Portfolio Tag: Mysteries and Crime Fiction

2020 Summer Sojourn

As current events make actual travel — at least, leisure travel — either undesirable, unwise or flat-out impossible, I decided to devote my 2020 summer reading to literary armchair travel, and to call it the 2020 Summer Sojourn. Then the BookLikes meltdown happened and I had to start sprucing up my WordPress blog … as […]

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Halloween Book Bingo 2020

  Current Status of the Card:   The Books: Sleepy Hollow: Alice Hoffman: The River King – finished Sept. 26, 2020. Film at 11: Ellis Peters: The Devil’s Novice – finished Sept. 24, 2020. Southern Gothic: Sharyn McCrumb: The Ballad of Tom Dooley – finished Sept. 19, 2020. Murder Most Foul: Michael Connelly: The Night […]

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Completed Series / Authors

It occurred to me that there is a third “series reading” master post I should keep, in addition to the First in Series and Ongoing Series projects that I created, as inspired by Moonlight Reader; namely, one to collect all my completed reading. So this project collects everything from books / series recently finished to […]

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Ongoing Series

Following up on my First in Series post and, again inspired by Moonlight Reader, this reading list collects all of my ongoing series; i.e. all series that I have started and neither fully completed nor decided to discontinue.  Like my First in Series list, this is primarily for my own reference, so in order not […]

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First in Series

Moonlight Reader created a post like this and I decided it might help me keeping track of my series reading plans as well, so here we are. These are all the still-to-be-started series that I’ve added to my TBR in the past two decades (ever since I started keeping track of my reading at all).  Obviously, […]

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The Detection Club

With my Detection Club Bingo card now blacked out, I’m going to track my reading here.  (Note: for purposes of completeness, this includes books by the below authors already read prior to the creation of this list.)  My priorities are going to be: Arthur Conan Doyle’s / Sherlock Holmes’s adventures, biographies, contemporaries and rivals, as […]

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24 Festive Tasks 2019

The Markers: Books: Candles Tasks: Stars   The Squares DOOR 1: DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS Book:  Ngaio Marsh: Death and the Dancing Footman (audio version, read by James Saxon) Task 1: Miss Marple limerick. Task 2: Chili con carne. Task 3: Epitaph for The Disappearing Spoon. Task 4: Gaby in Mexico (& Guatemala). Points: 5 […]

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Halloween Book Bingo 2019

THE BOOKS: OFFICIAL CARD 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 […]

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Detection Club Bingo

The Squares / Chapters: 1. A New Era Dawns: Ernest Bramah – The Tales of Max Carrados; Emmuska Orczy – The Old Man in the Corner 2. The Birth of the Golden Age: A.A. Milne – The Red House Mystery 3. The Great Detectives: Margery Allingham – The Crime at Black Dudley, Mystery Mile, Look […]

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The BookLikes Crowdsourced Reading Lists

The Complete Lists Crowdsourced! A Badass Booklikes Booklist: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qYl32e0L3R3X_82XldWaCOt2naBFtvoJsaQY8zzUU3E/edit#gid=0 Historical Fiction Essential Reading: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PqlPzGtuuiuoy8z04LNVl-QWJpe2M0ihTV_xkMSTMBM/edit#gid=0 Essential History Reading List: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Wvymq7mUjdIllr0a2eNoN6XXwIhu6UvpUAsRUNFtObQ/edit#gid=0     Own Contributions General / Main List * Books With a Difference * Crowdsourced: More Books With a Difference — Fiction * Crowdsourced BookList: A Shorthand Quickie Towards the 1001 (Part 1: General Fiction & […]

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24 Festive Tasks 2018

  The Markers Books: Meteor Tasks: Bows   The Squares DOOR 1: DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS Book:  Agatha Christie: Miss Marple – The Complete Short Stories (audio version, narrated by Joan Hickson, Isla Blair and Anna Massey) Task 1: Task 2: Favorite Epitaph (William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon) Task 3: Sherlock Holmes Altar Task 4: Mexican Food Points: 4 DOOR 2: GUY FAWKES NIGHT Book: Georgette […]

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Halloween Book Bingo 2018

The Books: Country House Mystery: Georgette Heyer: Penhallow (Ulli Birvé audio) Cryptozoologist: Patricia A. McKillip: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (Dina Pearlman audio) Romantic Suspense: Susanna Kearsley: A Desperate Fortune (Katherine Kellgren audio) Terrifying Women: Mary Roberts Rinehart: Locked Doors (Anne Hancock audio) Terror in a Small Town: Joy Ellis: Their Lost Daughters (Richard Armitage audio) A Grimm Tale: Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber (Emilia Fox / Richard Armitage audio) Genre: Horror: Michael McDowell: Gilded […]

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Summer of Spies

Memorial Day Weekend — Labor Day 2018   The Books: Fiction Eric Ambler: The Mask of Dimitrios (new / print) **** Phyllis Bottome: The Lifeline (new / ebook-to-printed-PDF) ***1/2 John le Carré: The Tailor of Panama (revisited on audio, narrated by the author) ****1/2 Agatha Christie: N or M? (revisited on audio, narrated by Samantha Bond) *** Agatha Christie: They Came to Baghdad (new / […]

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16 Festive Tasks

The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read       Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed Joker cards used:   The Squares, Books and Other Tasks: Square 1: November 1st: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos & Calan Gaeaf Book themes for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day: A book that […]

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Halloween Book Bingo 2017

The Books Cozy Mystery: Donna Andrews: Lord of the Wings Gothic: Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights Romantic Suspense: C.S. Forester: The African Queen Amateur Sleuth: Simon Brett: An Amateur Corpse Diverse Voices: James D. Doss: Grandmother Spider Vampires: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: Carmilla Locked Room Mystery: Martin Edwards’s (ed.) & Various Authors: Miraculous Mysteries: Locked-Room Murders and Impossible Crimes Terror in a Small Town: Agatha Christie: Mrs. McGinty’s Dead Murder Most Foul: Various […]

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12 Festive Tasks

Snow Globes: Reads Bells: Activities   Task the First: The Winter Wonderland: – Read a book that is set in a snowy place. => Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas in Wales – If you are lucky enough to live in a snowy place, or even if you aren’t, take a walk outside and post a […]

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Halloween Book Bingo 2016

The Books: Read by Candlelight or Flashlight – E.T.A. Hoffmann: Das Fräulein von Scuderi (Mademoiselle de Scuderi) => Bingos No. 1, No. 5, No. 6 & No. 12 Magical Realism – Isabel Allende: La casa de los espíritus (The House of the Spirits) => Bingos No. 6 & No. 11 Witches – Terry Pratchett / […]

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221B Baker Street

The World of London’s Only Consulting Detective   Arthur Conan Doyle Author page: biographical sketch, bibliography, quotes, links   Sherlock Holmes Book review: The Valley of Fear Short story review: The Speckled Band Short story review: The Sussex Vampire TV series review: Sherlock Holmes (Granada TV / ITV 1984 – 1994, starring Jeremy Brett) On […]

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Little Grey Cells: St. Mary Mead & Elsewhere

Agatha Christie’s Detectives and Their World   The Queen of Crime Author page: biographical sketch, bibliography, quotes, links   Hercule Poirot Audiobook review: Murder on the Orient Express (read by David Suchet) Book review: Hallowe’en Party TV series review: Agatha Christie’s Poirot (ITV 1989 – 2013, starring David Suchet) – and individual episodes: The Mysterious Affair […]

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