New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

April 26, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

DEROS : Date of Expected Return from Overseas

April 25, 2018
Vanek, John A., author.
290 pages ; 21 cm.
"A Father Jake Austin mystery."--Cover.
When Father Jake Austin is assigned to his hometown of Oberlin, Ohio, in July of 2002, he has been away for a long time. A physician and a war veteran before entering a Catholic seminary, he is now a member of the Camillian Order. He takes comfort in his vows of obedience, poverty, chastity, and service to the sick. Jake arrives just in time to attend his high school reunion, where an encoutner with his hight school sweetheart forces him to question his commitment to the priesthood. Before the night is over, one of his classmates will be dead, a second gravely wounded, and a third hospitalized. The carnage at the reunion comes on the heels of what appears to be an unrelated murder at the quarry. Overseeing the investigation is Jake's former football teammate, Chief of Police Tremont "Tree" Macon, who is unwilling to rule out anyone as a suspect, not even Jake. As he struggles to prove his innocence and to find his footing.

The marmalade murders

April 25, 2018
Duncan, Elizabeth J., author.
viii, 276 pages ; 22 cm.
The competition is friendly and just a little fierce at the annual Llanelen agricultural show. Town and country folk gather for the judging of farm animals, cakes, pies, vegetables, fruit, and more. Local artist and spa owner Penny Brannigan agrees to help with the intake of the domestic arts entries and to judge the children's pet competition on show day. Then the president of the Welsh Women's Guild disappears, and a carrot cake entered in the competition goes missing. A black Labrador Retriever discovers the body of the missing woman under the baked goods table. A newcomer to town, a transgender woman, is suspected. Penny sets out to find the real killer.

Alter ego

April 25, 2018
Freeman, Brian, 1963- author.
369 pages ; 24 cm
When a freak accident kills a driver on the remote roads outside Duluth, Jonathan Stride is disturbed to discover that the victim appears to be a ghost, with a false identity and no evidence to suggest who he really was. What's worse, the man has a gun locked in the trunk, and it has recently been fired. It's up to Stride to solve the mystery, but there are those who would stop at nothing to stop him.

The tea master and the detective

April 25, 2018
Bodard, Aliette de, author.
93 pages ; 21 cm
Jacket illustration by Maurizio Manzieri.
The Shadow's Child is a living mindship that was discharged from military transport service after an injury and now makes a living brewing mind-altering teas to help space travelers. When abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau requests a corpse from space for scientific study, the ship accepts the odd assignment. When the body she brings back turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow Child with her.

Behind the screen

April 25, 2018
Keats, Israel, author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2018]
97 pages ; 19 cm.
When high school sophomore Hannah discovers that her sister Alexis, a senior, is involved with someone she met online, Hannah tries to learn if it is a scam.

The house

April 25, 2018
Drake, Raelyn, author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2018]
95 pages ; 20 cm.
On a dare, Grace, Kat, and Damien agree to spend an hour in a house rumored to be haunted, and their scientific investigation reveals hidden truths.


April 25, 2018
Acton, Vanessa, author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2018]
94 pages ; 19 cm.
When "The Kid" that high schooler Nick sees from the bus every day disappears, Nick and former friend Ava investigate to learn if something is wrong.

The turnaround

April 25, 2018
Martin, R. T., 1988- author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2018]
94 pages ; 19 cm.
When the struggling Mason High Lions baseball team suddenly starts winning after many disappointing seasons, Avery and his friend Katie investigate whether someone is cheating.

Antique blues

April 24, 2018
Cleland, Jane K., author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
291 pages ; 22 cm.
When amateur sleuth and antiques expert Josie Prescott is called in to appraise a Japanese woodblock print and vintage guitar for her friend Mo, she's thrilled--until Mo is murdered. It doesn't take her long to pinpoint one suspect: Mo's sister's manipulative boyfriend, who sold her the print-and has now, conveniently, disappeared. Josie's antiques know-how and detective skills soon lead her down an increasingly perplexing trail, scattered with gamblers, extramarital affairs, and under-the-table purchases. Readers will relish a return to Rocky Point with Josie as she works together with her friends--the ambitious young reporter Wes Smith, and Rocky Point's savvy police chief, Ellis Hunter--to sift through the conflicting stories around them and find Mo's

Antiques wanted

April 24, 2018
Allan, Barbara, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2018.
216 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.
After Vivian decides to run for county sheriff and Brandy agrees to be the campaign manager, a massive explosion sends Brandy to the ER and and kills the elderly aunt of Vivian's political opponent, putting Brandy and her mother on the trail of a killer.

The glass room

April 24, 2018
Cleeves, Ann, author.
373 pages ; 22 cm.
First published in Great Britain by Pan Books.
"DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbors keep her well-supplied in homebrew and conversation, and somehow bonds have formed. When one of them goes missing, Vera tracks the young woman down to the Writers' House, a country retreat where aspiring authors work on their stories. Things get complicated when a body is discovered, and Vera's neighbor is found with a knife in her hand. Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over. She's too close to the main suspect. But the investigation is too tempting, and she's never been one to follow the rules. Somewhere there is a killer who has taken murder off the page and is making it real"-- Provided by publisher.

Hide and sneak

April 24, 2018
McKevett, G. A., author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2018.
277 pages ; 22 cm.
Savannah Reid of the Midnight Magnolia Detective Agency takes on the case of a rising-star actor whose wife and toddler went missing right before their nanny was found murdered.

Undercurrents : a Faye Longchamp mystery

April 24, 2018
Evans, Mary Anna, author.
viii, 332 pages ; 23 cm.
In Undercurrents , the eleventh Faye Longchamp Mystery, Faye has traveled to Memphis, a city steeped in music, poverty, history, and the smoky tang of barbecue. She's there working alone to do an assessment of a site, welcome work for her small archaeological consulting firm. When Faye spies a child too young to be wandering along a creek alone, she follows the girl. A day later she uncovers a dying woman, buried alive near a spot where Kali might well be hiding. Nobody would blame Faye for running hard, but she can't make herself leave Kali, the woman's now orphaned daughter, who might be in danger. She's not welcomed by the people in Kali's struggling community, nor by the police working the crime. Yet she stays, for Kali, and for the bereaved who need her to communicate their fears to a police department that they trust even less than they trust Faye. When they confide rumors of other women beaten to death by a man so obsessed with burial that he places fresh flowers in their cold hands, Faye begs the police to widen the investigation to seek a serial killer. They refuse. Faye's gut is telling her that a monster is stalking Memphis, endangering the child she has come to love. If the police can't catch him, then she will have no choice but to try to find him herself.

White rabbit

April 24, 2018
Roehrig, Caleb, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2018.
329 pages ; 22 cm
Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian-the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to "talk." Things couldn't get worse, right? Then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. He and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney. April swears she didn't kill Fox. Rufus knows her too well to believe she's telling him the whole truth, but April has something he needs. Her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can't stop loving, Rufus has one night to clear his sister's name...or die trying.--Provided by Publisher.

The 17th suspect

April 23, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
348 pages ; 24 cm.
A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant's tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself. The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction, and gets inside Lindsay in dangerous ways. She suffers unsettling medical symptoms, and her friends and confidantes in the Women's Murder Club warn Lindsay against taking the crimes too much to heart. With lives at stake, the detective can't help but follow the case into ever more terrifying terrain. A decorated officer, loving wife, devoted mother, and loyal friend, Lindsay's unwavering integrity has never failed her. But now she is confronting a killer who is determined to undermine it all.

Death of a cookbook author

April 23, 2018
Hollis, Lee, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
315 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes recipe index.
"Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley's kitchen!"--Back cover.
When Hayley's idol, cookbook author and TV personality Penelope Janice, invites her to participate in a Fourth of July celebrity cook-off at her seaside estate in Seal Harbor, Maine, Hayley couldn't be more flattered. She just hopes she can measure up. With a who's who of famous chefs whipping up their signature dishes, this holiday weekend has all the ingredients for a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience.

Expiration date

April 23, 2018
Delaney, Devon, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
332 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes recipes from Sherry's kitchen.
With contestants from Maine to California and a ten-thousand-dollar prize at stake, Sherry’s latest competition, hosted by the CEO of an organic food company, is sure to be heated. But she’s more than ready to step up to the stove. After all, she did win the award for Most Creative Cupcake back in high-school.Today, she’s hoping her flavorful pork tenderloin will sway the judges. Instead, it seems someone’s decided to slay one of the judges . . .--Back cover.

Murder in the locked library

April 23, 2018
Adams, Ellery, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
307 pages : map ; 18 cm.
When a collection of unusual bones and the remains of a very old book are unearthed during Storyton Halls renovations, resulting in an unexpected historical mystery and a murder, manager Jane Steward investigates.

Murder most fermented

April 23, 2018
Blum, Christine E., author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
282 pages ; 18 cm.
"When New York transplant Annie 'Halsey' Hall starts digging for her tiny SoCal dream vineyard off Rose Avenue, the last thing she expects to unearth is an elderly woman. Between decanting chardonnays and rosés, Halsey and the women of the Wine Club pour over the list of suspects. Could the old woman have bottlenecked her great grandson's latest scheme? Was it a case of super sour grapes with the local historical society? Or did a devious developer close a killer deal? With the help of the Wine Club and her enthusiastic yellow lab, Bardot, Halsey must untangle the twisted tendrils of the mystery to clear her name and end a murderer’s reign of terroir..."--Back cover.

The garden of blue roses

April 20, 2018
Barsa, Michael, author.
Sumner, WA : Underland Press, an imprint of Resurrection House, 2018.
226 pages ; 22 cm
The adult son of an acclaimed horror writer is forced to confront his family's past after the "accidental" death of his parents.

A handful of ashes

April 20, 2018
McCarthy, Rob, author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2018.
373 pages ; 24 cm
After a suspended whistle blower at a hospital is found dead in an apparent suicide, medical examiner Dr. Harry Kent and detective Frankie Noble discover that she was actually murdered and try to unlock the secrets that led to her death.

The next girl

April 20, 2018
Kovach, Carla, author.
299 pages ; 20 cm
"Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again ... Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. The newborn belongs to Deborah. She's still alive."--Page [4] of cover.

The terrorist next door

April 20, 2018
Siegel, Sheldon (Sheldon M.)
[California] : Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc., ©2013.
311, 14 pages ; 23 cm
Someone is setting off fire bombs in Chicago in stolen cars using untraceable cell phones. The international terror channels are silent. A group calling itself the Islamic Freedom Federation demands the release of Hassan Al-Shahid, a graduate student whose plan to set off a bomb at the Art Institute was thwarted by Detective David Gold and his long-time partner, Detective Paul Liszewski. Gold, a third generation native of South Chicago, the hardscrabble neighborhood of steel mills, smokestacks, and steeples near the Indiana border, is one of Chicago's most decorated detectives. He is still suffering from the aftereffects of Liszewski's death when he receives a Medal of Valor at the Art Institute. During the ceremony, a car bomb is detonated across the street, killing a passerby and Gold receives a cryptic text: "It isn't over." It's just the beginning. Untraceable car bombs detonate at the Wrigley Field El station, Millennium Park, the Museum of Science and Industry, O'Hare, Hyde Park, and Rush Street. Chicago PD, the FBI and Homeland Security can't trace the bomber. Gold and his new partner, Detective A.C. Battle--a native of Mississippi whose family moved to Chicago to escape the Jim Crow South--are drawn into a desperate cat-and-mouse game against a brilliant mind.

Shadow suspect

April 20, 2018
Logan, Patrick T., author.
Columbia, S.C. : Patrick Logan, 2018.
243 pages ; 22 cm.
Three women have been stripped naked, their throats slashed. Someone has put duct tape across their mouths and propped their eyes open. Fresh off her first case, FBI Agent Chase Adams finds herself on the road again, this time with a new partner. But before she can even arrive in Chicago, the killer strikes again, bringing the victim total to four. To make matters worse, the killer seems to be taunting Chase, leaving a trail of confusing evidence that leads to nowhere. The local PD is convinced that they're looking for a single suspect, a man who charms his way into women's homes before seducing and murdering them. Chase, however, isn't so sure. There's a shadow lurking, a suspect hanging just outside her periphery, one that may or may not be a demon from her own past. One thing is for certain, if Chase doesn't get her act together and catch the killer soon, she may very well become the fifth victim.

The dark side of town

April 19, 2018
Hill, Sasscer, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, [2018]
308 pages ; 22 cm
McKee, now officially employed by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TPRB), is sent undercover to Saratoga Racetrack to investigate Mars Pizutti, a racehorse trainer whose horses' wins are suspiciously lucky--and lucrative. Fia's bosses believe Pizutti's success is based on illegal drugs and deceitful methods, and they want Fia to work inside his barn to ferret out the truth. But after witnessing the tragic and inexplicable suicide of a jockey, Fia discovers the rider's death is only the tip on an iceberg.

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