Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

A MAN OF GENIUS by Janet Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2016

"A historical novel with a compelling premise falters in its execution."
In 1819 London, a writer of gothic novels is caught up in a plot of desire, compulsion, and revenge. Read full book review >
DEADLY SAVAGE by Dave Edlund
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2016

"Crackling action, brisk pace, timely topic; Edlund's third Savage thriller (Relentless Savage, 2015, etc.) has all the elements, if little subtlety."
While visiting his scientist father in Belarus, a military gun designer stumbles into a deadly international plot. Read full book review >

LOVE OF THE GAME by Lori Wilde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"The romance unfolds at a leisurely pace, balancing intense emotions with heartwarming family moments."
In this sweet installment of the Stardust, Texas series, a small-town belle forces a big-league player to take a seventh-inning stretch. Read full book review >
THE EARL TAKES ALL by Lorraine Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"A steamy romance that uses the strict rules of Regency Britain to excellent effect."
If you've loved a man, can you also love his brother? Read full book review >
FIRE BOUND by Christine Feehan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Feehan continues her Sisters of the Heart series with another searing romance that explores the emotional toll of violence and the healing power of love, but its highly erotic sex scenes and violent themes may be too intense for some readers."
Renowned glass artist Lissa Piner is living a double life so secret she can't even tell her sisters-of-the-heart, but when she meets Casimir Prakenskii, who can relate to her deepest, darkest aspects, perhaps together they can right two lifetimes of wrongs. Read full book review >

EXTREME PREY by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"An efficient and unremarkable treatment of a story that keeps threatening to leap the gap from paranoid fantasies to tomorrow's headlines."
Forget the Iowa caucuses. The real way to effect political change in the nation's heartland, according to Lucas Davenport's latest antagonist, is a carefully calibrated assassination. Read full book review >
HOW TO MANAGE A MARQUESS by Sally MacKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Tiresome lead characters and a rather inane plot make this novel eminently skippable."
A Regency-era marquess has allowed his life to be controlled by a family curse, but a blonde spinster promises to give him something else to live for. Read full book review >
MAGNATE by Joanna Shupe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Readers will enjoy this entertaining romance about two people who refuse to let society dictate whom they love."
A wager between a Knickerbocker princess and an upstart steel magnate from the slums leads to marriage in this novel set in New York City during the Gilded Age. Read full book review >
HOW THE DUKE WAS WON by Lenora Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Bold and sweet as good chocolate, this debut romance will give Regency fans a new author for their must-read list."
One proud duke, four desperate women, and a weekend full of surprises. Read full book review >
SIDDHARTHA'S BRAIN by James Kingsland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Brain science and Buddhist lore combine in this compelling treatise on the benefits of meditation and mindfulness."
A Guardian science editor and self-proclaimed skeptic analyzes "the ancient science of enlightenment."Read full book review >
THE BODY IN THE WARDROBE by Katherine Hall Page
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"A paean to the beauties of Savannah with more romantic suspense than true mystery, but it's still a charming tale filled with lively characters and mouthwatering descriptions of local food."
Two cultures gently clash. Read full book review >
GOLD OF OUR FATHERS by Kwei Quartey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Despite some serious problems with pacing—successive mysteries and solutions seem to pop up and recede at the author's whim—Quartey presents tonic news for Americans who assume that Europeans were the most calamitous force ever to strike Ghana."
Darko Dawson (Murder at Cape Three Points, 2014, etc.) is seconded to Obuasi, far from his home base in Accra, just in time to catch a particularly brutal murder. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >