog about participating in the challenge – you then use the DIRECT URL of the post to sign up to the challenge by adding it to Mr Linky below. DO NOT just add your blog URL – this will be deleted.

You must add the button to your sidebar – make sure that it links back to this post so others can join the challenge if they wish. Easiest way to do this is to copy and paste the code displayed below!

Grab the Button!
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Challenge Details

• Timeline: 01 Jan 2012 – 31 Dec 2012

• Rules: There are TWO LEVELS you can choose from:

 – Read TWELVE (12) mystery & suspense novels in 2012 
 – Read TWENTY FOUR (24) mystery & suspense novels in 2012 

• You don’t have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.

• You can join at anytime. All books read in 2012 count towards the challenge regardless of when you sign up.

• At the beginning of Jan 2012, you will find a link to specific month to add your reviews.

Audiobooks do not count, but all other formats are accepted.

This challenge can crossover to other challenges.

• You DO NOT have to write reviews of the books you read, but if you decide you would like to then Mr Linky will be available each month so you can link up your reviews.

• You don’t have to have a blog to join in – for those without a blog but who use Goodreads, Amazon, LibraryThing etc, you can add the URL to where you track your books. If you don’t have a URL at all then choose a name you would like to use and then copy and paste the following link:

You can choose from the numerous sub-genres of mystery and suspense, from cosy mysteries such as Agatha Christie to the more hard-boiled kind like V I Warshawski by Sara Paretsky, or romantic suspense written by the likes of Linda Howard, forensic crime such as those written by Kathy Reichs and even paranormal/supernatural suspense such as Kelley Armstrong. I’m sure this challenge will have something for everyone! :)

To help you figure out and decide, I have updated a sub-genre list – to view this list go HERE.

Please add your DIRECT URL link, not just your blog link. If you have trouble adding your URL link below, just drop me an email.


Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!


Paula December 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm

great challenge glad I signed up this year!


Mrs. Papillion...aka "The Book Worm" December 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Definitely a challenge I'm up for. I want to be able to read more mystery/suspense books in 2012.


Book Chick City December 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Yay! Hope you enjoy :)


Colleen December 2, 2011 at 2:45 am

Only 12? I think I might be able to manage that. I hope so, anyway! I love the button, haha. And of course, I like to read this genre, and I've got some on my shelves that I haven't yet read, so why not?


Bev Hankins December 2, 2011 at 3:34 am

I'm in! And I know I'll have way more mysteries than 12…. As I mention in the challenge post, I'll get the button the blog as soon as I "clean house" and switch out 2011 challenge buttons for 2012.


Kika283 December 2, 2011 at 4:46 am

I'm in!
this year (2011) I joined too but I have not finished the challenge, in 2012 I hope do better (^___^)d


Krazy Karyn December 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Entered & Posted! Can't wait to start.


Landslide December 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I'm in again! I love this challenge!

Thanks for hosting Carolyn.


Amber December 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I'm definitely in! Even if I put the name of the wrong blog up. (The link is right, however.) It should be Views from the Reader Side rather than Sanity's Overrated.


Stepfordmomto2 December 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm

No Audio Books will be a secondary challenge for me. But I am up for this one.


Susan December 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I'm looking forward to this. I'm not usually a mystery/suspense reader. It will be nice to broaden my horizens :)


Jenn December 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Hi! I can't wait to do this challenge. Thanks for setting it up! I've started a culinary cozy mystery review blog and this will help to jump-start it.


Whitney December 4, 2011 at 4:21 am

I'm looking forward to this challenge. Thanks for hosting!


Sarah December 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Looking forward to joining in with this next year!


Vivian-TheBookDiva December 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Great challenge and looks like one I may actually be able to finish. Thanks.


Ellie December 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Thanks. Can't wait to start.


Kristy Nicole December 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I did ok this year.. Can't wait to start the challenge again!!

Kristy @


pocketfullofbooks December 5, 2011 at 1:04 am

I'm so excited for this challenge! I'm going to be reading a lot of Cosy Mysteries for sure!


scrapbookangel December 5, 2011 at 1:29 am

Looking forward to reading for the challenge.



Elizabeth December 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Please remove my link (#29) from the 2012 challenge. I deleted my blog post and will not be participating. Thank you.


dollycas aka Lori December 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Looking forward to this one!!


CMash December 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I love this challenge!!! Thanks for hosting!!


Aleksandra December 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Signed up :) Thanks for hosting it again this year!


uptownk December 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm


Ready to go. Mysteries were my biggest reading genre for 2011.


Kat December 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Looking forward to this challenge :)


Em December 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

This is going to be a good one for me, I have a ton of Mystery/Suspense but always have a reason for putting it off.


druidgirl December 8, 2011 at 12:26 am

This is a great challenge I love the Mystery/Suspense genre. I think I will try 24.


Littlecrazer December 8, 2011 at 1:55 am

I just happened to run across this challenge on goodreads. It looks interesting so I thought I would give it a try. I love suspense so I think I am going to sign up for 24. Good luck to everyone who is doing it.


Esther Shaindel December 8, 2011 at 3:48 am

Can't wait to get started!!


Sina December 8, 2011 at 10:28 am

I'm in! I don't read enough mystery so I'm really excited!


Emiri December 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Did you get my entry? I clicked on the link you supplied. It should be Emiri @ Double Rainbow Nerds of Awesome.


Healielle December 9, 2011 at 7:50 am

Now I have a really good reason to start reading again! Yay!


vhannie December 11, 2011 at 6:01 am

hehe, this one's like my 3rd reading challenge that you're hosting; can't help it since they're all so temptingly interesting :)


Jane December 13, 2011 at 4:27 am

I like this one. It's my no-challenge challenge!


Thrilled by Books December 16, 2011 at 3:51 am

This will be my first reading challenge! I feel pretty confident I can reach my goal. :)


Regina December 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I've been wanting to read more and get some books off my TBR pile and these challenges should help me do just that! Thanks for the motivation!


Betty December 18, 2011 at 4:27 am

Yea, my name finally showed up on the list!! I'm going for the second level, 24 books. Can't wait to get started, have lots of mysteries, romantic suspense and cozies in my TBR pile. Will post my comments about books on my Goodreads page with a link here. Thanks for hosting./bj


Angie December 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Ok, I am very new to the blog scene and am a bit confused on how to get the button I am supposed to add to my sidebar. Can anyone help? It's probably easy, but I just am too unfamiliar to figure it out. lol. Anyone who could "walk" me thru the sign up process would be AMAZING! :)


Angie December 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Yay, I think I figured it all out. :) I am very excited to start and be a part of this challenge. It is my first time being a blogger, so pretty excited to be blogging AND entering into book challenges. Can't wait. I did the linky and got the button on my blog. So excited to have figured it all out to enter this challenge. :)


Kinkycherry December 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm

cant wait to start! :)


Mariana Coelho December 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I'll be doing this one too! You have some great challenges here!


Shy December 23, 2011 at 3:26 am

Hi I am excited to join in on this challenge. Can you use my blog link for this challenge and remove the one linking me to Goodreads. Thanks Shy


Stephanie Atwood December 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Hi, just signed up for the challange. I'm hoping to succeed although reading sometimes gets put on the back burner with school, work and kids. Wish me luck!


Carine December 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I'm in! My reviews will be in French and I will probably read books written both in English and French. I will use the button on my blog once I design the "challenge" part of my blog.


Cheryl December 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Thanks for the Goodreads invite. I look forward to participating.


Kana Tyler December 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Looking forward to reading with you! :)
~Kana Tyler


Unknown December 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I've decided I'm going to jump on the bandwagon with 24 books for 2012.

If you're gonna shoot, shoot for the stars.



Pinkim Kimberly Wright December 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm

OK, I'm in…again…My post about it will have to wait, although I did add the button:) I am sure I can do the 24, however, it is the keeping up with the reviews that is a problem for me…sigh…I made it this year, but you wouldn't know it…sigh again…Pinkim from TrulySimplyPink


Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond) December 28, 2011 at 2:04 am

Well this will be something for me. I can't wait to start this, another challenge that will put me to the test. Thanks hon :)


Teena in Toronto December 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I'm in :)


Lindy-Lane December 28, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Looking forward to this challenge in 2012!


loonachicklit December 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I can't wait to get started on this challenge! Thanks for creating it. I just signed up and posted a blurb on my blog.


Sue December 31, 2011 at 1:01 am

Inspiration for me to work my way through some books I've been wanting to read! Thanks.


TabathaV December 31, 2011 at 2:24 am

I love these kinds of books, so I am def going to do this challenge! (:


Cate @ The Blonde Diaries December 31, 2011 at 3:50 am

This was my favorite genre last year so I'm super excited about this challenge. Hoping to complete 24 novels. :)


Heidi December 31, 2011 at 4:24 am

I am signed up and have the info on my blog. Excited!


FABR Steph December 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I can't wait to start. This looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for hosting.


Gråbekka`s Blogger December 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I`m in. Looking forward too this challenge:)


Falcata Times December 31, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I'm in for the higher number. Yay.


citylady January 1, 2012 at 1:55 am

I am a mystery love–excited to be joining this challenge.


funga January 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

first time ever I participate in such a challenge :-)
Thank you for the inspiration!!


BelizeanTineyWiney January 3, 2012 at 12:20 am

Hopefully I signed up correctly…


BelizeanTineyWiney January 3, 2012 at 2:39 am

Still figuring out how to post to my blog. Hopefully it's done right!


newtowritinggirl January 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

3rd year in a row doing this challenge – I love it!


The Guile Hooligan January 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Hi, I finished a book. It's Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I can't find a place to submit the url so I submitted it here. Please reply.


Shirley January 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I love mystery challenges! Thank you for hosting!


Mariana Coelho January 3, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Stig Larsson books would count for this one, right? :)


Vicky January 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Great challenge! I signed up for the 12 book level.


SharonW January 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Whee! ANOTHER challenge. So far I have 12 planned to read.


Charan January 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm

lets hope i finish this challenge by the end of this year :)


Librarian Lee January 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I've been a terrible, absent, blogger but I'd love to do this challenge, so here I go. I don't have a plan yet, I'll choose as I go. What a great idea, thanks for hosting.


tellysays January 6, 2012 at 12:27 am

I am baaaaaaaaack! I feel a bond with this challenge since it was one of the first I ever joined when I started blogging. Looking forward to doing it better this time around. Thanks for hosting.


Harvee January 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I've posted my first mystery novel of the year! Where do I list it on the challenge?

P.S. Hope all is going okay and that you'll be back to blogging soon.


Shandy Jo January 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Hi I signed up for this again! Couldn't help myself.


Que Bella January 8, 2012 at 8:11 am

Hi, What a great challenge! I love mysteries. I'm really glad to have come across this challenge today. Thanks for hosting!


Library cat January 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm

It's awesome challenge, I'm glad I'm participating.


Samantha January 9, 2012 at 12:16 am

Very excited for this challenge! I needed an excuse to read more mystery this year.


Coni January 9, 2012 at 3:03 am

Thanks for hosting this challenge. I am going for the 24 level!
Looking forward to sucess.


Millie January 11, 2012 at 1:20 am

Great challenge. Mystery & Suspense are definitely my kind of books.

I'm aiming for reading 12.


Harvee January 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm

where do we post our reviews?


Jake January 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I love this idea! I'll aim for the 24 book challenge!!



Ree January 22, 2012 at 1:54 am

Thanks so much for the challenge, can't wait to start!


Nina C. January 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

I'm in! Thanks for this challenge! Have alot of unread mystery books in my bookshelve!:)


TracyK March 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I am joining this challenge very late, but looking forward to participating. I like the organized way you have for linking reviews for each month.


A.F. Heart March 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I guess I am joining the party a little late myself. I missed including my blog name to the entry. Oh well.
This is right up my alley!


Jillian April 1, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I know I am really late in starting this challenge but better late than never, right? Thank you Book Chick City for hosting this! I have a lot of mystery/suspense novels that I've been thinking about reading, but I've never gotten around to reading them! Hopefully I will read more than 12… who knows, maybe I'll read 24!


Auggie April 5, 2012 at 2:58 am

Very excited about this! I had decided that this would be the year that I really started picking up the mystery books. Glad to see this challenge!


Shirley @ My Bookshelf April 6, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I am signing up to read 12 mysteries this year! (sorry I forgot to add that earlier)


Jen H April 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Love this challenge can't wait to see how well I do since i am starting late.


Alex @ The Blethering Bookworm April 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

I'm a bit late to signing up :) I'm going to have a stab at 24 books :)


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