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April 2013 reading suggestions from Just Desserts members

Just Desserts Logo 225Here, a bit belatedly, is the list of reading recommendations from the April 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 batch of readers that month:


  • A Dreadful Lemon Sky by John D. MacDonald
  • The Camel Club novels by David Baldacci
  • The Woods by Harlan Coben
  • The Breathtaker by Alice Blanchard
  • Little Scarlet by Walter Mosley
  • Jefferson Key by Steve Berry
  • Breaking Point by C.J. Box
  • Six Years by Harlan Coben
  • The Forgotten by David Baldacci
  • The Scumble River Series by Denise Swanson
  • The Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stuart
  • A Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
  • Abandon Ship by ??? (on Kindle)
  • Live Wire by Harlan Coben
  • Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Swift Run by Laura DiSilverio
  • The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
  • Haunted Ground by Erin Hart
  • Precinct Puerto Rico and others by Steven Torres
  • The V.I. Warshawski novels of Sara Paretsky
  • Red Velvet Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • Black Box by Michael Connelly
  • Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman
  • The Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier


  • Home by Toni Morrson
  • Traveling With Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd
  • David Copperfield (on CD) by Charles Dickens
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  • The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
  • The Silent Land by Graham Joyce
  • You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriot Ann Jacobs (1861 public domain title)
  • The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
  • Richard III (the play on CD) by William Shakespeare

So…what mystery have you been reading lately that you’d recommend?

Mystery recommendations from April 2010 Just Desserts meeting

Just Desserts Logo 225Hey, mystery fans….looking for something good to read?
At the April 2010 Just Desserts meeting, 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 and DVD sets that were hot in April with this mystery-savvy crowd:

  • The Calling by Inger Wolfe
  • A Twist of Orchids by Michelle Wan
  • Death of an Irish Sinner by Bartholomew Gill
  • The Kevin Kerney series by Michael McGarrity (previously used as a Just Desserts selection)
  • Aunt Dimity Down Under and others in the Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton
  • The Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow (previously used as a Just Desserts selection)
  • The Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear (previously used as a Just Desserts selection)
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  • Helen Hath No Fury by Gillian Roberts
  • Bones: Season Three
  • Criminal Minds: The Second Season
  • Burn Notice: Season Two
  • Rosemary & Thyme
  • The Knitting Mystery series by Maggie Sefton
  • The Melanie Travis series by Laurien Berenson
  • The Lee Nez series by Aimee and David Thurlo
  • Dog On It and Thereby Hangs a Tail by Spencer Quinn

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