New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

August 19, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Y is for yesterday

August 18, 2017
Grafton, Sue, author.
483 pages ; 24 cm.
"Marian Wood Books."
In 1979, four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate, filming the rape. Not long after, the tape goes missing, and the classmate suspected to be the thief is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state's evidence and two of his peers are convicted--but the ringleader escapes. A decade later, one of the assailants--moody, angry, unrepentant Fritz McCabe--has been released from prison, only to have a copy of the missing tape arrive at his home with a ransom demand. The McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help; but even as she's drawn into their family's drama, Kinsey begins to suspect that a vicious sociopath with a grudge against her is leaving traces of himself for her to find....

Dog dish of doom

August 16, 2017
Copperman, E. J., 1957- author.
296 pages ; 22 cm.
"Kay Powell wants to find that break-out client who will become a star. And she thinks she's found him: His name is Bruno, and he has to be walked three times a day. Bruno's humans, Trent and Louise, butt in a lot, and Les McMaster, the famous director now mounting a revival of Annie, might not hire Bruno just because he can't stand them. That becomes less of an issue when Trent is discovered face down in Bruno's water dish, with a kitchen knife in his back."--Jacket

Strange alchemy

August 16, 2017
Bond, Gwenda, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Switch Press, A Capstone Imprint, [2017]
322 pages ; 21 cm
Not a reprint, but a re-edited version of the novel Blackwood, with the story now presented in a first-person, dual-narrator perspective, rather than single-narrator, third-person perspective-- Information from publisher's email (May 2, 2017).
When 114 people go missing on Roanoke Island in what seems like an eerie repeat of what happened hundreds of years before, seventeen-year-olds Miranda and Grant may be the key to the mysteries past and present.

Murder in disguise : a Roaring Twenties mystery

August 16, 2017
Miley, Mary, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2017.
234 pages ; 23 cm
"Employed by Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford at their famous film studios, script girl Jessie Beckett has a reputation as a skilled amateur sleuth. So when a projectionist is shot dead at the movie theatre where he worked, his grieving widow asks Jessie if she can find out who killed him, and why. Who was the mysterious man in the red coat who fired three shots at Joe Petrovitch? And how could he vanish from the balcony with no trace? To find the answers, Jessie must delve into the dead man's history and uncover dark secrets from another continent and another era. As she is to discover, the past has a long reach."--book jacket

Portrait of vengeance : a Gwen Marcey novel

August 16, 2017
Parks, Carrie Stuart, author.
311 pages : map ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions (page 299).
Includes an excerpt from the author's A cry from the dust (pages 303-309).
"Gwen Marcey has done a good job keeping the pain of her past boxed up. But as she investigates the case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho, details keep surfacing that are eerily similar to her childhood traumas. She doesn't believe in coincidences. So what's going on here? No one knows more about the impact of the past than the Nez Perce people of Lapwai. Gwen finds herself an unwelcome visitor to some, making her investigation even more difficult. The questions keep piling up, but answers are slow in coming-- and the clock is ticking for a missing little girl. Meanwhile, Gwen's ex-husband is threatening to take sole custody of their daughter. As Gwen's past and present collide, she's in a desperate race for the truth. Because only truth will ensure she still has a future."

Brooklyn wars : an Erica Donato mystery

August 15, 2017
Stein, Triss, author.
224 pages ; 22 cm.
"From the earliest days of the Republic until the administration of LBJ, the Brooklyn Navy Yard was, proudly, both an arsenal of democracy, in FDR's words, and the creator of 70,000 local jobs. In time it became best known as the scary place New Yorkers had to locate to rescue their impounded cars. And then it came back to life, but not without a war. "

Death shall come

August 15, 2017
Green, Simon R., 1955- author.
185 pages ; 22 cm.
"Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny have been summoned to remote Cardavan House, home of the world's largest private collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, for the unveiling of George Cardavan's latest acquisition: a bone fide Egyptian mummy. When a bloodstained body is discovered beside the empty sarcophagus, Ishmael is dismissive of the theory that the mummy's curse is to blame. Instead he sets out to uncover the human killer responsible. But how can Ishmael explain the strange, shuffling footsteps that creep along the corridors? Who is playing games with them ... and why?"-- Dust jacket.


August 15, 2017
Dahl, Kjell Ola, 1958- author.
London : Orenda Books, c2017.
265 p. ; 20 cm.
First published in Norwegian as Kvinnen i plast in 2010 by Gyldendal, Norway.
"Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frølich are back ... and this time, it's personal... When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her ... and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. As he begins to look deeper into the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich's colleague Gunnarstranda finds another body, and things take a more sinister turn. With a cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway casting a shadow, and an unsettling number of coincidences clouding the plot, Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers -- and the killer -- before he strikes again"--Publisher description.

The property of lies : a Herbert Reardon historical mystery

August 15, 2017
Eccles, Marjorie, author.
236 pages ; 23 cm.
"A 1930s' historical mystery"--Cover.
1930. When a body is discovered on the premises of the newly-established Maxstead Court School for Girls, Detective Inspector Herbert Reardon is called in to investigate. His wife Ellen having just accepted a job as French teacher, Reardon is alarmed to find the school a hotbed of scandalous secrets, suppressed passions, petty jealousies and wanton schoolgirl cruelty. As he pursues his enquiries, it becomes clear that the dead woman was not who - or what - she claimed to be. Who was she really - and why is Reardon convinced that more than one member of staff is not telling him the whole truth? Then a pupil goes missing - and the case takes a disturbing new twist...

The strange disappearance of a Bollywood star

August 15, 2017
Khan, Vaseem, 1973- author.
New York, NY : Redhook, 2017.
385 pages ; 21 cm.
Mumbai is a city that thrives on extravagant spectacles and larger-than-life characters.But as Chopra is about to discover, even in the city of dreams, there is no guarantee of a happy ending.Rising star and incorrigible playboy Vikram Verma has disappeared, leaving his latest film in jeopardy. Hired by Verma's formidable mother to find him, Inspector Chopra and his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, embark on a journey deep into the world's most flamboyant movie industry.As they uncover feuding stars, failed investments and death threats, it seems that many people have a motive for wanting Verma out of the picture.And yet, as Chopra has long suspected, in Bollywood the truth is often stranger than fiction...

Mocha and murder

August 14, 2017
Kappes, Tonya, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2017]
199 pages ; 21 cm
"Recipes included!"--Cover.
"Roxanne Bloom becomes entangled in another murder as she puts her sleuthing skills to work in order to prove that Louise Carlton didn't kill Fred Hill over a pet adoption gone wrong. After all, if Louise goes to jail, who is going to find all the animals at Pet Palace a home"--Back cover.

The lies within

August 14, 2017
Isaac, Jane, author.
360 pages ; 20 cm
"A DI Will Jackman thriller"--Cpover.
Grace Daniels is distraught after her daughter's body is found in a Leicestershire country lane. With her family falling apart and the investigation going nowhere, Grace's only solace is the re-emergence of Faye, an old friend who seems to understand her loss. DI Will Jackman delves into the case, until a family tragedy and a figure from his past threaten to derail him. When the police discover another victim, the spotlight falls on Grace. Can Jackman find the killer, before she is convicted of a crime she didn't commit? -- back cover.

Cat about town

August 11, 2017
Conte, Cate, author.
295 pages ; 17 cm
"Maddie James has arrived in Daybreak Island, just off the coast of Massachusetts, eager to settle down and start her own business--and maybe even fall in love. When a stray orange tabby pounces into her life, she's inspired to open a cat café. But little does Maddie know that she's in for something a lot more catastrophic when her new furry companion finds the dead body of the town bully. Now all eyes are on Maddie: Who is this crazy cat-whisperer lady who's come to town? If pet-hair-maintenance and crime-fighting weren't keeping her busy enough, Maddie now has not one but two eligible bachelors who think she's the cat's pajamas . . . and will do anything to win her heart. But how can she even think about happily-ever-after while a killer remains on the loose--and on her path?" --Back cover.

All signs point to murder : a zodiac mystery

August 11, 2017
Di Marco, Connie, 1945- author.
324 pages ; 21 cm.
The stars predict a wedding-day disaster, but San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never expected murder Julia Bonatti is alarmed by the astrological signs looming over Geneva Leary's wedding day, but nobody asked Julia's opinion and being a bridesmaid means supporting the bride no matter what. Even with the foreboding Moon-Mars-Pluto lineup in the heavens, no one's prepared for the catastrophes that strike: a no-show sister, a passed-out wedding planner, and a lethal shooting in the dead of night. With anger and grief threatening to tear the Leary family part, Julia is determined to understand how such a terrible tragedy could occur. As she digs deeper into the family's secrets, her astrological insights will lead her to the truth about a criminal enterprise that stretches far beyond the California coast. Praise: "Di Marco crafts an intricate, twisting plot and layers on the astrological details that fans of psychic mysteries so enjoy."--Booklist

Emma in the night

August 11, 2017
Walker, Wendy, 1967- author.
308 pages ; 25 cm
"One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister's return might just be the beginning of the crime"-- Provided by publisher.

Hollywood homicide

August 11, 2017
Garrett, Kellye, 1978- author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2017]
305 pages ; 21 cm.

Path into darkness

August 11, 2017
Alber, Lisa, 1966- author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, 2017.
iv, 369 pages ; 21 cm.
Lisfenora is known across the British Isles for its yearly matchmaking festival. But a local man's murder and the grim discovery in his home have cast a somber mood over the town. Detective Sergeant Danny Ahern tries to make sense of the chaotic scene while struggling to set aside moral conflicts and grief for his comatose wife. Within days, he's plunged into even darker terrain when the investigation leads him on a collision course with the Tate family: troubled Nathan, who conceals secrets within ghastly secrets, and beautiful Zoe, the daughter he abandoned years ago. As darkness asserts its grip on Nathan, propelling him toward a tragic downfall, Danny finds himself traveling down his own dark path between life and death.

Gone to dust

August 11, 2017
Goldman, Matt, author.
New York : Forge, 2017.
300 pages ; 22 cm
Investigating a murder complicated by the killer's strategic approaches to confounding all possible DNA evidence, private detective Nils Shapiro is forced by FBI interference to secretly uncover the potentially shattering identity of a mysterious woman.

The rat catchers' olympics

August 11, 2017
Cotterill, Colin, author.
278 pages ; 22 cm.
"1980: The Democratic People's Republic of Laos is proud to be competing in its first-ever Olympics. Of course, half the world is boycotting the Moscow Summer Olympic Games to protest Russia's recent invasion of Afghanistan, but that has made room for athletes from countries that are usually too small or underfunded to be competitive--countries like Laos. Ex-national coroner of Laos Dr. Siri Paiboun may be retired, but he and his wife, Madame Daeng, would do just about anything to have a chance to visit Moscow, so Siri finagles them the job of medical oversight for the Olympians. Most of the athletes are young and innocent village people who have never worn shoes, never mind imagined anything as marvelous as the Moscow Olympic Village. As the competition heats up, however, Siri begins to suspect that one of the athletes is not who he says he is. Fearing a conspiracy, Siri and his friends investigate, liaising in secret with Inspector Phosy back home in Laos to see if the man might be an assassin. But Siri's progress is derailed when another Lao Olympian is accused of murder. Now in the midst of a murky international incident, Dr. Siri must navigate not one but two paranoid and secretive government machines to make sure justice is done"-- Provided by publisher.

Boston cream bribery

August 11, 2017
Beck, Jessica.
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], 2017.
173 pages ; 22 cm.

Cranberry crimes

August 11, 2017
Beck, Jessica, author.
169 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Baked books.
"Recipes included"--Page 1 of cover.
Suzanne Hart gets an order for birthday doughnuts but the birthday boy is murdered before the party and Suzanne and her friends want to find the killer.

The great chili kill-off

August 11, 2017
Washburn, L. J., author.
Waterville, ME : York : Five Star Press, ©2017.
216 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes recipes.
The chili in Texas is red-hot ... and so is murder! Phyllis, Sam, Carolyn, and Eve head for West Texas to compete in a Fourth of July chili cookoff. Thousands of people have descended on a sleepy little ghost town, turning it into a boomtown for chili mavens, gamblers, musicians, and media. Raucous excitement fills the air, but so does chili when a sabotaged propane cooker explodes, killing the much-hated current champion. The victim leaves behind a tangled trail of sleeping with other men's wives, cheating at cards - and maybe at chili cooking - and deadly anger. With Sam a possible suspect in the murder, emotions run hot as a bowl of Texas red as Phyllis has to untangle these threads in order to put her finger on the killer!

I know a secret : a novel

August 10, 2017
Gerritsen, Tess, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
318 pages ; 24 cm
"The crime scene is unlike any that Detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have ever before encountered. The woman lies in apparently peaceful repose on her bed, and Maura finds no apparent cause of death, but there is no doubt the woman is indeed dead. The victim's eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hand, a gesture that echoes the terrifying films she produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films? When another victim is found, again with no apparent cause of death, again with a grotesquely staged crime scene, Jane and Maura realize the killer has widened his circle of targets. He's chosen one particular woman for his next victim, and she knows he's coming for her next. She's the only one who can help Jane and Maura catch the killer. But she knows a secret. And it's a secret she'll never tell"-- Provided by publisher.

Without fear or favor : a novel

August 9, 2017
Tanenbaum, Robert, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2017.
viii, 373 pages ; 24 cm
When a cop shoots down the son of a respected inner-city Baptist preacher, the community rises up in anger and demands to have the officer prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But there's something more than a call for justice at work here: a plot to bring down the city's police force through a conspiracy so vast and malicious only Butch Karp and his band of truth-seekers can untangle it. Now Karp and his wife Marlene Ciampi must stop a radical organization of armed militants bent on the cold-blooded murder of uniformed on-duty police officers.


August 9, 2017
Armstrong, Kelley, author.
Toronto : Random House Canada, [2017]
471 pages ; 24 cm.
"When Olivia Taylor-Jones found out she was not actually the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers, her life exploded. Running from the fall-out, she found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois, but she couldn't resist trying to dig out the truth about her birth parents' crimes. She began working with Gabriel Walsh, a fiendishly successful criminal lawyer who also had links to the town; their investigation soon revealed Celtic mysteries at work in Cainsville, and also entangled Olivia in a tense love triangle with the calculating Gabriel and her charming biker boyfriend, Ricky. Worse, troubling visions revealed to Olivia that the three of them were reenacting an ancient drama pitting the elders of Cainsville against the mysterious Huntsmen with Olivia as the prize. In the series' fifth and final novel, not only does Gabriel's drug addict mother, who he thought was dead, make a surprise reappearance, but Kelley Armstrong delivers a final scary and surprising knock-out twist. It turns out a third supernatural force has been at work all along, a dark and malevolent entity that has had its eye on Olivia since she was a baby and wants to win at any cost."-- Provided by publisher.

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