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Moonlight Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game 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.

Currently reading

A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
G.J. Meyer
Progress: 33 %
The Hog's Back Mystery
Freeman Wills Crofts
Progress: 96/319 pages

Detection Club Bingo: UPDATES


Updated 3/6/18


I am currently working on a buddy read with Tigus for Chapter 4 (Play Up! Play Up! And Play the Game!) with The Hogsback Murder. Admittedly, however, Kill Your Darlings has taken up a lot of my reading time!


As promised, I put together a bingo card for The Detective Club, based on the chapter headings in Martin Edward's The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books.


Each number refers to the relevant chapter in The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books. The images are either a detail from the cover image of a book mentioned in the chapter, with the exception of #3, and I couldn't resist an image of Hercule Poirot for a chapter called The Great Detectives!


1. A New Era Dawns: image: cover detail from The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

2. The Birth of the Golden Age: image: cover detail from The Mystery of the Red House by A.A. Milne

3. The Great Detectives: image: Hercule Poirot as played by David Suchet

4. Play Up! Play Up! and Play the Game!: image: cover detail from The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Croft

5. Miraculous Murders: image: cover detail from Miraculous Murders anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne
Also read:
Miraculous Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards (anthology)

6. Serpents in Eden: image: cover detail from Serpents in Eden anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
7. Murder at the Manor: image: cover detail from Murder at the Manor anthology, edited by Martin Edwards

8. Capital Crimes:  image: cover detail from Capital Crimes anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
Murder in Piccadilly by Charles Kingston
Also read:
Murder in the Museum by John Rowlands
Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie

9. Resorting to Murder: image: cover detail from Resorting to Murder anthology, edited by Martin Edwards

10. Making Fun of Murder: image: cover detail from Ask A Policeman by The Detection Club

11. Education, Education, Education: image: cover detail from Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay
Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay

12. Playing Politics: image: cover detail from The End of Andrew Harrison by Freeman Wills Croft

13. Scientific Enquiries:image: cover detail from Death of an Airman by Christopher St. John Sprigg

14. The Long Arm of the Law: image: cover detail from anthology of the same name, edited by Martin Edwards

15. The Justice Game: image: cover detail from Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate
Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate

16. Multiplying Murders: image: cover detail from The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon
The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon (read 1/12/18)

17. The Psychology of Crime: image: cover detail from Payment Deferred by C.S. Forester

18. Inverted Mysteries: image: cover detail from Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith

19. The Ironists: image: cover detail from Family Matters by Anthony Rolls

20. Fiction from Fact: image: cover detail from  The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

21. Singletons: image: cover detail from Darkness at Pemberley by T.H. White

22. Across the Atlantic: image: cover detail from Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

23. Cosmopolitan Crimes:image: cover detail from Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon 

24. The Way Ahead: image: cover detail from The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake
25. Free Square: I've used an image of The Detection Club mascot, Eric the Skull, for the free square. My plan for this square is to read a holiday/Christmas mystery.

Round 2 Results: Yellow Game

Round 2 Results:

BrokenTune: Lydia Bennet (victim) - Yes. 20 points awarded.
Isanythingopen: near a tor, Dartmoor (crime scene) - No. 5 points awarded.
Darth Pony: J.R.R. Tolkien (suspect) - No. 5 points awarded.
Emerjas: Jane Austen (suspect) - No. 5 points awarded. 
Hooked On Books: mauled by a demon hound (cause of death) - No. 5 points awarded
Witty Little Knitter: pass



Suspect: unknown

Crime 1:

Cause of death:
Crime Scene:

Crime 2:

Victim: Ariadne Oliver
Cause of death:
Crime Scene:

Crime 3:

Victim: Lydia Bennet
Cause of death:
Crime Scene:

Round 2 Results: Red Game

Round 2:

Obsidian Blue: arsenical toothpaste (COD) - yes
Jennifer's Books: The Hob, District 12 (CS) - no
Reading is my ESCAPE: Lydia Bennet (victim) - no

Team TFD

Tannat: Arthur Conan Doyle (suspect) - yes
Familiar Diversions: Pass



Killer: Arthur Conan Doyle

Crime 1:

Crime scene: the Orient Express
Cause of death

Crime 2:

Crime scene
Cause of death

Crime 3:

Crime scene
Cause of death: arsenical toothpaste

Round 2 results: Green Game

Round 2:


Cards played: Debbie: Pass

Tea, Rain, Book: Pass

Nighttime Reading Center: Pass


Team TML: Themis: Green Dragon Pub (CS) - No. 5 points awarded.

Murder by Death: dark alley beat down (COD) - Yes. 20 points awarded.

Lillelara: crushed in a bad tesseract (COD) - No. 5 points awarded



Suspect: unknown


Crime 1:


Victim: unknown

COD: unknown

CS: unknown


Crime 2:


Victim: unknown

COD: beaten in a dark alley

CS: Gryffindor common room


Extra! Extra! Read All About It!



Round 2 is closed

Results forthcoming!

Hear ye, hear ye

Kill Your Darlings: Clue or Red Herring?



Inspector Reader receives a letter from Sherlock Holmes on a topic of concern to his investigation.



Kill Your Darlings: Clue or Red Herring?



Inspector Reader receives a letter of concern to the investigation from Mrs. Elizabeth Darcy, while he is in Derbyshire investigating a missing person's report.


Kill Your Darling: Clue or Red Herring?



The image of the front and back of a business card found tucked into the door frame of Mrs. Oliver's flat by Hercule Poirot's very efficient secretary, Miss Lemon, when she arrived there for a prearranged tea party on Monday afternoon.



KYD: Game play updates/clarifications

A couple of clarifications that I want to make sure that everyone is aware of!


1. If there are multiple victims/crime scenes/causes of death, you do not need to specify which one you are thinking of when you play a card. So, if there are three victims, and you play Dr. John Watson, that play counts for all three open victims, and you are not required to specify position (first, second or third).


2. If you are reading to obtain a card that has already been successfully identified by someone else, you do not need to use a "round" to play the card. E.g.:Themis-Athena read a book to claim the points for Gryffindor Common Room, which had been successfully identified by Nighttime Reading Center. She does not need to use her Round 2 play to do this. Simply finish up the book at your convenience and claim the points. Players are responsible for keeping track of this themselves and we're operating on the honor system because, after all, this is a game! 

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!



Extra! Extra! Read All About It!



Extra! Extra! Read All About It!



Reading progress update: I've read 96 out of 319 pages.

The Hog's Back Mystery - Freeman Wills Crofts

Buddy read with Tigus is happening!


So far, we have a disappearance, but we're not sure if it's a murder or not.

Results are posted!

Check your game play thread for details!