New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

February 18, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Murder on the Moor

February 17, 2017
Deering, Julianna, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
321 pages ; 22 cm
When mysterious incidents begin occurring on a moor in Yorkshire, an old friend begs Drew for help. At first it seems to be simply bad luck--fires started, livestock scattered--but then the vicar is murdered. As danger closes in, Drew and Madeline must determine what's really going on and find the killer before it's too late.

Zodiac : a novel

February 17, 2017
Wilson, Sam, author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2017.
422 pages ; 22 cm
Most original concepts in years, where the line between a life of luxury and an existence of poverty can be determined by the stroke of midnight. In San Celeste, a series of uniquely brutal murders targets victims from totally different walks of life. In a society divided according to Zodiac signs, those differences are cast at birth and binding for life. All eyes are on detective Jerome Burton and astrological profiler Lindi Childsdivided in their beliefs over whether the answer is written in the stars, but united in their conviction that there is an ingenious serial killer executing a grand plan.Together, they will unravel a dark tale of betrayal, lost love, broken promises and a devastating truth with the power to tear their world apart .

The lost girl of Astor Street

February 17, 2017
Morrill, Stephanie, author.
349 pages ; 22 cm
When her best friend Lydia disappears, Piper Sail goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, uncovering deep corruption that may lead back to her affluent neighborhood.

Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf enigma

February 17, 2017
Millett, Larry, 1947- author.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2017]
viii, 226 pages : map ; 24 cm

Mission impawsible

February 17, 2017
Davis, Krista, author.
xii, 284 pages ; 18 cm.
"Delicious recipes for owners and pets included!"--Cover.
In the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia, Holly Miller and her grandmother, Oma, are working their tails off to prepare the Sugar Maple Inn for an upcoming matchmaking event for pet owners. While Holly has no interest in pairing up, Oma plans on playing Cupid and finding someone to warm her reluctant granddaughter's heart. Unfortunately, one man Holly does meet is cold--dead cold--and he has a personal letter from Oma in his pocket. As suspicion is cast over the inn's guests, Holly--with the help of her furry friends, Trixie the Jack Russell and Twinkletoes the cat--must fetch the real killer, or she may soon have a date in court.

Coco Butternut : a Hap and Leonard adventure

February 16, 2017
Lansdale, Joe R., 1951- author.
88 pages ; 21 cm
When the mummified corpse of a beloved prize-winning dachshund named Coco Butternut is stolen from her final resting place, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are hired by the owner to get her body back. The job is straightforward: they must simply exchange a bag full of cash for the missing pooch's mummy. But they can feel something's not on the up-and-up, and how right they are. With assistance from Hap's significant other, Brett, and his daughter, Chance, Hap and Leonard are soon embroiled in a gripping mystery tied to the dark secrets lurking beneath the hallowed ground of Oak Rest cemetery.

Garden of lamentations

February 16, 2017
Crombie, Deborah, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
x, 414 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Map on endpapers.
While Gemma James investigates the murder of a young nanny who may be one of a series of victims, Duncan Kincaid uncovers information that puts those closest to him in danger. --Publisher

Six four

February 16, 2017
Yokoyama, Hideo, 1957- author.
vi, 566 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Japanese in 2012 by Bungeishunju, Tokyo, as Rokuyon (64)"--Title page verso.
"English translation originally published in 2016 by Quercus Publishing Ltd., Great Britain"--Title page verso.
"The nightmare no parent could endure. The case no detective could solve. The twist no reader could predict. For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as Six Four. They would never forgive the authorities for their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find. "-- Provided by publisher.

Swiss vendetta

February 16, 2017
De Hahn, Tracee, author.
viii, 354 pages ; 22 cm
Inspector Agnes Luthi, a Swiss-American police officer in Lausanne, Switzerland, has just transferred to the Violent Crimes unit from Financial Crimes to try to shed all reminders of her old life following her husband's death. Now, on the eve of the worst blizzard Lausanne has seen in centuries, Agnes has been called to investigate her very first homicide case. On the lawn of the grand Chateau Vallotton, at the edge of Lac Leman, a young woman has been found stabbed to death. The woman, an appraiser for a London auction house, had been taking inventory at the chateau, a medieval fortress dripping in priceless works of art and historical treasures.Agnes finds it difficult to draw answers out of anyone the tight-lipped Swiss family living in the chateau, the servants who have been loyal to the family for generations, the aging WWII survivor who lives in the neighboring mansion, even the American history student studying at the Vallotton chateau's library. As the storm rages on, roads become impassible, the power goes out around Lausanne, and Agnes finds herself trapped in the candlelit halls of the chateau with all the players of the mystery, out of her depth in her first murder case and still struggling to stay afloat after the death of her husband. Swiss Vendetta, Tracee de Hahn's mesmerizing debut, is an emotionally complex, brilliantly plotted mystery set against the beautiful but harsh backdrop of a Swiss winter.

What you don't know : a novel

February 16, 2017
Chaney, JoAnn, author.
New York, New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
310 pages ; 25 cm
He didn't take their lives -- but he ruined them. The final victims of an infamous serial killer may be the ones he didn't kill. Hoskins cracked the case of one of the most infamous serial killers -- and then it cracked him. He's in cold cases, as is his career. Sammie was the lead reporter who broke the story, but now she's selling makeup at the mall. She wants back on page 1. Gloria claims she was the unsuspecting wife. She didn't know a thing. And as new murders shake Denver, this is a final chance to get their lives back. "--Provided by publisher.

A wee homicide in the hotel

February 16, 2017
Stewart, Fran, 1947- author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
x, 294 pages ; 17 cm.
When Big Willie, the returning champion of the Scottish-themed games, is murdered during the Highland Festival, Peggy Winn, the owner of the ScotShop, decides to solve the crime with the help of her 14th-century ghostly companion, Dirk.

The dime

February 15, 2017
Kent, Kathleen, 1953- author.
343 pages ; 25 cm
Betty Rhyzyk, Brooklyn's toughest female police detective, relocates to rough-and-tumble Dallas, Texas, where she must contend with a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend.

Where the lost girls go : a Laura Mori mystery

February 15, 2017
Noonan, Rosalind.
New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2017.
297 pages ; 24 cm.
Rookie cop Laura Mori catches her first investigation when the fiery crash of a sports car lights up the night sky. The fire burns the body beyond recognition, but the police are able to identify the car as that of Kent Jameson, celebrity author and benefactor of Sunrise Lake. And Jameson fears that the unidentified body is his seventeen-year-old daughter Lucy, who stormed out of the house that night after an argument. When lab reports reveal that the body was not Lucy, but a teen runaway named Kyra whose disappearance has been linked with other missing persons--more than half a dozen lost girls who disappeared while living on the streets of Portland--the investigation takes a drastic turn. How did Kyra come to land at the Jameson estate in rural Oregon, and what was she doing driving their car? And who cut the brake lines on the vehicle? Just when Laura is making progress in the case, she comes across a suspicious lane in the forest that uncovers new evidence that will once again alter the course of the investigation and rock Sunrise Lake to its core.

Crooked street : a Joanna Piercy mystery

February 15, 2017
Masters, Priscilla.
Sutton : Severn House, 2017.
246 pages ; 23 cm
Jadon Glover is goodlooking, professional, reliable and a perfect husband, according to his wife. So when he fails to return home one miserable March night, she rings the police, certain that something has happened to him. DI Joanna Piercy and DS Mike Korpanski are sceptical: there's no such thing as a perfect marriage. So what is the truth about Jadon? As the investigation proceeds, it soon becomes apparent that Jadon Glover has been keeping secrets from his wife. And as the police pursue their house-to-house enquiries through the claustophobic, jumbled streets of cramped Victorian terraces, they unearth other secrets from behind the net curtains. But, whatever else has been going on among the inhabitants' quiet, desperate lives, it's clear that at least one of them knows what really happened to Jadon.--Dust jacket.

A measure of murder : a Sally Solari mystery

February 15, 2017
Karst, Leslie, author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2017.
325 pages ; 22 cm.
"Includes recipes!"--Cover.
Sally Solari is busy juggling work at her familys Italian restaurant, Solaris, and helping Javier plan the autumn menu for the restaurant shes just inherited, Gauguin. Complicating this already hectic schedule, Sally joins her ex-boyfriend Erics chorus, which is performing a newly discovered version of her favorite composition: the Mozart Requiem. But then, at the first rehearsal, a tenor falls to his death on the church courtyard--and his soprano girlfriend is sure it wasnt an accident.

Prayer for the dead : an Inspector McLean novel

February 15, 2017
Oswald, James, author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2017.
340 pages ; 24 cm.
Detective Inspector Tony McLean is on the case when the search for a missing journalist uncovers the scene of a carefully staged murder. In a sealed chamber, deep in the heart of Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious network of caves and passages sprawling beneath Edinburgh, the body is discovered in a seemingly macabre ritual of purification. But McLean knew the dead man and can't shake off the suspicion that there is far more to this case than meets the eye. For one thing, the baffling lack of forensics at the crime scene seems impossible. But that's just the first in a series of revelations about this case that seems beyond belief. Teamed with the most unlikely and unwelcome of allies, McLean must track down a killer--driven by the darkest compulsions and who will answer only to a higher power--until it's his own blood on the altar. Shocking and suspenseful, Prayer for the Dead, the fifth installment in James Oswald's internationally bestselling series, plunges readers into the bone-chilling darkness of an underground world filled with ancient secrets.

Bookman dead style

February 15, 2017
Shelton, Paige, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
vii, 296 pages ; 18 cm.
"The Star City Film Festival has taken the Utah ski resort town by storm. Movie stars are everywhere, including The Rescued Word, where Clare Henry and her grandfather restore old typewriters and beloved books. When cinema's hottest superhero, Matt Bane, enters their store to buy some personalized notecards, it's hard not to be starstruck, and when Clare sees the police leading Matt out of his hotel in handcuffs only a few hours later, she's convinced he's wrong for that role."

War and peach

February 15, 2017
Furlong, Susan (Mystery writer)
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
289 p. : map ; 18 cm.
"Includes recipes!"--Page 4 of cover.
"A Georgia peach mystery"--Cover.
When one of the mayoral candidates, local farmer Clem Rogers, is murdered, all eyes turn to his rival--small-business owner Margie Price--and it is up to Nola Mae Harper to find the truth before the killer casts another fatal vote.

What you break

February 14, 2017
Coleman, Reed Farrel, 1956- author.
357 pages ; 24 cm.
"Gus Murphy series."
"Former Suffolk County cop Gus Murphy returns to prowl the meaner streets of Long Island's darkest precincts with a Russian mercenary at his back in the stunning second installment of Reed Farrel Coleman's critically acclaimed series. Gus Murphy and his girlfriend, Magdalena, are put in harm's way when Gus is caught up in the distant aftershocks of heinous crimes committed decades ago in Vietnam and Russia. Gus's ex-priest pal, Bill Kilkenny, introduces him to a wealthy businessman anxious to have someone look more deeply into the brutal murder of his granddaughter. Though the police already have the girl's murderer in custody, they have been unable to provide a reason for the killing. The businessman, Spears, offers big incentives if Gus can supply him with what the cops cannot--a motive. Later that same day, Gus witnesses the execution of a man who has just met with his friend Slava. As Gus looks into the girl's murder and tries to protect Slava from the executioner's bullet, he must navigate a minefield populated by hostile cops, street gangs, and a Russian mercenary who will stop at nothing to do his master's bidding. But in trying to solve the girl's murder and save his friend, Gus may be opening a door into a past that was best left forgotten. Can he fix the damage done, or is it true that what you break you own. forever?"-- Provided by publisher.

The Bertie project

February 14, 2017
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- author.
291 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Polygon, an imprint of Birlinn Ltd., Edinburgh, in 2016"--Title page verso.
"Bertie's mother Irene returns from the Middle East to discover that, in her absence, her son has been exposed to the worst of evils--television shows, ice cream parlors, and even unsanctioned art at the National Portrait Gallery. Her wrath descends on Bertie's long-suffering father, Stuart. But Stuart has found a reason to spend more time outside of the house and seems to have a new spring in his step. What does this mean for the residents of 44 Scotland Street?"

Blown away

February 14, 2017
Tate, Clover, author.
292 pages ; 17 cm.
"Emmy is finally living her dream. She's moved to the coastal town of Rock Point, Oregon, and is starting a kite business. Strings Attached features her own unique designs, inspired by everything from Picasso to Matisse's colorful cutouts. Her spirits are soaring sky-high the morning of the grand opening--until she stumbles upon a dead man washed up on the beach. The body belongs to local chef Miles Logan, and the gash across his chest indicates he's been murdered. The sheriff suspects Emmy's best friend, Avery, who used to date the chef. Emmy is sure Avery would never hurt anyone, but her pal doesn't have an alibi for the night of the murder. With Avery's freedom and the fate of her kite shop up in the air, Emmy takes it upon herself to follow the string of clues and solve the murder before the real killer takes flight." -- Page [4] cover.

Death of a ghost

February 13, 2017
Beaton, M. C., author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
246 pages ; 22 cm.
"When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie "Clumsy" Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumors once and for all. There's no sign of any ghost...but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he's fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost: a dead body propped against the wall. Waiting for help to arrive, Hamish and Charlie leave the castle just for a moment--to eat bacon baps--but when they return, the body is nowhere to be seen. It's clear something strange--and deadly--is going on at the castle, and Hamish must get to the bottom of it before the "ghost" can strike again" -- Provided by publisher.

To catch a killer

February 13, 2017
Scarborough, Sheryl, 1951- author.
New York : Tor Teen, 2017.
320 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel" -- Dust jacket.
When Erin discovers the body of her biology teacher, she begins her own investigation into the murder of her mother when Erin was just a toddler.

Kindred : a Jefferson Tayte genealogical mystery

February 13, 2017
Robinson, Steve (Novelist)
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2016]
342 pages ; 21 cm.
American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is good at finding people who don't want to be found, but he is unable to uncover his own family history- until now. Clues left to him by his late mentor takes him deep into the sinister secrets of World War II Germany, and to those who wish to keep those secrets buried.

Mul i pada nŭl tŏpŭm kat'i

February 13, 2017
Yi, Chong-hwa, 1962- author.
Sŏul-si : Hongsŏngsa, 2016.
295 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
A tale of intrigue, betrayal and revenge set in the Joseon period, based on the author's extensive historical research.

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