Posts tagged Detective

Mysterious Book Report No. 280 – Darktown

Mysterious Book Report Darktown

Darktown by Thomas Mullen 37INK/ATRIA Books, $26.00, 371 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-3386-2 Only a few authors have the ability to educate, entertain and thrill their audiences, all at the same time. It’s a gift; and a rare talent practiced by luminaries like Dennis Lehane, Walter Mosley and Philip Kerr; each of whom have a unique, and […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 275 – The Seco...

Mysterious Book Report The Second Girl

The Second Girl by David Swinson Mulholland Books/Little Brown and Company, $26.00, 354 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-26417-4 One of the main functions of the MBR is to spot and point out for our readers new, outstanding and fresh crime fiction writers who’ve created memorable characters doing unusual deeds in authentic situations. The locations and times vary, […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 270 – So Say T...

Mysterious Book Report So Say The Fallen

So Say The Fallen by Stuart Neville Soho Press, $26.95, 325 pages, ISBN 978-1-61695-739-1 An often explored mystery theme that never seems to get old, is the question of suicide or murder. What better way to get away with it than staging the death scene and making it look like the decedent took his or […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 257 – Night Wo...

Mysterious Book Report Night Work

Night Work by David C. Taylor Forge/Tom Doherty, $25.99, 318 pages, ISBN 978-0-7653-7485-1 Author David C. Taylor hit the literary ground running last year when his first crime-fiction novel entitled Night Life, featuring tough-guy Michael Cassidy was first published.  Cassidy’s a classic, Phillip Marlowe kind of detective, working the mean streets of 1950s New York […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 249 – Pacific ...

Mysterious Book Report Pacific Burn

Pacific Burn by Barry Lancet Simon & Schuster, $25.00, 356 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-9488-4 With a renewed focus on Asia of late, it seems as though there’s news and happenings on an hourly basis from the region. China, North and South Korea, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Burma, Taiwan, Tibet . . . and of course Japan, have […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 247 – Spoils O...

Mysterious Book Report Spoils Of Victory

Spoils of Victory by John A. Connell Berkley/Penguin Random House, $27.00, 372 pages, ISBN 978-0-425-28156-7 Late last year an authentic, entertaining, and exciting new detective series hit the bookstores and became an instant success. Part crime fiction, part historical fiction and part military fiction, the novel featured a U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) named […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 244 – Purgator...

Mysterious Book Report Purgatory

Purgatory by Ken Bruen Mysterious Press, $24.00, 278 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2607-8 Once the envy of the entire world soon after the millennium, the Celtic Tiger has died in Ken Bruen’s 2013 novel Purgatory, and been replaced with an Ireland that can only be described as circling the economic drain. With jobs non-existent, crime is rampant, […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 243 – The Sund...

Mysterious Book Report The Sundown Speech

The Sundown Speech by Loren D. Estelman Forge/Tom Doherty Associates, $24.99, 216 pages, ISBN 978-0-7653-3736-8 Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the summer vacation season, so we’re kicking it off with a couple of short, fast reads that are perfect ‘beach books’; novels you can finish in one or two afternoons while working […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 237 – Forty Th...

Mysterious Book Report Forty Thieves

Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry Mysterious Press, $26.00, 356 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2452-4 Start reading any type of great fiction, and you’ll soon realize that it’s based upon conflict . . . because conflict creates drama . . . and drama is what captures, then holds, our attention and keeps us reading. Why? Because we humans […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 234 – Ruins Of...

Mysterious Book Report Ruins Of War

Ruins of War by John A Connell Berkley/Penguin-Random House, $26.95, 372 pages, ISBN 978-0-425-27895-6 Every time we start thinking that the deep, thoroughly-explored and fully-drawn well of World War II stories is about to run dry . . . along comes another author with a whole new, and fascinating point of view, coupled together with […]