What’s new in bookstores?

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Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:

•  The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett (Viking, $27.95) — Love books? This one — with a love story, a mystery and Shakespeare — is for you. The author, a former seller of antique books, writes about Peter Byerly, a seller of antique books, who relocates from North Carolina to England after the devastating death of his wife, Amanda. At a bookstore, Peter stumbles on an 18th-century book about Shakespeare forgeries — and a Victorian watercolor portrait that’s the spitting image of Amanda, sending him on a quest to unravel the mystery of the picture.

•  The Broken Places by Ace Atkins (Putnam, $26.95) — The bestselling author ( White Shadow, Infamous) returns with the third novel in his popular Quinn Colson series. Colson, a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is a year into his job as sheriff of Jericho, his hometown in rural Mississippi. A convicted killer is paroled and returns claiming to have found religion (Quinn’s sister is smitten). Throw in escaped prisoners trying to protect their loot and a destructive storm and Quinn has his hands full. It’s easy to see why this series is in development for a TV show.

•  Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf, $26.95) — Ellis won a Pulitzer for Founding Brothers and a 1997 National Book Award for American Sphinx, his bio of Thomas Jefferson. He turns his focus to the pivotal summer of 1776, when the 13 Colonies agreed to split from the British Empire, and the men who led the revolution. Ellis will join author Tom Reiss ( The Black Count) in an Arts & Letters Live event at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Dallas Museum of Art. To purchase tickets ($35) online, call 214-922-1818.

— Celeste Williams

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