New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

July 28, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Treason in the secret city : a Libby Clark mystery

July 27, 2016
Fanning, Diane.
Surrey, Sutton, England : Severn House, 2016.
217 pages ; 23 cm.
"30th May, 1944. Libby Clark is roused from sleep by a colleague in distress. Marvin's cousin Frannie has been charged with treason, and he hopes that Libby can find a way to help prove her innocence. Libby, a chemist at a secret World War II facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, agrees to help her friend and pursue the truth. Libby's investigations soon uncover treachery. But the evil at Oak Ridge seems to run deeper, and in Libby's determination to uncover the truth, she not only finds herself up against the authorities, but also entangled with a deadly cabal of indoctrinated spies, greedy opportunists and unscrupulous collaborators. Can Libby survive the confluence of challenges? Or will one of them fashion a trap she cannot escape?"--Publisher

Dead joker : a Hanne Wilhelmsen novel

July 26, 2016
Holt, Anne, 1958- author.
New York : Scribner, 2016.
325 pages ; 24 cm
"Chief Public Prosecutor Sigurd Halvorsrud's wife is found dead in front of the fireplace in the family living room. The cause of death: she has been brutally decapitated. Her husband, who witnessed the grisly murder and is himself covered in blood, immediately falls under suspicion, though he claims his wife's killer was Ståle Salvesen, a man he'd prosecuted years before. Detective Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is called in to lead the investigation with her old colleague, Billy T. Despite the circumstantial evidence, Hanne is unconvinced of Sigurd Halvorsrud's guilt--that is, until a witness says he saw Ståle Salvesen commit suicide by jumping off a bridge days before the murder took place. Then a journalist at one of Oslo's largest newspapers is found beheaded. What links these two horrifically violent crimes? The demanding investigation soon clashes with a terrible crisis in Hanne's personal life. Cecilie, the woman she has lived with for almost twenty years, has fallen seriously ill and doesn't have much time to live. With a savage killer on the loose, Hanne must ask herself: Is the truth worth chasing at all costs?"-- Provided by publisher

Good as gone

July 26, 2016
Gentry, Amy, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
273 pages ; 24 cm
"Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic--but Anna, Julie's mother, has whispers of doubts. She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter."-- Provided by publisher.

A grave prediction

July 26, 2016
Laurie, Victoria, author.
New York, New York : An Obsidian Mystery, [2016]
viii, 306 pages ; 22 cm.
"Professional psychics learn to deal with skeptics, but Abby has to prepare herself for one steep uphill battle when she's sent to San Diego to help train FBI officers to use their intuition. Her first challenge: a series of bank robberies in which the thieves made off with loads of cash but left no clues. Abby's sixth sense leads her team to a tract of land recently cleared for development. But instead of finding clues to the cash, Abby gets a vision of four buried bodies. A site search turns up some bones and pottery from an American Indian tribe, but that's still enough to delay construction for years. With a furious developer and dubious FBI agents on her back, Abby is losing credibility fast. But unlike the best laid plans, Abby's talent rarely leads her astray. And if the bodies aren't there yet, that means that four deaths can still be stopped. She'll just have to dig a little deeper"-- Provided by publisher.

Kilt at the highland games

July 26, 2016
Dunnett, Kaitlyn, author.
279 pages ; 22 cm.
It's July in Moosetookalook, Maine, and Scottish Emporium proprietress Liss MacCrimmon Ruskin is prepping her wares for the annual Celtic heritage festival. But as a sinister crime wave washes over the quiet town, this year's celebration might prove a wee bit more eventful - and deadly - than tartan and bagpipes.

Shots in the dark

July 26, 2016
Abbott, Allyson K., author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2016.
viii, 374 pages ; 18 cm.
"Determined to find out who murdered her bouncer, Milwaukee bar owner Mackenzie "Mack" Dalton and her barstool detectives must pour over the clues to outsmart a crafty killer who is not done brewing up trouble."--Provided by publisher.

An untimely frost

July 26, 2016
Richards, Penny.
New York, NY : Kensington Pub Corp, 2016. ©2016
273 pages ; 21 cm
"In 1881 Chicago, the idea of a female detective is virtually unheard of. But when famed crime buster Allan Pinkerton opens his agency's doors to a handful of women, one intrepid actress with her own troubled past is driven to defy convention and take on a new and dangerous role.... Since the age of eleven, when her mother was murdered, the life of the theater is all Lilly Long has known. Now twenty-two, she has blossomed into an accomplished Shakespearean actress. But after her innocence--and her savings--are taken from her by a seductive scoundrel, Lilly vows to leave the stage, enter the real world, and save others from a similar fate. Following in the footsteps of the country's first female detective, Lilly persuades Allan Pinkerton to take her on. Lilly's acting skills are a perfect fit for her real-life role as a Pinkerton operative. But her first case is a baptism by fire as she is sent to the small town of Vandalia to solve the mystery of a pastor who disappeared with his family--and the church's funds. When Lilly arrives, she finds the mere mention of the reverend's name provokes enmity or suspicious silence. Shadowed by a second Pinkerton agent with an agenda of his own, Lilly begins to uncover Vandalia's sordid secrets. But she'll have to deliver the performance of a lifetime to survive the final act of this drama" --

Beauty and the clockwork beast

July 26, 2016
Allen, Nancy Campbell, 1969- author.
335 pages ; 23 cm
A retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. When Lucy, a botanist famous for her research on ways to counter vampires, arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her sick cousin, she finds that mysteries abound. A restless ghost roams the hallways, and Lord Miles is clearly hiding a secret. Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor.

Death at the Boston Tea Party : a John Rawlings mystery

July 26, 2016
Lake, Deryn.
Surrey, Sutton, England : Severn House, 2016.
216 pages ; 23 cm.
"Following a long and perilous journey, Apothecary John Rawlings has arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, to pursue a new business venture. He finds the place riven with tension and unrest. There are many who feel it's time the colonies sought freedom from British rule, and the seething resentment erupts into outright rebellion during the notorious Boston Tea Party. But has someone taken advantage of the chaos to commit cold-blooded murder? Called in to examine a body fished out of Boston harbour, Rawlings recognizes one of his fellow travellers from England. If he could unearth the truth about the victim's past and the reason why they'd come to Boston, he would be one step closer to catching the killer. But has Rawlings become a pawn in an altogether bigger game?"--Publisher

Death in disguise : a Monika Paniatowski mystery

July 26, 2016
Spencer, Sally, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2016.
218 pages ; 23 cm.
"When the body of an American woman is found in the Prince Alfred suite at the Royal Victoria Hotel, DCI Monika Paniatowski is faced with one of the most baffling cases of her career. The woman who called herself Mary Edwards had been a guest at the hotel for the past two weeks, having paid cash in advance. But who was she really - and what was she doing in a small town like Whitebridge? If Monika could discover why the dead woman had come to Lancashire, she would be one step closer to catching her killer. The investigation takes an intriguing twist when Monika learns of a possible link to a fifty-year-old murder - but the only person who could tell her why it's relevant is lying in a coma..."--Provided by publisher.

Dust to dust

July 26, 2016
Duffy, Margaret, author.
220 pages ; 23 cm
The murder of Richard Daws, 14th Earl of Hartwood and a senior official at the National Crime Agency at his home, the highly secure Hartwood Castle, has sent shockwaves through MI5, MI6 and the Met. Patrick Gillard, Daws' protégé and 'adviser' to the NCA, along with his wife and working partner, Ingrid Langley, vows to find his killer. Soon hunting down the recently out-of-jail Nicholas Haldane -- a bent ex-civil servant who once tried to kill Daws, as well as dealing with the arrival of Irvine Baumgarten, an American claiming to be Daws' heir, and the suspicious disappearance of Daws' replacement at the NCA, Marcia Lindersland, not to mention MI5 on their tails, Patrick and Ingrid face a formidable task to catch Daws' killer.

Magnolia moonlight

July 26, 2016
Ellis, Mary, 1951- author.
Eugene Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2016]
348 pages ; 22 cm
"Secrets of the South mysteries"--Cover.
"Natchez, Mississippi --Private Investigator Nate Price and his new wife, Isabelle, need a vacation. Their coworkers generously team up to surprise them with a belated honeymoon...but the happy trip turns sour when Izzy spies her ex-husband, who appears to have taken up his gambling addiction once again. While the boss is away, Price Investigations remains in the hands of Beth Kirby, a former police officer, and Michael Preston, a former forensic accountant. Hardly a dream team, as Beth resents working with a man who has no experience in his new job. But Beth and Michael must move past their differences if they hope to uncover the truth behind a beloved Southern preacher's demise. The preacher's widow suspects foul play, despite the evidence indicating suicide. With tension escalating between these investigators and local law enforcement--and new threats arising on all sides--how will Beth, Michael, and Nate hold on to faith and bring the truth to light?"--Provided by publisher.

A maiden weeping : a Crispin Guest medieval mystery

July 26, 2016
Westerson, Jeri, author.
Surrey, England : Severn House Publishers LTD, 2016.
xiii, 238 pages ; 23 cm.
"Crispin Guest awakens in a strange bed after a night of passion and finds a woman dead, murdered. Drunk, Crispin scarecely remembers the night before. Did he kill her? But when other young women turn up dead under similar circumstances, he knows there is a deadly stalker loose in London. Could it have to do with the mysterious Tears of the Virgin Mary kept under lock and key by a close-lipped widow, a relic that a rival family would kill to get their hands on? With Crispin shackled and imprisoned by the immutable sheriffs, he apprentice Jack Tucker takes over the job of his master as the 'Tracker' and joins forces with a fresh young lawyer to solve the crime before Crispin hangs for murder."--Provided by publisher.

Rat run : an Anderson and Costello mystery

July 26, 2016
Ramsay, Caro.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2016.
251 pages ; 23 cm.
"In August 1992, a young mother and her two small sons were brutally murdered in the woods behind their home. The victims' neighbour Andrew Gyle was convicted of the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment. Now, twenty-three years later, a macabre discovery throws new light on the case. Could there have been a shocking miscarriage of justice?"--Publisher

Damage control : a Washington crime story

July 26, 2016
Bowen, Michael, 1951- author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2016.
249 pages ; 23 cm
Josie Kendall is a new player in the D.C. political scene, working for an "activist fundraising organization," while her husband Rafe, a longtime Washington insider, is on a new track as a literary agent while supporting Josie as she learns the political ropes. When the shady customer Josie was hitting up for a million dollars for alternative energy funding turns up dead, and the police suspect Josie of adultery and Rafe of homicide, they have to use their considerable damage control techniques to survive until they can figure out who's gaming who, and why.

The female detective

July 26, 2016
Forrester, Andrew, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Published by the Poisoned Pen Press in association with the British Library, 2016.
x, 269 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published in 1864.
"'Miss Gladden', the first female detective, is a determined and resourceful figure, with ingenious skills of logic and deduction. Pursuing mysterious cases, she works undercover and only introduces herself as a detective when the need arises. Her personal circumstances and even her real name are never revealed. This obfuscation makes sense, considering that when The female detective was first published in 1864 there were no official female detectives in Britain--in fact, there were no women police officers either (and would not be for another 50 years). And the novel itself was well ahead of its time; further stories and novels featuring women detectives would not be widely published until the turn of the century"--Page [4] of cover.

A scream in Soho

July 26, 2016
Brandon, John G. (John Gordon), 1879-1941, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2016.
215 pages ; 21 cm.
A scream pierces the night, and soon a bloody knife indicates sinister work afoot. Detective Inspector MacCarthy is soon on the case, plunged into the seedy Soho underworld seeking the connection between the mysterious Madame Rohmer and the theft of crucial anti-aircraft defense plans.

Smooth operator : a Teddy Fay novel featuring Stone Barrington

July 25, 2016
Woods, Stuart, author.
339 pages ; 24 cm.
"When President Kate Lee calls Stone Barrington to Washington on an urgent matter, it's soon clear that a potentially disastrous situation requires the kind of help more delicate than even he can provide. and he knows just the right man for the job. Teddy Fay: ex-CIA, master of disguise, and a gentleman not known for abiding by legal niceties in the pursuit of his own brand of justice"-- Provided by publisher.

Midsummer night's mischief

July 25, 2016
Hesse, Jennifer David, author.
New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
342 pages ; 18 cm
"A Wiccan wheel mystery"--Cover.
Midsummer Eve is meant for gratitude and celebration, but Keli is not in her typically upbeat mood. The family of a recently deceased client is blaming her for the loss of a Shakespearean heirloom worth millions, and Keli's career may be on the line. With both a Renaissance Faire and a literary convention in town, Edindale is rife with suspicious characters, and the intrepid attorney decides to tap into her unique skills to crack the case...But Keli weaves a tangled web when her investigations brings her up-close and personal with her suspects--including sexy Wes Callahan, her client's grandson. The tattooed bartender could be the man she's been looking for in more ways than one. As the sun sets on the mystical holiday, Keli will need just a touch of the divine to ferret out the real villain and return Edindale, and her heart, to a state of perfect harmony.

Spells and scones

July 25, 2016
Cates, Bailey, author.
310 pages ; 18 cm.
"Recipes included!"--Page 4 of cover.
"An Obsidian mystery."
"When the bookshop next to the Honeybee Bakery hosts a signing for a Savannah radio celebrity's new self-help book, magical baker Katie Lightfoot is happy to provide some delectable desserts. A big crowd has turned out for the event, curious about the book (and maybe to sample some goodies), but the final chapter comes too soon for the author when she is found dead at the event. The prime suspect is Angie Kissel, a former witch whose familiar was once Katie's own terrier, Mungo. Katie is at first hesitant to help, afraid of losing the little dog who has become so important to her. But after a little nudge from Mungo himself, Katie decides to try to conjure up the real killer before Angie gets served..."

Brain storm : Angela Richman, death investigator

July 25, 2016
Viets, Elaine, 1950- author.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2016]
305 pages ; 21 cm.
The ultrawealthy families of Chouteau Forest may look down on a woman like death investigator Angela Richman, but they also rely on her. When a horrific car crash kills a Forest teenage, Angela is among the first on the scene. Her investigation is hardly underway, however, when she suffers a series of crippling strokes.

Cotton : a novel

July 25, 2016
Heald, Paul J., 1959- author.
New York : Yucca Publishing, [2016]
356 pages ; 21 cm.
"When new evidence arises in a cold case, can Professor Hopkins refrain from delving into a newfound world of corruption, vice, and danger? Stanley Hopkins cannot resist the invitation from a honey-voiced US attorney asking him to track down the source of photographs of a young dance major abducted five years earlier from her apartment in Clarkeston, Georgia. A journalist has stumbled across newly posted pictures of Diana Cavendish on the Internet, apparently taken just days before she disappeared with her boyfriend. While Stanley deals with vexing personal problems and scrambles to identify the owner of the website that acquired the photos, small-town journalist James Murphy and federal prosecutor Melanie Wilkerson uncover new evidence of the crime--and the cover-up--that ranges far beyond the confines of the victim's quaint Georgia college town. This second installment of the Clarkeston Chronicles presents new challenges for Hopkins that take him far from the California base he established in Death in Eden and introduces him to a fascinating group of collaborators who will anchor him in small-town Georgia. This second installment of the Clarkeston Chronicles presents new challenges for Hopkins that take him far from the California base he established in Death in Eden and introduces him to a fascinating group of collaborators who will anchor him in small-town Georgia"-- Provided by publisher.

All you need is fudge

July 22, 2016
Coco, Nancy.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
344 pages ; 17 cm.
"The annual yacht race off the coast of Mackinac Island, Michigan, is a highlight of the summer season, and Allie is pulling out all the stops making chocolate centerpieces for the occasion. Unfortunately, she and her bichonpoo, Mal, also pull a dead body from the murky waters of the marina. When Allie's boyfriend's sister becomes the prime suspect, Allie dives into investigating the murder herself."--Back cover.

Live and let growl

July 22, 2016
Berenson, Laurien, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2016.
279 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Melanie Travis canine mystery"--Cover.
When her Aunt Peg lands a gig as judge at a Kentucky dog show, Melanie Travis welcomes the opportunity for a road trip. Too bad a killer has planned a deadly detour. Within three days of her arrival, Ellie Gates has been found dead. Though the police and the family believe the death to be an accident, Aunt Peg is sure they are wrong. Melanie discovers that Miss Ellie was a woman of many secrets. And she must quickly determine which one was fatal before Melanie herself becomes the next target.

The discourtesy of death

July 22, 2016
Brodrick, William, 1960- author.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2016.
344 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Father Anselm thriller"--Cover.
An anonymous letter sent to Larkwood's Prior accuses Peter Henderson, an academic celebrity renowned for daring ideas, of a grotesque murder: the calculated killing of Jenny, his disabled partner, believed by everyone to have died peacefully two years previously from a sudden attack of cancer. But for this letter there is no evidence, no suspect and no crime.

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