5 new books you don’t want to miss this week, including Michael Connelly – USA TODAY
When the weather turns brisk and fall is in the air, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book. We’ve picked 10 new releases that will captivate your imagination while you sip on some hot cocoa.
USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.
1. Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown, fiction, on sale Oct. 31)
What it’s about: In Connelly’s 20th Harry Bosch book, the detective gets pulled into a prescription drug case while volunteering for the San Fernando police force; meanwhile an imprisoned killer from Bosch’s LAPD days claims the cop framed him.
The buzz: Connelly had a No. 1 USA TODAY best seller in July with The Late Show, in which he introduced a new character, Det. Renée Ballard.
2. Pretty Fun by Kate Hudson (Dey St., non-fiction, on sale Oct. 31)
What it’s about: The actress writes an entertaining guide, complete with recipes, on how to create and celebrate a “lifetime of tradition.”
The buzz: Hudson also wrote last year’s best seller Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body.
3. Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire (William Morrow, fiction, on sale Oct. 31)
What it’s about: The author of Wicked imagines the back story of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves the famous Nutcracker of sugar-plum fairy fame.
The buzz: It’s an Indie Next recommendation of independent booksellers.
4. Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Mark Frost (Flatiron, fiction, on sale Oct. 31)
What it’s about: Novel bridges the 25-year gap between the original TV mystery series and the 2017 Showtime sequel, filling us in on what happened to key characters.
The buzz: Frost is co-creator, with David Lynch, of the Twin Peaks franchise.
5. In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende (Atria, fiction, on sale Oct. 31)
What it’s about: The lives of three people, including an undocumented immigrant, become intertwined after a minor traffic accident in a snowstorm and the discovery of a body in the trunk of a car.
The buzz: “Fantastic… a suspenseful, icy adventure,” says Publishers Weekly in a starred review.