New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

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

The smiling man : a novel

January 22, 2019
Knox, Joseph, author.
New York : Crown, 2018. ©2018
389 pages ; 24 cm
Aidan Waits is back on the night shift, the Manchester PD dumping ground for those too screwed-up for more glamorous work. But the monotony of petty crimes and lonesome nights is shattered when he and his partner are called to investigate a break-in The Palace, an immense, empty hotel in the center of the city. There they find the body of a man. He is dead. The tags have been cut from his clothes, his teeth have been filed down, and even his fingertips have been replaced... And he is smiling. But as Waits begins to unravel the mystery of the smiling man, he becomes a target. Someone wants very badly to make this case disappear, and as their threats escalate, Aidan realizes that the answers may lie not only with the wealthy families and organized criminals connected to the Palace, but with a far greater evil from his own past. To discover the smiling man's identity, he must finally confront his own.

Rupture

January 22, 2019
Ragnar Jónasson, 1976- author.
©2016
xxi, 244 pages : maps ; 22 cm
New evidence for a 50-year-old murder surfaces, leading young policeman Ari Thor to reopen the investigation. But even with the help of a news reporter in town to chase a mystery of her own, Siglufjördur is a small town that hangs onto its secrets--no matter the cost. -- adapted from publisher description.

The lost girls of Paris

January 22, 2019
Jenoff, Pam, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Park Row Books, [2019]
377 pages ; 24 cm
From the author of the runaway bestseller The Orphan's Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II.1946, ManhattanOne morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs--each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.-- Publisher's description.

Tombland

January 22, 2019
Sansom, C. J, author.
New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
866 pages ; 25 cm.
Originally published in the United Kingdom by Mantle, a division of Pan Macmillan, in October 2018.
When a distant relative of Princess Elizabeth is found dead, Matthew Shardlake is sent to investigate the murder, which may have connections reaching to a peasant rebellion sweeping the country.

Not a creature was stirring

January 21, 2019
Freeburn, Christina, author.
©2019
242 pages ; 22 cm
"A Merry & bright handcrafted mystery"
"Empty nester Merry Winters loves three things: Christmas, crafting and her family. To regain purpose and joy, Merry hits the road to a Christmas vendor event with her furry sidekick Ebenezer in her new mobile crafting sleigh, aka an RV. But it soon turns into the nightmare before Christmas when Merry unwraps her Scrooge of an ex-husband's body in one of the RV's compartments. Add to that his missing winning lottery ticket believed to be stashed somewhere in the RV, leading the homicide detective and Merry's stepdaughter to believe Merry is the one whodunit. With visions of prison dancing in her head, will Merry be able to solve this Christmas calamity before she's locked away?"--Amazon website.

Restoration heights : a novel

January 18, 2019
Medearis, Wil, author.
Toronto, Ontario : Hanover Square Press, [2019]
330 pages ; 24 cm
"Reddick, a young, white artist, lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a historically black neighborhood besieged by gentrification. He makes rent as an art handler in Manhattan and spends his free time playing basketball at the local Y. He is also the last person to see Hannah before she disappears. When Hannah's fiancé, scion to a wealthy Upper East Side family, refuses to call the police, Reddick sets out to discover what happened to her. The search pulls him through a dramatic cross section of New York, taking him to the heart of a many-layered mystery that, in its unraveling, shakes Reddick's convictions and lays bare the complex power dynamics of the city."--Inside dust jacket.

Murder at Blackburn Hall

January 18, 2019
Rosett, Sara, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : McGuffin Ink, [2019]
267 pages : map ; 21 cm.
"September, 1923. Despite closing her first case, high society lady detective Olive Belgrave hasn't found a new client. She's taken a job as a hat model to pay for her poky boarding house room. But then a job offer comes her way--make discreet inqiuires about a famous author who's disappeared. Olive travels to the English countryside to hunt for the missing mystery author. But soon after she arrives in the sleepy village, a body is discovered. Then a second murder focuses the police's attention on Olive, and she must clear her name before the murderer pens a plot that frames her"--from Amazon.

Chasing a rhyme

January 18, 2019
Kramer, Scott J., author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2018]
413 pages ; 21 cm
"Caught up in life, Jane Monterrey awaits the coming of her child and marriage to Brad Hyatt, her fiancé. But things get complicated when a serial killer terrorizing Cincinnati takes in interest in her. A package from the Phantom Poet turns her world sideways, involving her in a case that originally wasn't hers. To top that, her friend Gene, aka Ms. G, plans to move to New York, leaving her to fend for herself as tensions rise, clients get demanding, and the need to use the restroom becomes more frequent. How will she be able to cope, as this murderous poet kills more to get her attentions?"--Back cover.

The flimflam affair

January 17, 2019
Pronzini, Bill, author.
©2018
239 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Carpenter and Quincannon Professional Detective Services is a fixture in San Francisco at the dawn of a new century. Sabina and John will protect their clients, doing what is necessary to run the dregs of society into the arms of the law. Sometimes that involves brute force. Other times, a more subtle touch is needed. Professor A. Vargas, medium extraordinaire, and his partner, Annabelle, don't use picks to open locked doors, and most certainly don't use violence to get what they want. Instead they prey upon hopes and fears to swindle bereaved patrons. Soon John and Sabina find themselves in a dusky room, preparing to take the lying duo down. Then a knife flashes ... and our detectives must discover who is conning whom. Before they themselves are dispatched.

The fire court

January 17, 2019
Taylor, Andrew, 1951 October 14- author.
©2018
440 pages ; 25 cm
"Endpapers show A map of the area of London affected by the Great Fire of London in 1666"--Title page verso.
The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation wherever its flames spread. Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding, but times are volatile and danger is only ever a heartbeat away. When James Marwood's father, a traitor, is run down and killed, he is determined to uncover the truth.

No mercy

January 17, 2019
Schaffhausen, Joanna, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2019.
viii, 305 pages ; 24 cm
Police officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI profiler Reed Markham take on two difficult new cases in this stunning follow-up to The Vanishing Season. "A gripping and powerful read. It is what we call an edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller. You will not be able to put it down before you finish it."--The Washington Book Review on The Vanishing Season No Mercy is award-winning author Joanna Schaffhausen's heart-pounding second novel. Police officer Ellery Hathaway is on involuntary leave from her job because she shot a murderer in cold blood and refuses to apologize for it. Forced into group therapy for victims of violent crime, Ellery immediately finds higher priorities than "getting in touch with her feelings." For one, she suspects a fellow group member may have helped to convict the wrong man for a deadly arson incident years ago. For another, Ellery finds herself in the desperate clutches of a woman who survived a brutal rape. He is still out there, this man with the Spider-Man-like ability to climb through bedroom windows, and his victim beseeches Ellery for help in capturing her attacker. Ellery seeks advice from her friend, FBI profiler Reed Markham, who liberated her from a killer's closet when she was a child. Reed remains drawn to this unpredictable woman, the one he rescued but couldn't quite save. The trouble is, Reed is up for a potential big promotion, and his boss has just one condition for the new job--stay away from Ellery. Ellery ignores all the warnings. Instead, she starts digging around in everyone's past but her own--a move that, at best, could put her out of work permanently, and at worst, could put her in the city morgue.

The golden tresses of the dead

January 16, 2019
Bradley, C. Alan, 1938- author.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2019.
327 pages ; 20 cm.
"Flavia is not your normal twelve-year-old girl. An expert in the chemical nature of poisons, she has solved many mysteries, which has sharpened her considerable detection skills to the point where she had little choice but to turn professional. So Flavia and dependable Dogger, estate gardener and sounding board extraordinaire, set up shop at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, eager to serve--not so simple an endeavor with her odious, little moon-faced cousin, Undine, constantly underfoot. But Flavia and Dogger persevere. Little does she know that their first case will be extremely close to home, beginning with an unwelcome discovery in Ophelia's wedding cake: a human finger"--Provided by publisher.

No sunscreen for the dead

January 16, 2019
Dorsey, Tim, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
323 pages ; 24 cm.
The Sunshine State's most loveable psychopath, Serge A. Storms intends to prove that Florida is not God's waiting room. In his innocent quest to tour the Retirement Coast, celebrate seniors in their natural habitat, sample local cusine and scope out a final bridge-playing nest for himself becomes a 'Robin Hood' crusade to recover the life savings of swindled elders.

Summoned to thirteenth grave

January 15, 2019
Jones, Darynda, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
viii, 292 pages ; 25 cm
Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed . She's been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity -which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone's looking out for her, and she's allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. She's missed her daughter. She's missed Reyes. She's missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. Now that she's back on earth, it's time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.-Publisher's description.

Headlong

January 15, 2019
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia, author.
©2018
220 pages ; 23 cm
"When one of London's best-known literary agents is found dead in strange circumstances, having fallen headlong from his office window, DCI Slider is under pressure from the Borough Commander to confirm a case of accidental death. But when the evidence points to murder, Slider and his team find themselves uncovering some decidedly scandalous secrets in the suave and successful Ed Wiseman's past. An embittered ex-wife. A discarded mistress. A frustrated would-be author. A disgruntled former employee. Many had reason to hold a grudge against the late lamented literary agent. But who would feel strongly enough to kill him? Any leads in the investigation seem only to result in more questions - not least of which is the identity of the elusive Calliope Hunt. Who is she - and what is her connection to the train of events?"--Publisher's description.

The rule of law : a novel

January 14, 2019
Lescroart, John T., author.
New York : Atria Books, 2019.
324 pages ; 24 cm
"Dismas Hardy is called to defend the least likely suspect of his career: his longtime, trusted assistant who is suddenly being charged as an accessory to murder. Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his trusted secretary, Phyllis. Her out-of-character behavior and sudden disappearances concern Hardy, especially when he learns that her convict brother--a man who had served twenty-five years in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder--has just been released. Things take a shocking turn with Phyllis is suddenly arrested at work for allegedly being an accessory to the murder of Hector Valdez, a coyote who'd been smuggling women into this country from El Salvador and Mexico. That is, until recently, when he was shot to death--on the very same day that Phyllis first disappeared from work. The connection between Phyllis, her brother, and Hector's murder is not something Dismas can easily understand, but if his cherished colleague has any chance of going free, he needs to put all the pieces together--and fast."-- Provided by publisher.

Liar liar

January 11, 2019
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
365, 18 pages ; 25 cm
Detective Harriet Blue is a very good cop, gone very bad. In the space of a week, she has committed theft and fraud, resisted arrest, assaulted a police officer, and is considered a dangerous fugitive from the law. It's all because of one man, Regan Banks. He viciously killed the only person in the world who matters to Harriet--and he plans to kill her next. As she recklessly speeds toward the dark side--and finally crosses it--Harriet won't stop until Regan pays for the many lives he has taken.

She lies in wait : a novel

January 11, 2019
Lodge, Gytha, author.
New York : Random House, 2019.
354 pages ; 25 cm
"One night during the scorching summer of 1983, a group of teenagers go camping in the forest. The evening starts like any other--they drink, they dance, they fight, they kiss. Some of them slip off into the woods in pairs, others are left jealous and heartbroken. But in the morning, the youngest in the group, Aurora, has disappeared. Her friends claim that she was safe the last time they saw her, right before she went to sleep. An exhaustive investigation is launched but no trace of the teenager is found. The search is eventually called off. Thirty years later Aurora's body is unearthed and Jonah Sheens is the detective put in charge of solving the long-cold case."--Provided by publisher.

Murder likes it hot : a Downward Dog mystery

January 11, 2019
Weber, Tracy, 1964- author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2019]
279 pages ; 21 cm
When an employee is found dead at the local homeless shelter for youth, yoga instructor Kate Davidson sets aside her fertility and financial woes to support and defend the teenagers.

Thread herrings

January 11, 2019
Wait, Lea, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
367 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Regular print version previously published by: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Includes a recipe.
"At an estate sale, Angie Curtis impulsively buys a tattered embroidery of a coat of arms. She later discovers a document from 1757 behind the framed needlework. After her friend Clem Walker interviews Angie on the local TV news about her find, both women receive death threats. When Clem is murdered, Angie must unravel this historical mystery"-- Provided by publisher.

A very merry murder

January 10, 2019
Angela, Mary.
Kenmore, WA : Camel Press, 2018.
viii, 244 pages ; 21 cm.
It's December in Copper Bluff, and from hillside to hallowed hall, everyone is merry--or will be as soon as semester break arrives. Students are studying, professors are grading, and Emmeline Prather is anticipating the university-sponsored holiday concert. Friend and colleague Lenny Jenkins will be accompanying the visiting quartet, Jazz Underground, and Em can't think of a better way to kick start the holiday season. But before she can say "Jingle Bell Rock," trouble arrives at Candlelight Inn, the bed and breakfast where the quartet is staying. One of the band members dies unexpectedly, and suspicion falls on Em, whose altercation with the man ends with him on the floor. He never recovers, and now she's worried her reputation might not either. When Emmeline starts to see parallels between an Agatha Christie novel she's teaching and the victim, Lenny claims she's read one too many mysteries. But as the clues unravel, so does the murderer's patience. Em is close to finding the truth, but will the truth--or the murderer--push her over the edge? It will take a Christmas miracle to solve this case, but if there's one thing in surplus this time of year, it's faith.

The burglar : a novel

January 10, 2019
Perry, Thomas, 1947- author.
©2019
288 pages ; 24 cm
"Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. But Elle is no petty thief--with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods and pick out the perfect home for plucking the most valuable items. This is how Elle has always gotten by. She is good at it, and she thrives on the thrill. But after stumbling upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from the home of a wealthy art dealer, Elle discovers that she is no longer the only one sneaking around. Somebody is searching for her. As Elle realizes that her knowledge of the murder has made her a target, she races to solve the case before becoming the next casualty, using her breaking-and-entering skills to uncover the truth about exactly who the victims were and why someone might have wanted them dead. With high-stakes action and shocking revelations, The Burglar will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they barrel towards the heart-racing conclusion"-- Provided by publisher.

First, kill the lawyers

January 10, 2019
Housewright, David, 1955- author.
©2019
294 pages ; 22 cm
Five prominent attorneys in Minneapolis have had their computer systems hacked and very sensitive case files stolen. Those attorneys are then contacted by an association of local whistleblowers known as NIMN and are quietly alerted that they have received those documents from an anonymous source. If those files are released, then not only will those lawyers be ruined, but it might even destroy the integrity of the entire Minnesota legal system. This group of lawyers turns to Private Investigator Holland Taylor with a simple directive: stop the disclosure any way you can.But while the directive is simple, the case is not. To find the missing files and the person responsible, Holland must first dive into the five cases covered in the files--divorce, bribery, class action, rape, and murder. While Taylor is untangling the associates and connections between the cases and families affected, things take another mysterious turn and time is running out. As the situation becomes more threatening, Holland Taylor is trapped in the middle of what is legal and what is ethical--between right, wrong, and deadly.-- Publisher's description.

Bones behind the wheel

January 10, 2019
Copperman, E. J., 1957- author.
New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2019.
330 pages ; 21 cm.
"Innkeeper Alison Kerby is determined to keep her mind, body, and soul focused on bringing high-spirited hospitality to her lodgers at the Haunted Guesthouse. She simply has no time for any more murder investigations, no matter what Paul Harrison, her resident ghost detective, says. But this time, the mystery comes looking for Alison. Workers unearth a 1977 Lincoln Continental buried in the sand behind Alison's guesthouse--and they discover a skeleton still belted in behind the steering wheel. Paul, of course, is on the cold case--to the extent that a ghostly gumshoe can be--but Alison is still determined not to do the incorporeal investigator's legwork. Not this time. But her new husband Josh is intrigued, and he offers to help Paul poke into the case of the cold Continental ... Alison dodges stray bullets, discovers a gun in the guesthouse, and reluctantly probes a decades-old murder that turns out to be shockingly relevant even today"-- Provided by publisher.

The lost traveller

January 10, 2019
Connolly, Sheila, author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2019.
330 pages ; 22 cm

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