I Spy Challenge 2019

I found this challenge as an I Spy Goodreads group, but I signed up through the moderator’s blog too, Faith Hope Cherry Tea-I Spy Challenge 2019 (sign up here). There’s a list of 50 things to look for in a book, its theme/genre, cover description etc. Since I only read cozy mysteries, the numbers you find missing below are items I knew I’d never read or as in another item, getting a book from a Little Library. I’m pretty sure in my area there aren’t any of those, just as there aren’t coffee shops with books for sale in them. As I go through the list, I might even end up deleting more of them. I just found out the buddy read is done through the Goodreads group, so we’ll see how that one goes.

The cool thing about this challenge is that it started December 1, 2018, so I already had a decent amount of books I could add, as you’ll see below in my list. I’ll include covers here too.

Start date: December 1, 2018
End date: November 30, 2018

My 2019 I Spy List:


1- Winter cover  Purrfect Slaying A Hazel Hart Cozy Mystery Book Eight by Louise LynnPurrfect Slaying—Louise Lynn; also Snowy Misery (Alaska Cozy Mystery #7) Snowy Misery–Wendy Meadows

2- Christmas  'Twas the Knife Before Christmas (A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery, #2) by Jacqueline Frost ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas–Jacqueline Frost; also Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier Christmas Carol Murder–Leslie Meier; Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs Eggs on Ice–Laura Childs

3- Travel Gin & Daggers (Murder, She Wrote, #1) (to England) Gin and Daggers–Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain

6- Purple cover Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs Glitter Bomb–Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran (back of the book is completely purple); also Sifting Through Clues by Daryl Wood Gerber Sifting Through Clues–Daryl Wood Gerber

7- Evergreens on cover  Jeopardy in January (Calendar Mysteries #1) by Camilla Chafer Jeopardy in January–Camilla Chafer
(Yes there are evergreens, two by the house shown out the window)
Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang Trouble on the Books–Essie Lang

8- New to you author  A Spell of Murder (Witch Cats of Cambridge #1) by Clea SimonA Spell of Murder—Clea Simon

9- 1st of series  Deadly News (A Britton Bay Mystery Book 1) by Jody HolfordDeadly News—Jody Holford

10- Destination Gin & Daggers by Jessica Fletcher Gin & Daggers–Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain (England)

11- Fav genre (cozy mystery)  Mardi Gras Murder (Cajun Country Mystery, #4) by Ellen ByronMardi Gras Murder—Ellen Byron

12- Buddy read ( I may or may not get to do this one)

14- Valentine read The St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre by Elisabeth Crabtree The St. Valentine’s Day Cookie Massacre–Elisabeth Crabtree

15- Thrift store find

16- Book club read  A Christmas Peril (A Theater Cop Mystery #1) by J.A. Hennrikus A Christmas Peril–J.A. Hennrikus; Deal Gone Dead by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson Deal Gone Dead–Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

17- St Patrick’s Day A Ghost of Glaze: A Vampire & Baking Cozy Mystery (Priscilla Pratt Mystery Book 6) A Ghost of Glaze–Melissa Monroe

18- Fav author  Batter Off Dead (A Southern Cake Baker Mystery, #2) by Maymee Bell Batter Off Dead–Maymee Bell

19- Colouring options

21- Library book sale

24- Freebie  The Salty Taste of Murder (A Foodie Files Mystery, #1) by Christine Zane ThomasA Salty Taste of Murder—Christine Zane Thomas

25- Bouquet on cover Death and Daisies (A Magic Garden Mystery #2) Death and Daisies–Amanda Flower

26- Letter on cover

27- New release  A Choice Cocktail of Death (A Foodie Files Mystery Book 2) by Christine Zane ThomasA Choice Cocktail of Death—Christine Zane Thomas

28- New to you country This Spells Trouble by Stacey Alabaster This Spells Trouble–Stacey Alabaster (Australia–I’ve never read a book set there)

29- Bicycle on cover

30- Palm tree on cover

31- Seashore on cover Live and Let Chai by Bree Baker Live and Let Chai–Bree Baker; A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams A Killer Plot–Ellery Adams

32- Snow on cover A Midwinter's Tail A Midwinter’s Tail–Bethany Blake
and Iced Under (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #5) Iced Under–Barbara Ross

33- Name of month

34- Number in title

35- One word title

36- Pumpkin on cover

37- Bookshop topic   Murder by the Book (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #1) by Lauren ElliottMurder by the Book—Lauren Elliott; Plotting for Murder by Tamra BaumannPlotting for Murder–Tamra Baumann

38- Library topic   Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert Past Due for Murder–Victoria Gilbert; Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass Lending a Paw–Laurie Cass

39- Mittens on cover A Pattern for Murder by Ann Yost (they’re blue) A Pattern for Murder–Ann Yost

40- Recipes in book  Wine and Punishment (Literary Pub Mystery, #1) by Sarah Fox Wine and Punishment–Sarah Fox

41- Stars on cover

42- Tea mentioned No Good Tea Goes Unpunished by Bree Baker No Good Tea Goes Unpunished–Bree Baker

45- Where you’d love to live Marvels, Mochas, and Murder (Comics and Coffee Case Files Book 1) by Christine Zane Thomas Marvels, Mocha and Murder–Christine Zane Thomas

46- Author’s initials match yours

47- Mystery   Purls and Poison (Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries, #10) by Anne Canadeo Purls & Poison—Anne Canadeo

50- Free choice . . .  Apple Die by Chelsea Thomas Apple Die—Chelsea Thomas


2 thoughts on “I Spy Challenge 2019”

  1. Delighted to have you SPYing with us, Tari !
    and for some of the categories you might not see as possible right now, perhaps you’ll find them later in the year…
    I found the cafe idea while in scotland this autumn – several of them have shelves where people donate books for sharing etc or leaving a bit to benefit the teashop and LFLs are pretty much everywhere – you never know where you might travel or pass one that gives you the opp to check for a book . I always have a box of books in my vehicle to drop off at LFLs if I find one to trade for. Life is full of reading surprises! SPYing them is definitely part of the Challenge ❤

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    1. Oh true enough! I never thought about seeing books in LFLs on the road. We sometimes take a summer road trip, so yeah that would be really fun or to find one in a coffee shop along the way. Yep you never know, maybe I will have to bring back a couple categories 😉 As long as I’d have a book to put in an LFL, it doesn’t matter what state I find it in even if I don’t live there? (sorry about the moderation being on–I’m worried that spammers will take over since I don’t always get to comments right away. Wish there was a way WordPress could text me when I have a comment lol)


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