Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

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 >

IDLEWILD by Jude Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A lovely, finely wrought romance that reminds us that to truly love another, we must know our own hearts."
A widowed restaurateur falls for a young waiter in a Detroit-set romance with heart, sweat, and tears. Read full book review >
Never Go Alone by Denison Hatch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"In this crime tale, the author shows an imaginative knack for combining old-fashioned thrills with high-tech capers."
A New York City undercover detective investigates a gang that specializes in breaking into skyscrapers. Read full book review >
IN THE SKIN OF A MONSTER by Kathryn Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A highly original, richly layered debut that will reward patient readers. (Paranormal fiction. 14 & up)"
A white teenage girl finds herself caught in a nightmare version of her own world in this affecting Australian debut. Read full book review >

FOOTPRINTS TO MURDER by Marcia Talley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"As Talley's 15th cozy reminds us once more, you can't take her genial heroine (Daughter of Ashes, 2015, etc.) anywhere without her stumbling into a different form of homicide."
A West Coast convention for Bigfoot believers takes a hairy turn. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS MASQUERADE by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Macomber (The Twelve Days of Christmas, 2016, etc.) offers the gift of a charming if predictable romance between a likable heroine and her unlikely beau."
The holidays bring challenges for a New Orleans travel agent. Read full book review >
RENTING SILENCE by Mary Miley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Despite an overburdened plot that still leaves one mystery unresolved, readers will welcome this third showcase for a valiant heroine with a shady past."
An amateur sleuth takes a nostalgic journey straight into danger to solve a Jazz Age murder. Read full book review >
LOUISE'S LIES by Sarah R. Shaber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Even though the quietly courageous heroine acts a little more impulsively than usual, her sixth adventure is a worthy addition to the franchise."
A stop in a tavern for a simple nightcap leads a war worker into unexpected complexities. Read full book review >
DENNY'S LAW by Elizabeth Gunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Gunn (Noontime Follies, 2015, etc.) has produced an expert police procedural with plenty of quirks and twists that raise it well above the average."
A Tucson police detective catches a murder case that is anything but ordinary. Read full book review >
DEATH SHIP by Jim Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Kelly's regular cast of coppers, so thick on the ground that they outnumber the suspects, are overshadowed this time, with the emphasis on the shadows cast by some memorably sad souls only halfway motivated to survive their past sins."
The construction of a new seaside amusement pier brings out every activist in Hunstanton Beach—along with every officer in the West Norfolk Constabulary. Read full book review >
THE INHERITANCE by Jacqueline Seewald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"The fantasy of inheriting an old Victorian and $2 million has its appeal. It's a shame readers can't vicariously enjoy it through the eyes of a more interesting heroine."
A young widow and a handsome cop have a chance to rekindle a fledgling romance from their high school years—as long as their pride doesn't get in the way. 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 >