Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

NOTHING SHORT OF DYING by Erik Storey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Storey's first novel moves along well enough, but the way he strings together violent action scenes has a paint-by-numbers quality."
Newly sprung from three years in a Juárez prison, school-of-hard-knocks product Clyde Barr answers an SOS call from his sister Jen, who is being held in the Colorado mountains by a big-time drug supplier. Read full book review >
ADDLANDS by Tom Bullough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A serious if sometimes-overgrown farm tale."
Piety, pugnacity, and secrets shape the lives of a rural Welsh family across 70 years. Read full book review >

The People's House by David Pepper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"An engaging tale that looks at the grimy underbelly of American political power."
In this thriller, a reporter investigates the possibility that recent congressional election upsets are the result of a conspiracy. Read full book review >
A HOUSE WITHOUT WINDOWS by Nadia Hashimi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"A powerful, if flawed, portrait of an honorable woman living amid dishonorable men."
When she's found with her murdered husband's blood on her hands, Zeba is almost strangled by his outraged cousin. She's rescued only to land in jail, accused of killing her husband. Read full book review >
THE WAGES OF DESIRE by Stephen Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Kelly adds something perversely novel, and potentially divisive, to the decorous conventions of his golden-age models: abrupt shifts in point of view, sometimes within a single scene, between characters who seem right out of Agatha Christie and those with considerably darker doings on their minds."
This second round of crime and detection in a homefront English village for DCI Thomas Lamb and a crew that now includes his daughter is mostly retro but with some disconcerting additions. Read full book review >

THE HANGED MAN by Gary Inbinder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"A case every bit as baffling as the hero's debut. Here's hoping for another entry in this atmospheric series."
His latest case could be Inspector Achille Lefebvre's finest hour, if it isn't his last. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BELL by Inger Ash Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"DI Micallef is sure to win your favor, but expect your initial excitement to slowly fizzle out."
In this fourth installment (A Door in the River, 2012, etc.), Ontario police inspector Hazel Micallef becomes intimately involved in a case connecting back to her childhood. Read full book review >
DANCING IN DREAMTIME by Scott Russell Sanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Sanders is at his best when he leaves humor behind to tell stories with big ideas; fortunately, over half the stories here do so, despite a shaky start."
A short story collection wrestling with modern isolation and dystopic futures, from an author also known for nonfiction essays about conservation and nature. Read full book review >
A Clearing in the Forest by Kim Love Stump
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 14, 2016

"Spellbinding and untraditional, this fantasy with a brave royal could teach Disney a few things about princess adventures."
A debut YA fantasy stars a princess who must venture forth into the world before she's allowed to rule. Read full book review >
Skin of Tattoos by Christina Hoag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2016

"A well-crafted, engaging novel about an ex-con trying to break free."
Hoag tells the story of a gang member's attempts to flee his life of crime in this debut novel. Read full book review >
The Devil's Analyst by Dennis Frahmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2016

"An original, but uneven technology thriller involving murder and a mysterious manipulator."
An obsessed stalker shadows a young man as his Internet company prepares to go public in the year 2000. Read full book review >
Crimson Park by C.J. Booth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2016

"A thriller with an endlessly twisty plot and plenty of lingering questions for a third book to answer."
A California cold-case division finds that the disappearance of a B-movie director/producer isn't nearly as straightforward as it initially seems in Booth's (Olive Park, 2011) sequel.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >