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What’s new in bookstores this week

Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson

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

▪ The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25) — The award-winning author offers the seventh installment in her Ruth Galloway series, featuring the forensic archaeologist and her former paramour, Detective Inspector Nelson. The pair is thrown together when a World War II plane is unearthed in a field — the bones of the pilot in the cockpit. But the mystery begins when it’s not a WWII pilot but a local man.

▪ Six and a Half Deadly Sins by Colin Cotterill (Soho Crime, $26.95) — The Thailand-based author presents the 10th novel in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series, set in communist Laos — this one in 1979. Retired from his job as national coroner, Siri receives a gift — a handwoven pha sin with a finger sewn into the hem. Siri and his entourage head north — near an escalating conflict between China and Vietnam — to search for answers.

▪ The Mercy of the Sky: The Story of a Tornado by Holly Bailey (Viking, $27.95) — The author, a Yahoo News correspondent, is an Oklahoma native from Moore. She grew up “at the mercy of the sky,” like many do in Tornado Alley. On May 20, 2013, Bailey’s hometown suffered a direct hit from a massive EF5 twister. The unfolding tragedy is told through first-person accounts from teachers, meteorologists, storm chasers and more.

— Celeste Williams

Meet the author

Craig Johnson will talk about and sign Dry Bones, the 11th book in his Walt Longmire series, at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Dallas Barnes & Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Highway, 214-739-1124.

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