Mysterious Book Report No. 353 – Black And White Ball

By |2018-11-05T06:14:45+00:00November 5th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Black and White Ball by Loren D. Estleman Forge / Tom Doherty Associates, $25.99, 240 pages, ISBN 978-0-7653-88476 There must be something in the air, water . . . or maybe an unknown isotope emanating out of the ground at night, that germinates world class crime writers in, around and about Detroit, Michigan.  From the late great Elmore Leonard, to the much-lauded Steve Hamilton, to the indefatigable, prolific and

Mysterious Book Report – Fan Favorite 4

By |2018-10-09T18:24:26+00:00October 9th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

The Spy Across The Table by Barry Lancet Simon & Schuster, $26.00, 435 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-9491-4 Although prognostication and predicting the future isn’t what we normally do here at the MBR, there’s always exceptions, and this is one. I’m gonna stick my neck all the way out to the cut-on-the-dotted-line tattoo and forecast the near future. In about a week and a-half—June 20th to be exact—a new thriller will

Mysterious Book Report – Fan Favorite 3

By |2018-10-02T18:12:44+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless Thomas & Mercer, PB, $15.95, 372 pages, ISBN 978-1503936867 It was a lucky day for all of us when my wife June’s book club decided to read this outstanding first novel, written by a Colorado author and published in 2016.  Smart group those dozen-plus ladies, all college or public librarians, administrators and professional women, the core group of which—including June–has been meeting

Mysterious Book Report No. 330 – Blood On The Tracks

By |2018-04-16T06:08:40+00:00April 16th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless Thomas & Mercer, PB, $15.95, 372 pages, ISBN 978-1503936867 It was a lucky day for all of us when my wife June’s book club decided to read this outstanding first novel, written by a Colorado author and published in 2016.  Smart group those dozen-plus ladies, all college or public librarians, administrators and professional women, the core group of which—including June–has been meeting

Mysterious Book Report No. 304 – Exit Strategy

By |2017-10-05T07:38:48+00:00October 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Exit Strategy by Steve Hamilton Putnam/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 287 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57438-2 One year ago, (MBR 254,) we alerted readers to a new series by award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Steve Hamilton that featured an anti-hero protagonist named Nick Mason. Mason’s the guy who, in order to get out of serving the last fifteen years of a twenty year sentence in a maximum security prison, makes a

Mysterious Book Report No. 295 – Crime Song

By |2017-07-12T16:36:22+00:00July 12th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Crime Song by David Swinson Mulholland Books/Little Brown and Company, $26.00, 354 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-26421-1 Last winter, in MBR No. 275: The Second Girl, we introduced our audience to an ex-Washington D.C. cop turned crime-fiction writer named David Swinson, who’s created one of the best anti-heros to come down the pike in, I dunno, like forever. He’s a retired D.C. cop turned private investigator named Frank “Frankie” Marr. The

Mysterious Book Report No. 290 – The Spy Across The Table

By |2017-06-05T18:26:46+00:00June 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Spy Across The Table by Barry Lancet Simon & Schuster, $26.00, 435 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-9491-4 Although prognostication and predicting the future isn’t what we normally do here at the MBR, there’s always exceptions, and this is one. I’m gonna stick my neck all the way out to the cut-on-the-dotted-line tattoo and forecast the near future. In about a week and a-half—June 20th to be exact—a new thriller will

Mysterious Book Report No. 266 – Charcoal Joe

By |2017-03-15T07:11:13+00:00March 15th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley Doubleday/Penguin Random House, $26.95, 305 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-53920-3 Our author this week has been named a Grand Master in the year 2016 by the CWA, or Crime Writers of America. It’s the highest and most prestigious honor given by the group, and a distinction awarded only a very few. They’re the best of the best, at the top of their game, having labored long

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

Mysterious Book Report No. 235 – Blood on Snow

By |2016-11-10T07:08:20+00:00November 10th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo Alfred A. Knopf, $23.95, 208 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-35419-6 It seems like we’ve been reviewing a lot of first time authors lately, so we’re going to toss in a few of our favorite A-listers over the next couple of MBRs and mix it up a bit. First on the agenda is the “maddening-addictive,” critically acclaimed crown prince of Nordic Noir and a personal exemplar