2018 Halloween Book Bingo

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Joy Ellis: Jackman and Evans & Matt Ballard Series

    As a new discovery, this is a carry-over from 2018, when Ellis’s Their Lost Daughters completely knocked me sideways during Halloween Bingo.  I’ve since read her entire Jackman & Evans series — my favorite entries still being Their Lost Daughters as well as, coming very close, book 4 of the series, The Guilty Ones […]

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Georgette Heyer: Penhallow

On the face of it, your classic country house mystery, country estate and horse farm in Cornwall and all; but Heyer wrote this as a contract breaker, and boy, does it ever show.  Neither seekers after romance and after knights in shiny armour nor seekers of a genteel country house atmosphere need apply here, and […]

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Georgette Heyer: Penhallow — Reading Progress Update: 120 of 833 Minutes

A very different Heyer — more a social study than a cozy mystery (and certainly no romance in sight as yet, either).  The victim-to-be is still with us, and going by Golden Age standards, he has to be one of the most loathsome and deserving murder victims yet.  It’s a miracle he’s managed to survive […]

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John Dickson Carr: The Hollow Man

THE Locked Room Mystery to End All Locked Room Mysteries Seriously, this is the book where John Dickson Carr, the master of locked room mysteries, pulls out all the stops.  And he tells us as much right from the start: “To the murder of Professor Grimaud, and later the equally incredible crime in Cagliostro Street, […]

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