New Mystery Fiction

The bloody black flag : a Spider John mystery

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Goble, Steve, 1961-
Publisher Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2017.
237 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number M GOB
Summary "1722--aboard a pirate ship off the American Colonial Coast. Spider John Rush never wanted to be a pirate, but it had happened and he'd learned to survive in the world of cut and thrust, fight or die. He and his friend Ezra knew that death could come at any moment, from grapeshot or storm winds or the end of a noose. But when Ezra is murdered in cold blood by a shipmate, Spider vows revenge. On a ship where every man is a killer many times over, how can Spider find the man who killed his friend? There is no law here, so if justice is to be done, he must do it. He will have to solve the crime and exact revenge himself. One wrong step will lead to certain death, but Spider is determined to look into the dying eyes of the man who killed his friend, even if it means his own death"--

The unquiet grave : a novel

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by McCrumb, Sharyn, 1948-
Publisher Atria Books, 2017.
First Atria books hardcover edition.
358 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number M MCC
Summary "From New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb comes a finely wrought novel set in nineteenth-century West Virginia, based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history--the case of the Greenbrier Ghost. Lakin, West Virginia, 1930. Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P.D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Fresh out of medical school, Dr. Boozer is eager to try the new talking cure for insanity, and encourages his elderly patient to reminisce about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in nineteenth-century West Virginia. Gardner's most memorable case was the one in which he helped to defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride--a case that the prosecution based on the testimony of a ghost. Greenbrier, West Virginia, 1897. Beautiful, willful Zona Heaster has always lived in the mountains of West Virginia. Despite her mother's misgivings, Zona marries Erasmus Trout Shue, the handsome blacksmith who has recently come to Greenbrier County. After weeks of silence from the newlyweds, riders come to the Heasters' place to tell them that Zona has died from a fall, attributed to a recent illness. Mary Jane is determined to get justice for her daughter. A month after the funeral, she informs the county prosecutor that Zona's ghost appeared to her, saying that she had been murdered. An autopsy, ordered by the reluctant prosecutor, confirms her claim. The Greenbrier Ghost is renowned in American folklore, but Sharyn McCrumb is the first author to look beneath the legend to unearth the facts. Using a century of genealogical material and other historical documents, McCrumb reveals new information about the story and brings to life the personalities in the trial: the prosecutor, a former Confederate cavalryman; the defense attorney, a pro-Union bridgeburner, who nevertheless had owned slaves; and the mother of the murdered woman, who doggedly sticks to her ghost story--all seen through the eyes of a young black lawyer on the cusp of a new century, with his own tragedies yet to come. With its unique blend of masterful research and mesmerizing folklore, illuminating the story's fascinating and complex characters, The Unquiet Grave confirms Sharyn McCrumb's place among the finest Southern writers at work today"--

House. tree. person : a novel of suspense

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by McPherson, Catriona, 1965-
Publisher Midnight Ink, 2017.
First edition.
xvi, 335 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number M MCP
Summary The body found in a muddy grave across the street is just the latest horror threatening to tear Ali McGovern's life apart seam by seam. She knows Angelo, her brooding teenage son, is keeping secrets. She fears he's in danger, too. But her new job at the psychiatric hospital, the job her husband pushed her into, is using up everything she's got every day. She can try to ignore the sounds that surely can't really be there. And she can try to trust the doctors, who can't be as dark as they seem. But can Ali hold herself, her life, and her family together without getting blood on her hands?

Assault and buttery

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Abbott, Kristi,
Publisher Berkley Prime Group, 2017. ©2017
296 pages ; 18 cm.
Call Number M ABBOTT
Summary Repairs are under way at Rebecca Anderson's gourmet popcorn shop. With production of her tasty treats on hold, Rebecca has plenty of time to read the old diary she discovered hidden in the shop's walls. It's a fun peek into her town's history... until the diary's abrupt ending leaves Rebecca wondering whether she's actually stumbled upon a cold case. Unfortunately for Rebecca, mysteries are popping up right and left. When local busybody Lloyd McLaughlin is found dead, the police suspect he was poisoned by Rebecca's popcorn. But Rebecca has only made one batch of popcorn recently, and it wasn't intended for Lloyd. Nothing about Lloyd's death makes sense - until Rebecca discovers a startling connection between the missing diary-writer and the murdered man. Now, with her reputation on the line, Rebecca must discover who's been cooking up murder - both in the past and in the present.

The case of the unsuitable suitor : a WISE Enquiries Agency mystery

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Ace, Cathy, 1960-
Publisher Severn House Publishers, 2017. ©2017
First world edition.
203 pages ; 23 cm
Call Number FIC ACE
Summary The women of the WISE Enquiries Agency are back. When the village's prodigal son, Huw Hughes, returns and sets his cap at Annie Parker, village publican Tudor begs Annie's colleagues at the WISE Enquiries Agency to unearth the truth behind Huw having been widowed three times. With Christine enjoying a break at her family's Irish estate - where she and the brooding Alexander face a surprisingly dangerous case of theft -- Mavis and Carol have to work with dowager duchess Althea Twyst to ensure their unsuspecting friend Annie's safety, and possibly the lives of more villagers.

Passport to murder

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Angela, Mary,
Publisher Camel Press, [2017]
260 pages ; 21 cm.
Summary "This semester, it seems that Professor Prather's dreams are about to come true. Ever since she was a young girl, she's imagined going to France, and her French colleague, André Duman, has finally made that trip possible. Over spring break, she and André are to lead a group of students and faculty to Paris to explore the City of Light. But before she can utter her first bonjour, a professor dies, and they are stuck in Minneapolis. She returns to Copper Bluff with an unstamped passport and a mystery to solve."--

Crust no one

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Archer, Winnie,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018. ©2018
First Kensington mass market edition.
309 pages ; 17 cm.
Summary Business is booming at Yeast of Eden. But with a deadly mystery taking over the seaside town of Santa Sofia, the Mexican bread shop cant possibly leaven a killers appetite . . . For once, Ivy Culpepper feels fulfilled. An apprenticeship at Yeast of Eden has opened her world to time-honored baking techniques under owner Olaya Soliss guidanceas well as the freshest small-town gossip, courtesy of chatty regulars known as the Blackbird Ladies. Ivy even begins accepting that she and restaurateur Miguel Baptista may never again rekindle their romancedespite the undeniable tension between them . . . But shes tied to Miguel again when his trusted produce supplier goes missing. Old Hank Rivieras financial troubles would make anyone consider running away forever. And with his relationship woes, there are plenty of people who might want to see Hank disappear. As Ivy, with the help of her octogenarian sidekick, turns to the loose-lipped Blackbird Ladies for leads, she soon finds herself caught in a web of lies stickier than a batch of Olayas popular pastries . . .

Dark signal

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Baker, Shannon, 1960-
Publisher Forge, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
300 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number FIC BAKER
Summary Who would want to kill Chad Mills? Kate finds that he made a few enemies as president of the railroad workers union. Meanwhile his widow is behaving oddly. And why was his neighbor Josh Stevens at the Mills house on the night of the accident? While her loud and meddling family conspires to help Kate past her divorce, State Patrol Officer Trey closes in on Josh Stevens as the suspect. Kate doesn't believe it. She may not have the experience, but she's lived in the Sandhills her whole life, and knows the land and the people. Something doesn't add up--and Kate must find the real killer before he can strike again.

Double wide

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Banks, Leo W,
Publisher Brash Books, [2017]
345 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number M BANKS
Summary After fastball phenom Prospero Starks baseball career craters in a Mexican jail, he retreats to a trailer park in the scorching Arizona desert. He lives in peaceful anonymity with a collection of colorful outcasts until someone leaves his former catchers severed hand on his doorstep. Beautiful, hard-living reporter Roxanne Santa Cruz, who keeps a .380 Colt and a bottle of Chivas in her car, joins Stark to help him uncover his friends fate, a dangerous pursuit that pits them against a ruthless gang of drug-dealing killers.

Canal Days calamity

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Blair, Jamie M.,
Publisher Midnight Ink, [2017]
First edition.
viii, 227 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number FIC BLAIR
Summary When a body is discovered behind her sister's shop, Cameron Cripps-Hayman must work fast to solve the murder and save the town's upcoming annual festival.

Dial meow for murder

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Blake, Bethany,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017. ©2017
First Kensington mass market edition.
342 pages ; 18 cm.
Call Number M BLAKE
Summary When the owner of Tinkleston the cat is murdered on the night of a gala fundraiser for Fur-ever Friends Pet Rescue, experienced pet sitter Daphne Templeton, to take the suspicion off of her own mother, must solve this crime before the claws come out once again.

Full bodied murder

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Blum, Christine E.,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp, [2017] ©2017
311 pages ; 18 cm.
Summary As the newest member of the Rose Avenue Wine club, Halsey wants to expand her palate - not solve murders. But when a neighbor is found dead, it's up to her to pair the culprit with a deadly crime... Leaving behind a failed marriage, New Yorker Annie "Halsey" Hall is ready to being the next phase of her life in coastal Southern California. From the moment she arrives at her new digs on cozy Rose Avenue, she looks forward to joining the other neighborhood ladies for their weekly Wine Club gathering. With only a rambunctious yellow lab puppy to keep her company, Halsey could really use a confidant - and a glass or two of her favorite white wine... Unfortunately, she finds nothing but red at the Wine Club meeting - and judging by the dead woman lying face down in the backyard, it's not spilled merlot. Halsey accidentally stumbles into the wrong address at the wrong time, and with suspicions about her past on the rise, she must prove that she isn't a killer. Enlisting the eclectic talents of the Wine Club ladies, Halsey searches for the true criminal at large. But separating friends from foe isn't easy on Rose Avenue, and as she racks up a suspect list, Halsey can't shake the feeling that someone in her inner circle has a taste for murder...

Deadly dance : a novel

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Bonner, Hilary,
Publisher Severn House, 2017. ©2017
First world edition.
249 pages ; 23 cm.
Call Number M BONNER
Summary The discovery of the partially-clothed body of a teenage girl in the heart of Bristol's red light district indicates a tragic yet familiar scenario. But this marks the start of a baffling murder investigation where nothing is as it first appears... Fourteen-year-old Melanie Cooke told her mother she was visiting a school friend. Who was she really going to meet? Detective Inspector David Vogel is led towards three very different principal protagonists, each of whom grows increasingly chilling. But are they what they seem? And is any one of them capable of murder? A darkly complex secret lies behind Melanie's death -- and its ultimate revelation will shock Vogel and his team to the core.

Missing persons

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Brandman, Michael,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, Inc., 2017. ©2017
First edition.
259 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary Introducing Buddy Steel, LAPD homicide detective whose father, Burton Steel, sheriff in the town of Freedom, a nearby privileged community falls ill with Lou Gehrig's disease. Returning home, Buddy learns that a world-renowed broadcast minister's wife has gone missing. Following leads, Buddy finds a link to complex web of twisted families, con artists, corrupt public officials, violent enforcers, and a femme fatale.

The plot is murder

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Burns, V. M.,
Publisher Kensington Books, [2017]
248 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number FIC BURNS, V.M.
Summary When a shady realtor turns up dead in her backyard, bookshop owner Samantha Washington investigates with the help of her feisty grandmother and an enthusiastic ensemble of colorful retirees.

Full curl : a Jenny Willson mystery

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Butler, Dave, 1958-
Publisher Dundurn, [2017] ©2017
372 pages ; 21 cm.
Summary "Jenny Willson is a hard-edged, caustic-witted warden from Banff National Park who considers poachers and ladder-climbing bureaucrats equally repulsive and worthy of the same painful fate. Does keeping her promise to protect her park from them mean crossing lines and putting her career at risk? When Willson discovers animals disappearing from Canada's mountain parks, she begins a complex investigation that follows a trail of deceit, distraction, and murder. With a growing list of victims, animal and human, Willson finds herself in a race for justice that crisscrosses the Canada-U.S. border and pushes Willson to a place she might not be able to come back from"-- Provided by publisher.

Of murder and men

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Cahoon, Lynn,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington mass market edition.
307 pages ; 18 cm.
Call Number M CAHOON

Knit to kill

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Canadeo, Anne, 1955-
Publisher Kenningston Books, 2017.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
248 pages ; 22 cm.

Eaves of destruction

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Carlisle, Kate, 1951-
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
295 pages ; 18 cm.
Summary At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California's premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly ... Shannon is in high demand among rival homeowners, who will do anything to win Best in Show. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbors, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Thanks to several new hires, Shannon is sure she can handle the extra load--until murder throws a wrench in the works. The small town's corrupt building inspector is found dead on one of Shannon's jobsites, and soon plenty of suspects are coming out of the woodwork. When another body is discovered, Shannon calls on her team of close friends and devilishly astute thriller writer Mac to help her nail down the details and build a case against the killer before the door shuts on someone else--for good.

Let the dead bury the dead : a Christopher Worthy / Father Fortis mystery

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Carlson, David, 1947-
Publisher Coffee Town Press, [2017] ©2017
197 pages ; 23 cm.
Call Number M CARLSON
Summary "A priest is found brutally strangled before the altar of Detroit's St. Cosmas Greek Orthodox Church. The captain of the Detroit Police assigns her star detective Christopher Worthy to the case, knowing that the interim priest is Worthy's close friend Father Fortis. Worthy's new partner Henderson believes Father Spiro surprised a local thug in the act of stealing a silver altarpiece. This simple solution doesn't sit right with Detective Worthy and Father Fortis. Small clues have led them to believe the killer is connected to the church. Father Spiro had recently befriended a rabbi. During the final service he led before he died, why did he falter? Was he drifting into senility or simply distracted? Was he hiding a crisis of faith? To find Father Spiro's killer, Detective Worthy and Father Fortis will have to work together to blend in and observe the priest's inner circle. Time is a luxury Worthy doesn't have. His partner's behavior is erratic, his captain is breathing down his neck, and his troubled daughter Alison is finally reaching out. Then there is the beautiful reporter who is slamming him in print, payback for being kept at arm's length. As the case grows colder, Fortis and Worthy worry that the culprit has committed the perfect crime. Yet as they get closer to the truth, neither is prepared for evil that threatens them both." -- back cover