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March 2014 reading suggestions from Just Desserts members

Just Desserts Logo 225Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the March 2014 Just Desserts meeting on 3/27, 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

  • Psych’s Guide to Crimefighting for the Totally Unqualified by Shawn Spencer
  • The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  • Cursed by Carol Higgins Clark
  • Dead Center by Mary Collins
  • The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva
  • Litter of the Law by Rita Mae Brown
  • Missing You by Harlan Coben
  • The Man Who Invented Florida by Randy Wayne White
  • Captiva by Randy Wayne White
  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
  • Nowhere to Run by Nancy Bush
  • Shiver by Lisa Jackson
  • Refusal by Felix Francis, based on the works of Dick Francis
  • The works of Margaret Coel
  • The works of Lillian Jackson Braun on CD
  • Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child
  • The Return by Jason Mott
  • Wonderland by Ace Atkins, based on characters by Robert B. Parker
  • Vermillion Drift by William Kent Krueger
  • Trickster’s Point by William Kent Krueger
  • The Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • Moving Target by J.A. Jance
  • Tell No Lies by Greg Hurwitz
  • Death Overdue by Mary Lou Kirwin
  • Snowblind by Christopher Golden
  • The Testament by John Grisham
  • Deadly Forecast by Victoria Laurie
  • The Jack Reacher series by Lee Child
  • Sleight of Hand by Phillip Margolin (or)
  • Sleight of Hand by Kate Wilhelm
  • Pandora’s Daughter by Iris Johansen
  • An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd
  • Eve by Iris Johansen
  • Quinn by Iris Johansen
  • Bonnie by Iris Johansen
  • A Pale Horse by Charles Todd
  • Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde

NON-MYSTERIES

  • Not Cool by Greg Gutfeld
  • Republican Party Reptile by P.J. O’Rourke
  • Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer
  • George Washington and the Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade
  • Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozoll
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak
  • Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini

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

Feb 2014 Reading Suggestions from Just Desserts members

Just Desserts Logo 225Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the February 2014 Just Desserts meeting on 2/27, after discussing our monthly “assigned” books, we did a round robin around 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

  • The Hercules Poirot stories by Agatha Christie
  • The Miss Julia series by Ann B. Ross
  • Billionaire Blend and others by Cleo Coyle
  • Heat Wave and others by Richard Castle
  • Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
  • A variety of materials about JFK and his assassination
  • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (on CD)
  • In the Woods by Tana French (on CD)
  • Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais
  • Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben (on CD)
  • Stay at Home Dead and Popped Off by Jeffrey Allen
  • Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo
  • King and Maxwell by David Baldacci
  • The Spook Lights Affair by Bill Pronzini
  • Killer by Jonathan Kellerman
  • Private L.A. by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
  • Death Angel by Linda Fairstein
  • The Cat Sitter’s Cradle by John Clement
  • Raylan by Elmore Leonard
  • Justified based on characters by Elmore Leonard (on DVD and TV)
  • The Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson
  • Brass Verdict and The Reversal by Michael Connelly
  • Dust by Patricia Cornwell
  • Three Can Keep a Secret by Archer Mayor
  • Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • Storm Front by Richard Castle (on CD)

NON-MYSTERIES

  • How Dogs Love Us by Gregory Berns
  • The All Girls Filling Station Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
  • The House of Cards (on DVD)
  • Oh My! by George Takei
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown

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

Reading Suggestions from Just Desserts members – January 2014

Just Desserts Logo 225Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the January 2014 Just Desserts meeting last week, after discussing our monthly “assigned” books, 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

  • One Shot by Lee Child (on CD)
  • Mr. Paradise by Elmore Leonard
  • W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
  • Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child (on CD)
  • Storm Front by Richard Castle (on CD)
  • Heat Wave and others by Richard Castle
  • That Old Flame of Mine by J.J. Cook
  • Playing With Fire by J.J. Cook
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
  • The Broken Places by Ace Atkins
  • Absolute Fear by Lisa Jackson
  • Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
  • The Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson
  • Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais
  • Storm Front by John Sandford
  • Deadly Forecast by Victoria Laurie
  • Cuba Libre by Elmore Leonard The works of Elliott Roosevelt
  • The Murdoch Mysteries on DVD
  • A Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
  • Still Life by Louise Penny
  • A Wanted Man by Lee Child
  • Morning After by Lisa Jackson
  • Shiver by Lisa Jackson
  • The Sarah Woods mystery series by Jennifer L. Jennings
  • Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard
  • The Booktown Mysteries by Lorna Barrett
  • 52 Pick-Up by Elmore Leonard
  • Identical by Scott Turow
  • Cross My Heart by James Patterson
  • A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay
  • Three Can Keep a Secret by Archer Mayor
  • Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger
  • Damned if You Do and other Jesse Stone novels by Michael Brandman
  • The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
  • Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
  • Never Go Back by Lee Child
  • Deception Point by Dan Brown
  • A Question of Honor by Charles Todd
  • Pandora’s Daughter by Iris Johansen (on CD)
  • Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard (on CD)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  • The Taking by Dean Koontz
  • Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich (on CD)
  • Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner (on CD)
  • Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben (on CD)
  • The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais
  • The Watchman by Robert Crais
  • Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais
  • Mayhem at the Orient Express by Kylie Logan

NON-MYSTERIES

  • Hitler’s Cross by Erwin Lutzer
  • Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
  • Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer
  • Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

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

Reading Suggestions from Just Desserts members – October 2013

Just Desserts Logo 225Here is the list of reading recommendations from the October 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 in October:

MYSTERIES/THRILLERS/SUSPENSE

  • Ready to Die by Lisa Jackson
  • Never Go Back by Lee Child (several people)
  • The Louis Kincaid series by P.J. Parrish
  • The Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier
  • W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton (several people)
  • Let it Burn by Steve Hamilton
  • The Sound and the Furry by Steve Quinn
  • Killing Custer by Margaret Coel
  • Death on Demand, Design for Murder, Something Wicked and Honeymoon With Murder by Carolyn G. Hart
  • Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton (on CD)
  • The Jack Reacher series by Lee Child (on CD)
  • Finding Nouf and The Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris
  • Death Comes Silently by Carolyn Hart
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • A Tap at the Window by Linwood Barclay
  • Let the Dark Flower Blossom by Norah Labiner
  • Nearer Home by Joy Castro
  • Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill
  • Sleight of Hand by Phillip Margolin
  • Alone by Lisa Gardner
  • And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman
  • Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M.C. Beaton
  • The Litter of the Law by Rita Mae Brown
  • A Brew to a Kill by Cleo Coyle
  • Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy
  • Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (several people)
  • Jack Reacher the movie adaptation based on the books by Lee Child
  • Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski
  • The Joe Gunther series by Archer Mayor
  • The English Girl, The English Assassin and The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva
  • Absolute Fear by Lisa Jackson
  • Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich (on CD)
  • Robert B. Parker’s Damned if You Do by Michael Brandman
  • The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson
  • Leverage: The Con Job by Matt Forbeck
  • Covert Affairs: Season Three on DVD

NON-MYSTERIES

  • The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe by Mary Simses
  • Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier (on CD)
  • A Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
  • The Butler: A Witness to History by Will Haygood
  • Dead Man Walking by Helen Prejean
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

What you been reading lately that you’d recommend?

September 2013 Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members

Just Desserts Logo 225Here is the list of reading recommendations from the September 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 in September:

MYSTERIES/THRILLERS/SUSPENSE

  • Mystery Scene magazine — link goes to the official website for the magazine; the libraries do not subscribe to this magazine at this time
  • Old Bones by Aaron Elkins
  • Blood, Ash and Bone by Tina Whittle
  • Midnight at Marble Arch by Anne Perry
  • Inferno by Dan Brown
  • Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M.C. Beaton
  • The Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle
  • The works of The works of Joanne Fluke
  • A Serpent’s Tooth by Craig Johnson
  • Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
  • Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger
  • Murder of a Stacked Librarian by Denise Swanson
  • Murder at Death’s Hotel by Kenneth M. Cameron
  • Second Watch by J.A. Jance
  • Ready to Die by Lisa Jackson
  • Watchin the Dark by Peter Robinson
  • Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs
  • Spider’s Web by Margaret Coel
  • The Hercule Poirot stories by Agatha Christie
  • The Embroidery series by Monica Ferris
  • The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
  • Last Wool and Testament by Molly Macrae
  • W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
  • Killing Custer by Margaret Coel
  • The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter
  • The Beast by Faye Kellerman
  • Stranded by Alex Kava
  • The Toby Neal series as Kindle files (Broken Ferns, Black Jasmine, Blood Orchids)
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)

NON-MYSTERIES

  • Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky
  • The entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

What you been reading lately that you’d recommend?