Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Mrs. Valentine's Revenge by Al Ginsberg
Released: Aug. 23, 2015

"Formidable bad guys help retain steady, nail-biting tension for the good guys and for readers."
In Ginsberg's debut thriller, a private detective and a widow become targets of London thugs when looking into the presumedmurder of the woman's husband.Read full book review >
Plum Orchard by June Hall McCash
Released: April 4, 2012

"A sweeping planter-slave tale in the antebellum South, as seen through the prism of 21st-century sensibilities and sensitivities."
A Civil War-era historical saga that chronicles a couple as they go from Cumberland Island, Georgia, to Groton, Connecticut, by 2011 Georgia Author of the Year McCash (Almost to Eden, 2010).Read full book review >

The Vermeer Conspiracy by Eytan Halaban
Released: April 17, 2015

"A fine thriller that's intriguing and clever, appreciative of art's power, and grounded in a sensitive humanity—a winner."
In this novel, a Yale student investigating her roommate's disappearance uncovers clues to a centuries-old art mystery and a shadowy group of art collectors. Read full book review >
The Average Girl by Angelina Goode
Released: June 26, 2015

"An adorably sweet Tinseltown romance, perfect for a day at the LA beach."
Lighthearted fiction about a woman who gets paid to help regular people meet famous people in seemingly chance encounters. Read full book review >
The Girl on the Pier by Paul Tomkins
Released: Jan. 28, 2015

"Beautiful and chilling—a brilliant debut."
In Tomkins' (Dynasty: Fifty Years of Shankly's Liverpool, 2013, etc.) novel, a forensic artist's romantic obsessions and traumatic past rise to the surface as he works on a cold case.Read full book review >

Death Takes A Cruise by Martin Dorenbush
Released: June 20, 2015

"Love Boat infiltrated by Homeland—a solid premise with possibilities left unexplored."
A retired doctor takes a seniors cruise but discovers a terrorist plot to unleash smallpox on the ship. Read full book review >
Dandelion Angel by C.B. Calico
Released: July 5, 2015

"A disjointed novel about women dealing with the fallout of mental illness."
Calico's debut novel-in-stories captures moments in the lives of four German women, all raised by mothers suffering from borderline personality disorder. Read full book review >
Tor Maddox: Unleashed by Liz Coley
Released: May 1, 2015

"A bright, resourceful heroine makes her mark in this first novel with a shaky, brutal premise."
A teenage girl uncovers a shadowy conspiracy threatening the nation's dogs in this YA thriller. Read full book review >
Blue Moon Luck by Linda Collison
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"A well-written novel that rushes through its second half; readers might want another 100 pages."
In the early 1980s, two aspiring musicians yearn to escape their sleepy West Virginia hometown in Collison's (Water Ghosts, 2015, etc.) short, lyrical novel.Read full book review >
Treasures and Travails: An Anthology by Chuma Mbaeyi
Released: May 15, 2015

"A few high points but more focus would help."
Mbaeyi's first collection of poems comments on love, conflict, and wild nature's inspirational gifts. Read full book review >
Ports of Recall by Rena Lee

"A pensive novel about emotional and physical displacement."
In Lee's (A Bed on Nine Legs, 2013, etc.) novel, an Israeli expatriate explores her memories across distances of geography and time. Read full book review >
Over The Edge - Part One by N. Bergström

"Though marred by linguistic missteps, this heady mix of luminous minds, scarred psyches, wild passion, and universal mysteries make Bergström's novel a solid debut."
A hunky Swedish physicist and a seductive Slovenian architect struggle to overcome their troubled pasts and find love in this first installment of an international romantic series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >