New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

August 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Scream Site

August 17, 2018
Ireland, Justina, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Capstone Editions, 2018.
261 pages ; 22 cm
Future investigative reporter Sabrina, fourteen, researches a popular website where people post horror videos, hoping to prove they are not as real as they seem until her sister, a big fan of the site, disappears.

Swift vengeance

August 17, 2018
Parker, T. Jefferson, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
353 pages ; 24 cm
Private investigator Roland Ford is on the trail of a mysterious killer who is beheading CIA drone operators and leaving puzzling clues at each crime scene. His troubled friend Lindsay Rakes is afraid for her own life and the life of her son after a fellow flight crew member is killed in brutal fashion. Even more terrifying is the odd note the killer left behind: "Welcome to Caliphornia. This is not the last." Ford strikes an uneasy alliance with San Diego-based FBI agent Joan Taucher, who is tough as nails. As the killer strikes again, Ford and Taucher dash into the fray, each desperate for their own reasons--each ready to risk it all to stop the killer from doing far more damage.

Kindred spirits

August 17, 2018
Bannister, Jo, author.
©2018
220 pages ; 23 cm.
"A kidnap attempt outside the school gates in broad daylight convinces Gabriel Ash that his renegade wife is trying to steal their sons from him. Only the intervention of his friend Constable Hazel Best kept them safe. It's a simple if alarming explanation, but is it the truth? Hazel uncovers disturbing information about another crime, the repercussions of which are still threatening innocent lives seventeen years later. Once again Hazel finds herself at loggerheads with her superiors. Did they really conspire to protect a murderer? And this time she isn't getting the support she needs from Ash. She'd thought they were kindred spirits: now she's not sure what his motives are. One thing is certain: with her life in imminent danger, Hazel's going to need friends like never before ..."--Publisher's description.

Beethoven's tenth : a novel

August 16, 2018
Kluger, Richard, author.
©2018
398 pages ; 24 cm.
"This is a Genuine Vireo Book" -- From title page verso.
"When the assistant manager of a hardware store in rural New Jersey shows up at the offices of Cubbage & Wakeham, an elite New York auction house, with a worn musical manuscript he hopes to sell for a small (or perhaps hefty) fortune, he is greeted with subdued snickers--and not surprisingly. The title page of the document reads, 'William Tell: A Dramatic Symphony' and is signed 'Ludwig van Beethoven.' The bearer of the composition claims he recently came upon it in an old attic trunk while cleaning out his lately deceased grandfather's home in Zurich; several accompanying documents suggest the work was written there during the summer of 1814. Is the seemingly miraculous discovery the genuine article or an ingenious hoax? To solve the tantalizing puzzle before placing the manuscript on the auction block at risk of becoming a global laughingstock, Cubbage & Wakeham's management organizes a team of intensely skeptical investigators, among them the world's top Beethoven scholars and forensic experts, all of them out to prove the find a fraud. But as evidence to the contrary begins to pile up, tensions rise among the corps of authenticators, the financial stakes soar as would-be exploiters of the symphony gather, the governments of five nations seek to claim the work as a national treasure, and the mystery artfully spun by novelist Richard Kluger deepens by the day." --From publisher's description.

Dead man running

August 16, 2018
Hamilton, Steve, 1961- author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
288 pages ; 24 cm.
"On the Mediterranean Sea, a vacationer logs onto the security camera feed from his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Something about his living room seems not quite right--the room is bright, when he's certain he'd left the curtains closed. Rewinding through the feed, he sees an intruder. When he shifts to the bedroom camera, he sees the dead body. Martin T. Livermore is the key suspect in the abduction and murder of at least five women, but he's never been this sloppy before. When the FBI finally catches him in Scottsdale, he declares he'll only talk to one person: a retired police officer from Detroit, now a private investigator living in the tiny town of Paradise, Michigan. A man named Alex McKnight. Livermore means nothing to McKnight, but it soon becomes clear McKnight means something to Livermore. and that Livermore's capture was only the beginning of an elaborate, twisted plot with McKnight at the center. In a hunt that will take him across the country and to the edge of his limits, McKnight fights to stop a vicious killer before he can exact his ultimate revenge. And his grand finale will cut closer to home than he ever could have imagined"-- Provided by publisher.

Desolation mountain : a novel

August 16, 2018
Krueger, William Kent, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2018.
320 pages ; 24 cm.
"Cork O'Connor and his son Stephen work together to uncover the truth behind the tragic plane crash of a senator on Desolation Mountain and the mysterious disappearances of several first responders. This is a heart-pounding and devastating mystery the scope and consequences of which go far beyond what father or son could ever have imagined. "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." To Stephen O'Connor, Hamlet's dour observation is more than just words. All his life, he has had visions of tragedies to come. When he experiences the vision of a great bird shot from the sky, he knows something terrible is about to happen. The crash of a private plane on Desolation Mountain in a remote part of the Iron Lake Reservation, which kills a United States senator and most of her family, confirms Stephen's worst fears. Stephen joins his father, Cork O'Connor and a few Ojibwe men from the nearby Iron Lake reservation to sift through the smoldering wreckage when the FBI arrives and quickly assumes control of the situation. What seems like the end of the O'Connors' involvement is, however, only the beginning of a harrowing journey to understand the truth behind the Senator's death. As he initiates his own probe, Cork O'Connor stumbles upon a familiar face in Bo Thorson, a private security consultant whose unnamed clients have hired him to look quietly into the cause of the crash. The men agree to join forces in their investigation, but soon Cork begins to wonder if Thorson's loyalties lie elsewhere. In that far north Minnesota County, which is overrun with agents of the FBI, NTSB, DoD, and even members of a rightwing militia, all of whom have their own agendas, Cork, Stephen, and Bo attempt to navigate a perilous course. Roadblocked by lies from the highest levels of government, uncertain who to trust, and facing growing threats the deeper they dig for answers, the three men finally understand that to get to the truth, they will have to face the great menace, a beast of true evil lurking in the woods--a beast with a murderous intent of unimaginable scale"-- Provided by publisher.

Abandoned

August 16, 2018
Brennan, Allison, author.
©2018
viii, 338 pages ; 24 cm.
"Investigative reporter Max Revere has cracked many cases, but the one investigation she's never attempted is the mystery from her own past. Her mother abandoned her when she was nine, sending her periodic postcards, but never returning to reclaim her daughter. Seven years after the postcards stop coming, Martha Revere is declared legally dead, with no sign of what may have happened to her. Until now. With a single clue--that her mother's car disappeared sixteen years ago in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay--Max drops everything to finally seek the truth."--Dust jacket.

Her kind of case

August 16, 2018
Winer, Jeanne, author.
Baltimore, MD : Bancroft Press, [2018]
308 pages ; 24 cm
A legal drama that centers on Lee Isaacs, a female defense attorney on the cusp of turning 60, who, out of curiosity, determination, and desire for a big, even impossible, professional challenge, chooses to take on a tough murder case in which a largely uncooperative young man is accused of helping kill a gay gang member.

Where the crawdads sing

August 15, 2018
Owens, Delia, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2018.
370 pages : illustration ; 24 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, she takes life lessons from the land. 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."--Jacket.

Don't eat me

August 14, 2018
Cotterill, Colin, author.
©2018
290 pages ; 22 cm.
"Between getting into a tangle with a corrupt local judge, and discovering a disturbing black-market business, Dr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos and his friend Inspector Phosy have their hands full in the thirteenth installment of Colin Cotterill's quirky, critically acclaimed series. Dr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos, may have more experience dissecting bodies than making art, but when he manages to smuggle a fancy movie camera into the country he devises a plan to shoot a Lao adaptation of War and Peace with his friend Civilai. The only problem? The Ministry of Culture must approve the script before they can get rolling. That and they can't figure out how to turn on the camera. Meanwhile, the skeleton of a woman has appeared under the Anusawari Arch in the middle of the night. Siri puts his directorial debut on hold and assists his friend, the newly promoted Senior Police Inspector Phosy Vongvichai, with the ensuing investigation. Though the death of the unknown woman seems to be recent, the flesh on her corpse has been picked off in places as if something--or someone--has been gnawing on the bones. The plot Phosy soon uncovers involves much more than single set of skeletal remains"-- Provided by publisher.

Last looks : a novel

August 14, 2018
Gould, Howard Michael, author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2018]
294 pages ; 24 cm
Pathologically committed to a minimalist life in solitude, former LAPD detective Charlie Waldo is drawn into the case of once-famous, heavily-drinking actor Alastair Pinch, whose wife has been found dead.

Fugitive from the grave

August 14, 2018
Marston, Edward, author.
London : Allison & Busby Limited, 2018.
318 pages ; 23 cm.
1817. Upon receiving a letter from an old family friend, Catherine Van Emden returns from Holland to find her father dead. She refuses to believe the middle-aged man died of natural causes, and the suspicious circumstances of his life during the past few months compel her to ask Peter and Paul Skillen for help. Why would a successful engineer suddenly begin begging for alms on the streets? Had he refused to ask for help, or was he prevented from doing so? When his body is revealed missing from the casket, the twins embark on a chase of funerary agents, barmaids, and body snatchers trying to solve the mystery of George Parry's alleged death before their Bow Street rivals.

S'more murders

August 14, 2018
Corrigan, Maya, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
vi, 279 pages ; 17 cm.
"Includes 6 delicious five-ingredient recipes!"--Page 4 of cover.
Managing a fitness club café and collaborating on a cookbook with her grandfather are Val Deniston's usual specialties, but she's about to set sail into nearby Chesapeake Bay--straight into a murder case . . . Since catering themed events is a good way to make extra cash, Val agrees to board the Titanic --or at least cater a re-creation of the doomed journey on a yacht. The owner of the yacht, who collects memorabilia related to the disaster, wants Val to serve the last meal the Titanic passengers ate . . . while his guests play a murder-mystery game. But it is the final feast for one passenger who disappears from the ship. And that's only the tip of the iceberg. Now Val has to reel in a killer before s'more murders go down . . . Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes! PRAISE FOR FINAL FONDUE "Corrigan keeps her simple mixture of pleasant characters, murder, and recipes in the oven." --Kirkus Reviews

The man who couldn't miss : a Stewart Hoag mystery

August 13, 2018
Handler, David, 1952- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
240, 9 pages ; 24 cm.
"In the next novel in David Handler's Edgar award-winning series, Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag and his beloved basset hound, Lulu, investigate a murder in a fabled Connecticut summer playhouse. Hollywood ghostwriter Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag has chronicled the rise, fall, and triumphant return of many a celebrity. At last he's enjoying his own, very welcome second act. After hitting a creative slump following the success of his debut novel, Hoagy has found inspiration again. Ensconced with his faithful but cowardly basset hound, Lulu, on a Connecticut farm belonging to his ex-wife, Oscar-winning actress Merilee Nash, he's busy working on a new novel. He's even holding out hope that he and Merilee might get together again. Life is simple and fulfilling--which of course means it's time for complications to set in"-- Provided by publisher.

Sweet little lies : a novel

August 13, 2018
Frear, Caz, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
344 pages ; 24 cm

The Dante connection

August 13, 2018
Ryan, Estelle, author.
[North Charleston, South Carolina] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], 2013.
359 pages ; 21 cm
"Despite her initial disbelief, Doctor Genevieve Lenard discovers that she is the key that connects stolen works of art, ciphers and sinister threats. Betrayed by the people who called themselves her friends, Genevieve throws herself into her insurance investigation job with autistic single-mindedness. When hacker Francine appears beaten and bloodied on her doorstep, begging for her help, Genevieve is forced to get past the hurt of her friends' abandonment and team up with them to find the perpetrators. Little does she know that it will take her on a journey through not one, but two twisted minds to discover the true target of their mysterious messages. It will take all her personal strength and knowledge as a nonverbal communications expert to overcome fears that could cost not only her life, but the lives of many others"--Page [4] of cover.

Against the claw

August 13, 2018
Randall, Shari, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2018.
325 pages ; 18 cm.
When Allie finds the body of a young woman while out on her aunt's lobster boat, she investigates after the police are unable even to identify the dead beauty.

Death over easy

August 13, 2018
Day, Maddie, author.
©2018
viii, 278 pages ; 17 cm
"Includes recipes for you to try!"--Page 4 of cover.
During the annual Brown County Bluegrass Festival, country store and café owner Robbie Jordan must help a group of banjo players clear their names in the murder of a performer with the help of an unexpected partner.

Last call

August 13, 2018
Abbott, Allyson K., author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2018]
357 pages ; 17 cm
"Includes drink recipes!"--Cover.
Fresh off solving a murder that hit too close to home, Mack's trust is shattered. But when Milwaukee police detective Duncan Albright asks for her help with a shooting, she can't resist using her extra-perceptive senses to benefit others. It turns out the victim was the ruthless businessman their friend Mal was investigating undercover. And now Mal is missing--and his fingerprints are on the gun. Was his cover blown, forcing him into hiding? Or could he be a straight-up killer on the run? Mack doesn't know what to believe anymore--except her own gut, which leads her to secret rooms, shocking revelations . . . and the fear that this could be her final round. --Amazon.

Killer green tomatoes

August 13, 2018
Cahoon, Lynn, author.
©2018
175 pages ; 22 cm.
"The time seems ripe for success as Angie Turner opens her farm-to-table restaurant in her Idaho hometown-until her new tomato supplier is accused of murder and Angie has to pick the real killer...To Angie, nothing tastes more like summer than her Nona's fried green tomatoes. Eager to add the recipe to the menu at the County Seat, she's found the perfect produce supplier-her sous chef Estebe's cousin, Javier. Just one problem: ladies' man Javier's current hot tomato, Heather, has turned up dead, and he's the prime suspect. Somehow, between managing her restaurant and navigating a romantic triangle between Estebe and Ian, the owner/manager of the farmer's market, Angie needs to produce evidence to clear Javier-before this green tomato farmer gets fried . . . "--Amazon.

What falls between the cracks

August 10, 2018
Scragg, Robert, author.
London : Allison & Busby, 2018.
318 pages ; 24 cm
Did she slip through the cracks, or was she pushed? When a severed hand is found in an abandoned flat, Detective Jake Porter and his partner Nick Styles are able to DNA match the limb to the owner, Natasha Barclay, who has not been seen in decades. But why has no one been looking for her? It seems that Natasha's family are the people who can least be trusted. Delving into the details behind her disappearance and discovering links to another investigation, a tragic family history begins to take on a darker twist. Hampered by a widespread fear of a local heavy, as well as internal politics and possible corruption within the force, Porter and Styles are digging for answers, but will what they find ever see the light of day?

Tahoe dark

August 10, 2018
Borg, Todd, author.
South Lake Tahoe, CA : Thriller Press, 2016.
351 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"A young man is taken in a brutal kidnapping. After Tahoe resident Jonas Montrop is kidnapped, his father pays the ransom but is then murdered. Four men hold up an armored truck. The next day, four robbers in hoodies and hockey masks take down an armored truck loaded with cash destined for a casino at Lake Tahoe. The company's boss calls Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna. As McKenna tracks the robbers, he finds two of them murdered in the gristliest of ways. It looks like the killer is a woman. McKenna uncovers evidence that implicates a woman named Evan Rosen in all three murders. Evan worked for the father of the kidnap victim, and she had a powerful motivation for wanting the robbers dead. Evan is arrested and charged with murder. Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna believes she's innocent. The problem is that McKenna doesn't believe Evan did it. The only way to save her from death row is to find the real killer. But this killer is smarter and meaner than any McKenna has ever caught. It looks like McKenna and Evan are both going to die before the killer is finished ..."--Back cover.

The king tides : a thriller

August 10, 2018
Swain, James, author.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, 2018.
310 pages ; 22 cm
Nicki Pearl is the perfect daughter--every parent's dream. And that of strangers, too. Wherever she goes, she's being watched. Each stalker is different from the last, except for one thing--their alarming obsession with Nicki. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Nicki's father is turning to someone who can protect her: retired private detective and ex-Navy SEAL Jon Lancaster. Teaming up with FBI agent and former abduction victim Beth Daniels, Lancaster can help--his way. He's spent most of his career dispatching creeps who get off on terrorizing the vulnerable. Unlicensed, and unrestricted, he plays dirty...But this case is unusual. --Publisher's description.

The breakers

August 9, 2018
Muller, Marcia, author.
©2018
260 pages ; 24 cm
Sharon gets a request from her former neighbors the Curleys. Their usually dependable daughter, Chelle, hasn't answered their calls in over a week. Would Sharon check on her? Chelle, a house flipper, has been living at her latest rehab project: a Prohibition-era nightclub known as the Breakers, formerly a favored watering hole for San Francisco's elite, now converted into a run-down apartment building. There's something sinister about the quirky space, and Sharon quickly discovers why. Lurking in a secret room between two floors is a ghastly art gallery: photos and drawings of mass murderers, long ago and recent. Jack the Ripper. The Zodiac and Zebra killers. Charles Manson. What, an alarmed Sharon wonders, was Chelle doing in this chamber of horrors? --Provided by Publisher.

Pinnacle City : a superhero noir

August 9, 2018
Carter, Matt, 1985- author.
New York, NY : Talos Press, [2018]
302 pages ; 21 cm
"To some people, Pinnacle City is a glittering metropolis, a symbol of prosperity watched over by the all-star superhero team the Pinnacle City Guardians. But beneath the glitz and glamor is a gritty underbelly, one still feeling the physical and economic damage of the superhero-villain battles of generations past, where the lower class--immigrants, criminals, aliens, sorcerers, and non-humans alike--jostles and elbows for scraps to scrape by. Private investigator Eddie Enriquez is an ex-con and veteran with powers of his own who still bears the scars of his time as a minion for a low-level supervillain. Good work's been hard to come by until a mysterious woman shows up at his office with a case the police and superheroes are ignoring: the suspicious death of a prominent non-human rights activist. Meanwhile, superhero Kimberly Kline, a.k.a. Solar Flare, has just hit it big, graduating to the Pinnacle City Guardians. With her good looks, incredible superpowers, and a family name that opens doors, the sky is the limit. But in trying to make the world a better place...she'll discover Pinnacle City isn't as black and white as it once seemed"--Back cover.

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