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Just Desserts Mystery Book Group

                     Hosted by Pamela Bobker

The Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group meets at 6:30 p.m., the first Tuesday of the month, November-June.  Each month we will discuss a particular mystery author, series, or theme.  Desserts are potluck-style so you are welcome to bring something to share.

2017/2018 Reading List

November 7:  Solo Act by Richard Cass

December 5:  Bianca Goddard series by Mary Lawrence, starting with The Alchemist’s Daughter.  The author will join us for the discussion!

January 2:  Rosato & Associates series by Lisa Scottline, starting with Everywhere that Mary Went

February 6:  Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin, starting with Knots and Crosses

March 6:  Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

April 3:  Inspector Maigret seris by Georges Simenon (title TBA)

2016/2017 Reading List

November 1:  Cold Hard News by Maureen Milliken

December 6: Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton,   starting with Death of a Gossip

January 3:  Magic Men series by Elly Griffiths, starting with The ZigZag Girl

February 7:  Inspector Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd, starting with A Test of Wills

March 7:  Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French, starting with In the Woods

2016 Reading List

January 5: Inspector Wexford series by Ruth Rendell

February 2: History of the Mystery
Read a classic mystery by one of these authors:

  • Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849)
  • Wilkie Collins (1824 – 1889)
  • Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930)
  • Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876 – 1958)
  • Raymond Chandler (1888 – 1959)
  • Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976)
  • Dorothy Sayers (1893 – 1957)
  • Dashiell Hammett (1894 – 1961)
  • Ngaio Marsh (1895 – 1982)
  • Ellery Queen (1905 – 1982)

March 1: Easy Rawlins series by Walter Mosley

April 12: Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths

May 3: Chet and Bernie series by Spencer Quinn

June 7: Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd

July 5: Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow

August 2: Vish Puri series by Tarquin Hall

2014/2015 Reading List

November 4: Clare Fergusson series by Julia Spencer-Fleming

December 2: Inspector Lynley series by Elizabeth George

January 6: Gideon Oliver series by Aaron Elkins

February 3: Tess Monaghan series by Laura Lippman

March 3: Murder by the Book: read any mystery with a bookstore setting

  • Booktown series by Lorna Barrett
  • Bibliophile series by Kate Carlisle
  • Cliff Janeway series by John Dunning
  • Death on Demand series by Carolyn Hart
  • Claire Malloy series by Joan Hess
  • Raven’s Nest Bookstore series by Allison Kingsley
  • Black Cat Bookshop series by Diane Stuckart

April 7: Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes

May 5: Monkeewrench series by P.J. Tracy

June 2: Yashim Togalu by Jason Goodwin

2013/14 Reading List

November 5: Katherine Hall Page: Faith Fairchild series

December 3: Michael Connelly: Harry Bosch series

January 7: Donna Leon: Commissario Guido Brunetti series

February 4: Jacqueline Winspear: Maisie Dobbs series

March 4: Elizabeth Peters: Amelia Peabody series

April 1: Lisa Lutz: Spellman series

May 6: George Pelecanos

June 3: Tony Hillerman: Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn series


2012/13 Reading List

November 6: John D. MacDonald: Travis McGee series

December 4: Crafty Crime and Cozy Trends: Maggie Sefton and Sally Goldenbaum

January 8: The Year’s Best Crime Novels, Booklist magazine

February 5: Medical Examiners: Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell

March 5: J.A. Jance: Joanna Brady series and JP Beaumont series

April 2: Ellis Peters: Brother Cadfael series

May 7: Hardboiled Heroines: Sue Grafton: Kinsey Milhone series and Sara Paretsky: VI Warshawski series

June 4: English Police Procedurals: Val McDermid: Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series and Martin Edwards: DCI Hannah Scarlett Lake District series


2011/2012 Reading List

November 1: Mysterious Maine: Try any mysteries by Maine authors Lea Wait, Vicki Doudera, Sarah Graves, Julia Spencer-Flemming, Paul Doiron, Kate Flora, James Hayman, Gerry Boyle, Kaitlyn Dunnett, or Barbara Ross.

December 6: Cooking Up Murder: Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke

January 3: Humorous Mysteries: Janet Evanovich and Donna Andrews

February 7: Canadian Crime: Louise Penny

March 6: The Popularity of Poirot: Agatha Christie

April 3: Scandinavian Crime: Stieg Larsson

May 1: Hardboiled Heroes: Robert Parker

June 5: Murder in the Great Outdoors: Nevada Barr

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