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Just Desserts members shared “Memorable Stand-Alone Mysteries” last night

At the September 26th, 2019 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, 19 group members had the opportunity to share comments about a “Memorable Stand-Alone Mystery” that they’d read. Here’s the list of titles the group members shared. This meeting was audio-recorded for eventual release as a library podcast.

Here’s the list of mystery, thriller and suspense “stand-alone” novels shared by Just Desserts members in September 2019:

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

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – August 2019

At the August 29th, 2019 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith – a.k.a. J.K. Rowling), we held our monthly round robin in which all 16 attendees were able to share recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently.

Here’s the list of mystery, thriller and suspense books recommended by Just Desserts members in August 2019:

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

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

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – June 2019

At the June 27th, 2019 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (several of Donna Andrews’ “Meg Langslow” series), 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 and suspense books recommended by Just Desserts members in June 2019:

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

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

Just Desserts “Series Share” reading recommendations – May 2019

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

At the May 2019 Just Desserts meeting this week, 17 members participated in our annual “Series Share” meeting, in which attendees were encouraged to read the first or second volume in a new series that’s started within the past couple of years, and share their thoughts in a “round-robin” format. Here’s a list of the novels/series that were mentioned by group members. We asked all attendees to also give a “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” for whatever series they sampled – all participants this month gave a “Thumbs Up” to whatever they read – some more strongly than others.

Titles not owned by the libraries are not hotlinked — consider getting them through InterLibrary Loan.

Just Desserts memberSeries they read by Author of Series, starting with Volume they read

Scott – The Daniel Hawthorne mystery series by Anthony Horowitz, starting with The Word is Murder (and)

Scott (again) – The Medlar Mystery series by Jude Deveraux, starting with A Willing Murder

Jodi – The Detective By Day mystery series by Kellye Garrett, starting with Hollywood Homicide

Joan – The Mercy & Elvis series by Paula Munier, starting with A Borrowing of Bones

Rayma – The Lena Jones mystery series by Betty Webb, Rayma read the 8th volume, Desert Redemption

Sharon – The Val Fremden mystery series by Margaret Lashley, starting with Glad One

Cheryl – The Orphan X thriller series by Gregg Hurwitz, starting with Orphan X

Cathy – The Knit and Nibble mystery series by Peggy Ehrhart, starting with Murder She Knit (and)

Cathy (again) – The Book Club Mystery series by Laura DiSilverio; Cathy read the 2nd, The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle (the libraries do not have this entry, but do have the 1st and 3rd in the series)

Ida – The Casey Duncan/Rockton mystery/thriller series by Kelley Armstrong, starting with City of the Lost

Christy – The Thursday Next mystery/literary series by Jasper Fforde, starting with The Eyre Affair

Ladena – The Eve Duncan series by Iris Johansen; Ladena had read up through the 11th entry in the series

Suzy – The Chef To Go series by Denise Swanson, starting with Tart of Darkness (and)

Suzy (again) – The Scumble River series also by Denise Swanson, starting with The Murder of a Small-Town Honey

Vera – The Timber Creek K9 Mystery series by Margaret Mizushima, starting with Killing Trail

Don – The Orphan X thriller series by Gregg Hurwitz, starting with Orphan X (and)

Don (again) – The Jane Hawk series by Dean Koontz, starting with The Silent Corner

Linda – The Bull Mountain series by Brian Panowich, starting with Bull Mountain

Tram – The Vinyl Detective series by Andrew Cartmill, starting with Written in Dead Wax

Jennie – Three different series by Elly Griffiths, including The Ruth Galloway series starting with The Crossing Places, The Mephisto and Stephens series starting with The Zig Zag Girl, and a stand-alone novel that may be the start of a new series, The Stranger Diaries (and)

Jennie (again) – The All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, starting with A Discovery of Witches

Marlee – The Atlee Pine mystery/thriller series by David Baldacci, starting with The Long Road to Mercy

Following the “Series Share” portion of the meeting, we unfortunately did not leave enough time for our traditional monthly “Round Robin” in which group members share whatever else they’ve been reading lately. That will return to Just Desserts in June.

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?