Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Rum Luck by Ryan Aldred
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 2016

"Amateur gumshoes bolstered by a tropical setting and the added pressure of trying to sustain a business."
In this debut thriller, a Canadian man purchases a Costa Rican beachside bar, but cops are more interested in him as a suspect in the previous owner's murder. Read full book review >
Song of the Blackbird by D.B. Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"A well-crafted mash-up of romance and prison life."
In this first installment of a planned, prison-set series, a new doctor takes a job where her half brother is incarcerated, but she hides their relationship from the attractive warden. Read full book review >

A SINFUL CALLING by Kimberla Lawson Roby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Thrilling for fans of the series."
The Rev. Curtis Black extended-family saga returns with Black's son Dillon at the helm of a new megachurch in Mitchell, Illinois. Read full book review >
TITANBORN by Rhett C. Bruno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"This solar-system-spanning mystery will scratch the genre itch."
A futuristic thriller set in a solar system teetering on the brink of revolution. Read full book review >
SECRETLY HERS  by Jamie Beck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"A smart, fun, sexy, and very contemporary romance."
A lusty, secret agreement leads to friendship and love for two 30-somethings in Beck's second Sterling Canyon romance (Accidentally Hers, 2015). Read full book review >

DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL'S ROCK by Paul Tremblay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Tremblay excels at atmospheric unease even if the story he's spinning isn't always as rich as its milieu."
A teenage boy's mysterious disappearance from a local park leads his family and friends to contemplate supernatural influences. Read full book review >
All The Evil Of This World by Jared Dillian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"A visceral financial tale that lacks the bite of The Wolf of Wall Street. "
A motley crew of Wall Street traders anticipates one of corporate America's biggest spinoffs in this debut novel. Read full book review >
JUDENSTAAT by Simone Zelitch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"A philosophically resonant tale about the shaping, and force, of collective memory."
A determined archivist struggles to find truth. Read full book review >
THE DETECTIVE & THE CHINESE HIGH-FIN by Michael Craven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"An exciting, well-written detective noir whose final twist raises it far above the ordinary."
A thinking man's detective takes on a cold case. Read full book review >
STEALING FIRE by Win Blevins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"The Blevinses continue this series (The Darkness Rolling, 2015, etc.) by expanding on some surrealistically weird details of Wright's actual life while adding a spiritual dimension they would like readers to take seriously. Few will accept this invitation."
Hired by Frank Lloyd Wright, a Jewish/Navajo detective must protect the famous architect from everyone, even himself, while identifying the villain who's out to steal the plans for the Guggenheim Museum. Read full book review >
BURN WHAT WILL BURN by CB McKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Thematically very different than McKenzie's outstanding first novel (Bad Country, 2014). But the prose is just as pure and the story just as riveting."
A reclusive poet learns to survive in an Arkansas town rife with secrets. Read full book review >
WAYPOINT KANGAROO by Curtis C. Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Debut novelist Chen has created an engaging character and a rich, believable world. Sci-fi fans will love this fun, high-tech adventure."
A fast-paced spy thriller set on a cruise ship to Mars. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >