Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The highlights of the third in this marvelous and often amusing series (A Bed of Scorpions, 2016, etc.) are neighborhood characters who are a basket of enjoyables and a complex and brainy heroine."
A missing neighbor, a series of fires, and turmoil at work are just the start of Samantha Clair's problems. Read full book review >
THE ENGLISH AGENT by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Fairly nonsensical but par for the course for DePoy, who writes characters from child protective workers (Cold Florida, 2016) to Christopher Marlowe as fast-talking action heroes."
Pressed into investigation in service of the queen, playwright Christopher Marlowe must learn the truth about a plot to destroy the nation. Read full book review >

I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The author's meticulous detail to investigative accuracy and talent in weaving a thrilling tale set her work apart from others in the field."
Mackintosh follows her wildly successful debut thriller (I Let You Go, 2016) with the harrowing tale of a woman in the cross hairs of a vicious criminal enterprise operating deep within the London Underground. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF MIRRORS by E.O. Chirovici
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A smart, sophisticated murder puzzle sure to please the more literary-minded aficionados of the form."
Forget about it. Read full book review >
THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE by Mariana  Enríquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A rich and malcontent stew of stories about the everyday terrors that wait around each new corner."
A dozen eerie, often grotesque short stories set in contemporary Argentina. Read full book review >

RUNNING by Cara Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A haunting novel, original and deeply sad."
Three scrappy outsiders—inextricably bonded less by circumstance than by love—struggle to survive in the sweat-drenched underbelly of Athens' red light district in the late 1980s. Read full book review >
LALA PETTIBONE'S ACT TWO by Heidi Mastrogiovanni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Mastrogiovanni's debut is a story about second chances with a sense of humor."
A down-on-her-luck widow embarks on a zany Act 2 full of love and adventure. Read full book review >
THE NEWS FROM THE END OF THE WORLD by Emily Jeanne Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Miller (Brand New Human Being, 2012) is refreshing in her approach to abortion, but too many coincidences and parallels in plot and character connections weaken the novel."
This earnest domestic drama set on Cape Cod covers all three bases of family relationships—siblings, spouses, parents and children—as well as the left field of uncle and nieces. Read full book review >
LAST DAY ON EARTH by Eric Puchner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Without fundamentally challenging the traditional short story structure, the author finds a way to bend it to suit a skewed and fantastic vision of the world."
The nine stories in this collection by Puchner (Model Home, 2010, etc.) range from the domestic to the surreal. Read full book review >
THE MOTHER'S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A sentimental parable about the power of motherhood, friendship, and love."
When a devoted single mom discovers she has ovarian cancer, her own health is the least of her worries. What will happen to her daughter? Read full book review >
EGGSHELLS by Caitriona Lally
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Absent the dramatic character arcs or plot twists readers would expect from an American novel, this urban fairy tale delivers something that is both subtle and profound in its examination of the human soul. Magically delicious."
Dubliner Vivian Lawlor doesn't fit in anywhere. Will she ever find her place in this world? Read full book review >
SETTING FREE THE KITES by Alex George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"George (A Good American, 2012, etc.) can't separate his good ideas from his bad ones, but there's still a lot to enjoy here."
Two boys in 1970s Maine help each other weather tragedy. 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 >