Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

CRUEL WINTER by Sheila Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Connolly's (A Turn for the Bad, 2016, etc.) heroine clearly has a gift for solving mysteries, and the interesting characters she presents warts and all make for a fine read in the classic style."
Move over, Agatha Christie: a pub owner in County Cork fancies herself a young Miss Marple. Read full book review >
ONE BY ONE by Sarah Cain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Cain plots furiously enough for three installments and adds a remarkably florid climax and a series of downbeat epilogues for good measure. The payoff is some quality time with a hero whose 'brain wasn't working because his heart was broken beyond repair.'"
Philadelphia journalist Danny Ryan (The 8th Circle, 2016), reluctantly agreeing to help an old friend who was never even much of a friend, lives to regret it, which is more than you can say for the friend. Read full book review >

MIKHAIL AND MARGARITA by Julie Lekstrom Himes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite vivid prose, Himes' debut seems to wander aimlessly, unconvincing and bleak."
An imagined relationship between a great Russian writer and the inspiration for one of his characters. Read full book review >
CONDEMN ME NOT by Heather B. Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A relatable account of a shameful episode in American history, although its sensibility seems overly modern at times."
This historical novel tells the story of Moore's (An Ocean Away, 2017, etc.) ancestor, who was hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, in the 17th century.Read full book review >
MURDER IS NO ACCIDENT by A.H. Gabhart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Gabhart's third Hidden Springs entry doesn't quite have the bite of Joan Hess' Maggody mysteries but is edgier than Meier's Tinker's Cove series, leaving it a serious contender in the ever growing field of small-town murder."
Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane (Murder Comes by Mail, 2016, etc.) investigates a maybe-murder. Read full book review >

THE ASTONISHING MISTAKES OF DAHLIA MOSS by Max Wirestone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Endorsed by Charlaine Harris, another author in love with her feisty female lead, Wirestone's franchise will appeal to those willing to fall for his heroine as hard as he has."
A decidedly twitchy personality finds herself investigating the geek-gamer world of a video game tournament, with only her roommate's boyfriend and some highly questionable followers to give her support. Read full book review >
PURR M FOR MURDER by T. C.  LoTempio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"LoTempio's latest series follows her sweet, simple pattern (Crime and Catnip, 2016, etc.) of cat-focused cozy with uncomplicated characters who are broadly defined."
One sister must prove the innocence of the other in the murder of a man determined to shut down their small-town animal shelter. Read full book review >
ELEMENTARY, SHE READ by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"The heroine isn't quite likable enough to support such a lengthy debut with such an extended cast of undistinguished characters. The result is more likely to appeal to small-town-sleuth fans than true Holmes aficionados."
The owner of a Massachusetts bookstore investigates the murder of a private-duty nurse. Read full book review >
THE WAGES OF SIN by Kaite Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A gritty detective story as unflinching as its heroine, rich in well-researched period detail."
An intrepid female medical student stumbles on a conspiracy in Victorian-era Edinburgh. Read full book review >
HERETICS by Leonardo Padura
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Padura capably works here in Perez-Reverte territory, where art and ideas meet mayhem. Smart and satisfying though too long by 100 pages."
Cuban mysterian Padura (The Man Who Loved Dogs, 2013, etc.) returns with another installment in his Mario Conde detective series, this one following a Rembrandt portrait over centuries and continents. Read full book review >
GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA by Megan  Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite an ill-timed and easily guessed solution, Copper's debut has enough pizzazz to make readers want to try just one more roll of the dice."
A would-be reporter probes a socialite's death. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF POLLY by Kathy Hepinstall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Classic elements of Southern comedy—evil twins, people dropping dead, a faith healer, a river-rafting trip—surround a lovable pair of central characters."
This chain-smoking, margarita-swilling, varmint-shooting 68-year-old with secrets in her past is nothing like the other moms in town—and her 10-year-old daughter is terrified of losing her. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >