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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?



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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:



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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?


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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?


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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


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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?


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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!



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March reading recommendations from Just Desserts members

March 29, 2013 by sdc
Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the March 28th, 2013 Just Desserts meeting, after discussing our monthly "assigned" author, 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 What mysteries have you been reading, listening to, or watching lately?


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The Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson

March 29, 2013 by sdc
When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on March 28, 2013, we discussed the entire Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson, starting with Gallow's View.

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 Gallow's View and the entire Inspector Banks series by Robinson, set in the Yorkshire area of Northern England?

Join us on April 25th at the South Branch Library for a discussion of In the Woods by Tana French!



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February reading recommendations from the Just Desserts group

March 18, 2013 by sdc

Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read?

At the February 28th, 2013 Just Desserts meeting, after discussing our monthly “assigned” author, 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:

What mysteries have you been reading, listening to, or watching lately?



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David Baldacci's "The Camel Club"

March 01, 2013 by sdc
When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met in February, we discussed David Baldacci's novel, The Camel Club.

This book was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on February 28, 2013. Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book (and 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! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of The Camel Club by Baldacci?



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Just Desserts - recommended reading list for January 2013

February 05, 2013 by sdc

Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read?

At the January 31st, 2013 Just Desserts meeting, after discussing our monthly “assigned” author, 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:

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



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The Works of Donna Leon

February 05, 2013 by sdc
When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on January 31, 2013, we discussed the entire Commissario Guido Brunetti series by Donna Leon, starting with, Death at La Fenice.

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! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of Death at La Fenice and the entire Commissario Guido Brunetti series by Leon?

Join us on February 28th at the South Branch Library for a discussion of The Camel Club by David Baldacci!



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Your 2012 Just Desserts hiatus reading assignment!

November 01, 2012 by sdc
During the Nov/Dec 2012 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 2012 is John D. McDonald, creator of the classic mystery/suspense series featuring Travis McGee. McGee isn’t a typical P.I. or detective, but instead calls himself a “salvage consultant”, specializing in recovering lost or missing items. His standard fee is 50% of the value of the item recovered. McGee lives aboard a large houseboat called “The Busted Flush”, which he won in a poker game, and which is now docked at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. McGee appears in 21 novels, starting with The Deep Blue Goodbye in 1964 and ending in The Lonely Silver Rain in 1984. The Lincoln City Libraries have all but one of the 21 Travis McGee novels (we are missing #9).

We encourage Just Desserts participants to read any book in the Travis McGee series (click this link to jump to the library catalog), at some point in November or December 2012, 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 MacDonald and Travis McGee information:

John D. MacDonald wrote much more than the Travis McGee series. In total, he wrote over 40 additional stand-alone novels, in both the mystery/thriller, general fiction and science fiction genres.

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

Scott C. - Just Desserts coordinator and host


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Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members

October 26, 2012 by sdc
Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read?

At the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meeting on October 25th, after our book discussion, we spent time doing a round robin at the table, giving all attendees an opportunity to share what they’ve been reading lately. Here’s what was popular in October 2012 with this mystery-savvy group:

Mysteries

Non-Mysteries


What mysteries have you been reading lately?



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Harlan Coben's "Promise Me"

October 26, 2012 by sdc
When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met in October2012, we discussed a 2006 entry in Harlan Coben's best-selling "Myron Bolitar" series, Promise Me.

This book was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on October 25, 2012. Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are  welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book (and series) in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

Just Desserts is going on its end-of-year hiatus, but we encourage you to join us again in January 2013, when we return to having our monthly gatherings.

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! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of Promise Me and the Myron Bolitar series by Coben?



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