Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

THE INHERITANCE by Jacqueline Seewald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"The fantasy of inheriting an old Victorian and $2 million has its appeal. It's a shame readers can't vicariously enjoy it through the eyes of a more interesting heroine."
A young widow and a handsome cop have a chance to rekindle a fledgling romance from their high school years—as long as their pride doesn't get in the way. Read full book review >
PET IN PERIL by Marie Celine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Although Celine keeps the killer hidden till the end, her scatterbrained heroine's antics become ever more trying in this day-at-the-beach cozy."
A pet chef leaves no mystery unsolved. Read full book review >

PAINTED SKINS by Matt Hilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Rated R for sex, violence, sexual violence, and perhaps one too many violent rapists working independently and, indeed, at odds with each other. Now if only Hilton delivered the punch that breaking all those taboos would seem to promise."
The disappearance of a young woman old enough to know better but who probably doesn't leads Portland private eye Tess Grey and Nicolas "Po" Villere, her operative and lover (Blood Tracks, 2015), into a wildly tangled thicket of felonies. Read full book review >
STICK OR TWIST by Diane Janes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Janes seems to specialize in heroines with significant back stories. But where Swimming in the Shadows (2014) took forever to reach its conclusion, her current tale frontloads the complications and ends with a jolt."
A team of detectives struggles to solve a case with both too few and too many clues. Read full book review >
Secrets of Worry Dolls by Amy Impellizzeri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A novel of grief, love, and truth that offers insights about a family and a satisfying resolution."
A daughter comes to terms with family secrets as she deals with the effects of two tragedies from New York's recent history. Read full book review >

NOVELS, TALES, JOURNEYS by Alexander Pushkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2016

"A long overdue collection that speaks truly and well to Pushkin's brilliance as a prose stylist as well as observer of the world."
Superb gathering of writings by the short-lived author Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), best known as a poet—but, argues translator Pevear, also "the true originator of Russian prose." Read full book review >
DEAD ON THE BONES by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2016

"This act of a writer's love becomes a show of generosity for the audience."
Lansdale pays homage to the pulp writers who inspired him in this loving collection of stories. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF THE COOKBOOKS by Ashton Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Lee's feisty heroine makes light work of some tough problems in this small-town, small-stakes adventure."
Mississippians do their level best to cope with the minor calamities that threaten the opening of their new library. Read full book review >
WILD AT WHISKEY CREEK by Julie Anne Long
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A splendid, delectable romance."
Glory Greenleaf has big dreams and a penchant for drama, while Deputy Sheriff Eli Barlow believes in law, order, and Glory's incandescent talent, so when their soul-scorching attraction interferes with her big break, Eli realizes he may love her too much to hold on to her. Read full book review >
THE VISCOUNT AND THE VIXEN by Lorraine Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A winning Victorian romance with a Pretty Woman vibe—complete with a hot piano scene."
After a marquess manipulates his son into marrying a commoner, the two fall in love, but her murky past may get in the way of their future happiness. Read full book review >
PRINCE LESTAT AND THE REALMS OF ATLANTIS by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Rice's latest excursion into otherly realms may leave some readers feeling overstuffed—but others, to be sure, will be hungry for more."
Having perhaps bled all the possibilities out of earthly children of the night, Rice (Prince Lestat, 2014, etc.) takes a bite out of two big bodies of myth. Read full book review >
THE WHOLE TOWN'S TALKING by Fannie Flagg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"You know the expression 'This is not your grandma's epic novel'? Well, this is your grandma's epic novel, anodyne but sweeping in its sweet way, full of home truths and consolation."
The history of a Midwestern town founded by Swedish immigrants, including both lives and afterlives, from 1889 to 2021. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >