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.

Cheater’s Game

By |2020-04-06T16:57:39+00:00April 13th, 2020|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Cheater’s Game Mysterious Book Report No. 402 by John Dwaine McKenna “In a society without shame, where faking it is making it and deceit trumps virtue, integrity is for losers and cheaters win.  Fairness?  Forget about it!  A meritocracy?  In your dreams!  Earn your diploma?  Why bother, when you can buy it.” So says aging linebacker and CTE sufferer turned lawyer, Jake Lassiter, as he takes on the college

The Hidden Key

By |2020-04-06T15:55:54+00:00April 6th, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

The Hidden Key Mysterious Book Report No. 401 by John Dwaine McKenna Now that we’re all holed up at home, huddled around the coffee table without any basketball, baseball, hockey or automobile racing on television to keep us entertained while we wait out the Covid-19 virus pandemic, there is a bright side.  It’s a great time to read.  Reading will expand your mind, ease your worries and soothe your

Miraculum

By |2019-12-17T20:56:38+00:00March 30th, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Paranormal|

Miraculum Mysterious Book Report No. 391 by John Dwaine McKenna We humans all have one thing in common . . . we are endlessly curious.  We’ve just gotta know how and why things happen, as well as where, when and what.  We are compelled as a species to look through the window, open the door, or peek around the corner to see what we haven’t seen and learn what

Gray Basnight

By |2020-01-23T21:19:28+00:00March 27th, 2020|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview with Gray Basnight by John Dwaine McKenna Here’s our next author interview with Gray Basnight, writer of Flight of the Fox, along with an excerpt to whet your appetite for more of this timely and thrilling novel. Why do you write?   It’s an important question that, in some ways, is unanswerable. Why artists and writers are compelled to create is elusive, but I feel compelled to do

The Korean Woman

By |2019-12-17T20:55:09+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

The Korean Woman Mysterious Book Report No. 386 by John Dwaine McKenna Mi-Hi Abrahams is living the American dream.  She’s the mother of two children; a boy age five and a girl age two and a half, married to a Wall Street lawyer, and living a privileged, wealthy lifestyle on Manhattan’s upper east side where she’s a doting mommy and actively involved in the PTA and community charity events. 

John Altman

By |2020-01-23T21:10:47+00:00March 20th, 2020|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: John Altman by John Dwaine McKenna Our conversation this week is with John Altman, the best-selling author of False Flag, the spy thriller that’s reviewed in Mysterious Book Report No. 322. Thanks for speaking with us today. I know you’re busy so let’s get to it. Our first question is: How did your first book get published? How long did it take? It took thirteen

The Border

By |2019-12-17T20:53:13+00:00March 16th, 2020|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

The Border Mysterious Book Report No. 368 by John Dwaine McKenna No matter what side of the political and social rift you’re on, we can all agree that our southern border—the invisible line—which designates the United States of America from the United Mexican States, is one of the most contentious places on planet earth.  As such, it abounds with tales of human tragedy, hope, criminality, heroism, death, life, dreams

Michael Kardos

By |2020-01-23T21:05:16+00:00March 13th, 2020|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: Michael Kardos  by John Dwaine McKenna With many thanks, our interview this week is with Michael Kardos, the Pushcart Prize- winning author of Bluff, who holds degrees from Princeton, Ohio State, and the University of Missouri.  He lives in Mississippi, where he teaches creative writing at Mississippi State.  Somehow, he’s also found the time to write three other novels, a story collection and a text

This Storm

By |2019-12-17T20:51:26+00:00March 9th, 2020|Historical/Thriller, Mysterious Book Report|

This Storm Mysterious Book Report No. 381 by John Dwaine McKenna The writer James Ellroy is a genius, and a living legend who follows no rules but his own.  He cuts, slashes and burns the English language however he sees fit, then reassembles it at will in his own inimical style to bring forth what can only be called masterpieces of American literature.  He writes fiction; he writes about

Wil Medearis

By |2020-01-23T20:46:24+00:00March 6th, 2020|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: Wil Medearis  by John Dwaine McKenna Today’s Mysterious Book Report interview is with writer Wil Medearis, whose recent crime novel, Restoration Heights, neatly combines a mystery with an illustration of the plight of those disappearing “affordable urban neighborhoods” as a result of gentrification.  He’s got a lot of insight and much to say about the craft of writing, so let’s get right to our first question: