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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?

Jeffery Deaver’s “The Skin Collector”

skincollectorJust Desserts Logo 225When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on January 29th, 2015, 13 of us enjoyed discussing the latest volume in Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhymes series, The Skin Collector.

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 Skin Collector or the Lincoln Rhymes series by Jeffery Deaver?

Join us for our next meeting on February 26, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the South Branch Library. We’ll be discussing the ninth volume in the popular Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, 9th Judgment!

We hope to see you then!

Just Desserts reading recommendations from Oct 2014

Hey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? At the final Just Desserts meeting for 2014, on October 30th, 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 novels that were hot last month with this mystery-savvy crowd:

 

MYSTERIES

  • Night of the White Buffalo by Margaret Coel
  • Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs (several JD readers)
  • Personal by Lee Child (several JD readers)
  • Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron
  • Wendigo Island by William Kent Krueger
  • Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)
  • Harry Lipkin, Private Eye by Barry Fantoni
  • The Silence of the Library by Miranda James
  • Money Shot by Christa Faust
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Citadel by Karen Mosse
  • Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman
  • Her Last Whisper by Karen Robards
  • Innocent Prey by Maggie Shayne
  • A Silent Man by Alex Berenson
  • Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder
  • The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman
  • Haunted by Kay Hooper
  • The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle
  • Private Down Under by James Patterson and Michael White
  • Killer Physique by G.A. McKevett
  • Proof Positive by Archer Mayor (reviewed for library’s Customer Reviews on BookGuide)
  • The Outsmarting of Criminals by Steven Rigolosi
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much, A Fistful of Collars and The Sound and the Furry all by Spencer Quinn — all as audiobooks
  • The Virgil Flowers series of John Sandford
  • The Hamish Macbeth series of M.C. Beaton
  • The Rebus series of Ian Rankin
  • The works of Tony Hillerman
  • The works of Craig Johnson
  • The works of John LeCarre

NON-MYSTERIES

  • Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • Discover Zen by David Fontana
  • Siddhartha and Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
  • Great Books of the Western World series
  • Crossfire by Louis L’Amour
  • Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly
  • It Worked For Me by Colin Powell

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