Books: New and noteworthy: Louise Penny, Danielle Steel

 

USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.

1. Glass Houses by Louise Penny (Minotaur, fiction, on sale Aug. 29)

What it’s about: In the latest Chief Inspector Gamache mystery, Three Pines is unsettled by the discovery of a body.

The buzz: Penny’s fan base continues to grow: A Great Reckoning hit No. 3 last year on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list, her best showing ever.

2. All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler (Bloomsbury, fiction, on sale Aug. 29)

What it’s about: Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) writes a novel about a teenage boy obsessed with sex.

The buzz: “Raw, authentic,” says Kirkus Reviews.

3. The Right Time by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, fiction, on sale Aug. 29)

What it’s about: A young woman leads a secret life as a mystery writer, using a male pseudonym.

The buzz: Steel has had 80 USA TODAY best sellers.

4. No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling but Succeeded in Life by Chris Jericho (Da Capo, non-fiction, on sale Aug. 29)

What it’s about: The wrestler/musician shares principles that have helped him find success.

The buzz: Spelling may not be Jericho’s strong suit, but this is his fourth book.

5. The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (Norton, fiction, on sale Aug. 29)

What it’s about: Two close female friends grow apart as adolescence brings changes to their lives.

The buzz: “Haunting and emotionally gripping,” says Publishers Weekly.

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