New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

December 20, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Caught dead : a Rick Van Lam mystery

December 19, 2014
Lanh, Andrew, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2014.
283 pages ; 22 cm
"Mary Le Vu, wife of a poor grocery-store owner, is gunned down in a drive-by. Her twin sister insists dutiful Mary 'wouldn't be caught dead' in that drug-infested zone. The police rule it an unlucky accident. Skeptics hire private eye Rick Van Lam to get to the truth. Amerasian Rick--his father an unknown US soldier--is one of the Bui Doi, children of the dust, so often rejected by Vietnamese culture. But his young sidekick, Hank Nguyen, a pureblood Vietnamese, can help Rick navigate the closed world of Little Saigon"--Dust jacket flap.

The bishop's wife

December 19, 2014
Harrison, Mette Ivie, 1970-
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2014]
345 pages ; 22 cm
"Inspired by an actual crime and written by a practicing Mormon, The Bishop's Wife is both a fascinating look at the lives of modern Mormons as well as a grim and cunningly twisted mystery. Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As bishop, Kurt Wallheim is the ward's designated spiritual father, and that makes Linda the ward's unofficial mother, and her days are filled with comfort visits, community service, and informal counseling. But Linda is increasingly troubled by the church's patriarchal structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in the ward. One cold winter morning, a neighbor, Jared Helm, appears on the Wallheims' doorstep with his 5-year-old daughter, claiming that his wife, Carrie, disappeared in the middle of the night, leaving behind everything she owns. The circumstances surrounding Carrie's disappearance become more suspicious the more Linda learns about them, and she becomes convinced that Jared has murdered his wife and painted himself as an abandoned husband. Kurt asks Linda not to get involved in the unfolding family saga, but she has become obsessed with Carrie's fate, and with the well-being of her vulnerable young daughter. She cannot let the matter rest until she finds out the truth. Is she wrong to go against her husband, the bishop, when her inner convictions are so strong?"-- Provided by publisher.

Kill 'em with cayenne

December 18, 2014
Oust, Gail, 1943- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
309 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"A Spice shop mystery"--Jacket.
"Many of Brandywine Creek's citizens plan to participate in the [town's] week-long [barbeque] festivities and are busily concocting savory rubs and sassy sauces. Among the locals vying for the grand prize are Becca Dapkins and Maybelle Humphries. The women have been arch enemies ever since Buzz Oliver dumped Maybelle after a thirteen-year courtship and started seeing Becca. When Becca's body is found near one of the festival booths, bludgeoned by a brisket, Maybelle becomes one of Chief Wyatt McBride's top suspects. Determined to help clear her friend's name, [spice shop owner Piper Prescott] begins her own investigation, much to McBride's consternation"-- Provided by publisher.

To love, honor, and perish

December 17, 2014
Barritt, Christy, author.
Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], c2013.
262 p. ; 22 cm.
How could God let this happen? Just when crime scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire's life is on the right track, the unthinkable happens. Gabby's fiancé, Riley Thomas, is shot and remains in life-threatening condition only a week before their wedding. Gabby is determined to figure out who pulled the trigger, even if investigating puts her own life at risk. But as she digs deeper into the facts surrounding the case, she discovers secrets better left alone. Doubts arise in her mind and the one man with answers is on death's doorstep. An old foe from the past returns and tests everything Gabby is made of--physically, mentally, and spiritually. Will her soul survive the challenges ahead? Or will everything she's worked for be destroyed?"--P. [4] of cover.

The scum of all fears

December 17, 2014
Barritt, Christy, author
[Place of publication not identifed] : [Publisher not identified] , c2013.
255 pages ; 22 cm.
"Gabby St. Claire is back to crime-scene cleaning, at least temporarily. With her business partner on his honeymoon, she needs help after a weekend killing spree fills up her work docket. She quickly realizes she has bigger problems than finding temporary help. A serial killer her fiancé, a former prosecutor, put behind bars has escaped. His last words to Riley were: I'll get out, and I'll get even. Pictures of Gabby are found in the man's prison cell, and Riley fears the sadistic madman has Gabby in his sights."--P. [4] of cover.

Foul play

December 17, 2014
Barritt, Christy, author
[Place of publication not identified] : River Heights Press ; [2014].
318 pages ; 22 cm.
"When crime scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire agrees to go undercover at a local community theater, she discovers more than backstage bickering, atrocious acting, and rotten writing. The female lead is dead and an old classmate who's staked everything on the musical production's success is about to go under. In her dual role of investigator and star of the show, Gabby finds the stakes rising faster than the opening night curtain. She comes face to face with her past and must make monumental decisions, not just about the play but also concerning her future relationships and career. Will Gabby find the killer before the curtain goes down-not only on the play, but also on as life as she knows it?" P. [4] of cover.

Dirty deeds

December 17, 2014
Barritt, Christy, author.
[United States] : Princeton Halls Press, 2013.
282 pages ; 22 cm.
"Gabby St. Claire knows that her fiance's request is a simple one that she should be able to honor. After all, Riley's law school reunion and attorneys' conference at a hoity-toity resort is a chance for them to get away from the mysteries Gabby often finds herself involved in as a crime scene cleaner. The week long trip is a chance for them to be "normal", a word that leaves a bad taste in Gabby's mouth."--P. [4] of cover.

Irène

December 16, 2014
Lemaître, Pierre, 1951-
New York : MaLehose Press, 2014.
452 p. ; 24 cm
First published in the United States by Quercus in 2014--t.p. verso.
For Commandant Verhoeven life is beautiful: he's happily married, and expecting his first child with the lovely Irene. But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder so savage that even the most hardened officers on the force are shaken to the core. In the face of the seemingly motiveless horror, only Verhoeven makes the vital connection - the crime scene resembles one described in a James Ellroy novel too closely for there to be any coincidence. As the stylized murders continue, Verhoeven traces the crimes' literary inspirations, and risks his superiors' ire by taking out adverts to inform the killer of his progress. Before long, the case develops into a personal duel, with each man hell-bent on outsmarting his opponent. There can only be one winner - whoever has the least to lose ...

Murder tightly knit

December 16, 2014
Chapman, Vannetta.
Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, [2014]
xi, 368 pages : map ; 22 cm
"An Amish village mystery ; book 2."
"When a local Amish man is found dead, the Middlebury Amish Artisan Village comes under suspicion. Two amateur sleuths

Die again : a novel

December 15, 2014
Gerritsen, Tess.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2014.
pages ; cm.
"Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard's kill. Rizzoli follows the puzzling trail of clues all the way to Botswana, where she uncovers the unsolved mystery of a deadly camping safari four years prior. When she realizes the two cases are connected, Rizzoli must track down the sole survivor of the tragic trip to discover who - or what - is behind these gruesome deaths"-- Provided by publisher.

Daniel Port omnibus 1 : three novels

December 15, 2014
Rabe, Peter.
Eureka, Calif. : Stark House Press, 2014.
358 p. ; 22 cm.
A collection of three novels by Peter Rabe featuring the character Daniel Port: Dig my grave deep (originally published: 1956), The out is death (originally published: 1957), and, It's my funeral (originally published: 1957).
Danny and Manny: the series characters of Peter Rabe / by Rick Ollerman -- Dig my grave deep / by Peter Rabe -- The out is death / by Peter Rabe -- It's my funeral / by Peter Rabe.

A nip of murder

December 15, 2014
Miller, Carol, 1972-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
296 pages ; 22 cm
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"A moonshine mystery"--Cover.
"As Daisy McGovern knows all too well, it isn't easy being a young, small town waitress at the local diner. And it becomes even harder just as she's trying to stitch her life back together and salvage her job by converting the diner into a bakery when a mysterious robbery occurs and one of the thieves ends up dead on the bakery floor with a chef's knife in his chest. Forced into a twisted game of cat-and-mouse that takes her from secretive nip joints overflowing with moonshine to weathered Appalachian mountaintops overflowing with history and guns, Daisy must figure out who the dead man is--and why he was in her bakery--before she becomes the next victim. This is the second entry in a charming series filled with eccentric characters, red herrings, and, of course, moonshine!"-- Provided by publisher.

Deadly little sins : a Prep school confidential novel

December 12, 2014
Taylor, Kara.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
273 pages ; 21 cm.
"Thomas Dunne Books."
After a summer of virtual house arrest in New York City, Anne Dowling finds herself back at Wheatley, where her favorite teacher and only adult ally, Ms. Cross, has disappeared and someone is determined to stop Anne from learning the truth about that and a gruesome murder.

Down on Cyprus Avenue

December 10, 2014
Charles, Paul, 1949-
Chester Springs, Pennsylvania : Dufour Editions, 2014.
292 pages : map ; 24 cm

You know who killed me

December 10, 2014
Estleman, Loren D., author.
New York : Forge, 2014.
233 pages ; 22 cm
"An Amos Walker novel"--Title page.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Tackling a murder case involving a suburbanite whose widow is flooding the community with reward offers, Amos Walker follows leads to a Ukrainian mobster who is in the Witness Protection Program.

Five

December 10, 2014
Poznanski, Ursula, 1968-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
324 pages ; 25 cm
Translation of: Fünf.
Published under the pseudonym Ursula Archer.
Every corpse is a clue. A woman is found murdered in a field. Tattooed on her feet is a strange combination of numbers and letters. Detective Beatrice Kaspary quickly identifies these as map co-ordinates, which lead the police to a 'treasure box' containing several severed body parts -- and a note from the killer with a series of cryptic clues to the identity of the next victim. So begins a desperate scavenger hunt in which Beatrice herself becomes a pawn in the killer's game of cat and mouse, as she risks all to uncover the murderer.

The iris fan

December 10, 2014
Rowland, Laura Joh, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
346 pages ; 25 cm.
"A novel of feudal Japan"--Jacket.
"Amid the ever-treacherous intrigue in the court, Sano Ichirō has been demoted from chamberlain to a lowly patrol guard. His relationship with his wife Reiko is in tatters, and a bizarre new alliance between his two enemies Yanagisawa and Ienobu has left him bewildered and wary. Yet Sano's dedication to the way of the warrior--the samurai code of honor--is undiminished. Then a harrowing, almost inconceivable crime takes place"-- Provided by publisher.

Perfect sins

December 10, 2014
Bannister, Jo.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
295 pages ; 22 cm
"Four years ago, Gabriel Ash was working with the British government investigating hijackings in Somalia. But when his wife and sons disappeared, presumably taken--and probably killed--by pirates, his life fell apart. He has sudden reason to hope when a senior policeman suggests that his sons might still be alive--until that policeman is murdered. Still, there seems to be some link to a local operation, and Ash, no longer a government agent, is determined to find it. Meanwhile, his friend Hazel Best has been having a tough time of her own. A police constable whose last case ended with her shooting someone dead, she is just beginning to regain her balance. Hazel and Ash are both beginning to take more of an interest in the outside world, when a neighboring archaeologist decides to dig up a curious mound of earth near the ice house on his land. It might be a burial mound, he thinks. It is, but not the ancient one he expects; it holds the bones of a little boy from perhaps thirty years ago, carefully laid to rest with twentieth-century toys. As Hazel is slowly drawn back into police work, Ash finds himself under threat from someone who must think his investigation into his family's disappearance is finally getting somewhere... Jo Bannister's police procedurals have been widely praised not only for outstanding plotting and suspense, but also for their brilliant and compelling characterization"-- Provided by publisher.

Memory of Flames

December 10, 2014
Cabasson, Armand.
London : Gallic Books, 2011, c2009.
339 pages ; 20 cm.
"First published in Great Britain in 2009" -- title page verso
"First published in France as La Mémoire des flames" -- title page verso
March 1814. With the allied armies of Russia, Austria and Prussia advancing, Paris is in real danger of falling to occupying forces for the first time in 400 years. But at a moment when all efforts should be directed towards the defense of the city, Joseph Bonaparte is concerned with the murder of a retired colonel, and orders Major Quentin Margont to conduct a secret investigation into his death.

Tears of God : a Noah Greene mystery

December 10, 2014
Williams, E.E., author.
Marble, NC : Word Branch Publishing, 2014.
400 pages ; 23 cm
Noah Greene is just doing a favor by checking in on a lonely widow with a missing cat, but his kind gesture leads him to be a suspect in a gruesome series of murders. What he uncovers as he attempts to clear his name is more horrifying than the murders themselves.

The color of justice

December 9, 2014
Collins, Ace, author.
©2014
351 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions (page 351).
1964--Justice, Mississippi, is a town divided. White and black. Rich and poor. Rule makers and rule breakers. Right or wrong, everyone assumes their place behind a fragile façade that is about to crumble. When attorney Coop Lindsay agrees to defend a black man accused of murdering a white teenager, the bribes and death threats don't intimidate him. As he prepares for the case of a lifetime, the young lawyer knows it's the verdict that poses the real threat--innocent or guilty, because of his stand Coop is no longer welcome in Justice. As he follows his conscience, he wonders just how far some people will go to make sure he doesn't finish his job? 2014--To some, the result of the trial still feels like a fresh wound even fifty years later, when Coop's grandson arrives in Justice seeking answers to the questions unresolved by the trial that changed his family's legacy. When a new case is presented, again pitting white against black, this third generation Lindsay may have the opportunity he needs to right the wrongs of the past. But hate destroys everything it touches, and the Lindsay family will not escape unscathed.--Publisher's description.

The secret of Pembrooke Park

December 8, 2014
Klassen, Julie, 1964-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
460 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions, pages 459-460.
In the mysteriously abandoned manor house Pembrooke Park, practical new resident Abigail searches for the treasure that it is rumored to contain.

The doll's house

December 4, 2014
Carver, Tania, author.
c2013.
471 pages ; 22 cm.
From the outside, the house was unremarkable. Just one of many on an ordinary, suburban estate. But inside was a different matter. With pink ribbons and pink walls, stuffed toy animals everywhere and a dining table laid out for a tea party, it was a doll's house. The doll was sitting at the table. Life size, with blonde, pigtailed hair and rosy red cheeks, dressed in her best pink party dress. Her finger and thumb curled round the handle of a fine china teacup. An adult woman. Covered in blood. Eviscerated. Dead.In all his years on the force, Detective Inspector Phil Brennan of the Major Incident Squad has never encountered a scene like it. As he investigates he uncovers more bizarre revelations and knows that he must act fast; the next murder has already been planned and the victim is closer to home that he realizes....

Asylum city : a novel

December 4, 2014
Shoham, Liad, 1971-
New York : Harper, 2014.
324 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published as Ir Milkat in a different form in Israel in 2013 by Kinneret Zmora-Bitan"--Title page verso.
"When young social activist Michal Poleg is found dead in her Tel Aviv apartment, her body showing signs of severe violence, officer Anat Nachmias is given the lead on her first murder investigation. Eager to find answers, the talented and sensitive cop looks to the victim's past for clues, focusing on the last days before her death. Could one of the asylum seekers Michal worked with be behind this crime? Then a young African man confesses to the murder, and Anat's commanders say the case is closed. But the cop isn't convinced. She believes that Michal, a tiny girl with a gift for irritating people, got involved in something far too big and dangerous for her to handle. Joined by Michal's clumsy yet charming boss, Anat is pulled deep into a perplexing shadow world where war victims and criminals, angels and demons, idealists and cynics, aid organizations and criminal syndicates intersect. But the truth may be more than Anat can handle, bringing her face to face with an evil she's never before experienced"-- Provided by publisher.

Honor above all

December 4, 2014
Bard-Collins, J., author.
Forest Park, IL : Allium Press of Chicago, [2014]
294 pages : maps ; 23 cm
"Pinkerton agent Garrett Lyons arrives in Chicago in 1882 to solve the murder of his partner. He enlists the help of his friend, architect Louis Sullivan, and becomes involved in the race to build one of the first skyscrapers"-- Provided by publisher.

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