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Reading Recommendations from May 2018 “Series Share” Just Desserts meeting

At the May 31st, 2018 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, our theme was our annual “Series Share” – participants were encouraged to read the first or second volume in any “new” mystery/thriller/suspense series that has started within the past 3 years (2016-2018). Each person was encouraged to describe the series, the central character(s), the themes or tone, the setting, and ultimately whether they would give it a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” recommendation. For the most part, group members met these guidelines, though not 100%. This session was audio-recorded and will eventually be released through the libraries’ series of podcasts. We did NOT have time at the end of this month’s session for our traditional “round robin” to find out what else Just Desserts members have been reading. [NOTE: Titles not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries have been submitted as purchase suggestions through the libraries’ Suggest-a-Title form.]

Join us again on June 28, 2018 at South Branch for a group discussion of James Lee Burke’s Robicheaux (2017).


Here’s the list of the titles/series of mystery/suspense books discussed by Just Desserts members at our May 2018 meeting:

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

Reading Recommendations in April from Just Desserts members

At the April 26th, 2018 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (the entire body of works by British mystery/suspense author Ruth Rendell), we held our monthly round robin in which all the attendees were able to share a few recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently.

First, here’s the list of Ruth Rendell mystery/suspense books discussed by Just Desserts members at our April 2018 meeting:

This meeting was audio-recorded, for eventual release through the libraries’ podcast series, which we’ll link to here once it is online.

After our Rendell discussion, we had a few minutes for a general round robin. Here are the mystery and non-mystery titles recommended by Just Desserts members in April 2018:

Because we didn’t have as much time for our general “round robins” discussion, please feel free to respond here on the blog to the following question: What mysteries have you been reading lately that you’d recommend?

Reading Recommendations in March 2018 from Just Desserts members

At the March 29th, 2018 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (Felix Francis’ Triple Crown), we held our monthly round robin in which all the attendees were able to share a few recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently.

Here’s the list of mystery books recommended by Just Desserts members in February 2018:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in February 2018:

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

February 2018 reading recommendations from Just Desserts members

At the February 22nd, 2018 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (Lindsey Davis’ 20-volume series featuring Marcus Didius Falco), we held our monthly round robin in which all the attendees were able to share a few recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently.

Here’s the list of mystery books recommended by Just Desserts members in February 2018:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in February 2018:

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

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 is a list of the Hercule Poirot novels and short-story collections by Agatha Christie that were discussed at the October 2017 meeting of Just Desserts. Numbers in parentheses indicates the number of readers of this particular title for this month’s meeting:

Other Christie works mentioned during this meeting:

  • Ten Little Indians (a.k.a. And Then There Were None) (the film – not a Poirot story – and the libraries don’t own the film, although we DO own the novel that it was based upon) (2)
  • The Mousetrap (the legendarily long-running play in London, not a Poirot story)

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?