Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House by John Whittier Treat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2016

"A compassionate, engrossing novel of life in the early plague years, depicted here with authentic detail and a true heart."
The panicked, formative years of the AIDS epidemic create the dramatic backdrop for this sentimental yet searingly authentic novel. Read full book review >
RED ROOFS & OTHER STORIES by Junichiro Tanizaki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2016

"Tanizaki combines understated realism with fabulism, sensuality, a fascination with the exotic (which, in a reversal of American and European literary clichés, here means things Western), and ambivalence toward traditional Japan."
Four newly translated stories, written between 1917 and 1926, by one of the masters of 20th-century Japanese literature (The Makioka Sisters, 1957, etc.). Read full book review >

HOLIDAY TEMPTATION by Donna Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A sweet, sexy, and satisfying trio of novellas."
Professional women at personal crossroads find love in three contemporary holiday romances. Read full book review >
THE PERKS OF LOVING A SCOUNDREL by Jennifer McQuiston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A surprising, readable story about healing, forgiveness, and trust."
A bookish young woman and a degenerate ex-soldier team up to foil an assassination plot in Victorian England, falling in love in the process. Read full book review >
YEAR OF THE RAT by Marc Anthony Richardson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Technically a novel, it will make all but the most experimental of readers throw it across a room."
Two hundred and some-odd pages of…something. Read full book review >

A MARCH TO REMEMBER  by Anna Loan-Wilsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The weak mystery is offset by fascinating period detail and some illegal, immoral, and just plain outrageous political shenanigans."
March 1894 finds the nation's capital anxiously anticipating the arrival of Coxey's Army. Read full book review >
DEVIL SENT THE RAIN by Lisa Turner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A well-wrought procedural that takes a hard look at the old South's influence on the new."
A police officer's past relationship with a wealthy family poses problems for a murder case. Read full book review >
THE LIFE SHE WANTS by Robyn Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A satisfying reinvention story that handles painful issues with a light and uplifting touch."
After her financier husband commits suicide rather than face jail time for stealing from his clients, Emma Shay Compton comes home to Sonoma with the shadow of his crimes over her and must reinvent herself in a hostile landscape while reconnecting with friends she'd thought lost forever. Read full book review >
BRITISH MANOR MURDER by Leslie Meier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A peek into British country life provides a nice break, offering enough local color to excuse a rather tepid puzzle."
Counts, countesses, and corpses highlight Lucy Stone's trip across the pond. Read full book review >
THE MURDER OF A QUEEN BEE  by Meera Lester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The second from Lester (A Beeline To Murder, 2016) is long on romance, sweet tips, and honey recipes. There's a thin little mystery, too."
A beekeeper gets a second chance at love and solving a murder. Read full book review >
SHOOT 'EM UP by Janey Mack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Without more information about the book's context, the heroine's full personality doesn't shine; readers will have to focus more than they should on trying to piece together her back story."
A scrappy Chicago cop seeks her own personal justice when her brother is shot. Read full book review >
THE BABE RUTH DECEPTION  by David O. Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The third from Stewart (The Wilson Deception, 2015, etc.) cleverly mixes real-life people and historical events. The problems of the unlikely sleuths will particularly appeal to baseball fans."
In the aftermath of World War I, two unlikely partners reunite to protect those they love. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >