A Private Cathedral

By |2020-07-21T21:09:27+00:00August 3rd, 2020|Mysterious Book Report, Thriller|

A Private Cathedral Mysterious Book Report No. 412 by John Dwaine McKenna Whenever CWA Grand Master and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient James Lee Burke brings forth a new work of fiction, the world of mystery, thriller and crime readers and writers sits up and takes notice.  We know it will be lyrically written and thought provoking . . . as well as exciting, violent and philosophical . . . all

The New Iberia Blues

By |2019-09-01T21:09:31+00:00March 6th, 2019|Murder Mystery, Mysterious Book Report|

The New Iberia Blues Mysterious Book Report No. 365 by John Dwaine McKenna Whenever a new James Lee Burke novel comes out, everyone celebrates. The publishers and agents are happy because they’re assured of another commercial success, as are the bookstores, who know that his legions of fans will be calling or dropping by to get a copy.  Crime fiction, mystery and thriller enthusiasts will be smiling in anticipation

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. 263 – The Jealous Kind

By |2017-03-07T07:32:05+00:00March 7th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 382 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-0720-7 There’s a time in everyone’s life that only lasts for a few weeks of a certain special summer that many of us look back upon with nostalgia, affection, and sometimes, a genuine longing. Filtered through the long lens of a half century, we remember those days and weeks and months during the ‘50s as

Mysterious Book Report No. 226 – House Of The Rising Sun

By |2016-10-24T07:25:05+00:00October 24th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 433 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-0710-8 At public events—book signings or speaking engagements for example—a question I’m often asked is Who’s your favorite author? And the answer is always the same . . . Although I’m informed by many crime writers—Michael Connelly, Elmore Leonard, James Elroy, Poe, Hemingway, Stephen King, Robert Parker, Ken Bruen, Nelson DeMille and Lawrence

Mysterious Book Report No. 169 – Wayfaring Stranger

By |2016-07-10T15:21:46+00:00July 10th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke Simon & Shuster, $27.99, 434 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-1079-2 It’s hard, in this time of generally gracious living, to imagine the privation, fear and destitution that characterized the Great Depression of the 1930s, but the opening chapters of Wayfaring Stranger, by James Lee Burke manages to do it in a near-perfect manner that sets the stage for the rest of the novel in an

Mysterious Book Report No. 118 – Light of the World

By |2016-04-27T07:01:04+00:00April 27th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Light of the World by James Lee Burke Simon & Shuster, $27.99, 548 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-1076-1 This week’s MBR is a review of an author I’ve admired and read diligently for the past twenty-some years . . . ever since I heard him interviewed by Terry Gross on National Public Radio one afternoon as I waited in the car.  The author’s name is James Lee Burke.  He’s been

Mysterious Book Report No. 32 – Feast Day Of Fools

By |2016-01-15T08:08:39+00:00January 15th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $26.00, 463 pages, ISBN 978-1-4516-4311-4 Every fiction writer who's ever lived strives to create an alternate universe so compelling that the reader gets lost in it on the first page, and doesn't emerge until the very last word is read.  Then, you know you've had a good, and enjoyable, reading experience.  But, when the writing is so well

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