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Deborah Crombie’s “Water Like a Stone”

waterlikeastoneJust Desserts Logo 225When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on April 24th, 2014, 17 of us enjoyed discussing Deborah Crombie’s Water Like a Stone, the eleventh volume in that author’s popular Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series.

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 Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie?

seriesshareiiJoin us next on May 29th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the South Branch Library for our annual Series Share night. We’re not all reading the same book for that meeting. Instead, participants are encouraged to read the first volume of ANY new mystery/suspense/thriller series that’s premiered in the past 4 years. Everyone will get a chance to share their impressions and opinions of that new series with the group — should be an opportunity to get lots of good suggestions for new authors to try!

We hope to see you then!

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?

Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg’s “The Heist”

theheistJust Desserts Logo 225When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on March 27, 2014, 16 of us enjoyed discussing Janet Evanovich’s and Lee Goldberg’s The Heist, the premiere volume of a new mystery/thriller series from these two best-selling authors.

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 The Heist by Evanovich and Goldberg?

Join us next on April 24th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the South Branch Library for a discussion of Water Like a Stone, a 2007 entry in Deborah Crombie’s “Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James” series.

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?

Charles Todd’s “An Unmarked Grave”

anunmarkedgraveJust Desserts Logo 225When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on February 27, 2014, 14 of us enjoyed discussing Charles Todd’s An Unmarked Grave, the fourth volume in that author’s popular Bess Crawford series.

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 An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd?

Join us next on March 27th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the South Branch Library for a discussion of The Heist, the new mystery/thriller by the writing duo of Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.