Best Books of April | Starred Reviews

Starred titles reviewed in our April 2023 print issue, spanning mystery and suspense, SF/fantasy, romance, and more.








Blauner, Peter. Picture in the Sand. Dreamscape Media. 

Gage, Beverly. G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century. Books on Tape. 

Haven, Josh. Fake Money, Blue Smoke. Highbridge Audio. 

Magnusson, Margareta. The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly: Life Wisdom from Someone Who Will (Probably) Die Before You. S. & S. Audio. 

Pennock, Caroline Dodds. On Savage Shores: How Indigenous Americans Discovered Europe. Books on Tape. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. Spare. Books on Tape. 

Woo, Ilyon. Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom. S. & S. Audio. 


Crane, Ben. A Man of Lies. Pegasus. 

Goldberg, Lee. Malibu Burning. Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. 

Quick, Amanda. The Bride Wore White. Berkley. 

Siegel, Katie. Charlotte Illes Is Not a Detective. Kensington. 

Taylor, Sarah Stewart. A Stolen Child. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. 

Ward, Jessica. The St. Ambrose School for Girls. Gallery. 


Blair, Melissa. A Shadow Crown. Union Square. 

Darwin, Alexander. The Combat Codes. Orbit. 

Leckie, Ann. Translation State. Orbit. 

Lee, Thomas D. Perilous Times. Ballantine. 

Power, Rory. In an Orchard Grown from Ash. Del Rey: Ballantine. 

Tchaikovsky, Adrian. City of Last Chances. Head of Zeus. 

Törzs, Emma. Ink Blood Sister Scribe. Morrow. 

Wagers, K.B. The Ghosts of Trappist. Harper Voyager. 

Wallace, Matt. Savage Crowns. Gallery/Saga. 


Khaw, Cassandra. The Salt Grows Heavy. Tor Nightfire. 

LaRocca, Eric. Everything the Darkness Eats. CLASH Bks. 

Warren, Kaaron. Bitters. Cemetery Dance. 


Barry, Amy. Marrying Off Morgan McBride. Berkley. 

Beharrie, Therese. Single Dads Club. Montlake. 

Lim, Dominic. All the Right Notes. Forever: Grand Central. 

Winstead, Ashley. The Boyfriend Candidate. Graydon House. 


Cravens, Claudia. Lucky Red. Dial. 

Franklin, Emily. The Lioness of Boston. David R. Godine. 

Jiménez, Claire. What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez. Grand Central. 

McMillan, Claire. Alchemy of a Blackbird. Atria. 


Brandon-Croft, Barbara. Where I’m Coming From. Drawn & Quarterly. 

Brubaker, Ed (text) & Sean Phillips (illus.). Night Fever. Image Comics.

Kindt, Matt (text) & Jean-Denis Pendanx (illus.). Mister Mammoth. Flux House: Dark Horse. 


Bates, Gabrielle. Judas Goat: Poems. Tin House.

Eilbert, Natalie. Overland. Copper Canyon. 

Hacker, Marilyn. Calligraphies: Poems. Norton. 

Hummel, Daniel G. The Rise and Fall of Dispensationalism: How the Evangelical Battle over the End Times Shaped a Nation. Eerdmans. 

Mordden, Ethan. Gays on Broadway. Oxford Univ. 

Napier-Bell, Simon. Black Vinyl White Powder: The Real Story of the British Music Industry. Unbound. 

Rannells, Andrew. Uncle of the Year: & Other Debatable Triumphs. Crown. 

Shanahan, Charif. Trace Evidence: Poems. Tin House. 

Shaughnessy, Brenda. Tanya: Poems. Knopf. 

Shockley, Evie. suddenly we. Wesleyan Univ. 

Smith, Clint. Above Ground. Little, Brown. 


Alsultany, Evelyn. Broken: The Failed Promise of Muslim Inclusion. NYU. 

Anthony, Carl Sferrazza. Camera Girl: The Coming of Age of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy. Gallery. 

Kenway, Emily. Who Cares: The Hidden Crisis of Caregiving, and How We Solve It. Seal. 

Kix, Paul. You Have To Be Prepared To Die Before You Can Begin To Live: Ten Weeks in Birmingham That Changed America. Celadon. 

Rady, Martyn. The Middle Kingdoms: A New History of Central Europe. Basic.


Dungy, Camille T. Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden. S. & S. 


The Data Literacy Cookbook. Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). 

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