Here’s what’s new in bookstores:
▪ The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley (Simon & Schuster, $26.95) — The bestselling author, known for his political satire (Thank You for Smoking), takes a detour into the 16th century with this historical caper. It follows the relic hunter Dismas and his sidekick, German painter Albrecht Dürer, as they try to make amends for offering a fake Shroud of Turin to a client. Their penance: steal the real burial cloth of Christ.
▪ It’s. Nice. Outside. by Jim Kokoris (St. Martin’s Press, $24.99) — The award-winning author (The Rich Part of Life) offers the story of John Nichols, who is a newly divorced man with a plan. He’s the father of three — two adult daughters and the primary caretaker for Ethan, 19, who’s severely autistic. Put a dysfunctional family on a road trip and things get a lot more complicated — especially when John reveals his new “overall plan.”
▪ Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois by Sophie Perinot (Thomas Dunne Books, $26.99) — The author follows her debut novel, 2012’s The Sister Queens, with another historical fiction. Set in the 16th century, this turbulent time in French history is told from Marguerite’s perspective, including her relationship with her powerful, ruthless and manipulative mother — Queen Catherine de Médicis.