Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

The Flensing Knife by Elizabeth Douthart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2015

"Though it's difficult to invest in the heroine, this whaling ship narrative rights itself with meticulous research and attention to detail."
Life on a whaling ship is alternately difficult and delightful in Douthart's debut novel chiefly narrated by one captain's new wife. Read full book review >
Duo by T. K. Greenleaf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"Innovative sci-fi with plenty of substance, even if it's weighed down by some confusing sequences.
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In Greenleaf's sci-fi actioner debut, a monk with special powers heads to outer space to save a colony from destruction.
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Jane Doe Overdose by Berta M.  Briones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2015

"Addiction is complex; this story is not."
A heroin addict swings from rock bottom to stable in this novella. Read full book review >
Movie Game by Michael Ebner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A fast-paced, humorous novel, but one that rarely offers any critique of its protagonist's actions."
Ebner's (All the Talk Is Dead, 2009) novel tells of a cinephile's search for family, sex, and laughs, wrapped in a mystery. Read full book review >
The Devil's Way by Lamees A.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2015

"A protracted, argument-starting debate between the Devil and an advocate for humanity."
A dramatized dialogue on the nature of good and evil, conducted between a young man and the devil himself. Read full book review >

Seven Weeks to Forever by Jennifer Farwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Appealing characters and a warm, sparkly love story tinged with wish fulfillment."
In this YA paranormal romance, a teenage girl has just a few weeks to live—and now a handsome stranger needs her help or he'll die too. Read full book review >
Make Yourselves at Home by Katherine Elberfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"This delightful collection of short fiction sketches Southern life of the past."
Writer and Episcopal priest Elberfeld offers this short but charming collection of quintessential Southern short stories (The Lady of the House, 2013). Read full book review >
Never Kill Twice by R. K. Diwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2015

"A good mixture of mysticism, mystery, and action."
An American CIA agent is sent to the Far East to retrieve an ancient artifact and must dodge the Chinese military, a monk who shoots energy bolts, and other mercenaries in Díwan's debut thriller. Read full book review >
Glimpsing Into the Kingdom by Paul Harrington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"A book with challenging, uplifting messages that may spark valuable discussions about the community of faith."
Harrington, in his debut, interprets a collection of parables for readers seeking the kingdom of God in everyday life. Read full book review >
The Wicked Game by R.M. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"Fast, incisive, and audaciously entertaining. Readers may have seen it before, but they'll likely enjoy it this time around."
In Smith's (Alive! Not Dead, 2014) thriller, a man is caught in an adult version of hide-and-seek, complete with rifle-toting players who'll kill to stay alive.Read full book review >
Rhiannon's Tale by Barbara Elder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2015

"A solid debut layered with flashbacks, eroticism, and emotionally dynamic characters."
In this romantic fantasy debut, a young woman who can see peoples' auras learns that she's part of a larger clan, one a militant cult wants destroyed. Read full book review >
The Doctor and Mr. Dylan by Rick Novak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Nuanced characterization and crafty details help this debut soar."
In this debut thriller, tragedies strike an anesthesiologist as he tries to start a new life with his son. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >