Sweaters and seasonal socks and candles.

It’s the perfect time of year to curl under a blanket with a book an a cup of hot chocolate. And if those books are mystery or gothic or horror, all the better.

Both the FrightFall and RIP XV started yesterday.

The FrightFall Readathon is sponsored by Michelle at Seasons of Reading. Remember, the one main “rule” of FrightFall is that you must read ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who, like me, are faint of heart). The rest of the month? Keep reading scary if you want, or read whichever genre you choose. The hashtag is #FrightFall.

RIP XV is hosted by @perilreaders on instagram and twitter. As always, 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

The hashtag is #RIPXV.

Clearly, most of what I read this season will fit these challenges.

These are the books I read:

  1. A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas – mystery
  2. Death in Damascus by Karen Baugh Menuhin – mystery
  3. Murder by the Book edited by Cynthia Manson – mystery anthology
  4. An Old Money Murder in Mayfair by Sara Rosett – mystery
  5. The Diva Haunts the House by Krista Davis – mystery
  6. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – gothic
  7. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon – gothic
  8. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – horror
  9. Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case by Kristen Painter – mystery
  10. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – mystery


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