New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

November 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Opening moves : the Bowers files

November 25, 2015
James, Steven, 1969- author.
519 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Wielding groundbreaking investigation techniques in 1997, Milwaukee homicide detective Patrick Bowers must face off with a killer who will stop at nothing to get his message out to the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Winter at the door

November 25, 2015
Graves, Sarah, 1951- author.
415 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"Tough but haunted police chief Lizzie Snow, a big-city cop with a mission, takes on a small town with a dark side when she moves from Boston to Bearkill, Maine, hoping to find her missing niece. As a blizzard bears down, Lizzie gears up for a showdown with a killer"-- Provided by publisher.

Deception on Sable Hill

November 25, 2015
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2015.
423 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"In mid-September of 1893 the World's Fair is nearing its end, but danger lingers in Chicago as debutants are accosted by an assailant wielding a stiletto"-- Provided by publisher.

Buried secrets

November 25, 2015
Hannon, Irene, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2015.
478 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"After the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town, police chief Lisa Grant and detective Mac McGregor join forces to uncover a secret someone is determined to keep buried"-- 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 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.


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.

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

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.

The kill

November 13, 2015
Casey, Jane (Jane E.)
599 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Six geese a-slaying

November 13, 2015
Andrews, Donna, author.
375 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
The local curmudgeon, whose beard and belly made him a natural for the role of Santa Claus, has been murdered. Now Meg and Chief Burke, who is playing one of the wise men in the annual Caerphilly Christmas parade, are faced with the two-fold mission of solving the murder and saving Christmas!

Nashville noir : a Murder, she wrote mystery

November 13, 2015
Bain, Donald, 1935-
353 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Based on the Universal television series created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link."

Chocolate chip cookie murder : a Hannah Swensen mystery

November 13, 2015
Fluke, Joanne, 1943- author.
463 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"A Hannah Swensen mystery with recipes"--Cover.
Cookie maker Hannah Swensen decides to investigate when Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery.

A woman unknown : a Kate Shackleton mystery

November 13, 2015
Brody, Frances.
497 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Ghost to the rescue

November 13, 2015
Hart, Carolyn G., author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
377 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"When you wish upon a star, you get ... Bailey Ruth? You do if you're a little girl whose mom needs help and you touch the soft heart of Supervisor Wiggins at Heaven's Department of Good Intentions. Granted it's not the usual task of an emissary, but then again Bailey Ruth is not your usual emissary. So Wiggins dispatches the spunky spirit to her old hometown of Adelaide, Oklahoma, to help a single mother and struggling writer find some creative solutions to her problems."-- Provided by publisher.

Purl up and die

November 13, 2015
Sefton, Maggie.
399 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Delicious recipe and knitting pattern included!"--Cover.
Kelly Flynn's summer in Fort Connor, Colorado, is off to a great start with romantic celebrations with her boyfriend, Steve, and enjoyable--albeit challenging--knitting classes taught by her friend Barb at the House of Lambspun. But while Barb's advanced stitches are giving Kelly the slip, a more deadly problem soon has her friend coming apart at the seams. A young woman has accused Barb's son, Tommy--a young doctor doing his residency--of assaulting her. The yarns spun by the local rumor mill are bad enough, but when the young woman is found dead in her ransacked apartment, Tommy becomes the number one suspect. The police are ready to close the case, but Kelly is convinced that there are a few more likely suspects. Now she has to knit together the clues herself to uncover a killer who doesn't seem to drop a


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