Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE SAFE HOUSE by Christophe Boltanski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2017

"Complex and meticulously plotted; this mystery house full of odd characters will make the reader consider storytelling as the building of a physical and mental space."
Rooms and mysteries nestle within one another in this conceptual novel of family and place. Read full book review >
STRANGE WEATHER by Joe Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Worth waiting in line for, if you're a Hill fan. If you're not, this is the book to turn you into one."
Horrormeister Hill (The Fireman, 2016) offers a four-pack of mayhem in this sparkling collection of short novels. Read full book review >

THE FIRST DAY by Phil Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Despite the borderline pretentious discussions of philosophy and theology, Harrison's elegant prose and deeply felt characters create a novel with a fiercely beating heart."
Irish filmmaker Harrison's cerebral yet emotional first novel shows how a "brief moment of continuity between two lovers" can have stark and long-lasting consequences. Read full book review >
HOW THE FINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! by Donna Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A mildly curdled take on the most wonderful time of the year that won't offend the most devout celebrants. Spoiler alert: the finch doesn't steal Christmas, and the tale ends with a celebration of Weaseltide and the triumphant premiere of A Christmas Carol. Whew."
The Yuletide festivities in Caerphilly, Virginia, are threatened by an inebriated actor, a slight case of murder, and 23 Gouldian finches. Read full book review >
GIN AND PANIC by Maia Chance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Gratuitous complications weigh down the charms of this jinxed investigation, which don't ring as true as the setups of Chance's modern-day series (Bad Housekeeping, 2017, etc.)."
A socialite-turned-private eye makes waves in an investigation of a hunting trophy that turns into a murder case. Read full book review >

DYING TO LIVE by Michael Stanley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"The sixth installment in Stanley's franchise (A Death in the Family, 2015, etc.) is the best yet, with both an ingenious mystery and a deeper and more textured depiction of modern Botswana and Kubu's piece of it."
A detective with the Botswana CID tackles two baffling cases while managing his growing department and dealing with family issues. Read full book review >
THE TETHERED MAGE  by Melissa Caruso
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Charming and solidly fun."
The first of a trilogy set in a land inspired by late-17th-century Venice—but with magic, gender equality, and same-sex marriage. Read full book review >
DJINN CITY by Saad Z.  Hossain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A delightful fantasy adventure with a YA spirit, a PG rating, and a rich introduction to Arabian mythology."
A boy in Bangladesh with an unusual heritage finds himself enmeshed in a secret society of supernatural creatures. Read full book review >
MIND GAME by Iris Johansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Enthralling, entertaining, and completely satisfying."
When artist Jane MacGuire connects psychically with a young woman who's being held captive, she discovers that she's the enigmatic Seth Caleb's sister and is swept into rescuing her. Once she's safe, however, Jane becomes the next target in a ploy to force Caleb to kill or see her killed. Read full book review >
THE BIG BOOK OF ROGUES AND VILLAINS by Otto Penzler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Weighing in at a svelte 928 pages, Penzler's omnibus is equally impossible to pick up and put down."
Black Lizard's latest plus-size anthology, reprinting 72 stories, practically all of them published in the U.S. and U.K. over the past two centuries, is a monument to bad behavior. Read full book review >
TELL TALE by Jeffrey Archer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Those remembering Saturday Evening Post's short stories will enjoy this collection."
Archer (Cometh the Hour, 2016, etc.) shifts from the Clifton Chronicles series to spin 13 pieces of thoroughly readable short fiction. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE AT BAKER STREET by Michelle Birkby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Appealing characters, gruesome homicides, and a detailed period setting in a blend as balanced as a perfect cup of tea. Enjoyable fare for both die-hard Sherlock-ians and newcomers to the canon."
Sherlock Holmes' landlady and Dr. Watson's wife take on a case of their own in this debut mystery. 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 >