“Ariel’s Island” by Pat McKee

Ariel’s Island (Southern Fried Karma LLC, 2020) by Pat McKee is a wickedly intelligent, provocative, and creative novel which checks all the boxes of a riveting legal thriller. A “Best Legal Thriller” winner at the 14th annual National Indie Excellence Awards, Ariel’s Island stars six-year associate Paul McDaniel. He is a one-time poor boy whose […]

“The Way of the Saints” by Elizabeth Engelman

Florida resident Elizabeth Engelman enters the ranks of praise-worthy novelists with more than a swirl of mysticism and a great deal of grace in her debut The Way of the Saints (Southeast Missouri State University, 2021). Her book is a compelling story of three generations of a Puerto Rican family struggling to survive cultural, historical, […]

The Official Southern Literary Review 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Donna’s Picks For readers who liked Where the Crawdads Sing:  In the Lonely Backwater by Val Niemen For fans of graphic novels: The third in a series by Robert Gipe, Pop For Tony Soprano fans and fans of dark financial world fiction: Coyote Loop by L. C. Fiore For Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fans: The […]

Books in Brief

Summer might be over—at least according to the calendar—but when there remain so many grand books to devour, the end of the season is no reason to stop your so-called summer reading. Here are some top choice books, ranging from the tender literary fiction of “Dear DeeDee” to the edge-of-your-seat thriller, “The Letter Keeper,” and […]

Claire Hamner Matturro interviews poet Lola Haskins

Lola Haskins is a Florida treasure. She is a widely published poet of grand and varied range, a former computer science lecturer, a creative writing teacher, an environmental activist, an outdoor enthusiast, and the recipient of far too many awards, honors, and accolades to completely list. The late renowned poet W.S. Merwin said, “Haskins writes […]

“The Physicist’s Daughter” by Mary Anna Evans

Author Mary Anna Evans often infuses her popular, award-winning Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries with science. With her new novel, The Physicist’s Daughter (Poisoned Pen Press, 2022), Evans steps away from that series. She expands her deft use of science-as-plot, all the while dishing up suspense and mystery in a novel peopled with compelling characters in […]