New books: a series continues, the end of a trilogy and homes of the Founding Fathers

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

•  King and Maxwell, by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing, $28) The bestselling author presents No. 6 in his successful series that features two former Secret Service agents turned private investigators. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are hired by a teenager who is looking for answers. His father, a solider in Afghanistan, has been reported killed in action, but here’s the puzzling mystery: The boy received an email from his father after the death notice was delivered. King and Maxwell’s search for the truth exposes secrets that touch the “highest levels of power.”

•  The Supreme Macaroni Company, by Adriana Trigiani (Harper, $25.99) — The bestselling author has built a loyal fan base off her heartwarming novels, which include Big Stone Gap and The Shoemaker’s Wife. This is the final novel in her Valentine trilogy (following 2009’s Very Valentine and 2010’s Brava, Valentine), and Valentine Roncalli, a shoe designer in her family’s business, is engaged to her tanner, an Italian nearly 20 years her senior. Turns out the wedding is easy. The marriage is a challenge as the pair juggle jobs and work through differences and family issues.

•  The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817, by Myron Magnet (W.W. Norton & Company, $35) — If you think the Founding Fathers have been covered from every possible angle, think again. Sure, the author ( Dickens and the Social Order) reviews what these iconic men are most famous for, framing the structure for a new country, but he also compares nation building to home building, inviting us into the houses they designed, built and inhabited. The book is enhanced with color portraits and features homes from Mount Vernon to Monticello.

— Celeste Williams

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