New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

July 18, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Lady in the lake : a novel

July 17, 2019
Lippman, Laura, 1959- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
441 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman. In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know--everyone, that is, except Madeline "Maddie" Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she's bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life. Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl--assistance that leads to a job at the city's afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake. Cleo Sherwood was a young African-American woman who liked to have a good time. No one seems to know or care why she was killed except Maddie--and the dead woman herself. Maddie's going to find the truth about Cleo's life and death. Cleo's ghost, privy to Maddie's poking and prying, wants to be left alone. Maddie's investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life--a jewelery store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Baltimore Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater. But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her. Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people--including the man who shares her bed, a black police officer who cares for Maddie more than she knows"-- Provided by publisher.

Alpha Alpine

July 17, 2019
Daheim, Mary, author.
©2017
481 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Emma Lord is back and better than ever! This time around, the amateur detective partners up with a rookie sleuth to investigate a string of murders in her beloved Alpine, Washington"-- Provided by publisher.

Home sweet homicide

July 17, 2019
Rice, Craig, 1908-1957, author.
©2018
473 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Unoccupied and unsupervised while mother is working, the children of widowed crime writer Marion Carstairs find diversion wherever they can. So when the kids hear gunshots at the house next door, they jump at the chance to launch their own amateur investigation--and after all, why shouldn't they? They know everything the cops do about crime scenes, having read about them in mother's novels. They know what her literary detectives would do in such a situation, how they would interpret the clues and handle witnesses. Plus, if the children solve the puzzle before the cops, it will do wonders for the sales of mother's novels. But this crime scene isn't a game at all; the murder is real, and when its details prove more twisted than anything in mother's fiction, they'll have to enlist Marion's help to sort them out. Or is that just part of their plan to hook her up with the lead detective on the case? The basis for the 1946 film with the same name, Home Sweet Homicide is the novel that launched Craig Rice to literary fame. The book, a comedic crime story that pokes fun at the conventions of the genre, finds "the Dorothy Parker of detective fiction" at her most entertaining."-- Provided by publisher.

The last house guest

July 17, 2019
Miranda, Megan, author.
©2019
489 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
A suspenseful novel about an idyllic town in Maine dealing with the suspicious death of one of their own -- and her best "summer" friend, who is trying to uncover the truth... before fingers point her way. Littleport, Maine, has always felt like two separate towns: an ideal vacation enclave for the wealthy, whose summer homes line the coastline; and a simple harbor community for the year-round residents whose livelihoods rely on service to the visitors. Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl -- but that's just what happens with visitor Sadie Loman and Littleport resident Avery Greer. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable -- until Sadie is found dead. While the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can't help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie's brother, Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they're saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name, before the facts get twisted against her.

Lights! Camera! Puzzles!

July 17, 2019
Hall, Parnell, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
387 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Crossword puzzles created by Will Shortz.
It's murder on the movie set! It's no surprise when Cora Felton's ex-husband's sensational tell-all memoir, Confessions of a Trophy Husband: My Life with the Puzzle Lady, is optioned for the movies, but it certainly raises eyebrows when the Puzzle Lady herself signed on as an associate producer. Cora explains gamely that she hoped to have some control over the project. The truth is that she needs the money. Now Cora is filming her life story on location in New York City, and things couldn't be worse. She doesn't like the script, she doesn't like the director, and she absolutely hates the actress who is playing her in the movie. It's almost a relief when the first dead body shows up on the set. If only it didn't come with a crossword puzzle . this is part of "A Puzzle lady Msytery" series.

Scot & soda

July 17, 2019
McPherson, Catriona, 1965- author.
©2019
435 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Now settled in her little houseboat, moored in the slough at the back of the Last Ditch Motel, Lexy Campbell wants nothing more than to build her counseling business, avoid her mother's phone calls and, who knows?, meet a nice guy. But when she throws a Halloween party for her motley crew of motel pals, the only single man is too old for her, too wrapped up in the case of beer chilling in the slough, and, oh, yes, too dead. The sensible choice is to leave it up to the cops to identify the body and catch the killer. So faster than you can say "Tam O'Shanter," Lexy and her friends jump into the case themselves, delving deep into their town's past for the roots of a mystifying crime.

One good deed

July 11, 2019
Baldacci, David, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
628 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
It's 1949. When war veteran Aloysius Archer is released from Carderock Prison, he is sent to Poca City on parole with a short list of do's and a much longer list of don'ts: do report regularly to his parole officer, don't go to bars, certainly don't drink alcohol, do get a job -- and don't ever associate with loose women. The small town quickly proves more complicated and dangerous than Archer's years serving in the war or his time in jail. Within a single night, his search for gainful employment -- and a stiff drink -- leads him to a local bar, where he is hired for what seems like a simple job: to collect a debt owed to a powerful local businessman, Hank Pittleman. Soon Archer discovers that recovering the debt won't be so easy. The indebted man has a furious grudge against Hank and refuses to pay; Hank's clever mistress has her own designs on Archer; and both Hank and Archer's stern parole officer, Miss Crabtree, are keeping a sharp eye on him. When a murder takes place right under Archer's nose, police suspicions rise against the ex-convict, and Archer realizes that the crime could send him right back to prison... if he doesn't use every skill in his arsenal to track down the real killer.

Who slays the wicked

July 10, 2019
Harris, C. S., author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
455 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
"When the handsome but dissolute young gentleman Lord Ashworth is found brutally murdered, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is called in by Bow Street magistrate Sir Henry Lovejoy to help catch the killer. Just seven months before, Sebastian had suspected Ashworth of aiding one of his longtime friends and companions in the kidnapping and murder of a string of vulnerable street children. But Sebastian was never able to prove Ashworth's complicity. Nor was he able to prevent his troubled, headstrong young niece Stephanie from entering into a disastrous marriage with the dangerous nobleman. Stephanie has survived the difficult birth of twin sons. But Sebastian soon discovers that her marriage has quickly degenerated into a sham. Ashworth abandoned his pregnant bride at his father's Park Street mansion and has continued living an essentially bachelor existence. And mounting evidence--ranging from a small bloody handprint to a woman's silk stocking--suggests that Ashworth's killer was a woman. Sebastian is tasked with unraveling the shocking nest of secrets surrounding Ashworth's life to keep Stephanie from being punished for his death."-- Provided by publisher.

Willing to die

July 10, 2019
Jackson, Lisa, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
519 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Kensington Publishing Corp.
The crime scene is as puzzling as it is brutal. Doctor Paul Latham and his wife, Brindel, are found dead in separate beds in their beautiful San Francisco home, each the victim of a gunshot wound to the head. There are no signs of forced entry, and despite the emptied safe it's clear this murder isn't random. For Detective Regan Pescoli, news of her sister's death brings grief mixed with guilt. She and Brindel weren't close, and Pescoli barely knows her teenage niece, Ivy, a secretive girl who lands on her doorstep in Grizzly Falls, Montana. Though Pescoli is on maternity leave, she's soon mired deep in the investigation headed by her partner, Selena Alvarez. But as the list of suspects keeps growing, so does the body count... Maybe it's exhaustion or hormones that have Pescoli on edge, feeling more vulnerable than ever before. Or maybe the chill running through her veins is justified. Because as the case takes a new, terrifying turn, Pescoli's loved ones and her life are at the mercy of a killer who'll go to any lengths to see her suffer...

Game of bones

July 8, 2019
Haines, Carolyn, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
455 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: St. Martin's Press.
"Something spooky is going on in the Mississippi Delta where an archeologist is excavating a new-found Native American temple site. A ritualistic murder, continuing violence, and talk of a curse has Sarah Booth Delaney wondering who to trust and what to believe, but she won't rest until she's dug up the truth"-- Provided by publisher.

Death comes to Bath

July 8, 2019
Lloyd, Catherine, 1963- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
383 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Kensington Publishing Corp.
"On a visit to Bath, Major Sir Robert Kurland and Lady Lucy Kurland discover that the English spa town is not beneficial to everyone's health. When an elderly businessman is found drowned in the baths, Robert vows to find his killer, with Lucy's aid"-- Provided by publissher.

Big sky

July 3, 2019
Atkinson, Kate, author.
©2019
550 pages (large print) : portrait ; 24 cm
Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It's picturesque, but there's something darker lurking behind the scenes. Jackson's current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard-issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network - and back across the path of his old friend Reggie.

Confound it

June 25, 2019
Toussaint, Maggie, author.
©2018
427 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Dreamwalker, sheriff's consultant, and amateur sleuth Baxley Powell is called upon to help investigate a suspicious fire. A meth cook is dead, but the homicide investigation leads to more than a drug supply chain. Someone is pulling the strings behind the scenes, and unless Baxley stops the killer, the world will never be the same

The diva sweetens the pie

June 25, 2019
Davis, Krista, author.
©2019
469 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
Includes recipes.
"Nothing heats up Old Town like the annual Pie Festival, and this year is no exception--especially since Sophie's professional rival, Natasha Smith, is barred from participating. Sophie, meanwhile, has been asked to oversee the pie eating contest. But the drama really rolls out when celebrity judge Patsy Lee Presley, host of TV's most popular cooking show, bites the crust during the competition, and Sophie's friends are suspected of the crime. With the festival falling apart and her friends in danger of being boxed up for murder, Sophie must gather the clues to stop a flakey fiend from serving up any more deadly desserts."-- Provided by publisher.

Mrs. Jefferies delivers the goods

June 25, 2019
Brightwell, Emily, author.
©2019
391 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
"On a cold night in February, the popular Lighterman's Ball festivities are cut short when a guest of honor, Stephen Bremmer, goes into spasms and abruptly collapses. Once again, Inspector Witherspoon returns to the Wrexley Hotel to investigate a murder. The victim was considered a boorish snob. Despite his Oxford education, he was barely literate, lazy, and prone to making stupid mistakes--his last one being crossing a killer. Now Inspector Witherspoon has his job to do, along with housekeeper Mrs. Jeffries, to catch a murderer who shows no signs of slowing down."-- Provided by publisher.

Murder by the book

June 25, 2019
Elliott, Lauren, author.
©2018
409 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
Addie Greyborne left some painful memories behind in the big city, including the unsolved murder of her fiancé and her father's fatal car accident. After an unexpected inheritance, she's moved to a small New England town founded by her ancestors to live in spacious Greyborne Manor. Best of all, countless first editions and other treasures provide an inventory to start a store. But there's trouble from day one. A car nearly runs Addie down. A copy of Alice in Wonderland is stolen. Then her friend Serena is arrested for killing a local merchant, and Addie's not going to let them close the book on this case without a fight.

Meow matrimony

June 24, 2019
Lickel, Lisa J., 1961- author.
©2018
419 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"A dead reporter is found in a foyer. Can Ivy solve this mystery before her wedding day?"-- Provided by publisher.

The sentence is death : a novel

June 19, 2019
Horowitz, Anthony, 1955- author.
©2019
435 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Cover.
"You shouldn't be here. It's too late . . . " These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine - a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth 3,000, to be precise. Odd, considering he didn't drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man's many, many enemies did the deed? Baffled, the police are forced to bring in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony, who's really getting rather good at this murder investigation business. But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realizes that these secrets must be exposed - even at the risk of death.-- Publisher's description.

The spies of Shilling Lane : a novel

June 19, 2019
Ryan, Jennifer (Jennifer L.), author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
496 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Mrs. Braithwaite, self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, despised, and dismissed following her husband's selfish divorce petition. Never deterred, the threat of a family secret being revealed sets her hot-foot to London to find the only person she has left--her clever daughter Betty, who took work there at the first rumbles of war. But when she arrives, Betty's landlord, the timid Mr. Norris, informs her that Betty hasn't been home in days--with the chaos of the bombs, there's no telling what might have befallen her. Aghast, Mrs. Braithwaite sets her bullish determination to the task of finding her only daughter. Storming into the London Blitz, Mrs. Braithwaite drags the reluctant Mr. Norris along as an unwitting sidekick as they piece together Betty's unexpectedly chaotic life. As she is thrown into the midst of danger and death, Mrs. Braithwaite is forced to rethink her old-fashioned notions of status, class, and reputation, and to reconsider the question that's been puzzling her since her world overturned: How do you measure the success of your life?

The lost letters of William Woolf

June 13, 2019
Cullen, Helen, 1981- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2019.
487 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

The devil aspect : the strange truth behind the occurrences at Head Orlu Asyum for the Criminally Insane

June 13, 2019
Russell, Craig, 1956- author.
©2019
671 pages ; 23 cm.
"A novel set in Czechoslovakia in 1935, in which a brilliant young psychiatrist takes his new post at an asylum for the criminally insane that houses only six inmates--the country's most depraved murderers--while, in Prague, a detective struggles to understand a brutal serial killer who has spread fear through the city, and who may have ties to the asylum"-- Provided by publisher.

Die me a river

June 13, 2019
Swanson, Denise, author.
©2018
413 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Welcome to Scumble River."--Cover.
School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd had hoped that her maternity leave would be at least a little relaxing, but when she and her husband, Wally, meet with the priest to discuss their newborn twins' christening, an explosion at the nearby bowling alley rocks the rectory. And although the business was closed at the time of the blast, there's a body inside. As police chief, Wally is inevitably drawn into the investigation, which seems to indicate that foul play is afoot again in Scumble River, and Skye can't help but do a bit of her own sleuthing. But the clues come fast and furious, ranging from an odd new stranger in town to animosity toward the gambling machines that had recently been installed at the bowling alley, and Skye finds herself wondering if this could be the puzzle that stumps her for good.

A plain vanilla murder

June 13, 2019
Albert, Susan Wittig, author.
©2019
437 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
China and Ruby Wilcox are presenting their annual ''Not Just Plain Vanilla Workshop,'' always a huge hit with customers at Thyme & Seasons Herb Shop. But someone involved with the workshop is driven by a deadly motive, and China soon finds herself teaming up with the very pregnant Pecan Springs police chief Sheila Dawson to solve a vanilla-flavored murder.

The Satapur moonstone

June 13, 2019
Massey, Sujata, author.
©2019
573 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Satara mountains southeast of Bombay, where the kingdom of Satapur is tucked away. A curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur's royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic accident. The kingdom is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur's two maharanis, the dowager queen and the maharaja's widow. The royal ladies are in dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer's council is required--but the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, India's only female lawyer. Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince's future, but knows she is breaking a rule by traveling alone as a woman into the remote countryside. And she arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realizes she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the palace's deadly curse?"-- Provided by publisher.

Whiskers in the dark

June 13, 2019
Brown, Rita Mae, author.
©2019
413 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.
The discovery of a body in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains dredges up mysteries that have lingered from Revolutionary Virginia through the Civil War and beyond, in a supernaturally thrilling new tale from Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown. A trial is underway in Albemarle County, where Mary Minor "Harry" Harristeen and her trusty crew of two- and four-legged friends hope to catch a killer--who may not be the person accused of the crime. Since an old friend's body was discovered by the hunting club's faithful beagles, it has been up to Harry--with her crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker the corgi--to sniff out a trail of clues. Meanwhile, bloodshed dating back generations continues to haunt the current grounds of the National Beagle Club of America. Are past claims of ghost sightings still to be ignored? And what do these paranormal apparitions have to do with the very modern drama unfolding in court and the all-too-real threats confronting Harry and her companions at every turn?"-- Provided by publisher.

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