Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Roosevelt by Allen  Frost
by Allen Frost, illustrated by Fred Sodt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"Delightful, with appealing characters and a serious edge."
In this novel for middle-grade readers, a Pacific Northwestern boy searches for an escaped circus elephant with help from his eccentric uncle and a friend. Read full book review >
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand."
In Inspector Gamache's 11th outing, the sheltering forest around his small village of Three Pines is revealed to be a hiding place for unexpected evil. Read full book review >

MYCROFT HOLMES by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"The central conceit is audacious; Mycroft's sense of moral outrage is nicely reflective of the era; the historical detail is solid; and the period decorum is well-maintained throughout. Only the characters and their cumbersome individual interactions are muffled by all the grade-A trappings."
That's right: nonpareil basketball player Abdul-Jabbar, who's already written memoirs, nonfiction titles, and children's books (Stealing the Game, 2015, etc.), partners with screenwriter Waterhouse to introduce a prequel to the adventures of Sherlock Holmes' smarter brother.Read full book review >
Mischief by Lynn Kristine Thorsen
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A worthy, quirky collection of short escapes."
An eclectic anthology of 20 short stories with enough variety to satisfy a diverse group of genre enthusiasts. Read full book review >
MISTAKEN ENEMY by Dennis Nehamen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Mysticism confuses this otherwise riveting, ripped-from-the headlines suspense novel."
In the first installment of a political thriller series, Nehamen (Wrapped: The First Ever Musical Novel, 2013) introduces an author destined to uncover a terror plot. Read full book review >

The Unbeliever by E. L. Baylis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Well-paced though dull in its portrayals of many characters, this novel plots a believable Christian transformation and has its payoffs."
A Christian-themed debut novel about redemption and forgiveness. Read full book review >
Kinross Flat by David Roy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2015

"A simple story well told, full of local history and Kiwi lore."
Roy delves into a family's history in his debut novel, inspired by true events. Read full book review >
Swiftshadow by DS Kane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2014

"Slightly subpar installment in a still solidly entertaining spy series."
In the third installment of Kane's (DeathByte, 2014, etc.) Spies Lie series, a covert operative-turned-fugitive must use her formidable intellect to figure out who betrayed her to terrorists. Read full book review >
The Witch-Fiddler by Deborah Bradford
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Predictable but nonetheless engaging."
Inspired by Celtic mythology, Bradford's debut fantasy novel follows its title character from unhappy childhood through the evolution of her powers as a caillagh (witch).Read full book review >
The Aries Appointment by Kathy Kale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2015

"A light read for fans of female-driven mysteries."
In Kale's (Harm, 2014, etc.) novel, the first in a series, astrologer Morgan Sterling's delicately balanced routine gets shaken up when a charming detective solicits her professional help solving a cold kidnapping case. Read full book review >
A Foundation of Lies by L.S. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2015

"A competent crime thriller."
Miller (Nectar of the Gods, 2015, etc.) returns with a novel about a builder who becomes embroiled in the dangerous, duplicitous world of organized crime. Read full book review >
The Unlikely Death by Niko Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A sci-fi pairing of Holmes and Watson that makes for a rambunctious, intelligent read."
In Ford's debut sci-fimystery, Sherlock Holmes is the murder victim, but he has the unique opportunity to solve his own death with help fromDr. John Watson, the man imprisoned for the crime. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >