New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

September 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A better man

September 16, 2019
Penny, Louise, author.
©2019
695 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
It's Gamache's first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter. As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father.

Haunted house murder

September 16, 2019
Meier, Leslie, author.
©2019
455 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Haunted house murder / Leslie Meier -- Death by haunted house / Lee Hollis -- Hallowed out / Barbara Ross.
In this trio of novellas, tricks and treats keep the Halloween spirits alive in coastal Maine. But this year the haunted house theme is getting carried a little too far-- strange noises, missing persons, and murders! -- adapted from jacket

The bitterroots

September 13, 2019
Box, C. J., author.
©2019
473 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Former police officer Cassie Dewell is trying to start over with her own private investigation firm. Guilty about not seeing her son and exhausted by the nights on stakeout, Cassie is nonetheless managing...until an old friend calls in a favor: she wants Cassie to help exonerate a man accused of assaulting a young girl from an influential family. Against her own better judgment, Cassie agrees. But out in the Big Sky Country of Montana, twisted family loyalty runs as deep as the ties to the land, and there's always something more to the story. As Cassie attempts to uncover the truth, she must fight against the ghosts of her own past that threaten to pull her back under"--Provided by publisher.

Contraband

September 13, 2019
Woods, Stuart, author.
©2019
387 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Stone Barrington is getting some much-needed rest and relaxation in the Florida sun when trouble falls from the sky -- literally. Intrigued by the suspicious circumstances surrounding this event, Stone joins forces with a sharp-witted and alluring local detective to investigate. But they run into a problem: the evidence keeps disappearing. From the laid-back Key West shores to the bustling Manhattan streets, Stone sets out to connect the dots between the crimes that seem to follow him wherever he travels. His investigations only lead to more questions, and shocking connections between old and new acquaintances. But as Stone must quickly learn, answers -- and enemies -- are often hiding in plain sight

Death in a Budapest butterfly

September 13, 2019
Buckley, Julia, 1964- author.
©2019
413 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Hana Keller and her family run Maggie's Tea House, an establishment heavily influenced by the family's Hungarian descent and specializing in a European-style traditional tea service. But truthfully, one of the shop's largest draws is Hana's eccentric grandmother, Juliana, renowed for her ability to read the future in the leaves at the bottom of customers' cups. When a guest is poisoned at a tea event, Juliana's dire predictions appear to have come true. Things are brought to a boil when Hana's beloved Budapest Butterfly teacup becomes the center of the murder investigation. Hana and her family must catch the killer to save their business and bring the beautiful teacup back home where it belongs." - back cover

Dim sum of all fears

September 13, 2019
Chien, Vivien, author.
©2018
395 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Lana Lee waits tables at Ho-Lee, her family’s Chinese restaurant. When her parents take off to Taiwan, they leave Lana in charge. Then the newlyweds who own the store next door to Ho-Lee turn up dead and Lana finds herself in the midst of an Asia Village mystery. Between running the Ho-Lee and trying to figure out whether the rock-solid Detective Adam Trudeau is really her boyfriend, Lana knows she shouldn’t pry into the case. But the more she learns about the dead husband, his ex-wives, and all the murky details of the couple’s past, the more Lana thinks that this so-called murder/suicide is a straight-up order of murder.

Knit your own murder

September 13, 2019
Ferris, Monica, author.
©2016
385 pages(large print) ; 23 cm.
"Betsy Devonshire has her hands tied between running her needlework shop and turning her sharp eye for deduction to solving crimes... The Monday Bunch and other local knitters are participating in a fund-raising auction to save a community center, creating a growing pile of stuffed animals and toys right in front of the auctioneers as the audience bids. Among those contributing the most knitted goods is temperamental businesswoman Marsha Hanover--who keels over halfway through the event. After she is pronounced DOA at the hospital, an autopsy reveals that Marsha had been poisoned. But how? And by whom? One of the prime suspects is her ruthless business rival Joe Mickels, who lost a bitterly contested property bid to Marsha. When Mickels pleads his innocence to Betsy, she reluctantly believes him. But if Betsy is going to uncover the real murderer's identity, she must first untangle the knots Marsha made in her relationships throughout her life.."--Provided by publisher.

The last good guy

September 13, 2019
Parker, T. Jefferson, author.
©2019
489 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
When hired by a beautiful and enigmatic woman to find her missing younger sister, private investigator Roland Ford immediately senses that the case is not what it seems. He is swept up in a web of lies and secrets as he searches for the teenager, and even his new client cannot be trusted. His investigation leads him to a secretive charter school, skinheads, a cadre of American Nazis in a desert compound, an arch-conservative celebrity evangelist, and, finally, to the girl herself. Ford's most challenging case to date will leave him questioning everything he thought he knew about decency, honesty, and the battle between good and evil--if it doesn't kill him first.

A long way down

September 13, 2019
Silvis, Randall, 1950- author.
©2019
639 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Ryan DeMarco is returning to Erie, Pennsylvania after his estranged wife attempts suicide and beginning an investigation into three recent murders in a nearby town that may be related to a cold case dating back to DeMarco's high school days."--Publisher.

Rival's break

September 13, 2019
Neggers, Carla, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
445 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Series numbering from Author's note.
"A deadly poisoning, a stolen painting and a criminal mastermind challenge the skills of FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan as never before in their latest high-stakes case. New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers has crafted a gripping novel of international intrigue and suspense not to be missed. Emma Sharpe is recovering from a shattering loss while her husband, Colin Donovan, is deep into his latest undercover mission. So they're grateful to enjoy a peaceful autumn weekend together on the southern Maine coast to celebrate Colin's brother Andy's wedding. But the peace is short-lived when Kevin Donovan, a marine patrol officer, receives a call to check on suspected food poisoning at a party aboard a yacht. Colin decides to tag along. He is surprised to recognize one of the victims as an undercover British intelligence officer, and it quickly becomes evident they're dealing with something very sinister. At the same time a valuable painting by Irish artist Aoife O'Byrne--a friend of Emma and Colin's--is missing from the yacht, and the connections make the investigation international and extremely personal. Emma and Colin discover they are up against a deadly foe who plans to strike again. With the help of HIT, their small, elite Boston-based FBI team, they must foil an attack that will have devastating effects. It's a case that will alter their lives beyond anything they've ever imagined..."-- Publisher's description.

Robert B. Parker's The bitterest pill

September 13, 2019
Coleman, Reed Farrel, 1956- author.
©2019
481 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
When a high school cheerleader dies of a suspected heroin overdose, it's clear that the opioid epidemic has reached the idyllic town of Paradise. Police chief Jesse Stone must unravel the supply chain and unmask the criminals behind it. The investigation's epicenter is Paradise High School, a prime market for Boston dealers looking to expand into the suburbs. As he digs deeper into the case, Jesse must battle self-interested administrators, reluctant teachers, distrustful teens, and overprotective parents. But the true bad guys are the ones with a lucrative business they'd kill to protect.

Vendetta in death

September 13, 2019
Robb, J. D., 1950- author.
Farmington Hills, Mich : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
529 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
She calls herself Lady Justice. And once she has chosen a man as her target, she turns herself into a tall blonde or a curvaceous redhead, makes herself as alluring and seductive as possible to them. Once they are in her grasp, they are powerless. The first victim is wealthy businessman Nigel McEnroy. His company's human resources department has already paid out settlements to a couple of his young victims-but they don't know that his crimes go far beyond workplace harassment. Lady Justice knows. And in one shocking night of brutality, she makes him pay a much steeper price. Now Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, are combing through the evidence of McEnroy's secret life. His compulsive need to record his misdeeds provides them with a wide range of suspects, but the true identity of Lady Justice remains elusive. It's a challenging case, made even more difficult by McEnroy's widow, who reacts to the investigation with fury, denial, and threats. Meanwhile, Lady Justice's criminal crusade is escalating rapidly, and if Eve can't stop this vigilante, there's no telling how much blood may be spilled.

Murder in the reading room

September 13, 2019
Adams, Ellery, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
360 pages : map ; 23 cm.
"Jane's boyfriend is missing, and she thinks she may find him at North Carolina's historic Biltmore Estate. Officially, she's there to learn about luxury hotel management, but she's also prowling around the breathtaking buildings and grounds looking for secret passageways and clues. One of the staff gardeners promises to be helpful . . . that is, until his body turns up in the reading room of his cottage, a book on his lap.When she finally locates the kidnapped Edwin, his captor insists that she lead him back to Storyton Hall, convinced that it houses Ernest Hemingway's lost suitcase, stolen from a Paris train station in 1922. But before they can turn up the treasure, the bell may toll for another victim . . ."--Publisher description.

A lady's guide to gossip and murder

September 13, 2019
Freeman, Dianne, 1958- author.
©2019
390 pages ; 23 cm.
Sequel to: A lady's guide to etiquette and murder.
Though American by birth, Frances Wynn, the now-widowed Countess of Harleigh, has adapted admirably to the quirks and traditions of the British aristocracy. On August twelfth each year, otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth, most members of the upper class retire to their country estates for grouse-shooting season. Frances has little interest in hunting-for birds or a second husband-and is expecting to spend a quiet few months in London with her almost-engaged sister, Lily, until the throng returns. Instead, she's immersed in a shocking mystery when a friend, Mary Archer, is found murdered. Frances had hoped Mary might make a suitable bride for her cousin, Charles, but their courtship recently fizzled out. Unfortunately, this puts Charles in the spotlight-along with dozens of others. It seems Mary had countless notes hidden in her home, detailing the private indiscretions of society's elite. Frances can hardly believe that the genteel and genial Mary was a blackmailer, yet why else would she horde such juicy tidbits? Aided by her gallant friend and neighbor, George Hazelton, Frances begins assisting the police in this highly sensitive case, learning more about her peers than she ever wished to know. Too many suspects may be worse than none at all-but even more worrying is that the number of victims is increasing too. And unless Frances takes care, she'll soon find herself among them . . .

Deadly intentions

September 13, 2019
Harris, Lisa, 1969- author.
©2019
399 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Detective Josh Solomon always believed his wife's death was the result of a home invasion. But when he is pulled into a case with striking similarities, it doesn't take long for him to realize the chilling truth--the attack that took his wife's life was far from random."-- Provided by publisher.

The killing tide

September 13, 2019
Pettrey, Dani, author.
©2019
453 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
A Coast Guard officer is found dead, another goes missing, and special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous assignment yet. Investigative reporter Harper Grace is determined to discover if the Coast Guard is stonewalling the truth. Can they ignore the sparks between them and track down this elusive killer?

The Titanic secret

September 12, 2019
Cussler, Clive, author.
©2019
494 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm.
A century apart, Dirk Pitt and Isaac Bell team up to unlock the truth about the most famous maritime disaster of all time. In the present day, Dirk Pitt must make a daring rescue from inside an antiquated submersible in the waters around New York City. His reward afterwards is a document left behind a century earlier by legendary detective Isaac Bell--a document that re-opens a historical mystery... In 1911 Colorado, Isaac Bell is asked to look into an unexplained tragedy at Little Angel Mine, a disaster in which nine people died. His dangerous quest to answer that riddle leads to a larger one centered on a rare element with extraordinary powers and of virtually incalculable value. As he discovers that there are people who will do anything to control the substance, Isaac Bell will find out how far he'll go to stop them.-- Publisher's description.

Killer instinct

September 4, 2019
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
©2019
501 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
The murder of an Ivy League professor pulls Dr. Dylan Reinhart out of his ivory tower and onto the streets of New York, where he reunited with his old partner, Detective Elizabeth Needham. As the worst act of terror since 9/11 strikes the city, a name on the casualty list rocks Dylan's world. Is his secret past about to be brought to light?

Fire storm

August 26, 2019
Mehl, Nancy, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
433 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
When her mother is diagnosed with cancer, FBI profiler Kaely Quinn takes time off work to go to Dark Water, Nebraska. The area has been hit by a series of fires, attributed by the fire chief to misuse of space heaters in the frigid winter. Kaely's search for a pattern in the locations of the fires lead her to suspect arson. Calling upon her partner from St. Louis, Noah Hunter, and a firefighter neighbor, Kaely and her team begin an investigation that swiftly leads them down a twisted path-- Adapted from back cover.

Almost midnight

August 22, 2019
Doiron, Paul, author.
©2019
455 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Series numeration from www.goodreads.com.
Sequel to: Stay hidden.
While on vacation, Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch receives a strange summons from Billy Cronk, one of his oldest friends and a man he had to reluctantly put behind bars for murder. Billy wants him to investigate a new female prison guard with a mysterious past, and Mike feels honor-bound to help his friend. But when the guard becomes the victim in a brutal attack at the prison, he realizes there may be a darker cover-up at play--and that Billy and his family might be at risk. Then Mike receives a second call for help, this time from a distant mountain valley where Shadow, a wolf-hybrid he once cared for, has been found shot by an arrow and clinging to life. He searches for the identity of the bowman, but his investigation is blocked at every turn by the increasingly hostile community. And when Billy's wife and children are threatened, Mike finds himself tested like never before. How can he possibly keep the family safe when he has enemies of his own on his trail? Torn between loyalties, Mike Bowditch must respond in the only way he knows how: by bending every law and breaking every rule to keep his loved ones safe and the true predators at bay.

The daughter of Sherlock Holmes

August 22, 2019
Goldberg, Leonard S., author.
©2017
390 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Regular print version previously published by: St. Martin's Press.
The year is 1914. Joanna Blalock is a highly-skilled nurse. But when she and her ten-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson Jr. Impressed by her forensic and deductive skills, they invite her to become the third member of their deductive team. Caught up in a Holmesian mystery that spans from hidden treasure to the Second Afghan War of 1878-1880, Joanna and her companions must devise an ingenious plan to catch a murderer in the act while dodging familiar culprits, Scotland Yard, and members of the British aristocracy. Unbeknownst to her, Joanna harbors a mystery of her own.

Paranoid

August 22, 2019
Jackson, Lisa, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, [2019]
607 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Kensington Publishing Corp.
"Some people in Rachel Gaston's small hometown of Edgewater, Oregon, think she got away with murder twenty years ago when she mistook a real gun for a toy. As that deadly anniversary approaches, she'll need to find the truth ... before it finds her"-- Provided by publisher.

Smokescreen

August 20, 2019
Johansen, Iris, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
630 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
A journalist shows up on Eve Duncan's doorstep with a plea for help. Jill Cassidy has just come from a small African village with a heart wrenching story: half the villagers--many of them children--have been killed in a horrific attack by guerrilla soldiers, the bodies burned beyond recognition. Now, the families desperately need Eve's help to get closure and begin to heal. But when Eve arrives in the remote jungle, she begins to suspect that Jill's plea may have been a cover story for a deeper, more sinister plot. Isolated and unsure who she can trust, Eve finds herself stranded in an unstable country where violence threatens to break out again at any moment and with only her own instincts to rely on if she hopes to get home to her family alive.

Someone we know

August 20, 2019
Lapeña, Shari, 1960- author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
xii, 380 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
"Maybe you don't know your neighbours as well as you thought you did.... 'This is a very difficult letter to write. I hope you will not hate us too much... My son broke into your home recently while you were out.' In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses--and into the owners' computers as well--learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too. Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches its breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they're telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their little secrets? In this neighborhood, it's not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide..."-- Provided by publisher.

Hope rides again

August 14, 2019
Shaffer, Andrew, author.
©2019
365 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Hope never dies

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