Posts tagged Mystery

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Mysterious Book Report American Static

American Static by Tom Pitts Down & Out Books, PB $17.95, 307 pages, ISBN 978-1-943402-84-7 The Mysterious Book Report has reached another milestone with this, our 300th review. It’s taken a little more than six years and a couple of hundred thousand words to get to this point, so we wanted to mark the occasion […]

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Mysterious Book Report G-Man

G-Man by Stephen Hunter Blue Rider Press/ Penguin Random House, $27.00, 443 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57460-3 The Great Depression of the 1930s was a time of unrelenting misery, hardship and economic deprivation. It was an era that left indelible scars upon all who lived through it, for who could forget the massive unemployment, the endless bread […]

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Mysterious Book Report Sorrow Road

Sorrow Road by Julia Keller Minotaur Books, PB, $15.99, 351 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-08959-5 The green rolling hills of West Virginia are the nearest thing to Heaven that I know though the times are sad and drear and I cannot linger here they’ll keep me and never let me go . . . are the opening […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Spy Across The Table

The Spy Across The Table by Barry Lancet Simon & Schuster, $26.00, 435 pages, ISBN 978-1-4767-9491-4 Although prognostication and predicting the future isn’t what we normally do here at the MBR, there’s always exceptions, and this is one. I’m gonna stick my neck all the way out to the cut-on-the-dotted-line tattoo and forecast the near […]

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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 […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Winter Girl

The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich Doubleday/Penguin Random House, $24.95, 205 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-53997-5 It won’t officially be winter until the Twenty-first of December when the winter solstice, which is the shortest day of the year, happens. Mother Nature says otherwise. It’s been cold, gray and low freezing temperatures for some weeks in many parts […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Fireman

The Fireman by Joe Hill Harper Collins, $28.99, 747 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-220063-1 When I had the pleasure of hearing this weeks author being interviewed on NPR a few days ago, he said something that hit me right in the funny bone. And although I admit to having a warped sense of humor, maybe it’ll resonate […]

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Mysterious Book Report Bull Mountain

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich Putnam/Penguin Random House, $26.95, 290 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17396-7 This week’s author had a metric ton of A-list crime fiction writers heaping praise on his debut novel when it first appeared in the fall of last year. The likes of C.J. Box, John Connolly, James Ellroy and others were all highly […]

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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 […]

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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 […]