Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

DON'T TELL ANYONE by Eleanor Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2016

"Although the protagonist's misery is understandable, it's still a relief when she finally starts rising above it. If only she could do the same with the awkward plot."
A British art historian tries to prove the innocence of a young man she has every right to hate in this genre debut from hitherto pseudonymous Gray. Read full book review >
COVER ME IN DARKNESS by Eileen Rendahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2016

"Unlikely allies drive a story in which Rendahl (Dead Letter Day, 2013, etc.) never lets her heroine escape her past."
A woman trying to lead a normal life after fleeing a cult is dragged back to investigate when her mother suddenly kills herself. Read full book review >

TOM CLANCY TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE  by Mark Greaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A generation past Red October, the America-hating bad guys have added spyware, hacking, the dark web, and Bitcoins to those ubiquitous AK-47s."
Greaney is at the helm of the action-adventure enterprise built by the military maestro from Maryland (Tom Clancy Commander In Chief, 2016, etc.), this time with a devious yet believable story about radical terrorist attacks in America. Read full book review >
The Pawn by Skye Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A well-written piece of erotic fiction, starring a desperate heroine, for alpha-male fans."
In this novel, debts force a young woman to auction off her virginity to the highest bidder. Read full book review >
TRIGGER YAPPY by Diana Orgain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"All the right components—mystery, romance, dogs—but nothing that brings Orgain's second to the front of the crowd."
A friend to dog-friends, if not to dogs themselves, investigates a murder that may implicate one of her friends along with everyone else in town. Read full book review >

ABOVE THE PAW by Diane Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Kelly (Death, Taxes, and a Satin Garter, 2016, etc.) keeps her writing basic. Though occasional harsh words suggest uglier depths in her simple story, her characters are straightforward enough to appeal to readers looking for amiability without complexity."
A cop and her police-dog partner go undercover in hopes of finding who's dealing drugs from the local university. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS DAYS by Jeanette Winterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Spooky, inventive, funny, maybe a tad didactic or cloying here and there, Winterson's mixed bag of fictional treats has a 19th-century charm much needed in the grim 21st."
Ghosts, fairies, self-revelation, and friendly seasonal recipes give this collection a potentially wide-ranging appeal for readers as well as gift shoppers. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE TRUTH by Anne Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The detection is labored, but the family of suspects is memorably monstrous, and Holt (No Echo, 2016, etc.) even finds time for a welcome and touching Christmas miracle. Ho, ho, ho."
Chief Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen rings in the most wonderful time of the year by investigating a murderous assault on the clan connected with an Oslo shipping company. Read full book review >
Biome by Ryan Galloway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An indelible red-planet backdrop enhances an already rugged, tenacious story of a colony's cadets learning to rely on one another."
Part of a Mars terraforming settlement, a teenager has six days to figure out why doctors are repeatedly wiping her peers' memories—and why she's retained her own—in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
THE LAWMAN by Anna Schmit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Disappointing."
After six months in the big city, Jess Porterfield has to find his place in his small hometown, so accepting the position of marshal seems like a good way to prove himself, especially when the woman he loves is threatened by a powerful enemy. Read full book review >
LIES OF THE LAND by Chris Dolan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Glasgow is as much a character—and as contradictory a mix of light and dark—as Dolan's very human heroine in this complex sequel to Potter's Field (2015)."
The murder of a prominent Scottish lawyer reopens an old case and new wounds. Read full book review >
WHO WATCHETH  by Helene Tursten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Proficient, unexceptionable work for readers who haven't had enough of self-righteous serial killers targeting helpless women beneath Nordic skies."
Göteborg's Violent Crimes Unit sets its sights on a killer who takes an unusually retributive view toward sins of the flesh. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >