New Arrivals · Large Print Mystery Fiction

February 25, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Bone Box : a Decker/Lazarus novel

February 24, 2017
Kellerman, Faye, author.
New York : HarperLuxe, 2017.
587 pages ; 23 cm
When Rina Lazarus discovers human remains in the woods near her home, her husband, Peter Decker, investigates related decades-old unsolved murders before identifying a possible suspect who has been hiding in plain sight.

The dangerous ladies affair

February 22, 2017
Muller, Marcia, author.
©2016
317 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
For the firm of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, stopping extortionists is not only grand, but excitingly lucrative. When a pleasant afternoon's bicycling through Golden Gate Park with a friend ends with the revelation of threatening letters, followed by a gunshot in a mansion garden, Sabina Carpenter knows this is a case that demands her immediate and undivided attention. The questions her partner John Quincannon has to unravel are not difficult: Wrixton, a wealthy banker, has met his extortionist's first demand, but the order to pay another $5,000 is too much to face. The banker's real problem is something he doesn't want to reveal. That was fine with the detective, and when he was informed that some private letters were involved and Wrixton absolutely needed them back, there was nothing more Quincannon needed in the way of background. As with so many of San Francisco's elite, the bedroom doors never seemed to stay shut.That was the easy part; far more difficult was the matter of the dead courier, murdered most foully in a locked room within a locked room, creating a trail that will take John Quincannon through most of San Francisco's less savory places and end with a riverboat trip that is anything but a relaxing cruise.

Echoes in death

February 22, 2017
Robb, J. D., 1950- author.
©2017
553 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman -- dazed, naked, and bloody -- stumbles out in front of their car. Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it's too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him 'the devil' ... While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn't point to the spouse." -- Back cover.

Brazen

February 22, 2017
Estleman, Loren D., author.
©2016
291 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"A killer is reenacting the deaths of Hollywood's blond bombshells, and Valentino must stop him before it's too late. UCLA film archivist and sometime film detective Valentino doesn't take friend and former actress Beata Limerick very seriously when she tells him that she quit acting because of the curse on blond actresses. Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Thelma Todd, Sharon Tate... they all had more fun, but none of them made it out of the business alive, and according to Limerick, she wasn't taking any chances. But when Valentino finds Beata's body staged the way Monroe was found, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" playing on repeat; he knows Limerick's death was no accident. Police detective Ray Padilla doesn't quite suspect Valentino is the killer, but he can't let him off that easy. After all, the film archivist seems to be involved in more than his share of intrigue and death, which makes him a prime suspect. But Valentino is also a walking encyclopedia of Hollywood knowledge. When another washed-up actress is killed, the crime scene a copy of Thelma Todd's last moments, Padilla enlists Valentino's help in catching a serial killer of doomed blondes before he can strike again."-- Provided by publisher.

Ghost times two

February 22, 2017
Hart, Carolyn G., author.
©2016
399 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Bailey Ruth Raeburn's latest mission is to guide the happy-go-lucky spirit of a deceased young man named Jimmy to the next life. But Jimmy is determined to watch over his still-living girlfriend, Megan, whom he wants to be happy even without him; which is easier said than done. As if being haunted by her late boyfriend wasn't enough, Megan is dealing with an arrogant, manipulative senior partner who threatens to fire Megan's vulnerable secretary if Megan accepts a partnership at another law firm. She's in an impossible bind. Since Jimmy refuses to move on while Megan is being blackmailed, Bailey Ruth agrees to help him. But after the partner turns up dead and Megan is found at the crime scene, Bailey Ruth and Jimmy have to find a way to uncover a killer before the love of Jimmy's life is ordered to spend a lifetime behind bars.

Presumption of guilt : a Joe Gunther novel

February 22, 2017
Mayor, Archer, author.
©2016
447 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"A forty-year-old skeleton is found encased in a concrete slab at a recently decommissioned nuclear energy site. It becomes a case for the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) and its leader, Joe Gunther, since they have the resources and the ability to investigate an old, very cold, missing persons case that has now been reclassified as murder. "-- Provided by publisher.

Rhythm & clues : an Odelia Grey mystery

February 22, 2017
Jaffarian, Sue Ann, 1952- author.
©2016
401 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
It's a rockin' flashback for Odelia Grey when her mother asks her to look into the disappearance of her neighbor Bo Shank, the former lead singer for a band Odelia idolized in her youth. But when a body is found in Bo Shank's house, everything quickly gets thrown out of tune.

The chocolate bunny brouhaha

February 22, 2017
Carl, JoAnna, author.
©2016
317 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"The approach of Easter means a rush of business at TenHuis Chocolade, and Lee and her aunt Nettie need all the help they can get to make their famous chocolate bunnies and eggs. Unfortunately, new hire Bunny Birdsong is a klutzy basket case, dropping everything she picks up. But to Lee's surprise, she's a wiz with computers and fixing the store's Web site so they decide to keep her. However, Bunny receives a few visitors they could do without: Her ex-husband, Beau; his wealthy aunt Abigail; and his new girlfriend and her brother all descend on the shop one day and have a bitter argument. Lee hopes they can find a peaceful way to settle their dispute and not bring any more trouble to TenHuis. But when Abigail's body is discovered in the vacant store next door, it's clear to Lee there's a bad egg in her midst."-- Provided by publisher.

A perilous undertaking : a Veronica Speedwell mystery

February 20, 2017
Raybourn, Deanna, author.
©2017
541 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Thorndike Press press large print basic."
Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, an establishment for daring women. There the mysterious Lady Sundridge begs her to take on an impossible task -- saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution.

The twenty-three : a Promise Falls novel

February 20, 2017
Barclay, Linwood, author.
©2016
625 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Thorndike Press large print basic".
"It's the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd, and the small town of Promise Falls, New York, has found itself in the midst of a full-blown catastrophe. Hundreds of people are going to the hospital with similar flu-like symptoms--and dozens have died. Investigators quickly zero in on the water supply. But the question for many, including private investigator Cal Weaver, remains: Who would benefit from a mass poisoning of this town? Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is faced with another problem. A college student has been murdered, and he's seen the killer's handiwork before--in the unsolved homicides of two other women in town. Suddenly, all the strange things that have happened in the last month start to add up ... Bloody mannequins found in car "23" of an abandoned Ferris wheel ... a fiery, out-of-control bus with "23" on the back, that same number on the hoodie of a man accused of assault ... The motive for harming the people of Promise Falls points to the number 23--and working out why will bring Duckworth closer to death than he's ever been before..." -- Provided by publisher.

So say the fallen

February 20, 2017
Neville, Stuart, 1972- author.
©2016
467 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Investigating her own suspicions about an injured car dealership owner's suicide, Belfast detective Serena Flanagan seeks the advice of a rector associated with the case only to discover that he is struggling with his own loss of faith and difficult personal challenges.

Coffin road

February 20, 2017
May, Peter, 1951- author.
©2016
503 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Thorndike Press large print reviewers' choice."
In his latest mystery set in Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, award-winning author Peter May spins a tale about three disparate cases that may or may not be linked...On the remote Isle of Harris in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, a man washes up on a deserted beach, hypothermic and completely disoriented. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his condition is a map of the island showing a desolate, ancient path called the Coffin Road. With a sense of dread and no clear idea what lies at the other end, he knows he must follow the trail if he has any hope of discovering his identity.Meanwhile, homicide detective George Gunn makes the rough ocean crossing to a remote, sea-battered lighthouse on a rock in the northern Atlantic, twenty miles west of the Outer Hebrides, to investigate a brutal murder. Despite its isolation, the tiny island has seen its share of tragedy: more than a century earlier, three lighthouse keepers disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again. And now there is a new tragedy, and Gunn must figure out what happened.At the same time, a teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father's death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist's suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that her father would willingly abandon her. And the more she discovers about the nature of his research, the more she suspects that suicide had nothing to do with it.

Under the midnight sun

February 20, 2017
Higashino, Keigo, 1958- author.
©2016
841 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
From the acclaimed international bestseller Keigo Higashino (The Devotion of Suspect X) comes a sweeping novel in the tradition of Les Miserables and Crime and Punishment. This is the compelling story of a brutal crime and the two teenagers&#x;Ryo, the son of the murdered man, and Yukiho, the daughter of the main suspect&#x;whose lives remain inextricably linked over the twenty-year search for the truth behind the crime. In Osaka in 1973, the body of a murdered man is found in an abandoned building. Investigating the crime, Detective SasagakI is unable to find the killer. Over the next twenty years, through the lens of a succession of characters, Higashino tells the story of two teens, Ryo and Yukiho, whose lives are most affected by the crime, and the obsessed detective, Sasagaki, who continues to investigate the murder, looking for the elusive truth. Under the Midnight Sun is a complex, psychological novel about crime and its after-effects by one the most read and most accomplished contemporary mystery author. A twisting, compelling work that will astonish and delight Higashino's old fans and new readers alike.

Death of a ghost

February 16, 2017
Beaton, M. C., author.
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing Large Print, 2017.
341 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Spending a night at the reputedly haunted Castle Drim, Hamish Macbeth and his partner, Charlie Carter, discover a dead body and a smuggler's drop and become determined to unravel the strange mystery before more bodies turn up.

Justice delayed

February 13, 2017
Bradley, Patricia (Educator), author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
447 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Journalist Andi Hollister and Cold Case Detective Will Kincade are strangers with a common goal--to find the person who killed Andi's sister"--Provided by publisher.

Ill met by murder

February 13, 2017
Duncan, Elizabeth J., author.
©2016
295 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax is enlisted by theater company supporter Paula Van Dusen to investigate the murder of a family friend who happens to be a business rival of her daughter's fiancé and throws herself into an investigation of shady business deals, a missing dog, and long buried family secrets"--Provided by publisher.

Heartbreak Hotel : an Alex Delaware novel

February 10, 2017
Kellerman, Jonathan, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
493 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
At nearly one hundred years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history. What Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questions --about guilt, patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection. When Alex asks the reason for her morbid fascination, Thalia promises to tell all during their next session. But when he shows up the following morning, he is met with silence: Thalia is dead in her room. When questions arise about how Thalia perished, Alex and homicide detective Milo Sturgis must peel back the layers of a fascinating but elusive woman's life and embark on one of the most baffling investigations either of them has ever experienced. For Thalia Mars is a victim like no other, an enigma who harbored nearly a century of secrets and whose life and death draw those around her into a vortex of violence.

The inheritance

February 10, 2017
Finch, Charles (Charles B.), author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
383 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
"A mysterious bequest of money leads to a murder in this new novel in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series whose last installment The New York Times called "a sterling addition to this well-polished series." Charles Lenox has received a cryptic plea for help from an old Harrow schoolmate, Gerald Leigh, but when he looks into the matter he finds that his friend has suddenly disappeared. As boys they had shared a secret: a bequest from a mysterious benefactor had smoothed Leigh's way into the world after the death of his father. Lenox, already with a passionate interest in detective work, made discovering the benefactor's identity his first case - but was never able to solve it. Now, years later, Leigh has been the recipient of a second, even more generous bequest. Is it from the same anonymous sponsor? Or is the money poisoned by ulterior motives? Leigh's disappearance suggests the latter, and as Lenox tries, desperately, to save his friend's life, he's forced into confrontations with both the most dangerous of east end gangs and the far more genteel denizens of the illustrious Royal Society. When someone close to the bequest dies, Lenox must finally delve deep into the past to uncover at last the identity of the person who is either his friend's savior - or his lethal enemy"-- Provided by publisher.

Clownfish blues : [a novel]

February 8, 2017
Dorsey, Tim, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, [2017].
481 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Sequel to: Coconut cowboy.
"Larger print"--back cover.
"If you're loud and proud Floridian Serge A. Storms, how do you follow up on your very own remake of Easy Rider? You shoot your own episodes of your favorite classic television show, Route 66! With Coleman riding shotgun, Serge is rolling down the highway of his dreams in a vintage silver Corvette. It doesn't matter that the actual Route 66 doesn't pass through Florida, for Serge discovers that a dozen episodes near the show's end were filmed (really!) in his beloved home state. So for Serge and the always toked and stoked Coleman, the Sunshine State is all the road you need to get your kicks. But their adventure traveling the byways of Florida's underbelly is about to take a detour. Someone is trying to tilt the odds in the state lottery amid a conga line of huge jackpots, resulting in more chaos than any hurricane season."--back cover.

The white mirror

February 3, 2017
Hart, Elsa, author.
©2016
489 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Li Du, an imperial librarian and former exile in 18th-century China, is now an independent traveler. He is journeying with a trade caravan bound for Lhasa when a detour brings them to a wooden bridge, where a monk sits on the icy planks. Close inspection reveals that he is dead. His robes are rent, and a strange symbol is painted on his chest. When the caravan seeks hospitality from the local lord, Li Du learns the monk was a reclusive painter whose bizarre suicide is not surprising. But Li Du is convinced that all is not as it seems." -- Back cover.

The Readaholics and the gothic gala : book club mystery

February 3, 2017
DiSilverio, Laura A. H., author.
©2016
389 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Reading the gothic classic Rebecca already has the Readaholics spooked, and the chills get worse when someone actually gives up the ghost at the town's Celebration of Gothic Novels costume party. With skeletons turning up in all of the suspects' closets, the Readaholics use their knowledge of gothic literature to find the killer lurking in the shadows.

Seeds of deception

February 3, 2017
Connolly, Sheila, author.
©2016
399 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
With the bushels of time spent organizing their wedding, Meg and Seth never planned a honeymoon. Now winter has arrived, and with their shared love of history and apples they head for Thomas Jefferson's orchards at Monticello. But as they're enjoying the sights, Meg's parents discover their handyman dead in the backyard.

Unlucky charms

February 3, 2017
Johnston, Linda O., author.
©2016
391 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Rory Chasen, manager of the Lucky Dog Boutique in Destiny, California, hopes her new line of good-luck doggy toys will be a hit -- until several local shops are vandalized with spilled salt and other unlucky charms. Then disgruntled real estate agent Flora Curtival is found murdered with one of Rory's toys near the body. Now Rory needs all the luck she can get.

A Christmas message

February 2, 2017
Perry, Anne, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
159 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Originally published: New York : Ballantine Books, 2016.
"When Victor Narraway and his new wife, Lady Vespasia, travel to Jerusalem for a Christmas holiday in 1900, an old man leaves a mysterious envelope for Narraway--and is murdered soon after. Armed only with the instructions from the message, they set out on a journey through the Holy Land...while their unknown enemy pursues them"-- Provided by publisher.

Right behind you : a novel

February 2, 2017
Gardner, Lisa, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
529 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
"Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash's older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters... Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah's older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun. All she knows for sure: He's back."-- Provided by publisher.

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