Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

PROTECTED BY THE SHADOWS by Helene Tursten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Middling, professional work notable for its high body count, its number of guilty parties, and its understandable and contagious lack of interest in arousing much curiosity about which gang members killed exactly which others."
Gang warfare erupts in Göteborg, catching DI Irene Huss (Who Watcheth, 2016, etc.), her family, and her Violent Crimes Unit in the crossfire. Read full book review >
RAVENSPUR by Conn Iggulden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A powerful you-are-there narrative, authentic and engaging."
Iggulden (Bloodline, 2016, etc.) concludes his Wars of the Roses series with Richard III dead on Bosworth Field and Henry VII taking the throne for the House of Tudor. Read full book review >

THE ICE HOUSE by Laura Lee Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Insight, good humor, and generous hearts abound in this readable but baggy saga of starting afresh, which opens with originality but closes with an excess of tidily ticked boxes."
The pileup of crises in the life of a Scottish-born businessman comes with a silver lining: an opportunity to mend old wounds and make things right. Read full book review >
THE MISSING GUESTS OF THE MAGIC GROVE HOTEL  by David Casarett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Casarett's second Chang Mai Detective Agency novel has oodles of old-fashioned charm, with an easy pace, colorful characters, and a lively curiosity for the interesting details of everyday life. Piquantly titled chapters add a soupcon of comic zest."
An investigative odd couple unravels the mystery surrounding a series of disappearances and more in Thailand. Read full book review >
QUICK CURTAIN  by Alan Melville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Full marks to Melville for his Pagliacci-like premise, which predates Michael Innes' better-known use of onstage homicide in Hamlet, Revenge! by three years, and for a confident, waspish wit perfectly suited to his theatrical milieu—even if the working out of the puzzle manages to be both overingenious and humdrum."
The latest archaeological find from Poisoned Pen's British Library of Crime Classics is a 1934 theatrical whodunit by the pseudonymous playwright and TV producer (1910-83) that's definitely worth a second look, if not necessarily a full-scale resurrection. Read full book review >

DEATH OF ANTON by Alan Melville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Melville's witty descriptions and dialogue, very much in the drawing-room manner of Noel Coward, are such a potent hook that most readers will forgive the undisciplined plotting that requires the police to execute no fewer than eight arrest warrants."
"If it's crime you're after, Carey's is the place for it," a clown with Carey's World-Famous Circus and Menagerie assures a visiting police inspector in this bright 1936 reprint from Melville (1910-83), whose career in entertainment would be nearly as varied as Carey's and much longer-lasting. Read full book review >
YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A fast-paced, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that will no doubt add to Roberts' legions of fans."
When the world as they know it ends, the survivors of a mysterious plague are faced with a new world in which both dark and light magic are rising. Read full book review >
ULTRALUMINOUS by Katherine  Faw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Artful and ruthless."
Another unsparing novel from the author of Young God (2014). Read full book review >
THE VANISHING PRINCESS by Jenny Diski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Regal, raunchy, revealing—the stories in this collection leave a lasting impression."
This short story collection from a beloved British author, published in the U.K. in 1995 but only now receiving a U.S. release, glimmers like found treasure—or a mirage. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL by Sarah Vaughan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Former political correspondent Vaughan makes an impressive debut with this savvy, propulsive courtroom drama."
A handsome British politician—also the prime minister's oldest, closest friend—finds himself on trial for rape. Read full book review >
A LADY IN SHADOWS by Lene Kaaberbøl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Less detection than horror, less horror than plain old revulsion. But Kaaberbøl deploys strategically limited period detail with a surgical precision as great as her heroine's to set her struggles in a context of anti-female bias past and present."
A second round of turn-of-the-last-century detection for aspiring French pathologist Madeleine Karno (Dr. Death, 2015) that lays on horrors of every sort they could imagine in 1894. Read full book review >
NIGHTBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"The plotting is rudimentary, but the final surprise carries a real shock; the excerpts from a 1982 diary pack a punch of their own; and of course the advent of the Icelandic winter is likely to chill hearts even below the Arctic Circle."
A second case looms for Ari Thór Arason, half the police force of the north Icelandic town of Siglufjördur, when the other half gets shot in an abandoned house. 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 >