New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

January 23, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Twisted innocence

January 22, 2015
Blackstock, Terri, 1957-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2015]
308 pages ; 23 cm.
"Holly Cramer's past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.Though Holly's stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily's father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family she never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he's a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.Determined to keep him out of their lives and turn him over to police, Holly uses her private investigating skills to search for him. But her bravado backfires when he turns the tables and takes her and the baby hostage. As desperate hours tick by, Holly realizes his connection to Leonard Miller the man who has gunned down several members of her family. Creed claims he's innocent and that Miller is after him too. His gentleness with Lily moves her, but she can't trust a man who has held her at gunpoint. even if he reminds her so much of herself. Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to"-- Provided by publisher.

Death of a liar

January 22, 2015
Beaton, M. C.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
261 pages ; 22 cm.
"Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small village of Cronish in the Scottish Highlands. She has been brutally attacked and the criminal is on the loose. But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime. So when the same woman calls him back about an intruder, he simply marvels at her compulsion to lie. This time, though, she is telling the truth. Her body is found in her home and Hamish must sort through all of her lies to solve the crime"-- Provided by publisher.

Puzzled indemnity : a Puzzle Lady mystery

January 22, 2015
Hall, Parnell.
©2014
262 pages : illustrations; 22 cm.
Includes crosswords and a sudoku by Will Shortz that help you solve the mystery.
"It's been a cold, lonely winter for Cora Felton. Long distance has cooled the Puzzle Lady's on-again-off-again affair with Sergeant Crowley, and the only case Chief Harper has for her to investigate is a routine liquor store robbery. So when attorney friend Becky Baldwin ask her to check out whether Brittney Wells' philandering husband is planning to kill her to collect on a million dollar, double indemnity insurance policy, Cora jumps at the chance. Cora has no problem tracking hubby to his love nest, but when Brittany refuses to believe he's cheating on her, Cora has to blackmail him to prove the affair. Before she can, a car bomb rocks the quiet streets of Bakerhaven, and the stakes escalate to murder. To save Becky's clueless client from the clutches of the law, Cora will manipulate a TV reporter, cast suspicion on an innocent man, crack crossword and Sudoku clues, solve the liquor store robbery, and enlist the aid of both Sergeant Crowley and his girlfriend in this outragous new entry in the Puzzle Lady Mystery series featuring Sudoku by Will Shortz"-- Provided by publisher.

Toured to death

January 22, 2015
Conrad, Hy, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2015.
"Previously published as Rally 'round the corpse by Seven Realms Publishing in May, 2012"--Verso t.p.
"An Amy's Travel mystery"--Cover.
"While Fanny takes care of the business end of Amy's Travel in New York City, Amy is traipsing around Monte Carlo, managing their first mystery-themed excursion, a road rally in which guests compete to solve a fictional murder along the way. Amy still has reservations about partnering up with her mother. But both women, having lost the men in their lives, need a fresh beginning. The trip starts off without a hitch. Clues quickly mount, the competition is lively and just when the suspense is peaking, the writer they hired to script their made-up mystery is found murdered in his New York apartment. Suddenly, on top of running a new venture together, mother and daughter must solve a real-life case of foul play, while trying not to drive each other bonkers. But Amy and Fanny are ready, willing, and Abel to track down a clever killer with some serious emotional baggage who will go to any lengths to keep dark secrets from seeing the light of day"--Jacket.

Shadow of the raven : a Dr. Thomas Silkstone mystery

January 22, 2015
Harris, Tessa, author.
©2015
In the notorious mental hospital known as Bedlam, Dr. Thomas Silkstone seeks out a patient with whom he is on intimate terms. But he is unprepared for the state in which he finds Lady Lydia Farrell. Shocked into action, Thomas vows to help free Lydia by appealing to the custodian of her affairs, Mr. Nicholas Lupton. But when Silkstone arrives at the Boughton Estate to speak to Lupton, he finds that another form of madness has taken over the village. Sweeping changes to the Boughton Estate threaten to leave many villagers, who are rightfully angry, destitute. After a single shot rings out and a man dies in the woods, it appears that the desperate villagers have turned to murder to avenge their cause. But for Thomas, a post-mortem on the victim raises more questions than answers. Although he manages to save an innocent man from the gallows, a second murder warns him of his potentially fatal situation. Soon he discovers a conspiracy far more sinister than anything he has ever faced.

Crash & burn

January 21, 2015
Gardner, Lisa.
New York : Dutton, [2015]
389 pages ; 24 cm
Nicole Frank, after surviving a car accident, enlists the help of Boston police officer Sergeant Wyatt Foster to find a missing girl. Who is Nicky Frank, and what happened the night her car sailed off the road? Was it a random accident or something more sinister given the woman's lack of family and no close friends? The deeper Wyatt digs, the more concerned he becomes. Because it turns out, in the past few months, Nicky has suffered from more than one close accident. In fact, it would appear someone very much wants her dead.

A stitch in crime

January 21, 2015
Elliott, Cathy, 1950-
Nashville : Abingdon Press, 2015.
237 pages ; 22 cm.

The kings of London

January 21, 2015
Shaw, William, 1959- author.
New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
390 pages ; 25 cm
"A Breen and Tozer mystery"--Cover.
While investigating a gas explosion in London, Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen and young policewoman Helen Tozer find psychedelic paintings by Bridget Riley and Peter Blake, along with the body of a playboy art collector.

Criminal confections

January 21, 2015
London, Colette, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
314 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes recipes (pages 310-314).
"Hayden Mundy Moore is an expert on everything chocolate, helping clients develop new products and revamp recipes until they're irresistible. But sometimes, a dash of murder finds its way into the mix... Hayden Mundy Moore has bushwhacked through African jungles and haggled in exotic markets to find the finest cacao beans and the most flavorful blends. It's thrilling work but rarely dangerous--until a colleague turns up dead at the exclusive chocolate-themed Lemaître resort spa in San Francisco. Adrienne Dowling's heart attack is blamed on an accidental overdose of the secret ingredient used in Lemaître Chocolates' new line. Hayden can't believe that conscientious Adrienne would make that mistake. And between chocolate body scrubs, cocoa mud baths, and a non-stop frenzy of chocolate-based treats, Hayden starts to suspect that she, not Adrienne, was the intended target. Finding a killer among the rival chocolatiers and potential suspects won't just be satisfying--it might save her life"--Page [4] of cover.

Gilt by association

January 21, 2015
Smith, Karen Rose, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
Includes an excerpt from: Drape expectations (pages [295]-310).
"Between training her new puppy, helping her sister with her baby, and searching for the perfect vintage dress for Kismet's Valentines' Day dance, home-stager Caprice De Luca has a lot on her to-do list. But she's never too busy to do a little staging, and she's looking forward to thawing February's frozen real estate market with her Hearts and Flowers Open House. Her client Louise Downing's romantically decorated home practically staged itself. But when Louise is found murdered, Caprice is forced to turn her attention from sweethearts to suspects. And as the truth comes out in stages, she discovers that Louise had more secrets than a box of chocolate truffles"--Page [4] of cover.

A flash of noir : flash fiction and "short" short stories with an old-school noir theme

January 21, 2015
Pinto, Christopher, author.
©2011
53 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"A collection of short stories and flash fiction with a twist, laid down old-school style"--Subtitle on cover.
"A Flash of Noir is a collection of flash fiction and short, short stories, laid down old-school style by master mystery writer Christopher Pinto. Writing in the genre of gumshoe detectives and sultry dames, creepy horror and hep cat jive, Pinto has put together a series of mostly one-page, 60-second reads that will transport you to another time, a darker, more sinister time."--Page [4] of cover.

Arsenic and old books

January 20, 2015
James, Miranda.
New York, New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
293 pages ; 24 cm.
"In Athena, Mississippi, librarian Charlie Harris is known for his good nature--and for his Maine coon cat, Diesel, whom he walks on a leash. Charlie returned to his hometown to immerse himself in books, but taking the plunge into a recent acquisition will have him in over his head... Lucinda Beckwith Long, the mayor of Athena, has donated a set of Civil War-era diaries to the archives of Athena College. The books were recently discovered among the personal effects of an ancestor of Mrs. Long's husband. The mayor would like Charlie to preserve and substantiate them as a part of the Long family legacy--something that could benefit her son, Beck, as he prepares to campaign for the state senate. Beck's biggest rival is Jasper Singletary. His Southern roots are as deep as Beck's, and their families have been bitter enemies since the Civil War. Jasper claims the Long clan has a history of underhanded behavior at the expense of the Singletarys. He'd like to get a look at the diaries in an attempt to expose the Long family's past sins. Meanwhile, a history professor at the college is also determined to get her hands on the books in a last-ditch bid for tenure. But their interest suddenly turns deadly... Now Charlie is left with a catalog of questions. The diaries seem worth killing for, and one thing is certain: Charlie will need to be careful, because the more he reads, the closer he could be coming to his final chapter ..."-- Provided by publisher.

Fry me a liver

January 19, 2015
Rosen, Delia, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
282 pages ; 17 cm.
"Deli owner Gwen "Nashville" Katz has certainly had some very un-Kosher experiences since her move from New York--dead customers, dead street musicians, dead deliverymen. Sometimes the country music capital of the world feels more like a cemetery. But Gwen is finally knocked flat on her tuchas when a van comes plunging through her roof, causing an explosion and barricading her inside with her employees and Nashville mayoral candidate Tootsie Pearl. Was this an attack on the mayoral hopeful, or a war against Gwen herself? With her deli in shambles, Katz is hot to grill the putz responsible for turning deli into a culinary nightmare." -- from publisher's web site.

In hot water

January 19, 2015
Cook, J. J.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
293 pages ; 17 cm.
"Stella Griffin should be bubbling over with joy now that she's the full-time fire chief of Sweet Pepper, except trouble is brewing on her doorstep. An angry resident has purchased her cabin, and--with a bulldozer in tow--is ready to tear it down. But as Stella worries over the fate of her home and Eric, her ghostly roommate, there's soon an even greater cause for alarm. A suspicious house fire in the pricey Sunset Beach community at Sweet Pepper Lake claims the life of ex-state representative Barney Falk. The nature of the death has Stella feeling out of her depth, so she teams up with the state's arson investigator. Moving full steam ahead with the case, they must smoke out a killer before the firebug strikes again..."-- From back cover.

Serpents in the cold

January 19, 2015
O'Malley, Thomas, 1967- author.
New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
387 pages ; 24 cm
"A serial killer stalks the streets of 1950s Boston--and two friends take it upon themselves to take him down. Post-war Boston is down on its luck and looking for change. A year after the Brink's Robbery--the largest robbery in the history of the United States--Boston is known more for its seedy underbelly than for its rich, historical past. The winter of 1951 is the worst in recent memory, and the Bruins are suffering another losing season. Like the city itself, lifelong residents Cal O'Brien and Dante Cooper are struggling to find their identities after World War II. Cal has built a mildly promising life for himself as an employee of a company providing private security, whether to an honorable businessman who needs a nightwatchman or to an Irish mafioso who needs to have someone's legs broken. Dante is everything Cal is not. A heroin addict trying and failing to stay clean, Dante feels the call to do good after he discovers that his sister-in-law was the latest victim of a serial killer targeting disadvantaged women. Woefully unqualified, but determined to help, Cal and Dante take it upon themselves to track the killer--but their daunting quest takes on dangerous consequences when the trail leads them to the highest ranks of city government. There are a few well-placed men who don't want Cal and Dante to solve this case. An absorbing mixture of history and suspense, told with a meticulous eye for detail and character, Serpents in the Cold is a moving exploration about two men battling for second chances"-- Provided by publisher.

Behind closed doors : a novel

January 19, 2015
Lewis, Susan, 1956- author.
©2014
354 pages ; 21 cm.
"Originally published in hardcover in the United Kingdom by Century...in 2014."--Title page verso.
"A Ballantine Books Trade Paperback Original"--Title page verso.
"When fourteen-year-old Sophie Monroe suddenly vanishes one night it looks at first as though she's probably run away from home. Her computer and mobile phone have gone, and she's taken a bag full of clothes. However, as the police investigation unfolds a wealth of secrets from the surrounding community start coming to light.."-- Provided by publisher.

Her glass heart

January 19, 2015
Cantell, Mary.
[Wheaton, Ill.] : Oak Tara, c2013.
203 p. ; 23 cm.
What really happened that tragic August morning? If only Jordanna could remember... As far as anyone knew, nothing of any consequence had ever occurred in the quiet town of St. David's. That is, until someone died under mysterious circumstances. Many years later, when Jordanna Bronson attends college on a beautiful campus in suburban Philadelphia--the former estate home of her aunt and uncle, socialites John and Adelaide Colton--all is not what it seems to be. As rumors continue to swirl about the death of her cousin, six-year-old Susie Colton, Jordanna is determined to quell the gossip and prove everyone wrong. While digging deeply into her past, what she discovers not only unearths a long-held family secret but turns her own world upside down. A twisty mystery based on a hearsay story on a real-life campus.

Ghost in the guacamole

January 19, 2015
Jaffarian, Sue Ann, 1952-
New York, NY : Berkley Publishing Group, 2015.
294 p. ; 17 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
When two sisters feud over the family business, medium Emma Whitecastle will need help from the spirited ghost of Granny Apples if she is going to solve one murder and prevent another.

In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist

January 19, 2015
Feuerman, Ruchama King.
New York City : New York Review Books, 2014.
267 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"A novel"--Cover.
"An eczema-riddled Lower East Side haberdasher, Isaac Markowitz, moves to Israel to repair his broken heart and becomes, much to his own surprise, the assistant to a famous old rabbi who daily dispenses wisdom (and soup) to the troubled souls who wash up in his courtyard. It is there that he meets the flame-haired Tamar, a newly religious young American hipster on a mission to live a spiritual life with a spiritual man. Into both of their lives comes Mustafa, a devout Muslim, deformed at birth, a janitor who works on the Temple Mount, holy to both Muslims and Jews. When Mustafa finds an ancient shard of pottery that may date back to the first temple, he brings it to Isaac in friendship. That gesture sets in motion a series of events that land Isaac in the company of Israel's worst criminal riff raff, put Mustafa in mortal danger, and Tamar trying to save them both. As these characters - immigrants and natives; Muslim and Jewish; prophets and lost souls - move through their world, they are never sure if they will fall prey to the cruel tricks of luck or be sheltered by a higher power"-- Provided by publisher.

Checkmate

January 19, 2015
James, Steven, 1969-
New York : Signet, [2014]
533 p. ; 19 cm.
A climactic chapter in the bestselling series, The Bowers Files. Special Agent Patrick Bowers gets drawn into a ruthless story that a killer is determined to tell the world when an FBI facility is attacked. A fast-paced thriller full of plot twists and turns, Checkmate brings this series to an unforgettable conclusion.

Legs Benedict

January 19, 2015
Daheim, Mary.
New York : Avon Books, 1999.
312 pages : illustration ; 18 cm.

The ice queen : a novel

January 16, 2015
Neuhaus, Nele.
New York, N.Y. : Minotaur Books, 2015.
341 pages ; 24 cm
"The body of 92-year-old Jossi Goldberg, Holocaust survivor and American citizen, is found shot to death execution-style in his house near Frankfurt. A five-digit number is scrawled in blood at the murder scene. The autopsy reveals an old and unsuccessfully covered tattoo on the corpse's arm--a blood type marker once used by Hitler's SS. Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver Bodenstein are faced with a riddle. Was the old man not Jewish after all? Who was he, really? Two more, similar murders happen--one of a wheelchair-bound old lady in a nursing home, and one of a man with a cellar filled with Nazi paraphernalia--and slowly the connections between the victims becomes evident"--Amazon.com.

Done in one

January 16, 2015
Jerkins, Grant, author.
©2014
276 pages ; 22 cm
"For SWAT sniper Jake Denton, the bullet casings he saves as grim reminders of his 'kills' are beginning to add up. His wife, his department-ordered psychiatrist, and even Jake himself are all beginning to question just how these sanctioned kills are affecting his mental health. Nobody wants him to end up like Lee Staley, his mentor and ex-partner--now out on permanent psych leave, drinking himself to death, and the prime suspect in a series of shootings that have paralyzed Northern California"-- Provided by publisher.

A small indiscretion : a novel

January 16, 2015
Ellison, Jan.
New York : Random House, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, [2014]
323 pages ; 25 cm
"At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in her washed-out hometown for a London winter of drinking to oblivion and yearning for deliverance. Some two decades later, she is married to a good man and settled in San Francisco, with a son and two daughters and a successful career designing artistic interior lights. One June morning, a photograph arrives in her mailbox, igniting an old longing and setting off a chain of events that [rocks] the foundations of her marriage and [threatens] to overturn her family's hard-won happiness"--Dust jacket flap.

A pleasure and a calling

January 15, 2015
Hogan, Phil, 1955- author.
©2014
283 pages ; 22 cm
A deliciously unsettling, darkly funny novel about a man who quietly spies on the private lives of his neighbors. You won't remember Mr. Heming. He was the estate agent who showed you around your comfortable home, suggested a financial package, negotiated a price with the owner, and called you with the good news. The less good news is that, all these years later, he still has the key. That's absurd, you laugh. Of all the many hundreds of houses he has sold, why would he still have the key to mine? The answer is; he has the keys to them all.

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