Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >
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 >
MOGGERHANGER by Alan Sillitoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Reading this novel is like seeing an older man don that mod print shirt he's had for decades and never been able to part with. He should have known better."
A 40-year-old ne'er-do-well embarks on a series of comic encounters and adventures in this epic-sized picaresque. Read full book review >
NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A sensuous, shades-of-moral-gray world; a compelling, passionate heroine; a high-stakes quest for revenge—this is a fantasy fans won't be able to put down."
A dark and bloody fantasy about a young woman bent on revenge—at almost any price. Read full book review >
THREE SISTERS, THREE QUEENS by Philippa Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Gregory's take on the (largely male-determined) fortunes of three Tudor women is venal, petty, and jaundiced but never dull."
The latest installment of Gregory's Tudor Court series fleshes out the sparse documentation on Queen Margaret of Scotland. Read full book review >
THE ST. LUCIA ISLAND CLUB by Brent Monahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The mystery poses little challenge for Le Brun (The Manhattan Island Clubs, 2003, etc.) or the reader. But armchair travelers will enjoy the history and lyrical descriptions of St. Lucia, which has become the tourist paradise the planters were hoping for."
A 1910 honeymoon on an exotic island is rudely interrupted by multiple murders. Read full book review >
SWEAR ON THIS LIFE by Renée Carlino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Carlino fans will love this one, and so will readers who have not yet made her acquaintance. The tale is engaging and paced to keep the pages turning long after the lights should be out."
Carlino's sixth novel is a twofer: a book within a book—a fascinating mix of past and present, childhood and adulthood—that takes us back and forth in time and leaves us at the edge of the future. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >