Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

TWO DAYS GONE by Randall Silvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Beneath the momentum of the investigation lies a pervasive sadness that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page."
A Pennsylvania police officer digs deep, then still deeper, into the mystery of an inexplicably slaughtered family. Read full book review >
THE RETURN OF THE RAVEN MOCKER by Donis Casey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The mystery comes in second (or maybe third) to history lessons and paeans to traditional American values in this folksy tale of small towns and big hearts."
Hardworking farm wife Alafair Tucker unravels more mysterious deaths among her Oklahoma neighbors (All Men Fear Me, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >

THE OLD MAN by Thomas Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Swift, unsentimental, and deeply satisfying. Liam Neeson would be perfect in the title role."
Perry (Forty Thieves, 2016, etc.) drives deep into Jack Reacher territory in this stand-alone about a long-ago Army intelligence officer whose less-than-grateful nation just won't let him be. Read full book review >
MINIATURES by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"Somewhat repetitive in theme, often verging on the silly, but on the whole, quite amusing."
Scalzi has said that his two writing strengths are his novels (The End of All Things, 2015, etc.) and his very short fiction; this slim offering showcases the latter. Read full book review >
THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH by Lindsey Lee Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Hella effort but may not make bank."
Kids face every possible pitfall of modern adolescence as they go from eighth grade to senior year of high school in Mill Valley, California. Read full book review >

Transcendent by K.M. Szpara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2016

"A varied, remarkable collection of trans-themed fiction."
Szpara edits an anthology of new, speculative short stories from transgender perspectives. Read full book review >
Ashes to Ashes by Carrie F. Shepherd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2014

"An impassioned fantasy tale but one that's too dense with characters."
In the second installment of Shepherd's (Fall from Grace, 2014) mythical fantasy series, demons wage a mortal war against elves while an exiled goddess makes a bid for a throne.Read full book review >
The Ludolf Papers by C.K. Carlson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2016

"A vividly rendered, meticulously researched, and often engrossing read for war buffs and historical suspense fans."
Conspiracy, espionage, and historical suspense prove a heady combination in this debut thriller about Nazi war crimes and big pharma. Read full book review >
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO INTERRACIAL LOVE? by Kathleen Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Astonishing and essential. A gem."
Published for the first time nearly 30 years after the author's death at age 46, this gorgeous and strikingly intimate short story collection focuses on the lives and loves of black Americans in the 1960s. Read full book review >
THE BUTCHER'S HOOK by Janet Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Cinderella turns the tables in this gruesome yet engrossing fairy tale that begs for a sequel."
In an isolated manor on the outskirts of London in 1763, 19-year-old Anne Jaccob has reached the end of hope. What can come after but revenge? Read full book review >
PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An old-fashioned epic whose simple, captivating storytelling delivers both wisdom and truth."
An absorbing saga of 20th-century Korean experience, seen through the fate of four generations. Read full book review >
ESCAPE TO HAVANA by Nick Wilkshire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A bit of romance, a bit of gentle humor, several bits of official corruption and drug-related violence, and a chance for the mild-mannered hero to rise to an impossible challenge. It doesn't hold together any better than this summary suggests, but individual bites are tasty enough."
Wilkshire (Thin Ice, 2014, etc.) kicks off a new series by packing middle-aged pencil-pusher Charlie Hillier off to Havana as the Canadian Embassy's new Management Consular Officer. 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 >