“a fun bit of vampire courtship with a dash of a mystery thrown in for intrigue.”
“an easy read that provokes laughter throughout, but surprises with its serious themes and meaningful contemplations of friendship, loyalty, and bravery.”
"biting humor . . . a sharp send-up of academic life . . ."
“Between the careful plotting, the clever twists, and the colorful descriptions, Birder, She Wrote fills a nice slot for summer beach reading.”
“a compelling, unique read.”
From the first paragraph, this debut novel grabs the reader with its voice as well as its dramatic plot setup:
This collection of nine stories features florid depictions of low life, vivid details about dysfunctional relationships spent in seedy strip motels, and an unusual number of descriptions of toilets
“With a set of clever twists, Berkeley finally lays out the issue of how best to see justice served, and the answers are both rueful and entertaining.”
“A Beginner’s Guide to Murder is a humorous romp through unfamiliar territory. Stopps manages her four central characters through distinct portraits.
Liberation Day is inventive, provocative, difficult, interesting, and annoying.
“readers visiting Beartown for the third time will not be upset that they get to spend a little more time with its residents.”
“very funny . . . if you’re ready to laugh at pandemic absurdities, this is the book for you.”
“Tracy Flick Can’t Win is a deeply humanist work by a master of observation.”
“Few books strike that balance so well, delivering laughter and smiles inside a story that feels like it matters. . . .
“The book could be read as a warning about where we are headed as a society.”
The Patron Saint of Second Chances is a wry and inventive novel about a small-town mayor, Signor Speranza, in the cobblestoned hamlet of Prometto (Italian for "promise").
"‘Becoming the library, as if it were swallowing her whole . . . an infinite nothing—everything, a god—no, a place—which is it? . . . a realm, a guide, a library, a god.’"
Readers who haven’t yet discovered the savvy, comedic rom-coms of award-winning author Bethany Turner are in for a treat with her latest second-chance romance, The Do-Over.
"I saw the two of them leave the party. I could think of no appropriate reason for them to sneak off together, but I told myself it was none of my business."
“Ashton’s emphasis is clearly on the moral and philosophical implications of the Mickeys, however, not on first contact, cross-cultural relations, or the evils of colonialism.
“Recommended reading for those looking for a more lighthearted take on a region riven by suffering and war.
Calla Henkel’s debut novel has a lot to please readers who want a heavy party scene, a frothy narrative that pulses with a heavy metal beat.
Based on true events, Brent Spiner, of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame, takes a weird, often hilarious look at his early career via the lens of a fan stalking event that involves, amon
“If you’re looking for distinctive international bouquet in your ‘Scandi noir,’ this isn’t going to fit your collection.
“The plot barrels along at an intense pace, straight into . . . a shocking cliffhanger of an ending.
“Klune has a way of elevating life’s tender, beautifully ordinary moments to highlight how achingly special they actually are.”