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.

Bullet Train

By |2022-07-28T20:37:43+00:00August 1st, 2022|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Bullet Train the movie, featuring you-know-who in the title role, has just been released and appears to be a box office hit.  So just for a few giggles and grins—here’s our review from August 2021.  We thought the yarn was great.  Can’t say about the flick, as we haven’t seen it.  Then too, Brad never called us about the review . . .       Bullet Train Mysterious

Death and the Conjuror

By |2022-07-21T18:51:07+00:00July 25th, 2022|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Just in case you’re wondering, we’ll be re-running some of our best and most popular book reviews every other week from now on.  They will be described as our Legacy Mysterious Book Reports.  Send us a quick request if you have a favorite that you’d like to see again and we’ll do our best to re-publish it.  We’ll still be reviewing the newest and best and brightest of published

Havana Highwire

By |2022-07-03T17:56:25+00:00July 4th, 2022|Crime Fiction, Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Havana Highwire Mysterious Book Report No. 497 By John Dwaine McKenna Havana Highwire, (Severn, $28.99, 224 pages, ISBN 978-0-7278-5073-7), by John Keyse-Walker, takes place in 1957—a couple years before Fidel Castro came to town and imposed a whole new kind of tyranny, serfdom, and perpetual poverty on the island—at a time Cuba was in the thrall of a dictator named Fulgencio Batista . . . who’d gone into business

The Recruit

By |2022-06-09T18:54:23+00:00June 13th, 2022|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

The Recruit Mysterious Book Report No. 494 by John Dwaine McKenna The Recruit, (Random House, $28.00, 416pages, ISBN 978-0-399-59212-6), by Alan Drew, takes place in 1987, during the urbanization of southern California amidst the influx of Vietnamese, Central and South Americans as well as other groups from India, Asia, Africa and the Middle East who were all fleeing war, pestilence, persecution and corruption in their native countries.  It was

Deep Water

By |2022-05-26T18:48:11+00:00May 30th, 2022|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Deep Water Mysterious Book Report No. 492 by John Dwaine McKenna Deep Water, (Scout, $28.00, 320 pages, ISBN 978-1-9821-7036-3), by Emma Bamford is our second first-time author in the past two weeks and features a young, almost newly married British couple who’ve sold all of their possessions and bought a fixer-upper boat, spent most of their funds outfitting, repairing and provisioning it . . . then setting out to

Every Cloak Rolled in Blood

By |2022-05-16T19:56:20+00:00May 16th, 2022|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report, Paranormal|

Every Cloak Rolled In Blood Mysterious Book Report No. 490 by John Dwaine McKenna Every Cloak Rolled In Blood,  (Simon & Schuster, $27.00, 288 pages ISBN 978-1-9821-9659-2), by Mystery Writers of America Grand Master James Lee Burke, is his 50th novel and most unique ever . . . it’s autobiographical in nature, a heart-wrenching lament in honor of his daughter Pamala, who, in August 2020, died unexpectedly while still

Find Me

By |2022-04-25T19:35:31+00:00January 10th, 2022|Crime Fiction, Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Find Me Mysterious Book Report No. 472 by John Dwaine McKenna Hope Miller is the name adopted by a young woman  who doesn’t know  her real identity . . . or where she came from.  She was found fifteen years ago, in a wrecked and stolen SUV, unconscious and severely injured.  The woman who discovered the accident in a remote area just outside of Hopewell, New Jersey, is Lyndsay

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

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