Moonlight Madness

Moonlight Madness

The third annual game of Booklikes Halloween Bingo starts 9/1/18! Join us and play!

3.5 Stars
Penhallow by Georgette Heyer
Penhallow - Georgette Heyer

I am not quite sure what to say about this book. Adam Penhallow, the man who will eventually become the victim, like Simeon Lee from Hercule Poirot's Christmas, is utterly loathesome. He is the classic early twentieth century affluent male demanding that all of his relatives dance attendance upon him as they wait for him to die.


Heyer does a bang-up job sketching out all of the various characters, from Faith, Penhallow's long-suffering, mild second wife, mother to Cliff, to all of his children. Of them, only one, Char, has really managed to break free of her family, and that is because she inherited a legacy from a grandmother that has made her independent. Penhallow has seven sons, Ray, Jimmy the Bastard, Bart, Con, Eustace (or something like that), Aubrey and Cliff, who is the only son by Faith. He has decided that he wants all of his children at home, in his not-waning-nearly-quickly-enough years, so that he can psychologically torture them and hang their impoverishment over their heads, as he controls all of the money. I'm pretty sure there's another random daughter, but I don't remember her name. There is at least one daughter-in-law, who bitterly hates Penhallow.


It is only a matter of time before one of them breaks. One of them breaks.


One of the marvelous things about modern economies is that all of those children would have at least had the option of telling him to go fuck himself and set out to make their own way in the world without regard to the inherited wealth. He really needed to go fuck himself.


The murder doesn't occur until late in the book, approximately 64%, and it is no surprise, because we are in on the details. The only real mystery is whether or not the police will actually figure it out.


I read this one for the Country House Murder square.

Bingo Call: 9/15/18

Reading progress update: I've read 64%.
Penhallow - Georgette Heyer



Ding, dong the jerk is dead.

Reading progress update: I've read 42%.
Penhallow - Georgette Heyer

Someone needs to be murdered asap.

Moonlight Madness 2018 Bingo Tracking Post

Book titles link to relevant posts. 




Classic Horror; Cryptozoologist; Cozy Mystery; New Release; Southern Gothic, Terrifying Women, A Grimm Tale, Modern Masters of Horror



Currently Reading:


We've just started our third Alex Rider audiobook.


A Grimm Tale: The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey

Spellbound: The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett




Called + read (white cat)


Classic Horror: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

New Release: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Cryptozoologist: Tricks for Free by Seanan McGuire

Southern Gothic: The Ballad of Frankie Silver by Sharyn McCrumb

Terrifying Women: The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

Free Square: Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz


Read + waiting for a call (yellow moon)


Diverse Voices: Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

Deadlands: Midnight Crossroads by Charlaine Harris

Creepy Carnivals: Madball by Frederic Brown

Slasher Stories: I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

Baker Street Irregulars: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

Ghost Stories: The Walker in the Shadows by Barbara Michaels

Genre: Suspense: Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz

Country House Mystery: Penhallow by Georgette Heyer

13: The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie





I still haven't chosen my wild card author - leaning towards Agatha at this point!


Alex Rider audiobooks
Snakehead - Anthony Horowitz Crocodile Tears - Anthony Horowitz The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud

So, our road trip has taken us from Knoxville area, Tennessee to Nashville, Memphis, a tiny dot on the map called Clarksville, Arkansas, Elk City, Oklahoma and now Albuquerque, NM, which is where I am posting from this morning.


Since we left Knoxville, we've managed to listen to books 7 & 8 in the Alex Rider series, which have entertained all three of us enormously. Anthony Horowitz's boy spy, Alex Rider, has had a rough year, for sure!


We have about a six hour drive into the Phoenix area, where we will spend tomorrow with my parents, and then head north to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon on Saturday. From there it's Vegas and then Reno and then home!


Next book up is the first in the Lockwood and Co. series by Jonathan Stroud!


I will be claiming Genre, Suspense and my Free Square with the two Alex Riders, and supernatural with Lockwood & Co, when I get some time to update. Right now, I'm having breakfast, and then we will hit the road.

Bingo Call: 9/11/18

Bingo Call: 09/09/2018



Southern Gothic: mystery, supernatural, suspense or horror set in the Southern part of the United States.

Reblogged from Obsidian Black Plague
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Penhallow - Georgette Heyer

Adam Penhallow is every bit as awful as Mrs. Boynton from Appointment with Death. He is going to come to a bad end.

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
The Walker in Shadows - Barbara Michaels

This one is looking like it will also work for the "ghost" square.


She was looking at the lamp on the bedside table. “It wasn’t a dream,” Kathy said slowly. “That hand—that awful, bony hand…It threw the lamp at me.”


First week of Halloween Bingo!

How is everyone doing? Having fun? Has everyone had at least one called square that is on your card?


I am travelling for the next couple of weeks - I'm in Tennessee right now with my daughter and her fiance, and tomorrow we (husband, son, self) take off for Nashville, then to Memphis, then we're popping over to Arkansas for bbq with a friend who left Oregon earlier this year, and then we drive through Oklahoma and New Mexico to Phoenix to visit my parents!


I am therefore reading only kindle books on the trip, since bringing along my library books didn't make sense in terms of packing for the flight out. My son & I had to pack light because we had a huge suitcase of what was left of Cait's clothes that didn't fit in the car when she and husband drove cross-country, and we had her cat.


Let me tell you, flying with a cat is . . . interesting. Poor kitty was stuck in a small carrier for several hours, and he was most unimpressed with the "pet relief" accommodations at the Denver airport, which were clearly designed for dogs.



Hope everyone is having more fun than my poor cat was in that picture! 

2.5 Stars
Weakest in the series
Tricks for Free - Seanan McGuire

This book was 0% Aeslin mice.


It also seemed like it lasted forever. I kept reading and reading and then I would look down and see 42%. 


We did finally get a bit more information about Mary and Antimony's powers. However, I can't say that I've been as impressed with the last few books as I was at the beginning of the series.


I read this one for Cryptozoologist.


4 Stars
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
The Case of the Missing Marquess - Nancy Springer

This book was 100% adorable, and if I had found it as a middle-grade reader, I would have loved it. There were aspects of it that were wholly unbelievable, and the portrayal of both Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes was not canon, but I am no purist and didn't care a whit.


The basic premise is that Sherlock & Mycroft's mother had a late in life child, Enola, who is 14 at the time that Sherlock is well into his career (it's post Hound of the Baskervilles, for sure). One day, her mother up and abandons her, leaving her notes (with money) hidden around the house. She decides that she is NOT going to a boarding school, and runs away, finding a kidnapped peer, and getting kidnapped herself, on her travels, all the while uncovering a charlatan who has been separating the gentry from their money under the pretenses of being a psychic.


This was a quick little read that I was able to check out from library using overdrive. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and if you have kids, especially girls, who like mysteries, this might be a good one to recommend. Bonus points if they enjoy the original Sherlock Holmes tales.


Bingo Call: 9/7/18

3.5 Stars
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Truly Devious - Maureen Johnson

Overall, I found this to be a bit of a mixed bag - I enjoyed the beginning, the second quarter dragged, and then it picked up again at about 52%. 


There was a lot of classic mystery name-checking, and especially Hercule Poirot and his leetle grey cells. The main character, Stevie, is a true crime and mystery buff, and her obsession with crime fiction, especially Agatha and the inimitable Sherlock Holmes was thoroughly delightful. 


I also quite enjoyed the bits of ephemera, transcripts and the like, that we got from the 1936 disappearance and murders, which is at the heart of the book. Don't go into this book expecting a resolution to any of the subplots, though, because you aren't going to get one, This is a classic cliffhanger and the next book in the series, The Vanishing Staircase, doesn't release until next January. I was wishing that I had waited to read it until the sequel came out.


Because even though it was a mixed bag, I enjoyed it a lot and will be reading book 2 the day it drops. I need answers!


I was planning to read this one for Baker Street Irregulars, but I checked out the first in the Enola Holmes series last night, which fits perfectly in that slot. This one was published on 1/18/18, so I'm checking off "New Release" instead!


Reading progress update: I've read 48%.
Truly Devious - Maureen Johnson

This book started strong, with the introduction of Stevie, the main character moving into her dorm room, unpacking her books:


Sherlock Holmes on top with Wilkie Collins. Then Agatha Christie spread over two shelves, leading into Josephine Tey and Dorothy L. Sayers. She worked her way down to the modern era and ended with her books on forensics and criminal psychology. She stood back and examined the overall effect, then tweaked until the arrangement was just right. Where her books were, she was.


It has slowed down and started to drag at this point, with Stevie settling in at Ellingham Academy and meeting the other students. The student bios are a bit too precious for words, unfortunately, with the obligatory zillion-subscriber youtuber, the 16 year old publishing phenom with writer's block, the fashion icon, the brilliant teen engineer who builds particle accelerators out of straws and chewing gum (o.k., I'm exaggerating for effect, but you get the point). I'm hoping something happens. Soon.


Reading for Baker Street Irregulars.