Posts tagged Twists

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Mysterious Book Report Here And Gone

Here and Gone by Haylen Beck Crown Publishing Group/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 287 pages, ISBN 978-0-451-49957-8 Recently, there’s been a growing movement in the publishing world, attempting to increase readership and sell more books by encouraging some A-list male crime fiction writers to produce new novels using androgynous-sounding names. The reasoning behind this is that […]

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Mysterious Book Report What You Break

What You Break by Reed Farrel Coleman Putnam/Penguin Random House, $27.00, 357 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-17304-2 One year ago—May 2016—in MBR No. 246, we alerted our readers to a new, compelling and haunting crime fiction character by the name of Gus Murphy. He’s the embodiment of the noir persona, a man dealing with a boatload of […]

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Mysterious Book Report Shaker

Shaker by Scott Frank Knopf/Penguin/Random House, $26.95, 333 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-35003-7 The folks living over on the left coast, earthquakes are an accepted fact of life; about as ordinary—and as welcome—as public rudeness or graffiti on our national monuments. Quakes are grudgingly acknowledged as an unpleasant fact of life out there. A trade-off perhaps, for […]

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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 Kept

The Kept by James Scott Harper Collins, $25.99, 357 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-223673-9 Sometimes I get feedback from fans and readers that goes something like this . . . “How come I never heard of the books or authors you talk about in the newspapers?” . . . And my answer is always the same. “Because […]

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Mysterious Book Report Breaking Point

Breaking Point by C.J. Box Putnam, $26.95, 367 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-16075-2 In spite of what the old saw says, and what our mothers and other teachers told us . . . sometimes we just can’t help but prejudge . . . we go right ahead and judge a book by it’s cover, as the old […]

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Mysterious Book Report Bear Is Broken

Bear Is Broken by Lachlan Smith Mysterious Press, $24.00, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2079-3 Some of the most popular and ever present murder mysteries and crime fiction novels involve lawyers and courtroom dramas.  Probably the first to do so was Earle Stanley Gardner, with his case-cracking super-lawyer named Perry Mason, who always seemed able to force […]

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Mysterious Book Report Ghostman

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95, 321 pages, ISBN 978-0-307-95996-6 Who among us hasn’t dreamed, at one time or another, of chucking it all; going off the grid and living a life of anonymity?  No name, no taxes and no responsibilities . . . answerable only to oneself and the whims of chance.  […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Black Irish

Black Irish by Stephan Talty Ballentine Books, $26.00, 320 pages, ISBN 978-0-345-53806-2 Are you familiar with the term “Black Irish?” It refers not to the color of one’s skin, but to the color of one’s hair.  The black Irish are descendents of the survivors of King Phillip of Spain’s Spanish Armada, a fleet of warships […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Bricklayer

The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd William Morrow, 2010, $24.99, 390pages, ISBN 978-0-06-182701-3 There’s a special interest that we readers should be aware of and give some attention to:  first novels.  They have an aura about them because they encapsulate a lifetime of thought, expression and experience.  (Or in some cases, inexperience . . . ) […]