Thursday, September 07, 2017

R.I.P. Challenge Reading List

The R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, affectionately known as the R.I.P. Challenge, is already underway, running from September 1 through October. I'm still in the middle of some pretty hefty books, so I won't be joining until October, but I had fun collecting 10 mysteries from my TBR shelf that are just "dying" to be read.

If you want to sign up or read reviews, visit Estella's Revenge.

Here's what I've read so far:
  1. Journey to Munich, which is #12 in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series by Jacqueline Winspear.
  2. The Brimstone Wedding, by Barbara Vine - I read about this a few years ago and got a copy for specifically for R.I.P.
  3. The Bee Keeper's Apprentice, by Laurie King - with Sherlock Holmes, no less, I've been wanting to give this a whirl for years now.
  4. A Marked Man, by Barbara Hamilton - second in a mystery series starring one of my favorite founding mothers, Abigail Adams.
  5. Bruno, Chief of Police, by Martin Walker - first in a series set in rural France.
And here's what I'm looking forward to:

Borderline, by Nevada Barr - I haven't read an Anna Pigeon mystery in a while, and this is the next one in the series for me.

The Falls, by Ian Ranking - another one that has been languishing on my shelf. Reading about Edinburgh in Diana Gabaldon's Voyager is just whetting my appetite for more Edinburgh scenes, albeit more modern than the 18th century.

Borrower of the Night, by Elizabeth Peters - I liked Peters' Amelia Peabody stories, so I'm looking forward to meeting art historian Vicky Bliss.

The Eagle Catcher, by Margaret Coel - set on a Wyoming Indian Reservation, I've been wanting to read more from this Colorado writer.

Lake of Fire, by Linda Jacobs - set in Yellowstone, this is a historical mystery/thriller. I love Westerns, I love National Parks especially Yellowsone, I love mysteries. Hope it's a winner.

Suffer the Little Children, by Donna Leon - another Guido Brunetti mystery, set in Venice, love this series. Should be a comfort read despite the inevitable murder.

Such a wealth of choices--I'll be revisiting old friends and catching up on their doings, and meeting new, and hopefully interesting, characters. Bring on the Pumpkin Spice and let the leaves fall!

I know I won't get through all of these books in October, but it's nice to have them all at the ready.


  1. What a great list of mysteries you have lined up! There is something comforting about reading a good mystery, you are right.

    I look forward to discovering what you choose and what you think of it.

  2. Awesome list of books. I hope you post about the best ones! (And I love the title of The Brimstone Wedding.) Happy reading. :D

  3. I cannot believe that it is almost that time again!

    You have an impressive reading list, even if you do not get to them all soon.

    I would like to participate this year. I have some reading commitments however. I will see if I can sneak a book in.

  4. This is a nice list! Maybe I'll try a Bruno book. Southern France is on my mind in the fall.

  5. Bruno, Chief of Police is on my to-read list, but I haven't picked up a copy yet. Enjoy your reading!

  6. Thanks so much for this list. So many mysteries out there and your list offers excellent choices. I will put Donna Leon on my list of course and Bruno sounds interesting, this time set in France.

  7. I've read both The Brimstone Wedding and The Falls - both excellent books. I hope you enjoy them too. I haven't read Suffer the Little Children, but have read other books by Donna Leon, which I've enjoyed.

    I'm joining in with RIP too this year.

  8. Jane, you've got some good ones lined up for this challenge. I've always wanted to try Laurie King's books. Enjoy

  9. This is the best month! Good luck on your reading and enjoy those pumpkin spice lattes!