Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

NO ECHO by Anne Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Though it's good to see Holt's detective back in the saddle, her return case is tangled and forgettable, with the most intriguing features sadly underdeveloped."
Franchise owner Holt (Blind Goddess, 2016, etc.) teams up with Reiss-Andersen to bring Chief Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen back from her grief-soaked stay in Verona to rejoin Oslo's Violent Crime Section. Read full book review >
MONSTERS by Karen Brennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An impressive mixture of emotional exploration and formal experiment."
Structurally ambitious flash fiction that examines all the ways—great and small—in which characters can be haunted. Read full book review >

DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"No detail should be missed, no nuance overlooked in Bolton's chilling tale of a master manipulator who leaves nothing to chance."
A serial killer bids for freedom with the aid of an unconventional lawyer. Read full book review >
PUSHING UP DAISIES by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Fans of this long-running series will enjoy the continuing drama of the private eye's romances, which, as so often before (Dishing The Dirt, 2016, etc.), overshadow the mystery."
Agatha Raisin continues to struggle, though not very hard, against her predilection for unsuitable men. Read full book review >
THE EXIT COACH by Megan Staffel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"These stories feel like portraits of lives scaled down to pivotal moments, but together they form a mural of humanity in common."
A novella and six short stories each find people on the brink of change. Read full book review >

THE FAMILY PLOT by Cherie Priest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A novel as insubstantial as the ghosts who haunt it."
A malicious ghost violently resists the destruction of her home in this stand-alone supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
THE CAROUSEL OF DESIRE by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Middling literary erotica: not quite Kundera but raw enough to satisfy a curious teenager."
"He had made love to her so well that she hated him": a steamy Belgian bestseller makes its way across the pond. Read full book review >
THE WONDER by Emma Donoghue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Her contemporary thriller Room (2010) made the author an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome reminder that her historical fiction is equally fine."
An English nurse confronts Irish history and entrenched prejudices—some of them hers—in this stinging latest from Donoghue (Frog Music, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
DEAD SOULS by J. Lincoln Fenn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A wild, well-written novel that fuels suspicions about what might be going on in our oh-so-unbalanced world."
An uninhibited thriller with a dash of social commentary where the devil is in the details. Read full book review >
LAW AND DISORDER by Mike Papantonio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"As one of his stricken enemies muses about the hero, 'The man had more lives than a cat' —an assessment that economically conveys both the moral complexity of the legal universe on display here and the guileless appeal of Papantonio's bumper-sticker prose."
Attorney/radio interviewer/nonfiction author Papantonio (Air America: The Playbook, 2006, etc.) debuts a Florida lawyer hero who'd look a lot like him if his fictional avatar's busy professional docket weren't complicated by his own trial for manslaughter. Read full book review >
THRICE THE BRINDED CAT HATH MEW'D by Alan Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Although she seems for quite a while to be relying on good contacts and good luck, Bradley's preteen heroine comes through in the end with a series of deductions so clever she wants to hug herself. So will you."
Banished from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in far-off Toronto (As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, 2015, etc.) and sent back home to England, Flavia de Luce wants nothing more than to hug her beloved father. Fate has other plans. Read full book review >
THE REAL LIDDY JAMES by Anne-Marie Casey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Liddy is a memorable character who could easily appear again as The New and Improved Liddy James in Casey's next novel. Let's hope so."
A powerful divorce attorney, Liddy James races through life under a shiny veneer of confidence that covers her loneliness and insecurity. 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 >