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Mystery recommendations from Just Desserts members – January 2012

Just Desserts Logo 225Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read?

At the January 2012 Just Desserts meeting, 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, (especially over the November/December “hiatus” that the group takes), that they felt they could recommend. Here’s a list of the books that were hot last month with this mystery-savvy crowd:


  • A House to Die For by Vicki Doudera
  • Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree by Nancy Atherton
  • The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott Davidson
  • The Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • 10th Anniversary by James Patterson
  • The Do-it-Yourself series by Jennie Bentley
  • The Yellow Rose series by Leann Sweeney
  • The Cats in Trouble series by Leann Sweeney
  • Night of the Living Deb by Susan McBride
  • The Cat Sitter’s Pajamas by Blaize Clement
  • As the Pig Turns, an Agatha Raisin novel by M.C. Beaton
  • Maigret Goes Home by George Simenon
  • The Tehran Initiative by Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Tag Man by Archer Mayor
  • The Drop by Michael Connelly
  • Northwest Angle by William Kent Kreuger
  • Back of Beyond by C.J. Box
  • Acqua Alta by Donna Leon
  • Foul Play at Four by Ann Purser
  • Books by Louise Penny
  • Seven Sisters by Earlene Fowler
  • Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
  • Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues: A Jesse Stone novel by Michael Brandman
  • Books by George Simenon
  • A Brutal Telling by Louis Penny
  • Headhunters by Jo Nesbo
  • Breakdown, a V.I. Warshawski novel by Sara Paretsky
  • The Death on Demand series by Carolyn G. Hart
  • Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon
  • The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King
  • Countdown by Iris Johansen
  • The Man Who Went Up in Smoke by Maj Sjowall
  • The Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton
  • I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • The Stieg Larsson trilogy on audio
  • The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
  • The Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
  • Books by Henning Mankell
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbo on audio
  • Books by Donna Leon
  • Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James


  • Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow
  • Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost
  • Dirty Little Secrets by Cynthia Jaynes Omolulu
  • Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
  • Nanjing Requiem by Ha Jin
  • The Wedding Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
  • Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
  • This Time Together by Carol Burnett
  • Pearl in China by Anchi Min
  • Flower Net by Lisa See
  • Hunting Eichmann by Neal Bascomb
  • Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation by Charles Glass
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

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

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