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,

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 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

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

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. 321 – Night Blind

By |2018-02-12T06:08:37+00:00February 12th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Night Blind by Ragnar Jonasson Minotaur/ St. Martins, $25.99, 213 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-09609-8 Iceland sits just below the Arctic Circle, about midway between Greenland and Scandinavia.  At  the northernmost  point of the volcanic island is the city  of  Siglufjördur . . . where in late November, “The darkness comes and curls around you like a  furry black cat,”  and it doesn’t even think about getting light again until sometime

Mysterious Book Report No. 317 – Righteous

By |2018-01-15T06:05:52+00:00January 15th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Righteous by Joe Ide Mulholland Books/Little Brown & Co, $26.00, 326 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-26777-9 Isaiah Quintinabe—one of the most original sleuthhounds to ever grace the pages of mystery and crime fiction—is back in a second installment that’s equally as good, or better than his Edgar-nominated first, which was entitled simply IQ. Righteous, by Joe Ide, finds IQ on a mission. He’s the high school dropout from East Long Beach,

Mysterious Book Report No. 299 – G-Man

By |2017-08-22T17:25:57+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

G-Man by Stephen Hunter Blue Rider Press/ Penguin Random House, $27.00, 443 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57460-3 The Great Depression of the 1930s was a time of unrelenting misery, hardship and economic deprivation. It was an era that left indelible scars upon all who lived through it, for who could forget the massive unemployment, the endless bread lines, or the dislocation and migration of tens of thousands of impoverished farmers who’d

Mysterious Book Report No. 294 – Sorrow Road

By |2017-07-04T07:17:08+00:00July 4th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Sorrow Road by Julia Keller Minotaur Books, PB, $15.99, 351 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-08959-5 The green rolling hills of West Virginia are the nearest thing to Heaven that I know though the times are sad and drear and I cannot linger here they’ll keep me and never let me go . . . are the opening words to a song that was made famous by Emmylou Harris. It was written

Mysterious Book Report No. 270 – So Say The Fallen

By |2017-03-30T06:57:17+00:00March 30th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

So Say The Fallen by Stuart Neville Soho Press, $26.95, 325 pages, ISBN 978-1-61695-739-1 An often explored mystery theme that never seems to get old, is the question of suicide or murder. What better way to get away with it than staging the death scene and making it look like the decedent took his or her own life? Do it artfully enough to foil detection, write up a goodbye