New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

May 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Charmed bones

May 18, 2018
Haines, Carolyn, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
357 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Sticks and bones.
"The next charming mystery from Carolyn Haines featuring spunky southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney. Private detective Sarah Booth Delaney doesn't quite know what to expect when she's urgently called to a school board meeting for Sunflower County, Mississippi. But she certainly wasn't expecting this: three Wiccan sisters are in the midst of a showdown with the Board of Education. They want to open a Wiccan school in Zinnia, Mississippi, and the conservative town vows to do anything necessary to stop them from opening their school. Sarah Booth and her partner in the detective agency, Tinkie Bellcase, are quickly enlisted to investigate the Wiccan sisters' real reasons for coming to town. Sarah Booth learns the sisters have rented a manor house and land from a reclusive local artist, Trevor Musgrove. But the case takes on a far more serious tone when Trevor Musgrove is found dead, and all evidence seems to point directly at the witch sisters"-- Provided by the publisher.

The dark angel

May 18, 2018
Griffiths, Elly, author.
©2018
345 pages ; 22 cm.
"In this highly atmospheric mystery, Ruth Galloway--described by Louise Penny as "a captivating amateur sleuth"--and DI Nelson have their summer vacations horribly disrupted by a murder in a medieval Italian town where dark secrets are buried as deep as bones"-- Provided by publisher.

Fall of angels

May 18, 2018
Cleverly, Barbara, author.
©2018
372 pages ; 22 cm.
"Great Britain, 1923: Detective Inspector John Redfyre is a godsend to the Cambridge CID. A handsome young veteran bred among the city's educated elite, he is no stranger to the set running its esteemed colleges and universities--a society that previously seemed impenetrable to even those at the top of local law enforcement, especially with the force plagued by its own history of corruption. When Redfyre is invited to attend the annual St. Barnabas College Christmas concert in his Aunt Henrietta's stead, he is expecting a quiet evening, though perhaps a bit of matchmaking mischief on his aunt's part. But he arrives to witness a minor scandal: Juno Proudfoot, the trumpeter of the headlining musical duo, is a woman, and a young one at that--practically unheard of in conservative academic circles. When she suffers a near-fatal fall after the close of the show, Redfyre must consider whether someone was trying to kill her. Has her musical talent, her beauty, or perhaps most importantly, her gender, provoked a dangerous criminal to act? Redfyre must both seek advice from and keep an eye on old friends to catch his man before more innocents fall victim"-- Provided by publisher.

A howl of wolves : a mystery

May 18, 2018
Flanders, Judith, author.
©2018
295 pages ; 22 cm.
"Whip-smart (Louise Penny) amateur sleuth Samantha Clair returns in the newest mystery from Judith Flanders, the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author of A Murder of Magpies. Sam Clair figures she'll be a good sport and spend a night out at the theater in support of her upstairs neighbors, who have small parts in a play in the West End. Boyfriend (a Scotland Yard detective) and allround good sport Jake Field agrees to tag along to what is apparently an extra bloody play filled with dramatic gory deaths galore. So Sam expects an evening filled with faux fatalities. Until, that is, the curtain opens to the second act revealing a dummy hanging from the rafters, who's been made up to look suspiciously like Campbell Davison, the director of the production. When Sam sees the horrified faces of the actors onstage, she realizes that this is indeed not a dummy, but Davison himself and this death is not part of the show. Now everyone wants to know who killed Campbell Davison? As Sam learns more about the murdered man, she discovers that he wasn't all that well-liked amongst the cast and crew, so the suspect list grows. The show must go on but Sam knows a murderer must be apprehended so she sets out to find out what happened and why. New York Times bestselling author Judith Flanders once again brilliantly fuses mystery with humor in the fourth installment of her critically acclaimed Sam Clair series"-- Provided by publisher.

Surface tension

May 18, 2018
Mullin, Mike, author.
Indianapolis, IN : Tanglewood, [2018]
420 pages ; 23 cm
After witnessing an act of domestic terrorism, Jake experiences memory loss and is targeted by the terrorist leader's teenage daughter, bullied by an FBI agent, doubted by his mother, but aided by his girlfriend, Laurissa, through it all.

My grave ritual

May 18, 2018
Denning, G. S. (Gabriel), author.
©2018
425 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: The hell-hound of the Baskervilles.
As they blunder towards doom, Warlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson find themselves inconvenienced by a variety of eldritch beings. Christmas brings a goose that doesn't let being cooked slow it down; they meet an electricity demon, discover why being a redhead is even tricker than one might imagine, and Holmes attempts an Irish accent. And, naturally, Moriarty is hanging around... in some form or other.

Night of the lightbringer

May 18, 2018
Tremayne, Peter, author.
London : Severn House, 2018.
xiv, 352 pages : map ; 23 cm.
"A mystery of ancient Ireland"--Jacket.
"Ireland, AD 671. On the eve of the pagan feast of Samhain, Brother Edulf and the warrior, Aidan, discover a man murdered in an unlit pyre in the heart of Cashel. He has been dressed in the robes of a religieux and killed by the ritualistic 'three deaths'"--Amazon.com.

The girl in the woods

May 18, 2018
MacDonald, Patricia J., author.
©2018
236 pages ; 23 cm
"Ever since her best friend Molly was murdered fifteen years before, Blair Butler has returned to her small hometown in the Pocono mountains as seldom as possible. Now she has been summoned home to see her terminally ill sister one last time--only for Celeste to make a shocking deathbed confession. Is it really true that the wrong man has spent fifteen years in jail for a crime he didn't commit? Having promised her dying sister that she would do her best to right the wrongs of the past, Blair sets out to discover what really happened that cold, wet November night fifteen years before: the night Molly's battered body was found in the woods behind her home. But is Blair prepared for the shocking truth?" -- Provided by publisher.

Just a breath away

May 18, 2018
Thompson, Carlene, author.
©2018
252 pages ; 23 cm
"Interior designer Kelsey March's world is shattered when a stalker murders her beautiful model sister while they're strolling together one balmy evening in Louisville, Kentucky. The shooter, Vern Nott, is killed at the scene. But there's far more to this murder than first appears-- and it may have something to do with a young boy who walked away from an accident that killed his abusive mother some twenty years ago."--Provided by publisher.

Mystery tour : a Crime Writers' Association anthology

May 18, 2018
London : Orenda Books, 2017.
312 pages ; 20 cm
The queen of mystery / Ann Cleeves -- Return to the lake / Anna Mazzola -- You'll be dead by dawn / C.L. Taylor -- The Last Supper / Carol Anne Davis -- The white goddess / Cath Staincliffe -- High flyer / Chris Simms -- Accounting for murder / Christine Poulson -- Travel is dangerous / Ed James -- Take the money and run? / Gordon Brown -- No way back / J.M. Hewitt -- Mystery tour / Judith Cutler -- Wife on tour / Julia Crouch -- The naked lady of Prague / Kate Ellis -- Snowbird / Kate Rhodes -- The repentance wood / Martin Edwards -- A mouthful of restaurant / Martine Bailey -- Cruising for a killing / Maxim Jakubowski -- Three on a trail / Michael Stanley -- The riddle of the humming bee / Paul Charles -- Writer's block / Paul Gitsham -- Lady luck / Peter Lovesey -- A postcard from Iceland / Ragnar Jónasson -- A clever evil / Sarah Rayne -- The prodigy / Shawn Reilly Simmons -- A slight change of plan / Susi Holliday -- Bombay brigadoon / Vaseem Khan -- Matricide and ice cream / William burton McCormick -- The spoils / William Ryan.
"This exciting collection of short stories features crime writers working with a "mystery tour" or travel theme."--Publisher's description.

Better off read

May 17, 2018
Page, Nora, author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2018.
325 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes recipes.
"Septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins won't be shushed when an upstart young mayor threatens to permanently shelve her tiny town's storm-damaged library. She takes to her bookmobile, Words on Wheels, to collect allies and rally library support throughout Catalpa Springs, Georgia. However, Cleo soon rolls into trouble. A major benefactor known for his eccentric DIY projects requests all available books on getting away with murder. He's no Georgia peach, and Cleo wonders if she should worry about his plans. She knows she should when she discovers him bludgeoned and evidence points to her best friend, Mary-Rose Garland. Sure of Mary-Rose's innocence, Cleo applies her librarian's sleuthing skills to the case, assisted by friends, family, and the dapper antiquarian bookseller everyone keeps calling her boyfriend. Evidence stacks up, but a killer is overdue to strike again. With lives and her library on the line, Cleo must shift into high gear to close the book on murder"--Amazon.com.

Give-a-Damn Jones

May 16, 2018
Pronzini, Bill, author.
New York : Forge, 2018.
255 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Give-a-Damn Jones, an itinerant typographer, arrives in the small Montana town of Box Elder. The town is rife with tensions related to a convict's efforts to prove his innocence, a cattleman's demand for respect, a snooping editor, and a feud between a dentist and a blacksmith. Jones keeps finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time-- but this time, he may be the hero that this town needs.

Kicking the habit

May 15, 2018
Kramer, Scott J., author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform] ; [2017]
321 pages ; 20 cm
"Jane 'CK' Monterrey is visited by a Catholic priest, seeking her help in his sibling's murder. Reluctant at first, she feels pity for the priest who believes it is a Catholic cover up. The next day the priest is struck by a car downtown. Jane becomes involved whether she likes it or not. Gene Mahoney, now superstar of the local theatre, is busy in his own pursuits of play writing. Things begin to sizzle with her boyfriend, Officer Brad Hyatt, but their chance for alone time is cut short when Jane's Grandpa moves in with her. While investigating the dead nun, a Methodist music director comes seeking help for a missing guitar. But after saying yes to the case, Jane feels she may have bitten off more than she can chew. From intrigue to outrageous, Jane must unveil a killer, thwart a guitar thief, and be on time to see the debut of Gene's play"--Back cover.

Ruffling a few feathers

May 15, 2018
Kramer, Scott J., author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform] ; [2017]
335 pages ; 20 cm
"Buried in grief, Jane 'CK' Monterrey holds vigil over her comatose fianćé, Brad Hyatt. Jane's Mom is holding down the fort at the office and picks up a case. A penguin is stolen from the zoo. Eventually, Grandpa George brings Jane out of her funk. But just as everything starts to become routine, JC decides to taunt her. She whole heartedly believes he is the reason for Brad's condition, but proof is lacking making it all the more frustrating. More job leads fall in her lap, when a previous client wishes her to make an exchange for Harley Quinn's baseball bat. She soon finds herself within a world of comic books and characters alike"--Back cover.

The outsider : a novel

May 14, 2018
King, Stephen, 1947- author.
New York, NY : Scribner, 2018.
561 pages ; 24 cm
"An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation...An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. The case seems ironclad, especially when Anderson and the district attorney are able to add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. But Maitland has an alibi, and it turns out his story has incontrovertible evidence of its own. How can two opposing stories be true?"--Dust jacket.

Annie's bones

May 14, 2018
Owen, Howard, 1949- author.
Sag Harbor, NY : Permanent Press, [2018]
264 pages ; 23 cm
In the fall of 1967, Grayson Melvin met the girl of his dreams. Annie Lineberger was so far out his league that he felt like she was playing an entirely different game, but somehow he won her affections. He couldn't believe his good luck while it lasted. Annie died or at least disappeared from the face of the earth. On the same night when she broke Grayson's teenage heart by giving him his walking papers, she vanished. Everyone believed he killed her. Without a body, though, nothing could be proved. And so Grayson Melvin lived his life. Kicked out of his university, he went from the Army and Vietnam to bartending to another college to newspapers, where he discovered that Annie s well-connected and vengeful family still had the power to step into his stunted life and punish him. Then, in the spring of 2016, Annie reappears. Or at least her bones do, dug up by a backhoe operator clearing land for a strip mall in a small Virginia town. Grayson, now teaching at a community college in Richmond and creeping toward retirement, is back in a spotlight he has tried to avoid for all his adult life. With the court of public opinion almost unanimously against him, Grayson goes back to North Carolina to try to make the past go away, with disastrous results. Then, he gets a call. A woman he doesn't know in a town where he's never been has found a ring, his high school ring, last seen in Annie Lineberger's possession. Grayson Melvin has one chance to prove his innocence, by chasing a ghost and figuring out what happened on that long-ago night, the one when he lost Annie.

The otter of death

May 11, 2018
Webb, Betty, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2018.
265 pages ; 23 cm.
"While taking the yearly otter count at a marsh near Gunn Landing Harbor, California, zookeeper Theodora Bentley sees Maureen, her favorite otter, swimming around clutching someone's expensive smartphone. When Teddy rescues the device, she discovers a photograph of a murder-in-progress. A hasty search soon turns up the still-warm body of Stuart Booth, PhD, a local Marine Biology instructor"--provided by publisher.

How it happened

May 11, 2018
Koryta, Michael, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
359 pages ; 25 cm
"Kimberly Crepeaux is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well-known to the rural Maine community where she lives. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the daughter of a well-known local family and her sweetheart, the locals have little reason to believe her story. Not Rob Barrett, the FBI investigator and interrogator specializing in telling a true confession from a falsehood. He's been circling Kimberly and her conspirators for months, waiting for the right avenue to the truth, and has finally found it. He knows, as strongly as he's known anything, that Kimberly's story--a grisly, harrowing story of a hit and run fueled by dope and cheap beer that becomes a brutal stabbing in cold blood--is how it happened. But one thing remains elusive: where are Jackie and Ian's bodies? After Barrett stakes his name and reputation on the truth of Kimberly's confession, only to have the bodies turn up 200 miles from where she said they'd be, shot in the back and covered in a different suspect's DNA, the case is quickly closed and Barrett forcibly reassigned. But for Howard Pelletier, the tragedy of his daughter's murder cannot be so tidily swept away. And for Barrett, whose career may already be over, the chance to help a grieving father may be the only one he has left."--Book jacket.

Beyond the pale : a world of spies mystery

May 10, 2018
O'Donohue, Clare, author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2018]
vii, 349 pages ; 20 cm.
"Interpol asks married college professors Hollis and Finn Larsson to procure a priceless rare book manuscript abroad. They are soon left with fifty thousand euros and a possible death threat"-- Provided by publisher.

A shimmer of hummingbirds

May 10, 2018
Burrows, Steve, author.
©2017.
372 pages ; 20 cm.
"A birder murder mystery featuring DCI Domenic Jejeune."--Cover.
The desperate departure of his fugitive brother has left Chief Inspector Jejeune rattled, and those around him nursing lingering suspicions. When evidence surfaces that may prove his brother's innocence, Jejeune decides to take a leave of absence to pursue it. But his replacement looks as if he may want the position to be more than temporary.

Down the aisle with murder

May 10, 2018
Wallace, Auralee. author.
©2018
327 pages ; 18 cm.
Some wedding stories are so bizarre that you can't even make them up. Take Erica Bloom's latest case of an Otter Lake bride whose BFF is MIA at the time she's supposed to perform her duties as maid of honor. ..only to be found DOA. Erica and her security team--minus her beloved Grady, who's on vacation, trying to stay out of town business and has a no-nonsense sheriff covering for him--have followed every possible lead to find out what really happened to the young woman. Is her death the result of a bachelorette party gone wildly wrong? Or did someone with cold feet snap--and turn into a cold-blooded killer? These are the questions that must be answered for the nuptials, which at the eleventh hour receive a dramatic makeover, to go off without a hitch...before 'til death do us part.

Pick and chews

May 10, 2018
Johnston, Linda O., author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2018]
273 pages ; 21 cm.
As a technician for a local vet and the owner of the Barkery & Biscuits dog bakery, Carrie Kennersly is proud to give back to the community by helping out with a rescue animal adoption event. She's also happy to be in a relationship with veterinarian Dr. Reed Storme, despite his repeated pleas for her to butt out of the murder cases she keeps finding herself involved with. But when Reed is accused of killing nasty Dr. Raela Fellner, a former veterinary colleague who is now trying to compete with him, he seems a lot more amenable to having amateur detective Carrie butt back in.

Blink

May 9, 2018
Dawn, Sasha, author.
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Lab, [2018]
336 pages ; 22 cm
Sixteen-year-old Josh falls in love with newcomer Chatham Claiborne, who has come to town to find her missing sister, but when Chatham suddenly disappears Josh unearths a web of lies and secrecy surrounding her life, and in doing so unwittingly discovers vital clues to the town's longest unsolved mystery.

The bomb shelter

May 9, 2018
Talton, Jon, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2018.
371 pages ; 23 cm.
"Forty years ago, a Phoenix reporter was killed by a car bomb in one of America's most notorious crimes. Three men went to prison but was the assassination ever really solved? Did the kingpin who ordered the hit get away with it? It's a case custom-made for David Mapstone, the historian-turned-sheriff's deputy. But the past never rests easy in Arizona and when Mapstone's boss, Sheriff Mike Peralta, promises to reopen the investigation, new murders commence."-- Provided by publisher.

Sins of the Father

May 9, 2018
Weeks, Stephen, author.
Scottsdale, Arizona ; Poisoned Pen Press, 2018.
255 pages ; 23 cm
Her role in an investigation detailed in The Countess of Prague, has brought Beatrix von Falklenburg to the attention of the Hapsburg Emperor Franz Josef I, who has her summoned to his palace in Vienna to investigate the murder/suicide of Baroness Marie Vetsera and Crown Prince Rudolf. But before Trixie is handed her assignment, a terrible murder occurs on a snowy Prague funicular railway. Inspector Schneider pulls her away from a night at the opera to the crime scene. The only clue to the identity of the decapitated corpse is a tiny slip of paper in his waistcoat pocket - a piece of paper with Trixie's telephone number on it.

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