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The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew mystery series

hardyboysnancydrewJust Desserts Logo 225During the Nov/Dec 2010 hiatus between meetings of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, we encourage regular attendees to participate as a group in a virtual way. While we may not have an actual meeting scheduled during these two months, we want to use this blog to keep everyone active with their mystery reading and discussions.

We encourage Just Desserts participants to read any book, from any of the many generations of titles in the Hardy Boys (by Franklin Dixon) or Nancy Drew (by Carolyn Keene) mystery series for teens and youth, at some point in November or December 2010, then come back here and leave a comment about whichever Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew book they read, as a comment posted in response to this discussion topic.

As a bit of background, here are some links to The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew information:

There have also been a number of books published in the past 20 years talking about the origins of the Stratemeyer syndicate, which published both of these series, and the men and women responsible for the creation of these iconic characters.

We look forward to seeing your comments here over the course of the next two months!

Scott C. – Just Desserts coordinator

October 2010 mystery recommendations from Just Desserts members

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

At the October Just Desserts meeting last week, 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 Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
  • Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, and The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall-Smith, the latest in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series, previously used as a Just Desserts selection
  • The Immigrants by Howard Fast
  • The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
  • Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves
  • The Spider’s Web by Margaret Coel
  • Murder by the Glass by Michele Scott, part of the Wine Lovers Mystery series
  • Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  • Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger
  • Seasons of Bones and Criminal Minds on DVD
  • Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
  • State Fair by Earlene Fowler
  • Recent works by C.J. Box
  • Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
  • The Hardy Boys and the Shortwave Mystery by Franklin Dixon
  • The Case of the Hook-Billed Kites by J.S. Borthwick
  • The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris
  • Time and Again by Jack Finney
  • Maid of Murder by Amanda Fowler
  • The latest issue of Mystery Scene magazine

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

Sue Grafton’s “M is for Malice”

misformaliceJust Desserts Logo 225During our October 2010 meeting, the Just Desserts mystery fiction group discussed Sue Graftson’s 13th Kinsey Millhone mystery, M is for Malice.

This book was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on October 28th, 2010. 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.

The Just Desserts group is going on its traditional Nov/Dec hiatus (so as not to conflict with end-of-month holidays). Join us next on January 27th, 2011, at South Branch Library (6:45 p.m.), as we discuss author Spencer Quinn’s Dog On It, the first in a popular new series that’s already seen three volumes released. 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!

Lisa Lutz’ “The Spellman Files”

spellmanfilesJust Desserts Logo 225During our September 2010 meeting, the Just Desserts mystery fiction group discussed Lisa Lutz’ comic mystery novel The Spellman Files; the first volume in her highly popular Spellman family series.

This book was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on September 30th, 2010. 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 October 28th at South Branch Library (6:45 p.m.), as we discuss author Sue Grafton’s M is for Malice, the 13th volume in her long-running Kinsey Milhone series. Additional titles for upcoming months’ discussions will be posted to the Just Desserts portion of the libraries’ Book Groups page soon.

And, for 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!

September 2010 Mystery Recommendations From Just Desserts Members

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

At the September Just Desserts meeting last week, 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 Lisbeth Salander series by Stieg Larsson
  • Pushing Up Bluebonnets by Leann Sweeney
  • The Cat, the Professor and the Poison by Leann Sweeney
  • The Death on Demand series by Carolyn G. Hart
  • The Sister Agatha mystery series by Aimee Thurlo
  • The Melanie Travis series by Laurian Berenson
  • The Nero Wolfe series by Rex Stout (a previous selection of Just Desserts)
  • The Billy Boyle series by James R. Benn
  • The Case of the Hook-Billed Kite by J.S. Borthwick
  • The Tulip Virus by Danielle Hermans
  • A Dilly of a Death by Susan Wittig Albert
  • Red Delicious Death by Sheila Connelly
  • State Fair and others in the Benni Harper series by Earlene Fowler
  • Last to Die by Kate Brady (author web site)
  • The Serpent’s Tale by Arianna Franklin
  • The Spellman Family series by Lisa Lutz
  • The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi
  • Various volumes in The Hardy Boys series by Franklin Dixon
  • The Lion by Nelson DeMille
  • The Dave Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke (a previous selection of Just Desserts)
  • Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
  • Ghost at Work by Carolyn G. Hart

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