Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

A TALE OF TWO MURDERS  by Heather  Redmond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2018

"Redmond, who writes romance under the names Heather Hiestand and Anh Leod, adds crime to her portfolio. Mystery fans and history buffs alike should cheer."
A ghastly poisoning sets a young writer on the trail of a killer in Victorian London. Read full book review >
THE INCENDIARIES by R.O. Kwon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2018

"Aesthetically pleasing but narratively underwhelming."
A first-time novelist explores identity, deception, and obsession. Read full book review >

FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2018

"A tragic history is filtered through fiction, and the results are patchy: sometimes constrained by invention, sometimes piercing."
The perils of day-to-day existence in late-20th-century Colombia—a time of drug lords, guerrillas, kidnappings, and car bombs—are glimpsed through the eyes of a child and her family's teenage maid, whose relationship exposes two facets of the class divide. Read full book review >
TOO WILDE TO WED by Eloisa James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2018

"An uneven but ultimately rewarding second-chance romance."
A jilted gentleman returns to England to find his former fiancee employed as a governess in his family's castle, with a baby everyone thinks is his. Read full book review >
THE MARVELLOUS EQUATIONS OF THE DREAD by Marcia Douglas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2018

"Think of this book as a haunted island with spectral voices and inscrutable mysteries."
The spirit of Bob Marley dominates this novel, which evokes the rich, bottom-heavy sounds of Marley's music. Read full book review >

MURDER AT OCHRE COURT  by Alyssa Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2018

"Plenty of red herrings and an intimate look at the world of the wealthy and famous make for a rich broth of a mystery."
The magnificent mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, provide the setting for high-society murder in the Gilded Age. Read full book review >
WHERE EAGLES DARE NOT PERCH by Peter  Bridgford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2018

"A remarkable Civil War tale about Northern characters fighting for their own freedom as they seek revenge."
During the Civil War, a man and woman from Maine, seeking to avenge a murder, try to track down a Union soldier in this novel. Read full book review >
ONLY TO SLEEP by Lawrence Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2018

"While there are obvious perils in what Osborne attempts to do here, for the most part he succeeds in re-creating both a beloved character and a decadent ambience."
Philip Marlowe returns, albeit in a rather superannuated hard-boiled form, in this novel commissioned by the Raymond Chandler estate. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF A MARRIAGE by Geir Gulliksen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2018

"An interior but engagingly complex study of a relationship hitting the skids."
If you love someone, they say, set them free. A couple decides to test the idea. It goes poorly. Read full book review >
HITS AND MISSES by Simon Rich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2018

"Lovingly crafted comedies from a writer beginning to match wit with wisdom."
Eighteen new flights of fancy from preternaturally gifted humorist Rich (Spoiled Brats, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE by Sophie Jordan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2018

"The down-to-earth duke is the highlight of this muddy, messy, and very romantic road trip through Scotland."
A duke tries to free a poor woman from a bride auction, but they both have trouble letting go. Read full book review >
AUNT DIMITY AND THE KING'S RANSOM by Nancy Atherton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2018

"Fans of the series (Aunt Dimity and the Widow's Curse, 2017, etc.) will find this tale less mysterious than previous installments but equally heartwarming and filled with all kinds of interesting people."
Plans for a quiet romantic weekend go badly wrong when Mother Nature strikes. 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 >