New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

February 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The escape artist

February 23, 2018
Meltzer, Brad, author.
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing Large Print, 2018.
xii, 573 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
"Who is Nola Brown? Nola is a mystery. Nola is trouble. And Nola is supposed to be dead. Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she's dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run. Zig works at Dover Air Force Base, helping put to rest the bodies of those who die on top-secret missions. Nola was a childhood friend of Zig's daughter and someone who once saved his daughter's life. So when Zig realizes Nola is still alive, he's determined to find her. Yet as Zig digs into Nola's past, he learns that trouble follows Nola everywhere she goes. Nola is the US Army's artist-in-residence-a painter and trained soldier who rushes into battle, making art from war's aftermath and sharing observations about today's wars that would otherwise go overlooked. On her last mission, Nola saw something nobody was supposed to see, earning her an enemy unlike any other, one who will do whatever it takes to keep Nola quiet. Together, Nola and Zig will either reveal a sleight of hand being played at the highest levels of power or die trying to uncover the US Army's most mysterious secret-a centuries-old conspiracy that traces back through history to the greatest escape artist of all: Harry Houdini"-- Provided by publisher.

The gate keeper

February 22, 2018
Todd, Charles, author.
©2018
471 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this twentieth installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series. Hours after his sister's wedding, a restless Ian Rutledge drives aimlessly, haunted by the past, and narrowly misses a motorcar stopped in the middle of a desolate road. Standing beside the vehicle is a woman with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet. She swears she didn't kill Stephen Wentworth. A stranger stepped out in front of their motorcar, and without warning, fired a single shot before vanishing into the night. But there is no trace of him. And the shaken woman insists it all happened so quickly, she never saw the man's face. Although he is a witness after the fact, Rutledge persuades the Yard to give him the inquiry, since he's on the scene. But is he seeking justice--or fleeing painful memories in London? Wentworth was well-liked, yet his bitter family paint a malevolent portrait, calling him a murderer. But who did Wentworth kill? Is his death retribution? Or has his companion lied? Wolf Pit, his village, has a notorious history: in Medieval times, the last wolf in England was killed there. When a second suspicious death occurs, the evidence suggests that a dangerous predator is on the loose, and that death is closer than Rutledge knows"-- Provided by publisher.

Into the black nowhere : an unsub novel

February 22, 2018
Gardiner, Meg, author.
©2018
491 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, an exhilarating thriller in which FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.Caitlin and the FBI's serial crime unit discover the first victim's body in the woods. She's laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest's darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style--posed like Snow White awaiting her prince's kiss. To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology--that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy--dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin's profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people's trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims"-- Provided by publisher.

The pope of Palm Beach

February 22, 2018
Dorsey, Tim, author.
©2018
479 pages : map ; 23 cm
Venturing into the cozy Riviera Beach of their youths on a frenzied literary pilgrimage, Serge Storms and his sidekick, Coleman, investigate the stories of a popular local surfer and an eccentric hermit before drawing the attention of a murderous band of villains.

Crazy like a fox

February 21, 2018
Brown, Rita Mae, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
399 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Originally published: Ballantine Books.
"In this new foxhunting mystery, an investigation into a missing and very valuable object flushes out murder, ghosts, and old family rivalries. Sister Jane Arnold and a pack of four-legged friends must catch the scent of a killer and unearth a long-buried truth"-- Provided by publisher.

Poison

February 20, 2018
Lescroart, John T., author.
2018
507 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Thorndike Press large print core.
"Dismas Hardy is looking forward to cutting back his work hours and easing into retirement after recovering from two gunshot wounds. He is determined to spend more time with his family and even reconnect with his distant son, Vincent. But Dismas just can't stay away from the courtroom for long and soon he is pulled into an intense family drama with fatal consequences. Grant Wagner, the vigorous patriarch of the Wagner family and its four-generations owned family business, has been murdered. His bookkeeper Abby Jarvis, whom Hardy had defended on a DUI charge eleven years prior, is the prime suspect after police discover she's been embezzling funds from the company--but she insists she did not kill her boss. As he prepares to defend her, Dismas investigates the Wagner clan and discovers the dark, twisted secrets within the family. It seems that Abby was not the only one who stood to profit from the company's $25 million dollar market value. From jealous children to gold-digging girlfriends, Dismas has his work cut out for him in sifting through mud flinging, backstabbing, and accusations of blackmail. But Dismas not only has to save his client's life but his own, as it soon becomes clear that someone has painted a target on his back, too."--Amazon.com.

The view from Rainshadow Bay

February 16, 2018
Coble, Colleen, author.
©2018
461 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Her photographs capture the beauty of Puget Sound. Do they also expose a darkness that someone would kill to keep buried?"--Provided by publisher.

Dead in the water

February 16, 2018
Swanson, Denise, author.
©2017
407 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
A twister, a kidnapping, and a murder--oh my! Scumble River may never be the same. For school psychologist Skye Denison, there's certainly no place like home. When a violent tornado devastates her small hometown of Scumble River, she can't see how the community will ever recover--especially since town councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the twister. But things get even worse for Skye when her police chief husband, Wally, disappears in the midst of investigating Zeke's death, and evidence arises pointing to foul play. Did Zeke really die in the storm, or was he murdered? And could Wally be next on the criminal's hit list?

The widows of Malabar Hill

February 16, 2018
Massey, Sujata, author.
©2018
651 pages (large print) : maps ; 23 cm
"In 1920s Bombay, Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's legal rights. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on if they forfeit what their husband left them? Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X--meaning she probably couldn't even read the document. The Farid widows live in full purdah--in strict seclusion, never leaving the women's quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger."--Provided by publisher.

Among the shadows

February 15, 2018
Coffin, Bruce Robert, author.
©2016
551 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

The essence of malice

February 15, 2018
Weaver, Ashley, author.
©2017
463 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"An Amory Ames mystery"--Cover.

Trumpet of death

February 15, 2018
Riggs, Cynthia, author.
©2017
435 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"When 92-year-old poet/sleuth Victoria Trumbull takes her city-bred tenant Zack Zeller on a nature walk on one of Martha's Vineyard's conservation areas and shows him a mushroom she calls black trumpet of death, he's sure he's found the way to rid himself of his troublesome girlfriend, Samantha. But the mushrooms he's given Samantha end up on her daddy's dinner table, and Zack, one of the invited guests, is sure he's doomed the diners to an untimely death. Meanwhile, dead bodies are cropping up on the Island. The police have questions about the identity of the culprit and call upon Victoria Trumbull, who knows the Island and its inhabitants intimately. Will she be able to find the truth and clear the name of someone close to her before the murderer finds its next victim? In addition to giving us more of the eccentric cast of characters and quirky plot we love, Trumpet of Death, the 13th book in Cynthia Riggs' Martha's Vineyard mystery series, describes in loving detail little-known parts of the Island that visitors seldom see"-- Provided by publisher.

Walking the bones

February 15, 2018
Silvis, Randall, 1950- author.
©2018
677 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Sequel to: Two days gone.
Ryan DeMarco's decision to take a leave of absence from the Pennsylvania State Police was a surprise to everyone, but he can't face another day on the force. Heading out on an extended road trip with Jayme, his former colleague and present girlfriend, DeMarco is ready to let his old wounds heal. In Jayme's tiny hometown for her grandmother's funeral, they're quickly recruited to help solve a long-dead case involving seven skeletons of young girls. The investigation leads DeMarco deep into the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Anatomy of a scandal : a novel

February 14, 2018
Vaughan, Sarah, 1972- author.
2017
511 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Sophie's husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart. Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes. Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And is either of them informed by anything more than instinct and personal experience? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is well aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She has known it since she and James were first lovers, at Oxford, and she witnessed how easily pleasure could tip into tragedy. Most people would prefer not to try to understand what passes between a man and a woman when they are alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in an elevator...Or alone in the moonlit courtyard of an Oxford college, where a girl once stood before a boy, heart pounding with excitement, then fear. Sophie never understood why her tutorial partner Holly left Oxford so abruptly. What would she think, if she knew the truth?"-- Provided by publisher.

Force of nature

February 14, 2018
Harper, Jane (Jane Elizabeth), author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.
529 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Death of an honest man

February 13, 2018
Beaton, M. C., author.
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing Large Print, 2018.
323 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul had moved to a house in Cnothan, a sour village on Hamish's beat. He attended church in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat and in these days of increasing obesity it was her duty to show a good example. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie -- who repeated all the last words of her twin sister -- that she needed psychiatric help. 'I speak as I find,' he bragged. Voices saying, 'I could kill that man,' could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan. And someone did. Now Hamish is faced with a bewildering array of suspects. And he's lost the services of his clumsy policeman, Charlie, who has resigned from the force after Chief Inspector Blair berated Charlie one too many times, and the policeman threw Blair into the loch. Can Hamish find the killer on his own?" -- From publisher's description.

Fifty, fifty

February 13, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
510 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
"Sam Blue stands accused of the brutal murders of three young students, their bodies dumped near the Georges River. Only one person believes he is innocent: his sister, Detective Harriet Blue. And she's determined to prove it. But Harry's outburst at her brother's trial earns her a reassignment -- to the Outback. With no choice but to leave Sam's case alone, she relocates to Last Chance Valley, population 75, where a diary found on the roadside outlines a shocking plan: the massacre of the entire town. And the first killing, shortly after Harry's arrival, suggests the clock is already ticking. Meanwhile, back in Sydney, a young woman holds the key to crack Sam's case wide open. If only she could escape the madman holding her hostage..." -- From publisher's description.

A conspiracy in Belgravia

February 13, 2018
Thomas, Sherry (Sherry M.), author.
2017
483 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
The game is afoot as Charlotte Holmes returns in USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas's Victorian-set Lady Sherlock series. Being shunned by Society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. As "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective," aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, she's had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but she's not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker Street office. Lady Ingram, wife of Charlotte's dear friend and benefactor, wants Sherlock Holmes to find her first love, who failed to show up at their annual rendezvous. Matters of loyalty and discretion aside, the case becomes even more personal for Charlotte as the missing man is none other than Myron Finch, her illegitimate half brother. In the meanwhile, Charlotte wrestles with a surprising proposal of marriage, a mysterious stranger woos her sister Livia, and an unidentified body surfaces where least expected. Charlotte's investigative prowess is challenged as never before: Can she find her brother in time--or will he, too, end up as a nameless corpse somewhere in the belly of London?

The English wife

February 13, 2018
Willig, Lauren, author.
2017
677 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in New York: he's the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor house in England, they had a fairytale romance in London, they have three-year-old twins on whom they dote, and he's recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and named it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she's having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay's sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to try to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, that it must be a third party, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel. Who were her brother and his wife, really? And why did her brother die with the name George on his lips?

The grave's a fine and private place

February 13, 2018
Bradley, C. Alan, 1938- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2018.
457 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. As their punt drifts past the church where a notorious vicar had recently dispatched three of his female parishioners by spiking their communion wine with cyanide, Flavia, an expert chemist with a passion for poisons, is ecstatic. Suddenly something grazes her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself Ernest Hemingway battling a marlin, and pulls up what she expects will be a giant fish. But in Flavia's grip is something far better: a human head, attached to a human body. If anything could take Flavia's mind off sorrow, it is solving a murder--although one that may lead the young sleuth to an early grave.

Dark in death

February 13, 2018
Robb, J. D., 1950- author.
©2018
557 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
On a February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan's neck, the disappeared into Times Square. As Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime--from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn't think it's coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Now Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer's deranged private drama. --Back cover.

Patterned after death

February 13, 2018
Casey, Elizabeth Lynn, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
358 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Originally published: Berkley Publishing Group.
Includes: Reader-suggested sewing tips and pattern.
"Everyone in Sweet Briar, South Carolina, knows former high school football stars Jake Davis and Noah Madden. The two were fierce rivals once, and now, twenty years later, the dueling quarterbacks haven't lost their luster. So townsfolk are surprised when Jake and Noah team up for a business venture. And there's only one suspect when Noah turns up murdered. Margaret Louise, Jake's mother and one of the founding members of the sewing circle, isn't about to take the attack on her son's reputation lying down. In fact, she's in full mama-bear mode. And Tori and the rest of the Sweet Briar gang are more than willing to help her sharpen her claws to catch a killer."--Amazon.com.

Lions and tigers and murder, oh my

February 13, 2018
Swanson, Denise, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
358 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Originally published: Berkley Publishing Group.
When the wife of wealthy philanthropist Elliot Wilson goes missing after she publicly opposes his plan to open a wildlife park on the edge of town, Devereaux and her tenant, a handsome private investigator, team up to prove Elliots innocence before someone else is preyed upon.

Look for me : a novel

February 8, 2018
Gardner, Lisa, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
530 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one--a sixteen-year-old girl--missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case--but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me"--Provided by publisher.

Night moves

February 8, 2018
Kellerman, Jonathan, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
532 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
"Even with all his years of experience, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis knows there are crimes his skill and savvy cannot solve alone. That's when he calls on brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware to read between the lines, where the darkest motives lurk. And if ever the good doctor's insight is needed, it's at the scene of a murder as baffling as it is brutal. There's no spilled blood, no evidence of a struggle, and, thanks to the victim's missing face and hands, no immediate means of identification. And no telling why the disfigured corpse of a stranger has appeared in an upscale L.A. family's home. Chet Corvin, his wife, and their two teenage children are certain the John Doe is unknown to them. And yet their cooperation seems oddly guarded. But even the Corvins' thin response is more than Milo and Alex can elicit from their creepy next-door neighbor--a notorious cartoonist with a warped sense of humor and a seriously antisocial attitude. As the investigation ensues, it becomes clear that this well-to-do suburban enclave has its share of curious eyes, suspicious minds, and loose lips. And as Milo tightens the screws on potential persons of interest--and Alex tries to breach the barriers that guard their deepest secrets--a strangling web of corrupted love, cold-blooded greed, and shattered trust is exposed. Though the grass may be greener on these privileged streets, there's enough dirt below the surface to bury a multitude of sins. Including the deadliest. -- Provided by publisher.

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