New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

January 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Assault and beret

January 20, 2017
McKinlay, Jenn, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
292 pages ; 17 cm.
London milliner Vivian Tremont and her American cousin and partner, Scarlett Parker, tip their caps to their beloved shop on Portobello Road in Notting Hill and set off for Paris, where Viv can't wait to teach a hat-making class. But she has another reason to travel to the City of Light: to find the man she impulsively eloped with years ago and have their marriage annulled.

Expecting to die

January 20, 2017
Jackson, Lisa, author.
346 pages ; 24 cm.
Some places earn their bad reputation through tall tales or chance. Grizzly Falls is different. Here, killers aren't just the stuff of legends and campfire lore. Someone is in the nighttime shadows, watching the local teens play around in the moonlit woods. Waiting for the right moment, the right victim. Waiting to take away a life. Detective Regan Pescoli is counting the days until her maternity leave. Exhausted and emotional, the last thing she needs is another suspected serial killer. Especially when her daughter, Bianca, is swept up in the media storm. When a reality show arrives in town, the chaos only makes it harder for Pescoli and her partner, Selena Alvarez, to distinguish rumor from truth. Another body is found ... and another. And as the nightmare strikes closer to home, Pescoli races to find the terror lingering in the darkness, where there are too many places to hide ... and countless places to die.

Fudge & jury

January 20, 2017
Alexander, Ellie, author.
[New York, New York] : St Martin'S Press, 2017.
314 pages ; 17 cm.
"A world-renowned chocolatier has just turned up dead...right after sampling a slice of Jules' decadent four-layer chocolate cake. Now all eyes are on Jules as she tries to find the mysterious ingredient in her own recipe."--Provided by the publisher

A ghostly reunion

January 20, 2017
Kappes, Tonya.
New York, N.Y. : Witness, c2017.
338 pages ; 17 cm.
Proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, Emma Lee can see, hear, and talk to ghosts of murdered folks. And when her high school nemesis is found dead, Jade Lee Peel is the same old mean girl, trying to come between emma Lee and her hot boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, all over again. there's only one way for Emma Lee to be free of the trash talking ghost, solve the murder so the former pro queen can cross over. But the last thing Jade Lee wants is to leave the town where she had her glory days. And the more Emma Lee investigates on her own, the more complicated miss popularity turns out to be. Now Emma Lee will have to work extra closely with her hunky lawman to get6 to the twisty truth.

Pop goes the murder

January 20, 2017
Abbott, Kristi, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
vi, 296 pages ; 17 cm.
"Includes popcorn-related recipes!"--Page 4 of cover.
Gourmet popcorn entrepreneur Rebecca Anderson and her poodle, Sprocket, are back on the case, in the second Popcorn Shop Mystery from the author of Kernel of Truth . Despite Rebecca Anderson's best efforts to distance herself from her ex-husband, the guy keeps popping up. When Antoine offers to feature her breakfast bars and popcorn fudge on his popular cooking show, she suspects he's once again trying to butter her up--but the TV exposure for her gourmet popcorn shop, POPS, is too good to turn down. Things take a shocking turn when the crew comes to Grand Lake to film in her shop, and Rebecca discovers Antoine's assistant electrocuted in a hotel bathtub. Now the police want Antoine to come clean. Her ex may be a pain, but he's no killer. So Rebecca decides to bag the real culprit. If she isn't careful, however, she may be the next one getting burned.


January 20, 2017
Heiter, Elizabeth, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Mira Books, [2016]
376 pages ; 17 cm.
If you're reading this, I'm already dead ... That's the note seventeen-year-old Haley Cooke leaves behind when she disappears from inside her high school. FBI profiler Evelyn Baine is called in to figure out who had reason to hurt her. On the surface, the popular cheerleader has no enemies, but as Evelyn digs deeper, she discovers that everyone close to Haley has something to hide. Everyone from estranged parents, to an older boyfriend with questionable connections, to a best friend who envies Haley's life. Secrets can be deadly ... One of those secrets may have gotten Haley killed. If she's still alive, Evelyn knows that the more the investigation ramps up, the more pressure they could be putting on Haley's kidnapper to make her disappear for good. It's also possible the teenager isn't in danger at all, but has skillfully manipulated everyone and staged her own disappearance. Only one thing is certain: uncovering Haley's fate could be dangerous--even deadly--to Evelyn herself.

Third time's a crime

January 20, 2017
Orgain, Diana, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
vii, 277 pages ; 18 cm.
"After two hit reality TV shows brought ex-detective Georgia Thornton into America's living rooms, audiences can't get enough of her quest for love and justice. Now producers have come up with an all-new show set in a haunted castle in Golden, California. Georgia and nine other contestants will need to solve the mystery of a young woman who disappeared at the castle in 1960. Except there's one rather substantial problem waiting for everyone when they arrive: a groundskeeper is found drowned at the bottom of the castle's empty pool. Now Georgia and the other contestants will need to work together, because there's a different sort of game afoot--and it's not one they can afford to lose..."--Provided by publisher.

Agent of chaos

January 19, 2017
Garcia, Kami, author.
New York : Imprint, a part of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, 2017.
307 pages ; 25 cm.
In the spring of 1979, seventeen-year-old Fox Mulder is the new senior in high school--his father's way of trying to help the family move on after the disappearance of Mulder's little sister. But when a local boy turns up dead and another child is abducted, Mulder can't stop himself from getting involved, and finds himself on the trail of a serial killer.-- adapted from book jacket.

Devil's advocate

January 19, 2017
Maberry, Jonathan, author.
352 pages ; 25 cm
In the spring of 1979, fifteen-year-old Dana Scully is the new girl at school in Craiger, Maryland. But worse than that, her dreams--some of which, in the past, came true--have become more vivid and disturbing, and are haunted by a shadowy figure which could be an angel--or the devil. When a classmate who recently died in a car accident appears in Dana's dreams, she begins to investigate, uncovering more suspicious deaths. With the evidence mounting, she must face the dangerous knowledge that evil is real.

The burning

January 18, 2017
Hall, M. R., 1967- author.
407 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published: London: Mantle, 2014.
"A dense, bitterly cold fog has settled over the Wye Valley when Bristol Coroner Jenny Cooper is called to the scene of a dreadful tragedy: in the village of Blackstone Ley, a house has burned to the ground with three members of a family inside. Though evidence of foul play is quickly uncovered, it isn't long before the police investigation is drawn to a close. It seems certain that the fire was started by one of the victims, Ed Morgan, in a fit of jealous rage. But their infant son is still missing and Ed had left a message for his surviving wife, Kelly Hart, telling her that she would never find the child. As Jenny prepares the inquest, she finds herself troubled by the official version of events. What could have provoked Ed's murderous rampage? How might the other, guarded inhabitants of the village have been involved? And what could the connection be with the mysterious abduction of a little girl 10 years ago? Battling to supress grueling events in her own life, Jenny soon becomes entangled in another perplexing inquiry that may have surprising links to this one. Can she unearth Blackstone Ley's secrets, before it's too late?"--Provided by publisher.

At rope's end : a Dr. James Verraday mystery

January 18, 2017
Kay, Edward.
New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2017.
295 pages ; 22 cm
"The deadly secrets and dark passions that lurk in the most privileged corners of Seattle society have Verraday and Maclean running for their lives in [this] twisted debut mystery"--Front jacket flap.

For time and all eternities

January 18, 2017
Harrison, Mette Ivie, 1970- author.
327 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Linda Wallheim mystery"--Jacket.
"Mormon bishop's wife Linda Wallheim is stunned to learn her son Kenneth has gotten engaged to a Naomi, a young woman from a polygamous family. From Linda's point of view, polygamy is an abhorrent practice, one that dehumanizes women and makes children vulnerable to unhealthy family structures. When Naomi's father, Stephen Carter, the patriarch of the Carter clan, invites the Wallheims over to the Carter family compound in the remote foothills of the mountains outside Salt Lake City, Linda has her eyes peeled for signs that Stephen's wives and children are unhappy or abused. Although she can't find concrete evidence of mistreatment, Linda's gut instinct tells her that something on the Carter family compound is deeply wrong. She can't quite put her finger on what--until it's too late, and one of the family members is found murdered..."-- Adapted from book jacket.

Where I can see you

January 18, 2017
Sweazy, Larry D., author.
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2017.
255 pages ; 21 cm
"In a seedy Midwest vacation spot, a detective with a dark past tracks a woman's murderer while trying to unravel the mystery of his mother's disappearance many decades ago"-- Provided by publisher.

Dead and breakfast

January 18, 2017
Kingsbury, Kate, author.
274 pages ; 22 cm.
Melanie West and her grandmother Liza buy a purportedly haunted mansion with plans to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast, but they find a very real skeleton in their closet. In addition to dealing with the police, their own amateur investigation, the closed-mouthed town, their renovation, and a friendly ghost playing tricks, they find a new body that looks chillingly similar to Melanie herself. It's up to Melanie and Liza to get to the bottom of these murders to save their business and their lives. -- adapted from book jacket.

She stopped for death

January 18, 2017
Buzzelli, Elizabeth Kane, 1946- author.
328 pages ; 22 cm.
"Jenny Weston and her mother, Dora, have been receiving strange midnight visits. Bear Falls's own elusive and highly secretive poet, Emily Sutton, has lived her life cloistered away with her sister in a house at the edge of Pewee Swamp. But now, Emily's started leaving scraps of poetry in Dora's Little Library, and Dora makes it her mission to befriend the sheltered woman. Meanwhile Zoe Zola, almost famous author, Little Person, and the Weston's quirky next-door neighbor, is hard at work on a new book, this one about the inner life of Emily Dickinson. And once again, Zoe's literary work starts making uncanny connections with the events in her own world as Emily Sutton reemerges into society. But Zoe begins to suspect things aren't anywhere near normal at Emily's swamp house or in the lives of the people she claims have abandoned her...until looking further into the poet's half-truths leads Zoe and Jenny to a horrible murder. The chaos surrounding the ensuing investigation grows even more hectic with Emily’s increasingly erratic behavior, the arrival of a young woman searching for her missing poet uncle, and yet another betrayal in Jenny's love life. And only poetry can set the truth free in Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli's charming second Little Library mystery, She Stopped for Death."--Provided by publisher.

The borrowed

January 18, 2017
Ho-Kei, Chan, author.
490 pages ; 21 cm
"First published in the English language in Great Britain in 2016 by Head of Zeus"--title page verso.
The truth between black and white (2013) -- The prisoner's dilemma (2003) -- The longest day (1997) -- The balance of Themis (1989) -- Borrowed place (1977) -- Borrowed time (1967).
Follows six cases from the fifty-year career of brilliant Hong Kong detective Kwan Chun-dok, each from a pivotal period of the territory's history, from Chun-dok's experiences in the 1967 leftist riot to his final 2013 case in a Hong-Kong growing to resemble a police state.

Lost girls

January 18, 2017
Destefano, Merrie, 1954-
Fort Collins, CO : Entangled Publishing, [2017]
301 pages ; 21 cm
"Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy's quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life. She doesn't recognize the person she's become: She's popular. She wears nothing but black. Black to cover the blood. And she can fight. Tell no one. She's not the only girl to go missing within the last year, but she's the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.' -- Page [4] cover.

The hundred lies of Lizzie Lovett

January 17, 2017
Sedoti, Chelsea, author.
387 pages ; 22 cm
When popular Lizzie Lovett goes missing, seventeen-year-old Hawthorne, a lonely misfit, finds herself becoming obsessed with solving the mystery.

Hope's Peak

January 17, 2017
Healey, Tony, author.
207 pages ; 21 cm.
Detective Jane Harper can't shake the image of the young woman discovered in a field-eyes closed, a crown of woven vines on her head. She expects macabre murders like this in her native San Francisco, not here. Jane and her partner, Stu, vow to catch the killer, but in this town, that's easier said than done. The police department is in the grips of a wide-reaching scandal that could topple the entire force, and Jane and Stu face a series of dead ends. Until they meet Ida Lane. Ida knows too well the evil that lurks in the cornfields. Tortured by her mother's murder years before, Ida is paralyzed by the fear that she could be next. As the killer grows bolder, Jane must persuade Ida to use her remarkable gifts to help in the investigation. It's a decision that brings them closer to the killer...maybe too close.

Mystery in the channel

January 17, 2017
Crofts, Freeman Wills, 1879-1957, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2016.
269 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published in 1931 by W. Collins Sons & Co."--Title page verso.
The Chichester is making a routine journey across the English Channel on a pleasant afternoon in June, when the steamer’s crew notice something strange. A yacht, bobbing about in the water ahead of them, appears to have been abandoned, and there is a dark red stain on the deck… Two bodies later, with no sign of a gun, there certainly is a mystery in the channel.

The sleepwalker

January 17, 2017
Bohjalian, Chris, 1960- author.
284 pages ; 25 cm
When a sleepwalker who has experienced episodes of near violence while unconscious goes missing, her eldest daughter, Lianna, finds herself drawn to a lead detective who seems to know more than he is revealing.

Two days gone : a Ryan DeMarco mystery

January 17, 2017
Silvis, Randall, 1950- author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2017]
394 pages ; 21 cm
The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now. What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and so is immediately cast as the prime suspect. DeMarco knows--or thinks he knows--that Huston couldn't have been capable of murdering his family. But if Huston is innocent, why is he on the run? And does the half-finished manuscript he left behind contain clues to the mystery of his family's killer?

Sex, lies & black tie : a moonlight and magnolias novel

January 12, 2017
Calvert, Kris, author.
373 pages ; 21 cm
"Mac Callahan has left the fast lane of the FBI, trading a firearm for tea parties with his baby girl, and dangerous raids for a game of catch with his son. Still, he fights off a nagging feeling every day. Mac is restless. When the North Star Gala, a charitable affair his wife Samantha has been planning, unexpectedly finds its way to his home in Shadeland, Alabama, he's asked to oversee security for the event filled with Washington insiders, politicians and the elite. The U.S. President and Secretary of State are coming to Lone Oak. Finding his way back to Washington, D.C. to lead the project, he's met head on with his former life as a free-wheeling bachelor and his long-time assistant, Micah. But when Micah's sister goes missing from a college field trip, Mac walks away from the Secret Service and their plans, taking the opportunity to quench his thirst for action and the lead to find the young girl. Expecting an open and shut case, what he discovers is far worse than he could've imagined. Deep in the darkest part of the Internet, a human trafficking ring operates so steeped in anonymity, its patrons are highly protected--all the way to Capitol Hill. Counting down to the black tie event, Mac will face the toughest fight of his life--protecting his family and friends from politicians and government operatives who live above the law and wield the power to ruin and end lives without retribution. When it's a twisted games of sex, lies and clandestine espionage, no one is safe, no one is to be trusted, and no one is truly unknown."--Page 4 of cover.

Blood and bone

January 12, 2017
Giambanco, V. M., author.
New York : Quercus, 2017.
"After two years in the Seattle Police Department, homicide detective Alice Madison has finally found a measure of peace she has never known before--a sense of belonging. When a local burglary escalates into a gruesome murder, Madison takes charge of the investigation, only to discover that this is no ordinary killing. She finds herself tracking a serial assassin who has haunted the city for years--and whose brutality is the stuff of legend among the super-max prisons of the Pacific Northwest. As she delves deeper into the case, Madison learns that the widow of one of the victims is being stalked--is the killer poised to strike again? As pressures mount, Madison will stop at nothing to save the next innocent victim. even if it means playing a killer's endgame by presenting herself as the bait"--Provided by publisher.

Crimson snow : winter mysteries

January 12, 2017
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2016.
311 pages ; 21 cm.
The ghost's touch / Fergus Hume -- The Chopham affair / Edgar Wallace -- The man with the sack / Margery Allingham -- Christmas Eve / S.C. Roberts -- Death in December / Victor Gunn -- Murder at Christmas / Christopher Bush -- Off the tiles / Ianthe Jerrold -- Mr. Cork's secret / MacDonald Hastings -- The Santa Claus Club / Julian Symons -- Deep and crisp and even / Michael Gilbert -- The carol singers / Josephine Bell.
Crimson Snow brings together a dozen vintage crime stories set in winter.

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