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Dead By Dawn

By |2021-07-15T20:24:19+00:00July 19th, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Dead By Dawn Mysterious Book Report No. 456 by John Dwaine McKenna Just in time for the hottest days of the summer, comes a searing new novel by Edgar finalist Paul Doiron that features a Maine Game Warden named Mike Bowditch who’s fighting for his life in the midst of an arctic-like sub-freezing winter night, trapped on a remote part of the Androscoggin River and pursued by a gang

Special Mysterious Book Report No. 9

By |2021-07-06T19:25:51+00:00July 12th, 2021|Essays and Articles, Mysterious Book Report|

Our Point of View Special Mysterious Book Report No. 9 by John Dwaine McKenna   When we began writing the Mysterious Book Report a little over ten years ago, its purpose was to encourage reading.  It’s always been our belief that all of us have the right to read anything in print and then make our own decisions about its veracity, credibility or worth.  Now, in what we’re beginning

Special Mysterious Book Report No. 8

By |2021-07-06T19:26:28+00:00July 5th, 2021|Essays and Articles, Mysterious Book Report|

  Our Point of View Special Mysterious Book Report No. 8 by John Dwaine McKenna When we began writing the Mysterious Book Report a little over ten years ago, its purpose was to encourage reading.  It’s always been our belief that all of us have the right to read anything in print and then make our own decisions about its veracity, credibility or worth.  Now, in what we’re beginning

Black Ice

By |2021-06-29T19:45:49+00:00June 28th, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Black Ice Mysterious Book Report No. 455 by John Dwaine McKenna Black Ice, (Scarlet, $25.95, 400 pages, ISBN 978-1-61316-222-4), written by Carin Gerhardsen, and translated from the Swedish by Ian Giles, takes place on Gotland, a small island located in the Baltic Sea, off the southeast coast of Sweden. Told in alternating points-of-view by different participants, the novel begins in January of 2014, when a man dies a terrible

Suburban Dicks

By |2021-06-17T19:23:42+00:00June 21st, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Suburban Dicks Mysterious Book Report No. 454 John Dwaine McKenna After teaming up and co-creating the sensational comicbook superhero known as Deadpool, author Fabian Nicieza has turned his many talents to writing crime fiction, and authored an unconventional first novel that touches upon many of the hot button social and political issues that are currently driving our national discourse, alienating friends and families . . . as well as

Widespread Panic

By |2021-06-10T19:25:09+00:00June 14th, 2021|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report, Paranormal|

Widespread Panic Mysterious Book Report No. 453 by John Dwaine McKenna In a departure of sorts from his usual crime thrillers, master wordsmith and MWA Grand Master James Ellroy takes a wiiiiiiiiild, wacky and wonked out trip down the paranormal rabbit hole, based on the schemes of a notorious real-life Hollywood fixer, PI and bent cop named Fred Otash. Hot off the presses, (released June 15, 2021) Widespread Panic,

City of Fallen Angels

By |2021-06-03T18:50:30+00:00June 7th, 2021|Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

City of Fallen Angels Mysterious Book Report No. 452 by John Dwaine McKenna City of Fallen Angels, (Legend Press, PB, $15.95, 222 pages, ISBN 978-1-78955-981-1), by Paul Buchanan, is a debut novel that announces in a loud and clear voice, the arrival of a first-rate new author, writing in a classic noir tradition. The novel opens in Los Angeles.  It’s August of 1962 and the city is sweltering in

How To Betray Your Country

By |2021-05-26T19:58:08+00:00May 31st, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

How To Betray Your Country Mysterious Book Report No. 451 by John Dwaine McKenna August Drummond is his name and he’s an enigma . . . a British Secret Service agent who’s lost his wife in a traffic accident and his job for punching another intelligence officer during a hearing in which Drummond was suspected of using classified materials to aid a foreign national in a series of ‘Robin

Arctic Storm Rising

By |2021-05-20T18:50:55+00:00May 24th, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Arctic Storm Rising Mysterious Book Report No. 450 by John Dwaine McKenna Bestselling author Dale Brown has just launched a new, edge-of-your-seat military thriller that features a brand-new protagonist with a talent for smartassery, a nose for trouble and enough steel in his character to build a battleship.  He’s a U.S. Air Force Intelligence and Special Operations Officer whose rank is captain.  His name is Nick Flynn, and Arctic

City of Dark Corners

By |2021-05-06T19:48:26+00:00May 17th, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

City of Dark Corners Mysterious Book Report No. 449 by John Dwaine McKenna The horrific death of a beautiful young college coed that takes place in the burgeoning city of Phoenix, Arizona during the spring of 1933 is the focus of a dandy new novel that’s written in the best pulp fiction traditions of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. City of Dark Corners, (Poisoned Pen, PB, $15.99, 256 pages,

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