New Mystery Fiction

Phoenix burning

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 03:49
by Maldonado, Isabella, 1965-
Publisher Midnight Ink, [2018]
First edition.
326 pages 20 cm.
Books
Call Number M MAL

The irregular

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:43
by Lyle, H. B.,
Publisher Quercus, 2017.
First edtion.
294 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M LYL
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"--

Lethal in old lace : a consignment shop mystery

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 03:43
by Brown, Duffy,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2018. ©2018
295 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M BRO
Summary There are two social functions in Savannah guaranteed to get people talking: weddings and funerals. And just as consignment shop owner Reagan Summerside agrees to marry the hunky Walker Boone, her neighbors, sisters Annie Fritz and Elsie Abbot, step up their business as professional mourners. They are so successful that the Sleepy Pines Retirement Center has hired them as a part of their retirement package. But the celebration over good business is cut short when the residents at Pines suddenly begin dying at an alarming rate. And the sisters are the first suspects.

Plum tea crazy

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 03:43
by Childs, Laura,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2018. ©2018
First Edition.
327 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M CHI
Summary "While viewing the harbor's Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow's walk of Timothy Neville's Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it's discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow. At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner-- all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts"--

Kill the angel : a novel

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 03:43
by Dazieri, Sandrone, 1964-
Publisher Scribner, [2018]
First Scribner hardcover edition.
452 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M DAZ
Summary "From the wildly inventive mind of thriller master Sandrone Dazieri, whose first novel featuring investigators Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre, Kill the Father, was an international bestseller, comes the ingenious second novel in the series, Kill the Angel. In Rome, a high-speed train hurtles into the city's main station with a carriage full of dead bodies, the macabre discovery of which falls to Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli. Subsequently, the police receive a claim of responsibility and the threat of more murders to come. But neither Caselli nor her eccentrically brilliant ally, Dante Torre, are yet ready to buy the terrorist link. As the two maverick investigators puncture the facade of what the perpetrator wants everyone to believe, they come close to dying several times. Not for the first time, Dante's bizarre childhood, during which he was kept confined for years in a concrete silo, enables him to see what others miss, and in this case, to connect with a kindred spirit of sorts, a woman named Giltine who experienced an equally bizarre childhood from which she emerged damaged, lethal, and full of murderous intent. Adding to Giltine's eerie fierceness is that, as the victim of a rare mental illness, she believes she's already dead. She's unacquainted with fear. And that makes her the most formidable foe Colomba and Dante have faced yet. As the story climaxes, the duo finds themselves utterly on their own, on the outs with law enforcement and the only ones with a chance to make sure the waters of Venice don't turn red with blood"--

The last equation of Isaac Severy : a novel in clues

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 03:43
by Jacobs, Nova,
Publisher Touchstone, 2018.
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
x, 337 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M JAC
Summary "The Family Fang meets The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry in this literary mystery about a struggling bookseller whose recently deceased grandfather, a famed mathematician, left behind a dangerous equation for her to track down--and protect--before others can get their hands on it. Just days after mathematician and family patriarch Isaac Severy dies of an apparent suicide, his adopted granddaughter Hazel, owner of a struggling Seattle bookstore, receives a letter from him by mail. In it, Isaac alludes to a secretive organization that is after his final bombshell equation, and he charges Hazel with safely delivering it to a trusted colleague. But first, she must find where the equation is hidden. While in Los Angeles for Isaac's funeral, Hazel realizes she's not the only one searching for his life's work, and that the equation's implications have potentially disastrous consequences for the extended Severy family, a group of dysfunctional geniuses unmoored by the sudden death of their patriarch. As agents of an enigmatic company shadow Isaac's favorite son--a theoretical physicist--and a long-lost cousin mysteriously reappears in Los Angeles, the equation slips further from Hazel's grasp. She must unravel a series of maddening clues hidden by Isaac inside one of her favorite novels, drawing her ever closer to his mathematical treasure. But when her efforts fall short, she is forced to enlist the help of those with questionable motives"--

Zack : a thriller

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 03:43
by Kallentoft, Mons, 1968-
Publisher Emily Bestler Books / Washington Square Press, 2018.
First Emily Bestler Books/Washington Square Press trade paperback edition.
467 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M KAL
Summary "Zack Herry is the golden boy who has stumbled into a career in the Stockholm police force. But when four Thai women from a massage parlor in Stockholm are found brutally executed and a fifth badly mutilated, then dumped outside a nearby hospital, Zack must get his act together and try to figure out the motives behind these vicious murders"--

Closer than you know : a novel

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 03:43
by Parks, Brad, 1974-
Publisher Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018] ©2018
First edition.
402 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M PAR
Summary Disaster, Melanie Barrick was once told, is always closer than you know. It was a lesson she learned the hard way growing up in the constant upheaval of foster care. But now that she's survived into adulthood-- with a loving husband, a steady job, and a beautiful baby boy named Alex-- she thought that turmoil was behind her. Until one Tuesday evening when she goes to pick up Alex from childcare only to discover he's been removed by Social Services. And no one will say why. It's a terrifying scenario for any parent, but doubly so for Melanie, who knows the unintended horrors of what everyone coldly calls "the system." Her nightmare mushrooms when she arrives home to learn her house has been raided by sheriff's deputies, who have found enough cocaine to send Melanie to prison for years. The evidence against her is overwhelming, and if Melanie can't prove her innocence, she'll lose Alex forever. Meanwhile, assistant commonwealth's attorney Amy Kaye-- who has been assigned Melanie's case-- has her own troubles. She's been dogged by a cold case no one wants her to pursue: a serial rapist who has avoided detection by wearing a mask and whispering his commands. Over the years, he has victimized dozens of women. Including Melanie. Yet now her attacker might be the key to her salvation ... or her undoing.

The bags of tricks affair : a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 03:43
by Pronzini, Bill,
Publisher Forge, 2018. ©2018
First Edition.
254 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M PRO
Summary With two con games being run by two deadly villains, Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon are forced to split up, but when Sabina's life is in danger, John realizes just how much she means to him.

Mrs. Jeffries and the three wise women

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 09:38
by Brightwell, Emily,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
282 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M BRI
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, 03/05/2018 - 09:38
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 California's 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 Francisco's 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 Bart's apprehension a matter of personal as well as professional interest.

Unquiet spirits : a Sherlock Holmes adventure

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 09:38
by MacBird, Bonnie,
Publisher Collins Crime Club, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2017. ©2017
xiii, 497 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number F MAC
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, 03/05/2018 - 09:38
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.

Santa Fe mourning : a Santa Fe revival mystery

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 03:37
by Allen, Amanda,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2018. ©2018
First edition.
298 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number XX(1667270.3)
Summary Madeline Vaughn-Alwin's picture-perfect life fades to gray when her childhood sweetheart perishes in the Great War. The aspiring painter leaves her wealthy New York family behind to travel across the country and start over in California. But when Maddie reaches Santa Fe, New Mexico, she halts her westward journey, certain she's found her new home amid the striking scenery and inspiring artistic community.

Death by chocolate cherry cheesecake

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 03:37
by Graves, Sarah, 1951-
Publisher Kensington Books, 2018.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
282 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number MYS GRA
Summary After Jake and Ellie open up a waterfront bake shop, a health inspector's murder casts suspicion on Ellie, so it's up to Jake to catch the real killer.

A whisper of bones

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 03:37
by Hart, Ellen,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2018.
First edition.
viii, 304 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M HAR
Summary "Fans of Jane Lawless new and old will be fascinated by newly minted Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Ellen Hart's latest intricate puzzle in A Whisper of Bones. Britt Ickles doesn't remember much from her only visit to her mother's childhood home when she was a kid, except for playing with her cousin Timmy and the eruption of a sudden family feud. That's why, when she drops by unannounced after years of silence, she's shocked when her aunts tell her Timmy never existed, that she must be confusing him with someone else. But Britt can't shake the feeling that Timmy did exist...and that something horrible has happened to him. Something her aunts want to cover up. Britt hires Jane Lawless, hoping the private investigator can figure out what really happened to her cousin. When a fire in the family's garage leads to the discovery of buried bones and one of the aunts dies suddenly and suspiciously, Jane can't help but be pulled into the case. Do the bones belong to Timmy? Was the aunt's death an accident, suicide, or homicide? What dark secret has this family been hiding for decades? It all depends on Jane Lawless to unravel"--

The liar's girl

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 03:37
by Howard, Catherine Ryan,
Publisher Blackstone Publishing, 2018.
First U.S. edition.
330 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M HOW
Summary Will Hurley was an attractive, charming, and impressive student at Dublin's elite St. John's College--and Ireland's most prolific serial killer. He stalked and drowned his five young victims in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal, and is currently serving a life sentence in the city's Central Psychiatric Hospital. Alison Smith's world imploded when Liz, her best friend, became the victim of the Canal Killer--and then her boyfriend Will confessed. Alison fled to the Netherlands and, in ten years, has never once looked back. When a young woman's body is found in the Grand Canal, Garda detectives visit Will to see if he can assist them in solving what looks like a copycat killing. Instead, Will tells them he has something new to confess--but there's only one person he's prepared to confess it to. Reluctantly Alison is pulled back into the past she's worked so hard to leave behind, only to discover that, until now, Will has left out the worst part of all.

Claws for concern : a cat in the stacks mystery

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 03:37
by James, Miranda,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2018.
First edition.
277 pages : 24 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC JAMES, MIRANDA
Summary "Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are embroiled in a new mystery when a cold case suddenly heats up in the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series. Charlie Harris has been enjoying some peace and quiet with his new grandson when a mysterious man with a connection to an unsolved murder starts visiting the library"--

I'll keep you safe

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 03:37
by May, Peter, 1951-
Publisher Quercus, 2018.
xii, 366 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number MYS MAY
Summary A thriller that alternates between the glamorous fashion world of Paris and the rugged beauty of the Isle of Harris in the Scottish Hebrides. When a fabric entrepreneur is killed in a car explosion in Paris, Niamh, his wife and business partner, becomes the prime suspect. The Parisian police continue to hound her when she returns to Harris to bury her husband's remains. After an attempt is made on her life, Niamh has to wonder if the motive is simply money, or something far more personal.

The legacy

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 03:37
by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2018.
First U.S. edition.
455 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number FIC YRSA SIGURDARDOTTIR
Summary The Legacy is the first installment in a fantastic new series featuring the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar. The only person who might have the answers to a baffling murder case is the victim's seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she's not talking. Newly-promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja for her expertise with traumatized young people.

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