New Mystery Fiction

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.

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
Books
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.
Books
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.
Books
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
Books
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.

Soul cage

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 22:16
by Honda, Tetsuya, 1969-
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
299 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M HON
Summary "A worker reports his boss missing, and a large amount of blood is found in the rented garage he used. At the same time, a severed left hand is found in a minivan abandoned in the outskirts of Tokyo, which is quickly identified as belonging to this missing man, Kenichi Takaoka. Lt. Reiko Himekawa of the Homicide Division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is assigned to the investigation, along with her squad and several other units. From the amount of blood spilled in the van and at the crime scene, it's clear to the team that the missing contractor Keninichi Takaoka is dead and presumably murdered. But searches of the area around the abandoned van and the river itself fail to turn up the rest of the body. The mystery surrounding the murder takes a sharp turn when a childhood friend of the presumed victim is shown a recent photo and definitively declares that the missing man is not Takaoka. With every line of investigation leading to a confusing dead end, Himekawa and her team uncover a trail leading to a long-running yakuza scheme of forced suicide for profit, a complex history of victims, and a case of past transgressions coming back to destroy the present. As time runs out, Himekawa must unravel the mystery surrounding the severed hand if she's to protect and rescue the next victim"--

A distant view of everything

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 22:16
by McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
Publisher Pantheon Books, [2017]
First United States edition.
240 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M MCC
Summary "A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel Dalhousie and her husband, Jamie--but Isabel's almost four-year-old son, Charlie, is none too keen on his newborn brother. In fact, Charlie refuses to acknowledge Magnus, and Isabel must find a way to impress upon her older son the patience and understanding that have served as guiding principles in her own life. These are, of course, the qualities that bring Rosemary Hipple, an old acquaintance of Isabel's, to seek her help in a tricky situation. Rosemary is something of a matchmaker, and has brought together a cosmetic surgeon and a successful banker at her most recent dinner party. But new information comes to light about the cosmetic surgeon that causes Rosemary to doubt the auspiciousness of the match. Isabel agrees to find out more, but her inquiries takes an unexpected turn, and she starts to wonder which of the two she should be investigating after all. As ever, her intelligence, quick wit, and deep empathy for others will come to her aid as she grapples with the issues that are her bread and butter: friendship and its duties, the obligation of truthfulness, and the importance of perspective"--

Written in blood

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 04:10
by Green, Layton,
Publisher Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books 2017.
pages cm
Books
Call Number M GRE
Summary "Detective Joe "Preach" Everson, a prison chaplain turned police officer, is coming home. After a decade tracking down killers in Atlanta, and with a reputation as one of the finest homicide detectives in the city, his career derailed when he suffered a mental breakdown during the investigation of a serial killer who was targeting children. No sooner does Preach arrive at home in Creekville, North Carolina--a bohemian community near Chapel Hill--than a local bookstore owner is brutally killed, the first murder in a decade. The only officer with homicide experience, Preach is assigned to the case and makes a shocking discovery: the bookstore owner has been murdered in exactly the same manner as the pawnbroker in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. With the help of Ariana Hale, a law student and bibliophile who knew the victim, Preach investigates the local writer's community. As their questions increase, a second body is found, this time eerily resembling the crime scene in a famous Edgar Allan Poe novella. Preach and Ariana realize that their adversary is an intelligent, literate killer with a mind as devious as it is disturbed. And one or both of them may be his next target"-- "A career homicide detective returns to his small hometown and is soon asked to investigate a series of local murders with a perverse literary twist"--

Strange gods : a mystery

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:03
by Alfieri, Annamaria,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2014.
First edition.
viii, 274 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M ALF
Summary "In early 20th century British East Africa, there are rules for the British and different ones for the Africans. Vera McIntosh, the daughter of Scottish missionaries, doesn't feel she belongs to either group; having grown up in Africa, she is not interested in being the well-bred Scottish woman her mother would like her to be. More than anything she dreams of seeing again the handsome police officer she's danced with. But more grisly circumstances bring Justin Tolliver to her family's home. The body of Vera's uncle, Dr. Josiah Pennyman, is found with a tribesman's spear in his back. Tolliver, an idealistic Assistant District Superintendent of Police, is assigned to the case. He first focuses on Gichinga Mbura, a Kikuyu medicine man who has been known to hatefully condemn Pennyman because Pennyman's cures are increasingly preferred over his. But the spear belonged to the Maasai tribe, not Kikuyu, and it's doubtful Mbura would have used it to kill his enemy. Tolliver's superior wants him to arrest the medicine man and be done with it, but Tolliver pleads that he have the chance to prove the man's guilt. With the help of Kwai Libazo, a tribal lieutenant, Tolliver discovers that others had reasons to hate Pennyman as well, and the list of suspects grows. "--

Once burned : a Jack McMorrow mystery

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:03
by Boyle, Gerry, 1956-
Publisher Islandport Press, 2015.
First Islandport edition.
409 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M BOY

Murder on the Mediterranean

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:03
by Campion, Alexander.
Publisher Kensington Books, 2014.
1st Kensington hardcover ed.
309 p. ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M CAM
Summary Even on a well-deserved Mediterranean cruise, murder follows Commissair Capucine Le Tellier.

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