Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

THE MIDNIGHT LINE by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"This return to form is also a hint of new ground to be covered."
A glimpse of a West Point class ring in a pawn shop window sends Jack Reacher on his latest adventure in the 22nd entry in Child's (No Middle Name, 2017, etc.) series. Read full book review >
THE ODYSSEY by Emily Wilson
translated by Emily Wilson, by Homer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"More faithful to the original but less astonishing than Christopher Logue's work and lacking some of the music of Fagles' recent translations of Homer; still, a readable and worthy effort."
Fresh version of one of the world's oldest epic poems, a foundational text of Western literature. Read full book review >

STRANGE MUSIC by Alan Dean Foster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Nondescript entertainment, especially if you find the notion of yodeling Yodas appealing."
Another adventure for empathic fix-it operatives Flinx and Pip, in a series that's been appearing sporadically since 1972 (most recently Flinx Transcendent, 2009). Read full book review >
UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES by Robert Guffey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A nihilistic satire that takes the idea that death is easy and comedy is hard to a whole new level."
A young stand-up comic finds his world turned upside down when a mysterious brain disease kills off the world's sense of humor. Read full book review >
THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS by Victoria Namkung
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A sober, personable tale about the complexities of sexual abuse and its aftermath."
Namkung (The Things We Tell Ourselves, 2015, etc.) presents a novel about a predatory English teacher and the journalists who seek to stop him. Read full book review >

LET DARKNESS BURY THE DEAD by Maureen Jennings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Jennings (Dead Ground in Between, 2016, etc.) provides a melancholy and nuanced meditation on the war and a welcome return for fans of this long-dormant series."
After a 10-year hiatus from print, during which he was seen only on television (in The Artful Detective), Detective William Murdoch resurfaces, older, wiser, and sadder, in 1917 Toronto, amid the fear and losses of World War I. Read full book review >
SPECIAL ENVOY by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Fans of Echenoz will recognize his signature playfulness and affection for the offbeat caper—in this case, one that won't please the brass in Pyongyang."
A shaggy tale that blends spy-novel pastiche with today's headlines. Read full book review >
PARTING SHOT  by Linwood Barclay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Barclay's latest small-town thriller is one of his best."
In the dark aftermath of mass killings in their (fictional) upstate New York town of Promise Falls, police detective Barry Duckworth and PI Cal Weaver find themselves on parallel tracks while investigating the targeting of two local young men by vigilantes. Read full book review >
THE VINEYARD VICTIMS by Ellen Crosby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Crosby (The Champagne Conspiracy, 2016, etc.) continues to explore the privileged world of the Virginia hunt country with a fine mystery, solid characterization, and a shocking finale."
A woman's determination to keep a promise puts her in a killer's cross hairs. Read full book review >
UNHOLY CITY by Carrie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Smith's first-rate police procedural provides plenty of likely suspects and a clever detective who manages to solve the crime in just five days."
The members charged with governing a church community are hiding secrets that could help solve several murders. Read full book review >
THE RULE OF LUCK by Catherine  Cerveny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A well-crafted world with a promising heroine, but hopefully the sequels will spend less time describing the love interest's blue eyes."
In the year 2950, Romani tarot card reader Felicia Sevigny discovers she's at the heart of a sinister plot to manipulate human genetics in Cerveny's debut. Read full book review >
NANTUCKET RED TICKETS by Steven Axelrod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"In the fourth installment of this seabound series, Axelrod (Nantucket Grand, 2016, etc.) and his protagonist bring an amused, judicious, and ultimately tolerant eye to the foibles large and small of a mixed Santa's bag of characters."
Current crimes and a cold case enliven a police chief's holiday season. 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 >