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Recommended Reading in June 2014 from Just Desserts

Just Desserts Logo 225Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the June 2014 Just Desserts meeting on 6/26, 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 in June 2014 with this mystery-savvy crowd:


  • Terminal City by Linda Fairstein
  • Secret Prey by John Sandford
  • Slow Kill by Michal McGarrity
  • And Then There Were None (on Audio) by Agatha Christie
  • This Dame For Hire by Sandra Scoppetone
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on DVD, based on the books by Kerry Greenwood
  • Field of Prey by John Sandford
  • The Old Blue Line – a Joanna Brady novella by J.A. Jance
  • Whack Job by Kendell Lynn
  • The Bake Sale Murder by Leslie Meier
  • NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson and ??? Karp
  • Death Angel by Linda Howard
  • The Son by Jo Nesbo
  • Death at the Door by Carolyn Hart
  • The Last Man by Vince Flynn
  • In a Dark House by Deborah Crombie
  • Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
  • Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly
  • The Book of Old Houses by Sarah Graves
  • A Face at the Window by Sarah Graves
  • The Cell by Stephen King
  • Any Other Name by Craig Johnson
  • Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman
  • The Longmire TV series based on the books by Craig Johnson (on Netflix)
  • Bad Blood by Linda Fairstein
  • Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein
  • A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King
  • Run For Your Life by Andrea Kane
  • You Don’t Want to Know by Lisa Jackson
  • The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
  • Stolen Lives by Jassy Mackenzie
  • The Affair (audiobook) by Lee Child
  • A Darker Shade of Sweden edited by John-Henri Holmberg
  • Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
  • Murder on Bamboo Lane by Naomi Hirahara
  • Mystery Scene Magazine – not in the libraries’ collection, but available locally at both Barnes and Noble locations


  • At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcon
  • Coop by Michael Perry
  • Population: 485 by Michael Perry
  • Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  • One Good Thing by Kevin Alan Milne
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • Y the Last Man graphic novel series by Brian Vaughn
  • The Light Between Oceans (audiobook) by M.L. Stedman

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

June through September 2014 Just Desserts titles selected!

The titles/authors for the June through September Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group have been posted.

deathangelJune – Death Angel by Linda Fairstein

doinghardtimeJuly – Doing Hard Time by Stuart Woods

otherwomanAugust – The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan

afterimgoneSeptember – After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman

There is also a survey available online for Just Desserts members to offer their opinions on what should be discussed at the October 2014 Just Desserts meeting. Click the link to add your vote! [survey no longer active]

What do you think of the above four authors/titles? Are you looking forward to reading any of these?

Click the title of this specific blog post, or the number to the right of Comments, below, to leave your own comment!

Help us pick the October 2011 Just Desserts author

Just Desserts Logo 225Our October 2011 Just Desserts selection will be our first experiment of picking an author with numerous titles, for whom the library doesn’t have the minimum 8-to-10 copies of any single specific individual title to meet our group’s needs. Instead, we’ll pick the author, then Just Desserts members will be encouraged to read ANY of that author’s works, and we’ll discuss them ALL as a group, rather than everyone reading the same exact title.

Here’s your assignment before the July 28th Just Desserts meeting: Please look at the following list of three possible authors for October, and click the link below to express your preference of which of the three authors you’d like to see us pick. You may only select one of these three authors under consideration:

Charles Todd — his Ian Rutledge series, set in post-WWI England, featuring a Scotland Yard detective suffering from PTSD and haunted by the ghost of a soldier whose death he’s responsible for.

Louise Penny — her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, is set in Quebec and its environs in modern day.

Suzanne Arruda — her Jade del Cameron series is set in the 1920s in Africa, and features a strong female protagonist.

Click this link to cast your vote for which of these authors you’d like to use in October! [link now disabled]

Thanks, and enjoy voting! The voting form will remain active through the end of the day on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011.

Final three Just Desserts titles selected for 2010

Just Desserts Logo 225Mystery fans — the titles for discussion at the August, September and October 2010 Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meetings have now been posted on the libraries’ BookGuide site.

purplecaneroadIn August, we’ll be reading one of James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux mysteries set in New Orleans — Purple Cane Road.

spellmanfilesIn September, we’ll sample the first in the madcap humorous mystery series featuring the Spellman family — The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz.

misformaliceAnd for our final gathering of the year in October, we’ll read and discuss one of Sue Grafton’s classic Alphabet Mystery series, featuring Kinsey Milhone — M is for Malice, considered one of the best in the series.

If you’re a mystery fan who hasn’t joined us for previous gatherings, please consider reading one of these titles and coming to discuss it with fellow mystery readers. You’ll find all the information about dates and times at the Just Desserts section of our Book Groups page.

Preview Discussions 2008

One Book - One LincolnYou will be able to join members of the One Book — One Lincoln Selection Committee for preview discussions of the 2008 finalists, and how those titles were selected, at the following locations in July and August:

  • Bluestem Books – 137 S. 9th St., Saturday, July 26, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Lee Booksellers – Edgewood Shopping Center, Sunday, July 27, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • A Novel Idea Bookstore – 118 N. 14th St., Tuesday, July 29, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Barnes & Noble Booksellers – 50th and “O” St., Thursday, July 31, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Barnes & Noble Booksellers – Southpointe Pavilions Shopping Center, Sunday, August 3, 2:00-3:00 p.m.