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Mystery recommendations from Just Dessert members – August 2012

Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read?

At the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meeting on August 23rd, 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 July 2012 with this mystery-savvy group:

MYSTERIES or THRILLERS

  • Pie in the Sky DVD series
  • Die a Stranger by Steve Hamilton
  • Gone Missing by Linda Castillo
  • Only One Life by Sara Blaedel
  • Oolong Dead by Laura Childs
  • Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva
  • Defending Jacob by William Landay
  • A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava
  • Murder in Chinatown by Victoria Thompson
  • Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
  • Books in the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson
  • The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laura R. King
  • Murder in the Smithsonian by Margaret Truman
  • The works of Mary Daheim
  • The works of Patricia Cornwell
  • The works of Margaret Truman
  • The works of Margaret Coel
  • The works of Tony Hillerman
  • The works of Michael Connelly
  • V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
  • The works of Alexander McCall-Smith
  • The first 8 volumes in Laura Childs’ Tea Shop Mysteries
  • Rosemary & Thyme DVD series
  • Origins in Death by J.D. Robb
  • The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
  • Line of Fire by Stephen White
  • XO by Jeffery Deaver
  • Ransom River by Meg Gardiner
  • The works of David Rosenfelt

NON-MYSTERIES

  • Berkeley Square DVD series
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens

What mysteries have you been reading lately that you would recommend?

Mystery recommendations from Just Desserts members – June 2012

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At the June 28th 2012 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 books that were hot this month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

  • Other works by Susan Wittig Albert (whose Nightshade was our book-of-the-month)
  • Due or Die by Jen McKinley
  • As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson
  • Justice Ends at Home…and Other Stories by Rex Stout
  • The Chocolate Castle Clue by JoAnna Carl
  • The Quick and the Thread by Amanda Lee
  • Death Comes Silently by Carolyn Hart
  • Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag
  • The works of Janet Evanovich, particularly the 8th Plum book, on audio
  • The works by Suzanne Arruda, who was our author-of-the-month in May
  • The works of Linda Castillo
  • Day of Atonement by Faye Kellerman
  • Shear Murder and others by Nancy J. Cohen
  • The Innocent and others by Harlan Coben
  • The Last Jihad by Joel Rosenberg
  • Defending Jacob by William Landay
  • The works of Val McDermid
  • Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry
  • Back of Beyond by C.J. Box
  • The Drop by Michael Connelly
  • A Killer Read by Erika Chase
  • The Snowman and others by Jo Nesbo
  • Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris

Non-Mysteries recommended by group members:

  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith
  • The Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson, volumes 1-3
  • True Sisters by Sandra Dallas
  • Whiter Than Snow by Sandra Dallas
  • The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (the 2007 One Book One Lincoln selection)
  • Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson
  • The current three One Book One Lincoln nominees:
  • The Submission by Amy Waldman
  • The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart
  • Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard

Mystery-related news:

  • Group member Vera shared the link to site she recommended about Scandinavian mystery/thriller fiction: scandinaviancrimefiction.wordpress.com, which she described as “a very comprehensive website created by Gustavus Adolphus College; excellent blog by librarian Barbara Fister with reviews of many Nordic crime fiction novels.”
  • Group member Cathy shared the news that author Diana Norman, who also wrote a mystery series starting with Mistress of the Art of Death under the pseudonym Ariana Franklin, died last year (2011).

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

Mystery recommendations from Just Desserts members – May 2012

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At the May 31st 2012 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 books that were hot last month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

  • The 11th Hour by James Patterson
  • Books Can Be Deceiving by Jen McKinley
  • Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
  • The works of Agatha Christie
  • The Murder She Wrote tie-in novels
  • The Agony of Leaves by Laura Childs
  • Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
  • The Lost Years by Carol Higgins Clark
  • Claws and Effects by Rita Mae Brown
  • Rottweiler Rescue by Ellen O’Connell
  • The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol
  • Stay Close by Harlan Coben
  • True Sisters by Sandra Dallas
  • Everywhere That Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline
  • Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline
  • Gun Games by Faye Kellerman
  • A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
  • Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
  • Sacred and Profane by Faye Kellerman
  • The Torso by Helen Tursten
  • Maigret Hesitates by George Simenon
  • The works of Janet Evanovich, particularly the 4th through 7th Plum books
  • The Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King, particularly The Moor
  • Ghost of a Chance by Helen Chappell
  • City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris
  • The Jesse Stone series by Robert B. Parker
  • No Second Chance by Harlan Coben
  • One False Move by Harlan Coben
  • The Rope by Nevada Barr
  • Force of Nature by C.J. Box
  • As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson

Non-Mysteries recommended by group members:

  • The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
  • Room by Emma Donoghue

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

Mystery recommendations from Just Desserts members – February 2012

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At the February 2012 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 books that were hot last month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

Mysteries

  • Night of the Living Deed by E.J. Copperman (not in library collection)
  • Delicious and Suspicious by Riley Adams (this 1st in series not in library collection, although others are)
  • Buried in a Book by Lucy Arlington
  • Still Life by Louise Penny
  • Acqua Alta by Donna Leon
  • The Virginia Rich/Nancy Pickard culinary mysteries
  • The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
  • Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
  • The Jessica Fletcher mystery series
  • The works of Anne Perry
  • The works of Jacqueline Winspear
  • The medieval mysteries of Ian Morson
  • The works of Rhys Bowen
  • Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
  • The St. Patrick’s Day Murders by Joanne Fluke
  • The Broken Window by Jeffrey Deaver
  • Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson
  • The works of Walter Mosley
  • Mice by Gordon Reece (not in library collection)
  • Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
  • Abuse of Power by Michael Savage
  • Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster (not in library collection)
  • Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston
  • Backspin by Harlan Coben
  • The works of Donna Leon
  • The Confession by Charles Todd
  • The Drop, and others by Michael Connelly

Non-Mysteries

  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
  • Biographies of Katherine Hepburn, John Wayne and JFK
  • Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gail Tzemach Lemmon
  • All the Available Light: A Marilyn Monroe Reader by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • Biography of Natalie Wood
  • Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
  • That Used to Be Us by Thomas Friedman

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

Mystery recommendations from Just Desserts members – January 2012

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At the January 2012 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, (especially over the November/December “hiatus” that the group takes), that they felt they could recommend. Here’s a list of the books that were hot last month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

MYSTERIES

  • A House to Die For by Vicki Doudera
  • Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree by Nancy Atherton
  • The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott Davidson
  • The Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • 10th Anniversary by James Patterson
  • The Do-it-Yourself series by Jennie Bentley
  • The Yellow Rose series by Leann Sweeney
  • The Cats in Trouble series by Leann Sweeney
  • Night of the Living Deb by Susan McBride
  • The Cat Sitter’s Pajamas by Blaize Clement
  • As the Pig Turns, an Agatha Raisin novel by M.C. Beaton
  • Maigret Goes Home by George Simenon
  • The Tehran Initiative by Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Tag Man by Archer Mayor
  • The Drop by Michael Connelly
  • Northwest Angle by William Kent Kreuger
  • Back of Beyond by C.J. Box
  • Acqua Alta by Donna Leon
  • Foul Play at Four by Ann Purser
  • Books by Louise Penny
  • Seven Sisters by Earlene Fowler
  • Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
  • Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues: A Jesse Stone novel by Michael Brandman
  • Books by George Simenon
  • A Brutal Telling by Louis Penny
  • Headhunters by Jo Nesbo
  • Breakdown, a V.I. Warshawski novel by Sara Paretsky
  • The Death on Demand series by Carolyn G. Hart
  • Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon
  • The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King
  • Countdown by Iris Johansen
  • The Man Who Went Up in Smoke by Maj Sjowall
  • The Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton
  • I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • The Stieg Larsson trilogy on audio
  • The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
  • The Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
  • Books by Henning Mankell
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbo on audio
  • Books by Donna Leon
  • Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

NON-MYSTERIES

  • Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow
  • Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost
  • Dirty Little Secrets by Cynthia Jaynes Omolulu
  • Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
  • Nanjing Requiem by Ha Jin
  • The Wedding Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
  • Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
  • This Time Together by Carol Burnett
  • Pearl in China by Anchi Min
  • Flower Net by Lisa See
  • Hunting Eichmann by Neal Bascomb
  • Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation by Charles Glass
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

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