UP AT BUTTERNUT LAKE by Mary McNear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Plot really isn't the point of books like these; it's about the characters, and McNear has admirably crafted people worth following."
The first in a homey, feel-good series, McNear's small-town tale offers lakeside views and likable characters. Read full book review >
NO WAY BACK by Matthew Klein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Infused with pacing worthy of the earlier works of Dean Koontz, Klein's crafted a tale as tightly wound as a watch spring."
Klein's dark thriller snaps a picture of a man commissioned to prevent the collapse of a Florida software company, but the outcome is anything but what it portends. Read full book review >

IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS by Mike Harvkey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Well-written, but readers will struggle to care about the fates of Clyde, the Smalls or any of the other characters."
For his debut novel, Harvkey gathers together an odd band of malcontents and down-on-their-luck types in this tale of a man who believes he has run out of options and the people who offer him one. Read full book review >
UNTIL YOU'RE MINE by Samantha Hayes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Fewer red herrings would have made this a better read, but Hayes' tale succeeds despite them."
Told from the points of view of three women whose lives intertwine, Hayes (Someone Else's Son, 2011, etc.) sets her new novel in Birmingham, England, and spins out a plot that twists and turns from beginning to the end. Read full book review >
ALL THE BIRDS, SINGING by Evie Wyld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Wyld has ordained a permanently dark life for her protagonist, a stubborn fate that offsets the surprises and the reader's enjoyment."
The second novel from award-winning Australian author Wyld (After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, 2009) explores the checkered past of a self-reliant young woman, a sheep farmer. Read full book review >

UNDER A SILENT MOON by Elizabeth Haynes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Police analyst Haynes (Into the Darkest Corner, 2013, etc.) includes official-looking documents and reports to add veracity to the dual cases, which would have been just as convincing and considerably peppier without the impersonal police blotterese."
Murder and sexual intrigue rock a small British village. Read full book review >
FRIDAYS AT ENRICO'S by Don Carpenter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"This publication is an important event: Welcome back, Don Carpenter."
Do we need another work about the struggles of writers? Sure, we do—if it has the warmth and charm and sexy vibe of Carpenter's (From a Distant Place, 1988, etc.) novel. Read full book review >
OVERWATCH by Marc Guggenheim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"After an opening of nasty promise, Guggenheim's debut becomes a predictable slog, with a protagonist we have no desire to see again."
In TV writer Guggenheim's debut novel, a young, newly hired CIA litigator stumbles across evidence that a ruthless shadow agency, without the knowledge of the president, is orchestrating a war between Iran and Israel. Read full book review >
CASEBOOK by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"A clever twist on a shopworn theme by a top-shelf novelist."
A child of divorce turns private eye in the latest well-observed study of domestic dysfunction from Simpson (My Hollywood, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
THE OTHER STORY by Tatiana de Rosnay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Not that de Rosnay ever wrote literary fiction, but previous books like Sarah's Key (2008) have more emotional substance than this."
A best-selling French author with writer's block agonizes at a luxurious Italian resort in de Rosnay's oddly static latest (The House I Loved, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
THE FOUNDLING BOY by Michel Déon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Mature, relaxed storytelling, balancing human nature with historical inevitability; a pleasure for traditionalists generally and Francophiles in particular."
Only the second novel by this distinguished French writer to be translated into English: An affectionate slice of provincial life captures the coming of age of a 20th-century soul. Read full book review >
THE SEA HOUSE by Elisabeth Gifford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Gifford's mournful but very readable romance achieves surprising emotional depths. A writer to watch."
On a distant Scottish island, a mermaid myth, a vengeful maid's observations, a minister's breakdown and a haunted woman's psychological barriers combine in a gloomily impassioned gothic exploration of belonging. Read full book review >