Mysterious Book Report No. 337 – Sunburn

By |2018-06-05T13:34:07+00:00June 5th, 2018|Mysterious Book Report|

Sunburn by Laura Lippman William Morrow/Harper Collins, $26.99, 290 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-238992-3 Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the warm weather season; a time for vacations, kicking back, relaxing and light summertime reading.  And hey, what could be better, we’re kicking it off with one of America’s most loved, respected and widely-read authors who’s always at the top of the NY Times bestseller lists. Sunburn, by Laura

Mysterious Book Report No. 303 – Here And Gone

By |2017-09-28T17:36:50+00:00September 28th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Here and Gone by Haylen Beck Crown Publishing Group/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 287 pages, ISBN 978-0-451-49957-8 Recently, there’s been a growing movement in the publishing world, attempting to increase readership and sell more books by encouraging some A-list male crime fiction writers to produce new novels using androgynous-sounding names. The reasoning behind this is that unisex pen names will attract more female readers, since they tend to avoid the

Mysterious Book Report No. 288 – What You Break

By |2017-05-22T16:42:55+00:00May 22nd, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

What You Break by Reed Farrel Coleman Putnam/Penguin Random House, $27.00, 357 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17304-2 One year ago—May 2016—in MBR No. 246, we alerted our readers to a new, compelling and haunting crime fiction character by the name of Gus Murphy. He’s the embodiment of the noir persona, a man dealing with a boatload of personal pain and grief, while living and operating on the gritty south shore of

Mysterious Book Report No. 277 – Shaker

By |2017-05-05T09:39:41+00:00May 5th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

Shaker by Scott Frank Knopf/Penguin/Random House, $26.95, 333 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-35003-7 The folks living over on the left coast, earthquakes are an accepted fact of life; about as ordinary—and as welcome—as public rudeness or graffiti on our national monuments. Quakes are grudgingly acknowledged as an unpleasant fact of life out there. A trade-off perhaps, for the warm, wonderful Mediterranean climate and endless eye-popping coastline, its scenic wonders and bountiful

Mysterious Book Report No. 265 – The Winter Girl

By |2017-03-13T06:55:29+00:00March 13th, 2017|Mysterious Book Report|

The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich Doubleday/Penguin Random House, $24.95, 205 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-53997-5 It won’t officially be winter until the Twenty-first of December when the winter solstice, which is the shortest day of the year, happens. Mother Nature says otherwise. It’s been cold, gray and low freezing temperatures for some weeks in many parts of the country . . . a great time to start your personal reading

Mysterious Book Report No. 154 – The Kept

By |2016-06-17T09:34:15+00:00June 17th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

The Kept by James Scott Harper Collins, $25.99, 357 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-223673-9 Sometimes I get feedback from fans and readers that goes something like this . . . "How come I never heard of the books or authors you talk about in the newspapers?" . . . And my answer is always the same. "Because I'm trying to find your next favorite author for you, instead of the same

Mysterious Book Report No. 112 – Breaking Point

By |2016-04-20T07:58:13+00:00April 20th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Breaking Point by C.J. Box Putnam, $26.95, 367 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-16075-2 In spite of what the old saw says, and what our mothers and other teachers told us . . . sometimes we just can’t help but prejudge . . . we go right ahead and judge a book by it’s cover, as the old saying goes.  I’ve done it, you’ve done it, we’ve all done it at one

Mysterious Book Report No. 111 – Bear Is Broken

By |2016-04-20T07:09:50+00:00April 20th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Bear Is Broken by Lachlan Smith Mysterious Press, $24.00, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2079-3 Some of the most popular and ever present murder mysteries and crime fiction novels involve lawyers and courtroom dramas.  Probably the first to do so was Earle Stanley Gardner, with his case-cracking super-lawyer named Perry Mason, who always seemed able to force a confession on the witness stand.  These days, author John Grisham seems to have

Mysterious Book Report No. 108 – Ghostman

By |2016-04-18T07:59:58+00:00April 18th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95, 321 pages, ISBN 978-0-307-95996-6 Who among us hasn’t dreamed, at one time or another, of chucking it all; going off the grid and living a life of anonymity?  No name, no taxes and no responsibilities . . . answerable only to oneself and the whims of chance.  Soon however, like running off to join the circus, or driving a Corvette from

Mysterious Book Report No. 106 – Black Irish

By |2016-04-15T07:13:16+00:00April 15th, 2016|Mysterious Book Report|

Black Irish by Stephan Talty Ballentine Books, $26.00, 320 pages, ISBN 978-0-345-53806-2 Are you familiar with the term “Black Irish?” It refers not to the color of one’s skin, but to the color of one’s hair.  The black Irish are descendents of the survivors of King Phillip of Spain’s Spanish Armada, a fleet of warships sent in 1588 to invade England.  The Armada was defeated by the British Navy,