Fiction from Fossum, McFadden, Mofina, Moore, O’Connell, and Debuter Stambach | Xpress Reviews


A new Sejer novel from Fossum; a window into the often very difficult lives of African Americans; Mofina’s latest Kate Page story is a perfect book to take to the beach; expect heavy demand for The Last Days of Night; O’Connell’s latest mystery is satisfyingly complex; Stambach successfully conjures the tone of a Russian novel

Fiction from Atir, Cobbs, Hannah, Scott, Stibbe, and Wolfe | Xpress Reviews


A rewarding read from Atir; another bout of Hamilton fever; Hannah reunites with her inner Christie; Scott fans will see double in this bizarre mashup; Stibbe’s coming-of-age story is guaranteed to amuse and delight; Wolfe’s dark Canadian import will ring the right note

Fiction from Debuter Gentry, Greenwood, and Keller | Xpress Reviews


A debut for fans of mysteries, thrillers, and family drama; Greenwood’s latest is well worth a reader’s time to discover what happens to these characters; fans of tales where a simple lifestyle abuts serious crime will embrace Keller’s story

Fiction from Avit, Gregson, Hiaasen, London, Walker, plus Debuts and Mississippi Noir | Xpress Reviews


Chabot’s debut is for teen, tween, and adult fans of futuristic YA adventure; Gregson’s multilayered story; Hatton has created an unforgettable debut; Hiaasen fans will not be disappointed; London graciously captures young love; Walker’s treatise on the nature of memory and trauma; alternative history, poetically written by Wolff

Fiction from Brafman, Gross, Ivey, Krueger, Rimington, Wiggs, and Debuter Paris | Xpress Reviews


Brafman’s latest is too gloomy to appeal to adult romance fans; a first-rate tale from a real pro; Ivey’s second work is even better than her first; Krueger has written a suspenseful outdoors thriller; Paris makes her smash debut; Rimington’s latest is a rewarding portrayal of the intersection of conscience, service, and doom; Wigg’s title is a sweet yet dramatic and winding love story

Fiction: Brown, Danielewski, Edwards, Eggers, Fagan, McCall Smith, O’Farrell, & Steiner | Xpress Reviews


Worth the wait from Brown; Part 3 of Danielewski’s tale is highly recommended; a debut with a strong sense of time and place; for fans of historical fiction and murder mysteries; Eggers’s latest is seamlessly written; Fagan has written a hopeful tale about human connections; a winning collection from McCall Smith; fine new offering from the gifted O’Farrell

Fiction by Stanišić, the Life of a Woman in the Selma March, and a Boatload of Debuts | Xpress Reviews


Bennett is for discriminating readers, Lee’s first novel should further elevate her reputation, McInerney offers a fresh and surprising view of Cork’s underclasses, an impressive and well-executed debut, a complex, suspenseful entry in the Western noir, luminous yet precise language from Stanišić

Fiction from Ream, Rodale, and Rosoff, plus Debuters Adams and Leisure | Xpress Reviews


Debut author Adams has crafted a light, charming tale of love; Leisure’s first novel is for anyone looking for a taste of Provençal life; an intriguing mix of scientific premise and personal relationships from Ream; a delightful Regency romp from Rodale; Rosoff’s adult debut is heartfelt without being sappy and funny without being slapstick

This Old House | The Reader’s Shelf, June 15, 2016

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When you pass an abandoned mansion, are you immediately transported back to a time when people were elegant and skeletons were hidden in every closet? Here are seven books that feature those fascinating edifices, with an atmospheric feel and parallel narratives that switch between time lines.

Fiction from Harper, Meltzer & Goldberg, Weir, and Debuter Raymond | Xpress Reviews


Harper’s latest is a bit disjointed, Meltzer and Goldberg have delivered a fast-paced and twisty thriller not to be missed, debuter Raymond’s story and vivid writing will keep readers glued to the pages, readers will enjoy revisiting the familiar Tudor story with Weir as their guide