Season’s greetings and Merry Christmas to all our fans, followers of crime fiction enthusiasts.  This is our Baker’s dozen of the Best Books of the year for 2018!

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

Best Books of the Year 2018

By |2019-11-19T19:46:16+00:00December 19th, 2018|2018 Best Books of the Year, Mysterious Book Report|

John Dwaine McKenna's 2018 Best Books of the Year Season’s greetings and Merry Christmas to all our fans, followers and crime fiction enthusiasts!  Here’s the MBR’s gift to one and all with our bakers dozen of the Best Books of the Year.  Time is short and Santa will be here soon, so here’s the list: Best Books of the Year 2018 MBR # 316           

Some Die Nameless

By |2019-12-10T22:12:12+00:00October 23rd, 2018|2018 Best Books of the Year, Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Mysterious Book Report No 351 Some Die Nameless by John Dwaine McKenna Every single human being on the planet has a past; the deeds, events and situations that have shaped us and made us into the persons we are today.  Some of those experiences were happy and good . . . others, not so great . . . and a few of them we do our absolute best to

Rip Crew

By |2019-12-10T22:04:00+00:00July 30th, 2018|2018 Best Books of the Year, Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Mysterious Book Report No. 345 Rip Crew by John Dwaine Mckenna With all the rama-lamadingdonging that’s been going on over, under, through, around and about the southern border of our nation this MBR couldn’t be more timely. Rip Crew, (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, $27.00, 322 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-50553-6) by Sebastian Rotella, begins in Guatemala where protagonist Valentine Pescatore, an undercover agent for a private security firm, is looking

Blood Standard

By |2019-12-10T21:56:26+00:00July 23rd, 2018|2018 Best Books of the Year, Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Mysterious Book Report No. 344 Blood Standard by John Dwaine McKenna The MBR has always had a soft spot for the antihero type: those individuals who’re capable of most anything, but who also possess the same purity of heart as a knight errant on a quest.  They’re the kind of characters who struggle with the world, and themselves, in an idealistic representation of the human condition.  Simply put: we

The Hush

By |2019-12-10T21:52:53+00:00May 28th, 2018|2018 Best Books of the Year, Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Mysterious Book Report No. 336 The Hush by John Dwaine McKenna One of the awesomest young writers to come down the literary turnpike in the new millennium is a southern gothic wordsmith named John Hart. The accolades, superlatives and awards directed at him keep piling up at an astonishing rate; making him one of the hottest new novelists; one that all thriller enthusiasts will want to be acquainted with.

Green Sun

By |2019-12-10T21:45:49+00:00May 14th, 2018|2018 Best Books of the Year, Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Mysterious Book Report No. 334 Green Sun by John Dwaine McKenna There’s plenty of reality TV programs these days that show viewers what cops are doing during their shifts, and what they’re putting up with from John Q. and Susie B. Public.  Now, a new book puts readers into the jump seat of a 1980s vintage squad car during the spring and summer of a new officer’s probationary period

Down The River Unto The Sea

By |2019-12-10T21:39:21+00:00April 30th, 2018|2018 Best Books of the Year, Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Mysterious Book report No. 332 Down The River Unto The Sea by John Dwaine McKenna Walter Mosley has authored more than fifty books.  He’s been appointed a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, won just about any award you could name, his books have been translated into twenty different languages and he is revered from here to kingdom come.  He entertains, enlightens and thrills his readers.  While

Blood On The Tracks

By |2019-12-10T21:29:57+00:00April 16th, 2018|2018 Best Books of the Year, Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Blood on the Tracks Mysterious Book Report No. 330 by John Dwaine McKenna It was a lucky day for all of us when my wife June’s book club decided to read this outstanding first novel, written by a Colorado author and published in 2016.  Smart group those dozen-plus ladies, all college or public librarians, administrators and professional women, the core group of which—including June–has been meeting on the first

Illegal Holdings

By |2019-12-12T20:49:47+00:00March 5th, 2018|2018 Best Books of the Year, Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Mysterious Book Report No. 324 Illegal Holdings by John Dwaine McKenna Serendipity is the ability to make fortunate discoveries by accident . . . which is what happened here at the MBR when our mailbox, (P.O. Box 2406, Colorado Springs, CO 80901) yielded up an unsolicited new publication from a small independent press in Seattle, Washington, which brought a unique new character and a superb writer to our attention.