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Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – January 2024

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

At the January 2024 Just Desserts meeting, 15 group members and guests participated in a discussion of the life and works of American suspense writer Allison Brennan.

Following the “assigned reading” portion of the meeting, we held our monthly round robin in which attendees shared recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently, with an emphasis on mysteries/suspense/thrillers. We continued a new policy this month that began in 2023, to make sure everyone got a turn in the Round Robin – everyone could share a single title during their verbal recommendations, but could share additional titles on a paper form – ALL titles recommended are shared below. The titles marked by an * are those specifically mentioned verbally during the Round Robin.

Here’s the list of mystery, thriller and suspense books recommended by Just Desserts members in January 2024:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in January 2024:

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

Join the Just Desserts discussion on the works of Allison Brennan – January 2024

The Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group held its first monthly meeting of the year on January 25, 2024. 15 Attendees discussed the Works to-date by American mystery/suspense/thriller author Allison Brennan, with participants having read several different selections by this author. If you have read any of Brennan’s mystery novels, and would like to contribute your comments about it/them, please do so as a reply comment to this blog post, below.

Allison Brennan titles read or listened to by group members for this discussion included: Third to Die (Quinn & Costa series, 4 readers), The Prey (1 reader), The Wrong Victim (Quinn & Costa series, 2 readers), Don’t Open the Door (Regan Merritt series, 2 readers – 1 on audio), The Sorority Murder (Regan Merritt series, 3 readers), North of Nowhere (stand-alone novel, 2 readers), Kiss Me, Kill Me (Lucy Kincaid series, 1 reader), and Tell No Lies (Quinn & Costa series, 1 reader on audio). Opinions about Allison Brennan’s works were almost uniformly positive — 13 of 14 who read a Brennan book enjoyed it and would definitely read more by this author — several group members have already read multiple Brennan titles.

For additional reminders about upcoming Just Desserts meetings (once they resume) and/or other announcements of interest to mystery fans, don’t forget to sign up for the Just Desserts e-mail list. Or, once 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 do you think of the works of Allison Brennan? Which have you read?

The following handout was prepared for the members of Just Desserts: The Works of Allison Brennan (through 2023).

Just Desserts will return on February 29, 2024, with a discussion of the psychological suspense novel The Only One Left by Riley Sager.

 

What was your favorite Mystery/Thriller/Suspense novel you read in 2023?

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

We’re on the final day of 2023, and we’re curious — what was your favorite Mystery/Suspense/Thriller that you read in 2023?

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 novel stood out the most for you among all the books you read (or listened to) this past year?


Bonus Question: What was your favorite title among those we read specifically for a Just Desserts discussion! (see archive of past Just Desserts titles at this link!)


Leave a comment here, in response to this Just Desserts Blog post, with your favorite genre read in 2023. Who knows — your selection may be considered for one of our Just Desserts group reads in 2024!

NOTE: The Just Desserts Blog is a moderated blog — there will be a delay before your comment may appear.

Join the discussion of Ashley Flower’s debut novel, “All Good People Here”

The Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group held its September 2023 meeting in person, on Thursday September 28th. Fifteen attendees discussed the debut suspense/mystery novel All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers. If you have read this novel, 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, 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 All Good People Here? Will you read additional works by Ashley Flowers?

At our next meeting, on October 26th, 2023, the members of Just Desserts will be looking back at the life, career and notables works of Dashiell Hammett, at the downtown library. We hope to see you there! This will be the final Just Desserts meeting for 2023.

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – June 2023

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

At the June 2023 Just Desserts meeting, 21 group members and guests participated in a discussion of Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney.

Following the “assigned reading” portion of the meeting, we held our monthly round robin in which attendees shared recommendations of what other books they’ve been reading recently, with an emphasis on mysteries/suspense/thrillers. We continued a new policy this month that began earlier this year, to make sure everyone got a turn in the Round Robin – everyone could share a single title during their verbal recommendations, but could share additional titles on a paper form – ALL titles recommended are shared below. The titles marked by an * are those specifically mentioned during the Round Robin.

Here’s the list of mystery, thriller and suspense books recommended by Just Desserts members in June 2023:

And here were some non-mystery titles some group members also recommended in June 2023:

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