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.

Cherry

By |2019-12-19T20:13:24+00:00January 20th, 2020|2019 Best Books of the Year, Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

Cherry Mysterious Book Report No. 362 by John Dwaine McKenna Every person in America today who pays attention to the news and current events is aware that we’re dealing with an unprecedented drug and opioid crisis.  The numbers are staggering . . . and the statistics sobering . . . there were more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. during the year 2017, according to the latest

The Warehouse

By |2019-12-17T21:00:42+00:00January 13th, 2020|Dystopian, Mysterious Book Report|

The Warehouse Mysterious Book Report No. 392 by John Dwaine McKenna Seldom, if ever, does a genre novel manage to hit as many topics at once as The Warehouse, (Crown, $27.00, 355 pages, ISBN 978-1-848-2379-3) by Rob Hart.  The story is altogether plausible, frighteningly real, and a possible roadmap to where the world is heading if we don’t do something to corral the corporate monsters that are gobbling every

A Book of Bones

By |2019-12-17T20:44:47+00:00January 6th, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Paranormal|

A Book of Bones Mysterious Book Report No. 400 by John Dwaine McKenna All readers of fiction, and especially crime fiction, are ultimately interested in the eternal battle between the forces of good versus the forces of evil.  It’s the tension between those two opposing sides that creates drama, and drama is what we all crave, because we’re curious . . . and because we’re rooting for one side

Bones of the Earth

By |2019-12-10T21:06:31+00:00December 30th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Bones of the Earth Mysterious Book Report No. 383 by John Dwaine McKenna Inspector Shan Tao Yun was a senior detective on the Beijing Police Department until, “I investigated the wrong people and they sent me to prison in Lhadrung,” (Western Tibet the notorious work camp number 404), “because the death rate is so high there.  But the governor had a problem.  I helped him, unofficially, and to show

Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry

By |2019-12-17T20:46:16+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Young Adult YA|

Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry by Jen Conley Mysterious Book Report No. 375 by John Dwaine McKenna Don’t let the title fool ya, Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry, (Down & Out Books, PB, $15.95, 230 pages, ISBN 978-1-948235-93-8) by Jen Conley is real crime fiction. It’s also YA, Young Adult, fiction which can be enjoyed by all of us Boomers and Gen Xer’s who’ve forgotten

Best Book of the Year 2019

By |2019-12-17T20:45:12+00:00December 16th, 2019|2019 Best Books of the Year, Mysterious Book Report|

John Dwaine McKenna’s 2019 Best Books of the Year It’s time for our annual Best Books of the Year . . . the MBR’s Christmas gift for all good readers and crime fiction enthusiasts everywhere.  It was a year full of outstanding novels and exciting new authors, as well as some tried and true old friends.  Here then, in no particular order, is our Best Books of the Year

Three-Fifths

By |2019-12-17T20:47:00+00:00December 9th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Three Fifths Mysterious Book Report No. 398 by John Dwaine McKenna Dynamite comes in small packages, is an old saw that usually refers to persons of small stature.  But when taken literally, it means that explosive things are humble in size . . . and it’s a spot-on metaphor for this week’s MBR. Three Fifths, (Agora Books, $24.99, 212 pages, ISBN 978-1-947993-67-9) by John Vercher, is a pulsating, daring,

Ambush

By |2019-11-21T21:51:36+00:00December 6th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Ambush Mysterious Book Report No. 371 by John Dwaine McKenna  Ambush, (Thomas & Mercer, PB, $15.95, 350 pages, ISBN 978-1503901513) the third—and latest—in the Sydney Rose Parnell thriller series by Barbara Nickless, takes off on page one like a Marine FA-18 Super Hornet under full military power from the flight deck of the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush, and never lets the reader down. The novel opens in Denver, where

Barbara Nickless

By |2019-11-21T21:47:35+00:00December 4th, 2019|Author Interviews, Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: Barbara Nickless by John Dwaine McKenna Barbara Nickless is the talented writer who has conceived two of the best characters to ever grace the pages of detective fiction.  I was fortunate enough to make her acquaintance and share a table at The Mountain of Authors event last March.  With many thanks for being so generous with her time, and for sharing her thoughts with us

Skunk Train

By |2019-12-12T21:51:00+00:00December 2nd, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Skunk Train Mysterious Book Report No. 397 by John Dwaine McKenna The Skunk Train Inn is a sleazy, side-of-the-road motel up in northern California’s sparsely populated Humboldt County.  That’s where the giant redwood trees grow, and it’s the epicenter of the state’s illicit pot-growing operations.  So, it’s not unusual for the inn to be used for pot transactions in author Joe Clifford’s new novel, Skunk Train,(Down & Out Books,