Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"Dickens himself would be proud of Jarvis' capture of so huge a slice of life. Humane and funny, though the Heditor might have taken a sterner hand here and there."
Beguiling, entertaining novel of Dickensian England, cramming most of the island and its most interesting characters into 800 teeming pages. Read full book review >
THE CARTEL by Don Winslow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"Like its hero, this novel hovers between two styles—pulp fiction and literary seriousness—which, taken together, render the genre formulas leaden."
A Mexican drug lord heads into a final showdown with the obsessed American Drug Enforcement Administration agent who has been dogging him for years in this vast and ambitious thriller from Winslow (The Kings of Cool, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >

KILLING MONICA by Candace Bushnell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"The book's portrayal of Pandy feels both self-congratulatory and unintentionally unpleasant, the hostility toward male characters is virulent—the only good male in the book may not be one—and the sense of humor is nil."
Bushnell (One Fifth Avenue, 2008, etc.) is still playing her Sex and the City riffs in this self-referential sort-of satire about an author whose insanely popular fictional creation has taken over her life.Read full book review >
SUMMER SECRETS by Jane Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"As she seeks to repair bridges, Cat awakens anger and treachery in the hearts of those she once betrayed. Making amends, like addiction, may endanger her future."
Before sobriety, Catherine "Cat" Coombs had it all: fun friends, an exciting job, and a love affair with alcohol. Until she blacked out one more time and woke up in a stranger's bed. Read full book review >
TINY LITTLE THING by Beatriz Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won't do to protect each other."
During her husband's 1966 congressional run, Christina "Tiny" Hardcastle realizes her picture-perfect life has more than a few cracks and that maybe the time has come to be true to herself rather than to the glossy facade she has created. Read full book review >

HOTEL LIVING by Ioannis Pappos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"A joyless and basically plotless novel about a rootless existence."
An intrepid rising star in the business world longs for intimacy in Pappos' debut novel. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"A charming novel that believes in the healing properties of fiction, romance, and a summer in the south of France."
This newly translated German bestseller is a warmhearted, occasionally sentimental account of letting go of the old loves to make room for new. Read full book review >
THE FESTIVAL OF INSIGNIFICANCE by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"This strangely amusing novella has the power to inspire serious efforts to find significance in the very book in which it is so perversely denied."
Forgotten tyrants and blatant belly buttons have equally playful roles in this deceptively slight, whimsically thoughtful tale of a few men in Paris not doing or saying much. Read full book review >
TANGLED WEBS by Lee Bross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"The overall effect is that the tale is underbaked; perhaps the planned sequel will help it set. (Romance. 12 & up)"
Secret-life shenanigans in 18th-century London. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"For die-hard mermaid-fiction lovers only."
When a young librarian comes into possession of the diary of a traveling circus from more than 200 years ago, he decides the book may hold clues to a family mystery he needs to solve to save his sister's life. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES by Sascha Arango
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"German screenwriter Arango's first novel is superior pulp, with schemers all around and plenty to say about fame, identity, and mortality."
Having become a famous author by publishing his wife's brilliant crime novels with his name on the cover, Henry Hayden creates his own devious fictions to avoid detection in a series of mysterious deaths. Read full book review >
GREY by E L James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2015

"Die-hard fans might argue this gives us something new, but it doesn't—and it's boring."
Fifty Shades of Grey, from Christian's perspective. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Beatriz Williams
June 23, 2015

In Beatriz Williams’ latest novel Tiny Little Thing, it’s the summer of 1966 and Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. “A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won’t do to protect each other,” our reviewer writes. View video >