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The Dirty South

By |2020-09-17T19:29:34+00:00September 28th, 2020|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

The Dirty South Mysterious Book Report No. 420 by John Dwaine McKenna In the NOW, a man who’s pledged to destroy evil, an extraordinary detective, ace P.I., and ex-NYPD Homicide Investigator named Charlie Parker, senses “wrongness approaching and trouble circling” at the start of John Connolly’s newest: The Dirty South, (Emily Bestler Books/Atria, $28.00, 438 pages, ISBN 978-1-9821-2754-1).  He walks home and waits . . . for whatever misfortune

Blood World

By |2020-09-22T17:55:08+00:00September 21st, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Paranormal, Thriller|

Blood World Mysterious Book Report No. 419 by John Dwaine McKenna By combining sci-fi and crime-fiction, thriller writer Chris Mooney has come up with an irresistibly striking story that’s as thought-provoking as it is entertaining and explosive to read.  In his recently released Blood World, (Berkley Books, $27.00, 436 pages, ISBN 978-0-593-19763-9) Mooney posits a world in which near-immortality is attainable for a wealthy and privileged few . .

Liminality

By |2020-09-10T20:23:04+00:00September 16th, 2020|Essays and Articles|

Liminality: A memoir and love story      Our lives started on the day life as we knew it ended.  And no, that's not a paradox, a conundrum, or a smart-assed statement meant to grab your attention.  It's just a simple statement of fact.  Life began on the day that life as we knew it, ceased to exist.  But, before our new lives could be fully invested, we experienced a

T. Jefferson Parker

By |2020-09-03T20:32:49+00:00September 14th, 2020|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author:  T. Jefferson Parker by John Dwaine McKenna We are in rarefied air today, speaking with writer T. Jefferson Parker, an extraordinary three-time winner of the prestigious MWA, or Mystery Writers of America, Edgar Award for fiction and the author of twenty-six crime-fiction thrillers.  Thanks so much Mr. Parker for sharing your time and insights with us.  Here’s our first question: Why do you write?  I

Then She Vanished

By |2020-09-03T20:23:39+00:00September 14th, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Then She Vanished Mysterious Book Report No. 418 by John Dwaine McKenna California private eye Roland Ford—a tough ex-marine, grieving widower and insightful detective—takes on his toughest case yet in author T. Jefferson Parker’s fourth and newest novel: Then She Vanished, (G.P. Putnam’s sons, $27.00, 338 pages, ISBN 978-0-525-53767-0). The novel begins when Ford is hired by state representative Dalton Strait—who’s in the midst of a tight reelection campaign—to

Ivy Is A Weed

By |2020-09-03T20:08:26+00:00September 7th, 2020|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Ivy Is A Weed Mysterious Book Report No. 417 by John Dwaine McKenna Author Robert Roseth is a man with a strong sense of humor, an ear for sarcasm and a talent for satire.  He puts all of those elements together in his first novel, Ivy Is A Weed, (Self-published, $13.99, 336 pages, ISBN 978-0-578-62246-0) a tongue-in-cheek, hysterical behind-the-scenes look at the foibles, follies and free-for-alls that go on

Robert Roseth

By |2020-09-03T20:16:41+00:00September 7th, 2020|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: Robert Roseth by John Dwaine McKenna   Our interview today is with an author whose self-published debut, Ivy Is A Weed, is reviewed in MBR No. 417. Thanks for agreeing to an interview with Mysterious Book Report, Mr. Roseth.  Our readers and fans are eager to hear your thoughts, writing tips and opinions, so lets begin.  Our first question is: Why do you write? I

Blood Victory

By |2020-08-25T20:46:12+00:00August 31st, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Blood Victory Mysterious Book Report No. 416 by John Dwaine McKenna Have you ever driven down the Interstate Highway and noticed all of the trucks cruising along with you . . . then wondered what’s inside of them?  Maybe even speculated about what they’re doing, or where they’re going, maybe even asked yourself What happens after they get there? Perhaps you’ve been too busy with other, more pressing concerns

Christopher Rice Interview

By |2020-09-01T20:58:12+00:00August 31st, 2020|Author Interviews, John McKenna Publications, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: Christopher Rice by John Dwaine McKenna    Best-selling author and TV producer Christopher Rice is a busy, busy man who graciously took time out of a frenetic schedule to sit for a brief interview.  With many thanks . . . here is himself. Why do you write? Because I have an abiding contempt for reality. Where do you write? The key to not destroying your

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