New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

May 24, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Murder at Morrington Hall

May 23, 2019
McKenna, Clara, author.
New York : Kensington, 2019.
292 pages ; 22 cm
Spring, 1905: Free-spirited like the Thoroughbreds she rides across the Kentucky countryside, Stella takes adventure by the reins when she's asked to attend a mysterious wedding in rural England. But once she arrives at the lush Morrington Hall estate, her cold and ambitious father confesses that he won't only give away his best racehorses as gifts--he has also arranged to give away his daughter as bride to the Earl of Atherly's financially strapped son . . . Stella refuses to be sold off like a prized pony. Yet despite a rough start, there's something intriguing about her groom-to-be, the roguish Viscount "Lyndy" Lyndhurst. The unlikely pair could actually be on the right track with each other . . . until they find the vicar who was to marry them dead in the library. With culture clashes mounting between families, a scandalous murder case hangs over Morrington Hall. Now, Stella and Lyndy must go from future spouses to amateur sleuths as they team up to search for the truth--and prevent an unbridled criminal from destroying their new life together right out of the gate . . .

Murder in red : a novel

May 23, 2019
Fletcher, Jessica, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2019.
304 pages ; 22 cm
"Based on the Universal television series created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link."
"Jessica Fletcher's favorite gin rummy partner, Mimi Van Dorn, checks into the brand-new Clifton Care Partners, a private hospital that's just opened up shop in town, for a simple procedure--one that leads tragically, and inexplicably, to her death. Seeking justice in her inimitable fashion, Jessica decides to pursue her own investigation on the hospital and its shadowy business dealings. On the trail of what initially appears to be medical malpractice, Jessica digs deeper and learns her friend was actually a victim of something far more sinister. Death is bad for business, but murder is even worse, and Jessica will find plenty of both as she races to bring down Clifton Care Partners before someone else flatlines" -- from

Some choose darkness

May 23, 2019
Donlea, Charlie, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2019.
291 pages ; 24 cm
The truth is easy to miss, even when it's right in front of us. As a forensic reconstructionist, Rory Moore sheds light on cold-case homicides by piecing together crime scene details others fail to see. Cleaning out her late father's law office a week after his burial, she receives a call that plunges her into a decades-old case come to life once more. In the summer of 1979, five Chicago women went missing. The predator, nicknamed The Thief, left no bodies and no clues behind--until police received a package from a mysterious woman named Angela Mitchell, whose unorthodox investigation skills appear to have led to his identity. But before they could question her, Angela disappeared. Forty years later, The Thief is about to be paroled for Angela's murder--the only crime the DA could pin on him. But the cryptic file Rory finds in her father's law office suggests there is more to the case, and Angela Mitchell, than what was fed to the public, the details of which have been buried for four decades. Rory's talents are tested as she begins reconstructing Angela's last days. Making one startling discovery after another, Rory becomes helplessly entangled in the enigma of Angela Mitchell and what happened to her. Drawing connections between the past and present, Rory uncovers dark truths about the reclusive victim, her father, and the man called The Thief that send her down a twisting trail where things may not be as they appear. As she continues to dig, even Rory can't be prepared for the full, terrifying truth that is emerging ...

The missing season

May 22, 2019
French, Gillian, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
294 pages ; 22 cm
After moving to a new town for her father's job, Clara learns that kids go missing from Pender every October and that a monster named the Mumbler may be responsible.

Dead man's mistress

May 22, 2019
Housewright, David, 1955- author.
306 pages ; 22 cm
"Louise Wykoff is arguably the most recognizable woman living in Minnesota, known for her presence in over one hundred paintings by the late and brilliant Randolph McInnis. Louise, known better as "That Wykoff Woman," was just a young apprentice when her intimate representation and the fact of the McInnis's marriage caused rumors to fly--and Louise to hide away for decades. All of McInnis's paintings are in museums or known private collections, until Louise confesses to having three more that no one has ever heard of--and now they've been stolen. Rushmore McKenzie, an occasional unlicensed private investigator, agrees to look into the theft. As he investigates, following clues that appear far too straightforward, he finds himself on the wrong side of the bars wondering if the trail might be deeper and darker than he's been led to believe. Hours away from St. Paul, deep in the nature of Grand Marais, the truth seems murkier--and deadlier--than anyone could have ever expected"-- Book jacket.

The summer of Ellen

May 22, 2019
Friis, Agnete, author.
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2019]
296 pages ; 21 cm
First published in Danish under the title Sommeren med Ellen, ©2015.
"Jacob, a middle-aged architect living in Copenhagen, is in the alcohol-soaked throes of a bitter divorce when he receives an unexpected call from his great-uncle Anton, who is in his nineties and still lives with his brother Anders on their rural Jutland farm--a place Jacob hasn't visited since the summer of 1978. Anton asks Jacob to answer the question that has haunted them both for decades: What happened to Ellen? To find out, Jacob must revisit the farm and confront what took place that summer--one defined by his teenage obsession with Ellen, a beautiful young hippie from the local commune who came to stay with Anton and Anders, and the unsolved disappearance of a local girl. In revisiting old friends and rivals, Jacob discovers that the tragedies that have haunted him for over forty years were not what they seemed"--Provided by publisher.

Prologue to murder

May 22, 2019
Elliott, Lauren, author.
330 pages ; 18 cm
When she is implicated in the murder of a librarian, Addie Greyborne investigates while dealing with her messy love life, a quest that leads her to pirate legends and a possible buried treasure.

The secrets we bury

May 22, 2019
Webb, Debra, author.
425 pages ; 17 cm
Includes novella: The undertaker's daughter.
After her father's murder, Rowan Dupont returns to Winchester, Tennessee, to run her family's funeral home, where she tries to stop an obsessive serial killer and reconsiders her mother's and sister's earlier deaths.

Diggin' up the dirt : a Kenni Lowry mystery

May 21, 2019
Kappes, Tonya, author.
241 pages ; 22 cm.
"Everyone in Cottonwood loves the new bakery, Sweet Shop. Until a Cottonwood resident is found dead with a half-eaten donut in her hand. Sheriff Kenni Lowry has her hands full. With a new murder in town and a new deputy to train, she's not sure if she's ever gonna get this booger solved. Sheriff Elmer Sims comes to the rescue stepping up as Kenni's ghost deputy. As the ex-dead-now-ghost-deputy and Kenni's Poppa, there's clues beyond the sprinkles in the donut that only he can see. Add to Kenni's stress, Finn Vincent's, Kenni's hunky boyfriend and new sheriff of Clay's Ferry, parents have come to town to meet Kenni and her parents. And Kenni's mama ain't too happy. As they say in the South, nobody's happy if mama ain't happy. With Poppa's keen insight and Kenni's determination, Kenni focuses all her attention on bringing the killer to justice before the yeast rises and another dead body turns up."--Back cover.

Knit one, die two

May 21, 2019
Ehrhart, Peggy, author.
278 pages ; 17 cm.
"Knitting tips and delicious recipe included"--Back cover.
"When Arborville, New Jersey's snooty theater scene is upstaged by a shocking murder, Pamela Paterson and her Knit and Nibble knitting club must act quickly to stop a killer from making an encore performance..."--Back cover.


May 20, 2019
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
468 pages ; 24 cm

The confessions of Frannie Langton : a novel

May 20, 2019
Collins, Sara, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
375 pages ; 24 cm
A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in this astonishing historical thriller that moves from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the fetid streets of Georgian London.

Cruel fate : a Cainsville novella

May 16, 2019
Armstrong, Kelley, author.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2019.
197 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
When her father is released from jail over twenty years after being convicted of crimes he didn't commit, Olivia investigates who is aiming to send him back to prison.

The island

May 16, 2019
Ragnar Jónasson, 1976- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2019.
335 pages : map ; 25 cm

On the night of a blood moon : a Peter Michaels thriller

May 16, 2019
Karl, Peter, author.
Dublin, OH : Telemachus Press, 2019
465 pages ; 24 cm
Investigative reporter Peter Michaels takes a fresh look at one of Chicago’s most heinous crimes of the past century: the brutal rape and murder of an attractive, young female medical student. Four men were originally caught, tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison, but was the crime really solved? Are the real killers in jail or roaming the streets? It is a crime that still haunts the city and those who worked to bring justice to the victim and her family.

Night watch

May 16, 2019
Taylor, David C., 1944- author.
292 pages ; 23 cm.
In 1950s New York, Detective Michael Cassidy investigates a number of bizarre deaths while trying to avoid being assassinated himself. New York, 1956. A couple walking through Central Park on a fall evening are confronted by a hansom cab driver, only to kill him and casually walk away. Who are the couple and did they know the man? A man commits suicide by throwing himself through a hotel window. His colleagues claim he was depressed - but is there more to it than that? Before Detective Michael Cassidy even begins investigating these cases, he is threatened by an unknown man ... the reasons for which are unclear. Are all three incidents connected? If so, how, and will Cassidy live long enough to find out before his would-be assassin claims his life? -- Amazon.

The things she's seen

May 14, 2019
Kwaymullina, Ambelin, 1975- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]
197 pages ; 22 cm
The ghost of a girl who recently died in an accident makes contact with her grieving father to help solve a mystery in a remote Australian town, where a girl who speaks entirely in riddles is the only witness to a fatal fire.

Last tango in cyberspace

May 14, 2019
Kotler, Steven, 1967- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2019]
329 pages ; 24 cm

A web of silk

May 13, 2019
Buckley, Fiona, author.
217 pages ; 23 cm.
"A Tudor mystery featuring Ursula Blanchard."--Jacket.
"August, 1582. The queen's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, has ordered Ursula to keep an eye on her new neighbor, Giles Frost, who is rumoured to be spying for King Philip of Spain. Arriving at Knoll House on the pretext of teaching his two daughters embroidery, Ursula's secret mission is to feed false information to Frost to pass on to the Spanish. Walsingham has assured Ursula that she'll be in no danger. But events take a decidedly sinister turn when a body is found in the woods near Ursula's home, a stained glass window is smashed and a bridal dowry is stolen. What secrets are contained within the Knoll House...and is Ursula being lured into a lethal trap?"--Publisher's description.

Dead extra

May 10, 2019
Carswell, Sean, 1970- author.
Altadena, CA : Prospect Park Books, [2019]
253 pages ; 20 cm
After being reported as dead in a German POW camp, former cop Jack Chesley returns to Los Angeles in 1946 very much alive, only to discover that his wife is dead--and her twin sister insists that it wasn't an accident. They set out to find her killer, a journey that takes them from the Hollywood studios and the boozy back corners of Musso & Frank to a Camarillo mental hospital and a shabby motel where blackmailers shoot dirty movies. In the spirit of such noir masters as Cain and Chandler, Dead Extra explores new shadows on the seedy side of midcentury Southern California.

Game of bones

May 9, 2019
Haines, Carolyn, author.
370 pages ; 22 cm
"Dr. Frank Hafner is an archaeologist working on excavating a new-found Native American temple site in the Mississippi Delta. He's also too handsome for his own good, and a bit of a flirt. Oddly enough, it's the first quality that gets him in trouble when he discovers the ritualistic murder of one of his archaeological crew. When Coleman Peters, Sheriff and Sarah Booth's boyfriend, takes Dr. Hafner in for questioning in the murder, the accused doctor hires Sarah Booth to clear his name. Soon, Sarah Booth has uncovered a number of possible suspects, but she can't narrow them down fast enough to stem the continuing violence that seems to trace back to Dr. Hafner's dig. When Peter Deerstalker, a member of the Tunica tribe, mentions a curse, it doesn't seem so far-fetched--especially when a young graduate student on the site claims someone on the site is searching for something much more precious than ancient pottery."--Provided by publisher.

The Satapur moonstone

May 9, 2019
Massey, Sujata, author.
New York, NY : Soho Press, Inc., [2019]
349 pages : map, genealogical table ; 22 cm
"India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Satara mountains southeast of Bombay, where the kingdom of Satapur is tucked away. A curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur's royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic accident. The kingdom is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur's two maharanis, the dowager queen and the maharaja's widow. The royal ladies are in dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer's council is required--but the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, India's only female lawyer. Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince's future, but knows she is breaking a rule by traveling alone as a woman into the remote countryside. And she arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realizes she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the palace's deadly curse?"--Provided by publisher.

The scholar

May 9, 2019
McTiernan, Dervla, author.
New York : Penguin Books, 2019.
362 pages ; 21 cm
"When Dr. Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit-and-run outside Galway University early one morning, she calls her boyfriend, Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him first to the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. The dead girl is carrying an ID that will put this crime at the center of a scandal--her card identifies her as Carline Darcy, heir apparent to Darcy Therapeutics, Ireland's most successful pharmaceutical company."--Back cover.

The Egyptian antiquities murder

May 9, 2019
Rosett, Sara, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : McGuffin Ink, [2019]
258 pages : map ; 21 cm.
"Secrets never die...October 1923. Lady detective Olive Belgrave has a new case. Lady Agnes doesn't believe in curses--especially ancient curses--and she hires Olive to prove her uncle wasn't the victim of a malevolent mummy. Olive investigates and discovers the truth is much worse--it's murder. Can Olive debunk the curse and reveal the true culprit before the mummy curse claims another victim?"--Back cover.

Flag boy : a Tubby Dubonnet mystery

May 9, 2019
Dunbar, Tony, author.
New Orleans, Louisiana : booksBnimble, 2017.
200 pages ; 19 cm.
There's no way sybarite lawyer Tubby Dubonnet's client murdered a whole family. Such a gentle soul--and such a bloody massacre! Worse, tubby's the one who discovers the body of his murdered ex-girl friend--no way that could be connected to the murder of the Sultan's family. Or could it?

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