Mysterious Book Report No. 371 – Ambush

By |2019-05-02T22:23:40+00:00May 2nd, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

Ambush by Barbara Nickless Thomas & Mercer, PB, $15.95, 350 pages, ISBN 978-1503901513 Ambush, the third—and latest—in the Sydney Rose Parnell thriller series by Barbara Nickless, takes off on page one like a Marine FA-18 Super Hornet under full military power from the flight deck of the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush, and never lets the reader down. The novel opens in Denver, where a Regional Transportation District, or RTD,

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. 359 – The Man Who Came Uptown

By |2019-01-21T06:08:56+00:00January 21st, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos Mulholland, $27.00, 263 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-47982-0 Everyone makes choices . . . and then has to live with the consequences of those choices.  A fictional character in Washington, D.C. named Michael Hudson made a bad choice and it landed him in prison.  That’s where he got the reading habit, thanks to a librarian named Anna Kaplan, who takes special interest in

Mysterious Book Report No. 357 – The Line That Held Us

By |2019-01-14T20:42:59+00:00January 14th, 2019|Mysterious Book Report|

The Line That Held Us by David Joy Putnam/Penguin, $27.00, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57422-1 The MBR is kicking off the New Year with an elegant—and stunning—tale of Appalachian noir that combines elements of kinship and friendship, absolute love and total retribution, death, revenge and redemption.  It is a novel you’ll find yourself thinking about long after finishing the last chapter and reaching the astonishing conclusion, because it leaves several

Author Interview – Tom Pitts

By |2018-12-06T06:23:11+00:00December 6th, 2018|Author Interviews|

Interview With The Author:  Tom Pitts by John Dwaine McKenna This week’s interview is one we’ve been looking forward to since last year, when MBR No. 300 reviewed American Static, calling it “One of the finest noir yarns we’ve read in years.”  Now, author Tom Pitts is back, with a new piece of hard-boiled fiction, and we can’t wait to hear what this rising star in the noir world

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

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

Author Interview – Paul D. Marks

By |2018-09-27T15:54:41+00:00September 27th, 2018|Author Interviews|

 Interview With The Author: Paul D. Marks by John Dwaine McKenna We’re pleased and proud, to talk with Macavity Award-Winning author Paul D. Marks, whose just published novel, Broken Windows, is detailed above in Mysterious Book Report No. 349, and a writer who brings some serious chops to the craft, as well as a keen eye for the foibles, follies and quirks of human nature.  He’s well on his

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