Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
•The Cinderella Murder
by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke (Simon & Schuster, $26.99) — Two bestselling authors collaborate for the first thriller in their “Under Suspicion” series. Laurie Moran, who was introduced inI’ve Got You Under My Skin
, is the producer of a cold-case reality TV show. She has found the perfect case for her and lawyer-host Alex Buckley: the Cinderella is a beautiful and talented UCLA student found murdered and missing one shoe 20 years ago. There’s a who’s who of former suspects, secrets galore and lots of sleuthing.
by Bradford Morrow (Mysterious Press, $24) — The award-winning author presents a literary thriller for bibliophiles set in the backstabbing world of rare book collecting. Will, our narrator, is a convicted forger — reformed yet forever tempted to tinker with rare books. When his girlfriend’s brother, a reclusive collector of antique books and manuscripts, is found brutally murdered, Will becomes an instant suspect. Then, mysterious and threatening letters, written in the hand of authors Will once forged, start arriving.
•So, Anyway …
by John Cleese (Crown Archetype, $28) — The author had me at “The Making of a Python” on the back cover of his new memoir. It’s chock-full of tales (and classic photos) about Cleese as a young man, as a young up-and-coming comedy writer (working for David Frost) and comedian (where he met future Python Graham Chapman) and the inception of Monty Python, still funny after four decades. Yes, the classically silly cheese shop and dead parrot sketches are addressed. Even his dedication — To Dad and Fish — makes me laugh.
— Celeste Williams