Shelf Life Magazine – August 2018

2018 08 August Shelf Cover.jpgShelf Life would not have succeeded without many factors. They include faithful (and newer) readers, along with our terrific reviewers. But there is another aspect to the publication which, of course, revolves around the publishers of the books themselves. These 208 issues over the past twenty years would not have been possible without the companies who release an impressive amount of books year in and year out. But there is even more, the fact that publicists who publicize the books go out of their way to make sure their books are in our hands. Shelf Life has worked with so many terrific people who have come and gone along the way. One of those publicists is Karen Blair who worked for Penguin Random House Canada. She has been sending books for the two decades Shelf Life has been in operation. But as of May 2018, Karen has decided to retire. She was a publicist for forty-three years, and truly dedicated to books. It goes without saying she will be missed, along with her love and enthusiasm for the books she oversaw. Shelf Life wishes her a long, happy and healthy retirement, and a massive thank you for sending along one great book after another. We remain in debt to every publicist, past and present.

We hope you enjoy this issue, filled with the usual variety of titles that have crossed our desks and we are only too pleased to recommend.

Paul Sutter

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*** Fiction Section ***
*** Best August Fiction ***

The Goddesses
by Swan Huntley
(Doubleday – $35.95 – 310 pages)
“The second novel from Swan Huntley is even more impressive than her debut WE COULD BE BEAUTIFUL.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

End Game
by David Baldacci
(Grand Central Publishing – $38.00 – 408 pages)
“Every time David Baldacci pens a book you know you will find a superior read.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

*** Rest of August Fiction ***

The Anthill Murders
by Hans Olav Lahlum – Translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson
(Mantle – $32.99 – 470 pages)
“The book is a bit long, and some areas do drag slightly, but that is only a slight criticism.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Kill All Angels
by Robert Brockway
(Tor – $38.99 – 315 pages)
Reviewed by: John M. Milner
“…the characters and the story didn’t have the stamina to maintain the follow-ups.”
Rating: 2 1/2 bookmarks

Dark in Death
by J.D. Robb
(St. Martin’s Press – $35.99 – 373 pages)
“…pays homage to classic films and is like life imitating art.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Hardcore Twenty-Four
by Janet Evanovich
(Putnam – $37.00 – 288 pages)
“There is little not to love about this madcap mystery as only Janet can write.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Bone Music
by Christopher Rice
(Thomas & Mercer – $32.95 – 456 pages)
“The story and character have great potential.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Deep Freeze
by John Sandford
(Putnam – $39.00 – 392 pages)
“Thanks to many twists and turns, DEEP FREEZE is truly a book you can warm up to.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Wild Inside
by Jamey Bradbury
(William Morrow – $31.99 – 290 pages)
Reviewed by: Tori Levang
“…the novel is, from its beginning, deeply mysterious and utterly enthralling.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Home Sweet Home
by April Smith
(Knopf – $35.95 – 356 pages)
“…takes its sweet time dispensing answers, but we are still entertained by the narration and story itself.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Heartbreak Hotel
by Jonathan Kellerman
(Ballantine – $38.99 – 353 pages)
“…another tale from the master of psychological mystery.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Pretty Little Killers
by Rita Herron
(Montlake Romance – $22.95 – 325 pages)
“…definitely a keeper in every sense of the word. It blends just the perfect amount of suspense, mystery and plot twists.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Down the River Unto the Sea
by Walter Mosley
(Mulholland/Little Brown – $35.00 – 336 pages)
“…one of the great modern day mystery writers out there has just upped his game to a new level.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

A Cold Day In Hell
by Lissa Marie Redmond
(Midnight Ink – $22.95 – 374 pages)
“The wow factor increases by the page, with one plot twist morphing into another.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Whistle in the Dark
by Emma Healey
(Knopf Canada – $24.95 – 330 pages)
“…a deeply psychological tale that is like a Christmas present. Bits of the book are unwrapped at a methodical pace…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Keep Her Safe
by K.A. Tucker
(Atria – $22.00 – 436 pages)
“…a book that reels the reader in right from the beginning and holds us there from every point onward.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Flash Points
by David Hagberg
(Forge – $33.99 – 318 pages)
“Heavy on political drama, this one takes us right into the office of the Presidency and mirrors a little bit of what is being experienced in Washington today.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

True Fiction
by Lee Goldberg
(Thomas & Mercer – $32.95 – 242 pages)
“…another must-read novel, book one of a new series featuring Ian Ludlow.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales
by P.D. James
(Knopf Canada – $27.95 – 172 pages)
“Each tale has its own unique twist, written in the way that only P.D. James can tell the tale.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks


*** Non-Fiction Section ***
*** Best August Non-Fiction ***

I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
by Lt. Joe Kenda
(Center Street – $35.00 – 274 pages)
“…an excellent look at police work from a detective who lived it, experiencing moments he can never forget.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

The Cinderella Campaign
by Mark Zuehlke
(Douglas & McIntyre – $37.95 – 472 pages)
“The book is definitely one that will move and impress the reader, showing the utter brutality of war along with seemingly insurmountable odds at times.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

**** Rest of August Non-Fiction ****

Culinary Treasures From Around the World – Authentic Recipes from Diplomats Posted in Canada
(Klorofil – $39.95- 216 pages)
“It is an interesting publication…It brings the idea of multiculturalism to greater levels…”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Elvis: The Legend – The Authorized Book From the Graceland Archives
by Gillian G. Gaar
(Carlton – $49.95 – 196 pages)
“The book, which was authorized by his estate, has just the right amount of information and pictures.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Blessed Life
by Kim Fields with Todd Gold
(Faith Works – $26.50 – 240 pages)
“Her book is honest and open, revealing past and present with optimism and hope.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Cook, Nourish, Glow
by Amelia Freer
(Appetite – $35.00 – 338 pages)
“With so many healthy choices, the book will encourage people to change the way they think about creating their own meals at home.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived – The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes
by Adam Rutherford
(The Experiment – $38.95 – 401 pages)
Reviewed by Tori Levang
“He considers the human genome historically and anthropologically, telling the riveting story of humanity’s development.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirtates
by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager
(Sentinel – $35.95 – 238 pages)
Reviewed by John M. Milner
“Authors Kilmeade and Yeager have done a magnificent job shedding light on an unknown chapter of American history.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy: The Ultimate Guide to the Cosmic Outlaws
(DK Books – $30.99 – 200 pages)
“…every facet of them is presented.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Single State of Mind
by Andi Dorfman
(Gallery – $34.00 – 282 pages)
“…a book that shows no matter who you are, looks and popularity wise, love does not come easy.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Trained to Kill: The Inside Story of the CIA Plots Against Castro, Kennedy and Che
by Antonio Veciana with Carlos Harrison
(Skyhorse – $36.99 – 212 pages)
“…an interesting take on life and conspiracy.”
Rating: 3 bookmarks

The Golden Age: Batman Volume Four
(DC Comics – $39.99 – 384 pages)
“Any lover of comics from their purest form should add this to their collection, not only for the nostalgia factor but also for the creativity and enjoyment that it brought to millions.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Boston Bruins Greatest Moments and Players
by Stan Fischler
(Sports Publications – $8.99 – 3456 pages)
“Reading the stories of the great…makes the book truly come alive.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Top 60 Canoe Routes of Ontario
by Kevin Callan
(Firefly – $29.95 – 384 pages)
“The book is as complete as they come…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Love, Africa
by Jeffrey Gettleman
(Harper – $34.99 – 352 pages)
“This is a classic love story where the author finds courage amidst everything that happened in life…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks