New Mystery Fiction

Whispers of warning

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 06:19
by Estevao, Jessica
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
323 pages ; 20 cm.
Books
Call Number M EST
Summary "Ruby Proulx's new life in Orchard Beach, Maine, faces some sinister complications in the next Change of Fortune Mystery by Jessica Estevao. "Free from the clutches of her con artist father, Ruby Proulx is starting to settle in at the Belden, her aunt Honoria's seaside hotel. She loves finally being rooted in one place and also feels a sense of purpose as she helps Honoria keep her business afloat by acting as a psychic medium for the hotel's metaphysically inclined guests. When one of the guests, renowned Spiritualist and outspoken suffragist, Sophronia Foster Eldridge checks into the hotel for a monthlong stay, Ruby finds her sense of purpose expands outside the confines of home and family. Sophronia takes Ruby under her wing and mentors her in the mediumistic abilities, encouraging her to fight for women's rights. But not everyone is as happy with Sophronia's appearance in Old Orchard. When a dangerous act of sabotage is carried out and a body is found floating in the pool of a local bathhouse, Ruby takes it upon herself to find answers--and in the process learns that her new friend has been hiding some deadly secrets of her own."--

Lost luggage

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 06:19
by Thomas, Wendall,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
First edition.
249 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M THO
Summary "Cyd Redondo, a young, third-generation Brooklyn travel agent who specializes in senior citizens, has never ventured farther than New Jersey. Yet even Jersey proves risky when her Travel Agents' Convention fling, Roger Claymore, leaves her weak in the knees--and everywhere else--then sneaks out of her Atlantic City hotel room at three a.m. Back in Brooklyn, when she reads about smugglers stopped at JFK with skinks in their socks or monkeys down their pants, she never imagines she will join their ranks. But days after the pet store owner next door to Redondo Travel is poisoned, Cyd wins a free safari. Her boss, Uncle Ray, wants to cash it in for computers, but Cyd is determined to go. When Roger turns up at the Redondo clan's door, Cyd invites him along as her "plus one." And just like that she is thrown heels-first into the bizarre and sinister world of international animal smuggling"--

The liar in the library : a Fethering mystery

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:17
by Brett, Simon,
Publisher Crème de la Crime, 2017.
First world editiion.
183 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M BRE
Summary "When a talk by successful author Burton St Clair at Fethering Library ends in sudden, violent death, Jude finds herself the prime suspect in the ensuing murder investigation. She must enlist the help of her neighbour Carole not just to solve the crime, but to prove she didn't commit it"--Publisher's description.

Pulse

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:17
by Francis, Felix,
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
375 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M FRA
Summary "A smartly dressed man has been found unconscious at the local racecourse and is rushed to the hospital, where he subsequently dies. But who is he? Where does he come from? He had no form of identification on him, and no one claims the body. Doctor Chris Rankin, a specialist who treated the deceased--and who struggles with mental health issues--is intrigued by the nameless dead man, obsessed even, and starts asking questions. However, someone doesn't want the questions answered and will go to any lengths to prevent it, including an attempted murder. But when no one will believe that someone tried to kill Chris, the doctor is left with no option but to discover who the nameless man was and why he died. preferably before following him into an early grave"--

Righteous : an IQ novel

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:17
by Ide, Joe
Publisher Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
First edition.
330 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F IDE
Summary "Isaiah Quintabe has, against many odds, built a proper life for himself: a respected detective in his hometown of East Long Beach, a well-kept home, a growing library, and even a rehabilitated horse-sized pit bull (courtesy of his previous client). But something is wrong: the death of his older brother nearly a decade ago has sent him down a dark path, one that he's never truly been able to escape. RIGHTEOUS is the story of Isaiah's investigation of his brother's death, a quest that will lead him to his greatest adversary, a man who may be IQ's own Moriarty. RIGHTEOUS is also the story of Sarita, Isaiah's older brother's girlfriend, for whom Isaiah feels a lasting, troubling love. Sarita's younger sister, an erratic DJ and gambling addict, has gone missing in Las Vegas, with a frightening bookie, Chinese Triad gangsters, and her own deadbeat boyfriend hot on her tail. On the case once more with Dodson, Isaiah's fast-talking, don't-call-me-a-sidekick partner, mayhem is sure to ensue. With gun battles, car chases, and twice as many mental puzzles as before, RIGHTEOUS is a rollicking, ingenious, and thrilling roller coaster ride. It swerves from the streets of South Central to the hotels of Beverly Hills, from the casinos and massage parlors of Las Vegas to the mountains of the desert Southwest. IQ is back, and he's badder than ever"--

Killer look

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 18:08
by Fairstein, Linda A.,
Publisher Dutton, [2016]
383 pages : map ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M FAI
Summary "New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world, well-known for its glamor and style. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the runway, where American haute couture continually astounds with its creativity, daring, and innovation in the name of beauty. Yet high fashion means high stakes, as Alex Cooper quickly discovers when businessman and designer Wolf Savage is found dead in an apparent suicide, mere days before the biggest show of his career. When the man's daughter insists Savage's death was murder, the case becomes more than a media sensation: It is a race to find a killer in a world created entirely out of fantasy and illusion. With her own job at the DA's office in jeopardy, and the temptation to self-medicate her PTSD with alcohol almost too strong to resist, Alex is not anyone's first choice for help. But she is determined to uncover the grime--and the possible homicide--beneath the glitz. Along with detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, Alex must penetrate the twisted roots and mixed motives among the high-profile players in the Garment District. The investigation takes the trio from the missing money in Wolf Savage's international fashion house to his own recovery from addiction; from the role of Louisiana Voodoo in his life to his excessive womanizing; and to the family secrets he kept so well-hidden, even from those closest to him--just as things are about to get deadly on the catwalk"--

Beyond Absolution

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 14:57
by Harrison, Cora,
Publisher Severn House Publishers, 2017.
First world edition.
249 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M HAR
Summary "Reverend Mother Aquinas must discover who murdered a much-loved priest in the third of this compelling new Irish historical mystery series. Ireland. 1925. Pierced through to the brain, the dead body of the priest was found wedged into the small, dark confessional cubicle. Loved by all, Father Dominic had lent a listening ear to sinners of all kinds: gunmen and policemen; prostitutes and nuns; prosperous businessmen and petty swindlers; tradesmen and thieves. But who knelt behind the metal grid and inserted a deadly weapon into that listening ear? The Reverend Mother Aquinas can do nothing for Father Dominic, but for the sake of his brother, her old friend Father Lawrence, she is determined to find out who killed him, and why"--Publisher description.

Take out

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 14:57
by Maron, Margaret,
Publisher Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
First Edition.
310 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M MAR
Summary Sigrid is still reeling from the untimely death of her lover, acclaimed painter Oscar Nauman, when she is called to investigate the deaths of two homeless men in the West Village. The police at first assume an overdose, until they realize that one of the men shows no signs of drug use. Then when containers of poisoned takeout food are found nearby, Sigrid's case is suddenly much more complicated. As Sigrid investigates, she uncovers an intriguing neighborhood history: a haughty mafia widow and her disgraced godson, a retired opera star with dark secrets, an unsolved hit-and-run, and the possible discovery of a long-missing painting that will rock the art world. Soon the case is fraught with myriad suspects and motives. Who killed the two homeless men, and why? And which one was the intended victim? Or was the poisoned food meant for someone else entirely? Throwing herself into the murder investigation to distract herself from her personal grief, Sigrid still can't stop wondering what led Nauman across the country to the winding mountain road that took his life. Until she meets a man who may hold the answers she seeks...

Old scores

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 05:57
by Thomas, Will, 1958-
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
294 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F THO
Summary "In 1890, the first Japanese diplomatic delegation arrives in London to open an embassy. Cyrus Barker, private enquiry agent and occasional agent for the Foreign Service Office, is enlisted to display his personal Japanese garden to the visiting dignitaries. Later that night, Ambassador Toda is shot and killed in his office and Cyrus Barker is discovered across the street, watching the very same office, in possession of a revolver with one spent cartridge. Arrested by the Special Branch for the crime, Barker is vigorously interrogated and finally released due to the intervention of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, and his solicitor. With the London constabulary still convinced of his guilt, Barker is hired by the new Japanese ambassador to find the real murderer. In a case that takes leads Barker and Llewelyn deep into parts of London's underworld, on paths that lead deep into Barker's own mysterious personal history, Old Scores is the finest yet in Will Thomas's critically acclaimed series"--

Survival of the fritters

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 02:56
by Bolton, Ginger,
Publisher Kensington Books, [2018]
313 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M BOL
Summary Emily Westhill runs the best donut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, alongside her retired police chief father-in-law and her tabby Deputy Donut. But after murder claims a favorite customer, Emily can't rely on a sidekick to solve the crime--or stay alive.

Force of nature

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 02:56
by Harper, Jane (Jane Elizabeth),
Publisher Flatiron Books, 2018. ©2017
First U.S. edition.
326 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M HAR
Summary When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?

Desert remains : a Gus Parker and Alex Mills novel

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 11:51
by Cooper, Steven, 1961-
Publisher Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2017.
400 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M COO
Summary "Someone is filling the desert caves around Phoenix with bodies--a madman who, in a taunting ritual, is leaving behind a record of his crimes etched into the stone. With no leads and no suspects, Detective Alex Mills sees a case spinning out of control. City leaders want the case solved yesterday, and another detective wants to elbow Mills out of the way. As the body count rises, Mills turns to Gus Parker, an "intuitive medium" whose murky visions sometimes point to real clues. It's an unorthodox approach, but Mills is desperate. When Parker is brought to the crime scenes, he sees visions of a house on fire and a screaming child. But what does it mean? He struggles to interpret his psychic messages, knowing that the killer is one step ahead and that in this vast desert, the next murder could happen anywhere. Nor does it help that he's always been unlucky in love and now finds himself the prey of a lovelorn stalker. She is throwing him off his game. Someone will win this contest, and both Parker and Mills fear it will be the cunning, ruthless killer, who is able to use the trackless landscape as a cover for his brutal crimes"--

The dark lake

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 08:49
by Bailey, Sarah (Australian author),
Publisher Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
First U.S. hardcover edition.
xii, 384 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F BAI
Summary The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind's student years and then again when she returned to teach drama. As much as Rosalind's life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town's richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her? Rosalind's enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets--an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not stay in the past.

Forty dead men

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 05:49
by Casey, Donis,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2018. ©2018
First edition.
206 pages : illustration, maps ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M CAS

Seven dead

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 05:49
by Farjeon, J. Jefferson (Joseph Jefferson), 1883-1955.
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2018.
First US trade paperback edition.
233 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M FAR
Summary Ted Lyte, amateur thief, has chosen an isolated house by the coast for his first robbery. But Haven House is no ordinary country home. While hunting for silverware to steal, Ted stumbles upon a locked room containing seven dead bodies. Detective Inspector Kendall takes on the case with the help of passing yachtisman Thomas Hazeldean. The search for the house's absent owners brings Hazeldean across the Channel to Boulogne, where he finds more than one motive to stay and investigate.

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