Fiction from Playwright Rapp, Schultz, and Young, plus a Slew of Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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A small town in Pakistan, one woman’s crisis of self, a well-constructed plot, an African American community in Detroit, an Italian family on Staten Island, a wonderful character study, a funny and frighteningly realistic second novel

Kerr’s Tenth Bernie Gunther, Lansdale’s Latest Western, with a Stand-Alone from Scottoline | Fiction Reviews, March 1, 2015

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Kerr’s magic lies in how he addresses core ethical questions; Lansdale’s fast-paced Western with its multicultural cast of characters is a winner; pulse-racing twists from Scottoline; Leotta spins a delicious tale of suspense; McCreight’s solid follow-up.

First Novelists Cook, Harwood, Miller, Taylor, True, & Others | Debut Fiction, March 1, 2015

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Cook’s humorous take on various whodunit and noir tropes is mainly spot-on; a breezy confection from Harwood; Kornegay stars the pungent and foreboding Mississippi earth; Miller’s thriller is not for the faint of heart.

Crisis of Character: Debut Psychological Fiction | The Reader’s Shelf, March 1, 2015

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Psychological fiction of all kinds gives fans a chance to step outside of themselves and occupy the space of someone in grave danger. In this collection of debut novels readers become onlookers to murder, are taken over by a stranger, or search for a missing child.

Fiction from Ashford, Goldreich, Hannaham, Herron, and Ryan, plus Three Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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An illuminating debut from Ackerman, an absorbing romance from Ashford, historical fiction from Goldreich, an eye-opening standout from Hannaham, domestic fiction from Herron, art out of tragedy from Léger, a wild ride from Ryan

Perfect Pairings | Collection Development: Genre Crossovers

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LJ‘s sf columnist turns her eye to the best crossovers blending fantasy and mystery, romance and historical fiction, thrillers and horror, sf and mystery, and more.

Top Indie Fiction: 13 Key Spring Titles Beyond the Best Sellers List

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Abdou’s fresh story about family–work tensions and the cultural divide; Busman’s language is toughly lyric; Doten is utterly surreal; an intense, spot-on investigation of destructive behavior from Gerard; Hossain daringly shows us war

Fiction by Asher, Joyce, and Karr, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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A complex and satisfying sf work from Asher, a good mean girls debut, a somewhat darker and more detailed work from Joyce, and a rather plodding debut historical despite the accuracy and lavish descriptions

Suggestions for February, African American History Month | Wyatt’s World

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Learn, honor, and remember: read the Selected Letters of Langston Hughes, Lewis’s March, the Randalls’ new cookbook, White House correspondent Ryans’s memoir, and debut novelist Solomon’s Disgruntled.

Fiction from Ashe, Kelly, Macomber, Ngwainmbi, plus a Starred Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Ashe completes her romance trilogy, Hamilton’s debut will appeal to fans of the Jack Reacher series, Kelly’s latest has an engaging plot, no disappointments on Macomber’s stand-alone, Ngwainmbi follows a young man’s emotional progression

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