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August 2014 Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members

Just Desserts Logo 225Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the Just Desserts meeting on August 28th (held at Walt Branch Library instead of our regular haunts at South Branch), after discussing our monthly “assigned” book, 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 novels that were hot last month (*) with this mystery-savvy crowd:


  • The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century
  • Expats by Chris Pavone
  • Several works by Linda Fairstein
  • The Drop and Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  • Takedown Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich
  • King and Maxwell by David Baldacci
  • The Bat by Jo Nesbo
  • The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  • Need to Know by James Grippando
  • The Alexander Link,
  • The Jefferson Key and The Emperor’s Tomb by Steve Berry
  • Tool and Die and
  • Mail Biter by Sarah Graves
  • Deadline by Sandra Brown
  • Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
  • Private Berlin and
  • Private L.A. by James Patterson
  • Nickeled and Dimed to Death and
  • Dead Between the Lines by Denise Swanson
  • The Cat, the Vagabond and the Victim and others by Leanne Sweeney
  • The Catered Birthday Party by Isis Crawford
  • Murder as a Second Language by Joan Hess
  • The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives by John Clement
  • The Close Knit Killer by Maggie Sefton
  • Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
  • Any Other Name by Craig Johnson
  • The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
  • The Heart of a Killer by David Rosenfelt
  • Sight Unseen by Iris Johansen
  • Undiplomatic Murder by Donald Bain (as Margaret Truman)
  • The Janus Reprisal by Janet Freveletti
  • The Chase by Brad Thor
  • The Wrong Girl by H.P. Ryan
  • The Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance
  • Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis
  • The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo
  • The Forsaken by Ace Atkins
  • Wild Storm by “Richard Castle”
  • Nine Lives to Die by Rita Mae Brown
  • Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well by Nancy Atherton
  • The Skin Collector by Jeffrey Deaver
  • That Old Flame of Mine by J.J. Cook
  • The Best American Mystery Stories [2000] edited by Donald Westlake and Otto Penzler
  • Mystery Scene Magazine [not currently subscribed to by the Lincoln City Libraries] [ Magazine’s Web site ]


  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Wild Mind by Natalie Goldberg
  • Plot Structure by The Readers Digest
  • Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse (on audio)
  • Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers
  • Close Your Eyes and Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian
  • Thirty Girls by Susan Minot
  • Blood Feud by Edward Klein
  • Games Creatures Play edited by Charlaine Harris [813.08 Har]
  • At Home by Bill Bryson
  • The works of Ken Follett

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

(* – Several group members shared the same exact titles as they had during our July meeting. These titles have been left out of the August list.)

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