Mystery-a-thon Announcement + TBR!

Posted August 25, 2016 by Ely in readathon / 10 Comments


Hi, everyone! Today I’m announcing a little read-a-thon I’ll be hosting next month. As the title of this post suggests, it’s called the Mystery-a-thon. It’s a week of reading mystery books, with a particular focus on Agatha Christie. (Thanks to Lori for her help with this!)

When is it happening?

Monday the 12th, to Monday the 19th of September 2016. You can start whenever suits you. For those of you who don’t know, Queen Agatha’s birthday is the 15th, so there are extra special bonus points for those of you who read a Christie that week.

How do you join?

Just read. Honestly, this is all very laid back. Pick out your books, read them, and we can talk about them on social media. If you’re not already, you can follow me on Twitter, Goodreads, and Instagram which is where I’ll be sharing my reading.

What do I recommend?

And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie—perfect for those new to Agatha Christie
The Every series by Ellie Marney—Modern day Sherlockian set in Melbourne
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz—Original Sherlock, only written by a contemporary author.


Mystery is probably my most owned genre, and because of that it takes up a lot of my TBR shelf. Basically, I really struggled to pick out these books.


Hallowe’en Party, Passenger to Frankfurt and The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie: I’m sorry you can’t really see the titles on this book, but it’s one of those that doesn’t photograph well. Anyway, this has the three different novels and is just over 500 pages. I should zoom through this.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: This is clearly the biggest one on my TBR for the week. I don’t really expect to finish it—I’d just like to have read a bit more of it.

In Her Blood by Annie Hauxwell: This is a nice and short one, so it should be quick to read. It’s also probably the one I’ll start with since I have read a bit of it before.

The Thirteenth Pearl by Carolyn Keene: Some of you may know that my love for mystery started with Nancy Drew. I can’t remember which ones I read as a kid so I’ve been collecting them slowly to reread. I’m studying this one in a Kid Lit class that week, so this happens to be perfect timing.

Endless Night by Agatha Christie: Michelle is currently reading this as her first ever Christie. I realised I owned it myself, and I thought it would be nice to be able to discuss it with her.

So, are any of you game?


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10 responses to “Mystery-a-thon Announcement + TBR!

  1. I’ve got ‘And Then There Were None’ waiting for me! (& apparently my birthday is the same as Queen Agatha’s!) so I’ll be reading that 🙂 Don’t want to commit to any more because I’ll be reading the new Joe Hill if someone buys it for me! XD

    • CEEEEEE! I live in eternal envy of you—I wish I had the same birthday as Agatha, or just anyone exciting really. The fact that you’re participating at all means the absolute world to me <3

      • It’s also randomly Prince Harry’s birthday, lol. And Jimmy Carr, Tom Hardy (the actor dude, not the writer dude,) Tommy Lee Jones, and the explorer Marco Polo (ok, I’ve been looking at Wikipedia XD ) It’s a good date, clearly 😉

        I have a copy of ATTWN with the BBC adap cover and Aiden Turner on the front 🙂 I know a lot of people don’t like adap covers, but I love them! XD

  2. Yay! I’m excited to participate! My post is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 3 (so many posts to schedule right now ). Is there a Twitter handle we can use to connect on there?

  3. Omg I have played almost every single Nancy Drew PC (Her Interactive) Game. And yes. I know, it’s not books, but I just love Nancy Drew so much (yet I’ve never read her books, whoops).

    I’m so excited for your readathon! I don’t read much mystery, but I’ll be cheering you on from the sidelinesssssss

  4. Yesssssssss! I want this so bad. I’ve been picking up so many mysteries lately and I need a good push to read them. PLUS, Dawn Kurtagich’s And The Trees Krept In comes out on the 6th so this will be a perfect opportunity to read that.

    I hope you love The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I read the trilogy a few years back and was hooked. It’s so dark at points but I love Lisbeth. She’s a badass.

    Also, about Twitter–is there a hashtag we should use?

  5. Fun, especially since I love a good mystery! I haven’t read in ages because I’ve been so tired, but I find this genre is great for when you need to be pulled in or when you’re slumping. I’ll try and join in. Maybe I’ll even get round to reading And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.