Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

THE DEVIL'S CLAW by Lara  Dearman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Dearman's debut is overwrought in its addiction to italicized flashbacks, highly competent in its use of serial-killer conventions, and appealingly heartfelt in its heroine's entirely believable dedication."
A Guernsey-bred reporter who's retreated from the criminal cobwebs of London to her birthplace finds the Channel Islands just as deep in malfeasance and a lot deeper in denial. Read full book review >
THE HOSTESS WITH THE GHOSTESS by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Persistent fans will find a pretty good mystery lurking under the ghostly shenanigans."
The ghost sleuths at the Haunted Guesthouse try their hands at solving several new murders. Read full book review >

MANY A TWIST by Sheila Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"This laid-back mystery combines plenty of puzzles with a strong feeling for life in small-town Ireland."
A pub owner has much to teach the police in County Cork. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS IN JULY by Alan Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A complex, absorbing, and occasionally moving read."
A thoroughly unsentimental novel told from 10 different perspectives, all having at their center Beatrice (who renames herself "Christmas"), a 13-year-old dying of cancer. Read full book review >
THE ANIMAL GAZER by Edgardo Franzosini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A moody, impressionistic, and strangely engaging work."
This spare historical novel draws on the brief life of Italian artist Rembrandt Bugatti, who specialized in sculptures of animals. Read full book review >

BETWEEN ME AND YOU by Allison Winn Scotch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A thought-provoking romance that is fresh, insightful, and clever in its execution."
An examination of a Hollywood power couple and the disintegration of their relationship in the wake of life-altering successes and losses. Read full book review >
PECULIAR GROUND by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A first novel stunning for both its historical sweep and its elegant prose."
An award-winning historian (Gabriele D'Annunzio: Poet, Seducer, and Preacher of War, 2013, etc.) makes her fiction debut with a story vast in scope but intimate in its details. Read full book review >
HEART SPRING MOUNTAIN by Robin MacArthur
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A fecund and contemplative feminist family saga."
A woman returning to her native Vermont to locate her missing mother uncovers a submerged family history. Read full book review >
HAPPINESS FOR HUMANS by P.Z. Reizin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A charming enough romp that happily skims along the surface of its premise."
A frothy rom-com in literary form: two lonely Brits are brought together—and then nearly pulled apart—by meddling artificial intelligences that develop (quite literally) minds of their own in Reizin's enthusiastic debut. Read full book review >
AMERICAN STRANGER by David Plante
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A questing new work from an accomplished writer—elegant, cerebral, not entirely convincing."
The comfortable but unmoored life of a Jewish graduate student "always looking for what was not there" is punctuated by encounters with three men, each challenging in a different way. Can any of them supply what's missing? Read full book review >
OPERATOR DOWN by Brad Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A believable account of elite operators working outside traditional government parameters to track international villains."
An off-the-books anti-terrorist task force travels to Israel to pursue an international arms dealer and help old friends in the process. Read full book review >
A MAP OF THE DARK by Karen Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Readers will savor getting to know this singular heroine, a cop who feels the call of a lost child as sharply as the knife's edge that she uses to score her own skin."
A troubled FBI agent must find a missing teen while coming to terms with her father's impending death in the pseudonymous Ellis' satisfying debut. 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 >