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.

Charlie 316

By |2019-12-17T20:41:34+00:00February 17th, 2020|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Charlie 316 Mysterious Book Report No. 376 by John Dwaine McKenna Charlie 316, (Down & Out Books, PB, $18.95, 398 pages, ISBN 978-1-948235-68-6) by Colin Conway & Frank Zafrino, is an electrifying and propulsive police procedural that takes place in Spokane, Washington . . . out near the Idaho state line.  It combines elements of race, heroism, crime, treachery, violence and murder into a tale that you just can’t

John Stith

By |2020-01-16T21:54:12+00:00February 14th, 2020|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

Hudson’s Kill

By |2019-12-17T20:38:20+00:00February 10th, 2020|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Hudson’s Kill Mysterious Book Report No. 389 by John Dwaine McKenna Although they’re few and far between . . . “Rare as hen’s teeth,” as my old Irish mother used to say . . . some authors show early on in their careers that they are on the way to literary greatness, and destined to leave a wordsmith’s mark on the world.  Writer Paddy Hirsch is such a one. 

Tom Pitts

By |2020-01-16T21:39:11+00:00February 7th, 2020|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

Interview With The Author:  Tom Pitts by John Dwaine McKenna This week’s interview is one we’ve been looking forward to since last year, when MBR No. 300 reviewed American Static, calling it “One of the finest noir yarns we’ve read in years.”  Now, author Tom Pitts is back, with a new piece of hard-boiled fiction, and we can’t wait to hear what this rising star in the noir world

American Spy

By |2019-12-17T20:42:37+00:00February 3rd, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

American Spy Mysterious Book Report No. 377 by John Dwaine McKenna Near the end of the Cold War in the mid-1980s, the African continent was busy rediscovering itself.  Having thrown off the restraints of colonialism, countries large and small were struggling to determine what form of self-governance best suited them . . . a struggle that promoted much bloodshed.  Civil wars, coups and military takeovers were common, as was

Patrick “Paddy” Hirsch

By |2020-01-16T21:28:03+00:00January 31st, 2020|Author Interviews, Mysterious Book Report|

    Interview With The Author: Patrick “Paddy” Hirsch by  John Dwaine McKenna Our author interviewee this week is Patrick Hirsch, known to his fans, friends and the world, as Paddy.  He’s a warrior, a newsman, and a TV commentator, a financial analyst, and historian—a Renaissance man if one ever lived!  Thanks for joining us today and offering your insights, expertise and commentary to our audience.  We’re all eager

The Night Agent

By |2019-12-17T20:43:36+00:00January 27th, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

Mysterious Book Report No 366 The Night Agent by John Dwaine McKenna To all of our readers out there in newslandia, bookreviewburg, or elsewhere, lost somewhere in the electronic haze, who think that all the great spy and thriller novels ended with the deaths of Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy . . . they didn’t.  And, if you think you’ll just have to be satisfied with those cloned copies,

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