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William Kent Krueger’s “Ordinary Grace”

ordinarygraceJust Desserts Logo 225When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on April 2nd, 2015, 19 of us enjoyed discussing the stand-alone Edgar-award-winning novel, Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger.Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about Ordinary Grace in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery  fans, don’t forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you’re logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts – this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger?

Join us for our next meeting on April 30, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the South Branch Library. We’ll be discussing the novel The Cinderella Murder, by the mystery writing team of Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke.

We hope to see you then!

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?

Patterson and Paetro’s “9th Judgment”

9thjudgmentJust Desserts Logo 225When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on February 26th, 2015, 20of us enjoyed discussing the ninth volume in James Patterson and Maxine Paetro’s popular Women’s Murder Club series, 9th Judgment. [ Here’s the handout from this month’s meeting! ]

Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery  fans, don’t forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you’re logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts – this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of 9th Judgement and the rest of the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro?

Join us for our next meeting on April 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the South Branch Library (this is one week later than usual!). We’ll be discussing the stand-alone novel Ordinary Grace, by mystery writer William Kent Krueger.

We hope to see you then!

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?