Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

OUTSIDE THE WIRE  by Patricia Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2017

"The creator of amateur sleuth Tucker Sinclair (Short Change, 2007, etc.) re-ups her tough-girl cred. Despite an egregious blunder on the subject of genetics, Smiley's second LAPD entry moves the plot as deftly as she moves the reader, with lots of action and just enough heart."
The LAPD's Davie Richards deals with the aftermath of a police-involved shooting by investigating a serial killing. Read full book review >
A FATAL COLLECTION by Mary Ellen  Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2017

"Hughes (Scene of the Brine, 2016, etc.) kicks off her new Keepsake Cove series with a charming locale, standard-issue cozy characters, and a schmaltzy storyline."
An unexpected new start in life morphs into a dangerous hunt for the truth. Read full book review >

CANAL DAYS CALAMITY  by Jamie Blair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2017

"Blair's cozy with an identity crisis dabbles in mystery while covering romance, family dynamics, and a love of dogs—all of which leaves little room for the whodunit."
The shock of a murder threatens to distract a small Indiana town from its annual festival. Read full book review >
I, PARROT by Deb Olin Unferth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A heartbreaking and hopeful story of a woman's messy mettle."
A woman finds herself when she loses 42 birds. Read full book review >
EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Readers who recognize early on that the most suspenseful question here is whether the heroine will regain her lost love will know perfectly well whether this latest installment is for them."
Laurie Moran, intrepid executive producer of the true-crime series Under Suspicion, agrees to reopen a cold case so recent that it's hardly fair to call it cold. Read full book review >

THE HOUSE OF UNEXPECTED SISTERS by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Though the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency increasingly feels more like a therapy group than a commercial enterprise, there's no denying the slow-burning power of its revelations in this 18th installment."
A deceptively slow opening movement ushers in one of the most complicated dockets ever for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Read full book review >
JADE CITY  by Fonda Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The open-ended nature of the ending suggests that the clan war is not yet over; it'll be interesting to see what course Lee charts next."
Two clans fueled by the magical power of jade battle for control of an analog of mid-20th-century Hong Kong. Read full book review >
THE IRREGULAR by H.B. Lyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Sherlock Holmes' delayed first appearance here is shrewdly calculated. Though Lyle's debut novel is certainly an homage, it's not a flat-footed imitation but a crisp, stylish spinoff."
When Britain wants to inaugurate a secret service, who better to assist than the greatest detective in history? Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS RETURN by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"No real suspense or surprises, and even fans of Perry's holiday novellas (A Christmas Message, 2016, etc.) may find it hard to swallow the injunction to seasonal revenge. But as the vicar's wife points out, 'What's Christmas about, if not hope and giving a hand where it's needed?'"
Great news for everyone nervously contemplating a trip home for the holidays: it can't possibly be as fraught as Mariah Ellison's visit to Rowena Wesley to rescue her old friend from an ancient scandal that's roared back to life. Read full book review >
MRS. OSMOND by John Banville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A sequel that honors James and his singular heroine while showing Banville to be both an uncanny mimic and, as always, a captivating writer."
A sequel to The Portrait of a Lady that may well delight fans of that Henry James masterpiece and leave other readers bemused by the contemporary work's 19th-century sensibility. Read full book review >
HIGHLAND DRAGON REBEL by Isabel Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A compelling tale of danger and dragons."
A Scottish warrior with the ability to change shapes—into a dragon, among other forms—escorts a Welsh ally on a magical quest. Read full book review >
SPRING GARDEN by Tomoka Shibasaki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An elegant story that is in many ways more reminiscent of Mishima and Akutagawa than many contemporary Japanese writers."
Atmospheric, meditative story of memory and loss in a gentrifying Tokyo neighborhood. 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 >