New Mystery Fiction

A study in gold : an Oxford dogwalkers' mystery

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 07:30
by Dalton, Annie,
Publisher Severn House, 2017. ©2017
219 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M DAL
Summary Having reluctantly agreed to make up the numbers at a World War II-themed murder mystery weekend at Mortmead Hall, Anna Hopkins and her fellow dogwalkers, Isadora and Tansy, enjoy themselves far more than they'd expected. Not for long. The weekend's festivities come to an abrupt halt when a body is discovered floating in the ornamental pond. Who was the mysterious woman in the red dress who attended the event without a ticket? As Anna and her friends delve further, they find themselves caught up in a web of intrigue that leads to a lost painting and a devastating wartime secret: a secret that involves Anna's own family. Was her late father really guilty of a monstrous crime.

The color of fear

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 07:30
by Muller, Marcia,
Publisher Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
First edition.
261 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M MUL
Summary When her father is left in a coma by a racially driven beating during the holiday season, private investigator Sharon McCone resolves to bring the attackers to justice, only to find herself targeted by hate-filled, racist threats.

Abracadabra : a novel

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 04:25
by Kranes, David,
Publisher University of Nevada Press, [2018]
241 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number F KRA

On her majesty's frightfully secret service

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:21
by Bowen, Rhys,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
290 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M BOW
Summary "Lady Georgiana Rannoch juggles secret missions from the Queen, Darcy, and her mother. But it's all in a day's work when you're thirty-fifth in line to the British Crown. When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way--my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding. What luck! A chance to see Belinda and please the queen as I seek her permission to relinquish my claim to the throne so I can marry Darcy. Only that's as far as my good fortune takes me. I soon discover that Mummy is attending the villa party and she has her own secret task for me. Then, Darcy shows up and tells me that the fate of a world on the brink of war could very well depend on what I overhear at dinner! I shouldn't be all that surprised when one of my fellow guests is murdered and my Italian holiday becomes a nightmare"--

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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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.
Books
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
Books
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.
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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.
Books
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.

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