Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

The Wicked Game by R.M. Smith
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
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
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 >
Winner Take None by Greg Comer
Released: April 25, 2015

"A richly satisfying slice of Americana."
An earnest teen learns valuable life lessons in Comer's vividly rendered debut set in the frontier country of 19th-century Montana. Read full book review >
Second Thoughts: Second Chances  by D. C. Moses
Released: March 6, 2015

"A delightful story filled with pleasant people in a lovely setting, though it could have been told in half as many pages."
A meandering family saga set in small-town New York, by former creative writing instructor Moses (Train from Thompsonville, 2006). Read full book review >

Healer's Magick by F.L. Karsner
Released: June 27, 2015

"The first in a promising series filled with likable characters and fun adventures."
Adventure abounds in the Scottish Highlands in Karsner's debut novel, in which a special woman with untapped elemental powers tries to stay one step ahead of a ruthless soldier bent on exacting revenge. Read full book review >
Prince of Tyrants by Rabb Marcellus

"A fun, fantastical adventure in historical revisionism."
Marcellus' (Jubal's Gold, 2014, etc.) thriller considers the possibility that Hitler did not, in fact, commit suicide.Read full book review >
The Royal Secret by John Bentley
Released: June 15, 2015

"A dense, theory-packed book that will appeal to lovers of historical conspiracies but may leave mystery buffs cold."
Mysteries, conspiracies, hidden identities, and secret codes abound in this debut thriller, which shuttles readers between the modern day and Tudor England. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Of all Clare's charmingly mystical looks at life and death in 13th-century England, this one-sitting read is by far the purest mystery."
A visit to a treasured childhood home involves Sir Josse d'Acquin and his wife, Helewise, in yet another murder. Read full book review >
ROGUE LAWYER by John Grisham
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"One wonders if Grisham weren't sleeping through some of this as well. Whatever the case, one of his lesser cases."
Another by-the-numbers legal procedural, at once gritty and lethargic, by longtime practitioner Grisham (Gray Mountain, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Your nerdy uncle gets creepy, transforming his vacation travelogue into Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Eyes Wide Shut. Worth reading only if that uncle is your hero."
Modern and Mayan cultures clash in scientist Ben Candidi's sixth adventure (Bahamas West End is Murder, 2005, etc.).Read full book review >
CARTER & LOVECRAFT by Jonathan L.  Howard
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Fans of the original Lovecraft will have their rewards—Cthulu (spoiler alert) makes an appearance—but this series debut from Howard (Nightclubbing, 2015, etc.) shines brightest when keeping to his characters' easy banter and creepy deaths."
A former cop delves into the supernatural when he's teamed with one of H.P. Lovecraft's descendants to solve a crime. 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 >