New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

October 25, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Unnatural Murder : a Josie Corsino Mystery

October 24, 2014
Dial, Connie, 1944-
Sag Harbor, NY : The Permanent Press, 2014.
pages cm

Chorus lines, caviar, and corpses

October 24, 2014
McHugh, Mary, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp, 2014.
296 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes preview of: Flamenco, flan and fatalities (pages [271]-293) and recipes (294-296).
"There's no pussy-footing around murder. It's never too late to kick up your heels. Just ask Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini--aka the Happy Hoofers. After posting a video of their tap-dancing routine on the Internet, the leggy ladies find themselves booked to perform on a Russian river cruise up the Volga from Moscow to St. Petersburg. But when murder cuts in, the five fabulous friends find it's not so easy to tap their troubles away. A crew member has been killed, and a passenger is missing. With a killer on board, the Hoofers need to watch their step. But with a little fancy footwork, these soft-shoe sleuths may get a leg up on a killer who's cruising for a bruising. Includes travel tips And tasty recipes"--Page [4] of cover.

Home of the brave: a Raine Stockton dog mystery

October 24, 2014
Ball, Donna.
Mountain City, GA : Blue Merle Publishing, c2013.
272 p. ; 21 cm.
"Raine Stockton and her high-spirited, big-hearted golden retriever Cisco are accustomed to being heroes wherever they go. But there's a new dog in town, and Raine and Cisco find themselves unexpectedly upstaged by a flashy K-9 addition to the sheriff's department. Nike and her handler, Jolene, are part of a new government-funded program for law-enforcement agencies, and though Raine admires Nike's talent almost as much as she resents Jolene's arrogance, she can't help wondering why the Department of Homeland Security would send such an expensive gift to their sleepy little Smoky Mountain community. Sheriff Buck Lawson has his hands full with an upcoming election, a bizarre murder, and a special appearance by a celebrity politician at the Fourth of July parade, and he is not about to look a gift horse-or dog-in the mouth. But when things go horribly wrong at a children's camp just outside of town where Raine and Cisco are spending the holiday weekend, the scattered puzzle pieces begin to form a terrifying picture. In a desperate battle against an enemy whose face they can't even see, Raine, Jolene, Cisco, Nike and Buck must work together and reach for depths of courage they never knew they had to save the lives of those they love" - Amazon.com.

The wolf in winter : a Charlie Parker thriller

October 23, 2014
Connolly, John, 1968-
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2014.
420 pages ; 24 cm.
"The next pulse-pounding thriller in John Connolly's internationally bestselling Charlie Parker series. The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children's future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town... But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, by rage, and by the desire for vengeance. In him the town and its protectors sense a threat graver than any they have faced in their long history, and in the comfortable, sheltered inhabitants of a small Maine town, Parker will encounter his most vicious opponents yet. Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive. Prosperous, and the secret that it hides beneath its ruins."-- Provided by publisher.

A virtuous death

October 23, 2014
Trent, Christine, author.
New York : Kensington Books, 2014.
x, 273 pages ; 21 cm
"A Lady of Ashes mystery"--Title page.

His last wife

October 23, 2014
Octavia, Grace, author.
©2014
281 pages ; 21 cm
"A Southern scandal novel"--Cover.

Jane and the twelve days of Christmas

October 23, 2014
Barron, Stephanie.
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2014]
329 pages ; 22 cm
"The twelfth installment in Stephanie Barron's fan-favorite Being a Jane Austen Mystery series. Christmas Eve, 1814: Jane Austen has been invited to spend the holiday with family and friends at The Vyne, the gorgeous ancestral home of the wealthy and politically prominent Chute family. As the year fades and friends begin to gather beneath the mistletoe for the twelve days of Christmas festivities, Jane and her circle are in a celebratory mood: Mansfield Park is selling nicely; Napoleon has been banished to Elba; British forces have seized Washington, DC; and on Christmas Eve, John Quincy Adams signs the Treaty of Ghent, which will end a war nobody in England really wanted. Jane, however, discovers holiday cheer is fleeting. One of the Yuletide revelers dies in a tragic accident, which Jane immediately views with suspicion. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of Jane's fellow snow-bound guests. With clues scattered amidst cleverly crafted charades, dark secrets coming to light during parlor games, and old friendships returning to haunt the Christmas parties, whom can Jane trust to help her discover the truth and stop the killer from striking again?"-- Provided by publisher.

The final silence

October 23, 2014
Neville, Stuart, 1972-
New York, NY : Soho Crime, 2014.
342 pages ; 24 cm
"In Belfast, Northern Ireland, memories of the city's troubled history haunt every street corner, but for one tortured soul, the incredible violence in his past is also his most cherished legacy. Rea Carlisle--daughter of influential Stormont politician Graham Carlisle--has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn't take her long to clear out the dead man's remaining possessions, but one of the upstairs rooms remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open, she discovers inside a chair, a table, and a leather-bound book, its pages filled with a host of chilling mementos, locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims. Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police but her father intervenes. Graham Carlisle has worked too hard to get where he is just to have his brother's twisted legacy ruin his own. Thwarted by her father, Rea turns to the only person she can think of: disgraced police inspector Jack Lennon, a man who also happens to have briefly been her lover. But Lennon somehow finds himself the lead suspect in a murder investigation led by one of the force's toughest cops, DCI Serena Flannagan. The suddenness of the murder and his implication in it, coupled with the story Rea brought to him, leaves Lennon more than a little suspicious that the two are related and that he has once again found himself lining up against people with power and influence. Lennon will risk everything to get to the bottom of this grisly conspiracy"-- Provided by publisher.

The killer next door

October 23, 2014
Marwood, Alex.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
387 pages ; 21 cm
"A taut new psychological thriller from the Edgar Award-nominated author of The Wicked Girls Alex Marwood's debut novel, The Wicked Girls, earned her lavish praise from the likes of Stephen King, Laura Lippman, and Erin Kelly, and was shortlisted for an Edgar Award. Now Marwood's back with a brilliant, tightly paced thriller that will keep you up at night and make you ask yourself: just how well do you know your neighbors? Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn't, they wouldn't be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash-no credit check, no lease. It's the kind of place you end up when you you've run out of other options. The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don't know is that one of them is a killer. He's already chosen his next victim, and he'll do anything to protect his secret"-- Provided by publisher.

The forgers

October 23, 2014
Morrow, Bradford, 1951-
©2014
242 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel."
The murderer of Adam Diehl, a reclusive rare-book collector, begins to stalk Adam's sister's lover Will -- a convicted literary forger -- under the guise of letters from long-dead authors, and soon Will realizes that this killer threatens everything he holds dear.

The girl in the woods

October 23, 2014
Olsen, Gregg, author.
©2014
405 pages ; 19 cm
"Pinnacle fiction"--Spine.
"A waterman and stark thriller"--Cover.
A schoolgirl found it on a nature hike. A severed human foot wearing pink nail polish. A gruesome but invaluable clue that leads forensic pathologist Birdy Waterman down a much darker trail--to a dangerous psychopath whose powers of persuasion seem to have no end. Only by teaming up with sheriff's detective Kendall Stark can Birdy hope to even the odds in a deadly game.

Knot in my backyard

October 23, 2014
Marks, Mary.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2014
342 p. ; 18 cm.
"Kensington mystery"--Spine.
"A Quilting mystery"--Cover.
When she stumbles over the body of baseball coach Dax Martin, middle-age divorcee Martha Ross and her fellow quilters must piece together the clues to figure out who in their neighborhood wanted the coach benched permanently.

The burning room : a novel

October 21, 2014
Connelly, Michael, 1956- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
388 pages ; 25 cm
In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent.

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe

October 20, 2014
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
New York : Pantheon Books, [2014]
227 pages ; 25 cm.
"Originally published in Great Britain by Little, Brown, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, a Hachette U.K. Company, London" --Verso title page.
"The newest installment in the beloved and best-selling series. In this delightful fifteenth installment, Mma Ramotswe has her hands full both at home and in the office. To add to her current challenges, her devoted partner, Grace Makutsi, has decided to branch out on her own and open The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe. But even "Miss 97 Per Cent" can't quite meet all the demands of running a business--not to mention those that a lightning strike makes on her building. Eventually, she'll have to accept all the help she can get--even if it comes from a completely unexpected source"-- Provided by publisher.

The nightingale before Christmas : a Meg Langslow mystery

October 17, 2014
Andrews, Donna.
©2014
vi, 295 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"As the holidays draw near in Caerphilly, Mother volunteers to take part in a big Christmas-themed decorator show house--each room of a temporarily untenanted house is decorated to the hilt by a different decorator for the public to tour. Of course, Mother insists that Meg pitch in with the organization, and she finds herself surrounded by flamboyant personalities with massive egos clashing and feeling their professional reputations are at stake. Then the rooms start to be sabotaged, and an unfortunate designer turns up dead--making Mother a prime suspect. Can Meg catch the real killer in time to save Mother the indignity of arrest? The brilliantly funny and talented Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the acclaimed avian-themed series that mystery readers have come to love. Cozies make excellent stocking-stuffers, and Nightingale Before Christmas is guaranteed to put the "ho ho hos" into the holidays for the legions of fans hungry for another Christmas book featuring Meg Langslow. Donna has won many awards for this very popular series, and continues to come up with new hilarious adventures for her endearing heroine. The novel is full of superb screwball comedy as well as Donna's trademark crisp plotting, not to mention bushels of holiday cheer--it wouldn't be the most wonderful time of the year without it."-- Provided by publisher.

Fear and loathing

October 17, 2014
Norman, Hilary, author.
©2014
234 pages ; 22 cm.
"One warm Sunday evening in Miami Beach, a leisurely waterfront barbecue is transformed into a brutal massacre. When the cops arrive, they find four hogtied bodies in a carbon monoxide-filled BMW--and a note on the windshield addressed to Detective Sam Becket, its message personal and menacing. After another similar slaughter, Sam leads a task force dedicated to tracking down the killers. But meantime, in France, someone is stalking his daughter, Cathy, and before long Sam is forced into a decision which he knows could destroy his career. He doesn't know that he's just exposed all his loved ones to horrific danger..."--dust jacket.

Death of a blue blood

October 17, 2014
Bain, Donald, 1935- author.
New York, New York : Obsidian, [2014]
278 pages ; 22 cm
"Based on the Universal Television series created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link."
"An Obsidian mystery."
"Jessica Fletcher and her friend Scotland Yard detective inspector George Sutherland are invited to attend a New Year's Eve Ball at Castorbrook Castle, thanks to her British publisher. Shortly after arriving in the idyllic English countryside, Jessica discovers the body of a lady's maid in the garden. While their host, Lord Norrance, his snobbish third wife, other members of the household, and party guests squabble over the tragic death in tight-lipped, perfectly mannered, thoroughly British style, family relations are strained as old wounds are reopened and cutting remarks are freely handed out. And that's only during teatime! As midnight beckons at the ball the next night, the earl offers a toast, complete with fireworks. But the merriment crashes to a halt when he falls ill and dies, apparently poisoned--and the number of suspects with a grudge against the lord of the manor sprouts like English ivy. Now it's up to Jessica and George to find the killer--or killers--before another corpse welcomes in the New Year.... "-- Provided by publisher.

Stirring the plot

October 17, 2014
Gerber, Daryl Wood, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
x, 287 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes recipes.
Includes excerpt from As gouda as dead (pages 283-287).
Jenna Hart has packed The Cookbook Nook chock full of everything from ghostly texts to witchy potions in anticipation of the annual fund raiser luncheon. But there's one unexpected addition to the menu: murder. When the Head Priestess of the Winsome Witches is found dead under mysterious circumstances, there's no logical answer and plenty of blame to go around. With her aunt, Vera, unable to call on her ability to foresee the future, Jenna will have to use more than just sleight of hand and a few magic tricks to conjure up the truth.

The Tudor Vendetta

October 16, 2014
Gortner, C. W., author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
292 pages ; 22 cm.
"A novel"--Cover.
"London, 1558. Queen Mary is dead, and 25-year old Elizabeth ascends the throne. Summoned to court from exile abroad, Elizabeth's intimate spy, Brendan Prescott, is reunited with the young queen, as well as his beloved Kate, scheming William Cecil, and arch-rival, Robert Dudley. A poison attempt on Elizabeth soon overshadows her coronation, but before Brendan can investigate, Elizabeth summons him in private to dispatch him on a far more confidential mission: to find her favored lady in waiting, Lady Parry, who has disappeared during a visit to her family manor in Yorkshire. Upon his arrival at the desolate sea-side manor where Lady Parry was last seen, he encounters a strange, impoverished family beset by grief, as well as mounting evidence that they hide a secret from him. The mystery surrounding Lady Parry deepens as Brendan begins to realize there is far more going on at the manor than meets the eye, but the closer he gets to the heart of the mystery in Vaughn Hall, the more he learns that in his zeal to uncover the truth, he could be precipitating Elizabeth's destruction. From the intrigue-laden passages of Whitehall to a foreboding Catholic manor and the deadly underworld of London, Brendan must race against time to unravel a vendetta that will strike at the very core of his world--a vendetta that could expose a buried past and betray everything he has fought for, including his loyalty to his queen"-- Provided by publisher.

The Four Corners of Palermo

October 16, 2014
Di Piazza, Giuseppe, author.
New York : Other Press, [2014]
231 pages ; 22 cm

A woman of fortune : a Texas gold novel

October 14, 2014
Gilbert, Kellie Coates.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Bone dust white

October 14, 2014
Salvalaggio, Karin.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Book clubbed

October 14, 2014
Barrett, Lorna.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Antiques con : a trash 'n' treasures mystery

October 14, 2014
Allan, Barbara.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

To darkness and to death

October 14, 2014
Spencer-Fleming, Julia.
©2005
pages ; cm.

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