Movie Game by Michael Ebner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A fast-paced, humorous novel, but one that rarely offers any critique of its protagonist's actions."
Ebner's (All the Talk Is Dead, 2009) novel tells of a cinephile's search for family, sex, and laughs, wrapped in a mystery. Read full book review >
Never Kill Twice by R. K. Diwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2015

"A good mixture of mysticism, mystery, and action."
An American CIA agent is sent to the Far East to retrieve an ancient artifact and must dodge the Chinese military, a monk who shoots energy bolts, and other mercenaries in Díwan's debut thriller. Read full book review >

SHADOWED EVIL by Alys Clare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Of all Clare's charmingly mystical looks at life and death in 13th-century England, this one-sitting read is by far the purest mystery."
A visit to a treasured childhood home involves Sir Josse d'Acquin and his wife, Helewise, in yet another murder. Read full book review >
THE SCOTTIE BARKED AT MIDNIGHT by Kaitlyn Dunnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Dunnett's latest (Ho-Ho-Homicide, 2014, etc.) is full of local color, suspicious characters, and adorable fur-babies. What's not to like?"
A chance encounter on a stormy Maine night involves Liss Ruskin, nee MacCrimmon, in yet another murder. Read full book review >
CARTER & LOVECRAFT by Jonathan L.  Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Fans of the original Lovecraft will have their rewards—Cthulu (spoiler alert) makes an appearance—but this series debut from Howard (Nightclubbing, 2015, etc.) shines brightest when keeping to his characters' easy banter and creepy deaths."
A former cop delves into the supernatural when he's teamed with one of H.P. Lovecraft's descendants to solve a crime. Read full book review >

YUCATÁN IS MURDER by Dirk Wyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Your nerdy uncle gets creepy, transforming his vacation travelogue into Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Eyes Wide Shut. Worth reading only if that uncle is your hero."
Modern and Mayan cultures clash in scientist Ben Candidi's sixth adventure (Bahamas West End is Murder, 2005, etc.).Read full book review >
DEATH WEARS A MASK by Ashley Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Fans with fond memories of Georgette Heyer's mysteries set in the same period will be delighted with the gallery of suspects and the edgy romance."
A second murder investigation is in the cards for a 1930s society couple. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2015 by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"These edgy tales strike hard and fast but leave vivid memories behind."
These short stories lean more toward horror than whodunits, casting long shadows despite their brevity. Read full book review >
Exquisite Folly by Jonathan Carriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"An engaging, suspenseful novel that combines an intriguing murder mystery with heaps of historical information."
A riveting mystery set in New York City in 1765 on the eve of the Stamp Act. Read full book review >
A BLOSSOM OF BRIGHT LIGHT by Suzanne Chazin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Chazin's latest (Land of Careful Shadows, 2014) again deftly weaves some difficult and topical subjects into a police procedural."
A feeling of guilt spurs on a detective in a murder case. Read full book review >
RETURN TO DUST by Andrew Lanh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2015

"Lanh delves into the problems facing many in the Vietnamese community while providing a tantalizing look at the way a woman's obsessions led to her death."
Did she jump or was she pushed? That's what Amerasian college instructor/detective Rick Van Lam's client wants to know. Read full book review >
ANADARKO by Tom Holm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A nasty picture of how far the Klan reached into everyday life, reflections on Native American culture and religion, and a gallery of fascinating characters are all woven into a complex mystery."
An Irish private eye and his Cherokee assistant step into a hotbed of racism and crime when they look for a missing person in Prohibition-era Oklahoma. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >