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August 2013 Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members

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

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
  • Death Angel by Linda Fairstein
  • The Beast by Faye Kellerman
  • Stranded by Alex Kava
  • Crime of Privilege by Walter Walker
  • Murder in Thrall by Anne Cleeland
  • Sherlock on DVD
  • Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson
  • Video Kill by Joanne Fluke
  • A Wanted Man by Lee Child (on CD) [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • Brunetti’s Cookbook by Donna Leon and Roberto Pianaro
  • The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • The Toby Neal series as Kindle files (Broken Ferns, Black Jasmine, Blood Orchids)
  • The Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski
  • The Racketeer by John Grisham
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)
  • The Highway by C.J. Box
  • The Killing Floor by Lee Child
  • Don’t Tell a Soul by David Rosenfelt
  • Heart of Ice by P.J. Parrish
  • Gluten for Punishment by Nancy Parra
  • Joyland by Stephen King (gave up on this one)
  • Mistress by John Patterson and David Ellis
  • Kinsey & Me by Sue Grafton

NON-MYSTERIES

  • Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce [the 2013 One Book – One Lincoln winner]
  • Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole
  • 17 cents and a Dream by Daniel Milstein
  • Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky
  • The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
  • The Soloist by Mark Salzman
  • Hidden Order by Brad Thor
  • Lunatic Café by Laurell K. HamiltonThe Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleeve
  • The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
  • Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

What you been reading lately that you’d recommend?

Joanne Fluke’s “The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder”

Just Desserts Logo 225chocolatechipcookiemurder2When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on August 29th, 2013, 18 of us enjoyed discussing Joanne Fluke’s original first volume in the popular Hannah Swensen series, The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

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 Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke?

Join us next on September 26th at the South Branch Library for discussion of Lisa Gardner’s first D.D. Warren mystery, Alone!

July 2013 reading recommendations from Just Desserts members

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

MYSTERIES/THRILLERS/SUSPENSE

  • Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell (on CD)
  • A Wanted Man by Lee Child (on CD) [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • Good People by Ewart Hutton
  • The Golden Egg by Donna Leon [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • Creepers by David Morrell
  • The Husband and four others by Dean Koontz
  • Catch Me by Lisa Gardner [a forthcoming Just Desserts selected author]
  • Death Angel by Linda Fairstein
  • Niceville by Carsten Stroud
  • Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo
  • Live Wire by Harlan Coben [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • A Serpent’s Tooth by Craig Johnson [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • Several books in the bibliophile mystery series by Kate Carlisle
  • Six Years by Harlan Coben [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • Bones are Forever by Kathy Reich [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • The 12th of Never by James Patterson
  • Luther, seasons 1 and 2 on DVD
  • Curtain by Agatha Christie
  • The Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle
  • Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
  • The Dan Shamble zombie mystery series by Kevin J. Anderson
  • The Needlecraft mystery series by Monica Ferris
  • The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke [our August Just Desserts selection!]
  • The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais [a past Just Desserts selected author]
  • The Cat, the Mill and the Murder by Leann Sweeney
  • Murder is a Fine Art by David Morrell
  • Inferno by Dan Brown
  • Mystery Scene magazine — link goes to the official website for the magazine; the libraries do not subscribe to this magazine at this time
  • Mayhem at the Orient Express by Kylie Logan
  • Covert Affairs, seasons 1 and 2 on DVD

NON-MYSTERIES

  • Trident K9 Warriors by Michael Ritland
  • Dan Gets a Minivan by Dan Zevin
  • Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich (including book-on-CD) [a 2013 One Book – One Lincoln finalist]
  • The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (including book- on-CD) [a 2013 One Book – One Lincoln finalist]
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce [a 2013 One Book – One Lincoln finalist]
  • Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
  • The Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor
  • (an unidentified book about the Ratcliffe Highway Murders in British history)
  • The Supremes at Earl’s All You Can Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

What you been reading lately that you’d recommend?

Robert Crais’ “The Sentry”

Just Desserts Logo 225sentryWhen the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on July 25, 2013, 17 of us enjoyed discussing the 2011 novel The Sentry by Robert Crais, part of his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike 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 The Sentry by Robert Crais?

Join us next on August 29th at the South Branch Library for discussion of Joanne Fluke’s The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder!

Tess Gerritsen’s “The Keepsake”

Just Desserts Logo 225keepsakeWhen the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on June 27th, 2013, 16 of us discussed the 2008 novel The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen, one of her Rizzoli & Isles mystery thrillers, which inspired the TNT television series of the same name.

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 Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen?