New Arrivals · Mystery Fiction

January 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dark in death

January 18, 2018
Robb, J. D., 1950- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
372 pages ; 24 cm
"It was a stab in the dark. On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan's neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel's best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel's blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional. Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime--from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn't think it's coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else's imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series. The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer's deranged private drama -- and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong."-- From

The wife between us

January 18, 2018
Hendricks, Greer, author.
346 pages ; 25 cm
The divorce has just become final, and Richard is already engaged to someone. One woman is determined to change that situation-- no matter what it takes. Soon a tangle of lies binds her life with those of Richard and his new fiancée. A tangle of lies-- that hide some dangerous truths.

A devious death

January 17, 2018
Maxwell, Alyssa, author.
293 pages ; 22 cm.
Phoebe and her sister Julia are eager for a summer getaway at High Head Lodge, the newly purchased estate of their cousin Regina. But Regina's odd friend, Olive, is far from friendly, and Regina's mother and brother-- bitter over the unequal distribution of her father's inheritance-- have descended on the house to confront Regina. Eva questions the loyalty and integrity of Miss Stanley, Lady Julia's new maid. When their hostess meets an untimely end-- murdered in her bed with no signs of struggle-- Lady Phoebe and Eva must uncover secrets hidden behind closed doors, before a killer ensures they never leave High Head Lodge alive.

The stolen angel

January 17, 2018
Blædel, Sara, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2018.
354 pages ; 21 cm
Translated from the Danish.
"#1 internationally bestselling author Sara Blaedel returns with a captivating new suspense novel: Detective Louise Rick encounters her most troubling case yet as she goes up against an extremely wealthy-but psychologically twisted-sociopath targeting vulnerable young women. THE STOLEN ANGEL...When the granddaughter of the wealthy Sachs-Smith family is kidnapped, Louise's skills as a trained negotiator are put to work. She is tasked with helping the desperate mother negotiate what soon turns into a life-or-death situation. The kidnappers will only exchange the deathly ill little girl for an infamous stained glass panel--known as the Angel of Death--that has been in the family for generations. But there's a problem... the Angel, worth millions, was recently stolen from the family home. Racing against the clock as she matches wits with a criminal mastermind, Louise will be taken to the depths of human depravity. She's about to learn the hard way that money can buy absolutely anything. But will she be able to find the little girl before her time runs out? Sara Blaedel's latest suspenseful and emotionally powerful thriller will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist."-- Provided by publisher.

Kappy King and the puppy kaper

January 17, 2018
Lillard, Amy, author.
247 pages ; 21 cm.
"First in a new series"--Cover.
In the Amish community of Blue Sky, Pennsylvania, kapp maker Kathryn King looks into the suspicious death of her neighbor, Ruth Peachey, as Ruth's daughter and shunned former Amish woman Edie tries to clear her mentally challenged brother of suspicion.

Stowed away

January 17, 2018
Ross, Barbara, 1953- author.
New York : Kensington Books, 2018.
280 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes recipes.
"When Julia's old prep school rival Wyatt Jayne invites her to dinner on board her billionaire fiancé's decked-out yacht, Julia arrives to find a sumptuous table set for two--and the yachtsman dead in his chair. Suspicion quickly falls on Wyatt, and Julia's quest to dredge up the truth leads her into the murky private world of a mega-rich recluse who may not have been all that he seemed"

Darkness, sing me a song

January 16, 2018
Housewright, David, 1955- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
275 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Dearly departed / David Housewright. New York : Foul Play Press, c1999.
"It's the crime of the century in the Twin Cities! Eleanor Barrington, the doyenne of a socially prominent family of great wealth, has been arrested for the murder of Emily Denys, her son's fiancée. Before the murder, PI Holland Taylor had been brought in to do a full background check on Emily, only to discover that both her name and her background were fabricated. Caught in the dark tangle of a twisted family and haunted by his own past, Taylor finds that the truth is both elusive and dangerous"--Provided by publisher.

Dominic : a hollow man novel

January 16, 2018
Pryor, Mark, 1967- author.
239 pages ; 21 cm
"Only two other people know that Dominic, a charming Englishman, prosecutor, and musician in Austin, Texas, is also a psychopath. They also know that a year ago he got away with murder. One of those people is his "special lady," and the other is her brother, a teenager and fellow psychopath called Bobby. When a wily homicide detective starts digging up that past murder, little Bobby offers to take care of the problem--permanently. Dominic tries to dissuade him, but as he himself knows, psychopaths aren't good with following instructions. Or impulse control. As Detective Megan Ledsome circles closer, Dominic knows his life depends on keeping his secrets hidden, from her and the rest of the world. And when his annoying office-mate declares his interest in a judicial position, one he himself would like, Dominic realizes that one of his carefully-orchestrated plans could kill two birds with one stone. Of course, that means some sleight of hand and a sacrifice or two. But if there's one thing a psychopath doesn't mind, it's sacrificing other people"--Provided by publisher.

The running girl

January 16, 2018
Blædel, Sara, author.
434 pages ; 21 cm
Translated from the Danish.
"#1 internationally bestselling author Sara Blaedel is back with a powerful and twist-filled new suspense novel featuring detective Louise Rick. THE RUNNING GIRL Louise gets a call from her son, Jonas. It's every parent's worst nightmare: A school party has ended in terrifying chaos after a group of violent teenagers forced their way into the building in search of alcohol and valuables. Dashing to the scene, Louise discovers one of the students gravely injured-struck by a car while attempting to run for help. Now the girl's distraught mother, pushed to her emotional breaking point, will do anything to make those who hurt her daughter pay. So when someone targets the gang members with a vicious attack, the girl's mother is the obvious suspect. But Louise can't shake the feeling that the case might not be as cut-and-dried as it first appears. Someone is lying-but who? Masterfully plumbing the darkest depths of human emotion in this propulsive new novel, Sara Blaedel again delivers an intense ride filled with unexpected turns that will have you on the edge of your seat."-- Provided by publisher.

Death below stairs

January 16, 2018
Ashley, Jennifer, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2018.
329 pages ; 21 cm
Highly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by the family's eccentricities as long as they stay away from her kitchen, but trouble finds its way below stairs when her young Irish assistant is murdered. Intent on discovering who killed the helpless kitchen maid, Kat turns to the ever-capable Daniel McAdam, who is certainly much more than the charming delivery man he pretends to be. Along with the assistance of Lord Rankin's unconventional sister-in-law and a mathematical genius, Kat and Daniel discover that the household murder was the barest tip of a plot rife with danger and treason--one that's a threat to Queen Victoria herself.--Provided by Publisher.

False witness : a novel

January 16, 2018
Grant, Andrew, 1968- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2018.
302 pages ; 25 cm.
"A woman disappears on her twenty-first birthday. The following day her body is found, wrapped neatly like a gift in a crumbling, sun-speckled graveyard. What does Detective Devereaux have to go on? Very little. No motive, no suspects. Then another victim is discovered in a crematorium parking lot. Again, she was killed on her twenty-first birthday. Again, her body was wrapped like a gift. By the third murder the tabloids have dubbed the homicidal monster the Birthday Killer--and Devereaux is under the gun. While Devereaux's own violent and mysterious past nips at his heels, and his fragile home life threatens to unravel, he can't afford to be anything but totally obsessed with the frantic search through the many layers of this city, from its wealthy enclaves to its dark criminal underbelly. The only certainty is that Devereaux is hunting a killer determined to fulfill a deranged agenda in which women's lives are extinguished like candles on a cake."--Provided by publisher.

Better dead

January 16, 2018
Kopfler, Pamela McConathy, author.
vii, 375 pages ; 17 cm.
Burl Davis checked out of this life a little earlier than expected--before Holly could serve him with divorce papers over his extramarital flings. Unfortunately, it was not before he nearly bankrupted her beloved B&B, Holly Grove, a converted plantation that has been in her family for generations. Holly would never wish anyone dead, but three months later she's feeling a lot more relief than grief-- until Burl's ghost appears as an unwelcome guest. Before his spirit can move on, her not-so-dearly departed needs Holly's human help to bust up the drug smuggling ring he was involved with. She has reservations, to say the least, but agrees to assist him if he'll make a show of haunting the B&B to draw in visitors. But when Holly's former love, Jack McCann, mysteriously resurfaces in town and checks in, she has to wonder if her B&B is big enough for the ghost of her husband and the very real physical presence of her old flame-- from

The Devil's song : a novel

January 16, 2018
Stahl, Lauren, author.
312 pages ; 21 cm
Up-and-coming Mission County, Pennsylvania, prosectuor Kate Magda has been given the assignment of a lifetime: lead counsel on a string of murders rocking the community. As the privileged daughter of a powerful local judge, Kate views the case as her chance to show her boss, her family, and the public that she is more than just "the judge's daughter." As Kate delves into the case, she becomes convinced that she shares a personal link with the killer, who seems to know intimate details about a tragic childhood event from Kate's past - an event she'd long been trying to forget. Paranoia sets in, the night terrors return, and Kate has a strong sense that she's the killer's next victim. She no longer feels assigned to the case... she is the case, and solving it is her only chance for survival. -- Back cover.

Worst fear

January 16, 2018
Hilton, Matt, 1966- author.
Sutton, Surrey : Severn House, 2017.
236 pages ; 23 cm
"When the body of Tess Grey's former university roommate is found on a rocky Maine beach, having fallen from the cliffs above, the initial verdict is suicide. But why would Chelsea Grace, who was terrified of heights, have chosen to end her life in a way that invoked her very worst fear? Tess determines to find out."--Publisher's description.

Batman : Nightwalker

January 15, 2018
Lu, Marie, 1984- author.
252 pages ; 24 cm
The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list ... Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

The pyramid of mud

January 15, 2018
Camilleri, Andrea, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
256 pages ; 20 cm
English translation of: La pirmaide di fango. Palermo: Sellerio Editore, ©2014.
On a gloomy morning in Vigàta, a call from Fazio rouses Inspector Montalbano from a nightmare. A man called Giugiù Nicotra has been found dead in the skeletal workings of a construction site--a place now entombed by a sea of mud from recent days of rain and floods. Shot in the back, he had fled into a water supply system tunnel. The investigation gets off to a slow start, but all the evidence points to the world of construction and public contracts, a world just as slimy and impenetrable as mud. As he wades through a world in which construction firms and public officials thrive, Montalbano is obsessed by one thought: that by going to die in the tunnel, Nicotra had been trying to communicate something.

What doesn't kill you

January 15, 2018
Hix, Aimee, 1971- author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2018]
255 pages ; 21 cm .
"A favor for a friend turns into a murder investigation, drawing apprentice PI Willa Pennington into a labyrinth of lies and deception in the shadows of Washington, D.C. Willa Pennington thought that becoming a PI would be better than being a cop. She thought she'd never have to make another death notification or don a bulletproof vest again. She thought she could move past the pain of losing her best friend. She thought she'd be safe. But she couldn't have been more wrong. Now, agreeing to do a simple favor has brought her to a dead body, a missing person, and a battle of wits with an old friend who has dangerous secrets. If Willa can keep her focus, she could solve the murder, find the missing girl, and figure out if the person she's trusted with her life is the one trying to end it."--Back cover.

In the shadow of Agatha Christie : classic crime fiction by forgotten female writers : 1850-1917

January 15, 2018
xx, 328 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The advocate's wedding day / Catherine Crowe -- The squire's story / Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell -- Traces of crime / Mary Fortune -- Mr. Furbush / Harriet Prescott Spofford -- Mrs. Todhetley's earrings / Ellen Wood -- Catching a burglar / Elizabeth Corbett -- The ghost of Fountain Lane /C.L. Pirkis -- The statement of Jared Johnson / Geraldine Bonner -- Point in Morals / Ellen Glasgow -- The blood-red cross / L.T. Meade and Robert Eustace -- The Regent's Park murder / Baroness Orczy -- The case of the registered letter / Augusta Groner -- The winning sequence / M.E. Braddon -- Missing: page thirteen / Anna Katharine Green -- The adventure of the clothes-line / Carolyn Wells -- Jury of her peers / Susan Glaspell.
This new anthology brings the female crime writers who inspired Agatha Christie out of her shadow and back into the spotlight they deserve. The success of writers like Anna Katherine Green in America; L. T. Meade, C. L. Pirkis, the Baroness Orczy, and Elizabeth Corbett in England; and Mary Fortune in Australia opened doors for the women authors who followed them. While Agatha Christie may still reign supreme, the genre would be much poorer without the bold, fearless work of her predecessors.

Pre-meditated murder : a downward dog mystery

January 15, 2018
Weber, Tracy, 1964- author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2018]
ix, 275 pages ; 20 cm
When yoga instructor Kate Davidson learns that her boyfriend Michael is already married, and then finds the body of his green-card-seeking wife, she steps up to investigate, since Michael has no alibi.

Scones and Scoundrels

January 15, 2018
MacRae, Molly, author.
307 pages ; 24 cm.
Inversgail, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, welcomes home native daughter and best-selling environmental writer Daphne Wood. Known as the icon of ecology, Daphne will spend three months as the author in residence for the Inversgail schools. Janet Marsh and her business partners at Yon Bonnie Books are looking forward to hosting a gala book signing for her. Daphne, who hasn't set foot in Scotland in thirty years, is--eccentric. She lives in the Canadian wilderness, in a cabin she built herself, with only her dog for a companion, and her people skills have developed a few rough-hewn edges. She and the dog (which she insists on bringing with her) cause problems for the school, the library, and the bookshop even before they get to Inversgail. Then, on the misty night they arrive, a young man--an American who'd spent a night in the B & B above Yon Bonnie Books--is found dead outside a pub. Daphne did her Inversgail homework and knows that Janet and her partners solved a previous murder. She tries to persuade them to join her in uncovering the killer and the truth. To prove she's capable, she starts poking and prying. But investigating crimes can be murder, and Daphne ends up dead, poisoned by scones from the tearoom at Yon Bonnie Books. Now, to save the reputation of their business--not to mention the reputation of their scones--Janet and her partners must solve both murders. And Daphne's dog might be able to help them, if only they can get it to stop howling-- from

Splintered silence

January 15, 2018
Furlong, Susan (Mystery writer), author.
x, 262 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes reading group guide.
"Among the Irish Travellers living in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, no one forgets and no one forgives. And as former Marine MP Brynn Callahan finds out when she returns home, it's hard to bury the past when bodies keep turning up . . . After an IED explosion abruptly ends her tour of duty, Brynn arrives stateside with PTSD and her canine partner, Wilco--both of them bearing the scars of battle. With a mix of affection, curiosity, and misgivings, she goes back to Bone Gap, Tennessee, and the insular culture she'd hoped to escape by enlisting in the Marine Corps. Marginalized and wary of outsiders, the Irish Travellers keep to themselves in a secluded mountain community, maintaining an uneasy coexistence with the 'settled' townspeople of McCreary. When Wilco's training as a cadaver dog leads Brynn to discover a body in the woods, the two worlds collide."--Provided by publisher.

Dial M for mousse

January 15, 2018
Bradford, Laura, author.
295 pages ; 18 cm.
When she stumbles upon the dead body of her new client while delivering desserts at an artists' retreat, Winnie Johnson, the owner of the Emergency Dessert Squad, must whip up the clues to catch a killer. Includes recipes.

The questionable behavior of Dahlia Moss

January 15, 2018
Wirestone, Max, author.
New York : Redhook, 2018.
339 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: The astonishing mistakes of Dahlia Moss.
"Working for a games development company is Dahlia's dream job. Who cares that the company has some quirks? No job is perfect! But there are a few questionable, probably totally normal issues: A mysterious whistle-blower is posting the industry's dirty laundry on Reddit. An unidentified corpse is in the staff room. The game under development is for filthy casuals, and unwisely involves matching talking peppermints. Dahlia's job, technically speaking, is 'Industry Spy.' It's all just a typical day at the office, right?"--Provided by publisher.

Another one bites the crust

January 15, 2018
Alexander, Ellie, author.
313 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes recipes.
"Torte--the beloved small-town bakeshop run by Jules Capshaw--is set to hit the stage. But who would have guessed that murder would makes a surprise appearance? It's the role of a lifetime for Jules. The Shakespeare Festival has returned to Ashland, Oregon, for the season and Torte has been cast as the supplier of Elizabethan-era treats for the main event. But on the eve of opening night, a brawl between Jules's friend Lance, the artistic director, and a strapping young thespian named Anthony almost brings down the house. . .and the next morning, Anthony is dead. Jules knows that Lance loves his drama--and his just desserts--but she also knows that murder is way off-script for him. Now it's up to Jules to cut through a bevy of backstage betrayals and catty co-stars who all have their own secrets--before the curtain drops on someone else. . ."-- Page [4] of cover.

The girl in Times Square

January 11, 2018
Simons, Paullina, 1963- author.
600 pages ; 21 cm
"A hardcover edition of this book was published in Great Britain in 2005 by Harper-Collins Publishers." -- verso.
When her roommate and best friend disappears without a trace, New York college student Lily finds herself drawn to the detective investigating the case, until she finds answers that challenge everything she knows about herself.

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