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Reading Recommendations from May 2018 “Series Share” Just Desserts meeting

At the May 31st, 2018 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, our theme was our annual “Series Share” – participants were encouraged to read the first or second volume in any “new” mystery/thriller/suspense series that has started within the past 3 years (2016-2018). Each person was encouraged to describe the series, the central character(s), the themes or tone, the setting, and ultimately whether they would give it a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” recommendation. For the most part, group members met these guidelines, though not 100%. This session was audio-recorded and will eventually be released through the libraries’ series of podcasts. We did NOT have time at the end of this month’s session for our traditional “round robin” to find out what else Just Desserts members have been reading. [NOTE: Titles not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries have been submitted as purchase suggestions through the libraries’ Suggest-a-Title form.]

Join us again on June 28, 2018 at South Branch for a group discussion of James Lee Burke’s Robicheaux (2017).


Here’s the list of the titles/series of mystery/suspense books discussed by Just Desserts members at our May 2018 meeting:

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

Series Share list and other books Just Desserts members were reading in May 2017

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

At the May 2017 Just Desserts meeting a week ago, we held our annual “Series Share” meeting, in which group members 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, plus whether they gave them a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” (a feature missed in this year’s meeting):

Following the “Series Share” portion of the meeting, the group held its regular monthly “Round Robin” in which group members shared what else they’ve been reading lately. That list included:

Mysteries/Suspense/Thrillers:

Non-Mystery:

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

Reading list from June Just Desserts “Series Share” meeting

Just Desserts Logo 225Series Share FourHey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read?

At the June 2016 Just Desserts meeting last week, we held our annual “Series Share” meeting, in which group members 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. 25 members were in attendance, and 23 contributed reviews. Here’s a list of the novels/series that were mentioned by group members, plus whether they gave them a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down”:

  • ScottThe Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel – ^^
  • Pat – tried the first book in the Grantchester series by James Runcie, but gave up and tried The Last Mile, second in the Amos Decker series by David Baldacci – ^^
  • RaymaThe Lost Ancestor, second in the Forensic Genealogist series by Nathan Dylan Goodwin – ^^
  • Ted – presented a list of 10 of his favorite authors, and talked about the Lew Archer series by Ross MacDonald, including his favorite, the 10th volume, The Zebra-Striped Hearse – ^^
  • SusanKeeper of the Castle, third in the Haunted Home Renovation series by Juliet Blackwell – ^^
  • Mary – also read The Last Mile by Baldacci, and Bread of the Dead, first in the Santa Fe Café series by Ann Myers – ^^
  • DonLinda, as in The Linda Murder, the first Evert Backstrom novel by Leif G.W. Persson – ^^
  • Brandon – hadn’t read any “new” series, but recommended the works of Dashiell Hammett, also The Highwayman, the latest novella in the Walt Longmire series by Craig Johnson – ^^
  • TraceyMidnight Crossroad, the first in the new Midnight, Texas series by Charlaine Harris – ^^
  • SuzyCrime and Poetry, first in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series by Amanda Flower – ^^
  • CarolynRead It and Weep, 4th in the Library Lovers Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay – ^^ /vv, and The Absent One, 2nd in the Department Q series by Jussi Adler-Olsen – ^^
  • LadenaEeny Meeny, first in the Helen Grace series by M.J. Arlidge – ^^
  • (two observers – no recommendations offered)
  • LindaThe Grey Ghost Murders, second in the Sean Stranahan Mystery series by Keith McCafferty – ^^
  • BarbThe Nebraska Quotient and Moving Targets, first two in the Nebraska Mystery series by William J. Reynolds (from back in the 1980s/1990s) – ^^, also The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse, a Star Trek mystery novel by Bob Ingersol and Tony Isabella – ^^
  • MelbaBook of the Dead, by Patricia Cornwell – vv (recommends earlier volumes in this series)
  • LindaThe Poacher’s Son, the first in the Mike Bowditch mystery series by Paul Doiron – ^^
  • VeraThe Doll’s House, 3rd in the Helen Grace series by M.J. Arlidge – ^^ /vv
  • ValeryBlood on the Snow and Midnight Sun, first (and only) two in the Blood on the Snow series by Jo Nesbo – ^^, also the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny – ^^
  • CathyMycroft Holmes, the first in a new Sherlockian series by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – ^^
  • JodyCan Anybody Hear Me? and Are You Watching Me? By Sinead Crowley – ^^
  • JoanThe Cracked Spine, first in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series by Paige Shelton – ^^
  • CharlotteDeadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall, 2nd in the Honeychurch Hall series by Hannah Dennison – ^^
  • PaulaOne Foot in the Grape, first in the Cypress Cove mystery series by Carlene O’Neil – ^^ /vv
[ ^^ – recommended | vv – not recommended | ^^/vv – so-so recommendation ]

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

Results of May 2014 Series Share II gathering

Just Desserts Logo 225seriesshareiiHey, mystery fans! Looking for something good to read? The May 2014 Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meeting was our annual “Series Share” night. Group members did not all read the same book, but instead were encouraged to read the first or second volume in ANY new mystery/thriller/suspense series that had begun in the past 3 to 4 years. All attendees had a chance, then, to describe whatever series they had chosen, and to offer up their opinions about the characters, writing style, etc.

Here’s a list of the novels Just Desserts members enjoyed for the “Series Share”:

  • The Amazing Harvey by Don Passman (1st in the Harvey Kendell Series)
  • Murder on Bamboo Lane by Naomi Hirohara (1st in the Officer Ellie Rush Series)
  • Murder by Artifact by Barbara Graham (2nd in the Quilted Mystery Series)
  • Murder at Rosamund’s Gate by Susanna Calkins (1st in the Lucy Campion Series)
  • Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman (1st in the Brigid Quinn Series)
  • Christine Falls and The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black (1st and 2nd in the Griffin Quirke Series)
  • A Spoonful of Murder and A Rue of Revenge by Connie Archer (1st and 2nd in the Soup Lovers Mystery Series)
  • various volumes in the Seaside Knitting series by Sally Goldenbaum
  • The Black Country by Alex Grecian (2nd in the Scotland Yard Murder Squad Series)
  • Board Stiff and Whack Job by Kendel Lynn (1st and 2nd in the Elliot Lisbon Series)
  • Pall in the Family by Dawn Eastman (1st in the Family Fortune Series)
  • Sacrifice Fly and Crooked Numbers by Tim O’Mara (1st and 2nd in the Raymond Donne Series)
  • Montana by Gwen Florio (1st in the Lola Wicks Series)
  • End Me a Tenor by Joelle Charbonneau (2nd in the Glee Club mystery Series)
  • All Sales Fatal by Laura DiSilverio (2nd in the Mall Cop mystery Series)
  • The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott (1st in the Book Collector mystery Series)
  • Sugar and Iced by Jen McKinley (1st in the Cupcake Mystery Series)
  • Peril for Your Thoughts by Kari Lee Townsend (1st in the Mind Reader mystery Series)
  • A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket by Fran Rizer (1st in the Callie Parrish Series)
  • In the Shadow of Gotham, A Curtain Falls and The Secret of the White Rose by Stefanie Pintoff (1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Simon Ziele Series)
  • That Old Flame of Mine and PLaying With Fire by J.J. Cook (1st and 2nd in the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade mystery Series)
  • Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass (1st in the Bookmobile Cat mystery Series)
  • The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe (1st in the Hazel Micallef Series)
  • Blue Monday by Nikki French (1st in the Freida Klein mystery Series)

And here’s a few older titles and non-mysteries were also brought up at the latest meeting:

  • A Share in Death and All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie (1st and 2nd in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Series)
  • Death at the Door by Carolyn Hart (latest in the Death on Demand Series)
  • Unlucky 13 by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (13th in the Women’s Murder Club Series)
  • Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell (2nd in the Order of the Sanguines Series)
  • Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman (10th in the Tess Monaghan Series)
  • The Caveman’s Valentine by George Dawes Green
  • The Black Echo by Michael Connelly (1st in the Harry Bosch Series)
  • The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

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