Here’s what’s new in bookstores:
▪ Wedding Cake Murder, by Joanne Fluke (Kensington, $26) — Fans of Hannah Swensen, small-town baker and amateur sleuth, already know what to expect: a wild murder plot (this one involves a celebrity chef found dead in a walk-in cooler), more about Hannah’s love life (she’s getting married) and 22 to-die-for recipes. Fluke’s book tour brings her to the North Richland Hills Library, 9015 Grand Ave., at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
▪ West of Eden: An American Place, by Jean Stein (Random House, $30) — The author (Edie: American Girl) stitches together anecdotes from hundreds of interviews (with everyone from Hollywood royalty to industry working stiffs) to offer an insider’s look at Los Angeles. Stein’s freewheeling oral history focuses on five elite L.A. families, including her own (her dad, Jules Stein, founded the talent-agency behemoth MCA).
▪ Georgia, by Dawn Tripp (Random House, $28) — Writing O’Keeffe’s fictionalized memoirs, the author puts readers inside the head of one of America’s most celebrated artist and delivers a February Indie Next List pick. The story hinges on Georgia’s 30-year romance with photographer and art promoter Alfred Stieglitz — and on O’Keeffe’s staunch refusal to let that relationship define her.