Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Opening Gates by Nancy King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2016

"An intriguing, sometimes-painful reminder of 1950s culture that offers enough bright spots to make this novel an enjoyable read."
A summer job as a recreational therapist in a New York City psychiatric hospital unlocks the door to self-discovery for this tale's young heroine. Read full book review >
All About the Greater Good by Teri Ames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2016

"A well-paced, compelling story of minor events and ordinary lives spiraling out of control."
In her debut novel, Ames presents an account of the ordeal faced by a mother accused of assault and child endangerment. Read full book review >

HOLLOW CRIB by BJ Bourg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 2016

"Bourg (But Not Forgotten, 2015), a veteran law enforcement officer, starts off slowly but eventually produces a tense procedural with some interesting twists."
Two separate police cases may actually be related. Read full book review >
MURDER, BY GEORGE by Jeanne Quigley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 2016

"As chatty and replete with hometown detail as Quigley's debut (All Things Murder, 2014). But gentle humor and an amiable lead make up for all those digressions."
A contested case of finders keepers turns deadly in upstate New York. Read full book review >
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP by Whit Stillman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Silly, sly, eccentric characters and brisk chatter make for a diverting romp."
A merry comedy of pride, prejudice, and duplicity. Read full book review >

BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Science fiction as action adventure, the sort of book primed for screen treatment if a producer can find a sufficient F/X budget."
Effective Engineering Solutions' chief honcho, Eli Glinn, is out of his wheelchair, walking and ready for revenge after his agent Gideon Crew discovered a "restorative, health-giving lotus" on his last adventure (The Lost Island, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
LOST AND GONE FOREVER by Alex Grecian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Grecian (The Harvest Man, 2015, etc.) spares no gruesome detail in this fifth installment about the hunt for England's most famous serial killer. If you're up for one more tale about him and you can stand the gore, you're in for quite a ride."
Jack the Ripper meets his psychopathic equal in this macabre tale of late Victorian England. Read full book review >
THE LAST RANCH by Michael McGarrity
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A latter-day oater, of some interest to fans of the genre."
Cliven Bundy, nothin'. Real Western ranchers pay their taxes—but kick up a fuss when they have to, as McGarrity's modern Western has it. Read full book review >
SISTER EVE AND THE BLUE NUN by Lynne Hinton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Hinton mixes lots of twists and action with mysticism and a touch of romance, but the biggest puzzle in Sister Eve's third case may be the heroine's reckless decision-making."
A nun may need divine intervention to rescue her from a desperate killer. Read full book review >
ROCK-A-BYE BONES by Carolyn Haines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"As usual, Haines crams a lot into her latest cozy (Bone to Be Wild, 2015, etc.), aiming at readers with a taste for levity rather than restraint."
A Mississippi detective must dig down deep into the roots of a town when a newborn is left on her doorstep even though her business partner may want to keep the baby for herself. Read full book review >
GIRLS ON FIRE by Robin Wasserman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Simultaneously overwhelming and underwhelming."
Girls behaving very, very badly. Read full book review >
THE SKY OVER LIMA by Juan Gómez Bárcena
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Charming if a bit precious, Bárcena's novel is both a love letter to the creative process and a contemplation on the sometimes-blurred line between life and art."
Spain's Bárcena has based his first novel on a true if bizarre literary hoax concocted in 1904: a romantic correspondence between rising young Spanish poet Juan Ramon Jiménez (eventual recipient of the 1956 Nobel Prize) and two Peruvian men pretending to be a young female fan. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >