Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

MARDI GRAS MURDER by Ellen Byron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Byron embeds her tricky mystery in an amusing and informative tale of Cajun life and the logistical travails of Mardi Gras."
Wish you were in Louisiana for Mardi Gras? Wish again. Read full book review >
THE HOUR OF DEATH by Jane Willan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"The second entry in this charming series poses no great challenges for mystery buffs but is peopled with plenty of interesting characters and local color."
A Welsh nun with a passion for murder investigations sees every suspicious death as a case to solve. Read full book review >

A MURDER BY ANY NAME by Suzanne M. Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"An excellent series kickoff by Wolfe (The Confessions of X, 2016) that cleverly highlights both the mystery and the many ills of Elizabethan times."
An Elizabethan spy must uncover a murderer close to the court. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU FIND ME by P. J. Vernon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Although the Grand Guignol climax won't surprise genre veterans, Vernon creates a fleet, suffocating sense of velvet nightmare as he races through the list of all the taboos readers would love to believe every wealthy, politically connected Southern family has violated."
Immunologist Vernon's fiction debut is a Southern Gothic steeped in politics, adultery, family dysfunction, and murder. Read full book review >
DEATH IN PARIS by Emilia Bernhard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"With a tepid mystery, no real clues, and only a superficial stab at local color, Bernhard's Paris debut is more Carolyn Keene than Cara Black."
A pair of middle-aged Parisian expatriates investigate a death everyone thinks is accidental. Read full book review >

IN THE NIGHT WOOD by Dale Bailey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A modern gothic horror done right."
A couple in crisis moves to an old manor house for research on a Victorian fantasy novel and finds the story may not be as fictional as it appears. Read full book review >
TRAINING SCHOOL FOR NEGRO GIRLS by Camille Acker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Acker shows that the lives of black girls and women are vast and varied, pushing back on the monolithic ways they are often portrayed while giving readers everything but go-go music in a generally lovely ode to D.C. life."
In her debut collection, Acker pays tribute to Washington, D.C.—the Chocolate City—and the changes it went through during the last years of the 20th century. Read full book review >
THE EMISSARY by Tamara Veitch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A stirring first installment in a sprawling fantasy epic, ending on a pronounced To Be Continued note."
In this debut novel, a war between the immortal forces of good and evil stretches over millenniums. Read full book review >
PURO AMOR  by Sandra Cisneros
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A solid short story in a beautiful, thin volume from an author we wish we heard more from."
A short story about love, animals, art, and Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Read full book review >
FOUR SOLDIERS by Hubert Mingarelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Spare, matter-of-fact and masterfully controlled, this is a novel as noteworthy for what it leaves out—politics, purpose for fighting, anything that reflects on the world at large—as for what it includes."
Four young soldiers find comfort and a sense of belonging with each other that at least one of them has never experienced before. Read full book review >
NOVEMBER ROAD by Lou Berney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Perfectly captures these few weeks at the end of 1963—all that was lost and all that lay tantalizingly and inevitably just beyond the horizon."
As a shocked nation mourns the assassination of John F. Kennedy, two lost souls looking for a new chance at life find each other along the wide-open Western highways. Read full book review >
THE ROYAL RUNAWAY by Lindsay Emory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"This imaginative, absorbing, and empowering story is a must-read."
Jilted at the altar, a princess teams up with a tempting stranger to find her missing fiance. 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 >