Sunday, September 01, 2019

RIP14 - Readers Imbibing Peril - getting my books together

For the past couple of years, I have devoted the month of October to reading mysteries and the RIP (Readers Imbibing Peril) Challenge is always fun. I'm not really into horror, although I think I might join a Dr Sleep (Stephen King) read-along.

Here is my lineup, so far, for October and for RIPXIV. I know I won't get through them all, but I'll have fun trying.

In no particular order...

A Siege of Bitterns, by Steve Burrows - birder murder series #1
Death at La Fenice, by Donna Leon - #1 set in Venice, I want to reread the series as I love it so much
Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody - a Kate Shackleton mystery I picked up at a JASNA book exchange
A Monstrous Regiment of Women, by Laurie King - #2 in the Sherlock Holmes, Mary Russell series
Where Serpents Sleep, by C.S. Harris - #4 in the Sebastian St Cyr series, although I also have #3 on order, so will probably read that one first
Brat Farrar, by Josephine Tey - a slender book, I may count this as my novella for Back to the Classics challenge
Anna's Book, by Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine) - set in London, 1905; really enjoyed her Brimstone Wedding, which I read a few years ago
Murder on Astor Place, by Victoria Thompson - this has been on my TBR shelf  for ages; I need to read it or recycle it!
The Key to Rebecca, by Ken Follett - Nazis and Egypt - I'm intrigued - also, I have this notion it ties into Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, but the back cover is not confirming that...

Oh, and the Goodreads True Book Talk group will be doing a spooky read in October--the voting indicates one of two sets of short stories. Both look great--Twice Told Tales, by Nathaniel Hawthorne or Black Spirits and White, by Ralph Adams Cram.

And, I have Melmoth audio waiting in my library queue...same with Louise Penny's latest A Better Man, but who knows when my turn will be!


  1. That’s a great list! The only one I’ve read on it is Brat Farrar. The Ken Follett sounds really good. Enjoy your R.I.P. reading!

  2. Happy Reading! October is the perfect month for mysteries.

  3. RIP is such a fun event. I had participated a few years ago. Maybe I can sneak a book in this year.

    I remember the television movie The Key to Rebecca. As I recall, there was a connection to the Daphne du Maurier book.

  4. Death at LaFenice by Donna Leon is the first book in her marvelous Detective Guido Brunetti mystery series. I can't say enough about how great this series is and Death at LaFenice is the first book and I was hooked from then on.

  5. I don't really read horror either so I admire that you might join a Stephen King read! I think The Green Mile is the only one of his books I've ever read. Have a great RIP reading season!

  6. What a fun challenge! I love how it runs through all October, culminating in Halloween. I'll look forward to seeing reviews of the books throughout the month :)

  7. That is a great list! Anna's Book is my favorite of Barbara Vine's books, maybe I need to read it again myself. A friend gave me one of Frances Brody's books for Christmas, and it's still sitting on the TBR stacks.

  8. What a great list of possible RIP reads! I love C.S. Harris, and I totally want to read A Siege of Bitterns. :)

  9. I need to make my list up too! I,m thinking maybe a Shirley Jackson title?

  10. Nice list. I'm not really into Horror either but perhaps I should read at least 1 spooky book in October. Maybe a Shirley Jackson tale. Hmm