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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

Tagged in: Just Desserts, mystery, thriller, suspense, John D. MacDonald, Travis McGee, reading assignment, hiatus,
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Lee Child's "Worth Dying For"

April 17, 2011 by sdc
During our March 2011 meeting, the Just Desserts mystery fiction group discussed Lee Child's Reacher thriller, Worth Dying For, which was set in central Nebraska. 

This book was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on March 31st, 2011. 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.

Join us next on April 28th, 2011, at South Branch Library (6:30 p.m.), as we discuss author Craig Johnson's Cold Dish, the first in a popular new series that's already seen six volumes released. Additional titles for upcoming months' discussions have also been posted to the Book Groups page on the libraries' BookGuide web site.

And, for additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings, 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!

What did you think of Worth Dying For?

Tagged in: Just Desserts, discussion group, mystery, thriller, Jack Reacher, Lee Child, Worth Dying For,
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Book vs Film - Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy

December 07, 2010 by sdc

Mystery/Thriller fans...something you might be interested in:

Book vs. Film - Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy Discussion

Sunday, December 12th, 2010
The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center
313 N. 13th St.

A screening of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the final film in the Millennium Trilogy, immediately followed by a discussion of all three books and films in the series!

Film begins at Noon. Movie talk begins at 2:30 p.m.

Admission to the movie/book talk is free, however admission to the screening is at the regular Ross prices.

For more info:

Tagged in: Stieg Larsson, mystery, thriller, movie, book discussion,
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