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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. 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. 313 – The Shad...

Mysterious Book Report The Shadow District

The Shadow District by Arnaldur Indridason Thomas Dunne/Minotaur Books, $25.99, 344 pages ISBN 978-1-250-12402-9) Iceland, positioned at the top of the world between Europe and North America, is a land of active volcanoes, long winter nights and some of the best noir writers in the world. Case in point . . . the newest crime […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 308 – A Game o...

Mysterious Book Report A Game of Ghosts

A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly Atria/Emily Bestler Books, $26.99, 464 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-7189-5 We’ve saved the best for last. Our final submission for this years MBR Freak Fest is by the undisputed heavyweight king of Gothic Noir Crime Fiction. His name is John Connolly. He’s an Irish writer who’s been atop worldwide best […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 231 – Last Wor...

Mysterious Book Report Last Words

Last Words by Michael Koryta Little, Brown and Company, $26.00, 420 pages, ISBN 978-0316-12263-4 There ought to be a special word for novels that have more than one theme, more than one story arc, and a tricky, psychologically-twisted plot interwoven with numerous backstories blended together into a complex and genre-defying literary stew that you just […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 191 – Prayer

Mysterious Book Report Prayer

Prayer by Philip Kerr Putnam/Penguin, $26.95, 409 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-16765-2 Across the world today, debates are raging between believers and non-believers about the existence of God, and the power of prayer. Radicals are trying to establish theocracies where everyone will adhere to strict religious law, as in Iran, where there’s no separation between church and […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 183 – Broken M...

Mysterious Book Report Broken Monsters

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes Harper Collins, $26.00, 520 pages, ISBN 978-0-00-746459-3 The city of Detroit has long been an American icon; The Shining City, or Motor City as it’s been called, is now an emblem of broken dreams and unkept promises. Now it’s bankrupt and known colloquially as Murder City. It’s a place where […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 107 – The Boyf...

Mysterious Book Report The Boyfriend

The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry Mysterious Press, $25.00, 298 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2606-1 There are people in the world who are so expert in their chosen fields of work that they have the skill and the ability to make the most difficult tasks look easy.  You know the ones I mean: the accountant who takes the […]

Mysterious Book Report No.75 – Creole Bel...

Mysterious Book Report Creole Bell

Creole Bell by James Lee Burke Simon & Shuster, $27.99, 528 pages, ISBN 978-1-4516-4813-3 Creole Bell begins in Indian summer with a torpid Dave Robicheaux in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds.  He’s on a morphine drip for pain and very uncomfortable.  He has a history of alcohol and drug addiction, and is a long-standing […]