New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

October 26, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Escape clause

October 25, 2016
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23-
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2016]
500 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Whenever you hear the sky rumble, that usually means a storm. In Virgil Flowers's case, make that two. The first comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large Siberian tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are very concerned that they've been stolen for their organs. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes their parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get - and keep - what they need. As Virgil is about to find out. Then there's the home front. Virgil's relationship with his girlfriend, Frankie, has been getting kind of serious, but when Frankie's sister, Sparkle, moves in for the summer, things get a lot more complicated. Sparkle has a roving eye, and it's fixed right on Virgil. Forget a storm - this one's a tornado.

The kept woman : a novel

October 25, 2016
Slaughter, Karin, 1971- author.
New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
704 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
It's the most dangerous case of Will Trent's career. He knows this from the moment he sets foot in the abandoned Atlanta warehouse where a body lies on the floor--the body of an ex-cop. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim, evidently a woman, was carried away ... and has vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest and most high-profile athlete--a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers. A hero married to Will's ex-wife. A hero whom Will's superiors at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have spent the last six months investigating for rape.But for Will--and also for Sara Linton, the GBI's newest medical examiner--the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will's troubled past ... and the consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.

Missing : a private novel

October 25, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing Large Print, 2016.
543 pages (large print) ; 20 cm.
Previously published as Private Sydney in the UK and Australia in 2015.
Craig Gisto has promised Eliza Moss that his elite team at Private Sydney will investigate the disappearance of her father. After all, as CEO of a high-profile research company, Eric Moss shouldn't be difficult to find--except it's not just the man who's gone missing. Despite the most advanced technology at their disposal, they find every trace of him has vanished, too. And they aren't the only ones on the hunt.

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

October 25, 2016
Coble, Colleen, author.
451 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions on pages 443-4443
Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family's blueberry barrens, but after her fields stop producing fruit, she's forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking for a nanny for his two nieces, it's almost to good to be true. And maybe it is, because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family.

All the little liars

October 25, 2016
Harris, Charlaine, author.
369 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
When four kids vanish from the soccer field, including Aurora Teagarden's brother Phillip, Aurora and her husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe start their own investigation.

Broken trust

October 25, 2016
Griffin, W. E. B., author.
483 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
While investigating the death of a young socialite, sergeant Matt Payne begins to doubt reports of her long struggle with mental illness and uncovers secrets that place lives at risk.

Darkest journey

October 25, 2016
Graham, Heather, author.
465 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Charlene "Charlie" Moreau is back in St. Francisville, Louisiana, to work on a movie. One night, she stumbles across the body of a Civil War reenactor, the second murdered in two days. Charlie is shocked to learn that her father--a guide on the Journey, a historic paddle wheeler that's sponsoring the reenactment--is a suspect. Meanwhile, Ethan Delaney, new to the FBI's Krewe of Hunters, is brought in on the case. He and Charlie have a history of their own, dating back to when he rescued her from a graveyard. Charlie arranges a Mississippi River cruise so she and Ethan can get close to the reenactors, find out who knows what, who has a motive. They discover a lot more as they resume the relationship that ended ten years ago ... but might die, along with them, on the Journey.


October 25, 2016
Mullen, Thomas, author.
639 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Responding to orders from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers, including war veterans Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers: they aren't allowed to arrest white suspects, drive squad cars, or set foot in the police headquarters. When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up dead, Boggs and Smith suspect white cops are behind it. Their investigation sets them up against a brutal cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood as his own, and his partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines"

Precious and Grace

October 25, 2016
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- author.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2016.
373 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Helping Mr. Polopetsi with an entanglement in a pyramid scheme and Charlie with a dubious romance, an unassisted Precious Ramotswe tackles the case of a young Canadian woman who would find a long-lost acquaintance from her Botswana childhood.

Blind sight

October 21, 2016
O'Connell, Carol, 1947- author.
603 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
The extraordinary new Mallory novel from one of the most acclaimed crime writers in America. A blind child and a Catholic nun disappear from a city sidewalk in plain sight of onlookers. There, then gone vanished in seconds. Those who witnessed the event still cannot believe it happened. It was all too real. Detective Kathy Mallory and the NYPD s Special Crimes Unit enter the investigation when the nun s body is found with three other corpses in varying stages of decomposition left on the lawn of Gracie Mansion, home to the mayor of New York City. Sister Michael was the last to die. The child, Jonah Quill, is still missing. Like Jonah, the police are blind. Unknown to them, he is with a stone killer, and though he has unexpected resources of his own, his would-be saviors have no suspect, no useful evidence, and no clue except for Detective Mallory s suspicions of things "not said" and her penchant for getting to the truth beneath lies. Behind her back, the squad s name for her is Mallory the Machine, yet she has a dark understanding of what it is to be human. A child is waiting, time is running out, and atop her list of liars is the mayor himself and a theory of the crimes in which no sane cop could believe."

Reckless creed

October 20, 2016
Kava, Alex, author.
417 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"In Chicago, a young man jumps from his nineteenth-story hotel room; along the Missouri river, a hunter and his son stumble upon a lake whose surface is littered with snow geese, all of them dead; and in southern Alabama, Ryder Creed and his search-and-rescue dog Grace find the body of a young woman who went missing in the Conecuh National Forest ... and it appears she filled her pockets with rocks and walked into the river. Before long Ryder Creed and FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell will discover the ominous connection among these mysterious deaths. What they find may be the most prolific killer the United States has ever known." -- Back cover.

An obvious fact

October 18, 2016
Johnson, Craig, 1961- author.
431 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"A Longmire mystery"--cover.
In the midst of the largest motorcycle rally in the world, a young biker is run off the road and ends up in critical condition. When Sheriff Walt Longmire and his good friend Henry Standing Bear are called to Hulett, Wyoming -- the nearest town to America's first national monument, Devils Tower -- to investigate, things start getting complicated. As competing biker gangs, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, a military-grade vehicle donated to the tiny local police force by a wealthy entrepreneur; and Lola, the real-life femme fatale and namesake for Henry's '59 Thunderbird (and, by extension, Walt's granddaughter) come into play, it rapidly becomes clear that there is more to get to the bottom of at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally than a bike accident.

British manor murder

October 18, 2016
Meier, Leslie, author.
363 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Although Perry, the earl of the house, and his sister, Poppy, are surprisingly accommodating to their jetlagged guests, Lucy feels uneasy after a fallen portrait sparks talk of a deadly family omen. The bad vibes come in quickly: snobby Aunt Millicent and her handmaiden Harrison unexpectedly drop by for the exhibition, and meals with the family are consistently tense. But real trouble begins when a body, bludgeoned by the chapel's gold-plated reliquary, is found in a hidden, sealed off room. Stranger still, the corpse is identified as Harrison's son, Cyril. From back cover.

Christmas caramel murder

October 18, 2016
Fluke, Joanne, 1943- author.
255 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"A Hannah Swensen holiday mystery with recipes!"--Cover.
"The holidays have arrived, and Hannah and her good pal Lisa have agreed to provide all the goodies for the town's annual production of A Christmas Carol. But before anyone can say "Bah, humbug!" a Santa-sized sackful of trouble ensues. Like the fact that Lisa's husband will be playing Mr. Claus to his ex-girlfriend Phyllis Bates' Mrs. Claus. Or that before the curtains even go up Phyllis is found dead in the snow - wearing a costume that the real Mrs. Claus would put on the naughty list. Soon after the suspects pile up faster than snowdrifts in a blizzard, while a merry murderer remains on the loose. With clues even harder to find, it might take a visit from ghosts of Christmas past to wrap up this mystery in time for the holidays"--Publisher.

Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd

October 17, 2016
Bradley, C. Alan, 1938- author.
413 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"In spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to be sailing home to England. But instead of a joyous homecoming, she is greeted on the docks with unfortunate news: Her father has fallen ill, and a hospital visit will have to wait while he rests. But with Flavia's blasted sisters and insufferable cousin underfoot, Buckshaw now seems both too empty--and not empty enough. Only too eager to run an errand for the vicar's wife, Flavia hops on her trusty bicycle, Gladys, to deliver a message to a reclusive wood-carver. Finding the front door ajar, Flavia enters and stumbles upon the poor man's body hanging upside down on the back of his bedroom door. The only living creature in the house is a feline that shows little interest in the disturbing scene. Curiosity may not kill this cat, but Flavia is energized at the prospect of a new investigation. It's amazing what the discovery of a corpse can do for one's spirits. But what awaits Flavia will shake her to the very core" --Publisher's website.

Triple crown

October 17, 2016
Francis, Felix, author.
523 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"A Dick Francis novel"--cover.
Jeff Hinkley, investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, has been seconded to the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA) where he has been asked to find a mole in their organization an informant who is passing on confidential information to those under suspicion in American racing. At the Kentucky Derby, Jeff joins the FACSA team in a raid on a horse trainer s barn at Churchill Downs, but the bust is a disaster, and someone ends up dead. Then, on the morning of the Derby itself, three of the most favored horses in the field fall sick. These suspicious events can be no coincidence. In search of answers, Jeff goes undercover as a groom on the backstretch at Belmont Park racetrack in New York. But he discovers far more than he was bargaining for: corrupt individuals who will stop at nothing including murder to capture the most elusive prize in world sport, the Triple Crown."

Bloodroot : a Martha's Vineyard mystery

October 17, 2016
Riggs, Cynthia, author.
445 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"It's just another day at the dentist's office for Victoria Trumbull when fellow patient, wealthy Mrs. Wilmington, dies. It's an unfortunate, though seemingly not murderous incident, but the receptionist is hysterical, so one of the dental assistants offers to drive her home. But after making a quick pit stop, he finds her body floating in the harbor. With the police shorthanded due to an upcoming presidential visit, it's up to Victoria to take on the case. As she wrestles with her ex-son-in-law, a $3 million will, and a deadly dental clinic, Mrs. Trumbull discovers that nothing in the case is quite what it seems. Bloodroot is the latest in Cynthia Riggs' longstanding Martha's Vineyard mystery series, filled with delightful characters and charming descriptions of the beautiful island"-- Provided by publisher.

Murder in an Irish village

October 17, 2016
O'Connor, Carlene, author.
519 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Naomi s Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors and share a cup o tea. But murder has a way of killing business . . . " Nowadays Siobhan O Sullivan, along with her five siblings, runs the family bistro named for their mother. It s been a rough year for the O Sullivans, but it s about to get rougher. One morning, as they re opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest. With the local garda suspecting the O Sullivans, and their business in danger of being shunned, it s up to feisty redheaded Siobhan to solve the crime and save her beloved brood. If Janet Evanovich and Maeve Binchy wrote a book together, "Murder in an Irish Village"would be the result. This one isdelicious fun. Laurien Berenson, author of"Live and Let Growl" A smart whodunnit in an idyllic locale. I dare you not to be charmed by sleuth Siobhan and her siblings, the O Sullivan Six. Barbara Ross, author of"Fogged Inn""

Pushing up daisies : an Agatha Raisin mystery

October 17, 2016
Beaton, M. C., author.
301 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
When a wealthy land developer who had been planning to turn a community garden into a housing estate winds up dead, Agatha Raisin is hired by the victim's accused son to clear him of suspicion and identify the real killer among numerous suspects.

Quiet neighbors

October 17, 2016
McPherson, Catriona, 1965- author.
509 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"It's the oldest bookshop in a town full of bookshops; Jude found a treasure there when she visited last summer. Now, in the depths of winter, when she has to run away, Lowell's chaotic bookshop is the safe place she needs to run to. Jude needs a bolt-hole; Lowell needs an assistant, and with an affordable rental thrown in, life begins to look up. The gravedigger's cottage isn't perfect for a woman alone, but at least she has quiet neighbors. Quiet, but not silent. The long dead and the books they left behind both have tales to tell." -- Back cover.

Sent to the devil

October 17, 2016
Lebow, Laura, author.
483 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Death in Cantera

October 12, 2016
Nesbitt, John D., author.
317 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
When a stranger named Dunbar comes to Cantera, he shows interest in local history, especially Frenchman's Quarry and the death of the owner's son twenty years earlier. He asks about the town marshal and about Dolores Carreau, the Frenchman's widow. Then the murders begin.

The cat, the collector and the killer

October 11, 2016
Sweeney, Leann, author.
395 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.

A catered tea party : a mystery with recipes

October 11, 2016
Crawford, Isis, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
399 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: Kensington Publishing, 2016.
Includes recipes.
"Quiet Longely, New York, is abuzz with excitement over the opening of a revamped art complex--and catering sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons are helping put on an elaborate tea party for the opening night gala fundraiser. When the billionaire behind the project drops dead, the Simmons sisters find themselves steeped in a whistling kettle of murder"-- Provided by publisher.

Plain dead

October 11, 2016
Miller, Emma, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
368 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Sequel to : Plain killing.
"An Amish mystery."
"Although she left her Old Order Amish ways in her youth, Rachel discovered corporate life in the English world to be complicated and unfulfilling. Having returned to Stone Mill, she's happy to be running her own B&B. But she's also learning--in more ways than one--that the past is not always so easily left behind. After local newspaperman Bill Billingsly is found gagged and tied to his front porch, left to freeze overnight in a snowstorm, Detective Evan Parks--Rachel's beau--uncovers a file of scandalous information Billingsly intended to publish, including a record of Rachel pleading no contest to charges of corporate misconduct. Though Evan is certain of her innocence, it's up to Rachel to find the real killer. A closer examination of the victim's unpublished report leads Rachel to believe the Amish community is far from sinless. But if she's not careful her obituary might be the next to appear in print...."-- Page [4] of cover.


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