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.

Dear Child

By |2020-10-15T19:25:07+00:00October 19th, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Dear Child Mysterious Book Report No. 423 by John Dwaine McKenna A woman—who’s been kidnapped and held in a boarded-up hovel deep in some remote  woods, while being forced to act as a wife to a strange and brutal man and a mother to his two small children—manages to overcome her captor and escape . . . “But the end of her ordeal is only the beginning of her

Agatha Christie

By |2020-10-08T20:50:37+00:00October 12th, 2020|Essays and Articles, Mysterious Book Report|

About Agatha . . . An MBR Extra by John Dwaine McKenna    The year 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the first novel of the most widely-read author in all the world.  Her name is Agatha Christie.  Her first detective novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, debuted on Nov 6, 1920. In honor of this iconic and beloved author, the MBR is highlighting some facts about her

The Cold Millions

By |2020-10-01T20:15:58+00:00October 6th, 2020|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

The Cold Millions Mysterious Book Report No. 421 by John Dwaine McKenna Spokane, Washington, just after the turn of the 20th century is the setting for Edgar Award-winning author Jess Walter’s stunningly well-timed new novel entitled The Cold Millions (Harper, $28.99, 352 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-286808-4), which tells the story of the International Workers of the World, or IWW—also known as the Wobblies—beginning their fight for free speech . .

Author Interview with Jess Walter

By |2020-10-01T20:26:26+00:00October 6th, 2020|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author- Jess Walter by John Dwaine McKenna We’re elated that we were able to snag some time today with all-world best-selling author Jess Walter, whose latest novel, Cold Millions, is reviewed in Mysterious Book Report No. 421  Mr. Walter, thanks for sharing your thoughts, your writing tips and especially your insights into this wordsmithing craft that’s captured all of our hearts and minds.  We’re all ears

The Dirty South

By |2020-10-01T18:07:54+00:00September 28th, 2020|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

The Dirty South Mysterious Book Report No. 420 by John Dwaine McKenna In the NOW, a man who’s pledged to destroy evil, an extraordinary detective, ace P.I., and ex-NYPD Homicide Investigator named Charlie Parker, senses “wrongness approaching and trouble circling” at the start of John Connolly’s newest: The Dirty South, (Emily Bestler Books/Atria, $28.00, 438 pages, ISBN 978-1-9821-2754-1).  He walks home and waits . . . for whatever misfortune

Blood World

By |2020-09-22T17:55:08+00:00September 21st, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Paranormal, Thriller|

Blood World Mysterious Book Report No. 419 by John Dwaine McKenna By combining sci-fi and crime-fiction, thriller writer Chris Mooney has come up with an irresistibly striking story that’s as thought-provoking as it is entertaining and explosive to read.  In his recently released Blood World, (Berkley Books, $27.00, 436 pages, ISBN 978-0-593-19763-9) Mooney posits a world in which near-immortality is attainable for a wealthy and privileged few . .

T. Jefferson Parker

By |2020-09-03T20:32:49+00:00September 14th, 2020|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author:  T. Jefferson Parker by John Dwaine McKenna We are in rarefied air today, speaking with writer T. Jefferson Parker, an extraordinary three-time winner of the prestigious MWA, or Mystery Writers of America, Edgar Award for fiction and the author of twenty-six crime-fiction thrillers.  Thanks so much Mr. Parker for sharing your time and insights with us.  Here’s our first question: Why do you write?  I

Then She Vanished

By |2020-09-03T20:23:39+00:00September 14th, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

Then She Vanished Mysterious Book Report No. 418 by John Dwaine McKenna California private eye Roland Ford—a tough ex-marine, grieving widower and insightful detective—takes on his toughest case yet in author T. Jefferson Parker’s fourth and newest novel: Then She Vanished, (G.P. Putnam’s sons, $27.00, 338 pages, ISBN 978-0-525-53767-0). The novel begins when Ford is hired by state representative Dalton Strait—who’s in the midst of a tight reelection campaign—to

Ivy Is A Weed

By |2020-09-03T20:08:26+00:00September 7th, 2020|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Ivy Is A Weed Mysterious Book Report No. 417 by John Dwaine McKenna Author Robert Roseth is a man with a strong sense of humor, an ear for sarcasm and a talent for satire.  He puts all of those elements together in his first novel, Ivy Is A Weed, (Self-published, $13.99, 336 pages, ISBN 978-0-578-62246-0) a tongue-in-cheek, hysterical behind-the-scenes look at the foibles, follies and free-for-alls that go on

Robert Roseth

By |2020-09-03T20:16:41+00:00September 7th, 2020|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: Robert Roseth by John Dwaine McKenna   Our interview today is with an author whose self-published debut, Ivy Is A Weed, is reviewed in MBR No. 417. Thanks for agreeing to an interview with Mysterious Book Report, Mr. Roseth.  Our readers and fans are eager to hear your thoughts, writing tips and opinions, so lets begin.  Our first question is: Why do you write? I

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