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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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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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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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