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 – 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 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

Mysterious Book Report No. 325 – Robicheaux

By |2018-03-12T18:44:42+00:00March 12th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Robicheaux by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 445 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-7684-3 Whenever a new book by James Lee Burke is released, I can’t wait to get my hands on it and promptly read it cover-to-cover.  It’s been that way since the early 1990s, when I heard him speak on NPR about a character he’d created; a fictional Cajun detective from New Iberia, Louisiana.  He was unique, this

Mysterious Book Report No. 323 – The Cuban Affair

By |2018-02-26T06:46:39+00:00February 26th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille Simon & Schuster, $28.99, 429 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-0172-4 Who doesn’t dream of sunny, warm days with an ample supply of cold drinks and an ocean to play in, when we’re up to our ear-muffs in icy roads, snow and sub-freezing temperatures, day, after day, after day . . . and if we can’t actually go there, we can at least escape in literature

Mysterious Book Report No. 311 – A Promise To Kill

By |2017-11-14T18:15:30+00:00November 14th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

A Promise To Kill by Erik Storey Simon & Schuster, $26.00, 288 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-2418-1 This is part 2 of our introduction to an exciting new hero in crime fiction named Clyde Barr. He’s the altruistic world traveler, the sometimes mercenary war fighter, and a man who’s always on the side of the underdog. He’s the creation of author Erik Storey, a writer who displays many of his character’s

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. 278 – Fidelity

By |2017-05-05T09:51:49+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Fidelity by Jan Fedarcyk Simon & Schuster, $25.00, 306 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-3386-9 With some seven and-a-half million residents spread out over a couple thousand city blocks, the Manhattan Office of the FBI is one of the largest, busiest and most important of all postings within the agency. The activity there is ceaseless, and the agents are all at the top of their game. They’re the best of the best

Mysterious Book Report No. 268 – The Hand That Feeds You

By |2017-03-28T18:10:45+00:00March 28th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich Scribner/Simon & Schuster, $26.00, 273 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-7458-9 This novel should have been read and featured months ago, but . . . confession time . . . the title was kind of a turn-off. I couldn’t have been more wrong. My Mother was right when she said, “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover, Honey.” It had to do with

Mysterious Book Report No. 263 – The Jealous Kind

By |2017-03-07T07:32:05+00:00March 7th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 382 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-0720-7 There’s a time in everyone’s life that only lasts for a few weeks of a certain special summer that many of us look back upon with nostalgia, affection, and sometimes, a genuine longing. Filtered through the long lens of a half century, we remember those days and weeks and months during the ‘50s as