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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 […]

Author Interview – Michael Kardos

Mysterious Book Report Michael Kardos

Interview With The Author: Michael Kardos by John Dwaine McKenna With many thanks, our interview this week is with Michael Kardos, the Pushcart Prize- winning author of Bluff, who holds degrees from Princeton, Ohio State, and the University of Missouri. He lives in Mississippi, where he teaches creative writing at Mississippi State. Somehow, he’s also […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 342 – Spirits ...

Mysterious Book Report Spirits of the Heart

Spirits of the Heart by Frances Brown writing as Claire Gem Erato Publishing, PB, $13.95, 312 pages, ISBN 978-0-9974326-4-0 As the by-line shows, this will be a different—and special—MBR.  It’s not within our usual purview of crime and punishment, or murder and mayhem, nor even an exploration of the dark side of human nature.  Instead, […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 340 – Dead Sto...

Mysterious Book Report Dead Stop

Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless Thomas & Mercer, PB $15.95, 384 pages, ISBN 9781503943384 When the prestigious 2018 Colorado Book Awards were announced earlier this month, Dead Stop, by Barbara Nickless was the Mystery Fiction winner.  These awards are sponsored by the Colorado Humanities Organization, and is the equivalent, in the MBRs opinion, of winning […]

My Recent Interview With Author Claire Gem

My Recent Interview With Author Claire Gem

A Guest From Outside the Box – Claire Gem Today I have a very special guest with me on Emotional Journeys. Author John McKenna, who sometimes goes by the name Garritt O’Dwaine, writes nonfiction, crime fiction, and is also the mastermind behind the review website, Mysterious Book Report. Read the rest of the interview HERE. Claire Gem’s links: […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 325 – Robichea...

Mysterious Book Report - Robicheaux

Robicheaux by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 445 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-7684-3 Whenever a new book by James Lee Burke is released, I can’t wait to get my hands on it and promptly read it cover-to-cover.  It’s been that way since the early 1990s, when I heard him speak on NPR about a character […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 316 – The Down...

Mysterious Book Report The Downside

The Downside by Mike Cooper Mysterious Press/Open Road, PB $14.99, 286 pages, ISBN 978-1-5040-4461-5 The MBR is kicking off the New Year 2018 with one of the best caper novels to come our way since The Sting was made into a movie back in 1973. It features one of the most unique bad guys in […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 260 – The Bone...

Mysterious Book Report The Bone Labyrinth

The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins WM. Morrow/Harper Collins, $27.99, 471 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-238164-4 Anyone who’s passed by a mass-market paperback book rack has probably seen the name James Rollins, even if they have never read one of his many action-adventure yarns featuring Commander Gray Pierce and the Sigma Force Team.  In Rollins’s fictional world, […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 241 – The Last...

Mysterious Book Report The Last Dawn

The Last Dawn by Joe Gannon Minotaur Books, $26.99, 278 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-04803-5 Unless you’ve recently vacationed in Costa Rica or Belize, the geography of Central America is pretty much terra incognita for most of us who live north of the Mexican border and speak English as our mother tongue. But back in the 1980s, […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 239 – The Ligh...

Mysterious Book Report The Lightkeepers

The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni Counterpoint, $25.00, 358 pages, ISBN 978-1-61902-600-1 An exceptional new authorial voice was brought to our attention by some friends in New York City a few weeks ago. They know we’re always looking for exemplary first novels by as-yet unknown writers to introduce to our MBR audience—and although we don’t always […]