Ready for R.I.P. XV

It’s been a strange summer in many ways and I can’t really say that I’m sorry it’s nearly over. As we move into September and the darker nights and colder weather begin to arrive again, my favourite reading event – R.I.P. (or Readers Imbibing Peril) – is also returning for a fifteenth year.

This year the rules are much more relaxed than usual. There’s no need to officially sign up and there are no levels or targets to aim for. All you need to do to join in is read some spooky, mysterious or suspenseful books in September and October and, if you have Instagram or Twitter, you can follow the event @perilreaders.

Here is a list of some of the possible choices I have on my TBR. I won’t read all of these and could end up reading different books entirely, but I like to have plenty of options.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
Dead March for Penelope Blow by George Bellairs
The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale
The Butcher of Berner Street by Alex Reeve
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
The Printerโ€™s Coffin by MJ Carter
A Gathering of Ghosts by Karen Maitland
Tombland by CJ Sansom
The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude
The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters
The Grey King by Susan Cooper
Grim Tales by E Nesbit
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by MR James

Will you be taking part in R.I.P. this year?

33 thoughts on “Ready for R.I.P. XV

  1. Lark says:

    I always like reading spooky and suspenseful books…especially this time of year. So in that respect, I’ll for sure be participating in RIP XV. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Diana says:

    I am tempted to read Devil and the Dark Water by Turton, but I was very critical of his debut The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and I am not sure at all if I want to delve into his imagination and style again – hope everyone proves me wrong because I love premises on ships! I also earmarked The Silent Companions to read, and my list includes Daphne du Maurier and Shirley Jackson – always “cosy” reads this time of the year!

    • Helen says:

      I really enjoyed The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, but I know it didn’t work for everyone. I hope his new book will be more to your taste if you do decide to read it. Du Maurier and Jackson are both perfect for this time of year!

  3. piningforthewest says:

    I hope to take part in it this year – for the first time. I’ve only read The Sussex Downs Murder from your list.

  4. Calmgrove says:

    Every year I think I’ll join wholeheartedly into this; every year it slips by with a half-hearted stab at it. I’m contributing to the Gothick theme on Witch Week and that will take some of my attention but I do have Nesbit’s tales of terror and a collection of M R Jamesโ€™s ghost stories to hand, so who knows?

  5. Elle says:

    I’m definitely going to read at least two spooky books: Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith and Let the Right One by John Ajvide Lindqvist. I’m also keen to read more Victorian ghost stories, since I had such a good time with M.R. James last year–maybe this year it’ll be Sheridan Le Fanu’s turn.

    • Helen says:

      There’s no pressure this year – you can read one book or as many as you like. I won’t be reading everything on my list, but I hope I’ll have time for at least a few of them!

  6. Jo says:

    If you get to read The Silent Companions I will be interested to see what you think.

    Itโ€™s been a while since I have read any suspense type books.

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