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March reading suggestions from Just Desserts members

April 16, 2014 by sdc
Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the March 2014 Just Desserts meeting on 3/27, after discussing our monthly “assigned” book, we did a round robin at the table, asking attendees to share what mysteries they’d been reading lately that they felt they could recommend.

Here’s a list of the books that were hot last month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

MYSTERIES

NON-MYSTERIES

So, what mysteries have you been reading that you’d recommend?


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Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg's "The Heist"

April 14, 2014 by sdc
When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on March 27, 2014, 16 of us enjoyed discussing Janet Evanovich's and Lee Goldberg's The Heist, the premiere volume of a new mystery/thriller series from these two best-selling authors.

Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are  welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery  fans, don't forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you're logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts - this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of The Heist by Evanovich and Goldberg?

Join us next on April 24th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the South Branch Library for a discussion of Water Like a Stone, a 2007 entry in Deborah Crombie's "Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James" series.


Tagged in: Just Desserts, mystery, discussion group, book group, Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg, The Heist, Fox and O'Hare, con artists, FBI,
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Feb 2014 Reading Suggestions from Just Desserts members

March 18, 2014 by sdc
Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the February 2014 Just Desserts meeting on 2/27, after discussing our monthly “assigned” books, we did a round robin around the table, asking attendees to share what mysteries they’d been reading lately, that they felt they could recommend.

Here’s a list of the novels that were hot last month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

MYSTERIES

NON-MYSTERIES

So, what mysteries have you been reading that you’d recommend?


Tagged in: Just Desserts, mysteries, mystery, discussion group, book group, recommendations, suggestions,
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Charles Todd's "An Unmarked Grave"

March 13, 2014 by sdc
When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on February 27, 2014, 14 of us enjoyed discussing Charles Todd's An Unmarked Grave, the fourth volume in that author's popular Bess Crawford series.

Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are  welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery  fans, don't forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you're logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts - this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd?

Join us next on March 27th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the South Branch Library for a discussion of The Heist, the new mystery/thriller by the writing duo of Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.


Tagged in: Just Desserts, mystery, discussion group, book group, Charles Todd, Bess Crawford, mystery, WWI, England, France,
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Reading Suggestions from Just Desserts members - January 2014

February 05, 2014 by sdc
Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the January 2014 Just Desserts meeting last week, after discussing our monthly “assigned” books, we did a round robin at the table, asking attendees to share what mysteries they’d been reading lately that they felt they could recommend.

Here’s a list of the novels that were hot last month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

MYSTERIES

NON-MYSTERIES

So, what mysteries have you been reading that you’d recommend?


Tagged in: Just Desserts, mystery, mysteries, recommendations, suggestions, booklist,
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The "Nikki Heat" novels by "Richard Castle"

February 05, 2014 by sdc
When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on January 30th, 2014, 21 of us enjoyed discussing the five "Nikki Heat" novels by "Richard Castle" -- tied in to the CASTLE tv series.

Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are  welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about these books in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery  fans, don't forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you're logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts - this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of the "Nikki Heat" novels by "Richard Castle"?

Join us next on February 27th 2014 at the South Branch Library for a general discussion of An Unmarked Grave, one of the Bess Crawford novels by Charles Todd.



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Reading Suggestions from Just Desserts members - October 2013

November 05, 2013 by sdc
Here is the list of reading recommendations from the October 2013 Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meeting. After discussing our book-of-the-month, the group did a round robin, asking members to say what they'd been reading lately that they'd recommend. Here is the list of titles that were hot with this mystery-savvy bunch of readers in October:

MYSTERIES/THRILLERS/SUSPENSE
NON-MYSTERIES What you been reading lately that you'd recommend?


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Just Desserts hiatus assignment: 2013 -- Elmore Leonard

November 01, 2013 by sdc

During the Nov/Dec 2013 hiatus between meetings of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, we encourage regular attendees to continue to participate as a group...but in a virtual way. While we may not have an actual meeting scheduled during these two months, this blog is available to keep everyone active with their mystery reading and discussions.

Our "hiatus author" for 2013 is Elmore Leonard, one of the most distinctive “voices” in American mystery/thriller writing of the past 50 years. Leonard began his fiction career putting out western novels, before putting out his first thriller, The Big Bounce, in 1969. Since then, Elmore Leonard was a regular fixture of the best-seller lists, and many of his novels were also turned into successful films and television series, including Mr. Majestyk, Glitz, Freaky Deaky, Get Shorty, Maximum Bob (TV series), Rum Punch (filmed as Jackie Brown), and Out of Sight (both a film and a TV series were based on this one). The current TV series Justified is based on the characters Leonard introduced in Riding the Rap and Fire in the Hole, and was continued in his final novel Raylan. [ See our Remembering...Elmore Leonard booklist on BookGuide ]

We encourage Just Desserts participants to read any mystery or thriller book by Elmore Leonard, at some point in November or December 2013, then come back here and leave a comment about whatever you read or watched, as a response to this discussion topic.

As a bit of background, here are some links to Elmore Leonard information:

·         Elmore Leonard’s official website

·         Elmore Leonard entry on Wikipedia

·         Elmore Leonard entry on the Internet Movie Database

 

We look forward to seeing your comments here over the course of the next two months! So…here’s your question: Which of the Elmore Leonard novels did you read, and what was your opinion?

Scott C. - Just Desserts coordinator and host



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Carolyn G. Hart's "Death on Demand" series

October 26, 2013 by sdc
When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on October 24th, 2013, 21 of us enjoyed discussing the Death on Demand series by Carolyn G. Hart; participants were asked to read any of the first 10 volumes in this 20+ volume series, and we discussed them all in general terms.

Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are  welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this series in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery  fans, don't forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you're logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts - this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of the early volumes in the Death on Demand series by Carolyn G. Hart?

The Just Desserts group will now take our annual November/December hiatus, and will return in January with all-new meetings and all-new authors. Watch for a post on November 1st that encourages Just Desserts members to continue with reading mysteries over the hiatus!


Tagged in: Just Desserts, mystery, discussion group, book group, Death on Demand, Carolyn Hart, Carolyn G. Hart,
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September Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members

October 07, 2013 by sdc

Here is the list of reading recommendations from the September 2013 Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meeting. After discussing our book-of-the-month, the group did a round robin, asking members to say what they'd been reading lately that they'd recommend.

Here is the list of titles that were hot with this mystery-savvy bunch of readers in September:

MYSTERIES/THRILLERS/SUSPENSE


NON-MYSTERIES

What you been reading lately that you'd recommend?



Tagged in: Just Desserts, booklist, recommendations, mysteries,
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Lisa Gardner's "Alone"

September 27, 2013 by sdc
When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on September 26th, 2013, 13 of us enjoyed discussing Lisa Gardner's Alone, the first volume in her popular D.D. Warren series.

Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are  welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery  fans, don't forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you're logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts - this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of Alone by Lisa Gardner?

Join us next on October 24th at the South Branch Library for a general discussion of the first 10 volumes in Carolyn G. Hart's fan-favorite Death on Demand series. Here's a list (with links to our catalog) of those first ten volumes:



Tagged in: Just Desserts, book group, book discussion, mystery, Lisa Gardner, Alone,
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August Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members

September 25, 2013 by sdc

Here is the list of reading recommendations from the August 2013 Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meeting. After discussing our book-of-the-month, the group did a round robin, asking members to say what they'd been reading lately that they'd recommend.

Here is the list of titles that were hot with this mystery-savvy bunch of readers in August:

MYSTERIES/THRILLERS/SUSPENSE


NON-MYSTERIES

What you been reading lately that you'd recommend?



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Joanne Fluke's "The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder"

September 01, 2013 by sdc
When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on August 29th, 2013, 18 of us enjoyed discussing Joanne Fluke's original first volume in the popular Hannah Swensen series, The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are  welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery  fans, don't forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you're logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts - this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke?

Join us next on September 26th at the South Branch Library for discussion of Lisa Gardner's first D.D. Warren mystery, Alone!



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July reading recommendations from Just Desserts members

August 14, 2013 by sdc
Here is the list of reading recommendations from the July 2013 Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meeting. After discussing our book-of-the-month, the group did a round robin, asking members to say what they'd been reading lately that they'd recommend.

Here is the list of titles that were hot with this mystery-savvy bunch of readers in July:

MYSTERIES/THRILLERS/SUSPENSE


NON-MYSTERIES


What you been reading lately that you'd recommend?


Tagged in: Just Desserts, book group, book discussion, discussion group, mysteries, booklist, recommendations,
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Robert Crais' "The Sentry"

July 27, 2013 by sdc
When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on July 25, 2013, 17 of us enjoyed discussing the 2011 novel The Sentry by Robert Crais, part of his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series.

Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are  welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery  fans, don't forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you're logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts - this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of The Sentry by Robert Crais?

Join us next on August 29th at the South Branch Library for discussion of Joanne Fluke's The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder!



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June reading recommendations from the Just Desserts mystery group

July 19, 2013 by sdc
Here is the list of reading recommendations from the June 2013 Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meeting. After discussing our book-of-the-month, the group did a round robin, asking members to say what they'd been reading lately that they'd recommend.

Here is the list of titles that were hot with this mystery-savvy bunch of readers last month:

MYSTERIES/THRILLERS/SUSPENSE NON-MYSTERIES What you been reading lately that you'd recommend?


Tagged in: Just Desserts, reading list, booklist, recommendations, book group, discussion group,
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Tess Gerritsen's "The Keepsake"

July 19, 2013 by sdc
When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on June 27th, 2013, 16 of us discussed the 2008 novel The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen, one of her Rizzoli & Isles mystery thrillers, which inspired the TNT television series of the same name.

Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are  welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery  fans, don't forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you're logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts - this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen?



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Just Desserts: The Results of our May "Series Share"

June 18, 2013 by sdc
In May, the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group sponsored by the libraries conducted an experiment. Instead of all the participants reading the same exact book and meeting to discuss it, all interested attendees were asked to read the 1st or 2nd book in ANY new mystery series (preferably a "Cozy" or "Amateur Detective" series) that has launched within just the past couple of years.

At our meeting, we went around the table, and each Just Desserts member was given a couple of minutes to describe the major characters, settings, style and tone of the series they sampled, plus to offer up their opinion as to whether or not they'd recommend the series.

In the list below, in no order whatsoever, we provide the titles and authors for each series sampled. We also offer up the Just Desserts reviewer's opinions -- LIKED, DISLIKED or SO-SO!

Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin -- SO-SO
The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson -- LIKED
Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva -- LIKED
Cat Trick by Sofie Kelly -- DISLIKED
That Old Flame of Mine by J.J. Cook -- SO-SO
The Tale of the Tip Off by Rita Mae Brown -- LIKED
Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy -- LIKED
The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames -- LIKED
Crashed by Timothy Hallinan -- LIKED
Books Can be Deceiving, Due or Die, and Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay -- LIKED
The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott -- LIKED
Alive by Loren Estleman -- LIKED
Still Life with Crows by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston -- LIKED
Whack and Roll and Shake, Murder and Roll by Gail Oust -- LIKED
Peach Pies and Alibis and Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams -- DISLIKED
Death by the Dozen, Going, Going, Ganache and Buttercream Bumpoff, all by Jenn McKinlay -- LIKED
The Last Wool and Testament by Molly Macrae -- LIKED
Tender Mercy of Roses by Anna Michaels -- LIKED
A Deal to Die For and 50% Off Murder by Josie Belle (a.k.a. Jen McKinley) -- LIKED
In Plain Sight by Lorena McCourtney -- LIKED
Gone by Mo Hayder -- LIKED
Ritual by Mo Hayder -- SO-SO
The October Killings and Those Who Love Night by Wessel Ebersohn -- SO-SO
Deadly Politics by Maggie Sefton -- LIKED, though it was poorly edited - lots of typos
Just Desserts by Mary Daheim -- SO-SO
Helsinki White and/or Helsinki Blood by Jack Thompson -- LIKED
The Inspector and Silence by Hakan Nesser -- SO-SO

Books that didn't quite fit our criteria for the series share meeting:

Waiting to Be Heard by Amanda Knox
Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince by Nancy Atherton
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Honeymoon by James Patterson
Calico Joe by John Grisham
Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
The Artist (DVD)
Thereby Hangs a Tail by Spencer Quinn
The Submission (a One Book One Lincoln 2012 finalist)
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Members of Just Desserts also wanted to share the following information of possible interest to fellow mystery readers:

The "All Seward Reads Together" selection for 2013 is Doc by Mary Doria Russell

Author Marie Bostwick will be appearing at Quilt Nebraska, at Concordia University in Seward, on July 27th


Tagged in: Just Desserts, mysteries, book group, discussion group, book discussion, recommendations, booktalk booklists,
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April reading suggestions from Just Desserts members

June 05, 2013 by sdc
Here, a bit belatedly, is the list of reading recommendations from the April 2013 Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meeting. After discussing our book-of-the-month, the group did a round robin, asking members to say what they'd been reading lately that they'd recommend.

Here is the list of titles that were hot with this mystery-savvy batch of readers that month:

Mysteries


Non-Mysteries


So...what mystery have you been reading lately that you'd recommend?


Tagged in: Just Desserts, recommendations, book group, discussion group, reading group, mysteries,
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In the Woods by Tana French

April 29, 2013 by sdc
When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on April 25, 2013, 16 of us discussed the multi-award-winning 2007 novel In the Woods by Tana French.

Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are  welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery  fans, don't forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you're logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts - this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of In the Woods by Tana French, set in Ireland?

Join us next on May 30th at the South Branch Library for a special discussion -- all participants are encouraged to read a volume in a NEW "cozy" or "amateur detective" series (that launched from 2011 to 2013), and share their impressions with the rest of the group!



Tagged in: Just Desserts, mystery, discussion group, book group, In the Woods, Tana French, Dublin Murder Squad,
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