Posts tagged Colorado

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Mysterious Book Report Blood On The Tracks

Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless Thomas & Mercer, PB, $15.95, 372 pages, ISBN 978-1503936867 It was a lucky day for all of us when my wife June’s book club decided to read this outstanding first novel, written by a Colorado author and published in 2016.  Smart group those dozen-plus ladies, all college or […]

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Mysterious Book Report Light It Up

Light It Up by Nick Petrie Putnam, $26.00, 384 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57563-1 As a fifty-plus year resident here in Colorado, the question I’m most often asked by out-of-state friends is: How has the legalization of marijuana affected things there?  The short answer . . . stoners love it and are flocking here in large numbers, […]

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Mysterious Book Report A Promise To Kill

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 […]

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Mysterious Book Report Nothing Short Of Dying

Nothing Short of Dying by Erik Storey Simon and Schuster, PB $9.99, 392 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-6073-8 We’re excited here at the MBR, to bring you part I of an event that only comes along once in a blue moon and is scarcer than two-buck Chuck at a gang-banger’s ball. It’s our awesome two-fer . . […]

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Mysterious Book Report My Bad A Mile High Noir

My Bad, a mile high noir by Manuel Ramos Arte Publico Press, $17.95, 248 pages, ISBN 978-1-55885-833-6 The word noir (pronounced NWAR) comes from the French. Its literal translation is black, but it can be interpreted as dark or wicked. As it applies to the Mysterious Book Report, it’s a type of crime fiction that’s […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Painter

The Painter by Peter Heller Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House, $24.95, 365 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-35209-3 I keep a couple of different stacks of books to be reviewed in my office—actually it’s our dining room table–at all times. The stacks increase and decrease as I read and review, and sometimes, a new novel gets inadvertently shoved […]

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Mysterious Book Report Breaking Point

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 […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Dog Stars

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller Knopf, $24.95, 320 pages, ISBN 978-0-307-95994-2 Woof-woof-woof.  There’s an old saw that goes like this:  You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, that I learned from my mother’s mother when I was just a little boy.  Superstitious to the end, “Nanny,” as Grandma O’Toole was called, set store […]