New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

December 9, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The ghost of Christmas past

December 8, 2017
Bowen, Rhys, author.
264 pages ; 22 cm.
"Semi-retired private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan is suffering from depression after a miscarriage following her adventure in San Francisco during the earthquake of 1906. She and her husband, Daniel, are invited for Christmas at a mansion on the Hudson, and they gratefully accept, expecting a peaceful and relaxing holiday season. Not long after they arrive, however, they start to feel the tension in the house's atmosphere. Then they learn that the host couple's young daughter wandered out into the snow ten years ago and was never seen again. Molly can identify with the mother's pain at never knowing what happened to her child and wants to help, but there is so little to go on. No ransom note. No body ever found. But Molly slowly begins to suspect that the occupants of the house know more than they are letting on. Then, on Christmas Eve, there is a knock at the door and a young girl stands there. 'I'm Charlotte,' she says. 'I've come home'"-- Provided by publisher.

Smoke and mirrors : a Miss Barnum mystery

December 8, 2017
Daniels, Casey, author.
215 pages ; 23 cm.
"Evie Barnum is in the employ of her brother, Phineas T. Barnum, at his American museum -- a place teeming with curious scientific specimens and human wonder. In her unique workplace, Evie hopes she can bury her secrets. So when Andrew Emerson, an old friend, shows up at the museum, begging for her help, Evie does all she can to stay away. The next time she sees Andrew, he's dead in front of the exhibit of the Feejee Mermaid. Suspicion for the murder falls on Jeffrey Hollister, also known as the Lizard Man of Borneo. But Jeffrey goes missing, and Evie is determined to solve the mystery of her friend's murder, even if it brings her face-to-face with her past..." -- From publisher's description.

Chord of evil : a Phineas Fox mystery

December 8, 2017
Rayne, Sarah, author.
252 pages ; 23 cm
Phineas Fox finds it impossible to refuse when his sport-loving neighbour Toby begs for his help in finding out what's happened to his cousin Arabella, who seems to have disappeared without trace. The only clue to her whereabouts is an obscure 1940s' portrait left in her flat, a gift from her godfather, Stefan. The painting depicts the mysterious Christa Klein, Stefan's sister - and an alleged murderess. Was Christa Klein really guilty of a monstrous crime? What exactly happened within brooding Wewelsburg Castle back in 1941? And what does it have to do with Arabella's disappearance? As Phin delves further, he uncovers evidence of a lost piece of music and a devastating wartime secret: an atrocity whose repercussions reach to the present day.

The Watson girl

December 8, 2017
Wolfe, Leslie, author.
229 pages ; 23 cm
"An entire family is murdered and, by a quirk, a young girl is left unharmed. For fifteen years, she believed the killer had been caught, and he's now on death row, awaiting execution. While trying to be content with her adoptive family, she's living in relentless uncertainty and the fear of remembering what really happened that night when she was five years old. She's the Watson Girl. A therapist has asked her to participate in regression session treatments to attempt to bring back those lost memories. The closer she gets to the truth, however, the less time she has to remain alive. Now, the real killer is going to silence her, before she can remember the details of that horrifying night, when she was an innocent witness. Join the smart, relentless, and short-fused FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett and her team in a heart-stopping search for the serial killer who has managed to stay hidden for many years. "-- Back cover.

Dawn girl

December 8, 2017
Wolfe, Leslie, author.
[Pembroke Pines, FL] : Italics Publishing Inc., [2016].
209 pages ; 23 cm
"FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett searches for answers relentlessly. With each step, each new finding, she uncovers unsettling facts leading to a single possible conclusion: Dawn Girl is not the only victim. Her killer has killed before. The rules of the game have changed. So has the textbook definition of a serial killer."--Back cover.

Girl on the run

December 8, 2017
Gerber, Daryl Wood, author.
291 pages ; 23 cm
"Chessa Paxton, an event planner in Lake Tahoe, celebrates a successful night at the Happily Ever After Ball, but her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she wakes up beside the body of her dead husband. Nauseous and confused, feeling as if she's been drugged, she can't explain to the sheriff why her princess costume is bloodied. With her father already a convicted murderer, she feels invisible shackles ratcheting onto her wrists and ankles. She runs! But she can't escape vivid flashes of memory: a massacre in a meadow; men and women in fairytale costumes; Snow White's dead body shielding her from bullets. Though Chessa is a former costumer and adept at disguise, she quickly learns that hiding while trying to prove herself innocent is the most difficult task imaginable. Especially when the sheriff wants to throw her in jail and the real killer wants to silence her forever." --Back cover.

Bonfire : a novel

December 7, 2017
Ritter, Krysten, 1981- author.
277 pages ; 25 cm
Abby Williams left Barrens, Indiana and is working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago. When a new case takes her back home, the successful life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to a scandal from more than a decade ago, involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends-- just before Kaycee disappeared for good. Troubling memories begin to resurface; Abby begins to doubt her own observations, and unearths a secret ritual called "The Game" that threatens reputations and lives--including hers.

Dark asylum

December 7, 2017
Thomson, E. S., author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2017.
378 pages ; 24 cm
When the principal physician for Angel Meadow Asylum is found brutally murdered, Jem Flockhart and Will Quatermain pursue the story through the darkest corners of London. From the depths of a notorious rookery, to brothels, gallows, graveyards and the convict fleet, Jem and Will find themselves caught up in a web of dark secrets and hidden identities.

Let darkness bury the dead : a Murdoch mystery

December 7, 2017
Jennings, Maureen, author.
[Toronto, Ontario] : McClelland & Stewart, [2017]
x, 330 pages ; 23 cm.
It is November 1917. Initially, in the loyal Dominion of Canada, people are mostly eager to support the Motherland and fight for the Empire, but the carnage is horrendous and with enforced conscription, the enthusiasm for war is dimming. William Murdoch is a widower, a senior detective who, thanks to the new temperance laws, spends his time tracking down bootleggers and tipplers. As we enter the story, Jack, Murdoch's estranged son, now twenty-one, has returned from France after being wounded and gassed at the Battle of Passchendaele. The night after Jack arrives home, a young man is found stabbed to death in the impoverished area of Toronto known as the Ward. Soon after, Murdoch has to deal with a tragic suicide, also a young man. Two more murders follow in quick succession. The only common denominator is that all of the men were exempted from conscription. Increasingly worried that Jack knows more than he is letting on, Murdoch must solve these crimes before more innocents lose their lives-- Adapted from

Deadly cure : a novel

December 7, 2017
Goldstone, Lawrence, 1947- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"In 1899, in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Noah Whitestone is called urgently to his wealthy neighbor's house to treat a five-year-old boy with a shocking set of symptoms. When the child dies suddenly later that night, Noah is accused by the boy's regular physician -- the powerful and politically connected Dr. Arnold Frias -- of prescribing a lethal dose of laudanum. To prove his innocence, Noah must investigate the murder -- for it must be murder -- and confront the man whom he is convinced is the real killer. His investigation leads him to a reporter for a muckraking magazine and a beautiful radical editor who are convinced that a secret, experimental drug from Germany has caused the death of at least five local children, and possibly many more. By degrees, Noah is drawn into a dangerous world of drugs, criminals, and politics, which threatens not just his career but also his life." --From publisher's description.

Ring in the year with murder

December 7, 2017
Wallace, Auralee, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
297 pages ; 17 cm.
This New Year's Eve, Erica's resolution is to have a great night--even if it kills her. She is, after all, at the party to end all parties: a Great Gatsby--themed gala sure to be the talk of Otter Lake, New Hampshire. With her perfectly finger-waved hair, borrowed pearls, and scarlet flapper dress, Erica is determined to be unflappable, despite the presence of her ex, Sheriff Grady Forrester, and his hot date, a bubbly blonde who has a hard time holding her drink. Literally ... In a plot twist as bizarre as a game of Clue, Grady's girlfriend almost drops dead after her drink is poisoned. Who put the killer ingredient in her appletini? Suddenly the tables have turned and the sheriff has become the prime suspect. Now Erica has until midnight to clear the man she still loves--and in so doing just maybe win him back. That's if the killer doesn't pop the cork again ... and turn a New Year's smooch into a kiss of death ...

Even if it kills her : a Bailey Weggins mystery

December 6, 2017
White, Kate, 1950- author.
428 pages ; 24 cm.
A friend from college asks Bailey for help solving the murder of her family, leading to an investigation that uncovers shocking secrets about the victims.

Murder in an English village

December 6, 2017
Ellicott, Jessica, author.
294 pages : 22 cm.
1920. American adventuress Beryl Helliwell craves some peace and quiet, and Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. Honestly, until America repeals Prohibition, Beryl has no intention of returning stateside. For over three decades, Edwina Davenport has lived comfortably in Walmsley Parva, but the post-World War I bust has forced her to advertise for a lodger-- and long-lost school chum Beryl crashes into her doorstep in her motorcar. When the town displays a hidden sinister side, they decide to set up shop as private inquiry agents.

The secret, book & scone society

December 6, 2017
Adams, Ellery, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2017.
290 pages ; 22 cm
"Miracle Springs, North Carolina, is a place of healing. Strangers flock here hoping the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. If none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked 'comfort' scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That's Nora's special talent -- prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person's deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden. When a visiting businessman reaches out to Nora for guidance, she knows exactly which novels will help. But before he can keep their appointment at Miracle Books, he's found dead on the train tracks. Stunned, Nora forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society, a group of damaged souls yearning to gain trust and earn redemption by helping others. To join the society, members must divulge their darkest secret -- the terrible truth that brought each of them to Miracle Springs in the first place. Determined to uncover the truth behind the businessman's demise, the women meet in Nora's cramped and cozy bookstore to share stories and trade support. And as they untangle a web of corruption, they also discover their own courage, purpose, and a sisterhood that will carry them through every challenge -- proving it's never too late to turn the page and start over..." --From publisher's description.

The sorcerer's appendix

December 6, 2017
Brackston, Paula.
243 pages ; 24 cm.
When Gretel from the popular children's tale--now all grown up and working as a private investigator--takes on the case of a missing sorcerer, she doesn't realize that it will take her into the heart of the deep, dark woods, and face to face with an old enemy. Set in 1776 Bavaria.

Kemono no shiro

December 6, 2017
|6880-01 Honda, Tetsuya, 1969-
|6880-03 Tōkyō : Futabasha, 2017.
479 pages ; 15 cm.
A girl comes to the police asking for protection, the marks of violence clear on her body. The police shelter her and then arrest, on suspicion of assault, the woman with whom the girl had shared an apartment -- but the woman too shows signs of having been abused. Finally the girl speaks: her father was killed ...

Touch of red

December 5, 2017
Griffin, Laura, 1973- author.
342 pages ; 18 cm.
When crime scene investigator Brooke Porter arrives at the home of a murdered woman, the only thing more shocking than the carnage is the evidence that someone escaped the scene. But where is this witness now? A thorough search of the area yields more questions than answers, and before Brooke even packs up her evidence kit, she's made it her goal to find the witness and get them out of harm's way.

A late frost

December 5, 2017
Connolly, Sheila, author.
x, 291 pages ; 18 cm.
When newcomer Monica Whitman falls ill and dies, supposedly due to food poisoning, orchard owner Meg Corey Chapman investigates and soon discovers that there is one bad apple in the bunch as it becomes clear that Monica was murdered.

Not a creature was purring

December 5, 2017
Davis, Krista, author.
xii, 289 pages ; 18 cm.
"A Berkley Prime Crime book"--Back cover.
While preparing for the town's Christkindl Market and dealing with an unexpected love triangle, Holly Miller stumbles upon the corpse of a pet-clothing tycoon. She and her dedicated pet detectives, must sniff out a killer. Includes recipes for owners and their pets.-- Adapted from back cover.

Assault and buttery

December 4, 2017
Abbott, Kristi, author.
vi, 296 pages ; 18 cm.
"Includes popcorn-related recipes!"--Page [4] of cover.
Repairs are under way at Rebecca Anderson's gourmet popcorn shop. With production of her tasty treats on hold, Rebecca has plenty of time to read the old diary she discovered hidden in the shop's walls. It's a fun peek into her town's history... until the diary's abrupt ending leaves Rebecca wondering whether she's actually stumbled upon a cold case. Unfortunately for Rebecca, mysteries are popping up right and left. When local busybody Lloyd McLaughlin is found dead, the police suspect he was poisoned by Rebecca's popcorn. But Rebecca has only made one batch of popcorn recently, and it wasn't intended for Lloyd. Nothing about Lloyd's death makes sense - until Rebecca discovers a startling connection between the missing diary-writer and the murdered man. Now, with her reputation on the line, Rebecca must discover who's been cooking up murder - both in the past and in the present.

Parting shot

November 30, 2017
Barclay, Linwood, author.
449 pages ; 24 cm.
"If you made a mistake that took someone's life, you'd remember it ... wouldn't you? After a tragedy rocks the community of Promise Falls, Cal Weaver is asked to investigate the threats being made to the accused's family. He's heard all about it on the news: the young man who drank too much, stole a Porsche and killed a girl, and who claimed afterwards not to remember a single thing. The whole town is outraged that he got off lightly, but for reasons Cal can't explain, he accepts the job. Then Cal finds himself caught up in a vicious revenge plot, chasing someone set on delivering retribution. In Cal's experience, it's only ever a matter of time before threats turn into action ... A gripping thriller packed with scandal, from the master of the twist you never saw coming."-- Provided by publisher.

Knit to kill

November 30, 2017
Canadeo, Anne, 1955- author.
248 pages ; 22 cm.
While on a weekend getaway to Osprey Island to unwind before Black Sheep member Lucy Binger's wedding, a prominent member of the community is murdered, turning the idyllic setting into a crime scene. The knitters step into the investigation when the husband of Black Sheep Suzanne Cavanaugh's friend and the group's host Amy is the prime suspect.

Canal Days calamity

November 30, 2017
Blair, Jamie M., author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2017]
viii, 227 pages ; 21 cm
Includes recipes.
When a body is discovered behind her sister's shop, Cameron Cripps-Hayman must work fast to solve the murder and save the town's upcoming annual festival.

A fatal collection

November 30, 2017
Hughes, Mary Ellen, 1941- author.
256 pages ; 21 cm.
Callie Reed makes a long overdue visit to her aunt Melodie in quaint Keepsake Cove, home to a bevy of unique collectible shops on Maryland's Eastern Shore. When Callie discovers her aunt's body on the floor of her music box shop, she can't accept Melodie's death being called accidental. And why was she there in the middle of the night? Signs seem to come from her late aunt through a favorite music box, urging Callie on. Or are they warnings?

Outside the wire

November 30, 2017
Smiley, Patricia, author.
281 pages ; 21 cm.
Homicide detective Davie Richards is called to an airport parking garage to investigate the shooting of a retired U.S. Army Ranger. Missing personal items point to a robbery, but Davie suspects a more sinister motive when she notices only one military dog tag around the Ranger's neck. Could the murderer have taken the other as a memento of the kill? As Davie unravels baffling clues, one murder becomes two and a pattern begins to emerge. Racing to save the killer's next victim, Davie is led to a shocking twist that challenges her physical and emotional endurance and tests the bonds of brotherhood and friendship.

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