Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

STANDARD DEVIATION by Katherine Heiny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2017

"An amusingly engaging take on long-term marriage with a lovably loopy character at its center."
In her debut novel, the author of the charming short story collection Single, Carefree, Mellow (2015) matures into new (equally beguiling) terrain, exploring marriage, fidelity, friendship, and parenting. Read full book review >
WHITE HOT by Ilona Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"An enthralling paranormal romance from a master of the genre."
Private eye Nevada Baylor (Burn for Me, 2014) takes another case putting her in the path of Connor Rogan, and it soon becomes clear they've taken on some powerful enemies; Nevada may have to truly embrace her magic in order to save her family and fight for her happiness with the prickly mage. Read full book review >

THE CHALK PIT by Elly Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"Like its predecessors (The Woman in Blue, 2016, etc.), Griffith's ninth is complex and character-driven, providing an excellent mystery whose very last sentence will leave you yearning for the next installment."
The discovery of some not-so-old bones opens up surprising possibilities of a mysterious underground world. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WITH THE MAKE-BELIEVE HUSBAND by Julia Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"Quinn's fans will be grateful she's crossed the pond for this textured look at life in New York during the 1770s."
A young Englishwoman travels to New York during the Revolutionary War and ends up impulsively passing herself off as the wife of an injured officer. Read full book review >
POSITIVELY PIPPA by Sarah Hegger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"This is the type of romance that makes readers fall in love not just with characters, but with authors as well."
When Pippa's career explodes on national television and she returns home, the last thing she expects is to fall in love…or to heal the rift between three generations of women in her family. Read full book review >

MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Fans who still mourn the passing of Agatha Christie, the model who's evoked here in dozens of telltale details, will welcome this wildly inventive homage/update/commentary as the most fiendishly clever puzzle—make that two puzzles—of the year."
A preternaturally brainy novel within a novel that's both a pastiche and a deconstruction of golden-age whodunits. Read full book review >
DO NOT BECOME ALARMED by Maile Meloy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Do not start this book after dinner or you will almost certainly be up all night."
Three families on a cruise are separated from their children during a shore excursion in Central America. Read full book review >
THE ESSEX SERPENT by Sarah Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Stuffed with smarts and storytelling sorcery, this is a work of astonishing breadth and brilliance."
The unlikely friendship between a canny widow and a scholarly vicar sets the stage for this sweeping 19th-century saga of competing belief systems. Read full book review >
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"With her past couple of titles, Roberts (as opposed to her typically grittier moniker, J.D. Robb) is moving into more complex and darker storytelling, to terrific effect."
Bodine Longbow runs her family's Montana resort with an unfailing can-do attitude, but nothing can prepare her or the family for the return of her long-lost—and brutalized—aunt or an unexpected rash of violence in the area. Read full book review >
THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A singular novel; as unexpected as it is rich."
Startling and stunning and compulsively strange, Lacey's (The Art of the Affair, 2017, etc.) sophomore novel is a haunting investigation into the nature of love. Read full book review >
SHE RIDES SHOTGUN by Jordan Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"For all the darkness and even ugliness displayed, the characters' loyalty, love, and struggle for redemption grip the reader and don't let go."
In his first novel, Harper returns to the seamy criminal fringe he explored in his story collections (Love and Other Wounds, 2015, etc.) for a grim yet moving tale about an ex-con's efforts to protect his young daughter. Read full book review >
THE SILENT CORNER by Dean Koontz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Perhaps Koontz's leanest, meanest thriller, this initial entry in a new series introduces a smart, appealing heroine who can outthink as well as outshoot the baddest of bad dudes."
After discovering that an odd surge in suicides, including that of her decorated Marine husband, was triggered by nanotech brain implants, FBI agent Jane Hawk goes rogue to root out the evil conspiracy behind the deaths. 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 >