New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

May 21, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The eternal city

May 20, 2015
Morris, Paula, author.
New York, NY : Point, 2015.
291 pages ; 22 cm
Laura Martin is on a class trip to Rome when Mercury, a dark-eyed boy with wings on his heels, appears to give her a message, and Laura soon realizes that she is at the center of a brewing battle between the gods and goddesses--and only she and her friends can unravel the mystery behind what is happening.

Time of death

May 20, 2015
Billingham, Mark, author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2015]
436 pages ; 24 cm.

Tail Gait : a Mrs. Murphy Mystery

May 19, 2015
Brown, Rita Mae, author.
New York : Bantam Books, [2015]
xvi, 307 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"There's nothing like a tail well-told. Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return with an all-new mystery featuring Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and ever-faithful Tee Tucker the corgi"-- Provided by publisher.

Little black lies

May 19, 2015
Bolton, S. J., author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
365 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"First published in Great Britain by Bantam Press, an imprint of Transworld Publishers, a Penguin Random House UK Company."
"In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely... When another child goes missing, and then a third, it's no longer possible to believe that their deaths were accidental, and the villagers must admit that there is a murderer among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the searches and the speculation. And suddenly, in this wild and beautiful place that generations have called home, no one feels safe and the hysteria begins to rise. But three islanders--Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum--are hiding terrible secrets. And they have two things in common: all three of them are grieving, and none of them trust anyone, not even themselves. In Little Black Lies, her most shocking and engaging suspense novel to date, Sharon Bolton will keep the reader guessing until the very last page"-- Provided by publisher.

Bone to be wild

May 19, 2015
Haines, Carolyn.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
354 pages ; 22 cm
"Sarah Booth Delaney is heartbroken: her fiancé Graf Milieu has decided to move to Hollywood permanently, leaving their relationship in shambles. Sarah Booth has a perfect distraction, however, in the form of the Black and Orange Halloween ball her best friends are throwing in New Orleans. Sarah Booth plans to dance the night away to the swinging tunes of her old flame Scott Hampton's blues band. But just as the party gets going, Scott receives a mysterious message that threatens his life and the lives of his bandmates. Sarah Booth knows that a new case is just what she needs to take her mind off her failed relationship with Graf, and she's ready to help Scott investigate. And then the message turns from threat to reality when the bartender from Scott's club is gunned down in a drive-by. Enlisting Sheriff Coleman Peters and the rest of her friends from Zinnia, Mississippi, Sarah Booth is caught in a race against the clock as she tries to stop a killer from striking again. With a twist around every corner, Carolyn Haines will delight readers with Sarah Booth Delaney's latest zany adventure in Bone to be Wild"-- Provided by publisher.

The harvest man

May 18, 2015
Grecian, Alex, author.
©2015
384 pages ; 24 cm.
With Jack the Ripper on the loose and the emergence of a new serial killer called the Harvest Man, who carves people's faces off their skulls, Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith enlists the help of a criminal network to stop them.

Eighth grave after dark

May 18, 2015
Jones, Darynda, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
viii, 293 pages ; 25 cm
"Bonus chapter inside only in the print edition"--Cover.
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Charley Davidson has enough going on without having to worry about twelve hellhounds hot on her trail. She is, after all, incredibly pregnant and feeling like she could pop at any moment. But, just her luck, twelve deadly beasts from hell have chosen this time to escape onto our plane, and they've made Charley their target. And so she takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can't get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. Of course, if hellhounds aren't enough, Charley also has a new case to hold her attention: the decades-old murder of a newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows of the convent"--Dust jacket flap.

Flame out

May 18, 2015
Cooley, M. P., author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
294 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
After rescuing a badly burned woman from an abandoned factory building, Hopewell Falls, New York police officer June Lyons, while sifting through the factory's ruins, discovers the body of her partner's mother, which is linked to a cold case that will dangerously touch the lives of those closest to her.

Skies of ash

May 18, 2015
Hall, Rachel Howzell.
New York : Forge, 2015.
333 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A Detective Elouise Norton novel"--Cover.
"Los Angeles homicide detective Elouise "Lou" Norton and her partner, Colin Taggert, arrive at the scene of a tragic house fire. Juliet Chatman perished in the blaze, along with her two children. Left behind is grieving husband and father Christopher Chatman, hospitalized after trying to rescue his family. Chatman is devastated that he couldn't save them. Unless, of course, he's the one who killed them. Neighbors and family friends insist the Chatmans were living the dream. But Lou quickly discovers the reality was very different. The flames of adultery, jealousy, scandal, fraud, and disease had all but consumed the Chatmans' marriage before it went up in smoke. Lou's own marriage hangs by a thread. Soured by the men in her life, Lou is convinced that Chatman started the fire. Her colleagues worry that her personal issues are obscuring her judgment. With very little evidence regarding the fire--and rising doubts about her husband's commitment to monogamy--Lou feels played by all sides. Was the fire sparked by a serial arsonist known as The Burning Man? Or by the Chatmans' son, who regularly burned his father's property? Searching for justice through the ashes of a picture-perfect family, Lou doesn't know if she will catch an arsonist or be burned in the process. Skies of Ash is another thrilling read from author-to-watch Rachel Howzell Hall"-- Provided by publisher.

The hanged man

May 18, 2015
Elrod, P. N. (Patricia Nead), author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
333 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"On a freezing Christmas Eve in 1879, a forensic psychic reader is summoned from her Baker Street lodgings to the scene of a questionable death. Alexandrina Victoria Pendlebury (named after her godmother, the current Queen of England) is adamant that the death in question is a magically compromised murder and not a suicide, as the police had assumed. After the shocking revelation contained by the body in question, Alex must put her personal loss aside to uncover the deeper issues at stake, before more bodies turn up"-- Provided by publisher.

Sidney Chambers and the forgiveness of sins

May 18, 2015
Runcie, James, 1959- author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
405 pages ; 21 cm.
"First published in Great Britain 2015. First U.S. edition published 2015" -- title page verso.
In a latest Grantchester mystery set in 1960s Cambridge, a man seeks sanctuary after killing his wife, a friend is pursued by a mysterious stranger, a man is accidentally crushed by a piano and Sydney is wrongly accused of theft.

Six and a half deadly sins

May 18, 2015
Cotterill, Colin, author.
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2015]
242 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"A Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery set in Laos"--Jacket.
"Laos, 1979. Dr. Siri Paiboun, the twice-retired ex-National Coroner of Laos, receives an unmarked package in the mail. Inside is a handwoven pha sin, a colorful traditional skirt worn in northern Laos. A lovely present, but who sent it to him, and why? And, more importantly, why is there a severed human finger stitched into the sin's lining?"--Amazon.com.

The case of the Sin City sister : a Divine Private Detective Agency mystery

May 18, 2015
Hinton, J. Lynne
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2015]
328 pages ; 21 cm.
"When Eve's biological sister goes missing, the nun heads to Las Vegas to track her down before it's too late. Years ago, Eve heard God's call to become a nun, but her recent stint moonlighting at her father's detective agency invigorates her so much that she's wrestling with her vocation. She's working with him on a case involving a miner in New Mexico when alarming news develops: her sister Dorisanne is missing. The authorities won't act without evidence of a crime, but Eve knows something suspicious -- and possibly deadly -- is afoot. Challenged to put her newfound gifts as a PI to the test, Sister Eve heads west to Las Vegas to uncover clues about her sister's whereabouts. What nefarious scheme has Dorisanne become involved in? Is her life in danger? And what is Dorisanne's estranged husband hiding? Sister Eve will discover there's always more going on in Sin City than meets the eye"-- Provided by publisher.

Death ex machina

May 18, 2015
Corby, Gary, author.
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2015]
322 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
"Athenian mystery"--Jacket.
"It's the time of the Great Dionysia, the largest arts festival of the ancient world, held each year in honor of Dionysos, the god of wine. But there's a problem: A ghost is haunting Athens's grand theater. Nicolaos and his clever partner in sleuthing (and now in matrimony), the priestess Diotima, are hired to rid the theater of the ghost so that the festival can begin. With the help of Theokritos, the High Priest of Dionysos, they exorcise the ghost publicly, while secretly suspecting that a human saboteur is the actual culprit. Their efforts to protect the theater fall short when one of the actors is found hanged from the machine used to carry actors through the air when they play the part of gods. It's quite a theatrical murder. As Nico and Diotima dig into the actor's past, they discover all was not as it seemed. There are enough suspects to fill a theater. As the festival approaches and pressure mounts on all sides, can they hunt down the killer in time? Or will they simply have to hope for a deus ex machina?"-- Provided by publisher.

Robert B. Parker's kickback

May 15, 2015
Atkins, Ace, author.
©2015
292 pages ; 24 cm
"What started out as a joke landed seventeen-year-old Dillon Yates in a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor. When he set up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal, he never dreamed he could be brought up on criminal charges, but that's exactly what happened. This is Blackburn, Massachusetts, where zero tolerance for minors is a way of life. Leading the movement is tough-as-nails Judge Joe Scali, who gives speeches about getting tough on today's wild youth. But Dillon's mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, isn't buying Scali's line. She hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing. From the Harbor Islands to a gated Florida community, Spenser and trusted ally Hawk follow a trail through the Boston underworld with links to a shadowy corporation that runs New England's private prisons. They eventually uncover a culture of corruption and cover-ups in the old mill town, where hundreds of kids are sent off to for-profit juvie jails. "-- Provided by publisher.

The ghost fields

May 15, 2015
Griffiths, Elly, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
370 pages : genealogical table ; 22 cm
"A Ruth Galloway mystery"--Cover.
"Norfolk is suffering from record summer heat when a construction crew unearths a macabre discovery--a downed World War II plane with the pilot still inside. Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway quickly realizes that the skeleton couldn't possibly be the pilot, and DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat who had been reported dead at sea. When the remaining members of the Blackstock family learn about the discovery, they seem strangely frightened by the news. Events are further complicated by a TV company that wants to make a film about Norfolk's deserted air force bases, the so-called Ghost Fields, which have been partially converted into a pig farm run by one of the younger Blackstocks. As production begins, Ruth notices a mysterious man lurking on the outskirts of Fred Blackstock's memorial service. Then human bones are found on the family's pig farm. Can the team outrace a looming flood to find a killer?"-- Provided by publisher.

The daylight marriage : a novel

May 13, 2015
Pitlor, Heidi, author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015.
245 pages ; 22 cm
"Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son"--Title page verso.
"Over the years, Lovell and Hannah's conversations have become charged with resentments and unspoken desires. She has become withdrawn. His work affords him a convenient distraction. And then, after one explosive argument, Hannah vanishes. For the first time, Lovell is forced to examine the trajectory of his marriage through the lens of memory. As he tries to piece together what happened to his wife--and to their life together--readers follow Hannah on that single day when a hasty decision proves irrevocable"--Dust jacket flap.

Dry bones

May 13, 2015
Johnson, Craig, 1961- author.
©2015
xii, 306 pages ; 24 cm.
Wyoming's beloved lawman must solve his coldest case yet when a T. rex skeleton surfaces--along with a dead rancher--in Absaroka County.

The body in the birches : a Faith Fairchild mystery

May 13, 2015
Page, Katherine Hall, author.
©2015.
242 pages ; 24 cm.
At home on Sanpere Island, Maine, caterer and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild discovers that real estate can be murder. After the Fourth of July celebrations are over, Faith discovers a body in the woods near The Birches, an early twentieth-century "cottage."

The final reveille : a living history museum mystery

May 13, 2015
Flower, Amanda.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, 2015.
327 pages ; 21 cm
Kelsey Cambridge becomes a prime suspect when the tight-fisted nephew of her living history museum's main benefactor is murdered on the grounds amid a Civil War reenactment.

Bite the biscuit : a Barkery & Biscuits mystery

May 13, 2015
Johnston, Linda O.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2015]
300 pages ; 21 cm.
Veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly has become known for offering healthy dog treats at the clinic where she works. So when the owner of the local bakery moves away, Carrie jumps at the chance to buy the business and convert half of it into the Barkery, a shop where she can make and sell her canine delights.

Come to harm : a novel

May 13, 2015
McPherson, Catriona, 1965-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2015]
ix, 343 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
For Keiko Nishisato, leaving Tokyo is a rare adventure, but it's living in the quiet little town of Painchton, Scotland, that shows her how far she is from home. For such a settled place, a lot of young women seem to leave. But the more Keiko discovers the less she believes, until she can't tell where her fears end and the real nightmares begin.

The dark side of the road

May 13, 2015
Green, Simon R., 1955-
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2015.
217 pages : 23 cm.
"An Ishmael Jones mystery " - Cover.
Ishmael Jones is someone who can't afford to be noticed, someone who lives under the radar, who drives on the dark side of the road. He's employed to search out secrets, investigate mysteries and shine a light in dark places. Sometimes he kills people. Invited by his employer, the enigmatic Colonel, to join him and his family for Christmas, Ishmael arrives at the grand but isolated Belcourt Manor in the midst of a blizzard to find that the Colonel has mysteriously disappeared. As he questions his fellow guests, Ishmael concludes that at least one of them - not least Ishmael himself - is harbouring a dangerous secret, and that beneath the veneer of festive cheer lurk passion, jealousy, resentment and betrayal. As a storm sets in, sealing off the Manor from the rest of the world, Ishmael must unmask a ruthless murderer before they strike again.

A good killing : [a novel]

May 12, 2015
Leotta, Allison, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
306 pages ; 24 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"Newly single after calling off her wedding, sex-crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis is summoned home to Michigan when her old high school coach--a hometown hero--is killed in a fiery car crash. But Anna isn't there to prosecute a crime: she's home to support her innocent sister Jody, who has been wrongfully accused of the coach's murder. But maybe Jody isn't so innocent after all?"-- Provided by publisher.

I, Ripper : a novel

May 11, 2015
Hunter, Stephen, 1946- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
309 pages ; 25 cm
"The electrifying new thriller from New York Times bestseller Stephen Hunter takes you deep inside the mind of the most notorious serial killer of all time - Jack the Ripper"--Publisher.

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