THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand."
In Inspector Gamache's 11th outing, the sheltering forest around his small village of Three Pines is revealed to be a hiding place for unexpected evil. Read full book review >
MYCROFT HOLMES by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"The central conceit is audacious; Mycroft's sense of moral outrage is nicely reflective of the era; the historical detail is solid; and the period decorum is well-maintained throughout. Only the characters and their cumbersome individual interactions are muffled by all the grade-A trappings."
That's right: nonpareil basketball player Abdul-Jabbar, who's already written memoirs, nonfiction titles, and children's books (Stealing the Game, 2015, etc.), partners with screenwriter Waterhouse to introduce a prequel to the adventures of Sherlock Holmes' smarter brother.Read full book review >

Swiftshadow by DS Kane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2014

"Slightly subpar installment in a still solidly entertaining spy series."
In the third installment of Kane's (DeathByte, 2014, etc.) Spies Lie series, a covert operative-turned-fugitive must use her formidable intellect to figure out who betrayed her to terrorists. Read full book review >
The Aries Appointment by Kathy Kale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2015

"A light read for fans of female-driven mysteries."
In Kale's (Harm, 2014, etc.) novel, the first in a series, astrologer Morgan Sterling's delicately balanced routine gets shaken up when a charming detective solicits her professional help solving a cold kidnapping case. Read full book review >
A Foundation of Lies by L.S. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2015

"A competent crime thriller."
Miller (Nectar of the Gods, 2015, etc.) returns with a novel about a builder who becomes embroiled in the dangerous, duplicitous world of organized crime. Read full book review >

The Unlikely Death by Niko Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A sci-fi pairing of Holmes and Watson that makes for a rambunctious, intelligent read."
In Ford's debut sci-fimystery, Sherlock Holmes is the murder victim, but he has the unique opportunity to solve his own death with help fromDr. John Watson, the man imprisoned for the crime. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT ON THE MISSISSIPPI by Mary Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Ellis, best known for her Amish series (A Widow's Hope, 2009, etc.), starts her new Secrets of the South mystery series with a pleasant love story but not much mystery."
A newly minted private eye bids to enter the big time in the Big Easy. Read full book review >
CLOSE QUARTERS by Adrian Magson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Prolific Magson's second round for Portman (The Watchman, 2014, etc.) delivers in the clinch, with gripping, authentic action scenes. The stateside segments are distinctly less memorable."
A rugged CIA contractor encounters enemies from all sides when he tries to rescue a State Department wonk held captive in Ukraine. Read full book review >
THE MONET MURDERS by Terry Mort
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Stretches of moderately brisk dialogue are punctuated by absolute clunkers, like Mort's description of Ethel, who 'resembled a fire hydrant in both length and shape.' As Manny might say, there's just too much meshugas here."
Mort, author of volumes about Cochise, Custer, and Hemingway, takes a fictional look at Depression-era Hollywood. Read full book review >
SHANGHAI REDEMPTION by Qiu Xiaolong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Chen's 10th outing is another complex, methodical police procedural as well as a multifaceted look at a powerful society in flux."
Demoted to a largely ceremonial post, a master Chinese investigator struggles to understand his reduced circumstances and find his footing. Read full book review >
HER FINAL BREATH by Robert Dugoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"The results are professional, even exhaustive, but uninspired, with the unmasking of the nondescript culprit a particular letdown. It all reads like an expansive anthology of genre scenes you've encountered a hundred times before."
Detective Tracy Crosswhite goes after the killer who's hogtying Seattle's exotic dancers and watching them strangle themselves to death. Read full book review >
THE ZIG ZAG GIRL by Elly Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Griffiths (The Ghost Fields, 2015, etc.) weaves a compelling tale rich with historical detail and a cast of eccentric characters."
A series of bizarre murders in post-World War II England appears to be connected to the Magic Men, magicians who were part of a special ops group during the war, in this whodunit set in the world of tricks and illusion. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >