New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

August 23, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Twelfth Night murder

August 22, 2014
Rutherford, Anne, 1956-
New York, New York : Berkley Trade, 2014.
pages cm
"As The New Globe Players bring laughter to audiences with their production of Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night, Suzanne Thornton must bring justice to the tragic victim of a brutal murder. When the body of a young boy-murdered, mutilated, and clothed in women's attire-is found under London Bridge, Constable Pepper believes him to be a member of The New Globe Players, one of the actors who specialize in women's parts. He is not, but Suzanne, summoned to make an identification, does recognize him from an encounter in the tavern the night before-as the alluring doxy who caught the eye of more than a few of the patrons. Suzanne suspects that whoever hired him for the night reacted violently when his true sex was discovered. Moved by the lad's fate, Suzanne determines to find his killer. And first, she must uncover his identity-an investigation that leads her to one of England's wealthiest families and a powerful politician determined to keep the truth from being revealed at all costs. "-- Provided by publisher.

An event in autumn

August 22, 2014
Mankell, Henning, 1948-
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House LLC, [2014].
169 pages ; 21 cm.
"Orginally published in Sweden as Handen, by Leopard förlag, Stockholm, 2013."--Title page verso.
When Inspector Kurt Wallander discovers a shallow grave in the garden of his new house, he investigates the truth about the residence and its previous owner.

The secret place

August 21, 2014
French, Tana.
New York : Viking, 2014.
452 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls' boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption says I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM. Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin's Murder Squad--and one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him this photo. "The Secret Place," a board where the girls at St. Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why. But everything they discover leads them back to Holly's close-knit group of friends and their fierce enemies, a rival clique--and to the tangled web of relationships that bound all the girls to Chris Harper. Every step in their direction turns up the pressure. Antoinette Conway is already suspicious of Stephen's links to the Mackey family. St. Kilda's will go a long way to keep murder outside their walls. Holly's father, Detective Frank Mackey, is circling, ready to pounce if any of the new evidence points toward his daughter. And the private underworld of teenage girls can be more mysterious and more dangerous than either of the detectives imagined." -- from publisher's web site.

The Darling Dahlias and the silver dollar bush

August 21, 2014
Albert, Susan Wittig, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
xvi, 285 pages ; 21 cm
"It's the spring of 1933 and times are tough all over. The only businessman not struggling is moonshiner Mickey LeDoux, though he still has to steer clear of federal agents. But banks are closing all over the country, and the small town of Darling is no exception. Folks are suddenly caught short on cash and everyone is in a panic. Desperate to avoid disaster, several town leaders--including Alvin Duffy, the bank's new vice president--hatch a plan to print Darling Dollars on newspaperman Charlie Dickens' printing press. The "funny money" can serve as temporary currency so the town can function. But when the first printing of the scrip disappears, the Darling Dahlias set out to discover who made an unauthorized withdrawal. Meanwhile County Treasurer Verna Tidwell questions whether she can trust Alvin Duffy--and the feelings he stirs up inside her. And Liz Lacy learns her longtime beau may be forced into a shotgun wedding. Seems other troubles don't just go away when there's a crisis. There'll be no pennies from heaven, but if anyone can balance things out, folks can bank on the Darling Dahlias.."-- Provided by publisher.

Hit and run

August 21, 2014
Balzo, Sandra, author.
Sutton : Severn House, [2014].
218 pages ; 23 cm.
Journalist AnnaLise Griggs return to her hometown in North Carolina's western mountains has led to some unexpected surprises, most notably the discovery that legendary womanizer Dickens Hart is her birth father, and she an heir to Hart's huge fortune. Founder of the White Tail Lodge, a High Country knock off of the Playboy concept , Hart now claims he wants to "do right" by any other children he may have fathered. To that end, he's invited all his former lovers and potential heirs, including AnnaLise and her own mother, Daisy, to what Hart envisions as a festive Thanksgiving weekend at the sprawling lakeside mansion. But not everybody is in a celebratory mood, and when a body is discovered dead in the bed, AnnaLise is left with the impossible task of identifying the killer.

Countdown

August 21, 2014
Cooper, Susan Rogers, author.
Sutton : Severn House, [2014].
202 pages ; 23 cm.
"A Milt Kovak mystery"--Cover.
When sheriff Milt Kovaks arrests Darrell Blanton for murder, Darnell's mother, Eunice, storms an inn where detective Kovaks' wife is hosting a bachelorette party and threatens to kill a partygoer every ten minutes until her son is released.

Those who feel nothing

August 21, 2014
Guttridge, Peter, author.
Sutton : Severn House, [2014].
215 pages ; 23 cm.
Ex-Chief Constable Bob Watts is hoping to ease gently into his new role as Brighton's first Police Commissioner but is hit with a shocking scandal involving the director of the Royal Pavilion. In the subsequent investigation, Detective Inspector Sarah Gilchrist and Detective Sergeant Bellamy Heap are bemused by the discovery of looted antiquities from Cambodia's Angkor Watt in the tunnels beneath the Pavilion, but the further discovery of a corpse gives their investigation a darker hue. As does the arrival in Brighton of a man who was once caught up in the horror of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime, a man for whom redemption has become retribution.

The Cinderella killer

August 21, 2014
Brett, Simon, author.
Sutton : Crème de la Crime, [2014].
186 pages ; 23 cm.
Landing a minor part in the Empire Theatre Eastbournes Christmas production of Cinderella, Charles Paris soon discovers that his main role is to gently introduce the show's baffled American star, famous sitcom actor Kenny Polizzi, to the bizarre customs of English pantomime. During their convivial sessions in the local pub, Charles finds himself increasingly caught up in Polizzi's tangled affairs as the American fends off a vengeful soon to be ex wife, an obsessed groupie, and a barely controlled drink problem. But Charles is about to be far more involved than he might wish when he stumbles across a body beneath Eastbourne Pier, a neat bullet hole in the centre of the forehead. As the world's press descends on Eastbourne, the pantomime rehearsals descend into chaos and he himself comes under suspicion, it's up to Charles to put his renowned sleuthing skills to the test to find out who really killed his fellow cast member and why.

Murder in time

August 21, 2014
Heley, Veronica, author.
Sutton : Severn House, [2014].
232 pages ; 23 cm
Ellie opens the door to a man who is a stranger but instantly recognisable as the father of her housekeeper's brilliant but difficult young son. Mikey had been conceived at a party during which his mother Vera, a schoolgirl, had been drugged and raped. Abdi hadn't wanted anything further to do with her - then. Twelve years later he is a high-flying consultant whose wife cannot have children, and he aims to pay off Vera and adopt Mikey: a suggestion that does not go down well. Ellie discovers that Vera still thinks fondly of her then boyfriend, even though he had also rejected her after that fatal night. But was that because he had fallen out of love with her, or because his father had been murdered that same weekend? Could the two events have been connected? And what part had Vera's closest friends and her family played in the tragedy? Uncovering betrayals between friends and discovering the greed and jealousies behind past events only makes it more difficult for Vera and Mikey to decide on their future.

Inside man

August 20, 2014
Abbott, Jeff.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
388 pages ; 24 cm
"When Sam Capra's best customer--and friend--is murdered outside his Miami bar, Sam decides to seek justice. Determined to find out the connection between his friend's death and a beautiful stranger, Sam infiltrates the Ligeras, one of Miami's most prominent--and dangerous-families. He faces a powerful but unstable mastermind intent on dividing his business empire between his three very different children, who may hold murderous secrets of their own. Sam is inexorably drawn into the family drama, amplifying painful echoes of his own shattered relationships as son, brother, father, and husband. And in his quest to unearth the killer before his cover is blown, Sam discovers one of the world's "dark corners"...a place where laws are inconsequential, and no amount of money or power can save you... "-- Provided by publisher.

The bullet-catcher's daughter

August 19, 2014
Duncan, Rod.
Nottingham, UK ; New York : Angry Robot, 2014.
373 p. ; 18 cm.
"Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life--as herself and as her brother, a private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better...."--from cover, p. [4].

Private down under

August 15, 2014
Patterson, James, 1947-
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
368 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes an except from "Burn" (pages 354 - 368).
The employees of the Sydney, Australia office of the investigation company Private are celebrating their office's incorporation when a bloody young man staggers into the building and the agency's caseload suddenly fills up.

The long way home

August 15, 2014
Penny, Louise.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
viii, 373 pages ; 25 cm.
"A chief inspector Gamache novel"--Cover.
At first enjoying a peaceful retirement, former Quebec homicide detective Armand Gamache reluctantly agrees to help a neighbor search for her missing estranged husband and teams up with two former colleagues on a search that reveals the workings of a psychologically damaged mind.

Mucky streak

August 15, 2014
Barritt, Christy, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], c2014.
281 pages ; 22 cm.
"After her last encounter with a serial killer, Gabby St. Claire feels her life is smeared with the stain of tragedy. Between the exhaustion of trying to get her fiancé back on his feet, routine night terrors, and potential changes looming on the horizon, she needs a respite from the mire of life. At the encouragement of her friends, she takes on a short-term gig as a private investigator: a cold case that's eluded investigators for ten years. The mass murder of a wealthy family seems impossible to solve but quickly gets interesting as Gabby brings more clues to light. Add to the mix a flirtatious client, travels to an exciting new city, and some quirky--albeit temporary--new sidekicks, and things get really complicated. With every new development, Gabby prays that what she's calling her "mucky streak" will end and the future will become clear. But every answer she uncovers leads her closer to danger--both for her life and for her heart." P. [4] of cover.

Suspicious minds

August 15, 2014
Barritt, Christy.
Grand Rapids, MI : Kregel Publications, c2008.
233 p. ; 21 cm.

The iron sickle

August 15, 2014
Limón, Martin, 1948-
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2014]
308 pages ; 22 cm

Day of vengeance

August 15, 2014
Dams, Jeanne M., author.
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
211 pages ; 23 cm.
Dorothy Martin's husband, Alan Nesbitt, is heavily involved in the complex and lengthy process of choosing a new bishop for Sherebury Cathedral when one of the candidates is found murdered in his own church.

Bitter crossing : a Peyton Cote novel

August 15, 2014
Keeley, D. A., 1970-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2014]
ix, 396 pages ; 21 cm

Rollover : a Dan Mahoney mystery

August 15, 2014
Slater, Susan, 1942-
©2014.
220 p. ; 23 cm.
"A bank heist turns sleepy little Wagon Mound, New Mexico, on its ear. It's no straight-forward, "demand all the money at gun-point and hustle out the front door" kind of robbery. It's a sneaky tunneling that probably took months to complete and landed the thieves in a room of safe deposit boxes--not the vault with two million bucks for a ranch sale next door. Was this some mistake, or was the thieves' target the Tiffany-designed sapphire and diamond necklace belonging to eighty-five year old Gertrude Kennedy, a family heirloom from the days of the Titanic? The necklace is insured with United Life and Casualty for half a million. The company sends their ace investigator, Dan Mahoney, a Chicagoan still in New Mexico recuperating from events in Flash Food, and romancing the intrepid Elaine Linden, to the scene of the crime. Delayed when his Jeep overheats, Dan catches a ride and is the hapless passenger in a rollover that kills the driver and lands Dan in Santa Fe's hospital. Dan soon learns the rollover was no accident. Someone wants him kept out of Wagon Mound at any cost. Dan hasn't lived his life looking over his shoulder and he's not starting now. But when Elaine disappears and people close to the case, like the bank's manager, turn up dead, he suspects there's more going on than a robbery. The note slipped under his rented room's door in the dead of night says it all--"it's not what you think"." -- from publisher's web site.

Windigo Island : a novel

August 14, 2014
Krueger, William Kent.
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
viii, 339 p. ; 24 cm
When the body of a year-missing Ojibwa girl washes up on a Lake Superior island, rekindling Native American superstitions about mythical monsters, Cork O'Connor struggles to obtain information from reluctant witnesses to a brutal sex-trafficking operation.

Blind Moon Alley : a Jersey Leo novel

August 14, 2014
Florio, John, 1960- author.
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2014.
223 pages ; 21 cm
"It's Prohibition. It's Philadelphia. And Jersey Leo doesn't fit in. Jersey is an albino of mixed race. Known as "Snowball" on the street, he tends bar at a speakeasy the locals call the Ink Well. There, he's considered a hero for having saved the life of a young boy. But when his old grade school buddy, Aaron Garvey, calls from death row and asks for one last favor, all hell breaks loose. Jersey finds himself running from a band of crooked cops, hiding an escaped convict in the Ink Well, and reuniting with his grammar school crush--the now sultry Myra Banks, who has shed a club foot and become a speakeasy siren. Through it all, Jersey tries to safeguard the Ink Well with no help other than his ragtag group of friends: his ex-boxing-champion father, Ernie Leo; the street-savvy Johalis; a dim-witted dockworker named Homer; and the dubious palm reader Madame Curio. With them, Jersey digs for the truth about his friend Aaron Garvey--and winds up discovering a few things about himself"-- Provided by publisher.

One Kick

August 14, 2014
Cain, Chelsea.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2014].
306 pages ; 24 cm
Kick Lannigan, abducted at age six, goes into a tailspin when a second Amber Alert in a month signals the disappearance of a child in the Portland area.That's when the enigmatic Bishop approaches her with a proposition. He made a fortune as a weapons dealer and now wants to make good by using his resources to rescue abducted children. And he is convinced Kick's experiences and expertise can be mined to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past.

Closed for winter

August 13, 2014
Horst, Jørn Lier, 1970- author.
Dingwall, Scotland : Sandstone Press, 2013.
x, 321 pages ; 20 cm.
"A William Wisting mystery"--Cover.
"Ove Bakkerud, newly separated and extremely disillusioned, is looking forward to a final quiet weekend at his summer home before closing for winter but, when the tourists leave, less welcome visitors arrive. Bakkerud's cottage is ransacked by burglars. Next door he discovers the body of a man who has been beaten to death. Police Inspector William Wisting has witnessed grotesque murders before, but the desperation he sees in this latest murder is something new. Against his wishes his daughter Line decides to stay in one of the summer cottages at the mouth of the fjord. Wisting's unease does not diminish when they discover several more corpses on the deserted archipelago. Meanwhile, dead birds are dropping from the sky" -- from publisher's web site.

Death at the door

August 12, 2014
Hart, Carolyn G.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Murder at Honeychurch Hall

August 12, 2014
Dennison, Hannah.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

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