New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

September 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The silent sister

September 29, 2014
Chamberlain, Diane, 1950-
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
346 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now? As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality"-- Provided by publisher.

Run : a novel

September 29, 2014
Grant, Andrew, 1968-
New York : Ballantine Books, 2014.
269 pages ; 25 cm
"For fans of Harlan Coben's Tell No One and Joseph Finder's Paranoia--a high-octane thriller featuring a tech consultant who unwittingly steps into the rabbit hole of corporate cover-ups--and finds that his highly demanding job has suddenly become highly dangerous. From Andrew Grant, the critically acclaimed author hailed by Nelson DeMille as "a little bit of le Carre and Ian Fleming, but with more grit and a sharper edge," comes a thrilling new novel of suspense that hits the ground running when an innocent man suddenly finds himself a moving target. Marc Bowman, a highly successful computer consultant and software designer, walks into his job at a major tech company one morning only to find himself fired on the spot, stonewalled by his boss, and ushered out of the building. Then things get worse: An explosive argument drives his wife away and a robbery threatens to yank a million-dollar idea--and his whole future--out from under him. In a matter of hours, Marc has gone from having it all to being sucker-punched by fate. But it's only Monday, and before the week is over, he'll be stalked, ambushed, wiretapped, arrested, duped, double- and triple-crossed--until he can't tell enemies from allies. Suddenly, the only thing standing between him and the wrath of everyone from the FBI to Homeland Security to his desperate ex-bosses is a flash drive full of data that might just be the holy grail of high-tech secrets--and a holy terror in the wrong hands. Now, as the gloves come off and the guns come out, turning back is hopeless and giving up is madness. The only person left for Marc to trust is himself. And the only thing left to do is keep running--or end up a dead man walking. -- Provided by publisher.

Ghost wanted

September 29, 2014
Hart, Carolyn G.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
292 pages ; 24 cm
"Bailey Ruth's supervisor, Wiggins, is worried about a dear old friend. The ghost of elegant Lorraine Marlow haunts Adelaide's college library. Known as the Lady of the Roses, she plays matchmaker, using the fragrant flowers to pair up students. But someone's making mischief after hours, leaving roses strewn about the library, destroying a gargoyle, and stealing a valuable book. Concerne292d with Lorraine's reputation among the living, Wiggins dispatches the irrepressible redhead Bailey Ruth to investigate. Soon after her arrival, trouble begins to stack up. A campus security guard is shot by an intruder, and Bailey Ruth uncovers a catalog of evidence blaming a student for the crimes. As a ghost, she may not be all there, but even Bailey Ruth can decipher that something isn't adding up. So with police preparing to make an arrest, the spirited detective must race against the clock to find the real culprit, because when justice is overdue, it takes more than death to stop Bailey Ruth Raeburn.."-- Provided by publisher.

Picked to die

September 29, 2014
Connolly, Sheila
New York, N.Y. : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
viii 292 p. ; 18 cm.
"Includes delicious recipes."
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine
It's harvest time in Granford, Massachusetts, and orchard owner Meg Corey and her fiance, Seth, are both racing to beat the New England winter. Meg is bringing in her apple crop with a team of workers, while Seth is working to restore an old building in the center of town. But when his project is set back due to the unexpected discovery of a skeleton under the building--and even worse, a young man related to one of Meg's former apple pickers is found dead behind the local feed store--the couple's carefully laid plans are quickly spoiled.

The spiritglass charade : a Stoker & Holmes novel

September 29, 2014
Gleason, Colleen, author.
San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, [2014]
354 pages ; 22 cm
In 1889 Evaline Stoker, Mina Holmes, and their time traveler friend, Dylan are asked by the Princess of Wales to find out what happened to Robby Ashton, who may have drowned--but the reappearance of vampires in the heart of London threatens to become a more urgent problem.

Cat in a yellow spotlight

September 29, 2014
Douglas, Carole Nelson, author.
©2014
313 pages ; 22 cm.
Temple Barr and Midnight Louie work to protect those in danger while the Las Vegas reunion show of the band, Black & White, takes place.

Harlequin's costume

September 29, 2014
︠Uz︡efovich, Leonid, 1947-
London, England : Glagoslav Publications Ltd., c2013.
263 p. ; 21 cm.
"Volume 1 of the Putilin trilogy"--T.p.
"Published with the support of the Institute for Literary Translation, Russia" -- T.p.

The girl next door : a novel

September 26, 2014
Rendell, Ruth, 1930- author.
New York : Scribner, 2014.
272 pages ; 24 cm
The discovery of bones in a tin box sends shockwaves across a group of long-time friends. As the discovery makes national news, the friends come together once again, to recall their days in the tunnel for the detective investigating the case. Is the truth buried among these aging friends and their memories?

Paris match : a Stone Barrington novel

September 26, 2014
Woods, Stuart.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2014]
311 pages ; 25 cm.
"Stone Barrington has returned to Paris to attend to some business concerns, and finds himself embroiled in high-stakes trouble on both sides of the pond. An old enemy is still in hot pursuit, and this time he might have a powerful local resource on his side: a gentleman with his own ax to grind against Stone. And back in the United States, the swirling rumor mill threatens to derail a project of vital importance not just to Stone but to the nation. Though Stone is no stranger to peril, never before has he faced threats from so many directions at once"-- Provided by publisher.

Deadline

September 26, 2014
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23- author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2014]
388 pages ; 24 cm
"In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor. Meanwhile, not far away, Virgil Flowers is helping out a friend by looking into a dognapping, which seems to be turning into something much bigger and uglier--a team of dognappers supplying medical labs--when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A murdered body has been found--and the victim is a local reporter"-- from publisher's web site.

Mean Business on North Ganson Street : [a novel]

September 26, 2014
Zahler, S. Craig.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2014.
293 pages ; 25 cm
"A distraught businessman who is looking for help walks into the office of a mouthy detective named Jules Bettinger, has a conversation, walks out, and kills himself. Because of this incident, the impolite but decorated policeman is forced to relocate himself and his family from their warm lives in Arizona to the frigid north and work for an understaffed precinct in Victory, Missouri. This collapsed rustbelt city is a dying beast that devours itself and gnaws at its inhabitants... and has done so for more than three decades. The streets are covered with dead pigeons and there are seven hundred criminals for every law enforcer. Partnered with a boorish and demoted corporal named Dominick Williams, Jules Bettinger investigates a double homicide in which two policemen were killed. Suspicious by nature and vocation, the detective looks for answers in the fringes of the city and in the pasts of the secretive men with whom he works-- men who brutalized a local drug dealer until he was disabled. Jules Bettinger soon begins to suspect that the double homicide is not an isolated event, but part of a larger plot... a prelude to a series of cop executions"-- Provided by publisher.

Proof positive : a Joe Gunther novel

September 26, 2014
Mayor, Archer, author.
New York, N.Y. : Minotaur Books, 2014.
294 pages ; 25 cm.
Investigating the death of a Vietnam veteran whose PTSD culminated in a hoarding disorder, Joe Gunther learns that the victim's collection of combat photos contains information that a sinister adversary desperately wanted to keep hidden.

The haunting ballad

September 26, 2014
Nethercott, Michael.
New York : Minotaur Books, [2014]
308 pages ; 22 cm
"A Thomas Dunne Book."
"The Seance Society introduced mystery lovers to Mr. O'Nelligan and Lee Plunkett, an unlikely pair of sleuths on an equally unlikely case with a supernatural twist. Having taken over his father's PI business, Lee enlists O'Nelligan, a dapper Irishman with a flair for solving mysteries, to help catch a killer. Now, in Michael Nethercott's The Haunting Ballad, this sleuthing "odd couple" are back in another witty, charming, and wonderfully written mystery, this time set in 1957 in the burgeoning music scene of New York City's Greenwich Village. It's the spring of 1957, and O'Nelligan and Plunkett are summoned to New York to investigate the death of a controversial folk song collector. The trail leads the pair to a diverse group of suspects including an eccentric Beat coffee house owner, a family of Irish balladeers (who may be IRA), a bluesy ex-con, a hundred-and-five-year-old Civil War drummer boy, and a self-proclaimed "ghost chanter" who sings songs that she receives from the dead. To complicate matters, there's a handsome, smooth-talking young folk singer who Lee's fiance;e Audrey is enthralled by. And somewhere in the Bohemian swirl of the Village, a killer waits.."-- Provided by publisher.

The ploughmen : a novel

September 26, 2014
Zupan, Kim.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
256 pages ; 22 cm
"Valentine Millimaki, a troubled young deputy, finds himself seeking counsel from John Gload, a killer awaiting trial, in this debut novel. The strange intimacy of their connection takes a startling turn with a brazen act of violence, a manhunt, and a stunning revelation that leave Gload's past and Millimaki's future forever entwined"-- Provided by publisher

Bless her dead little heart

September 26, 2014
James, Miranda, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
x, 289 pages ; 18 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
With the Mississippi sun beating down, An'gel and Dickce are taking a break to cool off and pet sit their friend Charlie Harris's cat, Diesel, when their former sorority sister, Rosabelle Sultan, shows up at their door unexpectedly, with her ne'er-do-well adult children not far behind. Rosabelle's selfish offspring are desperate to discover what's in her will, and it soon becomes clear that one of them would kill to get their hands on the inheritance. Suddenly caught up in a deadly tangle of duplicitous suspects and deep-fried motives, it will take all of the sisters' Southern charm to catch a decidedly ill-mannered killer...

Dime if I know : a Cleopatra Jones mystery

September 26, 2014
Toussaint, Maggie.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2013]
261 pages ; 23 cm
Cleopatra Jones wants to get married, but her golf pro boyfriend, Rafe Golden, prefers the freedom of dating. With three puppies, a St. Bernard, two teenage daughters, a free-spirited live-in mother, a kooky best friend, and an accounting firm to run, Cleo's life is busy. To top it off, her best friend is running for mayor, and Mama is wearing the engagement ring Cleo longs for. When Rafe's red Jaguar is spotted at a homicide scene, the cops are sure Rafe committed murder. Cleo's just as certain he didn't. Rafe's been keeping secrets from her, but are they deadly secrets?

To dwell in darkness

September 25, 2014
Crombie, Deborah.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
324 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Map on lining papers.
"A novel"--Cover.
"In the tradition of Elizabeth George, Louise Penny, and P. D. James, New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie delivers a powerful tale of intrigue, betrayal, and lies that will plunge married London detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James into the unspeakable darkness that lies at the heart of murder. Recently transferred to the London borough of Camden from Scotland Yard headquarters, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his new murder investigation team are called to a deadly bombing at historic St. Pancras Station. By fortunate coincidence, Melody Talbot, Gemma's trusted colleague, witnesses the explosion. The victim was taking part in an organized protest, yet the other group members swear the young man only meant to set off a smoke bomb. As Kincaid begins to gather the facts, he finds every piece of the puzzle yields an unexpected pattern, including the disappearance of a mysterious bystander. The bombing isn't the only mystery troubling Kincaid. He's still questioning the reasons behind his transfer, and when his former boss--who's been avoiding him--is attacked, those suspicions deepen. With the help of his former sergeant, Doug Cullen, Melody Talbot, and Gemma, Kincaid begins to untangle the truth. But what he discovers will leave him questioning his belief in the job that has shaped his life and his values--and remind him just how vulnerable his precious family is" -- from publisher's web site.

Dick Francis's Damage : [a novel of suspense]

September 24, 2014
Francis, Felix.
New York City : Putnam, 2014.
386 pages ; 24 cm
"Undercover investigator Jeff Hinkley is assigned by the British Horseracing Authority to look into the activities of a suspicious racehorse trainer, but as he's tailing his quarry through the Cheltenham Racing Festival, the last thing he expects to witness is a gruesome murder. Could it have something to do with the reason the trainer was banned in the first place--the administration of illegal drugs to his horses? Then many more horses test positive for prohibited stimulants, and someone starts making demands, threatening to completely destroy the integrity of the racing industry. In order to limit the damage to the sport, it's critical that Jeff find the perpetrator . . . but he'll soon learn he's up against someone who will stop at nothing to prevail."-- Provided by publisher.

Death in the Dolomites : a Rick Montoya Italian mystery

September 23, 2014
Wagner, David P. author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2014.
229 pages ; 23 cm.

Angel killer : a Jessica Blackwood novel

September 23, 2014
Mayne, Andrew, 1973-
©2012
352 pages ; 21 cm.
"Originally published in a slightly different form in the United States in 2012"-- Title page verso.
"FBI agent Jessica Blackwood believes she has successfully left her complicated life as a gifted magician behind her, until a killer with seemingly supernatural powers puts her talents to the ultimate test. A mysterious hacker, who identifies himself only as "Warlock," brings down the FBI's website and posts a code in its place. It hides the GPS coordinates of a Michigan cemetery, where a dead girl is discovered rising from the ground, as if she tried to crawl out of her own grave. Born into a dynasty of illusionists, Jessica Blackwood is destined to become its next star--until she turns her back on her troubled family, and her legacy, to begin a new life in law enforcement. But FBI consultant Dr. Jeffrey Ailes's discovery of an old copy of Magician Magazine will turn Jessica's carefully constructed world upside down. Faced with a crime that appears beyond explanation, Ailes has nothing to lose--and everything to gain--by taking a chance on an agent raised in a world devoted to seemingly achieving the impossible. The body in the cemetery is only the first in the Warlock's series of dark miracles. Thrust into the media spotlight, with time ticking away until the next crime, can Jessica confront her past to embrace her gifts and stop a depraved killer? If she can't, she may become his next victim"-- Provided by publisher.

Silent murders

September 23, 2014
Miley, Mary.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
311 pages ; 22 cm
"A mystery"--Jacket.
"[Vaudeville actress turned Hollywood insider] Jessie's thrilled when Bruno Heilmann, a movie studio bigwig, invites her to a party. Shes even more delighted to run into a face from her past at that party. But the following day, Jessie learns that sometime in the wee hours of the morning both her old friend and Bruno Heilmann were brutally murdered. She's devastated, but with her skill as an actress, access to the wardrobes and resources of a film studio, and a face not yet famous enough to be recognized, Jessie is uniquely positioned to dig into the circumstances surrounding these deaths"--Amazon.com.

Wouldn't it be deadly : an Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins mystery

September 23, 2014
Ireland, D. E.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
320 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Following her successful appearance at an Embassy Ball--where Eliza Doolittle won Professor Henry Higgins' bet that he could pass off a Cockney flower girl as a duchess--Eliza becomes an assistant to his chief rival Emil Nepommuck. After Nepommuck publicly takes credit for transforming Eliza into a lady, an enraged Higgins submits proof to a London newspaper that Nepommuck is a fraud. When Nepommuck is found with a dagger in his back, Henry Higgins becomes Scotland Yard's prime suspect. However, Eliza learns that most of Nepommuck's pupils had a reason to murder their blackmailing teacher. As another suspect turns up dead and evidence goes missing, Eliza and Higgins realize the only way to clear the Professor's name is to discover which of Nepommuck's many enemies is the real killer"-- Provided by publisher.

The empire of night

September 23, 2014
Butler, Robert Olen.
New York : Mysterious Press ; Grove Press, c2014.
401 p. ; 24 cm.
"In the thrilling third installment of the Christopher Marlowe Cobb series, Kit discovers a secret plan to transform Zeppelins into dangerous killing machines--and to turn the tide of war in Germany's favor" -- from publisher's web site.

Cobra

September 23, 2014
Meyer, Deon.
New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014.
344 pages : map ; 24 cm
"At a guest house in the beautiful Franschhoek wine valley, a famous English mathematician is kidnapped and his two bodyguards are killed. It's clearly a professional hit, and the spent shell cases offer a chilling clue: Each is engraved with the head of a spitting cobra. Meanwhile, in Cape Town, a skilled young thief is using his talents to put his sister through college. Then one day he picks the wrong pocket, grabbing the wallet of a young American woman visiting South Africa to deliver some very valuable and dangerous information. Before the day is done, five more are dead thanks to the Cobra, the sister is kidnapped, and the thief is on the run. With the help of his colleagues in the Hawks, South Africa's top police unit, Captain Benny Griessel attempts to identify and find the missing man, save the girl, and track down the Cobra. And then the intelligence services step in, ordering his team to turn over the investigation. Powerful people are involved, possibly the CIA. But the Hawks aren't going to let it go, aren't going to let corruption rot the new South Africa, and aren't going to let the Cobra get away with murder" -- from publisher's web site.

Literally murder

September 23, 2014
Brandon, Ali
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
290 p. ; 18 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
When a viral video gets them invited to the championship cat show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Darla and her black cat, Hamlet, must keep a killer on a tight leash while trying to win Best in Show.

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