New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

February 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The shimmering road

February 22, 2017
Young, Hester, author.
©2017
406 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: The gates of Evangeline.
"When Charlotte 'Charlie' Cates begins to have dreams of a violent attack that kills both her and her unborn daughter, she knows they are more than the nightmares of a typical mom-to-be. It is her mysterious gift--a supernatural ability to connect to both the future and the past through dreams and visions. But before she can decipher what this new dream might mean, Charlie learns that the mother who abandoned her log ago has died in Arizona, the victim of a gruesome double murder. The other victim--a half sister Charlie never knew she had--has left behind a child, a girl who speaks to Charlie in her dreams and was present on the night of the murders. Convinced that she must help her orphaned niece, Charlie travels to Tucson, Arizona, where she must confront her painful ties to her mother and delve into her sister's shady past..."--Dust jacket.

Deadly dunes : a Mac McClellan mystery

February 22, 2017
Helms, E. Michael, author.
Seattle, WA : Camel Press, 2016.
220 pages ; 21 cm
Hours after hiring Mac McClellan to investigate the supposed suicide of her archaeologist brother, single-mom Jessie dies in a car accident. Jessie had just showed Mac artifacts and a copy of a map Jake found, items that indicate Hernando de Soto and his explorers might have camped on Five Mile Island during the winter of 1539-1540. Studying the map, Mac determines the site lies in the middle of a planned resort, The Dunes. Declaring the area an historic site could shut the project down. Suspicions aroused, he forges ahead, even though he no longer has a paying client. Everywhere Mac turns, greed abounds, and no one he interviews seems innocent, even Jessie's closest friends the Deckers, who have adopted her teenage daughter. Ron Decker's construction company is building the Dunes, and he is heavily invested in its success. Then there is the oily son and ex-stripper wife of an old curmudgeon who won't sell the one lot the project still needs to acquire. Jake's estranged wife Laurel had plenty to gain from his death, and as Mac continues to dig, he begins to wonder if Jessie herself had more at stake than he was led to believe. No one is happy about Mac's persistence, and someone is unhappy enough to crash his truck and frame him for yet another murder. But Mac isn't giving up, no matter what the cost.

The cruelty

February 21, 2017
Bergstrom, Scott, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2017.
371 pages ; 25 cm
When seventeen-year-old Gwendolyn Bloom's father vanishes, she sets out across Europe under a new identity to bring him back alive, even if that means becoming as cruel as his captors.

Shadows on the lake

February 21, 2017
Cocco, Giovanni, 1976- author.
New York : Penguin Books, 2017.
310 pages ; 20 cm
"A Stefania Valenti mystery"--Cover.
"A new atmospheric Italian mystery novel set in Lake Como, introducing the clever and captivating Inspector Stefania Valenti. During the construction of a new road to the Swiss border in the mountains above Lake Como, the remains of a young man are unearthed on the powerful Cappelletti family's property. On the case is Stefania Valenti, forty-five, divorced with a young daughter, and a brilliant, determined police inspector. Her investigation takes her back to World War II and deep into the history of the region, a place that during the war attracted smugglers, deserters, secret agents, and fleeing Jews. Steeped in the beautiful atmosphere of Northern Italy, Valenti's investigation brings to light a family's secret, a tragic romance, and reveals a fascinating piece of Italian history." --Back cover.

Cruel mercy

February 20, 2017
Mark, David John, 1977- author.
©2016
354 pages ; 24 cm.
"Cruel Mercy is McAvoy's first adventure on American soil. In the New York Police Department's 7th Precinct on the Lower East Side, Detective Ronny Alto is investigating a crime that's left one man dead and the other in a medically induced coma after surviving a shot to the head. One hope is that Brishen Ayres, a boxing coach and legend in the gypsy community in England, will wake up and reveal the person--or people--responsible for the murder of his protege Shay Helden and his own mutilation. Another hope is Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy. Far away from his home in the U.K., from his familiar Hull, and from the guidance of his boss Trish Pharaoh, McAvoy is flown in to assist with the case, but he has his own motives for the trip: find a man named Valentine Teague--another amateur boxer, a rival of the Helden family, and, perhaps most important, his brother-in-law. But every step toward locating Valentine is a step deeper into a sinister underground network of misguided loyalty, faith, and honor that pulses beneath the streets of New York."--Provided by publisher.

Swimming lessons

February 20, 2017
Fuller, Claire, author.
©2017
350 pages ; 23 cm
Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. Then she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window. Flora, who has never believed her mother drowned, returns home to care for her father. She tries to discover what happened to Ingrid, not realizing that the answers are hidden in the books that surround her.-- Adapted from dust jacket.

Lucidity

February 20, 2017
Carnoy, David, author.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2017.
285 pages ; 24 cm
Detective Hank Madden returns in this bicoastal caper that pits dreams against reality, where nothing can be taken at face value.

The nightwalker

February 20, 2017
Fitzek, Sebastian, 1971- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
333 pages ; 22 cm
As a young man, Leon Nader suffered from insomnia. As a sleepwalker, he even turned to violence during his nocturnal excursions and had psychiatric treatment for his condition. Eventually, he was convinced he had been cured - but one day, years later, Leon's wife disappears from their flat under mysterious circumstances. Could it be that his illness has broken out again? In order to find out how he behaves in his sleep, Leon fits a movement activated camera to his forehead - and when he looks at the video the next morning he makes a discovery that bursts the borders of his imagination. His nocturnal personality goes through a door that is totally unknown to him and descends into the darkness..." -- Book flap.

Death, taxes, and sweet potato fries

February 20, 2017
Kelly, Diane, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
311 pages ; 17 cm.
When the IRS is tasked with assisting the border patrol in pursuing individuals who transport illegal immigrants across the border, Tara Holloway must investigate her former flame Brett while convincing her fiancé Nick that she doesn't still carry a torch for Brett.

Snowed in with murder

February 20, 2017
Wallace, Auralee, author.
New York : St Martin's Press, 2017.
322 pages ; 17 cm.
Erica has returned to Otter Lake, New Hampshire, to rekindle her romance with Sheriff Grady Forrester at her mom's island retreat, currently closed for the off season. Just ahead of a rapidly advancing storm front, Erica arrives to discover Mom has rented the lodge to a reality TV show. They're filming the wealthy but awful Boatright brood, who've been summoned here by their patriarch because-so he says-one of them wants to kill him. Great television, terrible timing. Not only are Erica's romantic hopes snuffed out like a candle flame, the nasty Nor'easter just became a superstorm... and no one is getting off the island 'til it blows over. When the power fails, it's lights out for the patriarch. Now, marooned with a murdered millionaire and his feuding family, it's up to Erica to take the killer by storm and get back to the business of reuniting with Grady--until death do they part!

Murder on the Moor

February 17, 2017
Deering, Julianna, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
321 pages ; 22 cm
When mysterious incidents begin occurring on a moor in Yorkshire, an old friend begs Drew for help. At first it seems to be simply bad luck--fires started, livestock scattered--but then the vicar is murdered. As danger closes in, Drew and Madeline must determine what's really going on and find the killer before it's too late.

Zodiac : a novel

February 17, 2017
Wilson, Sam, author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2017.
422 pages ; 22 cm
Most original concepts in years, where the line between a life of luxury and an existence of poverty can be determined by the stroke of midnight. In San Celeste, a series of uniquely brutal murders targets victims from totally different walks of life. In a society divided according to Zodiac signs, those differences are cast at birth and binding for life. All eyes are on detective Jerome Burton and astrological profiler Lindi Childsdivided in their beliefs over whether the answer is written in the stars, but united in their conviction that there is an ingenious serial killer executing a grand plan.Together, they will unravel a dark tale of betrayal, lost love, broken promises and a devastating truth with the power to tear their world apart .

The lost girl of Astor Street

February 17, 2017
Morrill, Stephanie, author.
©2017
349 pages ; 22 cm
When her best friend Lydia disappears, Piper Sail goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, uncovering deep corruption that may lead back to her affluent neighborhood.

Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf enigma

February 17, 2017
Millett, Larry, 1947- author.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2017]
viii, 226 pages : map ; 24 cm

Mission impawsible

February 17, 2017
Davis, Krista, author.
©2017
xii, 284 pages ; 18 cm.
"Delicious recipes for owners and pets included!"--Cover.
In the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia, Holly Miller and her grandmother, Oma, are working their tails off to prepare the Sugar Maple Inn for an upcoming matchmaking event for pet owners. While Holly has no interest in pairing up, Oma plans on playing Cupid and finding someone to warm her reluctant granddaughter's heart. Unfortunately, one man Holly does meet is cold--dead cold--and he has a personal letter from Oma in his pocket. As suspicion is cast over the inn's guests, Holly--with the help of her furry friends, Trixie the Jack Russell and Twinkletoes the cat--must fetch the real killer, or she may soon have a date in court.

Coco Butternut : a Hap and Leonard adventure

February 16, 2017
Lansdale, Joe R., 1951- author.
©2017
88 pages ; 21 cm
When the mummified corpse of a beloved prize-winning dachshund named Coco Butternut is stolen from her final resting place, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are hired by the owner to get her body back. The job is straightforward: they must simply exchange a bag full of cash for the missing pooch's mummy. But they can feel something's not on the up-and-up, and how right they are. With assistance from Hap's significant other, Brett, and his daughter, Chance, Hap and Leonard are soon embroiled in a gripping mystery tied to the dark secrets lurking beneath the hallowed ground of Oak Rest cemetery.

Garden of lamentations

February 16, 2017
Crombie, Deborah, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
x, 414 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Map on endpapers.
While Gemma James investigates the murder of a young nanny who may be one of a series of victims, Duncan Kincaid uncovers information that puts those closest to him in danger. --Publisher

Six four

February 16, 2017
Yokoyama, Hideo, 1957- author.
©2016
vi, 566 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Japanese in 2012 by Bungeishunju, Tokyo, as Rokuyon (64)"--Title page verso.
"English translation originally published in 2016 by Quercus Publishing Ltd., Great Britain"--Title page verso.
"The nightmare no parent could endure. The case no detective could solve. The twist no reader could predict. For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as Six Four. They would never forgive the authorities for their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find. "-- Provided by publisher.

Swiss vendetta

February 16, 2017
De Hahn, Tracee, author.
©2017
viii, 354 pages ; 22 cm
Inspector Agnes Luthi, a Swiss-American police officer in Lausanne, Switzerland, has just transferred to the Violent Crimes unit from Financial Crimes to try to shed all reminders of her old life following her husband's death. Now, on the eve of the worst blizzard Lausanne has seen in centuries, Agnes has been called to investigate her very first homicide case. On the lawn of the grand Chateau Vallotton, at the edge of Lac Leman, a young woman has been found stabbed to death. The woman, an appraiser for a London auction house, had been taking inventory at the chateau, a medieval fortress dripping in priceless works of art and historical treasures.Agnes finds it difficult to draw answers out of anyone the tight-lipped Swiss family living in the chateau, the servants who have been loyal to the family for generations, the aging WWII survivor who lives in the neighboring mansion, even the American history student studying at the Vallotton chateau's library. As the storm rages on, roads become impassible, the power goes out around Lausanne, and Agnes finds herself trapped in the candlelit halls of the chateau with all the players of the mystery, out of her depth in her first murder case and still struggling to stay afloat after the death of her husband. Swiss Vendetta, Tracee de Hahn's mesmerizing debut, is an emotionally complex, brilliantly plotted mystery set against the beautiful but harsh backdrop of a Swiss winter.

What you don't know : a novel

February 16, 2017
Chaney, JoAnn, author.
New York, New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
310 pages ; 25 cm
He didn't take their lives -- but he ruined them. The final victims of an infamous serial killer may be the ones he didn't kill. Hoskins cracked the case of one of the most infamous serial killers -- and then it cracked him. He's in cold cases, as is his career. Sammie was the lead reporter who broke the story, but now she's selling makeup at the mall. She wants back on page 1. Gloria claims she was the unsuspecting wife. She didn't know a thing. And as new murders shake Denver, this is a final chance to get their lives back. "--Provided by publisher.

A wee homicide in the hotel

February 16, 2017
Stewart, Fran, 1947- author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
x, 294 pages ; 17 cm.
When Big Willie, the returning champion of the Scottish-themed games, is murdered during the Highland Festival, Peggy Winn, the owner of the ScotShop, decides to solve the crime with the help of her 14th-century ghostly companion, Dirk.

The dime

February 15, 2017
Kent, Kathleen, 1953- author.
©2017
343 pages ; 25 cm
Betty Rhyzyk, Brooklyn's toughest female police detective, relocates to rough-and-tumble Dallas, Texas, where she must contend with a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend.

Where the lost girls go : a Laura Mori mystery

February 15, 2017
Noonan, Rosalind.
New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2017.
297 pages ; 24 cm.
Rookie cop Laura Mori catches her first investigation when the fiery crash of a sports car lights up the night sky. The fire burns the body beyond recognition, but the police are able to identify the car as that of Kent Jameson, celebrity author and benefactor of Sunrise Lake. And Jameson fears that the unidentified body is his seventeen-year-old daughter Lucy, who stormed out of the house that night after an argument. When lab reports reveal that the body was not Lucy, but a teen runaway named Kyra whose disappearance has been linked with other missing persons--more than half a dozen lost girls who disappeared while living on the streets of Portland--the investigation takes a drastic turn. How did Kyra come to land at the Jameson estate in rural Oregon, and what was she doing driving their car? And who cut the brake lines on the vehicle? Just when Laura is making progress in the case, she comes across a suspicious lane in the forest that uncovers new evidence that will once again alter the course of the investigation and rock Sunrise Lake to its core.

Crooked street : a Joanna Piercy mystery

February 15, 2017
Masters, Priscilla.
Sutton : Severn House, 2017.
246 pages ; 23 cm
Jadon Glover is goodlooking, professional, reliable and a perfect husband, according to his wife. So when he fails to return home one miserable March night, she rings the police, certain that something has happened to him. DI Joanna Piercy and DS Mike Korpanski are sceptical: there's no such thing as a perfect marriage. So what is the truth about Jadon? As the investigation proceeds, it soon becomes apparent that Jadon Glover has been keeping secrets from his wife. And as the police pursue their house-to-house enquiries through the claustophobic, jumbled streets of cramped Victorian terraces, they unearth other secrets from behind the net curtains. But, whatever else has been going on among the inhabitants' quiet, desperate lives, it's clear that at least one of them knows what really happened to Jadon.--Dust jacket.

A measure of murder : a Sally Solari mystery

February 15, 2017
Karst, Leslie, author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2017.
325 pages ; 22 cm.
"Includes recipes!"--Cover.
Sally Solari is busy juggling work at her familys Italian restaurant, Solaris, and helping Javier plan the autumn menu for the restaurant shes just inherited, Gauguin. Complicating this already hectic schedule, Sally joins her ex-boyfriend Erics chorus, which is performing a newly discovered version of her favorite composition: the Mozart Requiem. But then, at the first rehearsal, a tenor falls to his death on the church courtyard--and his soprano girlfriend is sure it wasnt an accident.

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