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The Border

By |2019-09-01T18:34:17+00:00April 10th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

  The Border Mysterious Book Report No. 368 by John Dwaine McKenna No matter what side of the political and social rift you’re on, we can all agree that our southern border—the invisible line—which designates the United States of America from the United Mexican States, is one of the most contentious places on planet earth.  As such, it abounds with tales of human tragedy, hope, criminality, heroism, death, life,

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

Restoration Heights

By |2019-09-01T18:55:52+00:00March 18th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

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 contributing cause of homelessness, and it’s happening in every major city in America. One of

The Night Agent

By |2019-09-01T21:12:58+00:00March 12th, 2019|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,

The New Iberia Blues

By |2019-09-01T21:09:31+00:00March 6th, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

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 in anticipation

Howard Michael Gould

By |2019-09-15T21:12:38+00:00March 5th, 2019|Author Interviews|

Interview With The Author: Howard Michael Gould by John Dwaine McKenna This week’s interview is with Howard Michael Gould, whose first novel, Last Looks, is reviewed in MBR No. 364, and since he’s got a been-there, done-that resumé that’s longer than Seabiscuit’s hind leg, lets get right to our first question: Where do you write? I write in public. I start with a few hours at a coffee shop

Last Looks

By |2019-09-05T19:26:52+00:00February 24th, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

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 introduce all of our readers to one of the most unusual detectives

Dark Sacred Night

By |2019-09-05T19:28:00+00:00February 18th, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

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 a testament to Mr. Connelly’s gifted

Nico Walker

By |2019-09-15T20:27:29+00:00February 14th, 2019|Author Interviews|

  Interview With The Author: Nico Walker by John Dwaine McKenna Our interview this week is thanks to the extra effort of Emily Reardon at Penguin Random House in NYC and our own Lora Brown here at Mysterious Book Report.  Together, they coordinated our questions and corresponded with author Nico Walker, who’s currently an inmate at the Ashland Federal Correctional Institution where he’s serving an eleven year sentence for

Cherry

By |2019-09-01T21:13:39+00:00February 12th, 2019|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