New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

January 15, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The ice maiden

January 14, 2019
Sheridan, Sara, 1968- author.
©2018
248 pages ; 23 cm.
"1842. Stranded on Deception Island in the South Atlantic, her whaling captain husband lost at sea, Karina is destitute and desperate. Disguised as a cabin boy, she stows away on a British ship. But Karina is about to get a nasty surprise. As she grows closer to ship's surgeon Joseph Hooker, Karina and the rest of the crew find themselves pushed to the limits both physically and emotionally as conditions worsen onboard. Engulfed in the chillingly hostile Antarctic landscape, something extraordinary happens--and Karina's story becomes intetwined with some of the 20th century's bravest Polar exploreres."--provided by publisher

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 curses : a Graces novel

January 8, 2019
Eve, Laure, author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2018.
324 pages ; 22 cm
The youngest of the Grace siblings, Summer, calls on the coven to help with a secret she has uncovered, while Wolf's behavior becomes unpredictable and, perhaps, threatening.

The mortician's daughter : one foot in the grave

December 27, 2018
Hunter, C. C., author.
©2017
323 pages ; 22 cm
"Once again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad's career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she's a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father's alcoholism, she's got enough problems of her own. But nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who darkens Riley's door. The young woman's death wasn't the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer's next victim, Riley knows she'll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can't let him go?"--Back cover.

Crewel and unusual

December 26, 2018
MacRae, Molly, author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2019.
263 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Caught between two rival shopkeepers who are accusing each other of forging their crafts, Kath Rutledge teams up with the TGIF needlework group and Geneva the ghost to solve an untimely murder.

Death by dragonfly

December 19, 2018
Tesh, Jane, author.
Scottsdale : Poisoned Pen Press, 2018.
275 pages ; 22 cm.
Flamboyant actor Leo Pierson's Art Nouveau treasures have been stolen, including a one-of-a-kind Lalique glass dragonfly he claims is cursed. David Randall, 302 Grace Street's private eye, agrees to recover the valuables before he realizes murder has raised its ugly head in the Parkland art community. Samuel Gallant of the museum board is missing, until Randall and his landlord/consultant Camden find Gallant's body stuffed in a museum closet. When another board member suffers a fatal accident and the art critic for the Parkland Herald is attacked, Randall suspects the stolen dragonfly is indeed cursed. He investigates Richard Mason, curator of the Little Gallery, whose artwork consists of ugly mechanical sculptures, and Nancy Piper, finance manager at the Parkland Art Museum. Meanwhile, Camden struggles against psychic visions he's had since birth, taking pills to limit sudden intense visions. His wife, Ellin, fends off Matt Grabber, a television celebrity healer threatening to take over her Psychic Service Network and using his two large pythons to emphasize his bid. The pythons take a liking to Camden, upping his stress level, while he takes more pills hoping his visions - and the snakes - disappear. Kit, a new tenant at Grace Street, is a young rock star who is also psychic. As Camden becomes more addicted, Kit becomes an early warning system, alerting Randall to the next attack. Randall works to solve the murders, find the jeweled collection, help Cam, deter Grabber and his pythons, romance the young lovely Kary, and avoid stray curses. A spirit on the Other Side surprisingly requests his help, a spirit with ties to the stolen pieces of Art Nouveau.

A spell of murder : a witch cats of Cambridge mystery

December 14, 2018
Simon, Clea, author.
Hoboken, NJ : Polis Books, 2019.
294 pages ; 22 cm.
Becca, newly single and newly unemployed, wants to believe she has psychic powers. With nothing but time--and a desire for empowerment--she's studying to become a witch. What she doesn't know is that her three cats--Harriet, Laurel, and Clara--are the ones with the real power. And when Harriet--"a cream-colored longhair with more fur than commonsense"--conjures a pillow for her own comfort, Becca believes her spells are finally working. Could that be why Trent, the coven's devilishly handsome leader, has been showing her special attention? Or why Suzanne, a longtime coven member, draws her aside to share a secret--a confidence that may lead to murder?-- Provided by publisher.

The labyrinth index

December 14, 2018
Stross, Charles, author.
©2018
364 pages ; 22 cm.
"The arrival of vast, alien, inhuman intelligences reshaped the landscape of human affairs across the world, and the United Kingdom is no exception. Things have changed in Britain since the dread elder god Nyarlathotep ascended to the rank of Prime Minister. Mhari Murphy, recently elevated to the House of Lords and head of the Lords Select Committee on Sanguinary Affairs (think vampires), finds herself in direct consultation with the creeping chaos, who directs her to lead a team of disgraced Laundry personnel into the dark heart of America."--Provided by publisher.

The fade

December 11, 2018
Lunetta, Demitria, author.
©2018
280 pages ; 22 cm
Fifteen-year-old Haley moves into a house haunted by the ghosts of murdered girls who hope Haley will be able to help them move on.

Murder in the dark

December 11, 2018
Green, Simon R., 1955- author.
©2018
169 pages ; 23 cm
"Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny have been despatched to assist a group of scientists who are investigating a mysterious black hole which has appeared on a Somerset hillside. Could it really be a doorway to another dimension, an opening into another world? When one of the scientists disappears into the hole, with fatal consequences, Ishmael must prove whether it was an accident or murder. But with no clues, no witnesses and no apparent motive, he has little to go on. Is there an alien predator at large, or is an all-too-human killer responsible? Only one thing is certain: if Ishmael does not uncover the truth in time, more deaths will follow."--Publisher's description.

King of the road

December 11, 2018
Belcher, R. S., author.
New York : TOR, 2018.
382 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Jimmie Aussapile, Lovina Marcou and Heck Sinclair are members of a secret society dedicated to protecting those who travel America's highways from the monsters, both supernatural and mundane, that lurk in the darkness just beyond your headlights. At home in Lenoir, North Carolina, Jimmie and his squire Heck find themselves drawn into an all-out war between two competing biker gangs. One is led by a rival biker in possession of new found supernatural allies and the other is an all-female werewolf pack. One way or another peace must be maintained and the many roads of America must be protected. But it might just cost the Brotherhood their souls if they aren't careful."--Amazon.com.

Queen of air and darkness

December 6, 2018
Clare, Cassandra, author.
©2018
880 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.--Provided by Publisher.

The Dark Days deceit

December 6, 2018
Goodman, Alison, author.
©2018
531 pages ; 24 cm
Lady Helen has retreated to a country estate outside Bath to prepare for her wedding to the Duke of Selburn, yet she knows she has unfinished business to complete. She and the dangerously charismatic Lord Carlston have learned they are a dyad, bonded in blood, and only they are strong enough to defeat the Grand Deceiver, who threatens to throw mankind into chaos. But the heinous death-soaked Ligatus Helen has absorbed is tearing a rift in her mind. Its power, if unleashed, will annihilate both Helen and Carlston unless they can find a way to harness its ghastly force and defeat their enemy. In the final book of the trilogy that began with The Dark Days Club and continued with The Dark Days Pact, the intrepid Lady Helen's story hurtles to a shocking conclusion full of action, heartbreak, and betrayal.

40 Days to heaven

December 6, 2018
Yngrid, Heart, author.
©2017
256 pages ; 18 cm
""I'll just wait for you in the next life. When you have time, we will see again. "When a person dies in a foreign country, he can no longer return to the country of origin. I discovered that when I died in Hong Kong as a tourist. I can not go back to ̀Pinas. I want to go back home because I want to know who I am and why I decided to kill myself. I have to get back to the Philippines. According to a Chinese shaman, I can only do that if I am merged with a living person. I joined a woman named Rebecca but she lost her passport. I still need to find you. While in Rebecca's body, I met Chen Li, her Filipino-Chinese fiancé, and Jack, the mysterious man in her past. I also learned how shiny his life was. The only allowable stay of a soul on earth is only forty-four days. Will I be able to return to the Philippines to make my mission or toss me for forty days in Rebecca's complex life?"--Rough translation of the cover.

Lies sleeping

December 4, 2018
Aaronovitch, Ben, 1964- author.
©2018
291 pages ; 22 cm.
"The Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring him to justice. But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London's two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees. To save his beloved city Peter's going to need help from his former best friend and colleague--Lesley May--who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr. Punch..."--Amazon.com.

Of blood and bone

November 29, 2018
Roberts, Nora, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
453 pages ; 25 cm
"They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed. Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before -- the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted -- and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden. In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again." -- From publisher's description.

All the plagues of hell

November 29, 2018
Flint, Eric, author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2018]
424 pages : illustration ; 25 cm.
"A Baen Books Original."
"Orkise is loose. The snake-god of plague has been awakened by Lucia del Maino, the bastard daughter of the recently overthrown duke of Milan, Phillipo Visconti. With the venomous magic of Orkise at her command, Lucia plots to marry and then murder the usurper who now rules Milan, the condottiere Carlo Sforza--known to friend and foe alike as the Wolf the North. Other trouble is brewing as well. Sforza has his own bastard, Benito Valdosta, who is returning to Venice after having conquered the Byzantine empire. Benito has a score to settle with his father, and he will have the help of his half-brother Marco, who is the embodiment of ancient Etruria's mighty Winged Lion of St. Mark. Adding further to Sforza's predicament, yet another power has entered the fray. The terrifying sorcerer Count Mindaug has decided to settle in Milan. Will he ally with Sforza, or oppose him? Either will bring trouble, for if Mindaug aids the usurper he will arouse the fury of the Holy Roman Empire and the Knights of the Holy Trinity. Both of those great forces have sworn to destroy Mindaug and anyone who shelters him. On his side, Sforza has only the skill and cunning of his physician, Francisco Turner--who is on good terms with the Valdosta brothers and may be able to neutralize Venetian hostility. But even if he can, will that be enough to save the Wolf of the North? For out there in the countryside of northern Italy, Orkise is uncoiling all the plagues of hell.

Creatures of want and ruin

November 28, 2018
Tanzer, Molly, author.
Boston : Mariner Books, [2018]
348 pages ; 21 cm
"A John Joseph Adams book."
"Amityville baywoman Ellie West fishes by day and bootlegs moonshine by night. It’s dangerous work under Prohibition--independent operators like her are despised by federal agents and mobsters alike--but Ellie's brother was accepted to college and Ellie's desperate to see him go. So desperate that when wealthy strangers ask her to procure libations for an extravagant party Ellie sells them everything she has, including some booze she acquired under unusual circumstances. What Ellie doesn’t know is that this booze is special. Distilled from foul mushrooms by a cult of diabolists, those who drink it see terrible things--like the destruction of Long Island in fire and flood. The cult is masquerading as a church promising salvation through temperance and a return to "the good old days," so it’s hard for Ellie to take a stand against them, especially when her father joins, but Ellie loves Long Island, and she loves her family, and she'll do whatever it takes to ensure neither is torn apart"-- Provided by publisher.

The Dragon Ridge tombs

November 27, 2018
Tianxiabachang, author.
©2018
279 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: City of sand.
"Originally published: Hefei City, China : Anhui Arts Publishing House, 2006."--Colophon.
"Self-proclaimed gold hunter Tianyi, who has excellent feng shui skills, along with his best friend, Kai, and a shady antiques dealer called Gold Tooth, have traveled all the way from Beijing to Gulan in search of treasure in ancient tombs. But what they think will be a simple grab-and-go of loot turns into trouble when they are faced with a perplexing labyrinth of tunnels full of unexpected obstacles, traps, and deadly creatures that thwart their advancement, as well as their escape. As if that weren't enough, the return of their American friend Julie Yang, with whom they faced perils on a previous expedition, leads to a startling discovery--one tied to both China's ancient past and the Yang family's history, and one that could very well be the death of them all."--Inside dust jacket.

Nothing to devour

November 26, 2018
Hirshberg, Glen, 1966- author.
New York : Tor, 2018.
319 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"[Motherless Children Trilogy: #1 Motherless Child #2 Good Girls #3 Nothing to Devour]"--Amazon.com
"Librarian Emilia is alone in a library that is soon to close its doors forever. Alone save for one last patron, his head completely swathed in bandages, his hands gloved, not one inch of skin exposed. Emilia feels sorry for him―like her, he is always alone. Today, he sees, really sees, Emilia. What he does to her then is unspeakable. Thousands of miles away, another victim rises―a dead woman who still lives. Sophie is determined to protect the people she loves best in the world―but she is a monster. To Jess, it doesn't matter that Sophie was once as close to her as her own daughter. It doesn't matter that Sophie's baby died so that Jess's grandson could live. It only matters that Sophie is a vampire. Vampires can't be trusted. Even if they love you. Aunt Sally loved all the monsters she'd created in the hundreds of years since she died and rose again. She loved her home in the bayou. When her existence was exposed to the human world, she didn't hesitate to destroy her home, and her offspring, to save herself. Herself, and one special girl, Aunt Sally's last chance to be a perfect mother. These people are drawn together from across the United States, bound by love and hatred, by the desire for reunification and for revenge. In their own ways, they are all monsters. Some deserve to live. Some do not."--Inside dust jacket.

Dragonfire

November 23, 2018
Grant, Donna, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2018.
390 pages ; 18 cm.
"As a Dragon King, Roman is sworn to protect all mortals--even though they no longer believe in dragons. But deep in the Carpathian Mountains, he discovers a beautiful and mysterious gypsy who possesses the power to see into his very soul. To reignite the fire in his heart. And to help him find the long-lost sword that could save the dragons forever ... Sabina remembers the stories her grandmother told her. Legends of dragons and kings, fire and ice. And she's never forgotten the dark prophecy that filled her ancestors with fear--a fate they tried to prevent by stealing a Dragon King's sword. Sabina knows that helping Roman is dangerous. He is a dragon betrayed, and more powerful than any man. He could destroy her in a single fiery embrace. But how can she resist the longing in his eyes--or the feelings in her heart--when their destinies are bound by desire?"--Back cover.

Leopard's run

November 23, 2018
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York, New York : Berkley/Jove, 2018.
420 pages ; 18 cm
"Timur Amurov has one purpose in life: protect his family at all costs. With lethal skills honed from a violent upbringing, Timur is a leopard shifter who sees any newcomers as possible threats--and the petite blond barista who his sister-in-law, Evangeline, has hired to work in her bakery is definitely hiding something. While Timur still needs to determine if Ashe is an enemy, he does know that she is the only woman whose presence has ever truly calmed the beast roaring inside of him. Ashe Bronte is well aware she has a type: sexy, gorgeous and dangerous as hell. Despite the fact that Timur is all those things and more, Ashe is in San Antonio for reasons that do not involve getting wild with a ruthless leopard--and she cannot afford to make any mistakes. But Timur has ignited something deep within her, and even though she knows she should keep her distance, every move he makes has her craving a taste..." --Back cover.

Shades of wicked : a night rebel novel

November 19, 2018
Frost, Jeaniene, author.
©2018
viii, 370 pages ; 17 cm
Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless...and every shade of wicked. He's made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian's only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he's never been able to abide by the rules for long. Veritas' normal role is police, judge, and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait...well, all's fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian's carefully cultivated, devil-may-care roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they're drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences.-- Publisher's description.

Wolf rising

November 19, 2018
Tyler, Paige, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2018]
376 pages ; 18 cm
"Paranormal romantic suspense"--Spine.

Body swap

November 19, 2018
McNicoll, Sylvia, 1954- author.
©2018
246 pages ; 21 cm
"Hallie, dying to know whether her crush likes her, runs across a mall parking lot with her cell phone blocking her vision as 82-year-old Susan is backing out. The freak accident appears to cost both of them their lives. It's all Susan's fault, right? What business does she have still being behind the wheel at her age? The two find themselves transported to a strange fairground, and argue back and forth over whose fault the accident was. In order to find the truth, the carnival operator makes them an offer: they can have another chance at life, but it will be in each other's bodies. Sent back to very different lives, the two must work together to prove that a defect in the car was behind the deadly crash. Will people listen to a teenager? Or a senior? Until they do, other drivers will die."-- Provided by publisher.

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