New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

May 5, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The art of murder

May 4, 2016
Viets, Elaine, 1950- author.
ix, 287 pages ; 22 cm.
"An Obsidian Mystery."
"The art world is a happening place-- but a brush with death shouldn't be in the picture. Unfortunately, that's just what happens to Helen Hawthorne and her friend Margery. While touring gorgeous Bonnet House, a mansion turned museum, they observe a painting class and note an up-and-coming artist. When they later see her deadly end, Helen is hired to canvas the crime scene-- undercover, of course. Sketchy suspects lurk in the victim's bohemian past. Was the promising painter killed by her jealous husband? Her best friend? A rival using her artful wiles? With her husband, Phil, busy setting a trap for a gold thief, it's up to Helen to paint this killer into a corner..."--Provided by publisher.

Murder in Morningside Heights

May 4, 2016
Thompson, Victoria (Victoria E.)
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
296 pages ; 21 cm
"Former police sergeant Frank Malloy and his wife adjust to life in New York high society as they investigate a death in the field of higher learning. After spending his first few weeks as a private detective by investigating infidelities of the wealthy, Frank has a more serious case at hand. Abigail Northrup of Tarrytown, New York, was her parents' pride and joy. After graduating from a prestigious women's college in Morningside Heights, she took a job there as an instructor. She also joined the ranks of the New Women, ladies planning for a life without a husband in which they make their own decisions and make a difference in the world. Unfortunately, her murder ended all that. When the police declare the incident a random attack and refuse to investigate further, Abigail's parents request Frank's help. Of course, he'll need Sarah's assistance as she's more familiar with the world of academia, and it will be far easier for her to interview the lady professors. Yet difficulties arise as they learn that although Miss Northrup may have been an exemplary student and teacher, she lived in a world of secrets and lies."--Provided by publisher.

Catch as cat can

May 4, 2016
Donally, Claire, author.
279 pages ; 17 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
When Neil Garrett opens a new seafood shop in Kittery Harbor, Maine, Sunny's cat Shadow is on the hunt for tasty treats until Sunny discovers a mysterious man lies murdered in his freezer. Her boyfriend, Chief Investigator Will Price, nets Neil as the prime suspect, but Sunny feels differently and sets out to find the real culprit and get Neil off the hook.

The girl I used to be

May 3, 2016
Henry, April, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
229 pages ; 21 cm
"Christy Ottaviano books."
"Olivia's parents were killed fourteen years ago. Now, new evidence reopens the case . . . and she finds herself involved"-- Provided by publisher.

Bossa novas, bikinis, and bad ends

May 3, 2016
McHugh, Mary. author
New York : Kensington Publishing Corp, 2016.
276 pages ; 17 cm.
"With travel tips and recipes."--Cover
The fancy-footed Happy Hoofers--Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini-- are kicking off Carnival by entertaining posh guests at the most elegant hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Stunning beaches and spectacular views abound. But the party is cut short for the fab five when their alluring Brazilian companion is found dead in her room, without a clue as to what killed her.

Unrivaled : a beautiful idols novel

May 3, 2016
Noël, Alyson, author.
420 pages ; 22 cm.
"Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter's desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her "we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic." Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad's life. But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago. She's Hollywood's hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone's lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel. That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles's nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing... and all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies."--Author's website.

An old-fashioned murder : a moonshine mystery

May 3, 2016
Miller, Carol, 1972- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
292 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"The next in this charming Southern mystery series featuring a closed-room murder in an old Victorian inn during a snowstorm"-- Provided by publisher.

The woman in blue : a Ruth Galloway mystery

May 3, 2016
Griffiths, Elly, author.
358 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"In the next Ruth Galloway mystery, a vision of the Virgin Mary foreshadows a string of cold-blooded murders, revealing a dark current of religious fanaticism in an old medieval town. Known as England's Nazareth, the medieval town of Little Walsingham is famous for religious apparitions. So when Ruth Galloway's druid friend Cathbad sees a woman in a white dress and a dark blue cloak standing alone in the local cemetery one night, he takes her as a vision of the Virgin Mary. But then a woman wrapped in blue cloth is found dead the next day, and Ruth's old friend Hilary, an Anglican priest, receives a series of hateful, threatening letters. Could these crimes be connected? When one of Hilary's fellow female priests is murdered just before Little Walsingham's annual Good Friday Passion Play, Ruth, Cathbad, and DCI Harry Nelson must team up to find the killer before he strikes again"-- Provided by publisher.

After the fire

May 3, 2016
Casey, Jane (Jane E.), author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
317 pages ; 24 cm.
"London police detective Maeve Kerrigan has spent plenty of time at Murchison House. One of the many cement high-rise towers comprising the Maudling Estate housing project, Murchison Tower is home to a motley mix of society. From domestic abuse victims and elderly widows with nowhere else to turn to its flourishing criminal elements, Maeve is familiar with many of its occupants by name or reputation. But when a fire breaks out at Murchison House that consumes the top floors and leaves three dead, Maeve and her colleagues are startled to learn the identity of one of the victims. Geoff Armstrong was a wealthy, notoriously right-wing London politician - the last person they'd expect to find in a place like the Maudling Estate. And things get even murkier when evidence surfaces indicating Armstrong was murdered before the fire broke out. Was his death connected to the fire? To the other deaths at Murchison Tower? And what was he doing there in the first place? Jane Casey's next riveting mystery featuring beloved detective Maeve Kerrigan will keep readers turning the pages from the opening scene to the stunning conclusion"-- Provided by publisher.

A killer ball at Honeychurch Hall

May 3, 2016
Dennison, Hannah, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
viii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"In this delightful new mystery, our heroine Kat Stanford stumbles upon a hidden room in an abandoned wing at Honeychurch Hall. However, Kat's initial excitement soon ends in horror. There, lying on the cold, stone floor, Kat comes across the body of a young woman dressed in an Egyptian toga and wearing a tawdry fairground trinket around her broken neck. Suspicion falls on some of those who live at the Hall-- both upstairs and down-- and even those who are just been passing through. Matters come to a head as a killer lurks amid the aristocracy, and Downton Abbey fans will want more Killer Balls at Honeychurch Hall"-- Provided by publisher.

Murder at Lambswool Farm

May 3, 2016
Goldenbaum, Sally, author.
New York, New York : An Obsidian Mystery, [2016]
xii, 304 pages ; 22 cm.
"Late summer blooms in beautiful Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, and while a harvest thrives, Izzy Chambers Perry and the other Seaside Knitters will need to cast on their sleuthing skills to save a local farm. Unfortunately, finding a killer can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza has long loved knitting, but lately she's taken on a new challenge--making a family farm operational again. With help from friends, Lambswool Farm is now up and running, with thriving crops and grazing sheep. In addition, the farm will host rustic, six-course prix fixe dinners plated by local chefs and served on a gorgeous restored harvest table, decorated to perfection with colorful knitted vegetables crafted by Izzy Chambers Perry, her aunt Nell, and the other Seaside Knitters. But on the night of the first meal, everything spins out of control when one of the guests, Seaside Harbor's family physician, is found dead on the property. It seems that behind Dr. Alan Hamilton's friendly bedside manner was a man worth killing. Soon the town is gossiping and pointing fingers at all possible suspects--including the women at Lambswool Farm. Now the Seaside Knitters must join together to uncover the truth in Dr. Hamilton's complicated past--and restore peace to town and country alike"-- Provided by publisher.

Mrs. Malory and death is a word : a Sheila Malory mystery

May 3, 2016
Holt, Hazel, 1928-
226 pages ; 17 cm.
"The final Shelia Malory mystery"--cover.
"An Obsidian mystery."
Sheila's friend, Eva Jackson, has returned to Taviscombe. After she decides to compile a book of her late husband's unpublished works, a fire mysteriously breaks out in the garage. Then Eva meets a supicious end, leading Sheila to wonder if there's a killer at large.

Gone with the witch : a wishcraft mystery

May 3, 2016
Blake, Heather.
New York : New American Library, 2016.
328 pages ; 17 cm
"An Obsidian mystery"--Title page.
Hired to keep an eye out for a saboteur at the Pawsitively Enchanted pet contest, Darcy, along with her dog Missy, is thrown off the scent when her lead suspect is found dead and someone begins stealing prize-winning pets, forcing her to sniff out both a killer and a thief.

Hearse and gardens

May 3, 2016
Greenstein, Kathleen Bridge, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
293 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes recipes.
To keep her mind off the legal battle over the ocenfront cottage she's trying to buy, Meg agrees to help her friend inventory and clear out furniture from the Montauk estate of wealthy art broker, Harrison Falks. But the job takes a terrifying turn when Meg discovers a skeleton in a hidden room of one of the estate's many bungalows.

Berry the hatchet

May 3, 2016
Cochran, Peg, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
293 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes cranberry recipes.
"The entire town of Cranberry Cove is popping with excitement. Monica Albertson is baking cranberry goodies by the dozen and shopkeepers are decking out their storefronts for the first annual Winter Walk--an event dreamed up by the mayor to bring visitors to the town during a normally dead time of year. But it's the mayor who turns up dead during the grand opening ceremony, his lifeless body making its entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh. Monica's mother and stepmother quickly become the prime suspects when it's discovered that the mayor was dating both of them, and to make things worse, her half brother Jeff uncovers a clue buried near one of the bogs on Sassamanash Farm. Now it's up to Monica to find out who really put the mayor on ice." -- page [4] of cover.

Better dead

May 3, 2016
Collins, Max Allan, author.
336 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"It's the early 1950's. Joe McCarthy is campaigning to rid America of the Red Menace. Nate Heller is doing legwork for the senator, though the Chicago detective is disheartened by McCarthy's witch-hunting tactics. He's made friends with a young staffer, Bobby Kennedy, while trading barbs with a potential enemy, the attorney Roy Cohn, who rubs Heller the wrong way. Not the least of which for successfully prosecuting the so-called Atomic Bomb spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. When famous mystery writer Dashiell Hammett comes to Heller representing a group of showbiz and literary leftists who are engaged in a last minute attempt to save the Rosenbergs, Heller decides to take on the case. Heller will have to play both sides to do this, and when McCarthy also tasks Heller to find out what the CIA has on him, Heller reluctantly agrees. His main lead is an army scientist working for the C.I.A. who admits to Heller that he's been having misgivings about the work he's doing and elliptically referring to the Cold War making World War II look like a tea party. And then the scientist goes missing."

Newlywed dead

May 3, 2016
Parra, Nancy J., author.
276 pages ; 17 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
The wedding of Pepper Pomeroy's sister, Felicity, ends in tragedy when the bartender that she befriended earlier in the evening drops dead from a lethal nightcap. Although the authorities think it is a tragic accident, Pepper wants to know who would want to kill a virtual stranger at a wedding reception. A search into the victim's past reveals a twisty path of secret sororities, well-connected enemies, and an unsolved slaying still shadowing members of high society, including a wealthy battle-ax whose demands for the services of Pepper's Perfect Proposals are starting to sound more like veiled threats.

Mission Hill :

May 3, 2016
Wechsler, Pamela, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
295 pages ; 25 cm
"Abby Endicott is chief of the District Attorney's homicide unit in Boston, where she investigates and prosecutes the city's most dangerous killers. She attended the elite Winsor school, graduated from Harvard Law School, and has been known to change into an evening gown amidst bodies in the morgue. She loves her job, and is committed to it. But among Abby's many secrets is her longtime affair with fellow prosecutor Tim Mooney, a married father of one. One night, Abby is awakened very late by a phone call from her favorite detective, who reports that there has been a horrific murder but is vague about the specifics. When she arrives at the crime scene and discovers the identity of the victim, she knows the terror and tragedy are only beginning." --Provided by publisher.

To catch a treat

May 3, 2016
Johnston, Linda O., author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2016]
298 pages ; 20 cm.
Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of the Barkery and Biscuits bake shop, agrees to a day of hiking with her brother Neal―mostly because she wants to meet and critique his latest romantic interest, Janelle Blaystone. But instead of judging her, Carrie feels only sympathy for Janelle, whose beloved black Labrador, Go, was recently dognapped. Janelle thinks the culprit is Ada Arnist, a wealthy homeowner spotted at the dog park where Go was stolen. Soon after Janelle confronts Ada, though, the woman is found dead. With Janelle and Neal on the suspect list, Carrie must solve the mystery before the police bark up the wrong tree.

Killer cocktail

May 3, 2016
Kiely, Tracy, author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2016]
viii, 229 pages ; 20 cm

Wilde Lake : a novel

May 2, 2016
Lippman, Laura, 1959- author.
352 pages ; 24 cm
Luisa "Lu" Brant is the newly elected-- and first female-- state's attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death in her home. It's not the kind of case that makes headlines, but peaceful Howard County doesn't see many homicides. As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her small, but tight-knit, family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man's life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Now, Lu wonders if the events of 1980 happened as she remembers them. What details might have been withheld from her when she was a child?

The fall of man in Wilmslow

May 2, 2016
Lagercrantz, David, author.
New York : Knopf, 2016.
353 pages ; 24 cm
"An electrifying thriller that opens with Alan Turing's suicide, and then opens out to take in a young detective's awakening to painful secrets about his own life and the life of his country. It's 1954. Several English nationals have defected to the USSR, while a witch-hunt for homosexuals rages across Britain. In these circumstances, no one is surprised when a mathematician by the name of Alan Turing, is found dead in his home: it is widely assumed that he committed suicide, unable to cope with the humiliation of a criminal conviction for homosexuality. But young Detective Sergeant Leonard Corell, who had always dreamt of a career in higher mathematics, suspects greater forces are involved. In the face of opposition from his superiors, he begins to assemble the pieces of a puzzle that lead him to one of the most closely guarded secrets of the war: the Bletchley Park operation to crack the Nazis' Enigma Code. But he is also about to be rocked by two startling developments in his own life, one of which will find him being pursued as a threat to national security."-- Provided by publisher.

Bloodroot : a Martha's Vineyard mystery

May 2, 2016
Riggs, Cynthia, author.
296 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"It's just another day at the dentist's office for Victoria Trumbull when fellow patient, wealthy Mrs. Wilmington, dies. It's an unfortunate, though seemingly not murderous incident, but the receptionist is hysterical, so one of the dental assistants offers to drive her home. But after making a quick pit stop, he finds her body floating in the harbor. With the police shorthanded due to an upcoming presidential visit, it's up to Victoria to take on the case. As she wrestles with her ex-son-in-law, a $3 million will, and a deadly dental clinic, Mrs. Trumbull discovers that nothing in the case is quite what it seems. Bloodroot is the latest in Cynthia Riggs' longstanding Martha's Vineyard mystery series, filled with delightful characters and charming descriptions of the beautiful island"-- Provided by publisher.

Tea with jam and dread

May 2, 2016
Myers, Tamar, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House Publishers Ltd, 2016.
217 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes recipes.
Deciding that the PennDutch Inn needs to go more upmarket, Magdalena Yoder is delighted to welcome the Earl and Countess Grimsley-Snodgrass and their family as honored guests, looking forward to the challenge of introducing English nobility to traditional American culture. But, as Magdalena is about to find out, the Grimsley-Snodgrasses are by no means the easiest of guests, and at the same time she has to contend with the discovery of a mummified corpse trapped in her elevator shaft. Then tragedy strikes during a traditional Pennsylvania-Dutch picnic at Stucky Ridge, when one of the Grimsley-Snodgrasses disappears over the edge of Lovers Leap. Did he fall or was he pushed? And where is the body ?

Bushel full of murder

April 28, 2016
Shelton, Paige.
357 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.

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