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Just Desserts — Culinary Crime and Reading Recommendations from August 2020

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

At the August 2020 Just Desserts meeting that took place online using Zoom meeting software, 14 members participated in a discussion of “Culinary Crime” mysteries, in which attendees were encouraged to read ANY entry in a food/drink-themed mystery novel, 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 – the majority of participants had a lukewarm attitude towards Culinary Crime mysteries, ranging from not enjoying them, to finding them a fun escape between more serious novels.

Culinary Crime Novels/Series:

The Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke, starting with The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (two members read volumes in this series, including volume 10, The Carrot Cake Murder)

The Goldy Schulz series by Diane Mott Davidson (three group members reading in this series, all selecting either the first volume Catering to Nobody, or the second, Dying for Chocolate)

The Lucy Stone mystery series by Leslie Meier, starting with Mail Order Murder

The Country Store Mystery series by Maddie Day; she read volume 5, Death Over Easy

The Country Cooking School Mystery series by Paige Shelton; she read volume 3, If Bread Could Rise to the Occasion

The Nero Wolfe mystery series by Rex Stout, specifically volume 5, Too Many Cooks

The Henny Penny Farmette series by Meera Lester, specifically volume 3, A Hive of Homicides

The Biscuit Bowl Food Truck mystery series by J.J. Cook, specifically volume 3, Fat Tuesday Fricassee

The Sloan Krause brewery series by Ellie Alexander, starting with Death on Tap

The Alaskan Diner Mystery series by Elizabeth Logan, starting with Mousse and Murder

The Noodle Shop Mystery series by Vivien Chien, starting with Death by Dumpling

Following the “Series Share” 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 August 2020:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in August 2020:

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

 

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members for June 2020

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

At the June 2020 Just Desserts meeting that took place online using Zoom meeting software, following the discussion of our monthly assigned reading, we held our monthly round robin in which all 10 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 June 2020:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in June 2020:

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

 

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members for March/April 2020

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, all public meetings of book discussion groups sponsored by the Lincoln City Libraries were temporarily discontinued as of March 20th, 2020. Therefore, the members of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, have not been able to share their “Round Robin” reading recommendations at either a March or April 2020 meeting. An e-mail plea was put out to group members to submit their recent reading recommendations via e-mail by the beginning of May, and the following is what had been submitted by Friday, May 8th, 2020:

Here’s the list of mystery, thriller and suspense books recommended by Just Desserts members in March/April 2020:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in March/April 2020:

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

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – January 2020

At the January 30th, 2020 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, following the discussion of the assigned topic of the month (a variety of “Mystery Anthologies and/or Short Story Collections), we held our monthly round robin in which all 13 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 January 2020:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in January 2020:

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

Nominate for “One Book – One Lincoln” in 2020!

As you start your 2020 reading, and you’re thinking back over your favorite reads in 2019, we remind you that you can submit nominations for ONE BOOK – ONE LINCOLN year-round via our online form at: https://lincolnlibraries.org/…/one-book-one-lincoln-nomina…/

So…take a moment to nominate one or more books via the official form, for titles you’d like to have considered by the Selection Committee as possible finalists for the 2020 One Book – One Lincoln public voting.

[One note: You need not nominate the same title more than once — a single nomination is enough for a book to make it on the long list of titles the committee will consider.]

Also…let us know with a comment here on this blog post — what was your favorite read in 2019?