30 December 2014

USA Fiction Challenge - progress so far

State by State - ongoing challenge
The USA fiction challenge is going to take me years, and I even cheated just a little by including books I had read in 2013. Even so I've only covered 19 states so far.
Here is a repeat of the record I keep.

All my books are crime fiction and connected to the state either by setting or by author.
The home for the challenge is at USA Fiction Challenge: state by state in 2014. 
However the challenge is ongoing (until you complete it actually).

I've also set up a personalised map at World66


create your own personalized map of the USA

Here is my easy reference list
Current total of states covered: 19/51 
As you can see I have also decided to list multiple books for each state if needed.
The books are related to the state either by setting or author birth place.
  1. ALASKA
    A COLD DAY FOR MURDER, Dana Stabenow
    (setting, author's birthplace)
  2. CALIFORNIA:
    TURN OF MIND, Alice LaPlante
    (author's residence)
    BAMBOO AND BLOOD, James Church
    (author's birthplace)
    PRIMAL, D.A. Serra
    (author residence)
    THE BIG SLEEP, Raymond Chandler
    - setting
  3. CONNECTICUT
    4.4, THE RULES OF THE GAME, Georges Simenon (setting)
  4. DELAWARE
    4.7, HUNTING SHADOWS, Charles Todd (author residence)
  5. FLORIDA:
    EVERY BITTER THING, Leighton Gage
    (author residence)
    BUNDORI, Laura Joh Rowland
    - author residence
  6. KANSAS:
    4.4, NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH, James Hadley Chase
    (setting)
  7. MASSACHUSETTS:
    NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT, Derek B. Miller
    (author birthplace)
    4.5, CHRISTINE FALLS, Benjamin Black
    (setting)
  8. MISSISSIPPI:
    4.4, A TIME TO KILL, John Grisham
    (setting)
  9. MISSOURI:
    GONE GIRL, Gillian Flynn
    (setting)
  10. NEW HAMPSHIRE
    THE LAST POLICEMAN, Ben H. Winters
    (setting)
  11. NEW JERSEY
     
    DEATH IN A STRANGE COUNTRY, Donna Leon (author birthplace)
    4.3, FINAL CURTAIN, Ed Ifkovic
    (setting)
  12. NEW YORK:
    PAGO PAGO TANGO, John Enright
    (author birthplace)
    MRS POLLIFAX AND THE LION KILLER, Dorothy Gilman
    (author residence)
    4.6, VISITATION STREET, Ivy Pochoda
    (setting)
    3.7, THE FOOTPRINTS ON THE CEILING, Clayton Rawson
    (setting)
  13. NORTH CAROLINA
    3.8, LIQUID FEAR, Scott Nicholson
    (author residence)
    4.7, HUNTING SHADOWS, Charles Todd
    (author residence)
  14. OHIO:
    MURDER IN A BASKET, Amanda Flower
    (author works in a college near Cleveland)
  15. OKLAHOMA:
    KINGDOM OF STRANGERS, Zoe Ferraris
    (author birthplace)
  16. PENNSYLVANIA
    4.5, IRREPARABLE HARM, Melissa F. Miller (setting)
    4.0, DEATH-WATCH, John Dickson-Carr
    (author birth-place)
    3.9, THE CIRCULAR STAIRCASE, Mary Roberts Rinehart
    (author birth-place)
  17. TEXAS:
    THE SOUND OF BROKEN GLASS, Deborah Crombie
    (author birthplace)
    5.0, LIFE OR DEATH, Michael Robotham
    (setting)
  18. WASHINGTON:
    THE MADONNAS OF LENINGRAD, Debra Dean
    (author birthplace
  19. WYOMING:
    ICE COLD, Tess Gerritsen
    (setting) 
Thanks to Ms Wordopolis for the inspiration for this post.

3 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

I'm impressed with what you've done thus far. You've got some fine variety here too.

Scott said...

I will have to post my progress soon.

RebeccaK said...

You're welcome, and well done for completing so many states already, Kerrie. I hope to focus on more US crime fiction this year because I spent a lot of time last year trying out authors for the Global Reading Challenge. Thanks as well for reminding me of Dana Stabenow: I haven't read her stuff in ages.

Happy new year!

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