Mysterious Book Report No. 361 – Against Nature

By |2019-02-08T07:24:26+00:00February 8th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Against Nature by Casey Barrett Kensington Books, $26.00, 335 pages, ISBN 978-1-4967-0971-4 Before Germany was reunified some thirty years ago, it was divided into east and west halves after World War II. West Germany was controlled by England, France and the United States, and was democratic. East Germany was under the auspices of the Soviet Union and was communist, dictatorially ruled and collective in nature . . . the

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 No. 350 – Bearskin

By |2018-10-15T18:00:52+00:00October 15th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Bearskin by James McLaughlin Ecco/Harper Collins, $26.99, 340 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-274279-7 There is a quiet, but ongoing—and growing—conflict in America, in which well-intentioned, ultra-wealthy individuals are buying up huge parcels of undeveloped land and forests, which they then put into Nature Conservancies . . . places where, they hope, all things of and in the earth will flourish as they did before the emergence of mankind.  Human beings, due

Mysterious Book Report No. 348 – Potter’s Field

By |2018-09-19T19:40:52+00:00September 19th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Potter’s Field by Rob Hart Polis Books, $25.99, 272 pages, ISBN 978-1-943818-93-8 Three years ago, a new writing talent appeared and lit up the hard-boiled crime scene like machine-gun fire on a moonless night.  The author’s name was Rob Hart, and his character, Ash McKenna, is a tough guy who—like Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe—gives bad-assiveness a good name.  Happily, he’s now back in his fifth adventure. Potter’s Field, by

Author Interview – J.L. Abramo

By |2018-09-06T18:49:08+00:00September 6th, 2018|Author Interviews|

Interview With The Author: J.L. Abramo  by John Dwaine McKenna Hello and welcome to Joe Abramo, whose family saga, American History is reviewed in Mysterious Book Report No. 347.  Thanks for taking time out to speak with us today and giving our readers your insights and observations.  We know you’re busy  . . . so let’s dig right in. Why do you write? To release what would otherwise be

Mysterious Book Report No. 344 – Blood Standard

By |2018-07-23T18:52:48+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Blood Standard by Laird Barron Putnam/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 321 pages, ISBN 978-07352-1287-9 The MBR has always had a soft spot for the antihero type: those individuals who’re capable of most anything, but who also possess the same purity of heart as a knight errant on a quest.  They’re the kind of characters who struggle with the world, and themselves, in an idealistic representation of the human condition.  Simply

Mysterious Book Report No 343 – Flight Of The Fox

By |2018-07-16T06:28:40+00:00July 16th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Flight of the Fox by Gray Basnight Down & Out Books, PB, $18.95, 381 pages, ISBN 978-1-946502-61-2 An electrifying, propulsive and timely thriller was just released that, by all rights, should shoot to the top of every bestseller list in the country.  If ever an author stepped up to the plate, took a swing, hit it right on the sweet spot and out of the park . . .

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. 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. 331 – Defectors

By |2018-04-24T10:52:27+00:00April 24th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Defectors by Joseph Kanon ATRIA BOOKS/Simon & Schuster, $27.00, 290 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-2139-5 In light of all the nic-nac paddy-whacking that’s been going on for weeks . . . or is it months . . . or, OMG . . . years now about Russia and who did what to whom, and the when, where, why and how until we’re all sick to death of hearing about it, the