New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

November 27, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Woman with a gun : a novel

November 26, 2014
Margolin, Phillip.
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
294 pages ; 24 cm
"New York Times bestselling master of mystery Phillip Margolin transcends his traditional territory in this haunting new contemporary thriller inspired by an unforgettable photograph. Visiting an art museum displaying a retrospective of acclaimed photographer Kathy Moran's work, aspiring novelist Stacey Kim is stunned by the photo at the center of the show--the famous "Woman with a Gun" which won a Pulitzer Prize and launched the photographer's career. Shot from behind, the enigmatic black-and-white image is a picture of a woman in a wedding dress, standing on the shore at night, facing the sea. Behind her back, she holds a six-shooter. The image captures Stacey's imagination, raising a host of compelling questions. Has the woman killed her husband on their wedding night? Is she going to commit suicide? Is she waiting for someone she plans to kill? Obsessed with finding answers, Stacey discovers that the woman in the photograph is Megan Cahill, suspected of killing her husband, millionaire Raymond Cahill, with the six-shooter on their wedding night. But the murder was never solved. Drawn deeper into the case, Stacey finds that everyone involved has a different opinion of Megan's culpability. But the one person who may know the whole story--Kathy Moran--isn't talking. Stacey must find a way to get to the reclusive photographer or the truth may never see the light of day"-- Provided by publisher.

Blood rubies

November 26, 2014
Cleland, Jane K., author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
290 pages ; 22 cm.
"Ana Yartsin is on the verge of becoming a celebrity chef. Her custom Faberge egg-shaped cakes have brought her national attention, as has the story behind the cakes: her family owns the spectacular Faberge spring egg snow globe, a magnificent example of the master craftsman's work that includes five ruby-red tulips. As she prepares to be filmed for a reality TV show about the launch of her bakery in Rocky Point, New Hampshire, Ana hires antiques expert Josie Prescott to appraise the precious egg and snow globe ... When Josie arrives at Ana's home, however, she finds [someone] murdered and the priceless snow globe smashed beyond repair"-- Provided by publisher.

Death with all the trimmings

November 24, 2014
Burdette, Lucy, author.
©2014
x, 304 pages ; 17 cm
"Includes recipes"--Cover.
Hayley has been assigned to interview Edel Waugh, chef-owner of Key West's hottest new restaurant. But off the record, Edel reveals that someone's been sabotaging her kitchen and she asks Hayley to investigate. Things heat up fast when the resaurant is set on fire-and a body is discovered in the carred wreckage. Is someone out to destroy the chef's business-or actually kill her? Amid Christmastime and holiday festivites like the lighted-boat parade and visiting relatives who stir up mixed emotions, Hayley needs to smoke out an arsonist and a killer.

Tagged for death

November 21, 2014
Harris, Sherry (Mystery writer), author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2014.
296 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes garage sale tips (pages [295]-296).
"Starting your life over at age thirty-eight isn't easy, but that's what Sarah Winston finds herself facing when her husband CJ runs off with a 19-year-old temptress named Tiffany. Sarah's self-prescribed therapy happily involves hitting all the garage and tag sales in and around her small town of Ellington, Massachusetts. If only she could turn her love for bargain hunting into a full-time career. One man's junk is another man's treasure. After returning from a particularly successful day searching for yard sale treasures, Sarah finds a grisly surprise in one of her bags: a freshly bloodied shirt...that undoubtedly belongs to her ex, CJ, who now happens to be Ellington's chief of police. If that's not bad enough, it seems Tiffany has gone missing. Now it's up to Sarah to prove that her cold-hearted ex is not a cold-blooded killer. But finding that treasure can be murder"--Page [4] of cover.

If you've got it, haunt it

November 21, 2014
Pressey, Rose, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2014.
296 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes Is your cat psychic quiz, an excerpt from: All dressed up and no place to haunt, and a list of movies with vintage fashion (pages [284]-296).
"Cookie Chanel has a passion for fashion--and a murder mystery to solve! Cookie Chanel has opened her own vintage clothing boutique, It's Vintage, Y'All, in the charming town of Sugar Creek, Georgia. Always on the lookout for stylish second-hand steals, she attends the estate sale of deceased socialite Charlotte Meadows. But she gets a lot more than she bargained for when Charlotte's ghost appears before her--offering fashion advice and begging Cookie to find out who murdered her. As the persistent poltergeist tags along and a possibly psychic pussycat moves into the shop, Cookie sorts through racks of suspects to see who may be hiding some skeletons in the closet. Do a clothing store owner and a disembodied socialite have a ghost of a chance of collaring a killer--or will Cookie's life be the next one hanging by a thread?"--Page [4] of cover.

Bryant & May and the bleeding heart : a Peculiar Crimes Unit mystery

November 21, 2014
Fowler, Christopher, author.
New York : Bantam Books, 2014.
383 pages ; 22 cm.
"A teenager sees a dead man rise from his grave--and moments later is killed in a sudden hit-and-run accident. Seven ravens housed in the impenetrable fortress that is the Tower of London vanish without a trace--and legend has it that when the ravens leave, the city will fall. Bryant and May must figure out how these two inexplicable, seemingly unrelated mysteries fit together as they begin an investigation that finds them confronting a group of latter-day body snatchers and exploring the corridors of an eerie funeral parlour, all to unearth the truth behind the gruesome legend of Bleeding Heart Yard"-- Provided by publisher.

Scorched eggs

November 21, 2014
Childs, Laura.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
305 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes recipes.
When their longtime friend at County services, Hannah Venable, dies in a fire, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni, vowing to find the arsonist, investigate a possible connection with the nearby Prairie Star Casino.

Once upon a grind

November 21, 2014
Coyle, Cleo, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
viii, 402 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes recipes.
"When coffeehouse manager turned amateur sleuth Clare Cosi roasts "magic" beans for Fairy Tale Week, she brews up a vision that leads to a sleeping beauty in Central Park; a big, bad wolf of Wall Street; and an East Side enclave with storybook secrets... Fairy tale fever has descended on New York City. Broadway fans are flocking to Red Riding Hood: The Musical; museums are exhibiting art inspired by the Brothers Grimm; and Clare Cosi gives her coffee truck a "Jack and the Beanstalk" makeover for a Central Park festival. Clare's coffee hunter ex-husband contributes a bag of African beans with alleged magical properties. His octogenarian mother entertains customers with readings of the grinds, but Clare remains skeptical--until she receives a vision that helps her find a young model's body in the park's woods. The police dismiss "sleeping beauty" as the victim of a drug overdose. Then Clare uncovers evidence that points to a roster of suspects, from a wolf of Wall Street to a New York Giant and a wicked witch of the West Side. Now Clare is really in the woods--with a dangerous predator on her heels and an investigation that leads from a secret Prince Charming club right back to her own NYPD detective boyfriend. If she doesn't solve this mystery, those magic beans predict an unhappy ending"-- Dust jacket.

Suspicion at seven

November 21, 2014
Purser, Ann, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
292 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Lois Meade mystery"--Cover.
"Lois Meade has done enough buffing and polishing over the years with her cleaning business, New Brooms, to know that all that glitters is not gold. So when a bag of costume jewellery is the main clue in a murder, she has a strong suspicion that appearances may be deceiving... After a woman is discovered in the Mill House Hotel, strangled with a silver necklace beside a bag filled with faux silver, gold and pearls, costume jewelry dealer Michael Black seems like the obvious suspect. But Lois knows Michael's wife, who runs a baker's shop near the hotel, and can't believe her husband could be a killer. Plus, Michael has an airtight alibi. Nevertheless, Michael--who prefers to go by Michel, a name as fake as his gems--is no angel. It appears he's running a pyramid scheme, and Lois's mother is getting sucked in. Could the murder have anything to do with his unscrupulous business practices? As Inspector Cowgill and Lois hope the bling may shine a light on the killer, the discovery of a second body on the old waterwheel in the hotel may be grist for the mill in solving the murder--if they can manage to catch the culprit without getting the runaround"-- Provided by publisher.

Land of careful shadows

November 20, 2014
Chazin, Suzanne, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2014]
340 pages ; 22 cm
Latino homicide detective Jimmy Vega must investigate the ethnically charged murder of a Hispanic woman found fifty miles north of New York City, as well as locate the baby pictured in a photograph found on the dead woman.

Death comes to London

November 20, 2014
Lloyd, Catherine, 1963- author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2014]
259 pages ; 21 cm.
Leaving their father's rectory, two sisters set out for the social season in London only to end up investigating the poisoning of a dowager countess. By the author of Death Comes to the Village.

Soul of the fire

November 20, 2014
Pattison, Eliot.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
292 pages ; 25 cm
"When Shan Tao Yun and his old friend Lokesh are abruptly dragged away by Public Security, he is convinced that their secret, often illegal, support of struggling Tibetans has brought their final ruin. But his fear turns to confusion as he discovers he has been chosen to fill a vacancy on a special international commission investigating Tibetan suicides. Soon he finds that his predecessor was murdered, and when a monk sets himself on fire in front of the commissioners he realizes that the Commission is being used as a tool to whitewash Tibet's self-immolation protests as acts of crime and terrorism. Shan faces an impossible dilemma when the Public Security officer who runs the Commission, Major Ren, orders the imprisoned Lokesh beaten to coerce Shan into following Beijing's script for the Commission. He has no choice but to become part of the hated machine that is devouring Tibet, but when he discovers that the most recent immolation was actually another murder, he realizes the Commission itself is riddled with crime and intrigue. Everywhere he turns, Shan finds new secrets that seem to lead to the last agonizing chapter of his life. Shan must make a final desperate effort to uncover the Commission's terrible secrets whose painful truth could change Shan's life - and possibly that of many Tibetans - forever"-- Provided by publisher.

The chihuahua always sniffs twice

November 20, 2014
Curtis, Waverly, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2014.
308 pages ; 18 cm.
"A barking detective mystery."
When someone tries to poison wealthy widow Lucille Carpenter's pampered pooches, aspiring P.I. Geri Sullivan and her talking Chihuahua, Pepe, must sniff out the culprit and keep him or her on a tight leash.

Enter pale death

November 20, 2014
Cleverly, Barbara, author.
New York : Soho Crime, [2014]
358 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Joe Sandilands investigation"--Cover.
"One morning before dawn at her regal country estate, Lady Lavinia Truelove is crushed to death by a horse. Classified as "death by misadventure," this appears a gruesome accident, but Scotland Yard Detective Joe Sandilands suspects foul play--a misgiving he is struggling to separate from his personal grievances toward Sir James Truelove, who is Lady Lavinia's widower and the influential academic patron of Dorcas Joliffe, whom Joe one day hopes to marry. As Joe's investigation yields surprising secrets about one of England's most powerful families, he discovers how little he knew about not only the gilded lives of the moneyed, but also about his relationship with Dorcas. Is Joe prepared to risk a future with the girl he loves to uncover the truth behind Lady Truelove's death?"-- Provided by publisher.

Odna pomolvka na troikh

November 19, 2014
Kulikova, Galina, author.
©2014
282 pages ; 21 cm
In her thirties, Agatha must decide if it is better to wait for real love or settle for what is convenient.

Private India : city on fire

November 19, 2014
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
372 pages ; 24 cm
When Santosh Wagh isn't struggling out of a bottle of whisky he's head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world's finest PI agency. In a city of over thirteen million he has his work cut out at the best of times. But now someone is killing women--seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes. As Santosh and his team race to find the killer, an even greater danger faces Private India--a danger that could threaten the lives of thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens.

Abracadaver : an Esther Diamond novel

November 18, 2014
Resnick, Laura, 1962-
New York : Daw Books, 2014
328 p. ; 18 cm.
"An Esther Diamond novel".
Finally catching a break, struggling actress Esther Diamond, while guest starring on a TV crime drama, discovers that her NYPD detective boyfriend's new partner is involved in the supernatural reanimation of the deceased downtown and must find a way to stop him.

Another one bites the dust

November 17, 2014
Green, Chris Marie.
New York : Roc, c2014.
403 p. ; 18 cm.
Some people think that ghosts are spirits that refuse to go to the other side because they have unfinished business. Take my word-- that's true. I should know. I'm a ghost. I was an ordinary eighties California girl, dead before my time, until psychic Amanda Lee Minter pulled me out of the time loop where I was reliving my death over and over. Now I'm Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire. I decided to put my spooky talents to use in helping Amanda Lee track down bad guys and killers (including my own). It's taken time to figure out exactly how that will work (our first case was definitely a learning experience for all involved), so when a young woman asks Amanda Lee for help convincing her best friend to leave a dangerously hot-tempered boyfriend, I'm ready and willing to use our collective powers on her behalf. But some people are dangerous not only to the living-- especially when there are darker forces involved....

The perfect mother : a novel

November 17, 2014
Darnton, Nina.
New York : Plume, 2014.
242 pages ; 21 cm
"When an American exchange student is accused of murder, her mother will stop at nothing to save her. A midnight phone call shatters Jennifer Lewis's carefully orchestrated life. Her daughter, Emma, who's studying abroad in Spain, has been arrested after the brutal murder of another student. Jennifer rushes to her side, certain the arrest is a terrible mistake and determined to do whatever is necessary to bring Emma home. But as she begins to investigate the crime, she starts to wonder whether she ever really knew her daughter. The police charge Emma, and the press leaps on the story, exaggerating every sordid detail. One by one, Emma's defense team, her father, and finally even Jennifer begin to have doubts. A novel of suspense, The Perfect Mother probes the dark side of parenthood and the complicated bond between mothers and daughters. "-- Provided by publisher.

Hope to die : the return of Alex Cross

November 14, 2014
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
374, 10 pages ; 25 cm.
"The return of Alex Cross"--Jacket.
"Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross's family--his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children--have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The stakes have never been higher: What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves?" -- from publisher's web site.

Betrayed : a Rosato & Associates novel

November 14, 2014
Scottoline, Lisa, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
343 pages ; 25 cm.
"The women of Rosato & Associates return, after the relaunch of the series that started with Accused. This second entry, Betrayed, stars Judy Carrier, who has had the starring role in only one previous Rosato book. When Betrayed opens, Judy Carrier finds herself at a crossroads in her life. Her best friend, Mary DiNunzio, has just become partner and is about to become a bride, leaving Judy vaguely out of sorts. She's not jealous, but she's not happy either and she's wondering where her own career and love life are going. To make matters worse, she is rocked to her emotional foundations when she learns that her beloved Aunt Vicky has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She races to her aunt's side, and so does Judy's mother, only to find that her aunt is dealing with the sudden death of a friend who had been helping her through chemo. The friend, Emelia Juarez, was an undocumented worker at a local farm, but her death doesn't look natural at all, to Judy. Judy begins to investigate, following a path that leads her into an underground world far more dangerous than she ever imagined. Judy has to dig to uncover what happened to Emelia, and at the same time unearth the secrets in her own family"-- Provided by publisher.

The murder of Harriet Krohn

November 14, 2014
Fossum, Karin, 1954-
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
242 pages ; 24 cm.
"First published with the title Drapet på Harriet Krohn Harriet Krohn in 2004 by Cappelen Damm AS, Oslo" -- Title pages verso.
"On a wet, gray night in early November, Charlo Torp, a former gambler who's only recently kicked the habit, makes his way through the slush to Harriet Krohn's apartment, flowers in his hand. Certain that paying off his debt is the only path to starting a new life and winning his daughter Julie's forgiveness, Charlo plans to rob the wealthy old woman's antique silver collection. What he doesn't expect is for her to put up a fight. The following morning Harriet is found dead, her antique silver missing, and the only clue Inspector Sejer and his team find in the apartment is an abandoned bouquet. Charlo should feel relieved, but he's heard of Sejer's amazing record--the detective has solved every case he's ever been assigned to. Sure that Sejer is inching steadily closer to the truth, Charlo does everything he can think of to keep from getting caught as he desperately tries to reconcile with Julie in this thrilling new addition to an acclaimed series. "-- Provided by publisher.

Wink of an eye

November 14, 2014
Chandler-Willis, Lynn, 1960-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
viii, 292 pages ; 22 cm
"A mystery"--Cover.
"On the run from a double-cross, Las Vegas private investigator Gypsy Moran shows up unexpectedly at his sister Rhonda's house in Wink, Texas. She introduces Gypsy to one of her former students, 12-year-old Tatum McCallen, who is in need of Gypsy's services. Tatum wants to hire Gypsy to investigate his father Ryce's alleged suicide. His dad was a deputy with the Sheriff's department and was found hanged in their backyard. Tatum believes his father was murdered after he went inquiring after the disappearance of several teenage girls, all undocumented immigrants. Against his better judgment, Gypsy agrees to snoop around to see what he can find. Between dealing with his now married high school sweetheart, a sexy reporter, and hostile police officers, Gypsy has his work cut out for him. Lynn Chandler Willis' Wink of an Eye is a strong addition to a long list of The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) Competition winners that includes Steve Hamilton and Michael Koryta"-- Provided by publisher.

Want you dead

November 14, 2014
James, Peter, 1948- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
405 pages ; 25 cm.
"The next thrilling installment in the international bestselling Roy Grace series"--Jacket flap.
"Single girl, 33, redhead and smouldering, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and--who knows--more maybe? In Peter James' Want You Dead, thirty-year old Red Cameron meets handsome, charming and rich thirty-five year old Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, and is instantly attracted to him. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past begins to emerge, and with it his dark side. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror. Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But far from being over, her nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed and besotted with her. He intends to destroy, by fire, everything and everyone she has ever known and loved--and then her, too. It's up to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace to stop him before it's too late" -- from publisher's web site.

A song to die for

November 14, 2014
Blakely, Mike.
New York : Forge, 2014
352 p. ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."

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