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text 2017-09-22 19:09
Halloween Bingo: Updates

Called:

 

1. Ghost                                              

2. Cozy Mysery 

3. In the Dark, Dark Woods 

4. Horror

5. Locked Room Mystery

6. Murder Most Foul

7. Witches

8. Werewolves

9. Modern Masters of Horror

10. Terrifying Women

11. Diverse Voices

 

 

 

I have a possible bingo developing right down the center! I just need that serial killer spot called & read. I think I'll focus on filling those called squares asap!

 

I also created a second, unofficial card! I will fill the squares on my official card first, but, since I'm only nine away from filling this one, I needed something to keep me busy in October! Cats mark the called squares, but I'm not reading for this card yet, so nothing to show my completed books!

 

 

Called + Read:

 

Cozy Mystery: Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer. Read 9.2.17 (320 pages)

GhostThe Looking-Glass Portrait by Linda Hilton. Read 9.4.17 (391 pages)

In The Dark, Dark Woods: Endless Night by Agatha Christie. Read 9.7.17 (303 pages)

Locked Room Mystery: Miraculous Mysteries: Locked Room Murders and Impossible Crimes by Martin Edwards (351 pages)

Murder Most Foul: Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (288 pages)

Genre: Horror: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (512 pages)

Free Space: The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards. Read 9.17.17 (357 pages)

Terrifying Women: Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie. Read 9.20.17 (304 pages)

 

 

Read + Waiting for a Call

 

Classic Noir: The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich. Read 9.1.17. (191 pages)

Monsters: Chaos Choregraphy by Seanan McGuire. Read 9.2.17. (368 pages)

Darkest London: Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch. Read 9.6.17 (396 pages)

Gothic: Listen For the Whisperer by Phyllis Whitney. Read 9.11.17 (299 pages)

Amateur Sleuth: A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. Read 9.11.17 (108 pages)

American Horror StoryThe Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett. Read 9.16.17 (201 pages) (this is my wild card)

Romantic Suspense: Columbella by Phyllis Whitney. Read 9.16.17 (276 pages)

Terror in a Small Town: The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie. Read 9.17.17 (299 pages)

Chilling Children: Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan. Read 9.17.17 (240 pages)

Country House Murder: The Crime at the Black Dudley by Margery Allingham. Read 9.22.17 (224 pages)

 

 

Total pages read for bingo: 5428

 

Unread-Uncalled Squares:

 

Supernatural, Classic Horror, Magical Realism, Haunted Houses, Serial/Spree Killer

 

Currently Reading:

 

Serial/Spree Killer: The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Witches: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

 

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text 2017-09-15 22:47
Reading progress update: I've read 35 out of 208 pages.
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

 

"What do you have to do to get a drink?” I said: “You have to walk over to that table where the ice and bottles are and pour it.” Mimi said: “You drink too much.” “I don’t drink as much as Nick.” She went over to the table."

 

It's Christmas! Drink! 

 

 

 

There are people over! Drink!

 

 

Oh, crap, I just got shot! Drink!

 

 

How do these people still have functioning livers?

 

 

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text 2017-09-12 05:33
Reading progress update: I've read 24%.
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards

This is a whirlwind tour of classic crime fiction which is in the process of exploding my tbr.

 

Martin Edwards is the current president of The Detection Club, and was appointed its first "archivist" in 2011. He apparently has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things classic crime, and is the anthologist who put together the Locked Room Mystery anthology which I am currently reading. He has also put together several other anthologies for the British Library Crime Classics series, many of which play off of the chapter titles within this book, including: Chapter Six, Serpents in Eden (murders occurring in rural/country settings); Chapter Seven, Murder at the Manor, Chapter Eight, Capital Crimes (murders occurring in London) and Chapter 9, Resorting to Murder (murders on holiday).

 

I am just beginning Chapter 9. I'm literally reading this with GR open on my chromebook next to me, adding books to a shelf as they catch my interest. With so many out of print books coming back into availability as ebooks, I'm astonished at how many of them I can download for under $5.00.

 

The GR list that I've created while reading can be found here, if anyone is interested.

 

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review 2017-09-04 21:48
Ghost story!
The Looking-Glass Portrait - Linda Hilton

This was a fun romantic suspense/gothic romance novel by our own Linda Hilton!

 

Things I liked:

 

The writing is impeccable, and the book is edited to a "t." The setting of the book is quite modern, but it definitely shares some of its elements with the old-fashioned gothics from the 1960's & 1970's. Tamsin, our heroine, is likeable, and her return to her old hometown proves the old saying "you can't go home again."

 

Things that I struggled with:

 

The pacing drags a little bit in the middle. There is quite a lot of character development, but sometimes that seemed to bog the story down a bit. Tamsin's stubborn insistence on remaining in the house regardless of the danger seemed foolish at times, although it was necessary to move the story forward. The romance felt a little bit insta-love/abrupt to me, even thought it was a rekindling of an old flame.

 

The ending:

 

The ending was great. I don't want to accidentally spoil, because the mystery is really well-plotted and the solution, while it doesn't come out of left field, was neatly done. 

 

This one works for: ghost, haunted house, romantic suspense, & gothic. I would recommend it to fans of old-fashioned romance, especially fans of gothic romance like that written by Barbara Michaels. If you enjoyed last year's bingo buddy read of Ammie, Come Home, I think you would like this one!

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text 2017-09-04 01:01
BC's Bingo Update One - With Bonus Marker Reveal

 

My Card:

 

 

 

Reading Completed:

 

   The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

 

 

  Stinger by Robert McCammon

 

 

  The Haunted Mesa by Louis L'Amour

 

 

 

Marker Legend:

 

 

  CALLED, not READ

 

 

 

READ, not CALLED

 

 

 

 

     READ and CALLED

 

 

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