New Mystery Fiction

Dressed to confess

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Vallere, Diane.
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
x, 290 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number PBK MYS VALLERE, DIANE

Fire and ashes

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Viets, Elaine, 1950-
Publisher Thomas & Mercer, [2017] ©2017
271 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M VIETS
Summary In the exclusive, gated enclave of Olympia Forest Estates, death investigator Angela Richman watches a mansion go up in a fiery blaze. With it, seventy-year-old financier Luther Delor, a drunken, bed-hopping rhinestone cowboy. Embroiled in a bitter divorce, Delor may have scandalized Chouteau Forest, but his murder has united it against the accused: Delor's twenty-year-old girlfriend, Kendra Salvato, an "outsider." With an engagement ring bigger than Chouteau County, she's being railroaded straight to death row as a gold-digging killer. All there is against Kendra is vicious gossip and anti-Mexican rage, and both are spreading like wildfire. Meanwhile, Angela is trying to douse the flames with forensic work that's putting the Forest on edge. After all, facts could implicate one of their own. Now, sifting through the ashes of a vicious crime--and the guilty secrets of the privileged--only Angela can get to the truth, and prevent an innocent woman from getting burned.

The Templars' last secret : a Bruno, Chief of Police novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Walker, Martin, 1947 January 23-
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
First United States edition.
317 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number MYS WAL
Summary "When a woman's body is found at the foot of a cliff near St. Denis, Bruno suspects a connection to the great ruined Château de Commarque, a long-ago Knights Templar stronghold that stands on the cliff above, and which, along with the labyrinth of prehistoric caves beneath it, continues to draw the interest of scholars. With the help of Amelie, a young Haitian newcomer to the Dordogne, Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance, the discovery of which could have dramatic repercussions throughout the Middle East--not to mention in St. Denis. And the woman's ties to Islamic terrorists can only heighten the pressure on Bruno to unravel the centuries-old mystery. Meanwhile, an old flame of Bruno's is assigned to work with him on the case, and the two find time, naturellement, to enjoy the supreme pleasures of the wine, food, and beauty of the Dordogne"--

The coldest fear

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Webb, Debra,
Publisher Mira, [2017]
411 pages ; 20 cm.
Books
Call Number M WEBB

A deeper grave

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Webb, Debra.
Publisher MIRA Books, [2017]
411 pages ; 19 cm.
Books
Call Number M WEBB
Summary "Serial-killer hunter Nick Shade built his legendary career chasing monsters--sadistic criminals with a gruesome thirst for death. When he rescued Montgomery detective Bobbie Gentry from horrific captivity and helped her reclaim her life, he didn't intend to be a hero. Or a target. But now a copycat murderer haunts him, and reuniting with Bobbie is his best chance at neutralizing the threat. Bobbie can't forget the nightmares of her trauma--or the man who saved her. Working with Nick to outmaneuver the person behind a deadly vendetta feeds her hope that there's more to her world than ghosts and destruction. Maybe joining Nick's search for a killer is about gratitude. Maybe it's nothing more than cold revenge. But the only way they can protect themselves is to trust each other"--Page 4 of cover.

Dead reckoning

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Wilson, Glenis,
Publisher Severn House, 2017. ©2017
First world edition.
216 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC WILSON, GLENIS
Summary "Champion jockey Harry Radcliffe is forced to enter another deadly game when he finds the body of local prostitute Alice Goode. The prime suspect for her murder is ex-con Jake Smith. When Jake demands that Harry gets him off the hook by tracking down the real killer, Harry has no choice but to agree, not when the life of his estranged, pregnant wife Annabel is at stake -- as well as his own. As Harry begins to question Alice's former clients, he uncovers some surprising secrets in her past, secrets that link Alice with members of his own family. But when he finds himself used as target practice, it's clear that someone else is equally determined to stop him finding out the truth. Will Harry survive long enough to race ride again? The odds against him are murderously high..." --

The seagull

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:42
by Cleeves, Ann,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
397 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number MYS CLE
Summary An encounter with an old enemy draws Vera into a cold case investigation with ties to her father.

Don't let go

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:42
by Coben, Harlan, 1962-
Publisher Dutton, [2017]
First edition.
vii, 351 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M COB
Summary "With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller. Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon "Nap" Dumas hasn't been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo's girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks -- and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother's death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he's been looking for. When Maura's fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions -- about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana -- whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine"--

Sleep like a baby

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:42
by Harris, Charlaine,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
262 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M HAR
Summary Robin and Aurora's newborn Sophie is proving to be quite a handful. They hire a partially trained nurse, Virginia Mitchell, to come and help the new parents for a few weeks when Robin has to leave town for work and Roe is struck with a bad case of the flu. One particularly stormy night, Roe wakes to hear her daughter crying and Virginia nowhere to be found. Searching for her reveals a body outside . . . but it isn't Virginia's. Now, not only does Roe have a baby to care for but a new puzzle to contend with - who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to Virginia?

This side of murder

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:42
by Huber, Anna Lee,
Publisher Kensington Books, [2017] ©2017
289 pages ; 21 cm.
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Call Number M HUB
Summary Lured to Umbersea Island to attend the engagement party of one of her late husband's fellow officers, Verity mingles among the men her husband once fought beside, and discovers dark secrets--along with a murder clearly meant to conceal them. Relying on little more than a coded letter, the help of a dashing stranger, and her own sharp instincts, Verity is forced down a path she never imagined--and comes face to face with the shattering possibility that her husband may not have been the man she thought he was. It's a truth that could set her free--or draw her ever deeper into his deception...

Trace : a Joe Gunther novel

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:42
by Mayor, Archer,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
vi, 325 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M MAY
Summary The Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) has been pulled onto three cases at the same time; meanwhile, VBI head Joe Gunther has to take time off to care for his ailing mother. Those cases are now in the hands of the individual investigators. Sammie Martens is assigned a murder case. The victim is a young woman, the roommate of the daughter of Medical Examiner Beverly Hillstrom. A recent transplant from Albany, New York, Sammie must find out what put a hit man on the trail of this seemingly innocent young woman. Lester Spinney takes over a famous cold case, a double murder where a state trooper and a motorist were killed in an exchange of gunfire. Or so it has seemed for years. When Lester is told that the motorist's fingerprints were planted on the gun he's supposed to have fired, it opens the question--who really killed the state trooper? Willy Kunkle's case starts with a child's discovery of three teeth on a railroad track, leading eventually to a case of possible sabotage against critical military equipment. In cases that lead the team all over Vermont and nearby, Archer Mayor once again shows why his novels featuring Joe Gunther and the VBI team are among the finest crime fiction today.

Wolf's revenge : a Leo Maxwell mystery

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:42
by Smith, Lachlan,
Publisher Mysterious Press, [2017]
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
249 pages 24 cm
Books
Call Number M SMI

A casualty of war : a Bess Crawford mystery

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:42
by Todd, Charles,
Publisher William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
First edition.
377 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M TOD
Summary Caring for an unstable soldier who believes his distant cousin is responsible for his injuries, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford investigates the patient's claims, only to find herself in unexpected danger.

Mulch ado about murder

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 19:31
by Maxwell, Edith,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017. ©2017
First Kensington hardcover edition.
viii, 273 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M MAX
Summary "It's been a hot, dry spring in Westbury, Massachusetts. As organic farmer Cam Flaherty waits for much-needed rain, storm clouds of mystery begin to gather. Once again, it's time to put away her sun hat and put on her sleuthing cap... May has been anything but merry for Cam so far. Her parents have arrived unexpectedly and her crops are in danger of withering away. But all of that's nothing compared to the grim fate that lies in store for one of her neighbors. Nicole Kingsbury is the proud owner of the town's new hydroponic greenhouse. She claims the process will be 100% organic, but she uses chemicals to feed her crops. To Cam's surprise, her mother embarrasses her by organizing a series of loud public protests against Nicole's operation. When Nicole is found dead in a vat of hydroponic slurry--clutching another set of rosary beads--Detective Pete Pappas has a new murder to solve. Showers may be scarce this spring, but there's no shortage of suspects, including the dead woman's embittered ex husband, the Other Man whose affair ruined their marriage, and Cam's own mother. Lucky for Cam, her father turns out to have a knack for sleuthing--not to mention dealing with chickens. Will he and Cam be able to clear Mrs. Flaherty's name before the killer strikes again?"--Dust jacket flap.

Beneath the Wake.

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:15
by Pennie, Ross.
Publisher ECW Press, 2017.
288 pages 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M PEN
Summary "Epidemic investigator Dr. Zol Szabo hopes an extended cruise on the Indian Ocean with his girlfriend and his son will salve the wounds of the rough times they've been weathering at home. As they set sail coddled in unaccustomed luxury on the Coral Dynasty, things below deck are a little less sunny for the ship's physician. Dr. Noah Ferguson reckons that bandaging the wounds of the crew's seedy missteps is just part of a job that comes with a fair share of loneliness, but he's increasingly frustrated that the most rewarding aspect of his practice must remain unspoken. When a mysterious microbe cuts a lethal swath through the crew's quarters, Noah enlists a reluctant Zol, who must put his vacation on hold to investigate the illness before it consumes everyone on board. As the body count climbs, it becomes apparent that everybody carries a secret in international waters. Miles from land, the captain makes the rules, and anything inconvenient gets tossed overboard to disappear beneath the wake."--

Aunt Dimity and the widow's curse

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 04:13
by Atherton, Nancy,
Publisher Viking, [2017]
227 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M ATH
Summary "Nancy Atherton's twenty-second cozy mystery in the beloved, nationally bestselling Aunt Dimity series. It's early April in the small English village of Finch. Lori Shepherd's husband and sons are spending Easter break camping, and Lori is perfectly happy to be left at home with Bess, spared a week of roughing it with a curious toddler. The two attend a village events committee meeting and Lori is astonished when the elderly, soft-spoken widow Mrs. Annabelle Craven stands to make an announcement: she's decided to hold a quilting bee in the old schoolhouse. At the quilting bee, Lori ends up seated beside Mrs. Craven, delighted at the opportunity to learn more about her neighbor's life in the village of Old Cowerton. But dear, sweet Mrs. Craven's stories reveal a startling secret about her first husband's death. With Aunt Dimity's advice, Lori sets out to learn the truth about what the residents of Old Cowerton refer to as the "widow's curse"--And the deeper she digs, the more horrifying the tale becomes, until she discovers the most astounding revelation of all"--

A hiss before dying : a Mrs. Murphy mystery

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 04:13
by Brown, Rita Mae,
Publisher Bantam Books, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
xvii, 350 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M BRO
Summary "Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown are back chasing mystery with their unique circle of Southern sleuths. And though the changing colors of fall are a beauty to behold, this year the scattered leaves hide a grim surprise. Autumn is in the air in the Blue Ridge Mountain community of Crozet, Virginia--and all the traditions of the changing seasons are under way. Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen cleans her cupboards, her husband, Fair, prepares the horses for the shorter days ahead, and the clamorous barking of beagles signals the annual rabbit chase through the central Virginia hills. But the last thing the local beaglers and their hounds expect to flush out is a dead body. Disturbingly, it's the second corpse to turn up, after that of a missing truck driver too disfigured to identify. The deaths seem unrelated--until Harry picks up a trail of clues dating back to the state's post-Revolutionary past. The echoes of the Shot Heard Round the World pale in comparison to the dangerous shootout Harry narrowly escapes unscathed. Next time, it may be the killer who gets lucky. But not if Harry's furry friends Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker can help it. Lending their sharp-nosed talents to the hunt, they'll help their mistress keep more lives from being lost--and right an injustice buried since the early days of America's independence"--

The chalk pit : a Ruth Galloway mystery

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 04:13
by Griffiths, Elly,
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017] ©2017
First U.S. edition.
viii, 360 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M GRI
Summary "Norwich is riddled with old chalk-mining tunnels, but no one's sure exactly how many. When Ruth is called in to investigate a set of human remains found in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent, a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more, she finds herself at the helm of a murder investigation. Meanwhile, DCI Nelson is hunting for a missing homeless woman, Barbara, who he hears has gone "underground." Could she have disappeared into the labyrinth? And if so, is she connected to the body Ruth found? As Ruth, Nelson, and the rest of their team investigate the tunnels, they hear rumors of secret societies, cannibalism, and ritual killings. When a dead body is found with a map that appears to be of The Underground, they realize their quest to find the killer has only just begun--and that there may be more bodies underfoot" --

Beyond reason

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 04:13
by Martin, Kat,
Publisher Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017] ©2017
395 pages ; 18 cm.
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Call Number M MAR
Summary Five weeks ago Carly Drake stood at her grandfather's grave. Now she's burying Drake Trucking's top driver, and the cops have no leads on the hijacking or murder. Faced with bankruptcy, phone threats and the fear of failure, Carly has to team up with the last man she wants to owe--Lincoln Cain. Cain is magnetic, powerful, controlling--and hiding more than one secret. He promised Carly's granddad he'd protect her. The old man took a chance on him when he was nothing but a kid with a record, and now he's the multi-millionaire owner of a rival firm. But Linc's money can't protect Carly from the men who'll do anything to shut her down, or the secrets behind Drake Trucking. If she won't sell out, the only way to keep her safe is to keep her close--and fight like hell.

Lies that bind : an Alex Duggins mystery

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:01
by Cameron, Stella,
Publisher Crème de la Crime, 2017.
First world edition.
233 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number F CAM
Summary When a body is discovered in the neighboring village of Underhill, Alex Duggins, owner of Folly-on-Weir's premier pub, The Black Dog, is determined not to get involved--for once. But when she learns that the person who found the body was young Kyle Gammage, who helps out at her friend Tony's veterinary clinic, she and Tony are reluctantly drawn into the murder investigation. In her desire to protect Kyle and his elder brother Scoot, Alex finds herself withholding vital information from the police. It's a misjudgement that will have far-reaching -- and possibly fatal -- consequences. Her relationship with Tony under strain, has Alex's silence put her and those she loves in danger?

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