Mystery Tally & Cover Of 2015

My Kind Of Mystery 2015 guests:  have you identified this book cover, author, and year for an extra entry into our year-end prize draw?  There are no e-mails yet, so here are the hints I promised and they might as well be blunt.  ;)

My Kind Of Mystery 2015

This cover is gorgeous but I did not feel that way about its contents.  You might have seen me reading it at Goodreads.  I discussed disliking it in my mystery update post recently, on January 5.  That’s as blatent as hints can get.  All you have to do is revisit my last few books of 2015 in a Goodread’s shelf, or scan our mystery close-out post.  Heck, if you knew my books were listed in reading order, one could just check the list right here.  ;)  This is an English, female author no longer living.

Full Mystery Levels

I finished 75 mystery-related books.  Remember:  we include it all.  Phyllis A. Whitney’s excellent tutorial about how to organize ourselves to become authors helped me very much and is advice I will always remember!  Stephen King’s discussion about what horror is and how it works differently over time and via various mediums, was remarkably educational.  I gleaned far more from it than I imagined, not caring for horror but certainly applying the information to spooky moments and suspense.  Would you believe I had it on a shelf at least twenty years?  This is how it is with most of my hardcover Stephen collection.  I am reading each in that queue very occasionally.

From time to time someone opens a mystery or gothic-type group, missing mine or simply eager to do their own thing.  There is the longstanding vintage niche, the cozy niche, and an excellent gothic hostess for 2016, whom I am going to join.  Now for the third year:  there is no group like ours;  none encompassing the scope we do.  I am happy about filling that spot in our community and am determined that more clue into us.  If you enjoy the heart that goes into my circles, please help people find them.


Here are the top 6 books I treasured reading this year!
They exemplify the unique reach of “My Kind Of Mystery”.  These would not all suit other groups.  These reinforce how glad I am that our special twist works.

1.  Guide To Fiction Writing  (Genuinely helpful to my stalled manuscript)
2.  The Haunting Of Maddie Clare  (A fantastic, award-winning Canadian)
3.  The Tale Of Halcyon Crane  (Atmospheric, new Minnesota author)
4.  The Boarded-Up House  (100 year-old masterpiece!  Free as an e-book)
5.  The House On Tradd Street  (Such rare treasure-hunting for grownups!)
6.  Secrets & Mysteries Of The World  (I loved covering these mystical places).

Our 2015 review pages will be open another month at least, should you review later, when you have time.  If you are keen to start with 2016:  it doesn’t matter to me if you introduce what you’re reading now and finish in December.  I will be pleased to see you rejoining me.  A post and an e-mail is all you need this year (or an e-mail with a Goodreads shelf, if you don’t blog).
Thank you for making our groups the bright, friendly community they are!


(1) “The Palace Guard”  Charlotte MacLeod  1981
(2) “The Corpse In Oozak’s Pond”  Charlotte MacLeod  1987
(3) “Tempest In The Tea Leaves”  Kari Lee Townsend  2011
(4) “The Cat, The Quilt, And The Corpse”  Leann Sweeney  2009
(5) “Larceny And Old Lace”  Tamar Myers  1996
(6) “The Christie Curse”  Victoria Abbott  2013
(7) “The Cat Who Played Brahms”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1987
(8) “A Novena For Murder”  Sister Carol Anne O’Marrie  1984
(9) “Dyeing Wishes”  Molly MacRae  2013
(10) “Aunt Dimity Beats The Devil”  Nancy T. Atherton  2000
(11) “Mystery Of The Piper’s Ghost”  Zillah K. MacDonald  1954
(12) “Death Of A Literary Widow”  Robert Barnard  1979
(13) “The Half-A-Moon Inn”  Paul Fleischman  1980
(14) “The Riddle Of The Lonely House”  Augusta Huiell Seaman  1935
(15) “Shattered Silk”  Barbara Michaels  1986
(16) “Body Of Intution”  Claire Daniels  2002
(17) “House Of Dark Shadows”  Robert Liparulo  2008
(18) “Fool’s Gold”  Juliet Blackwell  2013
(19) “Tom’s Midnight Garden”  Philippa Pearce  1958
(20) “The Ghost Of Thomas Kempe”  Penelope Lively  1973

(21) “When Midnight Comes”  Carol Beach York  1979
(22) “The Mystery Of The Other Girl”  Wylly Folk St. John  1978
(23) “Shadows At The Fair”  Lea Wait  2002
(24) “Whose Body?”  Dorothy L. Sayers  1923
(25) “The Mystery Book Mystery”  Wylly Folk St. John  1976
(26) “Charmed”  Barbara Bretton  2011
(27) “A Vision In Velvet”  Juliet Blackwell  2014
(28) “Greystones”  Antonia Lamb  1966
(29) “Murder On Location”  Howard Engel  1982
(30) “The Unmasking Of ‘Ksan”  Eric Wilson  1986
(31) “The Lost Treasure Of Casa Loma”  Eric Wilson  1979
(32) “The Missing Chums”  Leslie McFarlane  1928
(33) “Lament For A Lounge Lizard”  Mary Jane Maffini  2003
(34) “Gold Digger”  Vicki Delany  2009
(35) “Too Hot To Handle”  Mary Jane Maffini  2007
(36) “The Sayers Swindle”  Victoria Abbott  2014
(37) “The African Quest”  Lyn Hamilton  2000
(38) “Deadly Appearances”  Gail Bowen  1990
(39) “Witchery Hill”  Welwyn Wilton Katz  1984
(40) “The Castle In The Attic”  Elizabeth Winthrop  1985

(41) “The Witch Lady Mystery”  Carol Beach York  1976
(42) “Look For Me By Moonlight”  Mary Downing Hahn  1995
(43) “Spinning In Her Grave”  Molly MacRae  2014
(44) “How To Tail A Cat”  Rebecca M. Hale  2012
(45) “Watcher In The Woods”  Robert Liparulo  2008
(46) “Danse Macabre”  Stephen King  1981
(47) “Guide To Fiction Writing”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1982
(48) “A Haunting Is Brewing”  Juliet Blackwell  2014
(49) “Too Many Secrets”  Betty Ren Wright  1997
(50) “The Cat, The Professor, & The Poison”  Leann Sweeney  2010
(51) “Advent Of Dying”  Sister Carol Anne O’Marie  1986
(52) “Secrets & Mysteries Of The World”  Sylvia Browne  2005
(53) “Murder Buys A T-Shirt”  Christy Fifield  2012
Lost Treasures, True Stories Of Discovery”  Larry Verstraete  2006
(55) “Artifacts”  Mary Anna Evans  2003
(56) “The Chardonnay Charade”  Ellen Crosby  2006
(57) “Murder Under Cover”  Kate Carlisle  2011
(58) “The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax”  Dorothy Gilman  1970
(59) “Murder Sees The Light”  Howard Engel  1984
(60) “The Haunting Of Maddie Prue”  Alfred Silver  2000

(61) “Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree”  Joyce Lavene  2006
(62) “Murder At The Mendel”  Gail Bowen  1991
Girl Sleuth, Nancy Drew & The Women Who Created Her”  Melanie Rehak  2005
(64) “The Boarded-Up House”  Augusta Huiell Seaman  1915
(65) “The Girl Next Door”  Augusta Huiell Seaman  1917
(66) “Poisoned Petals”  Joyce Lavene  2007
(67) “A Killer Plot”  Ellery Adams  2010
(68) “The House On Tradd Street”  Karen White  2008
(69) “The Night Of Four-Hundred Rabbits”  Elizabeth Peters  1971
(70) “Waiting For Willa”  Dorothy Eden  1970
(71) “The Haunting Of Maddy Clare”  Simone St. James  2012
(72) “The Tale Of Halcyon Crane”  Wendy Webb  2010
(73) “The Mystery Of The Stone Tiger”  Carolyn Keene  1963
(74) “Hunting For Hidden Gold”  Leslie McFarlane  1928
(75) “The Black Dudley Murder”  Margery Allingham  1929


About RIEDEL Fascination

I cherish animals, plants, reading, music and free spirituality. I welcome you for articles, literary activities, and interaction! Surrounding ourselves with good people is a delight. I occasionally review at The Book Depository.
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2 Responses to Mystery Tally & Cover Of 2015

  1. neer says:

    Here’s my wrap-up post, Carolyn. Finally did read the 41st book. Thanks for being such an involved hostess.

    • You made it to the top! Congratulations, Neeru! I will try to comment at your post and you are well in time for our special ETHEREAL 2015 draw. You’re welcome for my involvement. My time with my guests is a pleasure and I hope for more of it. :)

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