Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

EVERYBODY'S FOOL by Richard Russo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Russo hits his trademark trifecta: satisfying, hilarious, and painlessly profound."
A sequel to the great Nobody's Fool (1993) checks in on the residents of poor old North Bath, New York, 10 years later. Read full book review >
SOMETHING NEW by Lucy Knisley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Open, original, and at times amusing narrative of being a 'makeshift bride.'"
A newly wedded comic artist shares her experience, by turns hesitant and enthusiastic, planning the big event. Read full book review >

THE WOMAN IN BLUE by Elly Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Griffiths (The Ghost Fields, 2015, etc.) always provides a clever mystery and a wealth of historical detail. But it's her complex characterizations that put her in the forefront of the current mystery field."
A murderer stalks the streets of a medieval town known for its religious fervor. Read full book review >
BLOODROOT by Cynthia Riggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Riggs, who describes the beauties of her acerbic sleuth's island home as lovingly as ever, provides a more satisfying conclusion than usual this time around."
Think you don't enjoy your dental visits? Imagine how you'd feel if you didn't survive them! Read full book review >
CITY OF THE LOST by Kelley Armstrong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"The eerie descriptions of setting and chilling character backgrounds give the tale an almost supernatural edge. Armstrong veers off the rails in her introduction of this creepy place but is firmly back on track by the end."
In a land of the amoral, the moral relativist is a worthy protagonist. Read full book review >

AN OLD-FASHIONED MURDER by Carol Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Daisy's third is less of a romp than its forbears (A Nip of Murder, 2014, etc.), partly because the man she loves to hate is largely absent. But Miller's twist on the classic country-house murder, including bootleg whisky and rooms named after Confederate generals, is still enjoyable."
Unexpected weather and a deadly antique turn a Virginia house party into a nightmare. Read full book review >
ADMIRAL by Sean Danker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A not-very-thrilling thriller dressed up in mediocre sci-fi clothing."
The first in a series of sci-fi military thrillers finds a crew fighting to stay alive amid mysterious circumstances. Read full book review >
HEART ATTACK WATCH by Alyson Foster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A heavy-hitting emotional exploration of the ways lives can change in single moments."
Foster (God Is an Astronaut, 2014) explores people and relationships on the razor's edge in this collection of moving short stories. Read full book review >
ASSASSIN'S SILENCE by Ward Larsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"An engrossing narrative filled with a lively cast of characters."
After faking his own death, a Mossad assassin is at the center of international political intrigue. Read full book review >
BETTER DEAD by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Veteran author Collins knows detective novels work best when there's a rugged, flawed, self-aware sleuth, a shades-of-gray atmosphere, a righteous quest, and a bed-ready damsel, Bettie Page filling the bill here."
The prolific Collins (Ask Not, 2013, etc.) finds veteran gumshoe Nathan Heller in the McCarthy era, when Wisconsin's demagogue senator looked for a Commie under every bed and his counsel Roy Cohn manipulated the Rosenbergs into the electric chair. Read full book review >
SOMETHING TO HIDE by Deborah Moggach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Kooky and diverse, each woman's secret unfolds in scintillating bits that lead to a scandalous finish."
The latest from Moggach (Heartbreak Hotel, 2015, etc.) is a hodgepodge of infidelity and other lies that spans four continents.Read full book review >
BACK TO MOSCOW by Guillermo Erades
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"An appealingly chaotic—if familiar—look at the inner life of a young 'intellectual.'"
A coming-of-age novel set in Moscow, Erades' debut plays with tropes of student life, literary devotion, and travel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >