Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:• Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke (Kensington, $25) — The bestselling author cooks up the 17th mystery in her beloved Hannah Swensen series. It’s again set in cozy Lake Eden, Minn., where Hannah owns The Cookie Jar. When Hannah accidentally hits and kills an unidentified man during a thunderstorm, she joins her family and friends in finding out just who he is. As usual, there are numerous recipes to satisfy her fans’ cravings. Fluke will talk about and sign her book at 1 p.m. March 8 at the Dallas Barnes & Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Hwy; 214-739-1124.• Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero by Douglas Perry (Viking, $27.95) — The author, a former editor at the Star-Telegram, follows 2010’s award-winning The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago with a candid study of the unlikely leader of the Untouchables who helped clean up the Windy City (and Cleveland before that). Don’t expect the Hollywood version of Ness in this 352-page portrait of the crime fighter and the complicated man. • The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene (Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99) — The award-winning author’s fourth novel is personal. In the acknowledgments, he says this book was influenced by the death of his second daughter, who was born premature. It’s divided into three parts — Acrimony, Expectations and After — with part one narrated by the headmaster of an elite boarding school in Vermont. He’s talking to the police after he was found wandering nude in Central Park. His wife gets her turn, too, in a layered story of love, unbearable loss and grief. — Celeste Williams
Meet the author
Bestselling author Kelly Corrigan ( The Middle Place) will discuss her new book on the mother-daughter dynamic, Glitter and Glue, at 7 p.m. March 4 at a free Authors Live! event at Highland Park United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall, 3300 Mockingbird Lane. An author’s reception precedes the talk at 6 p.m. It’s $30, is by reservation only and includes a signed book. To register for the reception, call 214-523-2249. For more information: www.hpumc.org/authorslive/.