New Mystery Fiction

Sidney Chambers and the persistence of love

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:30
by Runcie, James, 1959-
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
344 pages ; 22 cm.
Call Number M RUN
Summary Discovering the body of a man in the Cambridgeshire woods, priest and detective Sidney Chambers immerses himself in the 1970s counterculture of psychedelic plants, while his longtime friend, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating, investigates the disappearance of a historic religious text.

Robert B. Parker's The hangman's sonnet : a Jesse Stone novel

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 03:29
by Coleman, Reed Farrel, 1956-
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017] ©2017
353 pages ; 24 cm.
Call Number M PAR
Summary Jesse Stone, still reeling from the murder of his fiancee by crazed assassin Mr. Peepers, must keep his emotions in check long enough to get through the wedding day of his loyal proťǧ, Suitcase Simpson. The morning of the wedding, Jesse learns that a gala 75th birthday party is to be held for folk singer Terry Jester. Jester, once the equal of Bob Dylan, has spent the last forty years in seclusion after the mysterious disappearance of the master recording tape of his magnum opus, The Hangman's Sonnet. That same morning, an elderly Paradise woman dies while her house is being ransacked. What are the thieves looking for? And what's the connection to Terry Jester and the mysterious missing tape? Jesse's investigation is hampered by hostile politicians and a growing trail of blood and bodies, forcing him to solicit the help of mobster Vinnie Morris and a certain Boston area PI named Spenser. While the town fathers pressure him to avoid a PR nightmare, Jesse must connect the cases before the bodies pile up further"--

The blood card

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 00:26
by Griffiths, Elly,
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. ©2016
First U.S. edition.
372 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number M GRI
Summary "In this nail-biting transatlantic mystery, threat of mass violence looms over Elizabeth II's coronation--can Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto crack the case and save the crown?"--

Proof of life : a J.P. Beaumont novel

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 00:26
by Jance, Judith A.,
Publisher William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
352 pages ; 24 cm.
Call Number M JAN
Summary "Before he retired, J. P. Beaumont had looked forward to having his days all to himself. But too much free time doesn't suit a man used to brushing close to danger. When his longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in whats officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beau is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn't mean it's over. Caught up in a situation where old actions and grudges can hold dangerous consequences in the present, Beau is forced to operate outside the familiar world of law enforcement. While seeking justice for his frenemy and healing for a long fractured family, he comes face to face with an implacable enemy who has spent decades hiding in plain sight"--From publisher's description.

A tale of two kitties : a magical cats mystery

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 00:26
by Kelly, Sofie, 1958-
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
vii, 326 pages ; 22 cm.
Call Number M KEL
Summary "In this charming mystery from the bestselling author of Paws and Effect, two magical cats have powers of detection that prove indispensable to librarian Kathleen Paulson"--

Death by his grace

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 00:26
by Quartey, Kwei,
Publisher Soho Crime, [2017]
257 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number M QUA
Summary "Katherine Yeboah's marriage to Solomon Vanderpuye is all the talk of Accra high society. But when it becomes apparent that Katherine is infertile, Solomon's extended family accuses her of being a witch, hounding her until the relationship is so soured Solomon feels compelled to order Katherine out of the house they shared. Alone on her last night there, Katherine is brutally murdered by an intruder wielding a machete. Chief Inspector Darko Dawson of the Ghanaian federal police has personal as well as professional reasons to find the killer fast: Katherine was the first cousin of his wife, Christine, who is devastated by the tragedy. As Darko investigates, he discovers that many people close to Katherine had powerful motives to kill her, including: Solomon, her husband; James Bentsi-Enchill, her lawyer and ex-lover; and her filthy rich pastor, Bishop Clem Howard-Mills. In order to expose the truth, Darko must confront the pivotal role religion plays in Ghana--and wrestle with his old demons the investigation stirs up"--

No middle name : the complete collected Jack Reacher short stories

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 09:14
by Child, Lee,
Publisher Delacorte Press, [2017]
First edition.
418 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number M CHI
Summary "A collection of pulse-pounding Jack Reacher stories--one never-before-seen novella, plus eleven others collected for the first time in print--each with original introductions from the twelve-time #1 New York Times bestselling author"--

Sticks and bones

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 09:14
by Haines, Carolyn,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
viii, 354 pages ; 22 cm.
Call Number M HAI
Summary "Private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney and her friends are celebrating New Year's Eve at the party of the year, a smashing Winter White Garden party at the newly renovated King Cotton Boutique Hotel. It's a dazzling success ... until Frangelica "Sister" McFee walks through the door. Sarah Booth knew Sister in college, before Sister became a bestselling author and moved to New York, and fame and fortune don't seem to have tempered her arrogance and cruelty. Sister's latest book is a memoir about the death of her mother and brother many years ago. Now, a film about the book is in the works, and a film crew has descended upon Zinnia, Mississippi, to tell the complete story. The film crew soon realizes there may be more to the story than meets the eye--or is told in Sister's memoir--and they hire Sarah Booth to discover the absolute truth about those deaths so many years ago. But Sarah Booth quickly realizes that someone is desperate to keep the truth hidden and will go to any lengths necessary to protect a long-held secret"--

Silent rain

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 09:14
by Salvalaggio, Karin,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
viii, 274 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number M SAL
Summary "Grace Adams has spent three years trying to move on--mentally, physically, emotionally--from the traumatizing events of her past. But it's not easy when the world is morbidly curious about the crimes that shaped her childhood, when despite her changed name, people still track her down for the sensational details. Now in college in Bolton, Montana, the one person Grace has trusted with the truth about her past has betrayed her. The bestselling novelist Peter Granger wants to use Grace's story in his next book, regardless of how desperate Grace is to keep the details to herself. And then, on Halloween night, Peter Granger's house burns to the ground and his and his wife's bodies are found inside. Montana state detective Macy Greeley is sent to Bolton to handle the investigation into the fire and deaths ... which soon appear to be arson and murder. It doesn't take Macy long to realize that Grace isn't the only one whom Peter Granger has betrayed, and there are no shortage of others in town who took issue with him and his wife. What at first looked like a straightforward investigation is poised to expose some of Bolton's darkest secrets, and the fallout may put more than one life in danger"--

Idyll fears : a Thomas Lynch novel

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 06:13
by Gayle, Stephanie, 1975-
Publisher Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2017.
319 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number M GAY
Summary "It's two weeks before Christmas 1997, and Police Chief Thomas Lynch faces a crisis when Cody Forrand, a six-year-old with a life-threatening medical condition, goes missing during a blizzard. Lynch's suspicions about who abducted Cody are met with scorn by his detectives, some of whom can't handle the fact that's he's gay. With half the station out sick with the flu, Lynch seeks outside help. It arrives in the shape of an FBI agent for whom Lynch feels an immediate attraction. To complicate matters, local crime is on the rise and Lynch finds himself the target of prank calls and hate speech that he worries is the work of a colleague. Time is ticking away, Lynch is struggling to discover who is behind Idyll's crime spree, and he's beginning to doubt that Cody will ever be found"-- "In a sleepy Connecticut town, Police Chief Thomas Lynch investigates the disappearance of a six-year-old boy with a serious medical condition while coping with disrespect from townspeople and colleagues who don't like the fact that he's gay"--

The western star

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 06:13
by Johnson, Craig, 1961-
Publisher Viking, [2017]
viii, 295 pages ; 24 cm.
Call Number M JOH
Summary "Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty-five armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt.45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of twenty-four veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them. The photograph--along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement--hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge"--

The quality of mercy : a Milagro mystery

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 06:13
by Medhat, Katayoun,
Publisher Leapfrog Press, 2017.
First edition.
285 pages ; 23 cm
Call Number M MED
Summary "Meet Franz Kafka, conflicted cop, hapless investigator, wide-eyed cynic on an odyssey across the Navajo reservation, pursuing a murder case"--

The essence of malice

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 06:13
by Weaver, Ashley,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
291 pages ; 25 cm.
Call Number M WEA
Summary Traveling to Paris with Milo to investigate the death of a famous parfumier, Amory discovers that the victim was about to release a highly anticipated new fragrance and had been targeted by industry rivals and heirs vying for control of his empire.

The countess of Prague

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 06:13
by Weeks, Stephen,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
293 pages ; 23 cm
Call Number XX(1636043.4)
Summary Beatrice von Falklenburg, known as Trixie, is trapped in society life and growing apart from her husband until she takes on the role of detective and finds solace in her investigations. She has an ability to mix at ease not only with kings and princes, but also with ordinary men and women and finds the formality of her relations with servants and public officials altered.

Seven days dead

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 12:10
by Farrow, John, 1947-
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2016.
First edition.
298 pages ; 25 cm.
Call Number F FAR
Summary "In Seven Days Dead, a woman races in a small boat through a torrential sea storm to Grand Manan island, located off the coast of Maine. She is determined to reach her dying father's bedside. Meanwhile, detective Cinq-Mars is enjoying vacation with his wife on the island until he's caught up in the investigation of a murder. Long-held secrets start to emerge, and Cinq-Mars begins to wonder if the two deaths are related."--

Charcoal Joe : an Easy Rawlins mystery

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 12:10
by Mosley, Walter
Publisher Doubleday, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016.
First edition.
305 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number M MOS
Summary Life for Easy Rawlins is surprisingly... easy. He's living off the proceeds of his last case, trying to keep out of trouble. Of course it's not going to last. Because Easy's old friend Mouse knocks on his door. Mouse is one of the deadliest men in America. And Mouse wants a small favor. He wants Easy to help a man he says is wrongly imprisoned, a friend of Charcoal Joe. Charcoal Joe is a mythical figure in the LA underworld - he pulls all the strings but keeps out of sight. Reluctantly, Easy agrees - he owes Mouse his life. But this is no small favor. It's going to be Easy's deadliest investigation yet. It's going to take him from the beaches of Malibu to the shadiest stretches of Sunset in a frenetic adventure through a wild and unrepentant city.

A welcome murder : a novel

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 08:59
by Yocum, Robin,
Publisher Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2017.
263 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number M YOC
Summary After his unspectacular professional baseball career ends with a knee injury in Toledo, Ohio, Johnny Earl gets busted for selling cocaine. After serving seven years in prison, all he wants to do is return to his hometown of Steubenville, retrieve the drug money he stashed before he went to jail, and start a new life where no one has ever heard of Johnny Earl. However, before he can leave town with his money, Johnny is picked up for questioning in the murder of Rayce Daubner, the FBI informant who had set him up on drug charges in the first place. Then his former prison cellmate shows up--a white supremacist who wants the drug money to help fund an Aryan nation in the wilds of Idaho.--Provided by publisher.

Close to home

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 11:51
by Dugoni, Robert,
Publisher Thomas & Mercer, [2017]
368 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number M DUG

Nearly Nero : the adventures of Claudius Lyon, the man who would be Wolfe

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 08:47
by Estleman, Loren D.,
Publisher Tyrus Books, [2017]
First Tyrus Books hardcover edition.
190 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number M EST
Summary Based on the Nero Wolfe series one of the longest running, critically acclaimed, and bestselling series in the crime fiction world a collection of Nero Wolfe inspired crime stories from one of the most prominent crime writers of his era. From 1934 until his death in 1976, Rex Stout entertained the world with the exploits of Nero Wolfe the eccentric, orchid-breeding detective genius as related by Archie Goodwin, his irreverent legman. Nearly Nero is an affectionate, tongue-in-cheek homage to Stout's greatest creation. Claudius Lyon is a fanatic admirer of Wolfe. He has retrofitted himself and his townhouse after Wolfe's and has hired a man named Arnie Woodbine to serve as his Archie Goodwin. However, Lyon's naiveté and Woodbine's larcenous nature constantly put them in jeopardy more than Wolfe and Goodwin ever faced. Somehow the imitator manages to find a solution from every problem. But can he and his assistant keep up this pretense for long?

Cover up

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:41
by Hall, Patricia, 1940-
Publisher Severn House, 2017. ©2017
First world edition.
202 pages ; 23 cm.
Call Number M HAL
Summary Kate O'Donnell and her police sergeant partner, Harry Barnard enter dangerous waters when they uncover evidence of a top-level conspiracy. On a busy Friday night in 1964, a woman's partially clothed body is discovered in London's Soho Square. She has been raped and strangled. With no one reported missing, her identity remains a mystery. Assuming the victim to be a prostitute, DCI Jackson is inclined to dismiss the case. Detective Sergeant Harry Barnard disagrees. Harry's partner Kate meanwhile has been despatched to her native Liverpool to work on a magazine feature about the city's remarkable regeneration, timed to coincide with the release of the Beatles' movie, A Hard Day's Night. As Harry's investigations point to evidence of a cover-up at the highest level, Kate's assignment leads her to uncover a darker side to 1960s' Liverpool - and a possible link to the Soho murder victim. Are she and Harry getting into something too deep and dangerous for them to handle?