Fiction

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Fiction by Bostwick, Deveraux, Dibben, Harris, Maldonado, Putnam, Sharpe, plus Debuts | Xpress Reviews

Bostwick’s smoothly written book is full of fresh starts, cute dogs, and likable characters; not much is new, but Deveraux fans will enjoy this pleasant work; Dibben celebrates the strength of human and animal ties; Franson’s debut is well intentioned but not essential; Harris’s latest is quite a good book with wide appeal; a gritty heroine and an action-packed mystery; this prequel to the Bruno Johnson series keeps readers engrossed; readers will be rooting hard for Nora to get her self-esteem back; the tough but conflicted Harley will have readers cheering

In Pursuit of Lost History: How a Forgotten Doctor Inspired a Novel

Jody Shields, author of The Winter Station, found the subject of her new novel after she stumbled across a reference to a Russian doctor’s memoir of the 1910–11 Manchurian plague in a medical journal. Both the doctor and the epidemic, which killed 60,000 people, had been lost to history.

Civil War Tales | Fiction Reviews

A narrative approach to the incomplete history of Varina, a lesser known historical figure and wife to a Confederate President with a powerful personality; a vivid telling of life in the times of the American Civil war, told from alternating perspectives, a must for Civil War buffs

Surviving World War II | Fiction Reviews

An enjoyable story for WWII buffs that follows a flawed hero looking for redemption; an exploration of seemingly ordinary lives and human spirit in a tumultuous time; a debut novel filled with drama tells the complicated story of surviving in times of war

Mommy & Me | Fiction Reviews

A debut novel driven by it’s characters tells the story of an unexpected mother and her independent daughter; a comedic take on the ups and downs of becoming a mother; a compelling tearjerker tells the story of a struggling child and loving but incapable mother

Real Life Affairs | Fiction Reviews

A fictional take on the complicated love life of F. Scott Fitzgerald; a richly detailed historical love story illustrating a commonly overlooked romance involving Eleanor Roosevelt

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, March 1, 2018

Gabel explores friendship and art with great warmth, humanity, and wisdom; an intricately plotted mystery set in Regency England brings the early days of the Industrial Revolution vividly to life; erotica featuring smart women thriving in business and getting some action after hours

Fiction from Gaylin, Kasai, Powell, the Samatars, and Sigurdardóttir | Xpress Reviews

Gaylin’s skillful balance of tension and intimacy will appeal to fans of psychological and domestic suspense; Kasai explores the horrors of slavery and its legacy; the first volume in a new trilogy that will appeal to military sf fans; this series of brief fictions and sketches combine to dazzle the imagination; not up to Sigurdardóttir’s high standards

Romance Novels, Spies, and Women Doctors | Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads

Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, romance novels, spies, and women doctors lead me down a winding path.

Fiction from Dazieri, Fox, Mackintosh, Margolin, O’Flanagan, and St. James, plus Debuter Hunter | Xpress Reviews

Damaged characters struggle amid blood and guts to discover the truth behind horrific events; for those who enjoy gritty, graphic mysteries; a multilayered British debut police procedural will hook readers; readers will draw parallels to other authors famous for their plot twists; this essential women’s fiction read is a page-turner that does not disappoint; just creepy enough to keep readers satisfyingly on edge