Historical Mysteries | Fiction Reviews

A well rounded debut novel that’s reminiscent of Agatha Christie; a debut historical fiction novel filled with glamorous detail to be enjoyed by fans of historical fiction and mysteries.

Carr, Dickey, Scalzi, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Apr. 2018

Borowitz, Alexandra. Family and Other Catastrophes. Mira: Harlequin. Apr. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780778317555. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488020339. WOMEN’S/HUMOROUS If you had a self-absorbed therapist mother and a disdainful academic father, with difficult siblings to boot, you too might be an obsessive-compulsive hypochondriac like Emily Glass. Now that she’s finally found love with wonderful David, […]

From Boylan to Karen White | Pop Fiction, Apr. 2017, Pt. 4

Boylan, Jennifer Finney. Long Black Veil. Crown. Apr. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780451496324. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780451496348. Downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER/COMING OF AGE/LGBT LGBT rights advocate, Op-Ed page contributor to the New York Times since 2007, and the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College, Boylan still finds time to write both fiction and […]

From Brunonia Barry to Beatriz Williams | Pop Fiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 4

Barry, Brunonia. The Fifth Petal. Crown. Jan. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781101905609. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101905616. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. WOMEN’S Author of the New York Times best-selling The Lace Reader, Barry returns to spooky Salem for a 25-year-old triple homicide now being reinvestigated by Chief of Police John Rafferty, husband of lace reader Towner Whitney. He’s […]

Pop Fiction from Kelley Armstrong to Stuart Woods | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2016, Pt. 4

Armstrong, Kelley. Otherworld Chills. Plume. Oct. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780062410337. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698173569.  FANTASY Armstrong drums up the last of three anthologies featuring short stories and novellas about characters from her mega-best-selling “Otherworld” series. While the first anthology featured romance and the second mystery, this all-new collection puts Nick, Hope, Karl, and the […]

From Peter Ho Davies to Rose Tremain | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2016, Pt. 4

Davies, Peter Ho. Tell It Slant. Houghton Harcourt. Sept. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780544263703. $27. LITERARY The son of a Welsh father and a Chinese mother, Davies won multiple awards for his first story collection and was proclaimed among the Best Young British Novelists by Granta. His first novel, The Welsh Girl, was a Los Angeles […]

Harlan Coben, James Patterson, Anne Perry, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Sept. 2016, Pt. 4

Coben, Harlan. Home. Dutton. Sept. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780525955108. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698411449. THRILLER Two boys from golden-glazed families are kidnapped and never heard from again—until ten years later, when Myron Bolitar and friend Win apparently find one of them. What can the rescued teenager say about the intervening years and the fate of his […]

Anderson/Rovin, Jennifer Chiaverini, J.A. Jance, Karin Slaughter | Essential Pop Fiction, Sept. 2016, Pt. 1

Anderson, Gillian & Jeff Rovin. The Sound of Seas. (The EarthEnd Saga, Bk. 3). Simon451: S. & S. 320p. ISBN 9781476776590. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781476776613. SF Having proven herself as a writer with her well-received “EarthEnd Saga” series, written with New York Times best-selling author Rovin, award-winning actress Anderson wraps up the series with some […]

Debuts Not To Miss | Fiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 2

Barnett, Lisa. The Versions of Us. Houghton. May 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780544634244. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544634473. POP FICTION Sparks fly when Eva and Jim meet on a street in Cambridge, England, but what happens next is uncertain; journalist/theater critic Barnett gives us options. Do they kiss or turn away; get together briefly, marry quickly, or […]

Jennifer Weiner, Philippa Gregory, & Lauren Willig’s Last Pink Carnation Novel | Audio in Advance August 2015 | Fiction

Alcott, Kathleen. Infinite Home. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504638944. Reader TBA. Edith is a widow who rents apartments in her Brooklyn brownstone to an unlikely collection of people: Paulie, an unusually disabled man, and his burdened sister, Claudia; Edward, a misanthropic stand-up comic; Adeleine, a beautiful agoraphobe; Thomas, a young artist recovering from a stroke. Damaged in various […]