Watermark Books: New & Recommended (Aug. 19)

“And When She Was Good” by Laura Lippman (Morrow, $26.99)

Heloise Lewis has a pleasant, if modest home, a son in middle school, and a thriving business as a suburban madam. Her occupation would invite scandal if the neighbors only knew. Fortunately, her neighbors tend to keep to themselves; in addition, Heloise has friends in high places. But after a shocking murder, everything changes, and Heloise’s precarious sense of security suddenly collapses.

“The Headmaster’s Wager” by Vincent Lam (Hogarth, $25)

Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English school in 1960s Saigon. He is also a bon vivant, a compulsive gambler, and an incorrigible womanizer who is accustomed to bribing government officials in order to maintain the elite status of the Chen Academy. Although Percival has ignored the war that swirls around him, when his only son gets in trouble with the Vietnamese authorities, Percival faces the limits of his connections and wealth and must confront the tragedy of all he has refused to see.

Watermark best sellers

1. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

2. “Nevermore” by James Patterson

3. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

4. “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James

5. “The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty

6. “The Cornbread Book” by Jeremy Jackson

7. “Wichita” by Thad Ziolkowski

8. “Pinches and Dashes” by the Junior League of Wichita

9. “Pyramid on the Prairie” by Craig Miner

10. “Gold” by Chris Cleave

Source: Watermark Books & Cafe