Unforsaken Review by Manuel Ramos

By |2019-03-27T20:34:54+00:00March 27th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Unforsaken by John Dwaine McKenna Unforsaken is a bullet packed with gritty characters and explosive action. John Dwaine McKenna skillfully takes readers to the untamed Southwest at the beginning of the Twentieth Century.  The Wild West is past its heyday. Locomotives have replaced horses.  Bandit gangs are a vanishing menace, yet outlaws still prowl the dusty streets looking for easy marks.  The lone and honorable lawman is on the

Mysterious Book Report No. 367 – Restoration Heights

By |2019-03-18T19:11:49+00:00March 18th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Restoration Heights by Wil Medearis Hanover Square Press, $26.99, 330 pages, ISBN 978-1-335-21872-8 Gentrification is a recently coined term that describes the displacement of blue collar, working-class residents from their long established city neighborhoods by newer and wealthier persons who’ve moved in and bought houses where the people with less money used to live. It’s a contributing cause of homelessness, and it’s happening in every major city in America.

Mysterious Book Report No. 366 – The Night Agent

By |2019-03-12T19:35:14+00:00March 12th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk William Morrow/Harper Collins, $26.99, 422 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-287546-4 To all of our readers out there in newslandia, bookreviewburg, or elsewhere, lost somewhere in the electronic haze, who think that all the great spy and thriller novels ended with the deaths of Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy . . . they didn’t.  And, if you think you’ll just have to be satisfied with those

Mysterious Book Report No. 365 – The New Iberia Blues

By |2019-03-06T06:36:29+00:00March 6th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

The New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 447 pages, ISBN 970-1-5011-7687-6 Whenever a new James Lee Burke novel comes out, everyone celebrates. The publishers and agents are happy because they’re assured of another commercial success, as are the bookstores, who know that his legions of fans will be calling or dropping by to get a copy.  Crime fiction, mystery and thriller enthusiasts will be

Mysterious Book Report No. 364 – Last Looks

By |2019-02-24T06:45:41+00:00February 24th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Last Looks by Howard Michael Gould Dutton/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 291 pages, ISBN 978-1-524-74249-2 According to the Collins Unabridged Dictionary and Synonym Finder of the English Language, the word quirky is defined thus: “peculiarly individual or unconventional.”  It’s synonyms are: “odd, unusual, eccentric,” and well, you get the gist.  We mention this only because this week’s MBR No. 364 will introduce all of our readers to one of the

Mysterious Book Report No. 363 – Dark Sacred Night

By |2019-02-18T06:15:09+00:00February 18th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly Little Brown, $29.00, 433 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-48480-0 After twenty novels, Michael Connelly’s lonesome, jazz-loving and gifted Los Angeles Police Department Detective Harry Bosch is the most iconic and well-known sleuth in all of modern crime fiction.  When the average lifespan of a serial character is about four books before the plots become repetitive and the character formulaic, it’s a testament to Mr. Connelly’s

Mysterious Book Report No. 362 – Cherry

By |2019-02-12T07:32:37+00:00February 12th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Cherry by Nico Walker Knopf, $26.95, 313 pages, ISBN 978-0-525-52013-9 Every person in America today who pays attention to the news and current events is aware that we’re dealing with an unprecedented drug and opioid crisis.  The numbers are staggering . . . and the statistics sobering . . . there were more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. during the year 2017, according to the latest

Mysterious Book Report No. 361 – Against Nature

By |2019-02-08T07:24:26+00:00February 8th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Against Nature by Casey Barrett Kensington Books, $26.00, 335 pages, ISBN 978-1-4967-0971-4 Before Germany was reunified some thirty years ago, it was divided into east and west halves after World War II. West Germany was controlled by England, France and the United States, and was democratic. East Germany was under the auspices of the Soviet Union and was communist, dictatorially ruled and collective in nature . . . the

Mysterious Book Report No. 360 – Wrecked

By |2019-01-28T06:25:52+00:00January 28th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Wrecked by Joe Ide Mulholland Books, $27.00, 340 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-50951-0 One of the most original, interesting and compelling characters in contemporary crime fiction is an unlicensed private eye named Isaiah Quintabe . . . “IQ” to his friends, clients and legions of readers.  He’s the creation of award-winning California novelist Joe Ide, who’s just come out with his third—and best, in our opinion—installment of IQ’s adventures in his

Mysterious Book Report No. 359 – The Man Who Came Uptown

By |2019-01-21T06:08:56+00:00January 21st, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos Mulholland, $27.00, 263 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-47982-0 Everyone makes choices . . . and then has to live with the consequences of those choices.  A fictional character in Washington, D.C. named Michael Hudson made a bad choice and it landed him in prison.  That’s where he got the reading habit, thanks to a librarian named Anna Kaplan, who takes special interest in