New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

November 9, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Twisted twenty-six : a Stephanie Plum novel

November 8, 2019
Evanovich, Janet, author.
©2019
333 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Grandma Mazur is a widow...again. This time her marriage lasted a whole 45 minutes. The unlucky groom was one Jimmy Rosolli, local gangster, lothario (senior division) and heart attack waiting to happen...well, the waiting's over. It's a sad day, but if she can't have Jimmy at least Grandma can have all the attention she wants as the dutiful widow. But some kinds of attention are not welcomed, particularly when Jimmy's former "business partners" are convinced that his widow is keeping the keys to their financial success for herself. As someone who has spent an entire career finding bad guys, a set of missing keys should be no challenge for Stephanie Plum. Problem is, the facts are as twisted as a boardwalk pretzel with mustard.

A deadly deception

October 30, 2019
Harris, Tessa, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
423 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"London, July 1889. Eight months have passed since the horrific murder of Mary Jane Kelly. The residents of Whitechapel have begun breathing easy again--daring to leave windows open and walk about at twilight. But when old Alice Mackenzie is found dead, throat slashed almost from ear to ear, the whispers begin once more: Jack the Ripper is back. Constance Piper, a flower seller with a psychic gift, was a friend to both women. With the supernatural help of her late mentor, Miss Emily Tindall, and her more grounded ally, police detective Thaddeus Hawkins, she uncovers links between the murders and a Fenian gang. The Fenians, committed to violence to further their goal of an independent Ireland, are also implicated in a vicious attack in which the Countess of Kildane's uncle was killed. Could the Whitechapel murders be a ruse to make the British police look helpless? Soon, Constance is called upon for help. But there are spies everywhere in the city, and a bomb plot intended to incur devastating carnage. And as Constance is fast discovering, the greatest evil may not lurk in the grimy alleys of the East End, but in a conspiracy that runs from Whitechapel to the highest office in the land. "

Shamed

October 30, 2019
Castillo, Linda, author.
©2019
391 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
In this riveting new thriller in Linda Castillo's New York Times bestselling series, Kate Burkholder races against the clock to find a missing Amish girl. An Amish grandmother is murdered on an abandoned farm, her seven year old granddaughter abducted. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder plunges headlong into a case that quickly becomes a race against the clock. She knows the longer the girl is missing, the more likely a tragic outcome. The family of the missing girl is well thought of--a pillar of the Amish community. Their pain is palpable and they cooperate in every way, but Kate soon learns they're keeping secrets... The investigation takes Kate to an isolated Old Order Amish settlement along the river in southern Ohio. At first, the community seems upstanding and helpful. But when Kate starts asking questions, they stonewall her--and the situation soon becomes dangerous. What are they hiding and why? After an attempt on her life, Kate unearths a haunting and tragic secret that changes everything she thought she knew about the family for whom she is fighting, the Amish community as a whole--and everything she thought she knew about herself. Will she reach the girl in time to save her life?

Blue moon : a Jack Reacher novel

October 29, 2019
Child, Lee, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
483 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Jack Reacher meets an elderly couple on a Greyhound bus and gets embroiled in a dangerous gang war trying to protect them.

A cruel deception

October 29, 2019
Todd, Charles, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
435 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"In the aftermath of World War I, nurse Bess Crawford attempts to save a troubled former soldier from a mysterious killer..."-- Publisher marketing.

Towhee get your gun

October 28, 2019
Ripley, J. R., 1955- author.
©2017
371 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
"Who's got time for birdwatching? Amy has enough to do running her shop, fighting attempts by the town planning commission to demolish her old Victorian house, and rescuing an injured towhee. Yet somehow she allows herself to get roped into performing in the Ruby Lake, North Carolina, community theater's new musical after some cast members get injured by mysterious mishaps. The production seems plagued by bad luck, but events turn tragic when a member of the company is found murdered in a locked dressing room. Trading in her binoculars for a magnifying glass, Amy steps into the role of amateur sleuth and soon discovers the victim ruffled a lot of feathers. With a flock of suspects, Amy will need to beat the bushes before the cagey killer takes flight. After all, the show must go on"-- Provided by publisher.

Have yourself a beary little murder

October 28, 2019
Macy, Meg, author.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale Cengage Learning, 2019.
443 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
"Sasha and her sister Maddie are thrilled that the Silver Bear Shop and Factory has won the Teddy Bear Keepsake Contest, which means they get to produce a holiday specialty toy, a wizard bear named "Beary Potter." Promising to be just as magical is Silver Hollow's annual tree-lighting ceremony and village parade. Only one hitch- the parade's mascot, Santa Bear-played by Mayor Cal Bloom-is missing. After a frantic search among the floats, Bloom is found dead. When the outfit is removed, it's clear the mayor's been electrocuted. Who zapped hizzoner and then stuffed him into his Santa Bear suit? While the police investigate the grisly crime, Sasha attempts to track down the murderer herself, with some help from the Guilty Pleasures Gossip Club. Can they wrap up this case in time for Christmas-or will Sasha meet her own shocking end?"-- Provided by publisher.

Pressing the issue

October 25, 2019
Gerber, Daryl Wood, author.
©2018
441 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Includes recipes.
As the annual Renaissance Fair comes to Crystal Cove, Jenna Hart's Cookbook Nook is packed with all things medieval, while her pal Bailey is ready for her upcoming nuptials at a local vineyard. But when the two friends discover the body of the vineyard's owner, all their merriment fades. Which churlish varlet did the deed? Was it the victim's errant brother, who stood to inherit the vineyards? Or the owner's crestfallen ex-girlfriend? Mayhap it was the newly arrived comely wench, or her jealous husband. Jenna can't rest until justice is served. But can she sniff out the truth before the villainous culprit strikes again?

Wreath between the lines

October 25, 2019
Gerber, Daryl Wood, author.
©2018
389 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Includes recipes.
"The holidays are Jenna Hart's favorite time of year, but just as she's decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband's been more naughty than nice. To make matters worse, her father's good friend Jake shows up on her doorstep with a frantic report that his friend has been murdered--trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star." -- Back cover.

The last list of Miss Judith Kratt

October 24, 2019
Bobotis, Andrea, author.
©2019
411 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
""An amazing novel, one which interrogates, with such controlled and beautiful writing, what it means to be Southern. Utilizing a unique form and a carefully crafted mystery, Bobotis is a writer capable of deep truths, and this novel announces her as a major voice." --Kevin Wilson, author The Family Fang, Perfect Little World, and Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine Judith inherited all the Kratt family had to offer -- the pie safe, the copper clock, the murder that no one talked about. She's presided over the house quite well, thank you very much, admittedly with some help from her companion, Olva. But her wayward younger sister suddenly returns home after decades, sparking an inventory of all that belongs to them. Set in the hard-luck cotton town of Bound, South Carolina -- which the Kratts used to rule but which now struggles to contain its worst instincts -- the new household overflows with memories. Interweaving the present with chilling flashbacks from one fateful evening in 1929, Judith pieces together a list of what matters. Untangling the legacy of the family misfortunes will require help from every one of them, no matter how tight their bond, how long they've called Bound home, or what they own"-- Provided by publisher.

Moonscape

October 24, 2019
Weston, Julie W., 1943- author.
©2019.
377 pages : map ; 23 cm
"Once again, Nellie Burns and Moonshine leap into trouble--this time in Craters of the Moon in southwest Idaho. Nellie accompanies Sheriff Asteguigoiri to the lava fields as his photographer. Three people are missing there, doing "God's work," according to Mayor Tom of a nearby town. Marked on maps as "unexplored" and "unknown," the miles of lava resist easy navigation and Nell's photography. Rosy Kipling, the one-eyed miner and Nell's friend, is recruited with Mayor Tom and Moonshine to assist in the search amidst concerns about a religious cult and money related to the missing. Physical obstacles as well as secrets and lies and consuming greed endanger all. And alone, Nell faces an attempt on her sanity and her life in this remote and almost inaccessible natural phenomenon" -- Provided by publisher.

Antique blues

October 22, 2019
Cleland, Jane K., author.
©2018
517 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"When amateur sleuth and antiques expert Josie Prescott is called in to appraise a Japanese woodblock print and vintage guitar for her friend Mo, shes thrilled, until Mo is murdered. It doesn't take her long to pinpoint one suspect: Mos sisters manipulative boyfriend, who sold her the print, and has now, conveniently, disappeared. Josies antiques know how and detective skills soon lead her down an increasingly perplexing trail, scattered with gamblers, extramarital affairs, and under the table purchases. Readers will relish a return to Rocky Point with Josie as she works together with her friends, the ambitious young reporter Wes Smith, and Rocky Points savvy police chief, Ellis Hunter, to sift through the conflicting stories around them and find Mos killer"-- Provided by publisher.

Betrayal in time

October 22, 2019
McElwain, Julie, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
621 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"February 1816: A race through the icy, twisting cobblestone streets of London ends inside an abandoned church--and a horrific discovery. Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly is called to investigate the grisly murder of Sir Giles Holbrooke, who was left naked and garroted, with his tongue cut out. Yet as perplexing as that crime is, it becomes even stranger when symbols that resemble crosses mysteriously begin to appear across the dead man's flesh during autopsy. Is it a message from the killer?Sam turns to the one person in the kingdom who he believes can answer that question and solve the bizarre murder--the Duke of Aldridge's odd but brilliant ward, Kendra Donovan.While Kendra has been trying to adapt to her new life in the early nineteenth century, she is eager to use her skills as a twenty-first century FBI agent again. And she will need all her investigative prowess, because Sir Giles was not an average citizen. He was one of England's most clever spymasters, whose life had been filled with intrigue and subterfuge.Kendra's return to the gritty streets and glittering ballrooms of London takes her down increasingly dangerous paths. When another body is discovered, murdered in the same apparently ritualistic manner as Sir Giles, the American begins to realize that they are dealing with a killer with an agenda, whose mind has been twisted by rage and bitterness so that the price of a perceived betrayal is death"-- Provided by publisher.

The Darwin affair

October 22, 2019
Mason, Timothy, 1950- author.
©2019
599 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"London, June 1860: When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later--and only a block away--Chief Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Was Victoria really the assassin's target? Are those closest to the Crown hiding something? And who is the shadowy figure witnesses describe as having lifeless, coal-black eyes? Soon, Field's investigation exposes a shocking conspiracy in which the publication of Charles Darwin's controversial On the Origin of Species sets off a string of murders, arson, kidnapping, and the pursuit of a madman named the Chorister. As the investigation takes Field from the dangerous alleyways of London to the hallowed halls of Oxford, the list of possible conspirators grows, and the body count escalates. And as he edges closer to the Chorister, he uncovers dark secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden"--Provided by publisher.

Death at the seaside

October 22, 2019
Brody, Frances, author.
©2016
509 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Ever faithful

October 22, 2019
Barnett, Karen, 1969- author.
©2019
519 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Summary Vibrant historic Yellowstone National Park comes to life in this romantic mystery about a man hiding the truth, braving the west to become something more--and the woman who must confront his deception. A man who can't read will never amount to anything--or so Nate Webber believes. But he takes a chance to help his family by signing up for the new Civilian Conservation Corps, skirting the truth about certain "requirements." Nate exchanges the harsh Brooklyn streets for the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, curious if the Eden-like wonderland can transform him as well. Elsie Brookes was proud to grow up as a ranger's daughter, but she longs for a future of her own. After four years serving as a maid in the park's hotels, she still hasn't saved enough money for her college tuition. A second job, teaching a crowd of rowdy men in the CCC camp, might be the answer, but when Elsie discovers Nate's secret, it puts his job as camp foreman in jeopardy. Tutoring leads to friendship and romance, until a string of suspicious fires casts a dark shadow over their relationship. Can they find answers before all of their dreams go up in smoke? ("-- Provided by publisher.

Heart of barkness

October 22, 2019
Quinn, Spencer, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
455 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Chet the dog, "the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction" (Boston Globe) and P.I. Bernie encounter heartache and much worse in the world of country music. They're both music lovers, so when Lotty Pilgrim, a country singer from long ago, turns up at a local bar, they drive out to catch her act. Bernie's surprised to see someone who was once so big performing in such a dive, and drops a C-note the Little Detective Agency can't afford to part with into the tip jar. The C-note is stolen right from under their noses - even from under Chet's, the nose that misses nothing - and before the night is over, it's stolen again. Soon they're working the most puzzling case of their career, a case that takes them back in time in search of old border-town secrets, and into present-day danger where powerful people want those secrets to stay hidden. Chet and Bernie find themselves sucked into a real-life murder ballad where there is no one to trust but each othe"-- Provided by publisher.

Land of wolves

October 22, 2019
Johnson, Craig, 1961- author.
©2019
451 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"A Netflix original series Longmire" -- Cover.
Attempting to recover from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is neck deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd. With unsettling connections to a Basque family with a reputation for removing the legs of Absaroka County sheriffs, matters become even more complicated with the appearance of an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains to which Walt finds himself feeling more and more empathetic.

Owl be home for Christmas : a Meg Langslow mystery

October 22, 2019
Andrews, Donna, author.
©2019
437 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
[Book 26].
"It's a few days before Christmas, and Meg's grandfather is hosting a scientific conference on owls at the Caerphilly Inn. Most of the family are there, helping out in one capacity or another, including Meg's grandmother, Cordelia--invited by Grandfather in rare gesture of peace-making, to share her expertise on rehabilitating large birds, including owls. An unexpectedly severe snow storm traps the conference-goers in the hotel, and one of the visiting ornithologists is murdered. Even if Caerphilly is able to clear the roads in time, Chief Burke doesn't want the various suspects to scatter to half a dozen continents before he identifies the killer, so there's a very real possibility that none of them will make it home for Christmas . . . at least not unless Meg comes to the rescue. Full of intrigue and snow, this Christmas mystery will take readers home to Caerphilly for Christmas"--Amazon.

State of lies

October 22, 2019
Mitchell, Siri L., 1969- author.
©2019
553 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"The secrets of those closet to us can be the most dangerous of all. Months after her husband, Sean, is killed by a hit-and-run driver, physicist Georgie Brennan discovers he lied to her about where he had been going that day. A cryptic notebook, a missing computer, and strange noises under her house soon have her questioning everything she thought she knew. With her job hanging by a thread, her son struggling to cope with his father's death, and her four-star general father up for confirmation as the next Secretary of Defense, Georgie quickly finds herself tangled in a political intrigue that has no clear agenda and dozens of likely villains. Only one thing is clear: someone wants her dead too. The more she digs for the truth, the fewer people she can trust. Not her friends. Not her parents. Maybe not even herself"-- Provided by publisher.

The night fire

October 18, 2019
Connelly, Michael, 1956- author.
©2019
564 pages (large print) ; 25 cm.
Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, John Jack Thompson, is dead, but after his funeral his widow hands Bosch a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years before -- the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals. Bosch brings the murder book to Renee Ballard and asks her to help him find what about the case lit Thompson's fire all those years ago. That will be their starting point. The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigation team. And they soon arrive at a worrying question: Did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement, or to make sure it never got solved?

Death in focus

October 16, 2019
Perry, Anne, author.
©2019
493 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"In the start of an all-new mystery series set in pre-World War II Europe, an intrepid young photographer carries her imperiled lover's final, urgent message into the heart of Berlin as Hitler ascends to power. On vacation from London on the beautiful Italian coast, twenty-eight-year-old Elena Standish and her older sister Margot have finally been able to forget some of the lasting trauma of the Great War. Touring with her camera in hand, Elena has found new inspiration in the striking Italian landscape, and she's met an equally striking man named Ian. Not ready to part from one another, she and Ian share a train trip home to England. But a shocking murder disrupts their agenda, forcing Elena to personally deliver a message to Berlin that could change the fate of Europe. Back home, Elena's diplomat father and secretive grandfather--the former head of MI6, unbeknownst to his family--are involved in their own international machinations. Working behind the scenes as Elena tries to complete her mission on the ground, they interfere with a crucial political rally for one of Germany's most outspoken fascists. With Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich on the rise, and Elena caught in the middle of an international incident, anyone she encounters might be part of a deadly plot. In the first novel of a riveting new series by bestselling author Anne Perry, family secrets merge with suspense on the world stage, and Elena learns that, in these complicated times, no one can be trusted, and she must learn to rely only on herself"-- Provided by publisher.

A bitter feast : a novel

October 16, 2019
Crombie, Deborah, author.
©2019
ix, 484 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Cover.
Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the tranquil Cotswolds, one of Britain's most beautiful and historic regions, famous for its rolling hills, sheep-strewn green meadows, golden cottages, and timeless villages that retain the spirit of old England. Duncan, Gemma, and their children are guests at Beck House, the country estate belonging to the family of Melody Talbot, Gemma's trusted detective sergeant. No ordinary farmers, the Talbots are wealthy and prominent with ties to Britain's most powerful and influential. A centerpiece of this glorious fall getaway is a posh charity luncheon catered by up-and-coming chef Viv Holland. After more than a decade in London, Viv has returned to her native Glouscestershire, making a name for herself with her innovative, mouthwatering use of the local bounty. Attended by several dozen of the area's well-to-do, as well as national food bloggers and restaurant critics, the event could make Viv a star. But a tragic car accident followed by a series of mysterious deaths could ruin her ascent. Each piece of information that surfaces makes it clear that the killer had a connection with Viv's pub-and perhaps with Beck House itself. Does the truth lie in the past? Or is it more immediate, woven into the tangled relationships and bitter resentments swirling among the staff at Beck House and at Viv's pub? Or is it even more personal, entwined with secrets hidden by Viv, her business partner Bea Abbot, and Viv's eleven-year-old daughter Grace? Further revelations rock the Talbots' estate and pull Duncan and Gemma and their colleagues into the investigation. With so much at stake both personally and professionally, especially for Melody Talbot, finding the killer becomes one of the team's most crucial cases.

Quantum

October 16, 2019
Cornwell, Patricia Daniels, author.
©2019
519 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
On the eve of a top-secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase--a NASA pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator-- detects a problem in the tunnels below a NASA research center. She discovers dried blood, a missing security badge, a suspicious suicide. This series of disturbing clues point to Calli's twin sister, Carme, who's been missing for days. Desperate to avoid disaster and clear her sister's name, Captain Chase races to find answers to her twin's erratic conduct. But time is running out, and she realizes that failure means catastrophe--for both the space program but for the safety of the entire nation.

Bloody genius

October 15, 2019
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23- author.
[New York] : Random House Inc., 2019.
467 pages ; 23 cm.
"At the local state university, two feuding departments have faced off on the battleground of PC culture. Each carries their views to extremes that may seem absurd, but highly educated people of sound mind and good intentions can reasonably disagree, right? Then someone winds up dead, and Virgil Flowers is brought in to investigate...and he soon comes to realize he's dealing with people who, on this one particular issue, are functionally crazy. Among this group of wildly impassioned, diametrically opposed zealots lurks a killer, and it will be up to Virgil to sort the murderer from the mere maniacs."-- Provided by publisher.

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