Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE THIRD VICTIM by Phillip Margolin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"The setup is arresting, but the structure is awkward, with one large subplot awkwardly integrated and the final solution at once unlikely, obvious, and slow to arrive. A lesser outing for the highly variable Margolin (Violent Crimes, 2016, etc.)."
A novice lawyer signs on to an Oregon attorney's practice just in time to catch a case that will leave her skeptical about just about everyone involved, including her boss. Read full book review >
WATILI by Anthony  Garcia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"A preachy environmental message dominates this tale of the 18th century."
As a Native American slave returns home, the Spaniards who accompany her learn to better appreciate nature in this historical novel. Read full book review >

PUSHING UP DAISIES by Penny Clover Petersen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"The ditzy family has some amusing moments. And if you don't care for the elementary mystery, the appended cocktail recipes may soothe your disappointment."
A family of amateur sleuths gets some help from a ghost. Read full book review >
STONE BABY by Michelle Sacks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"A geopolitical collection of people with pasts."
The 12 stories in Sacks' debut collection zigzag across the globe, from Germany to India and Morocco, coming back frequently to South Africa. Read full book review >
WE'LL SLEEP WHEN WE'RE OLD by Pino Corrias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Sensationalism and decadence are pushed to the hilt and then a bit further in this scorchingly cynical, one-note social sendup."
A bullying, megalomaniac Italian film and TV mogul dreams up a multilayered scam to salvage a bad film, but this latest dirty trick could jeopardize his entire murky empire. Read full book review >

COLORADO BOULEVARD by Phoef Sutton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A smart, noirish mystery loaded with clever dialogue and vivid characters. The Crush series is as good as it gets."
Teenage Caleb Rush crawls out of a brontosaurus's butt in the latest of the crime series including Crush (2015) and Heart Attack and Vine (2016). Read full book review >
UNNATURAL CAUSES by Dawn Eastman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"In a change from her psychic series (An Unhappy Medium, 2016, etc.), Eastman introduces a strong new heroine who has her hands full with a large cast of potential killers."
A murder allows a doctor to hone detective skills as logical as they are improbable. Read full book review >
A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS by Victoria Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Gilbert's series kickoff offers an intricate mystery, an interesting look at the past, and a clever and determined heroine."
A research-loving Virginia librarian digs up entirely too much information for her own good. Read full book review >
RECORD OF A NIGHT TOO BRIEF by Hiromi Kawakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Kawakami marks the literary map of Japan with a warning that beyond here lie dragons—or snakes and ghosts, at any rate. Astonishing, strange, and wonderful."
A supersurreal triad of stories from Japanese novelist Kawakami (The Nakano Thrift Shop, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO by Jussi Valtonen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A contemporary novel that doesn't lose sight of perennial dilemmas."
American and Finnish families struggle with technology, immigration, and the unintended consequences of their own actions. Read full book review >
BURY THE PAST by James L'Etoile
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"L'Etoile (At What Cost, 2016) vividly evokes the chaotic license to kill that pervasive official corruption releases. Too bad he's determined to weigh this tale down with so many procedural details and acronyms that even the characters complain about them."
Just because you've sent up a crooked cop for 10 years doesn't mean he can't still run rings around you, both while he's in prison and after he's freed on a technicality. Read full book review >
A CASE OF SYRAH, SYRAH by Nancy J. Parra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Here's hoping any future Wine Country outings uncork the heroine's wit and downplay her grit. A trip from Get Advice to Ignore Advice to Now I'm in Trouble is no one's favorite itinerary."
The author of the Baker's Treat (Flourless to Stop Him, 2015, etc.) and Perfect Proposals (Newlywed Dead, 2016, etc.) series adds booze to her mix of food and love to kick off her Wine Country series. 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 >