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Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – May 2021

Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read?

Following the “Series Share” portion of the meeting, we held our monthly round robin in which all 14 attendees were able to share recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently.

Here’s the list of mystery, thriller and suspense books recommended by Just Desserts members in May 2021:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in May 2021:

What mysteries have you been reading lately that you’d recommend?

Just Desserts – Series Share 2021 Results

At the May 2021 Just Desserts meeting that took place online using Zoom meeting software, 14 members participated in our annual “Series Share” discussion, in which attendees were encouraged to read the first or second volume in a new series that’s started within the past few years, and share their thoughts in a “round-robin” format, and three more group members shared their selections via e-mail. 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 – with only one “so-so” rating (mentioned below):

What new mystery series that started in the past 2-3 years have you sampled lately that you’d recommend?

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members in April 2021

At the April 29th, 2021 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group on Zoom, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (the various series novels of British author Elly Griffiths), we held our monthly Round Robin in which all 13 online attendees were able to share recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently.

Here’s the list of mystery, thriller and suspense books recommended by Just Desserts members in April 2021:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in April 2021:

What mysteries have you been reading lately that you’d recommend?

Just Desserts – April 2021 – Join the Elly Griffiths discussion!

The Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group held its monthly meeting on April 29th, 2021, online using Zoom meeting software, due to the libraries ongoing pandemic safety precautions. Attendees discussed the three different series written by British author Elly Griffiths, with participants having read several different selections by this author. If you read anything by Elly Griffiths, and would like to contribute your comments about it, please do so as a reply comment to this blog post, below.

Titles read by group members included: The Crossing Places (7 readers, 6 enjoyed it and one found it so-so — the first in her Ruth Galloway series), The Zig Zag Girl (6 readers, 4 enjoyed it and 2 didn’t — the first in her Mystery Men series), Stranger Diaries (5 readers, 4 enjoyed it and 1 was still reading it — the first in her Harbinder Kaur series), and others, such as The Janus Stone, and Smoke & Mirrors.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings (once they resume) and/or other announcements of interest to mystery fans, don’t forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, once in-person meetings are possible again, if you’re logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts – this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group!

So…What did you think of the works of Elly Griffiths? Which have you read?

The following handout was prepared for the members of Just Desserts: The Works of Elly Griffiths.

We hope to return to public meetings, including Just Desserts, at some point in the current Book Group season. Watch the libraries’ website and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for the latest updates! In the meantime, we hope Just Desserters will join us on Zoom on May 27th, for our annual “Series Share” meeting.

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members in March 2021

At the March 25th, 2021 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group on Zoom, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (“Magpie Murders” by Anthony Horowitz), we held our monthly Round Robin in which all 15 online attendees were able to share recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently. We also received some submissions from Just Desserts members who weren’t able to attend the online meeting.

Here’s the list of mystery, thriller and suspense books recommended by Just Desserts members in March 2021:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in March 2021:

What mysteries have you been reading lately that you’d recommend?