New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

July 18, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Lady in the lake : a novel

July 17, 2019
Lippman, Laura, 1959- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, 2019.
340 pages ; 24 cm
"New York Times bestseller Laura Lippman returns with a new stand-alone novel about a middle aged housewife turned aspiring reporter Maddie Schwartz, who is determined to solve the murder of a forgotten young woman in order to make her own reputation"-- Provided by publisher.

Bark of night

July 17, 2019
Rosenfelt, David, author.
©2019
291 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: Deck the hounds.
"When defense lawyer Andy Carpenter's veterinarian asks to speak to him privately at the checkup of his golden retriever, Tara, the last thing Andy expects is Truman. Tiny, healthy, French bulldog Truman was dropped off days ago with instructions to be euthanized by a man everyone thought was his owner. But now the owner is nowhere to be found ... [and] it's discovered that the man wasn't Truman's owner at all ... Truman's real owner has been murdered. It's now up to Andy--with help from his loyal sidekick Tara, Truman and the rest of the gang--to solve this case."-- Provided by publisher.

The pawful truth

July 16, 2019
James, Miranda, author.
©2019
289 pages ; 24 cm.
"Book 11"-- goodreads.
When Charlie Harris decides to go back to school, he and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, find themselves entangled in a deadly lovers quarrel on campus. In addition to his library duties and his role as doting grandad, Charlie has enrolled in an early medieval history course offered by young, charismatic professor Carey Warriner. Charlie feels a bit out of place- his fellow classmates are half his age-except for Dixie Bell Compton, another mature student. When Charlie hears an angry exchange between her and their professor, his interest in piqued. He's even more intrigued when she shows up at his office asking for a study partner. Charlie turns her down and is saddened to learn just a few days later that Dixie has been killed. Charlie wonders if Professor Warriner had anything to do with Dixie's death. Warriner is married to a fellow professor who happens to be a successful author. There are rumors on campus that their marriage was on the rocks. Was Dixie's death the result of a lovers' triangle gone bad? Charlie soon discovers that the professor's wife may have some secrets of her own and his suspect list is only getting longer. As he and Diesel step further into the tangled web of relationships, someone else is viciously killed. Whose jealousy finally erupted into murderous rage? Was it a crime of passion or is there another more sinister motive? Charlie races to unravel this mystery: and to draw out the culprit, he may just have to put his own life on the line.

The golden hour : a novel

July 16, 2019
Williams, Beatriz, author.
©2019
468 pages ; 24 cm
"The Bahamas, 1941. Newly-widowed Leonora "Lulu" Randolph arrives in Nassau to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. After all, American readers have an insatiable appetite for news of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, that glamorous couple whose love affair nearly brought the British monarchy to its knees five years earlier. What more intriguing backdrop for their romance than a wartime Caribbean paradise, a colonial playground for kingpins of ill-gotten empires? Or so Lulu imagines. But as she infiltrates the Duke and Duchess's social circle, and the powerful cabal that controls the islands' political and financial affairs, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward's marriage lies an ugly-and even treasonous-reality. In fact, Windsor-era Nassau seethes with spies, financial swindles, and racial tension, and in the middle of it all stands Benedict Thorpe: a scientist of tremendous charm and murky national loyalties. Inevitably, the willful and wounded Lulu falls in love. Then Nassau's wealthiest man is murdered in one of the most notorious cases of the century, and the resulting coverup reeks of royal privilege. Benedict Thorpe disappears without a trace, and Lulu embarks on a journey to London and beyond to unpick Thorpe's complicated family history: a fateful love affair, a wartime tragedy, and a mother from whom all joy is stolen."--Publisher.

Death in a desert land : a novel

July 16, 2019
Wilson, Andrew, 1967- author.
©2019
338 pages ; 21 cm
"Baghdad, 1928. Agatha Christie has traveled to the excavation of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Ur to investigate an unsolved mystery: two years ago, the explorer and writer Gertrude Bell died there from a drug overdose. At the time, authorities believed that Bell had taken her own life, but a letter recently unearthed reveals she was afraid someone intended to kill her. Upon arrive, Agatha encounters Miss Bell's former rival, the enigmatic archaeologist Mrs. Woolley, as she is on the cusp of making a potentially lucrative discovery. Temperamental but brilliant, Mrs. Woolley quickly charms the famous novelist, but Agatha cannot ignore the possibility that her new friend might be a murderer. As Agatha stealthily begins to gather information, she discovers that her mission is not without considerable risks. With the killer poised to strike again, Agatha must use all of her skills to outwit a devilishly cunning adversary determined to stay hidden in the desert sands."--P. [4] of cover.

Till sudden death do us part

July 16, 2019
Green, Simon R., 1955- author.
©2019
184 pages ; 23 cm.
"Although he hasn't seen Robert Bergin for 40 years, Ishmael feels duty bound to respond when his old friend calls for help. Robert's daughter Gillian is about to be married, and he is afraid she'll fall prey to the ancient family curse. Arriving in rural Yorkshire, Ishmael and his partner Penny learn that the vicar who was to perform the ceremony has been found dead in the church, hanging from his own bell rope. With no clues, no evidence and no known motive, many locals believe the curse is responsible. Or is someone just using it as a smokescreen for murder? With the wedding due to take place the following day, Ishmael has just a few hours to uncover the truth. But his investigations are hampered by sudden flashes of memory: memories of the time before he was human. What is it Ishmael's former self is trying to tell him?"--Publisher's description.

Shamed

July 15, 2019
Castillo, Linda, author.
©2019
294 pages ; 25 cm.
An Amish grandmother is murdered on an abandoned farm, her seven year old granddaughter abducted. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder plunges headlong into a case that quickly becomes a race against the clock. She knows the longer the girl is missing, the more likely a tragic outcome. The family of the missing girl is well thought of--a pillar of the Amish community. Their pain is palpable and they cooperate in every way, but Kate soon learns they're keeping secrets... The investigation takes Kate to an isolated Old Order Amish settlement along the river in southern Ohio. At first, the community seems upstanding and helpful. But when Kate starts asking questions, they stonewall her--and the situation soon becomes dangerous. What are they hiding and why?

The fat lady's ghost

July 12, 2019
MacLeod, Charlotte.
New York : Weybright and Talley, [1968]
147 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published in 1968 by Weybright and Talley. Paperback 2019 editions published by MysteriousPress/Open Road Integrated Media, New York.
"Nineteen-year-old Corin Johansen leaves home to attend a prestigious art school in Boston. She's never met anyone like her larger-than-life landlady at her new boardinghouse. A former circus star known as Daring Dina, Madame Despau-Davy seems content now with teaching her four beloved pet ocelots tricks in the kitchen. Corin soon learns the boardinghouse kitchen is supposedly haunted by the ghost of the Fat Lady from the circus. Dina's old friend, Rosie Garside. Meanwhile, Corin has caught the attentions of some of the male boarders: playboy Jack Banks, and gifted art student Alex Bodmin. When Corin discovers jewelry hidden in the haunted kitchen and hears the real story of how Rosie met her demise, she begins to suspect one of them may be a jewel thief--and possibly a murderer"--from Back cover.

One good deed

July 11, 2019
Baldacci, David, author.
©2019
422 pages ; 24 cm
It's 1949. When war veteran Aloysius Archer is released from Carderock Prison, he is sent to Poca City on parole with a short list of do's and a much longer list of don'ts: do report regularly to his parole officer, don't go to bars, certainly don't drink alcohol, do get a job -- and don't ever associate with loose women. The small town quickly proves more complicated and dangerous than Archer's years serving in the war or his time in jail. Within a single night, his search for gainful employment -- and a stiff drink -- leads him to a local bar, where he is hired for what seems like a simple job: to collect a debt owed to a powerful local businessman, Hank Pittleman. Soon Archer discovers that recovering the debt won't be so easy. The indebted man has a furious grudge against Hank and refuses to pay; Hank's clever mistress has her own designs on Archer; and both Hank and Archer's stern parole officer, Miss Crabtree, are keeping a sharp eye on him. When a murder takes place right under Archer's nose, police suspicions rise against the ex-convict, and Archer realizes that the crime could send him right back to prison... if he doesn't use every skill in his arsenal to track down the real killer.

Killing with confetti : a Peter Diamond investigation

July 11, 2019
Lovesey, Peter, author.
New York : Soho Crime, [2019]
321 pages ; 22 cm
"On a fateful July morning in 2015, a riot takes hold of Her Majesty's Prison in Bream, Gloucestershire, with fatal consequences. The staff is caught completely off-guard--their supervising warden, Governor Magda Lyle, hasn't shown up for work, and the prisoners are able to start a fire that nearly results in a mass escape. Three years later and forty miles south, a most controversial wedding is about to take place in Bath's gorgeous Abbey, with a reception to follow in the famous Roman Baths. The daughter of career criminal mastermind Joe Irving--only just released from a long stint in prison--is getting hitched to the son of Deputy Chief Constable George Brace, one of the highest-ranking cops in all of Avon & Somerset. A more uncomfortable group of in-laws would be hard to imagine, but worse, charismatic and incorrigible Joe Irving has many enemies on "the outside," including more than one hard man hell-bent on settling accounts for the role the father of the bride played in the fateful Bream prison riot. There have been credible threats on Joe Irving's life since his release, and the wedding presents a high-profile opportunity for a hit attempt. The distressed DCC Brace retains detective Peter Diamond and his team to run security on the big day, hoping they can avert catastrophe. Joe Irving may be the arch enemy of every cop in southwest England, but they can't let him be killed at his daughter's wedding. Diamond is infuriated by the assignment, which becomes more and more impossible with every new fact he learns about the players and the logistics. Can Diamond pull off a miracle and keep the entire party alive until the couple is safely on their honeymoon?"-- Provided by publisher.

Hang them slowly

July 11, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2016
359 pages ; 17 cm
When they are caught in a range war between the Rafter M and Three Rivers, three men, all of whom are hiding their true identities, must come clean if they want to avoid being part of the rising body count.

Murder with cucumber sandwiches

July 11, 2019
Smith, Karen Rose, author.
©2019
311 pages ; 17 cm.
"Includes delicious recipes!"--Back cover.
Restaurant critic Derek Schumaker, notorious for his bitter reviews, is about to visit Daisy's Tea Garden, and Daisy and Aunt Iris are simmering with anxiety. A bad word from the culinary curmudgeon could really hurt their business, but Daisy tries to stay confident. After all, how can he resist her cucumber sandwiches with pimento spread--not to mention the cheesy cauliflower soup and strawberry walnut salad? Schumaker takes a to-go order when the afternoon tea service is done, which Daisy hopes is a good sign. But when he perishes from a seizure, it looks like his food was dosed with something deadly. Considering a threat that recently appeared on his blog--and whispers of scandal in his past--Daisy has quite an assortment of suspects to sift through.

The shameless

July 10, 2019
Atkins, Ace, author.
©2019
446 pages ; 24 cm
"Twenty years ago, Brandon Taylor was thought to be just another teen boy who ended his life too soon. That's what almost everyone in Tibbehah County, Mississippi, said after his body and hunting rifle were found in the Big Woods. Now two New York-based reporters show up asking Sheriff Quinn Colson questions about the Taylor case. What happened to the evidence? Where are the missing files? Who really killed Brandon? Quinn wants to help. After all, his wife Maggie was a close friend of Brandon Taylor. But Quinn was just a kid himself in 1997, and these days he's got more on his plate than twenty-year-old suspicious death. He's trying to shut down the criminal syndicate that's had a stranglehold on Tibbehah for years, trafficking drugs, stolen goods, and young women through the MidSouth. Truck stop madam Fannie Hathcock runs most of that action, and has her eyes on taking over the whole show. And then there's Senator Jimmy Vardaman, who's cut out the old political establishment, riding the Syndicate's money and power -- plus a hefty helping of racism and ignorance -- straight to the governor's office. If he manages to get elected, the Syndicate will be untouchable. Tibbehah will be lawless. Quinn's been fighting evil and corruption since he was a kid, at home or as a U.S. Army Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq. This time, evil may win out."--Page [4] of cover.

Stone cold heart : a novel

July 10, 2019
Frear, Caz, author.
©2019
328 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: Sweet little lies.
"After a brief stint in the Mayor's Office, DC Cat Kinsella is back at the London Metropolitan Police, wisecracking with her partner Luigi Parnell and trying to avoid the wrath of the boss, DI Kate Steele. But for Cat and Parnell, it's serious business when a young Australian woman turns up dead after a party thrown by her new boss. The initial investigation of Naomi Lockhart's murder points to Joseph Madden, the owner of a coffee shop around the corner from police headquarters. Madden insists he's innocent, that he was home with his wife Rachel at the time of the murder. When police question her, Rachel contradicts his alibi, swearing that she was home alone. While the team builds its case against Joseph, Cat is tasked with getting to the heart of the Maddens' marriage. Cat knows that one of them is lying, but the question of which one, and why, is far more complicated than she could have expected. As she tries to balance the demands of the investigation with a budding romance and unresolved family drama, Cat has to decide how far she'll go to keep her own past mistakes buried"--Jacket

Hope rides again : a novel

July 10, 2019
Shaffer, Andrew, author.
Philadelphia, PA : Quirk Books, [2019]
284 pages ; 21 cm
When former President Barack Obama's cell phone is stolen and the perpetrator winds up dead, Obama and his vice-president Joe Biden investigate, uncovering a conspiracy in the heart of Chicago.

Unraveling

July 10, 2019
Lord, Karen, 1968- author.
©2019
293 pages ; 22 cm
"Dr. Miranda Ecouvo, forensic therapist of the City, just helped put a serial killer behind bars. But she soon discovers that her investigation into seven unusual murders is not yet complete. A near-death experience throws her out of time and into a realm of labyrinths and spirits. There, she encounters brothers Chance and the Trickster, who have an otherworldly interest in the seemingly mundane crimes from her files. It appears the true mastermind behind the murders is still on the loose, chasing a myth to achieve immortality. Together, Miranda, Chance, and the Trickster must travel through conjured mazes, following threads of memory to locate the shadowy killer. As they journey deeper, they discover even more questions that will take pain and patience to answer. What is the price of power? Where is the path to redemption? And how can they stop the man -- or monster -- who would kill the innocent to live forever?" --Publisher description.

A patchwork of clues

July 9, 2019
Goldenbaum, Sally, author.
New York, NY : Lyrical Underground/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2019.
152 pages ; 22 cm
"Previously titled Murders on Elderberry Road"--cover.
"On her morning jog, Portia Paltrow comes upon the dead body of antiques store owner and college professor Owen Hill, sprawled across the back doorstep of Selma Parker's fabric and quilt shop on Elderberry Road. The site of their Saturday morning quilting bee just became a crime scene. Violent crime is rare in the charming village of Crestwood, Kansas, and rumors are soon circulating of a burglary gone wrong. But who would rob a quilt shop? No, Owen Hill has been murdered. Selma and her assistant manager Susan are understandably at loose ends over the crime. So while the tightly knit covey of quilters, who range from a new mother to a wise octogenarian, work together on a Crystal Pattern quilt for Selma's store's anniversary, they also get busy stitching together a patchwork of clues. But they'd better work fast, before a crafty killer bolts . . ."--back cover.

Heart of barkness

July 8, 2019
Quinn, Spencer, author.
©2019
299 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"They're both music lovers, so when Lotty Pilgrim, a country singer from long ago, turns up at a local bar, they drive out to catch her act. Bernie's surprised to see someone who was once so big performing in such a dive, and drops a C-note the Little Detective Agency can't afford to part with into the tip jar. The C-note is stolen right from under their noses--even from under Chet's, the nose that misses nothing--and before the night is over, it's stolen again. Soon they're working the most puzzling case of their career, a case that takes them back in time in search of old border-town secrets, and into present-day danger where powerful people want those secrets to stay hidden. Chet and Bernie find themselves sucked into a real-life murder ballad where there is no one to trust but each other."--Publisher's description.

The wall : a novel

July 8, 2019
Annas, Max, 1963- author.
©2019
162 pages ; 23 cm
"Moses wants one thing: to get home, where his girlfriend and a cold beer are waiting for him. But his car breaks down on an empty street, not a single human being in sight. Moses slips into The Pines, a gated community, in hopes to find help from a university classmate who lives there. Over there, in the "white" world, everything seems calm, orderly, safe. But once inside, he feels like more of an outsider than ever. And he makes a terrible mistake - one which makes him prey, hunted by security guards and vigilante homeowners alike. Mistaken identities, racial profiling, and class politics form the backdrop of this intense thriller. The Wall tackles the issues of gun violence, racism, and exclusion in contemporary South Africa"--Back cover.

Sha hai yi yun

July 8, 2019
Tang, Yin (Novelist), author.
Taibei Shi : Chun tian chu ban, 2018.
351 pages ; 21 cm

Shijinsō no satsujin

July 8, 2019
Imamura, Masahiro, author.
Tōkyō : Tōkyōsōgensha, 2017.
316 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

H̉oa ngục

July 8, 2019
Brown, Dan, 1964- author.
© 2013
687 pages ; 25 cm
First published in New York, In English, by Doubleday, in 2013, as: Inferno.
"In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces ... Dante's Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante's dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust ... before the world is irrevocably altered." -- Various websites.

The stories you tell

July 3, 2019
Lepionka, Kristen, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2019.
342 pages ; 23 cm
A late-night phone call is never good news, especially when you're Roxane Weary. This one is from her brother Andrew whose evening was interrupted by a visit from Addison, a hip young DJ he knows from the hotel bar where he works. She was drunk, bloody, and hysterical, but she wouldn't say what was wrong. After using his phone, she left as quickly as she appeared, and Andrew is worried. That's when he calls Roxane. But another late-night call occurs as well: Addison's father calls the police after getting a panicked voicemail from his daughter. The only thing he could understand is the address she gave in the message--Andrew's. Before long, the police are asking Andrew all about why there's blood in his apartment and what he did to Addison. Meanwhile, another cop is found dead on the opposite side of town, leading to a swirl of questions surrounding a dance club whose staff--which includes Addison--has suddenly gone AWOL.

Killer in the carriage house

July 3, 2019
Connolly, Sheila, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2019.
xi, 270 pages ; 22 cm.
"The second book in the Victorian Village Mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly! Kate Hamilton's plans for recreating Asheboro, Maryland as a Victorian village and tourist attraction are progressing nicely, and most of the townspeople have become supporters. There's only one problem: money. Kate had laid out what she thought was a reasonable plan, and had built in a financial cushion in her estimates, but the over-runs had exceeded everybody's expectations, and the town coffers are empty, while the opening date looms closer and closer. But Kate and her ally, historian Joshua Wainright, may have come up with a solution. The centerpiece Barton mansion outside of town has proven to be a veritable goldmine of documents about the town's nineteenth-century history, and the Clara Barton correspondence and documents they had first discovered in the house will be the centerpiece of the first exhibit at the newly-renovated Barton factory in town. But Henry Barton's interests and skills went far beyond the operation of his home-town factory. Kate and Joshua stumble upon a cache of documents that suggest that Henry was developing municipal electrical systems at an early date--and that the region's major provider, Universal Electric, may have stolen some of his patents. Can Universal Electric be persuaded to step up and help the town, rather than face legal action"-- Provided by publisher.

The last list of Miss Judith Kratt : a novel

July 3, 2019
Bobotis, Andrea, author.
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Landmark, 2019.
311 pages ; 22 cm
"Judith Kratt inherited all the Kratt family had to offer - the pie safe, the copper clock, the murder that no one talks about - and she knows in her old bones that it's time to make an inventory of her household and its valuables. But she finds that cataloging the family heirlooms can't contain their misfortunes, not when her wayward sister suddenly returns, determined to expose secrets that the Kratts had hoped to take to their grave. Interweaving the present with chilling flashbacks from one fateful evening in 1929, Judith pieces together the influence of her family on their small South Carolina cotton town, learning that the effects of dark family secrets can last for decades." -- Provided by publisher.

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