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Join the discussion of the Billy Boyle series by James R. Benn

The Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group held its first meeting of 2022 on Zoom, on January 27th, 2022. Thirteen virtual attendees discussed the “Billy Boyle” mystery series, set during World War II, by James R. Benn. If you’ve read any of the 16 volumes (so far) in the Billy Boyle series, and would like to contribute your comments about it, please do so as a reply comment to this blog post, below. Group members were encourage to read any one or more volume in this 16-volume series — amongst the 13 participants, eight different books were selected!

For 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, now that 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 “Billy Boyle” series? Have you read any of these, or others, by James R. Benn?

The following handout was prepared for the members of Just Desserts: The Billy Boyle series by James R. Benn.

We hope to see you at future gatherings of the Just Desserts group, whether in-person or on Zoom. 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 February 24th, 2022, for a discussion of Alex Michaelides’ stand-alone thriller The Silent Patient.

What was your favorite Mystery/Suspense/Thriller read in 2021?

Hey, mystery fans and members of the libraries’ Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group…

We’re in the final week of 2021, and we’re curious — what was your favorite Mystery/Suspense/Thriller read in 2021?

It doesn’t have to have been a “new” release this year, it could just be an older comfort read. But what Mystery or Suspense or Thriller stood out the most for you among all the books you read (or listened to) this past year? Bonus points if it was one of our Just Desserts reading selections!

Leave a comment here, in response to this Just Desserts Blog post, with your favorite genre read in 2021…

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – October 2021

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

At the October 2021 Just Desserts meeting that took place in-person at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 11 group members participated in a discussion of Walter Mosley’s “Easy Rawlins” series. Following that discussion, we held our monthly round robin in which all 11 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 October 2021:

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

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

Join the discussion on Walter Mosley’s “Easy Rawlins” series

The Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group held its final monthly meeting of the year on October 28th, 2021, in person. Attendees discussed the “Easy Rawlins” series written by American author Walter Mosley, with participants having read several different selections by this author. If you read any of the Easy Rawlins novels by Mosley, and would like to contribute your comments about it/them, please do so as a reply comment to this blog post, below.

Titles read by group members included: Devil in a Blue Dress (2 readers, 1 enjoyed it and one didn’t), Charcoal Joe (2 readers, 1 enjoyed it and 1 didn’t), Bad Boy Brawley Brown (1 reader, who enjoyed it and had previously read others in the series), Little Scarlet (1 reader, who highly enjoyed the audiobook version narrated by actor Michael Boatman), Blood Grove (2 readers. 1 who liked it and one who didn’t – the latter wasn’t a noir fan), Blonde Faith (2 reader, one who liked it but thought the sex scenes were poorly written, and a second who couldn’t get past the first chapter), and Cinnamon Kiss (1 reader who had a so-so reaction to it). Two people also mistakenly read Down the River Unto the Sea, which isn’t part of the Easy Rawlins series.

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 Easy Rawlins series by Walter Mosley? Which have you read?

The following handout was prepared for the members of Just Desserts: Easy Rawlins series by Walter Mosley.

This was our final “in person” meeting for 2021. Just Desserts is on its year-end hiatus in November and December, but will return in January 2022.

 

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – September 2021

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

At the September 2021 Just Desserts meeting that took place in-person at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 14 group members participated in a discussion of Victoria Thompson’s “Gaslight Mystery” series. Following that discussion, 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 September 2021:

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

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