Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1743)

THE KNIGHT OF THE SACRED LAKE by Rosalind Miles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"The best kind of historical fiction, with characters that ignore the heavy hand of history and instead live their own full and complex lives. A terrific read."
A literate, wonderfully written, alluring tale, the second in a trilogy (after Guenevere: Queen of the Summer Country), offers a subtle feminist interpretation of the Arthurian legends as it continues the story of Guenevere, forced to choose between love and duty for the sake of her kingdom. Read full book review >
SWAMP GAS by Nicole Paolini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"In the end, Lana's election turns out to be a minor issue in this sardonic tale of who did what to whom. The justice-for-all conclusion, like the rest of this lively story, surprises and satisfies."
A wildly satirical story of Louisiana politics that provides enough zany characters to fill a New Orleans bayou and keep even Yankees laughing out loud. Read full book review >

THE SNAKE PRINCE AND OTHER STORIES by Edna Ledgard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"A useful glossary and compact Chronology of Burmese History, as well as translator Ledgard's fascinating long introduction add to the several charms of another splendid entry in an invaluable series."
The latest volume in Interlink's International Folk Tale Series offers 25 lucid, lively tales grounded in the mythology and political history of the mountainous "Golden Land" long coveted by Western explorers and exploiters. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT ELIZABETH by Libby Schmais
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Provides a few laughs but little else."
A flimsy first novel, loosely centered on two sisters and their romantic affairs. Read full book review >
PURE by Rebbecca Ray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Graphic and guileless, as well as underdeveloped, though admittedly intriguing if only because of the author's youth."
A British debut novel, penned by a (then) 16-year-old author, offers the intense immediacy of teenage youth—though often without the forward momentum and richness of texture of a fully accomplished work. Read full book review >

RAVELING by Peter Moore Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Stylish, substantive, and savvy."
A classy suspense debut pitting two men against each other in that struggle between brothers that's as old as the Bible. Read full book review >
THE ARMADA BOY by Kate Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Ellis's writing isn't up to her ambitious triple plot, but she writes with a nice sympathy for ordinary people caught up in the forces of history."
Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson, amateur archaeologist, finds that his interest in the past isn't simply academic. Read full book review >
LEAVIN’ TRUNK BLUES by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Atkins loves his blues musicians and writes eloquently about them, but the beat of his pacing, bogged down in backstory, can be the most funereal feature of this murderous tale."
Nick Travers, pro footballer turned academic, is back for his second riff as the blues historian with dynamite in his fists. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A CAVE DWELLER by Sally Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Pedestrian but solid and reliable as Woodend himself."
As its title suggests, this deeply conventional whodunit reaches back, back, back to the very dawn of rock 'n' roll: Liverpool, circa 1960, when glorified garage bands played lunchtime gigs that set throngs of shop clerks and typists screaming and swooning in makeshift clubs across the city. Read full book review >
THAT SUMMER'S TRANCE by J. R. Salamanca
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Arguably a bit talkier than strictly necessary, but a tale that builds extra layers of complexity and power with every finely tuned paragraph."
An unconventional midlife crisis unsparingly reveals its secretive protagonist's outwardly successful life and persistent inner demons: the initially leisurely, eventually absorbing novel—the first in 14 years—from the veteran author of Southern Light (1986), etc. Read full book review >
DO OR DIE by Grace F. Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"As in her first three cases, Mali's name-brand dreams of the African-American good life are layered incongruously with the secrets of a down-and-dirty neighborhood that seem worlds removed from the righteous sleuth."
With her dad playing bass and her NYPD sweetie Tad Honeywell playing footsie, Mali Anderson's dreamy jazz cruise on the QEII would have been perfect except for two hitches: the presence aboard ship of mantrap Chrissie Morgan, hungry for Tad's attention and not fussy about how to get it, and the news on returning that Starr Hendrix, aspiring vocalist daughter of Jeffrey Anderson's pianist, has been murdered. Read full book review >
BLOOD by Joseph Glass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Below-average prose and over-the-top plotting by a pseudonymous, allegedly best-selling author."
Susan Shader (Eyes, 1998), a renowned Chicago psychiatrist with psychic powers, returns in a stomach-turning, explicit mix of sexual obsession, torture, and murder. 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 >