Fiction from Hogan, Kane, and Lewis, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews


A divided story is more for the historical fan, a quick thriller, women’s fiction with a dark bent, a debut with lush descriptions and books with multiple narratives, another debut that follows the gothic literary tradition

Haunted Homecomings | Fiction Reviews, June 1, 2016


An engaging and thrilling tale about a young woman’s homecoming, the vagaries of memory, and the impact of tragedy on both a town and a family; a carefully crafted and riveting thriller that is narrated in reverse chronological order, a tense and unusual reading experience that both disorients and intrigues

Fiction from Backman, Brown, Finder, Gutcheon, Hilderbrand, Kaye, & Mackay | Xpress Reviews


LibraryReads top pick Backman, a consistently timely thriller from Finder, Gutcheon launches a new series of traditional cozies, Hilderbrand writes another beachy family drama, Kaye hits the rising popularity of MCs in romance, debuter McCluskey succeeds in handling parental grief, Mackay’s compelling modern noir

Fiction from Brown, Duchovny, Hall, Lippman, O’Connor, & Ryan | Xpress Reviews


A nicely written and worthy read from Brown; Duchovny pits the Bums against the Sox in1978; Hall writes tightly woven police procedurals; gothic-tinged family drama from Lippman; a May/December romance with lots of sex; back to Montana for Ryan

Selecting Spanish | Collection Development: Spanish-Language Fiction & Beyond, May 1, 2016


According to book purveyor Baker & Taylor, “sales of Spanish-language material has grown over the last three years to over $12M at list.” Need we say more? These 31 titles should bolster any collection or create a solid core for those starting out. ¡Vámonos!

Fiction from Bear, Beverly-Whittemore, Buchman, Farrow, Tanner, Wilde, & Winter | Xpress Reviews


Stories from sf genius Bear; a story for Hollywood fans from Beverly-Whittemore; firefighting helicopter-style from Buchman; “Prentiss has created a remarkable debut”; fascinating political fiction from Tanner; baseball romance from Wilde; “a sort of robotic Wuthering Heights

Fiction from Armstrong, Brennan, Hawley, Thomas, and a Starred Debut | Xpress Reviews


Armstrong delivers a solid police procedural; debuter Bell’s heroine steals the show with her gutsy nonconformity; anyone who enjoys tantalizing mysteries will be drawn into Brennan’s latest; Hawley’s latest promises to be a must-read; Thomas’s “Ransom Canyon” title will grab readers

Fiction from Dutton, Hamilton, Hearn, Sykes, plus a Debut and Tolkien! | Xpress Reviews


The complex mind of a woman ahead of her time; a refreshing look at ordinary lives; a thrilling, fast-paced fantasy with plot twists; this debut novel’s vignette form may be difficult to follow; the mission to rid the land of the Butcher Bird is vastly entertaining; Tolkien’s early work is valuable for its historical significance

The Big “What If?” | LJ Reviews, April 1, 2016

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Two entertaining novels that address the big questions: what if my life had gone differently? What would I do differently if I could go back and change it?

Almost Famous | LJ Reviews, April 1, 2016


A sweet and heartfelt debut novel for readers who have dreamed of being swept off their feet by a famous movie star; a fast-paced novel that will have readers immersed in the heady feeling of an alcohol-fueled affair with one of the sexiest men alive; a funny, romantic, chick lit novel about a second chance at love