Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

LIFE STRINGS by Bruce  Borgos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2018

"An impressive novel full of action, politics, and emotion."
In Borgos' (Holding Fire, 2016) novel, a man travels to war-torn South Sudan in search of a cancer patient's biological daughter.Read full book review >
LAGOS NOIR by Chris Abani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2018

"Nor should you think for a minute that Lagos has a corner on African noir. Akashic has Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Accra, and Marrakech waiting in the wings."
Noir comes to Africa. Read full book review >

DOWN IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE by Kelley Kay  Bowles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2018

"A sage, vivacious tale of people set apart and brought together."
A teenager learns to cope with her loved ones' problems in this YA novel. Read full book review >
DEATH ON THE MENU by Lucy Burdette
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2018

"Burdette's loving descriptions of food and the appended recipes are an added fillip for readers who enjoy some history and romance with their mysteries."
A Florida caterer's plans to build her reputation are complicated by murder. Read full book review >
BROKEN CHORD by Alice A.  Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2018

"An often engaging inspirational tale."
Retired journalist and radio broadcaster Jackson offers a debut mystery series-starter set in the music business, starring a middle-aged woman who rises to fame as a manager in Nashville's Music Row. Read full book review >

BATS IN THE BELFRY by E.C.R. Lorac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2018

"The mystery is so complex, in fact, that Lorac, the pseudonym of Edith Caroline Rivett (1894-1958), requires the services of some aggressively facetious suspects, a low-key lead detective who's a welcome change of pace, and an army of nondescript and interchangeable satellite police officers. Ah, those were the days."
A mysterious disappearance that's just got to be a case of murder is at the center of Poisoned Pen's latest British reprint, first published in 1937. Read full book review >
THE BOMB SHELTER  by Jon Talton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2018

"Talton continues to ladle out murky complications long after most patrons will be looking for the exit. Readers most likely to last till the final curtain are those with a serious interest in the real-life criminal history of Phoenix."
History professor-turned-sheriff's deputy David Mapstone celebrates the 40th anniversary of the only recorded murder of an American journalist on American soil by reopening the case, with decidedly mixed results. Read full book review >
ONE FOR THE ROGUE by Manda Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"A fine conclusion to a Regency series dedicated to celebrating the intellectual and artistic achievements of women."
A gruff fossil hunter tries to resist the allure of an heiress who is also a capable, confident geologist. Read full book review >
THE BEAUTY OF THEIR DREAMS by Theodore L. Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"A well-crafted family tale that fails to fully transport readers to another era."
A young, privileged couple swap their comfortable existence in early-20th-century Massachusetts for Illinois farming country in this debut historical novel. Read full book review >
THE RIDDLE OF THE GRAVEYARD by Peter  Hufstader
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"An often delightful tale that's most exhilarating when its characters are at sea."
Youngsters from a New England island in 1950 track down stolen loot and confront a dangerous band of thieves in Hufstader's debut YA adventure. Read full book review >
MISS WILTON'S WALTZ  by Josi S. Kilpack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"A sweet, engaging, graceful romance."
Lenora Wilton accepts a position as music teacher at a girls' school in Bath, where a difficult student and an unfortunate meeting with the girl's guardian change her life—and her hopes for the future. Read full book review >
THE ONLY THING  by Marie Harte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Harte hits the romance but slightly misses the mark with other elements of the story."
During a spat with her mother, Hope Donnigan drops a comment about her completely inappropriate boyfriend—who doesn't actually exist—then convinces an acquaintance to fill the role, surprising them both when they actually fall for each other. 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 >