The MBR reviews novels about crime fiction, murder mysteries, and all types of who-dunnits.  It’s a look into the dark side of human nature.

Two Nights in Lisbon

By |2022-08-04T20:57:11+00:00August 8th, 2022|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Two Nights In Lisbon Mysterious Book Report No. 501 by John Dwaine McKenna What would you do?   How would you react?  If your spouse went for a walk one morning while you slept in . . . and was kidnapped?  But that’s not all.  Suppose the two of you are in a foreign country, where you don’t speak the language, you don’t have any idea of the laws, nor

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


By |2022-07-18T04:30:08+00:00July 18th, 2022|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Kalmann Mysterious Book Report No. 499 by John Dwaine McKenna Kalmann, (Bitter Lemon Press, PB, $16.95, 300 pages, ISBN 978-1-913394-68-4), by Joachim B. Schmidt, and translated by Jamie Lee Searle, is by far the most unusual, unique and unforgettable novel of this summer’s reading season.  Already a best-seller in Europe, it’s a carefully plotted and well-written murder mystery that takes place in a  remote corner of Iceland . .

The Last Paladin

By |2022-07-07T18:52:02+00:00July 11th, 2022|Historical/Thriller, Mysterious Book Report|

The Last Paladin Mysterious Book Report No. 497 by John Dwaine McKenna The Last Paladin, (St. Martin’s, $28.99, 288 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-27986-6), by P.T. Deutermann, is a superb, battle-filled World War II adventure that takes place aboard the USS Holland, a lone destroyer escort on patrol in the Solomon Islands in the western Pacific Ocean during the summer of 1944—just as the two greatest armadas of the era are

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


By |2022-06-23T19:56:10+00:00June 27th, 2022|Mysterious Book Report, psychological|

Backstory Mysterious Book Report No. 496 by John Dwaine McKenna Backstory, (Oceanview Publishing, $27.95, 336 pages, ISBN 978-1-60809-490-5), by William L. Meyers, is a tale of psychological terror that begins when a man is attacked in an alley, where his head is repeatedly slammed face first into a brick wall, leaving him bloody, disoriented and without memory of who he is . . . or where.  When he comes

Death At Fort Devens

By |2022-06-20T22:58:53+00:00June 20th, 2022|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Death At Fort Devens Mysterious Book Report No. 495 by John Dwaine McKenna Death At Fort Devens, (Severn, $28.99, 224 pages, ISBN 978-1-4483-0766-1), by Peter Colt, is a good old-fashioned private-eye yarn that features a wise-cracking and tough as a yellow toenail . . . hard-drinking, hard-fisted, and hard-living—as well as a hard-up—ex-Boston cop and former Green Beret named Andy Roark . . . a character who kicks ass

The Old Man

By |2022-06-13T02:29:14+00:00June 13th, 2022|Crime Fiction, Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

Just in case you’re not one of the many viewers of the trailer, the FX television network is kicking off a new series on June 16, 2022, starring Jeff Bridges in the title role, of the following Thomas Perry novel which we reviewed in April of 2017.  We thought you might enjoy a quick review.   The Old Man Mysterious Book Report No. 284 by John Dwaine McKenna The

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

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