Posts tagged Murder

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Mysterious Book Report The Detonator

The Detonator by Vincent Zandri Polis Books, $25.99, 287 pages, ISBN 978-1-943818-88-4 Psychological thrillers are among the most popular of modern crime fiction works, because they give readers a long and hard look into the hearts and minds and motives of people who are far outside of the usual norms of society.  The Irish and […]

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Mysterious Book Report Killer Choice

Killer Choice by Tom Hunt Berkley/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 342 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-58640-8 A harrowing ride into desperation, is how one commentator described this chilling suspense novel by a debut author who posits the following question:  How far would you go to save the life of the person you love most in the world?  That […]

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Mysterious Book Report Blood On The Tracks

Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless Thomas & Mercer, PB, $15.95, 372 pages, ISBN 978-1503936867 It was a lucky day for all of us when my wife June’s book club decided to read this outstanding first novel, written by a Colorado author and published in 2016.  Smart group those dozen-plus ladies, all college or […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Bomb Maker

The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry Mysterious Press, $26.00, 372 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2748-8 One way to judge the character of a hero is by assessing the nature of his or her adversary.  The wickeder the villain, the more courageous the protagonist will appear to be, because conflict creates drama, and it is the following sequence […]

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Mysterious Book Report Night Blind

Night Blind by Ragnar Jonasson Minotaur/ St. Martins, $25.99, 213 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-09609-8 Iceland sits just below the Arctic Circle, about midway between Greenland and Scandinavia.  At  the northernmost  point of the volcanic island is the city  of  Siglufjördur . . . where in late November, “The darkness comes and curls around you like a  […]

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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 […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Trust

The Trust by Ronald H. Balson St. Martin’s Press, $26.99, 356 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-12744-0 The Troubles, as the conflict in Northern Ireland during the 1970s, 80s and 90s became known, has long been an area of interest for the MBR. The sectarian violence there pitted Protestant Unionists—those in favor of remaining in the British Commonwealth—against […]

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Mysterious Book Report She Rides Shotgun

She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper ECCO/Harper Collins, $26.99, 257 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-239440-8 Some authors hit the bookstores in high gear and never stop producing exciting and original works that become award-winners and best-sellers almost overnight, because readers get excited and tell their friends about it. Word-of-mouth spreads like wildfire and the writer establishes a […]

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Mysterious Book Report Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy by Steve Hamilton Putnam/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 287 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57438-2 One year ago, (MBR 254,) we alerted readers to a new series by award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Steve Hamilton that featured an anti-hero protagonist named Nick Mason. Mason’s the guy who, in order to get out of serving the last […]

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Mysterious Book Report Dark River Rising

Dark River Rising by Roger Johns Minotaur Books/St. Martins Publishing Group, $26.99, 2936 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-11009-1 The Mysterious Book Report is always on the lookout for promising debut authors with unique protagonists and interesting points of view, that are set in unusual places which are all wrapped up in an original and compelling plot. This […]