New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

March 26, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Wolf pack : a Joe Pickett novel

March 25, 2019
Box, C. J., author.
©2019
465 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett encounters bad behavior on his own turf--only to have the FBI and the DOJ ask him to stand down--in the thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author C.J. Box. The good news is that Joe Pickett has his job back, after his last adventure in The Disappeared. The bad news is that hes come to learn that a drone is killing wildlife--and the drone belongs to a mysterious and wealthy man whose son is dating Joe's own daughter, Lucy. When Joe tries to lay down the rules for the drone operator, hes asked by the FBI and the DOJ to stand down, which only makes him more suspicious. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up in and around Joe's district in shocking numbers. He begins to fear that a pack of four vicious killers working on behalf of the Sinaloa cartel known as the Wolf Pack has arrived. Their target seems to be the mystery man and everyone--including Joe, Nate, and others--who is associated with him. Teaming up with a female game warden (based on a real person, one of the few female game wardens at work in Wyoming today) to confront these assassins, Joe finds himself in the most violent and dangerous predicament hes ever faced. "-- Provided by publisher.

The Windemere affair

March 25, 2019
Rolfs, Judith, 1942- author.
©2018
455 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Albert Windemere had many enemies, but only one hated him enough to commit murder. Psychotherapist Jennifer Trevor is placed in the cross-hairs of a killer when she's hired by her deceased client's lawyer to counsel the dead man's family. Mending hurts won't be easy. Al Windemere's list of enemies is long, and his untimely death is celebrated. But Jennifer knows that the once unscrupulous businessman had recently begun a changed life as a Christian. As Jennifer delves deeper into the dynamics of Albert's shattered relationships, she becomes the next target. It will require all her intuition and knowledge of human behavior in order to stay safe and solve the mystery, but Jennifer is determined to restore Al's reputation and find his murderer. The stakes couldn't be higher. If Jennifer's wrong, she dies"-- Provided by publisher.

Death bakes a pecan pie : a fresh-baked mystery

March 25, 2019
Washburn, L. J., author.
©2018
323 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
"Hollywood comes to Weatherford, Texas, as a movie company arrives to shoot scenes for a film based on the novel by Phyllis Newsom's friend Eve. But movie fantasy turns to deadly reality as a murder recreated for film turns out to be the genuine article, and once more Phyllis has to track down a cunning killer to see that justice is done"-- Provided by publisher.

A shot in the dark

March 25, 2019
Truss, Lynne, author.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
421 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"It's 1957, and the famed theater critic A.S. Crystal has come to the British seaside resort of Brighton with something other than the local production of A Shilling in the Meter on his mind. Sitting in the Brighton Royal Theater with Constable Twitten, Crystal intends to tell the detective the secret he knows about the still-unsolved Aldersgate Stick-Up case of 1945. And yet, just before Crystal names the criminal mastermind involved, he's shot dead in his seat. With a new murder case on his hands and a lazy captain at the helm of the police department, the keen and clever Constable Twitten and his colleague Sargent Jim Brunswick set out to solve the decade-old mystery of the Aldersgate Stick-Up"-- Provided by publisher.

Mercy River

March 20, 2019
Hamilton, Glen Erik, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
547 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
When his friend Leo Pak is arrested on suspicion of murder and armed robbery, Van Shaw journeys to a remote Oregon county to help his fellow Ranger. Van had been Leo's sergeant when they served with the 75th Regiment in Afghanistan, and back in the States, Leo had helped Van when he needed it most. Arriving in the isolated town of Mercy River, Van learns that his troubled friend had planned to join a raucous three-day party that dominates the place for one weekend each year. Attended by hundreds of former and active Rangers, the event is more than just a reunion; it's the central celebration of a growing support network called the Rally, founded and led by a highly decorated Special Operations general named Macomber. But there's more going on in Mercy River than just a bunch of Army hard cases blowing off steam. The murder victim--the owner of a local gun shop where Leo worked part time--was dealing in stolen heroin-grade opiates. Worse, the town has a dark history with a community of white supremacists, growing in strength and threatening to turn Mercy River into their private enclave. The cops have damning evidence linking Leo to the murder, and Van knows that backwaters like Mercy River are notorious for protecting their own. His quest to clear Leo's name will stir up old grudges and dark secrets beneath the surface of this secretive small town, pit his criminal instincts against his loyalties to his brothers in arms, and force him to question his own belief in putting justice above the letter of the law.

Chocolate cream pie murder

March 12, 2019
Fluke, Joanne, 1943- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2019.
509 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Not even Lake Eden's nosiest residents suspected Hannah Swensen would go from idealistic newlywed to betrayed wife in a matter of weeks. But as a deadly mystery unfolds in town, the proof is in the pudding. When The Cookie Jar becomes the setting of a star-studded TV special about movies filmed in Minnesota, Hannah hopes to shine the spotlight on her bakery--not the unsavory scandal swirling around her personal life. But that's practically impossible with a disturbing visit from the shifty character she once believed was her one and only love, a group of bodyguards following her every move, and a murder victim in her bedroom. Now, swapping the crime scene in her condo for her mother Delores's penthouse, Hannah and an old flame team up to solve a case that's messier than an upended chocolate cream pie. As suspects emerge and secrets hit close to home, Hannah must serve a hefty helping of justice to an unnamed killer prowling around Lake Eden. before someone takes a slice out of her!"-- Provided by publisher.

The FlimFlam Affair

March 12, 2019
Pronzini, Bill, author.
©2018
311 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"The Flimflam Affair is the latest charming historical mystery in Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Bill Pronzini's detective series. Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services is a fixture in San Francisco at the dawn of a new century. While the future is unclear, Sabina and John know one thing for certain; they will protect their clients from flimflammers, thieves, and murderers, and do whatever it takes to run these dregs of society into the arms of the law. Sometimes, that requires a subtle touch. Professor A. Vargas, self-styled medium extraordinaire, and his partner Annabelle, use guile and trickery to swindle bereaved men and women eager to contact the spirits of deceased loved ones. John and Sabina must not only unmask these charlatans, but also solve the riddle of an impossible murder in the midst of a séance. Other cases involve brute force and personal danger. Such as the theft of a burglarproof safe mysteriously emptied of gold bullion. And John's pursuit of a ruthless gang of counterfeiters, whose leader appears to be a man from John's past in the Secret Service--a man thought long dead. Adding spice to these exploits is Sabina and John's personal relationship, which is rapidly progressing to an exciting new level. "-- Provided by publisher.

A justified murder

March 11, 2019
Deveraux, Jude, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
479 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Thorndike Press large print basic".
"The small town of Lachlan, Florida, was rocked last year when two bodies were uncovered in the roots of a fallen tree. Despite their lack of investigative experience, Sara Medlar; her niece, Kate; and Jack Wyatt found themselves at the center of the mystery, working together to reveal the truth behind a decades-old secret in the sleepy town. After a narrow escape, they vowed to never again involve themselves in something so dangerous--until Janet Beeson is murdered. When Janet's body is discovered, everyone is shocked by the violence of the attack. The sweet little old woman has been shot, stabbed and poisoned, but no one can imagine who would want to harm one of the town's kindest, most helpful residents. Sara, Kate and Jack are determined to leave this case to the professionals. But they are soon bombarded by townspeople eager to tell their stories and clear their names with the trio who solved the Morris murders. Even the sheriff is hoping they'll lend their skills to a crime that seems to have no explanation and no motive. And once the town gets talking, they begin to see that there are more secrets buried in quiet Lachlan than anyone could have imagined"-- Provided by publisher.

Broken bone China

March 11, 2019
Childs, Laura, author.
©2019
437 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Theodosia Browning serves tea and solves crimes in Charleston, a city steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs. It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a dozen other colorful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns gray and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing around the balloons, checking them out. As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like some angry, mechanized insect, deliberately crashes into the balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts, and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to the earth, killing all three of its passengers. Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag that several people were rabidly bidding on. Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO's soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEOs personal assistant, who also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques' dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancée of one of Theodosia's dear friends, who turns out to be an employee--and whistle-blower--at SyncSoft? INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!"-- Provided by publisher.

A catered cat wedding

March 11, 2019
Crawford, Isis, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
400 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: A catered costume party.
Includes recipes.
"Susie Katz, the crazy cat lady of Longely, New York, hires the Simmons sisters to cater a cat wedding. Chaos erupts when a wedding gift is unwrapped and mice jump out of the box. Three hours later, the cats have been caught, but their owner has been murdered and the Simmons sisters try to sniff out the killer"-- Provided by publisher.

Death by chocolate malted milkshake

March 11, 2019
Graves, Sarah, 1951- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
398 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"Eastport's kindergarten teacher Sharon Sweetwater and Coast Guard Captain Andy Devine are getting married. When Sharon's bitter ex-boyfriend Toby is poisoned with an arsenic-laced milkshake, Andy is jailed as the prime suspect. Then Sharon makes a shocking confession in an attempt to clear Andy. Jake and Ellie put their chocolate treats aside to make sure justice is served"-- Provided by publisher.

The craftsman

March 8, 2019
Bolton, S. J., author.
©2018
615 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Florence Lovelady's career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Grassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago in a small village in Lancashire. Like something out of a nightmare, the victims were buried alive Florence was able to solve the mystery and get a confession out of Larry before more children were murdered. But now, decades later, he's dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Is someone copying the original murders? Or did she get it wrong all those years ago? When her own son goes missing under similar circumstances, the case not only gets reopened... it gets personal." -- Provided by publisher.

Uneasy lies the crown

March 8, 2019
Alexander, Tasha, 1969- author.
©2018
475 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"In Uneasy Lies the Crown, the thrilling new mystery in Tasha Alexander's bestselling series, Lady Emily and her husband Colin must stop a serial killer whose sights may be set on the new king, Edward VII. On her deathbed, Queen Victoria asks to speak privately with trusted agent of the Crown Colin Hargreaves, slipping him a letter with her last, parting command: Une sanz pluis. Sapere aude. "One and no more. Dare to know." The year is 1901 and the death of Britain's longest-reigning monarch has sent all of the Empire into mourning. But for Lady Emily and her dashing husband Colin, the grieving is cut short as another royal death takes center stage. A body has been found in the Tower of London, posed to look like the murdered medieval king Henry VI. Soon after a second dead man turns up in London's exclusive Berkeley Square, his mutilated remains staged to evoke the violent demise of Edward II, it becomes evident that the individual behind the crimes plans to kill again and again. The race to find him takes Emily deep into the capital's underbelly, with its secret gangs, street children, and sleazy brothels. But the clues aren't adding up, and even more puzzling are the anonymous letters Colin has been receiving since Victoria's death. Is someone threatening her successor, Edward VII?"-- Provided by publisher.

The blood

March 7, 2019
Thomson, E. S., author.
©2018
476 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain endeavor to solve a dark and terrible new mystery in a hunt that takes them through the harrowing streets of Victorian London to the dangers of the seamen's floating hospital known only as The Blood"--Provided by publisher.

Inherit the bones

March 7, 2019
Littlejohn, Emily, author.
©2016
463 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Six-months pregnant, with a partner she can't trust and colleagues who know more than they're saying, Detective Gemma Monroe tracks a killer who will stop at nothing to keep the secrets buried in Cedar Valley, Colorado"--Provided by publisher.

The language of the dead : a World War II mystery

March 7, 2019
Kelly, Stephen (Mystery writer), author.
©2015
416 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"As the shadow of World War II descends over Europe, Detective Inspector Thomas Lamb hunts for an elusive killer behind the veil of a seemingly charming English village"--Provided by publisher.

Murder flies the coop

February 26, 2019
Ellicott, Jessica, author.
©2018
465 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Sequel to: Murder in an English village.
Adventure-seeking American Beryl Helliwell and her old English school chum, Edwina Davenport, who share a household in the hamlet of Walmsley Parva, set up their own informal private investigation business. Their first client, Vicar Wilfred Lowethorpe, calls on them for help in a matter that requires sensitivity and discretion. One of the vicar's parishioners, Lionel Cunningham, who's treasurer of the local pigeon racing club, has gone missing with all the club's funds and some prize birds belonging to other members. After checking more obvious places, the women find Cunningham stabbed to death inside the man's pigeon loft. As usual, Constable Doris Gibbs resents Beryl and Edwina meddling in any police matter, but she can't prevent the spunky and determined sleuths from pursuing the case. Ellicott smoothly injects such serious issues as the impact of WWI on its survivors and the restrictions of the English class system into a light whodunit.

Bird, bath & beyond

February 26, 2019
Copperman, E. J., 1957- author.
©2018
415 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"Kay Powell, theatrical agent to non-human animals, is babysitting--that is, birdsitting--her client, a parrot named Barney, on the set of his new TV show, Dead City. When the show's charismatic star is shot in his trailer between scenes, the only eyewitness to the crime is--you guessed it--Barney. And even though Kay keeps explaining that even a "talking" parrot doesn't actually converse with people, the investigators insist on interrogating the bird for information he clearly can't communicate. Suspects accumulate like birdseed, and before long it's clear the killer believes Barney might actually be able to supply useful evidence. Even Barney can't fly away from this one"

Catch me if yukon

February 26, 2019
Hunter, Maddy, author.
©2019
409 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
As tour escort Emily Miceli leads her globetrotting band of Iowa seniors into the wilds of Alaska, she discovers that, in the land of the midnight sun, whales aren't the only killers on the prowl. When a tour member turns up dead on a mountainous hiking trail, Emily blames herself for the mishap--until she learns that something far hairier might be to blame. One of the seniors snaps a photo of what looks to be Bigfoot, raising many questions about what happened to the victim. But the illusive sasquatch is just a legend, isn't it? Between whale-watching in the glacial waters near Seward and ziplining in the primal forests of Denali, Emily finds herself locked in a game of cat and mouse with a killer who's too clever to be mere myth.

The novel art of murder

February 26, 2019
Burns, V. M., 1964- author.
©2018
409 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"Mystery bookstore owner Samantha Washington is trying to keep her grandmother from spending her golden years in an orange jumpsuit . . . The small town of North Harbor, Michigan, is just not big enough for the two of them: flamboyant phony Maria Romanov and feisty Nana Jo. The insufferable Maria claims she's descended from Russian royalty and even had a fling with King Edward VIII back in the day. She's not just a lousy liar, she's a bad actress, so when she nabs the lead in the Shady Acres Senior Follies--a part Nana Jo plays every year in their retirement village production--Nana Jo blows a gasket and reads her the riot act in front of everyone. Of course, when Maria is silenced with a bullet to the head, Nana Jo lands the leading role on the suspects list. Sam's been writing her newest mystery, set in England between the wars, with her intrepid heroine Lady Daphne drawn into murder and scandal in the household of Winston Churchill. But now she has to prove that Nana Jo's been framed. With help from her grandmother's posse of rambunctious retirees, Sam shines a spotlight on Maria's secrets, hoping to draw the real killer out of the shadows . . . This is part of "A Mystery Bookshop Mystery" series."-- Provided by publisher.

A wrench in the works : a fixer-upper mystery

February 26, 2019
Carlisle, Kate, 1951- author.
©2018
385 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
First published in 2018.
"Shannon Hammer's younger sister Chloe left Lighthouse Cove after high school to make it big in Hollywood. And she did it! For several years now, Chloe has been the co-host of a popular home repair show on the Do-It-Yourself Network. Now, after ten years, Chloe returns to Lighthouse Cove with her crew and co-host to film several shows featuring her sister Shannon, along with some special mini-segments on Victorian style and design. But Shannon realizes quickly that things are not exactly blissful in TV land."--Back cover.

So pretty a problem

February 22, 2019
Duncan, Francis, 1918-1988, author.
©2018
451 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Love is deadly. Adrian Carthallow, a dramatic and talented artist, is no stranger to controversy. But this time it's not his paintings that have provoked a blaze of publicity -- it's the fact that his career has been suddenly terminated by a bullet to the head. Not only that, but his wife has confessed to firing the fatal shot. Inspector Penross of the town constabulary is less than convinced by Helen Carthallow's story, but has no other explanation for the incident that occurred when the couple were alone in their clifftop house. Luckily for the Inspector, amateur criminologist Mordecai Tremaine has an uncanny habit of being in the near neighborhood whenever sudden death makes its appearance. As he mounts his investigation, Tremaine is quick to realize that however perfect a couple the Carthallows may have seemed, beneath the surface of their perfect life lay something much more sinister...

A case of bier

February 20, 2019
Daheim, Mary, author.
©2019
406 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Vacations can be murder. No one knows that better than Judith McMonigle Flynn, owner of Seattle’s popular Hillside Manor B&B. After a busy summer, she desperately needs some R&R. Leave it to her thoughtful husband, Joe, to surprise her with a trip to the Canadian Rockies. Thrilled to be getting away, Judith's overjoyed when Cousin Renie and Bill agree to join them. Though the husbands have made the arrangements, how bad can a short time away in the beautiful mountains be? Judith and Renie are about to find out! While the accommodations certainly leave something to be desired, the other guests are the real prize. They've gathered on the mountainside to give a relative a proper and permanent send-off--a nice gesture, until Judith realizes that paying their respects might be a little premature...without some very sinister assistance. Now, it's up to her and Renie to save a would-be corpse from an early date with the undertaker.-- Publisher's description.

The black ascot

February 20, 2019
Todd, Charles, author.
©2019
504 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
A tip from an ex-convict seems implausible--but Inspector Ian Rutledge is intrigued and brings it to his superior at Scotland Yard. Alan Barrington, who has evaded capture for ten years, is the suspect in an appalling murder during Black Ascot, the famous 1910 royal horserace honoring the late King Edward VII. His disappearance began a manhunt that consumed Britain for a decade. Now it appears that Barrington has returned to England, giving Scotland Yard a last chance to retrieve its reputation and see justice done.

Careless love

February 20, 2019
Robinson, Peter, 1950- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
498 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Published in the U.K. in 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd."--Title page verso.
Two suspicious deaths challenge DS Alan Banks and his crack investigative team.

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