Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

A DUKE LIKE NO OTHER  by Valerie Bowman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"A mature, suspense-filled Regency romance."
A married couple faces the mystery of whether they can learn to love each other again. Read full book review >
THE WANDERERS by Tim Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Episodic, instructive, occasionally resonant, this is slow, lambent fiction that pays unsentimental tribute to ways of being now disappeared from the land."
A teenage boy scrapes a living roaming the southern counties of pre-World War I England as a girl he loves drifts toward maturity in surroundings of insulated privilege. Read full book review >

IN DUST AND ASHES by Anne Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Despite some climactic surprises that aren't, Holt closes her series with one of its strongest entries, combining a generous sensitivity to all with an unblinking portrait of a franchise sleuth who, pressed to defend the corners she's cut, acknowledges, 'I've become more pragmatic with age.'"
The 10th and reportedly last of Holt's novels about Oslo police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen ushers in 2016 with news of a 12-year-old murder that might just be a suicide and a brand-new suicide that smells more and more like murder. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S OLD BLACK MAGIC  by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"The case gets successively murkier, but Atkins, in his best imitation of Parker's voice to date, never gets lazy. Readers who approach the last chapter anticipating relief at finally seeing the case solved should be warned that a final twist virtually guarantees a sequel."
Twenty years after a storied theft from a Boston institution—no, not the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—the powers that be want Spenser, another Boston institution, to recover three stolen artworks that are still missing. Read full book review >
SEE ALSO PROOF by Larry D. Sweazy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Though nobody reads Sweazy for challenging, well-clued mysteries, this is his best-plotted yet. Mostly, however, it's a sensitive dramatization of both the value and the sometimes-high cost of being a good neighbor."
Looks like Marjorie Trumaine will have to put aside her indexing duties for a third time to deal with a pair of crimes that traumatize little Dickinson, North Dakota, even more deeply than herself. Read full book review >

EXIT STRATEGY by Charlton Pettus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"An enjoyable read but hardly the stuff of legend."
A fast-paced, hemisphere-spanning debut thriller about the downside of starting a new life. Read full book review >
MR. FLOOD'S LAST RESORT by Jess Kidd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"It won't be like any other novel you've read this year—or maybe ever—but it's worth it."
A young woman sensitive to spirits becomes a caretaker for a cantankerous hoarder and his haunted house in Kidd's (Himself, 2016) latest novel. Read full book review >
ONLY HUMAN  by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Packing a surprisingly powerful thematic punch, this novel is an addictive blend of science fiction, apocalyptic thriller, and chillingly timely cautionary tale. Two (giant, robotic) thumbs up!"
Wrapping up Neuvel's (Waking Gods, 2017, etc.) Themis Files trilogy in grand style, the last volume of this science-fiction chronicle of humankind's war against an army of invading alien robots explores how the aftermath of the conflict has irrevocably changed our world. Read full book review >
SORORITY by Genevieve Sly Crane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"The strain and pain of sorority sisterhood are not redeemed by lifelong kinship in this unflinching depiction of hardhearted girls growing up."
Traditions abide in this sorority house, especially when it comes to members who are as unhinged and harsh as the group's 1863 founders. Read full book review >
PARIS EVER AFTER  by K. S. R. Burns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"An entertaining read for Francophiles, foodies, and romantics."
In this follow-up novel, an American woman who left her husband to live in Paris discovers obstacles to living her dream. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL MUSIC by Michael Zadoorian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"A likable bildungsroman that cannily evokes how music transforms teenage identity."
A teenager in 1970s Detroit takes his first steps toward hard-rock rebellion after a soft-rock upbringing. Read full book review >
LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"This elegant if oddly bloodless narrative is a good introduction for those who know nothing of Gellhorn, but it basically rehashes information and sentiments already available in that writer's own memoir and published letters."
Having focused on Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley Richardson, in The Paris Wife (2011), McLain now turns to his third, writer Martha Gellhorn. 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 >