PRINCE CHARLES: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, by Sally Bedell Smith. If the Netflix series “The Crown” has whet your appetite for more about the British Royal Family, dip into this biography of the Prince of Wales. The author, a Vanity Fair contributor who has also written about Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana, explores Charles’ two marriages and long wait for the throne. (Random House, $32)

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PRUSSIAN BLUE, by Philip Kerr. Bernie Gunther, the cynical, hard-drinking Berlin detective who made it through the Third Reich and is weathering the Cold War, returns in the 12th installment of Kerr’s series. It toggles between 1956, when Bernie tangles with an East German Stasi agent on the Riviera, and 1939, when he had to solve a murder at a German mountaintop resort before Hitler comes to stay. (Putnam, $27)

WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY, by Lesley Nneka Arimah. This debut collection of stories — by a writer who was born in the United Kingdom, grew up in Nigeria and lives in Minneapolis — suggests a cross between Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and George Saunders. In the eerie standout story, “Who Will Greet You at Home,” a society of women (no men in sight) fashion babies for themselves out of yarn, hair, even rubbish — but the demands of motherhood are as complex as ever. (Riverhead, $26)