New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

December 7, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The mistletoe murder : and other stories

December 6, 2016
James, P. D., author.
©2016
xx, 216 pages (large print) ; 18 cm
The mistletoe murder -- A very commonplace murder -- The Boxdale inheritance -- The twelve clues of Christmas.
"As the acknowledged "Queen of Crime," P. D. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. Four of the best have been collected together for the first time in one volume [...] P. D. James's understanding of human nature illuminates each of these stories, making them ideal reading for the darkest days of the year. Each treats the reader to her masterfully atmospheric storytelling, a mystery to be solved, and enjoyable puzzles to keep the reader guessing. With wry humour, she pays tribute to her English crime-writing forebears, delighting in the secrets that lurk beneath the surface at enforced family gatherings and in old country houses--from the title story about a strained family reunion on Christmas Eve, to another about an illicit affair that ends in murder, and two cases that introduce James's poet-detective Adam Dalgliesh as a young detective sergeant."-- Provided by publisher.

Turbo twenty-three

December 5, 2016
Evanovich, Janet, author.
©2016
328 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon. Fortunately for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again. Only this time he flees the scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with Bogart ice cream and a dead body -- frozen solid and covered in chocolate and chopped pecans. As fate would have it, Stephanie's mentor and occasional employer, Ranger, needs her to go undercover at the Bogart factory to find out who's putting their employees on ice and sabotaging the business. It's going to be hard for Stephanie to keep her hands off all that ice cream, and even harder for her to keep her hands off Ranger. It's also going to be hard to explain to Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, why she is spending late nights with Ranger, late nights with Lula and Randy Briggs -- who are naked and afraid -- and late nights keeping tabs on Grandma Mazur and her new fella. Stephanie Plum has a lot on her plate, but for a girl who claims to have "virtually no marketable skills," these are the kinds of sweet assignments she does best.

Cross the line

December 2, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
465 pages (large print) ; 25 cm.
When a prominent Washington D.C. police official is murdered, Alex Cross steps in to investigate but his efforts are impeded by a series of deadly attacks by a vigilante killer who is targeting suspected criminals.

Secrets in the stones

December 2, 2016
Harris, Tessa, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
518 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes glossary.
"Newly released from the notorious asylum known as Bedlam, Lady Lydia Farrell finds herself a murder suspect when she stumbles upon the mutilated body of Sir Montagu Malthus in his study at Boughton Hall. Dr. Thomas Silkstone hopes to clear his beloved's good name by conducting a postmortem on the victim"--Provided by publisher.

Her final breath

December 1, 2016
Dugoni, Robert, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
527 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Originally published: Amazon Publishing, 2015.
A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. Still scarred after the sensational retrial of her sister's killer, and with clues scarce, Tracy realizes the key may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others would prefer to keep buried.

Murder comes by mail : a Hidden Springs mystery

December 1, 2016
Gabhart, Ann H., 1947- author.
©2016
383 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is touted as the hero of Hidden Springs after pulling a suicidal man back from the edge of the Eagle River. But then photos of a dead girl arrive in the mail, and Michael becomes convinced she was murdered by the man he saved. Now Michael must protect the people he loves"-- Provided by publisher.

Only ever you

December 1, 2016
Drake, Rebecca, author.
©2016
486 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Three-year-old Sophia Lassiter disappears at the playground only to return after forty frantic minutes-- but her mother Jill's relief is short-lived. Three months later, she disappears again. When the police begin to suspect the parents, Jill realizes they are no longer looking for the real perpetrator or for Sophia"-- Provided by publisher.

Prayers the devil answers

December 1, 2016
McCrumb, Sharyn, 1948- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
479 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"In this Depression-era novel, Ellie Robbins is appointed to serve out her husband's term as sheriff of their rural Tennessee mountain town following his tragic death. The job is mostly symbolic except for the one task that only a sheriff can do: execute a convicted prisoner"--Provided by publisher.

The second life of Nick Mason

December 1, 2016
Hamilton, Steve, 1961- author.
©2016
359 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Nick Mason walked out of prison after serving five years of a twenty-five to life sentence when he accepted a deal from criminal mastermind Darius Cole. Now he leads a double life--desperate to go straight and rebuild a relationship with his wife and daughter, but forced to carryout Cole's orders delivered by cell phone"-- Provided by publisher.

The unseen world

November 30, 2016
Moore, Liz, 1983- author.
©2016
697 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
In her third novel, Moore (Heft) delivers a striking examination of family, memory, and technology. Leaping from the 1980s to the early 2000s, this is the story of young Ada Sibelius and her brilliant computer scientist father, David, who runs a lab at a prestigious college in Boston, working to develop a lifelike artificial intelligence program, ELIXIR. Ada is being raised nontraditionally-educated by David and his lab colleagues, treated as one of the team, without kid gloves-but when David begins showing signs of Alzheimer's, her life is upended. She is sent to a local junior high school, where she is forced to interact with children her own age, and when David can no longer remain unsupervised, she is taken in by Diana Liston, David's closest associate. Moore's exploration of David's decline is remarkable and heartbreaking, and she shifts gears deftly as the story is complicated further: when Liston tries to become Ada's legal guardian, questions about David's identity arise. Since David can no longer answer for himself, Ada takes charge and tries to unravel her father's cryptic past, leading to the discovery of a hidden file, titled "The Unseen World," on David's computer. Mysteries build, and Moore's gift for storytelling excels. This is a smart, emotionally powerful literary page-turner.

A most novel revenge

November 30, 2016
Weaver, Ashley, author.
©2016
451 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Death wears a mask.
Well, darling, who do you suppose will turn up dead this time? With two murder investigations behind them and their marriage at last on steady ground, Amory and Milo Ames intend to winter quietly in Italy. The couple finds their plans derailed, however, when Amory receives an urgent summons to the English countryside from her cousin Laurel. At Lyonsgate, the country house of Laurel s friend Reginald Lyons, Amory and Milo are surprised to discover an eccentric and distinguished group of guests have also been invited, led by the notorious socialite Isobel Van Allen. After years of social exile, Isobel has returned to England to write a sequel to her scandalous first book, the thinly fictionalized account of a high society murder at the very country house to which the Ameses have been called. Her second incriminating volume, she warns the house s occupants all of whom were present when one of their companions was killed years ago will tell everything that really happened that fateful night. But some secrets are meant to stay buried, and when a desperate person turns to murder, it s up to Amory and Milo to sort through a web of scandal and lies to uncover the truth, and the identity of a killer. "

Friday on my mind : a Frieda Klein mystery

November 30, 2016
French, Nicci, author.
©2016
505 pages (large print) : map ; 22 cm.
A bloated corpse turns up in the Thames, throat slashed, and the only clue is a hospital wristband reading Dr. F. Klein. Frieda is taken to see the body and realizes with horror that it is Sandy, her ex-boyfriend. She's certain that the killer is Dean Reeve - the man who has never stopped haunting her. But the police think he has been dead for years, and Frieda is their number one suspect.

Killer cocktail

November 30, 2016
Kiely, Tracy, author.
©2016
289 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Former detective Nic and well-heeled wag Nigel star in their own Hollywood whodunit Walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards with a bow-tied Bullmastiff draws Nic and Nigel Martini plenty of attention from the press. But that&#x;s nothing compared to the attention they receive at the A-list after party, when Hollywood royalty learn they&#x;ve discovered behind-the-scenes footage from an acclaimed film that left one of its stars dead. Returning home after the party, Nic and Nigel find their house in shambles and their employee DeDee Evans beaten within an inch of her life. And when the weapon used to pummel DeDee implicates a beloved actress, Nic and Nigel drink and banter their way into a modern-day version of a golden-age crime caper.

Knit to be tied

November 30, 2016
Sefton, Maggie, author.
©2016
325 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
In Fort Connor, Colorado, the friends at the House of Lambspun knitting shop are welcoming a new face into the fold. Shy, sweet, and pregnant Nancy Marsted would like to knit a baby hat, and the Lambspun ladies are happy to show her the ropes. Sharing their own pregnancy yarns, they soon learn that the baby's father isn't the man Nancy dreamed he was. Then one dark night a speeding car mows down the dad to be and strikes a cyclist. Worried that a crazed killer is on the loose, the knitters put down their needles and cut to the chase.

Hook, line, and murder

November 30, 2016
Fletcher, Jessica, author.
©2016
359 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Jessica enters a fly-fishing competition at a nearby lake. Joining her is the sheriff s wife, Maureen Metzger, who surprises Jess with her enthusiasm for the sport. Their guide, however, is a surprise to both... Brian Kinney is an ex-con. Jailed as an accomplice to Darryl Jepson, a convicted killer, Brian was later exonerated, but not before spending seven years behind bars. He seems like a decent enough fellow. Just a man trying to rebuild his life as a family man and fishing guide. Then Jepson breaks out of prison vowing revenge, and the lawyer for both men is found murdered. And to add to the tension, Maureen has gone missing." --Back cover.

Grace sees red

November 30, 2016
Hyzy, Julie A., author.
©2016
414 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Sequel to: Grace cries uncle.
Originally published: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
"When one of the elderly residents at an upscale assisted-living facility is found dead under suspicious circumstances and Grace's assistant Frances, seen arguing with the man earlier that day, becomes a person of interest, it's up to Grace to clear her assistant's name and find the real killer"-- Provided by publisher.

Rock-a-bye bones

November 30, 2016
Haines, Carolyn, author.
©2016
414 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Sequel to: Bone to be wild.
Originally published: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
"Private Investigator Sarah Booth Delaney finds an infant abandoned on her doorstep and must find the mother, whose life is in grave danger"-- Provided by publisher.

Crowned and dangerous

November 28, 2016
Bowen, Rhys, author.
©2016
479 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Nothing is simple when you're thirty-fifth in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side, and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau Darcy O'Mara hope to bypass a few royal rules... With Darcy driving me out of London in a borrowed motor car, I soon discover that he isn't planning to introduce me to the pleasures of sinning in secret--as I had hoped--but to make me his wife! Of course, there are some quibbles to be dealt with, such as my needing special permission from the King to marry a Roman Catholic and the question of where we might live after the honeymoon. Though he will inherit a title, Darcy is as broke as I am. Even his family's Irish castle has been sold to a rich American who now employes Darcy's father as a hired hand. Throwing these cares to the wind, nothing could deter us from our mission--except perhaps the news that my future father-in-law has just been arrested. It seems the rich American was murdered and Darcy's father had more than enough motive to do the deed. With the elopement postponed, we head for Ireland where he insists he's innocent, and it's up to us to prove it--for better or worse"-- Provided by publisher.

Outfoxed

November 28, 2016
Rosenfelt, David, author.
©2016
423 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter spends as much time as he can working on his true passion, the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs. Lately, Andy has been especially involved in a county prison program where inmates help train dogs the Tara Foundation has rescued to make them more adoptable, benefiting both the dogs and the prisoners. One of the prisoners Andy has been working with is Brian Atkins, who has 18 months left on a 5-year term for fraud. Brian has been helpingto train Boomer, an adorable fox terrier the Tara Foundation rescued from a neglectful owner. Brian and Boomer are clearly a terrific match. In fact, Andy hopes that Brian will adopt Boomer himself, once his sentence is up. But one day, Andy arrives at the prison to discover that Brian has used Boomer to make an ingenious escape, and man and dog are both in the wind. The next day, the man on whose testimony Brian was convicted is found murdered. Brian is caught and arrested for the crime, thoughhe forcefully protests his innocence. Suddenly, Andy finds himself with a new client in Brian and a new dog in Boomer. And as he starts to dig deeper into the murder and the events leading up to it, Andy realizes he might be putting them all in far more danger than anyone had realized.

The Twelve dogs of Christmas

November 28, 2016
Rosenfelt, David, author.
©2016
367 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter usually tries to avoid taking on new cases at all costs. But this time, he's happy--eager, even--to take the case that's just come his way. Andy's long-time friend Martha "Pups" Boyer takes in stray puppies that the local dog rescue center can't handle, raises them until they're old enough to adopt, and then finds good homes for them. Not everyone admires the work Pups does as much as Andy does, however. With Christmas just around the corner, oneof Pups's neighbors has just reported Pups to the city for having more than the legal number of pets in her home under the local zoning laws. Andy happily takes Pups's case, and he feels confident in a positive outcome. Who could punish someone for rescuing puppies, after all, especially at Christmastime? But things get a lot more complicated when Randy Hennessey, the neighbor who registered the complaint against Pups, turns up dead. Pups had loudly and publicly threatened Hennessey after he filed his complaint, and Pups was also the one to find his body. All the evidence seems to point to Pups as the killer, and suddenly Andy has a murder case on his hands. He doesn't believe Pups could be guilty, but as he starts digging deeper into the truth behind Hennessey's murder, Andy may find himself facing a killer more dangerous than he ever imagined. With his trademark wit, larger-than-life characters, and clever plotting, David Rosenfelt delivers another gripping mystery.

Chaos : a Scarpetta novel

November 22, 2016
Cornwell, Patricia Daniels, author.
©2016
546 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning--except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center's director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God. Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta's conclusions, the threatening messages don't stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa's death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley. She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta's surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can't explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief's judgment and "a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion.""-- Provided by publisher.

No man's land

November 21, 2016
Baldacci, David, author.
©2016
645 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
John Puller may be the US Army's most tenacious investigator, but he is not equipped to face the truth about his mother's disappearance thirty years ago. New evidence has come to light suggesting that Puller's father -- a highly decorated army veteran -- may have murdered his wife. When Puller's friend, intelligence operative Veronica Knox, arrived on the scene, he realized that there is far more to this case than he first though. He knows that nothing will prevent him from discovering what really happened to his mother -- even proving that his father is a killer. Meanwhile, Paul Rogers has just been paroled after spending ten years in a high-security prison for murder. And with his freedom comes a desire to pay back old debts. Harbouring a dark past that changed him in unimaginable ways, Rogers embarks on a journey across the country, set on a path of revenge against the people who took away his humanity. As both men uncover a trail of deception that stretches back decades, they realize that the truth will bind them together in ways they could never have imagined. -- from publisher.

Night school : a Jack Reacher novel

November 10, 2016
Child, Lee, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2016]
513 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
"It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom--an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor--a Saudi courier, seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset, undercover inside the cell, has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: "The American wants a hundred million dollars." For what? And who from? Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. Their mission heats up in more ways than one, while always keeping their eyes on the prize: If they don't get their man, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism."-- Provided by publisher.

The Fifth Avenue Artists Society

November 10, 2016
Callaway, Joy, author.
©2016
581 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
The Bronx, 1891. Virginia Loftin, the boldest of four artistic sisters in a family living in genteel poverty, knows what she wants most: to become a celebrated novelist despite her gender, and to marry Charlie, the boy next door and her first love. When Charlie proposes instead to a woman from a wealthy family, Ginny is devastated; shutting out her family, she holes up and turns their story into fiction, obsessively rewriting a better ending. Though she works with newfound intensity, literary success eludes her until she attends a salon hosted in her brother s writer friend John Hopper s Fifth Avenue mansion. Among painters, musicians, actors, and writers, Ginny returns to herself, even blooming under the handsome, enigmatic John s increasingly romantic attentions. Just as she and her siblings have become swept up in the society, though, Charlie throws himself back into her path, and Ginny learns that the salon s bright lights may be obscuring some dark shadows. Torn between two worlds that aren t quite as she d imagined them, Ginny will realize how high the stakes are for her family, her writing, and her chance at love."

Mission Hill

November 10, 2016
Wechsler, Pamela, author.
©2016
413 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Abby Endicott is chief of the District Attorney s homicide unit in Boston, where she investigates and prosecutes the city s most dangerous killers. A member of Beacon Hill s elite, and a graduate of the Winsor school and then Harvard Law, the prosecutor s office is not the prestigious job that would have been expected of her. She has been known to change into an evening gown amidst bodies in the morgue. She loves her job, and is committed to it, refusing all pressure to quit from her upper-crust parents or threats from the city s most ruthless killers. But among Abby s many secrets is her longtime affair with fellow prosecutor Tim Mooney, a married father of one. One night, Abby is awakened very late by a phone call from her favorite detective, who reports that there has been a horrific murder but is vague about the specifics. When she arrives at the crime scene and discovers the identity of the victim, Abby knows the terror and tragedy are only beginning. In "Mission Hill," debut novelist Pamela Wechsler delivers a gripping and very human portrayal of a woman who will stop at nothing to find the truth, even if it challenges everything she believes about justice."

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