New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

October 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The nightingale before Christmas : a Meg Langslow mystery

October 17, 2014
Andrews, Donna.
vi, 295 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"As the holidays draw near in Caerphilly, Mother volunteers to take part in a big Christmas-themed decorator show house--each room of a temporarily untenanted house is decorated to the hilt by a different decorator for the public to tour. Of course, Mother insists that Meg pitch in with the organization, and she finds herself surrounded by flamboyant personalities with massive egos clashing and feeling their professional reputations are at stake. Then the rooms start to be sabotaged, and an unfortunate designer turns up dead--making Mother a prime suspect. Can Meg catch the real killer in time to save Mother the indignity of arrest? The brilliantly funny and talented Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the acclaimed avian-themed series that mystery readers have come to love. Cozies make excellent stocking-stuffers, and Nightingale Before Christmas is guaranteed to put the "ho ho hos" into the holidays for the legions of fans hungry for another Christmas book featuring Meg Langslow. Donna has won many awards for this very popular series, and continues to come up with new hilarious adventures for her endearing heroine. The novel is full of superb screwball comedy as well as Donna's trademark crisp plotting, not to mention bushels of holiday cheer--it wouldn't be the most wonderful time of the year without it."-- Provided by publisher.

Fear and loathing

October 17, 2014
Norman, Hilary, author.
234 pages ; 22 cm.
"One warm Sunday evening in Miami Beach, a leisurely waterfront barbecue is transformed into a brutal massacre. When the cops arrive, they find four hogtied bodies in a carbon monoxide-filled BMW--and a note on the windshield addressed to Detective Sam Becket, its message personal and menacing. After another similar slaughter, Sam leads a task force dedicated to tracking down the killers. But meantime, in France, someone is stalking his daughter, Cathy, and before long Sam is forced into a decision which he knows could destroy his career. He doesn't know that he's just exposed all his loved ones to horrific danger..."--dust jacket.

Death of a blue blood

October 17, 2014
Bain, Donald, 1935- author.
New York, New York : Obsidian, [2014]
278 pages ; 22 cm
"Based on the Universal Television series created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link."
"An Obsidian mystery."
"Jessica Fletcher and her friend Scotland Yard detective inspector George Sutherland are invited to attend a New Year's Eve Ball at Castorbrook Castle, thanks to her British publisher. Shortly after arriving in the idyllic English countryside, Jessica discovers the body of a lady's maid in the garden. While their host, Lord Norrance, his snobbish third wife, other members of the household, and party guests squabble over the tragic death in tight-lipped, perfectly mannered, thoroughly British style, family relations are strained as old wounds are reopened and cutting remarks are freely handed out. And that's only during teatime! As midnight beckons at the ball the next night, the earl offers a toast, complete with fireworks. But the merriment crashes to a halt when he falls ill and dies, apparently poisoned--and the number of suspects with a grudge against the lord of the manor sprouts like English ivy. Now it's up to Jessica and George to find the killer--or killers--before another corpse welcomes in the New Year.... "-- Provided by publisher.

Stirring the plot

October 17, 2014
Gerber, Daryl Wood, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
x, 287 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes recipes.
Includes excerpt from As gouda as dead (pages 283-287).
Jenna Hart has packed The Cookbook Nook chock full of everything from ghostly texts to witchy potions in anticipation of the annual fund raiser luncheon. But there's one unexpected addition to the menu: murder. When the Head Priestess of the Winsome Witches is found dead under mysterious circumstances, there's no logical answer and plenty of blame to go around. With her aunt, Vera, unable to call on her ability to foresee the future, Jenna will have to use more than just sleight of hand and a few magic tricks to conjure up the truth.

The Tudor Vendetta

October 16, 2014
Gortner, C. W., author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
292 pages ; 22 cm.
"A novel"--Cover.
"London, 1558. Queen Mary is dead, and 25-year old Elizabeth ascends the throne. Summoned to court from exile abroad, Elizabeth's intimate spy, Brendan Prescott, is reunited with the young queen, as well as his beloved Kate, scheming William Cecil, and arch-rival, Robert Dudley. A poison attempt on Elizabeth soon overshadows her coronation, but before Brendan can investigate, Elizabeth summons him in private to dispatch him on a far more confidential mission: to find her favored lady in waiting, Lady Parry, who has disappeared during a visit to her family manor in Yorkshire. Upon his arrival at the desolate sea-side manor where Lady Parry was last seen, he encounters a strange, impoverished family beset by grief, as well as mounting evidence that they hide a secret from him. The mystery surrounding Lady Parry deepens as Brendan begins to realize there is far more going on at the manor than meets the eye, but the closer he gets to the heart of the mystery in Vaughn Hall, the more he learns that in his zeal to uncover the truth, he could be precipitating Elizabeth's destruction. From the intrigue-laden passages of Whitehall to a foreboding Catholic manor and the deadly underworld of London, Brendan must race against time to unravel a vendetta that will strike at the very core of his world--a vendetta that could expose a buried past and betray everything he has fought for, including his loyalty to his queen"-- Provided by publisher.

The Four Corners of Palermo

October 16, 2014
Di Piazza, Giuseppe, author.
New York : Other Press, [2014]
231 pages ; 22 cm

A woman of fortune : a Texas gold novel

October 14, 2014
Gilbert, Kellie Coates.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Bone dust white

October 14, 2014
Salvalaggio, Karin.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Book clubbed

October 14, 2014
Barrett, Lorna.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Antiques con : a trash 'n' treasures mystery

October 14, 2014
Allan, Barbara.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

To darkness and to death

October 14, 2014
Spencer-Fleming, Julia.
pages ; cm.

Ghost of a gamble

October 14, 2014
Jaffarian, Sue Ann, 1952-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

The blood of an Englishman : an Agatha Raisin mystery

October 14, 2014
Beaton, M. C., author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
315 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Agatha Raisin's 25th adventure"--Cover.

Everything I never told you

October 14, 2014
Ng, Celeste.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Elizabeth is missing

October 14, 2014
Healey, Emma, 1985-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Hero complex

October 14, 2014
Froley, Margaux.
New York, NY : Soho Teen, 2014.
214 pages ; 22 cm
Series on jacket.
Sequel to: Escape theory.
When her unrequited love's grandfather Reed Hutchins entrusts Devon, a peer counselor at a prestigious California boarding school, with a mysterious diary--days before he dies--Devon fights to piece together the final clues to what haunts the Keaton School: the truth Reed's enemies are still willing to kill for.

Bone yard : a Raine Stockton dog mystery novella

October 14, 2014
Ball, Donna.
Mountain City, Ga. : Blue Merle Publishing, 2012, c2011.
155 p. ; 21 cm.
"Book # 4 in the Raine Stockton Dog mystery series"--T.p.
"Dog trainer Raine Stockton has lived all her life in the quiet community of Hansonville, North Carolina. She is the daughter of a judge, the niece of a sheriff, and the ex-wife of a deputy. She does not lead the kind of life, generally speaking, in which people get buried in her back yard. But when Cisco, Raine's mischievous golden retriever, digs up human bones beneath the site of what will soon be her new training kennel, mayhem ensues. With the state police swarming everywhere, references to a mass grave and suspicions of a serial killer, Raine is surrounded by chaos. But when her beautiful collie Majesty keeps disappearing and cryptic messages from a pet psychic only add to the confusion, Raine soon finds herself plunged into the midst of a mystery that is far too close to home. Can she and Cisco track down the truth before it's too late?" -- P. [4] of cover.

Double dog dare : a Raine Stockton dog mystery

October 14, 2014
Ball, Donna.
Mountain City, GA : Blue Merle Publishing, c2013.
[4], 277 p. ; 21 cm.
For dog trainer and search-and-rescue volunteer Raine Stockton, a vacation to the Caribbean resort island of St. Bart's sounds like the perfect antidote for stress, since it includes three of her favorite traveling companions: boyfriend Miles, his daughter Melanie, and Raine's golden retriever Cisco. But even in paradise, trouble finds them as Miles and Raine are drawn into a murder investigation. Raine faces her worst fears when someone she loves goes missing, and she is forced to navigate unfamiliar terrain in an alien land to track down a killer.

Town in a strawberry swirl

October 14, 2014
Haywood, B. B.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2014.
473 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
As the quaint seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine, gears up for strawberry-picking season, the villagers are shocked when berry farmer Miles Crawford is found dead in a hoophouse near his strawberry fields. Rumors have been swirling about a secret real estate deal between Miles and Lydia St. Graves, who is now missing. When Henry "Doc" Holliday becomes involved in the mystery, his daughter Candy finds herself caught in the jam as well.

The question of the missing head

October 13, 2014
Copperman, E. J., 1957- author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2014]
x, 324 pages ; 21 cm.

The missing place

October 13, 2014
Littlefield, Sophie, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
367 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reader's extras.
"A novel"--Cover.
"When two young men vanish from an oil rig in North Dakota, no one seems in a hurry to find them--except their mothers, two women from very different worlds who must work together to find their sons"-- Provided by publisher.

The counterfeit heiress

October 13, 2014
Alexander, Tasha, 1969-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
292 pages ; 25 cm.
"After an odd encounter at a grand masquerade ball, Lady Emily becomes embroiled in the murder investigation of one of the guests, a sometime actress trying to pass herself off as the mysterious heiress and world traveler Estella Lamar. Each small discovery, however, leads to more questions. Was the intended victim Miss Lamar or the imposter? And who would want either of them dead? As Emily and Colin try to make sense of all this, a larger puzzle begins to emerge: No one has actually seen Estella Lamar in years, since her only contact has been through letters and the occasional blurry news photograph. Is she even alive? Emily and Colin's investigation of this double mystery takes them from London to Paris, where, along with their friend Cécile, they must scour the darkest corners of the city in search of the truth"-- Provided by publisher.

The life we bury

October 13, 2014
Eskens, Allen, 1963-
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2014.
303 pages ; 21 cm
"College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Iverson is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl's conviction. But by the time Joe discovers the truth, it is too late to escape the fallout"-- Provided by publisher.

Lost under a ladder : a Superstition mystery

October 13, 2014
Johnston, Linda O., author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2015]
ix, 321 pages ; 21 cm.
"Rory Chasen's fiancé died and she had a hard time coming to terms with his unfortunate death. Was he hit by the car because he walked under a ladder moments before? Rory's best friend introduces her to a town called Destiny where superstitions are a way of life. Rory visits to find answers, receives a job offer at the Lucky Dog Boutique, and later is caught up in the murder of a business owner. A boutique's owner is the prime suspect but Rory can't believe sweet Martha would do it; she's convinced the real killer is still in Destiny"-- Provided by publisher.

Black Thursday : a Mrs. Frugalicious shopping mystery

October 13, 2014
Hull, Linda Joffe.
Woodbury, Minnesota. : Midnight Ink, [2014]
328 pages ; 21 cm.

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