Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

CANDY CORN MURDER by Leslie Meier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"All this musing and fretting pushes the murder, when it finally arrives, into the back pages of Meier's 25th, and the solution is barely a footnote."
The Tinker's Cove Giant Pumpkin Fest turns into a giant pain in the squash for The Pennysaver's intrepid reporter Lucy Stone (Christmas Carol Murder, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
THOREAU IN PHANTOM BOG by B.B. Oak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Although the story could use some pruning, it provides plenty of vividly presented historical information on the Underground Railroad and Thoreau's world in the 1840s."
A philosopher, a physician, and a free-spirited woman work together to solve a mystery in the 19th century. Read full book review >

THE FOLLY by Ivan Vladislavic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Playful fiction with a corresponding (and paradoxical) seriousness of intent."
A slim, symbolic novel with allegorical overtones by a noted South African novelist and short story writer. Read full book review >
WOMAN OF THE DEAD by Bernhard Aichner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Gory, explicit, and crammed with dialogue that is often profane as well as curt, this tale of a woman brimming with hate and vengeance won't be for everyone."
Bloody corpses and an intriguing protagonist combine to flesh out Aichner's violent tale. Read full book review >
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand."
In Inspector Gamache's 11th outing, the sheltering forest around his small village of Three Pines is revealed to be a hiding place for unexpected evil. Read full book review >

IF YOU ONLY KNEW by Kristan Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A powerful, emotionally textured winner."
A divorced wedding-dress designer tries to extricate herself from her ex-husband's new life by moving from Manhattan to her suburban hometown, just in time to see her sister's marriage rocked by a sexually graphic text. Read full book review >
THE TAMING OF THE QUEEN by Philippa Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Although Kateryn's studiousness makes for some dull reading, the pace picks up as her intellect becomes her greatest liability."
By pondering the mistakes of her predecessors, Kateryn Parr, sixth wife of King Henry VIII, manages to keep her head. Read full book review >
A WINDOW OPENS by Elisabeth Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Women may not be able to have it all, but this novel can."
What happens when a book lover gets caught up in the tech world? Read full book review >
YOU TOO CAN HAVE A BODY LIKE MINE by Alexandra Kleeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Existential paralysis is a great subject for short fiction but a more difficult one for a novel."
Identity, abjection, and consumerism are the primary concerns of this debut novelist. Read full book review >
ALLY HUGHES HAS SEX SOMETIMES by Jules Moulin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Ultimately a romantic fantasy disguised by modern riffs, this novel is for those looking for a sexier 'Sleeping Beauty' set in the real world."
A single mother wrestles with her family responsibilities and her desire for romance in this debut novel. Read full book review >
LOST CANYON by Nina Revoyr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Like Deliverance, a tense and sometimes-violent morality tale formed in the crucible of physical duress."
Revoyr (Wingshooters, 2011, etc.) sends four Angelenos mired in First World angst to confront the wilds of California's Sierra Nevada range.Read full book review >
A GOOD FAMILY by Erik Fassnacht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"This is a readable debut whose lapses into triteness betray the author's youth even as they belie his potential."
In 2011, a Chicago family splinters under the impact of crises that range from marital strife to war crimes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >