Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1795)

IN THE TIME OF THE POISONED QUEEN by Ann Dukthas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1998

"The least appealing of Segalla's adventures so far."
More historical embroidery from the creator of time-traveling Nicholas Segalla, whose exploits span centuries, as related to the pseudonymous author (The Time of Murder at Mayerling, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
ROCK 'N' ROLL BABES FROM OUTER SPACE by Linda Jaivin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1998

"Strained humor and annoying bouts of intergalactic jive talk. ($50,000 ad/promo)"
The title says it all about this cartoonish second novel by the author of Eat Me (1997): Three alien babes escape to Earth in order to enjoy lots of sex, drugs, and loud music. Read full book review >

BAD MEDICINE by Ron Querry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1998

"Great Indian lore in an ingenious medical gripper without the whole globe held in terror."
Steadily entertaining second novel (after The Death of Bernadette Lefthand, not reviewed), about Western versus Navajo and Hopi medicine in the Southwest. Read full book review >
WITH THIS RING by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1998

"A playful take on a classic tale of romance and terror, certain to delight Quick's myriad fans."
The irrepressible Quick (a.k.a. Read full book review >
1916 by Morgan Llywelyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1998

"Llywelyn tells her tale with gusto and a respect for the facts; a good deal of both bizarre and somber history shines through the fictional fustian of its likable characters. (Author tour)"
A noted chronicler of Irish history and legend (Pride of Lions, 1996, etc.) here deals with the Easter Rising of 1916, as seen through the fictional adventures of a young man close to the inner circle of those working and fighting for Ireland's independence from England. Read full book review >

FACE DOWN UPON AN HERBAL by Kathy Lynn Emerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1998

"Far-fetched incidents, fussily drawn characters, and stilted conversations keep the pace soporific and the suspense meager here; but herbal enthusiasts and fans of historical romances may find some mild entertainment."
A second adventure for Elizabethan herbalist Susanna, wife of Sir Robert Appleton, an emissary to Queen Elizabeth (Face Down in the Marrow-Bone Pie, 1989). Read full book review >
PROLONGED EXPOSURE by Steven Havill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 1998

"Maybe he should retire and let her take over the franchise."
Jerked back to New Mexico's Posadas County while he's recovering from surgery at his daughter's place in Michigan, Undersheriff Bill Gastner (Privileged to Kill, 1997, etc.) finds that, yes, his neighbor Florencio Apodaca has indeed buried his ancient wife Gloria on Bill's property, much to the outrage of Gloria's stepson Stanley Willit and the bemusement of Bill himself. Read full book review >
LEGACY OF SILENCE by Belva Plain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 1998

"Plain follows the long road to the sisters' reconciliation through several generations demonstrating, along the way, her talent for effortlessly moving a plot along, and illuminating the often complex bonds of love, resentment, and need that shape and define families."
Perennial bestseller Plain's (Homecoming, 1997, etc.) newest, received too late for a full review, follows the love-hate relationship of two sisters, from the early days of WW II down to the present. Read full book review >
DANCE ON BLOOD by Gillian Linscott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 1998

"Nell's seventh (Dead Man's Sweetheart, 1996, etc.) takes a charmingly retro premise—the fatal letters—and fills them out with colorful characters, false situations, and surprises galore in her sharpest, most ambitious case yet."
Nell Bray wasn't one of the militant suffragettes who planted a bomb in David Lloyd George's house—in fact, she was identified on the scene because she tried to stop the bombing—but now she's threatened with prison unless she accepts an unusual mission from the charismatic Chancellor of the Exchequer: to worm her way into the confidence of barefoot society dancer Oriana Paphos and discover the whereabouts of a cache of politically indiscreet letters Lloyd George is convinced Paphos and her oily manager, Leon Sylvan, have stolen. Read full book review >
GROUCHO MARX, MASTER DETECTIVE by Ron Goulart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 1998

"Historical Hollywood background, celebrity cameos, rapid-fire patter, and ramshackle plotting: Veteran Goulart's series debut is just the thing for readers who think George Baxt and Stuart Kaminsky aren't turning out this sort of product fast enough."
You wouldn't think the most ribald movie comic of his age would have a sentimental streak, but Groucho Marx is so sad that Peg McMorrow, a starlet he'd had a brief relationship with two years ago, is dead that he persuades Frank Denby, the former police reporter who's writing his farcical new radio show, Groucho Marx, Master Detective, to see what he can get on the death. Read full book review >
NOSFERATU by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 1998

"Its images simply flicker by so quickly that its power to involve and move is frustratingly dissipated."
The prolific and versatile Shepard (Batting Against Castro, 1996, etc.) offers in his intermittently enthralling fifth novel an empathetic fictionalized biography of the great German silent-film director F. W. Murnau (18881931). Read full book review >
FAULT LINES by Anna Salter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1998

"Not Thomas Harris and The Silence of the Lambs by a long shot, but a book steadily gripping in its psychology, despite an overly familiar villain."
Second thriller featuring female Vermont forensic psychologist Dr. Michael Stone (Shiny Water, 1997). Dr. Stone, a specialist in child abuse and domestic violence, helped put away Alex B. Willy, a child molester who—during an earlier interview not admissible as evidence—revealed to Stone a whole batch of crimes he wasn't charged with. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >