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Halloween Bingo 2019: Tracking Post -- Blackout! (And bingos Nos. 12 and 13.)


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!


Witih today's call, I've blacked out my card, in addition to collecting my final bingos (nos. 12 and 13).


Somewhat to my surprise, after completing my books for my official bingo card at the end of September, I even managed to read enough extra books to put together a supplemental inofficial card throughout the month of October, so this year's game has really exceeded my wildest expectations in every conceivable way!


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

and: John Dickson Carr: The Hollow Man - finished October 25, 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



The Extra Squares / Card 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.

Genre: Suspense: Tony Medawar (ed.) Various Authors: Bodies from the Library 2 - finished September 2019.

Southern Gothic: Sharyn McCrumb: The Unquiet Grave - finished October 17, 2019.

Baker Street Irregulars: Joanne Harris: Gentlemen & Players - finished October 18, 2019.

Darkest London: J.V. Turner: Below the Clock - finished October 18, 2019.

Magical Realism: Joanne Harris: Chocolat - finished October 18, 2019.

It was a dark and stormy night: Peter May: The Lewis Man - finished October 20, 2019.

Full Moon: Edmund Crispin: Glimpses of the Moon - finished October 21, 2019.

King of Fear: John Le Carré: Absolute Friends - finished October 22, 2019.

Serial / Spree Killer: Steven Kramer, Paul Holes & Jim Clemente: Evil Has a Name - finished October 23, 2019.

Classic Noir: Patricia Highsmith: Strangers on a Train - finished October 23, 2019.

Classic Horror: Matthew G. Lewis: The Monk - finished October 26, 2019.

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

My Spreadsheet:

My Book Preselections Post: HERE



My Transfiguration Spells

Not used.



My "Virgin" Bingo Card:

Posted for ease of tracking and comparison.


Bingo Call: 10/30/2019


Murder Most Foul: any murder mystery.

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue

Bingo call: 10/29/19

Reblogged from Moonlight Snowfall

Bingo Call: 10/28/2019


Magical Realism: a style of fiction that paints a realistic view of the modern world while also adding magical elements.

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue

Bingo call: 10/27/19

Reblogged from Moonlight Snowfall

Something old, something new ...

... something borrowed, something blue ...


Preparations for



are advancing apace.  We won't be overhauling the game quite as drastically as we did during the last two years, but there are still going to be some new elements ... along with the things we're going to be bringing back. 


Just in case you'd been wondering!


Halloween Bingo 2019: Twenty Fifth and Final Extra Square

The Monk - Matthew Gregory Lewis, Nigel Carrington


Bingo call: 10/25/19

Reblogged from Moonlight Snowfall

Reading progress update: I've listened to 30% (approximately).

The Hollow Man - Peter  Noble, John Dickson Carr


This is a reread, but I'm in sore need of a palate cleanser.  Nothing better to turn to than the most celebrated and tricky locked room mystery ever -- which definitely is a book that calls for being read a couple of times in order to yield all of its secrets.  And what really stands out to me upon this revisit is how much of the solution Dickson Carr actually presents in the first chapters of the book --

in fact, the key fact is right there on the very first page.

(show spoiler)

And yet, the "how" is so intricately constructed that I had to read the solution twice to take it all in when I read the book for the very first time.


I've long read my "Locked Room Mystery" bingo book, but I'm just going to count it towards that square as well.  For anyone who, at this late stage of the game, happens to still be looking for a book for the Deadlands square, though, I think it would qualify for that square as well, though (ditto "Darkest London" and, of course, "Murder Most Foul" and the two "Genre" squares (Mystery / Suspense)).

Bingo Call: 10/24/2019


Doomsday: anything related to the end of the world, doomsday cults, or a post-apocalypse world.

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue

Remember, Remember ...

... the first of November!



Halloween Bingo 2019 may be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean we're done playing games!  Get ready for the year's grand finale ...


Yes -- it's time to start thinking about 



 The team has grown this year, to include Tea - Stitch - Read (aka Tea's Haunted House during Halloween Bingo), and we're of course very happy to have her!


Further details about this year's game will be announced closer to Nov. 1. 


Are you excited yet?  We certainly are!


Halloween Bingo 2019: Twenty Fourth Extra Square

Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith, Bronson Pinchot


Bingo call: 10/23/19

Reblogged from Moonlight Snowfall

Halloween Bingo 2019: Twenty Third Extra Square

Evil Has a Name - Full Cast, Peter McDonnell, Steven Kramer, Various Authors, Paul Holes, Jim Clemente


Bingo Call: 10/22/2019


Grave or Graveyard: Books that have a grave or graveyard on their covers, in their titles, or any book primarily set in a graveyard.

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue

Halloween Bingo 2019: Twenty First and Twenty Second Extra Square

Glimpses of the Moon - Philip Bird, Edmund Crispin Absolute Friends - John le Carré