New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

May 22, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The never game

May 21, 2019
Deaver, Jeffery, author.
©2019
601 pages : illustration ; 23 cm
"From the bestselling and award-winning master of suspense, the first novel in a thrilling new series, introducing Colter Shaw. "You have been abandoned." A young woman has gone missing in Silicon Valley and her father has hired Colter Shaw to find her. The son of a survivalist family, Shaw is an expert tracker. Now he makes a living as a "reward seeker," traveling the country to help police solve crimes and private citizens locate missing persons. But what seems a simple investigation quickly thrusts him into the dark heart of America's tech hub and the cutthroat billion-dollar video-gaming industry. "Escape if you can." When another victim is kidnapped, the clues point to one video game with a troubled past--The Whispering Man. In that game, the player has to survive after being abandoned in an inhospitable setting with five random objects. Is a madman bringing the game to life? "Or die with dignity." Shaw finds himself caught in a cat-and-mouse game, risking his own life to save the victims even as he pursues the kidnapper across both Silicon Valley and the dark 'net. Encountering eccentric game designers, trigger-happy gamers and ruthless tech titans, he soon learns that he isn't the only one on the hunt: someone is on his trail and closing fast. The Never Game proves once more why "Deaver is a genius when it comes to manipulation and deception" (Associated Press)"-- Provided by publisher.

Murder between the lines

May 16, 2019
Vatsal, Radha, 1972- author.
©2017
401 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
When Kitty's latest assignment for the New York Sentinel Ladies' Page takes her to Westfield Hall, she expects to find an orderly establishment teaching French and dancing-but there's more going on at the school than initially meets the eye. Tragedy strikes when a student named Elspeth is found frozen to death in Central Park. The doctors proclaim that the girl's sleepwalking was the cause, but Kitty isn't so sure. Determined to uncover the truth, Kitty must investigate a more chilling scenario-a murder that may involve Elspeth's scientist father and a new invention by a man named Thomas Edison.

That old scoundrel death

May 16, 2019
Crider, Bill, 1941-2018, author.
©2019
389 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"A Thomas Dunne book."
Beloved Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes is back with his final murder case in That Old Scoundrel Death . When a man is run off the road by a thug with a snake tattooed around his neck, Sheriff Dan Rhodes knows it's his duty to stop and help out. The grateful victim gives his name as Cal Stinson, on his way to the nearby town of Thurston to take a look at the old school building before the city tears it down. The next day, Cal Stinson turns up again. Only this time, he's dead. His body is found in the dilapidated school that's about to be razed, and the woman who let Cal onto the premises claims he gave his name as Bruce Wayne. Whoever is he is, he was shot in the back of the head, and a piece of chalk lies inches away from his hand, under a lone line on the chalkboard, his last words unfinished. Between not-so-bright hoodlums who can't seem to stay on the right side of the law, powerful families in town who are ready to go to battle over whether the old school should come down, and trying futilely to get private detective Seepy Benton to stop making mountains of mole hills, Sheriff Rhodes is beginning to wonder if retirement might be as good as it sounds.

Watcher in the woods

May 16, 2019
Armstrong, Kelley, author.
©2019
587 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"The secret town of Rockton has seen some rocky times lately; understandable considering its mix of criminals and victims fleeing society for refuge within its Yukon borders. Casey Duncan, the town's only detective on a police force of three, has already faced murder, arson, and falling in love in the several months that she's lived there. Yet even she didn't think it would be possible for an outsider to locate the town and cause trouble in the place she's come to call home. When a U.S. Marshal shows up demanding the release of one of the residents, but won't say who, Casey and her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, are skeptical. And yet only hours later, the marshal is shot dead and the only possible suspects are the townspeople and Casey's estranged sister, smuggled into town to help with a medical emergency. It's up to Casey to figure out who murdered the marshal, and why someone would kill to keep him quiet--before the killer strikes again" -- Provided by publisher.

I know who you are

May 15, 2019
Feeney, Alice, author.
©2019
473 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Aimee Sinclair is the actress everyone thinks they know but can't remember where from. Except one person. Someone knows Aimee very well. They know who she is and they know what she did. When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn't seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she's hiding something and they're right, she is--but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she's never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.--Provided by publisher.

Murder in an Irish pub

May 15, 2019
O'Connor, Carlene, author.
©2019
435 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"In the small village of Kilbane in County Cork, for a cuppa tea or a slice of brown bread, you go to Naomi's Bistro, managed by the many siblings of the lively O'Sullivan brood. For a pint or a game of darts-or for the poker tournament that's just come to town-it's the pub you want. One player's reputation precedes him- Eamon Foley, a tinker out of Dublin, called the Octopus for playing like he has eight hands under the table. But when Foley is found at the end of a rope, swinging from the rafters of Rory Mack's pub, it's time for the garda to take matters into their own hands. Macdara Flannery would lay odds it's a simple suicide-after all, there's a note and the room was locked. But Siobhan suspects foul play, as does Foley's very pregnant widow. Perhaps one of Foley's fellow finalists just raised the stakes to life and death. With conflicting theories on the crime-not to mention the possibility of a proposal-tensions are running high between Siobhan and Macdara. Soon it's up to Siobhan to call a killer's bluff, but if she doesn't play her cards right, she may be the next one taken out of the game."--Dust jacket flap.

Mystery writers of America presents odd partners : an anthology

May 15, 2019
©2019
601 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Reconciliation / Anne Perry -- The nature of the beast / William Kent Krueger -- Sad onions: a hap and leonard story / Joe R. Lansdale -- The Wagatha Labsy Secret Dogtective Alliance: a dog noire story / Jacqueline Winspear -- Glock, paper, scissors / Shelley Costa -- Blood money: an Inspector Rutledge story / Charles Todd -- The violins played before Junshan / Lou Kemp -- Whatever happened to Lorna Winters? / Lisa Morton -- Oglethorpe's camera / Claire Ortalda -- The last game / Robert Dugoni -- No 11 squatter / Adele Polomski -- A cold spell / Mark Thielman -- What would Nora do? / Georgia Jeffries -- Hector's bees / Amanda Witt -- Georgia in the wind / William Frank -- From four till late: a Nick Travers story / Ace Atkins -- Bite out of crime" / Allison Brennan -- Songbird blues / Stephen Ross -- Security / Jeffery Deaver.
"Throughout the annals of fiction, there have been many celebrated detective teams: Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Nick and Nora Charles. Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings. Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. The latter were the creation of beloved mystery writer Anne Perry, the editor of Odd Partners. With this collection, Perry has enlisted some of today's best mystery writers to craft all-new stories about unlikely couples who join forces--sometimes unwillingly--to solve a mystery. From Perry's own entry, in which an English sergeant and his German counterpart set out to find a missing soldier during WWI, to William Kent Krueger's story of a fly-fisherman and a gray wolf in the Minnesota woods trying to protect their land from a brash billionaire, to Robert Dugoni's psychological tale of an airplane passenger who wakes up unsure of who he is and must enlist his fellow passengers to help him remember, each mystery deals in the complexities of human (and animal) interactions. The collection features stories by New York Times bestselling authors Ace Atkins, Allison Brennan, and Robert Dugoni, as well as Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale and selected members of Mystery Writers of America. With each author's signature brand of suspense, these stories give new meaning to the word "teamwork""-- Provided by publisher.

Robert B. Parker's buckskin

May 15, 2019
Knott, Robert, 1954- author.
©2019
469 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Itinerant lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch pursue a vicious killer in the grittiest entry yet of the New York Times-bestselling series. After marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch lay Appaloosa's sheriff to rest, an emerging handful of men eagerly vie for the deceased sheriff's vacant office. No sooner are various campaigns under way when gold is discovered in the foothills just outside of town, sending Appaloosa buzzing with excitement. With the strike, a slew of new problems develop for Cole and Hitch. Two shrewd mining factions and their hired gun hands square off over the claim. And on the eve of the new sheriff's appointment, a powerful snowstorm blankets Appaloosa. As the town braces for the severe weather, Cole and Hitch's problems multiply with the emergence of anonymous letters to the editor of the Appaloosa Star, leading the duo to a series of murders and the pursuit of a vicious serial killer"-- Provided by publisher.

The scent of murder

May 15, 2019
Logan, Kylie, author.
©2019
403 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
First in a new series from national bestselling author Kylie Logan, The Scent of Murder is a riveting mystery following Jazz Ramsey as she trains cadaver dogs. The way Jazz Ramsey figures it, life is pretty good. She's thirty-five years old and owns her own home in one of Cleveland's most diverse, artsy, and interesting neighborhoods. She has a job she likes as an administrative assistant at an all-girls school, and a volunteer interest she's passionate about--Jazz is a cadaver dog handler. Jazz is working with Luther, a cadaver dog in training. Luther is still learning cadaver work, so Jazz is putting him through his paces at an abandoned building that will soon be turned into pricey condos. When Luther signals a find, Jazz is stunned to see the body of a young woman who is dressed in black and wearing the kind of make-up and jewelry that Jazz used to see on the Goth kids back in high school. She's even more shocked when she realizes that beneath the tattoos and the piercings and all that pale make up is a familiar face. The lead detective on the case is an old lover, and the murdered woman is an old student. Jazz finds herself sucked into the case, obsessed with learning the truth.

Cat chase the moon : a Joe Gray mystery

May 15, 2019
Murphy, Shirley Rousseau, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, [2018]
323 pages ; 23 cm.
Feline P. I. Joe Grey and his friends pounce on three investigations that may connect to one larger mystery--including one case that is very personal--in this hair-raising installment in Shirley Rousseau Murphy's beloved, award-winning series. Joe Grey and his partner, Dulcie, are frantic when Courtney, their pretty teen-kitten goes missing. Aided by their two- and four-legged friends, they hit the streets of Molina Point in search of their calico girl. Has Joe Grey and Dulcie's only daughter been lured away by someone and stolen? Is she lying somewhere hurt, or worse? Courtney has no idea that everyone is desperately looking for her. Locked in an upstairs apartment above the local antiques shop, she's enjoying her first solo adventure. When she first met Ulrich Seaver, the shop's owner, Courtney was frightened. But the human has coddled and pampered her, winning her trust. Sheltered by her parents, her brothers, and her kind human companions, the innocent Courtney is unaware of how deceptive strangers can be. She doesn't know that Ulrich is hiding a dangerous secret that could threaten her and everyone in this charming California coastal village. With his focus on finding Courtney, Joe Grey has neglected his detective work with the Molina Point Police Department. Before his daughter disappeared, Joe found a viciously beaten woman lying near the beach. Now the police investigation has stalled, and the clever feline worries his human colleagues may have missed a vital clue. Joe is also concerned about a family of newcomers whose domestic battles are disturbing the town's tranquility. Loud and abrasive, the Luthers' angry arguing, shouting, and swearing in the early hours of the night have neighbors on edge and the cops on alert. One of the couple's late-night shouting matches masked the sounds of a burglary, and now a criminal is on the loose. Though the crimes are as crisscrossed as the strands of a ball of yarn, Joe Grey's cat senses tell him they may somehow be linked. It's up to the fleet-footed feline and his crime-solving coterie to untangle the mysteries before it's too late.

Death comes to the school

May 14, 2019
Lloyd, Catherine, 1963- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
381 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Regular print version previously published by: Kensington Publishing Corp.
"Three years after Major Sir Robert Kurland and Lucy Harrington were married, the small-village peace is disrupted when an anonymous letter arrives accusing Lucy of witchcraft. Her desire to be a mother becomes the least of her worries, especially after she learns she is not the only one to have received such a malicious letter"-- Provided by publisher.

A gift of bones

May 14, 2019
Haines, Carolyn, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
326 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Regular print version previously published by: St. Martin's Press.
"As Christmas approaches, Sarah Booth Delaney must help find a pregnant young woman who has been kidnapped before something terrible happens on what should be the merriest day of the year"-- Provided by publisher.

Ransom of the heart

May 2, 2019
Davis, Susan Page, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
423 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
"Police Captain Harvey Larson's brother-in-law Peter is kidnapped when he witnesses a murder at his car dealership shortly after closing and the Portland, Maine, Priority Unit must solve the murder to find clues to the kidnappers and rescue Peter before his time runs out"-- Provided by publisher.

A season to lie

May 2, 2019
Littlejohn, Emily, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
429 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
On a cold dark night in February, as a blizzard shrieks through Cedar Valley, police officer and new mother Gemma Monroe responds to an anonymous report of a prowler at the local private high school, The Valley Academy. In her idyllic Colorado small town, Gemma expects the call was just a prank by a bored teenager. But there in the snow lies the savaged body of a man whose presence in town was meant to be a secret. And a disturbing message left by his killer promises more death to come.

The wolf and the watchman : a novel

May 2, 2019
Natt och Dag, Niklas, 1979- author.
©2017
607 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published in Swedish in 2017.
When a mutilated corpse is discovered in a local swamp, watchman Mikel Cardell and lawyer Cecil Winge comb the underworld of eighteenth-century Stockholm to unmask a murderer before a young workhouse laborer becomes the next victim.

The mother-in-law

April 26, 2019
Hepworth, Sally, author.
©2019
443 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"A twisty, compelling new novel about one woman's complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in death... From the moment Lucy met her husband's mother, Diana, she was kept at arm's length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and properly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice who helped female refugees assimilate to their new country. Diana was happily married to Tom, and lived in wedded bliss for decades. Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law. That was five years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, a suicide note near her body. Diana claims that she no longer wanted to live because of a battle with cancer. But the autopsy finds no cancer. The autopsy does find traces of poison and suffocation. Who could possibly want Diana dead? Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her adult children and their spouses? With Lucy's secrets getting deeper and her relationship with her mother-in-law growing more complex as the pages turn, this new novel from Sally Hepworth is sure to add to her growing legion of fans. Praise for Sally Hepworth: "With jaw-dropping discoveries, and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of Big Little Lies." --Library Journal, starred review "Hepworth deftly keeps the reader turning pages and looking for clues, all the while building multilayered characters and carefully doling out bits of their motivations" -- Provided by publisher.

The big kahuna

April 25, 2019
Evanovich, Janet, author.
New York, NY : Random House Large Print, [2019]
324 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
Straight arrow FBI Agent Kate O'Hare always plays by the rules. Charming con man Nicholas Fox makes them up as he goes along. She thinks he's nothing but a scoundrel. He thinks she just needs to lighten up. They're working together to tackle the out-of-bounds cases ordinary FBI agents can't touch. And, their relationship? Well, there hasn't been so much explosive chemistry since Nitro was introduced to Glycerin. Next on the docket: The mysterious disappearance of the Silicon Valley billionaire, known as the Big Kahuna. Kate's been assigned to find him but no one seems particularly keen on helping. His twenty-six year old adult actress wife-turned Instagram model wife and his shady Czech business partner are more interested in gaining control of his company. For that they need a dead body not a living Kahuna. The only lead they have is the Kahuna's drop-out son, who's living the dream in Hawaii - if your dream is starting your day with the perfect wave and ending it with a big bowl of weed. To get close to the Kahuna's son, Kate and Nick go undercover as a married couple in the big wave, bohemian, surfer community of Paia, Maui. Living a laid back, hippy-dippy lifestyle isn't exactly in Kate's wheelhouse, but the only thing more horrifying is setting up house with Nick Fox, even if he does look pretty gnarly on a longboard. If they don't catch a break soon, waves aren't the only thing she's going to be shredding (or bedding).

Die, die birdie

April 25, 2019
Ripley, J. R., 1955- author.
̃©2016
361 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn't exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings for good? It's just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledging owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn't help that Amy's best friend and business partner is out of town indefinitely. With locals skeptical about the niche shop taking flight, the last thing Amy needs now is a dead man in her storeroom-or for a crotchety tenant to catch her holding a bloody birdfeeder hook over his body . . . Pigeonholed as a leading murder suspect by police and lacking a solid alibi, Amy's delving into the victim's ugly past and buzzing around Ruby Lake for clues on his killer . . . beforeshe ends up like so many of her beloved feathery friends-trapped behind bars This is part of "A Bird Lover's Mystery" series.

Hooks can be deceiving : a crochet mystery

April 25, 2019
Hechtman, Betty, 1947- author.
©2018
409 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
Molly Pink's excitement level is off the hook: The Craftee Channel's new cable talk show "Creating with Crochet" has scheduled an upcoming taping at the bookstore. While she's there, TV host Rory Graham is to work with the Tarzana Hookers on a Make and Take bracelet project to draw bookstore customers to the yarn section. It's a win-win...or so it "seams." The situation gets a bit knotted when channel producer Michael Kostner confides to Molly his concern that Rory may have oversold her ability as a crocheter. When the producer's worst fears are realized, it's up to Molly to make sure Rory comes through. Guiding Rory through crocheting-for-beginners will have to wait, though, as Molly suddenly has to untangle the mysterious death of a new Tarzana Hookers member. Marianne Freeman and her live-in companion, Connie Richards, haven't exactly been gabby since they joined the Hookers, but Connie's voice is silenced permanently when she is electrocuted while walking on a wet lawn--electrified by an old radio plugged into a faulty extension cord. The fingers point at Marianne, but Molly is fast on the case to protect one of her own. Was Marianne the killer...or the intended target? Why does her younger brother want to keep her from talking to the cops? And why is this whole case starting to remind Molly Pink of an old TV movie? This is part of "A Crochet Mystery" series.

The lost traveller

April 25, 2019
Connolly, Sheila, author.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
419 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
Boston expat Maura Donovan never expected to stay in provincial County Cork, much less to inherit a house and a pub, Sullivan's, in the small village of Leap. Maura has even brought back traditional Irish music to the pub, and it is thriving. Then she discover a body in the ravine behind the pub, the victim's face battered beyond recognition. Who is the faceless victim -- and why was his body dumped in the backyard of Sullivan's Pub?

Behold a fair woman

April 23, 2019
Duncan, Francis, 1918-1988, author.
©2019
379 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Originally published as Behold a Fair Woman in 1954 in the United Kingdom by John Lang. This edition issued based on the paperback edition published in 2016 in the United Kingdom by Vintage, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK."
"In this classic Golden Age mystery, amateur sleuth Mordecai Tremaine will learn that murder doesn't take a holiday"-- Provided by publisher.

Rooted in deceit : a greenhouse mystery

April 23, 2019
Tyson, Wendy, 1969- author.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
427 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"It's summertime in Winsome. Washington Acres is abloom, Megan is preparing for the grand opening of their wood-fired pizza farm, and things with Megan's beau, handsome Dr. Finn, are getting as hot as the August temperatures. But when Megan's ne'er-do-well father arrives in Pennsylvania with his high-maintenance Italian wife, Sylvia, and announces they're staying at the new yoga retreat center a town away, a sweet occasion sours. Eager to secure pieces for her Milan boutique, Sylvia finagles a meeting with up-and-coming artist Thana Moore, whose work is showing at the retreat center. After their explosive encounter, Thana is murdered and Sylvia becomes the prime suspect. Only Sylvia isn't the only one with ties to the artist--once upon a time, Thana Moore had been Megan's best friend. As Megan delves into Thana's past, piecing together the years since their falling out, she realizes that something sinister is afoot in Bucks County. Unless Megan can find the killer, this idyllic summer will turn nightmarish. Innocent people may be imprisoned--and even more could die"-- Provided by publisher.

Meow mayhem

April 22, 2019
Lickel, Lisa J., 1961- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
459 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"After being left at the altar, Ivy Amanda McTeague Preston uproots herself and her cat, an Egyptian Mau named Memnet, from her boring and lonely life to start over at the urging of Mayor Conklin, a fellow pedigreed Mau owner. Truesdale Thompson is ready to move in a fresh direction with his life. A private man whose physical wounds are the only outward sign of a tragic accident in his past, True and his cat, Isis, open a branch of his trendy little bookstore and coffee shop in Apple Grove. When Ivy takes a mysterious message while the mayor is away on business, only Ivy's criminology professor mom and True believe theres something rotten in Apple Grove. Can Ivy carry on her romance with True while saving the town from further Mayhem?"-- Provided by publisher.

The better sister : a novel

April 22, 2019
Burke, Alafair, author.
©2019
428 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters--one the dead man's widow, the other his ex--must set aside mistrust and old resentments. but can they escape their past? Though Chloe was the younger of the two Taylor sisters, she always seemed to be in charge. She was the honor roll student with big dreams and an even bigger work ethic. Nicky was always restless. and more than a little reckless--the opposite of her ambitious little sister. She floated from job to job and man to man, and stayed close to home in Cleveland. For a while, it seemed like both sisters had found happiness. Chloe earned a scholarship to an Ivy League school and moved to New York City, where she landed a coveted publishing job. Nicky married promising young attorney Adam Macintosh, and gave birth to a baby boy they named Ethan. The Taylor sisters became virtual strangers. Now, more than fifteen years later, their lives are drastically different--and Chloe is married to Adam. When he's murdered by an intruder at the couple's East Hampton beach house, Chloe reluctantly allows her teenaged stepson's biological mother--her estranged sister, Nicky--back into her life. But when the police begin to treat Ethan as a suspect in his father's death, the two sisters are forced to unite. and to confront the truth behind family secrets they have tried to bury in the past"-- Provided by publisher.

Metropolis

April 22, 2019
Kerr, Philip, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
473 pages (large print) : illustration ; 24 cm.
"A portrait of Bernie Gunther in his twenties: He's young, but he's seen four bloody years of trench warfare. And he's not stupid. So when he receives a promotion and a ticket out of Vice squad, he knows he's not really leaving behind the criminal gangs, the perverse sex clubs, and the laundry list of human corruption. It's 1928 and Berlin is a city on the edge of chaos, where nothing is truly verboten. But soon a new wave of shockingly violent murders sweeps up society's most vulnerable, prostitutes and wounded ex-soldiers begging on the streets. As Bernie Gunther sets out to make sense of multiple murders with different MOs in a city that knows no limits, he must face the fact that his own police HQ is not immune. The Nazi party has begun to infiltrate."--Provided by publisher.

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