These will be the A-list authors from the bestselling masters of the genre such as Michael Connelly, Walter Mosley, and Nelson DeMille.

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

Miami Midnight

By |2020-06-09T21:17:24+00:00June 15th, 2020|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Miami Midnight Mysterious Book Report No. 408 by John Dwaine McKenna If you’re interested in some electrifying, hard-boiled crime fiction that’s cram-packed full of gangsters, romance, drug dealers, gun-fights, sleazy characters and skeezy bars for some escapist reading this summer, you need look no further.  Miami Midnight, (Polis Books, $26.00, 336 pages, ISBN 978-1-947993-59-4) by Alex Segura has all the above and more, as beleaguered Miami Private Eye and

Cheater’s Game

By |2020-04-06T16:57:39+00:00April 13th, 2020|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Cheater’s Game Mysterious Book Report No. 402 by John Dwaine McKenna “In a society without shame, where faking it is making it and deceit trumps virtue, integrity is for losers and cheaters win.  Fairness?  Forget about it!  A meritocracy?  In your dreams!  Earn your diploma?  Why bother, when you can buy it.” So says aging linebacker and CTE sufferer turned lawyer, Jake Lassiter, as he takes on the college

The Border

By |2019-12-17T20:53:13+00:00March 16th, 2020|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

The Border Mysterious Book Report No. 368 by John Dwaine McKenna No matter what side of the political and social rift you’re on, we can all agree that our southern border—the invisible line—which designates the United States of America from the United Mexican States, is one of the most contentious places on planet earth.  As such, it abounds with tales of human tragedy, hope, criminality, heroism, death, life, dreams

Charles Salzberg

By |2020-01-23T20:34:20+00:00February 28th, 2020|Author Interviews, Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: Charles Salzberg by John Dwaine McKenna We’re talking with Charles Salzberg, the creative genius behind the always entertaining antics of Henry Swann, one of the best Private Eyes to come a-sleuthing since Sam Spade was messing around with Mrs. Archer.  Thanks for agreeing to an interview with The Mysterious Book Report.  Our readers and fans are eager to hear your thoughts, writing tips and opinions,

This Side of Night

By |2019-12-17T20:40:10+00:00February 24th, 2020|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

This Side of Night Mysterious Book Report No. 394 by John Dwaine McKenna It is an undeniable fact that the entire southern border of the United States is in a crisis of epic proportions.  Drugs and illegals are pouring into America, while unbelievable amounts of currency, and firearms of all shapes and sizes are flowing south.  At the same time, the government of Mexico is being overwhelmed by the

Three-Fifths

By |2019-12-17T20:47:00+00:00December 9th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Three Fifths Mysterious Book Report No. 398 by John Dwaine McKenna Dynamite comes in small packages, is an old saw that usually refers to persons of small stature.  But when taken literally, it means that explosive things are humble in size . . . and it’s a spot-on metaphor for this week’s MBR. Three Fifths, (Agora Books, $24.99, 212 pages, ISBN 978-1-947993-67-9) by John Vercher, is a pulsating, daring,

Ambush

By |2019-11-21T21:51:36+00:00December 6th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Ambush Mysterious Book Report No. 371 by John Dwaine McKenna  Ambush, (Thomas & Mercer, PB, $15.95, 350 pages, ISBN 978-1503901513) the third—and latest—in the Sydney Rose Parnell thriller series by Barbara Nickless, takes off on page one like a Marine FA-18 Super Hornet under full military power from the flight deck of the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush, and never lets the reader down. The novel opens in Denver, where

Barbara Nickless

By |2019-11-21T21:47:35+00:00December 4th, 2019|Author Interviews, Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: Barbara Nickless by John Dwaine McKenna Barbara Nickless is the talented writer who has conceived two of the best characters to ever grace the pages of detective fiction.  I was fortunate enough to make her acquaintance and share a table at The Mountain of Authors event last March.  With many thanks for being so generous with her time, and for sharing her thoughts with us

Skunk Train

By |2019-12-12T21:51:00+00:00December 2nd, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Skunk Train Mysterious Book Report No. 397 by John Dwaine McKenna The Skunk Train Inn is a sleazy, side-of-the-road motel up in northern California’s sparsely populated Humboldt County.  That’s where the giant redwood trees grow, and it’s the epicenter of the state’s illicit pot-growing operations.  So, it’s not unusual for the inn to be used for pot transactions in author Joe Clifford’s new novel, Skunk Train,(Down & Out Books,

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