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What’s new in bookstores this week

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

▪ The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse (William Morrow, $26.99) — The latest from this bestselling author (2012’s Citadel) is set in a superstitious English village in 1912. People here still believe that on St. Mark’s Eve, ghosts of the soon-dead will pass through their church doors. On this St. Mark’s Eve, a mystery woman is slain. Connie, the title character (and a mystery woman herself), tries to find who is responsible.

▪ The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson (Random House, $28) — Six years after her fiction debut (the bestselling Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand), the author delivers a follow-up. It’s set in her hometown of Rye, in the English county of East Sussex, pre-World War I. Simonson spent five years researching the tale, which ambitiously tackles themes of entrenched tradition, class injustices and the absurdities of war.

▪ Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets (Berkley, $26) — The author of three young adult books writes her first novel for an adult audience. It’s a thriller in which a female bow hunter goes missing in the Colorado wilderness. After rescue efforts for Amy Raye Latour come up frustratingly empty, the focus shifts to search and recovery. But one female ranger, Pru Hathaway, is convinced that Amy Raye is still alive out there.

David Martindale

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