Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House by John Whittier Treat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2016

"A compassionate, engrossing novel of life in the early plague years, depicted here with authentic detail and a true heart."
The panicked, formative years of the AIDS epidemic create the dramatic backdrop for this sentimental yet searingly authentic novel. Read full book review >
THE CORNISH COAST MURDER  by John Bude
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A golden-age mystery reminiscent of Freeman Wills Crofts and Ronald Knox that's guaranteed to keep you guessing and second-guessing, though the final payoff falls well short of the buildup."
The British Library Crime Classics' latest blast from the past—this time more of a light squall—is this decorous, conscientiously plotted 1935 whodunit by pseudonymous Ernest Carpenter Elmore (1901-1957). Read full book review >

AGAINST THE LIGHT by Marjorie Eccles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Eccles (Heirs and Assigns, 2015, etc.) starts out with a strong storyline and plenty of interesting characters, but her weak ending is a distinct letdown."
The Irish Home Rule Bill unnerves many politicians in 1912. But could it be a motive for murder? Read full book review >
COFFIN ROAD by Peter May
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A thoroughly entertaining yarn."
A man washes ashore in the Outer Hebrides, the pages of his memory completely blank, while in Edinburgh a troubled teen suspects her father did not, as she was told, commit suicide. Read full book review >
The White Devil by Domenic Stansberry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Perhaps the most surprising feature of this tour de force is its pervasive links to both Jacobean tragedy and contemporary Mediterranean noir. Who knew?"
Guardians of the literary canon, rejoice. Stansberry (Naked Moon, 2010, etc.), borrowing freely from John Webster's eponymous 1612 tragedy, proves that there's plenty of life and death and nastiness in the classics. Read full book review >

The Woman Behind the Waterfall by Leonora Meriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Readers looking for a classic tale of love and loss will be rewarded with an intoxicating world, especially if they can follow the more magical plotlines."
A young girl must harness the power of her maternal line to help her mother in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE BOSTON CASTRATO by Colin W Sargent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Sweeping and ambitious."
Weaving together a dizzying number of intersecting plots, Sargent (Museum of Human Beings, 2009) captures the bustling excitement—and seedy grit—of early 1920s Boston. Read full book review >
CRIME SCENES by Zane Lovitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Even fans of longer-form fiction should give this nifty collection a look."
Lovitt (The Midnight Promise, 2013, etc.) presents 12 examples from Down Under that show why the first rule of fiction is "Don't Be Boring." Read full book review >
Hemingway, Three Angels, and Me by Jerome Mark Antil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A complex coming-of-age story that evokes the enduring effects of war and the latter days of the Jim Crow system."
A boy learns important lessons about prejudice, racism, and courage in post-World War II America in a fictional tale that combines autobiographical elements and the supernatural. Read full book review >
A DREADFUL PAST by Peter Turnbull
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A quirky change from the usual sifting through the suspects most likely to have wanted the victim dead, with only the ritual recounting of each detective's domestic arrangements to remind readers of the customary Turnbull formula."
A cold case suddenly heats up for DCI George Hennessey (Gift Wrapped, 2013, etc.) and his colleagues. Read full book review >
ASSASSINS by Jim Eldridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Besides providing interesting nuggets of history, Eldridge depicts his lead characters with complexity and compassion, auguring well for this series kickoff."
Against a backdrop of political unrest, a multiple murderer wreaks havoc in post-World War I Britain. Read full book review >
CASTING BONES by Don Bruns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Although Bruns (Reel Stuff, 2013, etc.) supplies all the necessary characters, plot twists, and motives for murder, they don't entirely come together. Concentrating on one of the many threads he seeks to weave into this tale would have produced a tighter story."
A New Orleans detective who seems to be the only one more interested in justice than a collar must rely on instinct over information. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >