Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

A DEADLY BETROTHAL by Fiona Buckley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Another fascinating look at Elizabethan life that hinges on a complex mystery."
Being the illegitimate sister of Queen Elizabeth I once again puts a widow in danger. Read full book review >
MURDER TAKE THREE by Eric Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Cozy fans will enjoy the charming, curmudgeonly characters but have no trouble spotting the killer."
An English country-house murder gets a Hollywood twist. Read full book review >

ON HER MAJESTY'S FRIGHTFULLY SECRET SERVICE by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Bowen's reliably lighthearted tone has the added fillip of the looming shadow of Nazi terror."
Who knew that being 35th in line for the British crown could be a major impediment to marriage? Read full book review >
GONE GULL by Donna Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An unusually traditional whodunit for the rowdy heroine and her cohort, and one whose biggest disappointment is the near-invisibility of the party whodunit."
The 21st appearance for Virginia blacksmith Meg Langslow (Die Like an Eagle, 2016, etc.) finds her battling vandals, murderers, quarreling family members, and variously hotheaded locals—in other words, business as usual, though this time with more than a little of the edge taken off. Read full book review >
PIECES OF HAPPINESS by Anne Ostby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Ostby's U.S. debut offers up delectable food, a lush location, and unwavering friendships."
A group of old friends wonder if they can pick up where they left off 40 years ago. Read full book review >

SPRING BREAK by Gerald Elias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Elias' sixth entry grafts an old-school curmudgeon detective onto a contemporary faculty farce. Despite his musical prowess, the musician isn't likable enough to draw much in the way of applause."
A blind violinist becomes a key player in a music school's faculty dysfunction. Read full book review >
HEX-RATED by Jason Ridler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"The retro setting matches the story's sensibilities, and Ridler's (Rise of the Luchador, 2014, etc.) quick and clever wit is overshadowed by his leering views of women."
A 1970s private eye investigates the attack of a human-controlled snake on a starlet in the adult film industry. Read full book review >
STAY WITH ME by Ayobami  Adebayo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Adebayo's debut marks the emergence of a fine young writer."
A couple struggles with fertility—and fidelity—as Nigeria falls apart around them. Read full book review >
GIRL IN SNOW by Danya  Kukafka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"This 24-year-old writer needs to rein in the prose and crank up the plot. We'll be watching."
When lovely 15-year-old Lucinda Hayes is murdered on a playground in a placid Colorado town, the prime suspect is one of her classmates. Read full book review >
THE READYMADE THIEF by Augustus  Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Admirably ambitious but lacking in soul."
A young woman must outthink and outplay a group of men trying to uncover the deepest secrets of the universe (with the help of clues left by Marcel Duchamp) in Rose's debut novel. Read full book review >
ARE YOU SLEEPING by Kathleen  Barber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An interesting effort to critique society in this age of unfettered access to other people's stories."
A young woman makes a great deal of effort to distance herself from her past only to have it reawakened by a podcast. Read full book review >
YESTERDAY by Felicia  Yap
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A twist in the final act can't save this over-the-top revenge tale."
In a world where long-term memory is a thing of the past, investigating a murder becomes a daunting prospect indeed. 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 >