New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

October 31, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


October 30, 2014
Helton, Peter, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2014.
218 pages ; 23 cm.
"Against his better judgement, laidback painter and private investigator Chris Honeysett has accepted a role as tutor at the Bath Arts Academy and agreed to take part in an anniversary exhibition. But preparations are disrupted by a series of peculiar events: a naked, wild-haired figure is glimpsed running through the woods; strange symbols are carved onto trees and gateposts; a metal sculpture takes on a mysterious life of its own. The incidents, which are initially assumed to be student pranks, escalate in menace and intensity, until one of Honeysett's fellow exhibitors lies dead and Honeysett finds himself the prime suspect in the ensuing murder investigation"--Dust jacket flap.

Snow White red-handed

October 30, 2014
Chance, Maia, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
328 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes excerpt from: Cinderella six feet under (pages [319]-328).
"Miss Ophelia Flax is a Victorian actress who knows all about making quick changes and even quicker exits. But to solve a fairy-tale crime in the haunted Black Forest, she'll need more than a bit of charm. 1867: After being fired from her latest variety hall engagement, Ophelia acts her way into a lady's maid position for a crass American millionaire. But when her new job whisks her off to a foreboding castle straight out of a Grimm tale, she begins to wonder if her fast-talking ways might have been too hasty. The vast grounds contain the suspected remains of Snow White's cottage, along with a disturbing dwarf skeleton. And when her millionaire boss turns up dead--poisoned by an apple--the fantastic setting turns into a once upon a crime scene. To keep from rising to the top of the suspect list, Ophelia fights through a bramble of elegant lies, sinister folklore, and priceless treasure, with only a dashing but mysterious scholar as her ally. And as the clock ticks towards midnight, she'll have to break a cunning killer's spell before her own time runs out"--Page [4] of cover.

Plagued by quilt

October 30, 2014
MacRae, Molly, author.
New York, New York : Obsidian, 2014.
342 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes recipes and knitting pattern (pages [329]-333) and excerpt from: Knit the usual suspects (pages [337]-342).
"An Obsidian mystery."
"The latest novel in the national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series Yarn shop owner Kath Rutledge is at a historic farm in Blue Plum, Tennessee, volunteering for the high school program Hands on History. But when a long-buried murder is uncovered on the property, Kath needs help from Geneva the ghost to solve a crime that time forgot... Kath and her needlework group TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Fiber) are preparing to teach a workshop at the Holston Homeplace Living History Farm, but their lesson in crazy quilts is no match for the crazy antics of the assistant director, Phillip Bell. Hamming it up with equal parts history and histrionics, Phillip leads an archaeological dig of the farm's original dump site--until one student stops the show by uncovering some human bones. When a full skeleton is later excavated, Kath can't help but wonder if it's somehow connected to Geneva, the ghost who haunts her shop, and whom she met at this very site. After Phillip is found dead, it's up to Kath to thread the clues together before someone else becomes history"--Page [4] of cover.

My sister's grave

October 30, 2014
Dugoni, Robert, author.
410 pages ; 21 cm
Seattle police officer Tracy Crosswhite lost her sister Sarah over 20 years ago, and she has never forgiven herself. With no corpse discovered, there was still enough evidence to convict the man thought responsible for Sarah's disappearance. Now a body has been found and Tracy learns the remains are of her sister. Tracy has had her doubts about the guilt of the man behind bars, and she's absolutely sure there is a murderer still loose.

The chocolate clown corpse : a chocoholic mystery

October 30, 2014
Carl, JoAnna.
New York : Obsidian, [2014]
227 pages ; 22 cm.
"Revenge is sweet for a killer on the loose-and it all started with the murder of Warner Pier's most hated clown.... Everyone who knew the bozo wanted him dead. Odd, then, that a complete stranger was accused of bursting Moe Davidson's balloons. But it's been a month since the miserable shop owner of Clowning Around was killed, and everybody's moving on, including Lee Woodyard. Her chocolate shop, TenHuis Chocolade, is next door to Moe's shuttered tourist trap, and it's giving her delicious ideas to expand. But over whose dead body? Moe's widow, Emma, and her two stepchildren list the property for sale, but when Lee tours the building, she finds Emma unconscious. Now Lee wonders whether Moe's real killer is still at large and is taking care of unfinished business. Unfortunately, since the town is celebrating Clown Week, there are so many potential suspects in grease paint and floppy shoes it's not even funny. For Lee, protecting Emma, freeing an innocent man, and rolling out hundreds of her clown-themed chocolates is a pretty tall order. But so is staying alive long enough to find out which one of her neighbors is a killer in disguise. Includes Tasty Chocolate Trivia!"-- Provided by publisher.

The Descartes Highlands : a novel

October 30, 2014
Gamalinda, Eric, 1956- author.
319 pages ; 21 cm
Two brothers, Jordan and Mathieu, born in the Philippines but sold to different adoptive families by their father, search for their history.

Belfast noir

October 30, 2014
250 pages : map ; 21 cm
The undertaking / Brian McGilloway -- Poison / Ludy Caldwell -- Wet with rain / Lee Child -- Taking it serious / Ruth Dudley Edwards -- Ligature / Gerard Brennan -- Belfast punk REP / Glenn Patterson -- The reservoir / Ian McDonald -- The grey / Steve Cavanagh -- Rosie Grant's finger / Claire McGowan -- Out of time / Sam Millar -- Die like a rat / Garbhan Downey -- Corpse flowers / Eoin McNamee -- Pure game / Arlene Hunt -- The reveller / Alex Barclay.

Helsinki noir

October 30, 2014
283 pages : map ; 21 cm
Jenkem / Pekka Hiltunen -- Kiss of Santa / Leena Lehtolainen -- The hand of Ai / James Thompson -- St. Peter's Street / Riikka Ala-Harja -- Hard rain / Tipani Bagge -- The silent woman / Joe L. Murr -- Little black / Teemu Kaskinen -- Silent night / Jarkko Sipila -- Snowy sarcophagus / Jukka Petäjä -- Dead cinch / Tuomas Lius -- Good intentions / Jesse Itkonen -- The broker / Karo Hämäläinen -- The script / Antti Tuomainen -- Stolen lives / Johanna Holmström.

Black karma : a White Ginger novel

October 30, 2014
Robinson, Thatcher, 1952-
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, 2014.
247 pages ; 21 cm
"Dark humor, adventure, and romance characterize this action-packed series featuring a young female Buddhist with formidable martial arts skills in the underworld of San Francisco's Chinatown"-- Provided by publisher.

Knot guilty

October 30, 2014
Hechtman, Betty, 1947- author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
294 pages ; 21 cm.

Let sleeping dogs lie : a novel

October 29, 2014
Brown, Rita Mae.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
xxi, 272 pages ; 25 cm
"The chase is on in New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown's gripping new foxhunting mystery, featuring the irrepressible "Sister" Jane Arnold and the wily antics of her four-legged friends. In Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, a century-old crime reawakens bad will--and stirs up a scandal that chills Sister to the bone. Sister Jane and the Jefferson Hunt Club have traveled from Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains to the Bluegrass State of Kentucky to ride with the members of the Woodford Hounds--in the teeth of foul weather. Sister knows better than anyone that an ill wind blows no good. After the hunt, Sister Jane and her boyfriend, Gray Lorillard, head to a sumptuous party on a nearby estate, also home to a historic equine graveyard. The revelry is interrupted by jarring news: The discovery of grisly remains in the cemetery that are decidedly not equine. Now Sister and her hounds are on the case, digging up clues to an old murder that links three well-connected Southern families. When mayhem follows the Jefferson Hunt back to Virginia, the deadly doings become all too real: A dear friend of Sister's is found murdered. Sister and her animal friends must work fast to find a clever killer determined to keep deep-rooted secrets buried. A rollicking, riveting mystery, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie is a masterly novel full of colorful characters, gorgeous country landscapes, and the breathtaking thrill of the hunt. Praise for Rita Mae Brown Let Sleeping Dogs Lie "[Brown's] foxhunting titles are great for readers who like gentility with a wicked little twist."--Library Journal Fox Tracks "[Brown] enlivens a timely tale with. amusing accounts of her four-legged creations and delightful descriptions of the central Virginia countryside."--Richmond Times-Dispatch Hounded to Death "Fast-paced and filled with scenes from the world of fox hunting. Brown delivers the brush."--The Baltimore Sun The Tell-Tale Horse "Grabs readers from the opening scene and gallops through to the very surprising end."--Horse Illustrated The Hounds and the Fury "An intriguing story."--Associated Press"-- Provided by publisher.

A New York Christmas : a novel

October 29, 2014
Perry, Anne.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
164 pages ; 20 cm
"December, 1904. Jemima Pitt, now twenty-two, agrees to act as a "suitable companion" to her friend Delphinia, who is traveling to New York to be married to Brent Albright, toast of New York high society. Jemima is excited about the prospect of a Christmas adventure in a strange big city, but little does she expect to be enlisted on a top secret mission by Brent's brother Harley, to track down Delphinia's estranged mother. After some detective work and a little luck, they manage to locate her lodgings--but to their horror, they find Maria dead. Truly her parents' daughter, Jemima is determined to unmask the killer, and enlists the aid of handsome young police officer Patrick Flannery to do it. And along the way she comes to learn an important lesson about staying true to oneself, no matter the cost."-- Provided by publisher.

Blue labyrinth

October 29, 2014
Preston, Douglas J.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
403 pages ; 24 cm
"A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is soon stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. In short order, Pendergast is caught in a wickedly clever plot, which will leave him stricken in mind and body...and may well end with his death"-- Provided by publisher.

Sons of Sparta

October 29, 2014
Siger, Jeffrey, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press 2014.
241 pages ; 23 cm.
"Did the warriors of ancient Sparta simply vanish without a trace along with their city, or did they find sanctuary at the tip of the mountainous Peloponnese? That stark, unforgiving region's roots today run deep with a history of pirates, highwaymen, and neighbors ferociously repelling any foreigner foolishly bent on occupying this part of Greece. Less well- recorded are the Mani's families' strict code of honor and their history of endless vendettas with neighbors and with their own relatives. No wonder their farms look like fortresses. When Special Crimes Division Detective Yiannis Kouros is summoned from Athens to the Mani by his uncle, Kouros fears his loyalty to his boss, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, is about be to be tested by family pressure on the detective to act in some new vendetta, for this uncle once headed the Mani's most significant criminal enterprise. Instead, Kouros learns the family is about to become rich through the sale of its property-- until the uncle is killed, and thus the deal. Acting swiftly to head off a new cycle of violence, Kouros satisfactorily solves the murder. Or so it seems until, back in Athens, Kaldis' probe into deeply entrenched government corruption leads straight back to the Mani. Both cops now confront a host of unexpected twists, unanticipated players, unanswered questions--and people yet to die" -- from publisher's web site.

Desert rage : a Lena Jones Mystery

October 29, 2014
Webb, Betty, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2014.
392 pages ; 23 cm.


October 29, 2014
Partridge, J. J. (John J.)
304 p. ; 23 cm.
"An Algy Temple mystery."
"As Algy Temple, the deft pool player, sleuth, and Ivy League university lawyer, investigates the suspicious death of a retired professor, it coincides with his involvement in a high stakes pool tournament in Providence, where old world shadows hang heavily in the air. Unexpectedly, he finds himself on a path that leads him to Rome and the Boot of Italy where he confronts the dreaded 'Ndrangheta crime family and discovers a past haunted by vendetta and conspiracy. Mobsters and shylocks, a Ponzi scheme, an outraged Italo-American community locked in a culture war with the University, a pool hustler's last gambit for recognition, and his fiancé's, the sassy and beautiful Nadie Winokur, focus on their upcoming wedding add complexity to the suspenseful tension. Algy picks his way through dark alleys of moral corruption and the murky world of big time pool where the match becomes a wager of life and death."--Provided by publisher.


October 29, 2014
James, Bill, 1929- author.
Sutton : Crème de la Crime, 2014.
198 pages ; 23 cm.
Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur and his boss, Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles, worry about the safety of one of the big-time crooks on their ground, Ralph Ember, sometimes known as Panicking Ralph. Yes, Ralph is a villain, but he's a local villain, and Harpur and Iles feel a kind of bizarre affection for him. And in any case, Ralph helps Iles keep the city reasonably peaceful. But now some awkward repercussions from Ralph's lawless past seem to bring danger. Ralph is aware of this new peril and has installed a bulletproof steel barrier to protect himself in the club he owns - but will this be enough to keep him safe? Harpur thinks not. Surely the upcoming party at the club will provide the perfect moment for a gunman to do for Ralph? The only way Harpur can be sure of protecting Ralph is to attend the party himself.

On borrowed time

October 28, 2014
McKinlay, Jenn, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
294 pages ; 18 cm.
"Includes reading group recommendations"--Page 4 of cover.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
When her brother, Jack, a world-traveling consultant for a coffee company, goes missing, Briar Creek library director Lindsey Norris gets mixed up in a strange case involving South American business dealings and an exotic woman.

Lethal letters

October 28, 2014
Adams, Ellery, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
294 pages ; 18 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
When an item from a time capsule discovered in the foundation of a local church goes missing and a young woman is murdered, aspiring novelist Olivia Limoges investigates with the help of her fellow writers.

Suede to rest

October 28, 2014
Vallere, Diane, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
viii, 291 pages ; 18 cm.
"Includes a craft project"--Page 4 of cover.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
When Poly Monroe was little, she loved playing in her family's textile store. But after a fatal family tragedy, Land of A Thousand Fabrics was boarded up and Poly never expected to see the inside again. Now, as inheritor of the long-shuttered shop, she's ready to restore the family business. However her two new kittens, Pins and Needles, aren't the ones causing a snag in her plans... Not everyone wants Poly back in San Ladrón, especially a powerful local developer pressuring her to sell--and leave town fast. But even when the threats turn deadly, she's not ready to bolt. Because Poly is beginning to suspect that the murder behind the shop is tied to a mystery in her family's unsettled past that she's determined to solve...before her own life is left hanging by a thread.

No mallets intended

October 28, 2014
Hamilton, Victoria, 1957- author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
291 pages ; 18 cm.
"Includes a recipe!"--Cover.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
The Queensville Heritage Society is restoring the once-grand Dumpe Manor. While Dumpe relatives and society members use the occasion to dust off old grudges, Jaymie Leighton prefers to adorn the kitchen with authentic Depression Era furnishings. A collection of vintage wooden mallets found in the house is a perfect addition to her display, but one also offers a late-night intruder the perfect weapon to knock Jaymie unconscious before escaping. Though the attack has everyone on edge, nothing is missing from the house. Perhaps it was merely a vagrant who thought the place was still abandoned. But when Dumpe Manor's resident historian is murdered with a mallet from the same collection, it's time for Jaymie to turn up the heat on the investigation before someone else becomes history.

A high-end finish

October 28, 2014
Carlisle, Kate, 1951- author.
New York, New York : Obsidian, published by the Penguin Group, [2014]
xii, 321 pages ; 18 cm.
"An Obsidian mystery."
Shannon Hammer, owner of a successful home renovation and repair business in the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, is the prime suspect in the murder of real estate agent Jerry Saxton. After the two of them go on a disastrous blind date, Jerry's body is found in a run-down Victorian home that Shannon has been hired to restore. The town's attractive new police chief suspects Shannon, who, with the help of her friends, her eccentric father, and a handsome crime writer who's just moved into town, tries to clear her name.

A dog gone murder

October 28, 2014
Viets, Elaine, 1950- author.
New York, New York : Obsidian, [2014]
xi, 290 pages ; 18 cm.
"Includes shopping tips!"--Cover.
"An Obsidan mystery."
Josie has been asked to investigate Uncle Bob's Doggy Day Camp, known for its commercials featuring Uncle Bob liking dogs so much that he acts like one. But Josie soon learns how Uncle Bob acts when the cameras are off. Her mother's new tenant, Franklin, who works for Uncle Bob, plans to quit after seeing the man's true nature. But before he gets the chance, Bob is murdered, and Franklin goes from the doghouse to the big house. Now it's up to Josie to clear Franklin's name. Her investigation reveals that Bob was more of a dog than anyone knew--and had been kicked out of his house for bad behavior. As she digs up new clues, Josie will have to catch the killer quickly, before any more trouble is unleashed.

Dark road, dead end

October 28, 2014
Cioffari, Philip, author.
Livingston, AL : Livingston Press, The University of West Alabama, 2014.
215 pages ; 23 cm.
"Walter Morrison, working undercover for the U.S. Customs Service, has been in town less than three weeks; but already he's seen evidence of wildlife smuggling, boatloads of exotic species of birds and mammals ferried in the dead of night through the fast-running streams of the Everglades. And what he's seen is only part of a vast criminal enterprise that supplies these rare and endangered species nationwide to pet stores, private hunt clubs, wildlife safari parks and even to highly "respectable" municipal zoos. To make matters worse, someone in his own agency has set the clock ticking on what could be the last seventy-two hours of his life."--Publisher's description.

Tears in the rain

October 28, 2014
Williams, E. E., author.
[Place of publication not identified] : BookSurge, 2005.
277 pages ; 21 cm
"Set against the backdrop of luscious Miami sunsets, E.E. Williams introduces readers to Noah Greene, a man who has run away from everything in his life, including his wife and son. Greene is a man who dreams of being a detective like his screen idols, but in reality, can barely get by as a bicycle mechanic in Miami. His dream is suddenly realized one day when a young woman hires him to prove her brother is dead so that she can inherit $400,000. Upon taking the case, Greene soon discovers that in reality, the romanticized lives of Spade and Marlowe prove to be frighteningly lethal. Should he run again or should he stay and possibly lose his life?"--Page 4 of cover.

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