Fiction: Beattie, Brookmyre, Conroy, DePalo, the Hammers, James, MacColl, Moggach, Waters, More | Xpress Reviews

A medieval tale; Beattie’s welcome stories; Jack Parlabane races against the clock; Conroy’s impressive literary fiction; DePalo hits a lot of right notes; a solid Scandinavian noir; Holohan’s debut is elegantly written; Conroy is totally satisfying; MacColl’s historical fiction is a perfect fit; a darker Moggach; a heaping dose of scientific and historical intrigue; and overpowering pieces from Waters

E-Originals from Gaddy and James, with Debuter Ferndale | Xpress Reviews

Ferndale’s debut introduces a character that has faced challenges and learned to overcome; the couple’s love of animals, their backstories, and the drama will keep readers engaged; James’s fans will find here the comfort and snowy wonderlands they have come to expect

Graphic Novels: Kelly & ILYA, Langridge & Lagacé, Pak & Co., Perlson & Robbins, and Snider | Xpress Reviews

Visually dizzying and delightful, though light on story; Betty Boop is back; an esoteric Western yarn; a labor of love for both Robbins and her well-selected stable of illustrators; a wonderful addition to the self-help shelf and for anyone seeking encouragement with a dose of wit

Fiction from Boyett & Mitchroney, Ephron, Grant, Maron, and Oates | Xpress Reviews

Sf mixed with alternative history; a satisfyingly creepy read for fans of Southern gothic fiction; a very complex plotline seeks to tie up loose ends in Grant’s long-running series; Maron’s fans will enjoy this while wiping away tears of farewell; Oates’s short dark pieces are compelling

Nonfiction: Airline Disasters, SEAL Team 6, Weatherford, Van Halen, North Carolina Fire | Xpress Reviews

For readers interested in aviation disasters; Darack safely rules out vengeance conspiracies; it’s refreshing to see a woman artist spotlighted; a must-read for Van Halen fans; the author meticulously researched the stories of the survivors of the Hamlet, NC, fire; Gaudi’s masterpiece; a three-dimensional view of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker

Graphic Novels from Hanuka, Lemire, Manara & Pratt, Thurman & Others, and Debuter Kim | Xpress Reviews

This Eisner Award–winning series is rich to view; this book stays with the reader, and Kim’s art leaves a permanent imprint; Lemire is the rare talent who is embraced by both mainstream and independent comics fans; a perfect edition for readers interested in the evolution of comics; an important purchase for readers sympathetic to Tibet’s plight and Buddhist doctrine

Nonfiction on Parenting the Dutch Way and Bioarchaeology | Xpress Reviews

A must-read for all parents looking to adopt a more relaxed parenting style and create a less stressful environment for their children; this survey of the field is highly recommended for academic libraries or public libraries that serve devoted popular science readers

Fiction from Benford and Trigiani | Xpress Reviews

Benford’s title is recommended for an audience that enjoys alternate history with a solid grounding in reality; Trigiani’s truly pleasurable read will strike a chord with fans of Fannie Flagg

E-Originals from Evans, Fox, Gray, and Kline | Xpress Reviews

Regency romance fans looking for something just a bit different will adore this one from Evans; Fox’s latest entry is sure to please fans who like their reads hot and nontraditional; Gray’s romantic setup starts out strong but falls flat; Kline’s series entry is a great addition to any contemporary romance collection

E-Originals from Albert, Dover, and Mecca | Xpress Reviews

Libraries where S.E. Jakes is popular will find a ready audience for Albert’s “Out of Uniform” books; with sexy heat between the sheets and an unpredictable twist, Dover’s new series opener should have wide appeal; Mecca’s book is a strong choice for any reader who enjoys stories set in medieval times featuring strong-willed female characters and knights