Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

TALK COWBOY TO ME  by Carolyn Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sweet story about building family out of what life hands you."
This eighth book in Brown's Spikes and Spurs series is The Brady Bunch meets Reba with a little spice thrown in for good measure. Read full book review >
THE ONE INSIDE by Sam Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Cheerless but atmospheric and precisely observed, very much of a piece with Shepard's other work."
An elegiac amble through blowing dust and greasy spoons, the soundtrack the whine of truck engines and the howl of coyotes. Read full book review >

TANGLED IN TEXAS by Kari Lynn Dell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Dell's ability to immerse her readers in the world of rodeo, coupled with her stellar writing, makes this a contemporary Western not to miss."
A pro bronc rider gets a second chance with the woman he once lost to his own stubborn pride. Read full book review >
SOMEONE TO HOLD  by Mary Balogh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"This 'Cinderella' reversal story seethes with desire, painted paradoxically in the watercolor prose that is the hallmark of this author."
An unloving heroine in reduced circumstances, an orphan hero, and the gift of unconditional acceptance. Read full book review >
AMIABLE WITH BIG TEETH  by Claude McKay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Full of now-arcane references to historical moments and political movements past but still engaging and well-paced."
Newly discovered novel by the great chronicler of the Harlem Renaissance, a sweeping satire of clashing ideologies and ambitions north of 110th Street. Read full book review >

TELL ME NO LIES by Lynn Chandler Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"The first in Willis' planned series mixes murder and romance with enough suspects to keep you guessing."
A widowed newspaper publisher's life falls apart when she finds a murder victim. Read full book review >
SNOWED IN WITH MURDER by Auralee Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Wallace (Pumpkin Picking with Murder, 2016, etc.) tries to strike her usual playful tone, but this entry comes across as juvenile and disorganized."
A woman who's returned home to win back her ex finds herself snowed in on an island with a rich family whose members seem intent on destroying each other. Read full book review >
GUARDIAN OF SECRETS by Brenda Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A fantasy that embraces its love-triangle motif and deftly manages to create a believably fragile political system at risk of collapse—unless the heroine can save it."
Magic and mayhem return to the world's libraries in this YA sequel. Read full book review >
THE DUKE by Kerrigan Byrne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"This sexy romp has it all—a mystery, a feminist heroine worth rooting for, and moments of heat so intense they might need a nurse."
Imogen Pritchard keeps crossing paths with Cole Talmage, Duke of Trenwyth. Will time and mistaken identity keep them apart? Read full book review >
HARRY MILLER'S RUN by David Almond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A rich and resonant short story. (Illustrated fiction. 10 & up)"
Nearing the end of his life, a beloved old runner passes the torch to an eager young one. Read full book review >
A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE by Kelley Armstrong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A dark, creepy story."
The police investigation of a kidnapping in a small, off-the-grid town is complicated by the suspicion that the rescued victim is perpetrating a hoax. Read full book review >
THE BERTIE PROJECT by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Even woolier than earlier installments—two characters following a third suspected of adultery discuss the propriety of 'alright' versus 'all right,' and another regular's fall from an upper-story window is accompanied by a summary of notable Scottish defenestrations—but just as affecting in its slow-burning way."
Forbidden love blooms at 44 Scotland St. (The Revolving Door of Life, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 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 >