Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE FLEUR DE SEL MURDERS by Jean-Luc Bannalec
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Bannelec's Breton adventures are some of the best French local color going, with a deft blend of puzzle, personality, and description of the indescribable."
Commissaire Georges Dupin (Murder on Brittany Shores, 2016, etc.) strays off his patch to probe a murder in the salt marshes of Guérande. Read full book review >
HIDE AND SNEAK  by G.A. McKevett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"McKevett adds a shot of urgency to her mild, affable series. But the dark side of this case doesn't eclipse her heroine's sunny generosity and shrewd common sense."
Emotions run high as private detective Savannah Reid (Every Body on Deck, 2017, etc.) rushes to find the missing wife and child of a distraught movie star. Read full book review >

ANTIQUES WANTED  by Barbara Allan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Allan's heroine seems a cinch to become sheriff despite her wild flights of fancy and her dangerous tactics in tracking down a killer with a well-hidden motive."
Can success at amateur sleuthing lead to the sheriff's office? Read full book review >
A PROMISE GIVEN  by Michelle Cox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"A pleasant, escapist diversion."
In this third series installment, a newly engaged couple from 1930s Chicago visits blue-blooded relations in England. Read full book review >
THE EMISSARY by Yoko Tawada
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"An ebullient meditation on language and time that feels strikingly significant in the present moment."
In this slim, impactful novel, surrealist master Tawada (Memoirs of a Polar Bear, 2016, etc.) imagines a dystopian Japan reckoning with its own identity. Read full book review >

YOU THINK IT, I'LL SAY IT by Curtis Sittenfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"The way we live now, assessed with rue and grace."
Ten stories by bestselling novelist Sittenfeld (Eligible, 2016, etc.) probe the fissures beneath the surfaces of comfortable lives. Read full book review >
THE OPPOSITE OF NEVER by Mary Kathleen  Mehuron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"An enjoyable tale featuring 50-something protagonists coping with contemporary social problems."
Three women in a Vermont town navigate the challenges of late middle age in this novel. Read full book review >
MY OXFORD YEAR by Julia Whelan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Whelan has created a beautiful, romantic story that focuses on big ideas—love, death, poetry, and what really matters in the end."
A young woman starts an unexpected relationship while studying at Oxford in Whelan's debut. Read full book review >
PROPERTY by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Few writers are so committed to using fiction to explore the intimate impact of formal regulations and informal social engineering, but it remains a hit-and-miss project."
A dozen stories about homeownership, cohabitation, and other domestic perils, suffused to various degrees with Shriver's (The Mandibles, 2016, etc.) political concerns. Read full book review >
THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL by Robert Dugoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Although the author acknowledges in a postscript that his story is perhaps 'too episodic,' his life of Sam Hell is inspiring and aglow with the promise of redemption."
Quite a departure from Dugoni's dark novels about Detective Tracy Crosswhite (The Trapped Girl, 2017, etc.): the frankly inspirational tale of a boy who overcomes the tremendous obstacles occasioned by the color of his eyes. Read full book review >
DEAD GIRL RUNNING  by Christina Dodd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"A vivid, creative—though slightly far-fetched—romantic suspense novel."
When a Washington coastal resort that unwittingly plays host to an international smuggling ring comes under siege, the manager has to sort friend from foe. Read full book review >
THE GLASS ROOM by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Cleeves (Hidden Depths, 2018, etc.) has created a masterful though not always likable detective who uses her uncanny knack for crime-solving to identify an unexpected killer."
A series of fictional plots are pressed into service as blueprints for real-life crimes at a writers' retreat. 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 >