LJ Fiction Reviews: January 1, 2016


Naughty fun from Jackson, Kent, Lauren, and Rock; Faye’s and Lowell’s Brontë-inspired fiction; world fiction roundup; graphic novels from DeConnick, Gaiman, Morrison; Sweazy’s Pick of the Month in mystery; Brodsky debuts The Immortals

Mizushima’s Debut of the Month, Hartwell, Schofield, Yarbro, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, December 1, 2015


Debuter Mizushima’s classic police procedural adds a fresh angle involving the work of K–9s, Schofield makes a big splash with his original debut mystery, Yarbro launches paranormal series, Hartwell’s well-drawn characters and tightly knitted plot will bring a smile to readers

LJ Fiction Reviews: December 1, 2015


Standout debuts from Johnson (Julia Claiborne), Johnson (Julie Christine), Lord, Messinger, new mystery series from Hartwell, Khan, starred sf/fantasy from Anders, Bennett, and Tregillis

Best Books 2015: Genre Fiction

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African American Fiction By Rollie Welch Billingsley, ReShonda Tate. Mama’s Boy. Gallery. ISBN 9781476714950. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781476715032. F Billingsley’s emotionally moving story dramatically captures the fear an African American mother endures when her son gets involved in a racial confrontation with a white cop that goes very wrong. (African American Fiction and More, […]

LJ Fiction Reviews: November 1, 2015


Winners of the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest, festive inspirational CF, top fall indie fiction, recent Jewish fiction, plus riveting new entries from Crais, Eco, Preston/Child

Lives, Loves, Losses: Books for Black History Month and Beyond


Stunning memoir, fiction, poetry; thought-provoking history, political science, sociology; and fun mystery, romance, erotica to satisfy and stir readers all year round.

The Virtues of Girl Detectives

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Happy Publication Day to librarian Max Wirestone, whose debut mystery, The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, hits library and bookstore shelves today. To celebrate this important occasion, Wirestone shares some of the attributes of his favorite fictional girl detectives that influenced his own creation.

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone | LJ Review

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Librarian Wirestone’s debut is a gem of “geek chic,” chronicling the adventures of Dahlia Moss as she tries to solve a mystery in a virtual online game, which turns into a real-life murder.

What’s in Santa’s Book Bag? Twenty-six Christmas Titles To Get Readers in a Festive Mood


This Yuletide season brings a sleigh full of Christmas cozies, from Elizabethan England to present-day Nantucket, MA, tempered by a few darker mysteries courtesy of Ann Cleeves and L.J. Oliver.

Baugh’s Pick of the Month, Hallinan, Weaver, Lester, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, October 1, 2015


This month’s selections take readers from the mean streets of Philly to exotic Thailand, Greece and the financial meltdown, and the lava fields of Iceland. Who says genre fiction isn’t educational?