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Just Desserts – Series Share 2022 Results

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

At the May 26th, 2022 Just Desserts meeting that took place in person at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 14 members participated in our 10th annual “Series Share” discussion, in which attendees were encouraged to read the first or second volume in any new mystery/thriller/suspense series that’s started within the past few years, and share their thoughts in a “round-robin” format; two more group members shared their selections via e-mail. 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 – and all participants this month gave a “Thumbs Up” to whatever they read:


Our main discussion took up so much time, we didn’t have time left for our traditional “Round Robin” of whatever else the group members have been reading. But a few readers tossed out four things they really wanted to mention.

Here’s a short list of mystery, thriller and suspense books recommended by Just Desserts members in May 2021:

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

 

“Mystery Continuations” discussion summary and Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – March 2022

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At the March 2022 Just Desserts meeting, 15 group members participated in our discussion of “series that were continued by secondary authors after the original authors passed away”. Attendees were encouraged to read one or more novels that fell into this category, and share their thoughts in a “round-robin” format. Here’s a list of the novels that were mentioned by group members. We asked all attendees to also give a “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” recommendation for whatever “mystery continuation” they sampled – not all of those were recorded:

Jen read The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah, a continuation of The Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie – mild recommendation.

Jen also read A Presumption of Death by Jill Paton Walsh, a continuation of The Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane series by Dorothy L. Sayers – strong recommendation.

C.J. read Bye Bye Baby by Ace Atkins, a continuation of The Spenser series by Robert B. Parker – strong recommendation.

Carolyn read The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagerkrantz, a continuation of The Millennium/Lisbeth Salander series by Stieg Larsson – she recommends it.

Marlee read Bye Bye Baby by Ace Atkins, a a continuation of The Spenser series by Robert B. Parker

Joan F. read The Killer at Kingfisher Hall by Sophie Hannah, a continuation of The Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Chrisie – she recommended it.

Cathy D. read Murder in E Minor by Robert Goldsboroguh, a continuation of The Nero Wolfe series by Rex Stout – did not recommend.

Joan T. read The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagerkrantz, a continuation of The Millennium/Lisbeth Salander series by Stieg Larsson – she recommends it.

Mary read Stargazer by Anne Hillerman, a continuation of The Leaphorn/Chee/Manuelito series by her father Tony Hillerman – strong recommendation!

Sara read Spider Woman’s Daughter and Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman, a continuation of The Leaphorn/Chee/Manuelito series by her father Tony Hillerman – strong recommendation!

Linda read Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne, a continuation of The Philip Marlowe series by Raymond Chandler.

Linda also read The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagerkrantz, a continuation of The Millennium/Lisbeth Salander series by Stieg Larsson.

Don read The Altman Code by Gayle Lynds, a continuation of The Covert One series by Robert Ludlum.

Suzy read Enemy at the Gates by Kyle Mills, a continuation of The Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn.

Cathy T. read Fade to Black by Robert Goldsborough, a continuation of The Nero Wolfe series by Rex Stout.

Cathy T. also read The Goliath Bone by Max Allan Collins, a continuation of the Mike Hammer series by Mickey Spillane.

Christy read The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah, a continuation of The Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie.

Charlotte read Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter and Duplicity Dogged the Dachsund by Blaine Clement, and then also read The Cat Sitter’s Cradle by John Clement, which continued his mother Blaize’s Cat Sitter series – recommended.

Following the “Mystery Continuations” portion of the meeting, we held our monthly round robin in which all 14 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 March 2022:

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

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

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – January 2022

At the January 27th, 2022 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group on Zoom, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (the “Billy Boyle” WWII series by James R. Benn), we held our monthly Round Robin in which all thirteen online attendees were able to share recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently. Also included are the recommendations from one Just Desserts member who couldn’t attend the meeting but e-mail in their recent reads.

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

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

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

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – October 2021

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At the October 2021 Just Desserts meeting that took place in-person at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 11 group members participated in a discussion of Walter Mosley’s “Easy Rawlins” series. Following that discussion, we held our monthly round robin in which all 11 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 October 2021:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in October 2021:

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

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – September 2021

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

At the September 2021 Just Desserts meeting that took place in-person at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 14 group members participated in a discussion of Victoria Thompson’s “Gaslight Mystery” series. Following that discussion, we held our monthly round robin in which all 14 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 September 2021:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in September 2021:

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