New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

February 11, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Coconut cowboy

February 10, 2016
Dorsey, Tim, author.
©2016
468 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Obsessed with the iconic sixties classic "Easy Rider," encyclopedic Floridaphile, lovable serial killer, and movie buff extraordinaire Serge A. Storms devises his wildest plan yet: finish the journey begun by his freewheeling heroes, Captain America and Billy, tragically cut short by some shotgun-wielding rednecks. But the America he finds in the rural burgs dotting the neck of the peninsula is a little bit different. Expect nothing less than madness, mayhem, ingenious homicides, and mind-altering pharmaceuticals when Serge and Coleman's path intersects with the Sunshine State's hyper-dysfunctional rusticity.

A stitch in crime : a Hatti Lehtinen mystery

February 9, 2016
Yost, Ann, author.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
343 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Hoping to increase tourism, the residents of Red Jacket, Michigan, are gearing up for the St. Lucy's Day parade and the Pikkujoulu (Little Christmas) festival. When the coveted title of Saint Lucy goes to outsider Liisa Pelonen, folks in the town are riled. But no one anticipates violence, especially not temporary police chief Hatti Lehtinen, owner of the Bait & Stitch shop. So it is a distinct shock when Liisa's lifeless body turns up in the sauna of Arvo Maki's funeral home the evening before the festival.

Recipes for love and murder : a Tannie Maria mystery

February 9, 2016
Andrew, Sally, author.
©2015
595 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes recipes.
"Originally published in United Kingdom by Canongate Books Ltd. in 2015" -- Title page verso.
"Tannie Maria (Tannie meaning Auntie, the respectful Afrikaans address for a woman older than you) is a middle-aged widow who likes to cook--and eat. She shares her culinary love as a recipe columnist for the local paper--until The Gazette decides its readers are hungrier for advice on matters of the heart rather than ideas for lunch and dinner. Tannie Maria doesn't like the change, but soon discovers she has a knack--and a passion--for helping people. Of course she shares her recipes and culinary advice whenever she can! Assisting other people with their problems, Tannie Maria is eventually forced to face her own issues, especially when the troubles of those she helps touch on the pain of her past, like a woman desperate to escape her abusive husband. When the woman is murdered, Tannie Maria becomes dangerously entwined in the investigation, despite the best efforts of one striking detective determined to keep her safe. Suddenly, this practical, down-to-earth woman is involved in something much more sinister than perfecting her chocolate cake recipe..." -- Amazon.com

A likely story

February 9, 2016
McKinlay, Jenn, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
351 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
Includes reader's guide and recipes.
"Small-town librarian Lindsey Norris must solve a murder and a missing person's case involving two reclusive brothers"-- Provided by publisher.

Threads of evidence

February 9, 2016
Wait, Lea, author.
©2015
366 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : Kensington, 2015.
Includes recipes.
"When a Hollywood actress buys an old mansion in Haven Harbor, Maine, she hires Angie Curtis to appraise the estate's sizable collection of needlepoint pictures. But the more Angie examines the pieces, the more they seem to point toward a twenty-five- year-old murder--and the murderer"-- Provided by publisher.

NYPD Red 4

February 5, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
379 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
"An audacious jewel heist. A murdered actress. A killer case for NYPD Red. In a city where crime never sleeps, NYPD Red is the elite task force called in only when a case involves the rich, famous, and connected. Detective Zach Jordan and his partner, Kylie MacDonald--the woman who broke his heart at the police academy--are the best of the best, brilliant and tireless investigators who will stop at nothing to catch a criminal, even if it means antagonizing the same high-flying citizens they're supposed to be helping. When a glitzy movie premiere is the scene of a shocking murder and high-stakes robbery, NYPD Red gets the call. Traversing the city's highs and lows, from celebrity penthouses to the depths of Manhattan's criminal underworld, Zach and Kylie have to find a cold-blooded killer--before he strikes again."--Provided by publisher.

Miracle drug

February 4, 2016
Mabry, Richard L.
©2015
425 pages (large print) ; 23cm.
The infection wasn't supposed to happen, but it did. The treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn't. Then Dr. Josh Pearson discovers why--his patients, including the former President of the United States, have been dosed with a different strain of the original virus, one that is universally fatal.

Rising darkness

February 4, 2016
Mehl, Nancy, author.
©2015
387 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

Murder on the bucket list

February 4, 2016
Perona, Elizabeth, author.
©2015
439 pages ; 22 cm.
When the septuagenarian women of the Summer Ridge Bridge Club gather in secret late one July night to check skinny-dipping off their bucket list, a pungent smell emanating from the pool shed leads the jittery club members to a dead body.

Mrs. Jeffries and the one who got away

February 4, 2016
Brightwell, Emily, author.
©2015
399 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
When a woman is found strangled in a North London cemetery clutching an old newspaper clipping, Inspector Witherspoon is surprised to find that he and the victim have crossed paths before. He'll need Mrs. Jeffries' help to revisit an old case that has haunted him for years.

Peril by ponytail : a bad hair day mystery

February 4, 2016
Cohen, Nancy J., 1948- author.
©2015
431 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Marla and Dalton's honeymoon at an Arizona dude ranch veers from dangerous to downright deadly faster than a horse headed to the corral. With her husband's uncle -- the resort's owner -- on the suspect list for murder, Marla races to prove his innocence.

Bubba done it : a dreamwalker mystery

February 3, 2016
Toussaint, Maggie.
©2015
443 pages (large print): 22 cm.
When amateur sleuth and dream walker Baxley Powell is called in on a stabbing case, she arrives in time to hear the dying man whisper "Bubba done it." Four men named Bubba in Sinclair County, Georgia, have close ties to the victim -- including her goofball brother-in-law.

The diva steals a chocolate kiss

February 3, 2016
Davis, Krista, author.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
429 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Delicious recipes and entertaining tips included!"--Cover
Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is running the show for Amore Chocolates fiftieth anniversary chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company's CEO, Joe Merano. It's a chocolate lover's dream -- until the body of a competing chocolatier is found in the guesthouse.

The guest room : a novel

February 1, 2016
Bohjalian, Chris, 1960-
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2016] ©2016
447 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
When Kristin Chapman agrees to let her husband, Richard, host a bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of debauchery. She brings their young daughter to Manhattan for the evening, leaving her Westchester home to the men and their hired entertainment. What she does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, her husband sharing a dangerously intimate moment in the guest room, and two women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night.

Breakdown : an Alex Delaware novel

January 29, 2016
Kellerman, Jonathan.
©2016
418 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
"Psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware is surprised to get the call when well-known TV actress Zelda Chase turns up half-naked, half-mad in the LA's rural Westside. He has little connection to the starlet, save a psychiatric evaluation he performed on her adopted daughter several years ago, a child who has since vanished without a trace and whom Zelda refuses to talk about. When the actress turns up dead a few weeks later without a scratch on her, Delaware calls in police lieutenant Milo Sturgis to help him crack the case--or at least the wall of silence surrounding it. When the body of a second actress turns up with the same mysterious cause of death, Delaware and Sturgis start to wonder--is this a copycat case or a coincidence? When they uncover the death of another actress, a star from another era who vanished decades ago, never to be found, they realize they're facing one of the their most baffling, mind-bending cases yet"-- Provided by publisher.

Antiques swap

January 28, 2016
Allan, Barbara.
©2015
333 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
It happened at Serenity's swap meet, after Brandy Borne and her eccentric mother Vivian finished shooting the pilot for their TV show, Antiques Sleuths. Brandy lost her balance and fell . . . into the helpful arms of an old flame, tycoon Wesley Sinclair III. But did Brandy's innocent slip lead to the murder of Wesley's wife?

Scents and sensibility : a Chet and Bernie mystery

January 28, 2016
Quinn, Spencer. author
©2015
435 pages ; 22 cm.
"When his neighbor gets in trouble for cactus smuggling, Bernie Little, along with his dog, investigates and discovers dangerous goings-on in the desert that seem to be linked to a strange festival, a cult, and a long-ago kidnapping"--publisher.

Fool me once : a tarot mystery

January 28, 2016
Hockensmith, Steve, author.
©2015
479 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Since taking over the White Magic Five and Dime, Alanis McLachlan has been tracking down old customers to make amends for her mother's con jobs. So when Marsha comes looking for a way out of her abusive marriage, Alanis does what she can to help. But lending a hand leads to unforeseen consequences -- including murder.

The beat goes on : the complete Rebus stories

January 28, 2016
Rankin, Ian. author.
©2014
877 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Dead and buried -- Playback -- The Dean curse -- Being Frank -- Concrete evidence -- Seeing things -- A good hanging -- Tit for tat -- Not Provan -- Sunday-- -- Auld lang syne -- The gentleman's club -- Monstrous trumpet -- My shopping day -- Talk show -- Trip trap -- Castle dangerous -- In the frame -- Facing the music -- Window of opportunity -- Death is not the end -- No sanity clause -- Tell me who to kill -- Saint Nicked -- Atonement -- Not just another Sunday -- Penalty Claus -- The passenger -- A three-pint problem -- The very last drop -- Cinders.
"Brilliant, irascible and frequently frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, John Rebus has made the dark places of Edinburgh his home for over two decades. THE BEAT GOES ON collects all of Ian Rankin's Rebus short stories for the first time, including two never-before published tales written specifically for this collection. From his beginnings as a young Detective Constable in "Dead and Buried," right up to his dramatic, but not quite final, retirement in "The Very Last Drop," Rebus shines in these stories, confirming his status as one of crime fiction's most compelling, brilliant, and unforgettable characters. In these gripping, fast-paced tales, the legendary Scottish detective investigates the sinister cases that are his specialty, including a gruesome student death, the brutal murder of a woman at the crux of a love triangle, an audacious jewel heist, suspicious happenings at a nursing home, and an ominous email that brings a family's darkest secrets to light" -- provided by publisher.

Skating on thin ice

January 27, 2016
Bain, Donald, 1935- author.
©2011
361 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Based on the Universal television series created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link."
Olympic pairs figure skating hopeful Christine Allen is training in Cabot Cove under the tutelage of former gold medalist Brian Devlin, partnered with Russian skater Alexei Olshansky. But when a series of "accidents" leads to the death of one of the skaters, Jessica Fletcher suspects cold-blooded murder.

The gates of Evangeline

January 27, 2016
Young, Hester.
©2015
627 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Thorndike Press large print reviewers' choice."
"When New York journalist and recently bereaved mother Charlotte "Charlie" Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children--visions of injured children, dead children--she's sure that she's lost her mind. Yet these are not the nightmares of a grieving parent, she soon realizes. They are messages and warnings that will help Charlie and the children she sees, if only she can make sense of them. After a little boy in a boat appears in Charlie's dreams asking for her help, Charlie finds herself entangled in a thirty-year-old missing-child case that has never ceased to haunt Louisiana's prestigious Deveau family. Armed with an invitation to Evangeline, the family's sprawling estate, Charlie heads south, where new friendships and an unlikely romance bring healing. But as she uncovers long-buried secrets of love, money, betrayal, and murder, the facts begin to implicate those she most wants to trust--and her visions reveal an evil closer than she could've imagined"-- Provided by publisher.

The drowning ground

January 25, 2016
Marrison, James.
©2015
515 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Forced to leave his native Argentina, Detective Chief Inspector Guillermo Downes sought tranquility in the English Cotswolds. But violence can strike anywhere. With the kind of insights into village life that made Broadchurch so powerful, The Drowning Ground introduces a terrific new voice in crime fiction.

The legend of Sleepy Harlow : a League of Literary Ladies mystery

January 21, 2016
Logan, Kylie, author.
©2015
393 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
For Halloween, the Literary Ladies are reading Washington Irving's classic tale of the headless horseman. But South Bass Island has its own headless legend -- of bootlegger Charlie "Sleepy" Harlow, decapitated by rival rumrunners. Harlow's ghost appears once a year to find his noggin, and the Elkhart Ghost Getters (EGG) have returned to get footage of the specter. But when the EGG leader turns up dead, Kate Wilder, whose winery they trashed last year, becomes the prime suspect. Now the League must scramble to crack the case.

All the president's menus

January 21, 2016
Hyzy, Julie A., author.
©2015
455 pages (telework) ; 22 cm.
White House executive chef Olivia Paras is delighted to hear that plans are still on to welcome a presidential candidate from the country of Saardisca and four of that nation's top chefs. But when a tour of the kitchen by the foreign chefs ends in murder, it's clear someone has infiltrated the White House.

As gouda as dead

January 21, 2016
Aames, Avery, author.
©2015
451 pages (pages) ; 22 cm.
Providence, Ohio, is celebrating Valentine's Day with weeklong events including heart-shaped cheese baskets at Fromagerie Bessette. Charlotte Bessette is celebrating by finally walking down the aisle with the man of her dreams, handsome artisanal cheese farmer, Jordan Pace. When a beloved bar owner is found murdered on his farm, Jordan believes they should reschedule their wedding. This killer just crossed the wrong woman. No one is ruining her wedding plans!

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