New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

March 29, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Ghosts of Misty Hollow

March 28, 2017
Jaffarian, Sue Ann, 1952- author.
371 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Bestselling crime writer Gino Costello is working on his next book in a historic farmhouse in the heart of Massachusetts. His story features some paranormal elements so he's invited family friend Emma to provide her input as a medium. But as soon as Emma arrives--with her fiance;, Phil, and Granny Apples in tow--that's when the real trouble begins. Emma is immediately contacted by the Browns, a family of ghosts who originally owned the house in the early nineteenth century. They need Emma to help them locate the spirits of their two children who disappeared. Meanwhile, a dead body appears at the house. Now Emma, Granny, and Phil must read between the lines to find answers before a killer books it...

In this grave hour : a novel

March 28, 2017
Winspear, Jacqueline, 1955- author.
458 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
When listeners last heard Maisie Dobbs, it was 1938, and the world was on the brink of war. Maisie herself was on a dangerous mission inside Nazi Germany, where she encountered an old enemy and the Fuhrer himself. In In This Grave Hour, a year has passed, and Maisie is back home in England - yet neither she nor her nation is safe. Britain has just declared war on Germany and is mobilizing for the devastating battle ahead. But when she stumbles on the deaths of a group of refugees, Maisie suspects the enemy may be closer than anyone knows.

Mangrove lightning

March 27, 2017
White, Randy Wayne, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
xix, 389 pages (large print) : map ; 23 cm.
Approached by a legendary charter captain who believes his family has been cursed for their role in a multiple murder in 1925, a skeptical Doc Ford follows trails of attacks on the family from Key Largo to Tallahassee, only to suffer a series of near-fatal mishaps himself.

A puzzle to be named later

March 27, 2017
Hall, Parnell, author.
393 pages (large print) ; illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Includes crosswords and a Sudoku, by Will Shortz, that help you solve the mystery"--Cover.
"The Puzzle Lady couldn't be happier. Matt Greystone, the rookie sensation who just signed a huge contract with the Yankees after coming to the team as the player to be named later in a trade with the Diamondbacks, winning 17 games as a starting pitcher, was coming to town to rehab from an arm injury. A diehard Yankee fan, Cora was delighted when Matt invited her to a weekend pool party. On the plus side, she got to meet Derek Jeter. On the minus side, she had to solve a puzzle (that was also named later) and a couple of the guests got killed"--Provided by publisher.

Aunt Dimity digs in

March 27, 2017
Atherton, Nancy, author.
395 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes recipe for Lilian's Lemon Bars (page 393-394).
Lori Shepherd, freed from the restrictions of motherhood by the arrival of the beautiful nanny Francesca Sciaparelli, must call upon her ghostly Aunt Dimity for help when she becomes caught in the middle of a controversy that threatens to destroy the village as well as her nanny's budding romance with archaeologist Adrian Culver.

Banana cream pie murder

March 27, 2017
Fluke, Joanne, 1943- author.
521 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes recipes.
Includes index.
A romantic seven-day cruise is the perfect start to bakery owner Hannah Swensen's marriage. However, with a murder mystery heating up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, it seems the newlywed's homecoming won't be as sweet as she anticipated.

Mrs. Malory and death is a word

March 27, 2017
Holt, Hazel, 1928-2015, author.
269 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Sheila's friend, larger-than-life Eva Jackson, has returned to the village of Taviscombe after losing her husband, Alan. A foreign correspondent, Alan reported on dangerous stories around the world from Libya to Afghanistan, but the cause of his death was more mundane: kidney failure in a London hospital. Still, he led a storied life, and much of his past lies in his writings, papers, and books now boxed away in Eva's garage. After Eva decides to compile a book of Alan's unpublished works, a fire mysteriously breaks out in the garage. Then Eva meets a suspicious end, leading Sheila to wonder if there's a killer at large in their charming Devon countryside.

Two days gone

March 27, 2017
Silvis, Randall, 1950- author.
579 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now. What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and so is immediately cast as the prime suspect. DeMarco knows--or thinks he knows--that Huston couldn't have been capable of murdering his family. But if Huston is innocent, why is he on the run? And does the half-finished manuscript he left behind contain clues to the mystery of his family's killer?


March 27, 2017
White, Randy Wayne, author.
383 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"A fishing guide and part-time investigator, Hannah Smith is a tall, strong Florida woman descended from many generations of the same. But the problem before her now is much older even than that. Five hundred years ago, Spanish conquistadors planted the first orange seeds in Florida, but now the whole industry is in trouble. The trees are dying at the root, weakened by infestation and genetic manipulation, and the only solution might be somehow, somewhere, to find samples of the original root stock. No one is better equipped to traverse the swamps and murky backcountry of Florida than Hannah, but once word leaks out of her quest, the trouble begins. "There are people who will kill to find a direct descendant of those first seeds," a biologist warns her--and it looks like his words may be all too prophetic"-- Provided by publisher.

The black book

March 24, 2017
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
546 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
Being a cop runs in Billy Harney's family. The son of Chicago's Chief of Detectives whose twin sister, Patty, also followed in their father's footsteps, there's nothing Billy won't give up for the job, including his life. Left for dead alongside his tempestuous former partner and a hard-charging assistant district attorney out for blood, Billy miraculously survives. But he remembers nothing about the events leading up to the shootout. Charged with double murder and desperate to clear his name, Billy retraces his steps to get to the bottom of what happened. When he discovers the existence of a little black book that everyone who's anyone in Chicago will stop at nothing to get their hands on, Billy suspects it contains the truth that will either set him free ... or confirm his worst fears.

Pekoe most poison

March 24, 2017
Childs, Laura, author.
415 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston s most prominent hostesses, to a Rat Tea, she is understandably intrigued. As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston, where the cream of society would sponsor so-called rat teas to promote city rodent control and better public health. But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen's entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead.

The cutthroat : an Isaac Bell adventure

March 23, 2017
Cussler, Clive, author.
487 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The year is 1911. Chief Investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency has had many extraordinary cases before. But none quite like this. Hired to find a young woman named Anna Pape who ran away from home to become an actress, Bell gets a shock when her murdered body turns up instead. Vowing to bring the killer to justice, he begins a manhunt which leads him into increasingly more alarming territory...Anna Pape was not alone in her fate--petite young blond women like Anna are being murdered in cities across America. And the pattern goes beyond the physical resemblance of the victims--there are disturbing familiarities about the killings themselves that send a chill through even a man as experienced with evil as Bell. If he is right about his fears, then he is on the trail of one of the greatest monsters of his time"-- Provided by publisher.

The devil's triangle

March 23, 2017
Coulter, Catherine, author.
611 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are the government's Covert Eyes--leading a top-notch handpicked team of agents to tackle crimes and criminals both international and deadly. But their first case threatens their fledgling team when the Fox calls from Venice asking for help. Kitsune has stolen an incredible artifact from the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, and now the client wants her dead. She has a warning for Nick and Mike: she's overheard talk that a devastating Gobi desert sandstorm that's killed thousands in Beijing isn't a natural phenomenon, rather is produced by man. The Covert Eyes team heads to Venice, Italy, to find out the truth. From New York to Venice and from Rome to the Bermuda Triangle, Nicholas and Mike and their team are in a race against time, and nature herself, to stop an obsessed family from devastating Washington, DC."

Man overboard : an Ali Reynolds novel

March 23, 2017
Jance, Judith A., author.
537 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Roger McGeary, a brilliant software engineer, has gifted himself with an upscale cruise in honor of his fortieth birthday. When he falls to his death from the balcony of his stateroom suite, the incident is quickly declared a suicide. Only his maiden aunt, a tough-as-nails woman who runs a race horse refuge refuses to take case closed for an answer and turns to Ali Reynolds at High Noon Enterprises to look into the situation."

The lost book of the Grail : or, A visitors guide to Barchester Cathedral

March 23, 2017
Lovett, Charles C., author.
575 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman's Tale comes a new novel about an obsessive bibliophile's quest through time to discover a missing manuscript, the unknown history of an English Cathedral, and the secret of the Holy Grail. Arthur Prescott is happiest when surrounded by the ancient books and manuscripts of the Barchester Cathedral library. Increasingly, he feels like a fish out of water among the concrete buildings of the University of Barchester, where he works as an English professor. His one respite is his time spent nestled in the library, nurturing his secret obsession with the Holy Grail and researching his perennially unfinished guidebook to the medieval cathedral. But when a beautiful young American named Bethany Davis arrives in Barchester charged with the task of digitizing the library's manuscripts, Arthur's tranquility is broken. Appalled by the threat modern technology poses to the library he loves, he sets out to thwart Bethany, only to find in her a kindred spirit with a similar love for knowledge and books--and a fellow Grail fanatic. Bethany soon joins Arthur in a quest to find the lost Book of Ewolda, the ancient manuscript telling the story of the cathedral's founder. And when the future of the cathedral itself is threatened, Arthur and Bethany's search takes on grave importance, leading the pair to discover secrets about the cathedral, about the Grail, and about themselves.

Mississippi blood : a novel

March 16, 2017
Iles, Greg, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
1207 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Grief-stricken and with his world collapsing around him, Penn Cage is shut out of trial preparations by his once-revered Southern doctor father, who is about to be tried for murder in the wake of revelations about a mixed-race child and KKK associations.

The gentleman from Japan

March 16, 2017
Church, James, 1947- author.
451 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
A Spanish factory near Barcelona is secretly producing--under the guise of a dumpling maker--a key machine for the production of nuclear weapons. Western intelligence has gotten wind of this and believes that the machine is meant for North Korea. It is deemed imperative either to disable the machine before it leaves the factory or intercept it. Inspector O is recruited by an old friend to take part in an operation to disrupt the plans for shipping the machine. The buyer of the machine has constructed an elaborate double-blind story, making it appear as if the purchaser is a Japanese criminal organization acting on behalf of the North Koreans.

I see you

March 14, 2017
Mackintosh, Clare.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
523 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her... It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her, a grainy photo along with a phone number and listing for a website called Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they've become the victims of increasingly violent crimes--including rape and murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad's twisted purpose...a discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. For now Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target. And now that man on the train--the one smiling at Zoe from across the car--could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move

Miss Dimple and the slightly bewildered angel

March 13, 2017
Ballard, Mignon Franklin, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
328 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
"October, 1944. When a girl Miss Dimple brought home from the library is discovered dead - murdered, Miss Dimple teams up with Augusta, a guardian angel, to find out who the killer is"-- Provided by publisher.

Killer jam

March 13, 2017
MacInerney, Karen, 1970- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
352 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Originally published: Amazon Publishing, 2015.
"A Dewberry Farm mystery"--Cover.
"Houston reporter Lucy Resnick cashes in her retirement to buy her grandmother's farm in Buttercup, Texas, looking forward to a simple life as a homesteader. Then an oil exploration truck rolls up with plans to drill. Two days later the woman who ordered the drilling, turns up dead and the sheriff fingers Lucy as the prime suspect"-- Provided by publisher.

Dangerous games : a novel

March 10, 2017
Steel, Danielle, author.
354 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
"Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world--from riots in America to protests on the streets of Tehran. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, a deeply private ex-Navy SEAL, Alix revels in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the vice president of the United States, Tony Clark. Alix starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America's most admired senator, who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin's bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support from Clark, who once wanted her as his wife and now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats begin. As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben's help as never before. And soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined"-- Provided by publisher.

Blackberry days of summer

March 7, 2017
Watson, Ruth P., author.
383 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
As Robert Parker's body is lowered into the grave, Herman Camm introduces himself to the mourning family. A beady-eyed small man with nice clothes, he is about to drastically change the lives of three women: Mae Lou Parker; her daughter, Carrie; and Pearl Brown. And all of their stories converge when Herman is found dead from a shotgun wound.

Doggone it

March 7, 2017
Toussaint, Maggie, author.
419 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

Éclair and present danger

March 7, 2017
Bradford, Laura, author.
419 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
"With rent rising, Winnie Johnson had hoped her bakery would be saved by an inheritance from wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead she gets the widow's hostile tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance restored by Gertrude's late husband. As Winnie's dream crumbles, she delivers a peach pie to an elderly widower and finds him smothered by a pillow. Winnie comes to the rescue of her frightened and grieving neighbors with baked goods -- and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and the Emergency Desert Squad." -- Back cover.

Gone with the wool

March 7, 2017
Hechtman, Betty, 1947- author.
403 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
"In October, thousands of monarch butterflies flock to California's Monterey Peninsula for the winter. To welcome the colorful guests, Cadbury by the Sea holds a week-long festival complete with a butterfly queen and court. Eager to show town spirit, Casey Feldstein is fluttering around setting up a yarn retreat, baking, and helping out at the festival. But when a former butterfly queen is found dead with a knife in her back after a Bless the Butterflies service, Casey must set her loom aside to hook a killer with a score to settle." -- Back cover.


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