New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

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

The whispering city

November 25, 2015
Moliner, Sara, author.
405 pages ; 24 cm
"Sara Moliner is the pseudonym for the writing duo Rosa Ribas and Sabine Hofmann"--Jacket.
"Barcelona 1952"--Jacket.
"Barcelona 1952. General Franco's fascist government is at the height of its oppressive powers, casting a black shadow across the city. When wealthy socialite Mariona Sobrerroca is found dead in her mansion in the exclusive Tibidabo district, the police scramble to seize control of the investigation. Eager young journalist Ana Martí Noguer is surprised to be assigned to this important story, where she must shadow Inspector Isidro Castro. But Ana soon realizes that a bundle of strange letters unearthed at the scene of the crime points to a sequence of events dramatically different from the official version. She enlists the help of her cousin Beatriz, a scholar, and what begins as an intriguing puzzle exposes a series of revelations that implicate the regime's most influential figures. The two women have placed themselves in mortal danger. As the conspiracy unfolds, Ana's courage and Beatriz's wits will be their only weapons against the city's corrupt and murderous elite"--Publisher description.

The producer's daughter

November 25, 2015
Marcott, Lindsay, author.
282 pages ; 22 cm.
Hannah Doran is the wild child of a charming Hollywood producer with perfect friends who is convicted of grand theft after a night of glamorous excess. She is smart, loyal and she insists, innocent of the crime that landed her in prison. She's determined to make something of her life, but it's hard to recast herself when everyone has a stake in her old role--her fascinating cellmates, her ruthless father, a female studio exec with much to hide, and a handsome, ambitious photographer.

Whispers in the reading room : a Chicago World's Fair mystery

November 24, 2015
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
344 pages ; 22 cm.
"Lydia's job at the library is her world-until a mysterious patron catches her eye ... and perhaps her heart. Just months after the closure of the Chicago World's Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him. Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn't merely a very wealthy gentleman but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked. Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and is suddenly a suspect in a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian-the man so many people fear-is actually everything her heart believes him to be"--publisher.

Lamb to the slaughter

November 24, 2015
Hopkins, Karen Ann, author.
North Charleston, South Carolina : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, [2015]
x, 336 pages ; 22 cm
"Book one of Serenity's plain secrets"--Cover.
Some Amish communities aren't so cozy. The death of a teenage Amish girl in a cornfield looks like an accident, but sheriff Serenity Adams suspects foul play. To solve the murder, she must investigate the nearby Amish community with the help of a man who was shunned years ago. At first glance, the case seems obvious. The poor girl was probably accidently shot during hunting season, but when the elders of the Amish community and even the girl's parents react with uncaring subdued behavior, Serenity becomes suspicious. As she delves deeper into the secretive community that she grew up beside, she discovers a gruesome crime from the past that may very well be related to the Amish girl's shooting. Serenity's persistence leads her to a stunning discovery that not only threatens to destroy her blossoming romance with Daniel Bachman, but may even take her life in the end.

Crucifixion Creek : a Belltree mystery

November 20, 2015
Maitland, Barry.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
354 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in Australia in 2014 by The Text Publishing Company."
"A meth-addicted biker shoots a woman during a police siege. An elderly couple commit suicide on the terrace of their favorite café. An unidentified white male is stabbed to death in the street. For Sydney homicide detective Harry Belltree, not long out of the military and a grueling tour of Afghanistan, these three deaths appear to be just another day at the office. Until, that is, he identifies the stabbing victim as his own brother-in-law Greg, and journalist Kelly Pool suggests there's a link between the three incidents. It seems Greg and the old couple had ties to the same man, a corrupt money man with a murky past and friends in both high places and low. Harry Belltree can't get officially involved in Greg's murder, but he's not going to leave it in the hands of others. That's when he goes off-grid to investigate the links between these deaths. That's when things start to get dangerous"-- Provided by publisher.

The hidden man

November 20, 2015
Cumming, Charles, 1971- author.
358 pages ; 21 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"Christopher Keen, once a master spy, is murdered in cold blood. His sons Mark and Benjamin, though they hadn't seen their father for over twenty years, are now drawn into the legacy of his life as a spy as they set out to discover the truth and avenge their father's death. But as their search proceeds, more questions arise--is Christopher's death connected to his past life in MI6? Was his eldest son involved in a conspiracy that links him to Moscow, Afghanistan, and the Russian mafia? [The] author ... delivers a thriller that delves into the complicated double lives of spies, and what happens when their half-told secrets die with them"-- Provided by publisher.

The sundown speech

November 18, 2015
Estleman, Loren D., author.
240 pages ; 22 cm.
"Amos Walker is hired by Helen and Dante Gunner, a bohemian Ann Arbor couple, to find Jerry Marcus, a film director who has disappeared with their investment money. It's one of Walker's easiest jobs to date. In just a few short hours, Walker locates Marcus in his bedroom...murdered, his body shoved into a cupboard, a bullet through his head. This case is opened and shut quickly, but Walker can't quite let it go. When Dante is arrested for the murder Walker finds himself again in Helen's employ, this time trying to prove that Dante didn't do it. When Walker interviews Holly Zacharias, a college student who was the last person to see Marcus alive, things get interesting. Because if Marcus is dead, and Dante is his killer, then who is driving by in the Crown Vic, shooting at Walker and Holly? Jerry Marcus just might still be alive, and his plans may be worse than anything Walker can imagine"-- Provided by publisher.

Second skin

November 17, 2015
Wiley, Michael, 1961- author.
Sutton, England Severn House Publishers, 2015.
243 pages ; 23 cm.
"The Detective Daniel Turner mysteries"--T.p. facing.
This is an intriguing mystery featuring homicide detective Daniel Turner in the second of this atmospheric crime noir series, following Blue Avenue. When one of her students is found dead, English teacher Lillian Turner and her husband, Navy war veteran Johnny Wester, are drawn into the investigation. Having made a macabre discovery which throws a disturbing new light on the case, Johnny and Lillian find themselves involved in something darker and more dangerous than they could have imagined. With their marriage cracking under the strain and Johnny's sanity under threat, the pair is warned to stay out of the case by Lillian's brother, homicide detective Daniel Turner. Just what is Daniel's connection to the dead girl? Does he know more than he's letting on? Can Lillian trust her own brother?

The girl in the ice

November 17, 2015
Hammer, Lotte, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
435 pages ; 25 cm
"A Konrad Simonsen thriller"--Jacket.

Crowned and moldering

November 17, 2015
Carlisle, Kate, 1951- author.
New York : Obsidian, published by New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2015]
328 pages ; 18 cm.
"An Obsidian mystery"-- Title page.
Shannon is happy to help her beau, Mac Sullivan, renovate his historic lighthouse mansion but work grinds to a halt when the reamains of a missing young woman are found.

Trimmed with murder

November 17, 2015
Goldenbaum, Sally, author.
x, 322 pages ; 22 cm.
"An Obsidian mystery."
"In Sea Harbor, the holidays mean cozy fires, festive carols, and soft skeins of yarn waiting to become hats and sweaters and scarves. And this year, Izzy and the other Seaside Knitters are also knitting tiny ornaments to decorate a tree for the first annual tree-trimming contest. Their holiday cheer is multiplied when Izzy's younger brother, Charlie Chambers, unexpectedly arrives to volunteer at a local clinic. He brings with him outspoken hitchhiker Amber Hanson, who is returning to Sea Harbor to claim an inheritance. She quickly reacquaints herself with the area and forms an unlikely friendship with Charlie. But their bond is shattered when her body is found beneath the undecorated trees on the Harbor Green. Charlie is a suspect in the murder, so Izzy and her fellow Knitters step in to uncover the truth. Their journey takes them into Charlie's past and tests their fierce love for him. But it's only by peeling away long-buried secrets that they can hope to restore joy to the season and enjoy the shining lights of the newly decorated trees"-- Provided by publisher.

Recipes for love and murder : a Tannie Maria mystery

November 16, 2015
Andrew, Sally, author.
419 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes recipes.
"Originally published in United Kingdom by Canongate Books Ltd. in 2015" -- Title page verso.
"A bright new talent makes her fiction debut with this first novel in a delicious crime series set in rural South Africa: a flavorful blend of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and Goldy Schulz, full of humor, romance, and recipes, and featuring a charming cast of characters. 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 through her work as a recipe columnist for the local paper, until the Gazette decides its readers are hungrier for advice on matters of the heart than for lunch and dinner ideas. Tannie Maria doesn't like the change but soon discovers she has a knack and a passion for helping people. Of course, a recipe is always part of the remedy she offers. 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 own past like a woman who contacts her desperate to escape her abusive husband. When the woman is murdered, Tannie Maria becomes dangerously entwined in the investigation, despite the best efforts of a handsome detective named Kannemeyer, who is 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 . . ." -- ONIX annotation.

Home by nightfall

November 16, 2015
Finch, Charles (Charles B.), author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
viii, 294 pages ; 25 cm.
"It's London in 1876, and the whole city is abuzz with the enigmatic disappearance of a famous foreign pianist. Lenox has an eye on the matter - as a partner in a now-thriving detective agency, he's a natural choice to investigate. Just when he's tempted to turn his focus to it entirely, however, his grieving brother asks him to come down to Sussex, and Lenox leaves the metropolis behind for the quieter country life of his boyhood. Or so he thinks. In fact, something strange is afoot in Markethouse: small thefts, books, blankets, animals, and more alarmingly a break-in at the house of a local insurance agent. As he and his brother investigate this small accumulation of mysteries, Lenox realizes that something very strange and serious indeed may be happening, more than just local mischief. Soon, he's racing to solve two cases at once, one in London and one in the country, before either turns deadly. Blending Charles Finch's trademark wit, elegance, and depth of research, this new mystery, equal parts Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, may be the finest in the series"-- Provided by publisher.

Death on demand

November 16, 2015
Kelly, Jim, 1957- author.
Surrey : Creme De La Crime, 2015.
220 pages ; 23 cm.
When the newspapers turn up to cover Ruby Bright's 100th birthday, they find her seaside care home is a murder scene. Someone spirited Ruby away by wheelchair down to the water's edge on the idyllic north Norfolk coast, and strangled her. But why kill a harmless centurion? As Detective Inspector Shaw and Detective Sergeant Valentine investigate, it's clear Ruby wasn't the first victim, and nor is she the last. All trails seem to lead back to the old Parkwood Springs estate, close to the docklands. There's only one way in and one way out of the estate - through the derelict Lister Tunnel. But what is the secret within...?

Murder in the merchant's hall : a Mistress Jaffrey mystery

November 16, 2015
Emerson, Kathy Lynn, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2015.
250 pages ; 23 cm.
When Mistress Rosamond Jaffrey is summoned to her childhood home for "a matter of life and death," she expects to find her foster mother, Lady Susanna Appleton, at death's door. What she finds instead is far more dangerous--a childhood friend, accused of a murder she did not commit, with nowhere else to turn. Godlina Walkenden stands accused of murdering her brother-in-law in order to avoid an arranged marriage to a loathsome Italian silk merchant and turns to Rosamond to prove her innocence and save her from execution. In order to find out who the real murderer is and set Lina free, Rosamond, with help from her husband and Lady Appleton, must navigate a treacherous path and avoid the emissaries of the enigmatic Sir Francis Walsingham.

Buried in beignets

November 16, 2015
Ripley, J. R., 1955-
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House Publishers Ltd., c2015.
233 pages ; 23 cm
Recently divorced, Maggie Miller has flown form Phoenix and her ex-husband and his new wife and moved to Table Rock to be closer to her own family. She's also planning on opening her own beignet and coffee business, Maggie's Beignet Cafe. But that dead guy in her storeroom might just put a kink in her plans. Unless she can figure out who killed him, and why, she might never open for business.

Rest ye murdered gentlemen

November 13, 2015
Delany, Vicki, 1951- author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
294 p. ; 17 cm.
As the owner of Mrs. Claus's Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate homes for the holidays. That's why she thinks her float in the semi-annual Santa Claus parade is a shoe-in for best in show. But when the tractor pulling Merry's float is sabotaged, she has to face facts: there's a Scrooge in Christmas Town. Merry isn't ready to point fingers, especially with a journalist in town writing a puff piece about Rudolph's Christmas spirit. But when she stumbles upon the reporter's body on a late night dog walk - and police suspect he was poisoned by a gingerbread cookie crafted by her best friend, Vicky - Merry will have to put down the jingle bells and figure out who's really been grinching about town, before Vicky ends up on Santa's naughty list.

All dressed in white : an under suspicion novel

November 12, 2015
Clark, Mary Higgins.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
271 pages ; 24 cm.
"The second thrilling novel in the New York Times bestselling Under Suspicion series following The Cinderella Murder, featuring intrepid television producer Laurie Moran as she investigates the case of a missing bride. Five years ago Amanda Pierce was excitedly preparing to marry her college sweetheart in a lavish ceremony at The Grand Victoria Hotel in Palm Beach. Then, with their guests and families on site, Amanda disappeared. In present-day New York City, Laurie Moran realizes a missing bride is the perfect cold case for her investigative television series, Under Suspicion. She and her team set out to recreate the night of the disappearance at the Florida resort with Amanda's friends and family in attendance, hoping to shed new light on the mystery as the series has done in past episodes. With a jealous sister, playboy groomsmen, Amanda's former fiance; now married to a bridesmaid, and rumors about the "beloved" bride herself, Laurie and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley quickly realize everyone has a theory about why Amanda vanished into thin air. One thing is certain: whoever was behind Amanda's disappearance plans to keep the truth hidden "until death do they part..." The bestselling Under Suspicion series from Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke offers "plenty of intrigue and excitement" (Publishers Weekly, on The Cinderella Murder). Featuring the chilling suspense and elegant settings readers have come to love, All Dressed in White is not to be missed"-- Provided by publisher.

Cross justice

November 12, 2015
Patterson, James, 1947-
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
420 pages ; 25 cm
"When his cousin is accused of a heinous crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three decades. As he tries to prove his cousin's innocence in a town where everyone seems to be on the take, Cross unearths a family secret that forces him to question everything he's ever known. Chasing a ghost he believed was long dead, Cross gets pulled into a case that has local cops scratching their heads and needing his help: a grisly string of socialite murders. Now he's hot on the trail of both a brutal killer, and the truth about his own past--and the answers he finds might be fatal" -- provided by publisher.

Tricky twenty-two : a Stephanie Plum novel

November 12, 2015
Evanovich, Janet.
New York : Bantam Books, [2015]
292 pages ; 25 cm.
"Something big is brewing in Trenton, N.J., and it could blow at any minute. Stephanie Plum might not be the world's greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she's being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren't adding up, and Stephanie can't shake the feeling that something funny is going on at the college--and it's not just Zeta fraternity pranks. As much as people love Gobbles, they hate Doug Linken. When Linken is gunned down in his backyard it's good riddance, and the list of possible murder suspects is long. The only people who care about finding Linken's killer are Trenton cop Joe Morelli, who has been assigned the case, security expert Ranger, who was hired to protect Linken, and Stephanie, who has her eye on a cash prize and hopefully has some tricks up her sleeve"-- Provided by publisher.

A likely story

November 12, 2015
McKinlay, Jenn, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
viii, 292 pages ; 21 cm.
Bonus short story included.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
Delivering books to the housebound residents of the Thumb Islands, just a short boat ride from the town of Briar Creek, library director Lindsey Norris has befriended two elderly brothers, Stewart and Peter Rosen. She enjoys visiting them in their treasure-filled, ramshackle Victorian on Star Island until she discovers that Peter has been killed and Stewart is missing. Now she's determined to solve a murder and find Stewart before he suffers his brother's fate.

The chocolate falcon fraud

November 12, 2015
Carl, JoAnna, author.
vii, 229 pages ; 22 cm.
"An Obsidian Mystery."
"The Warner Pier tourism board is kicking off its Tough Guys and Private Eyes film festival with The Maltese Falcon, and Lee Woodyard and her Aunt Nettie are preparing a delicious chocolate noir tie-in at TenHuis Chocolade. What Lee isn't prepared for is a face from the past: Jeff Godfrey, her former stepson...Then Jeff goes missing, the Falcon theme is haunting everyone, and a body falls at Lee's feet when she opens the front door just like in the movie."-- Provided by publisher.

Woman with a blue pencil : a novel

November 12, 2015
McAlpine, Gordon, author.
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
191 pages ; 21 cm
"On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Sam Sumida, a Japanese-American academic, has been thrust into the role of amateur P.I., investigating his wife's murder, which has been largely ignored by the LAPD. Grief stricken by her loss, disoriented by his ill-prepared change of occupation, the worst is yet to come.... Sam discovers that, inexplicably, he has become not only unrecognizable to his former acquaintances but that all signs of his existence (including even the murder he's investigating) have been erased. Unaware that he is a discarded, fictional creation, he resumes his investigation in a world now characterized not only by his own sense of isolation but by wartime fear. Meantime, Sam's story is interspersed with chapters from a pulp spy novel that features an L.A.-based Korean P.I. with jingoistic and anti-Japanese, post December 7th attitudes - the revised, politically and commercially viable character for whom Sumida has been excised. Behind it all is the ambitious, 20-year-old Nisei author who has made the changes, despite the relocation of himself and his family to a Japanese internment camp. And, looming above, is his book editor in New York, who serves as both muse and manipulator to the young author--the woman with the blue pencil, a new kind of femme fatale"-- Provided by publisher.

The shock of night

November 10, 2015
Carr, Patrick W.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
459 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"In a troubled realm, city watchman Willet Dunham begins to investigate a mysterious murder, and after a powerful encounter with a dying priest, he leaves with few answers but a rare gift"-- Provided by publisher.


November 10, 2015
Dhooge, Bavo, author.
New York, New York : Simon451, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2015.
293 pages ; 24 cm
A serial killer is on the loose in Ostend, Belgium. Nicknamed The Stuffer, the mysterious killer fills his victims full of sand and poses them as public art installations. Rafael Styx, a corrupt, middle-aged cop with a bum hip and ties to the Belgian underworld is on the case. A chance encounter with The Stuffer leaves Styx dead from a gun shot to the chest--but the afterlife has just begun. Returning as a zombie, Styx has to battle his new hunger for human flesh as he seeks to restore his honor and find his own murderer.

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