Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

LOVE, ACROSS THE DIVIDE by Krystal  Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2018

"An upbeat and thoughtful blend of romance and politics."
In Ford's debut novel, an unwed woman has her sights set on political office and searches for a powerful partner to help get her there. Read full book review >
POSO WELLS by Gabriela Alemán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2018

"A concoction of political thriller and absurdist literary mystery that never fails to entertain."
When a freak accident leads to the death of a Trump-like Ecuadorian politician, a reporter assigned to investigate the incident uncovers shocking and sinister truths about the politician and his cohorts. Read full book review >

FUGITIVE FROM THE GRAVE  by Edward Marston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2018

"The Bow Street Rivals are the least well-known of the prolific Marston's many franchises (The Circus Train Conspiracy,2017,etc.). Despite the charismatic characters, there are a few too many strings to this particular bow."
A pair of identical twin brothers in Regency London work on three different mysteries, together and separately. Read full book review >
UNCONQUERED WARRIOR by J. L.  Nicely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2018

"Intelligent and intriguingly complicated despite its flaws."
Representing her all-female clan, a young woman negotiates political alliances and forges a connection with a foreign king in this fantasy series starter. Read full book review >
RELENTLESS by Mike McCrary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"A grim, invigorating, and thoroughly gripping crime tale."
A blackmailer tenaciously hounds a businessman with evidence of his supposed infidelity—and a much worse transgression—in this thriller. Read full book review >

A GATHERING OF SECRETS by Linda Castillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Another rewarding crime novel that looks beyond the idealized image of the Amish."
Kate Burkholder (Down a Dark Road, 2017, etc.), police chief of Painters Mill, Ohio, is called to the scene of a fire at the home of Miriam and Gideon Gingerich, a well-regarded Amish couple with four children. Read full book review >
THE LAST CRUISE by Kate Christensen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"An entertaining mashup of Ship of Fools and Titanic."
Christensen (How to Cook a Moose, 2015, etc.) chronicles the intersecting human tragicomedies above- and belowdeck during a luxury liner's farewell Hawaiian cruise. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND GASOLINE by Mario Acevedo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Exhilarating, hard-nosed short fiction with a driven cast."
Editor Acevedo's (Blood Business, 2017, etc.) collection of adrenaline-fueled tales follows desperate characters on the run or out for vengeance. Read full book review >
LIVE AND LET CHAI by Bree Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"A charming cozy debut with characters as sweet as the titular tea, a mystery with numerous attractive byways, and a budding romance waiting to be explored."
Forever tied to Charm Island, a native daughter returns to fulfill a dream. Read full book review >
ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS by Elizabeth Klehfoth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"The story of a long-game revenge played out between generations."
A young girl strives to learn from the dead and find the truth about her family's darkest secrets. Read full book review >
INTERIOR by Thomas Clerc
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"An intriguing but potentially tiresome jeu d'esprit."
A French academic's detailed description of his Paris apartment and its contents is full of humor and brainy mischief. But whether it's fun is another matter. Read full book review >
THE ROMANOV EMPRESS by C.W. Gortner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"A briskly narrated tale of power and revolution."
A Danish princess becomes a Russian czarina, mother to the last Romanov czar. 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 >