Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

ELEGIES FOR UNCANNY GIRLS  by Jennifer Colville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2017

"An inconsistent, but frequently luminous, debut."
Ten stories that reveal the strangeness and beauty of female experience. Read full book review >
THE HOUSEKEEPER by Suellen Dainty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"Secrets abound in this spellbinding Gothic-tinged mystery."
After her boyfriend drops her for a more glamorous girlfriend, Anne Morgan decides to lie low for a bit, taking a job as a housekeeper for a famous couple. But the career move may not be as restful as she had hoped. Read full book review >

ONE GOOD MAMA BONE by Bren McClain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"A thought-provoking story about families and the animals who sustain them."
A single mother and her son raise a steer with hopes of winning a cash prize in the local 4-H competition. Read full book review >
WHEN MORNING COMES by Arushi Raina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"This timely reminder of the power and passion of young people contextualizes current student protests by honoring those of the past. (historical note, glossary, glossary sources) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
In her debut novel, Raina applies the now-familiar "teenage girl takes on the government" trope to the Soweto uprising of June 1976. Read full book review >
THREE MASQUERADES by Rachel Ingalls
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"People who think they don't like horror stories are going to be very surprised."
Three novellas by a little-known master of horror visit luxurious locations in the twilight zone. Read full book review >

ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >
AUGUST SNOW by Stephen Mack  Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This mostly terrific debut holds out the promise that we are at the beginning of an excellent new series."
An ex-cop comes home to Detroit and finds himself embroiled in the investigation of a local business magnate's death. Read full book review >
THE UNDESIRED by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Rest assured that the guilty and the innocent alike will share every punishment Sigurdardóttir can dish out."
As in The Silence of the Sea (2016), Iceland's Queen of Crime juggles two sets of crimes in two time frames to produce a slow-burning, bone-chilling tale. Read full book review >
GILDED CAGE  by Vic James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An absorbing first installment that presages an intriguing new fantasy series."
In a debut novel, James introduces readers to an alternate modern-day England where enticing drama and social unrest mix with aristocratic scandal and glamorous magic. Read full book review >
ALL THAT'S LEFT TO TELL by Daniel Lowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A story about storytelling, stirring and effective."
The haunting tale of a severed bond between father and daughter. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF THE COMET by Sergei Lebedev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This gorgeously written, unsettling novel—a rare work about the fall of the Soviet Union as told through the eyes of a child—leaves us with a fresh understanding of that towering moment in recent history."
Lebedev follows up Oblivion (2016), his powerful novel about the atrocities of the gulag, with this autobiographical tale of a boy's coming-of-age during the years leading to the fall of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
MIRANDA AND CALIBAN by Jacqueline Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Intriguing and impressive while remaining inextricable from its dramatic context."
In an eye-opening departure from her previous fantasy yarns (Poison Fruit, 2014, etc.), Carey reimagines the back story of Shakespeare's The Tempest as a tale of star-crossed lovers. Sort of. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >