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Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – January 2023

Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read?

At the January 2023 Just Desserts meeting, 18 group members participated in our discussion of the series novels of British author Rhys Bowen.

Following the “assigned reading” portion of the meeting, we held our monthly round robin in which we had enough time for for 14 of the 18 attendees to share recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently, with an emphasis on mysteries/suspense/thrillers.

Here’s the list of mystery, thriller and suspense books recommended by Just Desserts members in January 2023:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in January 2023:

What mysteries have you been reading lately that you’d recommend?

Join the discussion on the series works by Rhys Bowen

Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read?

At the January 2023 Just Desserts meeting, 18 group members participated in a discussion of the novels in three established series by British author Rhys Bowen — the Constable Evans series (1997-2006), the Molly Murphy series (2001-present), and the Her Royal Spyness series (2007-present).

Nobody seemed to absolutely “love” any of the series, but at the same time, only a few people truly disliked any of them. Most of the group’s readers fell into the category of generally liking whatever they’d chosen to read but not really being engaged enough that they will continue with the series they sampled. One observation that resonated with the group was that Rhys Bowen titles were great things to read “if you [were cooped up and] had the Flu” and needed something to entertain you but which didn’t require paying very close attention. There were still a few group members who were regular Rhys Bowen readers who will continue to be so!

Here are the Rhys Bowen series titles read by Just Desserts members for our January 2023 discussion, and each reader’s reaction:

So…What did you think of the works of Rhys Bowen? Which have you read?

This was our first“in person” meeting for 2023. Just Desserts returns on February 23rd, with a discussion of the first three novels by author S.A. Cosby. We hope to see you there!

What was your favorite Mystery/Thriller/Suspense novel you read in 2022?

What was your favorite mystery novel of 2022?

Hey, mystery fans and members of the libraries’ Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group…

We’re in the final few days of 2022, and we’re curious — what was your favorite Mystery/Suspense/Thriller read in 2022?

It doesn’t have to have been a “new” release this year, it could just be an older comfort read. But what Mystery or Suspense or Thriller stood out the most for you among all the books you read (or listened to) this past year?

Bonus points if it was one of our Just Desserts reading selections!

Leave a comment here, in response to this Just Desserts Blog post, with your favorite genre read in 2022. Who knows — your selection may be considered for one of our Just Desserts group reads in 2023?

NOTE: The Just Desserts Blog is a moderated blog — there will be a delay before your comment may appear.

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – October 2022

Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read?

At the October 2022 Just Desserts meeting, 18 group members participated in our discussion of The Life and Works of P.D. James.

Following the “assigned reading” portion of the meeting, we held our regular monthly round robin in which 17 of 18 attendees shared recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently, with an emphasis on mysteries/suspense/thrillers.

Here’s the list of mystery, thriller and suspense books recommended by Just Desserts members in October 2022:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in October 2022:

What mysteries have you been reading lately that you’d recommend?

Join the discussion of The Life and Works of P.D. James

The Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group held its final monthly meeting of the year on October 27th, 2022. Attendees discussed the Life and Works of British author P.D. James, with participants having read several different selections by this author. If you read any of James’ mystery novels, and would like to contribute your comments about it/them, please do so as a reply comment to this blog post, below.

P.D. James titles read by group members included: Death Comes to Pemberley (6 readers, 2 enjoyed it, 2 were so-so on it, and 2 didn’t care for it), Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories (short story collection – 4 readers, all 4 enjoyed it), Cover Her Face (3 readers, 2 who enjoyed it and 1 who didn’t), An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (2 readers, 1 who liked it and 1 who didn’t), Sleep No More (short story collection – 1 reader, who loved it), The Lighthouse (1 reader, who was so-so about it), Unnatural Causes (1 reader, who liked it), The Black Tower (1 reader, who liked it), Death in Holy Orders (1 reader, who liked it), Original Sin (1 reader, who liked it), The Murder Room (1 reader, who liked it), and Innocent Blood (1 reader, who didn’t like it).

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings (once they resume) and/or other announcements of interest to mystery fans, don’t forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, once in-person meetings are possible again, 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!

So…What did you think of the works of P.D. James? Which have you read?

The following handout was prepared for the members of Just Desserts: The Works of P.D. James.

This was our final “in person” meeting for 2021. Just Desserts is on its year-end hiatus in November and December, but will return in January 2023.