New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

August 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The skeleton takes a bow

August 29, 2014
Perry, Leigh, author.
293 pages ; 17 cm
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery."
"A family skeleton mystery"--Cover.
After years of hiding in the Thackery family house, Sid the skeleton is delighted to finally have his moment in the spot-light. Every day, Georgia Thackery's daughter, Madison, brings in his skull for her high school production play of Hamlet and every night, she takes him home... Until one night when he's accidentally left at school-and hears the sounds of someone being murdered. But the next day, there's no body and no one seems to be missing. Sid is not a numbskull -- he knows what he heard. Georgia believes him, but no body has been found. Now Georgia and Sid will both need to keep their heads as they stick their necks out and play sleuth to catch the killer.

The Lewis man

August 29, 2014
May, Peter, 1951- author.
New York : Quercus, 2014.
320 pages : map ; 24 cm
"The Lewis trilogy"--Jacket flap.
Fin Macleod returns to the outer Hebridean island of his youth to make amends and restore his parents' cottage before investigating a death involving family secrets and a sinister adversary.

Summer of the dead

August 28, 2014
Keller, Julia.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
vii, 354 pages ; 25 cm
"Bell Elkins novels ; 3"--Title page verso.
"High summer in Acker's Gap, West Virginia--but no one's enjoying the rugged natural landscape. Not while a killer stalks the small town and its hard-luck inhabitants. County prosecutor Bell Elkins and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong are stymied by a murderer who seems to come and go like smoke on the mountain. At the same time, Bell must deal with the return from prison of her sister, Shirley--who, like Bell, carries the indelible scars of a savage past. In the third mystery chronicling the journey of Bell Elkins and her return to her Appalachian hometown, we also meet Lindy Crabtree--a coal miner's daughter with dark secrets of her own, secrets that threaten to explode into even more violence. Acker's Gap is a place of loveliness and brutality, of isolation and fierce attachments--a place where the dead rub shoulders with the living, and demand their due"-- Provided by publisher.

Death of a dog whisperer

August 28, 2014
Berenson, Laurien, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2014.
296 pages ; 22 cm
"A Melanie Travis mystery"--Title page.
When her aunt's dog-whispering protégé is found dead, Melanie Travis must help sort through the growing list of suspects to find the killer, all while juggling motherhood, marriage, and her six beloved poodles.

To fudge or not to fudge

August 28, 2014
Coco, Nancy
New York, NY : Kensington Pub Corp, 2014
344 p. 17 cm.
Includes recipes.
Includes excerpt from "Oh say can you fudge."
With summer in bloom and tourists afoot, Allie is out walking her pup, Mal, when the curious canine digs up a bone from under a flowering lilac bush. The bone leads to a toe that's missing a body. For the successful confectionaire it's only the first in a series of sour events in the middle of the island's Lilac Fest. When her stint on a cooking reality show swirls up a trail of foul play, Allie will have to outwit a cunning killer if she wants to continue living la dolce vida...

Night of the white buffalo

August 28, 2014
Coel, Margaret, 1937-
New York, New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
vi, 290 pages ; 24 cm.
"With her gritty mysteries steeped in authentic Native American culture, New York Times bestselling author Margaret Coel is "widely considered the most accomplished heir to Tony Hillerman's legacy," (Scripps Howard News Service). In the latest Wind River novel, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley confront a ruthless killer in the wake of a miraculous event. A mysterious penitent confesses to murder, and then flees the confessional before Father John can identify him. Two months later, Vicky discovers rancher Dennis Carey shot dead in his truck along Blue Sky Highway. With the tragic news comes the exposure of an astonishing secret: the most sacred creature in Native American mythology, a white buffalo calf, was recently born on Carey's ranch. Making national headlines, the miraculous animal draws a flood of pilgrims to the reservation, frustrating an already difficult investigation. As visitors throw the reservation into turmoil, Vicky and Father John try to unravel the strange events surrounding both Carey's murder and the recent disappearances of three cowboys from his ranch. It could be coincidence, given the nomadic life of the cowboy trade, but when one of them fails to appear in court to testify on an assault charge, Vicky wonders if Arnie Walkfast and his Arapaho buddies are guilty of more than just assault. And at the back of Father John's mind is the voice from the man in the confessional: I killed a man . . . " -- Provided by publisher.

Marked down for murder

August 28, 2014
Belle, Josie. author.
New York : Berkley Publishing Group, 2014.
260 pages ; 17 cm.
Between spending Valentine's Day with her sweetheart, Sam, and shopping upcoming Presidents' Day sales with the Good Buy Girls, everything is coming up roses and bargains for Maggie Gerber. But when the mother of Maggie's nemesis comes to town, things stop looking so rosy. Summer's mom is hoping to set her spoiled daughter up with Sam, and she'll do whatever it takes to make the match happen.

Murder of a needled knitter

August 28, 2014
Swanson, Denise, author.
New York : Obsidian published by Penguin Books, 2014
xii, 258 pages ; 18 cm.

Death is like a box of chocolates

August 28, 2014
Aarons, Kathy, author.
New York : Berkley Publishing Group, 2014.
viii, 294 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes recipes p. 291-294.
"A chocolate covered mystery"--Cover.

Nightmares can be murder

August 28, 2014
Kennedy, Mary, 1944- author.
New York : Berkley Publishing Group, 2014.
292 pages ; 18 cm.
"A Dream Club mystery"--Cover.

The wolfe widow

August 28, 2014
Abbott, Victoria. author.
New York : Berkley Publishing Group, 2014.
vi, 294 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes recipes on pages [291]-294.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
As Thanksgiving approaches, Jordan Bingham is grateful for her job researching rare books for Vera Van Alst, the infamous curmudgeon of Harrison Falls, New York. But when an uninvited guest makes an appearance, much more than dinner is disrupted and Jordan is thankful just to be alive.

Rebel without a cake

August 28, 2014
Brady, Jacklyn.
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
295 pages ; 18 cm.
In the still of the night' Halloween is approaching, and the co-owners of Zydeco Cakes, Rita Lucero and her former mother-in-law, Miss Frankie, have scored a sweet treat'a fantastic catering opportunity that could lead to a rich future for their bakery. But their good news is quickly rattled by a bump in the night when Miss Frankie's neighbor, Bernice, barrels into her kitchen toting a Bible and a gun, and serves up a story about a ghost at her window. Bernice swears she just saw the ghost of her moonshiner uncle who disappeared in the swamp fifteen years ago. And when her cousin soon goes missing in the same swamp, Bernice is certain someone's playing a nasty trick, and convinces Rita and Miss Frankie to help her investigate. They'll just need to watch their steps, as these ladies are liable to get mired in a very swampy mystery' INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES.

Robert B. Parker's Blind spot : a Jesse Stone novel

August 28, 2014
Coleman, Reed Farrel, 1956-
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2014]
339 pages ; 24 cm
"Police Chief Jesse Stone is back in the remarkable new installment of the New York Times-bestselling series. It's been a long time since Jesse Stone left L.A., and longer still since the tragic injury that ruined his chances for a professional baseball career. When Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team, he is forced to grapple with his memories and his regrets over what might have been. But his time at the reunion is cut short when a young woman is found murdered and her boyfriend, a son of one of Paradise's most prominent families, is missing and presumed kidnapped. Though seemingly unrelated, there is a connection between the reunion and the crimes as Jesse discovers that one of his former teammates may in fact be his main suspect. Sometimes, danger comes not from where you expect it-but from your blind spots"-- Provided by publisher.

Strange shores

August 27, 2014
Arnaldur Indriðason, 1961-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
296 pages ; 25 cm.
"First published in Great Britain under the title Furðustrandir in 2010 by Forlagid, Reykjavik."
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"[B]egins when a young woman disappears from the frozen fjords of Iceland. In her wake, this woman has left a tempest of lies, betrayal and revenge. Decades later, somewhere in the same wilderness, Detective Erlendur is on the hunt. He is looking for the missing woman but also for his long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snowstorm when they were children has coloured his entire life. Slowly, the past begins to surrender its secrets. But as Erlendur uncovers a story about the limits of human endurance, he realizes that many people would prefer their crimes to stay buried" -- from publisher's web site.

The low road : a novel

August 27, 2014
Scott, A. D.
New York : Atria Paperback, 2014.
326 pages ; 21 cm
"John McAllister has come to a crossroads, torn between the stability of his life in the Highlands and the thrill of working as a renowned journalist in Glasgow at a national daily newspaper. Can he accept that this exciting new phase is over? That it is time to settle down? Before he knows it, McAllister is in the midst of a fast-paced hunt for his good friend Jimmy McPhee, who is involved in a blood feud with a murderous razor gang"

The Button man : a Hugo Marston novel

August 27, 2014
Pryor, Mark, 1967- author.
Amherst, N.Y. : Seventh Street Books, 2014.
269 pages ; 21 cm
"A Hugo Marston prequel"--Cover.
"Hugo Marston has just joined the State Department as head of security at the US Embassy in London. His task is to protect a pair of spoiled movie stars, Dayton Harper and his wife Ginny Ferro, whose reckless driving killed a prominent landowner in rural England"-- Provided by publisher.

Personal : a Jack Reacher novel

August 25, 2014
Child, Lee, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2014]
353 pages ; 24 cm.
"Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott--an American marksman gone bad--is one of them. And after fifteen years in prison, he's out, unaccounted for, and likely drawing a bead on a G-8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin. If anyone can stop Kott, it's the man who beat him before: Reacher. And though he'd rather work alone, Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice, a rookie analyst who keeps her cool with Zoloft. But they're facing a rough road, full of ruthless mobsters, Serbian thugs, close calls, double-crosses, and no backup if they're caught. All the while Reacher can't stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save. But he won't let that happen again. Not this time. Not Nice. Reacher never gets too close. But now a killer is making it personal."--Dust jacket.

Video kill

August 25, 2014
Fluke, Joanne, 1943-
pages ; cm.

Throw in the trowel : a flower shop mystery

August 25, 2014
Collins, Kate, 1951-
Waterville, Maine : Kennebec Large Print, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Charms and chocolae chips : a magical bakery mystery

August 25, 2014
Cates, Bailey.
pages ; cm.

The drop

August 25, 2014
Lehane, Dennis.
New York : William Morrow Paperbacks, [2014].
207 pages ; 21 cm.
"Originally published in a slightly different form in Boston Noir in 2009 by Akashic Books" --Title page verso.
"Based on the screenplay he developed for Twentieth Century Fox from his short story "Animal Rescue," New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane's The Drop follows a former criminal whose efforts to build a new life with his girlfriend and pit bull rescue puppy fall apart when he becomes mixed up in a robbery gone wrong; scheduled for release in Fall 2014, Fox's film of the same title stars James Gandolfini (in his final on-screen performance), Tom Hardy, and Noomi Rapace"-- Provided by publisher.

Murder at midnight : a Rex Graves mystery

August 25, 2014
Challinor, C. S. (Caroline S.)
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2014]
ix, 194 pages ; 21 cm.
When two guests turn up dead at a dinner party hosted by barrister Rex Graves and his fiancée, Rex suspects they were killed for money or revenge and begins to investigate.

Murder 101 : a Decker/Lazarus novel

August 25, 2014
Kellerman, Faye, author.
New York : William Morrow & Co., [2014].
374 pages ; 25 cm.
While working for the Greenbury Police Department in upstate New York, Peter Decker must draw from his years of experience as a homicide cop when a break-in at the local cemetery leads him into a world of art forgery and murder that is linked to cold case crimes, international intrigue and ruthless people who kill for sport.

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.

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