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Kerry Greenwood’s “Death at Victoria Dock”

deathatvictoriadockJust Desserts Logo 225Our last contemporary mystery author for 2008 was Kerry Greenwood, whose Death at Victoria Dock was our September reading selection. Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher has been the star of a long-running Australian mystery series, set in the 1920s, which has had only limited exposure here in the U.S.

“Driving home late one night, Phryne Fisher is surprised when someone shoots out her windscreen. When she alights she finds a pretty young man with an anarchist tattoo dying on the tarmac just outside the dock gates. He bleeds to death in her arms, and Phryne promises to find out who is responsible.”

This title was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on September 25, 2008. We encourage you to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below!

Rex Stout’s “Champagne for One”

champagneforoneJust Desserts Logo 225In August 2008, it was back to a classic mystery author, this time Rex Stout, and his gustatorial sleuth, Nero Wolfe. Our selected title was Champagne for One. “There’s nothing like murder to spoil a good meal. That’s what Archie Goodwin, the able assisstant to Nero Wolfe, discovers at a lavish dinner hosted by a billionaire. It was a casual evening among gorgeous society girls until champagne became a murder weapon. Luckily for Archie his boss knows champagne and other gourmet fare. He also happens to be a genius at deduction. That combination could mean the last call for a killer who spiked the bubbly with cyanide.”

This title was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on August 28, 2008. We encourage you to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below!

Archer Mayor’s “St. Alban’s Fire”

stalbansfireJust Desserts Logo 225From one of our group member’s suggestions, we turn to contemporary mystery novelist Archer Mayor for our July 2008 selection — St. Alban’s Fire. This is the 16th volume in the popular Joe Gunther series. “Winter is on the wane in northwestern Vermont. The moon hangs bright and cold in the silvery night sky over hundreds of square miles of a peaceful, dormant landscape of dairy farms. Young Bobby Cutts enters the family barn to tend to the beasts within…and encounters a nightmare. Suddenly surrounded by bolts of fire, Bobby and the entire herd perish in a stampeding, hellish circle of flames. Called to the scene to investigate, Joe Gunther instantly recognizes arson. But by whom? And for what possible reason? There is little insurance, the family is loving and tightly knit, and there are few neighborhood animosities. Yet murder this is, and Gunther quickly discovers that someone is wreaking havoc across the bucolic farmlands surrounding the town of St. Albans. Somewhere in the dense social fabric of the community, in the hearts and souls of Bobby’s family, and in the cutthroat farming business underneath the region’s placid exterior are the truths Joe Gunther and his team must ferret out. But what looked like a local case is about to take them from the barns of Vermont to the gritty streets of Newark, New Jersey. Before all is said and done, Joe Gunther will meet one of his deadliest opponents to date…and he will need far more than his skills as a policeman to protect the people closest to his heart.”

This title was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on July 31, 2008. We encourage you to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below!

Agatha Christie’s “Parker Pyne Investigates”

parkerpyneinvestigatesJust Desserts Logo 225Our “classic” author for Just Desserts in June was Agatha Christie, perhaps best known for her two primary sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. We’ve chosen to explore one of her lesser known detectives, Parker Pyne, in Parker Pyne Investigates. From the moment Mr. Parker Pyne takes a seat on the Orient Express, crime follows him like a shadow. It takes him from the ruins of Petra to Baghdad to the tombs of the Pharaohs — where a helpless woman is given her daily dose of death…

This title was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on June 26, 2008. We encourage you to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below!

Steve Hockensmith’s “Holmes on the Range”

holmesontherangeJust Desserts Logo 225In May, it was back to a contemporary author. Our title: Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith. “It’s 1893, a tough year in Montana, and any job is a good job. When Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at the secretive Bar VR cattle spread, they’re not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a comfortable campfire around which they can enjoy their favorite pastime: scouring Harper’s Weekly for stories about the famous Sherlock Holmes. When the boys come across a dead body that looks a whole lot like the leftovers of an unfortunate encounter with a cattle stampede, Old Red sees the perfect opportunity to employ his Holmes-inspired deducifiyin’ skills. Putting his ranch work squarely on the back burner, he sets out to solve the case.”

This title was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on May 29, 2008. We encourage you to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below!