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

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

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

Fiction from Abrahamson, Gardiner, Harrison, and Purcell, with Debuter Ackerman | Xpress Reviews

Fans of quirky setups and international settings will find food for thought; strong female friendships and an unusual World War II home front setting; Gardiner’s chilling follow-up to UNSUB puts readers into the mind of a Ted Bundy–type murderer; the authentic historical detail and plot twists make this mystery difficult to put down; a must for all lovers of Gothic literature

Rural Living | Fiction Reviews

A heartwarming story about the power of family, this novel of modern pioneering will engage many readers; for readers of contemporary literary fiction that plumbs the depths of rural American experience, especially that of women

Dublin Thrillers | Fiction Reviews

A well-crafted thriller that will leave readers on the edge of their seats; told by two competing narrators, this story is filled with twists that have readers wanting more

Fiction from Bacigalupi & Buckell, Harkaway, McAlpine, Piglia, Vargas Llosa, Watts, & Wilson | Xpress Reviews

These loosely related tales show promise; this work goes so far as to invoke the reader’s role in creating the narrative; a debut for die-hard fans of psychological suspense; will appeal to adventurous Holmes fans who enjoy more modern takes on a literary icon; consummate autobiographical fiction; a murder mystery with political overtones and the underlying power of the press; Watts can take a few words and paint a landscape that reveals so much richness about the people and culture; fans of Agatha Christie may appreciate this fictional look at her life

Fiction from Bowen, Boyce, Downie, Eason, Khan, and More | Xpress Reviews

For readers who enjoy World War ll historical fiction and rural Italian culture; Sarah Alt continues to march to her own drum; the end of this debut is satisfying; Downie’s latest serves as a worthy stand-alone; this nonstop, white-knuckled thrill ride will please devotees of police procedurals; Khan’s series is well worth investigating; an absorbing story of love and loss with an astounding conclusion

Fiction from Burke Fille, Moore, Reynolds, Winslow, and Winspear | Xpress Reviews

Edgar-nominated Burke has written a timely, riveting, and deeply resonant psychological suspense novel; readers of noir mysteries will adore this title; fans of sf will definitely want to pick up this title; a very entertaining and readable thriller that can hold its own with the best of the current crop; Winspear has created another rich reading experience for Maisie’s many fans

Fiction from Finch, Maxwell, Swanson, and Winkler | Xpress Reviews

An excellent addition to an already terrific series; another bewitching tale from the always reliable Maxwell; on the heels of a stunning debut, this outstanding psychological thriller is a triumph; South African author Winkler delivers a superb noir thriller