Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

IN THE VALLEY OF THE DEVIL by Hank  Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Early's hero is a nice guy who certainly means well, but only those readers interested in further exploring mountain tropes will want to follow him on his next adventure."
Private investigator Earl Marcus thought he had battled every evil hidden in the North Georgia mountains, but when his girlfriend goes missing, he finds a level of depravity that surprises even him. Read full book review >
SHELVED UNDER MURDER by Victoria Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Just the thing for readers whose pulses quicken when they read: 'The way he looks at you sometimes…deserves an R-rating.'"
Virginia librarian Amy Webber's love of books is upstaged by two other art forms, painting and dance, in her second cozy. Read full book review >

A SOUFFLÉ OF SUSPICION by Daryl Wood Gerber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Spicing the mix with an impressive 14 recipes, from Autumn Quiche to Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies, Gerber balances a beautiful setting with a predictable but enjoyable cozy plot."
When a festival of sweets is imperiled by the murder of its organizer, the owner of the host restaurant investigates to clear her chef of the crime. Read full book review >
TWO FACED by A.R.  Ashworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Not much mystery, not much suspense, but a mountain of sadness and suspicion on behalf of a pair of hard-used women too tough to whine themselves."
Could the lowlifes who nearly killed DCI Elaine Hope in her first case (Souls of Men, 2017) be back to finish the job?Read full book review >
SUICIDE CLUB by Rachel Heng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"A complicated and promising debut that spoofs the current health culture craze even as it anticipates its appalling culmination."
In a frighteningly plausible future, the economy revolves around the currency of health, life spans are potentially eternal, and the new have-nots are born with poverty encoded in their genes. Read full book review >

THE LIDO by Libby Page
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"The stakes feel low, but the water's fine."
An octogenarian and a young journalist unite to save a neighborhood pool in London in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE GARDEN PARTY by Grace Dane Mazur
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Beautifully written and bracingly intelligent."
The two very different families of an engaged couple meet for a prenuptial dinner in the garden of the groom's parents' home in Brookline, Massachusetts. Read full book review >
ORCHID & THE WASP by Caoilinn Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"As strange, musical, and carefully calculated as its unusual heroine."
A fast-talking young woman sets out to help her family at the height of Ireland's recession in this language-driven debut. Read full book review >
A BRUSH WITH DEATH by Ali Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"The heroine's uniquely comprehensive view of both the wealthy and their help is squandered in a debut more interested in expounding the details of estate law than going beyond the predictable."
An English pet portraitist uses her keen perspective to probe the mysterious death of one of her rich customers. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER WIVES by Beatriz Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"With just the right touch of bitters, Williams (Cocoa Beach, 2017, etc.) mixes a satisfyingly tempestuous—and eminently beachworthy—follow-up to her beloved Schuyler Sisters series."
Twenty years after a murder at her family's tony Long Island Sound summer enclave, an expatriate actress returns to right a terrible injustice and heal her broken heart. Read full book review >
A TERRIBLE COUNTRY by Keith Gessen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"The themes are timely and engaging, and Moscow-born Gessen displays an affecting sympathy for the smaller players on history's stage."
A man returns to Moscow to care for his grandmother and learns much about Putin's Russia, its new prosperity and old problems. Read full book review >
EDEN by Andrea Kleine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"An unlikely combination of both absorbing and flat."
A young woman becomes unraveled as she unravels her past. 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 >