Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 10)

ONE MORE KISS  by Samantha Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Unexceptional but appealing, especially to readers looking for less sex in their contemporary romance."
When rock star Matt Reed is hounded and ridiculed by the press, causing him to question his talent and his future, he takes refuge at his childhood best friend's house, in the hometown he swore he'd never go back to, and winds up in love with his friend's younger sister, Vivienne. Read full book review >
GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS by Deborah Crombie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Densely plotted and with a balanced interplay between the domestic sphere and the intrigue of police internal affairs. Contemporary and propulsive."
A married couple of London detectives investigates parallel cases of murder and corruption. Read full book review >

RADIANT TERMINUS by Antoine Volodine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A landmark of modern dystopianism, portending a time to come that no one would want to live in."
French "post-exoticist" Volodine (Bardo or Not Bardo, 2016, etc.) returns with a dark view of the near future, where science fiction meets a certain kind of horror. Read full book review >
TEXAS REDEMPTION by Linda Broday
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Great for fans of history, romance, and some good old Texas grit."
In an East Texas town called Redemption, actual redemption doesn't come easy. Read full book review >
SWISS VENDETTA by Tracee  de Hahn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A well-constructed mystery that will leave readers pleasantly anticipating a sequel."
Inspector Agnes Lüthi investigates a violent death among the Swiss aristocracy in this debut mystery. Read full book review >

CRUEL MERCY by David Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"To call Mark's novels (Taking Pity, 2015, etc.) police procedurals is like calling the Mona Lisa a pretty painting. Beautifully crafted, filled with flashbacks, horror, angst, and chilling detail, this one is his most complex and best yet."
A British policeman blunders into gang warfare and worse in New York City. Read full book review >
WHAT YOU BREAK by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"'Knowledge of the dead changes nothing,' announces the shop-soiled hero in resignation. Maybe not, but it does add a soulful depth to his investigation while readers wait for his two cases to collide."
Two new cases threaten to break an unofficial Long Island private eye who really doesn't need to be broken. Read full book review >
ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Robb knows her audience will be highly sympathetic to a police heroine who has to walk a crime scene in uncomfortably fashionable stiletto heels, but along the winding trail to the easily spotted villain, she's not afraid to throw in some descriptions that will earn this installment an R for serious sexual violence."
The winter of 2061 finds New York still with no cure for blizzards, or for serial felonies. Read full book review >
WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW by Joann Chaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"The pace is unusually slow for a thriller with no grisly murder scenes, but that's part of the book's strength. It's the escalating psychological tension and the interactions of three-dimensional characters that lift this well above the serial-killer norm."
A deranged serial killer is captured and brought to justice. That's usually the end of a good thriller, but it's the start of this unusually thoughtful first novel, which relies more on character studies than gory details. Read full book review >
SNATCH by Gregory Mcdonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Both of these complicated plots feel like rough drafts of the more polished entertainment they might have been."
A diplomat's son and a young member of the British nobility are kidnapped in capers that don't go as planned in this rerelease of two mysteries by the late Mcdonald. Read full book review >
THE COMING by David Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An epic story sure to be a hit with readers interested in the American western expansion."
Nonfiction author Osborne (The Price of Government, 2004, etc.) has written a historical novel beginning with the Lewis and Clark expedition and ending with the decimation of the Nez Perce tribe. Read full book review >
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sense of inevitable loss and futility permeates this rich drama. The fascists may never be defeated but only escaped—if the characters are willing to abandon the people they love. That dilemma will haunt them, as it haunts the reader."
A tightly woven and diverse cast of spies, criminals, cabaret bohemians, and lovers struggles to save what matters to each of them against a tide of rising fascism and violence in Donnelly's debut novel, set in a vaguely 1920s milieu. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >