Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

SHELTER IN PLACE by Nora Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"Roberts' newest is part thriller, part romance, part survivors' psychological study with a touch of New Age magic—and a lively, captivating read."
The victims of a mass shooting—including two young heroes from the tragedy—are moving forward in their lives, affected in different ways, when they're stunned to discover a serial killer is targeting survivors. Read full book review >
BROKEN PLACES by Tracy Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"Clark's kickoff to an exciting new character-driven series explores the dynamics between a black investigator and a white world in a story ripped from the headlines."
Nothing can deflect a private investigator from finding the killer of her surrogate father. Read full book review >

ANOTHER SIDE OF PARADISE by Sally Koslow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"A stylish reiteration of a sad, oft-told tale."
Gossip columnist Sheilah Graham's side of her less-than-paradisiacal love affair with F. Scott Fitzgerald during the last three years of his life. Read full book review >
LAST SONG SUNG by David A. Poulsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"Poulsen's third installment, short on plot but long on engaging character portraits, brims with nostalgia for a fondly remembered era set forth in a relaxed, amiable style."
A detective duo probes a very cold case, the disappearance of a rising singer/songwriter more than half a century ago. Read full book review >
THE CACTUS by Sarah Haywood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"A warm, witty portrait of a woman finally creating the family she deserves."
Unexpectedly pregnant at age 45, Susan Green finds her perfectly organized life turning upside down. And then her mother dies, leaving the family house to Susan's ne'er-do-well brother, Edward, for as long as he wants to live in it. Read full book review >

BLOOD STANDARD  by Laird  Barron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"Hard-boiled without being distinctive."
An enforcer for the Alaskan mob finds himself in trouble with all sorts of people when he gets involved in the search for a missing teenage girl in upstate New York. Read full book review >
THE HONEY FARM by Harriet Alida Lye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"A honey-mouthed debut ruminating on creation, possession, and faith."
Two young artists grapple with love, purpose, and identity in a paradise turned sinister. Read full book review >
THE BOTTOM OF THE SKY by Rodrigo Fresán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"A beguiling, elusive, and altogether beautiful story that, like Fresán's other recent work, imagines a world in which life and art are one."
"If the past is a foreign country, then the future is a distant star": lyrical, yearning novel by Argentinian writer Fresán (The Invented Part, 2017, etc.) of the search for better worlds, and better lives. Read full book review >
A SHARP SOLITUDE by Christine Carbo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"Although the beauties of the area remain the same as in The Weight of Night (2017), Carbo introduces a new sleuth, plenty of angst, and a tighter plot that switches back and forth between the thoughts of the heroine and the hero."
An FBI agent struggles to help the father of her child. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING by Dana Dratch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"This kickoff to a planned new series could have used a little more planning in character introduction and development. While everyone is interesting, there's a little too much of everything, making it hard to follow along and buy into the heroine's dizzy world."
Accused of murder by her PR firm, an ex-reporter must fight what's either the worst luck ever or an unseen enemy to uncover the real villain. Read full book review >
CLEAN TIME by Ben Gwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"An ambitious and unorthodox novel whose humor misses the mark."
An acerbic and multilayered debut novel satirizing reality television, drug-rehab memoirs, and academia. Read full book review >
THE FRAMINGHAM FIEND by Gregory Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"The duo's sixth case isn't in the same league as Sherlock Holmes, but it does present a tidier mystery than Harris' past efforts."
A Victorian detective duo helps Scotland Yard solve a shocking series of murders. 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 >