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June 2013 reading recommendations from the Just Desserts mystery book group

Just Desserts Logo 225Here is the list of reading recommendations from the June 2013 Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meeting. After discussing our book-of-the-month, the group did a round robin, asking members to say what they’d been reading lately that they’d recommend.

Here is the list of titles that were hot with this mystery-savvy bunch of readers last month:

MYSTERIES/THRILLERS/SUSPENSE

    Inferno by Dan Brown (several of the group)
    Shadows on the Coast of Maine by Lea Wait
    The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen – our author-of-the-month for The Keepsake
    A Monstrous Regiment of Women and others by Laurie King
    Murder Buys a T-Shirt by Christiy Fyfield
    Angels & Demons and The Lost Symbol, both by Dan Brown, both as audiobooks
    The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
    Wonderland by Ace Atkins
    The 12th of Never by James Patterson
    The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroart
    The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell
    Incriminating Evidence by Sheldon Siegel
    various works by Brad Thor, C.J. Box, and Gayle Lynds (one of Robert Ludlum’s successors)
    Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince by Nancy Atherton
    The Reveral by Michael Connelly
    The Husband by Dean Koontz
    the tv series Perception on TNT
    The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen on audiobook
    The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
    Sweet Tea Revenge by Laura Childs
    The works of Keith McCafferty
    The works of Sandra Brown
    Scat by Carl Hiaasen
    The Forgetten Man by Robert Crais
    Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief by Dorothy Gilman
    Echo Burning and Worth Dying For by Lee Child
    Jane and the Canterbury Tale by Stephanie Barron
    Power Play by Ridley Pearson

NON-MYSTERIES

    The Yanohlosee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani
    The Garden of Evenings Mist by Twan Eng Tan
    The Round House by Louise Erdrich
    The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
    The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan Sandler
    Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
    O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
    A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

What you been reading lately that you’d recommend?

March 2013 reading recommendations from Just Desserts members

Just Desserts Logo 225Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the March 28th, 2013 Just Desserts meeting, after discussing our monthly “assigned” author, 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 books that were hot last month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

MYSTERIES

  • The works of Spencer Quinn
  • Sweet Tea Revenge by Laura Childs
  • The Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • Shadow Creek by Joy Fielding
  • Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner
  • Six Years and others by Harlan Coben
  • Beastly Things by Donna Leon
  • Exit Music by Ian Rankin
  • The Front by Patricia Cornwell
  • Cold Wind by C.J. Box
  • A Time for War by Michael Savage
  • Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin
  • Sew Deadly by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
  • The Bookseller by Mark Pryor
  • The Black Box by Michael Connelly
  • The Book of Killowen by Erin Hart
  • A Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
  • The works of Janet Evanovich
  • Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich (on CD)
  • Suspect by Robert Crais
  • Bad Blood by Dana Stabenow
  • Murder, My Dear Watson, a Sherlock Holmes anthology edited by Martin H. Greenberg
  • Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen
  • State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
  • The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott
  • The works of Harlan Coben
  • The works of Patricia Cornwell
  • The works of Stuart Woods
  • The Brothers Karamatzov by Theodor Dostoevsky

NON-MYSTERIES

  • The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
  • Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
  • A Weekend in Winter by Maeve Binchy
  • Man in the Blue Moon by Michael Morris
  • An Irish Country Wedding by Patrick Taylor
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • The Dead Zone by Stephen King
  • The Dark Half by Stephen King
  • Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? by Rhoda Janzen
  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  • My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
  • Bloodfire Quest by Terry Brooks
  • My Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount

What mysteries have you been reading, listening to, or watching lately?

February 2013 reading recommendations from Just Desserts members

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

At the February 28th, 2013 Just Desserts meeting, after discussing our monthly “assigned” author, 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 books that were hot last month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

  • The works of Donna Leon (who was the author of the month for Just Desserts in January)
  • The works of Janet Evanovich
  • The works of William Faulkner
  • The Collectors by David Baldacci
  • Prodigal Son by Colleen McCullough
  • Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  • The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
  • The Invisible Ones by Steph Penny
  • Train Tracks: Family Stories for the Holidays by Michael Savage
  • A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
  • The Scumble River series by Denise Swanson
  • The Mystery Shopper series by Elaine Viets
  • The Charlie Moon series by James Doss
  • The Monk tie-in novels by Lee Goldberg (whose final Monk novel just came out)
  • The Con Job – a Leverage tie-in novel by Matt Forbeck
  • The Zoo Job – a Leverage tie-in novel by Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • Copper: Season One on BBC America
  • Ripper Street: Season One on BBC America

What mysteries have you been reading, listening to, or watching lately?

Just Desserts recommended reading list for January 2013

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

At the January 31st, 2013 Just Desserts meeting, after discussing our monthly “assigned” author, 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 books that were hot last month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

  • What the Cat Saw by Carolyn Hart
  • Firefly Beach by Meira Pentermann
  • Tell No Lies by Julie Compton
  • Gone for Good by Harlan Coben
  • A Necessary Evil by Alex Kava
  • Mad River by John Sandford (several readers)
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (several readers)
  • Nightmare in Pink by John D. MacDonald (for the Nov/Dec Just Desserts reading challenge
  • Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
  • The Agony of Leaves by Laura Childs
  • Multiple works in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series by Donna Leon (this month’s assigned author)
  • A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
  • Books in the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben
  • Buzzard’s Table by Margaret Maron (several readers)
  • Books in the Scumble River series by Denise Swanson
  • Books in the Mystery Shopper series by Elaine Viets
  • Books by David Baldacci
  • The Old Grey Wolf, the final Charlie Moon mystery by James Doss (who has died)
  • The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olson
  • Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman
  • Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver
  • Three books by James Lee Burke
  • A Place of Execution by Val McDermid
  • The Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  • In the Company of Angels by Thomas E. Kennedy
  • The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
  • Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore
  • The Dark Winter by David Mack
  • A Novel Way to Die and Double Booked for Death by Ali Brandon
  • Broken Harbor by Tana French
  • Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
  • City of Whispers by Marcia Muller
  • The Complaints by Ian Rankin
  • Hotwire by Alex Kava
  • Two in the Cork O’Connor series by William Kent Krueger
  • The Fourth Bear, second in the Nursery Crimes series by Jasper Fforde
  • Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
  • The Con Job, a Leverage tie-in novel, by Matt Forbeck

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

October 2012 reading recommendations from Just Desserts members

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

At the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meeting on October 25th, after our book discussion, we spent time doing a round robin at the table, giving all attendees an opportunity to share what they’ve been reading lately. Here’s what was popular in October 2012 with this mystery-savvy group:

Mysteries

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Phantom by Jo Nesbo
  • Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
  • The Camel Club series by David Baldacci
  • The Berger & Mitry series by David Handler, including The Snow White Christmas Cookie
  • Death by Darjeeling and others by Laura Childs
  • Oh, Jerusalem by Laurie R. King
  • Sherlock Season One
  • Rock Bottom by Sarah Andrews
  • Bones Are Forever by Kathy Reichs
  • NYPD Red by James Patterson
  • Long Lost by Harlan Coben
  • Blood Ties by Kay Hooper
  • The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley
  • The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell
  • Criminal by Karin Slaughter
  • The B&B series by Mary Daheim
  • A Fistful of Collars by Spenser Quinn
  • The 1948 film Impact
  • Brethren by John Grisham

Non-Mysteries

  • Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
  • Oklahoma City by Andrew Gumbel
  • Season of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Quiet by Susan Cain
  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • The Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez

What mysteries have you been reading lately?