New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

November 20, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Odna pomolvka na troikh

November 19, 2014
Kulikova, Galina, author.
©2014
282 pages ; 21 cm
In her thirties, Agatha must decide if it is better to wait for real love or settle for what is convenient.

Private India : city on fire

November 19, 2014
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
372 pages ; 24 cm
When Santosh Wagh isn't struggling out of a bottle of whisky he's head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world's finest PI agency. In a city of over thirteen million he has his work cut out at the best of times. But now someone is killing women--seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes. As Santosh and his team race to find the killer, an even greater danger faces Private India--a danger that could threaten the lives of thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens.

Abracadaver : an Esther Diamond novel

November 18, 2014
Resnick, Laura, 1962-
New York : Daw Books, 2014
328 p. ; 18 cm.
"An Esther Diamond novel".
Finally catching a break, struggling actress Esther Diamond, while guest starring on a TV crime drama, discovers that her NYPD detective boyfriend's new partner is involved in the supernatural reanimation of the deceased downtown and must find a way to stop him.

Another one bites the dust

November 17, 2014
Green, Chris Marie.
New York : Roc, c2014.
403 p. ; 18 cm.
Some people think that ghosts are spirits that refuse to go to the other side because they have unfinished business. Take my word-- that's true. I should know. I'm a ghost. I was an ordinary eighties California girl, dead before my time, until psychic Amanda Lee Minter pulled me out of the time loop where I was reliving my death over and over. Now I'm Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire. I decided to put my spooky talents to use in helping Amanda Lee track down bad guys and killers (including my own). It's taken time to figure out exactly how that will work (our first case was definitely a learning experience for all involved), so when a young woman asks Amanda Lee for help convincing her best friend to leave a dangerously hot-tempered boyfriend, I'm ready and willing to use our collective powers on her behalf. But some people are dangerous not only to the living-- especially when there are darker forces involved....

The perfect mother : a novel

November 17, 2014
Darnton, Nina.
New York : Plume, 2014.
242 pages ; 21 cm
"When an American exchange student is accused of murder, her mother will stop at nothing to save her. A midnight phone call shatters Jennifer Lewis's carefully orchestrated life. Her daughter, Emma, who's studying abroad in Spain, has been arrested after the brutal murder of another student. Jennifer rushes to her side, certain the arrest is a terrible mistake and determined to do whatever is necessary to bring Emma home. But as she begins to investigate the crime, she starts to wonder whether she ever really knew her daughter. The police charge Emma, and the press leaps on the story, exaggerating every sordid detail. One by one, Emma's defense team, her father, and finally even Jennifer begin to have doubts. A novel of suspense, The Perfect Mother probes the dark side of parenthood and the complicated bond between mothers and daughters. "-- Provided by publisher.

Hope to die : the return of Alex Cross

November 14, 2014
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
374, 10 pages ; 25 cm.
"The return of Alex Cross"--Jacket.
"Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross's family--his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children--have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The stakes have never been higher: What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves?" -- from publisher's web site.

Betrayed : a Rosato & Associates novel

November 14, 2014
Scottoline, Lisa, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
343 pages ; 25 cm.
"The women of Rosato & Associates return, after the relaunch of the series that started with Accused. This second entry, Betrayed, stars Judy Carrier, who has had the starring role in only one previous Rosato book. When Betrayed opens, Judy Carrier finds herself at a crossroads in her life. Her best friend, Mary DiNunzio, has just become partner and is about to become a bride, leaving Judy vaguely out of sorts. She's not jealous, but she's not happy either and she's wondering where her own career and love life are going. To make matters worse, she is rocked to her emotional foundations when she learns that her beloved Aunt Vicky has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She races to her aunt's side, and so does Judy's mother, only to find that her aunt is dealing with the sudden death of a friend who had been helping her through chemo. The friend, Emelia Juarez, was an undocumented worker at a local farm, but her death doesn't look natural at all, to Judy. Judy begins to investigate, following a path that leads her into an underground world far more dangerous than she ever imagined. Judy has to dig to uncover what happened to Emelia, and at the same time unearth the secrets in her own family"-- Provided by publisher.

The murder of Harriet Krohn

November 14, 2014
Fossum, Karin, 1954-
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
242 pages ; 24 cm.
"First published with the title Drapet på Harriet Krohn Harriet Krohn in 2004 by Cappelen Damm AS, Oslo" -- Title pages verso.
"On a wet, gray night in early November, Charlo Torp, a former gambler who's only recently kicked the habit, makes his way through the slush to Harriet Krohn's apartment, flowers in his hand. Certain that paying off his debt is the only path to starting a new life and winning his daughter Julie's forgiveness, Charlo plans to rob the wealthy old woman's antique silver collection. What he doesn't expect is for her to put up a fight. The following morning Harriet is found dead, her antique silver missing, and the only clue Inspector Sejer and his team find in the apartment is an abandoned bouquet. Charlo should feel relieved, but he's heard of Sejer's amazing record--the detective has solved every case he's ever been assigned to. Sure that Sejer is inching steadily closer to the truth, Charlo does everything he can think of to keep from getting caught as he desperately tries to reconcile with Julie in this thrilling new addition to an acclaimed series. "-- Provided by publisher.

Wink of an eye

November 14, 2014
Chandler-Willis, Lynn, 1960-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
viii, 292 pages ; 22 cm
"A mystery"--Cover.
"On the run from a double-cross, Las Vegas private investigator Gypsy Moran shows up unexpectedly at his sister Rhonda's house in Wink, Texas. She introduces Gypsy to one of her former students, 12-year-old Tatum McCallen, who is in need of Gypsy's services. Tatum wants to hire Gypsy to investigate his father Ryce's alleged suicide. His dad was a deputy with the Sheriff's department and was found hanged in their backyard. Tatum believes his father was murdered after he went inquiring after the disappearance of several teenage girls, all undocumented immigrants. Against his better judgment, Gypsy agrees to snoop around to see what he can find. Between dealing with his now married high school sweetheart, a sexy reporter, and hostile police officers, Gypsy has his work cut out for him. Lynn Chandler Willis' Wink of an Eye is a strong addition to a long list of The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) Competition winners that includes Steve Hamilton and Michael Koryta"-- Provided by publisher.

Want you dead

November 14, 2014
James, Peter, 1948- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
405 pages ; 25 cm.
"The next thrilling installment in the international bestselling Roy Grace series"--Jacket flap.
"Single girl, 33, redhead and smouldering, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and--who knows--more maybe? In Peter James' Want You Dead, thirty-year old Red Cameron meets handsome, charming and rich thirty-five year old Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, and is instantly attracted to him. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past begins to emerge, and with it his dark side. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror. Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But far from being over, her nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed and besotted with her. He intends to destroy, by fire, everything and everyone she has ever known and loved--and then her, too. It's up to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace to stop him before it's too late" -- from publisher's web site.

A song to die for

November 14, 2014
Blakely, Mike.
New York : Forge, 2014
352 p. ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."

The skeleton road

November 14, 2014
McDermid, Val, author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2014]
406 pages ; 24 cm
"In the center of historic Edinburgh, builders are preparing to convert a disused Victorian Gothic building into luxury flats. They are understandably surprised to find skeletal remains hidden in a high pinnacle that hasn't been touched by maintenance for years. But who do the bones belong to, and how did they get there? Could the eccentric British pastime of free climbing the outside of buildings play a role? Enter cold case detective Karen Pirie, who gets to work trying to establish the corpse's identity. And when it turns out that the bones may be from as far away as former Yugoslavia, Karen will need to dig deeper than she ever imagined into the tragic history of the Balkans: to war crimes and their consequences, and ultimately to the notion of what justice is and who serves it"-- from publisher's web site.

The Cinderella murder : an under suspicion novel

November 13, 2014
Clark, Mary Higgins.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
303 pages ; 24 cm.
"Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program--a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected--is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode. Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan's boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Why was Susan so concerned about her roommate's infatuation with a new-age religious sect? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered? With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood's elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen--but is Cinderella's murderer ready for a close-up?"--Book jacket.

A tightly raveled mind

November 11, 2014
Lawson, Diane.
El Paso, Texas : Cinco Puntos Press, 2014.
281 pages ; 23 cm
"Sigmund Freud would have liked a mixed-up dish like Dr. Nora Goodman, a sexy forty-something psychoanalyst with whacko rich patients who can't seem to allow themselves happiness, love or success. She's not exactly a steady customer herself, born to a ranting bipolar Talmud scholar and a mother with a heart as cold as a Chicago slaughterhouse. But now she has two kids and an overbearing psychiatrist husband. She hates him. She hates his Jewish old money world. Nora wants a new life sans husband but what she gets is something terribly different. It starts one Monday morning when her eight o'clock patient blows himself to smithereens. The police think it's an accident. Nora thinks it's murder. Another patient dies mysteriously. Nora hires private investigator Mike Ruiz, a tightly wound ex-cop who couldn't care less for Sigmund. "Oh, Freud," Mike Ruiz says. "Isn't he dead?" Freud is always watching while the unlikely pair struggle to an unexpected end"-- Provided by publisher.

Tradition of deceit : a Chloe Ellefson mystery

November 11, 2014
Ernst, Kathleen, 1959-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2014]
347 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Curator and occasional sleuth Chloe Ellefson is off to Minneapolis to help her friend Ariel with a monumental task. Ariel must write a proposal for a controversial and expensive restoration project: convert an abandoned flour mill, currently used as shelter by homeless people, into a museum. When a dead body is found stuffed into a grain chute, Chloe's attention turns from milling to murder. Back in Milwaukee, Chloe's love interest Roelke has been slammed with the news that a fellow officer was shot and killed while on duty. Sifting through clues from both past and present, Chloe and Roelke discover dangerous secrets that put their lives—and their trust in each other—at risk.

Trapline : an Allison Coil mystery

November 11, 2014
Stevens, Mark, 1954-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, 2014.
x, 396 pages ; 21 cm
A chewed-up corpse high in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area leaves Colorado hunting guide Allison Coil mystified. Obvious signs suggest the dead man is the victim of a mountain lion attack, but Allison’s instincts tell her otherwise. Miles away in downtown Glenwood Springs, a controversial candidate for U.S. Senate is shot during a campaign stop as newspaper reporter Duncan Bloom watches, dodging the long-range gunfire. Trapline follows Coil and Bloom as their investigations collide, exposing the dark depths of human indifference.

Bloody politics

November 11, 2014
Sefton, Maggie.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2014]
255 pages ; 21 cm
"The jogger's throat was cut, leaving a pool of blood on the pedestrian path. Molly Malone could tell by the neon yellow running shoe dangling off the end of the stretcher that the body belonged to her friend Natasha Jorgenson. A junior congressional staffer, Natasha was on her way to meet with Molly to hand over important research on an international banking bill. Natasha was the third person who knew about the research to die. Molly fears she won't be the last. As she and her colleagues are targeted by break-ins, wiretaps, and harassment, Molly discovers that powerful players are working out a plan to change the course of history ... and they will stop at nothing to make sure they succeed."-- Page [4] of cover.

Forty days without shadow : an Arctic thriller

November 11, 2014
Truc, Olivier.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
470 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published in France in 2012 under the title Le dernier Lapon by Editions Metailie" -- Title page verso.
"The international award-winning, bestselling phenomenon, now available in English for the first time. Tomorrow, the sun will rise for the first time in 40 days. Thirty minutes of daylight will herald the end of the polar night in Kautokeino, a small village in northern Norway, home to the indigenous Sami people. But in the last hours of darkness, a precious artifact is stolen: an ancient Sami drum. The most important piece in the museum's collection, it was due to go on tour with a UN exhibition in a few short weeks. Hours later, a man is murdered. Mattis, one of the last Sami reindeer herders, is found dead in his gumpy. Are the two crimes connected? In a town fraught with tension--between the indigenous Samis fighting to keep their culture alive, the ultra-Lutheran Scandinavian colonists concerned with propagating their own religion, and the greedy geologists eager to mine the region's ore deposits--it falls to two local police officers to solve the crimes. Klemet Nango, an experienced Sami officer, and Nina Nansen, his much younger partner from the south of Norway, must find the perpetrators before it's too late... THIS EDITION INCLUDES A READING GROUP GUIDE"-- Provided by publisher.

Hell on wheels : an Odelia Grey mystery

November 10, 2014
Jaffarian, Sue Ann, 1952-
©2013
288 pages ; 20 cm.

Carnal acts

November 7, 2014
Alexander, Sam, author.
London : Arcadia Books, [2014].
423 pages ; 22 cm

The laws of murder

November 7, 2014
Finch, Charles (Charles B.)
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
290 pages ; 25 cm.
"It's 1876, and Charles Lenox, once London's leading private investigator, has just given up his seat in Parliament after six years, primed to return to his first love, detection. With high hopes he and three colleagues start a new detective agency, the first of its kind. But as the months pass, and he is the only detective who cannot find work, Lenox begins to question whether he can still play the game as he once did. Then comes a chance to redeem himself, though at a terrible price: a friend, a member of Scotland Yard, is shot near Regent's Park. As Lenox begins to parse the peculiar details of the death - an unlaced boot, a days-old wound, an untraceable luggage ticket - he realizes that the incident may lead him into grave personal danger, beyond which lies a terrible truth. With all the humanity, glamor, and mystery that readers have come to love, the latest Lenox novel is a shining new confirmation of the enduring popularity of Charles Finch's Victorian series"-- Provided by publisher.

A deadly measure of brimstone : a Dandy Gilver mystery

November 7, 2014
McPherson, Catriona, 1965-
©2013
291 pages ; 22 cm
"A Thomas Dunne Book."
"Catriona McPherson's critically acclaimed mystery series set in 1920s Scotland and featuring plucky and laugh-out-loud-funny heroine Dandy Gilver is perfect for fans of PG Wodehouse, Dorothy L Sayers, and Agatha Christie. In this new book, Dandy and the whole Gilver clan travel to a spa town for a weekend of relaxation which is quickly interrupted by a slew of mysterious - and deadly - events. The men of the Gilver family have come down, between them, with influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia and pleurisy. The family repairs to the Borders town of Moffat, there to submit to the galvanic wraps and cold salt rubs of the splendid Laidlaw Hydropathic Hotel. But all is not well at the Hydro, and the secret of the lady who arrived but never left cannot be kept for long. And what of those drifting shapes in the Turkish bath? Just steam shifting in the air? Probably. But in this town the dead can be as much trouble as the living. "-- Provided by publisher.

Wet work

November 7, 2014
Roberts, Les, 1937- author.
©2014
242 pages ; 22 cm
"A Dominick Candiotti suspense novel."
Dominick Candiotti is a paid assassin for the shadowy Brownstone Agency, but he wants out. His anonymous boss turns the tables and assigns fellow agents to eliminate him. On the run, Candiotti tries to stay a step ahead of deadly pursuers while tracking down his nemesis boss and uncovering secrets from his own past.

Gods of gold

November 7, 2014
Nickson, Chris, author.
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
212 p. ; 23 cm.
June 1890. Leeds is close to breaking point. The gas workers are on strike. Supplies are dangerously low. Factories and businesses are closing; the lamps are going unlit at night. Detective Inspector Tom Harper has more urgent matters on his mind. The beat constable claims eight-year-old Martha Parkinson has disappeared. Her father insists she's visiting an aunt in Halifax--but Harper doesn't believe him. When Col Parkinson is found dead the following morning, the case takes on an increasing desperation. But then Harper's search for Martha is interrupted by the murder of a replacement gas worker, stabbed to death outside the Town Hall while surrounded by a hostile mob. Pushed to find a quick solution, Harper discovers that there's more to this killing than meets the eye--and that there may be a connection to Martha's disappearance.

Bed of nails

November 6, 2014
Varenne, Antonin, 1973-
New York : MacLehose Press, 2014.
244 p. ; 24 cm.
"Originally published in France as Fakirs by Êditions Viviane Hamy in 2009"--T.p. verso.
"When John Nichols arrives to identify the body of an old friend, he is immediately caught up in the detritus of Alan Musgrave's life, the side of Paris the tourists don't see, where everyone has a past but very few count on a future. But what can he expect from a man who bled to death in his own excruciating S&M stage show? Now there's a maverick police lieutenant on the prowl who thinks that Musgrave's suicide was murder. Guérin might not look like much, but he's one of the few honest officers on the force. As the horrific extent of police abuse is revealed, the race is on to find the link between a slew of recent suicides--and the key to it is buried deep in Nichols's past."--Publisher website.

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