Moonlight Murder

Moonlight Murder

Welcome to the Fourth Annual game of Halloween bingo! This is the time of year to read horror and mystery, scary books with gothic themes and other dark fiction.

Reading progress update: I've read 35%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

I am actually listening to the audiobook because I've been chilling in my craftroom cross-stitching all weekend. I finished up The Moor, and have now moved onto this one.


My thoughts so far - 


This is the first thing that I've read by Ruth Ware. I've been interested by some of her books, but I was able to borrow this one, so it's the one that I picked. Overall, I'm pretty convinced that domestic thriller is not a genre for me, because my first impulse is to just start picking apart the behavior of the characters who always seem to be either sociopaths or idiots. (The Girl on the Train, cough, cough, The Girl Before, cough cough).


I will say that the book is creepy af, and listening to it in the evening was definitely giving me the spine-tingles. Ware is doing a really good job building the suspense.


But who moves into a house with surveillance in every room without clarifying with the owners whether or not they will be spying on them during shower time?


I'm probably going to end up putting this one on Psych, although it might qualify for Country House Mystery as well, or I could use a transfiguration card and put it into Ghost Story, Murder Most Foul, or some other mystery square.

Bingo call: 9/21/19

3 Stars
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

What the actual fuck did I just read? This book is seriously messed up.


Read for Psych Paint It Black. It fits.

4 Stars
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Rules of Magic: A Novel - Alice Hoffman

This prequel to Practical Magic was released two Halloween Bingos ago, and I had planned to read it then, but didn't want to spend the $12.99 to buy it for my kindle, and the library list was dozens of holds long so I back-burnered it.


While I was casting about for something to read for the Spellbound square, I remembered that I had wanted to read this, so I looked on library2go and lo and behold, it was available without a wait. Downloaded at 5:00, finished at 8:30.


I really enjoyed it, and returning to the world of the Owens clan was delightful. It's been years since I read Practical Magic, or anything by Alice Hoffman, and I was reminded by The Rules for Magic how much I enjoy her story-telling and her use of magical elements.


This book will fill many squares as well, and I decided to use it for Relics and Curiosities instead of Spellbound, since it is generally easier to fill broader squares versus narrower ones. There is a grimoire that plays a prominent part of the book, which fits with the category. In addition, there is a Black Cat named Wren, for anyone looking to fill that square. There are also some events that occur on Halloween, so it would satisfy that one, and, off the top of my head, it would also fit Full Moon, Sleepy Hollow, Fear the Drowning Deep, and Magical Realism.

Moonlight Murder's 2019 Bingo Tracking Post

Update: 9/18/19


I am back from vacation and updating my card! This was a highly active vacation, so I didn't get a ton of reading done and I am far away from a bingo! This is probably the slowest start I've ever had for Halloween Bingo, & I definitely have some catching up to do!






Category name in bold: called

Book title in bold: read

Book title in italics: currently reading

Planned books in parentheses



Film at 11: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Magical Realism: All The Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle.

Modern NoirFallen by Karin Slaughter

Dark Academia: Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

International Woman of Mystery: Shadow on the Fens by Joy Ellis



Creepy Crawlies: Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon


Darkest London: 

In the Dark, Dark Woods: (Odd and True by Cat Winters)

Paint it Black: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn



Gothic: The Singing Stones by Phyllis Whitney

Classic Horror:

Free square: Hunted on the Fens by Joy Ellis

A Grimm Tale: (The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden)




Country House Mystery:

Fear Street:

Locked Room Mystery:

Relics and Curiosities: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Psych: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn




Black Cat: Black Cat Crossing by 

Sleepy Hollow: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

New Release: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Baker Street Irregulars: 


My markers:



Read but not called: uncarved pumpkin

Called but not read: orange frame

Read & called: carved pumpkin



Bingo call: 9/19/19

5 Stars
Stunning, gorgeous and powerful
All The Bad Apples - Moïra Fowley-Doyle

I fell in love with Moira Fowley-Doyle's style when I read her first book, The Accident Season. I enjoyed her second book as well.

This book blew me away.

Ireland's troubled and abusive history + queer kids + feminism + rage + reproductive rights + magical realism.

Gorgeous words and a powerful story. Highly recommended.


Read for the Magical Realism square of Halloween Bingo 2019.

Bingo Calls!

Catch up on the bingo calls here!


 9/1: Ghost Stories; 9/2: 9/2/19: Genre: Horror; 9/3/19: Creepy Crawlies; 

9/4/19: Amateur Sleuth; 9/5/19: American Horror Story; 9/6/19: Dystopian Hellscape; 9/7/19: Fear Street; 9/8/19: Black Cat; 9/9/19: Relics and Curiosities; 

9/10/19: A Grimm Tale; 9/11/19: Stranger Things; 9/12/19: Creepy Carnivals;

9/13/19: Country House Mystery; 9/14/19: Classic Horror; 9/15/19: Supernatural;
9/16/19: Psych; 9/17/19: Darkest London; 9/18/19: Cozy Mystery







Bingo call: 9/17/19

Bingo call: 9/15/19

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 501 pages.
Gaudy Night - Dorothy L. Sayers

A much anticipated re-read for Dark Academia!


Bingo call: 9/13/19

Bingo call: 9/11/19

Waving hello!

I won't be around much for the next week or so - we're on the family vacation! I'll be checking in briefly, but I probably won't post much.

Bingo call: 9/9/19

Bingo call: 9/7/19

currently reading

Progress: 35%
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
Gaudy Night - Dorothy L. Sayers