New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

October 9, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Foreign affairs

October 8, 2015
Woods, Stuart, author.
311 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Stone Barrington novel"--Jacket.
When he's apprised at the last minute of a mandatory meeting abroad, Stone Barrington rushes off to Europe for a whirlwind tour of business and, of course, pleasure. But from the start the trip seems to be cursed, plagued by suspicious "accidents" and unfortunate events, and some of Stone's plans go up in flames--literally. Not a believer in coincidence, Stone sets out to learn the true source of his curious misfortune and finds that what appeared to be bad luck may, in fact, have been a warning. From the chic streets of Paris to Italy's spectacular Amalfi Coast, Stone is pursued from all sides...but when the tables turn, the hunted may become the hunter.

Bread of the dead

October 8, 2015
Myers, Ann, author.
354 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes recipes in back of book.
"A Santa Fe café mystery"--Title page.
Life couldn't be sweeter for Tres Amigas Cafe chef Rita Lafitte, decorating sugar skulls and taste-testing rich, buttery pan de muerto in anticipation of Santa Fe's Day of the Dead bread-baking contest. That is, until her friendly landlord, Victor, is found dead next door. Although the police deem Victor's death a suicide, Rita knows something is amiss. To uncover the truth, she teams up with her octogenarian boss, Flori, the town's most celebrated snoop. The duo begins to sift through long-buried secrets and to take full measure of duplicitous neighbors, but the clock is ticking and their list of suspects is growing ever longer. Just as the clues get hotter than a New Mexican chili, one of their main suspects winds up dead. Rita fears that the killer is dishing out seconds -- and her order might be up.

Parchment and old lace

October 8, 2015
Childs, Laura, author.
323 pages ; 22 cm.
Laura Childs "returns to the Big Easy and the historic Garden District, where scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand discovers a bride-to-be murdered in the legendary Lafayette Cemetery..."-- Provided by publisher.

Looking for Mr. Good Witch

October 8, 2015
Lavene, Joyce, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
289 pages ; 18 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.

Just killing time

October 8, 2015
Holmes, Julianne, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
viii, 294 pages ; 17 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
"A clock shop mystery"--Cover.
Ruth's beloved grandfather instilled in her a love of timepieces. Unfortunately after her grandmother died and he remarried, Ruth and Grandpa Thom became estranged. She's wanted to reconnect after her recent divorce, but sadly they've run out of time. Her grandfather has been found dead after a break-in at his shop and the police believe he was murdered.

The question of the unfamiliar husband

October 8, 2015
Copperman, E. J., 1957-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2015]
279 pages ; 21 cm.
"For Samuel Hoenig, Asperger’s isn’t so much a syndrome as it is a set of personality traits. And as the sole proprietor of a business called Questions Answered, Samuel’s put his personality traits to good use, successfully answering every question he’s ever been asked. But when his newest client asks about the true identity of her so-called husband, Samuel recruits his former associate, Janet Washburn, for insight into a subject that’s beyond his grasp—marriage. Working as a team seems to be the right approach . . . until the inscrutable spouse is found dead in Samuel’s office. Feeling like he’s been taken for a fool, Samuel is more than willing to answer a new question posed by an unexpected inquirer: who killed the unfamiliar husband?

Murder, plainly read

October 8, 2015
Alan, Isabella, author.
New York : New American Library, 2015.
356 pages ; 18 cm.
When Old Order Bishop Bartholomew Belier is found dead in the bookmobile of Austina Shaker, the librarian he vowed to ruin, Angie and her quilting circle set out to prove Austina's innocence before the killer strikes again.

The big chili

October 8, 2015
Buckley, Julia, 1964- author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
viii, 293 pages ; 18 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
After dreaming for years of owning her own catering company, Lilah has made a start into the food world through her Covered Dish business, covertly cooking for her neighbors who don't have the time or skill to do so themselves, and allowing them to claim her culinary creations as their own. While her clientele is strong, their continued happiness depends on no one finding out who's really behind the apron.

Silent city : a Claire Codella mystery

October 8, 2015
Smith, Carrie, author.
New York, NY : Crooked Lane Books, 2015.
296 pages ; 24 cm
NYPD Detective Claire Codella has just won a tough battle with cancer. Now she has to regain her rightful place on the force. she hasn't even been back a day when Hector Sanchez, a maverick public school principal, is found murdered. The school is on high alert. The media is howling for answers. And Codella catches the high-profile case at the worst possible time. As she races to track down the killer, she uncovers dirty politics, questionable contracts, and dark secrets. Each discovery she makes brings her closer to the truth, but the truth may cost Codella her life.

Who killed Gunther Dunkel?

October 8, 2015
James, Marian, 1959- author.
xii, 247 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
"The first novel in her Jebediah Colton series."--Page 247.
"A dead CEO, too many suspects; searching for means motive and opportunity."
"A wealthy CEO of a Cincinnati fashion company is found dead in his car along a remote stretch of highway in eastern Kentucky. Seasoned Detective Jebediah Colton from Kentucky must team up with smart but inexperienced Detective Claire Maxey from Ohio, to solve this high profile case that takes them away from their normal duties and sends them to Virginia, New York, Boston and Toronto. As the investigation unfolds, detectives Colton and Maxey enter into the uncompromising world of fashion retail, private equity and global manufacturing. Through twists and turns, they uncover a profusion of secrets, and unmistakable corruption and infidelity. The story moves quickly and paints a realistic picture of the many temptations of conducting trade with China. It also casts a light on the negative consequences of private equity firms taking control of struggling businesses. The more Jebediah and Claire learn of Gunther Dunkel's ambiguous persona, the more suspects they uncover who have motive for murder."--Back cover.

Pop goes the weasel : a Detective Helen Grace thriller

October 7, 2015
Arlidge, M. J.
404 pages ; 21 cm.
"From the international bestselling author of Eeny Meeny comes the second thriller in the "truly excellent series" featuring Detective Helen Grace. A man's body is found in an empty house. A gruesome memento of his murder is sent to his wife and children. He is the first victim, and Detective Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night? The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives. Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is--or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase.... "-- Provided by publisher.

The grave soul

October 7, 2015
Hart, Ellen.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
308 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Jane Lawless mystery"--Jacket.
"When Guthrie Hewitt calls on restaurateur and private investigator Jane Lawless, he doesn't know where else he can turn. Guthrie has fallen for a girl-Kira Adler. In fact, he was planning to propose to her on Christmas Eve. But his trip home with Kira over Thanksgiving made him uneasy. All her life, Kira has been haunted by a dream-a nightmare, really. In the dream, she witnesses her mother being murdered. She knows it can't be true because the dream doesn't line up with the facts of her mother's death. But after visiting Kira's home for the first time, and receiving a disturbing anonymous package in the mail, Guthrie starts to wonder if Kira's dream might hold more truth than she knows. When Kira's called home again for a family meeting, Guthrie knows he needs Jane's help to figure out the truth, before the web of secrets Kira's family has been spinning all these years ensnares Kira too. And Jane's investigation will carry her deep into the center of a close-knit family that is not only fraying at the edges, but about to burst apart. In The Grave Soul, Ellen Hart once again brings her intimate voice to the story of a family and the secrets that can build and destroy lives"-- Provided by publisher.

The skeleton haunts a house

October 7, 2015
Perry, Leigh, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
289 pages ; 18 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
What holiday could bring more warmth to a skeleton's chest cavity than Halloween? And when you're a living skeleton who's not supposed to be seen outside the house, it's a welcome chance to get some fresh air and rub bony elbows with people. That's why Sid doesn't mind wearing a full-body dog suit and going as Scooby-Doo along with Georgia Thackery's Velma to the Halloween Howl.

The guise of another

October 7, 2015
Eskens, Allen, 1963-
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
269 pages ; 21 cm
After being subpoenaed by a grand jury under suspicion of corruption, Minnesota detective Alexander Rupert attempts to salvage his career and reputation investigating the false identity of recent car accident victim.

Death in Veracruz : a novel

October 7, 2015
Aguilar Camín, Héctor, 1946-
297 pages ; 21 cm
Original title: Morir en el Golfo.
"This novel marks the long-awaited arrival in English of a masterful voice in Mexican and noir fiction "Death in Veracruz "is a gritty and atmospheric noir centered on the so-called oil wars of the late 1970s, which pitted the extremely powerful and corrupt government-owned oil cartel PEMEX against the agrarian landowners in the coastal regions of Southern Mexico. This novel, translated for the first time in English since its publication 30 years ago, concerns a journalist who investigates the death of a colleague and friend Rojano in a bizarre shooting incident that takes place in a small rural village, and who finds himself up against crooked police and a charismatic and ruthless union boss . But, as he gets deeper into this Mexican Heart of Darkness, he finds Rojano was not all he seemed, and neither was his widow with whom he falls into a doomed affair."--Publisher's description.

The stages : a mystery

October 7, 2015
Satterlee, Thom, author.
United States : Crooked Lane Books, 2015.
213 pages : 22 cm.
All his life, Daniel has hidden behind his reputation as one of the world's best translators of Soren Kierkegaard, but when his beloved ex-girlfriend and mentor dies under odd circumstances and a priceless Kierkegaard manuscript goes missing, Daniel turns out to be the last person to have seen her alive. This man with Asperger's Syndrome must step out of the safety of his office to clear his name.

A fool for a client

October 7, 2015
Hall, Parnell, author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2015.
265 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Stanley Hastings mystery"--Jacket.
When his hotshot lawyer boss is charged with the murder of his girlfriend and subjected to the death penalty, Stanley Hastings endures a nightmarish, sensational trial that is hampered by the unavailability of key witnesses and his ties to the defendant.

Stone cold case : a rock shop mystery

October 6, 2015
Dilts, Catherine.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
385 pages : map ; 23 cm

The ghost and Mrs. Fletcher : a Murder, she wrote mystery : a novel

October 6, 2015
Bain, Donald, 1935- author.
vii, 264 pages ; 22 cm
"An Obsidian mystery."
"Make room for Jessica Fletcher as she cleans house to catch a killer who hasn't got a ghost of a chance. Jessica's friend, Eve Simpson is the town's premiere real estate agent and has recently taken on the task of selling one of Cabot Cove's oldest properties--the Spencer Percy House, built in 1805 by a sea captain for his young wife. Its current occupant, Joe Cooper, a crusty former carpenter, is convinced he's about to die and wants the house sold so he can give the proceeds to his grandson, who spent much of his youth there. But Eve's got quite a challenge on her hands. Not only is the building in deplorable physical condition, it is also rumored to be haunted. When Joe's deadly premonition becomes a reality, Dr. Seth Hazlitt is not so sure the man died of natural causes. As Jessica tries to get to the bottom of Joe Cooper's death, a medium hired by Eve attempts to rid the house of the alleged apparition. But if Jessica isn't careful, she may be the one who joins the ranks of the dearly departed. "-- Provided by publisher.

Ghost to the rescue

October 6, 2015
Hart, Carolyn G., author.
275 pages ; 24 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.

Art in the blood

October 6, 2015
MacBird, Bonnie.
London : Collins Crime Club, 2015.
x, 306 pages ; 24 cm.

Faux paw : a magical cats mystery

October 6, 2015
Kelly, Sofie, 1958-
[New York] : Penguin Books, 2015.
324 pages ; 18 cm
"An Obsidian mystery."
Painted into a corner after stumbling upon the body of a visiting curator, librarian Kathleen Paulson, her detective boyfriend, Marcus and her magical cats, Owen and Hercules, must track down a murderous art thief before someone else has a brush with death.

A kind of grief : a novel

October 6, 2015
Scott, A. D.
New York : Atria Paperback, 2015.
356 pages ; 21 cm
Joanne Ross investigates the death of an artist and alleged witch, who was found dead in her home on a remote glen in Scotland.

Floral depravity

October 6, 2015
Allen, Beverly (Novelist), author.
New York : Penguin Publishing Group, 2015.
292 pages ; 17 cm.
As the co-owner of the Rose in Bloom Flower Shop, Audrey knows how to put together unique wedding bouquets, but this one takes the cake. The daughter of a local historian is getting married in a medieval-themed, hand-fasting ceremony, and Audrey is responsible for providing period-accurate blooms. But making sure she gets her roses right turns out to be the least of Audrey's problems. Shortly after the vows are exchanged, the father of the groom suddenly drops dead. When Audrey discovers the man's death stems from monkshood poisoning, it's a clear-cut case of murder. Now, faced with a suspect list that rivals the guest list, Audrey needs to root out the toxic killer.

Against a brightening sky

October 6, 2015
Moyer, Jaime Lee.
New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2015.
335 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
By 1919 the Great War has ended, peace talks are under way in Paris, and the world has been forever changed. Delia Martin, apprentice practitioner of magical arts, and her husband, Police Captain Gabriel Ryan, face the greatest challenge of their lives when fragments from the war descend on San Francisco. As Delia prepares to meet friends at a St. Patrick's Day parade, the strange ghost of a European princess appears in her mirror. Her pleasant outing becomes a nightmare as the ghost reappears moments after a riot starts, warning her as a rooftop gunman begins shooting into the crowd. Delia rushes to get her friends to safety, and Gabe struggles to stop the killing-and to save himself. Delia and Gabe realize all the chaos and bloodshed had one purpose-to flush Alina from hiding, a young woman with no memory of anything but her name. As Delia works to discover how the princess ghost's secrets connect to this mysterious young woman, and Gabe tracks a ruthless killer around his city, they find all the answers hinge on two questions: Who is Alina...and why can't she remember?

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