New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

March 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The icing on the corpse

March 27, 2015
Mugavero, Liz, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
346 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes gourmet pet food recipes (pages [341]-343).
"Kristan "Stan" Connor is thrilled to be invited to the Groundhog Day festivities in quirky Frog Ledge, Connecticut. Her organic, home-baked pet treats are a big hit at the annual celebration, though an important guest is curiously absent...When Helga Oliver, the town's elderly historian, is found crumpled in the basement of the Historical Museum, the close-knit town is devastated. But after some tenacious digging, Stan discovers Helga was pushed down the stairs--and that this picture-perfect New England town may hide some dark secrets...Stan's dogged determination reveals Helga's ties to an unsolved death in 1948...but how does that connect to Adrian Fox, who's just arrived in town to shoot an episode of Celebrity Ghost Hunters? Stan is going to have to be very careful in chasing down the killer---if she wants to live to see another winter"--Page [4] of cover.

Poison ivy

March 26, 2015
Riggs, Cynthia.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
294 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne Book."
"On her first day as adjunct professor at Ivy Green College, Victoria Trumbull recognizes the stench emanating from her classroom as more than just dead mice. Brownie, the groundskeeper's mangy mutt, soon discovers a second body hiding beneath a cluster of poison ivy. The stakes have never been higher for Ivy Green, which is on the brink of losing already-lukewarm support from its accredited partner, Cape Cod University. Thackery Wilson, the founder of Ivy Green, worries that the bad publicity from the murders will obliterate the financial and academic support the tiny college and its dependent students desperately need. As the bodies continue to pile up, all tenure committee members, Victoria and Brownie find themselves hunting a serial killer and trying to save the college. This charming 11th entry in the Martha's Vineyard mystery series brings the island to life with a cast of eccentric characters led by a unique and endearing sleuth"-- Provided by publisher.

Killer gourmet : a Savannah Reid mystery

March 26, 2015
McKevett, G. A., author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2015]
294 pages ; 22 cm.
The opening of Ryan and John's new gourmet restaurant is shattered by the murder of their temperamental chef, prompting Savannah and the Moonlight Magnolia gang to sift through a wide range of suspects to find the killer.

Game of mirrors

March 26, 2015
Camilleri, Andrea.
New York, NY : Penguin Books, 2015.
277 pages ; 20 cm
"An Inspector Montalbano mystery"--Cover.
"In Game of Mirrors, Inspector Montalbano and his colleagues are stumped when two bombs explode outside empty warehouses-one of which is connected to a big-time drug dealer. Meanwhile, the alluring Liliana Lombardo is trying to seduce the Inspector over red wine and arancini. Between pesky reporters, amorous trysts, and cocaine kingpins, Montalbano feels as if he's being manipulated on all fronts. That is, until the inspector himself becomes the prime suspect in an unspeakably brutal crime"-- Provided by publisher.

The Figaro Murders

March 26, 2015
Lebow, Laura.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
327 pages ; 22 cm
"In 1786 Vienna, Lorenzo Da Ponte is the court librettist for the Italian Theatre during the height of the enlightened reign of Emperor Joseph II. This exalted position doesn't mean he's particularly well paid, or even out of reach of the endless intrigues of the opera world. In fact, far from it. One morning, Da Ponte stops off at his barber, only to find the man being taken away to debtor's prison. Da Ponte impetuously agrees to carry a message to his barber's fiance;e and try to help her set him free, even though he's facing pressures of his own. He's got one week to finish the libretto for The Marriage of Figaro for Mozart before the opera is premiered for the Emperor himself. Da Ponte visits the house where the barber's fiance;e works--the home of a nobleman, high in the Vienna's diplomatic circles--and then returns to his own apartments, only to be dragged from his rooms in the middle of the night. It seems the young prote;ge; of the diplomat was killed right about the time Da Ponte was visiting, and he happens to be their main suspect. Now he's given a choice--go undercover into the household and uncover the murderer, or be hanged for the crime himself. Brilliantly recreating the cultural world of late 18th century Vienna, the epicenter of the Enlightenment, Lebow brings to life some of the most famous figures of music, theatre, and politics"-- Provided by publisher.

Murder in Hindsight : [a New Scotland Yard mystery]

March 26, 2015
Cleeland, Anne. author
New York : Kensington Pub Corp, 2015.
327 pages ; 24 cm.
Subtitle from jacket.
Scotland Yard's unlikeliest detective pair-- plucky Irish redhead Kathleen Doyle and British lord turned cop Michael Acton-- are on the trail of a serial killer in the third of Anne Cleeland's mystery series. Kathleen Doyle is on the trail of a killer who seems to be intent on handing out vigilante justice-- killing those who, for one reason or another, have not paid the price for their crimes. But as she gets closer to the killer, other dangers lurk. Solonik has reared his head again, pulling Doyle into his web in unexpected ways. And Acton is acting surprisingly distant, given his usual fascination with his new wife."

Slayed on the slopes

March 26, 2015
Dyer-Seeley, Kate.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
346 pages ; 18 cm.
"A Pacific Northwest mystery"--Cover.
After talking her way into a job writing for Portland's Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . .

The cat sitter's whiskers

March 26, 2015
Clement, Blaize.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
288 pages ; 22 cm
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Pet sitter Dixie Hemingway is on the prowl again in the newest installment of Blaize Clement's classic and beloved series of cozy mysteries, now written by her son, John Clement, using Blaize's notes and ideas for future adventures. Set in the sleepy beach-side town of Siesta Key, Florida, THE CAT SITTER'S WHISKERS catches up with Dixie as she heads off for work one morning in the dimly lit hours before sunrise. Her very first client of the morning is Barney Feldman, a Maine coon cat with a reputation for mischief who's guarding his vacationing owner's valuable collection of decidedly creepy antique masks. But someone's hiding in the house when she arrives, and they sneak up and knock her out cold. When the cops arrive at the house, there's just one problem: no one has broken in and nothing is missing. Searching for answers, Dixie soon finds herself hopelessly trapped in a murky world of black market antiques, dark-hearted secrets, and murderous revenge... a mystery only she can solve. "-- Provided by publisher.

Fox is framed : a Leo Maxwell mystery

March 26, 2015
Smith, Lachlan, author.
New York : Mysterious Press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, Inc., [2015]
244 pages ; 24 cm
Faced with evidence of stunning prosecutorial misconduct, a San Francisco judge has ordered a new trial for the Maxwell brothers' father, Lawrence, who was convicted of killing their mother twenty-one years before. A prison snitch soon turns up dead, with Lawrence the only suspect, and Leo teams up with hotshot attorney Nina Schuyler to defend Lawrence against murder charges both old and new. Working the streets while Nina handles the action in the courtroom, Leo is forced to confront the darkness at the center of his life as he follows a trail of corruption and danger that leads to the very steps of City Hall. A tense, twist-filled courtroom procedural, Fox Is Framed barrels toward an unexpected conclusion, as Leo struggles to do right both by the law and his blood.

A good way to go : a Detective Inspector McLusky novel

March 26, 2015
Helton, Peter, author.
250 pages ; 23 cm
"On his first day back at work following his suspension, DI McLusky finds himself in the midst of a major murder enquiry when a body is discovered in the canal at Netham Lock. Chained, weighted down, tied to a buoy by the neck, it has all the hallmarks of a premeditated, ritualistic killing. As he questions those who knew the victim in an attempt to uncover the dead woman's secrets, McLusky's investigations are disrupted by the discovery of a second body, bound and gagged like the first--but there are differences"

Falling in love

March 26, 2015
Leon, Donna.
New York : Altantic Monthly Press, 2015.
264 pages : 24 cm

Kill me, darling : a Mike Hammer novel

March 25, 2015
Spillane, Mickey, 1918-2006, author.
London : Titan Books, 2015.
246 pages ; 25 cm.
The course of true love never did run smooth for PI Mike Hammer. His secretary and partner Velda has walked out on him without explanation, and Mike is just surfacing from a four-month bender. But then an old cop turns up murdered, an old cop who once worked with Velda on the NYPD Vice Squad. What's more, Mike's pal Captain Pat Chambers has discovered that Velda is in Florida, the moll of gangster and drug runner Nolly Quinn. Hammer hits the road and drives to Miami, where he enlists the help of a horse-faced newspaperman and a local police detective. But can they find Velda in time? And what is the connection between the murdered vice cop in Manhattan, and Mike's ex turning gun moll in Florida?

The strangler vine

March 25, 2015
Carter, Miranda, 1965- author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2015.
xiii, 369 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published: United Kingdom : Fig Tree, 2014.
"A novel"--Jacket.
"India, 1837. William Avery is a young soldier with few prospects except rotting away in campaigns in India; Jeremiah Blake is a secret political agent gone native, a genius at languages and disguises, disenchanted with the whole ethos of British rule, but who cannot resist the challenge of an unresolved mystery. What starts as a wild goose chase for this unlikely pair--trying to track down a missing writer who lifts the lid on Calcutta society--becomes very much more sinister as Blake and Avery get sucked into the mysterious Thuggee cult and its even more ominous suppression"--Dust jacket flap.

Whiskers of the lion : an Amish-country mystery

March 25, 2015
Gaus, Paul L.
New York : Plume, 2015.
viii, 246 pages ; 20 cm.
"A Plume book."
" P. L. Gaus's widely praised Amish-Country Mysteries continue to "probe the tension between the self-reliance of the Amish world and the urgencies of the English world" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). In Whiskers of the Lion, Sheriff Bruce Robertson is charged with finding a young Amish woman on the run from a murderous drug ring so she can testify in federal court. Wrestling with a recurring childhood nightmare of a deadly lion, the Holmes County sheriff finds himself torn between allegiance to the legal system he upholds and the beliefs of the people he is sworn to protect"-- Provided by publisher.

The language of the dead : a World War II mystery

March 25, 2015
Kelly, Stephen (Mystery writer), author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2015.
277 pages ; 24 cm
As the shadow of World War II descends over Europe, Detective Inspector Thomas Lamb hunts for an elusive killer behind the veil of a seemingly charming English village.

The angel court affair

March 24, 2015
Perry, Anne.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
273 pages ; 25 cm
"When Thomas Pitt is tasked with playing bodyguard to Sofia Delacruz, a young and controversial British preacher who has been living in Spain and has returned to England on a mysterious errand, he thinks it's a waste of Special Branch's time and resources. But when kidnappers manage to reach Sofia murdering two of her companions in the process. Pitt learns that the message the lovely evangelist was meant to deliver was far more urgent than he knew. With his career on the line, he races to unravel the truth behind Sofia's disappearance, enlisting the help of his beloved wife Charlotte and his old friend Victor Narraway. And he soon realizes that if he cannot find Sofia before it's too late, the consequences could destroy not only his reputation, but the British empire itself"-- Provided by publisher.

Star fall : a Bill Slider mystery

March 24, 2015
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia, author.
250 pages ; 23 cm.
Sequel to: Hard going.
The post-Christmas lull is officially over.... The deceased is antiques expert Rowland Egerton, the darling of daytime TV, stabbed to death in his luxurious West London home. Egerton's partner, the granite-faced John Lavender, found the body; did he also do the deed? Or was it a burglary gone wrong? As Slider and his team investigate, none of the facts seem to fit. And it soon becomes clear that the much-loved, charming Mr Egerton wasn't as universally loved, or perhaps as charming, as Slider was first led to believe....

The mouth of the crocodile

March 24, 2015
Pearce, Michael, 1933- author.
Sutton, Surrey : Severn House, 2015.
204 pages ; 23 cm.
"A Mamur Zapt mystery"--Jacket.
"Atbara, Sudan, 1913. A dead man is fished out of the River Nile. An accident or something more sinister? A visiting Pasha from the Royal Household believes it was murder and that he himself was the intended target. He insists that the Mamur Zapt, Head of the Khedives Secret Police, escorts him on his return train journey to Cairo, for protection. It's to be an eventful voyage"--Dust jacket flap.

False impression : an Abbot agency mystery

March 24, 2015
Heley, Veronica, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2015.
234 pages ; 22 cm.
This first world edition published in 2014 in Great Britain and 2015 in the USA by SEVERN HOUSE PUBLISHERS LTD.
"Bea Abbot's friend Leon Holland has asked for her help in establishing an alibi. But why would he need one? First, he tells her, he had a narrow escape from being run down in the road, and then he was lured with a mysterious message to a car park to meet someone who didn't turn up. Matters escalate when two bodies are found in the car park, slumped over their steering wheels, stabbed to death. Then everything is thrown into chaos as a devastating virus infects the agency's systems. A hidden camera. Hate mail. A nasty practical joke. It's clear that the Abbott Agency has been targeted. But why? And where is it leading? Bea is about to find herself drawn into a vicious power struggle involving greed, envy, ambition and tangled family relationships"--

Guilty waters

March 24, 2015
Masters, Priscilla, author.
Sutton : Severn House, 2015.
198 p. ; 23 cm.
The disappearance of two French girls in a Staffordshire beauty spot signals a tough new case for Detective Joanna Piercy. Cécile Bellange is a worried mother. Her eighteen-year-old daughter Annabelle and her friend Dorothée left Paris for a summer hitchhiking holiday in England, but it's now September and the only contact from them is a postcard sent from the picturesque setting of Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire three months ago. Meanwhile, in England, brothers Martin and James Stuart find a note from two French girls, inviting the finder to meet them at Rudyard Lake. Their enquiries lead them to Mandalay, an upmarket guesthouse where the girls stayed just before their disappearance, and its owner, the creepy peeping tom, Mr Barker. Arriving in England, Cécile Bellange meets Detective Joanna Piercy, who is looking into the girls' disappearance. Soon Joanna must answer two important questions: what is the anxious Mr Barker trying so desperately to hide, and where are Annabelle and Dorothée?

The secret knowledge

March 24, 2015
Crumey, Andrew, 1961- author.
Sawtry : Dedalus, 2013.
234 pages ; 20 cm
A lost musical masterpiece is at the heart of this gripping intellectual mystery. In 1913, composer Pierre Klauer envisages his marriage to his sweetheart and fame for his new work. Then tragedy strikes. A century later, concert pianist David Conroy hopes the rediscovered score will revive his own flagging career.

When Samantha screams : a Jimi Smith mystery

March 24, 2015
Case, Susan, author.
303 p. ; 23 cm.
When seven-year-old Samantha Stewart goes missing from the sleepy little town of Ditters Ferry, someone has to be the hero and find her. Nobody thought it would be Jimi Smith. When clumsy and impetuous Jimi stumbles into the aftermath of the kidnapping, digging for her next big news story, she somehow ends up in the middle of it. Forced to partner with a no-nonsense, former special ops agent, Cal Brighton, they must work together to solve the case and find the girl-in five short days.

Palm Beach nasty

March 23, 2015
Turner, Tom, 1953-
Sag Harbor, NY : The Permanent Press, [2015]
304 pages ; 23 cm

Liars, Inc.

March 23, 2015
Stokes, Paula, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
361 pages ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old Max, his girlfriend Parvati, and best friend Pres form Liars, Inc., expecting that forging notes and lying for their peers will lead to easy cash, but when Pres asks Max to cover for him, it may be a fatal mistake.

Down don't bother me : a Slim in little Egypt mystery

March 23, 2015
Miller, Jason, author.
276 pages ; 21 cm
In the depths of the Knight Hawk, one of the last working collieries in downstate Illinois, the body of a reporter is found, his mini-recorder tied around his neck and a notepad stuffed in his mouth. The Knight Hawk's owner, Matthew Luster, isn't happy. He wants answers -- and he doesn't want the cops or any more press poking into his business. To protect himself and the operation, he turns to Slim, a mine employee with a reputation for "bloodhounding" -- finding lost souls when the police can't or won't. Luster needs Slim to locate a missing photographer named Beckett, a close associate of the victim ... who just happens to be his son-in-law.

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