Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ East Jesus by Chris Manno (White Bird Publications, $18.99) — The Fort Worth-based author is proud of his Cowtown roots — he got his doctorate at TCU, teaches writing at Texas Wesleyan and is a captain for American Airlines. The novel is set in 1969 in the small town of Conroy, near Lubbock, which is preparing to send one of its own off to war. He touches on issues of domestic violence and debates the pros and cons of war.
▪ Treachery at Lancaster Gate by Anne Perry (Ballantine Books, $28) — The bestselling author offers the 31st mystery in her Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. In Victorian London in 1899, there’s been a bombing that has killed two policemen and maimed two more, and Thomas is trying to find the bomber. Anarchists? Revenge against a corrupt police department? Thomas finds plenty of leads to pursue, with Charlotte’s help.
▪ The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman (Thomas Dunne Books, $25.99) — The author says his debut novel is a tribute to his grandmother — in fact, her name serves as his pen name (he’s memoirist Wade Rouse). Memories of her jangling charm bracelet provide the backdrop for the story of three women — 70-year-old Lolly, her daughter, Arden, and granddaughter Lauren — who reconnect over the charms’ magical memories.
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Food blogger Shay Shull will sign her new cookbooks, Mix-and-Match Cakes and Mix-and-Match Meal Planner, at Merry’s On Main in Historic Downtown Grapevine, 5:30-7 p.m. Monday. Cookbooks will be available for purchase; 309 S. Main St., Grapevine, 817-329-1431.