New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

April 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The dark side of town

April 19, 2018
Hill, Sasscer, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, [2018]
308 pages ; 22 cm
McKee, now officially employed by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TPRB), is sent undercover to Saratoga Racetrack to investigate Mars Pizutti, a racehorse trainer whose horses' wins are suspiciously lucky--and lucrative. Fia's bosses believe Pizutti's success is based on illegal drugs and deceitful methods, and they want Fia to work inside his barn to ferret out the truth. But after witnessing the tragic and inexplicable suicide of a jockey, Fia discovers the rider's death is only the tip on an iceberg.

A promise given : a Henrietta and Inspector Howard novel

April 18, 2018
Cox, Michelle (Historical fiction writer), author.
©2018
366 pages ; 22 cm
"This third book in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series provides a delightful romp through the English countryside and back. Anxious to be married, Henrietta and Clive push forward with their wedding plans despite their family differences, made worse now by Oldrich Exley's attempts to control the Von Harmons. When the long-awaited wedding day arrives, there is more unfolding than just Clive and Henrietta's vows of love. Stanley and Elsie's relationship is sorely tested by the presence of the dashing Lieutenant Harrison Barnes-Smith and by Henrietta's friend Rose --a situation that grows increasingly dark and confused as time goes on. As Clive and Henrietta begin their honeymoon at Castle Linley, the Howards' ancestral estate in England, they encounter a whole new host of characters, including the eccentric Lord and Lady Linley and Clive's mysterious cousin, Wallace. When a man is murdered in the village on the night of a house party at the Castle, Wallace comes under suspicion and Clive and Henrietta are reluctantly drawn into the case, despite Clive's anxiety at involving his new bride and Henrietta's distracting news from home. Delicately attempting to work together for the first time, Clive and Henrietta set out to prove Wallace's innocence, uncovering as they do so some rather shocking truths that will shake the Linley name and estate forever."--Page [4] of cover.

In Prior's wood : a Max Tudor mystery

April 18, 2018
Malliet, G. M., 1951- author.
©2018
xv, 281 pages ; 22 cm.
When the lady of the local manor house is found dead among rumors of a suicide pact with her young lover, handsome vicar Max Tudor lends his MI5 expertise to the ensuing investigation, which is tied to the victim's far-from-bereaved husband.

Shot in the dark

April 18, 2018
Coyle, Cleo, author.
©2018
viii, 338 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes recipes.
"A smartphone dating game turns the Village Blend into a hookup hotspot--until a gunshot turns the landmark coffeehouse into a crime scene. As Village Blend manager Clare Cosi fixes a date for her wedding, her ex-husband is making dates through smartphone swipes. Clare has mixed feelings about these match-ups happening in her coffeehouse. Even her octogenarian employer is selecting suitors by screenshot! But business is booming, and Clare works hard to keep the espresso shots flowing. Then one night, another kind of shot leaves a dead body for her to find. The corpse is an entrepreneur who used dating apps with reckless abandon--breaking hearts along the way. The NYPD quickly arrests one of the heartbreaker's recent conquests. But the suspect's sister tearfully swears her sibling was framed. Clare not only finds reason to believe it, she fears the real killer will strike again. Now Clare is "swiping" through suspects in her own shop--with the help of her globetrotting ex-husband, a man who's spent his life hunting for coffee and women. Together they're determined to find justice before another shot rings out"-- Provided by publisher.

Whispers of the dead

April 18, 2018
Kope, Spencer, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
viii, 323 pages ; 24 cm.
"A series of bizarre murders--the victims nearly unidentifiable--forces FBI tracker "Steps" Craig to match wits with the most cold-blooded killer he's ever encountered. A pair of severed feet, stored in a portable a cooler, is found in the house of a Federal judge in El Paso. The victim is unknown. The reason the killer went to such trouble--breaking into the judge's house--and what message he intends to send are both mysteries. Magnus "Steps" Craig is part of the elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI. Called in on special cases where his skills are especially indispensable, Steps is renowned for his incredible ability to find and follow trails over any surface better than anyone else. But there's a secret to his success. Steps has a kind of synesthesia, an ability that allows him to see whatever a person has touched in a unique color--what Steps calls 'shine.' His ability is known to only a few people--his father, the director of the FBI, and his partner, Special Agent Jimmy Donovan. The Special Tracking Unit soon discovers another, earlier victim; again, only the feet were left behind in an icebox. In Spencer Kope's Whispers of the Dead--with few clues besides the body parts left behind--Steps and his team find themselves enmeshed in the most difficult case of their careers. And The Icebox Killer has only just begun"-- Provided by publisher.

By his own hand

April 18, 2018
Griffin, Neal, author.
©2018
335 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"The body of a young man has been found in the woods outside Newberg, dead from a close-range shotgun blast. The gun--his own--lies beside the body. Certain things don't add up for Detective Tia Suarez. Where did the fat envelope of cash in his pocket come from? Who called the police to report the body, then disappeared before the cops arrived? [And] what if it isn't suicide? What if this young mans death is covering up something that will shake the town to its foundations?"--Amazon.com.

Hiding lies

April 18, 2018
Cross, Julie, author.
Fort Collins, CO : Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing, LLC, 2018.
295 pages ; 21 cm.
"The Eleanor Ames series"--Cover.
"A Liz Pelletier collection book"--Back cover.
"Eleanor Ames has never been what she seems. Average high school student on the outside, but reformed con artist trying to break free of her past on the inside. When Eleanor receives startling news about someone from her previous criminal life, plans for a new operation coinciding with her school's upcoming field trip quickly consume her. But operations rarely go according to plan. And this is one her irresistible teen FBI agent boyfriend, Miles, would never approve of. Now, more than just Ellie's reputation is at stake. If she fails, it could be her life."--Back cover.

The long silence

April 18, 2018
O'Donovan, Gerard, 1965- author.
©2018
227 pages ; 23 cm
February, 1922. Hollywood is young but already mired in scandal. When a leading movie director is murdered, Irish-American investigator Tom Collins is called in by studio boss Mack Sennett, whose troubled star, Mabel Normand, is rumoured to be involved. But Normand has gone missing. And, as Collins discovers, there's a growing list of suspects. His quest leads him through the brutal heart of Prohibition-era Los Angeles, from speakeasies and dope dens to the studios and salons of Hollywood's fabulously wealthy movie elite, and to a secret so explosive it must be kept silent at any cost ... Inspired by the unsolved real-life murder of movie director William Desmond Taylor, The Long Silence is the first in a richly evocative, instantly compelling series of new noir mysteries set in Hollywood's early days.

Yesterday's news

April 18, 2018
Belsky, Richard, author.
Sarasota, Florida : Oceanview Publishing, [2018]
343 pages ; 23 cm
When eleven-year-old Lucy Devlin disappeared on her way to school more than a decade ago, it became one of the most famous missing child cases in history. The story turned reporter Clare Carlson into a media superstar overnight. Clare broke exclusive after exclusive. She had unprecedented access to the Devlin family as she wrote about the heartbreaking search for their young daughter. She later won a Pulitzer Prize for her extraordinary coverage of the case. Now Clare once again plunges back into this sensational story. With new evidence, new victims, and new suspects--too many suspects. Everyone from members of a motorcycle gang to a prominent politician running for a US Senate seat seem to have secrets they're hiding about what really might have happened to Lucy Devlin. But Clare has her own secrets. And, in order to untangle the truth about Lucy Devlin, she must finally confront her own torturous past.

Deadly brew

April 18, 2018
MacInerney, Karen, 1970- author.
©2017
245 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes recipes.
It's Halloween in Buttercup, Texas, and reporter-turned-farmer Lucy Resnick is up to her ears in more than goats and wayward cows when exotic game ranch owner Bug Wharton turns up dead by a fatal dose of bee venom. When local witch and mead winery owner Seraphine Alexandre becomes the prime suspect, Lucy gets involved ... and soon discovers that all kinds of things are brewing in Buttercup, and some of them are deadly.

A dying note

April 17, 2018
Parker, Ann, 1952- author.
©2018
366 pages ; 23 cm
Saloon owner Inez Stannert has relocated to the former boomtown, San Francisco, where she invests in a music store. The body of a young musician washes up in the filthy Mission Creek canal, and Inez finds herself involved in the investigation.

Murder in St. Giles

April 17, 2018
Gardner, Ashley, author.
©2018
300 pages ; 22 cm.
"When Brewster, my bodyguard, comes to me about a murder of a pugilist--and what's more, says his wife has summoned me--I must hasten to St. Giles to find a killer before Brewster is arrested for the crime. This is made difficult because my wife's late husband's odious cousin has materialized to try to wrest her son into his care. After all, seven-year-old Peter is a viscount, and his cousin wants to get closer to the title. But how close? If Peter's life is in danger, I must remain, but Brewster risks hanging for the death of his wife's brother-in-law. He's done too much for me to turn my back on him, but the devil if I'll let the Breckenridge cousin get his clutches on Peter. It will take all my perseverance, and a few wiles, to plough through these difficulties. In the meantime, I meet a runner who teaches me about crime and punishment in this enlightened age, and Brewster's old trainer, who made him the excellent pugilist--and thief--he is today"--Back cover.

Fakes and lies : a Naomi Blake novel

April 17, 2018
Adams, Jane, 1960- author.
©2018
203 pages ; 23 cm.
"When artist and sometime forger Freddie Jones is found dead of an apparent heart attack, no one is surprised. Freddie drank heavily and was a lifelong smoker. The only dissenting voice comes from Freddie's daughter, Bee. Before he died, her father confided that he was afraid of something - and she is convinced he was murdered. Unable to interest the police, Bee takes her suspicions to her father's old friend, Bob Taylor, who in turn seeks the advice of ex-police officer Naomi Blake. When a prominent gallery owner is murdered and a portfolio of Freddie's drawings is stolen, it would appear to confirm Bee's suspicions. What dangerous games had Freddie Jones been playing? And is Bee herself in danger?"--Publisher's description.

The killing site : a Liberty Lane mystery

April 17, 2018
Peacock, Caro, author.
©2018
220 pages ; 23 cm
July, 1847. Now a happily married mother-of-two, Liberty Lane is undertaking very few private investigative assignments. But when she is kidnapped from outside a smart London townhouse, where she had been attending a dinner party with her husband Robert, she must call on all her old investigative skills to discover who has taken her, and why. As Libby tries to formulate a plan of escape, her old friends, former street urchin Tabby and groom Amos Legge, desperately search for her. Convinced that somebody in the Maynard household, where the dinner party was held, knows something about Libby's disappearance, Tabby keeps watch on the house - and makes a truly shocking discovery.

Bats in the belfry : a London mystery

April 17, 2018
Lorac, E. C. R., 1894-1958.
©2018
231 pages ; 19 cm.
Reprint. Originally publisher: London : British Library, 1937
"Bruce Attleton dazzled London's literary scene with his first two novels - but his early promise did not bear fruit. His wife Sybilla is a glittering actress, unforgiving of Bruce's failure, and the couple lead separate lives in their house at Regent's Park. When Bruce is called away on a sudden trip to Paris, he vanishes completely - until his suitcase and passport are found in a sinister artist's studio, the Belfry, in a crumbling house in Notting Hill. Inspector Macdonald must uncover Bruce's secrets, and find out the identity of his mysterious blackmailer. This intricate mystery from a classic writer is set in a superbly evoked London of the 1930s."--Provided by publisher.

Shattered mirror

April 16, 2018
Johansen, Iris, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
339 pages ; 25 cm
Eve Duncan receives a package containing a skull-- and instructions for Eve to do her work reconstructing it. When she does, a beautiful woman's face emerges. But when Eve is introduced to the dead woman's mirror image, a game is on where her twin's life hangs in the balance.

The fall of Grace

April 16, 2018
Dominy, Amy Fellner, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2018.
292 pages ; 22 cm
"After a shocking secret about her mother is exposed and everyday life is turned upside down, Grace embarks on an adventure, searching for answers about her family's current situation. But, she gets more than she bargained for when it turns out that she isn't the only one looking for clues"--Provided by publisher.

A death of no importance

April 16, 2018
Fredericks, Mariah, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
viii, 276 pages ; 25 cm
Through her exquisite prose, sharp observation and deft plotting, Mariah Fredericks invites us into the heart of a changing New York in her remarkable debut adult novel.

The body on the doorstep

April 13, 2018
MacKenzie, A. J., author.
©2016
264 pages : map ; 20 cm.
Kent, 1796. Shocked to discover a dying man on his doorstep - and lucky to avoid a bullet himself - Reverend Hardcastle finds himself entrusted with the victim's cryptic last words. With smuggling rife on England's south-east coast, the obvious conclusion is that a dodgy deal has gone wrong. But why is the leader of the local Customs service so reluctant to investigate? Ably assisted by the ingenious Mrs Chaytor, Hardcastle sets out to solve the mystery for himself. But smugglers are not the only ones to lurk off the Kent coast, and the more he discovers, the more he realises he might have bitten off more than he can chew.

Rewind

April 13, 2018
O'Doherty, Carolyn, author.
©2018
247 pages ; 24 cm
"Sixteen-year-old Alex is a Spinner--she has the ability to rewind time to review past events. Hated and feared because of their ability to find the truth, the small population of Spinners is restricted to Centers--compounds created to house and protect them. Alex's society uses the Spinners' skills to solve major crimes, but messing with time comes with consequences: no Spinner lives past the age of twenty. At sixteen, Alex is in her prime--until time sickness strikes early. When she is offered an experimental treatment, Alex sees a future for herself for the first time. But the promising medication offers more than just a cure--it also brings with it dire consequences."--Amazon.com.
In a world where spinners can freeze and rewind time but are tightly controlled by the government, sixteen-year-old Alex is a spinner paired with Agent Ross to help catch a dangerous criminal.

The bad break

April 13, 2018
Orr, Jill, author.
Altadena, California : Prospect Park Books, [2018]
308 pages ; 21 cm
When a cardiologist is found murdered, new reporter Riley Ellison is assigned not only to write his obituary, but to cover the murder investigation as well, but she soon begins to investigate the crime herself, a situation that puts her in the killer's crosshairs.

Tin men : a crime novel

April 13, 2018
Knowles, Mike, author.
©2018
305 pages ; 20 cm
Three police officers, all crooked in their own way, investigate the murder of one of their own: Julie Owen has been brutally slain, but can the detectives find the cop killer without revealing their own dark secrets? A gritty and timely procedural exploring flawed characters behind the badge.

Super con

April 13, 2018
Swain, James, author.
©2017
367 pages ; 21 cm
"Master grifter Billy Cunningham has built a lucrative career conning a long list of Las Vegas casinos. In fact, he’s never walked into one he couldn’t rip off. Now he’s scheming a 'super con' with a gang of high-profile cheats--a one-time-only scam that could rake in a cool multi-million-dollar payday. All goes as planned until Chinese crime lord Broken Tooth strong-arms Billy into rigging the Super Bowl, too. Billy has no choice but to play ball. Broken Tooth has a special edge on him: blackmail. When someone on his own team betrays Billy, all bets are off. Both the super con and Super Bowl gambits are in jeopardy. And just who’s scamming who? With kickoff time looming, it’ll take a Hail Mary pass for Billy to grift the game and survive long enough to pull off the wildest double-cross-with-a-twist in Vegas history"--Page 4 of cover.

The awkward squad

April 12, 2018
Hénaff, Sophie, author.
©2017
viii, 262 pages ; 24 cm
"A new crime series starring Anne Capestan, a brilliant but disgraced police officer placed in charge of a team of department misfits to investigate decades old unsolved crimes ... Suspended from her job as a promising police officer for firing "one bullet too many", Anne Capestan is expecting the worst when she is summoned to H.Q. to learn her fate. Instead, she is surprised to be told that she is to head up a new police squad, working on solving old cold cases. Though relieved to still have a job, Capestan is not overjoyed by the prospect of her new role. Even less so when she meets her new team: a crowd of misfits, troublemakers and problem cases, none of whom are fit for purpose and yet none of whom can be fired. But from this inauspicious start, investigating the cold cases throws up a number a number of strange mysteries for Capestan and her team: was the old lady murdered seven years ago really just the victim of a botched robbery? Who was behind the dead sailor discovered in the Seine with three gunshot wounds? And why does there seem to be a curious link with a ferry that was shipwrecked off the Florida coast many years previously?"-- Provided by publisher.

Last will

April 12, 2018
McIntyre, W. H. S., author.
©2014.
361, 7 pages ; 20 cm.
Blood is thicker than water -- but it's not as hard as cash. The trial of Robbie Munro's life: one month to prove he's fit to be a father. No problem. Apart, that is, from the small matter of a double-murder in which Robbie's landlord, Jake Turpie, is implicated. Psycho-Jake demands Robbie's undivided attention and is prepared to throw money at the defense -- along with some decidedly dodgy evidence. Robbie has a choice: look after his daughter or look after his client. Can the two be combined to give the best of both worlds? Robbie aims to find out, and his attempts lead him into the alien worlds of high-fashion, drug-dealing and civil-litigation. It's what being a father/lawyer is all about. Isn't it?

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