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 >
WHY DO DUKES FALL IN LOVE? by Megan Frampton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"A conventional Regency tale of two delightfully unconventional lovers."
Sleeping with the boss has never seemed so appealing. Read full book review >

GOOD AS GONE by Amy Gentry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Debut novelist Gentry delivers on genre expectations with crisp, unobtrusive writing and well-executed plot twists."
A kidnapped girl, missing for eight years, shows up on her parents' doorstep…but is it really her? Read full book review >
VALLEY OF THE MOON by Melanie Gideon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"An enjoyable magic carpet ride back to an earlier time and a gentler place."
Two narrators, separated by nearly a century, tell a tale of old-time charm and contemporary agita. Read full book review >
KILLER LOOK by Linda Fairstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Workmanlike detection, beautiful people caught in unlovely doings, and more information than you probably needed about the heroine's endless personal traumas. Average for this long-running series."
Who does Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper find "the most heartless group of people I'd encountered in ages"? Yes, it's the remaining luminaries of the city's no-longer-thriving fashion industry, whose number has been further reduced by one. Read full book review >

DEAD JOKER by Anne Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Once again, Holt spices her procedural, whose irresistible setup isn't matched by its anticlimactic solution, with urgent news of her heroine's personal life that eventually eclipses the mystery."
The murder of the Chief Public Prosecutor's wife sends shock waves through the Oslo law enforcement community as police officers and attorneys find themselves in unexpectedly uncomfortable roles. Read full book review >
DON'T TEMPT ME by Lori Foster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Foster's loyal fans might be satisfied with this effort, but they deserve better."
It's lust at first sight and a double romance in this new novel of neighbors helping neighbors by the prolific Foster (Fighting Dirty, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
HEROES OF THE FRONTIER by Dave Eggers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"An ungainly, overlong merger of an adventure tale and social critique."
A troubled dentist pulls up stakes and moves herself and her two children to Alaska. Read full book review >
MURDER ON BRITTANY SHORES by Jean-Luc Bannalec
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Like his debut (Death in Brittany, 2015), the hero's second adventure is judicious in parceling out attention to character, setting, and, most of all, plot."
A triple murder opens a new world to Commissaire Georges Dupin of the Concarneau police. Read full book review >
LIVE AND LET GROWL by Laurien Berenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Adding a thoroughbred to the mix doesn't do a thing to quicken the pace of Berenson's 19th Melanie Travis canine mystery, which run like the old gray mare."
An unexpected bequest brings joy and complications for Melanie Travis (The Bark Before Christmas, 2015, etc.) and her Aunt Peg. Read full book review >
NIGHT TALK by George Noory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"An action-packed, deeply paranoid adventure in which all those conspiracy theories, ranging from UFOs to the Kennedy assassination, turn out to be true after all."
A conspiracy theorist gets into hot water when he becomes the subject of an arcane frame-up. Read full book review >
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Not one of Moriarty's best outings."
Relying less on comedy or edginess than in previous novels (Big Little Lies, 2014, etc.), Moriarty explores the social and psychological repercussions of a barbecue in Sydney gone terribly awry. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story 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 >