Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE ENGLISH BOYS by Julia Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2016

"Thomas' finely drawn characters more than make up for some clumsy plotting in her eminently readable debut."
A rising film star is murdered on the morning of her wedding. Read full book review >
THE HEART OF THE LEOPARD CHILDREN  by Wilfried N'Sondé
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2016

"Francophone African writers, like African writers generally, are too little known in this country. This brief but potent tale shows that N'Sondé is one who merits attention."
J'accuse, says the captain. Je confesse, says the prisoner. Mais….Read full book review >

THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF LANGDON ST. IVES by James P. Blaylock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2016

"A collection of enjoyable and cheerfully unsubtle adventures in the company of an endearing cast of characters."
In this illustrated collection, Blaylock (Beneath London, 2015, etc.) offers readers five stories featuring scientist and adventurer Langdon St. Ives, a character first introduced in 1978 when Blaylock was one of the pioneers of the steampunk genre. Read full book review >
DR. KNOX by Peter Spiegelman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2016

"The plot complications get more outlandish as they go, but the dark urban atmosphere keeps the book grounded in gritty reality."
A well-intentioned doctor working with prostitutes and junkies in the seedier parts of Los Angeles can get himself into big trouble. So learns the hero of Spiegelman's (Thick As Thieves, 2011, etc.) noir thriller as his noble aims make him the target of Russian terrorists and shady American business moguls. Read full book review >
AND YET IT MOVES  by Erin  Stalcup
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"An engaging collection that takes on the love and loneliness lurking in the bright lights and shadowed corners of the everyday."
Debut author Stalcup's short story collection takes a look at what is gained and, more often, lost through the not-so-simple act of living. Read full book review >

FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This thoroughly enjoyable novel delivers a swift kick to the heart—an essential summer read."
A female private detective tackles a retired NFA player in this standout romance, the eighth in the bestselling author's Chicago Stars series. Read full book review >
A MAIDEN WEEPING by Jeri Westerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Once again Guest's past misdeeds actually help him in the present in a case that includes plenty of red herrings and an interesting look at medieval jurisprudence."
A young apprentice must use every skill he's learned to free his master from prison. Read full book review >
DEATH IN DISGUISE by Sally Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Even a routine procedural isn't quite so routine in Spencer's deft hands."
It takes more than a village to solve a murder when an American visitor is killed in her suite at Whitebridge's posh Royal Victoria. Read full book review >
RAT RUN by Caro Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Don't bother looking for the master criminal; the story is awash in malefactors but strong enough to bear their combined weight, which is heavy indeed."
DCI Colin Anderson, welcomed back to work 14 months after his last case sent him spiraling into post-traumatic stress disorder, lands a doozy: a nightmare that enmeshes him as tightly as the neighbors he questions in a Glasgow suburb. Read full book review >
THE WOMEN OF THE SOUK by Michael Pearce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Hands-down the least suspenseful kidnapping story you're ever likely to read, with the toothless kidnappers and killers mostly remaining anonymous even after they're captured. Fans of this long-running series, however, will find all the accustomed gravely loopy charm."
The Mamur Zapt brings his very specialized set of skills to bear on a kidnapping, with predictably unpredictable results. Read full book review >
DEATH AT THE BOSTON TEA PARTY by Deryn Lake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"The 16th entry in Lake's series (Death on the Rocks, 2014, etc.) is slow to fulfill the promise of its title. But period detail and quirky characters help make up for the leisurely pace."
A voyage to the New World is anything but smooth sailing for an 18th-century sleuth. Read full book review >
REBELLION'S MESSAGE  by Michael Jecks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Jecks inaugurates his new series by moving from medieval times (The Deadliest Sin, 2014, etc.) to the turbulent Tudor period. His unlikely detective is neither brave nor wise nor very bright, but he's often quite funny as he doggedly tracks down an unexpected killer."
A pickpocket's latest haul comes with a dangerous curse. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >