New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

July 4, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

This side of midnight : a John Bekker mystery

July 3, 2015
Lamanda, Al, author.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
265 pages ; 23 cm
"John Bekker is called back to action when his close friend Sheriff Jane Morgan seeks his help with a perplexing mystery. Norman Felton, a resident of Midnight Island, drove his car to the mainland county high school and, in an out-of-control rage, beat an exchange student nearly to death with a baseball bat before being shot by sheriff's deputies. Felton's fourteen-year-old daughter Amanda is missing, and with each passing day the odds of finding her grow slimmer. Bekker works around the clock ferreting out details until slowly the puzzle comes together and he makes a shocking discovery that will take him to a dark and dangerous place."-- Provided by publisher.

Pretty is : a novel

July 2, 2015
Mitchell, Maggie, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
306 pages ; 22 cm
"When precocious Lois and pretty Carly May were twelve years old, they were kidnapped, driven across the country, and held in an Adirondack hunting lodge for two months. [This debut novel explores] the repercussions of that formative summer, when two girls who previously did not know each other shared an experience that would shape all their days to come"-- Provided by publisher.

Bell weather : a novel

July 2, 2015
Mahoney, Dennis, 1974- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
384 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Map on lining papers.
When Tom Orange rescues a mysterious young woman from a flooded river, he senses that their fates will deeply intertwine. At first, she claims to remember nothing, and rumor animates Root-an isolated settlement deep in a strange wilderness. Benjamin Knox, the town doctor, attends to her recovery and learns her name is Molly. As the town inspects its young visitor, she encounters a world teeming with wonders and oddities. She also hears of the Maimers, masked thieves who terrorize the surrounding woods. As dark forces encircle the town, the truth of Molly's past spills into the present. A desperate voyage. A genius brother. A tragedy she hasn't fully escaped. Molly and Tom must then decide between surviving apart or risking everything together. Dennis Mahoney's Bell Weather is an otherworldly and kinetic story that blends history, fantasy, mystery, and adventure, to mesmerizing effect.

Bull Mountain

July 2, 2015
Panowich, Brian.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
290 pages ; 24 cm
"Brian Panowich stamps words on the page as if they've been blasted from the barrel of a shotgun, and as with a shotgun blast, no one is safe from the scattered fragments of history that impale the people of Bull Mountain."-Wiley Cash, New York Times-bestselling author of This Dark Road to Mercy. The Godfather meets Daniel Woodrell in this Southern debut, a multigenerational saga of crime, family, and vengeance. Clayton Burroughs comes from a long line of outlaws. For generations, the Burroughs clan has made their home on Bull Mountain in North Georgia, running shine, pot, and meth over six state lines, virtually untouched by the rule of law. To distance himself from his family's criminal empire, Clayton took the job of sheriff in a neighboring community to keep what peace he can. But when a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms shows up at Clayton's office with a plan to shut down the mountain, his hidden agenda will pit brother against brother, test loyalties, and could lead Clayton down a path to self-destruction"-- Provided by publisher.

Sleeping dogs

July 2, 2015
Mogford, Thomas, author.
©2015.
248 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"An old friend persuades Gibraltarian lawyer Spike Sanguinetti to take a well-earned rest on Corfu's beautiful north-east coast. But when the bloodied body of a young Albanian is found and a local man accused of his murder, Spike reluctantly agrees to take the case. Beneath the island's veneer of wealth and privilege Spike uncovers truths so damaging that those involved will go to any lengths to protect them. And when a vulnerable young woman disappears, Spike knows that there are some sleeping dogs he cannot let lie" -- from dust jacket flap.

The fraud

July 2, 2015
Parks, Brad, 1974- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
345 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Carter Ross mystery"--Jacket.
"A rash of carjackings terrorizing Newark become newsworthy when one such theft ends in the murder of a wealthy banking executive. The affable, wisecracking Ross is assigned the story, but he's weary of only writing about victims of crime who happen to be rich and white. To balance his reporting, he finds a Nigerian immigrant of more modest means who was also killed during a recent carjacking. When it turns out the two victims knew each other, sharing an unexplained round of golf at a tony country club shortly before their deaths, Carter is plunged onto the trail of a deadly band of car thieves that includes a sociopathic ex-convict"-- Provided by publisher.

Fast shuffle

July 2, 2015
Black, David, 1945- author.
New York : Forge, 2015.
349 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Harry always looks on the bright side of things--until the day he stumbles into a situation that leads to darkness, danger, and death. Now Harry doesn't know if he's tracking a killer or if the killer is tracking him and his assistant Friday, the only woman he has ever loved. Turning to the authorities only makes things worse. With Harry and Friday on the run--hunted by the police, the killer, and even Harry's friends and relatives--the chances for survival look grim"-- Provided by publisher.

Looking through darkness

July 2, 2015
Thurlo, Aimée, author.
New York : Forge, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2015.
299 pages ; 22 cm
"Few writers have captured the flavor of the American Southwest better than Aimee and David Thurlo, in both mysteries and romantic suspense. Josephine Buck runs a trading post just off the Navajo Reservation. Widow Leigh Ann Vance is Jo's right-hand-woman, filling the emptiness in her own life. Shortly after her husband, Kurt, was killed, Leigh Ann discovered he had been having a string of affairs. Leigh Ann's trust issues affect her feelings for blind sculptor Melvin Littlewater. Kurt's business partners accuse Leigh Ann of helping Kurt embezzle and the police wonder if Leigh Ann killed him. When she turns to Melvin for help, she finds him fighting his own demons, haunted by memories of a young girl he saw moments before the car crash that cost him his sight. Together, Leigh Ann and Melvin delve into the darkest moments of their pasts, searching for truth and light"-- Provided by publisher.

The naked eye : a novel

July 1, 2015
Johansen, Iris, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
325 pages ; 25 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"How can you catch a killer when everyone thinks he's dead? Kendra Michaels was instrumental in bringing serial killer Eric Colby to justice. And yet, despite his apparent execution at San Quentin, Kendra is convinced that Colby is still alive. The problem is that she can't prove it. Even her razor-sharp powers of observation-developed to an amazing capacity during the twenty years she spent blind and now in constant demand by law enforcement agencies-have gotten her nowhere. But then a reporter who very publicly humiliated Kendra is murdered. Visiting the crime scene in search of anything that might link the brutal homicide to Colby, Kendra instead finds evidence that points to her. Finally Colby's master plan becomes clear to her: he is framing Kendra for murder.Suspicions mount and Kendra is thrust into deadly pursuit to clear her name and catch the killer no one believes exists anymore. A killer who is always nearby, watching, waiting to make his next move, even as everyone believes him to be dead. A killer whose trail of destruction is invisible to the naked eye, despite the carnage he leaves in his wake. It will take everything Kendra has to find and stop Colby-and save her own life one more time"-- Provided by publisher.

The bones of you

July 1, 2015
Howells, Debbie, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2015.
313 pages ; 22 cm
I have a gardener's inherent belief in the natural order of things. Soft-petalled flowers that go to seed. The resolute passage of the seasons. Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer. Children who don't die before their parents. A community in shock When eighteen-year-old Rosie Anderson disappears, the idyllic village where she lived will never be the same again. Local gardener Kate is struck with guilt. She'd come to know Rosie well, and thought she understood her - perhaps better even than Rosie's own mother. A family torn apart Rosie was beautiful, kind and gentle. She came from a loving family and she had her whole life ahead of her. Who could possibly want to harm her? And why? A keeper of secrets Kate is convinced the police are missing something. She's certain that someone in the village knows more than they're letting on.

Spellcasting in silk

July 1, 2015
Blackwell, Juliet, author.
New York : Obsidian, an imprint of New American Library, [2015]
328 pages ; 17 cm
"Lily would like nothing better than to relax, enjoy her friends, and take care of business at her store, which is booming thanks to San Francisco's upcoming Summer of Love Festival. But as the unofficial witchy consultant to the SFPD, she is pulled into yet another case. A woman has jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, and her apparent suicide may be connected to a suspicious botanica in the Mission District. When the police investigate the shop, they ask Lily to look into its mysterious owner, whose granddaughter also appears to be missing. As Lily searches for the truth, she finds herself confronted with a confounding mystery and some very powerful magic" -- provided by publisher.

Wound up in murder

July 1, 2015
Hechtman, Betty, 1947-
New York : Berkley, 2015.
291 pages ; 18 cm
"With two yarn retreats in the bag, Casey is looking forward to running her third one at Cadbury by the Sea's Vista Del Mar hotel on the Monterey Peninsula. This time, each knitter will get a Mystery Bag of knitting materials to turn into a personal project. But Casey gets tangled up in another retreat at the same hotel, when the organizer and his wife have a very public spat. As Casey is delivering her baked goods later that night, she finds the woman dead in the bushes with a magician's silk scarf nearby--just like the scarf Casey's ex-boyfriend, Sammy, used during his magic act at the retreat. As Sammy takes center stage as the prime suspect, Casey and her friends will have to stitch together the clues before the real killer pulls a disappearing act" -- provided by publisher.

A study in death

July 1, 2015
Huber, Anna Lee.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
viii, 323 pages ; 24 cm
Seeking a respite from her pregnant sister's wedding plans in 19th-century Scotland, Lady Kiera Darby accepts a commission to paint the portrait of an abused baroness who is subsequently murdered.

Dead men don't eat cookies

July 1, 2015
Lowell, Virginia, author.
New York, NY : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
294 pages ; 17 cm
"Olivia's mom, Ellie, is always cooking up new schemes, but her latest idea has Livie and Maddie especially excited. Ellie's converting an old boarding house into an arts and crafts school--one that, of course, houses a kitchen for those interested in baking. But right as renovations start, the workers discover a pile of bones buried within the boarding house's walls, evidence of a long forgotten crime. A silver necklace with a cookie cutter charm is found within the remains, convincing one of the workers that the bones are the remains of her father, who's been missing for over five years. Of course, Livie and Maddie can't resist the allure of investigating. But they're about to discover that digging up the secrets of the past can be deadly dangerous" -- provided by publisher.

The witch of Bourbon Street : [a novel]

June 30, 2015
Palmieri, Suzanne.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
ix, 324 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from cover.
"Situated deep in the Louisiana bayou is the formerly opulent Sorrow Estate. Once home to a magical family-the Sorrows-it now sits in ruins, ever since a series of murders in 1902 shocked the entire community. Now the ghosts of girls in white dresses shift in and out of view, stuck in time as they live out the past on repeat. When Frances Green Sorrow is born carrying the "signs" of the so-called chosen one, it is believed she will bring her family back from the brink of obscurity, finally resurrecting the glory of what it once was and setting the Sorrows ghosts free. But Frances is no savior. Fleeing from heartbreak, she seeks solace in the seductive chaos of New Orleans, only to end up married too young in an attempt to live an ordinary life. When her marriage falls apart shortly after having a son, she returns home again-alone-just out of reach from the prying eyes of her family. But when her son disappears, she is forced to rejoin the world she left behind, exposing her darkest secret in order to find him and discovering the truth of what really happened that fateful year in the process. Set amidst the colorful charm of The French Quarter and remote bayous of Tivoli Parish, Louisiana, Suzanne Palmieri's The Witch of Bourbon Street is a story of family, redemption, and forgiveness. Because sometimes, the most important person you have to forgive.... is yourself"-- Provided by publisher.

Death in Brittany

June 30, 2015
Bannalec, Jean-Luc, 1966- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
318 pages : map ; 22 cm
Translation of: Bretonische Verhältnisse.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Commissaire Georges Dupin, a Parisian-born caffeine junkie recently relocated from the glamour of Paris to the remote (if picturesque) Breton coast, is not happy when he is dragged from his morning croissant and coffee to the scene of a curious murder. The local village of Pont-Aven--a sleepy community by the sea where everyone knows one other and nothing much seems to happen--is in shock. The legendary ninety-one-year-old hotelier Pierre-Louis Pennec, owner of the Central Hotel, has been found dead"--Dust jacket flap.

A batter of life and death : [a bakeshop mystery]

June 30, 2015
Alexander, Ellie, author.
New York : St Martin's Press, 2015.
296 pages ; 17 cm.
Subtitle from cover.
"Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for... It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon-'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally. Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered-death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?" -- provided by publisher.

The lady and the wolf

June 30, 2015
Myers, Steven J., author.
©2015
132 pages ; 21 cm
"Librarian, Becky Heyward is trapped in an S & M sexual relationship with a vicious drug dealer. Her life is nearly ruined, her last hope is tough guy detective, Joe Andrews. He will do anything for her short of the one solution she knows will work: murder"--Page [4] of cover.

A case of love and squalor

June 30, 2015
Myers, Steven J., author.
©2014
273 pages ; 23 cm
"Someone is shooting dogs. Private detective Joe Andrews finds himself escaping an angry husband by climbing out a window. Outside, he runs into the police who are after the dog-killer, then undergoes a vicious grilling by two corrupt cops, and is thrown into a foul cell in the city jail. But the next day he is suddenly freed. His benefactor is the rich and powerful Harold Forrest, who hires Andrews to seize some explicit pornographic videos of Forrest's beautiful drug-addled granddaughter, Esme. When Andrews agrees, he is caught up in a rushing stream of events that involve a striking woman tormented by voices, the local gangster, and a vicious gang of kidnappers and drug-dealing pornographers who commit rape and murder without a qualm. Even as the clock ticks, and in spite of his best intentions, Andrews becomes involved with Esme. Will he be able to save Esme--and himself? and what evil is behind the dog killings?"--Page [4] of cover.

The insect farm

June 29, 2015
Prebble, Stuart.
New York : Mulholland Books, 2015.
311 p. ; 25 cm.
"Originally published in Great Britain by Alma Books, March 2015"--T.p. verso.
When twenty-year-old Jonathan Maguire wakes up in a pool of blood and with a dead body beside him, his shock and grief quickly turn to panic. Being arrested for murder will prevent him from fulfilling the promise he made to his parents - that after their death he would take care of Roger, his mentally handicapped older brother. Roger lives in a strange and complex world of his own creation - populated by millions of tiny insects - his insect farm. As the police move in, it emerges that Roger may know far more than he has revealed...

Somebody I used to know

June 29, 2015
Bell, David, 1969 November 17-
New York : New American Library, [2015]
415 pages ; 22 cm
"When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire twenty years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off. The next morning the police show up at Nick's house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She's been found dead, murdered in a local motel, with Nick's name and address on a piece of paper in her pocket. Convinced there's a connection between the two women, Nick enlists the help of his college friend Laurel Davidson to investigate the events leading up to the night of Marissa's death. But the young woman's murder is only the beginning .and the truths Nick uncovers may make him wish he never doubted the lies"-- Provided by publisher.

Folly

June 26, 2015
Cameron, Stella, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Crème de la Crime, 2015.
199 pages ; 23 cm
"An Alex Duggins mystery"--Cover.
Following the breakdown of her marriage, Alex Duggins has returned to her picturesque hometown of Folly-on-Weir in the Cotswolds in order to start afresh. But you can't outrun the past, as Alex is about to discover when she stumbles across a frosted corpse buried in the snow. The subsequent murder investigation threatens to unearth old secrets - including Alex's own. As Folly-on-Weir braces for a chilling winter and Alex finds herself top of the police's suspect list, she determines to clear her name and find the real murderer. But as she begins to peel back the layers of deception that have long-concealed one of the town's darkest secrets, she herself becomes the target of a ruthless killer who has nothing left to lose. Will Alex be the next snow-covered body to be found in the beautiful hills above the town? .

Run you down

June 26, 2015
Dahl, Julia, 1977- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
280 pages ; 25 cm.
"New York City tabloid reporter Rebekah Roberts knows almost nothing about the mother who abandoned her as an infant. Aviva Kagan was just a teenager when she left her Hasidic Jewish life in Brooklyn for a fling with a college boy from Florida - and then disappeared. When Rebekah hears about a young Hasidic mother found dead in her bathtub in upstate New York, she thinks there might be a story in it. And as she looks closer, she discovers that the woman once knew Aviva's younger brother, Sam. Rebekah realizes she might finally be in a position to meet her mother, but the more she learns about the woman's death, the more she begins to fear that Sam might be a ticking time bomb - whose anger is aimed at the strict Jewish community he left behind. In the sequel to her Edgar Award-nominated Invisible City, Julia Dahl has created another powerful novel, at once an examination of the demons we inherit and a taut mystery that will grip readers from the opening page to the stunning conclusion"-- Provided by publisher.

Scam chowder

June 26, 2015
Corrigan, Maya, author.
New York : Kensington Publishing, 2015.
313 pages ; 17 cm.

A thorn among the lilies

June 26, 2015
Hiebert, Michael, author.
New York, New York : Kensington Books, ©2015.
292 pages ; 21 cm.
Detective Leah Teal is privy to most of the secrets in her hometown of Alvin, but there are always surprises to be had. Like the day she agrees to take her daughter, Caroline, to see a psychic for a reading. The psychic hones in on Leah instead, hinting at a string of guresome killings and insisting that she intervene to prevent more deaths. When you go looking for trouble, you never know how much you'll find. Sure enough, the psychic's scant clues lead Leah to a cold case from six years ago, when a young woman was found shot to death, her eyelids sewn shut. As Leah digs deeper into the old files, a second unsolved case surfaces with the same grisly pattern. While her shrewd young son, Abe, observes from the sidelines, Leah races to prevent another horrific murder, unaware of just how deep the roots of evil can go.

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