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 Basel Killings

By |2021-07-29T20:29:17+00:00August 2nd, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

The Basel Killings Mysterious Book Report No. 458 by John Dwaine McKenna The Basel Killings (Bitter Lemon Press, PB, 268 pages, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-913394-54-7) by Hansjörg Schneider was the winner of the Friedrich Glauser Prize, Germany’s most prestigious crime fiction award.  The novel begins with a pair of murders when an “old vagabond” named Hardy is killed on a park bench in the city of Basel, and a ‘lady

Steel Fear

By |2021-07-15T20:28:57+00:00July 26th, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

  Steel Fear Mysterious Book Report No. 457 by John Dwaine McKenna Try and imagine being 12,000 miles away from home, aboard a 6,000 person naval fighting ship in a war zone, where there is activity, stress, grueling and dangerous work that never slows down or stops . . . then add to that heat, stress, cramped quarters, poor morale and an arrogant, detached and incompetent Captain . .

Dead By Dawn

By |2021-07-15T20:24:19+00:00July 19th, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Dead By Dawn Mysterious Book Report No. 456 by John Dwaine McKenna Just in time for the hottest days of the summer, comes a searing new novel by Edgar finalist Paul Doiron that features a Maine Game Warden named Mike Bowditch who’s fighting for his life in the midst of an arctic-like sub-freezing winter night, trapped on a remote part of the Androscoggin River and pursued by a gang

Black Ice

By |2021-06-29T19:45:49+00:00June 28th, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Black Ice Mysterious Book Report No. 455 by John Dwaine McKenna Black Ice, (Scarlet, $25.95, 400 pages, ISBN 978-1-61316-222-4), written by Carin Gerhardsen, and translated from the Swedish by Ian Giles, takes place on Gotland, a small island located in the Baltic Sea, off the southeast coast of Sweden. Told in alternating points-of-view by different participants, the novel begins in January of 2014, when a man dies a terrible

Suburban Dicks

By |2021-06-17T19:23:42+00:00June 21st, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Suburban Dicks Mysterious Book Report No. 454 John Dwaine McKenna After teaming up and co-creating the sensational comicbook superhero known as Deadpool, author Fabian Nicieza has turned his many talents to writing crime fiction, and authored an unconventional first novel that touches upon many of the hot button social and political issues that are currently driving our national discourse, alienating friends and families . . . as well as

City of Dark Corners

By |2021-05-06T19:48:26+00:00May 17th, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

City of Dark Corners Mysterious Book Report No. 449 by John Dwaine McKenna The horrific death of a beautiful young college coed that takes place in the burgeoning city of Phoenix, Arizona during the spring of 1933 is the focus of a dandy new novel that’s written in the best pulp fiction traditions of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. City of Dark Corners, (Poisoned Pen, PB, $15.99, 256 pages,

The Measure of Time

By |2021-04-22T20:11:02+00:00April 26th, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

The Measure of Time Mysterious Book Report No. 446 by John Dwaine McKenna If you’re a fan of long, contemplative novels that feature many memorable insights into numerous character’s thoughts and memories . . . The Measure of Time, (Bitter Lemon Press, PB, $14.95, 285 pages, ISBN 978-6913394-48-6) by bestselling and award-winning Italian author, Gianrico Carofiglio, is just what you want.  It’s the sixth volume in his Guido Guerrieri

Animals

By |2021-03-18T20:09:13+00:00March 29th, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Animals Mysterious Book Report No. 442 by John Dwaine McKenna Animals, (Blackstone, $27.99, 292 pages, ISBN 978-1-09-406588-5) by Will Staples, is a heart-wrenching and hard to read . . . as well as hard to put down, compelling and fascinating novel if you care at all about the wild creatures of the Earth, their fate, and in turn the fate of the planet they inhabit.  It’s about poaching.  Specifically

Bobby March Will Live Forever

By |2021-03-16T20:23:07+00:00March 22nd, 2021|Crime Fiction, Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Bobby March Will Live Forever Mysterious Book Report No. 441 by John Dwaine McKenna A heatwave in Glasgow, Scotland during the summer of 1973 is the setting for Edgar Award finalist Alan Parks’s third crime novel featuring a troubled, hard-drinking and morally challenged  . . . yet brilliant police detective named Harry McCoy. Bobby March Will Live Forever, (World Noir, PB, $17.00, 320 pages, ISBN 978-1-60945-685-6) finds McCoy tasked

The Art of Violence

By |2021-01-14T21:27:30+00:00January 18th, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

The Art of Violence Mysterious Book Report No. 432 by John Dwaine McKenna I was intrigued by Dennis Lehane’s blurb on the cover: “S.J. Rozan can write sentences that make my jaw literally drop.” So I purchased a copy of her newest Lydia Chin/Bill Smith novel entitled, The Art of Violence, (Pegasus Crime, $25.95, 275 pages, ISBN 978-1-64313-531-1), and read the first sentence:  “Shifting colors on a monster billboard

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