New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

March 5, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Two parts bloody murder

March 4, 2015
Danna, Jen J.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
281 pages ; 23 cm.
It's a double surprise for Trooper Leigh Abbott as she investigates a cold case and discovers two murder victims in a historic building. Together with forensic anthropologist Matt Lowell and M.E. Dr. Edward Rowe, she uncovers the secrets of a Prohibition-era speakeasy. But when the victims are discovered to be relatives — their deaths separated by eighty years — the case deepens, and suddenly the speakeasy is revealed as ground zero for a cascade of crimes through the decades. When a murder committed nearly forty years ago comes under fresh scrutiny, the team realizes an innocent man was wrongly imprisoned and the real murderer is still at large. Now they must solve three murders spanning over eighty years if they hope to set a wronged man free.

The Perfect game

March 4, 2015
Kirby, Leslie Dana. author
©2015
331 pages ; 22 cm.
Lauren Rose has recently moved to Phoenix to begin a new life as she starts a prestigious emergency medicine residency, but she could end up doing life in the Arizona State penitentiary instead. Lauren has always lived in the shadow of her more glamorous sister Liz, the wife of baseball superstar Jake Wakefield. But when Liz is found viciously murdered in her Scottsdale home, the spotlight turns to Lauren as prime suspect in the high-profile investigation. Having lost both parents at an early age, Liz's death leaves Lauren all alone in a new city. Jake's support proves invaluable as she navigates the nightmare her life has become. As Lauren spends time with Jake, they develop a closeness that she finds both comforting and confusing. It's an intimacy forged by their shared grief, their mutual love of baseball, and by the thrill of him pitching a perfect game for the Diamondbacks. Meanwhile, the Scottsdale police repeatedly question Lauren. She objects to a lie detector test as bad science. An arrest warrant is issued. The ensuing trial leads the evening news every night as a rabid public just can't get enough of the sordid proceedings, quickly dubbed The Trial of the Millennium. Will the outcome be influenced by this media circus?

Kittens can kill

March 4, 2015
Simon, Clea, author.
©2015
284 pages ; 22 cm.
"The dead don't keep pets. So when animal behaviorist expert Pru Marlowe gets a call about a kitten, she doesn't expect to find the cuddly creature playing beside the cooling body of prominent Beauville lawyer David Canaday. Heart attack? His three adult daughters angrily blame drug interactions, feline allergies--and each other. And begin to feud over their father, his considerable estate, and that cute ball of fluff. While the cause of death is pending, each sister has an axe to grind--with arguments that escalate when David's partner reads out the will. Pru's special sensitivity to animals, which caused her to flee the cacophony of Manhattan for the quiet Berkshires, adds further problems. The local vet is overwhelmed as the animal hospital's money runs out. There's a needy Sheltie and some invasive squirrels, too. But the dead man's kitten, his former partner, and his troublesome family keep drawing "wild-girl" animal psychic Pru back in. Despite the wry observations of her trusty tabby Wallis, now the wrongfully accused kitten's guardian, and the grudging compliance of her cop lover, this may be one time when Pru can't solve the mystery or save the kitten she wants to believe is innocent. A single witness knows the truth about that bright spring morning. How far can Pru investigate without risking her own hidden tale?" -- provided by publisher.

Sherlock Holmes, the missing years : Japan

March 4, 2015
Murthy, Vasudev, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2015.
270 pages ; 22 cm
"It's 1893. King Kamehameha III of Hawaii declares Sovereignty Restoration Day... Tension grows between China and Japan over Korea... The Bengal Famine worsens... A brilliant scientist in Calcutta challenges the system... The senior priest at Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji temple is found dead in mysterious circumstances. Dr John H. Watson receives a strange letter from Yokohama. Then the quiet, distinguished Mr. Hashimoto is murdered inside a closed room on a voyage from Liverpool to Bombay. In the opium dens of Shanghai and in the back alleys of Tokyo, sinister men hatch evil plots. Professor Moriarty stalks the world, drawing up a map for worldwide dominion. Only one man can outwit the diabolical Professor Moriarty. Only one man can save the world. Has Sherlock Holmes survived the Reichenbach Falls? In a seriocomic novel that radically ups the ante, Sherlock Holmes and Watson find their match in more than one man (or indeed, woman) as a clock inexorably ticks. History, mystery, romance, conspiracies, knife-edge tension; a train in Russia, roadside crime in Alexandria, an upset stomach in Bombay, careening through Cambodia, nasty people in China, monks in Japan--here's a thrilling global chase that will leave you breathless (occasionally with laughter) as the Sherlock Holmes: the missing years series begins"--Page [4] of cover.

Dog crazy : [a novel of love lost and found]

March 4, 2015
Donohue, Meg.
New York : William Morrow Paperbacks, [2015]
262, 10 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Subtitle from cover.
"As a pet bereavement counselor, Maggie Brennan spends her days helping patients come to terms with losing their four-legged friends, but she's struggling with major problems of her own and can't seem to take her own advice. When she meets a woman who claims her dog is not dead, but missing, Maggie finds herself entangled in a mystery that will force her to face her biggest fear--and maybe just find new love along the way. A bighearted story and compelling mystery about the power of love, loss, and the dogs who save us"-- Provided by publisher.

Asylum

March 4, 2015
De Beauvoir, Jeannette, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
309 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Martine LeDuc is the director of PR for the mayor's office in Montreal. When four women are found brutally murdered and shockingly posed on park benches throughout the city over several months, Martine's boss fears a PR disaster for the still busy tourist season, and Martine is now also tasked with acting as liaison between the mayor and the police department"-- Provided by publisher.

Endangered : a Joe Pickett novel

March 3, 2015
Box, C. J.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
369 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
"She was gone. Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more-Joe's eighteen-year-old ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: The body of a girl has been found in a ditch along the highway-alive, but just barely, the victim of blunt force trauma. It is April, and the doctors aren't sure if she'll recover. Cates denies having anything to do with it-says she ran away from him, too-and there's evidence that points to another man. But Joe knows in his gut who's responsible. What he doesn't know is the kind of danger he's about to encounter. Cates is bad enough, but Cates's family is like none Joe has ever met before. Joe's going to find out the truth, even if it kills him. But this time, it just might"-- Provided by publisher.

All the old knives

March 3, 2015
Steinhauer, Olen.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
viii, 294 pages ; 20 cm
"Nine years ago, terrorists hijacked a plane in Vienna. Somehow, a rescue attempt staged from the inside went terribly wrong and everyone on board was killed. Members of the CIA stationed in Vienna during that time were witness to this terrible tragedy, gathering intel from their sources during those tense hours, assimilating facts from the ground with a series of texts coming from one of their agents inside the plane. So when it all went wrong, the question had to be asked: Had their agent been compromised, and how? Two of those agents, Henry Pelham and Celia Harrison, were lovers at the time, and in fact that was the last night they spent together. Until now. That night Celia decided she'd had enough; she left the agency, married and had children, and is living an ordinary life in the suburbs. Henry is still an analyst, and has traveled to California to see her one more time, to relive the past, maybe, or to put it behind him once and for all. But neither of them can forget that long-ago question: Had their agent been compromised, and how? And each of them also wonders what role tonight's dinner companion might have played in the way things unfolded. All the Old Knives is Olen Steinhauer's most intimate, most cerebral, and most shocking novel to date from the New York Times bestselling author deemed by many to be John le Carré's heir apparent"--Publisher.

Cold betrayal : an Ali Reynolds novel

March 2, 2015
Jance, Judith A.
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
337 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Touchstone book."
"Revenge isn't the only dish served cold... Ali Reynolds's longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Meanwhile, married life agrees with Ali. But any hopes that she and her husband, B. Simpson, will finally slow down and relax now that they've tied the knot are dashed when Ali's new daughter-in-law approaches her, desperate for help. The girl's grandmother, Betsy, is in danger: she's been receiving anonymous threats, and someone even broke into her home and turned on the gas burners in the middle of the night."-- Provided by publisher.

Past crimes

February 27, 2015
Hamilton, Glen Erik, author.
©2015
324 pages ; 24 cm
"A Van Shaw novel"--Jacket.
Van Shaw was raised to be a thief, but at eighteen he suddenly broke all ties to that life and joined the military -- abandoning his illicit past and the career-criminal grandfather who taught him the trade. Now, after ten years of silence, his grandfather has asked him to come home to Seattle. But when Van arrives, he discovers his grandfather bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot to the head. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, Van knows he's sure to be the main suspect.

A first date with death

February 27, 2015
Orgain, Diana, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
297 pages ; 17 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery."
"When brokenhearted Georgia Thornton goes looking for romance on reality TV, she has nothing to lose--apart from a good man, a cash prize, and maybe her life... What was Georgia thinking? Sure, some cad ditched her at the altar, but can she really find love on TV? Her best friend--and producer of the reality show Love or Money--thinks so. Ten men. Ten adventure-filled dates. What can go wrong? For starters, a faulty bungee cord that hurls Georgia's first date into a tragic spiral off the Golden Gate Bridge. He's replaced by Paul Sanders, Georgia's former fiancé. But the cop isn't looking for a TV gig. Suspecting that the lover's leap was no accident, Paul's going undercover. When another bachelor gets a fatal kiss-off, the reality is that someone has killer new plans for the show--and for Georgia herself. Now, under the threat of permanent cancellation, Georgia fears that the only man on the set she can trust is the one man she just can't count on"--Page [4] of cover.

Murder ties the knot

February 27, 2015
Fifield, Christy, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
294 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes down home dinner menus (pages [285]-294).
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery."
"It's winter in Keyhole Bay, Florida, and while the tourist trade is slow, souvenir shop owner Glory Martine is busy with her best friend's wedding. But between managing preparations, the bride's in-laws, and a haunted parrot named Bluebeard, Glory makes plans to catch a killer. As her friends Karen and Riley approach their wedding day, Glory could use a break from the nuptial madness. She takes a peaceful drive to Alabama's piney woods to pick up the wedding quilt she ordered from a supplier. But the supplier, Beth, has disappeared along with the quilt and her husband, Everett. Glory learns that two men were found murdered near Beth and Everett's home and that the couple is wanted for questioning. Believing they are innocent, Glory convinces them to cooperate with authorities. But when they're thrown in jail, Glory vows to catch the real killer before one happy couple walks down the aisle and another gets sent up the river"--Page [4] of cover.

Tattered legacy : a Nora Abbott mystery

February 27, 2015
Baker, Shannon, 1960-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, 2015.
277 pages ; 20 cm.

Witch upon a star : a midnight magic mystery

February 27, 2015
Harlow, Jennifer, 1983-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2015]
303 pages ; 20 cm
"As a child, Anna Olmstead is rescued from her life of poverty and drugs by a vampire named Asher. She grows to love Asher, first as a father and later as a lover. While Anna wants to settle down, Asher wants a more voyeuristic, party-driven lifestyle. When Anna leaves him, Asher does everything he can to bring her back to him--including murder. Even as she finally escapes and starts a new life with a special agent of the F.R.E.A.K.S., Asher makes a new move to kidnap Anna and her children. This time, she may not be able to escape him"--Publisher.

Werewolf cop : a novel

February 27, 2015
Klavan, Andrew, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
296 pages ; 24 cm
Zach Adams is one of the best detectives in the country. Nicknamed Cowboy, he's a soft-spoken homicide detective from Houston known for his integrity and courage under fire. He serves on a federal task force that has a single mission: to hunt down Dominic Abend, a European gangster who has taken over the American underworld.

Gun street girl : a Detective Sean Duffy novel

February 26, 2015
McKinty, Adrian.
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
313 pages ; 21 cm
"First published: London: Serpent's Tail, an imprint of Profile Books Ltd., 2015."
"Belfast, 1985, amidst the "Troubles": Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), struggles with burn-out as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point blank and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances. He soon discovers that Kelly was present at a decadent Oxford party where a cabinet minister's daughter died of a heroin overdose. This may or may not have something to do with Kelly's subsequent death. New evidence leads elsewhere: gun runners, arms dealers, the British government, and a rogue American agent with a fake identity. Duffy thinks he's getting somewhere when agents from MI5 show up at his doorstep and try to recruit him, thus taking him off the investigation. Duffy is in it up to his neck, doggedly pursuing a case that may finally prove his undoing"-- Provided by publisher.

Dark rooms

February 26, 2015
Peloquin, Lili, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
323 pages ; 24 cm
"Death sets the plot in motion: the murder of Nica Baker, beautiful, wild, enigmatic, and only sixteen. The crime is solved, and quickly--a lonely classmate, unrequited love, a suicide note confession--but memory and instinct won't allow Nica's older sister, Grace, to accept the case as closed. Dropping out of college and living at home, working at the moneyed and progressive private high school in Hartford, Connecticut, from which she recently graduated, Grace becomes increasingly obsessed with identifying and punishing the real killer"-- provided by publisher.

Mrs. Jeffries serves at six

February 26, 2015
Brightwell, Emily.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
501 pages ; 23 cm.
Mrs. Jeffries pinches the post -- Mrs. Jeffries pleads her case -- Mrs. Jeffries sweeps the chimney.
"Everyone's awed by Inspector Witherspoon's Scotland Yard successes, but they don't know about his secret weapon. Her name is Mrs. Jeffries, and she keeps house for the Inspector-and keeps him on his toes. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, her polished detection skills are up to the task. Because as she knows all too well, a crimesolver's work is never done. Mrs. Jeffries Pinches the Post: the dubious dealings of ruthless businessman Harrison Nye have finally done him in. But with his associate keeping secrets and his maid missing, Witherspoon and Mrs. Jeffries have their work cut out for them as they make it their business to find the culprit. Mrs. Jeffries Pleads Her Case: When the death of Harlan Westover is ruled a suicide after a slipshod investigation, it's up to Mrs. Jeffries and her staff to gently nudge the Inspector in the right direction before a killer gets away with another murder. Mrs. Jeffries Sweeps the Chimney: A dead man dressed like a vicar is discovered outside a church. An address found on the man leads Witherspoon to a dilapidated house where a skeleton is stuffed in the chimney. Luckily he has Mrs. Jeffries to help him sweep up this mess of a case."-- Provided by publisher.

Assault and pepper

February 26, 2015
Budewitz, Leslie, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
xii, 289 pages ; 17 cm.
"Includes delicious recipes!"--Page 4 of cover.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.

Firebreak

February 26, 2015
Fields, Tricia, author.
New York : Minotaur Books/A Thomas Dunne Book, 2015.
viii, 274 pages ; 22 cm.
"A mystery"--Jacket.
"Texas is experiencing its worst season of wildfires in a decade, forcing police chief Josie Gray to evacuate the citizens of Artemis. Not everyone makes it out alive, however. In the fire's wake, she discovers the body of someone who never left town, lying dead in the house of a local country music singer. Beside the body lies a syringe carrying traces of heroin. It seems as if the deceased nodded off and then missed the evacuation. But as Josie learns more about the unfortunate victim, she begins to wonder if something more sinister took place"-- Provided by publisher.

The edge of dreams

February 26, 2015
Bowen, Rhys, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
309 pages ; 25 cm.
"Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, is stumped. He's chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common nothing except for the taunting notes that are delivered to Daniel after each murder. And when Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son Liam are in a terrible train crash, Daniel and Molly both begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target. Molly's detective instincts are humming, but finding the time to dig deeper into this case is a challenge. She's healing from injuries sustained in the crash and she's refurbishing her house, which has only just been rebuilt after burning down. She's also sidetracked by her friends Sid and Gus's most recent hobby, dream analysis. And when Molly herself starts suffering from strange dreams, she wonders if they just might hold the key to solving Daniel's murder case. Rhys Bowen's characteristic blend of atmospheric turn-of-the-century history, clever plotting, and sparkling characters will delight readers in The Edge of Dreams, the latest in her bestselling Molly Murphy series"-- Provided by publisher.

The fifth gospel : a novel

February 26, 2015
Caldwell, Ian, 1976-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
431 pages ; 25 cm
Map on lining papers.
A lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying pope's final wish converge to send two brothers--both Vatican priests--on an intellectual quest to untangle Christianity's greatest historical mystery.

The hidden man

February 26, 2015
Blake, Robin, 1948-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
344 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"Cragg & Fidelis mysteries ; 3"--Title page verso.
"A mystery"--Cover.
"Blake continues the series Booklist calls "a solid winner" with a darkly rich mystery centered on an apparent suicide that leads Cragg and Fidelis down a treacherous path.The year is 1742, and the people of Preston are looking forward to their ancient once-every-twenty-years festival of merriment and excess, the Preston Guild. But the prospect darkens as the town plunges into a financial crisis caused by the death of pawnbroker and would-be banker Philip Pimbo, shot behind the locked door of his office. Is it suicide? Coroner Titus Cragg suspects so, but Dr Luke Fidelis disagrees. To untangle the truth Cragg must dig out the secrets of Pimbo's personal life, learn the grim facts of the African slave trade, search for a missing Civil War treasure and deal with the machinations of his old enemy Ephraim Grimshaw, now the town's mayor. Cragg relies once again on the help and advice of his analytical friend Fidelis, his astute wife Elizabeth and the contents of a well-stocked library.As in his previous Cragg and Fidelis stories, Robin Blake brings a vivid cast of characters to the page in this third historical mystery about the dramas that breeds below the surface of life in a provincial Georgian town."-- Provided by publisher.

Ladle to the grave

February 25, 2015
Archer, Connie, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
293 pages ; 18 cm.
"Recipes included!"--Reverse cover.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.

How to catch a cat

February 25, 2015
Hale, Rebecca M, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
340 pages ; 18 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.

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