Readers Imbibing Peril

RIP 13I am so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers*.

Said Anne, but I am happy to say it too. Although I enjoy aspects of all seasons, autumn has my heart. Colorful, crunchy leaves and cooler temperatures make for wonderful days and the early sunset makes for perfect evenings for watching/reading/listening to everything perilous. Add in pumpkins, boots, and the return of wool and there’s just so much to look forward to.

Not the least of which is the return of my favorite fall event: Readers Imbibing Peril. It’s the 13th season of it, which seems auspicious for an event rooted in the mysterious. I plan to participate in peril the first (four books, or more!) and peril of the screen.

My reading plan:

American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett. “Some places are too good to be true.

Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother’s home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother’s past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different…”

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox. “Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well.”

Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. A missing God. A library with the secrets to the universe. A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away…

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. “First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.”

And whatever else strikes my fancy (or comes in from my hold list)! I’d like to choose one horror novels, but I don’t know which yet. I am open to suggestions. It should be a good reading season. Care to join? You should, really.

*It may not be October yet, but in the spirit of an autumnal reading challenge, I’m going to pretend it is.

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