Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

HEALING MADDIE BREES by Rebecca Brewster Stevenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A gorgeous meditation on broken bodies, fractured faith, and the soul-wrenching path to serenity."
As Maddie, a happily married mother of three young boys, faces breast cancer, she and her husband are pulled into the vortex of the past, where long-lost loves and troubled relationships with God collide. Read full book review >
INTIMATIONS by Alexandra Kleeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"For fans of the avant-garde."
Twelve stories take up a variety of absurdist premises to investigate the meaning of life. Read full book review >

LATE STORIES by Stephen Dixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Dixon is a master of the minor moments, the dreams and the disappointments, that transfigure every one of us."
Dixon's new collection explores the heart of an aging man's life. Read full book review >
MURDER IN G MAJOR by Alexia Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Readers of Gordon's charming debut can rest easy about the outcome of the All-County competition. But there's more honest detection here than you'd expect, even if the murderer, whose career continues into the present, is a disappointingly marginal presence."
An African-American violinist suddenly stranded in Ireland faces two daunting tasks: preparing the village school's orchestra for a high-stakes competition they can't possibly win and solving a pair of murders now celebrating their 25th anniversaries. Read full book review >
GOOD PEOPLE by Nir Baram
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"As slogs go, this is not the siege of Leningrad. But it'll do."
A German market researcher in Nazi Germany and the daughter of literary dissidents employed by the NKVD in Stalin's USSR are brought face to face with the consequences of their actions. Read full book review >

DEATH OF AN AVID READER by Frances Brody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Brody (Murder on a Summer's Day, 2016, etc.) has the style of the classic British cozy down pat. Plenty of distinctive characters, charming animals, and twists and turns add up to a delightful, though not particularly taxing, mystery."
A socially superior private detective seeks a child long ago given up for adoption. Read full book review >
BLUE MADONNA  by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Benn's 11th Billy Boyle mystery has snappy dialogue, satisfying action scenes, and much interesting history about D-Day."
The Normandy invasion serves as backdrop for an army detective's toughest assignment yet: proving he's innocent of a trumped-up charge while rescuing a brave group of Resistance fighters. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S DEBT TO PAY  by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The variety of tempting targets juices what's at heart just another game of cat and mouse, making Coleman's third impersonation of Robert B. Parker his best to date."
Paradise police chief Jesse Stone is obliged to repay a debt he incurred to Boston mobster Gino Fish in the most precious coin of all. Read full book review >
SUN, SAND, MURDER by John Keyse-Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Spectacular as a Caribbean sunset, Keyse-Walker's debut is a well-paced puzzler no one should miss."
Murder rocks the tiny Caribbean island of Anegada. Read full book review >
VIVIAN IN RED by Kristina Riggle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Switching back and forth between modern times and 1930s Broadway, Riggle (Hope Out Loud, 2015, etc.) plays with a number of possible outcomes between the hero and his mysterious vision, though the mystery is never exactly high-stakes."
A Broadway producer of the 1930s is confronted by a vision from his past that may represent a problem in his present. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING UNDER THE MOON by Jeff Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A briskly paced, splatter-filled crime novel to delight fans of directors Tarantino and Rodriguez."
A murderous, thieving werewolf gets tripped up plying his trade when he's co-opted by a shadowy cabal. Read full book review >
FATES AND TRAITORS by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Engaging, sweeping historical fiction that complicates politics by teasing out the domestic and romantic repercussions of treason."
On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. But how did Booth come to such a point? And how did his loved ones miss the warning signs? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >