USA Fiction Challenge 2014-

Here am I signing up, and even organising, yet another challenge.
State by State in 2014

Although you are meant to read a title for each state I will probably read many titles connected to one state, and struggle to read any for another.

The challenge is an ongoing one even though it says "state by state in 2014". I think it is going to take me more than a year to complete.

All my books will be crime fiction and connected to the state either by setting or by author, and I'll mention that in my list.

Here is my personalised map from World66
[P.S. I've decided to "backdate" my efforts a little by including the books I've read in 2013, so I'll add them soon]

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).


create your own personalized map of the USA

Here is my easy reference list
Current total of states covered: 23/51
  1. ALABAMA
  2. ALASKA
    A COLD DAY FOR MURDER, Dana Stabenow (setting, author's birthplace)
  3. ARIZONA
  4. ARKANSAS
  5. 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
    4.4, ANGLE OF INVESTIGATION, Michael Connelly - setting
    4.6, PAYING THE PIPER, Simon Wood - setting
    4.5, A IS FOR ALIBI, Sue Grafton - setting
    4.3, MURDER IN THE FAMILY, Paula Bernstein - setting
    4.3, THE DROWNING POOL, Ross Macdonald - setting
    4.4, THE CASE OF THE VELVET CLAWS, Erle Stanley Gardner - setting4.2, DYING FOR A TASTE, Leslie Karst - setting4.4, PAST TENSE, Margot Kinberg - setting
  6. COLORADO
  7. CONNECTICUT
    4.4, THE RULES OF THE GAME, Georges Simenon (setting)
  8. DISTRICT of COLUMBIA
    4.5, THE KIZUNA COAST, Sujata Massey (author residence)
  9. DELAWARE
    4.7, HUNTING SHADOWS, Charles Todd (author residence)
  10. FLORIDA:
    EVERY BITTER THING, Leighton Gage
    (author residence)
    BUNDORI, Laura Joh Rowland - author residence
  11. GEORGIA
  12. HAWAII
  13. IDAHO
  14. ILLINOIS
  15. INDIANA
  16. IOWA
  17. KANSAS:
    4.4, NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH, James Hadley Chase (setting)
  18. KENTUCKY
  19. LOUISIANA
  20. MAINE
    4.3, THE GIRLS SHE LEFT BEHIND, Sarah Graves
  21. MARYLAND
  22. MASSACHUSETTS:
    NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT, Derek B. Miller (author birthplace)
    4.5, CHRISTINE FALLS, Benjamin Black (setting)
    4.5, MISSING GIRL, Tess Gerritsen (setting)
  23. MICHIGAN
  24. MINNESOTA
    4.2, VENGEANCE IS MINE, Joanne Fluke
    4.5, THE LAST ACT OF HATTIE HOFFMAN, Mindy Mejia
    (setting)
  25. MISSISSIPPI:
    4.4, A TIME TO KILL, John Grisham (setting)
  26. MISSOURI:
    GONE GIRL, Gillian Flynn
    (setting)
  27. MONTANA
  28. NEBRASKA
  29. NEVADA
  30. NEW HAMPSHIRE
    THE LAST POLICEMAN, Ben H. Winters (setting)
    4.2, THE UNFUR-TUNATE VALENTINE'S SCAM, Alannah Rogers (setting)
  31. NEW JERSEY
    DEATH IN A STRANGE COUNTRY, Donna Leon (author birthplace)
    4.8, THE WATERS OF ETERNAL YOUTH, Donna Leon
    4.3, FINAL CURTAIN, Ed Ifkovic (setting)
  32. NEW MEXICO
  33. 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)
    3.8, THAT AFFAIR NEXT DOOR, Anna Katherine Green (setting)
    3.8, ROSEMARY'S BABY, Ira Levin (setting)
    3.6, DEAD RECKONING, Michael B. Smart (author origin)
    4.6, THE SINS OF THE FATHERS, Lawrence Block (setting)
    4.2, THE PENGUIN POOL MURDER, Stuart Palmer (setting)
  34. NORTH CAROLINA
    3.8, LIQUID FEAR, Scott Nicholson (author residence)
    4.7, HUNTING SHADOWS, Charles Todd (author residence)
    4.7, THE DARK ROAD TO MERCY, Wiley Cash- setting
  35. NORTH DAKOTA
    4.3, SEE ALSO MURDER, Larry D. Sweazy (setting)
  36. OHIO:
    MURDER IN A BASKET, Amanda Flower
    (author works in a college near Cleveland)
  37. OKLAHOMA:
    KINGDOM OF STRANGERS, Zoe Ferraris
    (author birthplace)
  38. OREGON
  39. 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)
  40. RHODE ISLAND
  41. SOUTH CAROLINA
  42. SOUTH DAKOTA
  43. TENNESSEE
  44. TEXAS:
    THE SOUND OF BROKEN GLASS, Deborah Crombie
    (author birthplace)
    5.0, LIFE OR DEATH, Michael Robotham (setting)
  45. UTAH
  46. VERMONT
  47. VIRGINIA
  48. WASHINGTON:
    THE MADONNAS OF LENINGRAD, Debra Dean
    (author birthplace)
    4.3, MASTERMIND, Helen Goltz  - setting
    4.5, MURDER ONE, Robert Dugoni - setting
    4.2, TROUBLE IN ROOSTER PARADISE, T. W. Emory - setting
  49. WEST VIRGINIA
  50. WISCONSIN
  51. WYOMING:
    ICE COLD, Tess Gerritsen
    (setting)

3 comments:

TracyK said...

Kerrie, I am glad you are including multiples for each state here, if you have read, them, more ideas for me to try.

Kiwicraig said...

Steve Hamilton is an Edgar Award-winning Michigan author with some good novels set there Kerrie. For Alabama try Jack Kerley's Carson Ryder series (very good), Arizona you could give Tony Hillerman's Navajo detective tales a go (also great), Georgia you have Karin Slaughter's excellent Will Trent tales, Louisiana is obviously James Lee Burke, Montana is the setting for some CJ Box novels (most are Wyoming, but Back of Beyond is in Yellowstone). That's a few tips off the top of my head :)

Katy McCoy said...

Whew - I have to get going! I finished all 50 last year, by the skin of my teeth! But I've only got two so far this year, although somehow I managed to three from New York already. I'm somewhat stuck on Scandinavian crime so it's cutting into my "state" time!

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