New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

April 24, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Unlucky 13

April 23, 2014
Patterson, James, 1947-
New York : Little, Brown, 2014.
384, 12 pages ; 25 cm.
"San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn't be better. Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes: Mackie Morales, the most deranged and dangerous mind the Women's Murder Club has ever encountered. In this pulse-racing, emotionally charged novel by James Patterson, the Women's Murder Club must find a killer--before she finds them first" -- from publisher's web site.

Natchez burning

April 21, 2014
Iles, Greg, author.
1389 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Larger Print"--P. [4] of cover.
"The first in a trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles that weaves crimes past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage. Raised in Natchez,Mississippi,Penn Cage learned all he knows from his father,Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the 1960s. Now Penn is determined to save his father no matter the cost. The quest for answers sends Penn deep into a dark conspiracy involving the vicious Double Eagles,an offshoot of the KKK controlled by some of the state's most powerful men. With the aid of a local reporter and his fiancée,Penn uncovers a bloody trail stretching back forty years,and is forced to confront a wrenching dilemma: does a man of honor choose his father or justice? Rich in Southern atmosphere,Natchez Burning marks the return of an American master of suspense. Tense and disturbing,it's the most explosive and ambitious story Greg Iles has ever written."--P. [4] of cover.

Field of prey

April 21, 2014
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23-
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2014.
392 pages ; 24 cm.
"A novel"--Cover.
Lucas Davenport investigates the discovery of several bodies in an abandoned Minnesota farmyard, discovering the work of a local serial killer who has been murdering one victim every summer for years.

Animal, vegetable, murder : an urban farm mystery

April 21, 2014
Dailey, Judy.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2013.
369 pages ; 23 cm.
In Judy Dailey's charming new series, the aptly named Sunny Day Burnett - a passionate gardener - turns amateur sleuth to save her urban farm in Seattle. Gathering eggs for breakfast, Sunny discovers a neighbor face down and dead in a patch of Swiss chard, clutching a photo of Sunny's recently deceased husband wearing little more than a feather boa and stilettos. Stunned, Sunny hides the picture - but she can't hide herself from a killer.

A function of murder

April 21, 2014
Madison, Ada.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
419 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
At the math department's graduation party, Dr. Sophie Knowles hears heated arguments from the graduates about Mayor Graves, the commencement speaker. Not his biggest fan, Sophie is happy to escape the drama for an after-hours campus stroll with her boyfriend, Bruce Granville. But their walk is interrupted by the mayor himself -- stabbed in the back. And the weapon is one of the Henley College letter openers gifted to every member of the graduating class.

Final settlement : a Darby Farr mystery

April 21, 2014
Doudera, Vicki, 1961-
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
451 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Realtor and amateur sleuth Darby Farr is back in her hometown for the highly anticipated wedding of her fellow real estate associate, Tina Ames. But the festive mood on the snow-swept island of Hurricane Harbor is darkened with tragic news. Lorraine Delvecchio, the police chief's assistant, is found dead, tangled in a lobster trap near the abandoned lighthouse on the Manatuck Breakwater. Working double duty as Chief Dupont's realtor and PI, Darby uncovers evidence that the death was more than just a slip on the ice. Lorraine's history with money is far from innocent, and Darby's suspect list keeps getting longer. With a prominent islander's dramatic ex-wife back in town and Tina's plans to sell a reclusive artist's waterfront home, it's up to Darby alone to find the murderer before she becomes the next victim.

Town in a Pumpkin Bash

April 21, 2014
Haywood, B. B.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
491 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Halloween is fast approaching and preparations for the Pumpkin Bash, Cape Willington, Maine's, annual autumn festival, are well underway. Candy Holliday is running this year's haunted hayride, in the hopes of making some extra cash. But when she discovers a real dead body near some fake tombstones, Candy's side job becomes a full-blown investigation to find out who turned a holiday attraction into a real horror show.

The long shadow : a novel

April 18, 2014
Marklund, Liza, 1962-
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Washington Squre Press, 2014.
530 p. ; 21 cm.
A violent robbery has killed an entire family on the Costa Del Sol. Annika Bengtzon is assigned to cover the story for the Evening Post. But when she arrives in Spain she discovers there was a third child u a teenage daughter u who is unaccounted for. Annika makes it her mission to find the missing girl. But as she delves into the mystery she becomes embroiled in a far darker side of Spanish life than she'd envisioned, as she begins to piece together a terrifying story of violence, abuse and murder.

Death spiral : a Faith Flores science mystery

April 18, 2014
Chodosh, Janie, author.
viii, 302 pages ; 21 cm.

From the charred remains : a mystery

April 18, 2014
Calkins, Susanna.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
viii, 343 pages : map ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"It's 1666 and the Great Fire has just decimated an already plague-ridden London. Lady's maid Lucy Campion, along with pretty much everyone else left standing, is doing her part to help the city clean up and recover. But their efforts come to a standstill when a couple of local boys stumble across a dead body that should have been burned up in the fire but miraculously remained intact--the body of a man who died not from the plague or the fire, but from the knife plunged into his chest. Searching for a purpose now that there's no lady in the magistrate's household for her to wait on, Lucy has apprenticed herself to a printmaker. But she can't help but use her free time to help the local constable, and she quickly finds herself embroiled in the murder investigation. It will take all of her wits and charm, not to mention a strong stomach and a will of steel, if Lucy hopes to make it through alive herself, in From the Charred Remains by Susanna Calkins"-- Provided by publisher.

The dog killer of Utica : an Eliot Conte Mystery

April 18, 2014
Lentricchia, Frank.
Brooklyn : Melville House, [2014]
230 pages ; 21 cm.
Subtitle from cover.
""Dirty Harry of Literary Criticism" Frank Lentricchia launches book two of his new mystery series, featuring Eliot Conte, a PI who's "part Mike Hammer and part William S. Burroughs... an instant original," according to the Washington Post. Eliot Conte's story is pure noir, as he hunts for a local dog killer in ways that don't always adhere to the law. This novel features the hard diction and the fast pace of the best Italian-American crime fiction. Lentricchia's portrayal of upstate New York--Richard Russo territory--is equally unnerving and poignant. After the events of The Accidental Pallbearer, Eliot Conte decides to leave the private eye game and return to his great love: teaching American literature. He has also embarked on a relationship with Catherine Cruz, the attractive and smart policewoman he met while unravelling the story of his father's involvement with a major Mob hit in the 70s, back in the days when Utica was "the Sin City of the East." But the peace doesn't last long: one of Eliot's students, a Bosnian Muslim, disappears, leaving a trail of texts and emails that suggest a terrorism plot underway, and meanwhile, the tightknit community is disturbed by a series of brutal murders of pet dogs. Eliot thinks there's more to it than a random madman, and that, in fact, the killings might be a message meant for Eliot himself. With the help of Catherine and a teenage hacker, Utica's most reluctant--and most opera-loving--private detective gets back into business"-- Provided by publisher.

A few drops of blood

April 18, 2014
Weiss, Jan Merete.
New York : Soho Crime, [2013]
292 pages ; 22 cm

Death money

April 17, 2014
Chang, Henry, 1951-
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2014]
215 pages ; 20 cm.
"When the body of an unidentified Asian man is found in the Harlem River, NYPD Detective Jack Yu is pulled in to investigate. The murder takes Jack from the benevolent associations of Chinatown to the take out restaurants, strip clubs, and underground gambling establishments of the Bronx, to a wealthy, exclusive New Jersey borough. It's a world of secrets and unclear allegiances, of Chinatown street gangs and major Triad players. With the help of an elderly fortune teller and an old friend, the unpredictable Billy Bow, Jack races to solve his most difficult case yet"-- Provided by publisher.

Don't ever look back : a mystery

April 17, 2014
Friedman, Daniel, 1981-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
vi, 281 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Twenty something Daniel Friedman's debut hit novel, Don't Ever Get Old, was a huge critical and word-of-mouth success. Friedman's unforgettable protagonist Buck Schatz is back, and, once again, this 88-year-old retired Memphis cop refuses to go gently into that good night. Having sustained injuries in Don't Ever Get Old, Buck is living at a retirement home with his wife, and he's downright miserable being treated like the elderly person he is. But soon, Elijah, a man from his past, pays Buck a visit. Elijah offers Buck a tidy sum to do him a favor, and Buck is eager to close the book on a series of robberies that he could never solve. Soon, things go downhill. Way downhill. Written in Buck's signature voice and featuring a mystery that will knock your socks off, Don't Ever Look Back is another home run by an author with a long and star-studded career ahead of him"-- Provided by publisher.

Spirits revived : spirits, featuring Daisy Gumm Majesty

April 16, 2014
Duncan, Alice, 1945-
[Waterville, Maine] : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2014]
249 pages ; 23 cm.
When a real live (or dead) spirity invades Daisy Gumm Majesty's body as she's conducting a seance and claims he was murdered, Daisy is shocked and afraid but also curious. She's a fake spiritualist, so how did a real spirit manage to speak through her? Who killed Eddie Hastings, and why did the Pasadena Police Dept. rule his death a suicide?

The Mammoth book of the lost chronicles of Sherlock Holmes

April 16, 2014
Smith, Denis O., 1948-
Philadephia, Pa. : Running Press, 2014.
503 p. ; 20 cm.
The adventure of the crimson arrow -- The adventure of Kendal Terrace -- A hair's breadth -- The adventure of the smiling face -- The adventure of the fourth glove -- The adventure of the Richmond recluse -- The adventure of the English scholar -- The adventure of the amethyst ring -- The adventure of the willow pool -- The adventure of Queen Hippolyta -- The adventure of Dedstone Mill -- An incident in society.
"12 new adventures and intrigues"--Cover.

Aunt Dimity and the wishing well

April 16, 2014
Atherton, Nancy.
New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
278 pages ; 22 cm
"When a strapping young Australian named Jack MacBride arrives in Finch to wrap up his late uncle's affairs, heads turn in the sleepy English village. But when Lori volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle's overgrown garden, they discover something even more shocking than a stranger turning up in Finch. After Lori laughingly tosses a coin into the garden's old well and makes a wish, she is baffled to find that the wish seems to have come true. Word spreads, and the villagers turn out in droves to make wishes of their own. But as they soon learn, one person's wish is another person's worst nightmare and the village is thrown into chaos. As more and more wishes come true, Lori resolves to find out what's really going on. Is handsome Jack somehow tricking his neighbors? Or are they fooling themselves? With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help, Lori discovers that the truth is even more marvelous than a magical wishing well"-- Provided by publisher.

Blood always tells

April 16, 2014
Davidson, Hilary, author.
New York : Forge Books, [2014].
320 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book"
"Dominique Monahan just wanted to get even with her two-timing, married boyfriend, a washed-up boxer stuck in a toxic marriage to a dangerously spoiled socialite. However, an elaborate blackmail scheme soon lands her in the middle of an unexpected kidnapping . . . and attempted murder. But who is actually out to kill whom? Desmond Edgars, Dominique's big brother, has looked out for his wayward sister ever since their mother was convicted of murdering many years ago, so when he receives a frantic phone call from Dominique in the middle of the night, he drops everything to rush to the rescue. But to find out what has really happened to his sister, the stoic ex-military man must navigate a tangled web of murder and deception, involving a family fortune, a couple of shifty lawyers, and a missing child, while wrestling with his own bloody secrets . . . . Blood Always Tells is a twisted tale of love, crime, and family gone wrong, by the multiple award-winning author of The Damage Done and Evil in All Its Disguises"-- Provided by publisher.

Dead people

April 15, 2014
Hutton, Ewart.
362 pages ; 22 cm
First published: London : Blue Door, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2013.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi, in disgrace and exiled from Cardiff to the deep heart of rural Wales, is called to the discovery of a human skeleton at a remote site in the hills during excavation work for a new wind farm. The body is missing its head and hands, making it unidentifiable. When other bodies are uncovered, Capaldi's superiors assume that it is either the work of a hit squad or a serial killer, and that the site is just a dumping ground. Capaldi is not convinced. To him, the remoteness of the location points to some local knowledge. However, an apparent suicide in the valley, along with incriminating evidence, appears to back-up his superiors' theory. Believing that they have found the killer, they move the investigation to the city to try and discover the identity of the victims. Capaldi is left in place to tidy up the loose ends. He sets about trying to discover a motive among the varied characters that inhabit the area. To achieve this he also has to try and unravel the mystery of who these dead people were, and why they were buried in this particular location all those years ago. Ewart Hutton's new novel provides a thrilling story and a most welcome revisit of this fascinating character and atmospheric setting"-- Provided by publisher.

The whiskey baron

April 14, 2014
Sealy, Jon, 1982-
Spartanburg, SC : Hub City Press, [2014]
250 pages ; 24 cm
"Late one night at the end of a scorching summer, a phone call rouses Sheriff Furman Chambers out of bed. Two men have been shot dead on Highway 9 in front of the Hillside Inn, a one-time boardinghouse that is now just a front for Larthan Tull's liquor business. When Sheriff Chambers arrives to investigate, witnesses say a man named Mary Jane Hopewell walked into the tavern, dragged two of Tull's runners into the street, and laid them out with a shotgun. Sheriff Chambers's investigation leads him into the Bell village, where Mary Jane's family lives a quiet, hardscrabble life of working in the cotton mill. While the weary sheriff digs into the mystery and confronts the county's underground liquor operation, the whiskey baron himself is looking for vengeance. Mary Jane has gotten in the way of his business, and you don't do that to Larthan Tull and get away with it. Hailed as a "grand new talent" (Bret Lott) and a "significant new voice in Southern fiction" (Ron Rash), Jon Sealy has written a haunting debut novel. With its unforgettable characters and evocative setting, The Whiskey Baron is a gripping drama about family ties and bad choices, about the folly of power and the limitations of the law" -- Provided by publisher.

Classic in the pits : a case for Jack Colby, the car detective

April 14, 2014
Myers, Amy, 1938- author.
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
200 pages ; 23 cm.
"When Jack Colby hears a rumour that Old Herne's, the club for aviation and classic car veterans, is closing, he is appalled, and attends its annual event with foreboding. His instinct is right. He has been commissioned to investigate the theft of the Porsche car belonging to its manager, the popular Mike Nelson, but now far worse problems threaten the club when brutal murder proves to be on the agenda"--Dust jacket flap.

Evil in the 1st house : a Starlight Detective Agency mystery

April 14, 2014
Lewis, Mitchell Scott, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2014.
214 pages ; 23 cm.
Astrologer-detective David Lowell must draw on the help of his friends, family, and allies when Dr. Ethan Williamson asks him to find his dying son's long-lost twin brother for a life-saving kidney transplant.

Child's play

April 14, 2014
Carter, Maureen, author.
Sutton : Crème de la Crime, 2014.
198 pages ; 23 cm.
"When 16-year-old Caitlin Reynolds fails to return home from school, Detective Inspector Sarah Quinn soon realizes this is no ordinary missing persons case. How could a schoolgirl vanish in broad daylight with no witnesses? Why is Caitlin's mother so unhelpful and hostile to the police? Then the note arrives, referring to a crime committed more than fifty years earlier - and it becomes clear that someone is playing a childish - but all too deadly - game with the police. To make matters worse, journalist Caroline King has got hold of the story - and Sarah Quinn's troubles are only just beginning" -- from publisher's web site.

High & dry : a novel

April 14, 2014
Skilton, Sarah, author.
New York : Amulet Books, [2014]
258 pages ; 22 cm
Framed for a stranger's near-fatal overdose at a party, blackmailed into finding a mysterious flash drive everyone in school seems anxious to suppress, and pressured by his shady best friend to throw an upcoming game, high school soccer player Charlie Dixon spends a frantic week trying to clear his name, win back the girl of his dreams, and escape a past that may be responsible for all his current problems.

Maximum security : a dog part mystery

April 10, 2014
Newsome, C. A.
265 pages ; 23 cm.
When Detective Peter Dourson arrests that nice stranger for the brutal murder of a dog park regular, he begs his girlfriend, artist Lia Anderson, to stay out of it. But her best patron takes the woman under her wing, and Renee insists her new friend needs help. Lia isn't going to do much, just ask a few questions. Surely that won't lead to trouble. Besides, she's got an escape-artist foster dog to deal with. Then there's Peter's desire for a commitment she's not ready to make. And Lia's dog park friends refuse to be left out in this romp of a mystery laced with humor, dogs, and love.

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