New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

August 11, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Blood on the Chesapeake

August 10, 2020
Overbeck, Randy.
Adams Basin, N.Y.: : Wild Rose Press, 2018.
400 pages ; 21 cm
Wilshire, Maryland, a quaint shore town on the Chesapeake, promises Darrell Henshaw a new start in life and a second chance at love. That is, until he learns the town hides an ugly secret. A thirty-year-old murder in the high school. And a frightening ghost stalking his new office. Burned by an earlier encounter with the spirit world, Darrell doesn't want to get involved, but when the desperate ghost hounds him, he concedes. Assisted by his new love, he follows a trail that leads to the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and even the Klu Klux Klan. Then, when two locals who try to help are murdered, Darrell is forced to decide if he's willing to risk his life,and the life of the woman he loves, to expose the killers of a young man he never knew.

A private cathedral

August 7, 2020
Burke, James Lee, 1936- author.
New York : Simon and Schuster, 2020.
370 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Dave Robicheaux novel"--Cover
"On his way to visit an inmate at a Texas prison who has promised him information, Detective Dave Robicheaux stops off at an amusement park to watch a teenaged Elvis-like rock-and-roller from his hometown of New Iberia named Johnny Shondell playing to a crowd of swooming young girls. One of them is another New Iberia teenager named Isolde Balangie. The Shondell and Balangie families are longtime rivals in the New Iberia criminal underworld. Yet Johnny and Isolde are in love. And like Romeo and Juliet, Johnny and Isolde are being kept apart by their families. In fact, Isolde tells Robicheaux, her parents have given her to the Shondell patriarch to be used as a sex slave. Seeking to uncover why, Robicheaux gets too close to both Isolde's mother and her father's mistress. As retribution, the elder Balangie orders a mysterious assassin to go after Robicheaux and his longtime partner, Clete Purcell. Yet this is unlike any hitman Robicheaux has ever faced: he has the ability induce hallucinations and might be a time-traveling reptilian."--Provided by publisher.

The mockingbird's song

August 7, 2020
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
Uhrichsville, OH : Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing, Inc., [2020]
313 pages ; 22 cm.
"In Strasburg, Pennsylvania, grief has paralyzed Sylvia, a young widowed mother, and mysterious events threaten to force the family-run greenhouse to close."--Provided by the publisher.

The midwife murders

August 6, 2020
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
309 pages ; 22 cm
"1st time in print" --Cover.
"To Senior Midwife Lucy Ryuan, pregnancy is not an unusual condition, it's her life's work. But when two kidnappings and a vicious stabbing happen on her watch in a university hospital in Manhattan, her focus abruptly changes. Something has to be done, and Lucy is fearless enough to try. Rumors begin to swirl, blaming everyone from the Russian Mafia to an underground adoption network. The feisty single mom teams up with a skeptical NYPD detective to solve the case, but the truth is far more twisted than Lucy could ever have imagined.."-- Provided by publisher.

Dead girl blues

August 6, 2020
Block, Lawrence, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Lawrence Block ; [2020]
209 pages ; 21 cm
"A Lawrence Block production"--Copyright page.
A story "recounted in journal form by its protagonist, and begins when he walks into a roadhouse outside of Bakersfield, California, and walks out with a woman. And rapes and murders her. But, um, not in that order. Right. But it's what he does with the rest of his life that's really interesting..."--Publisher's description.

Paw and order : a dog club mystery

August 5, 2020
Burns, V. M., 1964- author.
167 pages ; 22 cm
"Howl for murder..."--Cover.
"Lilly's best pal Scarlett "Dixie" Jefferson has done it again! She's convinced eccentric poodle-loving billionaire Archibald Lowry to sponsor a grand fundraiser for the Eastern Tennessee Poodle Rescue. Tragically, it's too late to rescue Lowry, who is murdered at the event. His pet poodle is now orphaned, so Dixie begs Lilly to foster the adorable pup. Of course, she already has a poodle--her beloved Aggie, named after Agatha Christie. Fortunately, Aggie seems to like the new addition to the family, whom Lilly renames Rex, after her second favorite mystery author, Rex Stout. But she's barely welcomed Rex into her home when there's an attempted poodle-nabbing, foiled with Aggie's help. As desperate characters try to get their hands on the canine cutie, Lilly turns to Dixie's dog training class to help her sort through a litter of suspects. Ultimately, she may have to unleash Rex as bait to collar the killer"--Backcover.

The devil's bones

August 4, 2020
Haines, Carolyn, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2020.
355 pages / 22 cm
"Sarah Booth and Cece are in Lucedale, Mississippi, where the newly-pregnant Tinkie is treating her friends to a girls' weekend at the fabulous new Bexley B&B. The facials, organics, food, and fitness coaches are supposed to be phenomenal, but Tinkie's primary aim is to attend the Sunrise Easter Services at the incredible Palestinian Gardens, a miniature Holy Land that spreads over 20 acres and has recreations of all parts of Jerusalem - and to speak with the Biblical scholar, gardener, and creator of the Palestinian Garden Daniel Reynolds. After waking up at the crack of dawn for the service the three friends wander around the gardens, taking in the wonder of entire cities in miniature and the acres of the Holy Land, with the River Jordan winding through it all. The day is brightening when they find themselves at the Mount of Olives - with a dead body."--Provided by publisher.

The last curtain call

August 4, 2020
Blackwell, Juliet, author.
325 pages ; 18 cm
"Mel Turner can't resist the chance to bring the Crockett Theatre, a decrepit San Francisco Art Deco movie palace, back to life. But there's a catch for Turner Construction: Several artists are currently squatting in the building, and they aren't the only ones haunting the once-grand halls of the historic theater. When Mel discovers that the former owner of the Crockett Theatre died under mysterious circumstances, and that there just might be a connection to the ghost haunting her own attic, the case takes a new turn - one that could bring down the curtain for the last time."--Publisher description.

Dark August : a novel

August 4, 2020
Tallo, Katie, author.
New York : Harper, 2020.
437 pages ; 21 cm
"Augusta (Gus) Monet is living an aimless existence when she learns that her great grandmother-- her last living relative-- has died. Ditching her grifter boyfriend, Gus returns to the home she left as a young girl. Her inheritance turns out to be a dilapidated house and an old dog named Levi. Combing through her great grandmother's possessions, Gus stumbles across an old trunk filled with long-lost childhood belongings-- and cold case files that belonged to her mother, a disgraced police detective who died in a car accident when Gus was eight. A news story about the unearthing of a body linked to one of the cold case files leads Gus to a deserted ghost town-- and stirs up the evils of the past, putting her life in danger."--Provided by publisher.

They wish they were us

August 3, 2020
Goodman, Jessica, 1990- author.
New York : Razorbill, 2020.
327 pages ; 22 cm
At an exclusive prep school on Long Island, Jill Newman looks forward to her senior year as a member of the school's most elite clique, the Players, until new evidence surfaces about the murder of her close friend Shaila.

Cut to the bone : a novel

August 3, 2020
Cooper, Ellison, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2020.
viii, 323 pages ; 25 cm
"A bus full of high school students has disappeared from Washington D.C. and FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair must hunt down the culprit who has a link to her own past. After grieving the death of her fiancé and almost losing her job, Agent Sayer Altair is finally starting to rebuild her life. Her research into the minds of psychopaths is breaking new ground and her strange little family is thriving. But Sayer's newfound happiness is threatened when she is called in to investigate a girl's body left inside a circle of animal figurines below a cryptic message written in blood. When they discover that the dead girl is one of twenty-four missing high school students, Sayer quickly realizes that nothing in this case is what it seems. As the investigation draws her in to a tangled web of fake identities and false leads, the trail soon begins to point directly to her own life. Now, Sayer must confront her painful past to uncover her connection to the deranged killer if she hopes to save the missing teens and protect everything that she loves"-- Provided by publisher.

Love & other crimes : stories

August 3, 2020
Paretsky, Sara, author.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers ; 2020.
424 pages : 20 cm
Love & other crimes -- Miss Bianca -- Is it justice? -- Flash point -- Acid test -- Safety first -- Trial by fire -- Murder at the century of progress -- The curious affair of the Italian art dealer -- Wildcat -- Death on the edge -- Photo finish -- Publicity stunts -- Heartbreak house.
In "Miss Bianca," a young girl becomes involved in espionage when she befriends a mouse in a laboratory that is conducting dark experiments. Ten-year-old V.I. Warshawski appears in "Wildcat," embarking on her very first investigation to save her father. A hardboiled New York detective and elderly British aristocrat team up to reveal a murderer in Chicago during the World's Fair in "Murder at the Century of Progress." In the new title story, "Love & Other Crimes," V.I. treads the line between justice and vengeance when the wrongful firing of a family friend makes him a murder suspect.

The grove of the Caesars

August 3, 2020
Davis, Lindsey, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2020.
324 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"At the feet of her adoptive father, renowned private informer Marcus Didius Falco, Flavia Albia learned a number of important rules. First and foremost-always keep one's distance from the palace, nothing good comes from that direction. But right behind it-murder is the business of the Vigiles, best to leave them to it. Having broken the first rule more often than she'd like, it's no surprise to anyone when she finds herself breaking the second one. The public gardens named after the Caesars is a place nice girls are warned away from and when a series of bodies are uncovered, it seems that a serial killer has been haunting the grove for years. The case is assigned to one Julius Karus, a cohort of the Vigiles, but Albia is convinced that nothing will come of his efforts. Out of sympathy for the dead women and their grieving relatives, Albia decides to work with the vile Karus and bring the serial killer to justice"--Provided by publisher.

Sleeping Beauties : an Inspector Tom Reynolds mystery

August 3, 2020
Spain, Jo, author.
New York : Crooked Lane, [2020]
356 pages ; 25 cm
A young woman, Fiona Holland, has gone missing from a small Irish village. A search is mounted, but there are whispers. Fiona had a wild reputation. Was she abducted, or has she run away? A week later, a gruesome discovery is made in the woods at Ireland's most scenic beauty spot - the valley of Glendalough. The bodies are all young women who disappeared in recent years. D.I. Tom Reynolds and his team are faced with the toughest case of their careers - a serial killer, who hunts vulnerable women, and holds his victims captive before he ends their lives. Soon the race is on to find Fiona Holland before it's too late.

Spells for the dead

August 3, 2020
Hunter, Faith, author.
New York : Ace, 2020.
373 pages ; 18 cm
Called to the Tennessee mansion of a country music star to investigate a magic that can steal life forces, Nell, a rookie PsyLED agent, finds herself under attack from all sides when dark magics spiral out of control and a paranormal-hating FBI agent gets involved.

1st case

July 31, 2020
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
323, 14 pages ; 24 cm
"Recruited into the FBI when her unorthodox programming skills get her kicked out of MIT, a computer genius tracks a killer who has been targeting young women through a sophisticated messaging app."-- Provided by publisher.


July 31, 2020
Coulter, Catherine, author.
465 pages ; 24 cm
Series numeration from
Sequel to: Labyrinth.
Targeted by a vengeful psychopath out to destroy his family, Savich receives three mysterious boxes containing clues leading to an unfamiliar community and a young wife who must confront a decades-old secret.

Deadly touch

July 31, 2020
Graham, Heather, author.
316 pages ; 24 cm
"When Raina Hamish tries on a dress in a Miami boutique, she has a terrifyingly accurate vision of a murdered corpse in the murky shadows of the Everglades. She wants to help, but who would believe her when she can hardly believe herself? Special Agent Axel Tiger has returned to Florida to help hunt a serial killer, but the investigation doesn't have much to go on. Raina's vision is their best chance to uncover more. Axel's experience with the FBI's elite paranormal team will nurture Raina's abilities, and she may be able to help save a life--but it puts her directly in the crosshairs of a killer who is closer than they would ever suspect."--Inside front jacket flap.

Sucker punch

July 31, 2020
Hamilton, Laurell K., author.
609 pages ; 24 cm.
"A brutal murder, a suspect in jail, and an execution planned, but what if the wrong person is about to be executed? When a fellow U.S. Marshal asks Anita Blake to fly to a tiny community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on an emergency consult, she knows time is running short. When she gets there, there is plenty of proof that a young wereleopard killed his uncle in the most gruesome and bloodiest way possible. As the mounting evidence points to him, a warrant of execution is already under way. But something seems off about the murder, and Anita has been asked to examine the crime scene and the evidence for her expert opinion. Despite the escalating pressure from local cops and the family's cries for justice for their dead patriarch, Anita quickly realizes that the evidence doesn't quite add up. But with a tight-knit community up in arms and fear against supernaturals growing, time is almost up, as Anita races to uncover the truth and determine whether the Marshals have caught the killer or are about to execute an innocent man, all in the name of justice"-- Provided by publisher.

The silent wife : a novel

July 31, 2020
Slaughter, Karin, 1971- author.
482 pages ; 24 cm
"Investigating a brutal murder that eerily resembles another from years earlier, Will Trent reopens the case of a possibly wrongly convicted prisoner before teaming up with medical examiner Sara Linton to hunt down the true killer."--publisher.

Staging wars

July 31, 2020
Topping, Grace, author.
237 pages ; 22 cm
Laura Bishop's new home staging business is growing in popularity, though not with her nemesis. Laura has long suspected established interior deisgner Monica Heller of sabotaging her fledging company - and having an affair with her late husband. When the ultra-chic Monica is caught at the scene of a murder, Laura is plenty happy to imagine her languishing in a prison cell with bedhseets far from her normal 600-thread Egyptian cotton. But her delight is short-lived. When Laura's friends land on the police's radar, Laura must overcome her dislike of Monica to help solve the crime. Not an easy task since Laura and Monica have been at war since the second grade. -- Book jacket.

What the hatmaker heard

July 31, 2020
Bretting, Sandra, author.
New York, NY : Lyrical Underground/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2020.
167 pages ; 22 cm.
"When a groom gets murdered, Louisiana hat maker Missy DuBois must look behind a veil of secrets on a former sugar plantation . . . Bride-to-be Lorelei Honeycutt is brimming with excitement over the elaborate headpiece Missy has created for her wedding but fears she won't be able to maintain her balance when she walks down the aisle. She's asked Missy to assist her during the rehearsal at Honeycutt Hall, a once grand sugar plantation now used as the family's home. Missy's trying to keep a cool head herself, as her own wedding is coming up in three short weeks on the Riverboat Queen. But after the rehearsal, she overhears the bride and groom quarreling. The next morning, Wesley Carmichael is missing. After searching the house and grounds, Missy discovers the groom lying at the bottom of an old, unused sugar silo--and now it's up to the mystery-solving milliner to find an unbalanced killer"--Page [4] of cover.

Summerhouse reunion

July 31, 2020
Daley, Kathi, author.
218 pages ; 21 cm
"Kelly Green and her sister Kayla grew up summering on a small island off the coast of Northern California. After Kayla's death, Kelly returns to the island where she joins three friends from her past, to commemorate both, Kayla's life, and the life of a sixteen year old girl who disappeared from the island twenty five years earlier. Now in their early forties, each of the four remaining friends struggle to find a way to deal with their loss while also dealing with their own personal crisis. Meanwhile, the new sheriff on the island, also a childhood friend, seems to have stumbled onto an interesting pattern the previous sheriff overlooked all together. Apparently a sixteen year old girl has gone missing from the island every fifth summer since Peggy disappeared. Some were assumed to have run away, while others were reported as missing, but one thing is for certain, none of the girls were ever seen again. As the sheriff, the women, and other friends from the past, work together to piece together the random clues they hope will provide a mirror to the past, disturbing evidence begins to surface suggesting that the next girl to disappear will disappear this summer."--Back cover.

Deadly drama

July 31, 2020
Holford, Jody, author.
New York, NY : Lyrical Underground/Kensington Publishing Corporation, 2020.
175 pages ; 22 cm.
"Newspaper editor and amateur sleuth Molly Owens takes center stage when it's curtains for a theater director . . . Living in the beautiful coastal town of Britton Bay, Oregon, seems like the perfect fit for Molly. She enjoys her work as editor-in-chief of the Britton Bay Bulletin, loves her boyfriend Sam, and feels at home in the adorable cottage in the back of his mother's bed and breakfast. This spring Britton Bay is staging its first-ever community theater production. The show--featuring local residents--is the talk of the town, but tongues are really wagging over the director. It turns out former soap opera actress Magnolia Sweet is anything but; nothing's worse than a has-been on a power trip, and steely Magnolia routinely chews out her amateur cast. Still it's a shock to all when she's found murdered in the theater. Now it's open call for suspects, as Molly steps in to shine a spotlight on a killer waiting in the wings. But will this be her final act?"--Page [4] of cover.

Campfire secrets

July 31, 2020
Daley, Kathi, author.
179 pages ; 21 cm
"In the third installment of this three-part story, Sam puts everything he has into finding the most recent missing girl in the hope that she is still alive. Quinn and Kelly discuss the situation, come up with their own theory as to what might have happened to her, and decide to take matters into their own hands. Things go from dicey to downright dangerous once Quinn and Kelly set off on a secret journey to a forbidden place. Will their clue finding mission provide them what they need to save this girl or will it simply result in two additional deaths for Sam to solve?"--Back cover.

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