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Mystery recommendations from Just Desserts members – May/June 2011

Just Desserts Logo 225Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read?
 
At the May and June Just Desserts meetings, after discussing our monthly “assigned” books, 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 novels that were hot that month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

MAY

The Molly Murphy series by Rhys Bowen
The Wedding Cake Mystery series by Mary Jane Clark
14 by J.T. Ellison
The Bone Thief by J. Bass
Lark Rise to Candleford [DVD] Remarkable Things by Tracy Chevalier
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Discover of Witches by Deborah Harkness
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Room by Emma Donahue
The Fifth Horseman by James Patterson
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris
The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez
Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen [NF] The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry
The Vicky Bliss series by Elizabeth Peters
Painted Ladies by Robert B. Parker
Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
Heartwood by Belva Plain
Sail by James Patterson
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Dead Dry by Sarah Andrews
Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
A Little Gentle Sleuthing by Betty Rowlands
Cat Coming Home by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
The works of Joanne Carl
The works of James Doss
The works of Tony Hillerman
The works of Patricia Cornwell
The works of Erle Stanley Gardner

JUNE

The works of Joanne Carl
The works of James Doss
The works of Tony Hillerman
The works of Patricia Cornwell
The works of Erle Stanley Gardner
The works of Archer Mayor
The works of Iris Johansen
The works of Patricia Cornwell
The works of Elaine Viets
The works of Joanne Pflug
The works of Craig Johnson
The works of Susan Wittig Albert
Mrs. Jeffries Forges Ahead by Emily Brightwell
The Books-on-CD editions of the works of Sarah Graves
The Sixth Lamentation by James Patterson
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
A Deadly Yarn by Maggie Sefton
Aunt Dimity, Detective and others by Nancy Atherton
The Clocks by Agatha Christie
Postmistress by Sarah Blake
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana DeRosnay
House at Riverton by Kate Morton
Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
The Enemy by Lee Child
A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block
Death Without Company by Craig Johnson
10th Anniversary by James Patterson
Painted Ladies by Robert B. Parker
Fallen by Karin Slaughter
The Jane Austen series by Stephanie Barron
A Lonely Death by Charles Todd

We apologize that this entry of group recommendations doesn’t include hotlinks into the catalog — we figured it was better to at least share the info now, rather than wait another week until the links could be added. In the meantime, the August through October Just Desserts selected titles will be announced shortly!

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

Sarah Graves’ “The Book of Old Houses”

Just Desserts Logo 225bookofoldhousesDuring our June 2011 meeting, the Just Desserts mystery fiction group discussed Sarah Graves’ Home Repair is Homicide mystery, The Book of Old Houses.

This book was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on June 30th, 2011. Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book (and series) in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

Join us next on July 28th, 2011, at South Branch Library (6:30 p.m.), as we discuss author Kathy Reichs’ second Temperance Brennan novel, Death du Jour. Additional titles for the remaining discussions in 2011 will be posted to the Book Groups page on the libraries’ BookGuide web site shortly.

And, for additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings, don’t forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, 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!

What did you think of The Book of Old Houses?

Craig Johnson’s “The Cold Dish”

Just Desserts Logo 225colddishDuring our April 2011 meeting, the Just Desserts mystery fiction group discussed Craig Johnsons’s first Walt Longmire mystery novel, The Cold Dish.  This book was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on April 28th, 2011. Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book (and series) in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

Join us next on May 19th, 2011, at South Branch Library (6:30 p.m.) — a week earlier than usual — as we discuss author Elizabeth George’s Inspector Lynley novel, In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner. Additional titles for upcoming months’ discussions have also been posted to the Book Groups page on the libraries’ BookGuide web site.

And, for additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings, don’t forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, 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!

What did you think of The Cold Dish?

Mystery recommendations from Just Desserts members – March 2011

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

At the March 31st 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 novels that were hot last month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

  • The Molly Murphy series by Rhys Bowen
  • To Have and to Kill by Mary Jane Clark
  • 14 by J.T. Ellison
  • The Bone Thief by Jefferson Bass
  • Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The 5th Horseman by James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club series)
  • City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris
  • The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez
  • Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
  • The Vicky Bliss series by Elizabeth Peters
  • Painted Ladies by Robert B. Parker
  • Sail by James Patterson
  • Dead Dry in the Em Hansen series by Sarah Andrews
  • Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
  • The Lee McKinney series by JoAnna Carl
  • The Charlie Moon series by James Doss
  • The works of Tony Hillerman
  • The works of Patricia Cornwell
  • The works of Erle Stanley Gardner
  • A Little Gentle Sleuthing – the first in the Melissa Craig series by Betty Rowlands
  • Cat Coming Home – one of the latest Joe Grey mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Non-Mysteries recommended by group members:

  • The works of Ray Kurzweil
  • The DVD series Lark Rise to Candleford
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • Works about John Wesley
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Room by Emily Donoghue
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
  • The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
  • Heartwood by Belva Plain
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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

 

Alan Bradley’s “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie”

Just Desserts Logo 225sweetnessatthebottomDuring our February 2011 meeting, the Just Desserts mystery fiction group was scheduled to discuss the first Flavia de Luce mystery, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley. A sudden severe snowstorm in Lincoln caused the meeting to be cancelled. 

For those who had finished the book and were looking forward to discussing it, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book (and series) in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

Join us next on March 31st, 2011, at South Branch Library (6:45 p.m.), as we discuss author Lee Child’s Worth Dying For, a Jack Reacher novel that’s actually set here in Nebraska. Additional titles for upcoming months’ discussions have also been posted to the Book Groups page on the libraries’ BookGuide web site.

And, for additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings, don’t forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, 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!