New Mystery Fiction

Nantucket red tickets : a Henry Kennis Christmas mystery

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 23:50
by Axelrod, Steven,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
First edition.
326 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M AXE
Summary It's Christmas Eve on Nantucket and prominent businessman Jackson Blum is about to live out his own version of A Christmas Carol.

Stasi child

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 23:50
by Young, David, 1958-
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
408 pages ; 22 cm
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Call Number M YOU
Summary "1975: When Oberleutnant Karin Muller is called to investigate a teenage girl's body at the foot of the Berlin Wall, she imagines she's seen it all before. But she soon realizes that this is a death like no other before it - the girl was evidently trying to escape from West Berlin. As a member of the People's Police, Muller's power in East Germany only stretches so far. The Ministry for State Security, the Stasi, assures her the case is closed, all they need to know is the girl's name. Yet they strongly discourage her from asking questions. The evidence doesn't add up, and it soon becomes clear the crime scene has been staged. But this regime does not tolerate curious minds, and it takes Müller too long to realize that the trail she's been following may lead her dangerously close to home... "--

A killer harvest : a thriller

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:50
by Cleave, Paul, 1974-
Publisher Atria Books, 2017.
First Atria Books hardcover edition.
386 pages ; 24 cm
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Call Number M CLE
Summary A blind teenager receives a corneal donation and begins to see and feel memories from their previous owner, a homicide detective who was also his father.

Every day above ground : a Van Shaw novel

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:50
by Hamilton, Glen Erik,
Publisher William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
First edition.
368 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M HAM
Summary Searching for a fortune in hidden gold revealed to him by a terminally ill ex-con, Van Shaw is compelled to rescue the man's innocent daughter from a mysterious predator with ties to an illegal bare-knuckle fighting ring and darker underworld operations.

Crime scene : a novel

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:50
by Kellerman, Jonathan,
Publisher Ballantine Books, [2017]
First edition.
381 pages ; 25 cm
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Call Number M KEL
Summary "Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor, done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter Tatiana insists that her father has been murdered, and she persuades Clay to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert's life" -- Page [4] of cover.

Yesterday

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:50
by Yap, Felicia,
Publisher Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
First edition.
394 pages ; 25 cm
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Call Number M YAP
Summary "How do you solve a murder when you can only remember yesterday? Imagine a world in which classes are divided not by wealth or religion but by how much each group can remember. Monos, the majority, have only one day's worth of memory; elite Duos have two. In this stratified society, where Monos are excluded from holding high office and demanding jobs, Claire and Mark are a rare mixed marriage. Clare is a conscientious Mono housewife, Mark a novelist-turned-politician Duo on the rise. They are a shining example of a new vision of tolerance and equality--until... A beautiful woman is found dead, her body dumped in England's River Cam. The woman is Mark's mistress, and he is the prime suspect in her murder. The detective investigating the case has secrets of his own. So did the victim. And when both the investigator's and the suspect's memories are constantly erased--how can anyone learn the truth? Told from four different perspectives, that of Mark, Claire, the detective on the case, and the victim--Felicia Yap's staggeringly inventive debut leads us on a race against an ever-resetting clock to find the killer"--

The irregular

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 04:43
by Lyle, H. B.,
Publisher Quercus, 2017.
First edtion.
294 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number FIC LYLE
Summary "As an urchin living on the streets of London, he spied for Sherlock Holmes; as a man, he spies on the enemies of the British Empire"--

Dead man's bridge : a Jake Cantrell mystery

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:43
by Mrazek, Robert J.
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
274 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M MRA
Summary Jake is convinced the man was murdered, but with no credibility to his name, no one agrees--at least not until a second body is found hanging from the same bridge. But as a vicious hurricane sweeps up the Eastern seaboard, the clock is ticking and it's only a matter of time before the killer strikes again--Amazon.com

Mrs. Jeffries and the three wise women

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 04:37
by Brightwell, Emily,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
282 pages ; 21 cm
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Call Number FIC BRIGHTWELL
Summary "As the holidays approach, all is merry and bright for Inspector Witherspoon, Mrs. Jeffries, and the staff at Upper Edmonton Gardens...but murder knows no season. Christopher Gilhaney isn't a popular man, and he proves why once again when he insults every guest at Abigail Chase's Guy Fawkes Night dinner party. When Gilhaney is shot dead under the cover of the night's fireworks, his murder is deemed a robbery gone wrong. But when the case hasn't been solved six weeks later, Inspector Witherspoon is called upon to find the killer--and quickly! With Christmas almost here, Inspector Witherspoon and everyone in his household is upset at the possibility of having to cancel their holiday plans--all to solve a case that seems impossible. Only Luty Belle, Ruth, and Mrs. Goodge refuse to give up and let the crime become a cold case. In fact, the American heiress, the charming next-door neighbor, and the formidable cook use all of their persuasive powers to get the others on board, because these three wise women know justice doesn't take time off for Christmas"--

The ballad of Black Bart

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 04:37
by Estleman, Loren D,
Publisher Forge, 2017.
First edition.
237 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M EST
Summary Between July 1875 and November 1883, a single outlaw robbed the stagecoaches of Wells Fargo in Californias Mother Lode country a record of twenty-eight times. Armed with an unloaded shotgun, walking to and from the scenes of the robberies, often for hundreds of miles, and leaving poems behind, the infamous Black Bart was fiercely hunted. Between robberies, Black Bart was known as Charles E. Bolton, a distinguished, middle-aged man who enjoyed San Franciscos entertainments in the company of socialites drawn to his quiet, temperate good nature and upper-class tastes.Meanwhile, James B. Hume, Wells Fargos legendary chief of detectives, made Barts apprehension a matter of personal as well as professional interest.

Unquiet spirits : a Sherlock Holmes adventure

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 04:37
by MacBird, Bonnie,
Publisher Collins Crime Club, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2017. ©2017
xiii, 497 pages ; 25 cm.
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Call Number FIC MACBIRD
Summary London. December 1889. Fresh from debunking a "ghostly" hound in Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, only to find himself the target of a deadly vendetta. A beautiful client arrives with a tale of ghosts, kidnapping and dynamite on a whisky estate in Scotland, but brother Mycroft trumps all with an urgent assignment in the South of France. On the fabled Riviera, Holmes and Watson encounter treachery, explosions, rival French Detective Jean Vidocq... and a terrible discovery. This propels the duo northward to the snowy highlands. There, in a "haunted" castle and among the copper dinosaurs of a great whisky distillery, they and their young client face mortal danger, and Holmes realizes all three cases have blended into a single, deadly conundrum. In order to solve the mystery, the ultimate rational thinker must confront a ghost from his own past. But Sherlock Holmes does not believe in ghosts...or does he?

Dark traces

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 04:37
by Steyn, Martin,
Publisher Catalyst Press ; LAPA Publishers, 2017. ©2017
348 pages ; 20 cm
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Call Number M STE
Summary They find her decomposing body in the veld. A teenager. She was raped and tortured for days. She was hanged. She wasn't the first. The South African Police Service's Warrant Officer Jan Magson, estranged from his son and still grieving for his wife, is assigned to the case. He has to look the mothers and fathers in the eye. He has to answer their questions. And he can't. Headlines question the police's ability to protect the community from this evil. A newspaper prints a mother's heart-wrenching letter to the killer. A father offers a substantial reward. And every time another lead reaches a dead end, Magson finds himself looking down at another dead girl, wondering how he's going to make it through the dark traces of yet another night, alone, a service gun at his side.

Let the dead speak

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 01:36
by Casey, Jane (Jane E.)
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
342 pages ; 25 cm.
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Call Number M CAS
Summary "When eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home she finds her mother missing, the house covered in blood. Everything points to murder, except for one thing: there's no sign of the body. London detective Maeve Kerrigan and the homicide team turn their attention to the neighbours. The ultra-religious Norrises are acting suspiciously; their teenage daughter and Chloe Emery definitely have something to hide. Then there's William Turner, once accused of stabbing a schoolmate and the neighborhood's favorite criminal. Is he merely a scapegoat, or is there more behind the charismatic façade? As a body fails to materialize, Maeve must piece together a patchwork of testimonies and accusations. Who is lying, and who is not? And soon Maeve starts to realize that not only will the answer lead to Kate Emery, but more lives may hang in the balance. With Let the Dead Speak, Jane Casey returns with another taut, richly drawn novel that will grip readers from the opening pages to the stunning conclusion"--

Deadfall

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 01:36
by Fairstein, Linda A.,
Publisher Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017] ©2017
385 pages : map ; 24 cm
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Call Number M FAI
Summary Hunting a killer within New York's urban jungle becomes the biggest case of Alexandra Cooper's career in New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein's latest unputdownable thriller. A wild heart beats within New York City. Amid concrete and skyscrapers, the Wildlife Conservation Society works to preserve and protect the animal kingdom both within and beyond the borders of the five boroughs. But dangerous creatures don't always have claws and fangs, as Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace know all too well. Predators lurk close to home, and in the aftermath of the shocking drive-by murder of an important city employee--someone Alex has worked with for years--the trio must discover who the bigger snake is: the killer or the victim. Investigations into the death provide more questions than answers, as a tangled mess of secrets slowly comes to light. From bribes to secret societies, from big-game hunting to the illegal animal trade, from New York City zoos to behind closed doors in government buildings, Alex will have her work cut out for her if she wants to uncover the truth--and uphold the integrity of the office she has so proudly served--

The painted queen

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 01:36
by Peters, Elizabeth, 1927-2013,
Publisher William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First edition.
xviii, 323 pages : map ; 24 cm
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Call Number M PET
Summary "Egypt, 1912. Amelia Peabody and her dashing archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are once again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti and Amelia finds herself the target of assassins in this long-awaited, eagerly anticipated final installment of Elizabeth Peters's bestselling, beloved mystery series"--

Plaid and plagiarism

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 01:28
by MacRae, Molly,
Publisher Pegasus Crime, 2016.
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
281 pages ; 24 cm.
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Call Number M MAC
Summary First, Janet Marsh is told she'll have to wait before moving into her new home. Then she finds out the house has been vandalized. Again. The chief suspect? Una Graham, an advice columnist for the local paper who's trying to make a name for herself as an investigative reporter. When Janet and her business partners go looking for clues at the house, they find a body--it's Una, in the garden shed, with a sickle in her neck. Janet never did like that garden shed! Who wanted Una dead? After discovering a cache of nasty letters, Janet and her friends are beginning to wonder who didn't, including Janet's ex-husband. Surrounded by a cast of characters with whom readers will fall in love, the new owners of Yon Bonnie Books set out to solve Una's murder so they can get back to business. A delightful and deadly new novel about recognizing one's strengths and weakness--while also trying to open a new book shop--Plaid and Plagiarism is the start of an entertaining new Scottish mystery series.

Among the dead : a Rachel Carver novel

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 07:25
by Backlund, J. R.,
Publisher Crooked Lane Books, 2017. © 2017
First edition.
293 pages ; 25 cm
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Call Number M BAC
Summary Former North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agent Rachel Carver blames herself for the collateral death of an innocent woman in her last case. Unable to accept her superior's attempts to cover up the incident, she turned in her badge. But when a former partner asks her to consult on a new murder case, she reluctantly agrees, traveling to a small, remote mountain community, where she's tasked with leading a group of inexperienced detectives on a hunt for the killer. The trek has hardly begun when what seems to be the act of a loner proves to be much more as Rachel's team comes under attack, and a detective is killed in the fallout. Now that the stakes have risen, Rachel's old employers at the SBI step in to take over the investigation. But Rachel, convinced they are on the wrong track, continues to work the case alone. And just as she delves into the town's past, she discovers a secret history that connects the victims, one that makes her the target of a man who would kill to keep it a secret.

The ghost of Christmas past

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:23
by Bowen, Rhys,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
264 pages ; 22 cm.
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Call Number M BOWEN
Summary "Semi-retired private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan is suffering from depression after a miscarriage following her adventure in San Francisco during the earthquake of 1906. She and her husband, Daniel, are invited for Christmas at a mansion on the Hudson, and they gratefully accept, expecting a peaceful and relaxing holiday season. Not long after they arrive, however, they start to feel the tension in the house's atmosphere. Then they learn that the host couple's young daughter wandered out into the snow ten years ago and was never seen again. Molly can identify with the mother's pain at never knowing what happened to her child and wants to help, but there is so little to go on. No ransom note. No body ever found. But Molly slowly begins to suspect that the occupants of the house know more than they are letting on. Then, on Christmas Eve, there is a knock at the door and a young girl stands there. 'I'm Charlotte,' she says. 'I've come home'"--

Hardcore twenty-four : a Stephanie Plum novel

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:23
by Evanovich, Janet,
Publisher G.P. Putnams's Sons, [2017] ©2017
285 pages ; 25 cm.
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Call Number M EVA
Summary "Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter who often runs into trouble on the job, but she has family, friends, and several men to help her out of sticky situations. There's Lula, a plus-sized former hooker turned bounty hunter, and Grandma Mazur, Stephanie's outrageous grandmother who packs a gun and sometimes tags along on cases"--

Trespass

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:23
by Quinn, Anthony (Anthony J.),
Publisher Pegasus Books, 2017.
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
327 pages ; 24 cm
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Call Number M QUI
Summary "Detective Celcius Daly is investigating the abduction of a boy by a group of travelers already under investigation for smuggling and organized crime. As he digs into the child's background, he discovers a family secret linked to an unsolved crime during The Troubles--the disappearance of a young woman and her baby. Daly's investigation shakes loose some harrowing truths about the lawlessness of Northern Ireland's border country. Undergoing an internal investigation over his handling of the search for IRA spy Daniel Hegarty, Daly soon finds himself entangled in a vigilante mission, discovering just how far a group of outsiders will go to find their own justice."--Amazon.com.

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