Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

THE DAMNED OF PETERSBURG by Ralph Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Rich in detail and rendered with a literary flair, this is magnificent fiction that Civil War buffs will want for their libraries."
Peters (Valley of the Shadow, 2015, etc.) continues his visceral Civil War series with the Union Army's 1864 assaults around Petersburg, Virginia. Read full book review >
COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Kope's fascinating debut will place Steps Craig alongside Walt Longmire, Jack Reacher, and Charlie Parker as an enduring literary hero."
A quirky hero who chases the worst of serial killers with a bit of supernatural help makes Kope's debut novel a winner. Read full book review >

ENGAGED IN DEATH by Stephanie Blackmoore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Blackmoore's debut, first in a planned series, provides the usual cozy combination of mystery, romance, and recipes, with a little extra bite supplied by the timely fracking controversy."
Canceling the wedding from hell may turn out to be the best decision a harried lawyer ever made. Read full book review >
FINAL FONDUE by Maya Corrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Corrigan keeps her simple mixture of pleasant characters, murder, and recipes in the oven just a little too long to be truly tasty."
Paying guests are a major headache for a small-town cook and her grandfather. Read full book review >
MURDER HAS NINE LIVES by Laura Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Jaine's flair for the well-turned phrase puts her in the top tier of do-it-yourself detectives."
A writer thinks she's found a ticket to fame and fortune when her cat gets tapped for a TV ad shoot. Read full book review >

BUFFALO JUMP BLUES by Keith McCafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"The fifth case for McCafferty's fly-tying detective is as rich in history, local color, and unique characters as the first four. You can't help hoping that the two leads will solve the problems of their relationship as readily as all those crimes."
An animal sacrifice is prelude to human murder in Montana. Read full book review >
THE BONES OF GRACE by Tahmima Anam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Taken alone, the narrator's self-absorption would be grating, but her story resonates powerfully within the saga of three generations of women personifying Bangladesh's evolution from the clarity of revolution to the confusions of assimilation with the larger world."
With this story about a contemporary Harvard-educated Bangladeshi woman struggling to be true to herself as well as her heritage, Anam completes her three-generation trilogy about Bangladesh. Read full book review >
A THOUSAND MILES FROM NOWHERE by John Gregory Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Populated by likable and believable characters, an affectionate, understated approach to questions of sanity, survival, and redemption."
Natural disaster combines with accident to make a wreckage of a life. Now, in the sympathetic hands of the long-absent Brown (Audubon's Watch, 2001, etc.), it's up to the protagonist to pick up the pieces. Read full book review >
MISSING, PRESUMED by Susie Steiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Hopefully, this is just the first adventure of many Steiner (Homecoming, 2013) will write for DS Bradshaw and her team."
A new and complex police heroine tries to solve a high-profile missing persons case while seeking domestic fulfillment in Cambridge. Read full book review >
A HUNDRED THOUSAND WORLDS by Bob Proehl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"An appealing debut novel despite a few missteps."
An ex-actress and her son trek across America, hitting comics conventions along the way in Proehl's (Flying Burrito Brothers' The Gilded Palace of Sin, 2008) first novel. Read full book review >
ALL THE MISSING GIRLS by Megan Miranda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Feel free to give these missing girls a miss."
Miranda's thriller, told backward over a two-week period, finds heroine Nicolette "Nic" Farrell back home in Cooley Ridge to solve the 10-year-old case of her missing best friend, Corrine, as well as the fresh disappearance of neighbor Annaleise Carter. Read full book review >
DATING TIPS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED by Iris Smyles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Walking the line between self-obsession and thoughtful portraiture, Smyles explores an inextricable link between sex and loneliness, self-loathing and self-acceptance in contemporary New York."
Smyles (Iris Has Free Time, 2013) delivers a maddening and moving not-quite-novel, not-quite-memoir about a wayward eccentric who can't connect with others. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >