Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE BOY WHO SWALLOWS FLIES by Michael F. Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2018

"Unabashedly, a young hero from the margins shocks, then ultimately conquers the mainstream in this strangely compelling oddity."
A middle-grade novel tells the story of an outsider who searches for something that will make him special. Read full book review >
LANDSLIDE by Melissa  Leet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2018

"A tale of a woman's childhood and adulthood employs both sweet clichés and genuine reflections on the passage of time."
A woman navigates change and growth while reckoning with memories of her youth in this debut novel. Read full book review >

THE GRACE EMANCIPATION by Charlotte  Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2018

"Another tale—but a fun one—about a plucky mountain woman who finds success in the big city."
A young Appalachian woman escapes to Chicago during the Jazz Age in this historical romance. Read full book review >
MADNESS IS BETTER THAN DEFEAT by Ned Beauman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2018

"The overall effect is of a Paul Theroux novel on a bender: quirky, exotic, but stubbornly tangled."
Filmmakers, industrialists, and CIA agents converge in Honduras in this madcap intellectual thriller. Read full book review >
THE KREMLIN'S CANDIDATE by Jason Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Readers will finish the book, but their memories of Matthews' brilliant and fearless heroine will linger well past the final page."
The third and final installment of Matthews' (Palace of Treason, 2015, etc.) Red Sparrow series delivers a wallop on all fronts, from adrenaline-charged action to dark political intrigue to gripping emotional stakes. Read full book review >

GUNPOWDER MOON by David Pedreira
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Memorable visuals and well-executed action sequences mark this exciting foray into near-future hard sci-fi, which is at its best when framing the poignancy of the desire for peace."
An ex-soldier tries to solve a murder that threatens to both plunge the Moon's mining colonies into war and destroy tentative international peace in Pedreira's debut novel, set in 2072. Read full book review >
DON'T SKIP OUT ON ME by Willy Vlautin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A powerful, haunting portrayal of lives rendered in unflinching, understated prose."
A spare, melancholic tale about a poor young man's burning desire to succeed as a boxer. Read full book review >
A GRAVE ISSUE by Lillian Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Bell's debut is a worthy addition to the 'home again' corner of the cozy world, with enough wit and moxie to warrant a return appearance."
A disgraced reporter who returns home to work at her family's funeral parlor runs into even more fatalities than the job provides. Read full book review >
DEATH BY A WHISKER by T. C.  LoTempio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"The second in LoTempio's series (Purr M for Murder, 2017) reprises her signature blend of cozy and cats in a mild mix sure to please fans of the subgenre."
When a disastrous event promoting the local animal shelter leaves an employee as a potential murder suspect, her colleagues and friends rally to clear her name. Read full book review >
HELP I AM BEING HELD PRISONER by Donald E. Westlake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Instead of sharing the hero's fears, fans of Westlake's Dortmunder series, which got started around the same time with The Hot Rock (1970), will appreciate the author's consummate blending of comedy and suspense, often within the same sentence, and rejoice that more Westlakes are slated for resurrection."
Westlake, nine years dead but still enjoying a very productive season (Forever and a Death, 2017), returns in a bright reprint from 1974 that shows him working the field in which he remains unrivaled: the comic caper in which Murphy's law reigns supreme. Read full book review >
THE CAT OF THE BASKERVILLES by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"The second in Delany's series, a marked improvement over the first (Body on Baker Street, 2017), features better-developed characters and a more congenial and cerebral sleuth."
A bookstore owner once more channels Sherlock Holmes to solve a murder. Read full book review >
MURDER IN BLOOMSBURY by D.M.  Quincy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A spirited and romantic mystery with a most surprising ending."
Who would want to poison the handsome footman? That's what adventurer and amateur sleuth Atlas Catesby tries to discover at the behest of the woman he loves, Lady Roslyn Lilliana Sterling, sister to the Duke of Somerville. 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 >