Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

MANY BEAUCOUP MAGICS by Tom Garvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 25, 2015

"A slightly different kind of Vietnam tale by a gifted writer."
An ambitious debut novella that offers a Vietnam war story with a clever plot device involving astrology, dreams, and omens. Read full book review >
GHOSTS CAN ONLY GO STRAIGHT by Kenneth Behar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2016

"Strong, wide-ranging tales that more than fulfill the promise of the author's first book."
In the year 2000, as the millennium shifts, the characters in these 11 short stories shift their own perceptions by connecting with others. Read full book review >

MARION HATLEY by Beth Castrodale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2017

"A reflective, compassionate, and gracefully written tale about a designer that effectively uses its historical setting."
In this debut novel set in 1931, a corsetière fleeing scandal starts over in a small town, where she learns more about her past and herself. Read full book review >
A SUMMER OF GOOD-BYES by Fred Misurella
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A stirring reminder that the most beautiful moments can be frustratingly evanescent and that everyone needs to learn the delicate art of letting go."
A middle-aged man makes peace with his life choices in this novel. Read full book review >
RIGHT BEHIND YOU by Lisa Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"With its shaky armchair psychology and excessive plot threads, this is a series low point."
A teenager with a troubled past becomes the prime suspect in a string of brutal murders, but ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, think there's more to the story. Read full book review >

ATHENIAN BLUES by Pol Koutsakis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Koutsakis' first appearance in English translation is more interested in multiplying oddball suspects than in giving them anything to do. But it's hard to resist his hero, a freelance killer who describes himself as 'a kind of social worker, except I get properly paid.'"
An unlikely Athens "caretaker" meets his match when both members of an estranged couple seek his help in a domestic dispute that turns homicidal. Read full book review >
A CLASH OF SPHERES by P.F. Chisholm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"As usual, Chisholm moves effortlessly from fascinating historical background to philosophical musings to violent action. Although this latest installment can be read as a stand-alone, untutored readers might want to start the series from the beginning."
The court of Elizabeth I once more outpaces today's politicians for cunning, effrontery, and vengeful machinations. Read full book review >
KALE TO THE QUEEN by Nell Hampton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A charming debut foodie cozy with a gutsy heroine, a neat little mystery, and the requisite appended recipes."
A chef's dream job may be the death of her. Read full book review >
THE INHERITANCE by Rochelle Alers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"With more telling than showing, the novel falls short of realizing its potential and capitalizing on its assets: the sensuous Big Easy setting and the rarely encountered middle-age romance."
High school acquaintances reconnect at a 40th-year reunion and get a chance at a late-in-life love in vibrant New Orleans. Read full book review >
THE ROMANCE READER'S GUIDE TO LIFE by Sharon Pywell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Smart, funny, and compulsively readable: this one may finally win the underrecognized author the wider audience her talent deserves."
Two very different sisters, their post-World War II cosmetics business, a swashbuckling pirate novel, and a dead dog with a shoe fetish are among the wildly disparate ingredients Pywell (Everything After, 2006, etc.) stirs into a zesty fictional stew. Read full book review >
DYING ON THE VINE by Marla Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"The second in this cozy series (Terror in Taffeta, 2016) offers both a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making the perfect wedding and a surprisingly tricky mystery."
Who knew wedding planning could be such a dangerous job? Read full book review >
WOMAN NO. 17 by Edan Lepucki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Always enjoyable if not always believable, this novel succeeds by staying light on its feet. Or, as one character puts it, 'Please don't monetize my bunny.'"
In the Hollywood Hills, a smart, damaged mother of two hires a nanny so she can work on a memoir—but the younger woman is no less a piece of work than she is and intent on an art project of her own. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >