Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

The Obeahman's Dagger by Neil Daniel
Released: July 14, 2015

"Dynamic characters and ambiance help this tale showcase Trinidadian culture."
In this debut thriller, a journalist follows leads the police ignore to learn the fate of women who have vanished during the Trinidadian Carnival. Read full book review >
The Gambit by Bradley Carlson

"A briskly paced thriller that deftly imagines a nightmare scenario."
A debut political thriller that pits Israeli and U.S. military forces against an Iranian government on the verge of obtaining a nuclear weapon. Read full book review >

On A Fool's Errand by Lyle Wammer
Released: March 25, 2016

"An unforgiving story about abuse in a fractured and ruined family."
A young girl struggles through life with an alcohol-swilling mother and a violent stepfather in this debut novel. Read full book review >
One for the Ark by Mary Hutchings Reed
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A delightfully lighthearted tale that engages serious issues through farce."
A novel about big ideas in a small town. Read full book review >
London Belongs To Me by Jacquelyn Middleton
Released: Oct. 14, 2016

"One need not be an Anglophile to enjoy the heroine's London adventures, but it definitely adds to the overall experience."
An aspiring playwright, fresh out of college, moves to the city of her dreams in this debut novel. Read full book review >

The Path to Kitty Islet by Nancy Pekter
Released: March 31, 2016

"Part travelogue, part epistolary novel, this tale will engage fans of family sagas."
Debut historical fiction about an upper-class young woman who begins her marriage by traveling from England to the frontiers of Canada in the early 1900s. Read full book review >
King Peso by Carmen Amato
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A satisfying read with plenty of bad guys and a solid, well-defined heroine."
Emilia Cruz Encinos is back for her fourth outing as Acapulco's only female detective, once again confronting institutionalized corruption while trying to solve a string of murders. Read full book review >
VERITAS: The Pharmacological Endgame by Alessandro Boccaletti
Released: Sept. 4, 2016

"An appealing tale of conspiracy and murder, occasionally interrupted by excessive particulars."
Australian scientists develop of a vaccine to eradicate obesity, which ignites a swift and ultimately lethal response from an international pharmaceutical organization in Boccaletti's (Big, Fat American Lion Book, 2016) thriller.Read full book review >
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year."
A big, brave, messy modern family struggles with the challenges of raising a transgender child. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Minier (The Circle, 2015, etc.) builds suspense with tantalizing teaspoons of menace and a narrative crafted with believable immediacy. Both protagonists confront their nemeses with a determination that should hook readers and keep them hooked."
In a frigid forest on the border between Poland and Belarus, fever dreams assail Martin Servaz as he struggles to get to safety. Read full book review >
TIME OF DEATH by Lucy Kerr
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"An accomplished debut that combines mystery, medicine, family angst, and a touch of romance."
A nurse's visit to her hometown quickly lands her in trouble. Read full book review >
ILL MET BY MURDER by Elizabeth J. Duncan
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Duncan's second Catskills mystery (Untimely Death, 2015, etc.) is a delightful cozy with plenty of interesting characters and a touch of midlife romance."
A Shakespeare play, a pre-wedding party, and a murder are all in a day's work for a clever costume mistress in upstate New York. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >