Halloween Bingo 2021: Card, Spells, Markers and Book Pool

Phew!  I’ve had blog display issues for the better part of August due to a stupid WP plugin acting up (and of course, it was a plugin allegedly intended to “facilitate” the import of content into my chosen theme — haha, right), but luckily they were resolved just in time for Halloween Bingo!

(Gosh … is it that time of year already?!)

The game is promising to be particularly exciting this year, because we have a set of new squares, many of them participant-inspired, and almost all of them happily found their way onto my card.  For the one square that I’d been hoping to get but didn’t (“Dem Bones”), I swiftly used one of my spell cards — which have also been extended by two additions (also participant-inspired), and they, too, both absolute winners!  AND as if all of that weren’t fabulous enough, our host has extended the “pre-reading” period all the way back to last weekend; so as I write this, we’ve all been merrily reading away for three (almost four) days already, doing our best to get as far as possible with the two books we’re allowed to finish before the official start of the game (September 1), and maybe even getting a head start on another book or two — which we also may do, as long as we leave 50%+ of the book to be read after HB has officially begun.  So tell me all of that isn’t exciting?!

(I’ve used the pre-read phase to finish Karen Menuhin’s The Black Cat Murders — for the Black Cat square of course — and to get a head start with Brian Flynn’s The Five Red Fingers — for Lethal Games — and Mary Kelly’s The Spoilt Kill, for Vintage Mystery.)

And now, without any further ado:

 

My 2021 Card

… as originally designed:

… and after the use of two spell cards:

 

The 2021 Spell Card Set

… and this year, I mean to use ’em all!

 

WILD CARD AUTHOR: Agatha Christie
Used to apply Agatha Christie’s Peril at End House to the “Classic Horror” square.

TRANSFIGURATION SPELL: “Grave or Graveyard” into “Dem Bones”

BINGO FLIP: with Tannat: “In the Dark, Dark Woods” into “Truly Terrifying”

DOUBLE TROUBLE:
Used to apply E.C. Bentley & H. Warner Allen’s Trent’s Own Case to both “Amateur Sleuth” and “Darkest London”.

CALL CONVERSION: TBD (depending on state of play)

AMPLIFICATION SPELL:
Used to apply Orhan Pamuk’s My Name Is Red to the “Splatter” square.

Other Options:
Preet Bharara: Doing Justice
Roseanne A. Brown: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Rin Chupeco: The Bone Witch
Edwidge Danticat: Krik? Krak!
Edwidge Danticat: Breath, Eyes, Memory
Aminatta Forna: The Devil That Danced on the Water
Patricia Highsmith: Ripley’s Game
Marlon James: A Brief History of Seven Killings
The Girl Who Married a Lion (African Folk Tales)
Arturo Pérez-Reverte: The Flanders Panel
Vladimir Sorokin: Der Schneesturm (The Blizzard)

 

My Square Markers

  
~~ Called ~~~~~ Read ~~ Called & Read 

 

My Game Progress Post

I’ll be tracking my overall progress over the two-month game period HERE

As in previous years, my master update post will include updated versions of my card, marking squares called and read (for), as well as updated screenshots of my Excel tracking sheet, a list of the bingo calls in the order of their respective dates, and a list of the books I’ve actually read for each individual square.  As I complete my book selections, those will also be marked accordingly in this present post (though no other updates will be made here).

 

My 2021 Book Selections

AMATEUR SLEUTH

Most likely: E.C. Bentley: Trent’s Own Case

Other Options:
Lauren Belfer: City of Light
Anthony Boucher: The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1
Jan Burke: Eighteen
Agatha Christie: Cat Among the Pigeons
Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun
Agatha Christie: Murder in Mesopotamia
Agatha Christie: The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Creeping Man
Michael Connelly: The Law of Innocence
Michael Connelly: Fair Warning
Michael Connelly: Void Moon
Matthew Costello, Neil Richards: Cherringham
Edmund Crispin: The Case of the Gilded Fly
Lindsey Davis: The Silver Pigs
David Dodge: To Catch a Thief
Francis Durbridge: Paul Temple – The Complete Radio Collection, Volume 1
Aminatta Forna: The Devil That Danced on the Water
Andrew Forrester: The Female Detective
Dick Francis: horse racing mysteries
Robert Galbraith: Troubled Blood
Elizabeth Gaskell: Mary Barton
Elizabeth George: A Place of Hiding
Michael Gilbert: Death in Captivity
Robert Goddard: Sea Change
Jason Goodwin: The Janissary Tree
Sue Grafton: A Is for Alibi
Carolyn Haines: Them Bones
Barbara Hambly: Graveyard Dust
Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key
Anthony Horowitz: The Word is Murder
Susan Howatch: April’s Grave
Ianthe Jerrold: Let Him Lie
Philippa Langley: The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III
Maurice Leblanc: Arsène Lupin Versus Herlock Sholmes
John Le Carré: A Murder of Quality
Elmore Leonard: Tishomingo Blues
Laura Lippman: By a Spider’s Thread
Peter Lovesey: Bertie and the Seven Bodies
Ngaio Marsh: Last Ditch
George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (eds.), Various Authors: Dangerous Women
The Medieval Murderers: House of Shadows
The Medieval Murderers: Hill of Bones
Karen Menuhin: The Black Cat Murders
John Mortimer: Rumpole and the Reign of Terror
Mystery Writers of America: MatchUp
Orhan Pamuk: My Name Is Red
Robert B. Parker: Chance
Robert B. Parker: Hush Money
Robert B. Parker: The Godwulf Manuscript
Robert B. Parker: School Days
Otto Penzler (ed.), Various Authors: The Big Book of Female Detectives
Otto Penzler (ed.), Various Authors: The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories
Arturo Pérez-Reverte: The Flanders Panel
Anne Perry: A Sudden Fearful Death
Amanda Quick: The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Ian Rankin: Westwind
Clayton Rawson: The Great Merlini
Kathy Reichs: Cross Bones
Kathy Reichs: Bones of the Lost
John Rhode: The Paddington Mystery
Candace Robb: The Lady Chapel
Candace Robb: The Nun’s Tale
Candace Robb: A Spy for the Redeemer
Gillian Roberts: Caught Dead in Philadelphia
Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Circular Staircase
Priscilla Royal: Tyrant of the Mind
S.J. Rozan: Winter and Night
S.J. Rozan: Paper Son
S.J. Rozan: Concourse
James Runcie: Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
Julie Smith: Louisiana Hotshot
Mary Stewart: This Rough Magic
Jay Stringer: Ways to Die in Glasgow
Donna Tartt: The Secret History
Josephine Tey: Miss Pym Disposes
Newton Thornburg: Cutter and Bone
C.J. Tudor: The Taking of Annie Thorne
Barry Unsworth: Land of Marvels
Various Authors: Classic Railway Murders
Barbara Vine: Asta’s Book
Barbara Vine: The Blood Doctor
Barbara Vine: A Dark-Adapted Eye
Minette Walters: Disordered Minds
Susan Wittig Albert: Witches’ Bane

 

RELICS AND CURIOSITIES

Read: Barbara Hambly: Graveyard Dust

Other Options:
Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales
Anonymous: Nordic Tales (follk tales)
J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan
Agatha Christie: Cat Among the Pigeons
Agatha Christie: Murder in Mesopotamia
Agatha Christie: The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Creeping Man
Rin Chupeco: The Bone Witch
Edmund Crispin: The Case of the Gilded Fly
Lindsey Davis: The Silver Pigs
Jeffery Deaver: The Cold Moon
Robert Dinsdale: The Toymakers
Emma Donoghue: Kissing the Witch
Emma Donoghue: The Sealed Letter
Michael Ende: Die unendliche Geschichte
Ken Follett: Eye of the Needle
Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things
Robert Galbraith: Troubled Blood
Robert Goddard: Sea Change
Donald Henderson: Mr. Bowling Buys a Newspaper
Philippa Langley: The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III
Donna Leon: The Jewels of Paradise
Ngaio Marsh: Hand in Glove
Anne McCaffrey: Dragonflight
Anne McCaffrey: Dragonsong
Robin McKinley: The Hero and the Crown
Robin McKinley: The Blue Sword
The Medieval Murderers: Hill of Bones
Orhan Pamuk: My Name Is Red
Christopher Paolini: Inheritance
Robert B. Parker: The Godwulf Manuscript
Kathy Reichs: Cross Bones
Arturo Pérez-Reverte: The Flanders Panel
Ian Rankin: Knots and Crosses
Ian Rankin: The Falls
Ian Rankin: Rebus Audio Box Set 1
Clayton Rawson: The Great Merlini
Candace Robb: The Nun’s Tale
Jennifer Robertson: Sword-Dancer
Michael J. Sullivan: Theft of Swords
J.R.R. Tolkien: Tales from the Perilous Realm
Barry Unsworth: Land of Marvels
Barbara Vine: Asta’s Book
Barbara Vine: The Blood Doctor
Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Susan Wittig Albert: Witches’ Bane

 

RELICS AND CURIOSITIES

Most likely: Terry Pratchett: Maskerade
Substitution: Washington Irving: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Other Options:
Ray Bradbury: The October Country
Ray Bradbury: The Halloween Tree
Roald Dahl: The Witches
Susan Wittig Albert: Witches’ Bane

 

MAD SCIENTISTS AND EVIL GENIUSES

Most likely: Barbara Vine: The Blood Doctor

Other Options:
Angela Carter: The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Creeping Man
Nathaniel Hawthorne: Rappaccini’s Daughter
Michael Innes: The Daffodil Affair
Ian Rankin: Westwind
Bram Stoker: Dracula

 

LOCKED ROOM MYSTERY

Most likely: Clayton Rawson: The Great Merlini

Other Options:
Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun
Michael Dibdin: Vendetta
Michael Gilbert: Death in Captivity
P.D. James: A Certain Justice

 

GALLOWS HUMOR

Most likely: Terry Pratchett: Reaper Man

Other Options:
Edmund Crispin: The Case of the Gilded Fly
Roald Dahl: The Witches
Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things
Donald Henderson: Mr. Bowling Buys a Newspaper
Patricia Highsmith: Ripley’s Game
Elmore Leonard: Tishomingo Blues
John Mortimer: Rumpole and the Reign of Terror
Terry Pratchet: Jingo
Terry Pratchett: Small Gods
Terry Pratchett: Maskerade
Terry Pratchett: BBC Radio Drama Collection (Mort, Wyrd Sisters, Guards! Guards!, Eric, Small Gods, Night Watch)
Terry Pratchett: A Blink of the Screen
H.G. Wells: The History of Mr. Polly

 

COUNTRY HOUSE MYSTERY

Most likely: Peter Lovesey: Bertie and the Seven Bodies

Other Options:
Rennie Airth: River of Darkness
Agatha Christie: Cat Among the Pigeons
Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun
Matthew Costello, Neil Richards: Cherringham
Ann Cleeves: Blue Lightning
Ann Cleeves: The Crow Trap
Elizabeth George: Believing the Lie
Carolyn Haines: Them Bones
Ianthe Jerrold: Let Him Lie
E.C.R. Lorac: Fire in the Thatch
Ngaio Marsh: Scales of Justice
Ngaio Marsh: Hand in Glove
Karen Menuhin: The Black Cat Murders
Gil North: The Methods of Sergeant Cluff
Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Circular Staircase
Priscilla Royal: Tyrant of the Mind
Josephine Tey: Miss Pym Disposes

 

Spell invoked — Bingo Flip with Tannat:
IN THE DARK, DARK WOODS into TRULY TERRIFYING

Options for Truly Terrifying:
Preet Bharara: Doing Justice
Dee Brown: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Aminatta Forna: The Devil That Danced on the Water
Martin Jones: Unlocking the Past
Sebastian Junger: The Perfect Storm
Philippa Langley: The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III
Nicholas Pileggi: Casino

Options for In the Dark, Dark Woods:
R.D. Blackmore: Lorna Doone
Michael Connelly: City of Bones
Elizabeth George: This Body of Death
Carolyn Haines: Them Bones
Michael Innes: The Daffodil Affair
Vladimir Sorokin: Der Schneesturm
Bram Stoker: Dracula
Joan D. Vinge: Ladyhawke

 

VINTAGE MYSTERY

Most likely: Mary Kelly: The Spoilt Kill

Other Options:
Charles Warren Adams: The Notting Hill Muystery
Marie Belloc Lowndes: The Lodger
E.C. Bentley: Trent’s Own Case
Carol Carnac: Crossed Skies
Vera Caspary: Laura
Erskine Childers: The Riddle of the Sands
Agatha Christie: Cat Among the Pigeons
Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun
Agatha Christie: Murder in Mesopotamia
Agatha Christie: The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
Agatha Christie (as Mary Westmacott): The Burden
Agatha Christie (as Mary Westmacott): Unfinished Portrait
Agatha Christie (as Mary Westmacott): Absent in the Spring
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Creeping Man
Edmund Crispin: The Case of the Gilded Fly
David Dodge: To Catch a Thief
Francis Durbridge: Paul Temple – The Complete Radio Collection, Volume 1
C.S. Forester: Payment Deferred
C.S. Forester: Plain Murder
Andrew Forrester: The Female Detective
Dick Francis: horse racing mysteries
Michael Gilbert: Death in Captivity
Friedrich Glauser: Wachtmeister Studer
Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key
Donald Henderson: Mr. Bowling Buys a Newspaper
Patricia Highsmith: Ripley’s Game
Susan Howatch: April’s Grave
Michael Innes: The Daffodil Affair
Ianthe Jerrold: Let Him Lie
Maurice Leblanc: Arsène Lupin Versus Herlock Sholmes
John Le Carré: A Murder of Quality
E.C.R. Lorac: Fire in the Thatch
Ngaio Marsh: Last Ditch
Ngaio Marsh: Scales of Justice
Ngaio Marsh: Hand in Glove
Horace McCoy: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Margaret Millar: An Air That Kills
Margaret Millar: Beast in View
Margaret Millar: The Listening Walls
Arthur Morrison: Martin Hewitt, Investigator
Arthur Morrison: Detective Stories
Gil North: The Methods of Sergeant Cluff
Clayton Rawson: The Great Merlini
John Rhode: The Paddington Mystery
Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Circular Staircase
Georges Simenon: Maigret: Die spannendsten Fälle
Mary Stewart: This Rough Magic
Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö: Roseanna
Julian Symons: The Colour of Murder
Josephine Tey: Miss Pym Disposes
Various Authors: Classic Railway Murders

 

FILM AT 11

Most likely: David Dodge: To Catch a Thief

Other Options:
Marie Belloc Lowndes: The Lodger
J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan
R.D. Blackmore: Lorna Doone
Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights
Vera Caspary: Laura
Erskine Childers: The Riddle of the Sands
Agatha Christie: Cat Among the Pigeons
Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun
Agatha Christie: Murder in Mesopotamia
Agatha Christie: The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
Ann Cleeves: Blue Lightning
Ann Cleeves: The Crow Trap
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Creeping Man
Michael Connelly: The Black Echo
Michael Connelly: City of Bones
Michael Crichton: The Great Train Robbery
Jeffery Deaver: The Bone Collector
Michael Ende: Die unendliche Geschichte
Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key
Nathaniel Hawthorne: Rappaccini’s Daughter
Reginald Hill: A Clubbable Woman
P.D. James: Unnatural Causes
P.D. James: A Certain Justice
Craig Johnson: The Cold Dish
Sebastian Junger: The Perfect Storm
Dennis Lehane: Shutter Island
Ngaio Marsh: Scales of Justice
Ngaio Marsh: Hand in Glove
Horace McCoy: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Val McDermid: Fever of the Bone
John Mortimer: Rumpole and the Reign of Terror
Gil North: The Methods of Sergeant Cluff
Nicholas Pileggi: Casino
Mario Puzo: The Godfather
Ann Radcliffe: The Mysteries of Udolpho
Ian Rankin: Rebus Audio Box Set 1
Kathy Reichs: Cross Bones
Kathy Reichs: Bones of the Lost
Ruth Rendell: A New Lease of Death
Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Circular Staircase
Peter Robinson: Gallows View
Peter Robinson: Wednesday’s Child
Peter Robinson: Dry Bones that Dream
Georges Simenon: Maigret: Die spannendsten Fälle
Bram Stoker: Dracula
Walter Tevis: The Color of Money
Walter Tevis: The Hustler
Newton Thornburg: Cutter and Bone
Barbara Vine: A Dark-Adapted Eye
Joan D. Vinge: Ladyhawke
Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
R.D. Wingfield: A Killing Frost

 

BLACK CAT

Most likely: Karen Menuhin: The Black Cat Murders √

Other Options:
David Dodge: To Catch a Thief
Ianthe Jerrold: Let Him Lie
Ngaio Marsh: Scales of Justice
Alexander McCall Smith (ed.): The Girl Who Married a Lion (African Folk Tales)
Terry Pratchett: Maskerade

 

SPLATTER

Most likely: Michael Jecks: The Butcher of St. Peter’s

Other Options:
Rennie Airth: River of Darkness
David Ashton: Shadow of the Serpent
Marie Belloc Lowndes: The Lodger
Jay Bonansinga: The Sleep Police
Ray Bradbury: The October Country
Dee Brown: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Jane Casey: The Burning
Rory Clements: Martyr
Michael Connelly: Fair Warning
Jeffery Deaver: The Bone Collector
Jeffery Deaver: The Cold Moon
Hugh Fraser: Harm
Donald Henderson: Mr. Bowling Buys a Newspaper
Marlon James: A Brief History of Seven Killings
Stephen King: 11/22/63
Val McDermid: Fever of the Bone
Jo Nesbo: Macbeth
Mario Puzo: The Godfather
Ian Rankin: Knots and Crosses
Ian Rankin: Watchman
Ian Rankin: Rebus Audio Box Set 1
Barbara Vine: The Blood Doctor
R.D. Wingfield: A Killing Frost

 

WHEN MOTHER NATURE STRIKES

Most likely: Ann Cleeves: Blue Lightning
Substitution: Sebastian Junger: The Perfect Storm

Other Options:
Agatha Christie (as Mary Westmacott): Absent in the Spring
Peter Grainger: But for the Grace
P.D. James: Unnatural Causes
Hannah Kent: Burial Rites
Dennis Lehane: Shutter Island
Anne McCaffrey: Dragonflight
Terry Pratchett: Nation
Vladimir Sorokin: Der Schneesturm (The Blizzard)

 

CLASSIC HORROR

Spell invoked — Wild Card: Agatha Christie: Peril at End House

Options for Classic Horror:
Marie Belloc Lowndes: The Lodger
R.D. Blackmore: Lorna Doone
Ray Bradbury: The October Country
Ray Bradbury: The Halloween Tree
Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights
Nathaniel Hawthorne: Rappaccini’s Daughter
Ann Radcliffe: The Mysteries of Udolpho
Bram Stoker: Dracula
Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray

 

DIVERSE VOICES

Read: Mukoma wa Ngugi: Nairobi Heat

Other Options:
Preet Bharara: Doing Justice
Roseanne A. Brown: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Rin Chupeco: The Bone Witch
Edwidge Danticat: Krik? Krak!
Edwidge Danticat: Breath, Eyes, Memory
Aminatta Forna: The Devil That Danced on the Water
Marlon James: A Brief History of Seven Killings
Alexander McCall Smith (ed.): The Girl Who Married a Lion (African Folk Tales)
Orhan Pamuk: My Name Is Red
Arturo Pérez-Reverte: The Flanders Panel
Vladimir Sorokin: Der Schneesturm (The Blizzard)

 

PSYCH

Most likely: Patricia Highsmith: Ripley’s Game

Other Options:
Charles Warren Adams: The Notting Hill Muystery
Rennie Airth: River of Darkness
Akashic Noir, Various Authors: Helsinki Noir
Akashic Noir, Various Authors: Los Angeles Noir
David Ashton: Shadow of the Serpent
Margaret Atwood: Alias Grace
Lauren Belfer: City of Light
Marie Belloc Lowndes: The Lodger
Jay Bonansinga: The Sleep Police
Ray Bradbury: The October Country
Ray Bradbury: The Halloween Tree
Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights
Angela Carter: The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
Jane Casey: The Burning
Vera Caspary: Laura
Agatha Christie: Murder in Mesopotamia
Agatha Christie: The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
Agatha Christie (as Mary Westmacott): The Burden
Agatha Christie (as Mary Westmacott): Unfinished Portrait
Agatha Christie (as Mary Westmacott): Absent in the Spring
Ann Cleeves: Blue Lightning
Ann Cleeves: The Crow Trap
Rory Clements: Martyr
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Creeping Man
Michael Connelly: The Law of Innocence
Michael Connelly: Fair Warning
Michael Connelly: The Black Echo
Michael Connelly: City of Bones
Michael Connelly: Murder in Vegas
Edwidge Danticat: Krik? Krak!
Edwidge Danticat: Breath, Eyes, Memory
Jeffery Deaver: The Bone Collector
Jeffery Deaver: The Cold Moon
Michael Dibdin: Vendetta
David Dodge: To Catch a Thief
Emma Donoghue: The Sealed Letter
Emma Donoghue: Frog Music
Kate Ellis: The Merchant’s House
Ben Elton: Identity Crisis
Ben Elton: The First Casualty
Ken Follett: A Dangerous Fortune
C.S. Forester: Payment Deferred
C.S. Forester: Plain Murder
Hugh Fraser: Harm
Tana French: Broken Harbour
Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things
Robert Galbraith: Troubled Blood
Elizabeth George: A Place of Hiding
Elizabeth George: What Came Before He Shot Her
Elizabeth George: Careless in Red
Elizabeth George: This Body of Death
Elizabeth George: Believing the Lie
Tessa Gratton: The Queens of Innis Lear
Barbarra Hambly: Dragonsbane
Barbara Hambly: Graveyard Dust
Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key
Nathaniel Hawthorne: Rappaccini’s Daughter
Donald Henderson: Mr. Bowling Buys a Newspaper
Anthony Horowitz: The Word is Murder
Susan Howatch: April’s Grave
Arnaldur Indriðason: Silence of the Grave
Michael Innes: The Daffodil Affair
P.D. James: Unnatural Causes
P.D. James: A Certain Justice
Michael Jecks: The Butcher of St. Peter’s
Ianthe Jerrold: Let Him Lie
Mary Kelly: The Spoilt Kill
Hannah Kent: Burial Rites
Stephen King: 11/22/63
Dennis Lehane: Shutter Island
Donna Leon: Fatal Remedies
George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (eds.), Various Authors: Dangerous Women
Horace McCoy: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Val McDermid: Fever of the Bone
Michael McDowell: Blackwater
Vonda N. McIntyre: Dreamsnake
The Medieval Murderers: House of Shadows
The Medieval Murderers: Hill of Bones
Margaret Millar: An Air That Kills
Margaret Millar: Beast in View
Derek B. Miller: Norwegian by Night
Jo Nesbo: Macbeth
Orhan Pamuk: My Name Is Red
Otto Penzler (ed.), Various Authors: The Big Book of Female Detectives
Anne Perry: Bethlehem Road
Anne Perry: Southampton Row
Anne Perry: Treason at Lisson Grove
Anne Perry: Long Spoon Lane
Jodi Picoult: A Spark of Light
Steven Price: By Gaslight
Christopher Priest: The Prestige
Mario Puzo: The Godfather
Amanda Quick: The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Ann Radcliffe: The Mysteries of Udolpho
Ian Rankin: Knots and Crosses
Ian Rankin: The Falls
Ian Rankin: Watchman
Ian Rankin: Westwind
Ian Rankin: Rebus Audio Box Set 1
Clayton Rawson: The Great Merlini
Ruth Rendell: A New Lease of Death
Candace Robb: The Nun’s Tale
Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Circular Staircase
Peter Robinson: Wednesday’s Child
Priscilla Royal: Tyrant of the Mind
S.J. Rozan: Winter and Night
S.J. Rozan: Concourse
Georges Simenon: Maigret: Die spannendsten Fälle
Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö: Roseanna
Julie Smith: Louisiana Hotshot
Mary Stewart: The Last Enchantment
Bram Stoker: Dracula
Jay Stringer: Ways to Die in Glasgow
Julian Symons: The Colour of Murder
Judith Tarr: Alamut
Donna Tartt: The Secret History
Walter Tevis: The Color of Money
Walter Tevis: The Hustler
Newton Thornburg: Cutter and Bone
C.J. Tudor: The Taking of Annie Thorne
Barry Unsworth: Land of Marvels
Barbara Vine: Asta’s Book
Barbara Vine: The Blood Doctor
Barbara Vine: A Dark-Adapted Eye
Minette Walters: Disordered Minds
Sarah Waters: The Paying Guests
H.G. Wells: The History of Mr. Polly
Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
R.D. Wingfield: A Killing Frost

 

GENRE: MYSTERY

Most likely: John Le Carré: A Murder of Quality

Other Options:
Charles Warren Adams: The Notting Hill Muystery
Rennie Airth: River of Darkness
Akashic Noir, Various Authors: Helsinki Noir
Akashic Noir, Various Authors: Los Angeles Noir
Margery Allingham: Blackkerchief Dick
David Ashton: Shadow of the Serpent
Lauren Belfer: City of Light
Marie Belloc Lowndes: The Lodger
E.C. Bentley: Trent’s Own Case
Jay Bonansinga: The Sleep Police
Anthony Boucher: The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1
Tom Bouman: Dry Bones in the Valley
Jan Burke: Eighteen
Carol Carnac: Crossed Skies
Jane Casey: The Burning
Vera Caspary: Laura
Suzanne Chazin: Land of Careful Shadows
Erskine Childers: The Riddle of the Sands
Agatha Christie: Cat Among the Pigeons
Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun
Agatha Christie: Murder in Mesopotamia
Agatha Christie: The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
Agatha Christie (as Mary Westmacott): The Burden
Agatha Christie (as Mary Westmacott): Unfinished Portrait
Agatha Christie (as Mary Westmacott): Absent in the Spring
Ann Cleeves: Blue Lightning
Ann Cleeves: The Crow Trap
Rory Clements: Martyr
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Creeping Man
Michael Connelly: The Law of Innocence
Michael Connelly: Fair Warning
Michael Connelly: The Black Echo
Michael Connelly: City of Bones
Michael Connelly: Void Moon
Michael Connelly: Murder in Vegas
Matthew Costello, Neil Richards: Cherringham
Michael Crichton: The Great Train Robbery
Edmund Crispin: The Case of the Gilded Fly
Lindsey Davis: The Silver Pigs
Jeffery Deaver: The Bone Collector
Jeffery Deaver: The Cold Moon
Michael Dibdin: Vendetta
David Dodge: To Catch a Thief
Francis Durbridge: Paul Temple – The Complete Radio Collection, Volume 1
Kate Ellis: The Merchant’s House
Ben Elton: Identity Crisis
Ben Elton: The First Casualty
C.S. Forester: Payment Deferred
C.S. Forester: Plain Murder
Andrew Forrester: The Female Detective
Dick Francis: horse racing mysteries
Hugh Fraser: Harm
Tana French: Broken Harbour
Robert Galbraith: Troubled Blood
Elizabeth George: A Place of Hiding
Elizabeth George: What Came Before He Shot Her
Elizabeth George: Careless in Red
Elizabeth George: This Body of Death
Elizabeth George: Believing the Lie
Michael Gilbert: Death in Captivity
Friedrich Glauser: Wachtmeister Studer
Robert Goddard: Sea Change
Jason Goodwin: The Janissary Tree
Sue Grafton: A Is for Alibi
Peter Grainger. Songbird
Peter Grainger. But for the Grace
Carolyn Haines: Them Bones
Barbara Hambly: Graveyard Dust
Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key
Donald Henderson: Mr. Bowling Buys a Newspaper
Patricia Highsmith: Ripley’s Game
Reginald Hill: A Clubbable Woman
Anthony Horowitz: The Word is Murder
Susan Howatch: April’s Grave
Arnaldur Indriðason: Silence of the Grave
Michael Innes: The Daffodil Affair
P.D. James: Unnatural Causes
P.D. James: A Certain Justice
Michael Jecks: The Templar’s Penance
Michael Jecks: The Butcher of St. Peter’s
Ianthe Jerrold: Let Him Lie
Craig Johnson: The Cold Dish
Mary Kelly: The Spoilt Kill
Hannah Kent: Burial Rites
Maurice Leblanc: Arsène Lupin Versus Herlock Sholmes
Dennis Lehane: Shutter Island
Donna Leon: The Jewels of Paradise
Donna Leon: The Golden Egg
Donna Leon: Friends in High Places
Donna Leon: Fatal Remedies
Elmore Leonard: Tishomingo Blues
Laura Lippman: By a Spider’s Thread
E.C.R. Lorac: Fire in the Thatch
Peter Lovesey: Bertie and the Seven Bodies
Ngaio Marsh: Last Ditch
Ngaio Marsh: Scales of Justice
Ngaio Marsh: Hand in Glove
George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (eds.), Various Authors: Dangerous Women
Horace McCoy: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Val McDermid: Fever of the Bone
Michael McGarrity: Tularosa
Michael McGarrity: The Big Gamble
The Medieval Murderers: House of Shadows
The Medieval Murderers: Hill of Bones
Karen Menuhin: The Black Cat Murders
Margaret Millar: An Air That Kills
Margaret Millar: Beast in View
Margaret Millar: The Listening Walls
Derek B. Miller: Norwegian by Night
Arthur Morrison: Martin Hewitt, Investigator
Arthur Morrison: Detective Stories
John Mortimer: Rumpole and the Reign of Terror
Mystery Writers of America: MatchUp
Barbara Nadel: Land of the Blind
Jo Nesbo: Macbeth
Gil North: The Methods of Sergeant Cluff
Orhan Pamuk: My Name Is Red
Robert B. Parker: Chance
Robert B. Parker: Hush Money
Robert B. Parker: The Godwulf Manuscript
Robert B. Parker: School Days
Otto Penzler (ed.), Various Authors: The Big Book of Female Detectives
Otto Penzler (ed.), Various Authors: The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories
Arturo Pérez-Reverte: The Flanders Panel
Anne Perry: Bethlehem Road
Anne Perry: Southampton Row
Anne Perry: Treason at Lisson Grove
Anne Perry: Long Spoon Lane
Anne Perry: A Sudden Fearful Death
Joyce Porter: Dover One
Steven Price: By Gaslight
Christopher Priest: The Prestige
Amanda Quick: The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Ian Rankin: Knots and Crosses
Ian Rankin: The Falls
Ian Rankin: Watchman
Ian Rankin: Westwind
Ian Rankin: Rebus Audio Box Set 1
Clayton Rawson: The Great Merlini
Kathy Reichs: Cross Bones
Kathy Reichs: Bones of the Lost
Ruth Rendell: A New Lease of Death
John Rhode: The Paddington Mystery
Stella Rimington: Dead Line
Candace Robb: The Lady Chapel
Candace Robb: The Nun’s Tale
Candace Robb: A Spy for the Redeemer
J.D. Robb: Naked in Death
Gillian Roberts: Caught Dead in Philadelphia
Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Circular Staircase
Peter Robinson: Gallows View
Peter Robinson: Wednesday’s Child
Peter Robinson: Dry Bones that Dream
Priscilla Royal: Tyrant of the Mind
S.J. Rozan: Winter and Night
S.J. Rozan: Paper Son
S.J. Rozan: Concourse
James Runcie: Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
Georges Simenon: Maigret: Die spannendsten Fälle
Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö: Roseanna
Julie Smith: Louisiana Hotshot
Mary Stewart: This Rough Magic
Jay Stringer: Ways to Die in Glasgow
James Swain: Grift Sense
Julian Symons: The Colour of Murder
Donna Tartt: The Secret History
Josephine Tey: Miss Pym Disposes
Newton Thornburg: Cutter and Bone
C.J. Tudor: The Taking of Annie Thorne
Various Authors: Classic Railway Murders
Barbara Vine: Asta’s Book
Barbara Vine: The Blood Doctor
Barbara Vine: A Dark-Adapted Eye
Minette Walters: Disordered Minds
Sarah Waters: The Paying Guests
R.D. Wingfield: A Killing Frost
Susan Wittig Albert: Witches’ Bane

 

LETHAL GAMES

Most likely: A leftover from late entry to Summer Games (my summer 2021 reading project) – Brian Flynn: The Five Red Fingers √

Options:
Roseanne A. Brown: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Carol Carnac: Crossed Skies
Agatha Christie: Cat Among the Pigeons
Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter
Michael Connelly: Void Moon
Michael Connelly: Murder in Vegas
Brian Flynn: The Five Red Fingers
Dick Francis: horse racing mysteries
Robert Galbraith: Troubled Blood
Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key
Reginald Hill: A Clubbable Woman
Elmore Leonard: Tishomingo Blues
Ngaio Marsh: Last Ditch
Ngaio Marsh: Scales of Justice
Ngaio Marsh: Hand in Glove
Horace McCoy: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Michael McGarrity: The Big Gamble
Arturo Pérez-Reverte: The Flanders Panel
Nicholas Pileggi: Casino
Ian Rankin: Knots and Crosses
Jennifer Robertson: Sword-Dancer
James Runcie: Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
James Swain: Grift Sense
Walter Tevis: The Color of Money
Walter Tevis: The Hustler
Josephine Tey: Miss Pym Disposes
Susan Wittig Albert: Witches’ Bane

 

NOIR

Most likely: Michael Connelly: Fair Warning

Other Options:
Akashic Noir, Various Authors: Helsinki Noir
Akashic Noir, Various Authors: Los Angeles Noir
David Ashton: Shadow of the Serpent
Marie Belloc Lowndes: The Lodger
Jay Bonansinga: The Sleep Police
Jane Casey: The Burning
Vera Caspary: Laura
Michael Connelly: The Law of Innocence
Michael Connelly: The Black Echo
Michael Connelly: City of Bones
Michael Connelly: Void Moon
Michael Connelly: Murder in Vegas
Jeffery Deaver: The Bone Collector
Jeffery Deaver: The Cold Moon
Michael Dibdin: Vendetta
Kate Ellis: The Merchant’s House
C.S. Forester: Payment Deferred
C.S. Forester: Plain Murder
Tana French: Broken Harbour
Robert Galbraith: Troubled Blood
Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key
Patricia Highsmith: Ripley’s Game
Arnaldur Indriðason: Silence of the Grave
Dennis Lehane: Shutter Island
Elmore Leonard: Tishomingo Blues
George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (eds.), Various Authors: Dangerous Women
Horace McCoy: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Val McDermid: Fever of the Bone
Margaret Millar: An Air That Kills
Margaret Millar: Beast in View
Margaret Millar: The Listening Walls
Jo Nesbo: Macbeth
Ian Rankin: Knots and Crosses
Ian Rankin: The Falls
Ian Rankin: Watchman
Ian Rankin: Westwind
Peter Robinson: Gallows View
Peter Robinson: Wednesday’s Child
Peter Robinson: Dry Bones that Dream
S.J. Rozan: Winter and Night
S.J. Rozan: Paper Son
S.J. Rozan: Concourse
Georges Simenon: Maigret: Die spannendsten Fälle
Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö: Roseanna
Julie Smith: Louisiana Hotshot
Jay Stringer: Ways to Die in Glasgow
James Swain: Grift Sense
Julian Symons: The Colour of Murder
Donna Tartt: The Secret History
Walter Tevis: The Color of Money
Walter Tevis: The Hustler
Newton Thornburg: Cutter and Bone
C.J. Tudor: The Taking of Annie Thorne
Barbara Vine: The Blood Doctor
Barbara Vine: A Dark-Adapted Eye
Minette Walters: Disordered Minds
Sarah Waters: The Paying Guests
R.D. Wingfield: A Killing Frost

 

TROPICAL TERROR

Most likely: Julie Smith: Louisiana Hotshot

Other Options:
Akashic Noir, Various Authors: Los Angeles Noir
Agatha Christie: Murder in Mesopotamia
Agatha Christie: The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
Rin Chupeco: The Bone Witch
Michael Connelly: The Law of Innocence
Michael Connelly: Fair Warning
Michael Connelly: The Black Echo
Michael Connelly: City of Bones
Michael Connelly: Void Moon
Michael Connelly: Murder in Vegas
Edwidge Danticat: Krik? Krak!
Edwidge Danticat: Breath, Eyes, Memory
Aminatta Forna: The Devil That Danced on the Water
Sue Grafton: A Is for Alibi
Carolyn Haines: Them Bones
Barbara Hambly: Graveyard Dust
Michael Innes: The Daffodil Affair
Marlon James: A Brief History of Seven Killings
Dennis Lehane: Shutter Island
Elmore Leonard: Tishomingo Blues
Alexander McCall Smith (ed.): The Girl Who Married a Lion (African Folk Tales)
Horace McCoy: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Michael McDowell: Blackwater
Michael McGarrity: Tularosa
Michael McGarrity: The Big Gamble
Amanda Quick: The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Kathy Reichs: Bones of the Lost
S.J. Rozan: Paper Son
Barry Unsworth: Land of Marvels
Susan Wittig Albert: Witches’ Bane

 

Spell invoked — Transfiguration Spell:
GRAVE OR GRAVEYARD into DEM BONES

Most likely: Kate Ellis: The Merchant’s House

Other Options:
Tom Bouman: Dry Bones in the Valley
Ray Bradbury: The October Country
Agatha Christie: Murder in Mesopotamia
Agatha Christie: The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
Rin Chupeco: The Bone Witch
Michael Connelly: City of Bones
Jeffery Deaver: The Bone Collector
Carolyn Haines: Them Bones
Barbara Hambly: Graveyard Dust
Susan Howatch: April’s Grave
Arnaldur Indriðason: Silence of the Grave
Martin Jones: Unlocking the Past
Philippa Langley: The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III
Val McDermid: Fever of the Bone
The Medieval Murderers: Hill of Bones
Terry Pratchett: Reaper Man
Ian Rankin: The Falls
Kathy Reichs: Cross Bones
Kathy Reichs: Bones of the Lost
Peter Robinson: Dry Bones that Dream
Robert Louis Stevenson: The Body Snatcher
Newton Thornburg: Cutter and Bone
Barry Unsworth: Land of Marvels

 

SPELLBOUND

Read: Terry Pratchett: Maskerade

Other Options:
Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales
Anonymous: Nordic Tales (follk tales)
J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan
Ray Bradbury: The October Country
Ray Bradbury: The Halloween Tree
Roseanne A. Brown: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel’s Dart
Agatha Christie: The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
Rin Chupeco: The Bone Witch
Roald Dahl: The Witches
Robert Dinsdale: The Toymakers
Emma Donoghue: Kissing the Witch
Michael Ende: Die unendliche Geschichte
Stephen Fry: Heroes
Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things
Tessa Gratton: The Queens of Innis Lear
Barbarra Hambly: Dragonsbane
Michael Innes: The Daffodil Affair
Robert Jordan: The Eye of the World
Katherine Kurtz: Deryni Rising
Ellen Kushner: Swordspoint
Anne McCaffrey: Dragonflight
Anne McCaffrey: Dragonsong
Alexander McCall Smith (ed.): The Girl Who Married a Lion (African Folk Tales)
Vonda N. McIntyre: Dreamsnake
Robin McKinley: The Hero and the Crown
Lois McMaster Bujold: The Curse of Chalion
Christopher Paolini: Inheritance
Terry Pratchett: Reaper Man
Terry Pratchet: Jingo
Terry Pratchett: Small Gods
Terry Pratchett: BBC Radio Drama Collection (Mort, Wyrd Sisters, Guards! Guards!, Eric, Small Gods, Night Watch)
Terry Pratchett: A Blink of the Screen
Jennifer Robertson: Sword-Dancer
Vladimir Sorokin: Der Schneesturm (The Blizzard)
Mary Stewart: The Last Enchantment
Michael J. Sullivan: Theft of Swords
Judith Tarr: Alamut
Judith Tarr: The Isle of Glass
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Children of Húrin
J.R.R. Tolkien: Tales from the Perilous Realm
Joan D. Vinge: Ladyhawke
Jo Walton: Tooth and Claw
Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Janny Wurts: Stormwarden

 

DARKEST LONDON

Most likely: E.C. Bentley: Trent’s Own Case 

Other Options:
Charles Warren Adams: The Notting Hill Muystery
Marie Belloc Lowndes: The Lodger
Anthony Boucher: The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1
Jane Casey: The Burning
Rory Clements: Martyr
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Creeping Man
Michael Crichton: The Great Train Robbery
Robert Dinsdale: The Toymakers
Emma Donoghue: The Sealed Letter
Francis Durbridge: Paul Temple – Complete Radio Collection, Volume 1
Ken Follett: A Dangerous Fortune
C.S. Forester: Plain Murder
Andrew Forrester: The Female Detective
Elizabeth George: What Came Before He Shot Her
Robert Goddard: Sea Change
Anthony Horowitz: The Word is Murder
P.D. James: A Certain Justice
The Medieval Murderers: House of Shadows
Arthur Morrison: Martin Hewitt, Investigator
Arthur Morrison: Detective Stories
John Mortimer: Rumpole and the Reign of Terror
Otto Penzler (ed.), Various Authors: The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories
Anne Perry: Bethlehem Road
Anne Perry: Southampton Row
Anne Perry: Treason at Lisson Grove
Anne Perry: Long Spoon Lane
Anne Perry: A Sudden Fearful Death
Steven Price: By Gaslight
Christopher Priest: The Prestige
John Rhode: The Paddington Mystery
Stella Rimington: Dead Line
Barbara Vine: Asta’s Book
Barbara Vine: The Blood Doctor
Sarah Waters: The Paying Guests
Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Various Authors: Classic Railway Murders

 

READ BY CANDLE LIGHT OR FLASHLIGHT and FREE (RAVEN) SQUARE

Any of my above options for the topical squares … i.e., an embarrassment of riches.

And yet, I ended up reading something completely different for the Free (Raven) square after all:

Raven (Center Square): Martin Edwards (ed.), Various Authors: Murder by the Book √

 

And now: Let the game (officially) begin!

 

22 thoughts on “Halloween Bingo 2021: Card, Spells, Markers and Book Pool

    1. Thank you, that is high praise indeed! I loved your posts on the individual squares — to the point of actually contemplating stealing the idea, but WP’s malfunctioning technology ended up stopping my grabby fingers by flatly preventing me from posting *anything*- Oh well …

        1. I‘m looking forward to them! Mine are usually a weekend thing … as long as work doesn‘t interfere, as it has a nasty habit of doing around this time of the year and already promises to do this time around as well.

          Not to mention that I‘ll also have to somehow find the time for my July @ August / „Summer Games“ reading review, which was delayed by my blog being down for most of August … (grrr).

  1. So glad Bingo is starting!😀 There’s no better reminder that Halloween is on its way🕯🎃🍂 The spell cards are fantastic. And it sounds like you have great reading choices for each square📚 How do you keep track of all those titles? You must have a thorough process for making your reading lists.

    1. At this point it’s essentially a reading list that’s being carried forward from year to year, BUT with the yearly addition of the “HB-ready” books newly added to my TBR. (Along the lines of “if I don’t get around to it this time, I probably will next time or the time after that …”) 🙂

      And yes, I’m really looking forward to most of the books I’ve lined up for this year.

    1. We‘ve always had spell cards, at least since 2018 — only fewer, and so far I‘ve mostly tried to get along without them. But this year‘s set is just too gorgeous to ignore!

      The markers say thank you! 😀

  2. The boys are looking dapper! With or without the socks. 😉 You’ve got a gorgeous card this year with all those new squares.

    1. The boys are preening in the praise! 😀

      I love this year‘s card, but I equally love seeing all those new squares showing up on *all* the cards — they‘re making for so much more variety; more than we‘ve ever had it seems to me (and we‘ve always had plenty anyway)!

      1. I like that a few of them are consolidations of other squares from past games. I agree with MR, that a few of the squares were so closely related, it made sense to combine them. And all the new ones are so … pretty seems the wrong word, but I love looking at them.

        1. MR kicked off a discussion back in July on which squares to keep and invited ideas for new ones — the consolidation thing was pretty much a consensus feeling (I may have been the first to actually voice it, but MR immediately said she‘d been thinking about it, too, and others agreed). I‘m particularly glad that we‘ve whittled down the two splatter-related squares to one named … just that, even if that means I‘m having to contend with it on my card for my pains, lol. (And by my self-imposed rules for this year‘s game, as a new square it‘s immune to the spell cards, even though I‘m determined to use every last one of those, too). Ditto noir. I also like the extended / amended definitions of some of the squares (Halloween, King of Fear, etc.), which have opened up whole new categories of books as matches for them. And yeah, MR has absolutely outdone herself with the square design. This year‘s game really is HB bigger and better than ever before in every respect!

          1. I’ll just add that, even though I have no plans to read any *this* year, I’m thrilled that non-fiction is now acceptable for many squares instead of just one.

          2. Absolutely, yes (and I actually meant to mention that, too). I’ve had NF books in my reading lists for individual squares in the past — eventually always ended up picking a fiction title, but I *was* close to asking whether NF was permitted in a couple of cases, so it’s extremely cool to know we can now do so as a matter of course.

    1. Finding enough books isn’t the issue once you’re in the swing of the game, trust me! 😀 We’ve been playing this elsewhere since 2016, and it’s proving more and more addictive with every new year. All who have been participating regularly over the past couple of years agree that the two-month period when we’re running the game is the best part of the year! 🙂

    1. It‘s very simple, really — and tons of fun. We‘ve been playing it on Booklikes since 2016 … when BL folded we grudgingly had to move to another venue (that we‘re none too happy with, but which is the only option at the moment), but we‘re hanging on like grim death rather than let circumstances defeat us! 😀

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