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Reading list: Halloween Book Bingo - Southern Gothic

Created by: Murder by Death

Mysteries, supernatural, suspense or horror set in the Southern part of the United States.

Books: 78

1.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
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Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
Garden Spells
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Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror - Eden Royce
Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror
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The Elementals - Michael Rowe, Michael McDowell
The Elementals
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Blackwater: The Complete Caskey Family Saga - Michael McDowell, John Langan
Blackwater: The Complete Caskey Family Saga
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6.
Cold Moon Over Babylon - Michael McDowell
Cold Moon Over Babylon
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Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris
Dead Until Dark
Note: First in series; they all work for this category.
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Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews
Magic Bites
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Be Buried in the Rain - Barbara Michaels
Be Buried in the Rain
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The Restorer - Amanda Stevens
The Restorer
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Natchez Burning - Greg Iles
Natchez Burning
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The Curse of Crow Hollow - Billy Coffey
The Curse of Crow Hollow
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A Free Man of Color - Barbara Hambly
A Free Man of Color
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14.
Boy's Life - Robert R. McCammon
Boy's Life
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15.
Beautiful Creatures - Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia
Beautiful Creatures
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16.
Interview With The Vampire - Anne Rice
Interview With The Vampire
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Skinwalker - Faith Hunter
Skinwalker
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18.
The Hum and the Shiver - Alex Bledsoe
The Hum and the Shiver
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19.
The Hanging Stones - Manly Wade Wellman
The Hanging Stones
Note: See comments (JL's Bibliomania) for suggestions of other titles by this author and possible sources.
20.
First Kill All the Lawyers - Sarah Shankman
First Kill All the Lawyers
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21.
The House Next Door - Anne Rivers Siddons
The House Next Door
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22.
Unsettled Spirits - J. Matthew Saunders
Unsettled Spirits
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23.
The Prince of Tides - Pat Conroy
The Prince of Tides
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24.
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - Tom Franklin
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
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25.
The Tilted World - Beth Ann Fennelly, Tom Franklin
The Tilted World
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26.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
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27.
New Orleans Mourning - Julie Smith
New Orleans Mourning
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28.
The Witching Hour - Anne Rice
The Witching Hour
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29.
Violin - Anne Rice
Violin
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30.
Dark Carnival - Nancy K Duplechain
Dark Carnival
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31.
If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him... - Sharyn McCrumb
If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him...
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32.
The Ballad of Frankie Silver - Sharyn McCrumb
The Ballad of Frankie Silver
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33.
She Walks These Hills - Sharyn McCrumb
She Walks These Hills
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34.
The Songcatcher - Sharyn McCrumb
The Songcatcher
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35.
Mortal Fear (Mississippi #1) - Greg Iles
Mortal Fear (Mississippi #1)
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Sleep No More - Greg Iles
Sleep No More
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37.
Dead Sleep - Greg Iles
Dead Sleep
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38.
24 Hours (Mississippi #2) - Greg Iles
24 Hours (Mississippi #2)
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39.
The Firm - John Grisham
The Firm
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40.
A Time to Kill - John Grisham
A Time to Kill
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41.
The Client - John Grisham
The Client
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42.
Crossroad Blues (Nick Travers Mysteries) - Ace Atkins
Crossroad Blues (Nick Travers Mysteries)
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43.
Mississippi Mud: Southern Justice and the Dixie Ma... - Edward Humes
Mississippi Mud: Southern Justice and the Dixie Mafia
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44.
Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Mem... - Tiya Miles
Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era
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45.
The Casquette Girls - Alys Arden
The Casquette Girls
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46.
Mad Madame Lalaurie: New Orleans's Most Famous Mur... - Lorelei Shannon, Victoria Cosner Love
Mad Madame Lalaurie: New Orleans's Most Famous Murderess Revealed (True Crime)
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The Neon Rain - James Lee Burke
The Neon Rain
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48.
Night Pleasures - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Night Pleasures
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49.
Hotel - Arthur Hailey
Hotel
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50.
City of Masks - Daniel Hecht
City of Masks
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51.
Gone South - Robert R. McCammon
Gone South
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Bone Cold - Erica Spindler
Bone Cold
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Walk of the Spirits - Richie Tankersley Cusick
Walk of the Spirits
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Whispers of the Bayou - Mindy Starns Clark
Whispers of the Bayou
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French Silk - Sandra Brown
French Silk
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Under the Cajun Moon - Mindy Starns Clark
Under the Cajun Moon
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57.
The Quiet Game - Greg Iles
The Quiet Game
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58.
The Vines - Christopher Rice
The Vines
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Play Dead - Theresa Weir, Anne Frasier
Play Dead
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60.
The Axeman's Jazz by Celestin, Ray (2014) Hardcove... - Ray Celestin
The Axeman's Jazz by Celestin, Ray (2014) Hardcover
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61.
This Dark Road to Mercy - Wiley Cash
This Dark Road to Mercy
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62.
The Family Plot - Cherie Priest
The Family Plot
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63.
Above the Waterfall: A Novel - Ron Rash
Above the Waterfall: A Novel
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64.
Bull Mountain - Brian Panowich
Bull Mountain
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65.
The Pecan Man - Cassie Dandridge Selleck
The Pecan Man
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66.
The White Road - John Connolly
The White Road
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67.
Fantasy Lover - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Fantasy Lover
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68.
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories - Flannery O'Connor
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories
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69.
Wise Blood - Flannery O'Connor
Wise Blood
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The Rosewood Casket - Sharyn McCrumb
The Rosewood Casket
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71.
Compulsion - Martina Boone
Compulsion
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72.
Dead Man Walking - Helen Prejean
Dead Man Walking
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Cold Reign - Faith Hunter
Cold Reign
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If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O (Ballad Series #1... - Sharyn McCrumb
If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O (Ballad Series #1)
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Sick of Shadows - Sharyn McCrumb
Sick of Shadows
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76.
Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris
Grave Sight
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77.
Real Murders (An Aurora Teagarden Mystery #1) - Charlaine Harris
Real Murders (An Aurora Teagarden Mystery #1)
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78.
Thresher: A Deep Sea Thriller - Michael Cole
Thresher: A Deep Sea Thriller
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Comments

Comments:
Jennifer's Books
I read a book for HW Bingo in 2016 called Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror by Eden Royce. It's a collection of 12 stories. I used it for a diverse authors square, I believe.
Murder by Death
Added
BrokenTune
The Elementals by Michael McDowell is perfect for this category and HW Bingo. Also McDowell's Cold Moon Over Babylon. And I'm looking at this Blackwater Saga for this category, too.
Murder by Death
Are they all US Southern settings?
BrokenTune
Yes. The Elementals and The Blackwater Saga are set in Alabama, Cold Moon over Babylon possibly not far from there (I can't remember) but definitely in the South.
Murder by Death
Excellent - I misread this square at first, (totally missed the "southern" part), so I was feeling paranoid. They've been added. :)
Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark
I'm guessing the Sookie Stackhouse books would fit in this category?
Moonlight Snow
Sookie definitely fits. Also, Kate Daniels is Atlanta, which also fits. Be Buried in the Rain by Barbara Michaels would also fit.
Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark
After the fun we had last year with Ammie Come Home, I'm really tempted by Be Buried in the Rain.
Murder by Death
All added.
Ani's Book Abyss
'The Graveyard Queen' series by Amanda Stevens would definitely fit this category.

Here's the link and ISBN to the first book in the series: http://booklikes.com/the-restorer-amanda-stevens/book,6762786 (ISBN: 9780778329817)
Murder by Death
Added and THANK YOU for the ISBN. :)
Moonlight Snow
A few more: Natchez Burning by Greg Iles, The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey, A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly, Boy's Life by Robert McCammon, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia.

Also, even though I deeply dislike Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire, set in New Orleans, pretty much exemplifies this list. Also, she's a twatwaffle, but it's a good book.
Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark
Hell would freeze over before I would pick up another Anne Rice book. That woman called me vulgar, vicious, and sarcastic. Bless her heart.

An Englishwoman asks, does Kentucky count as Southern? (yes, of course I've got Iron and Magic on my TBR pile).
Moonlight Snow
For purposes of this bingo, Kentucky is the south.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_United_States
Murder by Death
Added all.
Wanda's Book Reviews
Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series is set in Louisiana.
Murder by Death
Added.
JL's Bibliomania
The Tufa stories by Alex Bledsoe - The first one The Hum and The Shiver is set in the Smokey Mountains of Eastern Tennessee (Though if you hadn't read Sharyn McCrumb, I'd suggest you try her first)

Manley Wade Wellman (might also fit for the folklore catagory)
Murder by Death
Added the first one, but any suggested titles for Manley Wade Wellman?
JL's Bibliomania
Unfortunately most of Manley Wade Wellman, particularly John the Balladeer and Who Fears the Devil collections, appear to be out of print.

The Old Gods Waken ISBN: 9781483033433 may be available as an audiobook via Hoopla and Audible, so I guess that's the title to include in the list.

A number of his stories also appear to be online at https://www.freesfonline.de/authors/Manly%20Wade_Wellman.html While the site claims not to violate copyright, I can't vouch for how clean the downloads are
Murder by Death
Added what I could find, but also included a note to see your comment about sourcing.
JL's Bibliomania
Thank you
Kaethe
First Kill all the Lawyers by Sarah Shankman 0671748939, first in a Southern mystery series
Murder by Death
Added - thanks Kaethe! :) (also, this title made me laugh)
Kaethe
Right? Who doesn't love that title? That Shakespeare, always with the funny lines.
Kaethe
The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons 1416553444
Murder by Death
Added. :)
Lora's Rants and Reviews
Unsettled Spirits by J. Matthew Saunders
currently on Netgalley
Murder by Death
added
Lora's Rants and Reviews
I didn't get this square but bumped the book over to Gothic. :)
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Pat Conroy - The Prince of Tides (9780553268881)
Tom Franklin - Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (9781447271710)
Tom Franklin / Beth Ann Fennelly - The Tilted World (9780330533669)
Fannie Flagg - Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café (9780375508417)
Julie Smith - New Orleans Mourning (9780804107389) -- and subsequent Skip Langdon books
Anne Rice - The Witching Hour (9780345384461) -- and the other two "Mayfair Witches" books
Anne Rice - Violin (9780345389428)
Nancy K Duplechain - Dark Carnival (9781300477785)
Sharyn McCrumb - If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him (9780449149980)
Sharyn McCrumb - The Ballad of Frankie Silver (9780451197399)
Sharyn McCrumb - She Walks These Hills (9780451184726)
Sharyn McCrumb - The Songcatcher (9780451202505)
Greg Iles - Mortal Fear (9780451180414)
Greg Iles - Sleep No More (9780451208767)
Greg Iles - Dead Sleep (9780451206527)
Greg Iles - 24 Hours (9780451203595)
John Grisham - The Firm (9780440211457)
John Grisham - A Time to Kill (9780440211723)
John Grisham - The Client (9780440213529)
Ace Atkins - Crossroad Blues (9780312971922)

... and ... nonfiction, but crime-related, and I'd argue that if "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" belongs here, then so do these:
Helen Prejean - Dead Man Walking (9780006280033)
Edward Humes - Mississippi Mud (9780671535056)
Murder by Death
Added!
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Thank you!
Chris' Fish Place
Its non-fiction but Tiya Miles' Tales from the Haunted South would fit. She deconstructs the gothic ghost stories. There is the Ghosts of Virginia series by L B Taylor Jr. The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden, Mad Madame Lalaurie by Victoria Love. Nightmares and Fairy Tales #3 as well
Murder by Death
added
Book Stripping Blog
The Neon Rain (Dave Robicheaux #1) by James Lee Burke (ISBN: 9780753820339)
The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches #1) by Anne Rice (ISBN: 9780099471424)
The Feast of All Saints by Anne Rice (ISBN: 9780345334534)
Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (ISBN: 9780312998363)
The Pelican Brief by John Grisham (ISBN: 9780385339704)
Hotel by Arthur Hailey (ISBN: 9780425176368)
City of Masks (Cree Black #1) by Daniel Hecht (ISBN: 9781582343594)
Gone South by Robert R. McCammon (ISBN: 9780671743079)
Bone Cold (The Malones #1) by Erica Spindler (ISBN: 9781551667942)
Walk of the Spirits (Walk #1) by Richie Tankersley Cusick (ISBN: 9780142410509)
Whispers of the Bayou by Mindy Starns Clark (ISBN: 9780736918794)
French Silk by Sandra Brown (ISBN: 9780446677448)
Under the Cajun Moon by Mindy Starns Clark (ISBN: 9780736926249)



Murder by Death
Added :)
Book Stripping Blog
The Quiet Game (Penn Cage #1) by Greg Iles (ISBN: 9780340686034)
The Vines by Christopher Rice (ISBN: 9781477826638)
Play Dead (Elise Sandburg #1) by Anne Frasier (ISBN: 9780451411372)
The Axeman's Jazz by Ray Celestin (ASIN: B00NYJYM7Q)
This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (ISBN: 9780062088253)
The Family Plot by Cherie Priest (ISBN: 9780765378248)
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (ISBN: 9780062349330)
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (ISBN: 9780399173967)

Murder by Death
Added :)
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
Does romantic suspense count? Does *comedic* romantic suspense count? If so, I want to suggest Jennifer Crusie's Agnes and the Hitman (0312363044), which is set in South Carolina.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Susanna: There's a separate list for romantic suspense (including humorous romantic suspense):
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/809/halloween-book-bingo-romantic-suspense

That said, books can be on several lists (many of them are, actually), so if this is also Southern gothic, why not also add it here?
Murder by Death
As much as I love, LOVE, Agnes and the Hitman, it's not gothic. Southern, yes. Brilliant, yes. Hilarious, oh my god!, but not gothic.

I did add it on the other list though.
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
Alright, cool.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Books from Halloween Bingo 2018 participant reading plan lists posted to date:

The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck (9780615590585)
The White Raod by John Connolly (9781444704716)
Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon (9780312979973)
A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor (9780156364652)
Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor (9780374530631)
The Rosewood Casket by Sharyn McCrumb (9780451184719)
Compulsion by Martina Boone (9781481411233)
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris (9780441009237) -- book 2 of the Sookie Stackhouse series; do we want to add it? Book 1 ("Dead Until Dark") is already on the list.

Btw, I think you missed Helen Prejean's Dead Man Walking (9780006280033). No big deal, but as long as we're still adding books anyway ...?
Murder by Death
Added - and noted in Dead Until Dark that the whole series fits.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Thank you! :)
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
More books from the participants' reading plan lists -- including unassigned / "free square" / "wild card" books that would fit this category:

Thresher by Michael Cole (9781925840056)
Cold Reign by Faith Hunter (9781101991404)
If I Ever Return, Pretty Peggy-O by Sharyn McCrumb (9780345369062)
Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb (9780345356536)
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris (9780425212899)
Real Murders by Charlaine Harris (9780425218716)

With all of these except for the first one (which seems to be a stand-alone), you can probably add a notation to the effect that in each case, the entire series works.
Murder by Death
9781925840056 not in database.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Sigh. Thanks for finding it anyway!
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter (9781503935013)
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Next batch from the participants' "reading plans" posts:

Houses of Stone by Barbara Michaels (9780061582998)
Dead Ends by J.T. Ellison (ed.), Various Authors (9780996527354)
Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (9781846687532)
House of Shadows by Jen Christie (9780373009619)

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