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.

Damascus Station

By |2021-09-23T19:09:05+00:00September 27th, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Damascus Station Mysterious Book Report No. 464 by John Dwaine McKenna Damascus Station, (Norton, $27.95, 400 pages, ISBN 978-0-393-88104-2) by former CIA analyst David McCloskey, features a CIA case officer named Sam Joseph, who in his second espionage adventure is attempting to recruit a Syrian woman named Mariam Haddad, a highly placed official working for the Syrian Secret Service called the Mukhabarat. The story begins in Paris, France, where

False Flag

By |2021-09-14T18:58:19+00:00September 20th, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

False Flag Mysterious Book Report No. 322 by John Dwaine McKenna In the world of espionage, The business of spies is lies, which makes it impossible at times, to distinguish between friend and foe . . . because all covert operations are designed to advance the interests and objectives of the spying country.  Put it another way and the axiom becomes: TRUST NO ONE.  They all lie all the

Sleeping Bear

By |2021-09-03T15:00:29+00:00September 6th, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Sleeping Bear Mysterious Book Report No. 463 by John Dwaine McKenna Sleeping Bear, (Atria/Bestler, $27.00, 400 pages, ISBN 978-1-9821-6639-7) by Connor Sullivan, announces in loud and clear language, the arrival of an author who has the promise of greatness written all over him, as he’s come up with one of the best espionage novels since Robert Ludlum penned The Bourne Identity. The story begins when a thirty year-old woman

Author Interview-Connor Sullivan

By |2021-09-03T15:05:26+00:00September 6th, 2021|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author: Connor Sullivan by John Dwaine McKenna   Hey Connor. . . it’s great talking to you.  Thanks for taking the time.  We know you’re busy so we’ll be brief.  Here’s our first question:   When do you write?  I’m not a morning person, so my ideal writing time occurs late morning into the evening, and then again at night.  Where do you write? I have

Razorblade Tears

By |2021-08-26T19:59:34+00:00August 30th, 2021|Crime Fiction, Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

Razorblade Tears Mysterious Book Report No. 462 by John Dwaine McKenna There are legions of fiction writers in the world today, who toil diligently at their chosen craft and produce innumerable works that are exciting, memorable and entertaining.  They satisfy our need to educate ourselves and explore unfamiliar societies while experiencing another person’s world through their eyes—all from the comfort of our favorite reading nook.  But only a few—a

The Heathens

By |2021-08-19T19:33:59+00:00August 23rd, 2021|Hard-boiled/Noir, Mysterious Book Report|

The Heathens Mysterious Book Report No. 461 by John Dwaine McKenna The Heathens, (Putnam, $27.00, 400 pages, ISBN 978-0-593-32839-2) by Edgar finalist and NY Times  bestselling author  Ace Atkins, is  the eleventh  in his Quinn Colson series . . . and it’s easily the best one yet. Colson is an ex-army Ranger who’s come home to Mississippi, where he’s now the Tibbehah County Sheriff, elected on a vow to

Paper & Blood

By |2021-08-12T20:22:25+00:00August 16th, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Paranormal|

Paper & Blood Mysterious Book Report No. 460 by John Dwaine McKenna Complete escapism.  That’s what fantasy author Kevin Hearne has gifted all readers who can suspend their rational beliefs long enough to enter the paranormal world of Al MacBharrais, where science, technology and magic all co-exist with each other under the watchful eyes of six sigil agents who monitor the globe for the comings and goings of the

The Bullet Train

By |2021-08-03T21:04:31+00:00August 9th, 2021|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

  Bullet Train Mysterious Book Report No. 459 by John Dwaine McKenna Just published—and soon to be released as a major motion picture starring bonny Brad Pitt himself—Bullet Train, (Overlook, $28.00, 432 pages, ISBN 978-1-419-75633-7) by Kotaro Isaka, (translated from the Japanese by Sam Malissa), is a high-energy action and drama-filled robbery, kidnapping and murder mystery combined with a venomous snake creep show . . . told from multiple

The Basel Killings

By |2021-07-29T20:29:17+00:00August 2nd, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

The Basel Killings Mysterious Book Report No. 458 by John Dwaine McKenna The Basel Killings (Bitter Lemon Press, PB, 268 pages, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-913394-54-7) by Hansjörg Schneider was the winner of the Friedrich Glauser Prize, Germany’s most prestigious crime fiction award.  The novel begins with a pair of murders when an “old vagabond” named Hardy is killed on a park bench in the city of Basel, and a ‘lady

Steel Fear

By |2021-07-15T20:28:57+00:00July 26th, 2021|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

  Steel Fear Mysterious Book Report No. 457 by John Dwaine McKenna Try and imagine being 12,000 miles away from home, aboard a 6,000 person naval fighting ship in a war zone, where there is activity, stress, grueling and dangerous work that never slows down or stops . . . then add to that heat, stress, cramped quarters, poor morale and an arrogant, detached and incompetent Captain . .

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