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.

Author Interview – John Stith

By |2019-11-19T20:30:49+00:00November 20th, 2019|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Author Interview: John Stith by John Dwaine McKenna Our interviewee today is bestselling and award-winning author John Stith, whose newest thriller Pushback, is reviewed in MBR No 354, along with a brief account of our own serendipitous introduction by Ms. Nickless. It’s an honor to be able to speak with you, and please accept our sincere thank you for doing so. That said, here’s our first question: Who’s your

Forgiveness Dies

By |2019-11-12T21:01:09+00:00November 18th, 2019|Historical/Thriller, Mysterious Book Report|

Forgiveness Dies Mysterious Book Report No. 396 by John Dwaine McKenna Serial character Trevor Galloway is a former Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania narcotics detective, an unlicensed private investigator and an ex-mental patient who’s just been released from three years in a psychiatric hospital for being a serial killer in author J.J. Hensley’s newly released crime thriller entitled Forgiveness Dies, (Down & Out Books, PB, $16.95, 234 pages, ISBN 978-1-64396-038-8). Zonked out

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

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

Joe Ide

By |2019-11-05T20:48:51+00:00November 6th, 2019|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: Joe Ide by John Dwaine McKenna Hello, to all of you out there in the MBR Nation, and welcome to our author interview with Joe Ide, one of the hottest new authors on the literary scene today, whose newest work is reviewed in MBR number 360.  And thanks Joe for taking time to speak to our audience today and sharing your thoughts with us.  I’ve

This Side of Night

By |2019-10-31T20:30:51+00:00November 4th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

This Side of Night Mysterious Book Report No. 394 by John Dwaine McKenna It is an undeniable fact that the entire southern border of the United States is in a crisis of epic proportions.  Drugs and illegals are pouring into America, while unbelievable amounts of currency, and firearms of all shapes and sizes are flowing south.  At the same time, the government of Mexico is being overwhelmed by the

The Boy Who Killed Demons

By |2019-10-29T20:38:56+00:00November 1st, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Paranormal|

The Boy Who Killed Demons Mysterious Book Report No. 215 by John Dwaine McKenna Our Halloween Freak-fest continues this week with a YA (Young Adult) novel whose title says it all. His name is Henry Dudlow. He’s “fifteen and a half and cursed. Or damned. Take your pick.” The reason? “I see demons,” in Henry’s own words. And so begins, The Boy Who Killed Demons, (Overlook Press, Peter Mayer

Rob Hart

By |2019-10-18T17:46:40+00:00October 30th, 2019|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: Rob Hart  by John Dwaine McKenna We have an exciting author interview this week with an author whom we’ve admired since his work was first brought to our attention by the folks at Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Book Shop in New York City a few years ago.  His name is Rob Hart, and it’s one to remember because he’s going to be a monster in the

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

My Bad ; A mile high noir

By |2019-10-13T22:11:44+00:00October 25th, 2019|Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

My Bad, A Mile High Noir  Mysterious Book Report No. 264 by John Dwaine McKenna The word noir (pronounced NWAR) comes from the French. Its literal translation is black, but it can be interpreted as dark or wicked. As it applies to the Mysterious Book Report, it’s a type of crime fiction that’s characterized by cynicism, fatalism and moral ambiguity. The noir genre has become so popular over the