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

Lives Laid Away

By |2019-08-18T19:12:36+00:00May 14th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Lives Laid Away  Mysterious Book Report No. 373 by John Dwaine McKenna Just about a year ago, an outstanding young wordsmith published his debut novel, August Snow, to great critical acclaim and a fistful of prestigious literary awards.  The author’s name is Stephen Mack Jones, and his writing style has been favorably compared to that of the legendary Raymond Chandler . . . a resemblance the MBR is happy

Wolf Pack

By |2019-10-01T19:43:54+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Wolf Pack Mysterious Book Report No. 370 by John Dwaine McKenna Unlike most of the rest of our squared-off western states that’re all of a sudden filling up with folks fleeing from overcrowded, overtaxed and overregulated places to the east and west of them, Wyoming is still windswept, wide-open and mostly rural.  It has some of the most spectacular scenery and most magnificent wild game and fish anywhere on

Trigger

By |2019-08-18T19:38:30+00:00April 16th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Trigger Mysterious Book Report No. 369 by John Dwaine McKenna Frank Marr is “a good cop with a bad habit,” who operates as a PI in the down and dirty underbelly of our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. Forced into early retirement from the Metro DC Police Force, he ekes out a living as a Private Eye when he’s not busy knocking over one of the stash houses of D.C.s

Against Nature

By |2019-09-01T21:14:14+00:00February 8th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Against Nature Mysterious Book Report No. 361 by John Dwaine McKenna Before Germany was reunified some thirty years ago, it was divided into east and west halves after World War II. West Germany was controlled by England, France and the United States, and was democratic. East Germany was under the auspices of the Soviet Union and was communist, dictatorially ruled and collective in nature . . . the state

The Man Who Came Uptown

By |2019-09-01T21:26:08+00:00January 21st, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

The Man Who Came Uptown Mysterious Book Report No. 359 by John Dwaine McKenna Everyone makes choices . . . and then has to live with the consequences of those choices.  A fictional character in Washington, D.C. named Michael Hudson made a bad choice and it landed him in prison.  That’s where he got the reading habit, thanks to a librarian named Anna Kaplan, who takes special interest in

Dead Man Running

By |2019-09-01T21:34:32+00:00January 17th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Dead Man Running Mysterious Book Report No. 358 by John Dwaine McKenna We’ve said it before, and we’ll no doubt say it again, because it’s one of the elements that makes for great drama, as well as the most compelling plots in all of literature . . . and it’s especially true in crime fiction:  The more evil the villain—the more heroic the protagonist.  Put another way; in order

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

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

The Downside

By |2019-11-12T21:49:58+00:00January 8th, 2018|2018 Best Books of the Year, Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

The Downside Mysterious Book Report No. 316 by John Dwaine McKenna The MBR is kicking off the New Year 2018 with one of the best caper novels to come our way since The Sting was made into a movie back in 1973. It features one of the most unique bad guys in current crime fiction. His name is Finn and he’s a professional thief who calls himself the last