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Walter Mosley’s “Black Betty”

blackbettyJust Desserts Logo 225In September 2007, we tackled a modern-day mystery author, Walter Mosley, and one of his popular Easy Rawlins seires — Black Betty. In 1961 Los Angeles, Easy is tracking down Elizabeth Eady, a.k.a. “Black Betty” — a stunning beauty with mayhem in her wake. Easy’s search takes readers deep into America’s racial dilemmas and the mysteries of human character.

This title was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on September 27, 2007. We encourage you to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below!

Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon”

maltesefalcon2Just Desserts Logo 225In August 2007, we read another classic mystery — this time a noirish standard of the genre, Dashiel Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grifter named Joel Cairo, a fat man named Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.

This title was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on August 30, 2007. We encourage you to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below!

Tony Hillerman’s “The Blessing Way”

blessingwayJust Desserts Logo 225In July 2007, we shifted our attention to an ethnic mystery. This time, we read Tony Hillerman’s Native American mystery, The Blessing Way. When Lt. Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police discovers a corpse with a mouth full of sand at a crime scene seemingly without tracks or clues, he is ready to suspect a supernatural killer. And what he must stalk is the Wolf-Witch along a chilling trail between mysticism and murder.

This title was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on July 26, 2007. We encourage you to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below!

Dick Francis’ “Blood Sport”

bloodsportJust Desserts Logo 225May 2007 was a “classic mystery” month, this time with the first Brother Cadfael novel by Ellis Peters, A Morbid Taste for Bones. The ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey wants to acquire Saint Winifred’s sacred remains for his Benedictine order. And when the ensuing controversy leads to murder, Brother Cadfael investigates.

This title was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on May 31, 2007. We encourage you to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below!

Ellis Peters’ “A Morbid Taste for Bones

morbidtasteforbonesJust Desserts Logo 225May 2007 was a “classic mystery” month, this time with the first Brother Cadfael novel by Ellis Peters, A Morbid Taste for Bones. The ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey wants to acquire Saint Winifred’s sacred remains for his Benedictine order. And when the ensuing controversy leads to murder, Brother Cadfael investigates.

This title was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on May 31, 2007. We encourage you to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below!