Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE PLACE YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO LAUGH by Jenn Stroud Rossmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2018

"A thoughtful, caring examination of race, class, and wealth in America."
A black teenager struggles to come to terms with his identity, his troubled past, and his broken home in Silicon Valley. Read full book review >
BIGGER LOVE by Rick R. Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A wan romance stuffed with clichés, best for readers who must know what happened to the bullied high school protagonist of the first installment."
A sequel to Big Love (2016), this is the next chapter in the life of Truman, a high school senior adjusting to the aftermath of coming out, who falls in love for the first time with a handsome stranger new to town. Read full book review >

LIES SLEEPING by Ben Aaronovitch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Lively and amusing and different."
Seventh in the detective/supernatural urban fantasy series (The Hanging Tree, 2016, etc.) in which many of the characters are embodiments of London's rivers—so that history literally comes alive. Read full book review >
IN PEPPERMINT PERIL by Joy Avon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A delightful debut that combines the ambience of the board game Clue with whodunits in the family-secrets mold of Mary Roberts Rinehart and Leslie Ford."
A world traveler goes home to Maine for a Christmas visit that will change her life forever. Read full book review >
DEATH AND DAISIES by Amanda Flower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A surprising killer, oodles of local color, and a touch of mysticism all add up to a charming read."
A young woman moves to Scotland to take up a strange inheritance. Read full book review >

A SCANDAL IN SCARLET by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Each new entry in this series has been better than the last. Delany's down-to-earth heroine wraps up this investigation with even more than her customary panache."
Sherlock Holmes is reinvented as a curious bookshop owner. Read full book review >
THOSE WHO GO BY NIGHT by Andrew  Gaddes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Rooted in the tumultuous history of its unique era, Gaddes' debut novel offers genuine tension and consistent surprises."
A naïve investigator in medieval England faces a wall of duplicitous suspects in probing a disturbing murder. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF ASHES by Loretta Marion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Marion's constant shuttling between different time periods may intensify her heroine's anxiety, but it lends some heft and complexity to an otherwise straightforward search."
A haunted house's latest inhabitants go missing without a trace. Read full book review >
'TWAS THE KNIFE BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Jacqueline Frost
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Full of Christmas cheer, punning names of places and characters, and several Santas who play a major role."
The Christmas tree lighting ceremony in a Maine town revved up for St. Nick goes most unseasonably wrong when a body is found in a giant bowl of peppermints. Read full book review >
DEBRIS LINE  by Matthew FitzSimmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"As usual, FitzSimmons provides nonstop action and a high body count, though it's hard to maintain a consistent rooting interest when the ground is so constantly shifting beneath his stalwart hero's feet."
Portugal may be a paradise for some, but for soldier of fortune Gibson Vaughn and his mates, it turns out to be an exceptionally bad spot to hide out from the FBI. Read full book review >
ALADDIN by Yasmine Seale
translated by Yasmine Seale, edited by Paulo Lemos Horta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"If there are only seven basic stories in the world of literature, this is most probably one of them."
A late addition to the Thousand and One Nights, this classic tale of magic lamps and jinni is revisited in a fresh translation. Read full book review >
BEDFELLOW by Jeremy C. Shipp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A seriously weird—and impressively inventive—story that, while flawed, is delightfully disturbing."
The latest novel from Shipp (The Atrocities, 2018, etc.) is a creepy fusion of dark fantasy and psychological horror about an intruder who breaks into a family's home and begins perverting their memories with insidious subtlety. 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 >