Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Lenin Lives Next Door by Jennifer Eremeeva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"Comical, thoroughly entertaining, and insightful."
In Eremeeva's collection of humorous fictional vignettes, an American woman looks back on 20 years living in Russia after marrying her "HRH," or Handsome (and sometimes Horrible)Russian Husband.Read full book review >
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION by Margaret Vandenburg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2015

"Readers should enjoy the fireworks and not think too deeply about the underlying theme, which is that the real victims in Iraq are our guys."
A crack shot, Billy Sinclair leads his Marine unit's sniper team as they enter Fallujah in 2004 where Iraqi insurgents wait, but he carries a heavy burden: the unexplained suicide of his best friend the day before Sept. 11, 2001, two blows that drove him to enlist. Read full book review >

MAN TIGER by Eka Kurniawan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Lackluster effort from a talented young author."
Newly translated work by the author of Beauty Is a Wound (2015).Read full book review >
FOREIGN AFFAIRS by Stuart Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Apart from all the big names tossed in to cow Casselli, Woods mostly soft-pedals the usual gratuitous inflation and extraneous subplots, keeping things simple, straightforward, and pleasantly predictable."
A former New York Mafioso who's fled home to Italy kidnaps the latest inamorata of the redoubtable Stone Barrington (Hot Pursuit, 2015, etc.). Big mistake.Read full book review >
ISOBEL ON THE WAY TO THE CORNER SHOP by Amy Witting
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A compassionate masterpiece."
Isobel Callaghan, a struggling young writer with a difficult past, collapses on the way to buy provisions at the corner store and soon finds herself—much to her surprise—recovering from tuberculosis in the self-contained society of Mornington Sanatorium. Read full book review >

THE LAKE HOUSE by Kate Morton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"An atmospheric but overlong history of family secrets and their tormented gatekeepers."
A suspected kidnapping, a once-proud manor house, and a disgraced police officer all figure in Morton's latest multigenerational Cornish saga. Read full book review >
PLAYING WITH FIRE by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2015

"Part of the Rapid Read series, this short and easily solved mystery leaves little room for Anderson-Dargatz (Search and Rescue, 2014, etc.) to develop characters, clues, or anything else."
A journalist hovers between two suitors while tracking down an arsonist. Read full book review >
PLAYING WITH FIRE by Tess Gerritsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Clear your schedule for this one—you won't want to put it down until you're finished."
A suspenseful thriller about mysterious music and a violinist's fear of her child. Read full book review >
LESSONS IN RELATIONSHIP DYADS by Michael Mirolla
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"A muddled, undercooked collection that does not live up to the promise of its conceit."
Duos of all kinds knock up against one another in this collection from Mirolla (The Giulo Metaphysics III, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
OUR SPOONS CAME FROM WOOLWORTHS by Barbara Comyns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Much of the story revolves around issues of reproduction, housework, and economic opportunity that contemporary feminists would see as questions of justice. But Sophia narrates a story of fairy tale-like fatality, casting an amused, self-deprecating light on even the most painful moments."
A Depression-era artist struggles with crippling poverty and sexism in bohemian London; the result is a surprisingly charming and funny novel (first published in 1950). Read full book review >
MRS. ROOSEVELT'S CONFIDANTE by Susan Elia MacNeal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"MacNeal (The Prime Minister's Secret Agent, 2014, etc.) paints an engrossing portrait of a country on the verge of war, with many laws suspended and prejudice rife—a world not that much different from today."
In 1941, Christmas offers hope for a beleaguered Great Britain but no peace for an English spy. Read full book review >
DEVIL OF DELPHI by Jeffrey Siger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Though the reader is always several steps ahead of the police here, Siger's sublimely malevolent villains make the book a page-turner."
When Greek police go after the counterfeit-wine industry, they stir up a hornet's nest of syndicate counteroffensives and unleash a psychopath. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >