Posts tagged Detective

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 […]

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 […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 358 – Dead Man...

Mysterious Book Report Dead Man Running

Dead Man Running by Steve Hamilton Putman/Penguin, $26.00, 288 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57444-3 We’ve said it before, and we’ll no doubt say it again, because it’s one of the elements that makes for great drama, as well as the most compelling plots in all of literature . . . and it’s especially true in crime fiction:  […]

Author Interview – Barbara Nickless

Mysterious Book Report Barbara Nickless

Interview With The Author: Barbara Nickless by John Dwaine McKenna Barbara Nickless is the talented writer who has conceived two of the best characters to ever grace the pages of detective fiction.  I was fortunate enough to make her acquaintance and share a table at The Mountain of Authors event last March.  With many thanks […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 301 – The Forc...

Mysterious Book Report The Force

The Force by Don Winslow Wm Morrow/Harper Collins, $27.99, 479 pages. ISBN 978-0-06-266441-9 According to Dwight, one of my retired cop buddies, only a few crime fiction writers Really get it, when writing about the demands, the stresses and the effect—on marriages, children and personal lives—of being a police officer in America today. It’s a […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 298 – Lucky

Mysterious Book Report Lucky

Lucky by Henry Chang Soho Press, $24.95, 218 pages, ISBN 978-1-61695-784-1 New York City’s Chinatown is the home turf of NYPD Detective Jack Yu, the beleaguered serial character created by author Henry Chang, and a personal favorite of the MBR, because the pragmatic and altruistic Chinese-American crime fighter operates in one of the most violent, […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 292 – Celine

Mysterious Book Report Celine

Celine by Peter Heller Alfred A Knopf/Penguin Random House, $25.95, 334 pages, ISBN 978-0-451-49389-7 In order to be successful, today’s crime fiction writer must be able to come up with a unique, new and different kind of detective that readers haven’t encountered before. Let’s face it, we’ve all seen Sam Spade, Spenser, Marlowe and Miss […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 285 – Blue Lig...

Mysterious Book Report Blue Light Yokohama

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon Minotaur Books, $25.99, 417 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-11048-0 Every now and then, a forthcoming book generates so much pre-publication interest that the MBR wants to get a look at it at the earliest possible date. If an ARC, or Advance Readers (i.e. Reviewers) Copy isn’t readily available, we can sometimes […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 281 – IQ

Mysterious Book Report IQ

IQ by Joe Ide Mulholland Books/Little Brown, $26.00, 321 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-26772-4 One sure way to know you’re reading a great book, is when you just don’t want it to end. Perhaps it’s because you’ve found the main character to be so fascinating, endearing or heroic that you don’t want to break contact with him; […]