Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

BUT YOU SCARED ME THE MOST by John Manderino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"Clever fables about nightmares both real and imagined."
Maine-based writer Manderino (The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock, 2010, etc.) plumbs the depth of domestic horror in these fleeting but beguiling stories about ghosts, murders, monsters, and madmen.Read full book review >
MELODY OF MURDER by Stella Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"As for the heroine's sleuthing prowess, the man who loves her puts it best: 'You haven't done all that much, but you do show up whenever something's happening.'"
The family of a celebrated young pianist that's betaken itself to Alex Duggins' Cotswolds village over the pianist's strenuous objections must add sudden death to its other woes. Read full book review >

BLACK HAMMOCK by Michael Wiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"Neither as scary nor as suspenseful as most of Wiley's Florida gothics but harrowing in its own peculiar way, even if it poses no threat to its Aeschylean model."
Something completely different—meaning surprisingly familiar—from Southern noir specialist Wiley: a revenge tragedy with strong intimations of the Oresteia. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE LOCH by Eric Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"Though it's set in the mid-1950s, Brown's third (Murder at the Chase, 2014, etc.) is a typical golden age whodunit whose limited number of motive-rich suspects will neither break new ground nor raise your blood pressure."
Snow isolates a Scottish Highland castle, providing the perfect setting for a murder mystery. Read full book review >
LATE HARVEST by Fiona Buckley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"Fans of Buckley's Elizabethan spy mysteries (A Traitor's Tears, 2014, etc.) had better prepare for this novel's leisurely pace and more decorous tension."
Good sense tempers passion in the era of Jane Austen. Read full book review >

SHADOWED by Karen E. Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"The second in this electrifying series is an addictive page-turner with a stunner of a finale."
An addicted hacker can't outrun her past. Read full book review >
WRITTEN IN RED by Annie Dalton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"Dalton's warmth may mislead readers into thinking people who are attacked always recover (they don't). But even if her single-story risks sometimes falter, her long-term-plot risks pay off."
Unwelcome discoveries about a friend's past force her two closest companions to dig up details in order to protect her from things they don't know. Read full book review >
Sliding Delta by Thomas Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"A jazzy glimpse into history that will pluck at the heartstrings of musicians but may leave other readers feeling a bit blue."
A young man runs away to the South to learn the blues in this novel by Baldwin (The Fourth Domain, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >
All The Good That Remains by B. Mitchell Cator
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"A wise and moving tale about a wanderer seeking refuge in a dying town."
An amiable drifter searches for a home in this debut novel set in present-day Texas. Read full book review >
WE'RE ALL DAMAGED by Matthew Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"A smart, funny, and surprisingly emotional tale about letting go and moving on."
A beaten-down man tries to get over his ex-wife, mourn his dying grandfather, and fix his life in this moving novel from Norman (Domestic Violets, 2011). Read full book review >
Daddy Dearest by Paul Southern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"An enthralling tale, but the genuine mystery involves the protagonist, a spellbinding enigma from beginning to end."
A divorcé's 5-year-old daughter vanishes during a weekend visit, turning his apartment neighbors into suspects in Southern's (Killing Sound, 2014, etc.) thriller. Read full book review >
Jagged Edge of the Sky by Paula Marie Coomer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"A lusty, tragic tale for readers who are willing to work for its satisfying moments of connection."
Coomer's (Dove Creek, 2010, etc.) second novel tracks the impact of an Australian lothario on two families, one Australian and the other American. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >