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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

My Bad ; A mile high noir

By |2019-10-13T22:11:44+00:00October 25th, 2019|Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

My Bad, A Mile High Noir  Mysterious Book Report No. 264 by John Dwaine McKenna The word noir (pronounced NWAR) comes from the French. Its literal translation is black, but it can be interpreted as dark or wicked. As it applies to the Mysterious Book Report, it’s a type of crime fiction that’s characterized by cynicism, fatalism and moral ambiguity. The noir genre has become so popular over the

Author Interview – Manuel Ramos

By |2019-10-13T22:20:06+00:00October 23rd, 2019|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

  Interview With The Author: Manuel Ramos by John Dwaine McKenna The Mysterious Book Report would like to extend a warm welcome to Denver native and acclaimed award-winning fellow crime fiction writer Manuel Ramos, who’s put  a Hispanic twist to the hard-boiled genre with an ex-con turned private eye named Gus Corral, whose sardonic voice narrates his stories.  It’s a pleasure and an honor to speak to you Manuel,

Potter’s Field

By |2019-10-18T18:06:08+00:00October 21st, 2019|Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

Potter’s Field Mysterious Book Report No. 348 by John Dwaine McKenna Three years ago, a new writing talent appeared and lit up the hard-boiled crime scene like machine-gun fire on a moonless night.  The author’s name was Rob Hart, and his character, Ash McKenna, is a tough guy who—like Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe—gives bad-assiveness a good name.  Happily, he’s now back in his fifth adventure. Potter’s Field, (Polis Books,

Light It Up

By |2019-12-10T21:18:15+00:00October 18th, 2019|2018 Best Books of the Year, Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Light It Up Mysterious Book Report No. 327 by John Dwaine McKenna As a fifty-plus year resident here in Colorado, the question I’m most often asked by out-of-state friends is: How has the legalization of marijuana affected things there?  The short answer . . . stoners love it and are flocking here in large numbers, as are criminals; government is ecstatic over the windfall from tax revenues; cops, school

Nick Petrie

By |2019-10-07T20:52:05+00:00October 16th, 2019|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

  Interview With The Author: Nick Petrie by John Dwaine McKenna Our author this week is Nick Petrie, the award-winning writer of the outstanding Peter Ash thrillers and a master of the art of bad-assiveness.  So, thanks, Nick, for sharing your insights with our readers, and welcome, to the Mysterious Book Report.  Let’s get started . . . Why do you write? I write because I love to read. 

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 |2019-12-12T21:10:41+00:00October 9th, 2019|2017 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