Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

BROKEN RIVER by J. Robert Lennon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An eminently readable but melodramatic story that dilutes its suspense with far-fetched metafiction."
A violent trespass against a young child's family in 2005 comes back to haunt another family in the present day. Read full book review >
DEATH IN THE ABSTRACT by Emily Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The second case for Barnes' heroine uses a relatively simple mystery to showcase the many talents of a tough and resilient woman."
A retired police chief uses her skills to help out an old friend in trouble. Read full book review >

SHATTERED WARRIOR by Sharon Shinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The book may be a little too detailed. There are a lot of characters and history to keep track of, but Shinn's fans won't mind reading the story over and over again until they've learned every facet."
An alien invasion tends to put things in perspective in Shinn's (Gateway, 2009, etc.) graphic-novel debut.Read full book review >
YOU WERE HERE by Gian Sardar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An impressive if flawed debut with a touch of the otherworldly."
A woman, haunted by terrible dreams, digs into her grandmother's past, uncovering a tragic love triangle and a stunning crime. Read full book review >
THE SECOND DAY OF THE RENAISSANCE by Timothy Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"There's some confusion in the piecemeal mosaic of complex episodes and speculations from Trotti's past, but it's hard to resist Williams (Big Italy, 2015, etc.) as he unfolds his tale in tiny, deliciously wry narrative nuggets—100 titled chapters of puckish literary pointillism."
In his sixth outing, a retired detective tries to determine the identity of a clever killer who's seeking revenge against him. Read full book review >

EDITED OUT by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Copperman, whose autistic sleuth, Samuel Hoenig (The Question of the Felonious Friend, 2016, etc.) can be quite charming, doesn't yet have a handle on whether to play his new detective straight, fantastical, or just plain nuts. If he doesn't jump soon, his new franchise threatens to go quickly from whimsy to tedium."
A mystery writer continues to be plagued by one of her characters. Read full book review >
GRAVITY CHANGES  by Zach Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A fanciful take on life, love, tragedy, and human connection that draws its strength from insight instead of artifice."
Flying children, lovely light bulbs, and unusually expressive faces are just some of the wonders that populate the world of Powers' debut short story collection. Read full book review >
ROCKS BEAT PAPER by Mike Knowles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Knowles builds for impact and speed. Even the ruthless hero's matter-of-fact reflections on his felonious craft ('The games we play are never fair and they never end clean. They just end') achieve a truly baleful economy."
The fifth recorded caper for the thief who, imitating Richard Stark's Parker, is known only as Wilson dangles a fortune in jewels in front of him and an ill-fated crew. Read full book review >
THE LEMON JELL-O SYNDROME by Man Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A slight, charming, gravely loopy bit of whimsy equally likely to appeal to amateur etymologists, untenured academics, spouses who fear cuckolding, and anyone who's ever woken up with the feeling that they aren't quite themselves."
Martin (Paradise Dogs, 2011) presents a medical mystery in which the detective is also the victim of a rare and deeply threatening malady: loss of self. Read full book review >
SINCE WE FELL by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"What seems at the start to be an edgy psychological mystery seamlessly transforms into a crafty, ingenious tale of murder and deception—and a deeply resonant account of one woman's effort to heal deep wounds that don't easily show."
Don't zoom through this latest entry in Lehane's illustrious body of work. You'll miss plenty of intrigue, intricacies, and emotional subtleties. Read full book review >
EVENSONG by Kate Southwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An introspective novel about a woman hoping for closure before death."
An old woman reflects on her life as she approaches the end of it in a small Midwestern town. Read full book review >
THE SCRIBE OF SIENA by Melodie Winawer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The realities of day-to-day existence in 1340s Europe are so viscerally represented that readers will readily accept the fanciful premise."
A New York neurosurgeon finds herself in medieval Siena facing a career change, plague, and true love. 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 >