New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

July 8, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The last trial

July 7, 2020
Turow, Scott, author.
647 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
"A thriller" -- Cover.
"At 85 years old, Alejandro 'Sandy' Stern, a brilliant defense lawyer with his health failing but spirit intact, is on the brink of retirement. But when his old friend Dr. Kiril Pafko, a former Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, is faced with charges of insider trading, fraud, and murder, his entire life's work is put in jeopardy, and Stern decides to take on one last trial" -- Provided by publisher.


July 7, 2020
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
556 pages (large print) ; 21 cm
"Originally published in the United Kingdom as Hush Hush by Century, a division of Penguin Random House, 2019"--Copyright page.
"Top cop. Devoted sister. Now Inmate 3329. But prison bars won't stop Harriet Blue from seeking justice for the murder of her brother. Prison is a dangerous place for a former cop--as Harriet Blue is learning on a daily basis. So, following a fight for her life and a prison-wide lockdown, the last person she wants to see is Deputy Police Commissioner Joe Woods. The man who put her inside. But Woods is not there to gloat. His daughter Tonya and her two-year-old child have gone missing. He's ready to offer Harriet a deal: find his family to buy her freedom"-- Provided by publisher.

Matchmaking can be murder

July 7, 2020
Flower, Amanda, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2020.
359 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Regular print version previously published by: Kensington Publishing Corp.
"When widowed Millie Fisher moves back to her childhood home of Harvest, Ohio, she notices one thing right away-the young Amish are bungling their courtships and marrying the wrong people! A quiltmaker by trade, Millie has nevertheless stitched together a few lives in her time, with truly romantic results. Her first mission? Her own niece, widowed gardener Edith Hochstetler, recently engaged to rude, greedy Zeke Miller. Anyone can see he's not right for such a gentle young woman-except Edith herself. Pleased when she convinces the bride-to-be to leave her betrothed before the wedding, Millie is later panicked to find Zeke in Edith's greenhouse - as dead as a tulip in the middle of winter. To keep her niece out of prison-and to protect her own reputation - Millie will have to piece together a patchwork of clues to find a killer, before she becomes the next name on his list."--Publisher description.

Death by chocolate frosted doughnut

July 7, 2020
Graves, Sarah, 1951- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2020.
399 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Sequel to: Death by chocolate malted milkshake.
When the annual Pirate Festival blows into their small town, bakeshop owners Jacobia 'Jake' Tiptree and her best friend Ellie White expect they'll be busy baking up a storm at The Chocolate Moose. When the body of celebrity foodie Henry Hadlyme is discovered in the Moose's basement, Jake is pegged for the murder. Who among Henry's numerous enemies scuttled him in the cellar? Alas, dead men tell no tales. Will Jake and Ellie find the real killer before anyone else is forced to walk the plank? -- adapted from jacket

Coconut layer cake murder

July 6, 2020
Fluke, Joanne, 1943- author.
487 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes recipes.
Includes baking conversion chart.
When Hannah learns that her sister Michelle's boyfriend, Detective Lonnie Murphy, is the prime suspect in a murder case, she goes straight from a movie studio sound stage to the Los Angeles airport. Back in frigid Minnesota, she discovers that proving Lonnie's innocence will be harder than figuring out what went wrong with a recipe. Lonnie remembers only parts of the night he went out to a local bar and ended up driving a very impaired woman home. He knows he helped her to her bedroom, but he doesn't recall anything else until he woke up on her couch the following morning. When he went to the bedroom to check on her, he was shocked to discover she was dead.

Broken : six short novels

July 6, 2020
Winslow, Don, 1953- author.
New York, NY : Harper Large Print, [2020]
635 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Broken -- Crime 101 -- The San Diego Zoo -- Sunset -- Paradise -- The last ride.

The persuasion

July 6, 2020
Johansen, Iris, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing Large Print, 2020.
675 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
"Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy Seal Joe Quinn are about to give Seth Caleb their trust for the most important duty of his life: keeping their daughter, Jane, safe at any cost. Because Jane's talent as an artist has brought her to the attention of a madman. Seth, Jane's longtime ally and fierce protector, is determined to keep her out of danger, but that becomes nearly impossible when Jane is forced to take matters into her own hands and confronts the man who wants her for himself...and wants Seth Caleb dead. As Jane and Seth chase down their blood-thirsty adversary, they finally commit to one another -- in the culmination of the love story that fans have been waiting for. As the two come face-to-face with danger, one thing is made clear: it will take both of them working together to confront and defeat this evil."--cProvided by publisher.

Texas outlaw

July 2, 2020
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
486 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
"Texas Ranger Rory Yates is not keen for hero status. But it's unavoidable once his girlfriend, country singer Willow Dawes, writes a song about his bravery. Rory escapes his newfound fame when he's sent to the remote West Texas town of Rio Lobo, a municipality with two stoplights. And now, according to the Chief of Police, it has one too many Texas Rangers. Rio Lobo Detective Ariana Delgado is the one who requested Rory, and the only person who believes a local councilwoman's seemingly accidental death is a murder. Then Rory begins to uncover a tangle of small-town secrets, favors, and lies as crooked as Texas law is straight. To get to the truth before more people die, Rory is forced to take liberties with the investigation. The next ballad of Rory Yates may not be about a hero, but rather an outlaw song"--Provided by publisher.

Something read, something dead

July 2, 2020
Gates, Eva, 1951- author.
415 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Winter falls on North Carolina's Outer Banks as Lucy Richardson and her friends joyfully help her favorite cousin, Josie O'Malley, plan her wedding. The owner and head baker of Josie's Cozy Bakery and her fiancé, chef Jake Greenblatt, want a small, simple wedding. But to their horror, Josie's imperious grandmother, Gloria, descends with the "Louisiana Mafia," a gaggle of aunts and cousins who intend to take control of the wedding plans. To smooth the waters, Lucy hosts a bridal shower at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. But it turns deadly when Mirabelle collapses soon after eating the gluten-free treats that Josie prepared specifically for her. Now, to save her favorite cousin from prison, Lucy will have to bring a crook to book.

Tell me no lies

July 2, 2020
Noble, Shelley, author.
555 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"Lady Dunbridge was not about to let a little thing like the death of her husband ruin her social life. She's come to New York City, ready to take the dazzling world of Gilded Age Manhattan by storm. The social events of the summer have been amusing but Lady Phil is searching for more excitement---and she finds it, when an early morning visitor arrives, begging for her help. After all, Lady Phil has been known to be useful in a crisis. Especially when the crisis involves the untimely death of a handsome young business tycoon. His death could send another financial panic through Wall Street and beyond.With the elegant Plaza Hotel, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the opulent mansions of Long Island's Gold Coast as the backdrop, romance, murder, and scandals abound. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige."--Provided by publisher.

The summer house

July 2, 2020
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
610 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
"When seven murder victims are found in a small town, the homicide investigation shakes a small-town sheriff to her core"-- Provided by publisher.

I'd give anything : a novel

July 2, 2020
De los Santos, Marisa, 1966- author.
369 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Ginny Beale is eighteen, irreverent, funny, and brave, with a brother she adores and a circle of friends for whom she would do anything. Because of one terrible night, she loses them all, and her adventurous spirit, seemingly forever. While the town cheers on the high school football team, someone sets the school's auditorium ablaze. Ginny's best friend Gray Marsden's father, a fire fighter, dies in the blaze. While many in the town believe a notoriously troubled local teen set the fire, Ginny makes a shattering discovery that casts blame on the person she trusts most in the world. Ginny tells no one, but the secret isolates her, looming between her and her friends and ruining their friendship.

Hit list

July 1, 2020
Woods, Stuart, author.
355 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Series numeration from
"When Stone Barrington finds his name on a hit list, he plans to lie low until the culprit is caught. But when this foe shows no signs of stopping until his deadly objective is realized in full, Stone is left with no choice but to face the problem head-on. Armed and alert, Stone joins forces with his most savvy connections to catch the perpetrator before the next strike. But it turns out this scum is an expert at evasion in more ways than one, and the international cat-and-mouse hunt that ensues has Stone questioning if he has become the predator or the prey..." -- Provided by publisher.

Bomber's moon

July 1, 2020
Mayor, Archer, author.
521 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"The murder of a small-time drug dealer snowballs into the most complex case ever faced by Joe Gunther and his VBI team. It is said a bright and clear bomber's moon is the best asset to finding one's target. But beware what you wish for: What you can see at night can also see you. Often with dire consequences. Bomber's Moon is Archer Mayor's latest entry in the Joe Gunther series and it may just be his best yet. Two young women form the heart of this tale. One, an investigative reporter, the other a private investigator. Uneasy allies from completely different walks of life, they work together--around and sometimes against Joe Gunther and his VBI cops--in an attempt to connect the murders of a small town drug dealer, a smart, engaging, fatally flawed thief, and the tangled, political, increasingly dark goings on at a prestigious prep school. While Gunther and the VBI set about solving the two murders, Sally Kravitz and Rachel Reiling combine their talents and resources to go where the police cannot, from working undercover at Thorndike Academy, to having clandestine meetings with criminals for their insider's knowledge of Vermont's unexpectedly illicit underbelly. But there is a third element at work. A malevolent force, the common link in all this death and chaos, is hard at work sowing mayhem to protect its ancient, vicious, very dark roots"-- Provided by publisher.

The boy from the woods

July 1, 2020
Coben, Harlan, 1962- author.
612 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
"The man known as Wilde is a mystery to everyone, including himself. Decades ago, he was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. After the police concluded an exhaustive hunt for the child's family, which was never found, he was turned over to the foster system. Now, thirty years later, Wilde still doesn't know where he comes from, and he's back living in the woods on the outskirts of town, content to be an outcast, comfortable only outdoors, preferably alone, and with few deep connections to other people. When a local girl goes missing, famous TV lawyer Hester Crimstein--with whom Wilde shares a tragic connection--asks him to use his unique skills to help find her. Meanwhile, a group of ex-military security experts arrive in town, and when another teen disappears, the case's impact expands far beyond the borders of the peaceful suburb. Wilde must return to the community where he has never fit in, and where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions . . . secrets that Wilde must uncover before it's too late"-- Provided by publisher.

The case of the careless kitten

July 1, 2020
Gardner, Erle Stanley, 1889-1970, author.
387 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Helen Kendal's woes begin when she receives a phone call from her vanished uncle Franklin, long presumed dead, who urges her to make contact with criminal defense attorney Perry Mason; soon after, she finds herself the main suspect in the murder of an unfamiliar man. Her kitten has just survived a poisoning attempt, as has her aunt Matilda, the woman who always maintained that Franklin was alive in spite of his disappearance.Lucky that Helen took her uncle's advice and contacted Perry Mason--he immediately takes her as a client. But while it's clear that all the occurrences are connected, and that their connection will prove her innocence, the links in the case are too obscure to be recognized even by the attorney's brilliantly deductive mind. Risking disbarment for his unorthodox methods, he endeavors to outwit the police and solve the puzzle himself, enlisting the help of his secretary Della Street, his private eye Paul Drake, and the unlikely but invaluable aid of a careless but very clever kitten in the process."-- Provided by publisher.

The case of the wandering scholar

July 1, 2020
Saunders, Kate, 1960- author.
501 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
It is 1851 and Mrs. Rodd has received an unusual commission: wealthy businessman Jacob Welland is dying of consumption and implores our redoubtable detective to find his beloved brother, whom he has not seen for fifteen years. Joshua Welland was an Oxford scholar; brilliant, eccentric and desperately poor. Nobody can say exactly when he disappeared from his college, but he had taken to wandering the countryside and one day simply failed to return. Since then, there have been several sightings of his lonely, ragged figure. Ten years ago a friend spotted him in a gypsy camp, where it was rumoured he was learning great secrets that would one day astound the world. Mrs. Rodd uses her search as an opportunity to reconnect with a couple from her past, but then a violent murder is committed and Scotland Yard are called to investigate. Mrs. Rodd's old friend Inspector Blackbeard doesn't want to hear any nonsense about gypsies or secrets. Mrs. Rodd, however, is convinced that something very sinister is lurking in this peaceful landscape.

The chocolate shark shenanigans

July 1, 2020
Carl, JoAnna, author.
333 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"When a house near Lee and Joe's home goes up for sale, the couple teams up with Lee's aunt and uncle, Nettie and Hogan, to buy it, remodel it, and resell it for a sweet profit. But after the owners of the house, the Baileys, accept their offer, a local developer, Richard 'Spud' Dirk, suddenly swoops in with a higher one, and it seems their dreams might be snatched away. But when a long-hidden gun is found behind a pipe in the Baileys' basement, she begins to suspect a mystery is afoot. And when Spud turns up dead in the Baileys' garage a few days later, it becomes clear there's something rotten at the foundation"-- Provided by publisher.

A conspiracy of bones

July 1, 2020
Reichs, Kathy, author.
589 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Temperance Brennan is in North Carolina, recovering from neurosurgery, when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each with a new picture of a corpse missing its face and hands. Determined to identify the dead man, she sidesteps the new boss who wants to keep her off the case. Tempe discovers disturbing and conflicting clues. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? And why was he carrying the name of a missing child? With the help from her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, Tempe utilizes cutting-edge forensic methods to draw closer to the astonishing truth"--Provided by publisher.

Credible threat

July 1, 2020
Jance, Judith A., author.
527 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: The A list.
"Thorndike Press large print basic"--Title page verso.
Years after her son's fatal overdose, Rachel Higgins learns that his addiction may have grown out of damage suffered at the hands of a pedophile priest while he was in high school. Looking for vengeance, she targets the Catholic Church's most visible local figure, Archbishop Francis Gillespie. When the archbishop begins receiving anonymous threats, local police dismiss them, saying they're not credible. So he turns to his friends, Ali Reynolds and her husband, B. Simpson. When a shooter assassinates the archbishop's driver and leaves the priest himself severely injured, Ali forms an uneasy alliance with a Phoenix homicide cop in hopes of preventing another attack. But Ali doesn't realize that the killer has become not only more unhinged but also more determined to take out his or her target. -- adapted from jacket (regular print ed.)

The crow's call

July 1, 2020
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
521 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Includes recipe.
Includes discussion questions.
"When Vernon King, his son, and son-in-law are involved in a terrible accident, three women are left to cope with their deaths, as they become the sole providers of the family they have left. The women's only income must come from the family greenhouse, but someone seems to be trying to force them out of business. Amy King has just lost her father and brother, and her mother needs her to help run the family's greenhouse. It doesn't seem fair to ask her to leave a job she loves, when there is still a sister and brother to help. But Sylvia is also grieving for her husband while left to raise three children, and Henry, just out of school, is saddled with all the jobs his father and older brother used to do. As Amy assumes her new role, she also asks Jared Riehl to put their courtship on hold. When things become even more stressful at the greenhouse, will Amy crumble under the pressure?"-- Publisher's description.

The dark corners of the night

July 1, 2020
Gardiner, Meg, author.
553 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"I am the legion of the night ... He appears in the darkness like a ghost, made of shadows and fear--the Midnight Man. He comes for the parents but leaves the children alive, tiny witnesses to unspeakable horror. The bedroom communities of Los Angeles are gripped with dread, and the attacks are escalating. Still reeling from her best friend's close call in a bombing six months ago, FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin Hendrix has come to Los Angeles to assist in the Midnight Man investigation and do what she does best--hunt a serial killer. Her work is what keeps her going, but something about this UNSUB--unknown subject--doesn't sit right. She soon realizes that this case will test not only her skills but also her dedication, for within the heart of a killer lives a secret that mirrors Caitlin's own past. Hesitancy is not an option, but will she be able to do what must be done if the time comes?"--Provided by publisher.

Have your ticket punched by Frank James

July 1, 2020
Amis, Fedora, author.
455 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"In November 1898, Jemmy McBustle should have been part of St. Louis society. However, following her father's death in a tornado, her mother runs a boarding house while Jemmy works as a reporter for the St. Louis Illuminator. The 18-year-old is at the theater to write a review of Uncle Tom's Cabin when the boxer who handles the dogs in the chase scene dies onstage. Eager to make a name for herself, Jemmy forces her way into places where a young woman isn't welcome, including the gym. She's determined to ask questions, though, even if she's a little too pushy."-- Provided by publisher.


July 1, 2020
Vanek, John A., author.
411 pages (large print) : 23 cm
In Miracles, Father Jake Austin's life is hurled into the vortex of three storms: A dying sister, a bleeding statue, and a comatose infant in the intensive care unit. What will be left standing after these tempests have passed? Father Jake Austin's life is turned upside down by three intersecting plots that focus on the relationship between miracles and science, the clash of facts and faith, and the inexplicable production of unexpected miracles from disastrous events. As a priest, he counsels a young couple whose baby is in a coma but wonders whether he is dealing with an accident or child abuse. When his sister is hospitalized with leukemia, he assumes the role of caregiver for her child, as well as her bone marrow donor. Newspaper reports of miracles at a nearby parish draw Jake to St. Wenceslaus Church. When he arrives, he witnesses a statue weep blood, and his Bishop assigns the investigation to him. With each challenge, his faith is tested. One thing is for certain, Jake is not your conventional Catholic priest.

A time for murder

July 1, 2020
Fletcher, Jessica, author.
403 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Based on the Universal television series created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link."
"Jessica returns to high school for a colleague's retirement party and has fun seeing familiar faces. That is, until the colleague winds up dead - and his death has mysterious links to Jessica's very first murder case. With nothing but her own instincts to guide her, Jessica embarks on a quest to find out what really happened all those years ago and who's behind these murders. Because time is running out to catch this killer."-- Provided by publisher.


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