Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU  by Aimee Hix
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2018

"Hix's heroine is appealing enough to warrant a second chance if her author can concoct a better mix of detection and romance."
Ex-cop Willa Pennington investigates the murder of a family friend's granddaughter's boyfriend in this debut novel. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2018

"A historically sharp and dramatically stirring love story."
A historical dramatization of the 15th-century marriage between Anne of Brittany and Charles VIII of France. Read full book review >

BOTTOM FEEDERS by John  Shepphird
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2018

"Instead of attempting to link the drastically different halves of this tale, Shepphird seems to revel in the contrast between them. Like-minded readers will get two stories for the price of one; others may be more wary."
Is it harder to dodge the weapons of death aimed by an obsessive archer or to wrap up a bare-bones TV movie on time and under budget? Shepphird (Beware the Shill, 2016, etc.) presents enough evidence on both sides to let you make the call. Read full book review >
ETERNAL LIFE by Dara Horn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2018

"Poignant and thoughtful."
A fresh exploration of memory and the future from the award-winning author of A Guide for the Perplexed (2013, etc.). Read full book review >
EARL INTERRUPTED by Amanda Forester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A fast-paced historical romance with sea legs."
An abduction on land leads to a wedding at sea. Read full book review >

THE ROGUE IS BACK IN TOWN by Anna Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A solid Regency story of true love over deceitful duty."
A failed eviction leads to a successful love match. Read full book review >
THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY by Roni Loren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Unforgettable; have some tissues handy."
The 12th anniversary of a school shooting reunites two survivors in a second-chance romance that explores the lasting effects of trauma. Read full book review >
END GAME by Lisa Renee Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A satisfying conclusion elevates a dramatic, sexy, but uneven series."
A soapy romantic saga's fourth and final volume fares better than its predecessor. Read full book review >
DARKNESS, SING ME A SONG by David Housewright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Housewright (Unidentified Woman #15, 2015, etc.) resurrects an appealingly troubled, self-tormenting hero who assures himself, 'you're the most pathetic human being alive,' even as he's dodging bullets, decking assailants, making nice to his neighbor's 11-year-old daughter, and coming up with a solution as dark as the mystery."
An impossible assignment leads Twin Cities shamus Holland Taylor, who's been sidelined ever since Dearly Departed (1999), to an even more combustible case in the past. Read full book review >
UNBOUND  by Stuart Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"As uncertain in its pacing and structure as a Road Runner cartoon—you just never know who'll be abruptly discarded and who'll turn out to matter in the Woods world—and equally formulaic in the conduct of individual episodes and the final outcome."
Invincible New York attorney Stone Barrington (Quick & Dirty, 2017, etc.) is shoved to the sidelines by even more formidable ex-CIA agent Teddy Fay, now operating under the names Billy Barnett when he's producing films for Centurion Studios and Ted Shirley when he's seeking full-throated revenge. Read full book review >
ROBICHEAUX by James Lee Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Despite a plot and a cast of characters formulaic by Burke's standards (though wholly original for anyone else), the intimations of mortality that have hovered over this series for 30 years have never been sharper or sadder."
Five years after his last case in far-off Montana (Light of the World, 2013), sometime sheriff's detective Dave Robicheaux returns to Iberia Parish, Louisiana, for another 15 rounds of high-fatality crime, alcohol-soaked ruminations, and heaven-storming prose. Read full book review >
IN THE SHADOW OF AGATHA CHRISTIE by Leslie S. Klinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Less notable for its individual stories than for the revised narrative they support that shows Victorian women actively working the field long before Miss Marple."
Veteran anthologist Klinger's fondness for shadows (In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe, 2015, etc.) leads him to a bit of overreaching: none of the 17 authors showcased here toiled in Christie's shadow, because their stories all appeared between 1850 and 1917, before Christie had published a word. 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 >