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Barry Lancet

By |2019-10-07T20:35:45+00:00October 11th, 2019|Author Interviews, Spy/Thriller|

Interview With The Author: Barry Lancet by John Dwaine McKenna Our author for this weeks interview is, Barry Lancet, who is without a doubt one of the hardest working, most dedicated to the craft and elegant writers to ever cross the MBR radar screen.  He’s well on his way to becoming an A-list talent whose name, face and book covers will be seen in every airport book kiosk in

The Spy Across The Table

By |2019-10-15T20:17:56+00:00October 9th, 2019|Best Books of the Year, Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

The Spy Across The Table Mysterious Book Report No. 290 by John Dwaine McKenna Although prognostication and predicting the future isn’t what we normally do here at the MBR, there’s always exceptions, and this is one. I’m gonna stick my neck all the way out to the cut-on-the-dotted-line tattoo and forecast the near future. In about a week and a-half—June 20th to be exact—a new thriller will be released

Casey Barrett

By |2019-09-28T16:03:33+00:00October 4th, 2019|Author Interviews|

Interview With The Author: Casey Barrett by John Dwaine McKenna Our interview today is with Casey Barrett, whose second Duck Darley mystery-thriller is reviewed in MBR number 361.  And I’d like to say right up front, that as a long-time fan of Ken Bruen and his Jack Taylor series, it’s great to find a brand new character with similar proclivities and tendencies and failings, but still possessing the dead-on

Ruins Of War

By |2019-09-28T15:36:58+00:00October 2nd, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Ruins of War Mysterious Book Report No 234 by John Dwaine McKenna Every time we start thinking that the deep, thoroughly-explored and fully-drawn well of World War II stories is about to run dry . . . along comes another author with a whole new, and fascinating point of view, coupled together with a totally original plot to disabuse us of the notion. So move over Ken Follett, make

Dancing With The Tiger

By |2019-10-15T19:36:34+00:00September 11th, 2019|Best Books of the Year, Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

Dancing With The Tiger Mysterious Book Report 271 by John Dwaine McKenna Today, in nearly every corner of the world, works of art are being stolen, forged or destroyed by persons of the criminal classes. They are rapacious, greedy, ignorant and uncaring of the fact that their crimes are against all of humanity—for all time—because each piece of art is unique and cannot be replaced. And nowhere is this

Jen Conley

By |2019-09-05T19:50:32+00:00June 12th, 2019|Author Interviews|

Interview With The Author: Jen Conley by John Dwaine McKenna  We’re chatting with Jen Conley, whose latest novel Seven Ways to Get Rid Of Harry is reviewed in Mysterious Book Report No. 375.  Thanks, Jen, for speaking with us today. Our readers and fans are eager to hear your thoughts, writing tips and opinions, so let’s jump right in.  Here’s our first question: Why do you write? I was

Charlie 316

By |2019-08-18T19:05:45+00:00June 4th, 2019|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

Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry

By |2019-08-18T19:08:29+00:00May 27th, 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

Swann’s Down

By |2019-08-18T19:10:37+00:00May 21st, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Swann’s Down  Mysterious Book Report No. 374 by John Dwaine McKenna In the newly-released fifth adventure of tough guy and skip tracer Henry Swann: Swann’s Down, (Down & Out Books, PB, $17.95, 300 pages, ISBN 978-1-64396-011-1) by Charles Salzberg, the New York City based PI is hired by Goldblatt, his offbeat, cheapskate and difficult partner, to locate a missing psychic who’s swindled his ex-wife, Rachel, out of a boatload

Lives Laid Away

By |2019-08-18T19:12:36+00:00May 14th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Lives Laid Away  Mysterious Book Report No. 373 by John Dwaine McKenna Just about a year ago, an outstanding young wordsmith published his debut novel, August Snow, to great critical acclaim and a fistful of prestigious literary awards.  The author’s name is Stephen Mack Jones, and his writing style has been favorably compared to that of the legendary Raymond Chandler . . . a resemblance the MBR is happy