Mysterious Book Report No. 376 -Charlie 316

By |2019-06-04T06:26:45+00:00June 4th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Charlie 316 by Colin Conway & Frank Zafrino Down & Out Books, PB, $18.95, 398 pages, ISBN 978-1-948235-68-6 Charlie 316, 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 stop reading because

Mysterious Book Report No. 373 – Lives Laid Away

By |2019-05-14T17:51:04+00:00May 14th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones SOHO Crime, $26.95, 296 pages, ISBN 978-1-61695-959-3 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

Mysterious Book Report No. 367 – Restoration Heights

By |2019-03-18T19:11:49+00:00March 18th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Restoration Heights by Wil Medearis Hanover Square Press, $26.99, 330 pages, ISBN 978-1-335-21872-8 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.

Mysterious Book Report No. 365 – The New Iberia Blues

By |2019-03-06T06:36:29+00:00March 6th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

The New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 447 pages, ISBN 970-1-5011-7687-6 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

Mysterious Book Report No. 352 – The Devil’s Half Mile

By |2018-10-30T19:37:06+00:00October 30th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

The Devil’s Half Mile by Patrick “Paddy” Hirsch Forge/Tom Doherty Associates, $24.99, 289 pages, ISBN 978-0-7653-9913-7 Wall Street trickery, corrupt politics, racial strife, gangs, murder . . . that all sounds like the headlines from today’s news, but instead, it’s the lead-in on the cover of a nifty murder mystery which takes place in New York City in the year of our Lord, 1799.  Through the skill of Alexander

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. 349 -Broken Windows

By |2018-09-27T08:23:41+00:00September 27th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Broken Windows by Paul D. Marks Down & Out Books, PB, $18.95, 334 pages, ISBN 978-1-948235-07-5 One of the hottest, most emotional and controversial issues facing the nation today is immigration.  Say it once at a cocktail party and a discussion will start.  Say it twice and an argument breaks out.  Dare utter the word for a third time and the fist fight is on . . . metaphorically

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

Mysterious Book Report No. 335 – The Detonator

By |2018-05-21T18:40:07+00:00May 21st, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

The Detonator by Vincent Zandri Polis Books, $25.99, 287 pages, ISBN 978-1-943818-88-4 Psychological thrillers are among the most popular of modern crime fiction works, because they give readers a long and hard look into the hearts and minds and motives of people who are far outside of the usual norms of society.  The Irish and Brits call them nutters . . . while we Americans simply call them what

Mysterious Book Report No. 333 – Killer Choice

By |2018-05-07T17:31:40+00:00May 7th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Killer Choice by Tom Hunt Berkley/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 342 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-58640-8 A harrowing ride into desperation, is how one commentator described this chilling suspense novel by a debut author who posits the following question:  How far would you go to save the life of the person you love most in the world?  That is what faces protagonist Gary Foster in this devilishly-twisted plot that puts an ordinary