Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE GARGOYLE HUNTERS by John Freeman Gill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2017

"A portrait of 1970s New York that's sturdy if sometimes stiff."
A teenager gets wise to Manhattan, and his father, via the city's architectural ornaments. Read full book review >
DEAR SWEET FILTHY WORLD by Caitlín R. Kiernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2017

"At their best, these stories are sinister and beguiling in equal measure, tracing the border between fear and obsession and asking powerful questions about desire along the way."
Horror blends with love, obsession, transformed bodies, and terrifying mysteries in this collection of stories. Read full book review >

LOST SOULS by Kelley Armstrong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2017

"Part mystery, part supernatural thriller, part family drama, and all pretty obscure except to devoted fans of the Cainsville series (Betrayals, 2016, etc.)."
Has the legend of a vanishing hitchhiker come to life, or is it just a fae up to no good? Three interconnected mysterymongers straddling the line between the mundane and the supernatural must band together to investigate. Read full book review >
THE MASK OF SANITY by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2017

"Intelligent and chilling."
This novel lays bare the mind of a sociopath whose accomplishments, normal life, and respected position disguise his true nature. Read full book review >
PALE GUARDIAN by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"The seventh series installment in Hambly's series (Darkness in His Bones, 2015, etc.) is laden with enough flashbacks, unappetizing details, and earnest expository passages to exclude all but series (or vampire) fans."
Mortals form an uneasy alliance with vampires during World War I. Read full book review >

MURDER IN A CORNISH ALEHOUSE by Kathy Lynn Emerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"A meandering mystery with far too many red herrings that's still enjoyable for its historical insights and detailed descriptions of everyday life in Tudor England."
In 1584, a headstrong woman vows to find her stepfather's murderer. Read full book review >
THE MEATING ROOM by T. Frank Muir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Luridly over the top from beginning to end, though it's hard to resist a hero who reflects, 'Of all the suicides he had seen, McCulloch was certainly the best dressed.'"
An apparent suicide and the irrefutable evidence of three murders that swiftly follow are only the tip of the iceberg as DCI Andy Gilchrist of the Fife Constabulary follows a dark and bloody trail of mayhem. Read full book review >
HEARTS OF STONE by Brad Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Smith's unsparing depiction of a small-town justice system that depends on 'everybody's ratting everybody out' works against mystery and suspense but allows a sense of monstrous injustice to fester till it's ready to explode."
An Ontario felon-turned-farmer seeks justice against the petty criminals who casually destroyed his household. Read full book review >
THE PRACTICE HOUSE by Laura McNeal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Dust, lust, and human drama rendered with sensitivity, depth, and breadth."
Love is inextricably linked to suffering in McNeal's (Dark Water, 2010) sweeping historical novel set in the 1930s. Read full book review >
MIGUEL'S GIFT by Bruce Kading
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"A long and winding road."
An Immigration and Naturalization Services agent uncovers what was really behind the arrest of an illegal immigrant that went awry. Read full book review >
BETRAYED  by Karen E. Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"The third in this high-tension series (Shadowed, 2016, etc.) is by far the most complex. Newcomers seeking to understand the weird and dangerous world of the hacking community will have to stay on their toes. The finale will leave everyone wanting more."
An addicted hacker struggles to return her life to something that passes for normal. Read full book review >
ROYALLY BAD  by Nora Flite
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Meh."
When designer Sammy Sage sells a wedding dress to Francesca Badd, she becomes embroiled with a family that has royal blood and Mafia ties and falls in love with sexy Kain Badd, which leads to a wealth of uncovered secrets in both families. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >