Here’s where you’ll find fantastic new voices in crime fiction.  These are debut authors that MBR believes will go on to achieve fame and stardom.

The Dead Beat Scroll

By |2019-11-12T21:02:56+00:00November 11th, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

The Dead Beat Scroll Mysterious Book Report No.  395 by John Dwaine McKenna August Riordan is “an old meat-eating dinosaur” type of Private Investigator who’s returned to San Francisco to track down the person that killed his friend and one-time partner, Chris Duckworth, in the soon-to-be-issued, (Nov. 19, 2019), murder mystery entitled The Dead Beat Scroll, (Down & Out Books, PB, $17.95, 265 pages, ISBN 978-1-64396-031-9) by award-winning author

Beijing Payback

By |2019-11-05T21:46:54+00:00October 28th, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Beijing Payback Mysterious Book Report No. 393 by John Dwaine McKenna Victor Li, the protagonist in a hot new crime thriller entitled Beijing Payback, (ECCO/Harper Collins, $26.99, 308 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-288664-4) by Daniel Nieh, is a twenty year-old California college student living the American dream as the novel begins.  His only interests revolve around himself.  There’s basketball, booze, his classes at San Dimas State University, keeping his scholarship, losing

Death Notice

By |2019-09-15T21:48:59+00:00September 16th, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Death Notice Mysterious Book Report No. 388 by John Dwaine McKenna Death Notice, (Anchor Books, PB, $16.00, 301 pages, ISBN 978-0-525-43594-5) by Zhou Haohui, is the most fiendishly clever, diabolically complex and wickedly inventive novel to ever cross our desk here at the Mysterious Book Report! The mystery begins and ends in the city of Chengdu, the dynamic capitol of central China’s Sichuan Province, where, after an interlude of

One Small Sacrifice

By |2019-09-01T19:13:48+00:00September 9th, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

One Small Sacrifice Mysterious Book Report No. 387 by John Dwaine McKenna Don’t let the innocent sounding title fool ya . . . . One Small Sacrifice, (Thomas & Mercer, $24.95, 351 pages, ISBN 9781542042116) by Hilary Davidson . . . is an utterly engrossing. finely wrought and thoroughly entertaining murder mystery and thriller that will keep the reader guessing from the very first page to the very last.

Below The Line

By |2019-08-27T19:19:41+00:00August 12th, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Below The Line Mysterious Book Report No. 384 by John Dwaine McKenna If the unconventional and quirky kind of character is your cup of tea, this week’s MBR No. 384 will put a smile on your face that can’t be knocked off with a fire ax, because author Howard Michael Gould is about to release his second Charlie Waldo novel. Below The Line, (Dutton, $26.00, 304 pages, ISBN 978-1524744861)

99 Ways To Die

By |2019-09-05T19:26:17+00:00July 15th, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

99 Ways To Die Mysterious Book Report No. 380 by John Dwaine McKenna After the end of World War II in 1945, China was in total disarray; weakened for decades by the lack of a functioning central government, the vast areas controlled by individual warlords, and devastated by years of savage mistreatment by the occupation of Imperial Japanese armed forces in the 1920s, ‘30, and ‘40s.  After WWII the

Swann’s Down

By |2019-08-18T19:10:37+00:00May 21st, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Swann’s Down  Mysterious Book Report No. 374 by John Dwaine McKenna In the newly-released fifth adventure of tough guy and skip tracer Henry Swann: Swann’s Down, (Down & Out Books, PB, $17.95, 300 pages, ISBN 978-1-64396-011-1) by Charles Salzberg, the New York City based PI is hired by Goldblatt, his offbeat, cheapskate and difficult partner, to locate a missing psychic who’s swindled his ex-wife, Rachel, out of a boatload

The New Iberia Blues

By |2019-09-01T21:09:31+00:00March 6th, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

The New Iberia Blues Mysterious Book Report No. 365 by John Dwaine McKenna Whenever a new James Lee Burke novel comes out, everyone celebrates. The publishers and agents are happy because they’re assured of another commercial success, as are the bookstores, who know that his legions of fans will be calling or dropping by to get a copy.  Crime fiction, mystery and thriller enthusiasts will be smiling in anticipation

Last Looks

By |2019-09-05T19:26:52+00:00February 24th, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Last Looks Mysterious Book Report No. 364 by John Dwaine McKenna According to the Collins Unabridged Dictionary and Synonym Finder of the English Language, the word quirky is defined thus: “peculiarly individual or unconventional.”  It’s synonyms are: “odd, unusual, eccentric,” and well, you get the gist.  We mention this only because this week’s MBR No. 364 will introduce all of our readers to one of the most unusual detectives

Dark Sacred Night

By |2019-09-05T19:28:00+00:00February 18th, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Dark Sacred Night Mysterious Book Report No. 363 by John Dwaine McKenna After twenty novels, Michael Connelly’s lonesome, jazz-loving and gifted Los Angeles Police Department Detective Harry Bosch is the most iconic and well-known sleuth in all of modern crime fiction.  When the average lifespan of a serial character is about four books before the plots become repetitive and the character formulaic, it’s a testament to Mr. Connelly’s gifted