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Discussion of the Meg Langslow series by Donna Andrews

When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on June 27th, 2019, 19 group members discussed four of the 23 (so far) volumes in the  “Meg Langslow” amateur detective series by Donna Andrews. Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this series and Donna Andrews, 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 — currently through our October 2019 meeting. You can also find the upcoming schedule of Just Desserts meetings/selections on the Book Groups section of the libraries’ BookGuide readers advisory pages.

So…What do you think of Donna Andrews, and her “Meg Langslow” series?

Join us again in July 2019 for a discussion of Tana French’s The Witch Elm, in the 4th floor auditorium at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th & “N” St., in downtown Lincoln, on July 25th, 2019.

Discussion of the “Tony Hill & Carol Jordan” series by Val McDermid

When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on April 25th, 2019, 14 group members discussed the entire 10-volume (so far) series of “Tony Hill & Carol Jordan” novels by Scottish psychological suspense writer Val McDermid. Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about this series and Val McDermid, 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 — currently through our May 2019 meeting.

So…What do you think of Val McDermid, and her “Tony Hill & Carol Jordan” thrillers?

Join us again in May 2019 for the seventh annual “Series Share”, in the 4th floor auditorium at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th & “N” St., in downtown Lincoln, on May 30th, 2019 — all attendees are invited to read the 1st or 2nd entry in any NEW series (started 2017 to 2019) and share their opinions.

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – March 2019

At the March 28th, 2019 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (John Connolly’s The Woman in the Woods), we held our monthly round robin in which all 19 attendees were able to share a few recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently.

Here’s the list of mystery books recommended by Just Desserts members in March 2019:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in March 2019:

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

Discussion of A.J. Finn’s “The Woman in the Window”

When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on February 28th, 2019, 12 group members discussed the 2018 psychological suspense novel The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (pseudonym of Dan Mallory). Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about The Woman in the Window and A.J. Finn, 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 — currently through our May 2019 meeting.

So…What do you think of A.J. Finn, and his debut novel The Woman in the Window?

Join us again in March 2019 for a discussion of John Connolly’s novel  thriller The Woman in the Woods, in the 4th floor auditorium at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th & “N” St., in downtown Lincoln, on March 28th, 2019.

Your 2018 Just Desserts hiatus reading assignment — the Rabbi David Small series by Harry Kemelman

During the Nov/Dec 2018 hiatus between meetings of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, we encourage regular attendees to continue to participate as a group…but in a virtual way. While we may not have an actual meeting scheduled during these two months, this blog is available to keep everyone active with their mystery reading and discussions.

One of the popular and well-known authors we would have liked to have used for a regular monthly Just Desserts discussion is Harry Kemelman, author of the “Rabbi David Small” series. Because of the limited number of copies of his works in the libraries’ collection, we’ve never used him for one of the regular discussion months, but he’s a perfect selection to be our “hiatus assignment” for 2018, as the libraries do own at least one copy of each of his Rabbi Small titles, and group members can track down whichever volumes they want to read at their leisure.

The Lincoln City Libraries currently own 11 of Kemelman’s 12 “David Small” novels, excluding 1981’s Conversations With Rabbi Small, which is the one volume in the series that is NOT actually a mystery, anyway.

You can visit the Rabbi David Small series booklist on BookGuide for more information about Kemelman, and for hotlinks into the libraries’ online catalog to check on the status of all of his books.

For the purposes of Just Desserts, we encourage you to read ANY of Kemelman’s “Rabbit David Small” series of novels, and return to this Just Desserts blog post to leave a comment, in response to the following question. We look forward to seeing your comments here over the course of the next two months!

So…here’s your question:

Which of the Rabbi David Small novels did you read, and what was your opinion?