Readers Imbibing Peril, XV

It sort of snuck up on me this year (my sense of time is pretty confused by this pandemic), but I’m so excited that the annual challenge, Readers Imbibing Peril, is now upon us! It’s my favorite challenge of the year, and always marks the coming of Fall. This is the 15th year and it just gets better and better.

The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.

Basically, read scary.

“Are you reading for spooky season? We need more wicked good books (and screen) in our lives, so being the rule-breakers we are, #RIPXV BEGINS NOW. How do you play? Tag @PerilReaders and #ripxv in your Twitter and/or Instagram posts. It’s that easy. Wicked easy.”

This post will be my “tracker” for the challenge. I will keep an ever-growing list of books read and movies watched, so check back here frequently. Just click on the R.I.P.XV graphic in my sidebar and it will bring you here.

My books read list:

The Body on the Beach, by Simon Brett.
The first book in the Fethering Village series. Recently retired, Carole Seddon, finds a body on the beach while walking her dog one morning. However, a short while later the police can’t find the body so they don’t take her very seriously. It’s up to Carole and her next door neighbor, Jude, to solve the mystery themselves. Fun!  I rated it 3.5 stars on Goodreads.

The House of Dies Drear, by Virginia Hamilton.
“The house of Dies Drear loomed out of mist and murky sky, not only gray and formless, but huge and unnatural. It seemed to crouch on the side of a hill high above the highway. And it had a dark, isolated look about it that set it at odds with all that was living.“  I really enjoyed this book, and would have loved it had I read it as a middle grade student! I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

Blanche White on the Lam, by Barbara Neely.
“Blanche White is a plump, feisty, middle-aged African-American housekeeper working for the genteel rich in North Carolina. But when an employer stiffs her, and her checks bounce, she goes on the lam, hiding out as a maid for a wealthy family at their summer home. That plan goes awry when there’s a murder and Blanche becomes the prime suspect. So she’s forced to use her savvy, her sharp wit, and her old-girl network of domestic workers to discover the truth and save her own skin.”  This was a fun book, the first in a series that I’m looking forward to reading. I gave this first book 4.5 stars on Goodreads.

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18 thoughts on “Readers Imbibing Peril, XV

    1. Robin Post author

      Thanks, Les. I’m doing the same thing—reading from what I already have! I started making a list of what I have and discovered I have enough mysteries to read for two years. Ha! The “challenge” this year is so easy. No signing up and it’s mainly on Twitter or Instagram. Very low-key. I like that.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Iliana, I’ll be interested to see what you are going to read for this year’s RIP. I’m not posting a list ahead of time but am keeping track of what I read as I go along. My books are either on my shelf, my kindle, or on my phone…I’m trying to read and listen to some of what I already have right here! So many books…!

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  1. Debi

    RIP is just so comforting. Which on the surface sounds odd, but I think we all feel that way.
    I think it was just last year that I read The House of Dies Drear for RIP. I enjoyed it, but really wished I’d read it as a kid because I’m sure I would have absolutely loved it then!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Debi, you’re right! This challenge is comforting, so it’s particularly needed in this crazy 2020! And I also agree with you about The House of Dies Drear. I think I would have loved it if I’d read it as a child!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Hi Kay, you may have already found the answer to your question about linking up to the main RIP XV post, but I’ll answer anyway… This year they are not requiring sign-ups, so there’s not a blog post for us to link to. All the info is on Instagram and Twitter at @perilreaders. They’re keeping it very simple. I just like to keep track of my books read on my blog since I’ve been doing that for so many years. I hope this helps! Email me if you have more questions. Enjoy your reading!

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        1. Robin Post author

          There are quite a few readers that aren’t on those social media sites, so it’s a different kind of challenge this year. I guess that fits with this crazy 2020! I’ll be visiting your blog to see what you are reading, though! Enjoy!

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