New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

July 22, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Deadfall

July 21, 2017
Fairstein, Linda A., author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
510 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm.
A wild heart beats within New York City. Amid concrete and skyscrapers, the Wildlife Conservation Society works to preserve and protect the animal kingdom both within and beyond the borders of the five boroughs. But dangerous creatures don't always have claws and fangs, as Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace know all too well. Predators lurk close to home, and in the aftermath of the shocking drive-by murder of an important city employee someone Alex has worked with for years the trio must discover who the bigger snake is: the killer or the victim. Investigations into the death provide more questions than answers, as a tangled mess of secrets slowly comes to light. From bribes to secret societies, from big-game hunting to the illegal animal trade, from New York City zoos to behind closed doors in government buildings, Alex will have her work cut out for her if she wants to uncover the truth and uphold the integrity of the office she has so proudly served.

A distant view of everything

July 14, 2017
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- author.
©2017
369 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel and her husband, Jamie--but almost four-year-old son Charlie is none too keen on his newborn brother. In fact, he refuses to acknowledge Magnus, and Isabel must find a way to impress upon her older son the patience and understanding that have served as guiding principles in her own life. These are the very qualities that bring Bea Shandon, an old acquaintance of Isabel's, to seek her help in a tricky situation. Something of a matchmaker, Bea has introduced a wealthy female friend to a cosmetic surgeon at her most recent dinner party. Then new information comes to light about the cosmetic surgeon that causes Bea to doubt his motives and the auspiciousness of the match. Isabel agrees to find out more, but as her inquiries take an unexpected turn, she starts to wonder whom exactly she should be investigating. As ever, Isabel's intelligence, quick wit, and deep empathy will come to her aid as she grapples with the issues that are her bread and butter: friendship and its duties, the obligation of truthfulness, and the importance of perspective.

Buried in the country

July 14, 2017
Dunn, Carola, author.
©2016
459 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
After many years working around the world for an international charity in the late 1960s, Eleanor Trewynn has retired to the relative quiet of a small town in Cornwall. But her quiet life is short-lived when, due to her experience, the Commonwealth Relations Office reaches out to her to assist in a secret conference that is to take place in a small hotel outside the historical village of Tintagel. Meanwhile, her niece, Detective Sargent Megan Pencarrow, is investigating the disappearance of a local solicitor when she is assigned to help provide security for the conference. Two African students, refugees from Ian Smith s Rhodesia, arrive for the conference, escorted by Megan s bete noire from Scotland Yard. They are followed by two mysterious and sinister Londoners, whose allegiances and connections to the conference and the missing solicitor are unclear. With a raging storm having trapped everyone in the hotel, the stage is set for murder, and it s up to Eleanor and Megan to uncover the truth before more lives are lost. "

Murder on the Quai

July 14, 2017
Black, Cara, 1951- author.
©2016
455 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
The world knows Parisian private investigator Aimee Leduc, heroine of 15 mysteries in this New York Times bestselling series, as a tres chic , no-nonsense detective--the toughest and most relentless in the City of Lights. Now, author Cara Black dips back in time to reveal how Aimee first came to inherit Leduc Detective . . . November 1989: Aimee Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris's preeminent medical school. She lives in a 17th-century apartment that overlooks the Seine with her father, who runs the family detective agency. But the week the Berlin Wall crumbles, so does Aimee's life as she knows it. First, someone has sabotaged her lab work, putting her at risk of failing out of the program. Then, she finds out her aristo boyfriend is getting engaged to another woman. And finally, Aimee's father takes off to Berlin on a mysterious errand. He asks Aimee to help out at the detective agency while he's gone--as if she doesn't already have enough to do. But the case Aimee finds herself investigating--a murder linked to a transport truck of Nazi gold that disappeared in the French countryside during the height of World War II--has gotten under her skin. Her heart may not lie in medicine after all--maybe it's time to think harder about the family business.

The girl who was taken

July 14, 2017
Donlea, Charlie, author.
©2017
557 pages (large print) ; 22 cm

Take out

July 13, 2017
Maron, Margaret, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
373 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

The cutaway

July 12, 2017
Kovac, Christina, author.
©2017
509 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Thorndike Press large print basic".
When brilliant TV news producer Virginia Knightly receives a disturbing -MISSING- notice on her desk related to the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney, she can't seem to shake the image from her head. Despite skepticism from her colleagues, Knightly suspects this ambitious young lawyer may be at the heart of something far more sinister, especially since she was last seen leaving an upscale restaurant after a domestic dispute. Yet, as the only woman of power at her station, Knightly quickly finds herself investigating on her own.

Final girls

July 12, 2017
Sager, Riley, author.
©2017
557 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Thorndike Press large print basic".
"Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to--a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Now, Quincy is doing well--maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep."--Provided by publisher.

The right side

July 12, 2017
Quinn, Spencer, author.
©2017
485 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
A deeply damaged female soldier home from the war in Afghanistan becomes obsessed with finding a missing girl, gains an unlikely ally in a stray dog, and encounters new perils beyond the combat zone.

Himself

July 12, 2017
Kidd, Jess, author.
©2016
507 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother's disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago. "--Provided by publisher.

Elementary, she read

July 11, 2017
Delany, Vicki, 1951- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
359 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery --Cover.
When Gemma Doyle, owner of Cape Cod's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in her shop, she and her friend, Jayne, set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body.

Needle and dread

July 11, 2017
Casey, Elizabeth Lynn, author.
©2016
336 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes sewing tips and a sewing pattern.
"...when a group arrives at SewTastic to work on a project, a loud and argumentative guest pushes everyone's buttons. And when she winds up dead in Rose's project room - strangled by a sewing machine power cord - it's up to Tori and the gang to stitch together the clues..." -- Back cover.

The late show

July 7, 2017
Connelly, Michael, 1956- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
533 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood--also known as the Late Show--beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns everything over to the day shift. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.But one night she catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the investigations entwine, they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job, no matter what the department throws at her.

Two nights : a novel

July 7, 2017
Reichs, Kathy, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
450 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
"A childhood spent in a dangerous cult left Sunday Night never with a bone-deep instinct for survival that's kept her alive into adulthood but left her mostly friendless. Forced into early retirement from the police force due to an injury, Sunnie retreats from an outside world she doesn't trust and sees little use for, until a wealthy woman contacts her with a plea: her teenage granddaughter has been missing since the day of a bombing near a Jewish school. Suspecting the work of religious extremists, she believes Sunnie's unique first-hand experience may make her the ideal woman to track down the girl and bring her captors to justice. As much as Sunnie would rather stay isolated, she won't turn her back on an innocent life in jeopardy -- not when her haunted past cries out for her to take action"-- Provided by publisher.

Hooking for trouble

June 29, 2017
Hechtman, Betty, 1947- author.
©2016
403 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
"The Tarzana Hookers' Yarn University has been a big success, and the classes have drawn in a slew of new crochet devotees. A less welcome arrival is the boxy monstrosity in the yard behind Molly's house. She hasn't met her new neighbors, but when she sees a couple struggling on the balcony and later spies what looks like someone lying on the ground, Molly wastes no time calling in her ex, homicide detective Barry Greenberg. To Molly's shock, Barry reports that nothing is amiss with her neighbors and asks her to lay off with the amateur detecting. Molly knows she wasn't just seeing things, but with no body to prove her case she'll have to unravel the evidence on her own--because someone in Tarzana is tangled up in murder." Provided by publisher.

Pressed to death : a perfectly proper paranormal museum mystery

June 29, 2017
Weiss, Kirsten, 1968- author.
©2017
453 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.

To Helvetica and back

June 29, 2017
Shelton, Paige, author.
©2016
381 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
"Star City is known for its slopes and its powder. But nestled in the valley of this ski resort town is a side street full of shops that specialize in the simple charms of earlier eras. One of those shops is the Rescued Word, where Chester Henry and his adult granddaughter Clare lovingly repair old typewriters and restore old books. Who ever thought their quaint store would hold the key to some modern-day trouble? When a stranger to town demands they turn over an antique Underwood typewriter they’re repairing for a customer, Clare fears she may need to be rescued. A call to the police scares the man off, but later Clare finds his dead body in the back alley. What about a dusty old typewriter could possibly be worth killing for?" Provided by publisher.

Town in a maple madness

June 29, 2017
Haywood, B. B., author.
©2017
479 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
Includes recipes.
"The imminent arrival of spring has the locals gearing up for their sweetest celebration ever--the first annual Maple Madness Weekend. Along with maple sugar house tours, a community-wide marshmallow roast, and a weekend-long pancake breakfast, restaurants will be serving up special maple syrup dishes. But the weekend festivities are put in jeopardy when things start to get sticky...One of Candy's friends is accused of stealing sap from a rival's sugar maple trees, and landscaper Mick Rilke is found dead, floating down the river wrapped up in a fisherman's net. As Candy taps into Mick's life, his unsavory side comes to light, as well as a possible connection to both crimes. Now it's up to Candy to follow the flow of suspects to a cold-blooded killer." - Provided by publisher.

A useful woman : a Rosalind Thorne mystery

June 27, 2017
Wilde, Darcie, author.
©2016
525 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Inspired by the novels of Jane Austen, this new mystery series set in 19th-century London introduces the charming and resourceful Rosalind Thorne, a woman privy to the secrets of high society including who among the ton is capable of murder... The daughter of a baronet and minor heiress, Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined after her father abandoned the family. To survive in the only world she knew, she began to manage the affairs of some of London society s most influential women, who have come to rely on her wit and discretion. So, when artistocratic wastrel Jasper Aimesworth is found dead in London s most exclusive ballroom, Almack s, Rosalind must use her skills and connections to uncover the killer from a list of suspects that includes Almack s powerful patronesses and her former suitor Devon Winterbourne, now Lord Casselmaine. Torn between her old love and a growing attraction to a compelling Bow Street runner, Rosalind must not only unravel the mysteries surrounding Jasper s death, but the mysteries of her own heart as well...

Almost missed you

June 27, 2017
Strawser, Jessica, author.
©2017
483 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Violet and Finn were "meant to be," said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can't help thinking that she can't believe her luck. Life is good. So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach -- just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she's shared her life with, she never really knew at all. Caitlin and Finn have been best friends since way back when, but when Finn shows up on Caitlin's doorstep with the son he's wanted for kidnapping, demands that she hide them from the authorities, and threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy her own family if she doesn't, Caitlin faces an impossible choice. Told through alternating viewpoints of Violet, Finn and Caitlin, Jessica Strawser's Almost Missed You is a powerful story of a mother's love, a husband's betrayal, connections that maybe should have been missed, secrets that perhaps shouldn't have been kept, and spaces between what's meant to be and what might have been."-- Provided by publisher.

Swimming lessons

June 27, 2017
Fuller, Claire, author.
©2017
457 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. Then she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window. Flora, who has never believed her mother drowned, returns home to care for her father. She tries to discover what happened to Ingrid, not realizing that the answers are hidden in the books that surround her.-- Adapted from dust jacket.

Purgatory Road

June 26, 2017
Parker, Samuel, 1974- author.
©2017
407 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"A couple finds themselves stranded in the Mojave Desert with dwindling hope of survival--until a mysterious man shows up. Will he help them or does he have more sinister plans?" --Provided by publisher.

The devil's feast

June 26, 2017
Carter, Miranda, 1965- author.
©2017
639 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"London, 1842. Captain William Avery is persuaded to investigate a mysterious and horrible death at the Reform, London's newest and grandest gentleman's club--a death the club is desperate to hush up. What he soon discovers is a web of rivalries and hatreds, both personal and political, simmering behind the club's handsome facade. At the center is its resident genius, Alexis Soyer, "the Napoleon of food," a chef whose culinary brilliance is matched only by his talent for self-publicity. But Avery is distracted, for where is his mentor and partner in crime Jeremiah Blake? And what if this first death is only a dress rehearsal for something far more sinister?"--Provided by publisher.

Into the water : a novel

June 22, 2017
Hawkins, Paula, author.
©2017
532 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from--a place to which she vowed she'd never return"--Provided by publisher.

What you don't know

June 20, 2017
Chaney, JoAnn, author.
©2017
587 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
The final victims of an infamous serial killer may be the ones he didn't kill. Hoskins cracked the case -- and then it cracked him. Sammie, the reporter who broke the story, is selling makeup at the mall. The unsuspecting wife claims she didn't know a thing. And as new murders shake Denver, this is a final chance to get their lives back.

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