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Bodies from the Library 2: Forgotten Stories of Mystery and Suspense by the Queens of Crime and Other Masters of Golden Age Detection
Helen Simpson, Agatha Christie, Christianna Brand, Peter Antony, Various Authors, Cyril Alington, E.C.R. Lorac, Jonathan Latimer, Clayton Rawson, S.S. Van Dine, Anthony Shaffer, Peter Shaffer, Ethel Lina White, Dorothy L. Sayers, Tony Medawar, Philip Bretherton
Bodies from the Library 2: Forgotten Stories of Mystery and Suspense by the Queens of Crime and other Masters of Golden Age Detection
Helen Simpson, Agatha Christie, Christianna Brand, Peter Antony, Various Authors, Cyril Alington, E.C.R. Lorac, Jonathan Latimer, Clayton Rawson, S.S. Van Dine, Anthony Shaffer, Peter Shaffer, Ethel Lina White, Dorothy L. Sayers, Tony Medawar
The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions
Thomas McNamee, Bob Reed
The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions
Thomas McNamee
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection
Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry
The Woman In White
Wilkie Collins
Merlin Trilogy
Mary Stewart
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Bodies from the Library 2: Forgotten Stories of Mystery and Suspense by the Queens of Crime and Other Masters of Golden Age Detection - Helen Simpson, Agatha Christie, Christianna Brand, Peter Antony, Various Authors, Cyril Alington, E.C.R. Lorac, Jonathan Latimer, Clayton Rawson, S.S. Van Dine, Anthony Shaffer, Peter Shaffer, Ethel Lina White, Dorothy L. Sayers, Tony Medawar, Philip Bretherton
The Haunted Lady - Otto Penzler, Mary Roberts Rinehart
The Siamese Twin Mystery - Otto Penzler, Ellery Queen
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Bingo call: 10/15/19

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Halloween Bingo 2019: Fifteenth Extra Square

Bodies from the Library 2: Forgotten Stories of Mystery and Suspense by the Queens of Crime and Other Masters of Golden Age Detection - Helen Simpson, Agatha Christie, Christianna Brand, Peter Antony, Various Authors, Cyril Alington, E.C.R. Lorac, Jonathan Latimer, Clayton Rawson, S.S. Van Dine, Anthony Shaffer, Peter Shaffer, Ethel Lina White, Dorothy L. Sayers, Tony Medawar, Philip Bretherton

 

Halloween Bingo 2019: Tracking Post

Many thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting this game for the fourth year in a row, bigger and better than ever before!

 

September having ended with a reading blackout and now having collected my sixth and seventh bingos, I'll continue tracking my progress throughout October, of course -- and since we now have so many more great squares than can possibly fit on one person's card, I'll just continue reading for a few of the extra squares that didn't make it onto mine.

 

And I hope everybody else is going to continue / start collecting bingos soon as well!

 

The Extra Squares and Books:

13: Rex Stout: And Be a Villain - finished September 30, 2019.

Supernatural: Jennifer Estep: Kill the Queen - finished October 1, 2019.

New Release: Sara Collins: The Confessions of Frannie Langton - finished October 4, 2019.

Genre: Mystery: Catherine Louisa Pirkis: The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective - finished October 4, 2019.

Romantic Suspense: Georgette Heyer: The Unfinished Clue - finished October 5, 2019.

Terror in a Small Town: Ann Cleeves: Raven Black - finished October 6, 2019.

Halloween: Agatha Christie: Hallowe'en Party - finished October 7, 2019.

Monsters: Terry Pratchett: Pyramids - finished October 8, 2019.

Shifters: Joan D. Vinge: Ladyhawke - finished October 9, 2019.

Sleepy Hollow: Dennis Lehane: The Given Day - finished October 12, 2019.

Film at 11: J.B. Priestley: An Inspector Calls - finished October 13, 2019.

In the Dark, Dark Woods: Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness - finished October 13, 2019.

Free (Raven) Square: Various Authors: The Rivals: Tales of Sherlock Holmes' Rival Detectives - finished October 14, 2019.

Grave or Graveyard: Kathy Reichs: Grave Secrets - finished October 14, 2019.

Darkest London: Tony Medawar (ed.) Various Authors: Bodies from the Library 2
 

Note: With regard to the extra squares, the image for the relevant square will be added for every book completed (= "read"); and I will be using my "called" markers for the main card to indicate "called and read".

 

 

My Official 2019 Bingo Card:

Weekly Status Updates and Reviews:

First Week

Second Week

Third Week

Fourth Week

 

 

The Books:

International Woman of Mystery: Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments - finished September 29, 2019.

Locked Room Mystery: Clayton Rawson: Death from a Top Hat - finished September 23, 2019.

Murder Most Foul: Michael Gilbert: Smallbone Deceased - finished September 13, 2019.

Psych: Sofi Oksanen: Fegefeuer (The Purge) - finished September 17, 2019.

Read by Flashlight or Candle Light: The Lady Detectives: Four BBC Radio 4 Crime Dramatisations - finished September 20, 2019.

 

DeadLands: Terry Pratchett: Monstrous Regiment - finished September 26, 2019.

Fear the Drowning Deep: Delia Owens: Where the Crawdads Sing - finished September 25, 2019.

Relics and Curiosities: Patricia Wentworth: Eternity Ring - finished September 10, 2019.

Dark Academia: James Hilton: Was It Murder? - finished September 1, 2019.

Modern Noir: Joy Ellis: The Guilty Ones - finished September 21, 2019.

 

Ghost Stories: Nina Blazon: Siebengeschichten - finished September 1, 2019.

Gothic: Peter Ackroyd: Hawksmoor - finished September 9, 2019.

Free (Raven) Space: Agatha Christie: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories - finished September 7, 2019.

Truly Terrifying: Bob Berman: Earth-Shattering - finished September 12, 2019.

Amateur Sleuth: Priscilla Royal: Wine of Violence - finished September 5, 2019.

 

Cryptozoologist: Terry Pratchett: Guards! Guards! - finished September 18, 2019.

Diverse Voices: Toni Morrison: Beloved - finished September 22, 2019.

Black Cat: Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut's Windlass - finished September 16, 2019.

Creepy Crawlies: Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Gods of Jade and Shadow - finished September 7, 2019.

Country House Mystery: Anthony Rolls: Scarweather - finished September 14, 2019.

 

Spellbound: Zen Cho: Sorcerer to the Crown - finished September 6, 2019.

A Grimm Tale: Ellen Datlow & Terry Windling (eds.): The Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales - finished September 4, 2019.

Creepy Carnivals: Fredric Brown: The Dead Ringer - finished September 12, 2019.

Paint It Black: Trudi Canavan: The Magicians' Guild - finished September 20, 2019.

Cozy Mysteries: Margery Allingham: The White Cottage Mystery - finished September 19, 2019.

 

 

My Square Markers for My Main / Official 2019 Bingo Card

 

Called but not read

 

Read but not called

 

Read and Called

 

Center Square: Read and Called

 

 

My Spreadsheet:

My Book Preselections Post: HERE

 

 

My Transfiguration Spells

Not used.

 

 

My "Virgin" Bingo Card:

Posted for ease of tracking and comparison.

 

Around the World in 80 Books Mostly by Female Authors: Master Update Post

[World map created with Mapchart.net]

 

The aim: To diversify my reading and read as many books as possible (not necessarily 80) set in, and by authors from, countries all over the world.  Female authors preferred.  If a book is set in a location other than that of the author's nationality, it can apply to either (but not both).

 

On the map I'm only tracking new reads, not also rereads.

 

The Books:

Africa

Nigeria

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus (new)

 

Egypt

Elizabeth Peters: Crocodile on the Sandbank (new)

Agatha Christie: Murder on the Nile (new) and Death on the Nile (revisited on audio)

 

Zimbabwe

Alexandra Fuller: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight (new)

 

Morocco

Laila Lalami: The Moor's Account (new)

 

Rwanda

Clea Koff: The Bone Woman (new)

 

Ghana

Kofi Annan: Interventions: A Life in War and Peace (new)

 

Sierra Leone

Aminatta Forna: The Memory of Love (new)

 

Democratic Republic of Congo

Sandra Uwiringiyimana: How Dare the Sun Rise (new)

 

 

 

 

 

Americas

USA

Michelle Obama: Becoming (new)

Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Red Lamp (new)

Nevada Barr: Track of the Cat (new)

Louise Erdrich: The Plague of Doves (new)

James D. Doss: The Night Visitor (new)

Ann Leckie: The Raven Tower (new)

Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling (eds.) & Various Authors: A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales (new)

Bob Berman: Earth-Shattering (new)

Fredric Brown: The Dead Ringer (new)

Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut's Windlass (new)

Anna Katharine Green: The Golden Slipper (new)

Toni Morrison: Beloved (new)

Clayton Rawson: Death from a Top Hat (new)

Delia Owens: Where the Crawdads Sing (new)

Rex Stout: And Be a Villain (new)

Jennifer Estep: Kill the Queen (new)

Joan D. Vinge: Ladyhawke (revisited)

Dennis Lehane: The Given Day (new)

* Puerto Rico

Rosario Ferré: The House on the Lagoon (new)

 

Canada

Stef Penney: The Tenderness of Wolves (new)

Margaret Atwood: Hag-Seed and The Testaments (both new); The Handmaid's Tale (revisited on audio)

 

Brazil

Clarice Lispector: The Hour of the Star (new)

 

Curaçao

John le Carré: The Night Manager (new)

 

Dominican Republic

Julia Alvarez: How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (new)

 

Haiti

Tom Reis: The Black Count (new)

 

Mexico

Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Gods of Jade and Shadow (new)

 

Jamaica

Sara Collins: The Confessions of Frannie Langton (new)

 

Guatemala

Kathy Reichs: Grave Secrets (new)

 

 

 

 

 

Asia

China

Xinran: The Good Women of China (new)

 

Japan

Shizuko Natsuki: Murder at Mt. Fuji (new)

 

North Korea

Hyeonseo Lee: The Girl with Seven Names (new)

 

South Korea

Min Jin Lee: Pachinko (new)

 

Sri Lanka

Michael Ondaatje: Anil's Ghost (new)

 

Turkey

Elif Shafak: Three Daughters of Eve (new)

 

India

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Sister of My Heart (new)

M.M. Kaye: Death in Kashmir (new)

William Dalrymple: The Last Mughal (new)

 

Kyrgizstan

Chingiz Aitmatov: Jamilia (new)

 

Philippines

Laurence Bergreen: Over the Edge of the World (new)

 

Iraq

Gertrude Bell, Georgina Howell (ed.): A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert (new)

 

Azerbaijan

Banine: Days in the Caucasus (new)

 

Malaysia

Zen Cho: Sorcerer to the Crown (new)

 

 

 

 

 

Australia / Oceania

Australia

Joan Lindsay: Picnic at Hanging Rock (new)

Trudi Canavan: The Magicians' Guild (new)

 

New Zealand

Ngaio Marsh: Vintage Murder and Died in the Wool (both revisited on audio)

Witi Ihimaera: The Whale Rider (new)

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

United Kingdom

Lorna Nicholl Morgan: Another Little Murder (new)

Stephen Fry, John Woolf, Nick Baker: Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets (new)

P.D. James: A Taste for Death (revisited on audio)

Agatha Christie: The Big Four, Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, Murder on the Orient Express, The Unexpected Guest, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Secret Adversary (twice), Parker Pyne Investigates, The Mysterious Mr. Quin, The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories, and Hallowe'en Party (all revisited on audio; The Unexpected Guest also in print); and The Lost Plays: Butter in a Lordly Dish / Personal Call / Murder in the Mews (new)

Elizabeth Ferrars: Murder Among Friends (new)

Barbara Pym: Excellent Women, Quartet in Autumn, and An Unsuitable Attachment (all new)

Terry Pratchett: Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters (both revisited on audio), Mort, Sourcery, Guards! Guards!, Monstrous Regiment, and Pyramids (all new)

Georgette Heyer: Why Shoot a Butler?, They Found Him Dead, A Blunt Instrument, and The Unfinished Clue (all new)

Nicholas Blake: A Question of Proof (new)

Joy Ellis: The Murderer's Son, The Fourth Friend, and The Guilty Ones (all new)

Peter Grainger: An Accidental Death (new)

Elizabeth Gaskell: My Lady Ludlow (new)

Various Authors / Contributors: Agatha Christie Close Up: A Radio Investigation (new)

Virginia Woolf: The String Quartet (new)

John Buchan: The 39 Steps (revisited on audio)

Oscar Wilde: Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (new)

Ellis Peters: The Hermit of Eyton Forest, Dead Man's Ransom, The Leper of Saint Giles, St. Peter's Fair, The Virgin in the Ice, and Monk's Hood (all revisited on audio)

Patricia Wentworth: The Alington Inheritance, The Gazebo, The Benevent Treasure, Anna, Where are You?, The Key, The Ivory Dagger, Out of the Past, The Silent Pool, The Catherine Wheel, The Fingerprint, and Eternity Ring (all new)

Dorothy L. Sayers: Whose Body? (twice) and The Five Red Herrings (both revisited on audio)

Martin Fido: The World of Sherlock Holmes (new)

Ian Rankin: In a House of Lies (new)

John le Carré: Our Game and A Murder of Quality (both new)

Martin Durrani & Liz Kalaugher: Furry Logic (new)

The Detection Club: The Floating Admiral (reread)

Tony Medawar (ed.) & var. Golden Age mystery writers: Bodies from the Libary (new)

Peter Lovesey: The Last Detective (new)

Colin Dexter: Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories (new)

Miles Burton: The Secret of High Eldersham (new)

Ngaio Marsh: The Nursing Home Murder (revisited on audio)

Ellen Wilkinson: The Division Bell Mystery (new)

Ronald Knox: The Three Taps and The Body in the Silo (both new)

Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility (revisited on audio)

Jan Zalasiewicz, Mark Williams: Skeletons (new)

Frank Froest: The Grell Mystery (new)

Julian Symons: The Belting Inheritance (new)

Israel Zangwill: The Perfect Crime, aka The Big Bow Mystery (new)

Richard Hull: The Murder of My Aunt (new)

Elizabeth George: Deception on His Mind (revisited on audio)

Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (new)

C.J. Sansom: Tombland (new)

Winifred Holtby: South Riding (new)

Wendy Moore: Wedlock (new)

J.K. Rowling: The Casual Vacancy (new)

Ruth Rendell: A Sleeping Life and The Monster in the Box (both new)

Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman: Good Omens (revisited on audio)

Candace Robb: The Apothecary Rose (new)

Arthur Conan Doyle: The Mystery of Cloomber, Lot No. 249, The Sealed Room, Danger! (all new), The Speckled Band, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow, and Sherlock Holmes: Three Tales of Intrigue (all revisited on audio)

Cary Elwes: As You Wish (new)

Diarmaid MacCulloch: Thomas Cromwell (new)

Ben Schott: Jeeves and the King of Clubs (new)

Hesketh Pearson: Conan Doyle: His Life and Art (new)

Arthur Conan Doyle & Various Contributors: The Essential Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (new)

Ian Fleming: Casino Royale (new)

James Hilton: Was It Murder? (new)

Priscilla Royal: Wine of Violence (new)

Peter Ackroyd: Hawksmoor (new)

Michael Gilbert: Smallbone Deceased (new)

Anthony Rolls: Scarweather (new)

Margery Allingham: The White Cottage Mystery (new)

Various Authors: The Lady Detectives, and The Rivals: Tales of Sherlock Holmes' Rival Detectives (both new)

Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (revisited on audio)

Catherine Louisa Pirkis: The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective (new)

Ann Cleeves: Raven Black (new)

J.B. Priestley: An Inspector Calls (new)

Joseph Conrad: The Heart of Darkness (revisited on audio)

 

Ireland

Tana French: The Witch Elm (new)

 

Greece

Stephen Fry: Mythos (new)

Madeline Miller: Circe (new)

 

Sweden

Astrid Lindgren: Die Menschheit hat den Verstand verloren: Tagebücher 1939-1945 (A World Gone Mad: Diaries, 1939-45) (new)

 

France

Emmuska Orczy: The Elusive Pimpernel (new)

Sarah Bakewell: At the Existentialist Café (new)

 

Croatia

Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (revisited on audio)

(Note: Yugoslavia at the time of the writing -- but the action is set after the train has passed Vinkovci, aka "The Gateway to Croatia".)

 

Spain

Dolores Redondo: El guardián invisible / The Invisible Guardian (new)

Manuel Vicent: Son de mar / Der Gesang der Wellen (new)

 

Italy

Andrea Camilleri: The Shape of Water (new)

 

Germany

John Le Carré: A Small Town in Germany (new)

 

Slovenia

Nina Blazon: Siebengeschichten (new)

 

Estonia

Sofi Oksanen: Fegefeuer (The Purge) (new)

 

Russia

Teffi: Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea (new)

(Note: Counting Russia as European here, not Asian, as the author is from -- and this particular book is set in -- the country's European part.)

 

 

 

The "Gender Wars" Stats:

Read to date, in 2019:

Books by female authors: 114

- new: 83

- rereads: 31

 

Books by male authors: 68

- new: 60

- rereads: 8

 

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 7

- new: 6

- rereads: 1

 

 

 

The Reading Lists:

AFRICA: 

http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/974/africa

 

LATIN / SOUTH AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN: 

http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/975/latin-south-america-and-caribbean

 

EAST / SOUTHEAST ASIA AND OCEANIA: 

http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/981/east-southeast-asia-and-oceania

 

MIDDLE EAST AND CENTRAL ASIA: 

http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/977/middle-east-and-central-asia

 

EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE: 

http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/978/eastern-and-central-europe

 

WOMEN WRITERS (global list):

http://themisathena.booklikes.com/post/1618777/women-writers-reading-list

Halloween Bingo 2019: Fourteenth Extra Square

Grave Secrets - Kathy Reichs, Katherine Borowitz

 

Bingo Call: 10/14/2019

 

Romantic Suspense: any romance which has a significant sub-plot that involves mystery, thriller or suspense; also gothic romance

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue

Halloween Bingo 2019: Thirteenth Extra Square

The Rivals: Tales of Sherlock Holmes' Rival Detectives (Dramatisation): 12 BBC Radio Dramas of Mystery and Suspense - Tim Pigott-Smith, Anton Lesser, Full Cast, Adrian Scarborough, Andrew Scott, James  Chambers, Robert Barr, John Sessions, Jacques Futrelle, Anna Katharine Green, R. Austin Freeman, Ernest Bramah, Tim McInnerny, James Fleet, Charles Edwards, Various Authors, Paul Rhys, Cat

 

Well, as it turns out I'm halfway through another bingo card with the extra squares, so I may as well try and see whether I'll get it together until the end of the month.  So that means another Raven square ... for which this entertaining Golden Age mystery radio anthology seems like just the thing.

 

Halloween Bingo 2019: Eleventh and Twelfth Extra Square

An Inspector Calls - J.B. Priestley, Toby Jones, David Calder, Morven Christie Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad, Kenneth Branagh

 

Bingo call: 10/13/19

Reblogged from Moonlight Murder

With a little help from my friends ...

Working late last night -- the boys decided to lend a paw ...

 

... at least until Charlie got bored and decided chasing his brother's tail was vastly more exciting.  Not that I could blame him ...

 

Bingo Call: 10/12/2019

 

Stone Cold Horror: this is a late addition because I had too much YA horror, so I combined a couple of categories into Fear Street & needed something else for the horror genre! Horror that takes place primarily in a winter/cold/snow type setting.

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue

Bingo call: 10/11/19

Reblogged from Moonlight Murder

Bingo Call: 10/10/2019

 

Film at 11: The idea for this new space comes courtesy of Linda Hilton! Generally, in order to qualify for Halloween bingo, all books must fit into one of the general genres of horror, mystery, suspense or supernatural. This space is filled by any Halloween bingo book that has been adapted to film or television. For extra fun, you can watch the adaptation - although this is an optional add on!

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue

Bingo call: 10/9/19

Reblogged from Moonlight Murder

Halloween Bingo 2019: Tenth Extra Square

Ladyhawke - Joan D. Vinge

 

I'd been planning to only get to this one after Lehane's The Given Day, but I couldn't sleep last night and there it was right next to my bed ... and a few hours later I'd finished the whole thing; so here we are.  (In my defense: It's a movie novelization, so it's not that long to begin with.  And yes, afterwards I slept just fine, thank you.)

 

Halloween Bingo 2019: Ninth Extra Square

The Given Day - Dennis Lehane, Michael Boatman