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September 2012 reading recommendations from Just Desserts members

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

At the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meeting on August 23rd, after our book discussion, we spent time doing a round robin at the table, giving all attendees an opportunity to share what they’ve been reading lately. Here’s what was popular in July 2012 with this mystery-savvy group:


  • Rosemary & Thyme DVD series
  • Simisola on DVD from Ruth Rendell
  • The Lincoln Lawyer on DVD – extras with Michael Connelly on a driving tour of L.A.
  • Angels Flight by Michael Connelly
  • Trickster’s Point by William Kent Krueger
  • Judgment Call by J.A. Jance
  • Fireproof by Alex Kava
  • Black Mist by Brad Thor
  • Broken Harbor by Tana French
  • A Corpse’s Nightmare by Phillip Depoy
  • Dorchester Terrace by Anne Perry
  • The Closer – final season on DVD
  • As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson
  • Bonefire of the Vanities by Carolyn Haines — didn’t recommend it as a mystery, but for the literary element of having the ghost of the protagonist’s grandmother come back as a different famous female sleuth in each book in the series
  • Nobody’s Fools by Richard Russo
  • The works of William Kent Krueger
  • Fool Me Twice by Michael Brandman, continuing the Jesse Stone novels of Robert B. Parker
  • Lullaby by Ace Atkins, continuing the Spenser novels of Robert B. Parker
  • Scones and Bones by Laura Childs (a Tea Shop mystery)
  • Crusader’s Cross by James Lee Burke
  • In the Moon of Red Ponies by James Lee Burke
  • The Mercedes Coffin by Faye Kellerman
  • The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
  • The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King
  • Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
  • Killing Gifts by Deborah Woodworth
  • The Big Cat Nap by Rita Mae Brown
  • Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch by Nancy Atherton
  • Haven by Kay Hooper
  • Lethal Outlook by Victoria Laurie
  • The Busy Woman’s Guide to Murder by Mary Jane Maffini
  • Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow
  • Fire and Ice by Dana Stabenow
  • Crooked House by Agatha Christie
  • Black Coffee by Charles Osborne, based on the play by Agatha Christie
  • And Be a Villain by Rex Stout
  • Sister Pelagio and the Black Monk by Boris Akunin
  • Murder on Capitol Hill by Margaret Truman
  • Black Water by T. Jefferson Parker
  • Criminal by Karin Slaughter
  • Cat Coming Home by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • Cat Telling Tales by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • Frozen Heat by Richard Castle


  • The Care and Handling of Roses With Thorns by Margaret Dilloway
  • Salmon Fishing in Yemen DVD
  • Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope by Gabrielle Giffords
  • 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  • Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore
  • Perfect is Overrated by Karen Bergreen
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • Niceville by Carsten Stroud
  • The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

What mysteries have you been reading lately that you would recommend?

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