New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

September 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Todesurteil

August 31, 2015
Gruber, Andreas, 1968- author.
München [Munich, Germany] : Goldmann, 2015. © 2015.
574 pages ; 20 cm
"In Wien verschwindet die zehnjährige Clara. Ein Jahr später taucht sie völlig verstört am nahen Waldrand wieder auf. Ihr gesamter Rücken ist mit Motiven aus Dantes "Inferno" tätowiert und sie spricht kein Wort. Indessen nimmt der niederländische Profiler Maarten S. Sneijder an der Akademie des BKA für hochbegabten Nachwuchs mit seinen Studenten ungelöste Mordfälle durch. Seine beste Schülerin Sabine Nemez entdeckt einen Zusammenhang zwischen mehreren Fällen aber das Werk des raffinierten Killers ist noch lange nicht beendet. Seine Spur führt nach Wien wo Clara die einzige ist, die den Mörder je zu Gesicht bekommen hat..."--publisher's website.

Petli︠a︡ i kamenʹ v zelenoĭ trave

August 31, 2015
|6880-01 Vaĭner, Arkadiĭ, author.
© 1979.
446 pages ; 21 cm
Subjects headings were partially borrowed from records for earlier editions.
"1979 date is at the end of page [442]; novel might have been completed in 1979"--cataloger's judgment.
|6880-04 "Detectives Arkady and George Weiner have had cult status for ten years... novel about our recent past. About the tragedy of the country and the people, dishonored and mutilated by the socialist regime. About the tragedy of the intelligentsia. About love and death. About destiny and fate, the fate of the guide..."--cataloger's approximate translation and summary of cover.

Planeta Voda : prikli︠u︡chenii︠a︡ Ėrasta Fandorina v KhKh veke : chastʹ pervai︠a︡

August 31, 2015
|6880-01 Akunin, B. (Boris), author.
|6880-04 Moskva : Zakharov, [2015]
413 pages : illustrations; 21 cm.

Bolʹshai︠a︡ malenʹkai︠a︡ lozhʹ : roman

August 31, 2015
|6880-01 Moriarty, Liane, author.
|6880-03 Moskva : Izdatelʹstvo "Inostranka" : "Azbuka-Attikus", 2015.
539 pages ; 19 cm
"Literaturno-khudozhestvennoe izdanie"--Colophon.
A murder... a tragic accident... or just parents behaving badly? What's indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what? Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads: Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She's funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline's youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline's teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline's ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?). Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn't be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Vienna

August 28, 2015
Kirby, William S., 1964-
New York : Forge, 2015.
318 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"It started as nothing more than a one-night stand. Justine is an A-list fashion model on a photo shoot in Europe. Adored by half the world, she can have whomever she wants, but she's never met anyone like the strange English girl whose bed she wakes up in one morning. Vienna is an autistic savant, adrift in a world of overwhelming patterns and connections only she can see. Socially awkward and inexperienced, she's never been with anyone before, let alone a glamorous supermodel enmeshed in a web of secrets and intrigue. When Justine's current beau is murdered in the bathroom of her hotel room, she suddenly finds herself thrown into the middle of a deadly conspiracy focusing on a set of antique wooden mannikins-the same ones that are the centerpieces of the photo shoot. What secret do the mannikins hide, and why is it worth killing over? Drawn together by an attraction neither of them can explain, Justine and Vienna are pursued across Europe by paparazzi, tabloid headlines. and the mystery of Vienna's own shadowy past, which holds the key to everything. Inspired by a classic Sherlock Holmes story, William S. Kirby's Vienna reimagines Holmes and Watson for the 21st century"-- Provided by publisher.

Basket case

August 28, 2015
Haddock, Nancy, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
viii, 291 pages ; 18 cm.
"A Silver Six crafting mystery"--Cover.
There isn't much crime in Lilyvale, Arkansas, but local authorities have their hands full with Ms. Sherry Mae Stanton Cutler and her housemates -- a crafty group of retirees who've dubbed themselves the Silver Six. But when Sherry Mae's niece, Nixy, arrives to keep them in line, Lilyvale also plays host to a killer. When Leslee Stanton "Nixy" Nix gets the latest call from Lilyvale detective Eric Shoar, she knows it means trouble. There's been another kitchen explosion at her Aunt Sherry's farmhouse, and the dreamy-voiced detective has had enough. If Nixy doesn't check on her aunt in person, the Silver Six could become wards of the court. But the trouble Nixy finds in Lilyvale is not at all what she expects. The seniors are hosting a folk art festival at the farmhouse, featuring Sherry's hand-woven baskets, when land developer Jill Elsman arrives to bully Nixy's aunt into selling the property. When Jill is later found dead in the cemetery, Sherry is suspected of weaving a murder plot, and it's up to Nixy and the Silver Six to untangle the truth.

Murder of an open book

August 28, 2015
Swanson, Denise, author.
New York, New York : Obsidian, published by New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2015]
257 pages ; 17 cm.
"An Obsidian mystery"--Spine.
"A nasty faculty feud leaves one Scumble River teacher belly-up. . . . Her honeymoon may have been less than relaxing, but Skye Boyd née Denison is still high on marital bliss with her new husband, Wally. The fact that their family is about to get bigger is even more exciting, even if Skye is dealing with morning sickness--and trying to hide the news from her ever-meddling mother, May. But Skye quickly comes crashing down from cloud nine when the body of one of her coworkers, science teacher and volleyball coach Blair Hucksford, is found in the school swimming pool. The troublesome trainer was on the bad side of almost everyone on staff and many of the girls on her team, leaving Skye to sort through a huge roster of suspects. Now she must figure out which wronged party was mad enough to kill, and quickly--before someone else in town gets bumped off"-- provided by publisher.

Evangelie ot palacha

August 28, 2015
|6880-01 Vaĭner, Arkadiĭ, author.
© 1984.
477 pages ; 21 cm
Subjects headings were partially borrowed from records for earlier editions.

Never look down

August 27, 2015
Easley, Warren C., author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2015.
300 pages ; 23 cm.
Kelly Spence, an at-risk teen and tagger, is four stories up at 3:00 one morning when she looks down and witnesses the brutal murder of a woman in the parking lot below. Unluckily the killer spies her but Kelly escapes. Desperate to stay anonymous, she seeks help from someone on the street she trusts, but soon she finds his mutilated body and becomes even more afraid. Cal is drawn into the case by his volatile Cuban friend and landlord who is devastated by the murder: the dead woman had just become his fiancée. Her ex is the obvious suspect, but Cal's instincts lead him in a different direction where he will run into Kelly. Can he get her to talk, or will the killer find her first?

Dark places

August 27, 2015
Wortham, Reavis Z., author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, [2015]
358 pages ; 23 cm.
"At the tail end of 1967, the Parker family once again finds it impossible to hide from a world spinning out of control. Fourteen-year-old Top still can't fit in with their Center Springs, Texas, community or forget recent, vicious crimes. His near-twin cousin Pepper, desperate to escape her own demons, rashly joins the Flower Children flocking to California--just as two businessmen are kidnapped and murdered in the Red River bottoms on the same night a deadly hit and run kills a farmer. Constable Ned Parker wonders if these crimes are connected, but he goes after Pepper, leaving the investigation in the hands of Sheriff Cody Parker. Parker hires Deputy Anna Sloan, an investigator with an eye toward detail as everyone is eyeing her. Yet it is instinct that propels her after killers through a world nearly forgotten ... What of Pepper? Out on Route 66, the Mother Road to California, a man named Crow isn't what he seems. Lies, deceptions, and a band of outlaw motorcyclists proves to the Parkers that no matter where you turn, no matter what you do, the world is full of such darkness that even grandmothers are capable of unspeakable deeds."-- Jacket flap.

The marsh madness

August 27, 2015
Abbott, Victoria, author.
New York, New York : Berkley Prime Crime, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2015.
xii, 290 pages ; 18 cm
Jordan works hard to improve Vera Van Alsts collection of classic detective stories. So when Chadwick Kauffmanheir to the Kauffman fortuneoffers a very good price on a fine collection of Ngaio Marsh first editions owned by his recently deceased stepfather, she is thrilled to meet with him at his fabled summer estate, Summerlea. The next day, Jordan and Vera are shocked to read that Chadwick has died in a fall from the grand staircase at Summerlea. But when the picture in the paper is of a different man, it becomes clear that the ladies are victims of a scam. And theyll have to unmask the imposter fast, because someone is trying to frame them for murder.

Long fire

August 26, 2015
Tifft, Meghan, author.
Los Angeles, CA : The Unnamed Press, [2015].
283 pages ; 22 cm
Natalie is propelled through life by pica, a disorder that has her eating a wide variety of inedibles from pencil shavings to foam peanuts to plastic doll parts. A lowly staff worker for the local news, she follows the inane demands of the stations senile weatherman and comes home to an empty apartment, unless of course her father uses the spare key. But Natalie's past stalks her at every turn. With her mother recently killed in a tragic house fire, and her runaway brother, Eliot, missing for years, Natalie and her father Boris only have each other. When a cryptic voicemail implicates her mothers gypsy roots in her untimely death, Natalie begins to consider the demons that consumed her mother, and drove her brother away. With increasing suspicion, she traces her mother's mysterious family legacy back to the gypsy neighborhood she left behind. As a wary Gypsy community tracks her every move, Natalie resolves to confront the dysfunctional and tragic figure at the heart of the mystery: the dead matriarch herself. Smart, elegiac writing, and a page-turning drive, make this a wonderful literary thriller with a hero as intriguing as the mystery.

The drowning ground : [a novel]

August 25, 2015
Marrison, James.
New York, N.Y. : Minotaur Books, 2015.
370 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"First published in Great Britain by Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK"--Title-page verso.
"Chief Inspector Guillermo Downes is a long way from his native home of Argentina, heading up the police department in the English Cotswolds. But he isn't far enough to escape the memories of his past, or to lose the baggage he carries from the loss of someone close to him. So when a young girl, Gail, disappears--the second girl in the span of two weeks to go missing-- Downes makes a promise to the child's mother to find her no matter what it takes. Ten years later, that promise remains unfulfilled. And though the girls are never far from his thoughts, the job goes on. The body of a local man, Frank Hurst, has just been found dead, sprawled on a hill in town. Frank Hurst also had a past. His second wife drowned in their swimming pool and his daughter, Rebecca, left home soon after. Downes remembers the case well. And although many in the town think Frank murdered his wife, his alibi was confirmed. Still, it now seems that there might be a connection between Frank and the missing girls, which might give Chief Inspector Downes another chance to make good on the promise he made all those years ago. With the kind of insights into life in a seemingly peaceful village that made Broadchurch so powerful, James Marrison's The Vanishing Land introduces a terrific new voice in crime fiction"-- Provided by publisher.

Godless country : [a mystery]

August 25, 2015
Hunt, Alaric, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
294 pages ; 24 cm.
Subtitle from jacket.
"A Thomas Dunne Book."
"Clayton Guthrie is a private fixer for the aristocracy of New York City. His latest job is to protect a Manhattan heiress from a dangerous stalker. He hires retired bodyguard Abraham Swabe to protect her while he runs a trap operation assisted by his young operative, Rachel Vasquez, who juggles her new responsibilities while suffering from the shaky after-effects of a shootout"--Amazon.com.

Threads of evidence

August 25, 2015
Wait, Lea, author.
©2015
310 pages ; 18 cm.
"It's hard to imagine anything bad ever happening in picturesque Haven Harbor, Maine--until a famous face rolls into town and unthreads some very dark secrets. Angie Curtis and the Mainely Needlepointers are all too familiar with the Gardener estate. The crumbling Victorian mansion, known as "Aurora," has been sitting vacant for nearly twenty-five years--and some say it's haunted by the ghost of Jasmine Gardener, the teenage girl who died there in 1970 under mysterious circumstances. Harbor Haven is abuzz with excitement when Hollywood actress Skye West decides to buy Aurora and sell off its furnishings. And Angie is intrigued when Skye asks her to appraise the estate's sizable collection of needlepoint pictures. But the more she examines the pieces, the more they seem to point toward Jasmine's murder--and the murderer--and it's up to her to stitch the clues together." -- from publisher's web site.

Last ragged breath

August 24, 2015
Keller, Julia.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
viii, 372 pages ; 25 cm
From the night-black depths of a coalmine to the sun-struck peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, from a riveting murder mystery to a poignant meditation on the meaning of love and family, the latest novel in the critically acclaimed series strikes out for new territory: the sorrow and outrage that spring from a real-life chapter in West Virginia history. Royce Dillard doesn't remember much about the day his parents-and one hundred and twenty-three other souls-died in the 1972 Buffalo Creek disaster. He was only two years old when he was ripped from his mother's arms. But now Dillard, who lives off the grid with only a passel of dogs for company, is fighting for his life one more time: He's on trial for murder. Prosecutor Bell Elkins faces her toughest challenge yet in this haunting story of vengeance, greed and the fierce struggle for social justice. Richly imagined, vividly written and deeply felt, Last Ragged Breath is set in West Virginia, but it really takes place in a land we all know: the country called home.

The drowned boy

August 24, 2015
Fossum, Karin, 1954- author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
ix, 223 pages ; 24 cm
"A new addition to the captivating Inspector Sejer series, the first since The Caller, from Norway's finest crime writer Carmen and Nicolai failed to resuscitate their son, Tommy, after finding him floating in their backyard pond. When Inspector Skarre arrives on the scene, Carmen reports that Tommy, a healthy toddler with Down syndrome, wandered into the garden while Nicolai was working in the basement and she was cleaning the house. Skarre senses something is off with Carmen's story and consults his trusted colleague, the famed Inspector Sejer. An autopsy reveals Tommy's lungs to be full of soap. When Sejer and Skarre revisit the couple, Carmen, an epileptic, changes her story, confessing that she'd been knocked unconscious by a seizure while bathing Tommy. When she came to, she found him drowned in the tub and, horrified and frightened, threw him into the pond. But Skarre and Sejer's doubt is not appeased and the case is reopened. What more could Carmen be hiding? And what lengths will she take to cover her guilt? As Carmen's own family starts to doubt her, Skarre and Sejer work to find the truth."-- Provided by publisher.

Candy corn murder : a Lucy Stone mystery

August 24, 2015
Meier, Leslie.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2015]
248 pages ; 22 cm
Covering the town's annual Giant Pumpkin Fest during the Halloween season, reporter Lucy Stone follows leads to a local general store-turned-Internet hotspot when her husband, Bill, is framed for a friend's murder.

Gone but knot forgotten

August 24, 2015
Marks, Mary, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
343 pages ; 18 cm.
"Sorting through the estate of a wealthy recluse may sound like a fascinating task, but when the skeletons in the closets turn out to be real, Martha and her quilting pals wish they'd stuck to basting and batting... Martha Rose is stunned when she hears that her best friend from high school has passed away. Her shock doubles when she learns that Harriet Oliver made her the executor of her estate. But when investigators determine that Harriet was murdered, Martha recruits her fellow quilters to help find the culprit. She's mastered the art of piecing together blocks to create intricate quilts, but piecing together her friend's murder will prove far more challenging"-- provided by publisher.

Cancans, croissants, and caskets

August 24, 2015
McHugh, Mary, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp, [2015]
278 pages ; 17 cm.
"It's Bastille Day in Paris. The Happy Hoofers--Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini--are all set to kick off the fete by dancing the cancan on a beautiful sightseeing cruise down the Seine. As the leggy ladies soak in the magic of the city of lights, everything is magnifique...until a very important patron goes belly-up on the top deck. On the heels of their French debut, murder takes center stage. The five daring dancers will need to step lively to stop the crafty killer fast...or their grand finale will turn out far more explosive than the fireworks over the Eiffel Tower" -- provided by publisher.

Margaret Truman's Internship in murder

August 24, 2015
Bain, Donald, 1935-
©2015
364 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Laura is a young intern in Washington, D.C., working for handsome and likable Congressman Hal Gannon. Laura falls for the charming Gannon, but when she catches a stewardess at Gannon's apartment, she vows to destroy him. Private investigator Robert Brixton is a former cop who has also worked for the FBI. When Laura goes missing, Brixton is hired by Laura's family to gain insight into the case that the police might have missed. Brixton tracks down rumors about Gannon--a staunchly moral "family advocate" according to his political position, but a womanizer according to gossip--but the congressman vehemently denies having anything untoward to do with Laura. Then Laura is found dead in the congressional cemetery, and many more questions are raised. Donald Bain thrills again with Margaret Truman's Internship in Murder, the riveting next installment in the Margaret Truman's beloved Capital Crimes series"-- Provided by publisher.

Thoreau in Phantom Bog

August 21, 2015
Oak, B. B. Henry David Thoreau mystery
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2015.
Thoreau returns to Plumford, Massachusetts in search of a fellow conductor on the Underground Railroad who has gone missing. With the help of his good friend, Dr. Adam Walker, Thoreau finds the conductor--shot to death on a back road. After another conductor is murdered in a neighboring town, a letter is found from someone claiming to have been hired to assassinate anyone harboring fugitive slaves. With all of them now potential targets, Thoreau and Walker urgently need to find the killer.

Thou shalt not grill : a Pennsylvania Dutch mystery with recipes

August 19, 2015
Myers, Tamar.
New York : New American Library, ©2004.
227 pages ; 22 cm
Hoping to put her culinary skills to work for the celebration of the bicentennial of Hernia, Pennsylvania, innkeeper Magdalena Yoder finds the festivities cut short when one of her guests, Buzzy Porter, is found murdered.

X

August 18, 2015
Grafton, Sue, author.
©2015
403 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Marian Wood book."
Sue Grafton's X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.

Code grey

August 18, 2015
Simon, Clea, author.
©2015
216 pages ; 23 cm.
Sequel to: Stages of grey.
Did a down on his luck former student steal a priceless book? Grad student and cat lover Dulcie Schwartz thinks not - and she sets out to prove it It's spring break, and Dulcie Schwartz has stayed behind in almost-deserted Cambridge, Massachusetts to concentrate on her thesis. But when a former student turned vagrant, Jeremy Mumbles, is found injured, with a valuable missing book clutched in his arms, Dulcie can't seem to let it go. What was he doing with the book? And why has it turned up after all these years? With Jeremy now the prime suspect for a series of break-ins in the area, Dulcie is determined to clear the unfortunate former scholar's name. But when she finds a connection between the book he was carrying and her own research into an anonymous Gothic author, the search for clues takes on a new intensity - and a new menace.

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