New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

June 24, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The girl in the ice : a Detective Erika Foster novel

June 23, 2016
Bryndza, Robert, author.
©2016
394 pages ; 20 cm.
"When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London. What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?"--From back cover.

Burn what will burn : [a novel]

June 22, 2016
McKenzie, C. B., author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
212 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Bob Reynolds doesn't recognize the body in the creek, but he does recognize the danger of it. He's a newcomer to town, not entirely welcome and not entirely on good footing with the sheriff. So far, he's kept his head down, mostly over the bar at the Crow's Nest. But he has other interests than drinking and spending his inheritance, including one that goes by the name Tammy Fay Smith and who may have caught the sheriff's eye as well. Bob Reynolds would rather pretend he never saw the body, but when it disappears he begins to doubt what little he knew about this secretive town, one that seems to become more unwelcoming by the day. But he can't just forget the body, despite the advice he's given to do so, and despite the evidence to suggest that he might be disappearing along with it. Following his acclaimed, Edgar-nominated debut, CB McKenzie's Burn What Will Burn will appeal to fans of such literary crime authors as Daniel Woodrell, Tom Franklin, Joe R. Lansdale, and Nic Pizzolatto"-- Provided by publisher.

The dead don't bleed : a novel

June 22, 2016
Krugler, David F., 1969- author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2016.
309 pages ; 24 cm
"In a gripping World War II mystery set in Washington, D.C., a young naval intelligence officer goes undercover to solve a murder and prevent the Soviets from stealing the secrets of America's atomic bomb project."-- Amazon.com.

The detective & the Chinese high-fin : a John Darvelle mystery

June 22, 2016
Craven, Michael, 1970- author.
New York : Bourbon Street Books, [2016]
324 pages ; 21 cm.
"A BOURBON STREET BOOK. Michael Craven, author of The Detective & The Pipe Girl, delivers another mystery--for fans of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen--featuring private detective John Darvelle, who must crack a cold case that pulls him into the high-stakes world of exotic fish collectors"-- Provided by publisher.

Willnot : a novel

June 22, 2016
Sallis, James, 1944- author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
178 pages ; 22 cm
In his celebrated career, James Sallis has created some of the most finely drawn protagonists in crime fiction, all of them thoughtful observers of the human condition: Lew Griffin, the black New Orleans private investigator; retired detective John Turner; the unnamed wheelman in Drive. Dr. Lamar Hale will now join the ranks of Sallis's finest characters. In the woods outside the town of Willnot, the remains of several people have suddenly been discovered, unnerving the community and unsettling Hale, the town's all-purpose general practitioner, surgeon, and town conscience. At the same time, Bobby Lowndes--his military records disappeared, being followed by the FBI--mysteriously reappears in his hometown, at Hale's door. Over the ensuing months, the daily dramas Hale faces as he tends to his town and to his partner, Richard, collide with the inexplicable vagaries of life in Willnot. And when a gunshot aimed at Lowndes critically wounds Richard, Hale's world is truly upended. In his inimitable spare style, James Sallis conjures indelible characters and scenes that resonate long after they appear. You live with someone year after year, you think you've heard all the stories, Lamar observes, but you never have.

That bright land : [a novel]

June 22, 2016
Roberts, Terry, 1956- author.
Nashville, TN : Turner Publishing Company, [2016]
322 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from cover.
Set in the summer of 1866, a year after the Civil War has ended, That Bright Land is the story of Jacob Ballard, a former Union soldier and spy who's been sent south into the North Carolina mountains to find a serial killer who is carrying out his own private war in an isolated community. His journey also takes him home to the mountains where he was born; as he searches for the killer, he meets a war widow who helps him heal his own wounds and make peace with his past. Based on true events, That Bright Land paints a compelling picture of a violent and fragile nation in the wake of the Civil War.

Yellowstone standoff : a National Park mystery

June 22, 2016
Graham, Scott, 1960- author.
©2016
264 pages ; 21 cm.
When Yellowstone National Park's grizzly bears and gray wolves suddenly and inexplicably go rogue, archaeologist Chuck Bender teams with his old friend, Yellowstone Chief Ranger Lex Hancock, to defend the suspect members of a group scientific expedition. Soon, Chuck finds himself defending the lives of his family as an unforeseen danger threatens in the storied national park's remote wilderness.

House revenge

June 22, 2016
Lawson, Michael, 1948- author.
©2016
276 pages ; 24 cm.
"Joe DeMarco's powerful congressman boss dispatches him to Boston to help an elderly woman who's holding out against a real estate developer intent on tearing down her apartment building."--Provided by publisher.

The Dalwich desecration : a Colin Pendragon mystery

June 22, 2016
Harris, Gregory, author.
New York : Kensington Books, 2016.
310 pages ; 21 cm
At the request of his father, Pendragon, master sleuth Colin Pendragon and his trusted partner, Ethan Pruitt, leave their familiar cosmopolitan London for rural Sussex County, travelling to the town of Dalwich, where a gruesome crime has desecrated the hallowed halls of Whitmore Abbey. The abbott has been slaughtered in his cell with multiple stab wounds and his tongue cut out. Although Father Demetris, the local bishop's associate, has faith that the killer must be an outsider from the village, Pendragon considers no man above suspicion, including the brooding brothers of the order. But before Pendragon and Pruitt can make much progress in their investigation, a second corpse is found--a barmaid who has been mutilated in the same way as the monk.

Diana's altar

June 22, 2016
Cleverly, Barbara, author.
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2016]
387 pages ; 22 cm.
"Cambridge, October 1933. Inside the old All Hallows Church on All Hallows' Eve, Doctor Adelaide Hartest bears witness to the final moments of a dying stranger. Despite the dagger plunged into the stranger's chest, the death is ruled a suicide, compounded by a formal confession before death. The victim, it is revealed, is known to Scotland Yard, and Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands is sent all the way from London to investigate. Thrown into a deadly ring of cloak-and-dagger politics and high-society hedonism, Sandilands must uncover the truth before the Hellfire Club, an elite society composed of intelligentsia and aristocrats, topples the institutions and harms the people he has sworn to protect--especially one he has come to truly love." -- Provided by publisher.

New York nocturne : the return of Miss Lizzie

June 21, 2016
Satterthwait, Walter, author.
New York : MysteriousPress.com/Open Road Integrated Media, 2016.
290 pages ; 21 cm
"A MysteriousPress.com original"--Cover.
During the Roaring Twenties, Lizzie Borden and Amanda Burton reunite to solve the case of a grisly murder among Jazz Age New York's elite. Together, they will manage to work out a twisted path through the narrow streets of nighttime New York toward what might be survival.

Fatal pursuit

June 21, 2016
Walker, Martin, 1947 January 23- author.
©2015
301 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain as The dying season by Quercus Publishing PLC, London in 2015"--Title page verso.
A pair of murders, a little romance, and rivals in pursuit of a long-lost vintage car of unfathomable value--Bruno, chief of police, is busy in another mystery set in the beautiful Dordogne.

Since she went away

June 21, 2016
Bell, David, 1969 November 17- author.
New York, New York : New American Library, [2016]
411 pages ; 21 cm
"Three months earlier, Jenna Springer was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend, Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared--and hasn't been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend's disappearance every single day since then. The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia "The Diamond Mom." And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers--or easing her guilt. But when her son's new girlfriend--who suddenly arrived in town without a past--disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia's tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies"--Provided by publisher.

We were kings

June 21, 2016
O'Malley, Thomas, 1967- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
369 pages ; 25 cm
In 1950's Boston, the Irish Republican Army is running guns and killing witnesses. Cal and Dante are committed to stopping them. When a body is discovered at the Charlestown locks--tarred, feathered and shot to death--it appears to be a gangland killing, and is almost immediately dismissed. However, Cal O'Brien's cousin, Boston PD detective Owen Lackey, recognizes the murder style as the typical retribution for IRA informers. Combined with a tip-off about a boat coming into Boston weighed down with stolen guns and ammunition, the body in the locks hints that much more may be at stake than a one-off hit.

The games

June 20, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
©2016
366, 14 pages ; 25 cm.
Includes excerpt from author's, "Bullseye," a Detective Michael Bennett thriller, at the end of the book.
Two years ago Jack Morgan---the head of the renowned worldwide investigation firm Private--was in charge of security for the World Cup in Bazil. During the championship final, the action nearly spilled from the field into the stands. Fortunately, Jack and his team averted disaster on football's biggest stage. Now he has returned to Rio to secure the Olympics. But before the torch is lit, the threats come fast and furious as Jack discovers that someone is trying to sabotage the games. A lethal plan put in motion during the World Cup is set to decimate Rio, and turn the Olympics from a worldwide celebration into a horrifying spectacle.

Wolf Lake : a novel

June 17, 2016
Verdon, John, author.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2016]
378 pages ; 24 cm
"Could a nightmare be used as a murder weapon? That's the provocative question confronting Gurney in the thrilling new installment in this series of international bestsellers. The former NYPD star homicide detective is called upon to solve a baffling puzzle: Four people who live in different parts of the country and who seem to have little in common, report having had the same dream--a terrifying nightmare involving a bloody dagger with a carved wolf's head on the handle. All four are subsequently found with their wrists cut--apparent suicides--and the weapon used in each case was a wolf's head dagger. Police zero in quickly on Richard Hammond, a controversial psychologist who conducts hypnotherapy sessions at a spooky old Adirondack inn called Wolf Lake Lodge. It seems that each of the victims had gone there to meet with Hammond shortly before turning up dead. Troubled by odd holes in the official approach to the case, Gurney begins his own investigation--an action that puts him in the crosshairs of not only an icy murderer and the local police but the darkest corner of the federal government. As ruthless as the blizzard trapping him in the sinister eeriness of Wolf Lake, Gurney's enemies set out to keep him from the truth at any cost--including an all-out assault on the sanity of his beloved wife Madeleine. With his emotional resources strained to the breaking point, Gurney must throw himself into a deadly battle of wits with the most frightening opponent he has ever faced. Wolf Lake is the page-turning new work by a writer hailed by the New York Times as 'masterly'--and it furthers the adventures of Dave Gurney, a detective reviewers have compared to Sherlock Holmes"-- Provided by publisher.

Bad action

June 17, 2016
Swain, James, author.
Seattle, WA : Thomas & Mercer, 2016.
372 pages ; 21 cm.
"Con artist Billy Cunningham is no stranger to the casinos of Las Vegas-- he's ripped off every single one. But his latest scam-- a year in the making-- promises his crew their biggest payday yet. Billy has thought of everything down to the last detail ... or so he thinks. He hasn't counted on the father-son team of contract killers looking to cash in on Billy's head. Or his old flame, Maggie Flynn, out for payback for her broken heart. If Billy and his team can pass themselves off as high rollers for a week straight, living it up in Vegas's most exclusive suites and box seats, they'll get their chance to make their VIP status permanent. It's the biggest scam of their lives-- if they live."--Provided by publisher.

The pursuit

June 16, 2016
Evanovich, Janet, author.
©2016
304 pages ; 25 cm
"Janet Evanovich, author of the blockbuster Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, writer for the Monk television show, team up once again in their rollicking, New York Times bestselling Fox and O'Hare series! Nicolas Fox, international con man, thief, and one of the top ten fugitives on the FBI's most-wanted list, has been kidnapped from a beachfront retreat in Hawaii. What the kidnapper doesn't know is that Nick Fox has been secretly working for the FBI. It isn't long before Nick's covert partner, Special Agent Kate O'Hare, is in hot pursuit of the crook who stole her con man. The trail leads to Belgium, France, and Italy, and pits Nick and Kate against their deadliest adversary yet: Dragan Kovic, an ex-Serbian military officer. He's plotting a crime that will net him billions. and cost thousands of American lives. Nick and Kate have to mount the most daring, risky, and audacious con they've ever attempted to save a major U.S. city from a catastrophe of epic proportions. Luckily they have the help of an eccentric out-of-work actor, a bandit who does his best work in the sewers, and Kate's dad, Jake. The pressure's on for Nick and Kate to make this work--even if they have to lay their lives on the line. The fifth in the bestselling Fox and O'Hare suspense series that "[mixes] humor from Evanovich and Goldberg's books with the intricate cons seen in the best episodes of Mission: Impossible"-- Provided by publisher.

The transatlantic conspiracy

June 15, 2016
Falksen, G. D. (Geoffrey D.), 1982-
New York, NY : Soho Teen, [2016]
226 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In 1908, on the inaugural journey from Europe to the United States of the world's first underwater railway, seventeen-year-old Rosalind finds love, a murder mystery, and the truth behind the railway's construction.

Steeplejack

June 14, 2016
Hartley, A. J., author.
©2016
334 pages ; 24 cm
Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other. The white Feldish command the nation’s higher echelons of society. The native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there’s Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated over generations ago as servants and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm’s edges. When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice Berrit, she instead finds him dead. That same night, the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon’s theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit’s murder—except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers. Meanwhile, crowds gather in protests over the city’s mounting troubles. Rumors surrounding the Beacon’s theft grow. More suspicious deaths occur. With no one to help Ang except Josiah’s haughty younger sister, a savvy newspaper girl, and a kindhearted herder, Ang must rely on her intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city descends into chaos.

With malice

June 14, 2016
Cook, Eileen, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2016]
316 pages ; 22 cm
Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital, unable to remember the past six weeks, including the accident that killed her best friend, if it was, in fact, an accident.

Death on the Sapphire : a Lady Frances Ffolkes mystery

June 14, 2016
Koreto, R. J., author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2016.
292 pages ; 24 cm
"An extraordinary woman living in extraordinary times, Lady Frances Ffolkes is an Edwardian-era suffragette who has an uncanny ability to attract danger and romance. When Major Colcombe, a family friend and war veteran, dies under mysterious circumstances, the good Lady Frances discovers that he was working on a manuscript about South Africa’s bloody Boer War, which reportedly revealed a scandalous mistake that cost many innocent lives. Now, it’s up to Frances and her loyal lady's maid, June Mallow, to track down the missing manuscript and bring the killer to justice. Despite clashes with Scotland Yard and the British Secret Service, Frances never backs down and finds herself in several very unfortunate positions--and one very fortunate love triangle" -- back cover.

The devil's cold dish

June 14, 2016
Kuhns, Eleanor, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
322 pages ; 22 cm.
"Will Rees is back home on his farm in 1796 Maine with his teenage son, his pregnant wife, their five adopted children, and endless farm work under the blistering summer sun. But for all that, Rees is happy to have returned to Dugard, Maine, the town where he was born and raised, and where he's always felt at home. Until now. When a man is found dead - murdered - after getting into a public dispute with Rees, Rees starts to realize someone is intentionally trying to pin the murder on him. Then, his farm is attacked, his wife is accused of witchcraft, and a second body is found that points to the Rees family. Rees can feel the town of Dugard turning against him, and he knows that he and his family won't be safe there unless he can find the murderer and reveal the truth...before the murderer gets to him first"-- Provided by publisher.

The devils of Cardona

June 14, 2016
Carr, Matthew, 1955- author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2016.
401 pages : map ; 24 cm
"In this gripping historical thriller set in sixteenth-century Spain, a Catholic priest is murdered by a mysterious Muslim avenger as the Inquisition continues to force Moriscos to live and worship as Christians. In March 1584, the priest of Belamar de la Sierra, a small town in Aragon near the French border, is murdered in his own church. Most of the town's inhabitants are Moriscos, former Muslims who converted to Catholicism. Anxious to avert a violent backlash on the eve of a royal visit, an adviser to King Philip II appoints local magistrate Bernardo de Mendoza to investigate. A soldier and humanist, Mendoza doesn't always live up to the moral standards expected of court officials, but he has a reputation for incorruptibility. From the beginning, Mendoza finds almost universal hatred for the priest. And it isn't long before he's drawn into a complex and dangerous world in which greed, fanaticism, and state policy overlap. And as the killings continue, Mendoza's investigation is overshadowed by the real prospect of an ethnic and religious civil war. By turns an involving historical thriller and a novel with parallels to our own time, The Devils of Cardona is an unexpected and compelling read"-- Provided by publisher.

False hearts

June 14, 2016
Lam, Laura, 1988- author.
New York : Tor/Tom Doherty Associates, 2016.
365 pages ; 24 cm
One night Tila stumbles home, terrified and covered in blood. She's arrested for murder, the first by a civilian in decades. The San Francisco police suspect involvement with Verve, a powerful drug, and offer her twin sister Taema a chilling deal. Taema must assume Tila's identity and gather information -- then if she brings down the drug syndicate, the police may let her sister live. But Taema's investigation raises ghosts from the twins' past. The sisters were raised by a cult which banned modern medicine. But as conjoined twins, they needed surgery to divide their shared heart--and escaped. Taema now finds that Tila discovered the links between the cult and the city's underground. Once unable to keep secrets, the sisters will discover the true cost of lies.-- from author's website.

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