The R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge, otherwise known as R.I.P. takes place every September 1st through October 31st.

The purpose of the R.I.P. challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as Mystery (my favorite), Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, or Supernatural.

There are multiple levels of participation (Perils):

  • Peril the First – Read four books, any length, that fit the definition of R.I.P. literature.
  • Peril the Second – Read two books of any length.
  • Peril the Third – This Peril involves reading one book.
  • Peril of the Short Story – You can read short stories any time during the challenge.
  • Peril on the Screen – This is for those of us who like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious, gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large.
  • Peril of the Review – Submit a short review of any book you read.

This year, I’ll be doing Peril the First and maybe Peril of the Short Story. I don’t really have a list prepared, but with FrightFall taking place in October, I’m hoping to finally get around to We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.

Peril the First

  1. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (mystery)
  2. The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie (mystery)
  3. Death of a Fool by Ngaio Marsh (mystery)
  4. True Fiction by Lee Goldberg (thriller)
  5. Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie (mystery)
  6. The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie (mystery)
  7. The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart (mystery)
  8. In at the Death by Francis Duncan (mystery)
  9. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (mystery)
  10. Peril at End House by Agatha Christie (mystery)
  11. The Lady in the Cellar by Sinclair McKay (mystery)
  12. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (horror)
  13. Cherringham #1-3 by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards (mystery)
  14. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (horror)
  15. Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

Peril of the Short Story

  1. The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. The Diary of a Madman by Guy de Maupassant

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