New Mystery Fiction

Death on tap

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:04
by Alexander, Ellie,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
310 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M ALE
Summary After catching her husband cheating on her, craft-brew expert Sloan Krause leaves the family business to work for a hip, new nano-brewery, only to discover a competitor dead in the fermenting tub, clutching a secret recipe.

The witches' tree : an Agatha Raisin mystery

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:01
by Beaton, M. C.,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
277 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M BEA
Summary Cotswolds inhabitants are used to inclement weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They strain to see the road ahead--and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered--and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime. Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion (a little glad for the excitement, to tell the truth, after a long run of lost cats and divorces on the books). But Sumpton Harcourt is a small and private village, she finds--a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation--and even her life. That the village has its own coven of witches certainly doesn't make her feel any better...

A treacherous curse : a Veronica Speedwell mystery

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 05:00
by Raybourn, Deanna,
Publisher Berkley, 2018.
First edition.
308 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M RAY
Summary "Veronica Speedwell returns in an adventure filled with betrayal and deception from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries. London, 1888. When archeological photographer John de Morgan mysteriously vanishes with a priceless artifact, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian colleague, Stoker Templeton-Vane, are pulled into a dangerous world of conspiracies and ancient threats. De Morgan, now married to Stoker's former wife, Caroline, was part of the Tiverton expedition, an archeological endeavor which stirred the wrath of a vengeful curse when the crew violated the tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess. Since the discovery of the sarcophagus, they have endured a string of freak accidents, sudden waves of illness, and even deaths. They wonder if it's all been an unfortunate coincidence--or if the expedition is really doomed. Rumors abound, with many convinced that de Morgan and Caroline's disappearance was staged so that they could make off with the treasure. But Veronica and Stoker are not so easily persuaded, and they race to separate the fact from the mystical and discover the truth behind the treacherous curse..."--

Death at the seaside

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Brody, Frances,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
391 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M BRO
Summary Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there. Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma's daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweler who advanced Felicity the thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma's current gentleman friend. Kate can't help but become involved, and goes to the jeweller's shop to get some answers. When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it becomes clear that her services are needed. Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby's idyllic façade, it's up to Kate - ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden - to discover the truth behind Felicity's disappearance. And they say nothing happens in August...

Yews with caution : a flower shop mystery

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Collins, Kate, 1951-
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
x, 323 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number M COL

A catered costume party : a mystery with recipes

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Crawford, Isis,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
314 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M CRA
Summary When Darius Witherspoon hires them to cater a costume party in honor of his missing wife, Bernie and Libby arrive at the haunted Berkshire Arms only to find out that murder is on the menu when Darius is found hanging from a noose during the festivities.

Hunting hour : a Timber Creek K-9 mystery

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Mizushima, Margaret,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
282 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M MIZ
Summary Deputy Mattie Cobb is in a dark place and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to work on issues from her past. When she and her K-9 partner Robo get called to track a missing junior high student, they find the girl dead on Smoker's Hill behind the high school, and Mattie must head to the Walker home to break the bad news. But that's only the start of trouble in Timber Creek, because soon another girl goes missing--and this time it's one of Cole's daughters. Knowing that each hour a child remains missing lessens the probability of finding her alive, Mattie and Robo lead the hunt while Cole and community volunteers join in to search everywhere. To no avail. It seems that someone has snatched all trace of the Walker girl from their midst, including her scent. Grasping at straws, Mattie and Robo follow a phoned-in tip into the dense forest, where they hope to find a trace of the girl's scent and to rescue her alive. But when Robo does catch her scent, it leads them to information that challenges everything they thought they knew about the case. Mattie and Robo must rush to hunt down the kidnapper before they're too late in Hunting Hour, the third installment in critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima's exhilarating mystery series.

Miss Kopp's midnight confessions

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Stewart, Amy,
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. ©2017
374 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number F STE
Summary "The best-selling author of Girl Waits with Gun and Lady Cop Makes Trouble continues her extraordinary journey into the real lives of the forgotten but fabulous Kopp sisters ... Deputy sheriff Constance Kopp is outraged to see young women brought into the Hackensack jail over dubious charges of waywardness, incorrigibility, and moral depravity. The strong-willed, patriotic Edna Heustis, who left home to work in a munitions factory, certainly doesn't belong behind bars. And sixteen-year-old runaway Minnie Davis, with few prospects and fewer friends, shouldn't be publicly shamed and packed off to a state-run reformatory. But such were the laws--and morals--of 1916. Constance uses her authority as deputy sheriff, and occasionally exceeds it, to investigate and defend these women when no one else will. But it's her sister Fleurette who puts Constance's beliefs to the test and forces her to reckon with her own ideas of how a young woman should and shouldn't behave. Against the backdrop of World War I, and drawn once again from the true story of the Kopp sisters, Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions is a spirited, page-turning story that will delight fans of historical fiction and lighthearted detective fiction alike"--

A conspiracy in Belgravia

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Thomas, Sherry (Sherry M.),
Publisher Berkley, 2017.
First edition.
317 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M THO

Many a twist : a County Cork mystery

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:52
by Connolly, Sheila,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2018. ©2018
First edition.
330 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M CON
Summary Pub owner Maura Donovan hasn't seen her mother for over twenty years, so when she suddenly shows up in Maura's pub, Maura's not sure what to expect. Her mother is trying to find a life for herself back home and has taken up a position working with the new owners of the Crann Mor hotel just outside Skibbereen. Until her new boss is found dead in the gardens, dumped down the hillside behind the hotel. Now, trying to rekindle the relationship they've lost, Maura must investigate in order to clear her mother's name. It's not so easy though, as long-time residents of County Cork, including the families of her employee Mick, and the family of the deceased hotel owner, have bottled deep dark family secrets not meant to be uncorked. And someone will kill to keep them that way.

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

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:52
by Klinger, Leslie S.,
Publisher Pegasus Crime, 2018. ©2018
First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
xx, 328 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M IN
Summary 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.

A reckoning in the back country : a Samuel Craddock mystery

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:52
by Shames, Terry,
Publisher Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2018.
283 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number FIC SHAMES, TERRY
Summary "When Lewis Wilkins, a physician with a vacation home in Jarrett Creek, is attacked by vicious dogs, and several pet dogs in the area around Jarrett Creek disappear, Police Chief Samuel Craddock suspects that a dog fighting ring is operating in his territory. He has to tread carefully in his investigation, as lawmen who meddle in dog fighting put their lives at risk. The investigation is hampered because Wilkins is not a local. Craddock's focus on the investigation is thrown off by the appearance of a new woman in his life, as well as his accidental acquisition of a puppy. Digging deeper, Craddock discovers that the public face Wilkins presented was at odds with his private actions. A terrible mistake led to his disgrace as a physician, and far from being a stranger, he has ongoing acquaintances with a number of county residents who play fast and loose with the law"-- "Acting Police Chief Samuel Craddock investigates the murder of a visiting physician, whose mangled body is found in the woods"--

The seagull

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:51
by Cleeves, Ann,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
397 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number F CLE
Summary An encounter with an old enemy draws Vera into a cold case investigation with ties to her father.

Don't let go

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:51
by Coben, Harlan, 1962-
Publisher Dutton, [2017]
First edition.
vii, 351 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M COB
Summary "With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller. Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon "Nap" Dumas hasn't been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo's girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks -- and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother's death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he's been looking for. When Maura's fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions -- about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana -- whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine"--

Sleep like a baby

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:51
by Harris, Charlaine,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
262 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M HAR
Summary Robin and Aurora's newborn Sophie is proving to be quite a handful. They hire a partially trained nurse, Virginia Mitchell, to come and help the new parents for a few weeks when Robin has to leave town for work and Roe is struck with a bad case of the flu. One particularly stormy night, Roe wakes to hear her daughter crying and Virginia nowhere to be found. Searching for her reveals a body outside . . . but it isn't Virginia's. Now, not only does Roe have a baby to care for but a new puzzle to contend with - who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to Virginia?

This side of murder

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:51
by Huber, Anna Lee,
Publisher Kensington Books, [2017] ©2017
289 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M HUB
Summary Lured to Umbersea Island to attend the engagement party of one of her late husband's fellow officers, Verity mingles among the men her husband once fought beside, and discovers dark secrets--along with a murder clearly meant to conceal them. Relying on little more than a coded letter, the help of a dashing stranger, and her own sharp instincts, Verity is forced down a path she never imagined--and comes face to face with the shattering possibility that her husband may not have been the man she thought he was. It's a truth that could set her free--or draw her ever deeper into his deception...

Trace : a Joe Gunther novel

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:51
by Mayor, Archer,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
vi, 325 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M MAY
Summary The Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) has been pulled onto three cases at the same time; meanwhile, VBI head Joe Gunther has to take time off to care for his ailing mother. Those cases are now in the hands of the individual investigators. Sammie Martens is assigned a murder case. The victim is a young woman, the roommate of the daughter of Medical Examiner Beverly Hillstrom. A recent transplant from Albany, New York, Sammie must find out what put a hit man on the trail of this seemingly innocent young woman. Lester Spinney takes over a famous cold case, a double murder where a state trooper and a motorist were killed in an exchange of gunfire. Or so it has seemed for years. When Lester is told that the motorist's fingerprints were planted on the gun he's supposed to have fired, it opens the question--who really killed the state trooper? Willy Kunkle's case starts with a child's discovery of three teeth on a railroad track, leading eventually to a case of possible sabotage against critical military equipment. In cases that lead the team all over Vermont and nearby, Archer Mayor once again shows why his novels featuring Joe Gunther and the VBI team are among the finest crime fiction today.

Wolf's revenge : a Leo Maxwell mystery

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:51
by Smith, Lachlan,
Publisher Mysterious Press, 2017.
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
249 pages 24 cm
Books
Call Number M SMI

A casualty of war : a Bess Crawford mystery

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:51
by Todd, Charles,
Publisher William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
First edition.
377 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M TOD
Summary Caring for an unstable soldier who believes his distant cousin is responsible for his injuries, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford investigates the patient's claims, only to find herself in unexpected danger.

Death below stairs

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 22:16
by Ashley, Jennifer,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2018.
First edition.
329 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M ASH
Summary "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.

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