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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

Author Interview – John Stith

By |2019-11-19T20:30:49+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

Wrecked

By |2019-11-05T20:50:05+00:00November 8th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Wrecked Mysterious Book Report No. 361 by John Dwaine McKenna 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 East

Joe Ide

By |2019-11-05T20:48:51+00:00November 6th, 2019|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: Joe Ide by John Dwaine McKenna Hello, to all of you out there in the MBR Nation, and welcome to our author interview with Joe Ide, one of the hottest new authors on the literary scene today, whose newest work is reviewed in MBR number 360.  And thanks Joe for taking time to speak to our audience today and sharing your thoughts with us.  I’ve

The Boy Who Killed Demons

By |2019-10-29T20:38:56+00:00November 1st, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Paranormal|

The Boy Who Killed Demons Mysterious Book Report No. 215 by John Dwaine McKenna Our Halloween Freak-fest continues this week with a YA (Young Adult) novel whose title says it all. His name is Henry Dudlow. He’s “fifteen and a half and cursed. Or damned. Take your pick.” The reason? “I see demons,” in Henry’s own words. And so begins, The Boy Who Killed Demons, (Overlook Press, Peter Mayer

Rob Hart

By |2019-10-18T17:46:40+00:00October 30th, 2019|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: Rob Hart  by John Dwaine McKenna We have an exciting author interview this week with an author whom we’ve admired since his work was first brought to our attention by the folks at Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Book Shop in New York City a few years ago.  His name is Rob Hart, and it’s one to remember because he’s going to be a monster in the