Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Moon Over Malibu by Peter Kelly
Released: Oct. 11, 2014

"A light and breezy take on the noir genre."
A tough private eye solves a series of crimes in Kelly's debut collection of noir short stories. Read full book review >
Death & Taxes by Richard V. Rupp
Released: Aug. 26, 2015

"Don't be fooled by the white-collar title; there's plenty of bullets, tension, and old-fashioned police work."
Feds working the murder of an IRS agent in California find ties to a much-feared local gang and a Mexican drug cartel in Rupp's debut thriller. Read full book review >

Mind's Journey by Vineet Gulati
Released: Oct. 18, 2015

"Sensitive, thoughtful poems that examine life, love, and stilettos."
This volume features 73 short pieces, mainly poems, that touch on relationships and perceptive moments. Read full book review >
Loving Eleanor by Susan Wittig Albert
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"This warm, extensively researched novel will entrance readers and inspire them to look further into the lives of two extraordinary women."
New York Times bestselling author Albert (The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush, 2015, etc.) returns to historical fiction in this intimate exploration of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok. Read full book review >
Narada's Children by Woody Carter
Released: Sept. 9, 2015

"An ambitious, sometimes-wondrous, sometimes-tedious tale of connected time periods."
From author Carter (Theology for a Violent Age, 2010) comes a novel about a mysterious man's multipart tale delivered to inhabitants of an ancient village. Read full book review >

A Banner of Love by Josephine  Garner
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A strong, evocative sequel that follows an interracial couple coping with family and social complications in New York."
An interracial couple adjusts to married life in the 1950s in Garner's (Walk on Water, 2013, etc.) multilayered sequel to her 2011 debut novel, Solomon's Blues.Read full book review >
BAMFORD LUCK by Arthur C.  Eastly
Released: Feb. 27, 2015

"The sturdy prose can defend against weak storytelling and characterizations."
After members of an Asian drug gang kill his parents, an Idaho rancher calls on his military training to get revenge. Read full book review >
Misled by Tony Ginyard
Released: Aug. 12, 2015

"A novel about sex, murder, and conspiracy that lacks finesse, but delivers a wild ride."
A serial killer, the public shaming of an investigative reporter, and a secret bunker are just some of the spicy ingredients in this thriller. Read full book review >
Shadow Storm by David K. Hall
Released: June 17, 2015

"Fans of complicated fantasy will enjoy the journey."
Epic fantasy from debut author Hall about a prince's quest and the voracious powers against him. Read full book review >
Gangsters of Shanghai by Gerry  O'Sullivan
Released: July 31, 2013

"A historical novel with an overly complex plot, mostly redeemed by its brisk pace"
A crime drama that jumps back and forth between China and Ireland during the turbulent first third of the 20th century. Read full book review >
The Magic of Cape Disappointment by Julie Manthey

"There's magic in an artist's newfound powers, but it's her fated love that's truly magical."
A Native American may be destined to find the love of her life and become her tribe's most powerful medicine woman in 200 years in this debut romance novel. Read full book review >

"A mad masala of mythology and absurd mayhem that takes an unexpectedly poignant twist."
Thekkumthala's magical-realist comic-cosmic phantasmagoria welcomes readers to a bizarre community in India, where a notoriously haunted landmark mansion sees UFO aliens, disappearances, drug crimes, murder, and madcap paranormal phenomena. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >