"[Duchovny's] debut novel is a charming fable about dignity and tolerance, complete with anthropomorphized animals and replete with puns, double-entendres and sophisticated humor . . . Between the book's sly humor, gently humanist (animalist?) message and wry illustrations by Natalya Balnova, this is a pseudo-children's book that smart adults should greatly enjoy. An offbeat adventure that reads like Bill Willingham's Fables directed by Ralph Bakshi."
The crafty plot of Edgar-winner Kellerman’s 30th novel featuring L.A. psychologist Alex Delaware (after 2014’s Killer) will even keep genre veterans guessing. Delaware has been trying, without success, to help his homicide lieutenant friend, Milo Sturgis, with an unusual case. ... The twists are both shocking and logical, and the byplay between the leads entertaining.
Lt. Eve Dallas celebrates the final week of 2060 and her own 40th appearance (Concealed in Death, 2014, etc.) by matching wits with a killer who wants to be her friend in the worst way. … As the minutes tick down to 2061, Eve races to protect her nearest and dearest while the killer ponders whether there isn't some other way to get her attention. More futuristic tech than usual but little suspense, less mystery and a generic culprit. Even Eve's final confrontation with her prey, normally a strength of this venerable series, is a letdown.
A love match alters the course of the Habsburg dynasty in Pataki's second novel (The Traitor's Wife, 2014).In 1853, Elisabeth, known as "Sisi," daughter of a Bavarian duke, accompanies her mother and older sister, Helene, to Vienna. The sisters' redoubtable aunt, Archduchess Sophie, has arranged Helene's betrothal to her son, Emperor Franz Joseph, who reigns over Austria, Germany, Hungary and most of central Europe. To Sophie's alarm, Franz prefers the pretty, vivacious and athletic 15-year old Sisi to the shy, homely and studious Helene. … The plot doesn't stray far from the conventions of novels about royalty, exposing all the unsurprising human disappointments lurking behind the gilded façade. Still, Pataki deserves kudos for choosing her subject matter well—Sisi's life is ideal fictional fodder.