New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

January 15, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The rule of law : a novel

January 14, 2019
Lescroart, John T., author.
New York : Atria Books, 2019.
324 pages ; 24 cm
"Dismas Hardy is called to defend the least likely suspect of his career: his longtime, trusted assistant who is suddenly being charged as an accessory to murder. Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his trusted secretary, Phyllis. Her out-of-character behavior and sudden disappearances concern Hardy, especially when he learns that her convict brother--a man who had served twenty-five years in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder--has just been released. Things take a shocking turn with Phyllis is suddenly arrested at work for allegedly being an accessory to the murder of Hector Valdez, a coyote who'd been smuggling women into this country from El Salvador and Mexico. That is, until recently, when he was shot to death--on the very same day that Phyllis first disappeared from work. The connection between Phyllis, her brother, and Hector's murder is not something Dismas can easily understand, but if his cherished colleague has any chance of going free, he needs to put all the pieces together--and fast."-- Provided by publisher.

Liar liar

January 11, 2019
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
365, 18 pages ; 25 cm
Detective Harriet Blue is a very good cop, gone very bad. In the space of a week, she has committed theft and fraud, resisted arrest, assaulted a police officer, and is considered a dangerous fugitive from the law. It's all because of one man, Regan Banks. He viciously killed the only person in the world who matters to Harriet--and he plans to kill her next. As she recklessly speeds toward the dark side--and finally crosses it--Harriet won't stop until Regan pays for the many lives he has taken.

She lies in wait : a novel

January 11, 2019
Lodge, Gytha, author.
New York : Random House, 2019.
354 pages ; 25 cm
"One night during the scorching summer of 1983, a group of teenagers go camping in the forest. The evening starts like any other--they drink, they dance, they fight, they kiss. Some of them slip off into the woods in pairs, others are left jealous and heartbroken. But in the morning, the youngest in the group, Aurora, has disappeared. Her friends claim that she was safe the last time they saw her, right before she went to sleep. An exhaustive investigation is launched but no trace of the teenager is found. The search is eventually called off. Thirty years later Aurora's body is unearthed and Jonah Sheens is the detective put in charge of solving the long-cold case."--Provided by publisher.

Murder likes it hot : a Downward Dog mystery

January 11, 2019
Weber, Tracy, 1964- author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2019]
279 pages ; 21 cm
When an employee is found dead at the local homeless shelter for youth, yoga instructor Kate Davidson sets aside her fertility and financial woes to support and defend the teenagers.

Thread herrings

January 11, 2019
Wait, Lea, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
367 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Regular print version previously published by: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Includes a recipe.
"At an estate sale, Angie Curtis impulsively buys a tattered embroidery of a coat of arms. She later discovers a document from 1757 behind the framed needlework. After her friend Clem Walker interviews Angie on the local TV news about her find, both women receive death threats. When Clem is murdered, Angie must unravel this historical mystery"-- Provided by publisher.

A very merry murder

January 10, 2019
Angela, Mary.
Kenmore, WA : Camel Press, 2018.
viii, 244 pages ; 21 cm.
It's December in Copper Bluff, and from hillside to hallowed hall, everyone is merry--or will be as soon as semester break arrives. Students are studying, professors are grading, and Emmeline Prather is anticipating the university-sponsored holiday concert. Friend and colleague Lenny Jenkins will be accompanying the visiting quartet, Jazz Underground, and Em can't think of a better way to kick start the holiday season. But before she can say "Jingle Bell Rock," trouble arrives at Candlelight Inn, the bed and breakfast where the quartet is staying. One of the band members dies unexpectedly, and suspicion falls on Em, whose altercation with the man ends with him on the floor. He never recovers, and now she's worried her reputation might not either. When Emmeline starts to see parallels between an Agatha Christie novel she's teaching and the victim, Lenny claims she's read one too many mysteries. But as the clues unravel, so does the murderer's patience. Em is close to finding the truth, but will the truth--or the murderer--push her over the edge? It will take a Christmas miracle to solve this case, but if there's one thing in surplus this time of year, it's faith.

The burglar : a novel

January 10, 2019
Perry, Thomas, 1947- author.
288 pages ; 24 cm
"Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. But Elle is no petty thief--with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods and pick out the perfect home for plucking the most valuable items. This is how Elle has always gotten by. She is good at it, and she thrives on the thrill. But after stumbling upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from the home of a wealthy art dealer, Elle discovers that she is no longer the only one sneaking around. Somebody is searching for her. As Elle realizes that her knowledge of the murder has made her a target, she races to solve the case before becoming the next casualty, using her breaking-and-entering skills to uncover the truth about exactly who the victims were and why someone might have wanted them dead. With high-stakes action and shocking revelations, The Burglar will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they barrel towards the heart-racing conclusion"-- Provided by publisher.

First, kill the lawyers

January 10, 2019
Housewright, David, 1955- author.
294 pages ; 22 cm
Five prominent attorneys in Minneapolis have had their computer systems hacked and very sensitive case files stolen. Those attorneys are then contacted by an association of local whistleblowers known as NIMN and are quietly alerted that they have received those documents from an anonymous source. If those files are released, then not only will those lawyers be ruined, but it might even destroy the integrity of the entire Minnesota legal system. This group of lawyers turns to Private Investigator Holland Taylor with a simple directive: stop the disclosure any way you can.But while the directive is simple, the case is not. To find the missing files and the person responsible, Holland must first dive into the five cases covered in the files--divorce, bribery, class action, rape, and murder. While Taylor is untangling the associates and connections between the cases and families affected, things take another mysterious turn and time is running out. As the situation becomes more threatening, Holland Taylor is trapped in the middle of what is legal and what is ethical--between right, wrong, and deadly.-- Publisher's description.

Bones behind the wheel

January 10, 2019
Copperman, E. J., 1957- author.
New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2019.
330 pages ; 21 cm.
"Innkeeper Alison Kerby is determined to keep her mind, body, and soul focused on bringing high-spirited hospitality to her lodgers at the Haunted Guesthouse. She simply has no time for any more murder investigations, no matter what Paul Harrison, her resident ghost detective, says. But this time, the mystery comes looking for Alison. Workers unearth a 1977 Lincoln Continental buried in the sand behind Alison's guesthouse--and they discover a skeleton still belted in behind the steering wheel. Paul, of course, is on the cold case--to the extent that a ghostly gumshoe can be--but Alison is still determined not to do the incorporeal investigator's legwork. Not this time. But her new husband Josh is intrigued, and he offers to help Paul poke into the case of the cold Continental ... Alison dodges stray bullets, discovers a gun in the guesthouse, and reluctantly probes a decades-old murder that turns out to be shockingly relevant even today"-- Provided by publisher.

The lost traveller

January 10, 2019
Connolly, Sheila, author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2019.
330 pages ; 22 cm

Seven deadly zins

January 10, 2019
Parra, Nancy J., author.
263 pages ; 22 cm.
Taylor O'Brian takes small groups on wine country tours of romantic Sonoma County. Friends are everything in the tour business, so Taylor is happy to guide investors to the winery owned by her friend Tim Slade. But vintage turns to vinegar when an FDA inspector is found floating face down in one of Tim's vats of squished grapes. Tim is arrested on suspicion of murder, and Taylor and her friends rally to prove his innocence. But it's not an easy task, especially since the winery proprietor's acidic sense of humor tends to reap a harvest of sour grapes. Taylor's investigation is withering on the vine until she discovers that Tim's girlfriend, Mandy, is having an affair with a self-help guru. But before she has a chance to confront Mandy, Taylor finds Tim standing over the body of the dead guru.

A siege of bitterns

January 10, 2019
Burrows, Steve, author.
359 pages ; 20 cm
"First published in Great Britain and the Commonwealth by Point Blank, an imprint of Oneworld Publications, 2016" -- Title page verso.
"First published in English by Dundurn Press Limited, Canada." -- Title page verso.
"Newly appointed police inspector Domenic Jejeune doesn't mind ruffling a few feathers. Indeed his success has elevated him into a poster boy for the police. The problem is Jejeune doesn't really want to be a detective at all; he much prefers watching birds. Recently reassigned to the small Norfolk town of Saltmarsh, located in the heart of Britain's premier birding country, Jejeune's two worlds collide with the grisly murder of a prominent ecological activist. His ambitious police superintendent foresees a blaze of welcome publicity, although doubts soon emerge when Jejeune's best theory involves a feud over birdwatching lists. A second murder does little to bolster confidence. Jejeune must call on all his birding knowhow to solve the mystery and deal with unwelcome public acclaim, the mistrust of colleagues and his own insecurities. For, in the case of the Saltmarsh birder murders, the victims may not be the only casualties..." --

Looker : a novel

January 9, 2019
Sims, Laura, 1973- author.`
New York : Scribner, 2019.
182 pages ; 22 cm
An unraveling woman, unhappily childless and recently separated, becomes fixated on her neighbor--the beautiful, famous actress. The unnamed narrator can't help noticing with wry irony that, though she and the actress live just a few doors apart, they are separated by a chasm of professional success and personal fulfillment. When an interaction with the actress at the annual block party takes a disastrous turn, what began as an innocent preoccupation spirals quickly, and lethally, into a frightening and irretrievable madness.

The current

January 9, 2019
Johnston, Tim, 1962- author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019.
408 pages ; 24 cm
"When two young women leave their college campus in the dead of winter for a 700-mile drive north to Minnesota, they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives in the icy waters of the Black Root River, just miles from home. One girl's survival, and the other's death--murder, actually--stun the citizens of a small Minnesota town, thawing memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may yet live among them"--Provided by publisher.

The hangman's secret

January 9, 2019
Rowland, Laura Joh, author.
296 pages ; 24 cm.
Photographer Sarah Bain and her friends Lord Hugh Staunton and sometime street urchin Mick O'Reilly are private detectives with a new gig--photographing crime scenes for London's Daily World newspaper. The Daily World is the latest business venture of their sole client, Sir Gerald Mariner, a fabulously wealthy and powerful banker. One cold, snowy January morning, Sarah, Hugh, and Mick are summoned to the goriest crime scene they've ever encountered. A pub owner named Harry Warbrick has been found hanged and decapitated amid evidence of foul play. His murder becomes a sensation because he was England's top hangman and he's met the same fate that he inflicted on hundreds of criminals. Sir Gerald announces that the Daily World--meaning Sarah and her friends--will investigate and solve Harry Warbrick's murder before the police do. The contest pits Sarah against the man she loves, Police Constable Barrett. She and her friends discover a connection between Harry Warbrick's murder and the most notorious criminal he ever executed--Amelia Carlisle, the "Baby-Butcher," who murdered hundreds of infants placed in her care. Something happened at Amelia's execution. The Official Secrets Act forbids the seven witnesses present to divulge any information about it. But Harry had a bad habit of leaking tips to the press. Sarah and her friends suspect that one of the other witnesses killed Harry to prevent him from revealing a secret related to the execution. What is the secret, and who hanged the hangman?

The last of the Stanfields

January 9, 2019
Levy, Marc, 1961- author.
Seattle : AmazonCrossing, 2019.
365 pages ; 22 cm
Translated from the French.
Originally published in France as Dernière des Stanfield.
"When London journalist Eleanor-Rigby Donovan receives an anonymous letter alluding to a crime committed by her deceased mother, her life is turned upside down. It points her to a bar on the Baltimore Harbor, where she finds a stranger who has received the same mysterious letter about his own mother. Together, Eleanor-Rigby and this young man, George-Harrison Collins, embark on a quest through the shadowy past of the Stanfields, a moneyed Maryland family full of unimaginable secrets. These secrets will transport them back decades, across continents, and to a mysterious crime long buried…until now."--Back cover.

Live and let pie

January 8, 2019
Alexander, Ellie, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2019.
298 pages ; 17 cm
Jules finds herself mixed up in two very different murder investigations when she finds a skull from the 1960s while on a picnic and her bitter landlord, Edgar, is murdered while trying to acquire a vacant lot near her bakeshop.

The house next door : thrillers

January 8, 2019
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
432 pages ; 22 cm
The house next door / James Patterson with Susan DiLallo -- The killer's wife / James Patterson with Max DiLallo -- We. Are. Not. Alone. / James Patterson with Tim Arnold.

Lives laid away

January 4, 2019
Jones, Stephen Mack, author.
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2019]
296 pages ; 22 cm
"When the body of an anonymous young Hispanic woman dressed as Queen Marie Antoinette is dredged from the Detroit River, the Detroit Police Department wants the case closed out fast. Wayne County Coroner Dr. Bobby Falconi gives the woman's photo to his old pal August Snow, insisting August show it around his native Mexicantown to see if anyone recognizes her. August's good friend Elena, a prominent advocate for undocumented immigrants, recognizes the woman immediately. Her story is one the authorities don't want getting around--and she's not the only young woman to have disappeared during an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid, only to turn up dead a few weeks later. Preyed upon by the law itself, the people of Mexicantown have no one to turn to. August Snow, ex-police detective, will not sit by and watch his neighbors suffer in silence. In a guns-blazing wild ride across Detroit, from its neo-Nazi biker hole-ups to its hip-hop recording studios, its swanky social clubs to its seedy nightclubs, August puts his own life on the line to protect the community he loves"-- Provided by publisher.

Two can keep a secret

January 3, 2019
McManus, Karen M., author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2019]
327 pages ; 22 cm
While true-crime afficionado Ellery and her twin brother are staying with their grandmother in a Vermont community known for murder, a new friend goes missing and Ellery may be next.

Local artist : perfecting the art of murder

January 2, 2019
Trembling, Paul, author.
Oxford : Lion Fiction, 2017.
236 pages ; 20 cm
Includes excerpt from: Local legend.
"When what began as a possible burglary turns out to be a particularly nasty murder, Sandra Deeson, the librarian who finds the body, is deeply shaken. Worse, this isn't the first time this has happened to her."--Back cover.

In a house of lies

December 27, 2018
Rankin, Ian, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
372 pages ; 25 cm.
A missing private investigator is found locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - the body was in an area that had already been searched 10 years ago. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled, and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth. Every officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide - and everything to lose. None more so than Detective John Rebus.

One taste too many

December 27, 2018
Goldstein, Debra H., author.
New York : Kensington Books, [2019]
323 pages ; 18 cm
Sarah Blair, the less-culinarily-talented of twin sisters, must discover who killed her ex-husband when suspicion falls on her twin.

A tiding of magpies

December 27, 2018
Burrows, Steve, author.
London : Point Blank, 2018.
372 pages ; 20 cm.
"When his most celebrated case is suddenly reopened, Detective Chief Inspector Jejeune's long-buried secrets threaten to come to light. Between fending off inquiries from the internal review and an open murder case to solve, more than ever Jejeune will have to rely on the help of the stalwart Sergeant Danny Maik. But Maik is learning things on his own that have caused him to question his DCI's actions, both past and present. In the current case, and in the former one, the facts seem clear enough. But it is in the silent spaces between the facts that the truth is often found."--Back cover.

The silent ones

December 26, 2018
Brodrick, William, 1960- author.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2018.
308 pages ; 24 cm.
While investigating the disappearance of Father Livermore, a man tied to a sex-abuse scandal, Father Anselm is drawn into a conspiracy and his reputation for integrity exploited by those closest to him.

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