New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

August 15, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Where the crawdads sing

August 14, 2018
Owens, Delia, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
484 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens. In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. "-- Provided by publisher.

Crime & punctuation

August 9, 2018
Dunnett, Kaitlyn, author.
411 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
After splurging to buy her childhood home in the Catskills, recently widowed Mikki Lincoln emerges from retirement as a freelance editor. With her ability to spot details that others fail to see, it's not long before Mikki earns clients--and realizes that the village of Lenape Hollow isn't the thriving tourist destination it was decades ago. Not with a murderer on the loose . . . When perky novice writer Tiffany Scott knocks at her door holding a towering manuscript, Mikki expects another debut novel plagued by typos and sloppy prose. Instead, she finds a murder mystery ripped from the headlines of Lenape Hollow's not-too-distant past. The opening scene is a graphic page-turner, but it sends a real chill down Mikki's spine after the young author turns up dead just like the victim in her story . . . Mikki refuses to believe that Tiffany's death was accidental, and suspicions of foul play solidify as she uncovers a strange inconsistency in the manuscript and a possible motive in the notes. Then there's Tiffany's grandmother and husband, who aren't exactly on friendly terms over the local area's planned rejuvenation efforts . . . Unable to convince police that they are focused on the wrong suspect, Mikki must rely on her keen eyes to catch the truth hidden in Lenape Hollow. As she gets closer to cracking the case, only one person takes Mikki's investigation seriously--the cunning killer who will do anything to make this chapter of her life come to a very abrupt ending . . .

Murder, She Wrote : a date with murder

August 9, 2018
Fletcher, Jessica, author.
393 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Based on the Universal televison series created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link."

Triple homicide : thrillers

August 9, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, 2018.
518 pages (large print) ; 20 cm
Detective Cross / James Patterson -- The medical examiner / James Patterson with Maxine Paetro -- Manhunt / James Patterson with James O. Born.
Three thrillers with Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, and the Women's Murder Club. Includes Detective Cross; The Medical Examiner; and Manhunt. Detective Cross: An Alex Cross Story: An anonymous caller has promised to set off deadly bombs in Washington, DC. A cruel hoax or the real deal? By the time Alex Cross and his wife, Bree Stone, uncover the chilling truth, it may already be too late. Manhunt: a Michael Bennett story: Someone attacked the Thanksgiving Day Parade directly in front of Michael Bennett and his family. The television news called it "holiday terror"--Michael Bennett calls it personal. The hunt is on. The medical examiner: a Women's Murder Club story: A woman checks into a hotel room and entertains a man who is not her husband. A shooter blows away the lover and wounds the millionairess, leaving her for dead. Is it the perfect case for the Women's Murder Club--or just the most twisted?

The money shot

August 8, 2018
Woods, Stuart, author.
389 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Ever a man of mystery and intrigue, Teddy Fay has donned a new disguise - that of Mark Weldon, a stuntman and actor starring in Centurion Studios' newest film. When the picture's leading lady begins receiving blackmail threats, Teddy is in the perfect position to investigate, and it soon becomes clear that the villains have more in their sights than just money. Money they've got. What they need is prestige, the cache of a respected studio to lend authority and legitimacy to their artistic endeavors...and a little bit of vengeance in the bargain. From the seedy hidden corners of Los Angeles to the glamorous Hollywood Hills, it will take every ounce of Teddy's cunning to save an actress' career, protect the studio, and finish filming Centurion's next big hit.

Texas Ranger

August 8, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little Brown & Company, 2018
379 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
"Across the ranchlands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law-enforcement skills have carried him far--from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. A tough case in Waco has jeopardized Yates's chances at promotion, and he decides to take time off to recharge with his family in their small-town hometown, Redbud. He arrives and finds a horrifying crime scene--and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act ever was deciding to end her marriage to a Ranger. In search of the killer, Yates follows the Ranger creed--never to surrender--into the inferno of the most twisted and violent minds he's ever encountered. That code just might bring him out alive."--Provided by publisher.

Called to protect

August 8, 2018
Eason, Lynette, author.
447 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Chloe St. John and her K-9 German shepherd partner, Hank are asked to be part of a task force assembled to bring down a ring of human traffickers.

Four funerals and maybe a wedding

August 8, 2018
Bowen, Rhys, author.
461 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O'Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service. If only Darcy and I had eloped! What I thought would be a simple wedding has been transformed into a grand affair, thanks to the attendance of the queen, who has offered up the princesses as bridesmaids. Silly me! I thought that withdrawing from the royal line of succession would simplify my life. But before Darcy and I tie the knot in front of queen and country, we have to find a place to live as man and wife... House hunting turns out to be a pretty grim affair. Just as we start to lose hope, my globetrotting godfather offers us his fully staffed country estate. Mistress of Eynsleigh I shall be! With Darcy off in parts unknown, I head to Eynsleigh alone, only to have my hopes dashed. The grounds are in disarray and the small staff is suspiciously incompetent. Not to mention the gas tap leak in my bedroom, which I can only imagine was an attempt on my life. Something rotten is afoot--and bringing the place up to snuff may put me six feet under before I even get a chance to walk down the aisle.."-- Provided by publisher.

Toucan keep a secret

August 8, 2018
Andrews, Donna, author.
445 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Meg Langslow is at Trinity Episcopal locking up after an event and checking on the toucan that Rev. Robyn Smith is fostering in her office. After hearing a hammering in the crypt, Meg finds an elderly parishioner lying dead on the floor. Several niches have been chiseled open, several urns knocked out, and amid the spilled ashes is a gold ring with a huge red stone. The curmudgeonly victim had become disgruntled with the church and ranted all over town about taking back his wife's ashes. Did someone who had it in for him follow him? Or was the motive grave robbery? Or did he see someone breaking in and investigate? Why was the ruby left behind? While Chief Burke investigates the murder, Robyn recruits Meg to contact the families of the people whose ashes were disturbed. During this task, Meg discovers clues that indicate that a thief broke into the church to steal the toucan the night of the murder, so Meg decides to set a trap for the would-be toucan thief...who might also be the killer.

Aunt Dimity and the King's ransom

August 8, 2018
Atherton, Nancy, author.
343 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"On a dull and dreary October day, Lori Shepherd and her husband Bill set off for the historic town of Rye, on the southeast coast of England, for a quiet weekend together without the kids. Bill must first pay a visit to a reclusive client--but after Lori drops him off, a powerful storm drives her off course and leaves her stranded in an ancient, rambling inn called The King's Ransom. When Lori is spooked by ghostly noises in the night, Aunt Dimity reminds her rather tartly that not all ghosts intend to harm the living. But the longer Lori is stuck at the inn, the stranger things seem..."--Back cover..

Don't believe it

August 8, 2018
Donlea, Charlie, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2018.
537 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
The Girl of Sugar Beach is the most watched documentary in television history -a riveting, true-life mystery that unfolds over twelve weeks and centers on a fascinating question: Did Grace Sebold murder her boyfriend, Julian, while on a Spring Break vacation, or is she a victim of circumstance and poor police work? Grace has spent the last ten years in a St. Lucian prison, and reaches out to filmmaker Sidney Ryan in a last, desperate attempt to prove her innocence.

The purloined puzzle

August 8, 2018
Hall, Parnell, author.
389 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Thorndike Press large print mystery."
When 16-year-old Peggy Dawson approaches Cora with a crossword puzzle that the girl thinks is important to solve, Cora foists her off on Harvey Beerbaum, a crossword expert. After the puzzle disappears, Harvey refers Peggy to police chief Dale Harper. Naturally, the puzzle, when found, connects to a murder-that of stabbing victim Fred Winkler-as does a bloody knife found by Peggy's brother, Johnny, in his room. The police settle on Johnny as a suspect in Winkler's death, but then find an even better one: Cora's ex-husband, Melvin Crabtree, whose planned tell-all book, Confessions of a Trophy Husband: My Life with the Puzzle Lady, threatens Cora's secret-that she's the public face for the crossword puzzles created by her niece Sherry Grant. A barrage of insults, put-downs, confusions, and double entendres will keep fans of light humorous mysteries happily turning the pages.

The Templars' last secret

August 8, 2018
Walker, Martin, 1947 January 23- author.
479 pages (large print) : map ; 23 cm
"A mystery of the French Countryside"--Cover.
"Bruno, the beloved chief of police of the idyllic French town of St. Denis in the Dordogne, is back! This time a mysterious death brings ancient secrets to light, and it's up to our hero--and favorite gourmand--to connect the tangled threads of past and present. When a woman's body is found at the foot of a cliff near St. Denis, Bruno suspects a connection to the great ruined Château de Commarque, a long-ago Knights Templar stronghold that stands on the cliff above, and which, along with the labyrinth of prehistoric caves beneath it, continues to draw the interest of scholars. With the help of Amelie, a young Haitian newcomer to the Dordogne, Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance, the discovery of which could have dramatic repercussions throughout the Middle East--not to mention in St. Denis. And the woman's ties to Islamic terrorists can only heighten the pressure on Bruno to unravel the centuries-old mystery. Meanwhile, an old flame of Bruno's is assigned to work with him on the case, and the two find time, naturellement, to enjoy the supreme pleasures of the wine, food, and beauty of the Dordogne"-- Provided by publisher.

A lady's guide to etiquette and murder : a Countess of Harleigh mystery

August 7, 2018
Freeman, Dianne, 1958- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
367 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"In Victorian England, a wealthy young widow encounters the pleasures--and scandalous pitfalls--of a London social season as she welcomes her sister from New York for her first London season. When the police receive an anonymous letter implicating her in her husband's death, she begins to wonder if he was murdered, might she be next"-- Provided by publisher.

Charmed bones

August 7, 2018
Haines, Carolyn, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
447 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Sticks and bones.
Regular print version previously published by: St. Martin's Press.
"Zinnia, Mississippi is rife with quirky characters, but the arrival of three sister witches--and their intention to open a Wiccan boarding school--sets the small town on its ear. Bodies begin to accumulate as a result. Are the sister witches criminals or victims? Sarah Booth and Tinkie must find the answer before more people are harmed"-- Provided by publisher.

The killing habit

August 3, 2018
Billingham, Mark, author.
641 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

An unwanted guest

July 31, 2018
Lapeña, Shari, 1960- author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
xii, 348 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
"A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway. But when the storm hits, no one is getting away. It's winter in the Catskills and Mitchell's Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing maybe even romantic weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery. So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity and all contact with the outside world the guests settle in for the long haul. Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic. Within the snowed-in paradise, something or someone is picking off the guests one by one. And there's nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm"-- Provided by publisher.

Dial meow for murder

July 25, 2018
Blake, Bethany, author.
451 pages (large print) : 21 cm.

Calamity at the Continental Club

July 25, 2018
Shogan, Colleen J., 1975- author.
399 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Comic sans murder

July 25, 2018
Shelton, Paige, author.
385 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
The visit of quirky world-famous horror author Nathan Grimes to Star City is especially thrilling for Clare Henry and her grandfather Chester. As the owners of The Rescued Word, a charming boutique shop in town, Clare and Chester specialize in restoring old typewriters and repairing beloved books. They’ve invited Nathan to their shop to use their equipment for his next book. But all plans to work on the book take a step in the wrong direction when a tourist discovers an abandoned ski boot on the slopes—and the only sign of the owner is the dismembered foot he left inside!

Crust no one

July 25, 2018
Archer, Winnie, author.
409 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Business is booming at Yeast of Eden. But with a deadly mystery taking over the seaside town of Santa Sofia, the Mexican bread shop can't possibly leaven a killer's appetite . . . For once, Ivy Culpepper feels fulfilled. An apprenticeship at Yeast of Eden has opened her world to time-honored baking techniques under owner Olaya Solis's guidance--as well as the freshest small-town gossip, courtesy of chatty regulars known as the Blackbird Ladies. Ivy even begins accepting that she and restaurateur Miguel Baptista may never again rekindle their romance--despite the undeniable tension between them . . . But she's tied to Miguel again when his trusted produce supplier goes missing. Old Hank Riviera's financial troubles would make anyone consider running away forever. And with his relationship woes, there are plenty of people who might want to see Hank disappear. As Ivy, with the help of her octogenarian sidekick, turns to the loose-lipped Blackbird Ladies for leads, she soon finds herself caught in a web of lies stickier than a batch of Olaya's popular pastries . . .

Hair brained

July 25, 2018
Cohen, Nancy J., 1948- author.
435 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
When hairstylist Marla Vail's best friend is hurt in a suspicious car accident, Marla assumes guardianship of her infant son. No sooner does Marla say, "Baby want a bottle?"than she's embroiled in another murder mystery. Her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, determines the crash may not have been an accident after all. But then, who would want Tally--or Ken in the car with her--out of the way?

Ghosted : a novel

July 25, 2018
Walsh, Rosie, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
ix, 419 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it's mutual: It's as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn't call.

What remains of her : a novel

July 25, 2018
Rickstad, Eric, author.
509 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"I won't say a word. Cross my heart and hope to die...Jonah Baum, a professor of poetry at a local college in Vermont, sees his ordinary life come tumbling down when his wife and young daughter vanish from their home. No evidence of a kidnapping. No sign of murder. No proof that Rebecca didn't simply abandon her marriage. Just Sally's crude and chilling drawings, Jonah's little lies, and the sheriff's nagging fears that nothing is what it seems. For Sally's best friend, Lucinda, it's something else. She trusts in Sally not to just disappear, not after they've shared so many secrets--especially about the woods and what they saw there. But she'll never tell. No one would believe her anyway. As the search for Rebecca and Sally intensifies, and as suspicion falls on Jonah, the disappearances become more relentlessly haunting than anyone can imagine. Because what's seen in the light of day is not nearly as terrifying as what remains hidden in the dark..."--Page [4] of cover.

A measure of darkness

July 23, 2018
Kellerman, Jonathan.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
418 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
Title from web page.
It's been a busy year for Alameda County Coroner's Deputy Clay Edison. He's solved a decades-old crime and redeemed an innocent man--earning himself a suspension in the process. Things are getting serious with his girlfriend. And his brother's fresh out of prison, bringing with him a great big basket of crazy. Then the call comes in the middle of the night. It's a bad one. A party in West Oakland. An argument with the neighbors. A crowd in the street. Two guns, firing at random, spreading chaos and death. Nobody knows the body count yet. What Clay does know is this: it's going to be a long, long night. Longer than he ever could have imagined. Because when the dust settles, there's an extra victim. One who can't be accounted for. A young woman, strangled instead of shot, without ID and a stranger to all. She is Jane Doe. She is the Unknown. Clay's journey to give her a name and bring her justice will lead him into the bizarre--a seductive world where innocence and perversity meet and mingle; where right and wrong begin to blur.


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