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a perfect fit for both British and Mystery Reads!

My progress of reads listed just below  ...
Signup for participating in the challenge at Kerrie's 
then look for the monthly carnival post
to link your current AC review posts or AC links to news and info
you've discovered...  Ongoing Challenge
[participant #78]
I've also discovered the Agatha Christie perpetual Challenge
at 52 Books in 52 Weeks blog
Join fans there for more reading FuN!


 ~ 2018 ~

1. The Secret Adversary
2. Miss Marple - At Bertram's Hotel
3. Miss Marple - A Caribbean Mystery
4. Poirot - Murder on the Orient Express

5. Hickory Dickory Dock
6. Supt Battle - Murder is Easy
7. Poirot -
The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge
8. Poirot -
The Lost Mine
 Miss Marple - The Body in the Library
. Poirot - The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
Miss Marple - A Christmas Tragedy

12. Mysterious Affair at Styles
13. Murder on the Links
14. The Labours of Hercules
15. The Affair at the Victory Ball 

All my books shelved at the 50 Book Pledge

1-The Chilbury Ladies Choir - Jennifer Ryan
2-Library at the Edge of the World - Felicity Hayes-McCoy
3-Summer at the Garden Cafe -     "
welve Clues of Christmas - Rhys Bowen
5-Mole's Christmas Welcome - Kenneth Grahame
6-Christmas with the Book Lovers - Victoria Connelly
7-The Christmas Tree - Charles Dickens

8-The Mistletoe Murders - PD James
9-Murder for Christmas - Francis Duncan
10-Paris for One - JoJo Moyes
11-A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy - Ann CLeeves
12-A Bird in the Hand
13-Crooked Herring - LC Taylor
14-How to Find Love in a Book Shop - Veronica Henry
15-Summers in France - Kathryn Ireland
16-To Die But ONce - Jacqueline Winspear
17-Maise Dobbs
18-Birds of a Feather

19-An Echo of Murder - Ann Perry
20-Twenty-One Days 
21-Highgate Rise
22-Cardington Crescent
23-Bedford Square
24-Malice Domestic

25-Persuasion - Jane Austen
26-A Way in the Wilderness - Graham Cooke
27-The Paris Librarian - Mark Pryor
28-The Word is Murder - Anthony Horowitz
29-To Baby With Love - Schneebeli-Morrell
30-The Confectioner's Tale - Laura Madeleine
31-Death of an Outsider - MC Beaton
32-Death of a Perfect Wife
33-Death of Yesterday

34-A Lesson in Love - Autumn Macarthur
35-To the Manor Born - Peter Spence
36-Relative Deceipt - Karen Aminadra
37-Death Comes to the Fair - Catherine Lloyd
38-Death Comes to London
39-Death Comes to Kurland Hall

40-Let's All be Brave - Annie F Downs
41-Murder in an Irish Churchyard - Carlene O'Connor

~ 2016 ~

1. 4:50 from Paddington
2. The ABC Murders
3. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
4. Cards on the Table
5. Murder on the Orient Express

6. The Pale Horse
7. Sleeping Murder
8.  Murder at the Vicarage
9.  Evil Under the Sun 
10. Appointment with Death 
11. A Pocket Full of Rye
12. Towards Zero
13. Five Little Pigs   

14. The Body in the Library
15. Murder on the Links
16. The Witness for the Prosecution
17. 3 Blind Mice
18. The Mystery of the Blue Train

1. Manx Gold
2. While The Light Lasts
3. The Harlequin Tea Set

4. After the Funeral [audio]
5. Crooked House [audio]
6. A Pocket Full of Rye [audio]
7. Death in the CLouds
8. Nemesis
9. The Unexpected Guest

10. Partners in Crime [read for RIP x]
11. The Case of the Caretaker
12. The Clergyman's Daughter + The Red House

Agatha Christie

12/12 books in 2015

*5/12 books in 2014



Beginning the New Year of 2016 with the BBC Reading Challenge once again ~
By the looks of my BBC shelf at Goodreads, it's definitely a fav reading go to!
Happily jumping in with our new UK host, Kirsty at the The Overflowing Library
where you'll find all signup details.
If you sign up for the Challenge you will be aiming to read at least
12 books by British Authors (which works out to one a month). 

Agatha Christie:

1. 4:50 from Paddington
2. The ABC Murders
3. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
4. Cards on the Table
5. Murder on the Orient Express

6. The Pale Horse
7. Sleeping Murder
8.  Murder at the Vicarage
9.  Evil Under the Sun 
10. Appointment with Death 
11. A Pocket Full of Rye
12. Towards Zero

Five Little Pigs [see 51 below]
The Body in the Library [52]

Murder on the Links [53]
The Witness for the Prosecution [54]
Three Blind Mice [55]
The Mystery of the Blue Train [59]
The Veiled Lady [60]

Anne Perry:

13. A Christmas Visitor

MC Beaton/Marion Chesney:
14. Death of a Gossip15. Death of a Cad

16. Death of a Maid
17. Death of an Outsider
18. Death of a Perfect Wife
19. Death of a Valentine
20. Death of a Kingfisher
21. Death of Yesterday
22. Death of a Dustman
23. Death of a Macho Man
24. Death of a Hussy
25. Death of a Snob
26. Death of a Prankster
27. Death of a Bore
28. Death of a Dreamer
29. Death of a Village
30. Death of a Policeman
31. Death of a Nag
32. Death of a Poison Pen
33. Death of a Charming Man
34. Death of a Nurse
35. Skeleton in the Closet
36. Lessons in Love
37. Amaryllis
38. The Perfect Paragon
39. Letters to the Lost - Iona Grey
40. A Kind of Grief - AD Scott
41. Death at Wentwater Court - Carola Dunn
42. Wicked Autumn - GM Malliet
43. The Mapping of Love and Death - Jacqueline Winspear
44. Pilgrim Spirit - Andrea Skevington
47. The Art of Stillness - Pico Iyer
48. You Are My Hiding Place - Amy Carmichael
49. If - Amy Carmichael
50. Murder in an Irish Village - Carlene O'Connor
51. Five Little Pigs - Poirot 24 - Agatha Christie
53. Murder on the Links - Poirot 2 - Agatha Christie
54. The Witness for the Prosecution - Agatha Christie
55. 3 Blind Mice - Agatha Christie
56. Persuasion - Jane Austen
57. Rules for a Successful Book Club - Victoria Connelly/Jan Cramer
58. Journey to Munich - Jacqueline Winspear
59. The Mystery of the Blue Train - Agatha Christie
60. The Veiled Lady - Agatha Christie
61. The Magician's Nephew - CS Lewis
62. The Convenient Marriage - Georgette Heyer
63. Venetia - Georgette Heyer

 British Books read to date: 


Beginning the New Year of 2015 with the BBC Reading Challenge once again ~
By the looks of my BBC shelf at Goodreads, it's definitely a fav reading go to!
Happily jumping in with our new host, Michelle of Fluttering Butterflies -
Welcome Michelle! who offers all you need to know on signups ...
[great video as well!]
2015 BBC and AC READS

1. Death and the Oxford Box by Veronica Stallwood
 2. The Seafront Tea Rooms by Vanessa Greene
3. Manx Gold by Agatha Christie*
4. While the Light Lasts by Agatha Christie*
5. The Harlequin Tea Set by Agatha Christie*
6. The Pilgrim Spirit by Andrea Skevington
7. Wish You Were Here by Victoria Connelly
8. The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene
9. After the Funeral by Agatha Christie*
10. At Home With Mr Darcy by Victoria Connelly
11. Classic Love Poems read by Richard Armitage [audio]
12. Crooked House by Agatha Christie [audio]*
13. A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie [audio]*
14. Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers [audio]
15. The Travelling Tea Shop by Belinda Jones
16. The Practice of Delight by Graham Cooke
17. Easter Stories by various British authors
18. The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah*
19. Evan and Elle by Rhys Bowen
20. Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd
21. The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow
22. Escape to Mulberry Cottage by Victoria Connelly
23. Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen
 24. A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear
25. A Summer to Remember by Victoria Connelly
26. Life and Love by Karen Aminadra
27. Death of a Liar by MC Beaton
28. Evanly Bodies by Rhys Bowen
29. The Winter Garden Mystery by Carola Dunn
30. An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey
31. The Rose Girls by Victoria Connelly
32. Death of a Chimney Sweep by MC Beaton
33. City of Darkness and Light by Rhys Bowen
34. A Year in Provence by  Peter Mayle
35. Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
36. Emma by Alexander McCall Smith
37. Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie
38. The Baron's Apprenticeship [There and Back] by George MacDonald
39. Nemesis by Agatha Christie
40. Pemberley by Emma Tennant
41. The Watsons by Jane Austen
42. Sanditon by Jane Austen
43.The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie
44. Superfluous Women by Carola Dunn
45. Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate by MC Beaton
46. The Cook's Tale by Nancy Jackman/ Tom Quinn
47. The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies
48. Wycliffe and the Last Rites by WJ Burley
49. Evan Blessed by Rhys Bowen
50. Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie
51. Death of a Gentle Lady by MC Beaton
52. Overcoming Negativity Through Rest by Graham Cooke
53. Christmas at the Castle by Victoria Connelly
54. The Book Lovers by Victoria Connelly
55. The Case of the Caretaker by Agatha Christie
56. The Clergyman's Daughter + The Red House by Agatha Christie
57. The Christmas Guest by Anne Perry
58. Christmas Grace by Anne Perry
59. Miss Read's Christmas Book by Miss Read


British Books 2015
59/12 books


More on the British Books Challenge shelf at Goodreads


R.I.P.  X  Challenge

Sept 1st to Oct 31st 2015
Intentional mystery/suspense/gothic focus at the RIP X Challenge
Interested?  CLick through for all the Details!
Challenge Reviews will be Posted HERE
I'm participating at the following levels, I'll add my books/movies to each heading.
Find a complete reading inspy list at my goodreads mystery shelf 
Challenge for 4 books. [completed]  My Reads include: 

#1st :  SUSPICION AT SANDITON by Carrie Bebris [gothic]
Completed Sept 1.15
#2  SHADOWS OF LADENBROOKE MANOR by Melanie Dobson [mystery]
Completed Sept 2.15
#3 The UNEXPECTED GUEST by Agatha Christie [thriller - novelized by Charles Osborne]
Completed Sept 5.15
[an unexpected used bookstore find while on this long holiday holiday]
#4 A WEE MURDER IN MY SHOP by Fran Stewart [paranormal mystery]
Completed Sept 7.15
#5 SUPERFLUOUS WOMEN by Carola Dunn [1920's murder mystery]
  Completed Sept 13.15
#6 CHASING MONA LISA by Mike Yorkey/Tricia Goyer [WWII suspense]
Completed Sept 25.15
a couple book starts that I didn't finish
#7 BEYOND ALL DREAMS by Elizabeth Camden [myst /suspense]
Completed Oct 3.15
#8 Agatha Raisin and the CASE OF THE CURIOUS CURATE by MC Beaton [myst/suspense]
Completed Oct 3.15
#9 DECEPTION ON SABLE HILL by Shelley Gray [thriller]
Completed Oct 9.15
#10 The TEA PLANTER'S WIFE by Dinah Jefferies [mystery]
Completed Oct 18.15
#11 WYCLIFFE and THE LAST RITES by WJ Burley [thriller/ mystery]
Completed Oct 18.15
#12 EVAN BLESSED by Rhys Bowen [thriller]
#13 The GOLDEN EGG by Donna Leon [mystery]
#14 The PARIS KEY by Juliet Blackwell [mystery]
#15 WHISPER ON THE WIND by Maureen Lang [thriller WWI ]
Completed Oct 25.15
#16 CONSPIRACY IN KIEV by Noel Hynd [suspense/thriller]
Currently Completed reading Oct 28.15
Anticipated Reads include:
Fairchild's Lady by Roseanna White [suspense] I finally found it
[ if only I can find it on my kindle!]
Definitely a thrilling find and great read for RIP X.
The Body in the Belfry by Katherine Hall Page [audio mystery]
{1/3 into this listen Sept 8th} unsure if I'll continue at this point
Looking forward to this one!  Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
 [Daphne du Maurier award winning historical mystery/suspense]

Just noticed my entire library reserves list features new mystery releases.
Authors include:
Iona Grey, Shelley Gray, Spencer Quinn, Susan Elia MacNeal, AD Scott, Kate Breslin
Great timing if they all arrive during RIP X... I'll be happily reading til Oct 31st!

From tv shows to movies, here are some mysteries I've been anticipate viewing:

Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James - viewed
Lovejoy:  by Jonathan Gash - Season 1 Ep 3 viewed Sept 11.15
Lovejoy: To Sleep No More by Jonathan Gash - Season 1 Ep 6 Sept 14.15
7 episodes of Season 1 and 7 episodes of Season 4 - Yay!
Several more of the series completed throughout the month - will add titles soon...
The Facts of Life - Ballykissangel mystery episode - viewed Oct 13.15

#1 IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES - short stories by various authors
#2 A Pot of Tea from Agatha Christie's PARTNERS IN CRIME  Oct 11.15
#3 A Fairy in the FLat from PARTNERS IN CRIME  Oct 11.15
#4 The Pink Pearl from PARTNERS IN CRIME Oct 12.15
#5  The Adventure of the Sinister Stranger from PARTNERS IN CRIME Oct. 17.15
#6 Finessing the King from PARTNERS IN CRIME Oct 17.15
#7 The VOW by Jody Hedlund Oct 24.15
#8 FAIRCHILD'S LADY by Roseanna M White Oct 26.15
#9 PARTNERS IN CRIME by Agatha Christie Oct 31.15
Several short story collections on my shelves I may have delved into ...
[Sherlock and  Agatha short mystery story audios on hand that I'd like to get to as well]


Shared with -
* Cozy Reading Corner *


More on the British Books Challenge shelf at Goodreads

My 2014 AC and BBC Reads  ~

Poirot's Early Cases by Agatha Christie
The Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stuart
The Uncanny Life of Polly by Karen Aminadra
The Girl Who Married a Lion by Alexander McCall Smith
Approaching the Heart of Prophecy by Graham Cooke
Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane by PL Travers
Death of a Charming Man by MC Beaton
Murder on the Flying Scotsman by Carola Dunn
Death of a Dentist by MC Beaton
The Best of Daughters by Dilly Court
Death of a Valentine by MC Beaton
Death of an Addict by MC Beaton
Death of a Scriptwriter by MC Beaton
Damsel in Distress by Carola Dunn
Dead in the Water by Carola Dunn
Miss Marple Investigates by Agatha Christie [audiobook]
Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie [audiobook]
Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie [audiobook via youtube]
Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie [audiobook via youtube]
Christmas Kisses by Julie Kavanagh
Creating Your Perfect Christmas by Antonia Swinson
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
Northanger Abbey + Here by Val McDermid
A Dish Taken Cold - Anne Perry
Emma by Jane Austen [audio]
Kitty by Catherine E Chapman
The Twelve Days of Christmas - trad -Louise Brierley

British Books 2014

28/12 books

Final review linkup

Happily jumping in now that I've another new year to attempt this one... 2014

{THANKS to Sarah of Feeling Fictional for hosting.}

Definitely pleased with all my British reads for 2013,
[as below]
but owing to my MoM's passing and my grieving,
I didn't make it to posting all my reviews before year end.
New year + new opportunities + new efforts,
= I'm trying again :) for 2014 BBC Reading Challenge


We are using the following criteria to decide whether an author can count towards the challenge:
  • Authors who were born in the UK, live in the UK and published in the UK
  • Authors who were born overseas but are CURRENTLY living in the UK 
  • and their books were/are being published in the UK first
  • Authors who were born in the UK are currently living overseas 
  • but their books are being published in the UK first
    Please make sure that the reviews you link are for books written by British Authors they can be born in Britain (living here or abroad) or  be adopted British Authors (who were born elsewhere and now live herebut if they don't fit into one of those categories then they don't count. 
**Fiction or Non Fiction count.
Please note : Britain includes England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, [authors from Southern Ireland don't count.]
The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
BIRDS OF A FEATHER by Jacqueline Winspear
THE END OF SUMMER by Rosamunde Pilcher
MISS MARPLE INVESTIGATES by Agatha Christie [narrator Joan Hickson]
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen [narrated by Jane Lapotaire]
THREE GRACES by Victoria Connelly
THE MARQUIS SECRET by George MacDonald
ROSINGS by Karen Aminadra
FLOWERS IN THE RAIN by Rosamunde Pilcher
THE CAROUSEL by Rosamunde Pilcher
THE MONARCH OF THE GLEN by Compton Mackenzie




A first for me, but definitely coincides with my reading habits! sooo -
I'm taking the 5 * Deluxe Tour 
at Rose City Reader

Each book must be by a different author and set in a different country. This means that only 1 book from 1 of the 4 UK countries  will count.  
Only books reviewed count towards the prize.
Read all books between January 1, 2014 and January 31, 2015.
**Country list, in alphabetical order: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican City. 
  • You do not have to commit to your choices now; you can change your mind about books at any time.
  • Overlap with other challenges is allowed -- and encouraged! Have ideas for good overlapping challenge opportunities? Please leave links in comments.
  • Re-reads count. Audiobooks count.  E-books count.  Self-published books count.
  • As you progress, please link to your reviews on the review list page.  Reviews are not necessary, unless you are going for the prize, in which case only books reviewed count.
Five Star (Deluxe Entourage): Read at least 5 books by different European authors
or books set in different European countries.

Four Star (Honeymooner): Read 4 qualifying books.
Three Star (Business Traveler): Read 3 qualifying books.
Two Star (Adventurer): Read 2 qualifying books.
One Star (Pensione Weekender): Read just 1 qualifying book.
Shadowed by Grace [Italy] - Cara Putman
Pardonable Lies [France] - Jacqueline Winspear

Death of a Charming Man [Scotland] - MC Beaton
With Open Hands [Netherlands] - Henri Nouwen
Daisies are Forever [Germany] - Liz Tolsma
Though it Tarry, Wait for It: A Mediterranean Christmas 
[EU Tour- Greece, Turkey, Vatican, Monaco, France, Italy, Holy Land, Egypt] - Jean-Michel Hansen
Barcelona Calling [Spain] - Jane Kirkpatrick
Wish You Were Here [Greece] - Victoria Connelly

London Dawn [Germany] - Murray Pura
The Seafront Tea Rooms [France+England] - Vanessa Greene
The Vintage Teacup Club [England] - Vanessa Greene
The Twelve Days of Christmas [England] - Stephanie Barron
Words to Love By [India] - Mother Teresa 

All Together Now [Australia] - Monica McInerney



page shows my world map of reads for this year.
Britain is one mass of blue dots representing each of my British reads for this year.
Updated as I complete the reads.  I have updated my British author book list
for the BBC challenge above.

Completed and anticipated British authored books for my participation include:
Vanessa Greene, Beverley Watts, Helen Bryan, Alexander McCall Smith,
Victoria Connelly, Jane Austen, Rosamunde Pilcher, CS Lewis, Karen Aminadra,
Graham Cooke, AJ Cronin, Geo MacDonald, Agatha Christie, MC Beaton, ...



Cranberry Morning said...

I don't see Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter mysteries. They're wonderful and she's (well, was) an amazing author!

Also, have you read any of N.T. Wright on theology? I think the man writes faster than I can read, but I do love reading his books.

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

NT Wright's Simply Christian was fantastic - read it for an online worship course at, which I loved.

I have Sayers novels, but am most often limited in time with all the books needing reviews pending!

Luv the chat! Thanks for stopping by this chilly winter day :))

Anonymous said...

Looks like you are set for reading events, my friend! I am so excited for RIP-X, and you have an excellent list for it. I might make an exception on my "book before movie" rule and watch Death Comes to Pemberley as well. Enjoy!

Mary Hill said...

These look like great events. Thanks for sharing on Literacy Musing Mondays.

Michele Morin said...

Fun! We've enjoyed her books on audio in the car!

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