Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Renee Patrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A brightly written tale of how Hollywood simmered while Atlanta, or at least David Selznick's simulation of it, burned. Patrick not only provides walk-ons for Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, Hedy Lamarr, Greta Garbo, Errol Flynn, Dorothy Parker, and Leni Riefenstahl, but actually furnishes something for most of them to do."
The closing days of 1938 bring a second case to failed actress-turned-shopgirl-turned-Hollywood social secretary Lillian Frost. Read full book review >
MURDER IS FOR KEEPS by Elizabeth J. Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Duncan's character-driven series delivers again. While the story telegraphs the killer's identity pretty clearly, the information on the real-life Welsh estate and gardens makes up for the simple mystery."
Fascination with a ruined faux castle involves an artist in a case of murder in North Wales. Read full book review >

GONE WITHOUT A TRACE by Mary Torjussen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"The reveal, when it finally comes, is less revelatory than cheap, an attempt to breathe dramatic life into a story that sorely lacks it."
When her boyfriend disappears, his belongings in tow, a Liverpool woman pulls out all the stops to find him, dismantling her own life in the process. Read full book review >
ATHENIAN BLUES by Pol Koutsakis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Koutsakis' first appearance in English translation is more interested in multiplying oddball suspects than in giving them anything to do. But it's hard to resist his hero, a freelance killer who describes himself as 'a kind of social worker, except I get properly paid.'"
An unlikely Athens "caretaker" meets his match when both members of an estranged couple seek his help in a domestic dispute that turns homicidal. Read full book review >
KALE TO THE QUEEN by Nell Hampton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A charming debut foodie cozy with a gutsy heroine, a neat little mystery, and the requisite appended recipes."
A chef's dream job may be the death of her. Read full book review >

LAST SUMMER AT EDEN by Christina Hergenrader
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"An amusing, romantic, and uplifting YA tale."
In Hergenrader's (Love Rules, 2016, etc.) YAnovel, a young woman becomes the summer director at a Christian summer camp that seems to be on its last legs.Read full book review >
ONE PERFECT LIE by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A bonus is some strategic leavening via Scottoline's journalistic aphorisms, as when one of the students' mothers imagines a romance with the imposter hero: 'She knew that it was an inappropriate fantasy, but no fantasy worth having was appropriate.'"
The chronicler of Philadelphia law firm Rosato & DiNunzio (Damaged, 2016, etc.) heads out to the suburbs to insert a fraudulent teacher into the staff of Central Valley High School. Read full book review >
CELESTIAL MECHANICS by William Least Heat-Moon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"An exuberant but ultimately self-indulgent engagement with esoterica."
Now in his late 70s, Least Heat-Moon ventures for the first time into fiction writing, and as one might expect from the author of Blue Highways (1982), the narrative involves both a journey and the musings of a philosophical mind. Read full book review >
INSIDE V by Paula Priamos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A lean, searing, and psychologically astute thriller with a surprising twist and an unforgettable heroine."
The bonds of love and trust are put to the test when a woman's husband goes missing on the eve of his incarceration, leading her to question everything she thought she knew about him. Read full book review >
GREAT WITH CHILD by Sonia Taitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"The concept of family is expansive in Taitz's (Down Under, 2012, etc.) latest novel."
A busy lawyer on the partner track finds her life suddenly more difficult to control. Read full book review >
LONG BLACK VEIL by Jennifer Finney Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Smart ideas, great characters, shaky storytelling."
A return to fiction by the author of Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders (2013) and She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders (2003). Read full book review >
THE DAY I DIED by Lori Rader-Day
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"This finely layered novel succeeds more as a human-interest story than as a mystery."
A handwriting analyst is forced to face her own traumatic past in Rader-Day's (Little Pretty Things, 2015, etc.) latest. 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 >