Moonlight Murder
Bingo call: 10/13/19

Bingo call: 10/11/19

Bingo call: 10/9/19

Review
4 Stars
So much fun
One of Us Is Lying - Karen  M. McManus

I enjoyed this a whole lot more than I expected! I came of age in the eighties, so I saw The Breakfast Club in the theater, and the set up for this book was really appealing to me. 

 

Each of the main characters is outwardly a teen archetype: bad boy Nate, star athlete Cooper, ivy-league bound brain Bronwyn, and homecoming princess Addy, but, as in life, there is so much more to each of them than their classmates know. I actually ended up really liking all of them. McManus did a great job making them multi-dimensional. And Addy was straight up bad ass, as it turned out, which was awesome.

 

The main issue I had with the book is that the murder victim, Simon, was such a rotten person that it was hard to feel any sympathy for him. In keeping with everyone else in the book, he had many other elements to his character swirling around, but none of them made him even remotely more likeable.

 

I had a couple of guesses for the whodunnit. My first one was wrong, but my second one was right.

 

I read this for Baker Street Irregulars, and given the amount of teen ninja investigation was happening in the book, it fit the square perfectly. I thought it was a lot of fun!

 

 

Moonlight Murder's 2019 Bingo Tracking Post

Update: 10/4/19

 

I decided to use my first Transfiguration card for Locked Room Mystery and claim it with Murder on the Oxford Canal, which I borrowed from the KU library. This gives me my first TWO bingos!

 

I also finished the second Mercy Thompson book, Blood Bound, and am using it for Spellbound. And I finished One of Us is Lying, which I used for Baker Street Irregulars. This leaves me with only 4 squares left to blackout!

 

  

 BOOKS:

 

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: The Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

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

Creepy Crawlies: Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon

Spellbound: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Darkest London: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

In the Dark, Dark Woods:

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:

13: The Mystery on Cobbett's Island by Kathryn Kenney

Country House MysteryThe Hollow by Agatha Christie

Fear Street: Help Wanted by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Locked Room Mystery: Murder on the Oxford Canal by Faith Martin

Relics and Curiosities: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Psych: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 

Cryptozoologist: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Black Cat:

Sleepy Hollow: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

New Release: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Baker Street Irregulars: One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

 

My markers:

 

Read but not called: uncarved pumpkin; Called but not read: orange frame; Read & called: carved pumpkin

 

 

The ABC Murders BBC adaptation

Zero stars

 

No, negative 1 million stars

 

 

I finally watched this thing with my daughter. I knew it was going to be bad pretty close to the beginning, when Poirot was diminished to a joke of a man who had been reduced to running murder parties for rich people.

 

But, Jesus Fucking H. Christ on a Popsicle Stick, people, I had no idea how terrible it was going to get. I really think that this is the WORST adaptation I have ever seen. Ordeal by Innocence was bad, but this is an actual abomination. What Sarah Phelps did to Poirot should be illegal. I think that Agatha Christie would actually physically assault her if she were still alive.

 

 

That so-called twist at the end with Poirot as a Catholic priest? I literally sat on my couch and just repeated "oh, no. No, no, no, no, no. No. Oh my god, No." I mean, I guess it could have been worse - she could have made him a fucking Nazi, but seriously.

 

(show spoiler)

 

That was not Poirot.

Bingo call: 10/7/19

Bingo call: 10/5/19

Review
3.5 Stars
Buddy reading with OB
Help Wanted - Richie Tankersley Cusick

I read this for Fear Street & will wait for OB to get started on her read to discuss it further. This is the first book by Richie Tankersley Cusick that I've read - I'm a bit too old to have experienced the Fear Street/Point Horror phenomenon as a tween.

Bingo call: 10/3/19

For OB

Your extra squares:

 

All of the squares

I think that I mentioned at the beginning of the game that I was going to try to read for all of the squares - this is still my plan. I've been focusing on the squares that are on my card first. Some of the books that I've read I would probably assign to different squares if I hadn't already used them on my card, but I've decided that it will be far too confusing to have books assigned to a different square for this project than on my card. I might reassign a few books after Halloween bingo is over, though.

 

I'm just using a scribbly star to denote which ones I've read.

 

So, here we go:

 

 

Booklist

 

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

Modern Noir: Fallen by Karin Slaughter

Dark Academia: The Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

Creepy-Crawlies: Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon

Sleepy Hollow: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Paint it Black: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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

Cryptozoologist: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Magical RealismAll the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle

PsychDark Places by Gillian Flynn

13: The Mystery on Cobbett's Island by Kathryn Kenney

Free: Hunted on the Fens by Joy Ellis

Gothic: The Singing Stones by Phyllis Whitney

Relics and CuriositiesRules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

New Release: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Bingo call: 10/1/19

There is no call today!

 

But you can take your free square, if you've been waiting for it to be called! Your bingo hosts had a divergence of understanding on the "free" square. 

 

When I did all of my calculating, I counted the "free" square as one of the 61 squares, so I don't have quite enough to do a call every day.

 

 

However, if you've made this far down the post, I will share that today is my 

 

25th (!!!!) wedding anniversary!

 

 

My husband would definitely give me that last meatball.

2019 Halloween Bingo Group Read

By Acclamation!

 

 

I hope you can join us!

 

This is a reminder that the group read book is a wild card and can fulfill any square!

 

Reading starts tomorrow

Bingo call: 9/29/19

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 272 pages.
The Mystery on Cobbett's Island - Kathryn Kenny, Paul Frame

This is the 13th book in the Trixie Belden series, which I will be reading for space 13 sometime this weekend.

currently reading

Progress: 35%
Progress: 50%
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All - Laura Ruby