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Mysterious Book Report No. 345 – Rip Crew

Mysterious Book Report Rip Crew

Rip Crew by Sebastian Rotella Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, $27.00, 322 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-50553-6 With all the rama-lamadingdonging that’s been going on over, under, through, around and about the southern border of our nation this MBR couldn’t be more timely. Rip Crew, by Sebastian Rotella, begins in Guatemala where protagonist Valentine Pescatore, an undercover […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 334 – Green Su...

Green Sun by Kent Anderson Mulholland Books/ Little, Brown, $27.00, 336 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-46680-6 There’s plenty of reality TV programs these days that show viewers what cops are doing during their shifts, and what they’re putting up with from John Q. and Susie B. Public.  Now, a new book puts readers into the jump seat […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 317 – Righteou...

Mysterious Book Report Righteous

Righteous by Joe Ide Mulholland Books/Little Brown & Co, $26.00, 326 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-26777-9 Isaiah Quintinabe—one of the most original sleuthhounds to ever grace the pages of mystery and crime fiction—is back in a second installment that’s equally as good, or better than his Edgar-nominated first, which was entitled simply IQ. Righteous, by Joe Ide, […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 305 – She Ride...

Mysterious Book Report She Rides Shotgun

She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper ECCO/Harper Collins, $26.99, 257 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-239440-8 Some authors hit the bookstores in high gear and never stop producing exciting and original works that become award-winners and best-sellers almost overnight, because readers get excited and tell their friends about it. Word-of-mouth spreads like wildfire and the writer establishes a […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 303 – Here And...

Mysterious Book Report Here And Gone

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 […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 300 – American...

Mysterious Book Report American Static

American Static by Tom Pitts Down & Out Books, PB $17.95, 307 pages, ISBN 978-1-943402-84-7 The Mysterious Book Report has reached another milestone with this, our 300th review. It’s taken a little more than six years and a couple of hundred thousand words to get to this point, so we wanted to mark the occasion […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 232 – The Whit...

Mysterious Book Report The White Van

The White Van by Patrick Hoffman Atlantic Monthly Press/Grove Atlantic, Inc., $24.00, 240 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2304-6 We’ve all been guilty, at some time or another, of staying at the party just a wee bit too long, or succumbing to the exhortations of one of our Good Time Charlie pals, to Awwwgoahead, one more won’t killya […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 219 – Dragonfi...

Mysterious Book Report Dragonfish

Dragonfish by Vu Tran W.W. Norton & Company, $26.95, 296 pages, ISBN 978-0-393-07780-3 Noir fiction “Emphasizes the human urge toward self-destruction,” and “Focuses on the villain,” according to crime fiction writers James Ellroy and Otto Penzler. Its about the down-and-outers, the losers, the hopeless, unforgiven and abandoned among us who often spend their entire literary […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 216 – Goodhous...

Mysterious Book Report Goodhouse

Goodhouse by Peyton Marshall Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26.00, 320 pages, ISBN 978-0-374-16562-8 This week is Halloween and the last of our first-ever Freak-Fest, celebrating novels with creepy characters, angels, demons, or things that creak, sneak and chomp in the dark of the night. Send us your thoughts—social media, snail mail or eee mail—let us […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 153 – The Blac...

Mysterious Book Report The Black-Eyed Blonde

The Black-eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black Henry Holt and Co, $27.00, 290 pages, ISBN 978-0-8050-9814-3 One of the most iconic writers of the twentieth century is Raymond Chandler. He is the father of the hard-boiled detective novel, and creator of a character named Phillip Marlowe, who became the prototypical private eye for many of our […]