Mysterious Book Report No. 367 – Restorat...

Mysterious Book Report Restoration Heights

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 […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 366 – The Nigh...

Mysterious Book Report The Night Agent

The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk William Morrow/Harper Collins, $26.99, 422 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-287546-4 To all of our readers out there in newslandia, bookreviewburg, or elsewhere, lost somewhere in the electronic haze, who think that all the great spy and thriller novels ended with the deaths of Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy . . . […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 365 – The New ...

Mysterious Book Report New Iberia Blues

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 […]

Author Interview – Howard Michael Gould

Author Interview – Howard Michael Gould

Interview With The Author: Howard Michael Gould by John Dwaine McKenna This week’s interview is with Howard Michael Gould, whose first novel, Last Looks, is reviewed in MBR No. 364, and since he’s got a been-there, done-that resumé that’s longer than Seabiscuit’s hind leg, lets get right to our first question: Where do you write? […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 364 – Last Loo...

Mysterious Book Report Last Looks

Last Looks by Howard Michael Gould Dutton/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 291 pages, ISBN 978-1-524-74249-2 According to the Collins Unabridged Dictionary and Synonym Finder of the English Language, the word quirky is defined thus: “peculiarly individual or unconventional.”  It’s synonyms are: “odd, unusual, eccentric,” and well, you get the gist.  We mention this only because this […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 363 – Dark Sac...

Mysterious Book Report Dark Sacred Night

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly Little Brown, $29.00, 433 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-48480-0 After twenty novels, Michael Connelly’s lonesome, jazz-loving and gifted Los Angeles Police Department Detective Harry Bosch is the most iconic and well-known sleuth in all of modern crime fiction.  When the average lifespan of a serial character is about four books before […]

Author Interview – Nico Walker

Mysterious Book Report Nico Walker

Interview With The Author: Nico Walker by John Dwaine McKenna Our interview this week is thanks to the extra effort of Emily Reardon at Penguin Random House in NYC and our own Lora Brown here at Mysterious Book Report.  Together, they coordinated our questions and corresponded with author Nico Walker, who’s currently an inmate at […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 362 – Cherry

Mysterious Book Report Cherry

Cherry by Nico Walker Knopf, $26.95, 313 pages, ISBN 978-0-525-52013-9 Every person in America today who pays attention to the news and current events is aware that we’re dealing with an unprecedented drug and opioid crisis.  The numbers are staggering . . . and the statistics sobering . . . there were more than 70,000 […]

Author Interview – Casey Barrett

Mysterious Book Report Casey Barrett

Interview With The Author: Casey Barrett by John Dwaine McKenna Our interview today is with Casey Barrett, whose second Duck Darley mystery-thriller is reviewed in MBR number 361.  And I’d like to say right up front, that as a long-time fan of Ken Bruen and his Jack Taylor series, it’s great to find a brand […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 361 – Against ...

Mysterious Book Report Against Nature

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 […]