Mysterious Book Report No. 354 – Pushback

By |2018-11-26T06:23:00+00:00November 26th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Pushback by John Stith Re-animus Press, $15.99, 339 pages, ISBN 978-0-9672984-6-7 Serendipity is the ability to make a fortunate discovery by accident... which is just what happened to the MBR last summer, when an author we were interviewing asked if we had read or reviewed the work of a sci-fi writer named John Stith. “No,” the MBR is crime fiction oriented was the reply. “Well, you should,” she said,

Author Interview – Wallace Stroby

By |2018-11-17T19:46:24+00:00November 17th, 2018|Author Interviews|

Interview With The Author: Wallace Stroby by John Dwaine McKenna  We’re fortunate this week that Wallace Stroby, one of crime fictions hottest young writers, was able and willing to take a short time-out from his swamped schedule down in south New Jersey to speak with the Mysterious Book Report about how he does what he does in such a compelling, forceful and so damned interesting way.  It’s an honor

Author Interview – Barbara Nickless

By |2018-10-02T18:41:09+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Author Interviews|

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

Author Interview – Michael Kardos

By |2018-08-21T19:32:38+00:00August 21st, 2018|Author Interviews|

Michael Kardos - MSU Professor of Creative Writing(photo by Megan Bean / Mississippi State University) 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.

Mysterious Book Report No. 342 – Spirits of the Heart

By |2018-07-09T18:45:45+00:00July 9th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Spirits of the Heart by Frances Brown writing as Claire Gem Erato Publishing, PB, $13.95, 312 pages, ISBN 978-0-9974326-4-0 As the by-line shows, this will be a different—and special—MBR.  It’s not within our usual purview of crime and punishment, or murder and mayhem, nor even an exploration of the dark side of human nature.  Instead, it’s a goose-pimple inducing paranormal ghost and romance story which takes place at an

Mysterious Book Report No. 340 – Dead Stop

By |2018-06-25T18:50:43+00:00June 25th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless Thomas & Mercer, PB $15.95, 384 pages, ISBN 9781503943384 When the prestigious 2018 Colorado Book Awards were announced earlier this month, Dead Stop, by Barbara Nickless was the Mystery Fiction winner.  These awards are sponsored by the Colorado Humanities Organization, and is the equivalent, in the MBRs opinion, of winning an Olympic Medal.  It’s so far up on our personal list of unobtaniums, that

My Recent Interview With Author Claire Gem

By |2018-03-21T19:18:36+00:00March 21st, 2018|Author Interviews|

A Guest From Outside the Box - Claire Gem Today I have a very special guest with me on Emotional Journeys. Author John McKenna, who sometimes goes by the name Garritt O’Dwaine, writes nonfiction, crime fiction, and is also the mastermind behind the review website, Mysterious Book Report. Read the rest of the interview HERE. Claire Gem's links: FaceBook Twitter Amazon

Mysterious Book Report No. 325 – Robicheaux

By |2018-03-12T18:44:42+00:00March 12th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Robicheaux by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 445 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-7684-3 Whenever a new book by James Lee Burke is released, I can’t wait to get my hands on it and promptly read it cover-to-cover.  It’s been that way since the early 1990s, when I heard him speak on NPR about a character he’d created; a fictional Cajun detective from New Iberia, Louisiana.  He was unique, this

Mysterious Book Report No. 260 – The Bone Labyrinth

By |2017-02-26T12:34:38+00:00February 26th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins WM. Morrow/Harper Collins, $27.99, 471 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-238164-4 Anyone who’s passed by a mass-market paperback book rack has probably seen the name James Rollins, even if they have never read one of his many action-adventure yarns featuring Commander Gray Pierce and the Sigma Force Team.  In Rollins’s fictional world, the Sigma Group acts as the operational arm of DARPA:  the Defense Advanced Research

Mysterious Book Report No. 241 – The Last Dawn

By |2016-11-23T07:00:58+00:00November 23rd, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Last Dawn by Joe Gannon Minotaur Books, $26.99, 278 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-04803-5 Unless you’ve recently vacationed in Costa Rica or Belize, the geography of Central America is pretty much terra incognita for most of us who live north of the Mexican border and speak English as our mother tongue. But back in the 1980s, the Central American nation of Nicaragua was a focus of attention by the US