New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

January 18, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

When you see me : a novel

January 17, 2020
Gardner, Lisa, author.
New York : Dutton, [2020]
385 pages ; 24 cm
"FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective D D Warren have built a task force to follow the digital bread crumbs left behind by deceased serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. When a disturbing piece of evidence is discovered in the hills of Georgia, they bring Flora Dane and true-crime savant Keith Edgar to a small town where something seems to be deeply wrong. What at first looks like a Gothic eeriness soon hardens into something much more sinister... and they discover that for all the evil Jacob committed while alive, his worst secret is still to be revealed. Quincy and DD must summon their considerable skills and experience to crack the most disturbing case of their careers -- and Flora must face her own past directly in the hope of saving others." -- Provided by publisher.

Death comes to Dogwood Manor

January 17, 2020
Bretting, Sandra, author.
New York, NY : Lyrical Underground/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
163 pages ; 22 cm
Making Southern brides beautiful is top priority for hat designer Missy DuBois, but sometimes her Louisiana studio moonlights as a crime-solving headquarters. While driving to her hat shop, Crowning Glory, Missy accidentally sideswipes a car parked in front of Dogwood Manor, an antebellum mansion being converted into a high-end hotel by the much-reviled property developer Herbert Solomon. Of course, the car is his Rolls Royce. But Solomon is too busy berating his contractor and interior designer to worry about a little fender bender. When Missy returns to check out the mansion's chapel where her latest client will be married, she finds the developer dead on his property. After an autopsy finds poison in his body, Missy's shop is then flooded right before it's supposed to be featured in an article about wedding-veil trends. Now before everything becomes sheer disaster, she'll have to train her sights on finding a killer.

The wild one

January 16, 2020
Petrie, Nicholas, author.
©2020
xii, 381 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: Tear it down.
Fighting his post-traumatic claustrophobia, war veteran Peter Ash has no intention of getting on an airplane-- until a grieving woman asks Peter to find her young grandson. The woman's daughter has been murdered. Erik, the dead daughter's husband and the sole suspect, fled to Iceland with his son for the protection of Erik's lawless family. For reasons both unknown and unofficial, it seems that Peter's own government doesn't want him in Iceland; the police give Peter two days of sightseeing in Reykjavik before he must report back for the first available seat home. Now Peter must confront his growing PTSD and the most powerful Icelandic snowstorm in a generation to find a killer, save an eight-year-old boy, and keep himself out of an Icelandic prison-- or a cold Icelandic grave.

Come homicide or high water

January 16, 2020
Swanson, Denise, author.
©2020
337 pages ; 18 cm.
"School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd is getting ready to return to work from her maternity leave and hoping for a peaceful year in her job as a school psychologist. But when an elderly woman disappears on her first day back and a disgruntled parent threatens to sue the school, Skye realizes that her return will be anything but quiet. When the parent suing Skye's school is found dead and with the missing woman's case is still unsolved, Skye suspects the crimes are somehow linked. With her chief of police husband, Wally, at her side, Skye dives into the investigations. But as tensions rise and Skye and Wally's suspect list lengthens, they start to wonder whether a member of their own tight-knit community could be behind it all..."--Publisher.

Gone, kitty, gone

January 16, 2020
Watkins, Eileen, author.
©2020
245 pages 21 cm
"With her new van, Cassie has expanded her Comfy Cat business to include mobile cat grooming. Next stop- a cat expo at a hotel just outside her hometown of Chadwick, New Jersey, where Cassie will give a grooming demo using shelter cats to encourage adoption while her veterinarian boyfriend Mark will offer a program on cat care and health. The highlight of the expo will be a major cat show featuring pop sensation Jaki Natal. Almost as famous as his owner is her pet Gordie, a Scottish fold, who's become a social media darling. But when adorable Gordie goes missing and his sitter is found murdered, Jaki is having kittens. While the cops are more interested in solving the murder of a human, Jaki insists Cassie help expose the catnapper and return gorgeous Gordie to the fold. Now it's Cassie's turn to solo as she plays a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a culprit who's not afraid to pounce..." - Back cover.

Matchmaking can be murder

January 16, 2020
Flower, Amanda, author.
©2020
326 pages ; 17 cm
"When widowed Millie Fisher moves back to her childhood home of Harvest, Ohio, she notices one thing right away-the young Amish are bungling their courtships and marrying the wrong people! A quiltmaker by trade, Millie has nevertheless stitched together a few lives in her time, with truly romantic results. Her first mission? Her own niece, widowed gardener Edith Hochstetler, recently engaged to rude, greedy Zeke Miller. Anyone can see he's not right for such a gentle young woman-except Edith herself. Pleased when she convinces the bride-to-be to leave her betrothed before the wedding, Millie is later panicked to find Zeke in Edith's greenhouse - as dead as a tulip in the middle of winter. To keep her niece out of prison-and to protect her own reputation - Millie will have to piece together a patchwork of clues to find a killer, before she becomes the next name on his list."--Publisher description.

Much ado about nutmeg

January 16, 2020
Fox, Sarah (Mystery writer), author.
©2020
199 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes recipes and an excerpt from "An ale of two cities" by Sarah Fox.
"Between tourist season, planning her beach wedding, and running her pancake house, the Flip Side, Marley McKinney is busier than ever. On top of that, one of her regulars is competing in Wildwood Cove's Golden Oldies Games--a sporting event for athletes 50 and over--and Marley wants to cheer her on. Everything's running as smooth as batter--until sports reporter Yvonne Pritchard stirs up a triple batch of trouble... Yvonne has one admirer in town--Ed Herman--but she has many more enemies, from a disgruntled coach to an athlete she once shamed on social media. So when a body washes up on shore, and it's no accident, it's not a complete surprise Yvonne is the victim. And when Ed asks Marley to use her sleuthing skills to solve the crime, she'll have to squeeze in time between squeezing into wedding dresses. Then a second victim turns up, and Marley will have to work at high speed to stop a killer from piling up bodies faster than she can whip up a tall stack..."--Amazon website.

Journaled to death

January 16, 2020
Redmond, Heather, 1969- author.
London : Severn House Publishers, 2019.
219 pages ; 23 cm.
"Divorced single mom Mandy Meadows scrapes by working as a barista and receiving payments from her cousin, Ryan, who rents her basement apartment. At night, she and her teenage daughter Vellum run a successful home business as journaling bloggers on their popular YouTube channel. But Mandy's carefully organized world is about to come crashing down. While filming their latest journaling tutorial, Mandy and Vellum hear a loud noise on the basement stairs, and Mandy is horrified to find Ryan dead on the landing. The police quickly start to treat the death as a murder - with Mandy and Vellum as chief suspects. Why would someone murder Ryan? Determined to clear their names and find Ryan's killer, Mandy soon discovers he wasn't the man she thought he was."--Provided by publisher.

A longer fall

January 15, 2020
Harris, Charlaine, author.
©2020
291 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"In this second installment of the Gunnie Rose series, Lizbeth Rose is hired onto a new crew for a seemingly easy protection job, transporting a crate into Dixie, just about the last part of the former United States of America she wants to visit. But what seemed like a straight-forward job turns into a massacre as the crate is stolen. Up against a wall in Dixie, where social norms have stepped back into the last century, Lizbeth has to go undercover with an old friend to retrieve the crate as what's inside can spark a rebellion, if she can get it back in time"--Provided by publisher.

How quickly she disappears

January 15, 2020
Fleischmann, Raymond, author.
New York : Berkley, 2020.
309 pages ; 24 cm
It's been twenty years since Elisabeth's twin sister, Jacqueline, disappeared without a trace. At thirty Elisabeth is living in a small Alaskan town; she's in a loveless marriage and has a young daughter she loves but who reminds her too much of her long-missing sister. Elisabeth clings to the impossible belief that her sister is still alive and that they'll be reunited. Then Alfred, a stranger, arrives in town and claims to know exactly what happened to Jacqueline. He'll reveal the truth... but only if Elisabeth fulfills three requests. Requests which mean putting herself-- and her family-- in danger. --Provided by publisher.

One of us is next

January 14, 2020
McManus, Karen M., author.
©2020
375 pages ; 22 cm
"A year after the Bayview four were cleared of Simon Kelleher's death, a new mystery has cropped up--a game with dangerous consequences that's targeting students at Bayview again. And if the creator isn't found soon, dangerous could prove deadly"-- Provided by publisher.

Last licks

January 14, 2020
Baxter, Cynthia, 1953- author.
©2020
248 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes recipes.
"It's autumn in the Hudson Valley, and Kate McKay has some tricks up her sleeve for a deliciously spooky season at her Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe. But with a cold-blooded murderer thrown into the mix, the scares are about to become a little too real . . . Kate receives the shock of a lifetime when she's blindsided by an offer she can't refuse. An assistant movie director desperately wants to shoot a key scene at Lickety Splits and she's willing to pay big bucks to sweeten the last-minute deal. All Kate has to do is tolerate a bustling film crew for a few hours and provide one important prop--a scoop of handmade ice cream . . . But when up-and-coming actress Savannah Crane drops dead after spooning down some chocolate almond fudge, Kate's first taste of Hollywood might be her last. Someone poisoned the leading lady, and with Lickety Splits draped in yellow crime scene tape, detectives are ready to cast Kate as the leading suspect . . . Determined to clear her name, Kate finds herself churning through a long list of unsavory characters to catch the real killer lurking around town. As she uncovers the truth about the jealous rivals and obsessive stalkers who haunted Savannah's life, Kate soon realizes that tangling with the late starlet's 'fans' could make this her most terrifying fall yet . ."--Provided by publisher.

And dangerous to know

January 14, 2020
Wilde, Darcie, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2020.
347 pages ; 22 cm
"Trust is a delicate thing, and no one knows that better than Rosalind Thorne. Lady Melbourne has entrusted her with recovering a packet of highly sensitive private letters stolen from her desk. The contents of these letters hold great interest for the famous poet Lord Byron, who had carried on a notorious public affair with Lady Melbourne's daughter-in-law, the inconveniently unstable Lady Caroline Lamb. Rosalind is to take up residence in Melbourne House, posing as Lady Melbourne's confidential secretary. There, she must discover the thief and regain possession of the letters before any further scandal erupts. However, Lady Melbourne omits a crucial detail. Rosalind learns from the Bow Street runner, Adam Harkness, that an unidentified woman was found dead in the courtyard of Melbourne House. The coroner has determined she was poisoned. Adam urges Rosalind to use her new position in the household to help solve the murder. As she begins to untangle a web of secrets and blackmail, Rosalind finds she must risk her own life to bring the desperate business to an end."--Publisher description.

Give the devil his due

January 14, 2020
Gentill, Sulari, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Poisoned Pen Press, [2020]
386 pages ; 22 cm.
Originally published in 2015 by Pantera Press Pty Limited, Australia.
Includes an excerpt from A murder unmentioned.
"When Rowland Sinclair, an artist with leftist friends and a free-wheeling lifestyle, is invited to take his yellow Mercedes onto the Maroubra Speedway, renamed the Killer Track for the lives it has claimed, he agrees without caution or reserve. But then people start to die... The body of a journalist covering the race is found in a House of Horrors. An English blueblood with Blackshirt affiliations is killed on the racetrack. And Rowland Sinclair hurtles towards disaster with an artist, a poet, and brazen sculptress along for the ride..."-- Provided by publisher.

Murder on Cape Cod

January 13, 2020
Day, Maddie, author.
New York, N.Y. : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2019.
ix, 307 pages ; 17 cm
Includes recipes.
"Summer is busy season for Mackenzie "Mac" Almeida's bicycle shop, nestled in the quaint, seaside hamlet of Westham, Massachusetts. She's expecting an influx of tourists at Mac's Bikes; instead she discovers the body of Jake Lacey. Mac can't imagine anyone stabbing the down-on-his-luck handyman. However, the authorities seem to think Mac is a strong suspect after she was spotted arguing with Jake just hours before his death. Mac knows she didn't do it, but she does recognize the weapon - her brother Derrick's fishing knife. Mac's only experience with murder investigations is limited to the cozy mysteries she reads with her local book group, the Cozy Capers. So to clear her name - and maybe her brother's too - Mac will have to summon help from her Cozy Capers co-investigators and a library's worth of detectives' tips and tricks. For a small town, Westham is teeming with possible killers, and this is one mystery where Mac is hoping for anything but a surprise ending..."--Publisher description.

Bound for murder : a Blue Ridge library mystery

January 10, 2020
Gilbert, Victoria, author.
©2020
311 pages ; 22 cm.
"Blue Ridge library director Amy Webber learns it wasn't all peace and love among the "flower children" when a corpse is unearthed on the grounds of a 1960s commune. Taylorsford Public Library director Amy Webber's friend "Sunny" Fields is running for mayor. But nothing puts a damper on a campaign like an actual skeleton in a candidate's closet. Sunny's grandparents ran a commune back in the 1960s on their organic farm. But these former hippies face criminal charges when human remains are found in their fields -- and a forensic examination reveals that the death was neither natural nor accidental. With Sunny's mayoral hopes fading, Amy sets her wedding plans aside, says "not yet" to the dress, and uses her research skills to clear her best friend's family. Any of the now-elderly commune members could have been the culprit. As former hippies perish one by one, Amy and her friends Richard, Aunt Lydia, and Hugh Chen pursue every lead. But if Amy can't find whoever killed these "flower children," someone may soon be placing flowers on her grave." -- Provided by publisher.

Shattered justice

January 10, 2020
Furlong, Susan (Mystery writer), author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing, 2020.
293 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"In the Appalachian town of Bone Gap, Tennessee, backwoods justice is more than just blind. It's swift, silent, and shockingly personal. Especially for Irish Traveller turned deputy sheriff Brynn Callahan... "Hear No Evil." The first message is found in a playground. A few feet away, a pair of human ears hang from the monkey bars. Deputy sheriff Brynn Callahan isn't sure what to make of this grisly scene. Do the ears belong to a murder victim? And if so, where is the body? One thing Brynn is sure of: the earring on one of the earlobes belongs to a man she met at a party the previous night... "Speak No Evil." The second message is discovered next to a human tongue on a park pavilion. Once again, no body is found. Brynn can't help but wonder if the crimes are rooted in the town's long-simmering tensions between Bone Gap locals and the barely tolerated Travellers who've settled there. "See No Evil." For Brynn, the investigation hits too close to home -- forcing her to confront the demons of her own past. But time is running out. Brynn has to track down the culprit before a third message is delivered -- and a third victim is claimed."--Provided by publisher.

Secret remains

January 10, 2020
Dornbush, Jennifer, 1971- author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2020.
330 pages ; 22 cm.
"A cold case murder, a grisly discovery, and a viper's nest of resentment, betrayal, and dirty secrets converge in this mystery. It's been 12 years since Sandi Parkman went missing after being dropped off at home by her schoolmate, Nick Larson, now the Sheriff of Freeport, Michigan. When a construction crew unearths Sandi's bones--along with Nick's letterman jacket and one of his hairs--Nick becomes suspect number one in the murder. Dr. Emily Hartford, the daughter of Freeport's medical examiner, is called in to investigate, but the case is about to get personal. Nick was Emily's high school love, and now she has to either clear his name--or contend that he's the killer. As she delves into the case, a host of other suspects emerge: a coterie of Nick's jock friends from high school; Sandi's sister, Tiffany, now a dancer at a local strip club; and James VanDerMuellen, a trust funder who's recently returned to Freeport. As the autumn skies darken over Freeport and the holiday season looms, Emily must sift through more than Sandi's brittle bones to solve the case. Can she exonerate Nick--and rekindle their long-smoldering romance? The race is on to find the truth"-- Book jacket.

Thistles and thieves

January 10, 2020
MacRae, Molly, author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2020.
279 pages ; 24 cm
When two well-liked brothers die suddenly--one in a bike accident that may not have been accidental, the other in his home among evidence of a break-in--it's up to the ladies of Yon Bonnie Books to discover the killer.

Facets of death

January 10, 2020
Stanley, Michael, author.
©2020
314 pages : map; 21 cm.
"Recent university graduate David 'Kubu' Bengu joins the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department directly rather than via the normal route of a constable on the beat. This does not sit well with existing detectives. Shortly after he joins the CID, the richest diamond mine in the world is robbed of 100,000 carats of diamonds in transit. The robbery is well-executed and brutal. Police immediately suspect an inside job, but there is no evidence of who it could be. When the robbers are killed execution-style in South Africa and the diamonds are still missing, the game changes, and suspicion focuses on a witch doctor and his son. Does "Kubu" have the skill and the integrity to engineer an international trap and catch those responsible, or will the biggest risk of his life end in disaster?"-- Provided by publisher.

Sealed off

January 10, 2020
Ross, Barbara, 1953- author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2020]
246 pages ; 17 cm
When the Russian demo team clearing out the mansion discovers a room that's been sealed off for decades, Julia's baffled as to its purpose and what secrets it might have held. Tensions are already simmering with the crew, but when one of the workers is found murdered, things come to a boil. With the discovery of another body--and a mysterious diary with Cyrillic text in the hidden room--the pressure's on Julia to dig up a real killer fast. But she'll have to sort through a pile of suspects, including ex-spouses, a spurned lover, and a recently released prisoner, to fish out one clammed-up killer.

Spitfire : a Livy Nash mystery

January 10, 2020
Huie, Michael, author.
©2020
312 pages ; 22 cm
It's V-E Day 1946 in London. Former spy Livy Nash is celebrating with her third drink before noon. She went to war to kill Nazis and quickly became one of the toughest agents in France. But her war ended with betrayal and the execution of the man she loved. Now Livy spends her days proofreading a demeaning advice column and her nights alone with black market vodka. But everything changes when she meets Ian Fleming. The man who will create the world's most sophisticated spy has an agenda and sends Livy to France with one task: track down the traitor who killed the man she loved.

Murder ink

January 9, 2020
Bartlett, L. L. (Lorraine L.), author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2019.
viii, 294 pages ; 18 cm
Includes recipes.
"A tattoo parlor on Victoria Square? Some of the merchants get hot under the collar at the proposal, but could they be driven to kill to stop it? That's what the sheriff's office and Katie Bonner want to know when the building's owner is electrocuted with his own saw. Meanwhile, tensions rise when a hot chef takes over the square's tea shop. Will Katie have three men vying for her affections, or will her rival take the tea cake?"--Publisher description.

Fatal roots : a County Cork mystery

January 9, 2020
Connolly, Sheila, author.
©2020
281 pages ; 22 cm.
Series numeration from goodreads.com.
"A few months ago, Boston expat Maura Donovan was rekindled with her mother after more than twenty years of absence. Since then, Maura has been getting accustomed to Irish living, complete with an inherited house and a pub named Sullivan's. But now, her mother has returned--and she's brought Maura's half-sister in tow. To make matters more confusing, a handful of Cork University students are knocking on Maura's door asking about a mystical fairy fort that happens to be located on Maura's piece of land. The lore indicates that messing with the fort can cause bad luck, and most everyone is telling Maura not to get too involved for fear of its powers, but Maura is curious about her own land, and she definitely doesn't buy into the superstition. Then one of the students disappears after a day of scoping out the fort on Maura's property."--Provided by publisher.

There's a murder afoot

January 9, 2020
Delany, Vicki, 1951- author.
©2020
329 pages ; 22 cm
Gemma Doyle and her friends travel to London for a Sherlock Holmes convention--but will Gemma's father take the fall for a felonious forger's fatality? The 6th of January is Sherlock Holmes's birthday, and lucky for Gemma Doyle, January is also the slowest time of the year at both the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, and Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. It's a good time for Gemma and her friends to travel to England for a Holmes Convention. For Gemma, the trip provides an opportunity to visit her parents, Jayne Wilson is excited about seeing all the sites London has to offer, and Ryan Ashburton just wants to spend some time with Gemma. But the trip is immediately derailed when Gemma's father Henry recognizes his brother-in-law Randolph Denhaugh, who disappeared more than thirty years ago on the night he stole a valuable painting from his own parents. Henry, a retired detective with Scotland Yard, has been keeping tabs on the man's career as a forger of Old Masters and he warns Randy to stay away from his family. It's up to Gemma, with the help of her friends, to plunge into the "lowest and vilest alleys" of London to save her father from prison.-- Publisher's description.

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