New Mystery Fiction

The widows of Malabar Hill

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 00:38
by Massey, Sujata,
Publisher Soho Crime, [2018]
385 pages : map ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M MAS
Summary "Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's legal rights. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on if they forfeit what their husband left them? Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X--meaning she probably couldn't even read the document. The Farid widows live in full purdah--in strict seclusion, never leaving the women's quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger. Inspired in part by a real woman who made history by becoming India's first female lawyer, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth, Perveen Mistry"--

Rose Gold : an Easy Rawlins mystery

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 00:38
by Mosley, Walter
Publisher Doubleday, [2014]
First edition.
308 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M MOS
Summary When a boxer-turned-revolutionary kidnaps the daughter of a weapons manufacturer and threatens to publicly execute her in exchange for a lucrative ransom, Easy Rawlins is tapped by the LAPD to make a difficult border crossing to navigate an ensuing standoff.

Down the river unto the sea

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 00:38
by Mosley, Walter,
Publisher Mullholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
First edition.
322 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M MOS
Summary After serving time in Rikers Island solitary for assault, Joe King Oliver, who is an ex-NYPD investigator working as a private detective, receives a note from a woman who admits she was paid to frame him, compelling him to investigate.

Speak for the dead : a John Santana novel

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 00:38
by Valen, Christopher,
Publisher Conquill Press, [2017] ©2017
1st edition.
359 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M VAL
Summary The brutal murders of two young women in the caves along the Mississippi River pull St. Paul Homicide Detective John Santana into a case with all the telltale signs of a serial killer. Except that one of the victims doesn't fit. Santana's search for answers unearths connections between the first victim, an NTSB accident investigator, and the crash of an airliner off the California coast. He soon finds himself embroiled in a complex investigation that takes him from St. Paul, Minnesota to Washington DC and ultimately to Colombia in a race to thwart a dangerous technology that could cause a global economic meltdown. In a case fraught with internal and external politics, Santana must speak for the dead, while trying to finally make peace with the past.

The policeman's daughter

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 21:36
by Boyce, Trudy Nan,
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
336 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M BOY
Summary A prequel to the Detective Salt series recounts the story behind the case that earned Salt her promotion to homicide, describing her early career work as a beat cop in Atlanta's most at-risk housing project, where a cast of misfits and criminals have a profound impact on her later cases.

The magic chair murder

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 21:36
by Janes, Diane,
Publisher Severn House, 2017.
First world edition.
215 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M JAN
Summary Introducing amateur sleuths Frances Black and Tom Dod in the first of an intriguing new historical mystery series. The night before she's due to make a speech to the Robert Barnaby Society on the subject of the famous writer's 'magic chair', committee member Linda Dexter disappears. When her body is discovered two days later, fellow members Frances Black and Tom Dod determine to find out the truth about her death. Does the answer lie in the dead woman's past?

Murder in an Irish churchyard

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 21:36
by O'Connor, Carlene,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2018.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
325 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M OCO
Summary Siobhán is now Garda O'Sullivan, and her five siblings couldn't be prouder. When the local priest summons her to the church cemetery, it seems there's a dead man in the graveyard-- aboveground. He lies shot on a blanket of freshly fallen snow. Is he the American tourist in town searching for his Irish ancestor? Detective sergeant Macdara Flannery is dispatched from Dublin, and they learn the victim was from Dublin-- Ohio, that is. As long-buried secrets are unearthed, Siobhán and Macdara will need to stay two steps ahead of the killer or end up with more than one foot in the grave.

Beyond the truth

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 12:12
by Holt, Anne, 1958-
Publisher Scribner, 2016. ©2016
First Scribner hardcover edition.
307 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M HOL
Summary Investigating the Christmas-season murders of four people in the luxurious home of one of Oslo's wealthiest families, Norwegian Police Chief Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen risks everything to identify a mysterious victim and his reason for being among the others.

Time of death : a Stillwater General mystery

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 12:12
by Kerr, Lucy,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2016. ©2016
First edition.
327 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M KER
Summary "It's been twelve years since ER nurse Frankie Stapleton fled the quiet banks of Stillwater, but with her sister's pregnancy taking a dangerous turn and a string of failed relationships in Chicago hanging over her, Frankie is back--and hoping to put the past behind her. Within minutes of arriving at Stillwater General Hospital however, she ends up saving a man's life, only to have him turn up dead hours later-- and the hospital blames Frankie. Her instincts say Clem Jensen didn't die of natural causes, but the more she digs, the more she discovers too many suspects, a few surprising allies, and some hard truths about the first man she ever loved and left. Now the boy she once knew is a skeptical sheriff's deputy, her family's hardware store is in jeopardy, and the rift between Frankie and her loved ones is deeper than ever. With her career and future on life support, Frankie must catch a killer, clear her name, and heal the wounds of the past in Lucy Kerr's enthralling mystery debut"--Amazon.com

Don't turn out the lights

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 12:12
by Minier, Bernard,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2016. ©2014
First U.S. edition.
392 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M MIN
Summary ""You did nothing." Christine Steinmeyer thought the anonymous suicide note she found in her mailbox on Christmas Eve wasn't meant for her. But the man calling in to her radio show seems convinced otherwise. Bit by bit, strange things keep happening ... it's as if someone has taken control of her life. Everything holding Christine's life together crumbles until all that is left is an unimaginable nightmare. Martin Servaz is on leave in a clinic for depressed cops, haunted by his childhood sweetheart Marianne's kidnapping by his nemesis, the psychopath Julian Hirtmann. One day, he receives a key card to a hotel room in the mail--the room where an artist committed suicide a year earlier. Someone wants him to get back to work, which he's more than ready to do, despite his mandatory sick leave ... What if the people closest to us are not what they seem? What happens when someone takes control of your life and your relationships? And what is hiding in the darkness? Don't turn out the lights. If you do, prepare for the worst"--

The midnight line : a Jack Reacher novel

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:06
by Child, Lee
Publisher Delacorte Press, [2017]
First edition.
368 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M CHI
Summary "Reacher rides the bus north from Milwaukee. At a comfort stop in Wisconsin dairy country he takes a stroll. Among the cheap junk in a pawn shop window he notices a West Point class ring for sale. It's tiny. A woman cadet's ring. Why would she pawn it? Reacher knows what Serena Sanderson must have gone through to get it. He fights through a biker gang and a South Dakota gangster, following the trail of the ring to the emptiness of Wyoming, in search of Major Sanderson. Is she OK?"--

The trouble with twelfth grave

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:06
by Jones, Darynda,
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2017.
First edition.
ix, 289 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F JON
Summary Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that's not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings--some corporeal, some not so much--as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she's not uncovering a murder. This time she's covering one up. Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture--the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford--out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican's inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it's time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she's loved for centuries. So the question becomes: Can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she's worked so hard to protect?

The house of unexpected sisters

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:06
by McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
Publisher Pantheon Books, [2017]
First edition.
227 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M MCC
Summary "Precious Ramotswe learns valuable lessons about first impressions and forgiveness in this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: a woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate, but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case. Other surprises await our intrepid proprietress in the course of her inquiries. Mma Ramotswe is puzzled when she happens to hear of a local nurse named Mingie Ramotswe. She thought she knew everybody by the name of Ramotswe, and that they were all related. Who is this mystery lady? Then, she is alerted by Mma Potokwani that an unpleasant figure from her past has recently been spotted in town. Mma Ramotswe does her best to avoid the man, but it seems that he may have returned to Botswana specifically to seek her out. What could he want from her? With the generosity and good humor that guide all her endeavors, Mma Ramotswe will untangle these questions for herself and for her loved ones, ultimately bringing to light important truths about friendship and family--both the one you're born with and the one you choose"--

Even if it kills her : a Bailey Weggins mystery

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:06
by White, Kate, 1950-
Publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First edition.
428 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M WHI

A funeral in Mantova

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:05
by Wagner, David P.,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2018.
First edition.
220 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M WAG
Summary "The body rolled off the planks and slipped into the water with barely a splash, quickly embraced by the steady current flowing toward the city of Mantova. It comes to rest against rocks overlooked by the grim ramparts of Castello di San Giorgio as the river Mincio flows on towards the Po and the Adriatic Sea...Rick Montoya, an American from New Mexico self-employed as a translator in Italy once again puts his linguistic skills to use for the local law in solving a crime." --adapted from Amazon.com.

Foreign bodies

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 08:54
by Edwards, Martin, 1955-
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2018. ©2018
First edition.
252 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M FOR
Summary Today translated crime fiction is in vogue-- but this was not always the case. A century before Scandi noir, writers across Europe and beyond were publishing detective stories of high quality. Often these did not appear in English and they have been known only by a small number of experts. This is the first ever collection of classic crime in translation from the golden age of the genre in the 20th century. Many of these stories are exceptionally rare, and several have been translated for the first time to appear in this volume.

The woman in the water

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 02:46
by Finch, Charles (Charles B.),
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2018.
First edition.
viii, 292 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M FIN
Summary London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective--without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime--and promising to kill again--Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself. The writer's first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islet in the middle of the Thames. With few clues to go on, Lenox endeavors to solve the crime before another innocent life is lost. When the killer's sights are turned toward those whom Lenox holds most dear, the stakes are raised and Lenox is trapped in a desperate game of cat and mouse.

Murder in an English village : a Beryl and Edwina Mystery

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 23:35
by Ellicott, Jessica
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
First Kensington Harcover Edition.
294 pages : 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M ELL
Summary As friends, the boisterous and brash American Beryl couldn't be less alike than the prim and proper British Edwina. But as sleuths in an England recovering from the Great War, they're the perfect match. 1920: Flying in the face of convention, legendary American adventuress Beryl Helliwell never fails to surprise and shock. The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. The humdrum hamlet of Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. And, honestly, until America comes to its senses and repeals Prohibition, Beryl has no intention of returning stateside and subjecting herself to bathtub gin. For over three decades, Edwina Davenport has lived comfortably in Walmsley Parva, but the post-World War I bust has left her in dire financial straits and forced her to advertise for a lodger. When her long-lost school chum Beryl arrives on her doorstep-actually crashes into it in her red motorcar-Edwina welcomes her old friend as her new roommate. But her idyllic hometown has a hidden sinister side, and when the two friends are drawn in, they decide to set up shop as private inquiry agents, helping Edwina to make ends meet and satisfying Beryl's thirst for adventure. Now this odd couple will need to put their heads together to catch a killer-before this sleepy English village becomes their final resting place.

Easy errors : a Posadas County mystery

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 23:35
by Havill, Steven,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
First edition.
250 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M HAV
Summary The 22nd Posadas County Mystery, is a prequel to the prequel of the series, One Perfect Shot. It explores the younger Gastner, introduces Sheriff Eduardo Salcido, and traces the development of series stalwarts. When the first Posadas County mystery, Heartshot, published in 1991, Bill Gastner was the county Undersheriff. Over time Bill became Sheriff, then retired, and Robert Torrez took over the top spot. But what were Torrez's first days as a rookie officer like? Terrible! It's 1986. Undersheriff Bill Gastner is enjoying his usual insomnia alone inside his old adobe when jolted by a horrendous noise. Dreading what he will find, he hastens to the nearby interstate exit where a violent crash has occurred. Not only is the vehicle that struck the support pillars totaled and the driver and a passenger crushed inside, a dead boy has been ejected. As the appalled Gastner recognizes the youth and swings into action, the first deputy to join him at the scene is rookie Robert Torrez, the department's newest hire. Before Gastner can head him off, Torrez sees that the boy is his spirited younger brother. And the girl crushed inside the SUV is a younger sister. The driver of the Suburban, also dead, is the assistant District Attorney's teenaged son. Two local family tragedies. A shaken couple reports that when the Suburban, careening at nearly 100 miles an hour, passed them on the interstate, activity inside hinted at its occupants' panic. Were the three dead kids running from someone-or something-rather than speeding? Further investigation reveals that a fourth teen should have been in the vehicle, but is now missing. Where had the four kids been? And why? It appears they'd lied to their parents. Following his usual meticulous procedure, Gastner traces the vehicle's path to a remote canyon with attractive caves. The discovery he makes there balloons the case and introduces possible murder. Yet with a lack of witnesses hampering Sheriff Salcido, Gastner, Torrez, and other deputies, errors working the case can too easily be made.

Glow of death

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 08:31
by Cleland, Jane K.,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2016.
First edition.
291 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M CLE
Summary After delightedly appraising a genuine Tiffany lamp for a wealthy, Rock Point couple, Josie Prescott is dismayed when the wife is killed and she learns that both the identity of the victim and the story about the lamp were carefully constructed lies. Angry about being deceived, Josie digs for the truth, and discovers the case is far more complicated than she imagined--

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