New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

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

The hundred lies of Lizzie Lovett

January 17, 2017
Sedoti, Chelsea, author.
387 pages ; 22 cm
When popular Lizzie Lovett goes missing, seventeen-year-old Hawthorne, a lonely misfit, finds herself becoming obsessed with solving the mystery.

Hope's Peak

January 17, 2017
Healey, Tony, author.
207 pages ; 21 cm.
Detective Jane Harper can't shake the image of the young woman discovered in a field-eyes closed, a crown of woven vines on her head. She expects macabre murders like this in her native San Francisco, not here. Jane and her partner, Stu, vow to catch the killer, but in this town, that's easier said than done. The police department is in the grips of a wide-reaching scandal that could topple the entire force, and Jane and Stu face a series of dead ends. Until they meet Ida Lane. Ida knows too well the evil that lurks in the cornfields. Tortured by her mother's murder years before, Ida is paralyzed by the fear that she could be next. As the killer grows bolder, Jane must persuade Ida to use her remarkable gifts to help in the investigation. It's a decision that brings them closer to the killer...maybe too close.

Mystery in the channel

January 17, 2017
Crofts, Freeman Wills, 1879-1957, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2016.
269 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published in 1931 by W. Collins Sons & Co."--Title page verso.
The Chichester is making a routine journey across the English Channel on a pleasant afternoon in June, when the steamer’s crew notice something strange. A yacht, bobbing about in the water ahead of them, appears to have been abandoned, and there is a dark red stain on the deck… Two bodies later, with no sign of a gun, there certainly is a mystery in the channel.

The sleepwalker

January 17, 2017
Bohjalian, Chris, 1960- author.
284 pages ; 25 cm
When a sleepwalker who has experienced episodes of near violence while unconscious goes missing, her eldest daughter, Lianna, finds herself drawn to a lead detective who seems to know more than he is revealing.

Two days gone : a Ryan DeMarco mystery

January 17, 2017
Silvis, Randall, 1950- author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2017]
394 pages ; 21 cm
The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now. What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and so is immediately cast as the prime suspect. DeMarco knows--or thinks he knows--that Huston couldn't have been capable of murdering his family. But if Huston is innocent, why is he on the run? And does the half-finished manuscript he left behind contain clues to the mystery of his family's killer?

Sex, lies & black tie : a moonlight and magnolias novel

January 12, 2017
Calvert, Kris, author.
373 pages ; 21 cm
"Mac Callahan has left the fast lane of the FBI, trading a firearm for tea parties with his baby girl, and dangerous raids for a game of catch with his son. Still, he fights off a nagging feeling every day. Mac is restless. When the North Star Gala, a charitable affair his wife Samantha has been planning, unexpectedly finds its way to his home in Shadeland, Alabama, he's asked to oversee security for the event filled with Washington insiders, politicians and the elite. The U.S. President and Secretary of State are coming to Lone Oak. Finding his way back to Washington, D.C. to lead the project, he's met head on with his former life as a free-wheeling bachelor and his long-time assistant, Micah. But when Micah's sister goes missing from a college field trip, Mac walks away from the Secret Service and their plans, taking the opportunity to quench his thirst for action and the lead to find the young girl. Expecting an open and shut case, what he discovers is far worse than he could've imagined. Deep in the darkest part of the Internet, a human trafficking ring operates so steeped in anonymity, its patrons are highly protected--all the way to Capitol Hill. Counting down to the black tie event, Mac will face the toughest fight of his life--protecting his family and friends from politicians and government operatives who live above the law and wield the power to ruin and end lives without retribution. When it's a twisted games of sex, lies and clandestine espionage, no one is safe, no one is to be trusted, and no one is truly unknown."--Page 4 of cover.

Blood and bone

January 12, 2017
Giambanco, V. M., author.
New York : Quercus, 2017.
"After two years in the Seattle Police Department, homicide detective Alice Madison has finally found a measure of peace she has never known before--a sense of belonging. When a local burglary escalates into a gruesome murder, Madison takes charge of the investigation, only to discover that this is no ordinary killing. She finds herself tracking a serial assassin who has haunted the city for years--and whose brutality is the stuff of legend among the super-max prisons of the Pacific Northwest. As she delves deeper into the case, Madison learns that the widow of one of the victims is being stalked--is the killer poised to strike again? As pressures mount, Madison will stop at nothing to save the next innocent victim. even if it means playing a killer's endgame by presenting herself as the bait"--Provided by publisher.

Crimson snow : winter mysteries

January 12, 2017
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2016.
311 pages ; 21 cm.
The ghost's touch / Fergus Hume -- The Chopham affair / Edgar Wallace -- The man with the sack / Margery Allingham -- Christmas Eve / S.C. Roberts -- Death in December / Victor Gunn -- Murder at Christmas / Christopher Bush -- Off the tiles / Ianthe Jerrold -- Mr. Cork's secret / MacDonald Hastings -- The Santa Claus Club / Julian Symons -- Deep and crisp and even / Michael Gilbert -- The carol singers / Josephine Bell.
Crimson Snow brings together a dozen vintage crime stories set in winter.

The death of kings

January 12, 2017
Airth, Rennie, 1935- author.
356 pages ; 24 cm.
On a hot summer day in 1938, a beautiful actress is murdered on the grand Kent estate of Sir Jack Jessup, close friend of the Prince of Wales. The arrest of an ex-convict and his subsequent confession swiftly bring the case to a close, but in 1949, the reappearance of a jade necklace raises questions about the murder. Was the man convicted and executed the decade before truly guilty? Though happily retired from the police force, John Madden is persuaded to investigate the case afresh.

The house husband

January 12, 2017
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little Brown and Company, 2017.
118 pages ; 18 cm.
Harry Posehn is the best dad, the best husband...well, maybe not. Detective Teaghan Beaumont is getting closer and closer to discovering the truth about Harry Posehn. But there's a twist that she will never see coming.

Never never

January 11, 2017
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
363, 17 pages ; 24 cm
Detective Harriet Blue of the Sydney Police Department prides herself on an uncanny ability to catch the most deviant of criminals. So when her brother is charged with a brutal string of murders, it rocks her world. Shocked, in denial, and facing uncomfortable questions about how much she knew, Harry is transferred to avoid the media circus. Investigating the disappearance of a worker in an isolated mine deep inside the desolate Australian outback--the never never--she uncovers an insular society that has sprung up around the mine. It's a world full of easy money, plenty of immoral ways to spend it, and no shortage of suspects. Still reeling from her investigative failures back home, Harry must get to the bottom of the mine's mysteries before she vanishes into the wilds of the never never for good.

The ice beneath her : a novel

January 11, 2017
Grebe, Camilla, author.
350 pages ; 24 cm
As winter's chill descends on Stockholm, homicide detectives Peter Lindgren and Manfred Olsson arrive at a crime scene, a posh suburban home where an unidentified woman was beheaded--a murder made more disturbing by its uncanny resemblance to an unsolved killing ten years earlier. As the detectives search for motives and the homeowner, CEO Jesper Orre, they enlist the help of retired criminal profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön. But they aren't the only ones searching. A young clerk from Orre's company, Emma Bohman, had an affair with Orre right before he disappeared. One staggering misfortune after another followed, leaving Emma certain that Orre was to blame. Pursuing the same man for different reasons, Emma and the police are destined to cross paths in a chilling dance of obsession, vengeance, madness, and love gone hellishly wrong. -- From publisher.

The twilight wife

January 11, 2017
Banner, A. J., author.
275 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide and "A conversation with A.J. Banner".
"Thirty-four-year-old marine biologist Kyra Winthrop remembers nothing about the diving accident that left her with a complex form of memory loss. With only brief flashes of the last few years of her life, her world has narrowed to a few close friendships on the island where she lives with her devoted husband, Jacob. But all is not what it seems. Kyra begins to have visions--or are they memories?--of a rocky marriage, broken promises, and cryptic relationships with the island residents, whom she believes to be her friends. As Kyra races to uncover her past, the truth becomes a terrifying nightmare."--Provided by publisher.

The gate of sorrows

January 11, 2017
Miyabe, Miyuki, 1960- author.
San Francisco, CA : Haikasoru, [2016]
453 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Japan by Mainichi Shimbun Publishing Inc., Tokyo"--Title page verso.
"A series of murders shocks Tokyo's Shinjuku ward, but Shigenori, a retired police detective, is instead obsessed with a gargoyle that seems to move. College freshman Kotaro launches a web-based investigation of the killer, and comes to find that answers may lie within an abandoned building in the center of Japan's busiest neighborhood, and beyond the Gate of Sorrows. In this New Adult sequel to Miyabe's The Book of Heroes, you will meet monsters from other worlds and ordinary horrors that surpass even supernatural threats"-- Provided by publisher.

Rum runner : a Jack Daniels thriller

January 11, 2017
Konrath, Joe, 1970- author.
[United States] : [Publisher not identified], 2016.
311 pages ; 23 cm.
"Twenty years ago, a young cop named Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels arrested one of the most sadistic killers she'd ever encountered. She has since retired from the Chicago Police Department in order to raise her toddler daughter. But old grudges never die. They fester until the right opportunity comes along. While on vacation in the Wisconsin north woods, Jack learns--too late--that her old adversary is out of prison. He has revenge on his mind. And he's bringing an army with him. Outnumbered, outgunned, and cut off from the outside world, Jack Daniels is about to learn the meaning of last stand."--back cover.

A pinch of poison

January 10, 2017
Maxwell, Alyssa, author.
310 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Murder most malicious.
Post World War I England. Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady's maid, Eva Huntford, have organized a luncheon at the school to benefit wounded veterans of the Great War, encouraging the students of Haverleigh School for Young Ladies to participate in the cooking and the baking. But too many cooks do more than spoil the broth-- the school's headmistress, Miss Finch, is poisoned. Did one of the girls resent the headmistress enough to do her in? Did a teacher bear a grudge? No one is above suspicion-- and the killer may try to teach someone else a lethal lesson.

House of silence

January 10, 2017
Barthel, Sarah, author.
261 pages ; 21 cm
"Where secrets dwell ..."--Cover.
"Isabelle Larkin's future--like that of every young woman--hinges upon her choice of husband. She delights her mother by becoming engaged to Gregory Gallagher, who is charismatic, politically ambitious, and publicly devoted. But Isabelle's visions of a happy, profitable match come to a halt when she witnesses her fiancé commit a horrific crime--and no one believes her. Gregory denies all, and Isabelle's mother insists she marry as planned rather than drag them into scandal. Fearing for her life, Isabelle can think of only one escape: she feigns a mental breakdown that renders her mute, and is brought to Bellevue Sanitarium. There she finds a friend in fellow patient Mary Todd Lincoln, committed after her husband's assassination. In this unlikely refuge, the women become allies, even as Isabelle maintains a veneer of madness for her own protection. But sooner or later, she must reclaim her voice. And if she uses it to expose the truth, Isabelle risks far more than she could ever imagine."--Provided by publisher.

Bell, book & candlemas

January 10, 2017
Hesse, Jennifer David, author.
330 pages ; 17 cm
The Wiccan holiday of Candlemas is right around the corner, but when vandals target New Age gift shop Moonstone Treasures, the mood is far from festive. Frightening threats and accusations of witchcraft aimed at the owner have some Wiccan patrons calling it a hate crime. And when things escalate to murder, the community turns to Keli; As a friend and customer, Keli wants to help. But there's one problem: she's fiercely private about her religion. How can she stop the harassment, not to mention catch a killer, while keeping her faith hidden from her colleagues, clients, and her promising ;and long awaited new boyfriend? At a time meant to banish darkness, will Keli have to choose between risking the spotlight and keeping her beliefs locked in the proverbial broom closet? Or will she call on her deepest convictions to conjure the perfect path?

Idaho : a novel

January 10, 2017
Ruskovich, Emily, author.
308 pages ; 25 cm
A tale told from multiple perspectives traces the complicated relationship between Ann and Wade on a rugged landscape and how they came together in the aftermath of his first wife's imprisonment for a violent murder.

Custom baked murder

January 10, 2017
Mugavero, Liz, author.
378 pages ; 18 cm.
"Includes gourmet pet food recipes" --Back cover.
"Summer is winding down in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, but Stan's love life and career are both heating up nicely. In between planning her new pet patisserie and café, Stan is settling into living-in-bliss with sexy pub owner Jake McGee. Love's on the menu for Stan's mom, Patricia, too, who's engaged to Frog Ledge's mayor, Tony Falco. Mayor Falco's dogged ambition isn't popular among locals, but it's his executive coach, Eleanor Chang, who's inspired a dangerous grudge. When Eleanor is found dead, there's a whole pack of suspects to choose from. Stan has first-hand experience of Eleanor's unsavory business tactics. But finding out who forced her to take a fatal plunge off the corporate ladder means unearthing some shady secrets and a killer who's too close for comfort." --Back cover.

Death on the Patagonian Express

January 10, 2017
Conrad, Hy, author.
295 pages ; 22 cm.
Fanny and Amy’s new blog is attracting first-class opportunities for the mother-and-daughter team and their NYC travel agency. It’s too bad this ride leads to murder . . .

Iced under

January 10, 2017
Ross, Barbara, 1953- author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2017.
297 pages ; 17 cm.
Inside the mystery package is an enormous black diamond necklace that once belonged to Julia's great-grandmother and disappeared in the 1920s. Who could have sent it-and why? Julia's search for clues takes her on a perilous journey through her mother's troubled family history, from a squabble over the family fortune in "frozen water" to the recent unexplained death of Jacqueline's long-lost cousin Hugh-who'd been missing and presumed drowned for more than forty years. To protect her mother's inheritance, Julia must fend off a small army of feuding relatives, solve the mystery surrounding Hugh's demise, and get back home before the next blizzard buries them all...

The boy who escaped paradise : [a novel]

January 6, 2017
Yi, Chŏng-myŏng (Novelist), author.
278 pages ; 24 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
An unidentified body is discovered in New York City, with numbers and symbols are written in blood near the corpse. Ahn Gil&#x;mo, a North Korean national who interprets the world through numbers, formulas, and mathematical theories, is arrested on the spot. Previously incarcerated in a Korean political prison because his father was a secret Christian, Gilmo must now use his peculiar gifts to navigate the criminal world as he searches for the only family he has left. Angela, a CIA operative, is assigned to gain his trust and access his unique thought-process.

The cat sitter and the canary

January 6, 2017
Clement, Blaize, author.
288 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne Book."
"This time out, Dixie's got a furry partner-in-crime, an irascible Lhasa Apso named Charlie. They've just arrived at the home of one of Dixie's regular clients to check in on Franklin, a mackerel tabby with avocado-green eyes and a luxuriant coat the color of dried beach grass. Despite a couple of bumps in the road (Franklin seems to be hiding in one of his favorite cubby holes, and Charlie scratches up the parlor door trying to get to the other side), everything else is perfectly normal. That is, until the next day, when Dixie discovers a dead body on the other side of that parlor door, along with a note that seems to suggest she had something to do with it. Soon, there's another victim, and then another note, and Dixie quickly finds herself caught in a maze of mystery and danger, where all the clues have her name written all over them, and where she must find the murderer... before he finds her"-- Provided by publisher.

The edit : a novel

January 6, 2017
Jones, J. Sydney, author.
New York : Road Integrated Media, Inc., 2016.
309 pages ; 21 cm
"On the coast of Central America, an aging man sits down to pen his memoirs. He begins with his childhood in Vienna, just after World War I, when his family lived in respectable poverty and his greatest pleasure was being rocked to sleep in the lap of his beloved babysitter. It would be a sweet tale if the author could withhold what comes later . . . but he intends to tell every horrifying detail of the truth. He's a war criminal, a veteran of the elite Nazi brigade known as the SS, and he'll write proudly of every atrocity he can recall. Distracting him from his work is inquisitive American journalist Kate O'Brien, who has come in search of a story. When Kate accidentally stumbles upon the old man's pages, he has no choice but to act, kidnapping her and locking her in his basement. His latest crime threatening to expose him, the proud Nazi will come face to face with the horrors of his past and the blackness of his soul."--Page [4] of cover.

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