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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.

 

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.

Join the Just Desserts discussion of “Daisy Darker” by Alice Feeney

The Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group held its June 2023 meeting in person, on Thursday June 29th. Twenty-one attendees discussed the bestselling 2022 suspense novel by author Alice Feeney, entitled Daisy Darker. 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!

See the Just Desserts handout, listing all six of Alice Feeney’s novels from 2017 to 2023.

So…What did you think of Daisy Darker? Will you read additional works by Alice Feeney?

At our next meeting, on July 27th, 2023, the members of Just Desserts will be discussing the 2022 thriller, Killers of a Certain Age, by Deanna Raybourn, at the downtown library. We hope to see you there!

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – April 2023

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

At the April 2023 Just Desserts meeting, 18 group members and guests participated in our discussion of the 2023 One Book One Nebraska selection, The Mystery of Hunting’s End by Mignon Good Eberhart.

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 February, 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, but those that were specifically talked about in the Round Robin have an * next to them.

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

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

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

Reading Recommendations from Just Desserts members – March 2023

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

At the March 2023 Just Desserts meeting, 15 group members participated in our discussion of the genre cross-over trend of mysteries in a science fiction or fantasy setting.

Following the “assigned reading” portion of the meeting, we held our monthly round robin in which group members 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 February, 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, but those that were specifically talked about in the Round Robin have an * next to them.

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

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

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