New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

February 13, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Burning heat

February 12, 2016
Burnsworth, David.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
285 pages ; 23 cm
"As darkness blankets the holy city of Charleston, South Carolina, Brack Pelton, an Afghanistan War veteran, steps out of a rundown bar after a long night. Before he gets to his truck, he finds himself in the middle of a domestic dispute between a man and a woman on the sidewalk. When a little girl joins the couple and gets hit by the man, Brack intervenes and takes him down. But the abuser isn't finished. He pulls a gun and shoots the woman. Brack saves the little girl, but his world has just been rocked. Again"--Dust jacket flap.

Slay bells : a St. Rose quilting bee mystery

February 12, 2016
Mahon, Annette.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016
261 pages ; 23 cm
Christmas is approaching, but it doesn't look like a good one for the St. Rose parishioners. First, Kathy Romelli and her son are murdered in their home. Before the Quilting Bee can recover from that devastating loss, Clare is frightened half to death by an attempted carjacking. Is it related to the thefts of items from parked cars also plaguing the area? And what about the parishioner charged with creating a Ponzi scheme? Just as the Quilting Bee members think they have discovered the culprit, their favorite suspect is found dead of an apparent suicide.

Into oblivion : an Icelandic thriller

February 12, 2016
Arnaldur Indriðason, 1961- author.
©2014
345 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Into Oblivion, the follow-up to the gritty prequel Reykjavik Nights, gives devoted fans another glimpse of Erlendur in his early days as a young, budding detective. A woman swims in a remote, milky-blue lagoon. Steam rises from the water and as it clears, a body is revealed in the ghostly light. Miles away, a vast aircraft hangar rises behind the perimeter fence of the US military base. A sickening thud is heard as a man's body falls from a high platform. Many years before, a schoolgirl went missing. The world has forgotten her. But Erlendur has not. Erlendur is a newly promoted detective with a battered body, a rouge CIA operative, and America's troublesome presence in Iceland to contend with. In his spare time he investigates a cold case. He is only starting out, but he is already up to his neck."--Provided by publisher.

The lion's mouth : a Hanne Wilhelmsen novel

February 12, 2016
Holt, Anne, 1958- author.
New York : Scribner, 2016.
327 pages ; 24 cm.
"Originally published in Norwegian in 1997 as Løvens Gap"--Title page verso.
"Less than six months after taking office, the Norwegian Prime Minister is found dead. She has been shot in the head. But was it a politically motivated assassination or personal revenge? Hanne Wilhelmsen, Chief Inspector of the Norwegian Police, is on leave in California but when the death shakes the country to its core, she knows she can't remain on the sidelines of such a crucial investigation. The hunt for the Prime Minister's killer is complicated, intense, and grueling. When secrets begin to unravel from the Prime Minister's past, Hanne and her partner, Billy T., must piece together the crime before a private tragedy becomes a public outcry, in what will become the most sensitive case of their career. Filled with lies, deception, and the truth about government, The Lion's Mouth questions who truly holds the power in Norway, and how far they will go to keep it"-- Provided by publisher.

Murder on a summer's day

February 12, 2016
Brody, Frances, author.
©2013
401 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"When the India Office seek help in finding Maharajah Narayan, last seen hunting on the Bolton Abbey estate, they call upon the expertise of renowned amateur detective Kate Shackleton to investigate. But soon a missing persons case turns to murder. Shot through the heart, Narayan's body has obviously not been in the woods overnight. Who brought it here, and from where? And what has happened to the hugely valuable diamond that was in the Maharajah's possession? An inexplicable murder ... As Kate digs deeper, she soon discovers that vengeance takes many forms. Was the Maharajah's sacrilegious act of shooting a white doe to blame? Or are growing rumors of a political motive too powerful for Kate to discount? One thing Kate is sure of: her own skills and insights. Qualities that she is sure will help her unravel a mysterious murder on that fateful summer's day"--Provided by publisher.

The silence of stones

February 12, 2016
Westerson, Jeri, author.
©2015
231 pages ; 23 cm.
"A Crispen Guest medieval mystery"--Cover and title page.
"London, 1388. When the mythical Stone of Destiny disappears from the throne of England during mass in Westminster Abbey, the populace takes it as a sign to side with King Richard II's rebellious barons. The last thing the king needs is for his authority to be put in question, especially after his army suffers a crushing defeat against a Scottish uprising. Desperate, Richard calls in Crispin Guest to find the missing stone. And to ensure that he will do the deed, the king imprisons Jack Tucker and orders Crispin to find the stone before Parliament convenes in three days' time--or Jack will hang for treason." -- Amazon.com

Pacific burn : a thriller

February 12, 2016
Lancet, Barry.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
358 pages ; 24 cm
"In the third book in what will likely be a long and successful series ("San Francisco Magazine"), Japanese antiques dealer and PI Jim Brodie goes up against the CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security and a killer operating on both sides of the Pacific."--Provided by publisher.

The fugitives

February 12, 2016
Sorrentino, Christopher, 1963-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
322 pages ; 24 cm
"The much anticipated new novel by Christopher Sorrentino, acclaimed author of National Book Award finalist Trance a bracing, kaleidoscopic look at truth and fiction, love and obsession, loyalty and betrayal, race and identity, chaos and free will. Sandy Mulligan, a successful writer in the midst of a personal and creative crisis, retreats from Brooklyn to the quiet Michigan town where he hopes to finish a novel and to escape his turbulent private life and the scandal that's maimed his public reputation. Once there, he becomes fascinated by John Salteau, a native Ojibway storyteller who regularly appears at the local library. But Salteau is not what he appears to be a fact suspected by Kat Danhoff, an ambitious Chicago reporter who arrives to investigate a theft from a local Indian run casino. Salteau's possible role in the crime could be the key to the biggest story of her stalled career. Bored, emotionally careless, and sexually reckless, Kat immediately attracts a restive Sandy. In their growing involvement with one another, each becomes a pawn in the other's game. As we weave among these characters, learning about their lives and motivations, and uncovering the conflicts and contradictions between their stories, we realize that the storyteller is not the only one with secrets to conceal that all three are fugitives of one kind or another. All the Sorrentino touches that have thrilled admirers are here: sparkling dialogue, satirical wit, attention to the details of everyday life, dizzyingly inventive prose but it is the deeply imagined interior lives of its all too human main characters that set this novel apart. Moving, funny, tense, and mysterious, The Fugitives is a love story, a ghost story, and a crime thriller. The Fugitives also is a cautionary tale of twenty-first century American life a meditation on the meaning of identity, on the role storytelling plays in our understanding of ourselves and each other, and on the difficulty of making genuine connections with others in a contemporary world that's connected in almost every way. Darkly satirical, exuberantly enigmatic, and completely unforgettable, The Fugitives is an event that reaffirms Sorrentino's position as an American writer of the first rank"-- Provided by publisher.

Shoot : a Valentino mystery

February 11, 2016
Estleman, Loren D., author.
New York : Forge, a Tom Doherty Associates book, 2016.
235 pages ; 22 cm.
"Valentino, a mild-mannered film archivist at UCLA and sometime film detective, is at the closing party for the Red Montana and Dixie Day museum when he is approached by no less than his hero and man-of-the-hour Red Montana, western film and television star. Red tells Valentino that he is being blackmailed over the existence of a blue film that his wife, now known throughout the world as the wholesome Dixie Day and the other half of the Montana/Day power couple, made early in her career. With Dixie on her deathbed, Red is desperate to save her the embarrassment of the promised scandal, and offers Valentino a deal-find the movie, and he can have Red's lost film, Sixgun Sonata, that Red has been hiding away in his archives. Don't accept, and the priceless reel will go up in flames. Feeling blackmailed himself, Valentino agrees and begins to dig. In the surreal world of Hollywood, what is on screen is rarely reality. As he races to uncover the truth before time runs out, his heroes begin their fall from grace. Valentino desperately wants to save Sixgun Sonata ... but at what cost?"-- Provided by publisher.

The case of the missing Morris dancer

February 11, 2016
Ace, Cathy, 1960- author.
©2015
215 pages ; 23 cm.
"The Anwen Morris Dancers are to play a pivotal role in the imminent nuptials of Henry, eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth. But it looks as though the wedding plans might go awry unless Mavis, Annie, Carol and Christine can help Althea, the Dowager Duchess, by finding a missing Morris man and a set of ancient and valuable artefacts in time for her son's wedding. Anwen-by-Wye might look like an idyllic Welsh village where family values reign and traditions still mean something in a modern world, but what will the WISE women find when they peer behind the respectable net curtains?" -- Amazon.com

Death & the Brewmaster's Widow

February 11, 2016
Ross, Loretta, 1966-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2016]
viii, 255 pages ; 20 cm.

The drum within : a Denise Aragon novel

February 11, 2016
Scarantino, James, 1956-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, 2016.
351 pages ; 20 cm
"Santa Fe detective Denise Aragon must outsmart and outrun corrupt lawyers and judges to stop a celebrity artist who kills for his supplies. The latest victim is the wife of a man she hates: the cold-hearted criminal lawyer, Walter Fager. For the first time in his life he wants the police to succeed. But his twisted protégé, Marcy Thornton, gleefully defends the killer using maneuvers Fager never imagined. Aragon pits lawyer against lawyer to keep her case on life support and enlists the FBI to bypass a state judge trading rulings for Thornton's sexual favors. The lead FBI agent reminds Aragon too much of the dead boyfriend who haunts her dreams. He wants romance. She can't handle it. Aragon badly misjudges Fager's grief and Thornton's power. The killing ends. But not the way she planned" -- Provided by publisher.

Drawing blood : a sketch in crime mystery

February 11, 2016
Verne, Deirdre, 1965- author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2016]
326 pages ; 20 cm.

Find her : a novel

February 10, 2016
Gardner, Lisa, author.
©2016
402 pages ; 24 cm.
"Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who's never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she's become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who've never made it home. Flora Dane is reckless. or is she? When Boston detective D.D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime--a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him--she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who's determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D.D. Warren to find her"-- Provided by publisher.

A deadly tail

February 10, 2016
Lyle, Dixie, author.
New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2016.
346 pages ; 18 cm.
Foxtrot has seen a lot of strange things as assistant to billionaire Zelda Zoransky at her wacky mansion. And that includes her telepathic cat Tango and ectoplasmic pooch Whiskey. So it's no surprise to find a horde of zombies lurching across the lawn-even if they are just actors in a horror movie that's filming on the mansion grounds. The special effects look pretty convincing. But all that fake blood doesn't fool Whiskey, who quickly sniffs out the truth: one of those corpses is real...

One under : a Bill Slider mystery

February 10, 2016
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2015.
220 pages ; 23 cm.
"A Detective Inspector Slider mystery"--Cover.
"A middle-aged man jumps under a tube train at Shepherd's Bush station, and a teenage girl is killed in a hit-and-run, in a country lane puzzlingly far from her home on the White City Estate: two unrelated incidents which occupy DCI Bill Slider and his team during a slack period. At least it's a change of speed after the grind of domestics, burglaries and Community Liaison. But links to a cold case--another dead teenager, pulled out of the River Thames--create doubts as to whether they are indeed unrelated. And slowly a trail of corruption and betrayal is uncovered, leading Slider and his firm ever deeper into a morass of horror." -- Amazon.com

Thicker than water

February 10, 2016
Spencer, Sally, author.
©2015
220 pages ; 23 cm.
DCI Monika Paniatowski investigates a case that could be the making - or, more likely, breaking - of her career DCI Monika Paniatowski has only been back from maternity leave for three days when she is called in to investigate a nightmare of a case. Not only is the murder victim a mother of three small children, but her husband is a wealthy politician. Monika knows that if she can't make a quick arrest her career is on the line. It's lucky, then, that within minutes of meeting Councillor Danbury, she has a bruised face - and a prime suspect. But then the case takes a nasty twist, and suddenly the investigation is national news. Monika's sure she has the right man - but how to prove it?

Trade secrets

February 10, 2016
Wishart, David, 1952- author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Crème de la Crime, 2016.
218 pages ; 22 cm
"A Marcus Corvinus mystery"--Cover.
May, AD 41. The emperor Claudius has acceded to the throne, and the citizens of Rome look forward to an era of peace and stability. Not so Marcus Corvinus however, who finds himself embroiled in not one but two investigations. A friend of his wife has asked him to look into the murder of her brother, found stabbed to death at the Shrine of Melobosis. A wily businessman and notorious womaniser, no one seems to have a good word to say about Gaius Tullius, not even his less-than-grieving widow. But who would have a good enough reason to want him dead? At the same time, Corvinus's daughter comes across a dead body in the Pollio Gardens, and urges her father to investigate. At first Marcus refuses to get involved - but when his enquiries lead him to Ostia, Rome's busy trading port, he uncovers a disturbing connection between the two deaths.

Hardcastle's collector

February 10, 2016
Ison, Graham, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2015. ©2015
vii, 184 pages ; 23 cm.
August 1917. The head of the CID at Scotland Yard sends Divisional Detective Inspector Ernest Hardcastle and Detective Sergeant Charles Marriott of the Whitehall Division of the Metropolitan Police to a small Hampshire village, to investigate the murder of a local girl. For once, Hardcastle has plenty of suspects. Was the murderer one of Daisy Salter's many suitors? Was it the shifty individual who left the local pub and disappeared the moment he saw Hardcastle? Or could it have been Daisy's own father?

Shutter man

February 10, 2016
Montanari, Richard, author.
New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
416 pages ; 24 cm

Runaway

February 10, 2016
May, Peter, 1951-
©2015
327 pages ; 24 cm
Glasgow, 2015. Jack Mackay dares not look back on a life of failure and mediocrity. The heavy-hearted sixty-seven-year-old is still haunted by what might have been. His recollections of the terrible events that befell him and his friends some fifty years earlier, and how he did not act when it mattered most is a memory he has tried to escape his entire adult life. London, 2015. A man lies dead in a one-room flat. His killer looks on, remorseless. What started with five teenagers following a dream five decades before has been transformed over the intervening decades into a waking nightmare that might just consume them all.

Betty Boo

February 10, 2016
Piñeiro, Claudia, 1960- author.
London : Bitter Lemon Press, 2016.
315 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published in Spanish as Betibú by Alfaguara, Buenos Aires, 2011.
When a renowned Buenos Aires industrialist is found dead at his home in an exclusive gated community called La Maravillosa, the novelist Nurit Iscar (once nicknamed Betty Boo owing to a resemblance to the cartoon character Betty Boop) is contracted by a former lover, the editor of a national newspaper, to cover the story. Nurit teams up with the paper's veteran, but now demoted, crime reporter. Soon they realize that they are falling in love, which complicates matters deliciously. The murder is no random crime but one in a series that goes to the heart of the establishment. Five members of the Argentine industrial and political elite, who all went to the same boarding-school, have died in apparently innocent circumstances. The Maravillosa murder is just the last in the series and those in power in Argentina are not about to allow all this brought to light. Too much is at stake.

Downward facing death

February 9, 2016
Kelly, Michelle (Romantic fiction writer), author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
275 pages ; 22 cm
"After ten years away, Keeley Carpenter is excited to be back in Belfrey, the traditional English village hometown she fled as a shy teen, with a plan to reopen her father's neglected butcher shop as a yoga café, where she will sell delicious vegetarian food by day and teach yoga classes at night. However the more traditional residents of Belfrey do not take kindly to this idea-or really anything they deem even remotely "New Age-y." Within an hour of her arrival, Keeley comes face to face with Detective Constable Ben Taylor, who tells her that someone has just tried to burn down her shop. When officers arrived to stop the blaze, a body was found upstairs. Horrified by this news, Keeley is also startled to be reintroduced to Ben as DC Taylor, as he was her high school crush. In spite of her instant attraction to him, Keeley is determined to keep Ben at arm's length. As she settles back in to Belfrey and makes plans for her opening day, she soon finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation. When Keeley starts being threatened herself, she realizes someone may be out to kill more than her business prospects - but can she and Ben find the culprit before it's too late?"-- Provided by publisher.

The mystery of the Venus Island fetish

February 9, 2016
Flannery, Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof), 1956- author.
©2014
ix, 289 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in Australia by The Text Publishing Company"--title page verso.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"It's 1932, and the Great Venus Island Fetish, a ceremonial mask surrounded by thirty-two human skulls, now resides in a museum in Sydney, Australia. But young anthropologist Archie Meek, recently returned from an extended field trip to Venus Island, has noticed something amiss: a strange discoloration on some of the skulls. Has someone tampered with the fetish? Is there a link between it and the mysterious disappearance of Cecil Polkinghorne, curator of archaeology? And how did Eric Sopwith, retired mollusks expert, die in the museum's storeroom? Could Archie's life be at risk as well? But these are not the only concerns that weigh upon the assistant curator's mind. Why hasn't his beloved Beatrice--registrar, anthropology--accepted his proposal of marriage and the love token he brought back from Venus Island? Has something been lost in translation?"

Beauty, beast, and belladonna

February 9, 2016
Chance, Maia, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
310 pages ; 17 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
A beauty must solve a beastly murder. Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax knows how to win over an audience. That's why she's accepted the marriage proposal of the brutish Comte de Griffe to nettle her occasional investigative partner--and romantic sparring partner--the pompous if dashing Professor Penrose. But with his boorish table manners, wild mane of hair, and habit of prowling away the wee hours, the Comte has shredded Ophelia's last nerve. She intends to disengage from her feral fiancé at his winter hunting party--until Penrose, his lovely new fiancée, and a stagecoach of stranded travelers arrive at the Comte's sprawling château. Soon she can't tell the boars from the bores. When one of the guests is found clawed and bloody in the orangerie, Ophelia is determined to solve the murder before everyone starts believing the local version of Beauty and the Beast. But until the snows melt, she can't trust her eyes--or her heart--since even the most civilized people hold beastly secrets.

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