Restoration Heights

Restoration Heights

Restoration Heights

Mysterious Book Report No. 367

by John Dwaine McKenna

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 contributin

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The Night Agent

The Night Agent

Mysterious Book Report No. 366

by John Dwaine McKenna

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 cloned copies, written b

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The New Iberia Blues

The New Iberia Blues

Mysterious Book Report No. 365

by John Dwaine McKenna

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 smiling i

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Last Looks

Last Looks

Mysterious Book Report No. 364

by John Dwaine McKenna

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 int

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Dark Sacred Night

Dark Sacred Night

Mysterious Book Report No. 363

by John Dwaine McKenna

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

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Cherry

Cherry

Cherry

Mysterious Book Report No. 362

by John Dwaine McKenna

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 available figures fr

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