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Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – March 2015

Just Desserts Logo 225Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the Just Desserts meeting on February 26th, after discussing our monthly “assigned” book (9th Judgement by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, 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 in February 2015 with this mystery-savvy crowd:

MYSTERIES

  • On What Grounds by Theo Coyle
  • The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
  • Breaking Creed by Alex Kava
  • Ladle in the Grave by Connie Archer
  • Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol, Agnete Friis and Elizabeth Kallick Dysegaard
  • The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
  • The Anatomist’s Apprentice by Tessa Harris
  • Stranded by Alex Kava
  • Blind Fury by Lynda LaPlante
  • The English Girl and one other title by Daniel Silva
  • Copper River and Blood Hollow by William Kent Krueger
  • Die Again and Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
  • The Girl With a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson
  • Darned If You Do by Monica Ferris
  • Cane and Abe by James Grippando
  • Crash and Burn by Lisa Gardner
  • Shadowkiller and Most Likely to Die by Wendi Corsi Staub
  • Silent Killer by Beverly Barton
  • The Purity of Vengeance by Jussi Adler-Olsen and Martin Aitken
  • The Spook Light Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini
  • Paw and Order on CD by Spencer Quinn
  • The new issue of Mystery Scene Magazine
  • A short story collection by Jeffery Deaver, including the story “Low Card’s Principle”
  • Various volumes in the DCI Banks novel series by Peter Robinson

NON-MYSTERIES

  • 33 Revolutions Per Minute by Dorian Lynskey
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  • A compendium of Virginia Woolf works
  • The Hours and A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham
  • What Alice Forgot by LeeAnn Moriarty
  • The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
  • Boys of Steel by Marc Tyler
  • Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
  • Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Fault in Our Stars on CD by John Green
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Virgin River romance series of Robyn Carr

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

Mystery recommendations from Just Desserts members in February 2015

Just Desserts Logo 225Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the Just Desserts meeting on February 26th, after discussing our monthly “assigned” book (9th Judgement by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro), 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 in February 2015 with this mystery-savvy crowd:

MYSTERIES

  • 4th of July by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  • The Devil’s Breath by Tessa Harris
  • An Undiplomatic Murder by Margaret Truman/Donald Bain
  • A Fine Summer’s Day by Charles Todd
  • Breaking Creed by Alex Kava (several people)
  • Detective LaRue: Letters From an Investigation by Mark Teague (jP)
  • Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
  • Case Closed by George Obrist
  • In Hot Water by J.J. Cook
  • Shelter, Seconds Away and Found by Harlan Coben
  • Cold, Cold Heart by Tami Hoag
  • Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves
  • Private Vegas by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  • Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
  • To Fetch a Thief by Spencer Quinn
  • The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
  • Watch Me Die by Lee Goldberg
  • Hope to Die by James Patterson
  • The Dying Game and The Murder Game by Beverly Barton
  • Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell
  • Deadlock by Iris Johansen
  • Deep Pockets by Linda Barnes
  • Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
  • Blood Ties by Kay Hooper
  • Dark of the Moon by John Sandford
  • Rhymes With Prey edited by David Baldacci
  • Dead Level by Sarah Graves
  • Murder in Chinatown by Victoria Thompson
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • All the President’s Menus by Julie Hyzy
  • Dead and Buried by Barbara Hambly
  • Malice by Keigo Higashiro and Alexander Smith
  • The Benjamin January series of Barbara Hambly
  • The first 3 Derrick Storm novels by Richard Castle
  • The works of Linda Castillo

NON-MYSTERIES

  • Buddha Standard Time by Surya Das
  • Buddhism for Beginners by Chodron Thubten
  • Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
  • The Patriot by Pearl S. Buck
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch
  • The works of Philip Gulley

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

Recommended Reading List from Just Desserts members – January 2015

Just Desserts Logo 225Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the Just Desserts meeting on January 29th, after discussing our monthly “assigned” book (Jeffery Deaver’s The Skin Collector), 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:

MYSTERIES

  • Promise Me by Harlan Coben
  • Blood Ties by Kay Hooper
  • Set Sail for Murder by Carolyn Hart
  • The Perfect Fake by Barbara Parker
  • Wait for Signs: 12 Longmire Stories by Craig Johnson
  • Suspect by Robert Crais (Book-on-CD)
  • The Burning Room by Michael Connelly (Book-on-CD)
  • Gray Mountain by John Grisham
  • To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie
  • The Mangle Street Murders by M.R. Kasasian
  • Dead Water by Barbara Hambly
  • Deepest Water by Kate Wilhelm
  • Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm both by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)
  • Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne
  • The Assassin by Daniel Silva
  • The Target by David Baldacci
  • The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson
  • Black Hills by Nora Roberts
  • French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier
  • The Golem of Hollywood by Jesse and Jonathan Kellerman
  • The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
  • Hope to Die by James Patterson
  • Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman
  • Knot Guilty by Betty Hechtman
  • The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver
  • Good Man Friday by Barbara Hambly
  • The Sound and the Furry by Spencer Quinn
  • The Hard Way by Lee Child (Book-on-CD)
  • Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  • Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn (Book-on-CD)

NON-MYSTERIES

  • Neil Armstrong: A Life in Flight by Jay Barbree
  • Heart-Land: Growing Up in the Middle of Everything by Douglas Keister
  • Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley
  • Just Shy of Harmony by Philip Gulley
  • Signs and Wonders by Philip Gulley
  • Christmas in Harmony by Philip Gulley
  • The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
  • The Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
  • Foucault: A Very Short Introduction by Gary Gutting
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • We Are Not Ourselves by Thomas Matthew
  • A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

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

Just Desserts reading recommendations from Oct 2014

Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the final Just Desserts meeting for 2014, on October 30th, 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:

 

MYSTERIES

  • Night of the White Buffalo by Margaret Coel
  • Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs (several JD readers)
  • Personal by Lee Child (several JD readers)
  • Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron
  • Wendigo Island by William Kent Krueger
  • Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)
  • Harry Lipkin, Private Eye by Barry Fantoni
  • The Silence of the Library by Miranda James
  • Money Shot by Christa Faust
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Citadel by Karen Mosse
  • Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman
  • Her Last Whisper by Karen Robards
  • Innocent Prey by Maggie Shayne
  • A Silent Man by Alex Berenson
  • Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder
  • The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman
  • Haunted by Kay Hooper
  • The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle
  • Private Down Under by James Patterson and Michael White
  • Killer Physique by G.A. McKevett
  • Proof Positive by Archer Mayor (reviewed for library’s Customer Reviews on BookGuide)
  • The Outsmarting of Criminals by Steven Rigolosi
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much, A Fistful of Collars and The Sound and the Furry all by Spencer Quinn — all as audiobooks
  • The Virgil Flowers series of John Sandford
  • The Hamish Macbeth series of M.C. Beaton
  • The Rebus series of Ian Rankin
  • The works of Tony Hillerman
  • The works of Craig Johnson
  • The works of John LeCarre

NON-MYSTERIES

  • Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • Discover Zen by David Fontana
  • Siddhartha and Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
  • Great Books of the Western World series
  • Crossfire by Louis L’Amour
  • Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly
  • It Worked For Me by Colin Powell

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

September 2014 Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts Members

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

At the Just Desserts meeting on September 25th, 2014, 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:

MYSTERIES

  • Ghost at Work by Carolyn Hart (on CD)
  • Political Suicide by Michael Palmer
  • True Blue by David Baldacci
  • Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman (more than one reader)
  • The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron
  • The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (more than one reader)
  • Hunted by Key Hooper
  • Ripper Street on DVD
  • The Ninth Day by Jamie Freveletti
  • Killing Raven by Margaret Coel
  • The Altman Code by “Robert Ludlum” and Gayle Lynds
  • Eyes on You by Kate White
  • The Poet by Michael Connelly
  • Tell Me No Lies by Greg Hurwitz
  • Terminal City by Linda Fairstein
  • The Keeper by John Lescroart
  • Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine
  • The 500 by Matthew Quirk
  • Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams
  • Classified as Murder by Miranda James
  • The Murdoch Mysteries on DVD
  • Murder as a Second Language by Joan Hess
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much and
  • A Fistful of Collars by Spencer Quinn (both on CD)
  • The Dark Lady: Sherlock, Lupin and Me by “Irene Adler” (j)

NON-MYSTERIES

  • Silver Star by Janet Wells
  • The Fall of Giants (more than one reader),
  • Winter of the World and
  • The Edge of Eternity all by Ken Follett
  • Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
  • A Well-Tempered Heart by Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (this year’s One Book – One Lincoln winner)
  • The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma
  • A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri

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