Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read?
At the May 2019 Just Desserts meeting this week, 17 members participated in our annual “Series Share” meeting, in which attendees were encouraged to read the first or second volume in a new series that’s started within the past couple of years, and share their thoughts in a “round-robin” format. Here’s a list of the novels/series that were mentioned by group members. We asked all attendees to also give a “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” for whatever series they sampled – all participants this month gave a “Thumbs Up” to whatever they read – some more strongly than others.
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Just Desserts member – Series they read by Author of Series, starting with Volume they read
Scott – The Daniel Hawthorne mystery series by Anthony Horowitz, starting with The Word is Murder (and)
Scott (again) – The Medlar Mystery series by Jude Deveraux, starting with A Willing Murder
Jodi – The Detective By Day mystery series by Kellye Garrett, starting with Hollywood Homicide
Joan – The Mercy & Elvis series by Paula Munier, starting with A Borrowing of Bones
Rayma – The Lena Jones mystery series by Betty Webb, Rayma read the 8th volume, Desert Redemption
Sharon – The Val Fremden mystery series by Margaret Lashley, starting with Glad One
Cheryl – The Orphan X thriller series by Gregg Hurwitz, starting with Orphan X
Cathy – The Knit and Nibble mystery series by Peggy Ehrhart, starting with Murder She Knit (and)
Cathy (again) – The Book Club Mystery series by Laura DiSilverio; Cathy read the 2nd, The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle (the libraries do not have this entry, but do have the 1st and 3rd in the series)
Ida – The Casey Duncan/Rockton mystery/thriller series by Kelley Armstrong, starting with City of the Lost
Christy – The Thursday Next mystery/literary series by Jasper Fforde, starting with The Eyre Affair
Ladena – The Eve Duncan series by Iris Johansen; Ladena had read up through the 11th entry in the series
Suzy – The Chef To Go series by Denise Swanson, starting with Tart of Darkness (and)
Suzy (again) – The Scumble River series also by Denise Swanson, starting with The Murder of a Small-Town Honey
Vera – The Timber Creek K9 Mystery series by Margaret Mizushima, starting with Killing Trail
Don – The Orphan X thriller series by Gregg Hurwitz, starting with Orphan X (and)
Don (again) – The Jane Hawk series by Dean Koontz, starting with The Silent Corner
Linda – The Bull Mountain series by Brian Panowich, starting with Bull Mountain
Tram – The Vinyl Detective series by Andrew Cartmill, starting with Written in Dead Wax
Jennie – Three different series by Elly Griffiths, including The Ruth Galloway series starting with The Crossing Places, The Mephisto and Stephens series starting with The Zig Zag Girl, and a stand-alone novel that may be the start of a new series, The Stranger Diaries (and)
Jennie (again) – The All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, starting with A Discovery of Witches
Marlee – The Atlee Pine mystery/thriller series by David Baldacci, starting with The Long Road to Mercy
Following the “Series Share” portion of the meeting, we unfortunately did not leave enough time for our traditional monthly “Round Robin” in which group members share whatever else they’ve been reading lately. That will return to Just Desserts in June.