Three new books in bookstores this week

Posted Sunday, Sep. 01, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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

•  The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson (William Morrow, $26.99) — For those who enjoy a tasty culinary whodunit, caterer/super sleuth Goldy Schulz returns for her 17th case. When a friend dies at a birthday bash catered by Goldy, it’s not a coronary caused by the menu but murder. Another woman (who looks like Goldy) is stabbed, and Goldy herself is the victim of an attack at her home. Could this case be personal? Goldy steps in to help solve the mystery. Recipes included, of course.

•  Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong by Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious Press, $23) — The bestselling author ( The Falls, Blonde and We Were the Mulvaneys) is a master of examining the truly dark side of relationships gone toxic. The title story revolves around Mariana, the timid fourth wife of “an accomplished intellectual” whose glamorous first wife (she’s missing an eye) comes for a visit and shakes things up. The other stories follow a shy teenager in the throes of her first romance, a spoiled college student bent on getting back at his parents and a woman abused as a child who’s still dealing with the repercussions.

•  The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury, $24) — How about this for pressure? At age 21, the Oxford-educated author has delivered the first novel of what is projected to be a seven-part fantasy series. The comparisons to J.K. Rowling already have begun. It’s 2059 and London is controlled by Scion. Paige Mahoney, a 19-year-old dreamwalker (a rare kind of clairvoyant), is arrested and sent to a penal colony (formerly Oxford). It’s controlled by the Rephaim, a race that uses “voyants” as soldiers, and Paige is assigned to “Warden” for her care and training — and maybe more?

— Celeste Williams

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