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Just Desserts

Discussion of A.J. Finn’s “The Woman in the Window”

When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on February 28th, 2019, 12 group members discussed the 2018 psychological suspense novel The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (pseudonym of Dan Mallory). Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about The Woman in the Window and A.J. Finn, 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 — currently through our May 2019 meeting.

So…What do you think of A.J. Finn, and his debut novel The Woman in the Window?

Join us again in March 2019 for a discussion of John Connolly’s novel  thriller The Woman in the Woods, in the 4th floor auditorium at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th & “N” St., in downtown Lincoln, on March 28th, 2019.

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – February 2019

At the February 28th, 2019 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window), we held our monthly round robin in which all 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 2019:

  • The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie – past author selection for Just Desserts
  • Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly – past author selection for Just Desserts
  • A new annotated edition of The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler – past author selection for Just Desserts (libraries do not own this new edition — but we have plenty of older editions)
  • The Whistler by John Grisham
  • Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich – past author selection for Just Desserts
  • The Fish Out of Water Series by Amy Lane (libraries own all 4 but only as e-books)
  • The Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly (as a book-on-cd) – past author selection for Just Desserts
  • (someone mentioned something about sometime titles Murder at the Luau but I was unable to get author information and can’t find anything about this title online)

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in February 2019:

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

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts Members – January 2019

At the January 31st, 2019 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope series), we held our monthly round robin in which all attendees were able to share a few recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently.

Join us again on February 28th at the next Just Desserts meeting to hear even more recommendations!

Here’s the list of mystery books recommended by Just Desserts members in January 2019:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in January 2019:

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

Discussion of Ann Cleeves’ “Vera Stanhope” series

When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on January 31st, 2019, 11 group members discussed the entire “Vera Stanhope” series by British author Ann Cleeves. Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about Vera Stanhope and Ann Cleeves, 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 — currently through our May 2019 meeting.

So…What do you think of Ann Cleeves, and her “Vera Stanhope” series of novels?

Join us again in February 2019 for a discussion of A.J. Finn’s psychological thriller The Woman in the Window, at our new home at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th & “N” St., in downtown Lincoln, on February 28th, 2019.

Your 2018 Just Desserts hiatus reading assignment — the Rabbi David Small series by Harry Kemelman

During the Nov/Dec 2018 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.

One of the popular and well-known authors we would have liked to have used for a regular monthly Just Desserts discussion is Harry Kemelman, author of the “Rabbi David Small” series. Because of the limited number of copies of his works in the libraries’ collection, we’ve never used him for one of the regular discussion months, but he’s a perfect selection to be our “hiatus assignment” for 2018, as the libraries do own at least one copy of each of his Rabbi Small titles, and group members can track down whichever volumes they want to read at their leisure.

The Lincoln City Libraries currently own 11 of Kemelman’s 12 “David Small” novels, excluding 1981’s Conversations With Rabbi Small, which is the one volume in the series that is NOT actually a mystery, anyway.

You can visit the Rabbi David Small series booklist on BookGuide for more information about Kemelman, 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 Kemelman’s “Rabbit David Small” series of 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 the Rabbi David Small novels did you read, and what was your opinion?