New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

March 3, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Cold betrayal : an Ali Reynolds novel

March 2, 2015
Jance, Judith A.
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
337 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Touchstone book."
"Revenge isn't the only dish served cold... Ali Reynolds's longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Meanwhile, married life agrees with Ali. But any hopes that she and her husband, B. Simpson, will finally slow down and relax now that they've tied the knot are dashed when Ali's new daughter-in-law approaches her, desperate for help. The girl's grandmother, Betsy, is in danger: she's been receiving anonymous threats, and someone even broke into her home and turned on the gas burners in the middle of the night."-- Provided by publisher.

Past crimes

February 27, 2015
Hamilton, Glen Erik, author.
©2015
324 pages ; 24 cm
"A Van Shaw novel"--Jacket.
Van Shaw was raised to be a thief, but at eighteen he suddenly broke all ties to that life and joined the military -- abandoning his illicit past and the career-criminal grandfather who taught him the trade. Now, after ten years of silence, his grandfather has asked him to come home to Seattle. But when Van arrives, he discovers his grandfather bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot to the head. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, Van knows he's sure to be the main suspect.

A first date with death

February 27, 2015
Orgain, Diana, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
297 pages ; 17 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery."
"When brokenhearted Georgia Thornton goes looking for romance on reality TV, she has nothing to lose--apart from a good man, a cash prize, and maybe her life... What was Georgia thinking? Sure, some cad ditched her at the altar, but can she really find love on TV? Her best friend--and producer of the reality show Love or Money--thinks so. Ten men. Ten adventure-filled dates. What can go wrong? For starters, a faulty bungee cord that hurls Georgia's first date into a tragic spiral off the Golden Gate Bridge. He's replaced by Paul Sanders, Georgia's former fiancé. But the cop isn't looking for a TV gig. Suspecting that the lover's leap was no accident, Paul's going undercover. When another bachelor gets a fatal kiss-off, the reality is that someone has killer new plans for the show--and for Georgia herself. Now, under the threat of permanent cancellation, Georgia fears that the only man on the set she can trust is the one man she just can't count on"--Page [4] of cover.

Murder ties the knot

February 27, 2015
Fifield, Christy, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
294 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes down home dinner menus (pages [285]-294).
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery."
"It's winter in Keyhole Bay, Florida, and while the tourist trade is slow, souvenir shop owner Glory Martine is busy with her best friend's wedding. But between managing preparations, the bride's in-laws, and a haunted parrot named Bluebeard, Glory makes plans to catch a killer. As her friends Karen and Riley approach their wedding day, Glory could use a break from the nuptial madness. She takes a peaceful drive to Alabama's piney woods to pick up the wedding quilt she ordered from a supplier. But the supplier, Beth, has disappeared along with the quilt and her husband, Everett. Glory learns that two men were found murdered near Beth and Everett's home and that the couple is wanted for questioning. Believing they are innocent, Glory convinces them to cooperate with authorities. But when they're thrown in jail, Glory vows to catch the real killer before one happy couple walks down the aisle and another gets sent up the river"--Page [4] of cover.

Tattered legacy : a Nora Abbott mystery

February 27, 2015
Baker, Shannon, 1960-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, 2015.
277 pages ; 20 cm.

Witch upon a star : a midnight magic mystery

February 27, 2015
Harlow, Jennifer, 1983-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2015]
303 pages ; 20 cm
"As a child, Anna Olmstead is rescued from her life of poverty and drugs by a vampire named Asher. She grows to love Asher, first as a father and later as a lover. While Anna wants to settle down, Asher wants a more voyeuristic, party-driven lifestyle. When Anna leaves him, Asher does everything he can to bring her back to him--including murder. Even as she finally escapes and starts a new life with a special agent of the F.R.E.A.K.S., Asher makes a new move to kidnap Anna and her children. This time, she may not be able to escape him"--Publisher.

Werewolf cop : a novel

February 27, 2015
Klavan, Andrew, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
296 pages ; 24 cm
Zach Adams is one of the best detectives in the country. Nicknamed Cowboy, he's a soft-spoken homicide detective from Houston known for his integrity and courage under fire. He serves on a federal task force that has a single mission: to hunt down Dominic Abend, a European gangster who has taken over the American underworld.

Gun street girl : a Detective Sean Duffy novel

February 26, 2015
McKinty, Adrian.
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
313 pages ; 21 cm
"First published: London: Serpent's Tail, an imprint of Profile Books Ltd., 2015."
"Belfast, 1985, amidst the "Troubles": Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), struggles with burn-out as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point blank and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances. He soon discovers that Kelly was present at a decadent Oxford party where a cabinet minister's daughter died of a heroin overdose. This may or may not have something to do with Kelly's subsequent death. New evidence leads elsewhere: gun runners, arms dealers, the British government, and a rogue American agent with a fake identity. Duffy thinks he's getting somewhere when agents from MI5 show up at his doorstep and try to recruit him, thus taking him off the investigation. Duffy is in it up to his neck, doggedly pursuing a case that may finally prove his undoing"-- Provided by publisher.

Dark rooms

February 26, 2015
Peloquin, Lili, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
323 pages ; 24 cm
"Death sets the plot in motion: the murder of Nica Baker, beautiful, wild, enigmatic, and only sixteen. The crime is solved, and quickly--a lonely classmate, unrequited love, a suicide note confession--but memory and instinct won't allow Nica's older sister, Grace, to accept the case as closed. Dropping out of college and living at home, working at the moneyed and progressive private high school in Hartford, Connecticut, from which she recently graduated, Grace becomes increasingly obsessed with identifying and punishing the real killer"-- provided by publisher.

Mrs. Jeffries serves at six

February 26, 2015
Brightwell, Emily.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
501 pages ; 23 cm.
Mrs. Jeffries pinches the post -- Mrs. Jeffries pleads her case -- Mrs. Jeffries sweeps the chimney.
"Everyone's awed by Inspector Witherspoon's Scotland Yard successes, but they don't know about his secret weapon. Her name is Mrs. Jeffries, and she keeps house for the Inspector-and keeps him on his toes. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, her polished detection skills are up to the task. Because as she knows all too well, a crimesolver's work is never done. Mrs. Jeffries Pinches the Post: the dubious dealings of ruthless businessman Harrison Nye have finally done him in. But with his associate keeping secrets and his maid missing, Witherspoon and Mrs. Jeffries have their work cut out for them as they make it their business to find the culprit. Mrs. Jeffries Pleads Her Case: When the death of Harlan Westover is ruled a suicide after a slipshod investigation, it's up to Mrs. Jeffries and her staff to gently nudge the Inspector in the right direction before a killer gets away with another murder. Mrs. Jeffries Sweeps the Chimney: A dead man dressed like a vicar is discovered outside a church. An address found on the man leads Witherspoon to a dilapidated house where a skeleton is stuffed in the chimney. Luckily he has Mrs. Jeffries to help him sweep up this mess of a case."-- Provided by publisher.

Assault and pepper

February 26, 2015
Budewitz, Leslie, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
xii, 289 pages ; 17 cm.
"Includes delicious recipes!"--Page 4 of cover.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.

Firebreak

February 26, 2015
Fields, Tricia, author.
New York : Minotaur Books/A Thomas Dunne Book, 2015.
viii, 274 pages ; 22 cm.
"A mystery"--Jacket.
"Texas is experiencing its worst season of wildfires in a decade, forcing police chief Josie Gray to evacuate the citizens of Artemis. Not everyone makes it out alive, however. In the fire's wake, she discovers the body of someone who never left town, lying dead in the house of a local country music singer. Beside the body lies a syringe carrying traces of heroin. It seems as if the deceased nodded off and then missed the evacuation. But as Josie learns more about the unfortunate victim, she begins to wonder if something more sinister took place"-- Provided by publisher.

The edge of dreams

February 26, 2015
Bowen, Rhys, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
309 pages ; 25 cm.
"Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, is stumped. He's chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common nothing except for the taunting notes that are delivered to Daniel after each murder. And when Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son Liam are in a terrible train crash, Daniel and Molly both begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target. Molly's detective instincts are humming, but finding the time to dig deeper into this case is a challenge. She's healing from injuries sustained in the crash and she's refurbishing her house, which has only just been rebuilt after burning down. She's also sidetracked by her friends Sid and Gus's most recent hobby, dream analysis. And when Molly herself starts suffering from strange dreams, she wonders if they just might hold the key to solving Daniel's murder case. Rhys Bowen's characteristic blend of atmospheric turn-of-the-century history, clever plotting, and sparkling characters will delight readers in The Edge of Dreams, the latest in her bestselling Molly Murphy series"-- Provided by publisher.

The fifth gospel : a novel

February 26, 2015
Caldwell, Ian, 1976-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
431 pages ; 25 cm
Map on lining papers.
A lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying pope's final wish converge to send two brothers--both Vatican priests--on an intellectual quest to untangle Christianity's greatest historical mystery.

The hidden man

February 26, 2015
Blake, Robin, 1948-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
344 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"Cragg & Fidelis mysteries ; 3"--Title page verso.
"A mystery"--Cover.
"Blake continues the series Booklist calls "a solid winner" with a darkly rich mystery centered on an apparent suicide that leads Cragg and Fidelis down a treacherous path.The year is 1742, and the people of Preston are looking forward to their ancient once-every-twenty-years festival of merriment and excess, the Preston Guild. But the prospect darkens as the town plunges into a financial crisis caused by the death of pawnbroker and would-be banker Philip Pimbo, shot behind the locked door of his office. Is it suicide? Coroner Titus Cragg suspects so, but Dr Luke Fidelis disagrees. To untangle the truth Cragg must dig out the secrets of Pimbo's personal life, learn the grim facts of the African slave trade, search for a missing Civil War treasure and deal with the machinations of his old enemy Ephraim Grimshaw, now the town's mayor. Cragg relies once again on the help and advice of his analytical friend Fidelis, his astute wife Elizabeth and the contents of a well-stocked library.As in his previous Cragg and Fidelis stories, Robin Blake brings a vivid cast of characters to the page in this third historical mystery about the dramas that breeds below the surface of life in a provincial Georgian town."-- Provided by publisher.

Ladle to the grave

February 25, 2015
Archer, Connie, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
293 pages ; 18 cm.
"Recipes included!"--Reverse cover.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.

How to catch a cat

February 25, 2015
Hale, Rebecca M, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
340 pages ; 18 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.

A wee murder in my shop

February 25, 2015
Stewart, Fran, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime , [2015]
vi, 294 pages ; 17 cm.
"A Scotshop Mystery"--Cover.
Hamelin, Vermont, isn't the most likely place for bagpipes and tartan, but at Peggy Winn's ScotShop, business is booming... While on a transatlantic hunt for some authentic wares to sell at her shop, Peggy is looking to forget her troubles by digging through the hidden treasures of the Scottish Highlands. With so many enchanting items on sale, Peggy can't resist buying a beautiful old tartan shawl. But once she wraps it around her shoulders, she discovers that her purchase comes with a hidden fee : the specter of a fourteenth-century Scotsman. Unsure if her Highland fling was real or a product of an overactive imagination, Peggy returns home to Vermont--only to find the dead body of her ex-boyfriend on the floor of her shop. When the police chief arrests Peggy's cousin based on some incriminating evidence, Peggy decides to ask her haunting Scottish companion to help figure out who really committed the crime--before anyone else gets kilt...

Horse of a different killer

February 25, 2015
Morrigan, Laura, author.
©2015
294 pages ; 18 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery."--Cover.
"Animal behaviorist Grace Wilde's psychic ability gives her insight into the minds of all kinds of creatures. If only humans were as easy to read... Dead men may tell no tales, but they can screw up your life with a few phone calls. Grace's abusive ex-brother-in-law, Anthony Ortega, needs her help--at least that's what he said on the messages he left before his sudden death. Grace is inclined to let the matter rest in peace, but when her sister is named a suspect, Grace decides to get to the bottom of the cryptic calls. Her only lead is Ortega's fiancé, who believes that he had arranged to surprise her with the purchase of a Frisian gelding named Heart. The horse was being stabled at the R-n-R Ranch--but was taken in the middle of the night. Now, with her sister in trouble and a missing horse on her hands, Grace hopes the information harnessed from her psychic skills will be enough to rein in the killer..." Provided by publisher

Suspendered sentence

February 25, 2015
Bradford, Laura.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
293 p. ; 17 cm.
"After the Stoltzfus barn catches fire, Claire is awed by the response of the community. Hundreds of Amish men gather together to raise a new barn for the family in a matter of days. But in the midst of the work, a human skeleton is unearthed. Found with the remains is half of a friendship bracelet last seen on Sadie Lehman, an Amish teen long believed to have left her strict upbringing for the allure of English ways. Now Detective Jakob Fisher--once a member of the Amish community himself--is determined to solve the young woman's murder. With Claire's help, he must dig into the past and bring to light long-burried secrets--secrets that someone is willing to kill to protect..."--Cover, p. [4]

Dying for a cupcake

February 25, 2015
Swanson, Denise, author.
New York, New York : Obsidian, [2015]
264 pages ; 18 cm.
"An Obsidian mystery."

Borrowed crime

February 25, 2015
Cass, Laurie, author.
New York, New York : An Obsidian book, [2015]
340 pages ; 18 cm.
"Obsidian mystery"--Spine.

Who buries the dead : a Sebastian St. Cyr mystery

February 25, 2015
Harris, C. S.
New York, New York : Obsidian, an imprint of New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
338 pages ; 24 cm.
"London, 1813. The vicious decapitation of Stanley Preston, a wealthy, socially ambitious plantation owner, at Bloody Bridge draws Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, into a macabre and increasingly perilous investigation. The discovery near the body of an aged lead coffin strap bearing the inscription KING CHARLES, 1648 suggests a link between this killing and the beheading of the deposed seventeenth-century Stuart monarch. Equally troubling, the victim's kinship to the current Home Secretary draws the notice of Sebastian's powerful father-in-law, Lord Jarvis, who will exploit any means to pursue his own clandestine ends. Working in concert with his fiercely independent wife, Hero, Sebastian finds his inquiries taking him from the wretched back alleys of Fish Street Hill the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair as he amasses a list of suspects that range from an eccentric Chelsea curiosity collector to the brother of an unassuming but brilliantly observant spinster named Jane Austen. But as one brutal murder follows another, it is the connection between the victims and ruthless former army officer Sinclair, Lord Oliphant, that dramatically raises the stakes. Once, Oliphant nearly destroyed Sebastian in a horrific wartime act of carnage and betrayal. Now the vindictive former colonel might well pose a threat not only to Sebastian but to everything--and everyone--Sebastian holds most dear"-- Provided by publisher.

Murder on the Champ de Mars

February 25, 2015
Black, Cara, 1951-
New York City : Soho Crime, 2015.
307 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Struggling to run her business and care for her newborn, sleep-deprived Aimée Leduc reluctantly takes the case of a French Gypsy boy whose dying mother has been kidnapped by adversaries who would hide a dangerous secret about Aimée's murdered father.

The assassin

February 23, 2015
Cussler, Clive.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
409 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"The new thriller in the #1 New York Times-bestselling Isaac Bell series from grand master of adventure Clive Cussler. As Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell strives to land a government contract to investigate John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil monopoly, the case takes a deadly turn. A sniper begins murdering opponents of Standard Oil, and soon the assassin-shooting with extraordinary accuracy at seemingly impossible long range-kills Bell's best witness, a brave and likable man. Then the shooter detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victim's independent refinery ablaze. Bell summons his best detectives to scour the site of the crime for evidence. Who is the assassin and for whom did he kill? But the murders-shootings, poisonings, staged accidents-have just begun as Bell tracks his phantom-like criminal adversary from the "oil fever" regions of Kansas and Texas to Washington, D.C., to the tycoons' enclave of New York, to Russia's war-torn Baku oil fields on the Caspian Sea, and back to America for a final, desperate confrontation. And this one will be the most explosive of all"-- Provided by publisher.

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