Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

SHOW ME A MOUNTAIN by Kerry Young
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An ambitious work that unfortunately disappoints."
Fay Wong, a biracial girl caught between the worlds of her Chinese father and her African mother, comes of age in 1930s Jamaica. Read full book review >
THE MORAVIAN NIGHT by Peter Handke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A sad story—perhaps, but one in which fantasy and history dance nimbly. Stellar."
The renowned Austrian novelist looks back on a body of work and a terrible century in this elegiac tale, first published in German in 2008. Read full book review >

OUT OF BOUNDS by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This wayward and entertaining mystery has the grace of a heroine on the verge of coming into her own as a character whom readers will want to spend time with."
A fatal car crash leads to information about a cold murder case in the fourth DCI Karen Pirie mystery. Read full book review >
PLAID AND PLAGIARISM by Molly MacRae
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This series kickoff from MacRae (Wilder Rumors, 2007, etc.) is chock-full of intriguing characters and Highland charm. Maybe a little too full: it could have done with some judicious pruning."
Four ladies who've purchased a bookshop in the Scottish Highlands find murder messing up their plans. Read full book review >
A DECLINE IN PROPHETS  by Sulari Gentill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A delightful period piece."
A wealthy, bohemian Australian artist is forced to become an amateur sleuth. Read full book review >

ESCAPE TO HAVANA by Nick Wilkshire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A bit of romance, a bit of gentle humor, several bits of official corruption and drug-related violence, and a chance for the mild-mannered hero to rise to an impossible challenge. It doesn't hold together any better than this summary suggests, but individual bites are tasty enough."
Wilkshire (Thin Ice, 2014, etc.) kicks off a new series by packing middle-aged pencil-pusher Charlie Hillier off to Havana as the Canadian Embassy's new Management Consular Officer. Read full book review >
THE LAKE DISTRICT MURDER by John Bude
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Period reticence apart, the most notable impression this old-school procedural leaves is how remarkably little the formula has changed over the years."
Poisoned Pen follows its recent publication of Bude's first novel (The Cornish Coast Murder) by reprinting his second, which was first published, like its predecessor, in 1935 and marks the debut of his doughty series detective, Inspector Meredith. Read full book review >
THE KNIFE SLIPPED by Erle Stanley Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"For all its pulpy limitations, this road not taken is worth reading if only for its heroine's hard-boiled wisdom: 'You can't have understanding without empathy, and you can't have empathy without losing money.'"
A remarkable discovery: not a new novel about Bertha Cool and Donald Lam but their second adventure, originally written in 1939 but unpublished till now. Read full book review >
HOW WILL I KNOW YOU? by Jessica Treadway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Nuanced, probing, and honest. Well worth a read."
Treadway's (Lacy Eye, 2015, etc.) thoughtful mystery explores the aftermath of a young girl's murder and the effects her absence has on those closest to her. Read full book review >
CLICKBAIT by E.J. Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"A poignant, thought-provoking love story on many levels."
Gideon and Alex overcome family and job stresses as well as their own biases and insecurities to find their way to a happy-ever-after. Read full book review >
INVESTIGATING MR WAKEFIELD by Rob Gittins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"Gittins (Secret Shelter, 2015, etc.) takes forever to navigate past the overlong flashbacks that dot the first half of this tale. Readers who survive this extended setup, however, will find themselves irresistibly drawn into Jack's paranoid world of self-induced claustrophobia."
Gittins' fourth novel updates the premise of Nathaniel Hawthorne's memorably enigmatic little fable "Wakefield"—a man abandons his wife on a whim, moves one street away, then returns to her 20 years later on another whim—for the surveillance age. Read full book review >
All in Fear by May Peterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"An engaging anthology of queer fiction filled with monsters, mysteries, and menace."
A collection of horror tales from six romance writers highlights queer characters in fearful circumstances. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >