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Charlie 316

By |2019-12-17T20:41:34+00:00February 17th, 2020|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Charlie 316 Mysterious Book Report No. 376 by John Dwaine McKenna Charlie 316, (Down & Out Books, PB, $18.95, 398 pages, ISBN 978-1-948235-68-6) by Colin Conway & Frank Zafrino, is an electrifying and propulsive police procedural that takes place in Spokane, Washington . . . out near the Idaho state line.  It combines elements of race, heroism, crime, treachery, violence and murder into a tale that you just can’t

The Night Agent

By |2019-12-17T20:43:36+00:00January 27th, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Mysterious Book Report No 366 The Night Agent 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,

Cherry

By |2019-12-19T20:13:24+00:00January 20th, 2020|2019 Best Books of the Year, Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

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

Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry

By |2019-12-17T20:46:16+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Young Adult YA|

Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry by Jen Conley Mysterious Book Report No. 375 by John Dwaine McKenna Don’t let the title fool ya, Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry, (Down & Out Books, PB, $15.95, 230 pages, ISBN 978-1-948235-93-8) by Jen Conley is real crime fiction. It’s also YA, Young Adult, fiction which can be enjoyed by all of us Boomers and Gen Xer’s who’ve forgotten

Ambush

By |2019-11-21T21:51:36+00:00December 6th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Ambush Mysterious Book Report No. 371 by John Dwaine McKenna  Ambush, (Thomas & Mercer, PB, $15.95, 350 pages, ISBN 978-1503901513) the third—and latest—in the Sydney Rose Parnell thriller series by Barbara Nickless, takes off on page one like a Marine FA-18 Super Hornet under full military power from the flight deck of the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush, and never lets the reader down. The novel opens in Denver, where

Barbara Nickless

By |2019-11-21T21:47:35+00:00December 4th, 2019|Author Interviews, Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: Barbara Nickless by John Dwaine McKenna Barbara Nickless is the talented writer who has conceived two of the best characters to ever grace the pages of detective fiction.  I was fortunate enough to make her acquaintance and share a table at The Mountain of Authors event last March.  With many thanks for being so generous with her time, and for sharing her thoughts with us

Dead Stop

By |2019-11-21T21:39:51+00:00November 27th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Dead Stop Mysterious Book Report 340 by John Dwaine McKenna When the prestigious 2018 Colorado Book Awards were announced earlier this month, Dead Stop, 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

The Bomb Maker

By |2019-11-19T21:13:20+00:00November 25th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

The Bomb Maker Mysterious Book Report No. 328 by John Dwaine McKenna One way to judge the character of a hero is by assessing the nature of his or her adversary.  The wickeder the villain, the more courageous the protagonist will appear to be, because conflict creates drama, and it is the following sequence of events . . . emotional, turbulent or tragic . . . which keeps readers

Pushback

By |2019-11-19T20:40:57+00:00November 22nd, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Pushback Mysterious Book Report 354 by John Dwaine McKenna Serendipity is the ability to make a fortunate discovery by accident... which is just what happened to the MBR last summer, when an author we were interviewing asked if we had read or reviewed the work of a sci-fi writer named John Stith. “No,” the MBR is crime fiction oriented was the reply. “Well, you should,” she said, “because he

John Stith

By |2020-01-16T21:53:04+00:00November 20th, 2019|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Author Interview: John Stith by John Dwaine McKenna Our interviewee today is bestselling and award-winning author John Stith, whose newest thriller Pushback, is reviewed in MBR No 354, along with a brief account of our own serendipitous introduction by Ms. Nickless. It’s an honor to be able to speak with you, and please accept our sincere thank you for doing so. That said, here’s our first question: Who’s your