Posts tagged Historical Fiction

Mysterious Book Report No. 283 – Revolver

Mysterious Book Report Revolver

Revolver by Duane Swierczynski Mulholland Books/Little Brown and Company, $26.00, 316 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-40323-8 The MBR has often reviewed works of historical fiction—plotted as crime fiction, murder mysteries and whodunnits of all flavors, sizes and eras—and even some which take place in the future. This week however, is as unique a piece of historical fiction […]

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. 273 – The One ...

Mysterious Book Report The One Man

The One Man by Andrew Gross Minotaur Books, $26.99, 415 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-07950-3 Pundits the world over have examined, discussed, analyzed, diagrammed, debated, researched and written thousands upon thousands of books, articles and dissertations on the subject of the Second World War. It’s the object of infinite fascination and endless study; perhaps because it was […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 245 – The Yid

Mysterious Book Report The Yid

The Yid by Paul Goldberg Picador/ St Martin’s Press, $26.00, 301 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-07903-9 The legacy of Joseph Stalin, the ruthless dictator of the Soviet Union during the 1930s, 40s and early 50s, is one of famine, endless bloodshed and tens of millions of deaths due to malfeasance, malevolence and gross mismanagement.  It was an […]

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 […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 200 – The Hous...

Mysterious Book Report The House Of Wolfe

The House of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, $24.00, 248 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2246-9 Today is an individual milestone with this, the 200th Mysterious Book Report, and I wanted it to be something special to commemorate the occasion. The selection is personal, one of my favorite novelist who’s influenced any number of other […]

Mysterious Book No. 196 – The Empire of N...

Mysterious Book The Empire of Night

The Empire of Night by Robert Olen Butler Mysterious Press, $26.00, 401 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2323-7 One hundred years ago, all of Europe was in the midst of what was then called the Great War, or World War I as we now know it. It was the first fully mechanized war and the battlefield casualties were […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 160 – Then We ...

Mysterious Book Report Then We Take Berlin

Then We Take Berlin by John Lawton Grove Atlantic Inc., $26.00, 418 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2196-7 I’ve always enjoyed reading historical fiction or crime and espionage novels, as well as most anything to do with World War II and the early cold war period.  When I found an unfamiliar author who had just written a novel […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 157 – The Big ...

Mysterious Book Report The Big Crowd

The Big Crowd by Kevin Baker Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, $27.00, 424 pages, ISBN 978-0-618-85990-0 The Mysterious Book Report has long been an ardent and enthusiastic promoter of the classic black and white noir movies made in the golden age of film during the 1930s, 40s and 50s.  They are, in fact, the very definition […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 90 – Prague Fa...

Mysterious Book Report Prague Fatale

Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr Marion Wood Putnam, $26.95, 400 pages, ISBN 978-03969-15902-2 All my life, I’ve had a fascination with and a thirst for knowledge of the great conflagration and tragedy known as World War II.  Could be it’s because I was born just a year after the end of it . . . […]