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The Heathens

By |2021-08-19T19:33:59+00:00August 23rd, 2021|Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

The Heathens Mysterious Book Report No. 461 by John Dwaine McKenna The Heathens, (Putnam, $27.00, 400 pages, ISBN 978-0-593-32839-2) by Edgar finalist and NY Times  bestselling author  Ace Atkins, is  the eleventh  in his Quinn Colson series . . . and it’s easily the best one yet. Colson is an ex-army Ranger who’s come home to Mississippi, where he’s now the Tibbehah County Sheriff, elected on a vow to

Paper & Blood

By |2021-08-12T20:22:25+00:00August 16th, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Paranormal|

Paper & Blood Mysterious Book Report No. 460 by John Dwaine McKenna Complete escapism.  That’s what fantasy author Kevin Hearne has gifted all readers who can suspend their rational beliefs long enough to enter the paranormal world of Al MacBharrais, where science, technology and magic all co-exist with each other under the watchful eyes of six sigil agents who monitor the globe for the comings and goings of the

The Bullet Train

By |2021-08-03T21:04:31+00:00August 9th, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

  Bullet Train Mysterious Book Report No. 459 by John Dwaine McKenna Just published—and soon to be released as a major motion picture starring bonny Brad Pitt himself—Bullet Train, (Overlook, $28.00, 432 pages, ISBN 978-1-419-75633-7) by Kotaro Isaka, (translated from the Japanese by Sam Malissa), is a high-energy action and drama-filled robbery, kidnapping and murder mystery combined with a venomous snake creep show . . . told from multiple

The Basel Killings

By |2021-07-29T20:29:17+00:00August 2nd, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

The Basel Killings Mysterious Book Report No. 458 by John Dwaine McKenna The Basel Killings (Bitter Lemon Press, PB, 268 pages, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-913394-54-7) by Hansjörg Schneider was the winner of the Friedrich Glauser Prize, Germany’s most prestigious crime fiction award.  The novel begins with a pair of murders when an “old vagabond” named Hardy is killed on a park bench in the city of Basel, and a ‘lady

Steel Fear

By |2021-07-15T20:28:57+00:00July 26th, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

  Steel Fear Mysterious Book Report No. 457 by John Dwaine McKenna Try and imagine being 12,000 miles away from home, aboard a 6,000 person naval fighting ship in a war zone, where there is activity, stress, grueling and dangerous work that never slows down or stops . . . then add to that heat, stress, cramped quarters, poor morale and an arrogant, detached and incompetent Captain . .

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

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