New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

July 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A date with murder : a murder, she wrote mystery : a novel

July 17, 2018
Fletcher, Jessica, author.
294 pages ; 22 cm.
"Based on the Universal Television series created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link."
"Jessica Fletcher investigates a friend's murder and a dangerous dating service in the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series... Jessica Fletcher takes up the cause of her good friend Barbara "Babs" Wirth after Babs' husband Hal suffers a fatal heart attack that Jessica has reason to believe was actually murder. At the heart of her suspicions lies a sinister dating site Hal had used while he and Babs were having marital issues, a site that may be complicit in somehow swindling him out of millions. Jessica's investigation reveals that Hal was far from the only victim and when his former business partner is also killed, a deadly pattern emerges. Jessica teams up with a brilliant young computer hacker to follow the trail but as she gets closer to the truth, two near misses force her to realize that she may very well be the next victim. The stakes have never been this high as Jessica finds herself being stalked by the killer she is trying to catch. She must now set the perfect trap to avoid her very own date with murder"-- Provided by publisher.

The sinners

July 17, 2018
Atkins, Ace, author.
365 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"Dedicated to Burt Reynolds".
"The Pritchards had never been worth a damn--an evil, greedy family who made their living dealing drugs and committing mayhem. Years ago, Colson's late uncle had put the clan's patriarch in prison, but now he's getting out, with revenge, power, and family business on his mind. To make matters worse, a shady trucking firm with possible ties to the Gulf Coast syndicate has moved into Tibbehah, and they have their own methods of intimidation. With his longtime deputy Lillie Virgil now working up in Memphis, Quinn Colson finds himself having to fall back on some brand-new deputies to help him out, but with Old West-style violence breaking out, and his own wedding on the horizon, this is without a doubt Colson's most trying time as sheriff. Cracks are opening up all over the county, and shadowy figures are crawling out through them--and they're all heading directly for him"-- Provided by publisher.

Little girl lost

July 17, 2018
Staub, Wendy Corsi, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
400 pages ; 17 cm
A gripping novel of psychological suspense, as a young woman's path to her biologicial parents leads to a killer with a chilling agenda.

Tahoe blue fire

July 17, 2018
Borg, Todd, author.
South Lake Tahoe, CA : Thriller Press, 2015.
351 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"The woman seemed paranoid. When Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna gets a call from a woman who's afraid for her life, it sounds like she is excessively paranoid. But the killer was dead serious. McKenna investigates and discovers that two other people have already died. He believes the killer is after something worth millions, a precious artifact that dates back to Renaissance Italy. The next potential victim is famous. When McKenna finds a connection between the victims and a famous retired pro football tackle named Adam Simms, he worries that Simms will be the next victim. McKenna's only suspect is losing his mind. Simms seems gentle as a teddy bear. But decades of football gave Simms Traumatic Brain Injury, causing loss of memory and worse. When Simms can't remember details of his relationship to the other victims, McKenna begins to wonder if it's because Simms is suffering dementia or if he's a diabolical fake. The murderer is as devious as he is twisted. As McKenna pursues the case, he will need every bit of strength and skill, for the murderer is determined to kill McKenna in the most vicious way imaginable..."--Page 4 of cover.

Tahoe chase

July 17, 2018
Borg, Todd, author.
South Lake Tahoe, CA : Thriller Press, 2013.
351 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"A ski racer's wife falls from a high deck: 92-year-old, former Olympic ski racer Joe Rorvik is devastated when he finds his wife Cynthia down below their deck, still alive but comatose after a fall. While the fall looks like an accident, Joe Rorvik hires Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna to investigate. The woman's friends start dying: McKenna can't find anything suspicious until people close to Joe's wife start dying in other accidents. The dead were against a new Tahoe ski resort: McKenna finds motive when he discovers that the victims all opposed a new ski resort development. There is one friend who is still alive: Joe's wife had made friends with a young French woman named Simone Bonnaire. While Simone is in danger from her abusive boyfriend, she hasn't taken a position against the ski resort. She doesn't appear to be a target of the killer. The chase has begun: McKenna encourages Simone to escape her boyfriend by pursuing her dream, a solo ski trek through the Desolation Wilderness. After she leaves, McKenna learns that he's made a terrible mistake and that Simone is the next to die. But he can't save her because she is out of touch and unreachable except by the killer who has already begun his final chase ..."--Page 4 of cover.

Tahoe ghost boat

July 17, 2018
Borg, Todd, author.
South Lake Tahoe, CA : Thriller Press, 2014.
382 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"Gertie O'Leary is a 15-year-old girl with a messy bird's nest of red hair, a serious softball pitch, and a dream to be a movie director. She also has a $2 million price on her head. When a gang led by a killer the FBI calls Mikhailo the Monster takes Gertie as the centerpiece of an extortion plot, the girl's mother calls Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna for help. McKenna finds out that Gertie's stepfather has just died in what looks like a boating accident and that Gertie's mother cares more about not losing money to blackmail than saving her daughter. As the unwanted child of divorced, self-focused parents, Gertie has no defenders. So McKenna appoints himself her savior. But McKenna is one man up against a small army of twisted murderers whose orders are to kill the girl"--Page 4 of cover.

Tahoe payback

July 17, 2018
Borg, Todd, author.
South Lake Tahoe, CA : Thriller Press, 2017.
351 pages : map ; 22 cm.
The First Body Is Found On Lake Tahoe's Only Island, when a man tells Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna that his girlfriend disappeared, McKenna wonders if the woman got cold feet and ran away. But when she turns up murdered on Fannette Island with red roses in her mouth, McKenna discovers that she used a scam charity to steal millions. WHEN more bodies follow---a second victim is found with a tennis ball crammed into his mouth. A third has military medals in his cheeks. McKenna suspects that these victims also ran fraudulent charities. McKenna's own girlfriend fears attack, while McKenna investigates the murders, his girlfriend Street Casey has reason to believe that her ex-con father, who's jumped parole, wants revenge for her testimony that put in him in prison decades ago. It appears that the victims are all payback targets of a vigilante killer. McKenna finds lots of potential suspects. But he can't link any of them to the crimes. What he doesn't know is that both he and his girlfriend are about to face someone who wants them very dead ...

Tahoe trap

July 17, 2018
Borg, Todd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA : Thriller Press, 2012.
351 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Tahoe detective Owen McKenna receives a call for help from a young boy named Paco who had just witnessed the murder of his foster mother and is hidden in the back of the murderer's pickup truck and Owen races to find Paco before the murderers can find him.

Confound it

July 17, 2018
Toussaint, Maggie, author.
Kenmore, WA : Camel Press, [2018]
222 pages ; 23 cm.
Dreamwalker Baxley Powell is called to help investigate a suspicious fire. A meth cook is dead, and when Baxley visits her beyond the Veil of Life, she determines that the woman was murdered. Unconcerned about the death of a criminal, the authorities pursue the drug supply angle, but Baxley vows to find out who killed the single mother of a teenage son. Two suspects have the strongest motive, but Baxley has reason to believe they are pawns in a deeper game.

Weekend at Thrackley

July 17, 2018
Melville, Alan, 1910-1983, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2018.
235 pages ; 21 cm.
Jim Henderson is one of six guests summoned by the mysterious Edwin Carson, a collector of precious stones, to a weekend party at his country house, Thrackley. The house is gloomy and forbidding but the party is warm and hospitable except for the presence of Jacobson, the sinister butler. The other guests are wealthy people draped in jewels; Jim cannot imagine why he belongs in such company. After a weekend of adventure, with attempted robbery and a vanishing guest, secrets come to light and Jim unravels a mystery from his past.


July 16, 2018
Rosenfelt, David, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
293 pages ; 25 cm.
"Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter is reluctant to take on any more cases. He'd much rather spend his time working for his dog rescue organization, the Tara Foundation, than find himself back in a courtroom. However, when a truck carrying over seventy dogs from the South to the rescue-friendly northeast turns up with a murdered driver, Andy can't help but get involved. Of course Andy is eager to help the dogs, many of whom come to the Tara Foundation while awaiting forever homes-- it's the man accused of murder who he has a problem defending. The accused just happens to be his wife Laurie's ex-fiance; her tall, good looking, ex-Marine ex-fiance. Even though he acknowledges having argued with the victim, he swears that he is not a killer, and though he would rather not, Andy has to admit he believes he's telling the truth"--Provided by publisher.

Understudy for death

July 16, 2018
Willeford, Charles Ray, 1919-1988, author.
©1961, ©2018 (cover painting)
223 pages ; 21 cm.
Originally published in 1961 as Understudy for love.
"An unforgettable crime. An unforgettable novel. Why would a happily married Florida housewife pick up her husband's .22 caliber Colt Woodsman semi-automatic pistol and use it to kill her two young children and herself? Cynical newspaper reporter Richard Hudson is assigned to find out - and the assignment will send him down a road of self-discovery in this incisive, no-holds-barred portrait of American marriage in the Mad Men era. On the 30th anniversary of the death of the masterful novelist the Atlantic Monthly called the "father of Miami crime fiction," Hard Case Crime is proud to present Charles Willeford's legendary lost novel, unavailable since its original publication by a disreputable paperback house in 1961. One of Willeford's rarest titles (copies of the original edition sell for hundreds of dollars), Understudy for Death still has the power to disturb, half a century after its debut."--Page 4 of cover.

The wild dead

July 16, 2018
Vaughn, Carrie, author.
Boston ; New York : Mariner Books, 2018.
264 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Sequel to Bannerless.
A John Joseph Adams Book.
"A century after environmental and economic collapse, the people of the Coast Road have rebuilt their own sort of civilization, striving not to make the mistakes their ancestors did. They strictly ration and manage resources, including the ability to have children. Enid of Haven is an investigator, who with her new partner Teeg is called on to mediate a dispute between households over an old building in a far-flung settlement at the edge of Coast Road territory. The investigators' decision seems straightforward--and then the body of a young woman turns up in the nearby marshland. Almost more shocking than that: she's not from the Coast Road, but from one of the outsider camps, belonging to the nomads and wild folk who live outside the Coast Road communities. Now one of them is dead, and Enid wants to find out who killed her, even as Teeg argues that the murder isn't their problem. In a dystopian future of isolated communities, can our moral sense survive the worst hard times?"-- Provided by publisher.

The fifth to die

July 13, 2018
Barker, J. D. (Jonathan Dylan), 1971- author.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.
526 pages ; 24 cm.
"In the thrilling sequel to The Fourth Monkey, a new serial killer stalks the streets of Chicago, while Detective Porter delves deeper into the dark past of the Four Monkey Killer. Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She's found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. While the detectives of Chicago Metro try to make sense of the quickly developing case, Porter secretly continues his pursuit of 4MK, knowing the best way to find Bishop is to track down his mother. When the captain finds out about Porter's activities, he's suspended, leaving his partners Clair and Nash to continue the search for the new killer alone. Obsessed with catching Bishop, Porter follows a single grainy photograph from Chicago to the streets of New Orleans and stumbles into a world darker than he could have possibly imagined, where he quickly realizes that the only place more frightening than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the mother from which he came."-- Provided by publisher.

Caught in time : a Kendra Donovan mystery

July 12, 2018
McElwain, Julie, author.
449 pages ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: A twist in time.
Sequel to: A murder in time.
Still stranded in 1815, FBI agent Kendra Donovan finds herself on the trail of a vicious murderer with a shocking secret. As a special agent for the FBI, Kendra thought she'd encountered every kind of evil. But when another, even more vicious murder rocks East Dingleford, Kendra realizes that they're dealing with a stone-cold killer -- one who has a shocking secret that he will do anything to protect.

Death by espresso

July 12, 2018
Erickson, Alex, author.
284 pages ; 17 cm.
Before her best friend Vicki can walk down the aisle, bookstore-café owner Krissy Hancock must solve the murder of the famous wedding planner Vicki's snobby mother hired to undermine Krissy and Vicki's wedding preparations.

Runaway murder

July 12, 2018
Hearon, Leigh, author.
362 pages ; 17 cm.
Breaking free from her mounting responsibilities on the Olympic Peninsula, Carson Stables owner Annie Carson reluctantly swaps muddy jeans for breeches to attend a dressage event in Southern California. But after settling into elegant digs at a historic mansion, she finds herself surrounded by palace intrigue, backbiting riders, and cold-blooded murder. As Annie makes heads or tails of clues scattered around the show ring, she must figure out which of her new acquaintances is a killer--before the crazed culprit takes the reins . . .

Last call

July 11, 2018
Matter, Paula, 1957- author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2018]
279 pages ; 21 cm
"Closing time is about to get deadly..."--On title page.
On a bad day at work, bartender Maggie Lewis would love to kill a customer or two. On a very bad day, she's accused of doing just that.

Upstaged by murder

July 11, 2018
Challinor, C. S. (Caroline S.), author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2018]
x, 228 pages ; 21 cm
Rex Graves and his new wife, Helen, attend the opening night of a play in which five famous literary sleuths of a bygone era are invited to Pinegrove Hall to solve the mystery of a missing heirloom. When the heroine meets with a sinister end, the audience applauds, unaware the real drama has only just begun.

Cross my path

July 11, 2018
Simon, Clea, author.
199 pages ; 23 cm
"When an elderly woman seeks Care's help in finding out what happened to her brother, Care's feline companion Blackie senses he's met this woman before, some time before he became a cat. But who is she - and what is their connection? Then a body is discovered at the waterfront, and the case takes a disturbing new twist."--Publisher's description.

Queen's progress : a Kit Marlowe mystery

July 11, 2018
Trow, M. J., author.
London : Crème de la Crime, 2018.
219 pages ; 23 cm
1591. The Queen is embarking on a Royal Progress, visiting some of the grandest homes in England, and Kit Marlowe has been sent on ahead to ensure all goes smoothly. When his reconnaissance mission is derailed by a series of alarming and tragic incidents, Marlowe suspects there's a conspiracy to sabotage the Progress. Who is pulling the strings - and why?

Double blind

July 10, 2018
Johansen, Iris, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
325 pages ; 25 cm
"The #1 New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award winning authors are back with an electrifying new novel that will leave your heart racing. Kendra Michaels is reluctant to help the FBI with the most recent case they've brought to her...until she hears the details: The body was found just blocks away from Kendra's condo. The man was carrying an envelope with Kendra's name on it, and inside was an SD card with what appears to be an innocuous video of a wedding reception. And just one week before the attempted delivery of this mysterious video, the groom in the video was murdered. As the body count rises, Kendra joins forces with private investigator Jessie Mercado and agent-for-hire Adam Lynch as they discover that each victim played a part in convicting a serial killer years before. Someone has clearly taken up his mantle to exact a sadistic form of vengeance. But who is it? A family member? An old partner? Or is it possible that the wrong man was convicted and the serial killer himself has returned to continue his sick spree? In Double Blind, Iris and Roy Johansen deliver an emotional, gripping new entry in the bestselling Kendra Michaels series"-- Provided by publisher.

European travel for the monstrous gentlewoman

July 10, 2018
Goss, Theodora, author.
New York : Saga Press, 2018.
708 pages ; 22 cm
Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of literature's mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society's nefarious plans once and for all. From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, Mary and her friends must make new allies, face old enemies, and finally confront the fearsome, secretive Alchemical Society. It's time for these monstrous gentlewomen to overcome the past and create their own destinies.

Murdered at 17

July 10, 2018
Conradt, Christine, 1973- author.
393 pages ; 20 cm

Murder at the mansion

July 9, 2018
Connolly, Sheila, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
viii, 322 pages ; 22 cm.
"The first in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly! Katherine Hamilton's goal in high school was to escape from her dead-end hometown of Asheford, Maryland. Fifteen years later she's got a degree in hospitality management and a great job supervising every aspect of the day-to-day operations of a high-end boutique hotel on the Baltimore waterfront. Then her high school best friend asks her to come talk with the town leaders of Asheford, but she won't say why. Kate can't cut her last link to her past, so she agrees to make the short trip across the state to Asheford. Once Kate arrives, the town council members reveal that their town is on the verge of going bankrupt, and they've decided that Kate's skills and knowledge make her the perfect person to cure all their ills. The town has used its last available funds to buy the huge Victorian mansion just outside of town, hoping to use it to attract some of the tourists who travel to visit the nearby Civil War battle sites. Kate has less-than-fond memories of the mansion, for personal reasons, but to make matters worse, the only person who has presented a possible alternate plan is Cordelia Walker--Kate's high school nemesis, who had a hand in driving Kate away from Asheford so many years. But a few days later Kate receives a call from the police--Cordelia has been found dead on the mansion property, and Kate is all-but certain that her name is high on the suspect list. She finds herself juggling the murder investigation and her growing fascination with the magnificent old house that turns out to be full of long-hidden mysteries itself. Kate knows she must clear her name and save her town--before she ends up behind bars"-- Provided by publisher.

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