New Arrivals · Large Print Fiction

November 24, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Precious gifts : a novel

November 23, 2015
Steel, Danielle, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, 2015.
386 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
"Handsome, widowed, sophisticated, utterly charming, Paul Parker won the heart of a wealthy young Frenchwoman--the daughter of an American financier, the granddaughter of a major French art connoisseur--as his second wife. In two marriages, he has fathered a challenging son and three very different daughters. But as irresponsible as he was irresistible, he ultimately shrugged off the demands of marriage and parenting to pursue life as an international bon vivant. Raised by their mother with all the care and resolve their father lacked, the three Parker sisters have become vibrant, self-reliant young women: Timmie, the oldest, a fiercely dedicated social worker in New York; sweet, nurturing Juliette, proprietor of a fledgling bakery in Brooklyn; and their younger sister, Joy, who is struggling to build an acting career in Los Angeles. While they love their mostly absent, glamorous father, he has left them with a legacy of impermanence and uncertainty in their own relationships with men. And with no strong role model to guide him, Paul's son has gone from one failure to another, even while his stepmother makes excuses for him, as he seethes with jealousy of his younger sisters. Now, after a long illness, Paul has slipped away peacefully in his sleep, and his family has gathered together to read his will. As his final wishes are revealed, his son is forced to face reality as an adult. And his daughters see a new side to their father--one that shows a caring man trying to redeem himself with a different, lasting legacy. He has made a very personal bequest to each of his daughters, carefully designed to help each achieve her own unique dreams and find true happiness. But Paul has saved the biggest surprise for his ex-wife Véronique: a secret from the past that shakes her world and sets her free. He leaves her a gift that remained a mystery for their entire marriage, and she begins a search to discover its history and rightful owner" -- provided by publisher.

The Readaholics and the Falcon fiasco : a Book Club mystery

November 17, 2015
DiSilverio, Laura A. H., author.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, A part of Gale, Cenage Learning, 2015.
399 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Amy-Faye Johnson's book club, the Readaholics, enjoys guessing whodunit in mysteries like The Maltese Falcon. But when a murder happens in their midst, they discover that solving crimes is harder that reading about them... Amy-Faye has always loved her idyllic Rocky Mountain town of Heaven, Colorado. Her event-planning business is thriving, her fellow book-obsessed Readaholics are great, and her parents live only a few blocks away. But lately her hometown has felt a little less heavenly. First, she agrees to plan a wedding without realizing the groom is her ex-boyfriend. Then, Ivy, one of her fellow Readaholics, dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances. The police rule Ivy's death a suicide by poisoning, but Amy-Faye and the remaining Readaholics suspect foul play. Amy-Faye soon discovers that Ivy was hiding dangerous secrets-- and making deadly enemies. Taking a page from her favorite literary sleuths, Amy-Faye is determined to find the real killer and close the book on this case. But finding the truth could spell her own ending..."

The final reveille

November 17, 2015
Flower, Amanda, author.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
429 pages (large print) : maps ; 22 cm.
"As the director of Barton Farm, a living history museum, Kelsey Cambridge is underpaid and underappreciated, but she loves every minute of it. Determined to keep the struggling museum open, she plans to impress Barton Farm's wealthy benefactress, Cynthia Cherry, with a Civil War reenactment on the farm's grounds. Unfortunately, the first shot in the battle isn't from a period soldier. It's from Cynthia's greedy nephew, Maxwell, who fires a threat at Kelsey to cut the museum's funding. The next morning, things go from bad to worse when Kelsey discovers Maxwell dead. Now Kelsey is the number one suspect, and she must start her own investigation to save Barton Farm... and herself."

A high-end finish

November 17, 2015
Carlisle, Kate, 1951- author.
429 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Shannon Hammer, owner of a successful home renovation and repair business in the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, is the prime suspect in the murder of real estate agent Jerry Saxton. After the two of them go on a disastrous blind date, Jerry's body is found in a run-down Victorian home that Shannon has been hired to restore. The town's attractive new police chief suspects Shannon, who, with the help of her friends, her eccentric father, and a handsome crime writer who's just moved into town, tries to clear her name.

Knot guilty : a crochet mystery

November 17, 2015
Hechtman, Betty, 1947- author.
401 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Molly Pink and her pals, the Tarzana Hookers, are ready to bring the craft of crochet to the masses. But when one of their members finds herself the prime suspect in a murder, the Hookers are going to have to switch their focus to fighting her bad rap.

Bite the biscuit : a Barkery & Biscuits mystery

November 17, 2015
Johnston, Linda O., author.
439 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Vet tech Carrie Kennersly is known for offering healthy dog treats at the clinic where she works. So when the local bakery goes up for sale, she jumps at the chance and converts half of it into The Barkery, where she can make and sell her canine delights. Myra Ethman, co-owner of another pet product store, hates the new competition. At The Barkery's opening, she badmouths the dog treats and says she'll find a way to shut the place down. Then Myra is found dead with a Barkery biscuit beside her, and Carrie must prove her innocence"--Page 4 of cover.

Town in a sweet pickle : [a Candy Holliday murder mystery]

November 17, 2015
Haywood, B. B., author.
487 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Subtitle from cover.
"When Candy organizes a cooking event for her local newspaper, the town's most prominent citizens turn out to witness the popular cookbook author Julia von Fleming serve as a guest judge. But when Julia comes close to consuming a poisoned pickle, she begins to suspect someone in Cape Willington is trying to kill her-- and Candy is completely jarred to be among the suspects. But the first taste was just a sample, and soon more jars of poisoned pickles begin to pop up around town. In the face of a pickled poisoning spree, Candy will have to track down the culprit to make sure her own name stays well-preserved. Along the way, she'll pull the lid off a briny barrel of blackmail, thievery, and revenge that's been souring their seaside hometown for years..."

This old homicide

November 17, 2015
Carlisle, Kate, 1951-
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2015.
511 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Contractor and part-time sleuth Shannon Hammer specializes in improving the quirks and flaws of the Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove, California. The quirks and flaws of their residents are another story.... Valentine's Day is approaching, and while Shannon is delighted to be friends with not one but two handsome men, not everyone in town is feeling the love. After her elderly neighbor Jesse Hennessey fails to make his daily appearance at the local diner, Shannon swings by his place to check on him. Not only does she find Jesse dead--of an apparent heart attack--but she also realizes that his home has been ransacked. Someone suggests that a thief was searching for a priceless necklace Jesse claimed to have retrieved from a capsized sailing ship, but Shannon doesn't believe it. Everyone knows Jesse had a penchant for constructing tall tales--like the one about him having a hot new girlfriend. But his death is soon ruled a homicide, and shady suspects begin popping out of the woodwork. When another victim turns up dead, Shannon is convinced she must find the killer before someone else gets nailed" -- From publisher's web site.

By book or by crook : a lighthouse library mystery

November 17, 2015
Gates, Eva, 1951-
425 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job at the Harvard Library, but she hasn't enjoyed her family's social whirl or her sort-of-engagement to the son of her father's law partner. With the plot of her life in need of a rewrite, Lucy calls her aunt Ellen in hopes that some fun in the Outer Banks sun will help clear her head. Her retreat turns into an opportunity when Lucy lands a librarian job in her favorite place in the world. Then a priceless Jane Austen first edition is stolen, and the chair of the library board is murdered...

An early wake

November 17, 2015
Connolly, Sheila.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2015.
397 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Summer is ending in County Cork, Ireland, and with it the tourist season. Expat Maura Donovan is determined to keep Sullivan's Pub in the black as the days grow shorter. When she hears that it was once a hot spot for Irish musicians, she wonders if bringing back live music might be Sullivan's salvation. As word gets out, legendary musicians begin to appear at the pub, and the first impromptu jam session brings in scores of music lovers. But things hit a sour note when Maura finds a dead musician in the back room the next morning.

The promise

November 13, 2015
Crais, Robert.
525 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel"--Cover.
"Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice--these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it. Even if it could get them killed. When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case--until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown. Meanwhile, in another part of the city, LAPD officer Scott James and his patrol dog, Maggie, enter an abandoned building to locate an armed and dangerous thief, only to discover far more than they expected: The fugitive is dead, the building is filled with explosives, and Scott and Maggie are assaulted by a hidden man who escapes in the chaos, all as a bloodied Joe Pike watches from the shadows. Soon, Scott and Maggie find themselves targeted by that man, and, as their case intertwines with Elvis and Joe's, joining forces to follow the trail of the missing woman as well. From inner-city drug traffickers to a shadowy group of Afghan war veterans with ties to a terrorist cell, the people they encounter on that trail add up to ever-increasing odds, and soon the four of them are fighting to find the woman not only before she is killed ... but before the same fate happens to one of them"--Publisher's web site.

The woman who walked in sunshine

November 13, 2015
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
355 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, so at Mma Makutsi's suggestion, Mma Ramotswe is persuaded to take her first-ever holiday. But just as she's about to depart, a new client arrives: a young woman whose father was considered a hero in Botswana but whose reputation is now being called into question. Mma Ramotswe almost cancels her trip, but Mma Makutsi is adamant that she and Charlie have the situation in hand. Precious can't relax, however, if she doesn t know what's going on at the agency, so she enlists Charlie to be her eyes and ears while she's away. But Charlie may not be an altogether reliable emissary, particularly with much of his attention devoted to his newly adopted dog. In the end, it's an investigation that will affect everyone at the Agency, and a reminder for us all that ordinary human failings should be treated with a large helping of charity and compassion." --Publisher.

Christmas bells

November 13, 2015
Chiaverini, Jennifer, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
499 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

The bazaar of bad dreams

November 13, 2015
King, Stephen, 1947-
825 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Mile 81 -- Premium harmony -- Batman and Robin have an altercation -- The dune -- Bad little kid -- A death -- The bone church -- Morality -- Afterlife -- Ur -- Herman Wouk is still alive -- Under the weather -- Blockade Billy -- Mister Yummy -- Tommy -- The little green god of agony -- That bus is another world -- Obits -- Drunken fireworks -- Summer thunder.
"From a master of the short story, a collection that includes stories never before in print, never published in America, never collected and brand new- with the magnificent bones of interstitial autobiographical comments on when, why and how Stephen King came to write each story"-- Provided by publisher.

Golden age

November 13, 2015
Smiley, Jane.
763 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


November 13, 2015
Scottoline, Lisa, author.
683 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Bennie Rosato the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior and she doesn't like to fail. Now, a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out. Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a twelve-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn't free Jason, and to this day it's the case that haunts her. Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn't been any easier. Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him. She doesn't know whether or not to believe his claims of innocence, but she knows she owes him for past failures--of the law, of the juvenile justice system, and of herself. Forced to relive the darkest period of her life, Bennie will do everything in her power to get the truth, and justice" -- provided by publisher.

Wishes for Christmas

November 13, 2015
Michaels, Fern. author.
421 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
And the angels sing -- Naughty or nice -- A golden tree.
With the holidays approaching Sisterhood member Maggie Spitzer wants to bring joy to a teacher from her past, while Toots and the Godmothers investigate a mystery surrounding a designer at an exclusive Charleston firm.

Shopaholic to the rescue

November 13, 2015
Kinsella, Sophie, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
471 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Becky's father Graham and her best friend's husband, Tarquin, have disappeared from Los Angeles saying simply they have "something to take care of." But Tarquin's wife Suze who is Becky's best friend, and Becky's mother Jane, are convinced the two men are hiding something and are in danger--their imaginations run wild. They must track them down! Hijinks ensue as husband Luke drives Becky, daughter Minnie, Jane, Suze and other favorite Kinsella characters across country from LA to Las Vegas in search of the missing men. Becky feels deeply guilty about ignoring her father while he was in LA, in addition Becky feels her enemy Alicia is threatening her friendship with Suze. "-- Provided by publisher.

Malice at the palace

November 13, 2015
Bowen, Rhys.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
451 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

Stars of fortune

November 13, 2015
Roberts, Nora.
471 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"The guardians trilogy ; book 1"--Cover.

An Irish doctor in love and at sea

November 13, 2015
Taylor, Patrick, 1941- author.
771 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Long before Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly came to the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, young Surgeon-lieutenant O'Reilly answered the call of duty to serve in World War II. Fingal just wants to marry his beloved Deirdre and live happily ever after. First he must hone his skills at a British naval hospital before reporting back to the HMS Warspite, where, as a ship's doctor, he faces danger upon the high seas. With German bombers a constant threat, the future has never been more uncertain, but Fingal and Deirdre are determined to make a life together . . . no matter what may lie ahead. Decades later, the war is long over, and O'Reilly is content to mend the bodies and souls of his patients in Ballybucklebo, but there are still changes and challenges aplenty."-- Provided by publisher.

Vanishing games

November 13, 2015
Hobbs, Roger, author.
505 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Sequel to: Ghostman.
"It's just before dawn on the South China Sea when three experienced pirates open fire on a small smuggling yacht. Their target: a bag of uncut sapphires worth millions. But when one of them stumbles across an enormous treasure that wasn't on the manifest, everything goes sideways. Within minutes the other two are dead, leaving this coldblooded psychopath to claim both the sapphires and the mysterious bonus in hopes of disappearing completely, as he'll now be as rich as Croesus for life"-- Provided by publisher.

Love lies beneath

November 13, 2015
Hopkins, Ellen, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
525 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Tara is gorgeous, affluent, and forty. She lives in an impeccably restored Russian Hill mansion in San Francisco. Once a widow, twice divorced, she's a woman with a past she prefers keeping to herself. Enter Cavin Lattimore. He's handsome, kind, charming, and the surgeon assigned to Tara following a ski accident in Lake Tahoe. In the weeks it takes her to recover, Cavin sweeps her off her feet and their relationship blossoms into something Tara had never imagined possible. But then she begins to notice some strange things: a van parked outside her home at odd times, a break-in, threatening text messages and emails. She also starts to notice cracks in Cavin's seemingly perfect personality, like the suppressed rage his conniving teenage son brings out in him, and the discovery that Cavin hired a detective to investigate her immediately after they met.

Front runner

November 13, 2015
Francis, Felix.
517 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Thorndike Press large print core".
"A Dick Francis novel" --Dust jacket.
In his role as an undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, Jeff Hinkley is approached by a multi-time champion jockey to discuss the delicate matter of losing races on purpose. Little does he know that the call will set off a lethal chain of events, including the apparent suicide of the jockey and an attempt on Hinkley's own life. Never one to leave suspicious events alone, Hinkley begins investigating the jockey and the races he may have thrown. But there are others out there who intend to prevent his inquiry from probing further at any cost.

Against the tide

November 13, 2015
Martin, Kat, author.
515 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
While running from a dangerous secret in her past, diner owner Liv Chandler gets drawn into investigating a murder in remote Valdez, Alaska with charter boat captain Rafe Brodie.

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