Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A CRIME OF PASSION FRUIT by Ellie Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Just reading the descriptions of delectable desserts (and the appended recipes) can pile on the pounds, leaving the slight mystery to languish."
Who killed the stowaway? Read full book review >
DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A bluestocking Regency romance of unusual intensity."
Love is a riddle that even a genius can't solve alone. Read full book review >

FLASHMOB by Christopher Farnsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Farnsworth's follow-up to Killfile is a smooth, assured effort but lacks some of the first book's excitement—partly because the methods and mentality of its strangely gifted protagonist have lost some of their freshness."
John Smith, the mind-reading crime fighter introduced in Killfile (2016), goes up against Downvote, a darknet site that incites violence against targeted individuals. Read full book review >
IF THE HAUNTING FITS, WEAR IT by Rose Pressey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Since Pressey (Haunted Is Always in Fashion, 2016, etc.) isn't especially witty or persuasive in presenting a heroine and situation she seems to find charming, the main payoff of her extravagant premise is confusion."
Haunted by three ghosts, a young woman searches for a jockey's murderer at the Kentucky Derby. Read full book review >
UNSUB by Meg Gardiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Every detail Gardiner (Phantom Instinct, 2014, etc.) uses to grease the skids is over-the-top, but readers sucked into this vortex won't care; they'll be too busy counting down the hours to the appearance of the promised sequel, which seems poised to begin about five minutes after the final scene."
Move over, Zodiac. The latest of the countless fictional serial killers you've inspired gives you a blistering run for your money. Read full book review >

BLUE HOLLOW FALLS by Donna Kauffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A nice story that, while a bit plodding, is fresh in ideas and scenery."
In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, a war vet and a horticulturist share the inheritance of an old mill. Read full book review >
THE TELL-TALE TARTE by Maya Corrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Cooking tips and Poe lore help move the mundane mystery along to a satisfying if not surprising conclusion."
A job as an author's stand-in puts a sleuth in jeopardy. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER by Lee Hollis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"The recipes scattered through the book include several cocktail suggestions readers may need to get through this muddled mystery."
Three women's vacation from their everyday lives is cursed from the start. Read full book review >
BOOKED 4 MURDER by J.C. Eaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Eaton's debut introduces a retirement community filled with quirky characters and a sleuth who may have more talent for solving puzzles than she admits."
Can reading cause death? A most reluctant sleuth seeks an answer. Read full book review >
MODERN GODS by Nick Laird
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Two intriguing storylines that, like feuding family members, have a hard time talking to one another."
An anthropologist explores a cargo cult in Papua New Guinea while her family back in Ireland struggles with a shocking revelation. Read full book review >
THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS by Sarah MacLean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A thrilling story of love reborn."
An Edwardian-era duke and duchess are torn apart by the expectations of their families and the death of their child. Read full book review >
FLOOD by Melissa Sholes Young
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"There's a teen-novel flavor to this gently educational getting-of-wisdom story. As one wise character recommends: 'Bloom where you are planted.'"
Hannibal, Missouri, on the Mississippi River flood plain—not only the setting for Mark Twain's most celebrated novels, but also the hometown of Laura Brooks, who grew up to flee her trailer home for life as a nurse in Florida. But now Laura is back, and the river is rising. 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 >