New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

October 21, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Breaking cover

October 20, 2016
Rimington, Stella, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
362 pages ; 24 cm
"A Liz Carlyle novel"--book jacket.
Still reeling from the loss of her boyfriend in a botched anti-terrorist operation, Liz Carlyle has been posted to MI5's counter-espionage desk, where she's hoping to have relative security to find her feet. However, Russia's incursions into the Crimea and President Putin's determination to silence those who oppose him, wherever they may be, quash that hope. Liz soon finds herself on the hunt for a Russian spy in Britain. And with MI5 and MI6 under painful public scrutiny in the post-Edward Snowden world, security seems like a remote possibility for Liz's team. -- adapted from book jacket.

Night watch

October 20, 2016
Johansen, Iris, author.
342 pages ; 24 cm
"Born blind, Kendra Michaels spent the first twenty years of her life living in the darkness. Then, thanks to a revolutionary medical procedure developed by England's Night Watch Project, she was given the gift of sight. Her highly-developed senses (honed during her years in the dark), combined with her new found vision, have made her a remarkable investigator, sought after by law-enforcement agencies all over the country. But her newest case finds her uncovering a deadly truth about the shadowy organization that has given her so much. Kendra is surprised when she is visited by Dr. Charles Waldridge, the researcher who gave her sight. But all is not well with the brilliant surgeon; he's troubled by something he can't discuss with Kendra. When Waldridge disappears that very night, Kendra is on the case, recruiting government agent-for-hire Adam Lynch to join her on a trail that leads to the snow-packed California mountains. There they make a gruesome discovery: the corpse of one of Dr. Waldridge's associates, brutally murdered in the freezing snow. But it's only the first casualty in a white-knuckle confrontation with a deadly enemy who will push Kendra to the limits of her abilities. Soon she must fight for her very survival as she tries to stop the killing... and unearth the deadly secret of Night Watch"-- Provided by publisher.

One life : a novel

October 20, 2016
Lida, David, author.
Los Angeles, CA : Unnamed Press, [2016]
301 pages ; 22 cm.
Esperanza is a young woman from the destitute Mexican hamlet of Puroaire. Trying to escape a life of poverty and abuse, her journey leads her to the United States, where she works on a cleanup crew after Hurricane Katrina. Her harrowing adventure is like that of millions of undocumented workers in the U.S.-- until she finds herself in a jail cell, accused of murdering her baby. When Richard visits Esperanza in jail, the boundaries of his closely circumscribed life explode. Set in the American South and in rural Mexico, One Life examines the indelible links between life and death, sex and love. It's at once a page-turning mystery and a profound examination of freedom and justice.

The authentic William James : a Sebastian Becker novel

October 19, 2016
Gallagher, Stephen, author.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2016.
316 pages ; 24 cm
In the aftermath of a fiery tragedy that leaves dozens dead and England's leaders maneuvering for an answer to stave off political ramifications, former police detective Sebastian Becker is called upon to utilize his intimacy with the insane, and familiarity with working in the shadows. Tasked with evaluating the sanity of the confessed arsonist, known as "Wild West Showman, The Authentic William James", Becker travels from the shores of Sussex to the film studios of Hollywood. Delving into the circus world to unravel the mystery of a man who admits guilt and flees will pit Becker's appointed role to do his country's bidding against his compassion to do what is right for a family.

The trespasser

October 19, 2016
French, Tana, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
449 pages ; 24 cm.
Being on the Murder Squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalog-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There's nothing unusual about her-- except that Antoinette's seen her somewhere before. And that her death won't stay in its neat by-numbers box. Other detectives are trying to push Antoinette and Steve into arresting Aislinn's boyfriend, fast. There's a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette's road. Aislinn's friend is hinting that she knew Aislinn was in danger. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the glossy, passive doll she seemed to be. Antoinette knows the harassment has turned her paranoid, but she can't tell just how far gone she is. Is this case another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?

By gaslight

October 19, 2016
Price, Steven, 1976- author.
731 pages ; 24 cm
William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of the most notorious detective of all time, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead on the fabled con Edward Shade. William's father died without ever finding Shade, but William is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows. Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. When he receives a letter from his lost beloved, he returns to London to find her. What he learns of her fate, and its connection to the man known as Shade, will force him to confront a grief he thought long-buried. A fog-enshrouded hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and séance halls ensues, creating the most unlikely of bonds: between Pinkerton, the great detective, and Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Edward Shade.

A murder for Max : a Maxine Benson mystery

October 19, 2016
Reynolds, John (John Lawrence), author.
Victoria, British Columbia : Raven Books, 2016.
110 pages ; 19 cm
Escaping the pressures of big-city policing and memories of a bad marriage, Maxine Benson is happy to be appointed police chief in the resort town of Port Ainslie. The town's police force consists of Max, police constable and card-trick master Henry Wojack and 65-year-old Margie Burns, who handles office and jail duties. Max's biggest challenge is to overcome skepticism at her ability to deal with major crimes, like the murder of Billy Ray Edwards. Few people mourn Billy Ray's passing. He was a bully and a thief.

The witch and the dead : a wishcraft mystery

October 19, 2016
Blake, Heather, author.
308 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes excerpt from: A potion to die for.
When she discovers a pile of old bones in her Aunt Ve's garage under a mess of memories and forgotten possessions, wish-granting witch Darcy Merriweather must solve a cold case to keep her aunt from doing a spell in prison.

Hook, line, and murder : a novel

October 19, 2016
Fletcher, Jessica, author.
265 pages ; 22 cm
"Based on the Universal Television series created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link."
"The Murder, She Wrote mystery series continues as Jessica Fletcher takes a relaxing getaway that turns into a reel deadly situation. Jessica enters a fly-fishing competition at a nearby lake. Joining her is the sheriff's wife, Maureen Metzger, who surprises Jess with her enthusiasm for the sport. Their guide, however, is a surprise to both... Brian Kinney is an ex-con. Jailed as an accomplice to Darryl Jepson, a convicted killer, Brian was later exonerated, but not before spending seven years behind bars. He seems like a decent enough fellow. Just a man trying to rebuild his life as a family man and fishing guide. Yet when Jepson breaks out of prison vowing revenge, and the lawyer for both men is found murdered, Cabot Cove becomes the focus of the nation as local, state, and federal authorities descend on Jessica's hometown. And to add to the tension, Maureen has gone missing. Is she lost or is she a hostage? Jess soon finds herself caught in a netful of lies, deceit and ulterior motives. In order to save her friend, she'll need to find some answers by hook or by crook."-- Provided by publisher.

Catching the jigglypuff thief

October 19, 2016
Polan, Alex.
New York : Sky Pony Press, 2016.
107 p. ; 21 cm.
"Ethan, Devin, and Gianna are Pokémon trainers, and with the help of their favorite Pokémon and the Team Mystic gym leader, Carlo, they're ready to take on both the real world and the video game world in Pokémon GO! But when someone breaks into the local doughnut shop and steals a valuable batch of doughnuts, it looks like the shop might close--taking Team Mystic's only gym down with it! The friends are determined to crack the case, especially when their first clue, found in Devin's Pokédex, seems to point to a Team Valor plot? Can Team Mystic band together to track down the thief--and defend their gym?"-- Page 4 of cover.

We know it was you : a Strange truth novel

October 18, 2016
Thrash, Maggie, author.
344 pages ; 22 cm
When the Winship Academy mascot jumps off a bridge during a halftime show, she leaves behind a lot of questions, and two students who witnessed the scene firsthand are determined to find out what really happened.

A guide to the other side

October 18, 2016
Imfeld, Robert, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2016.
311 pages ; 22 cm
Thirteen-year-old Baylor Bosco does not like ghosts, but as a medium he sees them--including his twin sister Kristina--everywhere but Kristina disappears after a strange ghost shows up and Baylor must try to find her on his own.

Coffin road

October 18, 2016
May, Peter, 1951- author.
New York : Quercus, 2016.
303 pages ; 24 cm
In the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, a man washes up on a deserted beach with no knowledge of who he is or how he got there, while homicide detective George Gunn makes the ocean crossing to a remote lighthouse on a rock in the North Atlantic to investigate a brutal murder.

Little boy blue

October 18, 2016
Arlidge, M. J., author.
New York : Berkley, 2016.
388 pages ; 21 cm.
"A Detective Helen Grace thriller"--Cover.
"Detective Helen Grace faces her own dark compulsions in the twisty new thriller from the author of Pop Goes the Weasel and Eeny Meeny. In the darkest corners of the city, there is a thriving nightlife where people can let loose and cross the lines of work and play, of pleasure and pain. But now that sanctuary has been breached. A killer has struck and a man is dead. In a world where disguises and discretion are the norm, one admission could unravel a life. No one wants to come forward to say what they saw or what they know-- including the woman heading the investigation: Detective Helen Grace. Helen knew the victim. And the victim knew her-- better than anyone else. And when the murderer strikes again, Helen must decide how many more lines she's willing to cross to bring in a devious and elusive serial killer ..."-- Provided by publisher.

Without mercy

October 18, 2016
Bass, Jefferson, author.
342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"Bill Brockton has spent twenty-five years solving brutal murders-- but none so bizarre and merciless as his latest case: A ravaged set of skeletal remains is found chained to a tree on a remote mountainside. As Brockton and his assistant Miranda dig deeper, they uncover warning signs of a deadly eruption of hatred and violence. But the shocking case is only the beginning of Brockton's trials. Mid-case, the unthinkable happens: The deadliest criminal Brockton has ever foiled-- the sadistic serial killer Nick Satterfield-- escapes from prison, bent on vengeance"-- Provided by publisher.

A spring betrayal

October 18, 2016
Callaghan, Tom, author.
New York : Quercus, 2016.
274 pages ; 24 cm.
"An Inspector Akyl Borubaev investigation" --Cover
Inspector Akyl Borubaev of the Bishkek Murder Squad has been exiled to the far corner of Kyrgyzstan, but death and corruption still haunt him in the remote town where he has been stationed. Borubaev soon finds himself caught up in a mysterious and gruesome new case: several children's bodies have been found buried together--all tagged with name bands, all killed in the same way. In his search for the truth behind the brutal killings, Borubaev hits a wall of silence, with no one to turn to outside his sometime lover, the beautiful and lethal undercover security service agent Saltanat Umarova. When Borubaev himself is framed for the production of blood-soaked child pornography connected with the case, it looks as though things couldn't get any worse. With the investigation at a dangerous standstill, Borubaev sets out to save his own integrity, and to deliver his own savage brand justice on behalf of the many dead who can't speak for themselves.

Crepe factor

October 18, 2016
Childs, Laura, author.
310 pages ; 21 cm
"Scrapbooking tips and recipes included!"--dust jacket.
"The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn't taking a holiday in the latest Scrapbooking Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs. The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand--but not so hectic that she doesn't have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a thrashing man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them. The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restaurateur Quigg Brevard--who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least. Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon.."-- Provided by publisher.

The Hammett hex

October 18, 2016
Abbott, Victoria, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
vi, 298 pages ; 18 cm
"Jordan has been able to swing a romantic trip to San Francisco with Officer Tyler "Smiley" Dekker on one condition-she must return with a rare copy of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest for her irascible employer, Vera Van Alst. For his own part, Smiley is full of surprises. He's a Dashiell devotee himself-excited to be in the city of Hammett's hard-boiled heroes like Sam Spade and the Continental Op-and also announces he plans to visit his previously unmentioned estranged grandmother, who lives in an old Victorian on Telegraph Hill. But the trip goes downhill fast when Jordan is pushed from a cable car and barely escapes death. And when a dark sedan tries to run the couple down, it's clear someone's after them-but who' Just like in Hammett's world, nothing is quite what is seems..."--Page [4] of cover.

One was lost

October 17, 2016
Richards, Natalie D., author.
308 pages ; 21 cm
On a senior class camping trip, four girls find themselves lost in the woods, their supplies destroyed, and hunted by a killer.

A dreadful past

October 17, 2016
Turnbull, Peter, 1950- author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House Publishers Ltd, 2016.
172 pages ; 23 cm.
A chance sighting of a vase for sale in an antiques shop leads Detective Chief Inspector George Hennessey and his team to take a fresh look at a twenty-year-old unsolved murder case. As the investigation opens out and links are made to other unsolved murders in the Vale of York and beyond, the net seems to be closing around a mysterious gang of killers and a vow of silence that's been kept for two decades. But when a new body is discovered in a local wood, is that pact about to be tested?

The heavens may fall

October 17, 2016
Eskens, Allen, 1963- author.
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2016.
301 pages ; 21 cm
"Two friends take opposite sides of a murder investigation and trial, each convinced that he is right"-- Provided by publisher.


October 17, 2016
Lin, Ed, author.
319 pages ; 22 cm.
"In Taiwan, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for prioritizing family. When 25-year-old Jing-nan's gangster uncle, Big Eye, asks a favor, Jing-nan can't exactly say no, especially because two goons are going to follow him around to make sure he gets it done right. The favor is this: Big Eye's 16-year old daughter, Mei-ling, has a biker boyfriend from the wrong side of the tracks--in Big Eye's gangster opinion--and Big Eye wants Jing-nan to bring her to Taipei, away from the bad influences, and straighten her out. It doesn't take Jing-nan long to discover Mei-ling is even more trouble than the average bratty, rebellious teenage girl. She's been spoiled rotten and doesn't know how to take no for an answer. She has her father's thugs wrapped around her finger and quickly becomes the miniature dictator of Jingnan's life. But Mei-ling is also hiding a secret--one that puts her in harm's way. If he wants to save his cousin from her own demons, he has to figure out the truth, even if it tears his family apart--again"-- Provided by publisher.

Smile and be a villain

October 17, 2016
Dams, Jeanne M., author.
Sutton : Severn House Publishers LTD, 2016.
217 pages ; 23 cm.
A holiday on the picturesque island of Alderney leads to a case of cold-blooded murder for American Anglophile Dorothy Martin. When Dorothy Martin and her husband, retired police detective Alan Nesbitt, decide to visit the beautiful island of Alderney in the English Channel, they hope for a pleasant, peaceful holiday. It's not to be. Taking a walk on their very first day, they discover a body, apparently the victim of an unfortunate accident, on a precipitous hill path. The dead man, they learn, is an American named Abercrombie who had made himself both loved and hated during his few weeks on the island. Although there is no concrete evidence of foul play, both Dorothy and Alan are uneasy about the death and decide to delve further. And then they unearth some most disquieting revelations...

The apartment : a novel

October 17, 2016
Grey, S. L., author.
272 pages ; 21 cm
"A Blumhouse Books/Anchor Books horror original."--Cover.
"Mark and Steph have a relatively happy family with their young daughter in sunny Cape Town until one day when armed men in balaclavas break in to their home. Left traumatized but physically unharmed, Mark and Steph are unable to return to normal and live in constant fear. When a friend suggests a restorative vacation abroad via a popular house swapping website, it sounds like the perfect plan. They find a genial, artistic couple with a charming apartment in Paris who would love to come to Cape Town. Mark and Steph can't resist the idyllic, light-strewn pictures, and the promise of a romantic getaway. But once they arrive in Paris, they quickly realize that nothing is as advertised. When their perfect holiday takes a violent turn, the cracks in their marriage grow ever wider and dark secrets from Mark's past begin to emerge." --

San Juan noir

October 17, 2016
180 pages : map ; 21 cm
Part I: Fallen angels. Death on the scaffold / Janette Becerra -- Fish food / Manolo Núñen Negrón -- The infamy of Chin Fernández / Tere Dávila -- Two death for Ángela -- Matchmaking / Mayra Santos-Febres -- Part II: Crazy love. Dog killer / Luis Negrón -- Saint Michael's sword / Wilfredo J. Burgos Matos -- A killer among us / Manuel A. Meléndez -- Sweet feline / Alejandro Álvarez Nieves -- Things told while falling / Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro -- Part III: Never trust desire. Turistas / Ernesto Quiñonez -- Y / José Rabelo -- Inside and outside / Edmaris Carazo -- Death angel of Santurce / Charlie Vázquez.

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