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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?

Join the Discussion of Tana French’s “The Witch Elm”

When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on July 25th, 2019, 15 group members discussed the 2018 psychological suspense novel The Witch Elm by Irish author Tana French. Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about The Witch Elm and Tana French, in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery fans, don’t forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you’re logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts – this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance — currently through our May 2019 meeting.

So…What do you think of Tana French, and her stand-alone novel The Witch Elm?

Join us again in August 2019 for a discussion of Robert Galbraith’s debut-novel  thriller The Cuckoo’s Calling, in the 4th floor auditorium at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th & “N” St., in downtown Lincoln, on August 29th, 2019. [Galbraith is actually J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, but The Cuckoo’s Calling is her debut novel for adults in the mystery/thriller genre.]

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members in April 2017

At the April 27th, 2017 meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, following the discussion of the assigned book of the month, we had a round robin in which all 18 attendees were able to share recommendations of other books they’ve been reading recently.

Here’s the list of mystery books recommended by Just Desserts members in April 2017:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in April 2017:

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

Discussion of Daniel Silva’s “The Black Widow”

When the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group met on April 27th, 2017, 18 of us enjoyed discussing The Black Widow, a 2016 entry in the bestselling Gabriel Allon thriller/suspense/espionage author Daniel Silva. Whether or not you attended the actual meeting, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions about The Black Widow and the Gabriel Allon series, in a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings and/or other announcements of interest to mystery fans, don’t forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, if you’re logged into your account on Facebook, you can visit the Events page for the Lincoln City Libraries, and mark whether or not you plan to attend upcoming sessions of Just Desserts – this is a great way for you to help us promote this engaging discussion group! Our selections for future meetings are usually posted there months in advance.

What do you think of The Black Widow and the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva?

Your 2012 Just Desserts hiatus reading assignment: John D. Macdonald

macdonaldJust Desserts Logo 225During the Nov/Dec 2012 hiatus between meetings of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, we encourage regular attendees to continue to participate as a group…but in a virtual way. While we may not have an actual meeting scheduled during these two months, this blog is available to keep everyone active with their mystery reading and discussions.

Our “hiatus author” for 2012 is John D. McDonald, creator of the classic mystery/suspense series featuring Travis McGee. McGee isn’t a typical P.I. or detective, but instead calls himself a “salvage consultant”, specializing in recovering lost or missing items. His standard fee is 50% of the value of the item recovered. McGee lives aboard a large houseboat called “The Busted Flush”, which he won in a poker game, and which is now docked at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. McGee appears in 21 novels, starting with The Deep Blue Goodbye in 1964 and ending in The Lonely Silver Rain in 1984. The Lincoln City Libraries have all but one of the 21 Travis McGee novels (we are missing #9).

We encourage Just Desserts participants to read any book in the Travis McGee series (click this link to jump to the library catalog), at some point in November or December 2012, then come back here and leave a comment about whatever you read or watched, as a response to this discussion topic.

As a bit of background, here are some links to MacDonald and Travis McGee information:

John D. MacDonald wrote much more than the Travis McGee series. In total, he wrote over 40 additional stand-alone novels, in both the mystery/thriller, general fiction and science fiction genres.

We look forward to seeing your comments here over the course of the next two months!

So…here’s your question: Which of the Travis McGee novels did you read, and what was your opinion?

Scott C. – Just Desserts coordinator and hos