New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

September 23, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The mirror thief

September 22, 2016
Seay, Martin, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
945 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
In sixteenth century Venice, the famed makers of Venetian glass faced death if they tried to leave the island... but one man schemes to outwit the enforcers of the edict. In 1958 Venice Beach, California, and in today's Venetian casino in Las Vegas, other schemers launch similarly dangerous plans to get away with a secret. As the three stories weave together through time and space, the reader is drawn into a world of violence, and obsession.

A murder in time

September 22, 2016
McElwain, Julie, author.
713 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates. While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact. Mistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there's some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman."--Provided by publisher.

Better dead

September 22, 2016
Collins, Max Allan, author.
553 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
A Nathan Heller thriller --Cover.
It's the early 1950's. Chicago detective Nate Heller is doing legwork for Joe McCarthy, though he's disheartened by the senator's witch-hunting anti-communist tactics. When Dashiell Hammett comes to him representing a group of showbiz and literary leftists trying to save Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Heller decides to take on the case.

Delivering the truth

September 22, 2016
Maxwell, Edith, author.
419 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Amesbury, Massachusetts, 1888. For Quaker midwife Rose Carroll, life provides equal measures of joy and tribulation. But a suspicious fire and two murders leave her fearing for the well-being of her loved ones. So Rose begins asking questions, drawing on her strengths as a counselor and problem solver in trying to bring the perpetrators to light.

Title wave

September 22, 2016
Barrett, Lorna, author.
465 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes recipes --Cover.
"Tricia and Angelica leave Booktown behind for a pleasure cruise, but they're going to need their life jackets because a murderer has also booked passage in Lorna Barrett's New York Times bestselling series. While her bookstore, Haven't Got a Clue, is rebuilt following a devastating fire, Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, decide to book a cruise for some much needed R & R. Naturally they choose a Mystery Lovers cruise, where they can ponder whodunnit in Adirondack chairs while sipping colorful drinks and soaking up some rays. But the fun is cut short when a fellow passenger is murdered for real. Is the killer a famous mystery author, one of his fans, or a member of the ship's crew? As Tricia tries to find the killer before they reach port, she may be cruising for a bruising" --Provided by publisher.

Zigzag : a nameless detective collection

September 22, 2016
Pronzini, Bill, author.
347 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Zigzag -- Grapplin' -- Nightscape -- Revenant.
Two novellas and two short stories featuring Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Bill Pronzini's iconic Nameless Detective! Zigzag is an original novella, in which a safe and simple accident investigation becomes the unraveling of a twisted murder scheme. Grapplin, which first appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, deals with the kind of missing person case that can end in only one of two ways, closure or heartbreak. In the second short, Nightscape, readers discover how, indeed, one thing just leads to another (First published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine as The Winning Ticket). The final work, Revenant, is another original novella and entangles Nameless in a weird crime with fearful occult overtones.

The dead don't bleed

September 22, 2016
Krugler, David F., 1969- author.
541 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"In a gripping World War II mystery set in Washington, D.C., a young naval intelligence officer goes undercover to solve a murder and prevent the Soviets from stealing the secrets of America's atomic bomb project. Washington D.C., 1945. Victory in the war looms, but a new fear transfixes the wartime capital. Fear of communist spies and the atomic secrets they covet. When the corpse of a Navy Intelligence officer is found on a cobblestone back alley, Lt. Voigt is called in to investigate. It's his first murder, but in the plot that he quickly begins unraveling, it won't be his last. Pursuing crosses and double-crosses, Voigt goes undercover and the fragments he discovers (a defecting German physicist, a top secret lab in New Mexico, and Uranium-235) suggest something far larger than the usual spy v. spy shenanigans. Soon enough he's in a race to identify the killer, to keep the bomb away from the Russians -- and to keep ahead of his own secrets."--

A great reckoning

September 21, 2016
Penny, Louise, author.
645 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"An intricate old map is found stuffed into a wall of the bistro in Three Pines, and the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté Academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map. Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. For both Choquet and Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning." -- Back cover.

Revenge in a cold river : a William Monk novel

September 20, 2016
Perry, Anne, author.
533 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Commander William Monk has learned to live with the fact that he cannot remember the events of his life prior to a horrific carriage accident years ago. But when a ghost from his past, a man he has no recollection of, attempts to frame him for a series of murders, he must rely on the help of his wife Hester and his close friend Oliver Rathbone in order to free himself--from both the charges, and the demons that have haunted him since the accident"-- Provided by publisher.

Robert B. Parker's debt to pay

September 20, 2016
Coleman, Reed Farrel, 1956- author.
475 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"All is quiet in Paradise, except for a spate of innocuous vandalism. Good thing, too, because Jesse Stone is preoccupied with the women in his life, both past and present. As his ex-wife, Jenn, is about to marry a Dallas real-estate tycoon, Jesse isn't too sure his relationship with former FBI agent Diana Evans is built to last. But those concerns get put on the back burner when a major Boston crime boss is brutally murdered. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Jesse suspects it's the work of Mr. Peepers, a psychotic assassin who has caused trouble for Jesse in the past. Peepers has long promised revenge against the Mob, Jesse, and Suit for their roles in foiling one of his hits--and against Jenn as well. And though Jesse and Jenn have long parted ways, Jesse still feels responsible for her safety. Jesse and Diana head to Dallas for the wedding and, along with the tycoon's security team, try to stop Peepers before the bill comes due. With Peepers toying with the authorities as to when and where he'll strike, Jesse is up against the wall. Still, there's a debt to pay and blood to be spilled to satisfy it. But whose blood, and just how much?"-- Provided by publisher.

Apprentice in death

September 19, 2016
Robb, J. D., 1950- author.
553 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park's ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be. Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer. Eve's husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources--and genius--at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two--one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we're all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil...." -- p. [4] cover.


September 19, 2016
Scottoline, Lisa, author.
685 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Damaged finds Mary DiNunzio, partner at the all-female law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio, embroiled in one of her most heartbreaking cases yet. Suing the Philadelphia school district to get help for a middle school boy with emotional issues, Mary ends up becoming the guardian ad litem of her minor client. As she goes up against Nick Machiavelli, her opposing counsel and the dark prince of South Philly lawyers who will use any means necessary to defeat her, she becomes more and more invested in the case--and puts everything, including her engagement to her longtime boyfriend, on the line"-- Provided by publisher.

Live and let growl

September 16, 2016
Berenson, Laurien, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
358 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Originally published: Kensington, 2016.
"When her Aunt Peg lands a gig as judge at a Kentucky dog show, Melanie Travis welcomes the opportunity for a road trip. Too bad a killer has planned a deadly detour"--Provided by publisher.

The art of murder

September 16, 2016
Viets, Elaine, 1950- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
382 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : New American Library, 2016.
"Private investigator Helen Hawthorne must pose as a painter at Fort Lauderdale's famous Bonnet House Museum to catch an artful killer"-- Provided by publisher.

The secrets she kept

September 16, 2016
Novak, Brenda, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
512 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: Harlequin Books, 2016.
Includes questions for discussion.
"The rich and powerful Josephine Lazarow, matriarch of Fairham Island, is dead. The police say it's suicide, but Keith, her estranged son, doesn't believe it and returns to Fairham determined to find his mother's killer"--Provided by publisher.

Dear Mr. M

September 15, 2016
Koch, Herman, 1953- author.
587 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

The couple next door

September 15, 2016
Lapeña, Shari, 1960- author.
437 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even--yourself? People are capable of almost anything. A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors--a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all--a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years" -- publisher.

All the missing girls

September 15, 2016
Miranda, Megan, author.
535 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Ten years after leaving Cooley Ridge, Nicolette Farrell returns to care for her ailing father. A decade ago, she, her brother Daniel, her boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne's boyfriend Jackson were suspects when Corinne-- Nic's best friend-- disappeared without a trace. Within days of Nic's return, they are plunged into a shocking drama when Nic's neighbor Annaleise, who is dating Tyler and was the group's alibi ten years previously, goes missing. Told backwards from the time Annaleise disappears, the book follows Nic as she works to unravel the truth and, in the process, reveals shocking realities about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago" -- Publisher.

The life we bury

September 14, 2016
Eskens, Allen, 1963- author.
461 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Iverson is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl's conviction. But by the time Joe discovers the truth, it is too late to escape the fallout.

Charcoal Joe

September 8, 2016
Mosley, Walter, author.
415 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Easy Rawlins is back, with a new detective agency and a new mystery to solve. Charcoal Joe has asked Easy to help clear Joe's son, who was found standing over a white man's dead body in his cabin home.

Downfall : a Brady novel of suspense

September 6, 2016
Jance, Judith A., author.
489 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"With a baby on the way, sudden deaths in the family from which to recover, a re-election campaign looming, and a daughter heading off for college, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has her hands full when a puzzling new case hits her department, demanding every resource she has at her disposal. Two women have fallen to their deaths from a small nearby peak, referred to by Bisbee locals as Geronimo. What's the connection between these two women? Is this a case of murder/suicide or is it a double homicide? And if someone else is responsible, is it possible that the perpetrator may, even now, be on the hunt for another victim?"--Provided by publisher.

The shattered tree

August 31, 2016
Todd, Charles, author.
438 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Treating an injured soldier from a tenuous border region between France and Germany, World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford questions the man's true loyalties and risks her life to solve his subsequent disappearance.

Razor girl

August 30, 2016
Hiaasen, Carl.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2016]
543 p. (large print) ; 24 cm.
"When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an innocent accident is anything but . Behind the wheel of the offending car is Merry Mansfield--the eponymous Razor Girl--so named for her unique, eye-popping addition to what might be an otherwise unexciting scam. But the scam is only the very beginning of a situation that's going to spiral crazily out of control while gathering in some of the wildest characters . There's the owner of Sedimental Journey--the company that steals sand from one beach to restore erosion on another ... Dominick "Big Noogie" Aeola, the NYC mafia capo with a taste for the pinkest of sands ... Zeto, the small-time hustler who gets electrocuted trying to charge a Tesla ... Nance Buck, native Wisconsinite who's nonetheless the star of the red neck reality TV show, "Bayou Brethren" ... a psycho who goes by the name of Blister and who's more Nance Buck than Buck could ever be ... the multimillionaire product liability lawyer who's getting dangerously--and deformingly--hooked on the very product he's litigating against ... and Andrew Yancy--formerly Detective Yancy, busted to Key West roach patrol after he beat up his then-lover's husband with a Dustbuster--who's convinced that if he can just solve one more murder on his own, he'll get his detective badge back. That the Razor Girl may be the key to his success in this deeply ill-considered endeavor will be as surprising to him as anything else he encounters along the way--including the nine-pound Gambian pouched rats getting very used to the good life in the Keys ..."--Provided by publisher.

The singer from Memphis : an Athenian mystery

August 25, 2016
Corby, Gary, author.
483 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.


August 25, 2016
Beverly-Whittemore, Miranda, author.
631 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.


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