Friday, September 15, 2017

Halloween Bingo 2017 | Update #3 - Week Two Down!

Halloween Bingo 2017

Taking a page from Themis-Athena, I decided to include my "virgin" bingo card to each update post as a reference; Red Eyes Penni does manage to cover up the entire square, after all, which will make it a bit confusing, being unable to see where each square is.  On that note, I will preface each update post with the unmarked card as part of my intro.

Today we start reading The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett for the Bingo September Group Read.  For more information, I have included a link to the discussion thread and other related links in the appropriate section below.  I assume we'll be reading some form of "thin man buddy read" or something like that.  I haven't exactly started reading the book myself, as I'm determined to finish On the Night of the Seventh Moon before starting into a new book--so far, engrossingly hooking, even while I'm completely frustrated with the main heroine.

Werewolves and Witches were the last two Bingo calls, and the truth is, I hadn't quite decided on books for those two squares, so this might be a little tricky.  Then again, I haven't even caught up with the other squares that have been called yet... and yeah, I know, I don't have to read in order of squares called, but I like having a guide sometimes, and this is working.

Except that the next book I want to start (after cracking The Thin Man's spine) is actually going on be Dear Maggie for the Serial/Spree Killer square, for my own reasons.

So no.  Nothing I decide makes any iota of sense.  Ah well...

Updated Marked Card:

Called Square:  Green Square Border
Read Square:  Red Eyes Penni
Called and Read Square:  Red Eyes Penni in a Green Box

See also the table below for some spreadsheet goodness.  Still looks a little chunky, but I decreased the font, bolded the links, and tried to widen the columns a bit more.  I suck at computers...

Reviews pending:  Blue Dahlia; Garden of Lies

Squares/Books/Called Dates/Other Links:

Progress:  8 squares called || 6 books read || 3 squares completed || 0 BINGOs

Bingo Calls Thread

September Group Read | Discussion Thread
October Group Read (link coming soon)

Bingo Square
Called (date)
Read (Date)
How it Fits

Magical realism

Saving Fish From Drowning
Tan, Amy

tagged 'magical realism' on GR

Classic noir

The Thin Man
Hammett, Dashiel

hard-boiled, classic noir mystery & group read
Blue Dahlia
Roberts, Nora
ghostly Harper Bride


Arnett, Mindee
supernatural school for magic creatures

Diverse voices

The Lotus Palace
Lin, Jeannie

author is Chinese

Cozy mystery
Peters, Elizabeth
tagged 'cozy mystery' on GR

Protecting His Witch
Forward, Zoe

female MC is a witch


The Dead Travel Fast
Raybourn, Deanna

Transylvania and vampires

Country house mystery

The Decagon House Murders
Ayatsuji, Yukito

closed circle of suspects

Haunted houses

Black Rose
Roberts, Nora

ghostly Harper Bride haunts mansion


Castle, Jayne
dust bunnies!!

Genre: horror
Smoke and Mirrors
Gaiman, Neil

tagged 'horror' on GR

Free Space
Red Lily
Roberts, Nora

ghostly Harper Bride


Her Fierce Warrior
Tyler, Paige

female MC is an animal shifter

In the dark, dark woods
On the Night of the Seventh Moon
Holt, Victoria

woods are significant

Amateur sleuth

Just Past Midnight
Stevens, Amanda

female MC is a psychologist

Woods, Alisa

book about wolf shifters


The Splendour Falls
Kearsley, Susanna

tagged 'gothic' on GR

Romantic suspense

Hit and Run
Brennan, Allison

romance + suspense + mystery present

Darkest London

Garden of Lies
Quick, Amanda
setting = Victorian London

Murder most foul
Every Secret Thing
Cole, Emma

there is a murder and a mystery

Serial/spree killer

Dear Maggie
Novak, Brenda

summary mentions serial killer

Classic horror

October Classic horror group read

Terrifying women

Nine Coaches Waiting
Stewart, Mary

horror/gothic written by a woman
Locked room mystery
Shimada, Soji
death/murder in a locked room

Currently Reading:

Tentative Bingo Hopefuls:

Magical Realism:  Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan
Classic Noir:  The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
Ghost:  Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts
Supernatural:  The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett
Diverse Voices:  The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin

Cozy Mystery:  The Camelot Caper by Elizabeth Peters
Witches:  Undecided
Vampires:  The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn
Country House Mystery:  The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji
Haunted House:  Black Rose by Nora Roberts

Aliens:  Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle
Genre: Horror:  Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
Free Space:  Red Lily Nora Roberts
Monsters:  Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler
In the Dark, Dark Woods:  On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt

Amateur Sleuth:  Just Past Midnight by Amanda Stevens
Werewolves:  Undecided
Gothic:  The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley
Romantic Suspense:  Hit and Run by Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin
Darkest London:  Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

Murder Most Foul:  Every Secret Thing by Emma Cole (a.k.a. Susanna Kearsley)
Serial/Spree Killer:  Dear Maggie by Brenda Novak
Classic Horror:  Undecided
Terrifying Women:  Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart
Locked Room Mystery:  The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada

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