New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

June 23, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dark rhapsody : a novel

June 22, 2018
Mario, Helaine, author.
©2018
374 pages ; 24 cm
In 1945, an Austrian girl discovers a priceless Nazi treasure near a remote alpine lake and sets in motion a decades-old secret that will change lives for generations to come. Many years later, classical pianist Maggie O'Shea is preparing her return to the world of music. Instead, a nightmare of a haunting rhapsody and hundreds of roses from a deranged stalker propel her into a world of terror. Forces drive her to revisit the mystery of her mother's death, her father's startling disappearance, and a terrible secret from World War II. Maggie finds herself on a collision course with a brutal, disfigured killer who threatens those she holds dear--an aging pianist with a long-buried secret, a haunted cellist, a charismatic Maestro, and the crusty retired colonel she has come to love.

The tin god

June 22, 2018
Nickson, Chris, author.
©2018
218 pages ; 23 cm.
"When Superintendent Tom Harper's wife is threatened during an election campaign, the hunt for the attacker turns personal. Leeds, England. October, 1897. Superintendent Harper is proud of his wife Annabelle. She's one of seven women selected to stand for election as a Poor Law Guardian. But even as the campaign begins, Annabelle and the other female candidates start to receive anonymous letters from someone who believes a woman';s place lies firmly in the home. The threats escalate into outright violence when an explosion rips through the church hall where Annabelle is due to hold a meeting--with fatal consequences. The only piece of evidence Harper has is a scrap of paper left at the scene containing a fragment from an old folk song. But what is its significance? As polling day approaches and the attacks increase in menace and intensity, Harper knows he's in a race against time to uncover the culprit before more deaths follow. With the lives of his wife and daughter at risk, the political becomes cruelly personal..."--provided by publisher.

Murder on the Left Bank

June 20, 2018
Black, Cara, 1951- author.
New York City : Soho Crime, [2018]
276 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
"A dying man drags his oxygen machine into the office of Eric Besson, a lawyer in Paris's 13th arrondissement. The old man, an accountant, is carrying a dilapidated notebook full of meticulous investment records. For decades, he has been helping a cadre of dirty cops launder stolen money. The notebook contains his full confession--he's waited 50 years to make it, and now it can't wait another day. He is adamant that Besson get the notebook into the hands of La Proc, Paris's chief prosecuting attorney, so the corruption can finally be brought to light. But en route to La Proc, Besson's courier--his assistant and nephew--is murdered, and the notebook disappears. Grief-stricken Eric Besson tries to hire private investigator Aimee Leduc to find the notebook, but she is reluctant to get involved. Her father was a cop and was murdered by the same dirty syndicate the notebook implicates. She's not sure which she's more afraid of, the dangerous men who would kill for the notebook or the idea that her father's name might be among the dirty cops listed within it. Ultimately that's the reason she must take the case, which leads her across the Left Bank, from the Cambodian enclave of Khmer Rouge refugees to the ancient royal tapestry factories to the modern art galleries"-- Provided by publisher.

Providence : a novel

June 20, 2018
Kepnes, Caroline, 1976- author.
New York : Lenny, [2018]
367 pages ; 25 cm
"Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other and their intense connection. But just when Jon is ready to confess the depth of his feelings, he's kidnapped by his substitute teacher, a discredited scientist who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity. After four years in captivity, Jon finally escapes, only to discover that he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to Providence to protect Chloe while he searches for answers. Across town from Jon, Detective Charles "Eggs" DeBenedictus is fascinated by a series of strange deaths--young, healthy people whose hearts just. stop. Convinced these deaths are a series of connected, vigilante killings, he jeopardizes his job and already strained marriage to uncover the truth."-- Provided by publisher.

Slowly we die

June 20, 2018
Schepp, Emelie.
Toronto, Ontario : Mira, ©2018.
423 pages ; 20 cm
A tragic incident on the operating table leaves a patient damaged for life and leads a young surgeon to abandon his profession as a physician... Now, years later, a series of senseless, gruesome murders are rocking the same medical community. The weapon? A surgical scalpel. But who exactly is preying on these victims? And why? What does this grisly pattern reveal? And who will be the one to stop it? Special prosecutor Jana Berzelius, who has her own dark secrets to hide, is in charge of the investigation. What she can't know, until she is finally closing in on the murderer, is just how her own mother's recent death is intimately connected.

Mira's last dance : a fantasy novella in the world of the five gods

June 20, 2018
Bujold, Lois McMaster, author.
©2017
159 pages ; 21 cm
In this sequel to the novella Penric's Mission, the injured Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister Nikys across the last hundred miles of hostile Cedonia to safety in the Duchy of Orbas. In the town of Sosie the fugitive party encounters unexpected delays, and even more unexpected opportunities and hazards, as the courtesan Mira of Adria, one of the ten dead women whose imprints make up the personality of the chaos demon Desdemona, comes to the fore with her own special expertise.

Guardian

June 19, 2018
Hartley, A. J. (Andrew James), author.
©2018
317 pages ; 24 cm.
Anglet Sutonga must clear the name of a friend falsely accused of murder while avoiding a deadly illness and a fanatical politician.

The body in the ballroom

June 19, 2018
Koreto, Richard J., author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2018.
293 pages ; 24 cm.
"President Teddy Roosevelt's daring daughter, Alice, leaps into action to exonerate a friend accused of poisoning a man just about everyone hated. Alice Roosevelt, the brilliant, danger-loving daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, has already risked an assassin's bullet to solve one murder. She never expected to have to sleuth another, but she'd never pass up the opportunity, either. Anything to stave off boredom. And such an opportunity presents itself when Alice is invited to a lavish ball. The high-society guests are in high spirits as they imbibe the finest wines. But one man, detested by nearly all the partygoers, quaffs a decidedly deadlier cocktail. An African-American mechanic, who also happens to be a good friend of former Rough Rider-turned-Secret Service Agent Joseph St. Clair, is suspected of the murder-by-poison, but Alice is sure he's innocent and is back on the scene to clear his name. From downtown betting parlors to uptown mansions, Alice and Agent St. Clair uncover forbidden romances and a financial deal that just might change the world. But neither Alice nor her would-be protector may survive the case at hand in The body in the ballroom, R. J. Koreto's gripping second Alice Roosevelt mystery." -- ǂc Publishers description.

Looking glass

June 19, 2018
Mayne, Andrew, author.
©2018
305 pages ; 21 cm
Professor Theo Cray caught one of the most prolific serial killers in history using revolutionary scientific methods. Cut off from university research because of the shroud of suspicion around him after the death of his former student and the aftermath of catching his quarry, Cray tries to rebuild his life but finds himself drawn into another unsolved case. The desperate father of a missing child, ignored by the authorities and abandoned by his community, turns to Theo for help. The only clues are children's drawings and an inner-city urban legend about someone called the Toy Man. To unravel the mystery behind the Toy Man, Theo must set aside his scientific preconceptions and embrace a world where dreams and nightmares carry just as much weight as reality. As he becomes immersed in the case, he discovers a far-reaching conspiracy--one that hasn't yet claimed its last victim.

Gunpowder green

June 19, 2018
Childs, Laura.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2002.
244 pages ; 17 cm.
Something deadly is brewing and Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is determined to get to the bottom of it. Theodosia will have to match wits with corpulent and crafty Detective Burt Tidwell, to find out if the death was result of the more than century-old feud.

Murder in paradise : thrillers

June 18, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
©2018
428 pages ; 22 cm
The lawyer lifeguard / James Patterson with Doug Allyn -- The doctor's plot / James Patterson with Connor Hyde -- The shut-in / James Patterson with Duane Swierczynski.
A collection of three novellas includes "The Lawyer Lifeguard," in which, after surviving a car bomb that killed his fiancée, defense lawyer Brian Lord takes a lifeguard job at the beach.

Splinter in the blood : a novel

June 18, 2018
Dyer, Ashley, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.
390 pages ; 24 cm.
After months of hunting a cold-blooded murderer that the press has dubbed the Thorn Killer, Detective Greg Carver is shot in his own home. His trusted partner, Ruth Lake, is alone with him. Yet instead of calling for help, she's rearranged the crime scene and wiped the room clean of prints. But Carver isn't dead. Ruth is now leading the Thorn Killer investigation while Carver recuperates. She is keeping a deadly secret, and she'll cross every line--sacrificing her colleagues, her career, and maybe even her own life--to keep it from surfacing.

A study in treason

June 18, 2018
Goldberg, Leonard S., author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
299 pages : 22 cm.
"A continuation of USA TODAY bestselling author Leonard Goldberg's The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Treason is a new intriguing locked room mystery for Joanna and the Watsons to solve. The following case has not previously been disclosed to the public due to the sensitive information on foreign affairs. All those involved were previously bound by the Official Secrets Act. With the passage of time and the onset of the Great War, these impediments have been removed and the story can now be safely told. When an executed original of a secret treaty between England and France, known as the French Treaty, is stolen from the country estate of Lord Halifax, Scotland Yard asks Joanna, Dr. John Watson, Jr., and Dr. John Watson, Sr. to use their keen detective skills to participate in the hunt for the missing treaty. As the government becomes more restless to find the missing document and traditional investigative means fail to turn up the culprit, Joanna is forced to devise a clever plan to trap the thief and recover the missing treaty. Told from the point of view of Dr. John Watson, Jr. in a style similar to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, A Study in Treason is based partly on facts in our world and partly on the facts left to us by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Full of excitement and intrigue, this mystery is sure to be enjoyed by fans of Sherlock Holmes"-- Provided by publisher.

Broken ice

June 18, 2018
Goldman, Matt, 1962- author.
©2018
334 pages ; 22 cm.
"Nils Shapiro has been hired to find missing Linnea Engstrom, a teenager from the small northern hockey town of Warroad, MN. Most of Warroad is in Minneapolis for the state high school hockey tournament, and Linnea never returned from last night's game. Linnea's friend Haley Housch is also missing--and soon found dead. Shot through the arm with an arrow at the Haley Housch crime scene, only the quick work of medical examiner Char Northagen saves Nil's life. Nils should be in the hospital recovering from his near fatal injury, but he knows that the clock is ticking. Linnea could be anywhere, and someone doesn't want her found. Is Linnea a victim, or is she playing a dangerous game? As bodies start piling up, the clues lead Nils and Ellegaard north to Warroad, a small, quiet town with many secrets to hide."--Amazon.

Blackout : a Pete Fernandez mystery

June 18, 2018
Segura, Alex, 1980- author.
Hoboken, NJ : Polis Books, 2018.
322 pages ; 22 cm
An alcoholic PI and his partner return to his hometown of Miami, Florida to pursue a cold case involving a charismatic cult leader.

Bleeding darkness

June 18, 2018
Chapman, Brenda, 1955- author.
Toronto : Dundurn, [2018]
390 pages ; 20 cm.
"David McKenna lies dying in a Kingston hospital, his children gathered from across the country to say a final goodbye. But the family reunion opens old wounds. David's only daughter, Lauren, never recovered from the unsolved murder of her high school best friend Zoe Delgado fourteen years earlier--or the suspicion that her brother, Tristan, was behind it. Before David breathes his last, Tristan's pregnant wife, Vivian, disappears and the Major Crimes Unit is called in to help find her. With Kala Stonechild struggling to reconnect with her foster niece, and Woodhouse making trouble for Staff Sergeant Jacques Rouleau, tensions are running high on the team, but they must put their personal problems aside when a woman's strangled body is found frozen on the Rideau Trail. With a winter storm sweeping the shores of Lake Ontario, the team uncovers unspeakable betrayals that give more than one suspect a reason to kill...and raise fears that the two killings were only the beginning..."-- Provided by publisher.

See her run

June 15, 2018
Townsend, Peggy, author.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2018]
257 pages ; 21 cm.
Running for her life could leave her breathless. A former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Aloa Snow knows what it means to be down and out. Once highly respected, she's now blackballed, in debt, and dealing with the echoes of an eating disorder. Until she gets one more shot to prove that she has what it takes--with a story some would die for. After the body of a promising young athlete, Hayley Poole, is recovered in the Nevada desert, authorities rule it a suicide. But when Aloa discovers that the girl's boyfriend died in a similar accident only months before, her investigative instincts are on high alert. It turns out the girl was on the run from secrets that could kill. This case is murder for Aloa, and Hayley won't be the last one to suffer. Someone very powerful forced Hayley to run for her life. Now Aloa must do the same.

Jar of hearts

June 15, 2018
Hillier, Jennifer, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
311 pages ; 24 cm
"This is story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who's been searching for the truth all these years . . . When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong--one of the most popular girls in school--disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school. But fourteen years later, Angela Wong's remains are discovered in the woods near Geo's childhood home. And Kaiser--now a detective with Seattle PD--finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women. To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he's something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo's first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed. For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela's death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison. While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong. How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it?"-- Provided by publisher.

Bought the farm

June 14, 2018
Cochran, Peg, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2018.
293 pages ; 18 cm.
"Includes delicious recipes"--Back cover.
"Wedding preparations are in full swing at Love Blossom Farm as food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald transforms the property of her friend Kelly's down-home country-style reception. But when the lead singer of the wedding band turns up dead--drowned in a trough full of rainwater and strung up like a scarecrow--the police round themselves up a barnful of suspects. It seems that Travis sowed the seeds of discord wherever he went, and when it becomes clear that everyone from the groom to Shelby's own staff has a motive, tracking down Travis's killer is going to be more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack. As Shelby is drawn deeper into the investigation, she'll have to move quickly before the killer decides to put her out to pasture..."

The word is murder : a novel

June 13, 2018
Horowitz, Anthony, 1955- author.
©2017
390 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2017 by Penguin Random House UK."
When a wealthy woman is found murdered after planning her own funeral service, disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, investigate.

The woman in the woods

June 13, 2018
Connolly, John, 1968- author.
©2018
481 pages ; 24 cm
"Includes a free soundtrack download"--Cover.
In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realize that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child.

The color of Bee Larkham's murder

June 13, 2018
Harris, Sarah J., 1971- author.
New York : Touchstone, 2018.
358 pages ; 24 cm
"A captivating mystery about a boy with synesthesia--a condition that causes him to see colors when he hears sounds--who tries to uncover what happened to his beautiful neighbor, and if he was ultimately responsible. "--Provided by publisher.

Murder at the Grand Raj Palace

June 13, 2018
Khan, Vaseem, 1973- author.
New York, NY : Redhook, 2018.
375 pages ; 21 cm.
For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world's elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj. The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murder... When American billionaire Hollis Burbank is found dead - the day after buying India's most expensive painting - the authorities are keen to label it a suicide. But the man in charge of the investigation is not so sure. Inspector Chopra is called in - and discovers a hotel full of people with a reason to want Burbank dead. Accompanied by his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, Chopra navigates his way through the palatial building, a journey that leads him steadily to a killer, and into the heart of darkness . . .

The spook in the stacks

June 13, 2018
New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2018.
313 pages ; 22 cm.
Halloween in North Carolina's Outer Banks becomes seriously tricky when librarian Lucy Richardson stumbles across something extra unusual in the rare books section: a dead body.

Widow's wreath

June 13, 2018
Riggs, Cynthia, author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2018.
327 pages ; 22 cm.

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