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Just Desserts

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?

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – October 2018

At the October 25th, 2018 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series), we held our monthly round robin in which all 18 attendees were able to share a few recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently, both mystery and non-mystery.

Here are the mystery titles recommended by Just Desserts members in October 2018:

Here are the non-mystery titles recommended by Just Desserts members in October 2018:

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

Discussion of Rex Stout’s “Nero Wolfe” series

When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on October 25th, 2018, 18 group members discussed the entire classic “Nero Wolfe” series by author Rex Stout. Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about Red Stout and Nero Wolfe, 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 final 2018 meeting in October.

So…What do you think of Rex Stout, and his “Nero Wolfe” series of novels?

Join us again in January 2019 for a discussion of the entire “Vera Stanhope” mystery series by British author Ann Cleeves, relocated to our new home at the Bennett Martin Public Library in downtown Lincoln, on January 31st, 2019.

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – September 2018

At the September 27th, 2018 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (Jane Harper’s The Dry), we held our monthly round robin in which all 25 attendees were able to share a few recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently, both mystery and non-mystery.

Here are the mystery titles recommended by Just Desserts members in September 2018:

Here are the non-mystery titles recommended by Just Desserts members in September 2018:

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

Discussion of Jane Harper’s “The Dry”

When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on September 27th, 2018, 25 group members discussed 2017 debut novel by Jane Harper, the first in an Australian series featuring Aaron Falk, The Dry. Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about Jane Harper and The Dry, 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 final 2018 meeting in October.

So…What do you think of Jane Harper, her Aaron Falk series of novels, and 2017’s The Dry in specific?

Join us next month for a discussion of the entire classic mystery series by Rex Stout, featuring his corpulent sleuth Nero Wolfe, at South Branch on September 27th, 2018.