Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

STICKS AND BONES by Carolyn Haines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The mystery, past and present, isn't up to much, and Haines doesn't know any more about filmmaking than you do. But who else would create a climactic scene of which one witness observes: 'I've never seen a woman give birth and do a vault onto a man's shoulders'?"
Hollywood roars into Zinnia, Mississippi, along with several less welcome blasts. Read full book review >
TESTIMONY by Scott Turow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Worth staying the course."
An Illinois prosecutor seeks to learn who annihilated a group of refugee gypsies in Bosnia. Read full book review >

THE CHIRON CONFESSION by Thomas Greanias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A skillful, exciting blend of history, action, and drama set in the ancient world."
In ancient Rome, a playwright accused of plotting against the emperor finds refuge with a secret group of Christians in this adventure novel. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT STRANGER by Megan Miranda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Familiar elements shuffled around can make for an entertaining read, but in the end, the pieces will still be just that: familiar."
After her journalism career goes up in flames, a young woman reconnects with an old friend in an attempt to start anew only to become embroiled in a series of increasingly violent crimes. Read full book review >
G-MAN  by Stephen Hunter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Fans of Hunter's Swagger family legend will be locked and loaded for more."
Hunter (I, Ripper, 2015, etc.) continues the Swagger family saga, with Bob Lee lured from retirement after a steel box secreted by his grandfather Charles is discovered on the family's old Arkansas homestead. Read full book review >

THE GOLDEN COCKEREL & OTHER WRITINGS by Juan Rulfo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A masterful storyteller whose dark view of the world isn't entirely cheerless or without humor and who deserves to be better known."
Brilliant evocation of el otro México, "the other Mexico," by the writer whose inspiration underlies Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. Read full book review >
BROKEN RIVER by J. Robert Lennon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An eminently readable but melodramatic story that dilutes its suspense with far-fetched metafiction."
A violent trespass against a young child's family in 2005 comes back to haunt another family in the present day. Read full book review >
DEATH IN THE ABSTRACT by Emily Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The second case for Barnes' heroine uses a relatively simple mystery to showcase the many talents of a tough and resilient woman."
A retired police chief uses her skills to help out an old friend in trouble. Read full book review >
SHATTERED WARRIOR by Sharon Shinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The book may be a little too detailed. There are a lot of characters and history to keep track of, but Shinn's fans won't mind reading the story over and over again until they've learned every facet."
An alien invasion tends to put things in perspective in Shinn's (Gateway, 2009, etc.) graphic-novel debut.Read full book review >
YOU WERE HERE by Gian Sardar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An impressive if flawed debut with a touch of the otherworldly."
A woman, haunted by terrible dreams, digs into her grandmother's past, uncovering a tragic love triangle and a stunning crime. Read full book review >
THE SECOND DAY OF THE RENAISSANCE by Timothy Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"There's some confusion in the piecemeal mosaic of complex episodes and speculations from Trotti's past, but it's hard to resist Williams (Big Italy, 2015, etc.) as he unfolds his tale in tiny, deliciously wry narrative nuggets—100 titled chapters of puckish literary pointillism."
In his sixth outing, a retired detective tries to determine the identity of a clever killer who's seeking revenge against him. Read full book review >
EDITED OUT by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Copperman, whose autistic sleuth, Samuel Hoenig (The Question of the Felonious Friend, 2016, etc.) can be quite charming, doesn't yet have a handle on whether to play his new detective straight, fantastical, or just plain nuts. If he doesn't jump soon, his new franchise threatens to go quickly from whimsy to tedium."
A mystery writer continues to be plagued by one of her characters. 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 >