Fiction from Ben-David, Coben, Handler, McBride, and Debuter Swann | Xpress Reviews

Ben-David knows Mossad to its core; longtime readers will be lining up for Coben’s new stand-alone; a surprisingly subtle exploration of sexual ethics; Realism with a touch of magical realism; a moving coming-of-age story with a noir twist; Alderman is not recommended

Coming of Age in Apartheid-era South Africa | Debut Spotlight

South African–born, Toronto-based first novelist Bianca Marais’s Hum If You Don’t Know the Words tells the absorbing coming-of-age story of nine-year-old Robin Conrad. Living as a young white girl in Apartheid-era South Africa, Robin forms a new family after losing her own.

MILFs, Monarchs, Miller, Makers, Murder, & More | What We’re Reading & Watching

The “What We’re Reading & Watching” crew covers a lot of ground this first week of May, with gladiators, queens, playwrights, golden girls, animators, and MILFs, plus Giancarlo Esposito & Roxane Gay!

Fiction from Blauner, Chamberlin, Hamilton, Herron, London, Nakamura, Shaara, Swinson, More | Xpress Reviews

Blauner’s first novel in more than ten years was worth the wait; Daily’s debut is good for those looking for a fluffy, fun summer read; aficionados of Gregg Hurwitz will quickly become Hamilton fans; London’s third “Highland Grooms” title is enchanting; Nakamura is for those who like their fiction dark; Shaara offers much to enjoy; Swinson delivers a superb second series installment

Fiction from Beck, Freeman, Patrick, Peterson, Weir, and First-Timer Konig | Xpress Reviews

Beck keeps the pages turning with plenty of suspense; fans of Freeman’s series should enjoy this fast-paced new addition; for readers who were horse-crazy girls; novels about second chances abound, but Patrick’s second novel rises to the top; Peterson’s book has a bit of an identity crisis; a well-written novel that should appeal to fans of Tudor-era fiction

E-Originals: Foodie Fun from Goodman and Debuter Marcelo, plus First-Timer York | Xpress Reviews

Foodie fiction, NFL action, and steamy romance in a spicy dish that will satisfy Goodman’s readers; lovers of food trucks and San Francisco will especially get a kick out of this fun contemporary romance; readers looking for an almost innocent romance might enjoy this title

Fiction from Chang, Everett, Higgins, and Starred Debuter Rio | Xpress Reviews

Chang’s eighth novel is recommended for all readers of intelligent crime fiction; Everett taps into the gossipy small-community culture; imagery of the lonely Ananke roaming the solar system will stick with readers; in this strong and assured first novel, Rio crafts an intricate story about friendship, love, and betrayal

Fiction from Fierro, Hunt, Paretsky, Sykes, and Newcomer Torjussen | Xpress Reviews

Characters are as busy chewing the scenery as the moths are chewing leaves; another plus is Hunt’s vivid, pungent prose and racy dialog; Paretsky’s novels are never dull; recommended for those who enjoy Nancy Martin’s mysteries involving fashion and parties; Torjussen’s debut novel combines tightly wound suspense with an unfolding surprise ending

Fiction from Daniels, Kent, Richardson, and Rita, plus a Passel of Debuts | Xpress Reviews

Two new cowboy romance series; Cavanagh hits all the right notes with her characters; readers who enjoy Fiona Barton might want to try Kent; an oddly moving, often funny debut from Peterson; Rita’s follow-up holds high the value of female friendship; Shafrir’s debut is full of humor and layered in truth; a snapshot into the lives of ordinary Germans during World War II

On the Beach, in the Kitchen, on Death Row | What We’re Reading

The WWR skeleton crew discusses the contents of their beach bags and backpacks. This week we won’t need a bigger boat…