Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

BOSS by Tracy Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Implausible and unpleasant."
Crystal Scott has worked her way to editor-in-chief of a popular magazine, and while she's achieved a dream position, there's a darker motivation behind her ambition. Read full book review >
EVER MY LOVE  by Lynn Kurland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"A vacation in the Scottish Highlands with a handsome stranger and no cellphone is, in itself, a dream come true. With Kurland's wit and flair, it's a romantic escape for the ages."
A world traveler meets a time traveler in the 21st century and follows him back to medieval Scotland. Read full book review >

ALL BY MYSELF, ALONE by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"The mixture is as before, with a bit less of everything except suspects and red herrings."
The latest from Clark (The Sleeping Beauty Killer, 2016, etc.) is retro even for her: the maiden voyage of a trans-Atlantic ship crammed with more beautiful people, gossips, thieves, and killers than Death on the Nile—or her own daughter Carol Higgins Clark's 1992 debut, Decked. Read full book review >
THE ABSENCE OF EVELYN by Jackie Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"A careful examination of family ties with an international flavor."
A mother and daughter make separate journeys and come to new understandings about themselves and their relationships in Townsend's (Imperfect Pairings, 2013, etc.) novel.Read full book review >
BACK TO YOUR LOVE by Kianna Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"While the plot is interesting, the execution disappoints."
High school sweethearts run into each other 10 years later and sparks fly. Read full book review >

THE CURSE OF LA FONTAINE by M.L. Longworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Longworth confirms her long-standing lovebirds as Aix's Nick and Nora; their pursuit of miscreants never interferes with their enjoyment of the good life."
A chef's plan to expand his restaurant ignites a furor in a wealthy quarter of Aix-en-Provence. Read full book review >
WAR CRY by Wilbur Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Occasionally melodramatic, sometimes grandiloquent; those who liked Wouk's War and Remembrance will certainly enjoy this Smith saga."
Continuing Smith's Courtney family epic (Assegai, 2009, etc.), this novel focuses on big-game hunter Leon and his daughter, Saffron, during the post-World War I era, first on their great Kenya estate, Lusima, and then as they move toward the bloody fray that became World War II. Read full book review >
FATAL MUSIC by Peter Morfoot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Lacking the political overtones of Morfoot's terrorist-tinged fiction debut, this more strictly domestic case seems overlong, more padded, fussier, smacking of much ado about nothing until the author detonates a string of fireworks at its tail."
Capt. Paul Darac's second recorded case begins with an elderly woman found dead in her hot tub and then gets into deeper and deeper waters. Read full book review >
A FARE TO REMEMBER by Opal Carew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Not stellar, but it gets the job done."
A New York cabbie has an uncharacteristic sexual encounter with a wealthy client, leading her on an unexpected erotic journey that might end in an out-of-the-box happily-ever-after. Read full book review >
SOMEBODY'S BABY by Donna Alward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"A cute romance about how messy—and ultimately rewarding—love can be."
A lovable dog brings two lonely souls together in Book 3 of Alward's (Someone to Love, 2017, etc.) Darling, VT series. Read full book review >
I DARED THE DUKE by Anna Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Bennett brings new life to traditional Regency stories and characters."
A savage duke meets a wallflower who won't wilt. Read full book review >
MY ITALIAN BULLDOZER by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"McCall Smith knows how to concoct delightful fictions, but this one is undercooked."
McCall Smith (Chance Developments, 2016, etc.) adds to the overworked subgenre of Tuscan travel romance with this pallid story about a Scottish cookery writer recovering from his broken heart in Italy. 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 >