New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

February 6, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The big rewind

February 5, 2016
Cudmore, Libby, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016
241 pages ; 20 cm
When a mix tape destined for her friend KitKat accidentally arrives in Jett Bennett’s mailbox, she doesn’t think twice about it—even in the age of iTunes and Spotify, the hipster residents of the Barter Street district of Brooklyn are in a constant competition to see who can be the most retro. But when Jett finds KitKat dead on her kitchen floor, Jett suspects the tape might be more than just a quirky collection of lovelorn ballads. And when KitKat’s boyfriend Bronco is arrested for her murder, Jett and her best friend Sid set out to discover the real killer on an epic urban quest through strip joints and record stores, vegan bakeries and basement nightclubs. But the further into KitKat’s past she goes, the more she discovers about her own left-behind love life—and the mysterious man whose song she still clings to….

A decent ride : a novel

February 5, 2016
Welsh, Irvine, author.
©2015
xii, 346 pages ; 24 cm
"Irvine Welsh returns to Edinburgh, the home of Trainspotting and so many of his novels since, with a new novel featuring one of his most iconic and beloved characters 'Juice' Terry Lawson that's thick on the Scottish brogue, heavy on the filth and masterful in its comedic timing. A Decent Ride sees Irvine Welsh back in Edinburgh, this time with one of his most compelling and popular characters front and center: the rampaging force of nature that is 'Juice' Terry Lawson, first seen in Glue. Juice is a man who contains multitudes: he's a top shagger, drug-dealing, gonzo pornstar and taxi driver. As we ride along in Juice's cab through the depraved streets of Edinburgh, Juice encounters a series of charmingly filthy characters, each of whom present their own, uh, unique challenges. Has he finally met his match in Hurricane 'Bawbag'? Can he discover the fate of the missing beauty, Jinty Magdalen, and keep her idiot-savant lover, the man child Wee Jonty, out of prison? Will he find out the real motives of unscrupulous American businessman and reality-TV star, Ronald Checker? And, crucially, will Juice be able to negotiate life after a terrible event robs him of his sexual virility, and can a new fascination for the game of golf help him to live without... a decent ride? (The meaning of the title is starting to sink in now, huh?). So buckle your seatbelts and prepare for one unforgettable ride"-- Provided by publisher.

Scene of the brine

February 5, 2016
Hughes, Mary Ellen.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
293 p. ; 17 cm.
"Includes recipes"--Cover.
Business is booming at Piper's Picklings in Cloverdale, New York. But not all is sweet in the life of Piper's number one customer and friend, local caterer Sugar Heywood. Sugar is dating wealthy realtor Jeremy Porter, but his family doesn't approve. After their unscrupulous accountant finds some dirt on Sugar, the family quickly urges Jeremy to throw her out like rotten fruit. Things are further spoiled after the accountant is found poisoned, and all evidence points to Sugar's son, Zach. With the Porter family determined to avoid scandal, it won't be easy for Piper to preserve Zach's innocence. And after someone falls victim to a poisoned jar of some of her brandied cherries, Piper's got a peck of trouble to deal with herself.

Keep calm : a thriller

February 5, 2016
Binder, Mike, 1958-
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
370 pages ; 24 cm
"Former Michigan cop Adam Tatum receives an unexpected offer from Heaton Global Investments, a golden opportunity that seems almost too good to be true. He travels to 10 Downing Street to help implement a new pension program for the British Civil Service. The deal goes off without a hitch--and so does a bomb in the conference room. The Prime Minister is gravely wounded. And the only attendee with a checkered past is Adam Tatum. Sensing a trap, Adam flees with his family, desperately fighting for survival in an unfamiliar country. The lives of his children, the future of his marriage, and the fate of a nation depend on Adam exposing the conspirators who pegged him for a fall. Georgia Turnbull, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Davina Steel, the lead investigator, each stand to gain from the successful manhunt of Adam Tatum. But, as motives emerge and desires excite, each must decide what they're really after. Layered plots, crackling dialogue, and propulsive action mark Keep Calm, the riveting debut thriller from award-winning actor, director, and screenwriter Mike Binder"-- Provided by publisher.

Murder at the manor : country house mysteries

February 5, 2016
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2016.
376 pages ; 21 cm
The Copper Beeches / Arthur Conan Doyle -- The problem of Dead Wood Hall / Dick Donovan -- Gentlemen and players / E.W. Hornung -- The well / W.W. Jacobs -- The white pillars murder / G.K. Chesterton -- The secret of Dunstan's Tower / Ernest Bramah -- The manor house mystery / J.S. Fletcher -- The message on the sun-dial / J.J. Bell -- The horror at Staveley Grange / Sapper -- The mystery of Horne's Copse / Anthony Berkeley -- The perfect plan / James Hilton -- The same to us / Margery Allingham -- The murder at the towers / E.V. Knox -- An unlocked window / Ethel Lina White -- The long shot / Nicholas Blake -- Weekend at Wapentake / Michael Gilbert.
The English country house is an iconic setting for some of the greatest British crime fiction. This new collection gathers together stories written over a span of about 65 years, during which British society, and life in country houses, was transformed out of all recognition. It includes fascinating and unfamiliar twists on the classic closed circle plot, in which the assorted guests at a country house party become suspects when a crime is committed. In the more sinister tales featured here, a gloomy mansion set in lonely grounds offers an eerie backdrop for dark deeds.

The Samaritan

February 5, 2016
Cross, Mason, author.
©2015
407 pages ; 24 cm
"The Samaritan" is a sadistic serial killer preying on lone female drivers whose cars have broken down-- and has been undetected for a decade. When Carter Blake shows up to volunteer his services, and proves to have an uncanny ability to predict the Samaritan's next moves, LAPD Detective Jessica Allen and her colleagues are suspicious. But as the Samaritan takes his slaughter to the next level, Blake must find a way to stop him-- even if it means bringing his own past crashing down on top of him.

Murder of a lady : a Scottish mystery

February 5, 2016
Wynne, Anthony, 1882-1963, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2016.
297 pages ; 21 cm.
Originally published in 1931 by Hutchinson, London.
"Duchlan Castle is a gloomy, forbidding place in the Scottish Highlands. Late one night the body of Mary Gregor, sister of the laird of Duchlan, is found in the castle. She has been stabbed to death in her bedroom--but the room is locked from within and the windows are barred. The only tiny clue to the culprit is a silver fish's scale, left on the floor next to Mary's body. Inspector Dundas is dispatched to Duchlan to investigate the case. The Gregor family and their servants are quick--perhaps too quick--to explain that Mary was a kind and charitable woman. Dundas uncovers a more complex truth, and the cruel character of the dead woman continues to pervade the house after her death. Soon further deaths, equally impossible, occur, and the atmosphere grows ever darker. Superstitious locals believe that fish creatures from the nearby waters are responsible; but luckily for Inspector Dundas, the gifted amateur sleuth Eustace Hailey is on the scene, and unravels a more logical solution to this most fiendish of plots."-- Provided by publisher.

The doll's house : a Detective Helen Grace thriller

February 5, 2016
Arlidge, M. J.
©2015
420 pages ; 21 cm.
"Detective Helen Grace is on the trail of a twisted serial killer in this riveting thriller in the "gripping"* international bestselling series. Detective Helen Grace is on the trail of a twisted serial killer in this gripping thriller in the "taut, fast-paced"* international bestselling series. Ruby wakes up in a strange room. Her captor calmly explains that no one is looking for her. No one wants her. Except him. When the body of a woman is found buried on a secluded beach, Detective Helen Grace is called to the scene. She knows right away that the killer is no amateur. The woman has been dead for years, and no one has even reported her missing. But why would they? She's still sending text messages to her family. Helen is convinced that a criminal mastermind is at work: someone very smart, very careful, and worst of all, very patient. But as she struggles to piece together the killer's motive, time is running out for a victim who is still alive."-- Provided by publisher.

A voice from the field

February 5, 2016
Griffin, Neal C., author.
©2016
300 pages ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Gunther Kane and his white supremacist group are using forced prostitution to finance the purchase of automatic weapons. Kane snatches young women off the streets and sells them to hundreds of men... Physically recovered from being shot but struggling with PTSD, Tia Suarez almost doesn't believe her eyes when she glimpses a Hispanic teenager bound and gagged in the back of Kane's van. The look of terror on the woman's face makes Tia desperate to rescue her. Kane's in the crosshairs of the FBI, who don't want a small-town Wisconsin detective messing up their big gun bust. Tia Suarez doesn't back down for anyone. Not the department shrink; not the feds who dismiss her; not even her boyfriend, a Marine veteran who thinks she doesn't know what she's getting into. Tia will find the missing teen come hell or high water."-- Provided by publisher.

Where it hurts

February 4, 2016
Coleman, Reed Farrel, 1956-
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
353 pages ; 24 cm
Gus Murphy thought he had the world all figured out. A retired Suffolk County cop, Gus had everything a man could want: a great marriage, two kids, a nice house, and the rest of his life ahead of him. But when tragedy strikes, his life is thrown into complete disarray. A gritty, atmospheric new series about the other side of Long Island, far from the wealth of the Hamptons, where real people live - and die.

Death of an alchemist

February 4, 2016
Lawrence, Mary, 1959-
New York : Kensington Books, [2016]
292 pages ; 21 cm.
"A Bianca Goddard mystery"--Cover.
"For years, alchemist Ferris Stannum has devoted himself to developing the Elixir of Life, the reputed serum of immortality. Having tested his remedy successfully on an animal, Stannum intends to send his alchemy journal to a colleague in Cairo for confirmation. Instead he is strangled in his bed and his journal is stolen. As the daughter of an alchemist herself, Bianca is well acquainted with the mystical healing arts. As her husband, John, falls ill with the sweating sickness, she dares to hope Stannum's journal could contain the secret to his recovery. But first she must solve the alchemist's murder. As she ventures into a world of treachery and deceit, Stannum's death proves to be only the first in a series of murders--and Bianca's quest becomes a matter of life and death, not only for her husband, but for herself..." --Page 4 of cover.

Honky tonk samurai

February 4, 2016
Lansdale, Joe R., 1951- author.
New York ; Boston : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
340 pages ; 25 cm
"Only Hap and Leonard would catch a cold case with hot cars, hot women, and ugly skinheads. The story starts simply enough when Hap, a former 60s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough black, gay Vietnam vet and Republican with an addiction to Dr. Pepper, are working a freelance surveillance job in East Texas. The uneventful stakeout is coming to an end when the pair witness a man abusing his dog. Leonard takes matters into his own fists, and now the bruised dog abuser wants to press charges. One week later, a woman named Lilly Buckner drops by their new PI office with a proposition: find her missing granddaughter, or she'll turn in a video of Leonard beating the dog abuser. The pair agrees to take on the cold case and soon discover that the used car dealership where her granddaughter worked is actually a front for a prostitution ring. The mystery of her disappearance only deepens from there."-- Publisher.

The killing forest

February 4, 2016
Blædel, Sara, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
310 pages ; 24 cm
"Following an extended leave, Louise Rick returns to work at the Special Search Agency, an elite unit of the National Police Department. She's assigned a case involving a fifteen-year-old who vanished a week earlier. When Louise realizes that the missing teenager is the son of a butcher from Hvalsoe, she seizes the opportunity to combine the search for the teen with her personal investigation of her boyfriend's long-ago death. "-- Provided by publisher.

Town in a cinnamon toast

February 4, 2016
Haywood, B. B.
New York : Berkley Pub Group, 2016.
311 p. ; 18 cm.
"The much-anticipated wedding of local resident Maggie Tremont and popular baker Herr Georg Wolfsburger has stirred up the usually quiet coastal town of Cape Willington. To make sure the wedding of the year goes off without a hitch, the participants gather at a pre-wedding dinner -- everyone, that is except the best man..."--Provided by publisher.

Journey to death : a Lucy Hall novel

February 4, 2016
Russell, Leigh, author.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, ©2016.
304 pages ; 21 cm
Lucy Hall arrives in the Seychelles determined to leave her worries behind. The tropical paradise looks sun-soaked and picture-perfect--but as Lucy soon discovers, appearances can be very deceptive. A deadly secret lurks in the island's history, buried deep but not forgotten. And it is about to come to light. As black clouds begin to gather over what promised to be a relaxing family break, Lucy realises that her father stands in the eye of the coming storm. A shadow from his past is threatening to destroy all that he holds dear--including the lives of his loved ones.

The fine art of murder : a Katherine Sullivan mystery

February 4, 2016
Barnes, Emily, author.
New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2016.
298 pages ; 22 cm

Spoils of victory

February 4, 2016
Connell, John A.
©2016
x, 372 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Mason Collins novel"--Jacket.
"From the author of Ruins of War comes an electrifying novel featuring U.S. Army criminal investigator Mason Collins, set in the chaos of post-World War II Germany. When the Third Reich collapsed, the small town Garmisch-Partenkirchen became the home of fleeing war criminals, making it the final depository for the Nazis' stolen riches. There are fortunes to be made on the black market. Murder, extortion, and corruption have become the norm. It's a perfect storm for a criminal investigator like Mason Collins, especially when his friend, CIC Agent John Winstone, claims that a group of powerful men are taking over the lucrative trade. But before he can fully explain, Winstone--and his girlfriend-- are brutally murdered. Determined to uncover the truth, Mason plunges into a shadowy labyrinth of co-conspirators including former SS and Gestapo officers, U.S. Army OSS officers, and liberated Polish POWs. As both witnesses and evidence begin disappearing, it becomes obvious that someone on high is pulling strings to stifle the investigation--and that Mason must feel his way in the darkness if he is going to find out who in town has the most to gain--and the most to lose.."-- Provided by publisher.

A prisoner in Malta

February 3, 2016
DePoy, Phillip, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
310 pages ; 22 cm
"A Christopher Marlowe mysery."
"In 1583, the nineteen-year-old Christopher Marlowe--with a reputation as a brawler, a womanizer, a genius, and a social upstart at Cambridge University--is visited by a man representing Marlowe's benefactors. There are rumors of a growing plot against her majesty Queen Elizabeth I, and the Queen's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, has charged young Marlowe with tracking down the truth. The path to that truth seems to run through an enigmatic prisoner held in complete seclusion in a heavily guarded dungeon in Malta. Marlowe must use every bit of his wits, his skills, and his daring to unravel one of the greatest mysteries in history and help uncover and unravel scheme of assassination and invasion, one involving the government of Spain, high ranking English nobles, and even Pope himself. Christopher Marlowe--Elizabethan playwright, poet, and spy--is one of the most enigmatic figures in Renaissance England. The son of a shoemaker from Canterbury, he attended Cambridge University on scholarship and, while frequently in trouble, was bailed out through the intercession of Queen Elizabeth I's Privy Council. Long rumored to have been an agent on behalf of the Queen's spymaster, Edgar Award winner Phillip DePoy's new series brings Marlowe and his times to life"-- Provided by publisher.

The last dawn

February 3, 2016
Gannon, Joe, 1960- author.
New York : Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
278 pages ; 25 cm
"Gladys Darío, sterling police lieutenant for the revolutionary Sandinista government in volatile 1986 Nicaragua, has been kidnapped by a notorious Contra commander. Gladys knows she doesn't have a hope for escape, unless her partner on the police force, former Sandinista guerrilla comandante Ajax Montoya, stages a rescue attempt. When he does, it's more outrageous than Gladys could ever have imagined. But it comes at a price. Ajax is imprisoned for years, and Gladys is sent to Miami and blacklisted in her home country. And then a young American journalist, Jimmy Peck, goes missing in El Salvador. American Senator Anthony Teal wants Ajax Montoya running that rescue operation, too, and Teal has the strings to pull to make it happen. Teal sends Ajax and Gladys into treacherous, war-torn El Salvador to find out what really happened to young Peck, and to bring him home, alive or dead. But when it looks like another American has been killed in El Salvador, Ajax and Gladys find themselves dangerously entangled in a murder case as well as a missing person case, all playing out in the heart of El Salvador's raging civil war"-- Provided by publisher.

The shadow

February 3, 2016
Reynard, Sylvain.
New York : Berkley Books, 2016.
325 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: The raven.
"Raven Wood's vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision--allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven's heart ... A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven's connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he finds himself the target of the vampyres' mortal enemy. As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret, or risk exposing his greatest weakness.."-- Provided by publisher.

Tundra kill : a novel

February 3, 2016
Jones, Stan, 1947- author.
Anchorage, AK : Bowhead Press, [2016]
307 pages ; 21 cm.
"Nathan Active, top cop in a stretch of Alaskan tundra larger than fifteen of the United States, must figure out what connects Alaska's gorgeous female governor to a dog musher run down and killed by a snowmobile. Nathan's career is on the line as he's plunged into the bizarre family dynamics and outsize political ambitions of the most dangerous woman he ever met." -- Page 4 of cover.

Jane and the Waterloo map : being a Jane Austen mystery

February 3, 2016
Barron, Stephanie, author.
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2016]
312 pages ; 22 cm
"November, 1815. The Battle of Waterloo has come and gone, leaving the British economy in shreds; Henry Austen, high-flying banker extraordinaire, is about to declare bankruptcy dragging several of his brothers down with him. The crisis destroys Henry's health, and Jane flies to his London bedside, believing him to be dying. While she's there, the Reverend James Stanier Clarke, chaplain to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, invites Jane to tour Carlton House, the Prince's fabulous London home. Clarke is a fan of Jane's books, and during the tour he suggests she dedicate her next novel Emma to HRH, whom she despises. However, before she can speak to HRH, Jane stumbles upon a body sprawled on the carpet in (where else?) the Regent's library. The dying man, Colonel MacFarland, was a cavalry hero and a friend of Wellington's. He utters a single failing phrase: "Waterloo map" and Jane is on the hunt for a treasure of incalculable value and a killer of considerable cunning"-- Provided by publisher.

The squandered : a Bruno Johnson novel

February 3, 2016
Putnam, David W.
Longboat Key, FL : Oceanview Pub, c2016.
327 p. ; 24 cm.
"The Squandered propels Bruno into an emotionally charged high-speed chase as he and Marie leave their rescued kids in Costa Rica and risk returning to the U.S. at the request of Bruno's terminally ill father. Brun''s estranged and incarcerated brother needs Bruno to help rescue his abducted young grandchildren--children that Bruno hadn't known existed."--Dust jacket, p. [2]

Summit Lake

February 2, 2016
Donlea, Charlie.
©2016
294 pages ; 24 cm
A law student's murder becomes the full-time work of an investigative reporter in a picturesque town in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains.

The mystery of hollow places

February 1, 2016
Podos, Rebecca.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
291 pages ; 22 cm
A mystery writer's daughter sets out to find her missing father and, along the way, begins to understand the loneliness that has gripped them both since her mother abandoned them years before.

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