New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

April 28, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Burntown : a novel

April 27, 2017
McMahon, Jennifer, 1968- author.
287 pages ; 24 cm
"Ashford, Vermont, might look like your typical sleepy New England college town, but to the shadowy residents who live among the remains of its abandoned mills and factories, it's known as "Burntown." Eva Sandeski, known as "Necco" on the street, has been a part of this underworld for years, ever since the night her father Miles drowned in a flood that left her and her mother Lily homeless. A respected professor, Miles was also an inventor of fantastic machines, including one so secret that the plans were said to have been stolen from Thomas Edison's workshop. According to Lily, it's this machine that got Miles murdered. Necco has always written off this claim as the fevered imaginings of a woman consumed by grief. But when Lily dies under mysterious circumstances, and Necco's boyfriend is murdered, she's convinced her mother was telling the truth. Now, on the run from the man called "Snake Eyes," Necco must rely on other Burntown outsiders to survive..."-- Provided by publisher.

The dastardly Miss Lizzie

April 26, 2017
Carr, Viola, author.
New York : Harper Voyager, [2017]
448 pages ; 21 cm.
Being two people in one body isn't easy. Metropolitan Police crime scene physician Eliza Jekyll is trying to maintain a semblance of control, even as her rebellious second self, Lizzie, grows increasingly wild, threatening the respectable Eliza's reputation and her marriage to Remy Lafayette, the Royal Society investigator and occasional lycanthrope. With England on the brink of war, Remy's away in sorcery-riddled Paris on a secretive mission that grows ever more sinister. Has he been an enemy agent all along? Or is coping with her secret divided self finally driving Eliza mad? Eliza needs her mind clear and sharp if she's to catch an evil genius who is killing eminent scientists. The chase uncovers a murky world of forbidden books, secret laboratories, and a cabal of fanatical inventors whose work could change the world -or destroy it- and who may hold answers to Eliza's mysterious past. As sorcery-wielding terrorists attack London, Eliza discovers her own enemies are closing in, driving her to desperate measures -enlisting the aid of the wily, resourceful, mercurial Lizzie- to thwart the killer. But Lizzie's got her own life now, and true to her nature, will resort to the devious and diabolical to keep it. Even if it means throwing Eliza to the wolves, and letting the world burn. . . .

Cat got your cash

April 26, 2017
Chase, Julie (Mystery writer), author.
New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2017.
330 pages ; 22 cm.
"Includes recipes for pets!"--Jacket.
After a fashion designer is found murdered and the two cats who are the heirs to her fortune are missing, Lacy Marie Crocker tries to locate the cats only to find herself in the crosshairs of the killer.


April 26, 2017
James, Bill, 1929- author.
184 pages ; 22 cm.
"Thomas Wells Hart drifter into a dodgy career as a private investigatorand gre clever at tailing suspects and all the other tricks at the game. Not quite clever enough, however. Coming across Hart's shot-up body, Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur and Assistant Chief Constable Des Iles have to work out their own explanation as to how he came to be executed behind the wheel of a Ford Focus in a quite suburban street. The trail will lead them through illegal art trading, big-bucks money laundering-- and more murder. As ever, iles suspects Harpur is hiding essential facts from hom. As ever, Harpur is hiding essential facts from his boss. Will the mismatched pair manage to close the case?" -- Book jacket.

Code red : a Faith Flores science mystery

April 26, 2017
Chodosh, Janie, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
286 pages ; 22 cm

16th seduction

April 24, 2017
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
350, 18 pages ; 25 cm.
Still reeling from her husband's betrayal, Lindsay Boxer investigates a wave of possibly unnatural heart attacks claiming the lives of seemingly unrelated victims while assisting the prosecution of a bomber with a hostile defense team.

Kale to the Queen

April 24, 2017
Hampton, Nell (Mystery author), author.
276 pages ; 22 cm
"A Kensington Palace chef mystery"--T.p.
Chef Carrie Ann Cole is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime--an assignment as the new personal chef to the royal family at Kensington Palace. But no sooner has Carrie Ann touched down across the pond and donned her apron than a dead body crops up beneath the royal kale beds.

Cold earth

April 24, 2017
Cleeves, Ann, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2017.
386 pages ; 22 cm.
Series title taken from book jacket.
"In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died. Cold Earth is the next book in Ann Cleeves' beloved Shetland series, which is now a major success for the BBC and is available in U.S. through Netflix, PBS, and Acorn TV"-- Provided by publisher.

Flamingo Road : a Fia McKee mystery

April 24, 2017
Hill, Sasscer, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2017.
viii, 307 pages ; 22 cm
"Baltimore police officer Fia McKee is put on leave for excessive use of force after interfering in a crime that turns deadly. Given a second chance, she is sent to work undercover for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) at the Gulfstream Park in Florida, where she works as an exercise rider. Her assignment is to watch and report back on two racetrack workers who have been suspected of illegal activities and whose horses continue to outperform all expectations, winning their owners unseemly amounts of money in the races. To complete her cover story, Fia moves in with her semi-estranged brother, Patrick, who lives near the racetrack. Her investigations are complicated when her niece, Jilly, disappears after a shadow gang takes Jilly's beloved horse. Now Fia must work two angles--first to find out what's really going on with the men who might or might not be gaming the system, and second to bring the men who prey on horses to justice. Along the way, Fia encounters Cuban gangs living off the grid, a (very handsome) do-gooder who's close on their trail, and a cabal of super wealthy gamblers who will stop at nothing to ensure they always win"--Provided by publisher.

Stockholm delete

April 24, 2017
Lapidus, Jens, 1974- author.
New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2017.
503 pages ; 20 cm
Emelie Jansson: a newly minted lawyer at a polished law firm. Teddy: an ex-con trying to stay on the right side of the law as he goes about his job as the firm's fixer and special investigator. In Stockholm Delete the two are entangled in a snarly web with deep connections to Stockholm's many worlds, where history is never a thing of the past, and always ready to threaten those who lived it. When an alarm is triggered, a security guard is called to a house out on Värmdö, an island in Stockholm's archipelago. What awaits him isn't a regular break-in, but an unidentifiable body: someone has been slaughtered in the house. A severely wounded young man is discovered near the crime scene. He is arrested on suspicion of having committed the murder. Emelie secretly takes on the task of acting as his defence lawyer, despite her employer's disapproval. Who is the murder victim? And why do all the trails lead to Mats Emanuelsson, the man Teddy once kidnapped? As Emilie begins to covertly investigate the case, Teddy is forced to confront his past, and all the while his wayward nephew Nikola is about to make the very same mistakes he once did. Soon the three have been caught up in a high stakes game promising dire consequences for them all.

What's become of her : a novel

April 24, 2017
Caletti, Deb, author.
New York : Bantam Books, [2017]
369 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers' discussion guide.
"From National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti comes an emotionally riveting story of a woman falling for a man who may be hiding a dangerous secret--perfect for readers of Jodi Picoult and Kristin Hannah. "Guilty people keep secrets." Isabelle Austen returns to her hometown on a small, isolated Pacific Northwest island to take over the family tourism business after the death of her mother, a disapproving parent and a hard woman to love. Feeling lost, Isabelle is also struggling with a recent divorce, and wondering if she'll ever come into her own. Then Isabelle's life takes a surprising turn. A mysterious man named Henry North arrives on Parrish Island, steps off a seaplane, and changes Isabelle's world forever. From the beginning, their relationship is heady and intense--until Isabelle learns of Henry's disturbing past involving the death of a fiance and the disappearance of a wife. Suddenly, Isabelle is caught between love and suspicion, paranoia and passion, as she searches for the truth she may not want to find--and is swept into a dangerous game from which she may not survive. Praise for the novels of Deb Caletti "Striking. well-written, strongly characterized and emotionally complex fiction."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review), on He's Gone "Caletti once again combines interesting characters, pitch-perfect dialogue, and an intriguing plot to tell a deeply memorable story. Her latest is a thoughtful exploration of love and marriage and the power of family and friendship to help along the way."--Booklist, on The Secrets She Keeps"-- Provided by publisher.

Fool's gold

April 24, 2017
Peacock, Caro, author.
218 pages ; 23 cm
A series of anonymous letters leads to a case of cold-blooded murder for 19th-century private investigator Liberty Lane. September, 1841. A new arrival has taken London society by storm. Lord Byron's handsome illegitimate son, George, recently arrived from the exotic island of Cephalonia in the company of his guardian, the mysterious Mr Vickery, has been setting female hearts aflutter. But not all the attention George attracts is welcome. Mr Vickery has been receiving disturbing letters from a woman who calls herself Helena, and he hires Liberty Lane to find out who Helena is and what she wants. As Liberty is to discover, there is more to this case than meets the eye. Is George really Lord Byron's son - or is he an imposter? And who exactly is Mr Vickery? What is his agenda? When Liberty comes across a body shot dead near Mr Vickery's home in Muswell Hill, the investigation takes a shocking turn.

Devils in daylight

April 21, 2017
Tanizaki, Jun'ichirō, 1886-1965, author.
New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2017.
95 pages ; 21 cm
"A New Directions Book."
"One morning, Takahashi, a writer who has just stayed up all night working, is interrupted by a phone call from his old friend Sonomura: barely able to contain his excitement, Sonomura claims that he has cracked a secret cryptographic code based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold-Bug and now knows exactly when and where a murder will take place -- and they must hurry if they want to witness the murder, because it's later that very night! Sonomura has a history of lunacy and playing the amateur detective, so Takahashi is of course reluctant to believe him. Nevertheless, they stake out the secret location, and through tiny peepholes in the knotted wood, become voyeurs at the scene of a shocking crime . . . . Atmospheric, erotic, and tense, Devils in Daylight is an early work by the master storyteller who "created a lifelong series of ingenious variations on a dominant theme: the power of love to energize and destroy" (Chicago Tribune)" -- Provided by publisher.

The hunt : an Andy Hayes mystery

April 21, 2017
Welsh-Huggins, Andrew, author.
Athens, Ohio : Swallow Press, an imprint of Ohio University Press, [2017]
252 pages ; 22 cm.
"As a serial killer stalks prostitutes in Columbus, Ohio, a distraught brother asks private investigator Andy Hayes to find his sister before it's too late. In a deadly race against time, Andy soon learns he's not the only person hunting Jessica Byrnes, but he may be the only one who wants her alive. Byrnes hasn't been seen in weeks following a downward slide that started as a runaway teenager and may have ended permanently on the streets. Assisting Andy is ex-prostitute Theresa Sullivan. She now works at St. Andrew's, the mission church run by Andy's pal the Reverend Roy Roberts, who is less than keen on Theresa reliving the memories that nearly killed her. A local congresswoman making headlines with her work against human trafficking puts pressure on Andy to solve the case, while the police don't want him near their exhaustive search for the murderer. At the same time, Andy's hunt for Jessica exposes the buying and selling of trafficked women across the region. Looming over Andy's increasingly desperate search is the shadow of his most dangerous adversary yet"-- Provided by publisher.

Souls of men : an Elaine Hope novel

April 21, 2017
Ashworth, A. R., author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2017.
291 pages ; 24 cm
When Elaine Hope, veteran detective inspector with the London Metropolitan Police, is pormoted to lead her first investigation into the death of a teen girl, she must race to stop a vicious killer.

Fortune's fool : a sixth case from the notebooks of Pliny the Younger

April 21, 2017
Bell, Albert A., 1945- author.
McKinleyville, California : John Daniel & Company, 2017.
251 pages ; 21 cm.
"While staying at his villa on Lake Comum, with Tacitus and his wife as guests, Pliny decides to add on to the house. When workmen begin demolishing a wall, they find a human skeleton. Pliny knows when the wall was built and he knows his wife's father disappeared at that time. But his father-in-law supposedly drowned. Shortly after finding the skeleton, Pliny begins to receive warnings and threats to halt his investigation. Then his wife, Livia, is kidnapped. The kidnapers want a document in exchange for Livia, but Pliny has no idea where it is. With the help of Tacitus and Aurora, he rescues Livia, but Aurora is injured and suffers a miscarriage. (She had not told Pliny she was pregnant.) Pliny learns that an innkeeper in the town of Comum was his father's mistress. She knows where the missing document is. Ultimately Pliny discovers that his biological father was complicit in the death of Livia's father by hiding the body in the wall. Livia's father and two other men were involved in a pedophile ring. Her father was killed in an argument among the men."-- Provided by publisher.

Blood and belonging

April 21, 2017
Delany, Vicki, 1951- author.
Victoria, British Columbia : Raven Books, 2017.
119 pages ; 19 cm.
"A Ray Robertson mystery"--Cover.
"In this work of crime fiction, RCMP Sergeant Ray Robertson is on holidays in Turks and Caicos when he discovers the body of a man on the beach."-- Provided by publisher.

Dancing with death : a Nell Drury mystery

April 21, 2017
Myers, Amy, 1938- author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2017.
215 pages ; 23 cm.
"A country house mystery"
1925. The fashionable Bright Young Things from London have descended on Wychbourne Court, the Kentish stately home of Lord and Lady Ansley, for an extravagant fancy dress ball followed by a midnight Ghost Hunt -- and chef Nell Drury knows she's in for a busy weekend. What she doesn't expect to encounter is sudden violent death. When a body is discovered, Nell finds herself caught up in the police investigation which follows. As the darker side of the Roaring Twenties emerges, it becomes increasingly clear that at least one person present that night has a sinister secret to hide.

Shadows of the dead

April 21, 2017
Eldridge, Jim, 1944- author.
218 pages ; 23 cm
DCI Paul Stark discovers that the bitter legacy of WWI casts a long shadow in the second of this intriguing historical mystery series. London, 1921. Lord Johnny Fairfax has been found dead in his study, along with a second victim, a mysterious American who arrived unannounced the previous evening. For DCI Paul Stark, the case is personal: he's in a relationship with Lord Fairfax's former wife, Lady Amelia. The dead man had no shortage of enemies. Winston Churchill, his former colleague at the War Office, is convinced the murder is revenge for the disaster at Gallipoli. Lady Amelia herself is accused of the crime. And who was the American visitor? What was his connection with Lord Fairfax - and could he have been the real target? As Stark digs deeper, he uncovers evidence of a shocking conspiracy that strikes at the heart of the British Establishment.

The finishing school : a novel

April 20, 2017
Goodman, Joanna, 1969- author.
333 pages ; 21 cm.
How far would you go to uncover the truth? One spring night in 1998, the beautiful Cressida Strauss plunges from a fourth-floor balcony at the Lycée Internationale Suisse with catastrophic consequences. Loath to draw negative publicity to the school, a bastion of European wealth and glamor, officials quickly dismiss the incident as an accident, but questions remain: Was it a suicide attempt? Or was Cressida pushed? It was no secret that she had a selfish streak and had earned as many enemies as allies in her tenure at the school. For her best friend, scholarship student Kersti Kuusk, the lingering questions surrounding Cressida's fall continue to nag long after she leaves the Lycée. Kersti marries and becomes a bestselling writer, but never stops wondering about Cressida's obsession with the Helvetian Society-- a secret club banned years before their arrival at the school-- and a pair of its members who were expelled. When Kersti is invited as a guest to the Lycée's 100th anniversary, she begins probing the cover-up, exposing the frightening underbelly of lies and abuse at the prestigious establishment. And in one portentous moment, Kersti makes a decision that will connect her to Cressida forever and raise the stakes dangerously high in her own desire to solve the mystery and redeem her past. "The Finishing School" offers a riveting glimpse into a privileged, rarefied world in which nothing is as it appears.

Athenian blues

April 20, 2017
Koutsakēs, Polychronēs, 1974- author.
254 pages ; 20 cm.
First published in Greece: Athens : Patakis Publications, 2010.
"The first in the Stratos Gavis series"--Front book cover.
Stratos Gazis hates being called a contract killer. What he is, is a conscientious fixer. He fixes problems that are only mentioned in whispers. That very few can fix. Things that people are willing to pay handsomely to get done. But now, in the midst of the Greek economic crisis and political turmoil, during a melancholy winter which makes life in Athens even more unbearable than usual, this assassin with the strict moral code is about to get involved in the most high-profile case of his career. Helped by three childhood friends, he discovers that truth is, as ever, a relative thing.

Give the devil his due

April 19, 2017
Hockensmith, Steve, author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2017]
341 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Reformed con artist-turned-tarot reader Alanis McLachlan gets paid for predicting the future--too bad she didn't see all the trouble in hers. First a figure from her past tries to drag her back into the life of crime she thought she'd left behind. Then a new suitor tries to sweep Alanis off her feet, forcing her on-again, off-again romance with hunky teacher Victor Castellanos to hit the skids. And then there's the little matter of the client who gets an ominous reading from Alanis . . . and is promptly murdered. Danger is in the cards for Alanis, and she'll need all her skill at reading people and reading tarot if she's going to survive."

The perfect stranger : a novel

April 19, 2017
Miranda, Megan, author.
337 pages ; 24 cm
"A journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all. Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later. Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend's life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all?"-- Provided by publisher.

A mystery at Carlton House

April 19, 2017
Gardner, Ashley, author.
278 pages ; 21 cm.
Captain Lacey is drawn into the affairs of the highest in the land when his friend Grenville is asked by the Prince Regent to look into odd happenings in his lavish abode of Carlton House. Objects of value have gone missing, paintings and sculpture have been moved, and some of the staff have reported strange sounds and movements in the shadows. The Regent and his cronies suspect ghosts or other malign spirits. The Bow Street Runners have a more human suspect for these doings, and Captain Lacey is asked by a Runner to help him prepare a case against the man they've already arrested. But the suspect is under the protection of James Denis, a leader of crime, which brings Lacey head-to-head with him once more. Opposing Denis can be dangerous, and so can dividing the loyalties of the men who work for him. Meanwhile Lacey has his family to worry about - his daughter, his wife, and new members who have joined. In addition, he's not convinced that either Denis or the Runners have the right idea in this matter. he must produce the correct answer before Denis loses his patience or one malevolent Runner in particular makes Lacey answer for the crimes.

Golden prey

April 18, 2017
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23- author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
392 pages ; 24 cm.
"The man was smart and he didn't mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport. Lucas Davenport's first case as a U.S. Marshal sends him into uncharted territory, in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series. Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him. And where they've led him this time is into real trouble. A Biloxi, Mississippi, drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Davenport takes the case, which quickly spirals out of control, as cartel assassins, including a torturer known as the 'Queen of home-improvement tools' compete with Davenport to find the Dixie Hicks shooters who knocked over the counting house. Things get ugly real fast, and neither the cartel killers nor the holdup men give a damn about whose lives Davenport might have saved; to them, he's just another large target. Filled with his trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Golden Prey is further reason why "Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers" (The Huffington Post)"-- Provided by publisher.

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