New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

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

Where the wild things bite

July 26, 2016
Harper, Molly, author.
New York : Pocket Books, 2016.
278 pages ; 18 cm.
"A Half-moon Hollow novel"--Cover.
Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Whitfield's job description. You know what isn't? Protecting her precious cargo from mid-flight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow... while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever. Fortunately, Anna's dashing fanged companion Finn Palmeroy helps her fend off the attack, but not before their plane crash lands in the forest hundreds of miles from civilization. Great, now she's stranded with a priceless tome and a rakish vampire whose bedtime is fast approaching. Why does everyone want this book so badly, anyway? Anna just wants to get it to Jane before Finn decides to turn her into dinner--or sweep her off her feet. Okay, the second option is really tempting. But they're not out of the woods yet...

How to hang a witch

July 25, 2016
Mather, Adriana, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016]
358 pages ; 22 cm.
Follows fifteen-year-old Samantha Mather, who has moved to Salem with her stepmother 300 years after her family hanged witches there, to find she is ostracized by the witch descendants at school, as she unravels the lost secrets of the hangings and her family.

Midsummer night's mischief

July 25, 2016
Hesse, Jennifer David, author.
New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
342 pages ; 18 cm
"A Wiccan wheel mystery"--Cover.
Midsummer Eve is meant for gratitude and celebration, but Keli is not in her typically upbeat mood. The family of a recently deceased client is blaming her for the loss of a Shakespearean heirloom worth millions, and Keli's career may be on the line. With both a Renaissance Faire and a literary convention in town, Edindale is rife with suspicious characters, and the intrepid attorney decides to tap into her unique skills to crack the case...But Keli weaves a tangled web when her investigations brings her up-close and personal with her suspects--including sexy Wes Callahan, her client's grandson. The tattooed bartender could be the man she's been looking for in more ways than one. As the sun sets on the mystical holiday, Keli will need just a touch of the divine to ferret out the real villain and return Edindale, and her heart, to a state of perfect harmony.

Bright blaze of magic

July 20, 2016
Estep, Jennifer, author.
©2016
308 pages ; 21 cm.
As a thief, I'm good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls. Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families--and kill every last Sinclair. What they don't know is that I'm on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I've got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side...

The secret language of stones : a novel

July 19, 2016
Rose, M. J., 1953- author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
308 pages ; 24 cm
In World War I Paris, Opaline Duplessi, an employee at the famous La Fantasie Russie jewelry store, spends her time making trench watches for soldiers at the front, and mourning jewelry for the mothers, wives, and lovers of those who have fallen. People say that Opaline's creations are magical, a word she would rather not use. But she does have a rare gift, a form of lithomancy that allows her to translate the energy emanating from the stones and receive messages from beyond the grave. In her mind, she is not a mystic, but merely a messenger, giving voice to soldiers who died before they were able to properly express themselves to loved ones. Until one day, one of these fallen soldiers communicates a message directly to her, and Opaline sets off on a journey into the darkest corners of wartime Paris and across the English Channel, where the exiled Romanov dowager empress waits to discover the fate of her family. -- adapted from publisher website.

Signs of you

July 18, 2016
France, Emily, author.
New York, NY : Soho Teen, [2016]
230 pages ; 22 cm
Sixteen-year-old Riley copes with the loss of her mother two years earlier with the help of a support group, which gets involved in a mystery surrounding a relic of St. Ignatius.

A natural history of hell : stories

July 18, 2016
Ford, Jeffrey, 1955- author.
Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press, [2016]
279 pages ; 22 cm
The blameless -- Word doll -- The angel seems -- Mount Chary Galore -- A natural history of autumn -- Blood drive -- A terror -- Rocket ship to hell -- The fairy enterprise -- The last triangle -- Spirits of salt : A tale of the coral heart -- The thyme fiend -- The prelate's commission.
"A book of fantastic stories about the hell on earth that is living"-- Provided by publisher.

She dreams of heaven

July 15, 2016
Murphy, Michael, 1951- author.
[Raleigh, NC?] : Lulu.com, [2008]
193 pages ; 23 cm
"Christine, born of a witch healer and incubus father, struggles with her powers as she grows up and realizes that her Father just might be Satan himself. Does the devil's daughter succumb to his temptations of supreme power or does she become the unsung savior of humanity? Referencing Shamanism, Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism this novel will captivate anyone fascinated by healers, prophecy, the paranormal, lucid dreaming and demonic or psychic-sexual possession."--Page [4] of cover.

Zak's dream machine

July 15, 2016
Murphy, Michael, 1951- author.
[Raleigh, NC?] : Lulu.com, [2008]
286 pages ; 23 cm
"Can a person die from dreaming? A modern secret shaman transforms into his boyhood self through the power of dreaming to rescue his nephew's soul from sorcerers colluding with their otherworldly allies. Michael, the hero, confronts the soul collectors in a Mexican town where the future and past are as immediate as the present and the laws of nature are maligned. Will the boy-hero remember his mission and the omens of his past or will he succumb to the magnetic allure of the mystic town?"--Page [4] of cover.

The perdition score

July 7, 2016
Kadrey, Richard, author.
©2016
375 pages ; 19 cm.
" The request from Thomas Abbot, the Augur of the Sub Rosa council, couldn't come at a better time for James Stark, aka Sandman Slim. For a man who's most recently met Death and death's killer a few months of normal life is more than he can handle. He needs a little action, and now Abbott wants Stark and Candy to investigate the disappearance of a young boy and help uncover council members who might be tied to Wormwood's power brokers. Stark's plans change when he meets a dying angel who gives him a vial of a mysterious black liquid that could be a secret weapon in the ongoing war between angels who want to allow human souls into Heaven and rebel angels willing to die to keep them out. When one of Stark's closest friends is poisoned with the black liquid, Stark and Candy have to go to the only place where they might find a cure: Hell. But standing in their way are the damned souls who, even after death, still work for Wormwood. The secret deal they've struck with the rebel angels is darker than anything Stark has encountered. Not only does the fate of the world hang in the balance, but also the souls of everyone in it. Stark has to find a way to break the stalemate in the angel war, score the Perdition cure for the black poison, and make it back to LA in one piece here an old enemy waits to finish him once and for all"--Provided by publisher.

Billionaire in wolf's clothing

July 7, 2016
Spear, Terry.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2016]
344 pages ; 18 cm.
Billionaire werewolf Rafe Denali always gets what he wants, and he always trusts his gut. When sexy she-wolf Jade Ashton nearly drowns outside his beach house, he knows better than to bring her into his life. But there's something about the fierce wolf that triggers his most primal instincts...and having seen her, he knows she will be his.

The devil's evidence : a novel

July 6, 2016
Unsworth, Simon Kurt, 1972-
New York : Doubleday, 2016.
381 pages ; 25 cm
Sequel to: The devil's detective.
"Fool alone has survived the wrath of both demon and angel, and now he faces his most thrilling and complex challenge. Troubling and deadly fires are spreading throughout Hell, and it is Fool’s job to sift the ashes and find their source. The clues he finds are mysterious and unsettling, implying something different from the usual litany of cruelty he sees. But one fact is the most disconcerting: the fires have left his masters at the Bureaucracy terrified. In the midst of the chaos, Fool is sent to accompany a political delegation to Heaven. It is unprecedented for a condemned human to enter the land of the elevated, but Fool is protected as one of Hell’s own. When his arrival coincides with the discovery of an impossible murder, he faces a catastrophic paradox. Violence, corruption, and fear are Hell’s currency; how does one investigate evil where those concepts cannot exist? Impossible or not, the killings are real, and the evidence leads Fool deep into the contradictions of a visionary landscape, where danger can present itself in any form, and to the heart of a conspiracy with the power to upset the balance of Heaven and Hell."--Provided by publisher.

A toxic trousseau

July 5, 2016
Blackwell, Juliet, author.
New York : Obsidian, published by New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]
344 pages ; 18 cm.
"Even the most skilled sorceress can't ward off a lawsuit, and Lily is not at her enchanting best with her hands full as the temporary leader of San Francisco's magical community. So after her potbellied pig Oscar head-butts rival clothier Autumn Jennings, Lily tries to make peace without a costly personal injury case. But any hope of a quiet resolution is shattered when Autumn turns up dead. As one of the prime suspects, Lily searches for a way to clear her name and discovers a cursed trousseau among Autumn's recently acquired inventory. Lily must deal with a mysterious dogwalker and spend the night in a haunted house as she delves into the trunk's treacherous past. She's got to figure out who wanted to harm Autumn fast, before the curse claims another victim." --Provided by publisher.

Autumn's wish : an Autumn falls novel

July 5, 2016
Thorne, Bella, 1997- author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
313 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Autumn's kiss
High school senior, Autumn Falls, has important decisions to make, so when she receives a magical watch that enables her to time travel, Autumn hopes she can correct all of her past mistakes and change her destiny.

Lezvie pustoty

June 29, 2016
|6880-01 George, Elizabeth, 1949- author.
©2016 (English text).
413 pages ; 21 cm
Translation of: The edge of nowhere.
Originally published in English in the United states.
|6880-04 "Whidbey Island may be only a ferry ride from Seattle, but it's a world apart. When Becca King arrives there, she doesn't suspect the island will become her home for the next four years. Put at risk by her ability to hear "whispers" - the thoughts of others - Becca is on the run from her stepfather, whose criminal activities she has discovered. Stranded and alone, Becca is soon befriended by Derric, a Ugandon orphan adopted by a local family; Seth, a kindhearted musician and high school dropout; Debbie, a recovering alcoholic who takes her in; and Diana, with whom Becca shares a mysterious psychic connection. This compelling coming-of-age story, the first of an ongoing sequence of books set on Whidbey Island, has elements of mystery, the paranormal, and romance." -- goodreads.com

The curse of tenth grave

June 28, 2016
Jones, Darynda, author.
©2016
viii, 342 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Dust jacket.
"Part-time PI and full-time grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister's hair before she wakes up? But, "How do I trap not one god, but three?" was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension. But one of them stole her heart a very long time ago. Can a god of absolute death and destruction change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiance lie with his brothers? Those are just some of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl on the run for her life, a man who's been framed for murdering a woman who is still very much alive, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we're saved. If not, well..."--Provided by publisher.

Clean sweep

June 28, 2016
Andrews, Ilona, author.
[United States] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2013]
vi, 227 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Publisher as found on Amazon.com.
"On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shi-tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is ... different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can't leave the grounds because she's responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, 'normal' is a bit of a stretch for Dina. And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night ... Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans -- an alpha-strain werewolf -- and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she's facing is unlike anything she's ever encountered before. It's smart, vicious, and lethal; and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything."--Page 4 of cover.

Sweep In Peace

June 28, 2016
Andrews, Ilona, author.
[United States] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2015]
xii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Publisher as found on Amazon.com.
"Dina DeMille isn't your typical Bed and Breakfast owner. Her inn defies laws of physics, her dog is secretly a monster, and the only permanent guest of the inn is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. The inn needs guests to thrive and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance. Unfortunately, for Dina, bridging the gap between space vampires, the Hope Crushing Horde, and the merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. To make the summit a success, she must find a chef, remodel the inn, keep her guests from murdering each other, and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it's all in the day's work for an Innkeeper"-- Provided by publisher.

Shadow rider

June 27, 2016
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York : Jove Books, 2016.
468 pages ; 18 cm.
"First in the new shadow series"--Cover.

Disappearance at Devil's Rock : a novel

June 22, 2016
Tremblay, Paul, author.
©2016
327 pages ; 24 cm
When her fourteen-year-old son disappears during a summer sleepover at Devil's Rock, Elizabeth and other residents of the town begin to see his ghost throughout the town, which leads her to believe that he is dead. She tries to maintain a sense of calm to help her younger daughter, Katie, but her anxiety builds when she begins to find crumpled pages of Tommy's journal which contain disturbing connections between Tommy's father's death, a stranger named Arnold, and a macabre folk tale.

Rise : the complete Newsflesh collection

June 14, 2016
Grant, Mira, author.
New York : Orbit, Hachette Book Group, 2016.
644 pages ; 25 cm
Countdown -- Everglades -- San Diego 2014: The last stand of the California Browncoats -- How green this land, how blue this sea -- The day the dead came to show and tell -- Please do not taunt the octopus -- All the pretty little horses -- Coming to you live.
Collection of every piece of short fiction from the author's acclaimed Newsflesh series, with two new, never-before-published novellas.

Spells of blood and kin : a dark fantasy

June 14, 2016
Humphrey, Claire, author.
©2016
viii, 309 pages ; 22 cm
"When her beloved grandmother dies suddenly, 22-year-old Lissa Nevsky is left with no choice but to take over her grandmother's magical position in their small folk community. That includes honoring a debt owed to the dangerous stranger who appears at Lissa's door. Maksim Volkov needs magic to keep his brutal nature leashed, but he's already lost control once: his blood-borne lust for violence infects Nick Kaisaris, a charming slacker out celebrating the end of finals. Now Nick is somewhere else in Toronto, going slowly mad, and Maksim must find him before he hurts more people."-- Provided by publisher.

To love a wolf

June 10, 2016
Tyler, Paige.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca [2016]
341 pages ; 17 cm.
"SWAT officer Landry Cooper is certain Everly Danu is The One. The problem is, she has no idea what Cooper really is. And as much as he wants to trust her, he's not sure he can share his deepest secret... When Everly's family discovers Cooper's a werewolf, her brothers will do anything to keep them apart--they'll kill him if they have to. Everly is falling hard for the ridiculously handsome SWAT officer, and she's not about to let her brothers tell her who she can love... Until Cooper's secret is exposed and she discovers the man she thought she knew is a monster in disguise."--Amazon.com.

Dr. DOA

June 9, 2016
Green, Simon R., 1955- author.
New York, New York : Roc, [2016]
344 pages ; 24 cm.
"'A literary love letter to the spy thrillers of the '60s mashed up with every sort of paranormal weirdness under the sun,' the Secret Histories Novels by New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green leave readers shaken and stirred by the supernatural adventures of Eddie Drood-- From the New York Times bestselling author of From a Drood to a Kill comes the next Secret Histories adventure ... The name is Drood, Eddie Drood, also known as Shaman Bond. My family has been safeguarding humanity for generations, facing the hidden horrors of the world so you can sleep at night and remain oblivious to the existence of the monstrous nightmares that walk and stalk among us. Speaking of predatory night terrors, there is a man who gets away with murder. A man who specializes in removing the problems from other people's lives by killing the people who cause those problems. He operates from the darkest shadows of the hidden world, coming and going unseen. No one knows who he is, just his nom de mort: Dr. DOA. Somehow this demented doc poisoned me. I don't know how he did it, when or where, but whatever is coursing through my veins seems to be immune to magic cures and treatments. But that's not going to stop me from finding him and whoever hired him and giving them both a taste of their own medicine ..."-- Provided by publisher.

Stiletto : a novel

June 8, 2016
O'Malley, Daniel, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2016]
583 pages ; 25 cm.
Sequel to: The rook.
"When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers--and the bureaucratic finesse--to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries: The Checquy--the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and ... The Grafters--a centuries-old supernatural threat. But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare. Surrounded by spies, only the Rook and two women who absolutely hate each other, can seek out the culprits before they trigger a devastating otherworldly war."-- Provided by publisher.

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