New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

September 19, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The lost key

September 18, 2014
Coulter, Catherine, author.
x, 450 pages ; 24 cm
"A Brit in the FBI novel"--Cover.
"Freshly minted FBI agent Nicholas Drummond is barely out of his Quantico training when he and his partner, Mike Caine, are called to investigate a stabbing on Wall Street. Their investigation, however, yields more questions than answers. It quickly becomes clear that the victim, John Pearce, was more than the naval historian and antiquities dealer he appeared to be. What Drummond doesn't know is that buying and selling rare books was Pearce's cover, and that he had devoted his life to discovering the whereabouts of a missing World War I U-boat concealing a stash of gold bullion, and an unexpected surprise that only raises more questions. When Drummond and Caine find both of Pearce's adult children have disappeared, the case assumes a new sense of urgency. The FBI agents know their best lead lies in the victim's cryptic final words-"The key is in the lock." But what key? What lock? The search for Adam and Sophia Pearce takes them on an international manhunt, which threatens to run them afoul of an eccentric billionaire industrialist with his own plans not only for the lost gold, but the creation of a weapon unlike anything the world has ever seen"-- Provided by publisher.

Supping with the devil : a DCI Paniatowski mystery

September 18, 2014
Spencer, Sally, author.
Sutton, Surrey : Severn House, 2014.
212 p. ; 23 cm.
DCI Monika Paniatowski recognises her latest assignment as advisor to the Earl of Ridley's rock festival for what it really is - an attempt by the chief constable to destroy her career. Yet it soon becomes apparent that matters are not as simple as they appear. Why, for instance, did the earl choose to employ the notorious Devil's Disciples motorcycle gang to provide the security for the festival? And to what lengths will his mother, the dowager countess, go to destroy it? But it is when the half naked body of a tabloid journalist is discovered in the middle of Whitebridge that things really start to hot up.

The mystery of the invisible hand : a Henry Spearman mystery

September 17, 2014
Jevons, Marshall, author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014].
viii, 342 pages ; 21 cm.
"Henry Spearman, the balding economics professor with a knack for solving crimes, returns in The Mystery of the Invisible Hand--a clever whodunit of campus intrigue, stolen art, and murder. Having just won the Nobel Prize, Spearman accepts an invitation to lecture at Monte Vista University. He arrives in the wake of a puzzling art heist with plans to teach a course on art and economics--only to be faced with the alleged suicide of womanizing artist-in-residence Tristan Wheeler. When it becomes clear that Wheeler had serious enemies and a murderer is in their midst, Henry Spearman is on the case.Was Wheeler killed by a jilted lover, a cuckolded husband, or a beleaguered assistant? Could there have been a connection between Wheeler's marketability and his death? From the Monte Vista campus in San Antonio to the halls of Sotheby's in New York, Spearman traces the connections between economics and the art world, finding his clues in monopolies and the Coase conjecture, auction theory, and the work of Adam Smith. What are the parallels between a firm's capital and an art museum's collection? What does the market say about art's authenticity versus its availability? And what is the mysterious "death effect" that lies at the heart of the case? Spearman must rely on his savviest economic insights to clear up this artful mystery and pin down a killer"-- Provided by publisher.

Bones never lie : a novel

September 15, 2014
Reichs, Kathy.
New York : Bantam Books, 2014.
326 pages ; 25 cm
"Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD's Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she's been asked to meet with a homicide cop who's a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common--the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue--unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath. But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another's throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness" -- from publisher's web site.

Rose Gold : an Easy Rawlins mystery

September 15, 2014
Mosley, Walter.
New York : Doubleday, 2014.
308 pages ; 25 cm
When a boxer-turned-revolutionary kidnaps the daughter of a weapons manufacturer and threatens to publicly execute her in exchange for a lucrative ransom, Easy Rawlins is tapped by the LAPD to make a difficult border crossing to navigate an ensuing standoff.

Cup of blood : a Crispin Guest medieval noir prequel

September 15, 2014
Westerson, Jeri.
Menifee, CA : Old London Press, 2014.
298 p. : map ; 22 cm.
When a corpse turns up at his favorite tavern, Crispin Guest begins an inquiry. The dead man turns out to be a Templar knight, an order thought to be extinct for 75 years, charged with protecting a certain religious relic which is now missing. Before he can begin to investigate, Crispin is abducted by shadowy men who are said to be minions of the French anti-pope. Further complicating matters are two women: one from court with an enticing proposition, and another from Crispin's past. And a cunning young cutpurse by the name of Jack Tucker has insinuated himself into Crispin's already difficult life

One kick

September 12, 2014
Cain, Chelsea.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2014.
pages cm.

The story keeper

September 12, 2014
Wingate, Lisa.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages cm.

Windingo Island

September 12, 2014
Krueger, William Kent.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages cm.

Festive in death

September 12, 2014
Robb, J. D., 1950-
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2014.
557 pages ; 23 cm.

Visions : a Cainsville novel

September 12, 2014
Armstrong, Kelley.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2014.
pages cm.


September 12, 2014
Roux, Madeleine, 1985- author.
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
343 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Asylum.
"Plagued by nightmares from their summer in the Brookline asylum, Dan, Abby, and Jordan return to New Hampshire College for a prosective students weekend, only to find themselves caught in a dark and dangerous mystery"-- Provided by publisher.

Low profile

September 12, 2014
Oldham, Nick, 1956- author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, [2014].
217 pages ; 23 cm.
Responding to a desperate phone call, Henry Christie stumbles across a gangland-style execution in progress - and only just escapes with his own life. One of the murder victims is a successful local jeweler, but the motive for his brutal killing remains unclear. Meanwhile, ex-cop Steve Flynn is unwittingly sucked into a deadly game of kidnap, torture and murder. Then, when a dangerous figure from his past emerges, Flynn finds himself slap-bang in the middle of a blood soaked race between rival factions for a fortune worth millions.

Murder at the Oaklands mansion

September 12, 2014
Lyons, Melinda Richarz.
[S.l.] : Treasure Line Pub., c2009.
106 p. ; 21 cm.
"Brooks Martin and his eccentric Aunt Mandy are always looking for a different adventure...But they never guess that their greatest adventure will involve murder. As rifles crackle during a reenactment at their favorite Civil War historic site, a bloody stranger shakily grabs Brooks, thrusts a scrap of paper at him, gasps a few words and dies! Just a kid and an old lady, they decide to try to solve the Murder..."--[p. 4] of cover.

Mountains of the misbegotten

September 11, 2014
Heywood, Joseph.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, [2014]
335 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: Red jacket
"Former Rough Rider turned Michigan game warden Lute Bapcat learns that the deputy warden from Ontonagon County has gone missing and must navigate one of the Michigan Upper Peninsula's most lawless places on his search"-- Provided by publisher.

The blood of an Englishman : an Agatha Raisin mystery

September 10, 2014
Beaton, M. C.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
294 pages ; 22 cm
Investigating the murder of a local baker during an amateur theatrical, curmudgeon Agatha Raisin and her team of private detectives uncover a web of feuds and temperamental behaviors that place the team in mortal danger.

Lovely, dark, deep : stories

September 10, 2014
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-
New York : Ecco, , an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014].
[xi], 420 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Sex with camel -- Mastiff -- Distance -- A book of martyrs -- "Stephanos is dead" -- The hunter -- The disappearing -- Things passed on the way to oblivion -- Forked river roadside shrine, South Jersey -- The jesters -- Betrayal -- Lovely, dark, deep -- Patricide.
A collection of thirteen spellbinding stories that maps the eerie darkness within us all.

Life deluxe : a novel

September 10, 2014
Lapidus, Jens, 1974-
New York : Pantheon Books, 2014.
pages cm


September 10, 2014
Kelly, Erin, 1976- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
433 pages : map ; 25 cm
"Based on the TV series by Chris Chibnall."
In the sleepy British seaside town of Broadchurch, Detective Ellie Miller has just returned from vacation, only to learn that she's been passed over for a promotion at work in favor of outsider Alec Hardy. He, escaping the spectacular failure of his last case, is having trouble finding his way into this tight-knit community wary of new faces. But professional rivalry aside, both detectives are about to receive some terrible news: 11-year-old Danny Latimer has been found murdered on the beach. For Ellie it's a personal blow; Danny was her older son's best friend. She can't believe anyone in Broadchurch would ever have harmed him. But Alec considers everyone, even Danny's parents, suspect in his death. It's a living nightmare for everyone involved...even before the press arrive and start stirring up the secrets every town member keeps hidden behind closed doors. An intimate portrait of a town and the ordinary grievances that have slowly simmered for years before boiling over in an unthinkable crime, this remarkable adaptation of the hit television show Broadchurch tells the story of a shattered family, a reeling town, and the two imperfect detectives trying to bring them answers"-- Provided by publisher.

The stone wife : a Peter Diamond investigation

September 10, 2014
Lovesey, Peter.
New York : Soho Crime, [2014]
358 pages ; 25 cm
When a competitive-bidding war for a rare carved stone is interrupted by three masked men who kill the highest bidder, Peter Diamond and his team investigate the carving's mystical origins while Ingeborg goes undercover to learn about the murder weapon.

Bitter remedy

September 10, 2014
Fitzgerald, Conor.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2014.
313 p. ; 25 cm.


September 8, 2014
Ellroy, James, 1948-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
701 pages ; 24 cm
Follows a post-Pearl Harbor murder of a Japanese family that entangles a brilliant Japanese-American forensic chemist, an adventurous woman, a future police chief and an arch villain.

City of stairs : a novel

September 8, 2014
Bennett, Robert Jackson, 1984-
New York : Broadway Books, [2014]
452 pages ; 21 cm
"The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions--until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself--first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it--stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy. Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem--and that Bulikov's cruel reign may not yet be over."-- From back cover.

Fighting chance : a Gregor Demarkian novel

September 8, 2014
Haddam, Jane, 1951-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
311 pages ; 25 cm
When his best friend, parish priest Tibor Kasparian, is wrongly arrested for murder, a distraught Gregor Demarkian breaks his personal rules about consulting in his determination to uncover the truth.

Nine days

September 8, 2014
Koenig, Minerva.
New York : Minotaur Books/A Thomas Dunne Book, 2014.
293 pages ; 22 cm
"A mystery"--Jacket.
"She's short, round, and pushing forty, but Julia Kalas is a damned good criminal. For 17 years she renovated historic California buildings as a laundry front for her husband's illegal arms business. Then the Aryan Brotherhood made her a widow, and witness protection shipped her off to the tiny town of Azula, Texas. Also known as the Middle of Nowhere. The Lone Star sticks are lousy with vintage architecture begging to be rehabbed. Julia figures she'll pick up where she left off, but she's got a federal watchdog now: police chief Teresa Hallstedt, who is none too happy to have another felon in her jurisdiction"-- Provided by publisher.

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