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Join the discussion of John Grisham’s “Camino Island” and “Camino Winds”

The Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group held its August 2022 meeting in person, this past Thursday evening. Nineteen attendees discussed John Grisham’s two connected novels, Camino Island (2017) and Camino Winds (2020). If you have read either of these novels, and would like to contribute your comments about it, please do so as a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For 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, now that in-person meetings are possible again, 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!

So…What did you think of Camino Island and Camino Winds? How do they compare to other Grisham works? Are you a Grisham fan?

On September 29th, the members of Just Desserts will be discussing Nita Prose’s 2022 debut novel, The Maid, at the downtown library. We hope to see many of you then!

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?

 

John the discussion of Jean Hanff Korelitz’ novel “The Plot”

The Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group held its April 2022 meeting in person, this past Thursday evening. Sixteen attendees discussed the 2021 stand-alone suspense novel The Plot by author Jean Hanff Korelitz. If you have read The Plot, and would like to contribute your comments about it, please do so as a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For 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, now that in-person meetings are possible again, 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!

So…What did you think of The Plot? Have you also read any of Jean Hanff Korelitz’ previous six novels, or are you looking forward to her novel, due out this Fall?

In May, we indulge in our annual “Series Share” tradition — all attendees wishing to participate in next month’s Just Desserts discussion are asked to read the first or second volume in any NEW mystery/thriller/suspense series that has launched in 2020, 2021 or 2022. All participants will be given time to describe the basics about whatever series they selected — setting, time period, characters, writing style, etc. — and whether or not they’d recommend their series or whether they plan to continue with it themselves.

Join the discussion of Alex Michaelides’ “The Silent Patient”

The Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group held its February 2022 meeting on Zoom, last night (February 24th). Eleven attendees discussed the 2019 stand-alone suspense novel The Silent Patient by author Alex Michaelides. If you have read The Silent Patient, and would like to contribute your comments about it, please do so as a reply comment to this blog post, below.

For 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, now that in-person meetings are possible again, 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!

So…What did you think of The Silent Patient? Have you also read Alex Michaelides’ follow-up novel from 2021, The Maidens?

In March, we return to in-person public meetings again, and we hope to see you at future gatherings of the Just Desserts group. Watch the libraries’ website and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for the latest updates! In the meantime, we hope Just Desserters will join us on March 31st, 2022, for a discussion of mystery series that have been continued by secondary authors after the original author passed away. For a list of many of those to choose from, see our Mystery Continuations page on BookGuide.

What was your favorite Mystery/Suspense/Thriller read in 2021?

Hey, mystery fans and members of the libraries’ Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group…

We’re in the final week of 2021, and we’re curious — what was your favorite Mystery/Suspense/Thriller read in 2021?

It doesn’t have to have been a “new” release this year, it could just be an older comfort read. But what Mystery or Suspense or Thriller stood out the most for you among all the books you read (or listened to) this past year? Bonus points if it was one of our Just Desserts reading selections!

Leave a comment here, in response to this Just Desserts Blog post, with your favorite genre read in 2021…