A Journey to the Past

Two compelling and heartbreaking stories; readers who especially enjoy historical fiction full of tragedy, love, and family connections will fall head-over-heels for both books

Two of a Kind: Weird Sister Tales

Two heartwarming stories about sisters and the challenges they face throughout life; separation from their families and reconciliation with their pasts make both books interesting reads

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 Hämäläinen, London, Longworth, and Misko and Debuts Galore | Xpress Reviews

Debuts from Buntin, Cottrell, Hartnett, Magariel, Ruby, and Underdown are all worth checking out, for disturbing, emotional, sharp, insightful, nerve-jarring, astute, and suspenseful fiction. Also, Hämäläinen’s intriguing puzzle, London’s breathtaking romance, and Longworth’s whodunit

Fiction from Dahl, Leon, Macallister, Pywell, and Vargas, plus Newcomers | Xpress Reviews

A surefire winner for any mystery or suspense fan; Leon’s longtime fans will find many of their favorite elements; a crowd-pleaser for lovers of historical fiction; a thread of suspense weaves with elements of the paranormal; in a crowded field of art history whodunits, this first novel stands out

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

Fiction from Appel and Prebble with Debuters Heubusch and Hickie | Xpress Reviews

Resembling a psychiatrist’s clinical case study—a gripping one to be sure; Bondurant can carry a series, and this book demands a sequel! Hickie raises some interesting moral/ethical questions; plot twists may keep readers intrigued, but the stilted language and shallow characters make the novel less enjoyable

Fiction from Gundar-Goshen, Jenkins, and Winspear | Xpress Reviews

An auspicious entry on the English-language scene for Israeli author Gundar-Goshen; Jenkins’s sweetly enticing romance includes a good deal of historical detail; Winspear’s compelling series entry feels very timely in light of our current political climate

Deceptive Friends | Fiction Reviews, February 15, 2017

Bell’s edgy first novel is chock-full of dirty little secrets, lies, and manipulations; psychological suspense fans will find that Megan Miranda’s The Perfect Stranger will not disappoint

Time Travels | Fiction Reviews, February 15, 2017

Lovers of meticulously researched historical fiction and time-travel narratives will be swept away by The Scribe of Siena while Julie McElwain takes readers on a suspense-filled journey in her new novel A Twist in Time