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Your 2017 Just Desserts hiatus reading assignment — Don Winslow

Don Winslow photographed at Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, California, October 10, 2012.

During the Nov/Dec 2017 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.

Because 2017 is the year we’re celebrating Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial, and all-year-long the libraries have been encouraging readers to sample works by Nebraska authors, our “hiatus assignment” for 2017 is the entire body of works by Nebraska author Don Winslow. Winslow has had 17 novels and one non-fiction book published, starting with 1991’s A Cool Breeze on the Underground, through 2017’s The Force.

The Lincoln City Libraries currently own 16 of Winslow’s 17 novels, excluding 1996’s Isle of Joy, and 15 of those 16 are available in circulating copies outside of the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors collection. 1999’s California Fire & Life is only available for perusing in the Heritage Room. Several of Winslow’s novels are connected — his first five all featured Neal Carey, two later novels both feature Boone Daniels. Savages and Kings of Cool are connected. The Cartel and The Power of the Dog are connected. And there are several stand-alone volumes.

You can visit the Nebraska Author Don Winslow booklist on BookGuide for more information about Winslow, and for hotlinks into the libraries’ online catalog to check on the status of all of his books.

For the purposes of Just Desserts, we encourage you to read ANY of Winslow’s novels, and return to this Just Desserts blog post to leave a comment, in response to the following question. We look forward to seeing your comments here over the course of the next two months!

So…here’s your question:

Which of Don Winslow’s novels did you read, and what was your opinion?

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – October 2017

At the October 26th, 2017 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot), we had just enough time to do a round robin in which all 12 attendees were able to share just a single recommendation of what other books they’ve been reading recently.

Here’s the list of mystery books recommended by Just Desserts members in October 2017:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in October 2017:

What mysteries have you been reading lately that you’d recommend?

Discussion of Agatha Christie’s “Hercule Poirot”

When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on Thursday, October 25th, 2017, a dozen mystery fans held a fascinating discussion about the entire “Hercule Poirot” series (33 novels, 1 play, 50+ short stories) by Agatha Christie. Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about any of the “Hercule Poirot” stories, 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. Just Desserts is on our annual “hiatus” for the final two months of 2017. Join us on January 25th for the first 2018 meeting of Just Desserts — a discussion of The Late Show, the first book in a new series by Michael Connelly.

In the meantime, here are three links to information about Hercule Poirot and Agatha Christie:

This link goes to a handout providing background on all the Poirot stories, with all novels and short story collections hotlinked to the libraries’ online catalog.

This link goes to the Hercule Poirot page on Wikipedia, where you can find extensive background on all aspects of the character.

This link goes to all the Agatha Christie books, in ALL formats (including e-books) in the libraries’ collection.

What do you think of the “Hercule Poirot” stories by Agatha Christie?

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – September 2017

At the September 28th, 2017 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, following the discussion of the assigned book of the month, we had a round robin in which all 14 attendees were able to share recommendations of other books they’ve been reading recently.

Here’s the list of mystery books recommended by Just Desserts members in September 2017:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in September 2017:

What mysteries have you been reading (or listening to, or watching) lately that you’d recommend?

Discussion of the “Mike Bowditch” series by Paul Doiron

When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 14 mystery fans held a fascinating discussion about the 7 volumes in Paul Doiron’s series featuring Maine Game Warden “Mike Bowditch”. Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about any of the “Mike Bowditch” novels, 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. Join us on October 26th for the final 2017 meeting of Just Desserts — a discussion of the entire “Hercule Poirot” body of work by Agatha Christie.

What do you think of the “Mike Bowditch” series by Paul Doiron?