New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

August 16, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Where the crawdads sing

August 15, 2018
Owens, Delia, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2018.
370 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
"For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist, she takes life lessons from the land. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens."--Jacket.

Don't eat me

August 14, 2018
Cotterill, Colin, author.
©2018
290 pages ; 22 cm.
"Between getting into a tangle with a corrupt local judge, and discovering a disturbing black-market business, Dr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos and his friend Inspector Phosy have their hands full in the thirteenth installment of Colin Cotterill's quirky, critically acclaimed series. Dr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos, may have more experience dissecting bodies than making art, but when he manages to smuggle a fancy movie camera into the country he devises a plan to shoot a Lao adaptation of War and Peace with his friend Civilai. The only problem? The Ministry of Culture must approve the script before they can get rolling. That and they can't figure out how to turn on the camera. Meanwhile, the skeleton of a woman has appeared under the Anusawari Arch in the middle of the night. Siri puts his directorial debut on hold and assists his friend, the newly promoted Senior Police Inspector Phosy Vongvichai, with the ensuing investigation. Though the death of the unknown woman seems to be recent, the flesh on her corpse has been picked off in places as if something--or someone--has been gnawing on the bones. The plot Phosy soon uncovers involves much more than single set of skeletal remains"-- Provided by publisher.

Last looks : a novel

August 14, 2018
Gould, Howard Michael, author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2018]
294 pages ; 24 cm
Pathologically committed to a minimalist life in solitude, former LAPD detective Charlie Waldo is drawn into the case of once-famous, heavily-drinking actor Alastair Pinch, whose wife has been found dead.

Fugitive from the grave

August 14, 2018
Marston, Edward, author.
London : Allison & Busby Limited, 2018.
318 pages ; 23 cm.
1817. Upon receiving a letter from an old family friend, Catherine Van Emden returns from Holland to find her father dead. She refuses to believe the middle-aged man died of natural causes, and the suspicious circumstances of his life during the past few months compel her to ask Peter and Paul Skillen for help. Why would a successful engineer suddenly begin begging for alms on the streets? Had he refused to ask for help, or was he prevented from doing so? When his body is revealed missing from the casket, the twins embark on a chase of funerary agents, barmaids, and body snatchers trying to solve the mystery of George Parry's alleged death before their Bow Street rivals.

S'more murders

August 14, 2018
Corrigan, Maya, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
vi, 279 pages ; 17 cm.
"Includes 6 delicious five-ingredient recipes!"--Page 4 of cover.
Managing a fitness club café and collaborating on a cookbook with her grandfather are Val Deniston's usual specialties, but she's about to set sail into nearby Chesapeake Bay--straight into a murder case . . . Since catering themed events is a good way to make extra cash, Val agrees to board the Titanic --or at least cater a re-creation of the doomed journey on a yacht. The owner of the yacht, who collects memorabilia related to the disaster, wants Val to serve the last meal the Titanic passengers ate . . . while his guests play a murder-mystery game. But it is the final feast for one passenger who disappears from the ship. And that's only the tip of the iceberg. Now Val has to reel in a killer before s'more murders go down . . . Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes! PRAISE FOR FINAL FONDUE "Corrigan keeps her simple mixture of pleasant characters, murder, and recipes in the oven." --Kirkus Reviews

The man who couldn't miss : a Stewart Hoag mystery

August 13, 2018
Handler, David, 1952- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
240, 9 pages ; 24 cm.
"In the next novel in David Handler's Edgar award-winning series, Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag and his beloved basset hound, Lulu, investigate a murder in a fabled Connecticut summer playhouse. Hollywood ghostwriter Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag has chronicled the rise, fall, and triumphant return of many a celebrity. At last he's enjoying his own, very welcome second act. After hitting a creative slump following the success of his debut novel, Hoagy has found inspiration again. Ensconced with his faithful but cowardly basset hound, Lulu, on a Connecticut farm belonging to his ex-wife, Oscar-winning actress Merilee Nash, he's busy working on a new novel. He's even holding out hope that he and Merilee might get together again. Life is simple and fulfilling--which of course means it's time for complications to set in"-- Provided by publisher.

Sweet little lies : a novel

August 13, 2018
Frear, Caz, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
344 pages ; 24 cm

The Dante connection

August 13, 2018
Ryan, Estelle, author.
[North Charleston, South Carolina] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], 2013.
359 pages ; 21 cm
"Despite her initial disbelief, Doctor Genevieve Lenard discovers that she is the key that connects stolen works of art, ciphers and sinister threats. Betrayed by the people who called themselves her friends, Genevieve throws herself into her insurance investigation job with autistic single-mindedness. When hacker Francine appears beaten and bloodied on her doorstep, begging for her help, Genevieve is forced to get past the hurt of her friends' abandonment and team up with them to find the perpetrators. Little does she know that it will take her on a journey through not one, but two twisted minds to discover the true target of their mysterious messages. It will take all her personal strength and knowledge as a nonverbal communications expert to overcome fears that could cost not only her life, but the lives of many others"--Page [4] of cover.

Against the claw

August 13, 2018
Randall, Shari, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2018.
325 pages ; 18 cm.
When Allie finds the body of a young woman while out on her aunt's lobster boat, she investigates after the police are unable even to identify the dead beauty.

Death over easy

August 13, 2018
Day, Maddie, author.
©2018
viii, 278 pages ; 17 cm
"Includes recipes for you to try!"--Page 4 of cover.
During the annual Brown County Bluegrass Festival, country store and café owner Robbie Jordan must help a group of banjo players clear their names in the murder of a performer with the help of an unexpected partner.

Last call

August 13, 2018
Abbott, Allyson K., author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2018]
357 pages ; 17 cm
"Includes drink recipes!"--Cover.
Fresh off solving a murder that hit too close to home, Mack's trust is shattered. But when Milwaukee police detective Duncan Albright asks for her help with a shooting, she can't resist using her extra-perceptive senses to benefit others. It turns out the victim was the ruthless businessman their friend Mal was investigating undercover. And now Mal is missing--and his fingerprints are on the gun. Was his cover blown, forcing him into hiding? Or could he be a straight-up killer on the run? Mack doesn't know what to believe anymore--except her own gut, which leads her to secret rooms, shocking revelations . . . and the fear that this could be her final round. --Amazon.

Killer green tomatoes

August 13, 2018
Cahoon, Lynn, author.
©2018
175 pages ; 22 cm.
"The time seems ripe for success as Angie Turner opens her farm-to-table restaurant in her Idaho hometown-until her new tomato supplier is accused of murder and Angie has to pick the real killer...To Angie, nothing tastes more like summer than her Nona's fried green tomatoes. Eager to add the recipe to the menu at the County Seat, she's found the perfect produce supplier-her sous chef Estebe's cousin, Javier. Just one problem: ladies' man Javier's current hot tomato, Heather, has turned up dead, and he's the prime suspect. Somehow, between managing her restaurant and navigating a romantic triangle between Estebe and Ian, the owner/manager of the farmer's market, Angie needs to produce evidence to clear Javier-before this green tomato farmer gets fried . . . "--Amazon.

What falls between the cracks

August 10, 2018
Scragg, Robert, author.
London : Allison & Busby, 2018.
318 pages ; 24 cm
Did she slip through the cracks, or was she pushed? When a severed hand is found in an abandoned flat, Detective Jake Porter and his partner Nick Styles are able to DNA match the limb to the owner, Natasha Barclay, who has not been seen in decades. But why has no one been looking for her? It seems that Natasha's family are the people who can least be trusted. Delving into the details behind her disappearance and discovering links to another investigation, a tragic family history begins to take on a darker twist. Hampered by a widespread fear of a local heavy, as well as internal politics and possible corruption within the force, Porter and Styles are digging for answers, but will what they find ever see the light of day?

Tahoe dark

August 10, 2018
Borg, Todd, author.
South Lake Tahoe, CA : Thriller Press, 2016.
351 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"A young man is taken in a brutal kidnapping. After Tahoe resident Jonas Montrop is kidnapped, his father pays the ransom but is then murdered. Four men hold up an armored truck. The next day, four robbers in hoodies and hockey masks take down an armored truck loaded with cash destined for a casino at Lake Tahoe. The company's boss calls Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna. As McKenna tracks the robbers, he finds two of them murdered in the gristliest of ways. It looks like the killer is a woman. McKenna uncovers evidence that implicates a woman named Evan Rosen in all three murders. Evan worked for the father of the kidnap victim, and she had a powerful motivation for wanting the robbers dead. Evan is arrested and charged with murder. Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna believes she's innocent. The problem is that McKenna doesn't believe Evan did it. The only way to save her from death row is to find the real killer. But this killer is smarter and meaner than any McKenna has ever caught. It looks like McKenna and Evan are both going to die before the killer is finished ..."--Back cover.

The king tides : a thriller

August 10, 2018
Swain, James, author.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, 2018.
310 pages ; 22 cm
Nicki Pearl is the perfect daughter--every parent's dream. And that of strangers, too. Wherever she goes, she's being watched. Each stalker is different from the last, except for one thing--their alarming obsession with Nicki. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Nicki's father is turning to someone who can protect her: retired private detective and ex-Navy SEAL Jon Lancaster. Teaming up with FBI agent and former abduction victim Beth Daniels, Lancaster can help--his way. He's spent most of his career dispatching creeps who get off on terrorizing the vulnerable. Unlicensed, and unrestricted, he plays dirty...But this case is unusual. --Publisher's description.

The breakers

August 9, 2018
Muller, Marcia, author.
©2018
260 pages ; 24 cm
Sharon gets a request from her former neighbors the Curleys. Their usually dependable daughter, Chelle, hasn't answered their calls in over a week. Would Sharon check on her? Chelle, a house flipper, has been living at her latest rehab project: a Prohibition-era nightclub known as the Breakers, formerly a favored watering hole for San Francisco's elite, now converted into a run-down apartment building. There's something sinister about the quirky space, and Sharon quickly discovers why. Lurking in a secret room between two floors is a ghastly art gallery: photos and drawings of mass murderers, long ago and recent. Jack the Ripper. The Zodiac and Zebra killers. Charles Manson. What, an alarmed Sharon wonders, was Chelle doing in this chamber of horrors? --Provided by Publisher.

Pinnacle City : a superhero noir

August 9, 2018
Carter, Matt, 1985- author.
New York, NY : Talos Press, [2018]
302 pages ; 21 cm
"To some people, Pinnacle City is a glittering metropolis, a symbol of prosperity watched over by the all-star superhero team the Pinnacle City Guardians. But beneath the glitz and glamor is a gritty underbelly, one still feeling the physical and economic damage of the superhero-villain battles of generations past, where the lower class--immigrants, criminals, aliens, sorcerers, and non-humans alike--jostles and elbows for scraps to scrape by. Private investigator Eddie Enriquez is an ex-con and veteran with powers of his own who still bears the scars of his time as a minion for a low-level supervillain. Good work's been hard to come by until a mysterious woman shows up at his office with a case the police and superheroes are ignoring: the suspicious death of a prominent non-human rights activist. Meanwhile, superhero Kimberly Kline, a.k.a. Solar Flare, has just hit it big, graduating to the Pinnacle City Guardians. With her good looks, incredible superpowers, and a family name that opens doors, the sky is the limit. But in trying to make the world a better place...she'll discover Pinnacle City isn't as black and white as it once seemed"--Back cover.

Feared : a Rosato & DiNunzio novel

August 8, 2018
Scottoline, Lisa, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
386 pages ; 24 cm.
"In the new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Mary DiNunzio's ruthless nemesis Nick Machiavelli is back...with a vengeance. When three men announce that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination--claiming that they were not hired because they were men--Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are outraged. To make matters worse, their one male employee, John Foxman, intends to resign, claiming that there is some truth to this case. The plaintiffs' lawyer is Nick Machiavelli, who has already lost to Mary once and is now back with a vengeance --determined not to not only win, but destroy the firm. It soon becomes clear that Machiavelli will do anything in his power to achieve his end...even after the case turns deadly. The stakes have never been higher for Mary and her associates as they try to keep Machiavelli at bay, solve a murder, and save the law firm they love...or they could lose everything they've worked for. Told with Scottoline's trademark gift for twists, turns, heart, and humanity, this latest thriller asks the question: Is it better to be loved, or feared... Feared, the sixth entry in the acclaimed Rosato & DiNunzio series, expertly explores what happens when we are tempted to give in to our own inner darkness."-- Provided by publisher.

When the flood falls

August 8, 2018
Barnard, J. E, author.
Toronto : Dundurn, [2018]
418 pages ; 21 cm.
"With her career in tatters and her marriage receding in the rear-view mirror, ex-RCMP corporal Lacey McCrae trades her uniform for a tool belt and the Lower Mainland for the foothills west of Calgary. Amid the oil barons, hockey stars, and other high rollers living in the wilderness playground is her old university roommate, Dee Phillips. Dee's glossy life was shattered by a reckless driver. Now she's haunted by a nighttime prowler only she can hear. As snowmelt swells the Elbow River, threatening to close the only bridge back to civilization, Lacey must control her fears and find out who has reason to want Dee silenced. A missing hockey player and the strange behaviour of the neighbours throws shadows of doubt on several locals. But just when Lacey starts to put the pieces together, it seems that she may be putting a target on her own back. Someone has a secret, and they'll go to great lengths to ensure it is never revealed."--Provided by publisher.

Absinthe : a thriller

August 8, 2018
Eekhaut, Guido, 1954- author.
New York, N.Y. : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]
328 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in the Netherlands under the title Absint by Mynx"--Verso t.p.
"Walter Eekhaut, a veteran of the Belgian police force who has a problem with authority, has been dispatched to Amsterdam to aid in investigating the activities of a well-connected Russian oligarch, with ties to Putin. Some of the Russian's business is legitimate, but some may well not be. Seconded to Chief Superintendent Alexandra Dewaal of the Dutch security service, he begins to learn about the city's shady underside. Eekhaut is at once pulled into another case, the murder of a young leftist dissident, alleged to have stolen a sensitive list from the Amsterdam offices of an ultra-right-wing political party-a list with the names of secret donors. The hunt for the killer leads to a knot of black money interests and illegal dealings that pit the Russian mob and Dutch politicians and business leaders against the police and anyone else who tries to get in their way"--Jacket flap.

The big con

August 7, 2018
Phillips, Adam Walker, 1971- author.
Altadena, California : Prospect Park Books, [2018]
270 pages ; 21 cm.
Chuck Restic, HR manager and part-time private investigator, has a problem: the consultant guru Julie St. Jean is the bane of his existence. Over his twenty-year HR career, he's been forced to partner with her on inane employee engagement programs whose only value has been to Julie's sizable bank account. When Julie is suddenly wanted for the murder of an associate, Chuck sees his chance to rid himself of her forever, until the corporate tables are turned on him and he must find the elusive figure or risk losing his job. The search uncovers a dark past of murder and stolen identity. And what begins as a search to save his corporate neck soon turns into one a lot more literal. --Amazon

Death on the menu

August 7, 2018
Burdette, Lucy, author.
© 2018
295 pages ; 22 cm
Hayley Snow, fiery food critic for Key Zest magazine, has just landed a ticket to one of the most prestigious events in Key West: a high-brow three-day conference at the Harry Truman Little White House. Even though she'll be working the event helping her mother's fledgling catering business, there's plenty of spicy gossip to go around. But just before her mother's decadent flan is put to the test, Key West's most prized possession, Hemingway's Nobel prize gold medal for The Old Man and the Sea, is discovered stolen from its case. Unsavory suspicions point to Gabriel, a family friend and one of the new busboys working the event, who mysteriously goes missing moments later. Anxious to clear his name, Gabriel's family enlists Hayley to help find him, but right as they begin their search, his body is found stabbed to death in the storeroom. Hayley has no shortage of suspects to interrogate and very little time before the killer adds another victim to the menu in national bestselling author Lucy Burdette's delectable eighth Key West Food Critic mystery, Death on the Menu.

The deepest grave : a Crispin Guest medieval noir mystery

August 7, 2018
Westerson, Jeri, author.
London : Severn House Publishers, 2018.
viii, 200 pages ; 23 cm
"Father Bulthius Braydon begs Crispin Guest for help when corpses are seen stalking St Modwen Church's graveyard, while Crispin's seven-year-old son is accused of murder. As Crispin investigates, it seems that St Modwen's links both cases, and he is soon in a desperate race against time to solve the strange goings-on and prove his son's innocence"--Publisher's description.

The negotiator : a novel of suspense

August 7, 2018
DuBois, Brendan, author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2018]
295 pages ; 21 cm

Tail of the dragon

August 7, 2018
Di Marco, Connie, 1945- author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2018]
323 pages ; 21 cm.
Astrologer Julia Bonatti takes a temporary job at her old boss's law office, where death threats are turning into dead bodies at an alarming rate.

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