New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

May 27, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Please don't tell

May 26, 2016
Tims, Laura, author.
©2016
332 pages ; 22 cm
Joy must deal with a blackmailer after the harm inflicted on her sister at a party by a perpetrator who ends up dead.

Mortal fall : a novel of suspense

May 26, 2016
Carbo, Christine, author.
New York : Atria Paperback, 2016.
403 pages ; 21 cm
"A wildlife biologist's shocking death leads to chilling discoveries about a home for troubled teens in Christine Carbo's haunting and compelling new crime novel set in the wilds of Glacier National Park."-- Provided by publisher.

The house of secrets

May 25, 2016
Meltzer, Brad.|4aut
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
ix, 352 pages ; 24 cm

Haunted destiny

May 25, 2016
Graham, Heather, author.
©2016
317 pages : 25 cm.
A historic cruise ship, a haunted ship, the Celtic American Line's Destiny sets sail from the Port of New Orleans--with a killer on board. He's known as the Archangel because of the way he displays his victims in churches. And the way he places a different saint's medallion on each one. No one knows exactly who he is or why he's doing this. Jackson Crow--head of the FBI's Krewe of Hunters, a special unit of paranormal investigators is assigned to the case, along with local agent Jude McCoy. Then Alexi Cromwell, who works in the ship's piano bar, is drawn into the situation when a victim's ghost appears to her and to Jude. A victim who knows only that the man who killed him and his fiancée had boarded the Destiny. There are many suspects, but one by one they're ruled out. Or are they? In the end Jude and Alexi have to rely on each other to catch the killer and to escape his evil plans for her.

Anchor in the storm : a novel

May 24, 2016
Sundin, Sarah, author.
©2016
393 pages ; 22 cm.
"Nothing slows Lillian Avery down -- not her personal challenges and certainly not America's entry into World War II. She finally has a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The demands of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg's attentions only annoy -- even if he is her brother's best friend. During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves -- and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling? As the danger rises on both land and see, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?" -- Back cover.

Murder comes by mail

May 23, 2016
Gabhart, Ann H., 1947- author.
©2016
346 pages ; 22 cm
"Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane doesn't particularly enjoy being touted as the hero of Hidden Springs after pulling a suicidal man back from the edge of the Eagle River bridge in front of dozens of witnesses--a few of whom caught the breathtaking moments with their cameras. But the media hype doesn't last long as a new story pushes its way into the public consciousness of Hidden Springs' concerned citizens. Photos of a dead girl arrive in the mail, and Michael becomes convinced she was murdered by the man he saved. With a killer one step ahead, things in Hidden Springs begin to unravel. Now Michael must protect the people he loves--because the killer could be targeting one of them next"-- Back cover.

Seven days dead

May 23, 2016
Farrow, John, 1947- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
298 pages ; 25 cm.
"The storm murders trilogy"--T.p.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"In Seven Days Dead, a woman races in a small boat through a torrential sea storm to Grand Manan island, located off the coast of Maine. She is determined to reach her dying father's bedside. Meanwhile, detective Cinq-Mars is enjoying vacation with his wife on the island until he's caught up in the investigation of a murder. Long-held secrets start to emerge, and Cinq-Mars begins to wonder if the two deaths are related. The Storm Murders, the first book in the series, received starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews. Bookpage said, "This terrific story, with sympathetic characters and Farrow's crisp prose, is some of the best fiction to come out of Canada. Louise Penny won't be bumped off the podium, but she'll have to clear some space next to her." Seven Days Dead may very well get even better reviews"-- Provided by publisher.

The lie

May 23, 2016
Taylor, C. L., 1973- author.
©2015
393 pages ; 21 cm

Aunt Dimity and the buried treasure

May 20, 2016
Atherton, Nancy, author.
©2016
231 pages ; 22 cm
"While exploring the attic in her cottage near the small English village of Finch, Lori Shepherd makes an extraordinary discovery: a gleaming gold and garnet bracelet that had once belonged to Aunt Dimity. When Lori shows the garnet bracelet to Aunt Dimity, it awakens poignant memories of a doomed romance in Aunt Dimity's youth. Regretfully, Aunt Dimity asks Lori to do what she could not: return the bracelet to her unsuccessful suitor--setting Lori off on an adventure through London--and through history--to put a piece of Aunt Dimity's past to rest."--Amazon.com.

Forbidden love in St. Petersburg : a thriller

May 20, 2016
Ben-Daṿid, Mishḳah, 1952- author.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2016.
414, 8 pages ; 24 cm
Yogev Ben-Ari has been sent to St. Petersburg by the Mossad, ostensibly to network and set up business connections. His life is solitary, ordered, and lonely until he meets Anna. Neither is quite what they seem to be, but while her identity may be mysterious, there is no doubt about the love they feel for each other.

Dead loudmouth

May 20, 2016
Houston, Victoria, 1945- author.
Blue Ash, OH : Tyrus Books, [2016]
206 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Wisconsin detective must solve a double murder and rescue a kidnapped child"-- Provided by publisher.

The ides of June

May 20, 2016
Rowe, Rosemary, 1942-
Sutton : Severn House, 2016.
218 pages ; 223 cm.
This is a compelling new mystery for Libertus, set against the backdrop of the Roman Empire in turmoil ... An astonishing new order has usurped power in Rome and the reverberations are reaching even to Glevum, where the legion is preparing to depart. Libertus' wealthy patron, until recently one of the most influential men in the Empire, finds himself not only deprived of the privilege and protection he had previously enjoyed, but under actual threat both from the political establishment in Rome and from an anonymous and vindictive enemy much closer to home. The murder of another councilor, similarly placed, makes the matter urgent. Libertus, whose humbler status affords obscurity, is charged with spiriting Marcus' young family away to a place of safety. But his task will bring problems of its own, as Libertus uncovers a grisly secret and an ancient crime - with ramifications stretching to the present day.

The second life of Nick Mason

May 17, 2016
Hamilton, Steve, 1961- author.
©2016
288 pages ; 24 cm
"Nick Mason is out of prison, but he's not free. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, he must answer it and follow whatever order he is given. It's the deal he made with Darius Cole, a criminal kingpin serving a double-life term who still runs an empire from his prison cell. Forced to commit increasingly more dangerous crimes, hunted by the relentless detective who put him behind bars, and desperate to go straight and rebuild his life with his daughter and ex-wife, Nick will ultimately have to risk everything--his family, his sanity, and even his life--to finally break free"-- Provided by publisher.

Lost and gone forever : a novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad

May 17, 2016
Grecian, Alex, author.
©2016
375 pages ; 24 cm.
"Many changes have happened to the Murder Squad. Rash actions have cost Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith his job, and in response he has set up his own private detective agency. Inspector Walter Day has been missing for a year, and no one knows where he is--though there is a strong suspicion that Saucy Jack has him. Hammersmith has made finding Day his primary case, and he has company--a pair of bounty hunters, a man and a woman. It is only gradually that he has come to realize that they are not what they seem"-- Provided by publisher.

A study in Brimstone

May 17, 2016
Denning, G. S., author.
London : Titan Books, 2016.
375 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

Zigzag : a nameless detective collection

May 17, 2016
Pronzini, Bill, author.
New York : Forge, 2016.
271 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Zigzag -- Grapplin -- Nightscape -- Revenant.
Two novellas and two short stories featuring Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Bill Pronzini's iconic Nameless Detective! Zigzag is an original novella, in which a safe and simple accident investigation becomes the unraveling of a twisted murder scheme. Grapplin, which first appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, deals with the kind of missing person case that can end in only one of two ways, closure or heartbreak. In the second short, Nightscape, readers discover how, indeed, one thing just leads to another (First published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine as The Winning Ticket). The final work, Revenant, is another original novella and entangles Nameless in a weird crime with fearful occult overtones.

The highwayman

May 17, 2016
Johnson, Craig, 1961- author.
©2016
xiii, 190 pages ; 19 cm.
"Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear embark on their latest adventure in this novella set in the world of Craig Johnson's New York Times bestselling Longmire series--the basis for the hit drama Longmire, now on Netflix When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man's-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving "officer needs assistance" calls. The problem? They're coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half-century ago. With an investigation that spans this world and the next, Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear take on a case that pits them against a legend: The Highwayman"-- Provided by publisher.

Murder in time : a novel

May 17, 2016
McElwain, Julie, author.
©2016
498 pages ; 24 cm.
Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates. While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact. Mistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there's some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman. ̃Book jacket.

The infidel stain

May 16, 2016
Carter, Miranda, 1965- author.
©2015
xi, 420 pages ; 24 cm.
"Blake and Avery return in the stunning sequel to M. J. Carter's lauded fiction debut, The Strangler Vine. London, 1841. Returned from their adventures in India, Jeremiah Blake and William Avery have both had their difficulties adapting to life in Victorian England. Moreover, time and distance have weakened the close bond between them, forged in the jungles of India. Then a shocking series of murders in the world of London's gutter press forces them back together. The police seem mysteriously unwilling to investigate, then connections emerge between the murdered men and the growing and unpredictable movement demanding the right to vote for all. In the back streets of Drury Lane, among criminals, whores, pornographers, and missionaries, Blake and Avery must race against time to find the culprit before he kills again. But what if the murderer is being protected by some of the highest powers in the land?"-- Provided by publisher.

The search for the homestead treasure

May 16, 2016
Treacy, Ann, author.
©2016
167 pages : portrait ; 23 cm
In rural Minnesota in 1903, missing his friends and life as it was before his brother's accident and his mother's silent grief, fourteen-year-old Martin Gunnarsson is trying to hold his family together on the homestead where his ancestors died of diphtheria in 1865. The only one who had survived was his father, a baby found in the arms of his older sister Cora. But somehow rumors of a treasure on the farm survived, too, and when Martin discovers Aunt Cora's journal in a musty trunk in the hayloft, he thinks it might give him a clue. But what exactly is he looking for?

Rock-a-bye bones

May 16, 2016
Haines, Carolyn, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
344 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Sarah Booth Delaney and her friends are still recovering from the attack on Scott Hampton's blues club in Zinnia, Mississippi, and Sarah Booth herself is still overcoming her grief at ending things with her fiancé. One bitterly cold night at her family's ancestral home in Zinnia, Sarah Booth hears what sounds like a kitten as she passes the front door. She opens the door to find a newborn baby in a basket on her front porch - with bloody footsteps leading up to the door and back down the driveway. As soon as she steps outside, a loud engine guns and a dark colored vehicle takes off. It's too far away for Sarah Booth to get a good look, and besides, the baby is now her first priority. After rushing the baby to the hospital and calling the police, Sarah Booth and Tinkie Richmond, her partner at the Delaney Detective Agency, know they need to do everything they can to find the baby's mother ... even if they are starting to fall in love with the baby themselves. But as she tracks the baby's mother, Sarah Booth soon begins to suspect the woman might be in danger; in fact, she might be running for her own life. And following in the woman's footsteps, Sarah Booth might be next"-- Provided by publisher.

Mercy

May 16, 2016
Palmer, Daniel, 1962- author.
©2016
373 pages ; 25 cm
"Dr. Julie Devereux is an outspoken advocate for the right to die - until a motorcycle accident leaves her fiancé, Sam Talbot, a quadriplegic. He begs to die, but Julie sees hope in a life together. With the help of an organization that opposes physician-assisted suicide, Julie has Sam coming around to her point of view when he suddenly dies from an unexpected heart attack. An autopsy reveals that Sam died of an unusual heart defect, one seen only in those under extreme stress - in fact, it appears that Sam had been literally scared to death. As Julie investigates similar cases, threats begin to confront her. The more cases Julie discovers, the more the threats escalate until she finds herself accused of a mercy killing of her own. To clear her name and save her career, she must track down who is behind these mysterious deaths... but someone has decided that killing Julie is the only way to stop her"--Provided by publisher.

The singer from Memphis

May 16, 2016
Corby, Gary.
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2016]
332 pages ; 22 cm.
An Athenian mystery --Cover
"A historical murder mystery adventure that stretches from Classical Athens to Egypt in the footsteps of the first historian, Herodotus! Nicolaos, the only private investigator in ancient Athens, discovers that helping an author with his book research can be very dangerous. The would-be author Herodotus has hired Nico and his priestess wife, Diotima, to accompany him to Egypt to research that ancient country's history. Unfortunately, Egypt happens to be in the throes of a rebellion against the Persian Empire. Pirates infest the sea route. Three different armies roam the Egyptian countryside. The river is full of crocodiles. Everywhere Nico turns, there's a secret agent ready to kill him, and he can't find a decent cup of wine anywhere. A simple historical investigation turns into a dangerous adventure of international espionage"--Provided by publisher.

The night wanderer

May 13, 2016
Clare, Alys, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House Publishers Ltd, 2016.
230 pages : genealogical table, map ; 23 cm.
Called out to attend a body found on a lonely stretch of river bank, its throat torn out, apprentice healer Lassair is skeptical of the sheriff's verdict that this was the result of a wild animal attack. But when a second body is discovered, similarly mutilated, rumors engulf the town that the legendary demon known as the Night Wanderer has returned to wreak havoc.

Chenoo : a novel

May 13, 2016
Bruchac, Joseph, 1942- author.
Norman, OK : University of Oklahoma Press, [2016]
x, 209 pages ; 23 cm.
"Jacob Neptune, a wise-cracking, two-fisted Penacook private investigator with a checkered past, lives in upstate New York--four hundred miles from his tribal community on Abenaki Island. Then one night the phone rings. "We. got. trouble," Neptune's cousin Dennis says from the other end. And trouble is where it all starts in this brilliant, often hilarious novel by acclaimed Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac. Attacked by bikers before he can even board his plane, Neptune--"Podjo" to his friends--quickly begins to realize just how much trouble surrounds his people's ancestral home. Guided by his sense of duty to his homeland, he agrees to help protect Dennis and other Penacooks as they stage a takeover of a state campground on land that should have reverted to their tribe. But encroaching developers, government operators, and even fellow Penacooks eager to build a casino each pose a threat to the Abenaki lands--and all have reasons to want Neptune out of the picture. Podjo greets each challenge with self-deprecating humor--but it's difficult to shake his increasingly disturbing dreams, and an unsettled feeling when his return leads to a reunion with a long-ago love interest. As he and Dennis contend with hired guns, police, and security, a far greater threat appears: someone, or something, is brutally killing people in the woods. It will take all of Neptune's skills as a martial arts fighter and the wisdom gained from tribal elders to battle the forces that threaten the sacred land--and his and his people's lives. Bruchac ratchets the tension from the first page to the last in this detective novel that pairs comedy and action with serious consideration of corporate greed, environmental destruction, cultural erosion, and other modern-day issues pressing Native peoples"-- Provided by publisher.

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