Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

A FATAL TWIST by Tracy Weber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2017

"Though Weber tries to liven up her lead's life in her latest (Karma's a Killer, 2016, etc.), she's less focused on fun than others in the dog/yoga/mystery genre."
A yoga instructor who wants the inner peace of knowing her student is innocent must get her hands dirty in a murder investigation. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND BONE  by Valentina Giambanco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"Evocative writing spoiled by complicated dueling plotlines and oddities that pull the reader away from the rainy, dark streets of a city under siege."
Giambanco's (The Dark, 2014, etc.) Seattle-based detective tackles a new case while navigating her thorny past as two killers stalk the city. Read full book review >

THE FIFTH LETTER by Nicola Moriarty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2017

"Shallow characters and an obviously manipulated plot defeat the usually winning trifecta of friendship, marriage, and motherhood."
There are unexpected consequences after four 30-ish women share a weekend of drinking and revealing—or not revealing—secrets in this debut Australian novel. Read full book review >
BELOW THE BELT by Stuart Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An unusually strong premise, and this time Woods keeps his eye on the ball, ignoring the siren call of consumer spending that sank Sex, Lies & Serious Money (2016) and so many others, plotting as if he actually means it. Warning, though: some ripped-from-the-headlines elements may extend fans' post-election blues."
A favor New York attorney Stone Barrington agrees to do for a friend who's a powerful political veteran causes an unexpected amount of grief to everyone but Stone. Read full book review >
IT HAPPENED IN SCOTLAND by Patience Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A fun hop to scenic Scotland for the price of a paperback."
In a quaint Scottish village by the sea, a young American widow gets a second chance at love. Read full book review >

IDAHO by Emily Ruskovich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A provocative first novel filled to the brim with dazzling language, mystery, and a profound belief in the human capacity to love and seek forgiveness."
Ruskovich's debut opens to the strains of a literary thriller but transforms into a lyrical meditation on memory, loss, and grief in the American West. Read full book review >
SUMMER INDISCRETIONS by Tamara Mataya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A vacation in itself, this summer-fling fantasy is more romantic, more fun, and even hotter than the real thing."
A young professional falls in love with her brother's best friend—and discovers her wild side—when she books a vacation using a house-swapping app. Read full book review >
BREATH OF FIRE by Amanda Bouchet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Simply brilliant."
Cat and Griffin continue their quest to bring just leadership to the three realms but must navigate hostile landscapes, magical creatures, and even a gladiator-style to-the-death battle before they can overcome the malevolent ruler of Tarva to unite it with Sinta. Read full book review >
LORD SEBASTIAN'S SECRET by Jane Ashford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A busy and steamy romance where the conflict is a bit manufactured but the love is not."
They're perfect for each other—but their families aren't. Read full book review >
THE PERILS OF PAULIE by Katie MacAlister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A sweet if occasionally silly adventure."
When a feisty but sheltered heiress and a stifled Englishman team up on an epic around-the-world race, it gets more than just their motors running. Read full book review >
THE DANGEROUS LADIES AFFAIR by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The husband-and-wife authors (The Plague of Thieves Affair, 2016, etc.) manage the double plot with professional dexterity. Sadly, though, each of the separate cases peaks around the halfway point before ingenuity and interest fade. And shouldn't the title really be The Dangerous Ladies Affairs?"
The intrepid partners in Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, land a pair of cases that both begin with adulterous affairs but take them in very different directions. Read full book review >
THE AGENT RUNNER by Simon Conway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Conway (Rock Creek Park, 2012, etc.) finds an offbeat way to recast an iconic piece of recent history through the personal stories of a pair of vastly different characters."
A fictionalized account of events before and after the killing of Osama bin Laden, seen through the eyes of two men on opposite sides of the conflict. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >