New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

September 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Christmas cake murder

September 19, 2018
Fluke, Joanne, 1943- author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2018.
ix, 270 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Juggling the responsibilities of opening her shop with the demands of Christmas, Hannah Swensen is surprised by the writing talents of an elderly local whose murder story chillingly comes true.

Blood reckoning

September 19, 2018
Waddell, Dan, author.
viii, 356 pages ; 20 cm
"Northumberland; 1992. In the early years of his police career, a young and idealist Grant Foster investigates a crime that shocks the nation. A widower beaten to death in a sleepy former mining town. The murderers: two schoolboys aged 9 and 10. Eight years later, they are released from prison and disappear into adult life with new identities. London; present day. DCI Foster investigates the death of a man found incinerated in his own car. But this isn't an isolated crime and as more gruesome murders come to light, he soon finds himself forced to confront not only that hideous scene from all those years ago, but also his own memories"--Back cover.

A forgotten place : a Bess Crawford mystery

September 18, 2018
Todd, Charles, author.
354 pages ; 24 cm.
"At the end of the Great War, Bess Crawford finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland"--Dust jacket.

A willing murder

September 18, 2018
Deveraux, Jude, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Mira Books, [2018]
333 pages ; 24 cm.
Sara Medlar is a household name in romance, with millions of books sold. But lately, retirement has been boring her and she's found herself back in her hometown of Lachlan, Florida, remodeling the grand old mansion she'd admired as a child. It's much too big for her alone, but she'd die before letting anyone in town know that. Then Sara's niece Kate is offered a job in Lachlan - a start in what could be a very successful career in real estate. She accepts immediately, but with so little saved up, she'll have to approach her estranged yet incredibly famous aunt for a place to stay while she gets herself settled. But when she arrives at Sara's home, she finds she's not the only long-term houseguest. Jackson Wyatt already has his own room, and though it's impossible to deny his good looks and charm - he's clearly got her aunt wrapped around his finger - she's also never met anyone who irritates her quite like Jack does. However, when two skeletons are accidentally uncovered in the quiet town, this unlikely trio is suddenly thrust together by a common goal: to solve a mystery everyone else seems eager to keep under wraps. United by a sense of justice and the desire to right old wrongs, Sara, Kate and Jack will have to dig into Lachlan's murky past to unravel the small town's dark secrets and work to bring the awful truth to light.

A borrowing of bones

September 18, 2018
Munier, Paula, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, [2018]
342 pages ; 24 cm
Series information from
"The first in a gripping new mystery series by literary agent Paula Munier, about a retired MP and bomb-sniffing dog who become embroiled in an investigation in the beautiful Vermont wilderness. It may be the Fourth of July weekend, but for retired soldier Mercy Carr and Belgian Malinois Elvis, it's just another walk in the remote Lye Brook Wilderness--until the former bomb-sniffing dog alerts to explosives and they find a squalling baby abandoned near a shallow grave filled with what appear to be human bones. U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner and his search-and rescue Newfoundland Susie Bear respond to Mercy's 911 call, and the four must work together to track down a missing mother, solve a cold-case murder, and keep the citizens of Vermont safe on potentially the most incendiary Independence Day since the American Revolution. A Borrowing of Bones is full of complex twists and real details about search-and-rescue dog training that Paula has learned through the training of her own dog. With its canine sidekicks and procedural plot, this series is well-positioned to become "Julia Spencer-Fleming with dogs" and will be a must-have for mystery fans" -- Provided by publisher.

The ancient nine

September 18, 2018
Smith, Ian, 1969- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
416 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
"Collins thinks his life at Harvard will be all about basketball and pre-med; hard workouts and grinding work in class. The friends he's made when he hits the storied ivy-clad campus from a very different life in urban Chicago are a happy bonus. But Spencer is about to be introduced to the most mysterious inner sanctum of the inner sanctum: to his surprise, he's in the running to be "punched" for one of Harvard's elite final clubs. The Delphic Club is known as "the Gas" for its crest of three gas-lit flames, and as Spencer is considered for membership, he's plunged not only into the secret world of male privilege that the Gas represents, but also into a century-old club mystery. Because at the heart of the Delphic, secured deep inside its guarded mansion club, is another secret society: a shadowy group of powerful men known as The Ancient Nine."-- Provided by publisher.

In the darkest hour

September 18, 2018
Carlisle, Anna (Teacher), author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2018.
331 pages ; 22 cm.
Former medical examiner Gin Sullivan thought she'd put her troubled past behind her--but a deadly web of drugs, depravity, and murder threaten to consume all she loves.

Echoes of evil

September 17, 2018
Graham, Heather, author.
Toronto, Ontario : Mira, [2018]
329 pages ; 24 cm.
"Brodie McFadden is supposed to be on vacation, getting some sunshine and deciding if he wants to join his brothers and the Krewe of Hunters, a special paranormal investigation unit of the FBI. But a diving excursion with an old navy buddy to a historic shipwreck uncovers a crime scene - and the corpse is new. Museum curator Dakota "Kody" McCoy just wants her Key West culture festival to succeed. She's always had a deep connection to her home, including being regularly haunted by some of the resident ghosts. Then, in the middle of a performance, a beloved local musician drops dead. It seems accidental, but Kody isn't so sure. Brodie thinks the recent deaths are linked, and he needs help from Kody. Something about her festival is dangerous. And the threat is creeping ever closer. Has she uncovered a treasure from the past that someone will kill for?"--Jacket.

Escaping from Houdini

September 17, 2018
Maniscalco, Kerri, author.
436 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Jimmy Patterson Books."
In 1889, the ship Etruria departs Liverpool, England, for New York carrying Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her crime-solving partner, Thomas, a famous escape artist, and a cold-blooded killer.-- Provided by Publisher.

Trimmed to death

September 17, 2018
Cohen, Nancy J., 1948- author.
[United States] : Orange Grove Press, 2018.
283 pages ; 22 cm.
"Savvy hairstylist and amateur sleuth Marla Vail enters a charity bake-off contest at a fall festival sponsored by a local farm. While she waits to see if her coconut fudge pie is a winner, Marla joins a scavenger hunt where people playing character roles are the targets. Instead of scoring points with a live person, she finds a dead body planted face-down in the strawberry field. Who would want to cut short the life of food magazine publisher and fellow bake-off contestant Francine Dodger? As she investigates, Marla learns there's no shortage of suspects. A celebrity TV chef, food critic, olive oil importer, food truck owner, pastry chef, and cookbook author may be stirring up more than their next recipe. Can Marla unmask the killer before someone else gets trimmed from life? Recipes Included!"--Back cover.

Dark queen rising

September 17, 2018
Doherty, P. C., author.
213 pages ; 23 cm.
"A Margaret Beaufort Mystery."--Cover.
"First in a brand-new historical mystery series featuring Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII and matriarch of the Tudor dynasty... May, 1471. The Wars of the Roses are reaching their bitter and bloody climax. Edward of York has claimed the English throne, and his supporters are extracting a savage revenge on all who supported the Lancastrian cause. Surrounded by enemies wherever she turns, the position of Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and mother to Henry Tudor, the last remaining hope of the House of Lancaster, is precarious to say the least. Determined to protect her son whatever it takes, Margaret must rely on her sharp-witted clerk Christopher Ulswicke to be her eyes and ears. When four bodies are discovered in a London tavern, their throats slit, and Margaret herself is suspected of being behind the crime, it's up to Ulswicke to prove his mistress's innocence and unmask the real killer."--Publisher's description.

Fortunate son

September 14, 2018
Rhoades, J. D., 1962- author.
Hoboken, NJ : Polis Books, 2018.
300 pages ; 23 cm
"Years ago, the Jakes brothers were found alone, hungry, and freezing, in a trailer where they'd been left by their mother. One found a happy home. The older son never did, but he always dreamed of the day when they would be together again. Thirteen years later, big brother appears, and he's determined to reunite the family, even if he has to do it by kidnapping his younger brother. The mother they haven't seen in years is in New Orleans, and she's in trouble. Her sons are coming to the rescue, even if one of them is doing it at gunpoint. But things are rapidly spinning out of control in New Orleans. The Jakes boys, the disgraced former sheriff trying to chase them down, and an ambitious Louisiana deputy investigating the mother are in for far more danger than any of them bargained for. As they're caught between two sides in a vicious drug war, everyone's fighting to survive, no one knows who to trust and it's anyone's guess who'll be left standing at the end"--Jacket flap.

The boy at the keyhole : a novel

September 13, 2018
Giles, Stephen M., author.
Toronto, Ontario : Hanover Square Press, 2018.
294 pages ; 22 cm
Nine-year-old Samuel lives alone in a once-great estate in Surrey with the family's housekeeper, Ruth. His father is dead and his mother has been abroad for months, purportedly tending to her late husband's faltering business. She left in a hurry one night while Samuel was sleeping and did not say goodbye. Beyond her sporadic postcards, Samuel hears nothing from his mother. He misses her dearly and maps her journey in an atlas he finds in her study. Samuel's life is otherwise regulated by Ruth, who runs the house with an iron fist. Only she and Samuel know how brutally she enforces order. As rumors in town begin to swirl, Samuel wonders whether something more sinister is afoot. Perhaps his mother did not leave but was murdered by Ruth.

The blood road

September 13, 2018
MacBride, Stuart, author.
London : HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.
488 pages ; 25 cm.
"Logan McRae's personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he's policing his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the driver's seat of a crashed car it's a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago, they buried him. Or they thought they did. As an investigation is launched into Bell's stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has be been all this time? Why did he dsappear? and What's so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead? But the deeper Logan digs, the more bones he uncovers, and there are people out there who'll kill to keep those skeletons buried. If Logan can't stop them, DI Bell won't be the only one to die." --Jacket.

The glass ocean : a novel

September 13, 2018
Williams, Beatriz, author.
408 pages ; 24 cm
May 2013: Author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Breaking a promise to her mother, she opens her great-grandfather's chest from the RMS Lusitania, sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. April 1915: Caroline Telfair Hochstetter's husband, Gilbert, has become pre-occupied with business-- and something else that she can't quite put a finger on. They're traveling to London aboard the Lusitania-- and discovers her old friend Robert Langford is on the same voyage. Also on board is Tessa Fairweather, whose partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they'll leave the game behind.

The 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

September 13, 2018
Turton, Stuart, author.
435 pages ; 24 cm
Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden Bishop must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle in order to escape the curse in a world filled with enemies where nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Burning ridge

September 13, 2018
Mizushima, Margaret, author.
New York, NY : Crooked Lane Books, 2018.
280 pages ; 24 cm.
"Colorado's Redstone Ridge is a place of extraordinary beauty, but this rugged mountain wilderness harbors a horrifying secret. When a charred body is discovered in a shallow grave on the ridge, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called in to spearhead the investigation. But this is no ordinary crime--and it soon becomes clear that Mattie has a close personal connection to the dead man. Joined by local veterinarian Cole Walker, the pair scours the mountaintop for evidence and makes another gruesome discovery: the skeletonized remains of two adults and a child. And then, the unthinkable happens. Could Mattie become the next victim in the murderer's deadly game?"--Provided by publisher.

In cold chocolate

September 13, 2018
St. James, Dorothy, author.
New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2018.
327 pages ; 22 cm
Includes recipes.
"The vintage seaside town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina seems like the perfect place for romance with its quiet beach and its decadent chocolate shop that serves the world's richest dark chocolates. The Chocolate Box's owner, Charity Penn, falls even further under the island's moonlit spell as she joins Althea Bays and the rest of the turtle watch team to witness a new generation of baby sea turtles hatch and make their way into the wide ocean. Before the babies arrive, gunshots ring out in the night. Cassidy Jones, the local Casanova, is found dead in the sand with his lover Jody Dalton--the same woman who has vowed to destroy the Chocolate Box--holding the gun. It's an obvious crime of passion, or so everyone believes." --Provided by publisher.

The question of the dead mistress

September 13, 2018
Copperman, E. J., 1957- author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2018]
viii, 280 pages ; 21 cm.
"Mrs. Washburn takes on the case of a woman who thinks her husband has a ghost mistress, but Samuel's Asperger's traits mean he does not believe in ghosts"-- Provided by publisher.

Dark tide rising : a William Monk novel

September 12, 2018
Perry, Anne, author.
289 pages ; 25 cm
"When a ransom exchange turns violent in the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, Commander William Monk faces an unthinkable possibility: betrayal by his own men. Local businessman Harry Exeter doesn't want the aid of the Thames River Police in tracking down the men who kidnapped his wife, Kate. He only asks them to help him navigate Jacob's Island, a creepy mass of decrepit buildings where he will hand off a large sum of money in exchange for her life. But when they arrive at the meeting place, Commander Monk and five of his best men are attacked from all sides, and Monk is left wondering who could have given away their plans--and why anyone would want to harm Kate Exeter. As Monk follows leads from Kate's worried cousin and a crafty clerk at the bank where Exeter gathered the ransom money, it seems inevitable that one of his own men has betrayed him. Delving into their pasts, he realizes how little he knows about the people he works with every day, including his trusted right-hand man Hooper, the one colleague Monk has always been certain he can count on. Even as they identify one of the kidnappers, the case runs into hurdle after hurdle, causing Monk to choose between his own safety and the chance to solve the case--and figure out where his men's loyalty really lies"-- Provided by publisher.

Cross her heart : a novel

September 12, 2018
Pinborough, Sarah, 1972- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
340 pages ; 24 cm
Lisa lives for her daughter Ava, her job and her best friend Marilyn. When a handsome client shows an interest in her, Lisa starts daydreaming about sharing her life with him, too. Maybe she can trust again... and let her terrifying secret past go. When Ava rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news for everyone to see, Lisa's world explodes. Now everything she has built is threatened, and Lisa doesn't know who she can trust. Long ago Lisa broke a promise-- and now someone is determined that both Lisa and Ava must suffer.-- Adapted from jacket

Dark sky island : a Jennifer Dorey mystery

September 12, 2018
Dearman, Lara, author.
296 pages ; 24 cm
"The tiny island of Sark lies isolated in the dark waters of the Channel Islands. No cars are allowed. No streetlamps light its paths. It is the world's only Dark Sky Island. This breathtaking patch of land seems the picture of tranquility--but at its heart lies a web of murder, deceit, and hidden danger. When bones are discovered on Derrible Bay and an elderly resident is violently murdered, DCI Michael Gilbert from the nearby island of Guernsey is called in to tackle the case. With his department under fire, he needs to find the killer--and fast. Joining him is newspaper reporter Jennifer Dorey, whose father died in a mysterious drowning off the island. As Michael struggles to crack the case and Jennifer launches her own investigation, the island's residents are left reeling and soon, their dark secrets begin to unravel threatening everything. On an island steeped in superstition, where tales of hauntings and devil craft abound, Michael and Jenny race to discover the truth in Dark Sky Island, the second tantalizing installment of Lara Dearman's Jennifer Dorey mysteries." -- publisher

The guilty dead: a monkeewrench novel

September 12, 2018
Tracy, P. J., author.
New York : Crooked Lane Books, [2018]
325 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain by Penguin Random House UK, August 2018."
Gregory Norwood is Minnesota's most beloved philanthropist, and the story of his son's overdose was splashed across the front page of all the papers. When a photojournalist sets out to get a candid shot of the highly successful businessman on the one year anniversary of his son's death, he's shocked to find Norwood dead with a smoking gun in his hand. The city is devastated, and Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called in to handle the delicate case. It should be open and shut, but something is not right. Norwood's death is no suicide. With no suspects and an increasing tangle of digital evidence that confounds the Minneapolis Police Department's most seasoned cops, Magozzi calls on Grace MacBride, Monkeewrench Software's founder and chief computer genius and the soon to be mother of their child together. She and her motley crew of partners begin to unravel connections between Norwood's death and an even larger plot. Norwood wasn't the first, won't be the last, and by the end, may be just one of many to die.

If the coffin fits

September 12, 2018
Bell, Lillian, author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2018.
296 pages ; 22 cm.

In want of a knife

September 12, 2018
Buzzelli, Elizabeth Kane, 1946- author.
New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2018.
xi, 321 pages ; 22 cm.
When they investigate a string of disappearances of young girls, will Jenny Weston and Zoe Zola be dispatched with extreme pride and prejudice?

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