New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

August 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Rebellion's message : a Jack Blackjack mystery

August 29, 2016
Jecks, Michael, author.
©2016
217 pages ; 23 cm
"A Jack Blackjack Tudor mystery"--Cover.
January 1554. Light-fingered Jack Blackjack knows he's not going to have a good day when he wakes with a sore head next to a dead body in a tavern's yard. That would be bad enough -- but when he discovers what's in the dead man's purse, the one he'd stolen, his day is set to get much worse. The purse explains why the mysterious man with the broad-brimmed hat wants to catch him. But so does the Lord Chancellor, as does the enigmatic Henry. In fact, almost everyone seems to be after Jack Blackjack.

Dead in a flash

August 29, 2016
Bonner, Brynn, 1950- author.
New York, NY : Pocket Books, 2016.
326 pages ; 18 cm
"A family history mystery"--Cover.
"It's not just politics as usual when genealogists Sophreena McClure and Esme Sabatier are hired to create scapbook tributes for a former North Carolina senator's intricate family heritage and illustrious career. Sifting through the ashes of his past, they discover his baby brother perished in a suspicious fire that burned down his childhood home. Still saddened by his late parents' steadfast conviction--against all evidence to the contrary--that the fire was cover for a kidnapping, the senator wants this rumor put to rest once and for all. So with only snapshots of the evidence, Soph and Esme are determined to smother all speculation about the decades-old tragedy. The party lines are drawn when a shocking present-day murder turns up new candidates for the crime-- including some suspects from the senator's inner circle. Are the sleuthing scrapbookers trying to pin down a killer who is as adept at making laws as breaking them?''--page [4] of cover.

The emerald lie

August 29, 2016
Bruen, Ken, author.
New York : The Mysterious Press, [2016]
345 pages ; 22 cm.

The shattered tree

August 29, 2016
Todd, Charles, author.
©2016
287 pages ; 24 cm.
At an aid station in France in October 1918, Bess Crawford, a nurse, encounters an injured, unidentified French lieutenant, who yells in fluent German after being attacked by a fellow patient. Though Bess's matron suggests that the Frenchman is from German-speaking Alsace-Lorraine, Bess isn't so sure. Two weeks later, Bess is shot while in the trenches and is sent to Paris to recuperate, and finds the perfect opportunity to pursue the matter, with the help of Captain Barkley, an American who's ostensibly in the city searching for deserters --adapted from Publishers Weekly.

Against the light

August 29, 2016
Eccles, Marjorie, author.
Sutton, Surrey : Severn House, 2016.
220 pages ; 23 cm
"A late Edwardian mystery"--Cover.
London, April, 1912. The third Irish Home Rule Bill is passing through Parliament and the situation is growing ever more tense. Closely involved in the negotiations, cabinet minister Edmund Latimer finds himself under growing pressure--which only intensifies when his seven-month-old niece Lucy is snatched away in her pram in Regent's Park. Could there be a connection between Lucy's kidnapping and the Irish talks? With her husband under intolerable strain, Edmund's wife Alice makes it her business to find out. But the more she discovers, the more she realizes how little she really knows the man she married five years before.

Final fondue : a five-ingredient mystery

August 25, 2016
Corrigan, Maya, author.
©2016
391 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

A quiet place

August 25, 2016
Matsumoto, Seichō, 1909-1992, author.
©2016
235 pages ; 20 cm

Ghostly echoes

August 24, 2016
Ritter, William, 1984- author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, 2016.
340 pages ; 22 cm
"Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Limited"--Title page verso.
"The highly anticipated third volume of the paranormal detective series perfect for "readers who enjoy Doctor Who, Supernatural, Grimm...and of course, Sherlock Holmes stories, and who are ready to say up into the wee hours." Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly landlord of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the services of her detective-agency tenants to solve a decade-old murder--her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny's fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny's case isn't so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected. Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail's race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues' grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced" -- Provided by publisher.

Sorrow road : [a novel]

August 24, 2016
Keller, Julia, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
354 pages ; 24 cm.
Subtitle from jacket.
"From the small towns of Appalachia they came, the young men who joined the fight for liberty in World War II. Now they are elderly, and some of them--like Harmon Strayer, father of prosecutor Bell Elkins's former law school classmate--suffer from Alzheimer's. When Harmon dies in an Alzheimer's care facility from what appear to be natural causes, Bell confronts a mystery that brims with questions about memory, grief and the lethal cost of burying the past. During a winter of record snow and cold, Bell and the people of Acker's Gap, West Virginia, face isolation and hardship--and the threat from a killer who preys upon the old and the sick and the helpless"-- Provided by publisher.

A lesson in love and murder

August 24, 2016
McMillan, Rachel, 1981- author.
Eugene Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2016]
216 pages ;a 21 cm.
The legacy of literary icon Sherlock Holmes is alive and well in 1912 Canada, where best friends Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts continue to develop their skills as consulting detectives. The city of Toronto has been thrown into upheaval by the arrival of radical anarchist Emma Goldman. Amid this political chaos, Benny Citrone of the Royal North-West Mounted Police arrives at Merinda and Jem's flat, requesting assistance in locating his runaway cousin--a man with a deadly talent. While Merinda eagerly accepts the case, she finds herself constantly butting heads--and hearts--with Benny. Meanwhile, Jem has her hands full with a husband who is determined to keep her out of harm's way. As Merinda and Jem close in on the danger they've tracked from Toronto to Chicago, they uncover a sinister plot to assassinate presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt. Will they be able to save the day and resolve the troubles threatening their future happiness before it's too late?

A great reckoning

August 23, 2016
Penny, Louise, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
389 pages ; 25 cm
"When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map. Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protégée of the murdered professor. The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets. For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning."--Provided by publisher.

The couple next door

August 23, 2016
Lapeña, Shari, 1960- author.
New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2016]
308 pages ; 24 cm
""I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!"--Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author of X "Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR lingers long after you turn the final page."--Harlan Coben, #1New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once "Provocative and shocking."--Lisa Gardner, the New York Times bestselling author of Find Her How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even--yourself? People are capable of almost anything. A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors--a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all--a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family--a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist"-- Provided by publisher.

Surrender, New York : a novel

August 23, 2016
Carr, Caleb, 1955- author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
598 pages ; 24 cm
"Many dedicated years working for the NYPD didn't mean much when criminal psychologist Trajan Jones was fired from the force. Now living in exile on a dairy farm in upstate New York, Trajan is reduced to teaching an online course in criminal investigation, along with his partner Mike Li, an expert in DNA evidence. But Trajan is called back to duty when a friend in county law enforcement consults him on the suspicious death of several local kids. They're called "throwaways" because their parents have abandoned them, and the official response to their deaths seems equally callous. Trajan and Mike, armed only with their instincts and the help of a precocious neighborhood boy, fight for justice on behalf of the victims, but it soon puts them in a merciless killer's crosshairs"-- Provided by publisher.

The Hemingway thief

August 22, 2016
Harris, Shaun, 1980- author.
©2016
240 pages ; 21 cm
"Novelist Henry Coop Cooper is contemplating a new book between sipping rum and lounging on a Baja beach with hotel owner Grady Doyle. When Grady tries to save a drunk from two thugs, Coop tags along for the sake of a good story. The drunk is Ebbie Milch, a small-time thief on the run in Mexico because he has stolen the never-before-seen first draft of Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast from a wealthy rare book dealer. The stolen manuscript is more than just a rare piece of literary history. It reveals clues to an even bigger prize: the location of a suitcase the young, unpublished Hemingway lost in Paris in 1922. A year's worth of his stories had vanished, never to be seen again. Until now. But Coop and Grady aren't the only ones with their eyes on this elusive literary prize, and what starts as a hunt for a legendary writer's lost works becomes a deadly adventure. For Coop this story could become the book of a lifetime . . . if he lives long enough to write it."-- Provided by publisher.

Face blind : a mystery

August 22, 2016
Hawvermale, Lance, 1972- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
312 pges ; 22 cm
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"A man with a neurological disorder that prevents him from recognizing human faces confronts an enigmatic killer in Chile's Atacama desert - the most lifeless place on earth Gabe Traylin is face-blind, unable to tell one person from the next. Content to earn his living well away from civilization, he works as an astronomer at an observatory in the earth's driest desert, where no rain has fallen in 400 years. But when he witnesses a murder that he's unable to stop or comprehend, Gabe finds himself drawn into an investigation with disastrous consequences. Unable to provide a description of the killer to the police or explain his own erratic actions, he becomes their suspect in a series of horrific and unexplained mutilations. To discover the truth before he's arrested for crimes he didn't commit, he must put his trust in three strangers: a young traveler with a purpose, a washed-up novelist who believes he's bulletproof, and an alluring woman with a face he'll never see. Together they unearth the secrets of Chile's fascist past, a time of kidnappings, torture, and political turmoil and venture further into the desert, discovering the secrets of revenge as well as the secrets of themselves."--Provided by publisher.

Wedding bell blues : a Dixie Dew mystery

August 22, 2016
Moose, Ruth, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
326 pages ; 22 cm
"A Thomas Dunne Book."
"Beth McKenzie, owner of the Dixie Dew Bed and Breakfast, is enjoying an exciting affair with her new love, Scott. Meanwhile, the town of Littleboro, North Carolina is abuzz with gossip about Crazy Reba's upcoming nuptials. Most brides go crazy at some point, but Littleboro's resident homeless lady has had a head start: she's beloved, indulged, and most of all, eccentric. But at almost 60 or thereabouts her marriage seems a little peculiar. Sure, she's sporting a diamond big enough to choke a horse, but no one can tell if it's real, or just a Cracker Jack prize she pilfered from a yard sale. Crazy Reba's wedding plans go confirmedly awry when the bride-to-be is arrested for her fiancé's murder. Beth, determined to clear Reba's name, gets in over her head when a lady wrestler who threatened to kill her books a room at the Dixie Dew, and Robert Redford, her neighbor's white rabbit, disappears. Then Litteboro's First Annual Green Bean Festival gets up and running, a famous food writer becomes deathly ill, and Beth must battle through madcap mayhem to apprehend the culprit and save the day."--Provided by publisher.

Wishful seeing : A Thaddeus Lewis mystery

August 22, 2016
Kellough, Janet, author.
Toronto : Dundurn, [2016]
299 pages ; 18 cm
A body is discovered on an isolated island in Rice Lake. Saddlebag preacher Thaddeus Lewis is sent on a desperate hunt for the truth when a woman for whom he feels a guilty attraction stands accused of the murder. Meanwhile, railway mania grips the county: everyone expects to get rich off the Cobourg–Peterborough rail line — some at the expense of others.

Guilty minds : a novel

August 19, 2016
Finder, Joseph, author.
©2016
386 pages ; 24 cm.
Summoned to investigate potentially explosive charges of corruption levied by a gossip website against the chief justice of the Supreme Court, private intelligence operative Nick Heller is given forty-eight hours to prove that the story is baseless.

Repo madness

August 19, 2016
Cameron, W. Bruce, author.
New York : Forge, 2016.
368 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Juggling the possible loss of his job, a romantic estrangement, and court-ordered medication, Michigan repo man Ruddy McCann learns that the tragedy that defined his life may be a lie, a possibility that compels his investigation into a string of local disappearances.

Ėffekt nedostignutoĭ t︠se︡li

August 18, 2016
|6880-01 Kogan, Tatʹi︠an︡a (Tatʹi︠an︡a Vasilʹevna), author.
©2016
314 pages ; 21 cm
|6880-05 Harded professional, just working for his fee, Ruslan is hired to find a manical killer at a small resort town. In an attempt to earn the trust of local residents, Ruslan begins an affair with Lika, the mistress of the "Rabbit Hole" café, but quite unexpectedly falls in love for real, and now his investigation is compromised.

Koroleva belykh myshek

August 18, 2016
|6880-01 Kalinina, Darʹi︠a︡, author.
|6880-03 Moskva : Ė, 2016.
315 pages ; 21 cm
|6880-05 "Cousin Marisha is temporarily entrusted to take care of her daughter, first-grader Katyusha. One day at the beginning of the school year, as Marisha led the girl to and from school, leaving, she saw a strange sight: an usually punctual, perfect-looking woman with a pretentious name, Lydia Romualdovna, brought her son Volodya, a classmate Katya to school late. At the same time, she was disheveled and sometimes even bloody. The hunting instinct in Marisha immediately set in. When the trembling mother simply does not appear to meet her son, after school, Marisha realized that fate is setting in..." -- cataloger's summary and interpretation of cover.

Korporativ korolevskoĭ dinastii : roman

August 18, 2016
|6880-01 Dont︠so︡va, Darʹi︠a︡, author.
©2016
317 pages ; 20 cm
|6880-06 "Sledstvie vedet diletant Evlampii︠a︡ Romanova"-- Cover.
"On a vacation, Romanov decided to see the sights of Scandinavian Olaf castle. Here, a series of mysterious events started. It turned out that all members of the group of tourists and inhabitants of the castle ended up with a "double bottom", and not their face. The "lamp" has succeeded in exposing impostors, among which were the Avengers, and drug dealers, and detectives and faithful servants..." -- cataloger's approximate translation of Russian website.

Starai︠a︡ rana

August 18, 2016
|6880-01 Leonov, Nikolaĭ, author.
|6880-03 Moskva : Izdatelʹstvo Ė, 2016.
380 pages ; illustrations ; 22 cm
|6880-06 Starai︠a︡ rana -- Taĭna zolotogo oboza.
|6880-05 Under mysterious circumstances, Berestova Regina, the daughter of an influential official, who worked in Rospotrebnadzor, was killed. Colonels Gurov and Kryachko, begin to investigate another high-profile case. Verification of professional activity by Berestovoy gave no results. A little while later, the investigation comes to a standstill. Experienced Gurov decides to look in another direction. He is working on the deceased official's personal effects and, to his surprise, finds a number of juicy details from her past.

Tant︠su︡i︠us︡hchai︠a︡ s dʹi︠a︡volom

August 18, 2016
|6880-01 Leontʹev, Anton, author.
©2016
345 pages ; 21 cm
|6880-05 Larissa discovers a cache of evidence that is linked to brutal murders that happened long ago.

V semʹe ne bez ubiĭt︠s︡y

August 18, 2016
|6880-01 Kalinina, Darʹi︠a︡, author.
|6880-03 Moskva : Izdatelʹstvo "Ė", 2016.
316 pages ; 21 cm.

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