New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

December 8, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Trouble makes a comeback

December 7, 2016
Tromly, Stephanie, author.
New York, NY : Kathy Dawson Books, [2016]
298 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Trouble is a friend of mine.
After Zoe Webster's friend Philip Digby--the weird, manic and brilliant teen sleuth Digby--left town, Zoe experimented with being a "normal" high schooler--but now Digby is back needing help, and not just to find his sister.

Return to Umbria

December 7, 2016
Wagner, David P, author.
©2016
214 pages ; 22 cm.
Orvieto--its very name brings to mind priceless art, colorful ceramics, and straw-colored wine. And the most famous cathedral facade in Italy, a structure of gothic spires, arches, statues, and mosaics. But as Rick Montoya discovers, this jewel of Umbria can have an ugly side as well. When Rick Montoya moved to his mother's Italy from his father's Santa Fe, New Mexico, to work as a freelance translator using his dual heritage, he didn't expect to be helping the Italian police. His maternal uncle, a high-level commissioner in Rome, however, sees no reason not to use the resources at hand. Rick's fourth investigation should not have involved crime. It begins when Rick is asked by his uncle to go to Orvieto to talk some sense into his cousin Fabrizio, whose fling with an older married woman is embarrassing the family. Rick agrees to give it a try, and plans a short but romantic weekend in Orvieto with Betta Innocenti, the woman he met in Bassano. What could go wrong? Less than a day after their arrival, his language skills draw him into the brutal murder of an American visitor. He finds that he knows the policeman in charge, but Inspector LoGuercio has changed since the time they met in Volterra. The murdered woman had studied art in Italy decades earlier. Why has she returned now? And why was she dumped at night on a dusty road? Through her traveling companions, her devastated daughter and best friend, as well as a growing list of those who knew her from her student days, they realize she had come to Orvieto to face the past. And then a second murder occurs in a public park, with Montoya so close that he wonders if he could have been the intended target. Is all this connected to Fabrizio and his affair, or to the American's death? More violence erupts, some of it definitely directed at Rick himself. Strong suspects, tantalizing secrets, concealed motives, and risky behaviors tie to a fascinating landscape and layers of Orvieto's past.

A very pukka murder : a Maharaja mystery

December 7, 2016
Gaind, Arjun, author.
©2016
328 pages ; 23 cm.
"The first Maharaja mystery"--Jacket.
"Major William Russell, the English Resident of the princely state of Rajpore, is found dead the morning after the 1909 New Year's Ball. The fabulously wealth Maharaja of Rajpore, a lover of luxury cars and beautiful women, cannot resist a mystery and, over the objections of the local Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police, attempts to solve the crime. As the British authorities dispatch their own investigator from Simla, His Highness deals with the growing hostility of the English Establishment, learning that Major Russell was not as pukka, as proper, as he liked to pretend."--Provided by publisher.

Grace : a Willie Black mystery

December 6, 2016
Owen, Howard, 1949- author.
Sag Harbor, NY : Permanent Press, [2016]
245 pages ; 23 cm.
"Life is cheap on the poor side of town. For more than two decades, young black kids have been disappearing from Richmond's East End. No bodies have ever been found, and the missing boys haven't received much attention from police or the media. When the uncle of the latest missing kid takes matters into his own hands and holds the daily newspaper's publisher hostage in the paper's lobby, Willie Black gets involved, and things start to change. The world's oldest night cops reporter knows something about the inequities of race and income. When Sam McNish, a crusader for social justice who grew up in the same hardscrabble Oregon Hill neighborhood as Willie, is arrested shortly after a child's body is discovered, the police start making the case that McNish has been the demonic force behind all the boys' disappearances. Willie, after working the traps he's developed from his too-many years as a reporter, isn't so sure. As Willie teases out the real story, he manages to antagonize his publisher and the city's power structure as well as police chief L.D. Jones, but experience has taught him that the more people he angers, the closer he probably is to the truth. Along the way, he forms a strange alliance with Big Boy Sunday, a dangerous man who exhibits a strong interest in seeing that Willie finds the truth--although Willie will learn that Big Boy wants parts of that truth to remain hidden."--Provided by publisher.

Sinner man

December 6, 2016
Block, Lawrence, author.
©2016
239 pages ; 23 cm.
Originally written in 1960, and published in slightly different form as: Savage lover / Sheldon Lord. London : Softcover Library, 1968.
To escape punishment for a murder he didn't mean to commit, insurance man Don Barshter has to take on a new identity: Nathaniel Crowley, ferocious up-and-comer in the New York mob. But can he find safety in the skin of another man...a worse man...a sinner man...?

My kind of town : a Joe Buonomo mystery

December 6, 2016
Sandrolini, John, 1965- author.
New York : Mysterious Press.com/Open Road Integrated Media, [2016]
352 pages ; 20 cm.
Sequel to: One for our baby.
"When Joe Buonomo returned from World War II, he chose to settle in California rather than go back home to Chicago--and he didn't plan on revisiting his old stomping grounds any time soon. But when Frank Sinatra asks you to fly him to the Windy City for a gig, you don't refuse. And so, reluctantly, Joe finds himself strolling down memory lane and rekindling relationships with his estranged family. But where Joe goes, trouble tends to follow"--Amazon.com.

Beignets, brides and bodies

December 6, 2016
Ripley, J. R., 1955- author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2016.
234 pages ; 23 cm
"Settling into her new life running a coffee and beignet café in the small town of Table Rock, Arizona, Maggie Miller expects nothing but smooth sailing from here on. But she's blown way off course when Clive Rothschild, co-owner of The Hitching Post, the bridal shop next door, begs her for a favour. That favour leads to Clive and Maggie discovering a dead body buried beneath a wedding cake. And with the evidence stacking up against Clive and his partner, former professional skater Johnny Wolfe, it's up to Maggie to dig through the layers of deceit and hem in the real killer. But she may have to skirt the law to do it."

The iron water : an Inspector Tom Harper novel

December 6, 2016
Nickson, Chris, author.
©2016
217 pages ; 23 cm.
Two macabre discoveries in a single morning present an intriguing challenge for Detective Inspector Tom Harper in Leeds, England, in July 1893. D.I. Tom Harper is witnessing the demonstration of a devastating new naval weapon, the torpedo, at Roundhay Park. The explosion brings up a body in the lake, a rope lashed tightly around its waist. At the same time, dredging operations in the River Aire are disrupted when a woman's severed leg floats to the water's surface, still clad in its stocking and boot. Could the two macabre discoveries be connected? Harper's investigations will lead him right to the heart of the criminal underworld that underpins the city - and into the path of a merciless killer.

Suddenly at home : a Brock and Poole mystery

December 6, 2016
Ison, Graham, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2016.
188 pages ; 23 cm
When Richard Cooper is found shot to death in his luxury apartment in North Sheen, London, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Brock and Detective Sergeant Dave Poole are assigned the case. They immediately question Dennis Jones, who found Cooper's lifeless body, and Lydia Maxwell, who lived in the apartment opposite - but is either of them telling the truth? Richard Cooper appears to have been a very private man who left few clues behind. As the investigation gathers pace, however, a trip to Belgium could signal the possible unravelling of the mystery. But it soon becomes clear that the hunt for a determined killer could lead to tragedy for Harry and his team.

To the last drop

December 6, 2016
Balzo, Sandra, author.
Sutton : Severn House, 2016.
184 pages ; 22 cm.
"Maggy Thorsen's shock at finding her ex-husband Ted in a fight with William Swopes, an oral surgeon at Ted's dental practice, outside Uncommon Grounds, the Wisconsin gourmet coffeehouse she co-owns, is soon usurped by the horror of discovering a dead body outside Thorsen Dental's office block the next morning. Did he jump from the tenth-floor office window, or was he pushed?"--Amazon.com.

Dead or alive

December 6, 2016
McCoy, Ken, 1940-
Surrey, England : Severn House Publishers Ltd, 2016.
249 pages ; 23 cm.
"Two children have been abducted on their way home from school. After several weeks, they are still missing -- and no one knows whether they are alive or dead. The police are certain that ruthless local gangster Vince Formosa is behind the kidnapping, but without proof their hands are tied. Forced to resign following an accidental death in police custody, former Detective Inspector Sep Black knows he's been set up. But how can he prove it - and stay alive in the process? Convinced that Formosa has a mole within the police, Black sets out to expose the traitor, clear his name and wreak revenge on the man who brought him down. In order to do so, he must go undercover and find the missing children. But even the best-laid plans can sometimes go awry."--Provided by publisher.

City on edge : a novel

December 5, 2016
Pintoff, Stefanie, author.
©2016
374 pages ; 24 cm
"An electrifying thriller featuring Eve Rossi, head of a covert division of the FBI made up of ex-criminals, and set against the backdrop of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. What at first looks like an assassination attempt on New York City's Police Commissioner might in fact be a smokescreen for the abduction of his teenage daughter. Or is it a larger conspiracy? As midtown Manhattan grinds to a halt in preparation for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Eve Rossi and her team of ex-cons race against the clock to save a child's life and thwart a massive terrorist threat in this whiplash-paced thriller"-- Provided by publisher.

A voice in the night

December 5, 2016
Camilleri, Andrea, author.
©2016
274 pages ; 20 cm.
"Montalbano investigates a robbery at a supermarket, a standard case that takes a spin when manager Guido Borsellino is later found hanging in his office. Was it a suicide? The inspector and the coroner have their doubts, and further investigation leads to the director of a powerful local company. Meanwhile, a girl is found brutally murdered in Giovanni Strangio's apartment--Giovanni has a flawless alibi, and it's no coincidence that Michele Strangio, president of the province, is his father. Weaving together these two crimes, Montalbano realizes that he's in a difficult spot where political power is enmeshed with the mafia underworld."-- Provided by publisher.

The girl in the picture

December 5, 2016
Monir, Alexandra, author.
©2016
263 pages ; 22 cm
After heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police search for the girl snuggled up next to him in a picture discovered among his personal effects. A girl no one knew was even close to him-- and whose best friend, Lana Rivera, was his girlfriend. Geeky music girl Nicole Morgan is the girl in the picture-- and now she's the primary suspect in his murder.

The Norfolk mystery

December 5, 2016
Sansom, Ian.
[New York?] : Witness Impulse, ©2013.
324 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm
"It is 1937, and disillusioned Spanish Civil War veteran Stephen Sefton is broke. So when he sees a mysterious advertisment for a job where 'intelligence is essential, ' he eagerly applies. Thus begins Sefton's association with Professor Swanton Morley, an omnivorous intellect. Morley's latest project is a history of traditional England, with a guide to every county. They start in Norfolk, but when the vicar of Blakeney is found hanging from his church's bell rope, Morley and Sefton find themselves drawn into a rather more fiendish plot. Did the reverend really take his own life, or is there something darker afoot?"--Back cover.

Murder in G major : a Gethsemane Brown mystery

December 5, 2016
Gordon, Alexia, author.
[Frisco, TX] : Henery Press ; 2016.
271 pages ; 23 cm
"With few other options, African-American classical musician Gethsemane Brown accepts a less-than-ideal position turning a group of rowdy schoolboys into an award-winning orchestra. Stranded without luggage or money in the Irish countryside, she figures any job is better than none. The perk? Housesitting a lovely cliffside cottage. The catch? The ghost of the cottage's murdered owner haunts the place. Falsely accused of killing his wife (and himself), he begs Gethsemane to clear his name so he can rest in peace. Gethsemane's reluctant investigation provokes a dormant killer and she soon finds herself in grave danger. As Gethsemane races to prevent a deadly encore, will she uncover the truth or star in her own farewell performance?"--Jacket.

Deadly dog days : a dog days mystery

December 5, 2016
Blair, Jamie M., author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2016]
233 pages ; 21 cm.
"New to the historic town of Metamora, Indiana, Cameron Cripps-Hayman is looking to make friends with her neighbors. What she isn't looking for is one of their bodies floating in the canal. When she and her estranged husband, the town sheriff, are both suspected of murder, Cameron takes crime solving into her own hands, teaming up with her eccentric group of volunteers who dub themselves The Metamora Action Agency"--Page 4 of cover.

Tangled webs : a novel

December 5, 2016
Hannon, Irene, author.
©2016
358 pages ; 23 cm.
Sequel to: Thin ice.
"After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action--ready or not."--Provided by publisher.

Chong ŭi kiwŏn : Chŏng Yu-jŏng changp'yŏn sosŏl = The origin of species.

December 5, 2016
Chŏng, Yu-jŏng, 1966- author.
Sŏul T'ŭkpyŏlsi : Ŭnhaeng Namu, 2016.
383 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
A former swimmer (force to quit due to illness, and dependent on seizure medication) has lived under the strict watch of their mother and aunt. One day the mother is found murdered.

Avenged : a Vanished novel

December 2, 2016
Cooper, E. E., author.
©2016
339 pages ; 22 cm
Kalah knows that Beth was murdered, but no one believes her. By trying to solve the mystery of Beth's death, she moves closer to the danger that killed Beth.

The killing ship

December 2, 2016
Beaufort, Simon.
Surrey, England : Severn House, 2016.
217 pages : map ; 23 cm.
Having spent the summer conducting fieldwork on stark Livingston Island, marine biologist Andrew Berrister is looking forward to returning to civilization. But his final days in Antarctica take an unexpected turn when it becomes clear that he and his small group of scientists are not alone on the island. Deducing that the intruders are a crew of illegal whalers, the scientists face an increasingly desperate struggle for survival when two members of their shore party disappear and their supplies are deliberately sabotaged.As Berrister and his remaining companions flee across the treacherous, icy terrain, they are pursued unrelentingly by ruthless killers whose true reasons for being in the Antarctic are darker and more dangerous than the scientists could ever have imagined.

The man who wanted to know everything : a novel

December 2, 2016
Mishani, Dror, author.
New York, NY : Harper Paperbacks, 2016.
289 pages ; 20 cm.
Originally published as Ha-ish sheratsah leda'at hakol in Israel in 2015 by Achuzat Bayit.
Called on a stormy night to the scene of his first murder investigation as the new commander of investigations, Inspector Avraham Avraham is shocked to discover that he knows the victim: Leah Yeger, a widow found brutally murdered in her home and the victim of a rape that he investigated some years prior. But with her rapist still behind bars, Avraham's only lead is an eyewitness claiming he saw a policeman leave the scene of the crime--a policeman who seems to have since vanished into thin air. Risking the cooperation of his police force, Avraham is determined to follow the lead, working feverishly to solve the case--no matter the cost. But when his investigation leads him to Mazal Bengtson--a young woman struggling to escape a tortured past and salvage a marriage gone horribly wrong--the complex case takes on an even more baffling, disturbing turn.

Big Red tequila

December 2, 2016
Riordan, Rick.
New York : Bantam Books, 1997.
372 pages ; 18 cm.
A man comes home to San Antonio, Texas, to rescue his old girlfriend and solve the 12-year-old murder of his sheriff father.

Thrill squeaker

December 2, 2016
Barritt, Christy, author.
©2016
314 pages ; 22 cm.

The Alexandria affair

December 2, 2016
Gardner, Ashley, author.
©2016
331 pages ; 21 cm.
Captain Lacey unearths treasure and murder in Egypt in this latest mystery by Ashley Gardner (Jennifer Ashley).

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