Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE QUIET COUP by Rob Lubitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2017

"A smart, gritty political-conspiracy thriller."
In this finale to Lubitz's (Beyond Top Secret, 2015, etc.) trilogy, the identities of two amnesiacs come into question as a secret group plans to unleash a powerful mind-control drug. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE GOOD DEED by Jim Shon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2017

"An unevenly written mystery enlivened by intriguing historical and cultural tidbits."
A battle between a powerful land developer in Hawaii and a group of locals and environmentalists escalates into violence in Shon (Poison in Paradise, 2016, etc.) and debut author Hagino's murder mystery.Read full book review >

CLUELESS IN CLEVELAND by Nelle Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2017

"This enjoyable cozy, first of a planned series, offers a top-heavy ratio of comedy to creepy."
In Lewis' debut mystery, a man hires a detective agency to discover if his wife is cheating, but she disappears just as the investigation begins. Read full book review >
THE VENERATION OF MONSTERS by Suzanne Burns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Burns is an unmissable heir to writers of the peculiar, from Shirley Jackson to Roald Dahl."
A parade of eccentric women retreat into fantasy as they attempt to cure their loneliness. Read full book review >
THE TELL-TALE TARTE by Maya Corrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Cooking tips and Poe lore help move the mundane mystery along to a satisfying if not surprising conclusion."
A job as an author's stand-in puts a sleuth in jeopardy. Read full book review >

DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER by Lee Hollis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"The recipes scattered through the book include several cocktail suggestions readers may need to get through this muddled mystery."
Three women's vacation from their everyday lives is cursed from the start. Read full book review >
BOOKED 4 MURDER by J.C. Eaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Eaton's debut introduces a retirement community filled with quirky characters and a sleuth who may have more talent for solving puzzles than she admits."
Can reading cause death? A most reluctant sleuth seeks an answer. Read full book review >
RAGE AND MERCY by Scott Dresden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"This thrilling book delivers a violent tale that is ultimately as surprising as it is gruesome."
A debut novel, the first installment of a series, focuses on one man's quest for retribution. Read full book review >
THE IRISH TEMPEST by Elizabeth J. Sparrow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2016

"While the plot sometimes lacks focus, this historical romance delivers compelling moments."
The fates of two families mesh with Ireland's struggle for independence in this debut novel. Read full book review >
RED SUNSET DRIVE by Jan Walters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2017

"A solid mystery featuring otherworldly good and bad guys, which primes its readers for future series entries."
In the second installment of Walters' (York Street, 2014, etc.) supernatural-thriller series, a police detective and his ghostly relative go up against vampires in Des Moines, Iowa. Read full book review >
DESCENDANT by Jeffrey A. Levin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"This novel's offbeat narrative style and absorbing protagonist help to overcome its occasional missteps."
In Levin's sci-fi debut, a young man in the 24th century travels through space and time, confronts aliens, and falls in love. Read full book review >
PREORDAINED by David L. Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A gripping detective story with biblical undertones."
In Wallace's (Trojan, 2016) supernatural thriller, a South Carolina cop tracks a serial killer with ties to the occult and starts having visions of a demon. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >