New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

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

The dreaming tree

November 8, 2019
Mather, Matthew, 1969- author.
© 2019
337 pages : 24 cm
"A Delta Devlin novel"--Jacket.
"After a near-fatal car crash, Royce Lowell-Vandeweghe wakes up to find he's one of the first patients to undergo a radical new procedure: a full-body transplant. Convalescing years later and suffering from waking nightmares, he answers the door at his Long Island home and meets Delta Devlin, a New York detective. She sees things nobody else can--visions created by a mutation to her eyes--and meeting Royce sets off an unraveling chain of events ... Royce becomes Devlin's prime suspect in a string of grisly murders. Desperate for answers, he tracks down the grieving widow of the man whose body he now inhabits. Out of time, and perhaps his mind, they spiral into a world of black-market body parts and billionaires where nothing can stand in the way of living forever--not even death itself."--Amazon.

The man that got away

November 8, 2019
Truss, Lynne, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.
281 pages ; 25 cm
Sequel to: A shot in the dark.
"1957: In the beach town of Brighton, music is playing and guests are sunning themselves, when a young man is found dead, dripping blood, in a deck chair. Constable Twitten of the Brighton Police Force has a hunch that the fiendish murder may be connected to a notorious nightspot, but his captain and his colleagues are--as ever--busy with other more important issues. Inspector Steine is being conned into paying for the honor of being featured at the Museum of Wax, and Sergeant Brunswick is trying (and failing) to get the attention of the distraught Brighton Belles who found the body. As the case twists and turns, Constable Twitten must find the murderer and convince his colleagues that there's an evil mastermind behind Brighton's climbing crime rate" --

Memories and murder : a tourist trap mystery

November 8, 2019
Cahoon, Lynn, author.
168 pages ; 22 cm
It's October in South Cove, California, and the locals in the quaint resort town seem to be happily pairing off in the lull before the holidays. Everyone, that is, except for Jill Gardner's elderly aunt, who just dumped her besotted fiancé--and she won't say why. Then, when a volunteer from the Senior Project is found murdered, Jill's detective boyfriend is on the case -- and it soon becomes clear no one is safe when a caller from beyond becomes a killer in their midst.

Hidden cove

November 8, 2019
Tilly, Meg, author.
New York : Jove/Berkley, 2019.
355 pages ; 21 cm
"When Solace Island gallery owner Zelia Thompson's close friend Alexus Feinstein of the prestigious art gallery Feinstein & Co. dies of a 'drug overdose', Zelia's intuition sounds an alarm. The Alexus she knew didn't do drugs and had everything to live for. As Zelia begins looking into the circumstances of her friend's death, what she uncovers will put her life in imminent danger. Will Zelia--with the help of the reclusive crime fiction novelist Gabe Conaghan--be able to unravel the mysterious happenings surrounding Alexus's untimely death? Or will she become the bloodthirsty artist's next victim?"--Provided by publisher.

Coached to death

November 7, 2019
Laurie, Victoria, author.
viii, 339 pages ; 22 cm
"First in a new series!"--Front cover.
"Cat Cooper never imagined selling off her in-demand marketing firm would mean going from the pinnacle of success to a walking hot mess. Gouged from an unexpected divorce, Cat suddenly finds herself struggling through a new career as a business-savvy life coach for the hopelessly adrift in East Hampton and contending with Heather Holland--a spiteful neighbor who will do anything to bully her out of town. But her second act may very well continue behind bars when Heather's dead body turns up next to a shattered punchbowl... and Cat's pinned as the murderer. But given Heather's mean girl reputation, any one of the guests at her invite-only luncheon could have committed the crime before planting Cat's punchbowl next to the body. Determined not to trade designer duds for an unflattering prison jumpsuit, Cat sides with her best friend Gilley to scour chic boutiques and oceanfront mansions in search of the criminal who framed her. With a stoic detective looking to get her in cuffs, it's up to Cat to catch the real killer and land on her feet once again..."-- Publisher marketing.

Apple cider slaying

November 7, 2019
Lindsey, Julie Anne, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2019]
312 pages ; 18 cm.
"Kensington mystery"--Spine.
"Blossom Valley, West Virginia, is home to Smythe Orchards, Winnie and her Granny's beloved twenty-five-acre farm and family business. But any way you slice it, it's struggling. That's why they're trying to drum up business with the "First Annual Christmas at the Orchard," a good old-fashioned holiday festival with enough delicious draw to satisfy apple-picking locals and cider-loving tourists alike--until the whole endeavor takes a sour turn when the body of Nadine Cooper, Granny's long-time, grudge-holding nemesis, is found lodged in the apple press. Now, with Granny the number one suspect, Winnie is hard-pressed to prove her innocence before the real killer delivers another murder..."-- Publisher marketing.

Murder can mess up your masterpiece

November 7, 2019
Pressey, Rose, author.
277 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes excerpt from Murder can confuse your chihuahua.
"First in a new series!"--Front cover.
"Artist Celeste Cabot welcomes the chance to show her paintings at a craft fair in her hometown of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where she and her Chihuahua, Van Gogh, can park her vintage Shasta trailer and sell her creations, too. Unfortunately, her sales take a hit when a customer returns a painting, claiming it's haunted. When a fellow vendor discovers images hidden in Celeste's artwork--and a ghost pays her a late-night visit--she's shocked to realize she has psychic abilities. After the grumpy manager of the craft fair is found with a knife in his neck, Celeste's brushes with the paranormal may help fill in the picture--and make sure the wrong person doesn't get framed..."--Provided by publisher.

Autumn alibi

November 7, 2019
Hesse, Jennifer David, author.
355 pages ; 17 cm.
"After a hectic year, Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni is ready to welcome autumn by counting her many blessings. But a case of murder could cause her to fall behind . . . "--Amazon.

Carpet diem

November 7, 2019
Simon, Misty, author.
296 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes recipe.
Includes an excerpt from Varnished without a trace.
"Now that Tallie Graver's cleaning business is starting to shine, she's ready to go squeegee to squeegee against Audra McNeal for a major contract at the Astercromb mansion. Tallie's not afraid of a little friendly competition from the new cleaner in town. In fact, Tallie likes Audra, though she wonders how her glamorous rival manages to clean house and maintain her fancy manicure. Tallie has her rubber-gloves full staying one step ahead of her nemesis. Until she finds a well-polished hand poking out of a rolled-up carpet, rendering her competition...dead."--Page 4 of cover

Christmas cow bells

November 7, 2019
Bryan, Mollie Cox, 1963- author.
viii, 325 pages ; 17 cm.
"Christmas is a time for new beginnings, so after her big breakup, Brynn MacAlister takes the gouda with the bad. With her three Red Devon cows, she settles in bucolic Shenandoah Springs, eager for a new life as an organic micro-dairy farmer and cheese-maker. Then her dear cow Petunia's bellows set the whole town on edge. But it isn't until Brynn's neighbor, Nancy, dies in a mysterious fire that her feelings about small town life begin to curdle. It seems some folks were not happy with Nancy's plan to renovate the Old Glebe Church. But is a fear of change a motivation for murder? As a newcomer, Brynn can't ignore the strange events happening just on the other side of her frosty pasture - and soon on her very own farm. Suddenly Christmas doesn't feel so festive as everyone demands she muzzle sweet Petunia, and Brynn is wondering if someone wants to silence her - for good."--Publisher description.

Clarets of fire

November 7, 2019
Blum, Christine E., author.
265 pages ; 17 cm.
"Halsey and the ladies of the Rose Avenue Wine Club are celebrating with newlyweds Penelope and Malcolm, who are thrilled to be opening their new winery. They're also partnering with a cherished neighborhood eatery, Rico's Pizza, which will be serving young clarets from their fall harvest. But as Halsey attempts to savor the bouquet of her Tooth & Nail Cab, a different scent intrudes--smoke. The nearby pizza parlor is going up in flames. As they rush to the scene, Halsey's rescue dog Bardot pulls a body from the burning building--the pizza delivery driver--but it's too late. When investigators determine a rag soaked with gasoline in a bottle from the winery started the blaze, police suspect both the pizza parlor owners and Penelope and Malcolm of arson and murder. With her friends' business and freedom at stake, it's up to Halsey to smoke out the real arsonist--before somebody else gets scorched."--Provided by publisher.

The lies we tell

November 7, 2019
Webb, Debra, author.
345 pages ; 17 cm
"Doctor Rowan Dupont knows a serial killer is coming for her. Julian Addington has been waiting. Watching. And it's only a matter of time before he strikes. But what Julian doesn't know is that Rowan is ready for him. And more than anything she wants answers. How well did the depraved killer actually know her mother? And how many lies have been spun in the years since she took her own life? Working alongside her childhood friend Police Chief Billy Brannigan, Rowan is determined to get to the bottom of her mother's puzzling suicide once and for all--even if it means exposing an unsettling past. It certainly seems like her family's Victorian funeral home has borne witness to more than one dark secret, but when a recent double homicide leads to an even grislier discovery, separating the truth from the lies might be the last thing Rowan does"--

Marry Christmas murder

November 7, 2019
Blackmoore, Stephanie, author.
316 pages ; 17 cm
Includes recipes.
"Olivia's dreaming of a white Christmas--as in a white wedding gown and all the trimmings. But that's not the only event that's keeping everyone busy. Olivia's family are in real estate development, and they're sponsoring Paws and Poinsettias--a benefit for the Port Quincy animal shelter. Meanwhile, Mallory's mom wants to use her daughter's connection to snag a job staging homes for the company...and the current stager is not filled with holiday cheer at the news that she might be replaced."--Page 4 of cover

Let justice descend

November 6, 2019
Black, Lisa, 1963- author.
327 pages ; 22 cm
"Three days before a key election, U.S. Senator Diane Cragin is electrocuted on her own doorstep - a shocking twist in an already brutal political race. Cragin's chief of staff is quick to blame rival Joey Green, a city development director who's had his hand in every till in town for over twenty years. Maggie and Jack have their own theories, especially after discovering a fortune in cash in the senator's safe. But as they follow the money through the treacherous landscape of Cleveland politics, they find many more millions in play - and more suspects."--Publisher description.

The big book of reel murders : stories that inspired great crime films

November 6, 2019
xiv, 1181 pages : 23 cm
The suspense is killing me -- Stop, you're killing me -- Isn't this thrilling? -- Oh, the horror! -- Isn't it a crime? -- I love you to death - Is there a detective in the house?
Edgar Award-winning editor Penzler's new anthology rolls out the red carpet for the stories that Hollywood hits are made of. He delivers the director's cut of classic short stories that inspired some of Tinsletown's most memorable films. ... Including... works by:Authors include: Edgar Allan Poe, Cornell Woolrich, Aldous Huxley, Ian Fleming, Robert Louis Stevenson, Budd Schulberg, O. Henry, W. Somerset Maugham, and many more.-- Back cover.

The widow of Rose House

November 4, 2019
Biller, Diana, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2019.
ix, 339 pages ; 21 cm
"A young widow restores a dilapidated mansion with the assistance of a charming, eccentric genius, only to find the house is full of dangerous secrets in this effervescent Gilded Age debut novel It's 1875, and Alva Webster has perfected her stiff upper lip after three years of being pilloried in the presses of two continents over fleeing her abusive husband. Now his sudden death allows her to return to New York to make a fresh start, restoring Liefdehuis, a dilapidated Hyde Park mansion, and hopefully her reputation at the same time. However, fresh starts aren't as easy as they seem, as Alva discovers when stories of a haunting at Liefdehuis begin to reach her. But Alva doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the eccentric and brilliant professor Samuel Moore appears and informs her that he can get to the bottom of the mystery that surrounds Liefdehuis, she turns him down flat. She doesn't need any more complications in her life--especially not a handsome, convention-flouting, scandal-raising one like Sam. Unfortunately, though Alva is loath to admit it, Sam, a pioneer in electric lighting and a member of the nationally-adored Moore family of scientists, is the only one who can help. Together, the two delve into the tragic secrets wreathing Alva's new home while Sam attempts to unlock Alva's history--and her heart. Set during the Gilded Age in New York City, The Widow of Rose House is a gorgeous debut by Diana Biller, with a darkly Victorian Gothic flair and an intrepid and resilient American heroine guaranteed to delight readers." -- Provided by publisher.

Good man gone bad

November 4, 2019
Haywood, Gar Anthony, author.
236 pages ; 21 cm.
"Hard times are nothing new for private investigator Aaron Gunner. Working on the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles, he's seen more than his fair share of trouble. But when his cousin and confidante Del Curry commits suicide after allegedly killing his wife and critically injuring their daughter Zina, Gunner knows he's about to face the hardest times of all. He doesn't buy the LAPD's version of the shooting and isn't going to wait for Zina to regain consciousness to disprove it. Whatever drove Del to take his own life---and possibly assault his wife and daughter---Gunner's going to find it, even if it means learning things about his late cousin he'll wish he never knew. But first, he has a paying case to work, proving the innocence of an Afghan War veteran accused of murder. Plagued by searing migraines and occasional fits of rage, Harper Stowe III is counting on Gunner to fill the holes in his ruined memory that make him the perfect suspect in the killing of his former employer. With a new era of American racism and divided politics on the rise all around him, Gunner must seek the truth behind two fatal shootings now, and grieve for his beloved cousin later."--Provided by publisher.


November 4, 2019
Evans, Mary Anna, author.
296 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"A deafening explosion rocks a historic Oklahoma City hotel, sending archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth crashing to the marble floor of the lobby. She's unhurt but shaken--after all, anytime something blows up in Oklahoma City, the first word on everyone's lips is the same: bomb. Faye is in town for a conference celebrating indigenous arts, but she is soon drawn into the aftermath of the explosion, which cracks open the old hotel's floor to reveal subterranean chambers that had housed Chinese immigrants a century before. Faye is fascinated by the tunnels, which are a time capsule back to the early twentieth century--but when the bodies of three children are discovered deep beneath the city, her sense of discovery turns to one of dread."--Provided by publisher.

Say you love me

November 4, 2019
Rose, Willow, author.
403 pages ; 21 cm
"Former FBI-profiler Eva Rae Thomas is back and embedded in a true nightmare reaching deep into her own family. Life is not done throwing Eva Rae Thomas curveballs. A phone call turns her life upside down - once again. The call is from her father, the man she hasn't seen in thirty-six years, not since he kidnapped her sister in a supermarket. Now he is back in Florida, and he needs her help. Her younger brother--who she didn't know existed--has been arrested after committing a school shooting. The boy is in a coma after being shot by an officer during the incident, but his father doesn't believe the police. And he needs Eva Rae's help to prove it. Will Eva Rae find it in her heart to help her father after what he did to her? Will facing him again set her free or pull her under? Say You Love Me is the fourth book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series and can be read as a standalone"--Page [4] of cover.

A Christmas gathering : a novel

November 1, 2019
Perry, Anne, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]
193 pages ; 19 cm
"As beautiful as it may be, their friends' country home is not where Lady Vespasia wishes to spend Christmas with her new husband, Victor Narraway. She'd rather pass a relaxing holiday at home with him--especially because Victor, former head of the London Special Branch, seems to be hiding some undercover dealings with the other guests who have gathered in the spacious home. As tensions grow among the couples, the young and beautiful Iris Watson-Watt becomes the center of several men's focus. Unbeknownst to Vespasia, Iris carries a message for Victor that may help unmask a British traitor. As Victor plots his moves, he is reminded of a similar case from twenty years before, when a young Frenchwoman also carried a clandestine message--one that resulted in her murder, still unsolved to this day. Victor has always been tormented by his failure to protect her--and now, with all eyes on Iris, Victor must act fast before history repeats itself. With the joy of Christmas at risk of being forgotten and Vespasia feeling alone on this holiday meant to be shared with loved ones, Victor must ultimately learn to forgive himself"-- Provided by publisher.

A book of bones

November 1, 2019
Connolly, John, 1968- author.
674 pages ; 24 cm.
He is our best hope. He is our last hope. On a lonely moor in the northeast of England, the body of a young woman is discovered near the site of a vanished church. In the south, a girl lies buried beneath a Saxon mound. To the southeast, the ruins of a priory hide a human skull. Each is a sacrifice, a summons. And something in the darkness has heard the call. But another is coming: Parker the hunter, the avenger. From the forests of Maine to the deserts of the Mexican border, from the canals of Amsterdam to the streets of London, he will track those who would cast this world into darkness. Parker fears no evil. But evil fears him.

Death in a stately home

November 1, 2019
Rosett, Sara, author.
viii, 226 pages ; 20 cm
"Good houseguests don't get accused of murder ... Kate Sharp loves the perks of her location scout profession. When she fills in for a researcher at a Regency-themed English house party, she's looking forward to indulging in the posh atmosphere of tea on the lawn and elegant candlelight dinners, but when a guest is murdered in a locked room, Kate becomes the prime suspect. As she turns her attention to the guests, the staff, and the owners, Kate must unlock the mystery and uncover the murderer before she's arrested for a crime she didn't commit."-- Provided by publisher.

Don't lie to me

November 1, 2019
Rose, Willow, author.
302 pages ; 21 cm
"When twelve-year-old Sophie Williams went on a Girl Scout summer camp, she never returned home. Three months later, her body is found inside her sleeping bag in the most frequented area of Cocoa Beach, and the town is outraged. The girl isn't just any child. She's the town's most beloved surf idol, and it was believed that she could be the next Kelly Slater. An another child, the son of a well-known senator is kidnapped, and the parents receive a disturbing video, FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas -- who has just returned to her hometown, divorced and out of a job -- plunges into the investigation, breaking her promise to her children not to do police work again. Local law enforcement, with her old flame Matt Miller in charge, are the ones who ask for her help in a case so unsettling that only she can solve it. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier it becomes for Matt and Eva Rae. Soon, everyone she holds dear is in grave danger as this case hits a little too close to home. Don't Lie to Me is the first book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series and can be read as a standalone"--Page [4] of cover.

What you did

November 1, 2019
Rose, Willow, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Buoy Media LLC [2015]
300 pages ; 21 cm
Former FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas is asked to join the investigation into the disappearance of three high school girls who were walking home together after prom.

Never ever

November 1, 2019
Rose, Willow, author.
371 pages ; 21 cm
Ex-agent Eva Rae Thomas is on the run. The past month she has done things she never knew she was capable of while hunting for her kidnapped daughter. Eva Rae has risked everything, her career, her newfound love, her freedom. She's looking for the man they call the Iron Fist. The trail has led her to Miami. Meanwhile, Miami is under attack. Hundreds of passengers in the Metrorail are exposed to a deathly nerve gas on a peaceful Monday morning. When Eva Rae Thomas sees her daughter on the surveillance footage from the attack, she knows it is no coincidence. But by the time she uncovers the chilling truth of how it is all connected, it might be too late.

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