Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

WHISPERS OF WARNING  by Jessica  Estevao
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Well-paced and appealingly quirky. The ideal entertainment for the reader's own restorative visit to the seaside."
Young spiritualist and suffragette Ruby Proulx (Whispers Beyond the Veil, 2016) investigates a second suspicious death at a resort hotel on the coast of Maine in 1898. Read full book review >
CITY OF SPIES by Sorayya Khan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Despite occasional heavy-handedness, Khan's third novel is a complex and moving examination of, among other things, American imperialism through the eyes of a young girl."
A young girl straddles two cultures in 1970s Pakistan. Read full book review >

RETURN TO THE DARK VALLEY by Santiago  Gamboa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A complex, challenging story that speaks to the terror and dislocation of the age."
Or, love and loss in a time of ruin. Read full book review >
THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A humane, cleareyed attempt to explore the ripple effects of sexual crime."
"Imagine the person you love and trust becoming a different person overnight. What would you do?" After perpetual Teacher of the Year winner and local "man of distinction" George Woodbury is arrested on multiple charges of sexual misconduct with minors, his wife and children are forced to answer just that question. Read full book review >
RISKING IT ALL by Nina Darnton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Thoughtfully written and thoroughly engaging—a tale of compromise, tough decisions...and love."
Even the best of marriages have their tipping points. Read full book review >

BEST DAY EVER by Kaira Rouda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Darkly funny, scandalous, and utterly satisfying."
A husband and father has a very, very special weekend planned for his wife in this creepy little chiller. Read full book review >
MURDEROUS MISTRAL by Cay Rademacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Rademacher (The Wolf Children, 2017, etc.) writes with quiet authority, methodically filling in pieces of the puzzle and laying a solid foundation for further clever whodunits with a strong supporting cast."
Criminal misdeeds turn out to be just as devious in charming Provence as in the mean streets of Paris. Read full book review >
THE SCARRED WOMAN by Jussi Adler-Olsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Instead of focusing on a single high-concept case, Adler-Olsen lays out several florid plotlines and sets his crime-solvers the daunting task of gathering all the threads together. It's such a varied smorgasbord that even readers who'd prefer to skip a given dish will find plenty to sate their appetites."
Given the crowded field of wounded, murderous females on display in this seventh case for Copenhagen's Department Q (The Hanging Girl, 2015, etc.), it's hard to know just where to pin the title in this cavalcade of woman's inhumanity to woman. Read full book review >
A CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS by Terrence McCauley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"McCauley's third account of the University (A Murder of Crows, 2016, etc.) boasts tech savvy, international settings, nail-biting action, and an arsenal of twists."
A clandestine spy team refuses to buckle under to the CIA, causing its members to find themselves under siege from all sides. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD by Patricia A. McKillip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Like much of McKillip's work: gorgeous, evocative, and fragile."
Reissue of McKillip's 1974 fantasy tale of lost innocence; widely praised, sometimes extravagantly so, it won the 1975 World Fantasy Award. Read full book review >
SOLAR BONES by Mike McCormack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"This transcendent novel should expand McCormack's following on this side of the Atlantic and further establish him as a heavyweight of contemporary Irish fiction along with the likes of Anne Enright and Kevin Barry."
In this one-of-a-kind Irish novel, consisting of a single sentence à la Molly Bloom's interior monologue in Ulysses, a middle-aged man reflects on his life. Read full book review >
BOOK OF JUDAS by Linda Stasi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A page-turner offering a modern interpretative twist on the life and teachings of Jesus."
A New York journalist must unravel secrets related to the lost Gospel of Judas. 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 >