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Out of this World
J.D. Robb, Maggie Shayne, Susan Krinard, Laurell K. Hamilton
Progress: 92/357pages

Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 360 pages.

Twice Tempted - Jeaniene Frost

Starting my final book! I just hope I remember what the hell is going on! (I read the first one three years ago.)

 

 

 

Halloween Bingo '17 - Update #24

One more book, and I'll have my whole card filled! By Tuesday when the final call is made, I'll have an official blackout!

 

 

Witch/Full Moon = called

Fall Leaf = read

Pumpkin = both called and read

 

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Terrifying Women - The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

80's Horror - The Mist by Stephen King

Classic Noir - The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Genre: Horror - Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco

Werewolves - Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

 

Monsters - Sleepy Hollow: General of the Dead by Richard Gleaves

Vampires

Murder Most Foul - 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie

Ghost - Night of the Living Deed by E.J. Cooperman

Supernatural - The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

 

Magical Realism - The Watchmaker's Daughter by C.J. Archer

Haunted Houses - The Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy Coates

Free Space - Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Modern Masters of Horror - Berkley Street by Ron Ripley

Gothic - House of Many Shadows by Barbara Michaels

 

In the Dark, Dark Woods - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Witches - Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

Serial/Spree Killer - The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie

Cozy Mystery - Murder on the SS Rosa by Lee Strauss

Classic Horror - The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

 

Darkest London - The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

American Horror Story - Sleepy Hollow: Bridge of Bones by Richard Gleaves

Chilling Children - Sleepy Hollow: Rise Headless and Ride by Richard Gleaves

Aliens - The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Demons - Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

Seventh Grave and No Body

Seventh Grave and No Body - Darynda Jones

This was heading for a two and a half star or three star rating, but it got a lot better the further I got into it.

 

The main problem I had is that I think it's time for Charley to grow up a bit. Not that I want her to completely lose the humor and snark that makes her character so endearing to me, but just for her not to be so flippant all. The. Time. Early on in the book it felt to me that she didn't take all the threats to her--or her unborn child--seriously. She made some TSTL decisions that pissed me off.

 

At times the humor was too over the top and felt at odds with the seriousness of the situations they were facing.

 

Her and Reyes also seemed so angry with each other so much of the time, and I didn't like that, either. Both keep secrets from each other, Reyes in particular, and that frustrated me too, and so many of their issues could be solved it they talked to each other more.

 

Anyway, once I got, oh...I'd say a third or maybe halfway through the book, the things that were bothering me bothered me less so, and I began to really enjoy the book. This author also knows how to hit me right in the feels, and she did so in a major way in this book.

 

I probably would have ended up rating this 4 stars, but for the fact that I felt beaten over the head with the whole "my affianced" thing. It became really old, really fast.

Reading progress update: I've read 240 out of 322 pages.

Seventh Grave and No Body - Darynda Jones

Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 352 pages.

Seventh Grave and No Body - Darynda Jones

Reading progress update: I've read 94 out of 352 pages.

Seventh Grave and No Body - Darynda Jones

How hard is it to say "my fiance"?

 

I'm not sure I've ever heard or read the phrase "my affianced" more than once or twice before starting this book. Boy, has that changed.

Reading progress update: I've read 91 out of 352 pages.

Seventh Grave and No Body - Darynda Jones

I am enjoying this, but the humor--which is one thing I've always loved about these books--is starting to grate on me. I don't know if I'm in some kind of weird mood, or if maybe my tastes have changed since I've last read one of these.

Reading progress update: I've read 22 out of 352 pages.

Seventh Grave and No Body - Darynda Jones

Halloween Bingo '17 - Update #23

I believe my bingo count is up to seven now...

 

Anyway, two books left and four days to go!

 

Look at all these lovely pumpkins!

 

Witch/Full Moon = called

Fall Leaf = read

Pumpkin = both called and read

 

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Terrifying Women - The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

80's Horror - The Mist by Stephen King

Classic Noir - The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Genre: Horror - Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco

Werewolves - Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

 

Monsters - Sleepy Hollow: General of the Dead by Richard Gleaves

Vampires

Murder Most Foul - 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie

Ghost - Night of the Living Deed by E.J. Cooperman

Supernatural - The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

 

Magical Realism - The Watchmaker's Daughter by C.J. Archer

Haunted Houses - The Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy Coates

Free Space - Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Modern Masters of Horror - Berkley Street by Ron Ripley

Gothic - House of Many Shadows by Barbara Michaels

 

In the Dark, Dark Woods - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Witches - Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

Serial/Spree Killer - The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie

Cozy Mystery - Murder on the SS Rosa by Lee Strauss

Classic Horror - The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

 

Darkest London - The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

American Horror Story - Sleepy Hollow: Bridge of Bones by Richard Gleaves

Chilling Children - Sleepy Hollow: Rise Headless and Ride by Richard Gleaves

Aliens - The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Demons

The Murder at the Vicarage

The Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie

I enjoyed this a lot! And my success at sussing out the murderer while reading Crooked House apparently was just dumb luck, because once again I was completely fooled as to who the murderer was.

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie

Two books to go!!

 

Reading progress update: I've read 51%.

The Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie

The rest of my BetterWorldBooks order arrived on Wednesday.

 

Again I was quite pleased with the condition of all the books I received. Especially the Agatha Christie. It's a 1986 edition, and it looks great! There's only a bit of shelf wear to the cover. The spine is intact and not creased or cracked. Plus, the cover just looks so quintessentially 80's, I can't help but love it.

 

The Val McDermid...I some how got confused on the order of the books, and bought the second in the series instead of the first. I ordered the first last night.

Audible Daily Deal for October 27th, 2017 - Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco for $2.95

Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics - Robert Marasco, R.C. Bray

Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it's an offer that's too good to refuse. There's only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals.

 

But Mrs. Allardyce never seems to emerge from her room, and it soon becomes clear that something weird and terrifying is happening in the house. As the suspense builds toward a revelation of what really lies behind that locked door, the Rolfes will discover that their cheap vacation rental comes at a terrible cost....

 

Halloween Bingo '17 - Update #22

And my 4th bingo as well!

 

22 books down, and three to go!

 

 

Witch/Full Moon = called

Fall Leaf = read

Pumpkin = both called and read

 

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Terrifying Women

80's Horror - The Mist by Stephen King

Classic Noir - The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Genre: Horror - Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco

Werewolves - Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

 

Monsters - Sleepy Hollow: General of the Dead by Richard Gleaves

Vampires

Murder Most Foul - 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie

Ghost - Night of the Living Deed by E.J. Cooperman

Supernatural - The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

 

Magical Realism - The Watchmaker's Daughter by C.J. Archer

Haunted Houses - The Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy Coates

Free Space - Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Modern Masters of Horror - Berkley Street by Ron Ripley

Gothic - House of Many Shadows by Barbara Michaels

 

In the Dark, Dark Woods - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Witches - Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

Serial/Spree Killer - The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie

Cozy Mystery - Murder on the SS Rosa by Lee Strauss

Classic Horror - The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

 

Darkest London - The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

American Horror Story - Sleepy Hollow: Bridge of Bones by Richard Gleaves

Chilling Children - Sleepy Hollow: Rise Headless and Ride by Richard Gleaves

Aliens - The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Demons

 

 

(Audiobook) Burnt Offerings

Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics - Robert Marasco, R.C. Bray

I happened upon this nearly a year ago while browsing through books narrated by R.C. Bray at audible. He's one of my favorite narrators, and I wanted to listen to more of his work. I thought the synopsis sounded interesting, so I used a precious, precious credit and purchased it.

 

Flash forward to October 2017, and me needing to find some books to help me finish out my BL Halloween Bingo categories. I wanted another audiobook, and I suddenly remembered this one.

 

What an excellent decision that turn out to be. This book was scary. It had a sort of slow burn feel to it, and the tension and the horror just kept ratcheting up until it's almost suffocating.

 

For me, the most horrific scenes were those that happened in or around the pool...and that chauffeur.