New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

May 2, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A finely knit murder : a seaside knitters mystery

May 1, 2015
Goldenbaum, Sally.
New York : Obsidian, [2015]
xii, 304 pages ; 23 cm.
"Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza is thrilled that her granddaughter, Gabby, will be visiting for the fall and attending the Sea Harbor Community Day School. Gabby loves the all-girls school, with its newly adopted progressive curriculum, and she loves that the Seaside Knitters are teaching knitting as part of the enrichment program. It's a huge success, and on crisp autumn days girls camp out on the terraces, knitting hats for charity. But not everyone is happy with the direction the school is taking. Outspoken board member Blythe Westerland has sparked tempers with her determination to discredit the current administration. Then, on the evening of an elegant school event, Blythe's body is found near the school boathouse. With a killer on the loose, Birdie is determined to keep Gabby safe. Working together, the Seaside Knitters carefully unravel the layers of Blythe's complicated life, bringing faculty members and town residents under scrutiny. Before the cast-off rows are made on the students' projects, the Knitters will need to stitch together the evidence to see whether a murderer has been walking beside them all along"-- Provided by publisher.

Flourless to stop him

May 1, 2015
Parra, Nancy J.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
294 pages ; 17 cm.

Some like it witchy

April 30, 2015
Blake, Heather, author.
New York, New York : Obsidian, 2015.
311 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Ghost of a potion (pages [303]-311).
"An Obsidian mystery"--Title page.
"Wishcrafter Darcy Merriweather can charm desires into reality, but as the national bestselling Wishcraft mysteries continue, she won't be able to magically avoid trouble when death holds an open house...The Enchanted Village is abuzz when the old Tavistock house finally goes up for sale. Darcy's friend Curecrafter Cherise Goodwin is hoping she will have the winning bid on the home, but Darcy can't shake the feeling that something bad is about to happen--and her magical instincts are usually right. Sure enough, while Darcy and Cherise are looking at the property, they discover real estate agent Raina Gallagher stone-cold dead on the floor. Clutched in her hand is a gemstone amulet and, on the wall above her, a large red A. While Raina had no shortage of enemies, there's also a dark legend about the house itself. To track down the killer, Darcy must unlock the secrets of both the deceased and the estate--and she'll need to act fast, because revenge is a deal that never closes"--Page [4] of cover.

Seven threadly sins

April 30, 2015
Bolin, Janet, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
x, 290 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes "Willow's machine embroidered fashion figures" tips: (pages [287]-290).
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
"Fashion turns killer in the latest novel from the national bestselling author of the Threadville mysteries. Threadville, Pennsylvania, is famous for its fabric, needlecraft, and embroidery, so it's only natural that it would become the home of the Threadville Academy of Design and Modeling. While Willow Vanderling has certainly never wanted to be a model, here she is, voluntarily strutting her stuff in a charity runway show in outrageous clothing, all to support the Academy's scholarship fund. But the lascivious, mean-spirited director of the academy, Antonio, is making the fashion show a less-than-fabulous affair. After Antonio plays a shocking prank on Willow and her friends that doesn't exactly leave the ladies in stitches, he mysteriously winds up dead--and someone is trying to pin the blame on Willow. Now, she must do whatever it takes in order to clear her name, even if it means needling around in other people's secrets"--Page [4] of cover.

Thin air

April 30, 2015
Cleeves, Ann, author.
©2014
388 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Ann Cleeves is back with the sixth book in her Shetland series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, whom readers will remember from Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, and Dead Water. A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Shetland to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends. But, one of them, Eleanor, disappears--apparently into thin air. It's mid-summer, a time of light nights and unexpected mists. And then Eleanor's body is discovered lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge. Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen the ghost of a local child who drowned in the 1920s. Her interest in the ghost had seemed unhealthy--obsessive, even--to her friends: an indication of a troubled mind. But Jimmy and Willow are convinced that there is more to Eleanor's death than they first thought. Is there a secret that lies behind the myth? One so shocking that someone would kill--many years later--to protect? Ann Cleeves' striking new novel is a quintessential whodunit with surprises at every turn"-- Provided by publisher.

Hiss and tell

April 30, 2015
Donally, Claire, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
296 pages ; 17 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
"In this Sunny & Shadow Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Last Licks, a fat-cat wedding is making waves in Kittery Harbor, Maine. Political heiress Priscilla Kingsbury is about to marry Carson de Kruk, son of business mogul Augustus de Kruk, at the Kingsburys' waterfront compound. For reporter Sunny Coolidge, an assignment from the Harbor Courier to cover the event is like catnip. But when Sunny photographs men pulling the body of a dead woman out of the water, the Kingsburys' private security isn't happy. They claim the woman's death was an accident, but the story seems fishy. Now, with a little help from her police officer boyfriend and her cunning cat Shadow, Sunny is determined to get the scoop on a killer"--Page [4] of cover.

One foot in the grape

April 30, 2015
O'Neil, Carlene, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
294 pages ; 17 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
"In California wine country, the town of Cypress Cove may seem peaceful. But someone's about to pop their cork...After losing her job as a photojournalist, Penny Lively is trying to get her life back in focus. Inheriting the family winery from her late aunt may be the fresh start she needs. Thankfully she's got her niece Hayley and her handsome winery manager Connor to help. But the person in need of more urgent assistance is Antonia Martinelli, the owner of the neighboring winery, who has her own barrel full of problems. Someone's spoiling her wine, and with the upcoming Autumn Festival, she needs Penny's nose for clues to sniff out the culprit. But Penny's search for answers sours after the body of a staff member is found in a grape crusher. Since Hayley was the last to see him alive, she's the prime suspect in the case. Now Penny must hurry to find the real killer before Hayley withers on the vine"--Page [4] of cover.

Fillet of murder

April 30, 2015
Reilly, Linda S., author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime 2015.
295 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes recipes: (pages [293]-295).
"Berkley Prime Crime"--Spine.
"Talia Marby serves up delectable English deep fried fare in the heart of the Berkshires--but she soon discovers there's something fishy going on...Sometimes in this life, you have to fish or cut bait. After walking away from a miserable job and an even worse boyfriend, Talia Marby has no regrets. She's returned to her hometown and is happy to help her dear friend Bea Lambert by working at Lambert's Fish & Chips, a cornerstone of a charming shopping plaza designed to resemble an old English village. But not all the shop owners are charming. Phil Turnbull has been pestering Bea to sign a petition against a new store opening up, and his constant badgering is enough to make her want to boil him in oil. When Talia and Bea stumble upon Turnbull murdered in his shop, the police suspect Bea. Now it's up to Talia to fish around for clues and hook the real killer before her friend has to trade serving food for serving time"--Page [4] of cover.

Witches with the enemy

April 30, 2015
Hendee, Barb, author.
New York, New York : ROC, 2015.
326 pages ; 17 cm.
"ROC fantasy"--Spine.
"A ROC book"--Title page.
"The national bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches returns to a world of princes and power, magic and mystery, where two women have the ability to reveal the future and uncover the past...When seers Céline and Amelie Fawe fled Shetâna under threat of death, they vowed never to return. Yet, less than a year later, they are summoned back--to aid the man who once tried to kill them. The cruel prince Damek is on the verge of closing marriage negotiations with the powerful family of a young noblewoman when his intended's sister is murdered. To keep the engagement from falling through, Damek must expose the killer quickly--and he needs the seers' powers to do so. Though the Fawes' patron, Prince Anton, fears that bringing Céline and Amelie to Shetâna places them in grave danger, he is honor-bound to help his brother Damek. Only none of them is prepared for the peril that awaits them at Castle Kimovesk--for someone in the court is determined to prevent the marriage from happening, no matter how deadly the cost"--Page [4] of cover.

No one gets out alive

April 29, 2015
Nevill, Adam L. G., author.
©2014
629 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"When Stephanie moves to the notoriously cheap Perry Bar neighborhood of Birmingham, she's just happy to find an affordable room for rent that's large enough not to deserve her previous room's nickname: 'the cell.' The eccentric--albeit slightly overly-friendly-- landlord seems nice and welcoming enough, the ceilings are high, and all of the other tenants are also girls. Things aren't great, but they're stable. Or at least that's what she tells herself when she impulsively hands over enough money to cover the first month's rent and decides to give it a go. But soon after she becomes uneasy about her rash decision. She hears things in the night. Feels them. Things--or people--who aren't there in the light"-- Provided by publisher.

A stitch in crime : a Hattie Lehtinen mystery

April 28, 2015
Yost, Ann.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, 2015.
231 pages ; 23 cm.

Grave consequences

April 28, 2015
Thurlo, David, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
294 pages ; 22 cm
"A Charlie Henry mystery"--Jacket.
"Just as Charlie Henry thinks life might have calmed down, he finds himself in the middle of a dangerous case involving a beautiful silver-and-turquoise necklace with a mysterious history. When a young Navajo man shows up at FOB Pawn, claiming the necklace is a family heirloom of his girlfriend, Charlie is skeptical. No claim ticket, no exchange. But when the same young man returns with reinforcements--and guns--it's clear that there's more to his story than originally appears. This necklace quickly becomes the focus of a case where no one seems to be telling the truth, and where everyone seems to answer with gunfire. Also on the case is Charlie's semi-estranged (and recovering alcoholic) brother, Alfred, a tribal cop working undercover, who's attempting to infiltrate one of the gangs involved with the shooting. Eventually, the necklace is identified as the work of a Navajo silversmith, who was recently killed, and this piece of jewelry was buried with him. And while highly taboo in the Navajo culture, it appears that someone has robbed this man's grave. Now there are multiple parties trying to get their hands on the necklace--for what ill-gotten gains, no one knows. And it's up to Charlie and his comrades-in-arms to help find out who's really telling the truth, and uncover the mysteries that this heirloom holds"-- Provided by publisher.

The ravens

April 28, 2015
Sundstøl, Vidar, 1963- author.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2015.
283 pages ; 24 cm.
Translation of: Ravnene.
"It's been a long, dark time since a gruesome discovery drew U.S. Forest Service ranger Lance Hansen into a murder investigation that is now approaching a resolution--although not to his satisfaction. In fact, the mysteries have been multiplying and getting uncomfortably close to home. On the run after a hunting expedition with his brother Andy went awry, Lance is haunted by visions of Swamper Caribou, the Ojibwe medicine man whose death a century earlier remains unexplained. Willy Dupree, Lance's former father-in-law, has the ability to interpret dreams--and what he reveals may be key to understanding both deaths, past and present"-- Provided by publisher.

Rock with wings

April 28, 2015
Hillerman, Anne, 1949- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
322 pages ; 24 cm
"A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito novel"--Cover.
Navajo Tribal cops Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito, and their mentor, Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, investigate two perplexing cases involving a missing woman and a drug bust gone bad.

The devil's making

April 28, 2015
Haldane, Seán, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
367 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published: Canada : Stone Flower Press, 2013.
"A mystery"--Jacket.
"Victoria, 1869. The ramshackle capital of British Columbia, the last colony in North America, where a few thousand settlers aspire to the values of the Victorian age while coexisting beside the native Indians that vastly outnumber them. That peace is challenged when a mutilated body is discovered: Dr. McCrory, an American alienist whose methods include phrenology, Mesmerism, and sexual-mystical magnetation. Chad Hobbes, recently arrived from England, is the policeman who must solve the crime"-- Provided by publisher.

Murder in Ely : a third-culture kid mystery

April 28, 2015
Nelson, D. L., 1942-
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
349 pages ; 22 cm

See also murder : a Marjorie Trumaine mystery

April 28, 2015
Sweazy, Larry D.
©2015
253 pages ; 21 cm
"In 1964, a grisly murder is committed in the small town of Dickinson, North Dakota. Erik and Lida Knudsen are found murdered in their bed, their throats slit. Sheriff Hilo Jenkins is called to the scene and discovers a strange copper amulet clasped in Erik's hand. Knowing that his friend Marjorie Trumaine is a skilled researcher and professional indexer, Jenkins asks for her help in investigating the possible meaning of the amulet with its unusual markings. As she gets closer to the truth, Marjorie feels increasingly threatened, knowing the killer will stop at nothing to cover his tracks"-- Provided by publisher.

Killing Frost : Deets Shanahan mystery

April 28, 2015
Tierney, Ronald.
Surrey, England : Severn House, 2015.
xiii, 178 p. ; 23 cm.
At seventy-two years old, Deets Shanahan is ready to 'check out' and embrace old age. But, it seems his body (still functioning--just--after a bout of cancer) and Fate have other plans. Awaiting the arrival of a mystery new client, who wouldn't take no for an answer, he spies her out of his window, making her way up his drive to the front door. Suddenly, he sees her body jerk, go limp, then collapse in a pool of blood on his driveway--dead. Why did the mystery client insist on meeting with Shanahan, but telling him nothing about the investigation he was to pursue? If he could find out why she wanted to hire him, he would be one step closer to finding her killer. Shanahan's search for answers will uncover a disturbing trail of greed, lies, ambition, family feuds and police corruption. Twenty-five years ago Deets embarked on his first case. This is his last; a touching story of age, infirmity--and love.

The other side of midnight

April 28, 2015
St. James, Simone.
New York : New American Library, [2015]
318 pages ; 21 cm
"London, 1925. Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War. Now she's been murdered at one of her own se;ances, after leaving a message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter. Ellie doesn't contact the dead-at least, not anymore. She specializes in miraculously finding lost items. Still, she can't refuse the final request of the only other true psychic she has known. Now Ellie must delve into Gloria's secrets and plunge back into the world of hucksters, lowlifes, and fakes. Worse, she cannot shake the attentions of handsome James Hawley, a damaged war veteran who has dedicated himself to debunking psychics. As Ellie and James uncover the sinister mysteries of Gloria's life and death, Ellie is tormented by nightmarish visions that herald the grisly murders of those in Gloria's circle. And as Ellie's uneasy partnership with James turns dangerously intimate, an insidious evil force begins to undermine their quest for clues, a force determined to bury the truth, and whoever seeks to expose it... "-- Provided by publisher.

Sacred ends

April 27, 2015
Appignanesi, Lisa, author.
London, [England] : Arcadia Books, 2014.
352 pages ; 20 cm.
Sequel to: Paris requiem.
"Paris, 1990" on back cover should read: Paris, 1900.
Paris, 1900. Comte de Landois has ordered his wife Marguerite to travel from Paris, to join him in the Loire Valley. Her journey into the pastoral quiet is shattered by the appearance of a dead man on the railway tracks. Who is he? And why does Marguerite's young traveling companion pale when she sees him? When the Comte presents Marguerite with an adopted baby, and his sudden friendship with local clerics imposes new rules and regulations on her behavior, things start to take a sinister and troubling turn. The sister of her young companion goes missing and Marguerite calls in Chief Inspector Durand to help hunt her down. Together, they begin to unravel a tangled world of small-town secrets, disturbing obsessions and unholy loves.

Once burned : a Jack McMorrow mystery

April 27, 2015
Boyle, Gerry, 1956- author.
Yarmouth, Maine : Islandport Press, 2015.
409 pages ; 24 cm.

14th deadly sin

April 24, 2015
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
349, 15 pages ; 24 cm.
"With San Francisco under siege and everyone a suspect, the Women's Murder Club must risk their lives to save the city--and each other" -- provided by publisher.

Gathering prey

April 24, 2015
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23-
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
407 pages ; 24 cm
"The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winner John Sandford. They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes-they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them. Lucas Davenport's adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she'd befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody's killing her friends, she's afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She's hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn't know what to do. Letty tells Lucas she's going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty's getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman's story, though, he begins to think there's something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger-but just may change the course of his life"-- Provided by publisher.

Taken

April 24, 2015
Henderson, Dee.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, A division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
424 pages ; 22 cm
"Years after being abducted as a teenager and being forced to assist a crime family, Shannon contacts private investigator Matthew Dane for help, desperate for resolution to the mysteries and pain of her past and hoping for the freedom to begin a new life"-- Provided by publisher.

The fall : a novel

April 23, 2015
Lescroart, John T.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
308 pages ; 24 cm
San Francisco lawyers Dismas Hardy and his associate and only daughter Rebecca find themselves in the middle of a difficult murder case involving a teenage African American foster child.

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