Posts tagged Novel

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Mysterious Book Report Under Water

Under Water by Casey Barrett Kensington Publishing Corp., $25.00, 309 pages, ISBN 978-1-4697-0968-4 The MBR is ever on the lookout for debut authors with arresting characters, compelling plots and above-average wordsmithing talent.  When we find one, we do our best to alert all of you, so that together, we can read and enjoy the writer […]

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Mysterious Book Report Sunburn

Sunburn by Laura Lippman William Morrow/Harper Collins, $26.99, 290 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-238992-3 Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the warm weather season; a time for vacations, kicking back, relaxing and light summertime reading.  And hey, what could be better, we’re kicking it off with one of America’s most loved, respected and widely-read authors […]

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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 Light It Up

Light It Up by Nick Petrie Putnam, $26.00, 384 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57563-1 As a fifty-plus year resident here in Colorado, the question I’m most often asked by out-of-state friends is: How has the legalization of marijuana affected things there?  The short answer . . . stoners love it and are flocking here in large numbers, […]

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Mysterious Book Report Ultraluminous

Ultraluminous by Katherine Faw Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25.00, 199 pages, ISBN 978-0-374-27966-0 This weeks MBR is one of those which are unclassifiable . . . it’s hard-boiled, cutting edge, semi-pornographic, unapologetic, compelling and utterly fascinating . . . but don’t say we didn’t warn ya. Ultraluminous, by Katherine Faw, comes four years after her […]

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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 […]

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Mysterious Book Report Illegal Holdings

Illegal Holdings by Michael Niemann Coffeetown Press, PB, $14.95, 228 pages, ISBN 978-1-60381-591-8 Serendipity is the ability to make fortunate discoveries by accident . . . which is what happened here at the MBR when our mailbox, (P.O. Box 2406, Colorado Springs, CO 80901) yielded up an unsolicited new publication from a small independent press […]

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Mysterious Book Report False Flag

False Flag by John Altman Blackstone Publishing, $26.99, 320 pages, ISBN 978-1-5047-9772-6 In the world of espionage, The business of spies is lies, which makes it impossible at times, to distinguish between friend and foe . . . because all covert operations are designed to advance the interests and objectives of the spying country.  Put […]

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Mysterious Book Report No. 320 Bluebird Bluebird

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke Muholland Books/Little Brown & Co, $26.00, 303 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-36329-7 One of 2017s most outstanding novels was first released in the last quarter of the year, and we were so inundated with other books to review that we weren’t able to report on it.  The MBR regrets that and intends […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Smack

The Smack by Richard Lange Muholland Books, Little Brown & Co, $26.00, 352 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-32762-6 The mean streets of Los Angeles are the setting for a new kind of novel that combines action with the troubles of the real world. It’s about people on the hustle, people who swindle others out of their money […]