Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

JUNKYARD HEART by Garrett  Leigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2017

"Not a bad book, if occasionally dull."
Photographer Jasper "Jas" Manning and carpenter Kim Penrose fall immediately into a hot sexual relationship, but working through their respective baggage is hard work for both of them. Read full book review >
IF THE FATES ALLOW by Annie  Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Five charming, heartfelt, delightful tales bound to bring holiday cheer."
Five LGBTQ holiday stories examine the power of love and the magic of Christmas. Read full book review >

CHORD OF EVIL by Sarah Rayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"The second installment of the series (Death Notes, 2017, etc.) at first presents a murky, multilayered picture but masterfully draws out the suspense by progressively revealing the underlying truths."
A missing girl leads ghostbuster Phineas Fox to nefarious activity near the start of World War II. Read full book review >
DARK ECHOES OF THE PAST by Ramón Díaz Eterovic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Heredia is an iconic figure in Chilean crime fiction, the subject of graphic novels and a TV series, and one hopes his U.S. debut will be followed by many more outings."
The first of Chilean crime novelist Eterovic's books to be translated into English features a hard-nosed PI named Heredia investigating a crime whose roots lie in the political kidnappings and torture of the Pinochet regime four decades ago. Read full book review >
BUCKET'S LIST by Gary Blackwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Blackwood turns from juvenile fiction (Just-So Woman, 2006, etc.) to a new series starring a Victorian sleuth as good-hearted as he is shrewd."
An ex-copper seeks his lover's killer in the London underworld. Read full book review >

THE MANSIONS OF MURDER by Paul Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"A clever mystery neatly woven into a historically accurate rendering of life in a truly hellish London."
A Dominican friar well-versed in puzzles must solve a locked-room murder. Read full book review >
MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Like your noir pitch-black? So does Wiley, whose leading question here seems to be how his hero can possibly survive, spiritually, mentally, or even physically, to anchor the promised series."
The creator of Joe Kozmarski and Daniel Turner (Black Hammock, 2016, etc.) kicks off a new series that releases a convicted killer from a Florida prison just in time to entangle him in a fresh bouquet of homicides. Read full book review >
SOMETHING EVIL COMES by A.J.  Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Cross continues to refine her heroine, giving her the persistence to unravel ever knottier skeins."
A forensic psychologist looks beyond the physical evidence to solve a grisly murder. Read full book review >
TANGO DOWN by Chris Knopf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2017

"Menacing but ultimately toothless bogeymen, promised complications that never pan out, and a resolution that's both obvious and unconvincing. Not the finest hour for the normally reliable hero or his Southampton regulars."
A murder case the Southampton Town Police consider open and shut launches cabinetmaker Sam Acquillo once more into international intrigue. Read full book review >
THEN WE'D BE HAPPY by Al  Riske
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2017

"A refreshingly unorthodox tale of the challenges facing modern, lower-middle-class 20-somethings."
In this brief novel, a group of young friends in California struggle to make ends meet and manage their loneliness. Read full book review >
THE PUSHCART PRIZE XLII by Bill Henderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2017

"Now in its fifth decade, Henderson's Pushcart volumes are an invaluable record of what's been happening in America's more or less official literary culture. Hits, misses, and all, this entry is no exception."
Another year, another brick of a book, and the Pushcart Prize annual anthology marches on. Read full book review >
TOM CLANCY POWER AND EMPIRE  by Marc Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Another turbocharged, take-no-prisoners Ryan yarn."
As Cameron grabs the Clancyworld helm (True Faith and Allegiance, 2016, etc. ), Jack Ryan Jr., hero version 2.0, hunts bad guys while his father, Jack Ryan Sr., president of the United States, copes with spillover from nefarious elements within the Chinese government. 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 >