BESTSELLERS

THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT by Karen White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017
An atmospheric and entertaining look at the friends who keep your secrets—and the friends who keep you guessing until it's too late. Read full book review >
SONG OF THE LION by Anne Hillerman

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017
The latest from Hillerman (Rock with Wings, 2015, etc.) continues worldbuilding in a tale that will reward long-term readers. Read full book review >

THE BURIAL HOUR by Jeffery Deaver

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017
As even Lord Peter Wimsey demonstrated, a detective's entitled to a break during his honeymoon. Expect Rhyme and Company to be back to fighting strength by next year. Read full book review >
ONE PERFECT LIE by Lisa Scottoline

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017
A bonus is some strategic leavening via Scottoline's journalistic aphorisms, as when one of the students' mothers imagines a romance with the imposter hero: "She knew that it was an inappropriate fantasy, but no fantasy worth having was appropriate." Read full book review >
EARTHLY REMAINS by Donna Leon

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017
Perhaps the most minimal of all Leon's mysteries, with no suspects to speak of and few details of the Commissario's domestic life or his eternal professional tussles at the Questura. Think of this barely-a-case as a vacation for your own soul. Read full book review >

THE LOST ORDER by Steve Berry

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017
Readers looking to sample the historical-conspiracies genre should begin with one of Berry's earlier efforts. Read full book review >
ALL BY MYSELF, ALONE by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017
The mixture is as before, with a bit less of everything except suspects and red herrings. Read full book review >
THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE by Jessica Shattuck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017
Neither romantic nor heroic, Shattuck's new novel seems atypical of current World War II fiction but makes sincere, evocative use of family history to explore complicity and the long arc of individual responses to a mass crime. Read full book review >
THE BLACK BOOK by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2017
Most readers will be ahead of the twin investigators in identifying the guilty party. But the mystery is authentic, the lead-up genuinely suspenseful, and the leading characters and situations more memorable than Patterson's managed in quite a while. Co-author Ellis is definitely a keeper. Read full book review >
MAN OVERBOARD by J.A. Jance

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017
Jance (Random Acts, 2016, etc.) can't seem to keep out of her own way or avoid sidelining the supposed heroine in this 15th franchise installment. But the character who does take the lead deserves to keep it, and the ending helps make up for the cumbersome plot. Read full book review >
MANGROVE LIGHTNING by Randy Wayne White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017
White comes up with a novel way to re-examine historical crimes: reincarnate the criminals as fictional present-day killers. It's a crazy idea, and some crazy developments trail in its wake, but it works better than you might expect. Read full book review >
THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE by Lisa See
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017
Still, a riveting exercise in fictional anthropology. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >