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Mystery recommendations from Just Desserts members – June 2012

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

At the June 28th 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 that they felt they could recommend. Here’s a list of the books that were hot this month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

  • Other works by Susan Wittig Albert (whose Nightshade was our book-of-the-month)
  • Due or Die by Jen McKinley
  • As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson
  • Justice Ends at Home…and Other Stories by Rex Stout
  • The Chocolate Castle Clue by JoAnna Carl
  • The Quick and the Thread by Amanda Lee
  • Death Comes Silently by Carolyn Hart
  • Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag
  • The works of Janet Evanovich, particularly the 8th Plum book, on audio
  • The works by Suzanne Arruda, who was our author-of-the-month in May
  • The works of Linda Castillo
  • Day of Atonement by Faye Kellerman
  • Shear Murder and others by Nancy J. Cohen
  • The Innocent and others by Harlan Coben
  • The Last Jihad by Joel Rosenberg
  • Defending Jacob by William Landay
  • The works of Val McDermid
  • Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry
  • Back of Beyond by C.J. Box
  • The Drop by Michael Connelly
  • A Killer Read by Erika Chase
  • The Snowman and others by Jo Nesbo
  • Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris

Non-Mysteries recommended by group members:

  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith
  • The Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson, volumes 1-3
  • True Sisters by Sandra Dallas
  • Whiter Than Snow by Sandra Dallas
  • The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (the 2007 One Book One Lincoln selection)
  • Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson
  • The current three One Book One Lincoln nominees:
  • The Submission by Amy Waldman
  • The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart
  • Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard

Mystery-related news:

  • Group member Vera shared the link to site she recommended about Scandinavian mystery/thriller fiction: scandinaviancrimefiction.wordpress.com, which she described as “a very comprehensive website created by Gustavus Adolphus College; excellent blog by librarian Barbara Fister with reviews of many Nordic crime fiction novels.”
  • Group member Cathy shared the news that author Diana Norman, who also wrote a mystery series starting with Mistress of the Art of Death under the pseudonym Ariana Franklin, died last year (2011).

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

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