Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Only 'The Adventure of the Six Sherlocks,' Toni L.P. Kelner's inventive, amusing story of a fatal poisoning at a Baker Street Con, hits the mark in every category. Fans will argue endlessly about which others are the real keepers."
Following their three earlier co-edited collections exploring farther and farther reaches of the universe of Sherlock Holmes pastiches (Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, 2016, etc.), King and Klinger have commissioned 14 new stories that make up their wildest, weirdest crop yet. Read full book review >
THE DAKOTA WINTERS by Tom Barbash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Pleasurably endearing for anybody with a soft spot for pop culture, Annie Hall-era Manhattan, and 20-somethingdom at its most freewheeling."
It's 1980, and a young man is reckoning with his famous father's breakdown with a little help from his New York City neighbor John Lennon. Read full book review >

EGGS ON ICE by Laura Childs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Oodles of red herrings and small-town charm just don't move the story along quickly enough to raise it to level of Childs' more interesting entries (Egg Drop Dead, 2016, etc.)."
Hoping to bring back Christmas cheer, the Cackleberry Club takes on yet another murder case. Read full book review >
OF BLOOD AND BONE by Nora Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"This installment feels a bit like a rest between the trauma of The Doom and the war to come except for an explosive end battle; however, meeting the next generation and watching the heroine grow into her powers and leadership is enthralling."
In this sequel to Roberts' apocalyptic Year One (2017), the world settles into its new normal after The Doom. The girl who will be The One reaches her 13th birthday, makes the choice to train with her magical mentor, and steps into her many gifts, then must find allies to prepare for the war to come. Read full book review >
THE BLOOD by E.S. Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Thomson's third Jem Flockhart mystery (Dark Asylum, 2017, etc.) is grim but compelling, with a righteous heroine you can't help but root for."
The death of a prostitute in Victorian London has personal relevance for a secretive sleuth. Read full book review >

RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT by Sarah Selecky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A funny, tender, gimlet-eyed dive into the cult of self-improvement."
Dear fill-in-the-blank, we are excited to embark on this journey of transformation with you. Please follow the link at the end of this newsletter to make sure your credit card info is up-to-date. Read full book review >
HEARTS OF THE MISSING by Carol Potenza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A convoluted plot may leave readers respecting Matthews but too tired to appreciate the exploration of tribal culture and customs."
When Sgt. Monique "Nicky" Matthews is asked to investigate the disappearance of a young Fire-Sky Pueblo woman, she finds her search impeded by cultural beliefs, evil spirits, and even members of her own squad. Read full book review >
HONG KONG NOIR  by Jason Y. Ng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Ng and Blumberg-Kason's Hong Kong is a city on the brink, haunted by its past but facing an uncertain future. Readers can feel lucky to have such a collection."
Ng and Blumberg-Kason defy the fates by presenting a collection of 14 stories—by Chinese tradition, an ominous number—illustrating their city's dark side. Read full book review >
JOSEPHINE BAKER'S LAST DANCE by Sherry Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Despite the quick ending, Jones delivers a satisfying life of one endlessly fascinating person."
The extraordinary story of a unique and unrivaled icon. Read full book review >
DEEP WAR by David Poyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"So long as readers understand they'll need to buy the sequel (at least!) to learn America's fate, they'll enjoy this exciting story."
The latest hair-raising volume featuring U.S. Navy hero Dan Lenson (Tipping Point, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SONGBIRD by Marcia Willett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A sentimental, slow-paced morality tale with a few sheep and lots of flowers."
A young man quits his marketing job at a London publishing company and rents a cottage in the English countryside in this gentle family saga by the prolific Willett (Seven Days in Summer, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
BROKEN GROUND  by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"The mystery itself has a stop-start rhythm, but as a novel about the too-consuming work life many of us lead, it's timely and recognizable."
The accidental discovery of a body is the starting point for the latest mystery featuring the Scottish cold-case detective Karen Pirie. 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 >