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.

Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry

By |2019-08-18T19:08:29+00:00May 27th, 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

Swann’s Down

By |2019-08-18T19:10:37+00:00May 21st, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

Swann’s Down  Mysterious Book Report No. 374 by John Dwaine McKenna In the newly-released fifth adventure of tough guy and skip tracer Henry Swann: Swann’s Down, (Down & Out Books, PB, $17.95, 300 pages, ISBN 978-1-64396-011-1) by Charles Salzberg, the New York City based PI is hired by Goldblatt, his offbeat, cheapskate and difficult partner, to locate a missing psychic who’s swindled his ex-wife, Rachel, out of a boatload

Lives Laid Away

By |2019-08-18T19:12:36+00:00May 14th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Lives Laid Away  Mysterious Book Report No. 373 by John Dwaine McKenna Just about a year ago, an outstanding young wordsmith published his debut novel, August Snow, to great critical acclaim and a fistful of prestigious literary awards.  The author’s name is Stephen Mack Jones, and his writing style has been favorably compared to that of the legendary Raymond Chandler . . . a resemblance the MBR is happy

The Good Lie

By |2019-10-01T19:40:38+00:00May 6th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report, Spy/Thriller|

The Good Lie Mysterious Book Report No. 372 by John Dwaine McKenna The Good Lie, (ECCO/ Harper Collins, $27.99, 354 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-247539-8) by Tom Rosenstiel, is an electrifying, dark and twisted thriller that could only have been conceived and written by someone who’s intimately familiar with the contentious and Machiavellian deus ex machina that operates behind the scenes in Washington, D.C..  And, what makes it so alarming is

Ambush

By |2019-10-01T19:43:19+00:00May 2nd, 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,

Wolf Pack

By |2019-10-01T19:43:54+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Wolf Pack Mysterious Book Report No. 370 by John Dwaine McKenna Unlike most of the rest of our squared-off western states that’re all of a sudden filling up with folks fleeing from overcrowded, overtaxed and overregulated places to the east and west of them, Wyoming is still windswept, wide-open and mostly rural.  It has some of the most spectacular scenery and most magnificent wild game and fish anywhere on

Trigger

By |2019-08-18T19:38:30+00:00April 16th, 2019|Crime Fiction, Mysterious Book Report|

Trigger Mysterious Book Report No. 369 by John Dwaine McKenna Frank Marr is “a good cop with a bad habit,” who operates as a PI in the down and dirty underbelly of our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. Forced into early retirement from the Metro DC Police Force, he ekes out a living as a Private Eye when he’s not busy knocking over one of the stash houses of D.C.s

The Border

By |2019-10-01T19:44:36+00:00April 10th, 2019|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,

Unforsaken Review by Manuel Ramos

By |2019-03-27T20:34:54+00:00March 27th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Unforsaken by John Dwaine McKenna Unforsaken is a bullet packed with gritty characters and explosive action. John Dwaine McKenna skillfully takes readers to the untamed Southwest at the beginning of the Twentieth Century.  The Wild West is past its heyday. Locomotives have replaced horses.  Bandit gangs are a vanishing menace, yet outlaws still prowl the dusty streets looking for easy marks.  The lone and honorable lawman is on the

Restoration Heights

By |2019-09-01T18:55:52+00:00March 18th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Restoration Heights Mysterious Book Report No. 367 by John Dwaine McKenna Gentrification is a recently coined term that describes the displacement of blue collar, working-class residents from their long established city neighborhoods by newer and wealthier persons who’ve moved in and bought houses where the people with less money used to live. It’s a contributing cause of homelessness, and it’s happening in every major city in America. One of