Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

THE FAITHFUL ONE by Michele Chynoweth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A well-constructed, if rather straightforward, modern adaptation of the Book of Job."
Chynoweth (The Runaway Prophet, 2016, etc.) retells the biblical story of Job in this contemporary novel.Read full book review >
HEARTBREAK HOTEL by Jonathan Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Entertaining as the conscientious excavation of ancient misdeeds is, it all ends up having disappointingly little to do with the motive and the culprit in the unlikely murder of the tale's most charming character."
Child psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware (Breakdown, 2016, etc.) deals with his oldest client yet, a deceptively sweet old lady who gently importunes him to provide his services but dies without explaining why. Read full book review >

PRAYER FOR THE DEAD by James Oswald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Yet another police procedural on steroids, a case made even more bizarre by Oswald's trademark hints of the supernatural; impossible to put down."
Several seemingly unrelated Edinburgh murders just need a little creative thinking to link them. Read full book review >
A DEATH IN THE DALES by Frances Brody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An excellent British cozy less notable for its plethora of not-very-challenging mysteries than for its atmospheric setting, its interesting characters, and a twist with unexpected bite."
A private investigator's pleasure trip turns into a murder hunt. Read full book review >
A MEASURE OF MURDER by Leslie Karst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Karst (Dying for a Taste, 2016), who's done many of the things she gives her heroine to do, provides a mystery that rings true and features several unexpected twists along with the appended recipes that are de rigueur for culinary cozies."
A restaurant owner with a reputation as a sleuth reluctantly adds murder to her plate. Read full book review >

THE LAST NIGHT AT TREMORE BEACH by Mikel Santiago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A sadly squandered setting and a protagonist who's more abrasive than empathetic make for a lackluster story of things, real or imaginary, that go bump in the night."
A struggling composer tries to get away from it all at a remote Irish beach house, but a chance weather event seems to imbue him with special powers that give him disturbing views of future events. Read full book review >
AMONG THE RUINS by Ausma Zehanat Khan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A lyrically written look into a country many think of as war-torn and bleak reveals many sides to the place and its people."
A Muslim Canadian detective's instinct for trouble follows him to Iran. Read full book review >
WHERE THE LOST GIRLS GO by R.J.  Noonan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Ham-fisted—in both the pointedly ethnic characterizations and the clearly obvious identity of the murderer—and eminently forgettable."
Officer Laura Mori's first case uncovers something sinister lurking in the bucolic woods of Oregon. Read full book review >
A DIVIDED SPY by Charles Cumming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"The prolific Cumming insufficiently preps the reader on the hero's back story but writes with ruefully brittle intelligence and keeps the twists coming."
A British agent lures a closeted Russian superspy into the open by befriending his spurned secret lover. Read full book review >
AUGUST SNOW by Stephen Mack  Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This mostly terrific debut holds out the promise that we are at the beginning of an excellent new series."
An ex-cop comes home to Detroit and finds himself embroiled in the investigation of a local business magnate's death. Read full book review >
THE SHIMMERING ROAD by Hester Young
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A road novel with too many detours."
In the second of a projected trilogy, Young's clairvoyant protagonist investigates the murders of her mother and half sister. Read full book review >
THE UNDESIRED by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Rest assured that the guilty and the innocent alike will share every punishment Sigurdardóttir can dish out."
As in The Silence of the Sea (2016), Iceland's Queen of Crime juggles two sets of crimes in two time frames to produce a slow-burning, bone-chilling tale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >