Sunday, September 16, 2018

R.I.P. XII Challenge - Looking forward to October

I had so much fun reading mysteries last October, I decided to do the same for this year's R.I.P. (Readers Imbibing Peril) Challenge. I'm also throwing in a collection of ghost stories for good measure, and I may do a Daphne du Maurier reread as well.

I'm going for Peril the First, which means 4 books. I have a good selection from which to choose:

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, by M.R. Jones - Jones was a scholar and folklorist and this collection was first published in 1904. Here's the wikipedia link on this collection--very excited to read this.

The Man He Never Was, by James L. Rubart - a modern retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I won this in a book giveaway and I think R.I.P is a perfect time to read it.

Sup With the Devil, by Barbara Hamilton - book 3 and the final one in this absolutely wonderful historical mystery series with Abigail Adams as the sleuth. I read book 2 last October and vowed to read book 3 this year.

The Cater Street Hangman, by Anne Perry - looking forward to book 1 in this series featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. Comes highly recommended by many fellow bloggers.

The House on the Strand, by Daphne du Maurier - I read this when I was in junior high back in the Dark Ages, and as a lover of the time travel genre, I am eager to reread this. I remember a few parts vividly, and DDM is always a treat to read.

A Monstrous Regiment of Women, by Laurie R. King - book 2 in the Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell series. I enjoyed book 1 last October, and decided to read book 2 this year.

When Gods Die, by C.S. Harris - book 2 in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series. I read book 1 a few years ago, thought it good and promising, but haven't carved out the time to read book 2...yet!

But first, I need to complete the books I'm currently reading:

Drums of Autumn (book 4 in the Outlander series), although that may go on hiatus until November if I don't get it done in September. I wanted to get a good start on it before season 4 of the TV series started up in November so I would have the details fresh in mind so I could quibble over what they did and didn't include or do properly! :)

D-Day by Stephen Ambrose - I love this book so much. Detailed, well-written, engaging, moving.

Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton - heartbreaking and sobering

At Home, a Short History of Private Life, by Bill Bryson - I'm listening to BB read his own words, which is my favorite way to experience his books. This is a reread, and an absolute treat.

Happy Reading!


  1. Jane, I hope you will enjoy this challenge; I'm also participating and having fun.

  2. You are reading an interesting looking bunch of books. D-Day by Stephen Ambrose sound particularly intriguing.

    The RIP challenges are always fun. I might try to participate this year if time permits.

  3. Your October is pretty well booked up! Great selections... enjoy RIP.

  4. Looks like you have some fun RIP books to read! This is one of my favorite reading challenges.

  5. What a great list! I love Daphne Du Maurier and own an antique copy of The House on the Strand. . . but I still haven't read it yet. I love time travel as well. This makes me want to move it up on my own list!

  6. Great list! I love Anne Perry though I've mostly read her William Monk series. I also really enjoyed the St. Cyr series. I hope you like Drums of Autumn, it's one of my favorite of the Outlander books.

    1. Well, this is my third rereading of Drums of Autumn--I agree, it's one of the best of the series.

  7. Yeah I probably need to read the Ambrose D-Day book; I did really like Ambrose's book on Lewis & Clark ... called Undaunted Courage. I recommend it.

    1. I loved Undaunted Courage--such a powerful story.