Game Face

Ruth Ware’s third psychological thriller, The Lying Game, debuts at #3 in Hardcover Fiction. Her second, The Woman in Cabin 10, debuted at #2 on our Trade Paperback list in April, hit #1 the following week, and has stayed there for three months. Together, her three books have sold more than a million copies in hardcover and trade paperback, and first-week hardcover sales have improved with each book.

(See all of this week's bestselling books.)

Crowning Achievement

Debuting at #8 in Hardcover Fiction, The Painted Queen is the 20th and final novel in Elizabeth Peters’s Amelia Peabody historical mystery series, about an Egyptologist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Peters was a pen name of author Barbara Mertz, who died in 2013. Mertz, an Egyptologist like her protagonist, wrote several mystery series and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. When she died, she left behind a partial manuscript for The Painted Queen; her longtime friend and fellow mystery writer Joan Hess completed it.

Movie Watch

The big-screen adaption of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is slated for release Mar. 30, 2018. The first trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con July 22, and two days later, SF website i09 posted a deep-dive analysis of the trailer, as did Entertainment Weekly, which tapped the author to share his insight. Unit sales of the 2012 trade paper edition of the book jumped 167%, landing the title in the #9 position overall with its best weekly print-unit sales since release.

New & Notable

Chris Bianco
#17 Hardcover Nonfiction
This debut cookbook from Phoenix chef and restaurateur Bianco includes recipes for the pizza that made him famous as well as for other homey Italian dishes.

Sons and Soldiers
Bruce Henderson
#18 Hardcover Nonfiction
Military historian Henderson shares the story of eight of the almost 2,000 young German and Austrian Jewish men who escaped the Nazis, emigrated to America, joined the U.S. Army, and returned to Europe to interrogate German POWs, largely during the last year of WWII.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 The Late Show Michael Connelly Little, Brown 30,474
2 The Whistler John Grisham Dell 28,917
3 Darkness of Dragons (Wings of Fire #10) Tui T. Sutherland Scholastic Press 26,049
4 The Woman in Cabin 10 Ruth Ware Scout 21,005
5 Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur Andrews McMeel 20,793
6 Camino Island John Grisham Doubleday 19,595
7 Truly Madly Guilty Liane Moriarty Flatiron 18,110
8 Wonder R.J. Palacio Knopf 17,016
9 Ready Player One Ernest Cline Broadway 17,006
10 What Do You Do with a Problem? Yamada/Basom Compendium 16,769

All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted. supplied by NPD BookScan.