Blood Standard

Blood Standard

Mysterious Book Report No. 344

by John Dwaine McKenna

The MBR has always had a soft spot for the antihero type: those individuals who’re capable of most anything, but who also possess the same purity of heart as a knight errant on a quest.  They’re the kind of characters who struggle with the world, and themselves, in an idealistic representation of the human condition.  Simply put: we all have our own inner demons, and each of us decides every day whether to be good or bad.  The antiheros are, in the MBRs opinion, the most dramatic, and therefore the most interesting of all literary characte
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Flight of the Fox

Flight of the Fox

Mysterious Book Report No 343

by John Dwaine McKenna

An electrifying, propulsive and timely thriller was just released that, by all rights, should shoot to the top of every bestseller list in the country.  If ever an author stepped up to the plate, took a swing, hit it right on the sweet spot and out of the park . . . this is it. Flight of the Fox, (Down & Out Books, PB, $18.95, 381 pages, ISBN 978-1-946502-61-2) by Gray Basnight is a tour de force of a government agency that’s so out of control it will do anything to protect itself and its secrets.  It’s a story that could
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Spirits of the Heart

Spirits of the Heart

Mysterious Book Report No. 342

by John Dwaine McKenna and June Lynn McKenna

As the by-line shows, this will be a different—and special—MBR.  It’s not within our usual purview of crime and punishment, or murder and mayhem, nor even an exploration of the dark side of human nature.  Instead, it’s a goose-pimple inducing paranormal ghost and romance story which takes place at an addiction treatment center in Middletown, New York.  It’s a place that was once an institution for the criminally insane.  And because it’s for all of the ladies in the audience who aren’t hard-boiled cri
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Under Water

Under Water

Mysterious Book Report No. 341

by John Dwaine McKenna

The MBR is ever on the lookout for debut authors with arresting characters, compelling plots and above-average wordsmithing talent.  When we find one, we do our best to alert all of you, so that together, we can read and enjoy the writer and character as they grow.  Those types of people are hard to find, and when we do, it’s cause to celebrate . . . so put your party hat on, turn the TV off and fire-up the La-Z-Boy.  It’s time to read. Under Water, (Kensington Publishing Corp., $25.00, 309 pages, ISBN 978-1-4697-0968-4) by Casey Barrett
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Dead Stop

Dead Stop

Mysterious Book Report No. 340

by John Dwaine McKenna

When the prestigious 2018 Colorado Book Awards were announced earlier this month, Dead Stop, (Thomas & Mercer, PB $15.95, 384 pages, ISBN 9781503943384) by Barbara Nickless was the Mystery Fiction winner.  These awards are sponsored by the Colorado Humanities Organization, and is the equivalent, in the MBRs opinion, of winning an Olympic Medal.  It’s so far up on our personal list of unobtaniums, that we’ll be cashing the first of our Publisher’s Clearing House checks and going to the White House to pick up a Medal of Freedom, before eve
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Don’t Skip Out On Me

Don’t Skip Out On Me

Mysterious Book Report No. 339

by John Dwaine McKenna

This weeks MBR defies genre.  Although noirish in tone, it’s unclassifiable by nature because it includes elements of several different styles.  It’s a tough guy story that could have been written by Hemingway or London, featuring a plot which might’ve come from Flannery O’Connor herself.  It’s a coming-of-age tale that professes hope but appears headed for tragedy, as both a young, and an old protagonist try to find their way in an unforgiving world. Don’t Skip Out On Me, (Harper Perennial, $22.99, 269 pages, ISBN 978
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