New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

March 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

They saw too much

March 22, 2019
Gibbons, Alan, 1953- author.
London : Orion Children's Book, 2018.
229 pages ; 20 cm
"John is trying hard to stay out of trouble and leave his past behind him but he can't help being drawn to Ceri James - the guarded girl who has secrets of her own. Then their lives are thrown together, though not in the way John had hoped. They witness a man being shot - capturing the murder on camera - and now the ruthless killers are hunting them down. Scared and panicked, John avoids Ceri's questions: why won't he call the police? How does he know the killer? Because only one question really matters: who can you trust when you're running for your life?"--Publisher's description.

Getting old will haunt you

March 22, 2019
Lakin, Rita, author.
©2018
183 pages ; 23 cm
"Gladdy Gold and Associates are tasked with proving a deadly fishing accident was more than it appears in this hilarious cozy mystery. Restless after having no new cases for months and with their partners away on a safari, when a call comes through about a seemingly straightforward case in the Florida Keys, the girls accept the job no questions asked in hope of some excitement. Arriving at their destination they discover the case revolves around a man who's been killed - speared through the stomach by a marlin as he was taking a selfie. All involved are adamant it was simply a bizarre fishing accident, except for the Wassingers, a dithering couple at risk of losing their family home due to the death. It turns out the reason the Wassingers are convinced of foul play is because they have a witness. Unfortunately for Gladdy and the team, the witness is other-worldly . . ."--FantasticFiction.com.

10,000 bones

March 22, 2019
Ollinger, Joe, author.
©2019
232 pages ; 23 cm.
On the planet Brink, calcium is cash. The element's scarcity led the world's government to declare it the official currency. In the decades since, the governments of other colonized worlds have suppressed shipments of calcium in order to maintain favorable exchange rates, while Brink's Commerce Board has struggled to negotiate importation quotas to keep the population alive and growing. Taryn Dare is a Collections Agent, a specialized detective tasked with finding black market calcium and recovering it, so that the Commerce Board can recycle it and distribute it as currency. Taryn is fueled by one goal: to save up enough currency units for a one-way ticket to a better world. But when a job recovering a human corpse uncovers a deadly conspiracy in the system, Taryn is drawn into an investigation that may threaten her life, and the very fabric of her society.

Fear in February

March 22, 2019
Chafer, Camilla, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Camilla Chafer], [2019]
270 pages ; 21 cm.
Date from Amazon.
"Ally McKellar loves owning and running her own restaurant, Belle Rose. After working in a busy New York restaurant, managing her own kitchen is like a breath of fresh air. Even better, it's rapidly becoming the local favorite place to go in the quaint, mountain town of Calendar. When the local newspaper's food critics makes a reservation to try out her new menu, Ally knows she's got to nail every course to ensure good publicity. There's only one problem: the critic dies during the second course and everything points towards food poisoning. Suddenly, Ally's success as an entrepreneur is in jeopardy while her past is hastily dredged up, threatening to destroy the new life she has recently managed to create. With the help of Jack Harper, her handsome sous chef with a questionable past of his own, Ally must discover the real killer or risk losing not only Belle Rose, but her desire for a happy new life as well"--from Back cover.

Murder in March

March 22, 2019
Chafer, Camilla, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Camilla Chafer], [2019]
282 pages ; 21 cm.
Date from Amazon.
"Ava March has a big secret. The ultra-reclusive author behind the sensational Miranda Marchmont romantic novels has decided she doesn't want to write anymore bodice rippers, not when she could be writing daring thrillers instead. When Ava's loudmouth agent, Esther Drummond, comes to town, she is bound and determined to persuade her star author to write a few more glamorous novels, rather than the books Ava prefers to write. Just as Ava plucks up the courage to turn Esther down, she discovers her agent's dead body. To make matters even worse, Esther has been killed in exactly the same way that Ava described in the rejected manuscript. With Ava as the prime suspect with an apparent motive for murder, and cherry-picked manuscript pages appearing around town, Ava's quiet, former existence is at risk of being ripped away. There's only one thing this wannabe thriller writer can do: Ava must channel her inner action heroine and solve the murder before her life becomes no more than a terrifying footnote"--from Back cover.

The A list : an Ali Reynolds mystery

March 21, 2019
Jance, Judith A., author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
355 pages ; 24 cm.
Ten years ago, when Ali Reynolds's high-profile newscaster life blew up on the West Coast, she went back home to Sedona, Arizona, to reinvent herself. Now while she's living her new life, someone from her past comes asking for help. But will revisiting the past jeopardize her future?

One potato, two potato, dead

March 21, 2019
Cahoon, Lynn, author.
©2019
175 pages ; 22 cm.
Angie Turner's restaurant, The County Seat, is conveniently located near a first-class farmers market-so her menu is full of fresh ingredients. But a visiting culinary professor has just had a taste of something very unhealthy.

Cold wrath

March 21, 2019
Turnbull, Peter, 1950- author.
©2018
185 pages ; 23 cm
"On a hot summer morning, Miles Law cycles into the village of Millington in the Vale of York, on his way to a few hours' work as an under gardener at The Grange. But when he arrives, he finds his employer slumped in an armchair in the drawing room, a bullet wound on his forehead. Miles' employer was a secretive and reclusive man who kept his employees and neighbours at a distance. Who was Anthony Garrett, and who are the three young, identical-looking blonde women who called at the house a few days before his body was discovered? Detective Chief Inspector George Hennessey and Detective Superintendent Somerled Yellich are soon on the hunt for a ruthless and efficient killer."--Publisher's description.

Drawn and buttered

March 21, 2019
Randall, Shari, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2019.
296 pages ; 17 cm.
The Lazy Mermaid's business has slowed to a snail's pace--until a monster lobster claws his way onto the scene… With high season behind them, ballerina on-the-mend Allie Larkin and Aunt Gully are finally lying low. But then an unexpected guest arrives at the lobster shack: a crustacean so huge he's dubbed Lobzilla around Mystic Bay and on social media. Soon, with everyone showing up for a peek in their tank, Allie and Aunt Gully have more on their plate than they can handle. Meanwhile, another local establishment finds itself in hot water. In exclusive Rabb's Point, a strange burglary breaches the elegant home of Royal Parrish. Allie takes it upon herself to help with the investigation but, before she can get to the bottom of the case, another alarm sounds: the Lazy Mermaid's Lobzilla has gone missing and is on the loose! And bodies are beginning to pile up. . .

One feta in the grave

March 21, 2019
Kashian, Tina, author.
©2019
344 pages ; 17 cm
As summer comes to an end in her Jersey Shore town, Lucy Berberian continues to manage her family's Mediterranean restaurant. The Kebab Kitchen also has a food tent at this year's beach festival. But now a local businessman is under the boardwalk-dead by the sea . . . With a sand castle contest and live music, Ocean Crest bids a bittersweet farewell to tourist season. Summer will return next year . . . but Archie Kincaid won't. The full-of-himself store owner has been fatally shot, soon after a screaming match with Lucy's best friend. Katie's far from the only suspect, though, since Archie had some bitter rivals-as well as some relationships no one knew about. It's up to Lucy to look into some seedy characters and solve the case before the wrong person gets skewered . . . Recipes included! "Clever and charming . . . A culinary delight that will have readers salivating over the food and hungry for literary answers." -RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars, on Hummus and Homicide

Titanshade

March 21, 2019
Stout, Dan, author.
© 2019.
407 pages ; 22 cm
Carter's a homicide cop in Titanshade, an oil boomtown where 8-tracks are state of the art, disco rules the radio, and all the best sorcerers wear designer labels. It's also a metropolis teetering on the edge of disaster. As its oil reserves run dry, the city's future hangs on a possible investment from the reclusive amphibians known as Squibs.

Angels in the moonlight

March 21, 2019
McDonnell, Caimh, author.
©2017
315 pages ; 23 cm
"A prequel to the Dublin Trilogy."
"For Detective Bunny McGarry, life is complicated, and it is about to get more so. It's 1999 and his hard won reputation amongst Dublin's criminal fraternity, for being a massive pain the backside, is unfortunately shared by his bosses. His partner has a career-threatening gambling problem and, oh yeah, Bunny's finally been given a crack at the big time. He's set the task of bringing down the most skilled and ruthless armed robbery gang in Irish history. So the last thing he needs in his life is yet another complication. Her name is Simone. She is smart, funny, talented and, well, complicated. When her shocking past turns up to threaten her and Bunny's chance at a future, things get very complicated indeed. If the choice is upholding the law or protecting those he loves, which way will the big fella turn?"--Provided by publisher.

The day that never comes

March 21, 2019
McDonnell, Caimh, author.
[Manchester] : McFori Ink, [2017]
331 pages ; 23 cm
"Remember those people that destroyed the economy and then cruised off on their yachts? Well guess what - someone is killing them. Dublin is in the middle of a heat wave and tempers are running high. The Celtic Tiger is well and truly dead, activists have taken over the headquarters of a failed bank, the trial of three unscrupulous property developers teeters on the brink of collapse, and in the midst of all this, along comes a mysterious organisation hell-bent on exacting bloody vengeance in the name of the little guy. Paul Mulchrone doesn't care about any of this; he has problems of his own. His newly established detective agency is about to be DOA. One of his partners won't talk to him for very good reasons and the other has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth for no reason at all. Can he hold it together long enough to figure out what Bunny McGarry's colourful past has to do with his present absence? When the law and justice no longer mean the same thing, on which side will you stand? The Day That Never Comes is the second book in Caimh McDonnell's Dublin Trilogy, which melds fast-paced action with a distinctly Irish acerbic wit." --Page [4] of cover.

The corpse with the diamond hand

March 20, 2019
Ace, Cathy, 1960- author.
©2015
265 pages ; 21 cm.
Professor Cait Morgan and Bud Anderson have finally said 'I do'. To celebrate, they set sail on a romantic Hawaiian honeymoon cruise and, for nearly two weeks, the mystery solving newlyweds are worry-free. But then a man drops dead in the games room right in front of them and Cait and Bud can't help but lend their expertise. To the others in the games room, the sudden death of Tommy Trussler--the ship's onboard card-game tutor--appears to have been from natural causes. But the professor suspects something much more sinister. With only two days left at sea--and thousands of possible suspects--the head of security is eager to solve the case and invites Cait and Bud to aid in the investigation. But the unique circumstances of an at-sea investigation mean their involvement cannot be official, and Cait must lean on her charm to conduct her own covert interviews.

The corpse with the emerald thumb

March 20, 2019
Ace, Cathy, 1960- author.
©2014
231 pages ; 21 cm.
"A dream vacation at a Mexican beach resort swiftly dissolves into a nightmare for criminologist and foodie Cait Morgan when her significant other, Bud Anderson, is wrongly arrested for the murder of the local florist. With Bud's freedom, and maybe even his life, at stake, Cait has to fight the clock to work out which member of the small Mexican community might have killed the respected florist. Investigating under the watchful gaze of the local police, Cait has to keep her relationship with Bud a secret, and she soon discovers she's not the only one with something to hide. Cait struggles with a creeping sense of unreality as she desperately tries to save Bud--and, ultimately, herself."--Provided by publisher.

The corpse with the garnet face

March 20, 2019
Ace, Cathy, 1960- author.
©2016
233 pages ; 21 cm.
"Cait Morgan, the eccentric Welsh criminologist--sleuth accompanies her husband Bud to Amsterdam to try to unravel a puzzling situation. Bud is as surprised to discover he has a long-lost uncle as he is to discover Uncle Jonas has met an untimely death. Bud's mother assures him Jonas was a bad child--but, from beyond the grave--Uncle Jonas begs his nephew to visit the city he adopted as his home to delve into the life he built for himself there, founded on his passion for art. With an old iron key as their only clue, Cait and Bud travel to Amsterdam to solve the cryptic message left by Jonas, and honour the dying wishes of a long-lost relative."--Provided by publisher.

The corpse with the golden nose

March 20, 2019
Ace, Cathy, 1960- author.
©2013
233 pages ; 21 cm.
"Sure that the award-winning owner of a family-run vineyard was murdered. Bud Anderson, Cait's companion for the weekend, is convinced the woman took her own life. That is, until death strikes once again, in the neat rows of grapevines that clamber up the banks of magnificent Lake Okanagan"--Provided by publisher.

The corpse with the platinum hair

March 20, 2019
Ace, Cathy, 1960- author.
©2014
231 pages : illustration ; 21 cm.
With birthday celebrations in the cards, Cait Morgan and her significant other, retired cop Bud Anderson, travel to Las Vegas. As they are about to finish dinner in the casino owners' exclusive private dining room, Miss Shirley, a woman acknowledged as Queen of The Strip, is murdered. Security locks down the room. Cait, Bud, a corpse, and ten possible murderers are trapped in the luxurious restaurant for twelve deadly hours. The bodies pile up, the tension mounts, the list of suspects dwindles--and Cait knows she has to work out who the killer is because there's no telling who might be next to die.

Last orders

March 20, 2019
McDonnell, Caimh, author.
[Manchester, England] : McFori Ink, 2018.
343 pages ; 23 cm
"As a wise man once said, just because you're done with the past, doesn't mean the past is done with you. Paul can't let an incident from his past go. When he finds out a rival detective agency played a key role in it, he drags MCM Investigations into a blood feud that they can't hope to win. Soon they're faced with the prospect of the company going out of business and Brigit going out of her damn mind. When long-buried bodies are discovered in the Wicklow Mountains, Bunny's past starts closing in on him too. Who can he trust when he can't even trust himself? When he finds himself with nowhere left to run and nobody he can turn to, will the big fella make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the ones he loves? When all that's left is the fall, the fall is everything. And even the mighty fall."--Publisher's description.

The American agent : a Maisie Dobbs novel

March 19, 2019
Winspear, Jacqueline, 1955- author.
©2019
365 pages ; 24 cm.
When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice--Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie get out of Hitler's Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon's death. As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the British Isles, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect Anna, the young evacuee she has grown to love and wants to adopt. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue being played out in Britain, Maisie will face losing her dearest friend--and the possibility that she might be falling in love again.

The good detective

March 19, 2019
McMahon, John, 1970- author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
308 pages ; 24 cm
Introducing Detective P.T. Marsh in a swift and bruising debut where Elmore Leonard's staccato prose meets Greg Iles' Southern settings. How can you solve a crime if you've killed the prime suspect? Detective P.T. Marsh was a rising star on the police force of Mason Falls, Georgia--until his wife and young son were killed in an accident. Since that night, caught in a spiral of grief and booze, he's lost the ability to see the line between smart moves and disastrous decisions. Such as when he decides to 'help out' an exotic dancer by confronting her abusive boyfriend. When the next morning he gets called to the scene of his newest murder case, he is stunned to arrive at the house of a dead man, the very man he beat up the night before. He could swear the guy was alive when he left, but can he be sure? What he does know is that his fingerprints are all over the crime scene. But the trouble is only beginning. P.T. and his partner Remy begin to suspect the murder is connected to a local arson and lynching; two days earlier, the dead body of a black teenager was found in a burned-out field, a portion of a blackened rope around his neck--and P.T. realizes he might have killed the #1 suspect of this horrific crime. Amid rising racial tension and media scrutiny, P.T. uncovers something sinister at the heart of the boy's murder--a conspiracy leading all the way back to the time of the Civil War. Risking everything to unravel the puzzle even as he fights off his own personal demons, P.T. races headlong toward an incendiary and life-altering showdown.

Murder once removed

March 19, 2019
Perkins, S. C. (Stephanie C.), author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2019.
318 pages ; 22 cm
S.C. Perkins' Murder Once Removed is the captivating first mystery in the Ancestry Detective series, in which Texas genealogist Lucy Lancaster deals with murders in both the past and present. Except for a good taco, genealogist Lucy Lancaster loves nothing more than tracking down her clients' long-dead ancestors, and her job has never been so exciting as when she discovers a daguerreotype photograph and a journal that prove Austin, Texas, billionaire Gus Halloran's great-great grandfather was murdered back in 1849. What's more, Lucy is able to tell Gus who was responsible for his ancestor's death. Partly, at least. Using clues from the journal, Lucy narrows the suspects down to two nineteenth-century Texans, one of whom is the ancestor of present-day U.S. senator Daniel Applewhite. But when Gus publicly outs the senator as the descendant of a murderer--with the accidental help of Lucy herself--and her former co-worker is murdered protecting the daguerreotype, Lucy will find that shaking the branches of some family trees proves them to be more twisted and dangerous than she ever thought possible.

A town called Malice : a novel

March 19, 2019
Abramowitz, Adam, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
310 pages ; 22 cm
"Thomas Dunne Books."
A bike messenger navigates Boston's gritty underworld of gangsters and blood money in this novel with more twists and turns than Boston's streets. Boston's baddest bike messenger Zesty Meyers is back in town...Bosstown. Zesty's life seems to be settling down after his last hospital visit and family secret reveal. But when his brother Zero starts acting oddly and pairs up with an unemployed Rabbi, Zesty knows something is awry. Then his father's old friend Klaussen turns up with stories from their run-ins with Boston's finest. His father's Alzheimer's has left Zesty and Zero with minimal knowledge of the past and rumors of the darkest of blood money. From shady bars to college campus underground poker leagues, Zesty's speeding towards trouble. Now Zesty must put his poker face on while he winds through the streets of Boston desperately trying to uncover his father's memory before Klaussen and his past catch up with him.

Blood oath : a novel

March 18, 2019
Fairstein, Linda A., author.
New York : Dutton, [2019]
355 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
"Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper of the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit is finally back at work following a leave of absence, and not a moment too soon. With more women feeling empowered to name their abusers, Alex is eager to return to the courtroom to do what she does best. But even she can't anticipate the complexity of her first case when she meets Lucy, a young woman who testified years earlier at a landmark federal trial. and now reveals that she was sexually assaulted by a prominent official during that time. Yet Lucy's isn't the only secret Alex must uncover, with rumors swirling about one colleague's abusive conduct behind closed doors and another's violent, mysterious collapse. As the seemingly disparate cases of her client, adversary, and friend start to intertwine, Alex, along with NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, finds herself in uncharted territory within Manhattan's Rockefeller University, a premier research institute, hospital, and cornerstone of higher learning. But not even the greatest minds in the city can help her when unearthed secrets begin to collide in dangerous ways. and unless she can uncover the truth, the life-saving facility just may become her grave"-- Provided by publisher.

Redemption point

March 18, 2019
Fox, Candice, author.
©2018
398 pages ; 25 cm
"Previously published by Bantam Australia in trade paperback in January 2018."
"When former police detective Ted Conkaffey was wrongly accused of abducting Claire Bingley, he hoped the Queensland rain forest town of Crimson Lake would be a good place to disappear. But nowhere is safe from Claire's devastated father. Dale Bingley has a brutal revenge plan all worked out -- and if Ted doesn't help find the real abductor, he'll be its first casualty. Meanwhile, in a dark roadside hovel called the Barking Frog Inn, the bodies of two young bartenders lie on the beer-sodden floor. It's Detective Inspector Pip Sweeney's first homicide investigation -- complicated by the arrival of private detective Amanda Pharrell to "assist" on the case. Amanda's conviction for murder a decade ago has left her with some odd behavioral traits, top-to-toe tats -- and a keen eye for killers. For Ted and Amanda, the hunt for the truth will draw them into a violent dance with evil. Redemption is certainly in the cards -- but it may well cost them their lives" --Provided by publisher.

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