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

Wrecked

By |2019-11-05T20:50:05+00:00November 8th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Wrecked Mysterious Book Report No. 361 by John Dwaine McKenna One of the most original, interesting and compelling characters in contemporary crime fiction is an unlicensed private eye named Isaiah Quintabe . . . “IQ” to his friends, clients and legions of readers.  He’s the creation of award-winning California novelist Joe Ide, who’s just come out with his third—and best, in our opinion—installment of IQ’s adventures in his East

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

The Golden Havana Night

By |2019-10-10T19:38:56+00:00October 14th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

The Golden Havana Night Mysterious Book Report No. 356 by John Dwaine McKenna One of the most interesting new private investigators to come to the MBR’s attention is a Denver-based ex-convict named Gus Corral.  He’s the creation of Manuel Ramos, a life-long resident of the Mile High City, as well as an acclaimed, award-winning author and astute observer of the changing nature of Colorado and its capitol city, Denver.

The Hard Stuff

By |2019-10-01T19:49:20+00:00September 30th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

  The Hard Stuff Mysterious Book Report No. 390 by John Dwaine McKenna Joe the bouncer is back.  Joe Brody is his real name . . . he’s the guy with a special skill set that he crafted and honed to perfection during a ten year career in the U.S. Special Forces, where all his missions were classified ultra top secret and sealed, before he was kicked out for

The Bouncer

By |2019-08-18T19:01:34+00:00June 24th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

The Bouncer Mysterious Book Report No. 378 by John Dwaine McKenna We’re kicking the summer reading season into high gear with an entertaining, bright and fast-paced crime caper in which nothing is as it appears to be.  The novel came out in late summer-early fall of 2018 when the MBR calendar was full, and wasn’t reviewed, but has just been reissued in trade paperback and should be easy to

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

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