Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 10)

MILENA, OR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FEMUR IN THE WORLD by Jorge Zepeda  Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Well-intentioned but not a very thrilling thriller."
The spirit of Stieg Larsson visits Mexico City. Read full book review >
AFTER ON by Rob Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"An epic cyberthriller peppered with pop-culture references, metadata, and Silicon Valley in-jokes."
A team of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs must come up with a plan to save the world after their dating app spontaneously becomes sentient. Read full book review >

NOTHING LIKE A DUKE  by Jane Ashford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A fun book, well worth reading, even if the plot is occasionally confusing."
A bluestocking who avoids society faces her fears during a long house party with the help of a suave and accomplished beau. Read full book review >
TRINIDAD NOIR by Earl Lovelace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Whether history repeats itself or progress is stalled by people's infinite capacity to get in their own ways, these 19 reprinted tales offer a bittersweet perspective on the cussedness of human nature."
Lovelace and Antoni offer a "subversive" take on island culture to complement the 21st-century look at Trinidad offered by Lisa Allen-Agostini and Jeanne Mason's Trinidad Noir (2008). Read full book review >
BORROWED SOULS by Chelsea  Mueller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A quick, if predictable, ride for urban fantasy fans. Mueller tries for emotional depth with her leads, but the themes of guilt and family are handled too heavily to get much traction."
In Mueller's debut novel, a young woman struggles to save her brother from the mob but is sucked into a world of shady magic and a partnership with a handsome bad boy. Read full book review >

NEVER TRUST A PIRATE  by Valerie Bowman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Thrilling, delicious, and suspenseful."
Two rogues in disguise are bested at their own game after meeting—and falling in love. Read full book review >
CITY OF MIRACLES by Robert Jackson Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Dark and violent but a tale well spun and with a most satisfying conclusion. Just stay out of the way of the flying fickle Finger of Kolkan…."
Ashara Komayd is dead. Or is she? Anyway, hells, yes, Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is ticked off, as he so often is in Bennett's sound-and-fury trilogy. Read full book review >
'ROUND MIDNIGHT by Laura McBride
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Touching on questions of race and class, McBride doesn't break new ground and doesn't go into much depth but tells a readable story that may appeal to book clubs who'd like to add their own analyses."
An intergenerational tale of four women—white, black, Filipina, and Mexican—set in Las Vegas from the 1950s to the present. Read full book review >
THE BAKER'S SECRET by Stephen P.  Kiernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Evoking a not exactly unfamiliar chapter of 20th-century history, Kiernan succeeds in engagement but not much originality."
While Europe awaits liberation from Hitler's troops, one small Normandy village is held together by the resourcefulness of a 22-year-old woman with a talent for baguettes. Read full book review >
THE REEF by Juan Villoro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A zesty tale that balances darkness and light with aplomb."
A powerful morality tale with laughs. Read full book review >
THE LIGHT WE LOST by Jill Santopolo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A beautiful and devastating story that will captivate readers."
A woman looks back on the highs and lows of her turbulent relationship with her first love. Read full book review >
YOUR KILLIN' HEART by Peggy O'Neal Peden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Peden's debut paints a matter-of-fact picture of the city that lives for music. Her heroine is a typical cozy sleuth, bright and gutsy but also rather foolhardy as she stumbles in and out of dangerous situations while solving a murder whose solution many readers will spot ahead of her."
A Nashville travel agent's nosiness may be the death of her. 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 >