Moonlight Murder

Moonlight Murder

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Bingo host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

My bingo card!

My bingo card arrived! Thanks MBD!



These are a few of the books I am considering - some were on my list, some I found when I was perusing my bookshelves for likely candidates!


I also have a ton of books on my kindle that I'm likely to read as well!

Reading progress update: I've read 70%.
The Fold: A Novel - Peter Clines

My husband, daughter & I listened to this book on our vacation - we're home now, at about 70%, so everyone has gone their separate ways in reading it! The girl just came down the stairs and told me that things have gone from bad to worse!


Overall, it's quite an engaging tale. I previously read 14 by the author and really liked it, so I'm interested to see how this one ends!

Vacation is over!
The Sunne In Splendour - Sharon Kay Penman

I'm back from my vacation & ready to start reading for Halloween bingo. However, I need to update a few things.


First, I started a new discussion in the bingo discussion group for readers to log their bingos! If you haven't joined the group but are going to be playing, please go ahead and join. It will make it easier to track bingos if we have a central clearing house where everyone can easily keep up on what is going on!


The bingo reporting thread is: here!


I will be opening a new thread after each drawing!


Second, I've blacked out my summer bingo card! Post forthcoming!


Third, I'm so excited about all of the new players for bingo. I am trying to follow everyone who shows up in the group or who has commented on our posts! If you don't get any comments from me on your bingo posts, this probably means I'm not following you, which is not intentional. Feel free to PM me just to say hello! I don't want to miss anyone!


Finally, thanks to my co-host, Obsidian Black Death, for doing the heavy lifting over the last few days! I've been spending my time walking on the beach and reading about Jaime & Claire and Richard III (two separate books)!

JOINT POST: MM AND OBD TALK: Halloween Bingo 2016: General Rules and FAQs


Well we are less than a day away from starting Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2016!


Moonlight Reader (Murder) and I are so happy to see so many people excited about the Halloween Bingo.


I love how everyone is trying to help each other out with finding books that can complete a square. I think we mentioned the rules here and there for how we were planning on doing this bingo, but we thought it be good to have it all spelled out before the bingo kicks off tomorrow.

Start Date of Bingo: September 1, 2016. That means that a review posted to fit the bingo has to occur after September 1, 2016. I know that means some of us are going to be reading the night before (yeah I am, I can hardly wait to dive into my books).

End of Bingo: October 31, 2016. So please make sure that you have your bingo card all filled out so we can include your name for the drawings.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

1. If you are going to be participating in the bingo, please add a comment down below. That way Moonlight Murder and I can follow you on Booklikes. Also follow each other! That way you can see what other people are reading, just in case you get stuck trying to find a book that will fit a bingo square. 

2. We are going to be using "Halloween Bingo 2016" as the tag for the bingo contest. That way you can use the tag to follow other Booklikers who are also participating in the contest.

3. Only one book counts towards a bingo square. The middle square (Raven reading a book) we decided does need a book to fill it otherwise some people will be able to get a bingo after just reading four books. We want it to be fair for everyone. So we decided that the free space you can read any book in there that you want as long as it is related to Halloween in some way. It doesn't have to be horror, it doesn't have to be young adult. Heck I just noticed some children's books that would fit in nicely.

4. You can get a bingo by reading five books across or down. You can get a bingo by going diagonally as well. I saw some people saying that they thought you could get a bingo by just reading the four corner squares, but for the purposes of our bingo, that doesn't count. You would need to do four corners and the middle square in order to bingo (5 books).

5. You do not need to black out the whole card to participate in the bingo contest. If you do though, you can join in for the blackout contest.

6. Each bingo that you get is good for one entry in the contest with a maximum of five entries per person. We plan on having drawings for the bingo every other Thursday. That means we are going to have drawings on 9/15, 9/29, 10/3, & 10/27. We will have a final drawing for blackouts only on 10/31. We plan on having a total of five drawings.

7. Once you win, you are out of the bingo drawing. That way we can make sure that everyone reasonably has a chance to win.

8. For the blackout drawing we are still deciding if we are going to include prior winners or not. It really depends on how many people are going to play to get the blackout bingo card.

9. Moonlight and I are obviously participating, but we are not playing to win.

10. If you have any questions concerning a book that you think should count towards a bingo square or just general questions, feel free to comment here, or message us on Booklikes or in the group discussion Booklikes Bookish Bingo Club.

11. Re-reads absolutely do count. I know a lot of people wanted to read new books for the bingo, and that is fine, but it is not a rule.

12. There is the second annual Dewey Readathon on October 22, 2016. Moonlight and I participated last year and had a blast. We want to remind other readers about it so that way in case you find yourself behind, you can always set aside some time to participate in the readathon as well as do the bingo at the same time.

13. Have fun! I hope no one is going to stress too much over this. I loved the Summer Bingo because it was just fun to read books and see how they would fit with the bingo. I actually did not plan for that square at all and still managed to find a ton of books that I really enjoyed (except Alphas because that book still haunts me to this day).


See below for the bingo card! 




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And, finally!



We read tomorrow!


JOINT POST: OBP & MR talk Pumpkin
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories - William L. Hedges, Washington Irving Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie Dark Harvest - Norman Partridge Halloween - Walter Scott, William F. Nolan, E. Nesbit, Peter Straub, Tina Rath, John Shirley, Charles de Lint, Esther M. Friesner, Gary A. Braunbeck, CaitlĂ­n R. Kiernan, Norman Partridge, F. Paul Wilson, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Peter Crowther, Joe R. Lansdale, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Ste




There are a number of different ways to fill this square: pumpkin on the cover, someone whose pet name is pumpkin, a book where the characters eat pumpkin pie. The easiest to find are the ones with pumpkins on the cover, and a lot of those tend to be cozy mysteries, for some reason! You can find a good compilation of possibilities in Murder By Death’s Pumpkin Square post - title of post links you to the original!




This was a fun one for me. Pumpkins pretty much equal Halloween.

Also I had no idea until recently how many books out there have pumpkins on the cover or deal with a pumpkin. Is the book loving world obsessed with pumpkins? I swear doing this bingo has me falling into all kinds of research black holes. I will be thrilled when we start in a few days.

So here are my three suggestions plus what I chose to read for the bingo.

1. Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot #36) by Agatha Christie. The book cover has a pumpkin on it. The central mystery/murder occurs on Halloween, there are mention of pumpkins and bopping for apples. I was actually tempted to re-read this one since it is one of my favorite Poirot books.

2. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. The cover has multiple pumpkins on it. This book also has Halloween tales, fits the horror square, and the young adult square too.

3. Halloween by by Paula Guran (editor). This is a collection and has stories from Stewart O'Nan, William F. Nolan, Walter Scott, Peter Straub and more. If it wasn't so long (528 pages) I would just pick it and read it for the bingo. The reviews I saw mentioned that the editing wasn't so great, so check it out via the library if you can if you are inclined to get this one.

My pick is Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge. I keep reading rave reviews about this book so I am really excited to read it. This book also fits the Halloween square since it takes place on Halloween and is considered horror for those who are still looking for a horror book to read.




In addition to those books, these will also work:


1. The Haunted Season by G. M. Malliet. This is the fifth of the Max Tudor series, and is the second set in the fall. This series has a strong seasonal theme. I know it isn’t the first in the series, but it’s the only one with a pumpkin on the cover, and sometimes I just don’t feel like I need to start at the beginning


2. Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick. This is book one of the Pumpkin Falls Mystery series, set in Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire. I’m not going to lie - I stumbled on this one when I was searching for books to fit this square, but, honestly, it sounds charming. It’s a middle grade mystery. The plot summary from Goodreads:


Now that Truly Lovejoy's father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy's Books, a struggling bookstore that's been in the family for one hundred years.


With two older brothers and two younger sisters clamoring for attention, her mother back in school, and everyone up to their eyebrows trying to keep Lovejoy's Books afloat, Truly feels more overlooked than usual. So she pours herself into uncovering the mystery of an undelivered letter she finds stuck in a valuable autographed first edition of Charlotte's Web, which subsequently goes missing from the bookshop. What's inside the envelope leads Truly and her new Pumpkin Falls friends on a madcap treasure hunt around town, chasing clues that could spell danger.”


3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: This one is pretty obvious, I’ll admit, strongly featuring a pumpkin at the end of the book. It’s also a very fast read, and there is a wonderful audio version available on audible that is only $6.95 (even for non members) and is narrated by Tom Mison. This would be a fantastic way to fill a square in an hour and fifteen minutes! Link to audible version here.

I will be re-reading Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie, unless I decide to give Absolutely Truly a go.


Moonlight Murder Is On Vacation!

Pre-vacation to do list:


  1. Countdown posts ready to drop
  2. Summer bingo update posted
  3. Pumpkin post drafted and scheduled
  4. Audiobook downloaded for drive
  5. Books (and bags) packed


Moonlight out! See you on the other side!


Summer Bingo Update

I know that we're all so excited for Halloween bingo to begin, but let's not forget about summer bingo!



The last day to add books to your bingo card is August 31, 2016.


I will be on a short vacation until Wednesday, and will post a wrap-up post when I get back to collect everyone who is eligible for the black-out drawing!


See you at the end!

The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie Dark Harvest - Norman Partridge Trick or Treat - Richie Tankersley Cusick


Today's topic is "Set on Halloween". I had a lot of fun with this one and it took a lot for me to not set aside a bunch of books right now. After the bingo I think I am going to be up to my eyes in books. 




I think that this actually ended up being the hardest square for me to fill, which really surprised me! I thought it would be easy-peasy to find books partially set/related to Halloween, but, it's turned out to be much more difficult than I expected. Here are some suggestions:

1. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury: this novella-length work is set on Halloween. It is available on audio, and has received really good reviews! As an aside, Bradbury has two other books that will work for this square: Something Wicked This Way Comes (Green Town #2) (which is set a few days before Halloween, but is close enough as far as I am concerned, as this is the one I am planning to read) and The October Country

(short stories set during the festive Halloween season).

2. Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot #36) by Agatha Christie: I am actually reading this one for my pumpkin square, but it will work here as well!

3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. This one will work for multiple squares as well, including set in New England. I will be listening to this one on audio.

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1 by J.K. Rowling. "Troll in the Dungeon. Thought you ought to know." At least the first two or three Harry Potter's specifically mention Halloween at Hogwarts. So, if you are a fan of The Boy Who Lived, and just can't fill this square, there's always Harry!

I am pretty sure that there are probably cozy mysteries/romance novels in which Halloween makes an appearance, but I don't have them identified! If you do, comment below and tell us!






I love Halloween. Maybe because I was not allowed to ever partake in the festivities as a kid. But I love something about being out at night on what is supposed to be the darkest day of the year.

I love Halloween because all of the movies on Lifetime that are so cheesy but are my secret guilty pleasures.

I love Halloween because though I will complain, I do love dressing up in a costume.

I love Halloween because watching scary movies for that whole month with friends is fun. And heck, I love watching them alone too.

I love the dark nights, the moon, listening to the wind and imagining myself in some castle on a moor somewhere.

Here are my three picks:

1. Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge. I have never read him before but am very excited to start this book. It sounds right up my alley. And for those still looking for a pumpkin square this book cover has a pumpkin.

2. Trick or Treat (Point Horror) by Richie Tankersley Cusick. One of the writers who got me started on reading horror as a kid. I loved this book when it came out in 1989. It also fits the Young Adult horror square. And you can use it for the Genre: Mystery, Genre: Horror, and there is even a cemetery I think that makes an appearance in this one so you got your grave or graveyard square too.

3. Johnny Halloween: Tales of the Dark Season by Norman Partridge. I dithered between my first pick and this one for my Halloween square book but ultimately got the first one instead.


Here are some more books that not only fit the Halloween square, but also young adult as well. 


4. Halloween Night (Point Horror) by R.L. Stine. Brenda hates her cousin Halley. And Brenda isn't the only one. Because Halley keeps stealing other people's boyfriends. So Brenda and her friends decide to plan the perfect murder. Something to go along with Brenda's perfect Halloween party.


5. Halloween Night II (Point Horror) by R. L. Stine.  The chilling sequel to Stine's bestselling Halloween Night.


And here are some more Halloween books just because.


6. October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween by Richard Chizmar (editor). Classic novellas, never-before-published stories, essays on the history, literature, and films of Halloween, and real-life memories of October 31st-from today's best practitioners of fear: Dean Koontz, Peter Straub and others. 


7. A Catered Halloween (A Mystery with Recipes #5) by Isis Crawford. Sisters Bernadette and Libby Simmons are thrilled they've been asked to cater a haunted house fundraiser. But they soon discover that ghosts aren't the only unwanted guests when a murderer strikes...



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Other posts in the series:


Magical Realism


Locked Room Mystery


Diverse Authors

Fall Into A Good Book

Dark and Stormy Night


Stay tuned tomorrow for "Pumpkin!"


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JOINT POST: OBD & MR talk about Dark and Stormy Nights
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware A Wrinkle in Time (The Time Quintet #1) - Madeleine L'Engle, Anna Quindlen Hangsaman - Shirley Jackson, Francine Prose The Hound of the Baskervilles -  Arthur Conan Doyle, Anne Perry

Today's topic is "it was a dark and stormy night," which strangely ended up being one of the more difficult squares to fill!





Oh this was tough. Who knew that we would have to bang our heads repeatedly to get "it was a dark and stormy night." I actually like this square because it took me a lot of digging to find some books that fit this square.

1. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I chose this book to complete this square. The main plot of this book reminds me a bit of "Death on the Nile" by Agatha Christie. The book synopsis says: "In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard." I hope that we get a dark and stormy night. It sounds like it. If not, I am swapping it out for another book though.

2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. I personally love this book. It definitely hits on some other squares too such as "Set in New England" and I would even push this one towards the "Magical Realism" square too though it is mostly counted as science fiction.

3. Acceptable Risk by Robin Cook. This meets a lot of squares. It takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, there is reference to the Salem Witch trials, the final climax of the book takes place during a dark and stormy night. In fact I think there were a couple. I read this book when I was a teen and really enjoyed it.




1. Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson. So, I've talked a lot about We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House, but I want to mention Hangsaman here. This is a very different sort of a book - it is shelved on GR as horror and gothic. There is a section in the book where the main character ends up wandering around a forest at night, which I remember as also being in the middle of a storm, although maybe it was just a storm inside of her own head! Anyway, I think it would qualify!


2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. There are whole sections of this book that take place during dark and stormy nights, most particularly the ghostly appearance of Catherine at the window of the narrator. In my head, I pretty much set all Victorian era gothics in the middle of dark and stormy nights any way!


3. A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth Bunce. I actually just re-read this book. It is a very well done retelling of Rumplestiltskin, and the climax of the book - the reckoning, so to speak - happens during one wild, storm-ridden night.


I'm planning on reading The Hounds of the Baskervilles for this box, because I vaguely remember that there's an event that happens during a stormy night on the moors. If it turns out I'm wrong about that, I'll find something else to read!


Other posts in the series:


Magical Realism


Locked Room Mystery


Diverse Authors

Fall Into A Good Book


JOINT POST: MR and OB Talk "Fall" Into a Good Book
September - Rosamunde Pilcher The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater Angelfall - Susan Ee A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

So I absolutely cracked up during some of the brainstorming sessions I had with Moonlight Reader regarding the squares.

Believe me, we wanted to put a ton more in and we swapped some out. I am glad that we stuck with "Fall" into a good book though.

As we have discussed on the discussion boards for Book Bingos, "Fall" into a good book can mean the book takes place during the Fall, that the word "Fall" is in the title. I even went so far as saying that a character could take a great fall (a la Alice in Wonderland) but I am still waiting on a ruling from my partner on that one.


Here are some suggestions for you!


Moonlight Murder


Moonlight MurderMoonlight MurderSo, "Fall" into a good book is full of possibilities! Here are 3 suggestions for everyone:

1. September by Rosamunde Pilcher: This is for the romance/women's fic readers among us. Pilcher writes sprawling family sagas set in England/Scotland, and this book is entirely non-scary. However, the entire book is built around a family in Scotland that is getting ready for a big party in September, so in my opinion, it definitely qualifies for the square!

2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: This is one of my favorite YA books of all time. It begins in mid-October, when Puck, the main character, decides to race her Island pony Dove in the Scorpio Races, which happen on the first of November, when the blood-thirsty water horses make landfall and the bravest men ride them to victory. If they survive. Puck is the first girl to claim the right to race in the Scorpio Races. This book is remarkable and lyrical, and the relationship between Puck and her pony is tender and lovely. The entire book takes place in the fall, which is why it qualifies for this square.

3. The Fall by Bethany Griffin: I have to admit I have not read this book, so take the recommendation with a grain of salt. It is a YA re-imagining of The Fall of the House of Usher. The reviews are all over the place. Some readers love it, others complain that it is boring.

My planned read, however, is Night in Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny. I was recommended this book by my friend Frank Tuttle (who writes rather lovely books himself, as an aside), and I bought it last year when I found that it had been reissued in print by the Chicago Review Press. The format is interesting - each chapter represents a day in October, and it is my plan to read it as written - one chapter per day, concluding on Halloween.


Obsidian Black Death


My suggestions for those that are still having some problems.

1. Angelfall (Penryn & The End of Days #1) by Susan E. I noticed that a lot of fellow Booklikers have read and reviewed this book and I was tempted to read this one too for my square, but ended up going with something else instead. It is YA fantasy and paranormal so it definitely fits the overall theme of our bingo.

2. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness. This first book takes place during the Fall term at Oxford. The rest of the book takes place during Fall and particular scenes take place during Halloween for those of you still looking for a book for the Halloween square. Since this book is about vampires and witches (oh my) this will also fit the supernatural square as well. I really loved the first book in the series so I always recommend it to other people.

3. Darkness Falls (Darkness Falls #1) by Jessica Sorensen. I ended up choosing this book for this square. I see that it had some good reviews on Goodreads, and I wanted to read something I had not read before as much as possible for the Halloween Bingo.


Prior joint posts:


Magical Realism


Locked Room Mystery


Diverse Authors


And tomorrow's post is scheduled to be "It was a dark and stormy night". Stay tuned!

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Ready or not, here it comes . . .

JOINT POST: OBP & MR talk Diverse Authors

We've had several questions about this particular square! Basically, any book that fits under any of the other squares, but which was written by an author of color fits into this particular square.



Here are some suggestions for you!


Obsidian Black Death


I can be here all day talking about diverse authors out there that write horror. I was excited about this square particularly, because I know that a lot of people know many of what I consider the greats out there (Lovecraft, Bradbury, and King) but sometimes people are not as aware of authors of colors out there as well.

Since I am a black woman, I do go out and seek works by other black women/men as much as possible. I used to read a lot of romance by people of color, but the past few years, my interest in that has waned. But, I definitely think I am going to do a reading list next year for people of color who write horror books. Doing research into these authors makes me want to read everything they have published.

Instead of me just having three picks this time, I had to go with five picks. Only because I really didn't know who to include and take off. I hope that everyone who is interested in this square does a little Googling afterwards and check out the authors I mention.

1. Octavia Butler- some of her works: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, Imago, Xenogenesis (omnibus), Lilith's Brood, Kindred, Parable of the Sower, and Parable of the Talents.

2. Tananarive Due- some of her works: My Soul to Keep, The Living Blood, Blood Colony, and My Soul To Take.

3. Jemiah Jefferson- Voice of the Blood, Wounds, Fiend, and A Drop of Scarlet.

4. Helen Oyeyemi- White is for Witching, The Icarus Girl, and her other two works are more magical realism for those out there looking still, The Opposite House, and Mr. Fox.

5. Linda D. Addison- Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes, Being Full of Light, Insubstantial, and How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend.


Moonlight Murder


I am super-excited about OBD's list! The only author on her list whom I've already read is Octavia Butler - I read The Parable of the Sower earlier this year and really enjoyed it! I'm planning on read the sequel, The Parable of the Talents, at some point soon!


I have the following books in my TBR:


1. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. This one would fit under the witch square and the author is the American born daughter of Nigerian immigrants. I've heard such good things about this author!


2. Ghost Bride by Yangszee Choo. I read this book earlier - it is a ghost story, and I liked it a lot.


3. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco. This one is definitely on my to be read list, because a walking ghost who murders killers sounds fantastic!


I decided to read Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older for this category, although all of the books and authors mentioned sound so good!.


Prior joint posts:


Magical Realism


Locked Room Mystery



And tomorrow's post is scheduled to be "Fall" Into A Good Book. Stay tuned!

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