New Mystery Fiction

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?


Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:41
by Haseldine, Jane, 1966-
Publisher Kensington Pub Corp, 2017. ©2017
First Kensington Hardcover edition.
326 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number M HAS
Summary Detroit crime reporter Julia Gooden struggles to overcome past demons and support a high-profile case against a drug trafficker who has orchestrated a bombing that has left Julia's assistant district attorney husband critically injured.

Too lucky to live : a somebody's bound to wind up dead mystery

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:41
by Hogsett, Annie,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
First edition.
304 pages ; 22 cm.
Call Number M HOG
Summary The hot guy arrives first: he's in a crosswalk clutching a bag of groceries while a blonde in a Hummer is leaning hard on her horn, sending the man's groceries and white cane flying. How has this woman missed that fact that the man is blind? From the curb, an outraged Allie jumps to his rescue, rebagging the groceries as well. The money is in the bag. Literally. Thomas Bennington III, for that's who the handsome guy proves to be, has bought a MondoMegaJackpot ticket along with canned tomatoes. Allie takes him home and turns his groceries into dinner for two. Later that night, Tom hears the numbers announced. He's won. And he's less than thrilled. PhD Tom had gambled on the odds of losing (175 million to one) to prove a point to Rune, a kid from the projects he's befriended, that only losers buy lottery tickets. Instead, Rune, who'd helped pick the Mondo numbers, will share Tom's jackpot. Allie and Tom grasp two things: one, they're hot for each other, and two, the ticket is a hot target, and now so are they. Every scheming weasel in Cleveland will be after Tom's millions. $550 of them. Yes, once the Mondo ball drops, it's game on with killers and kidnappers as players. Allie and Tom need to get smarter about the threats all around them. On the run from one fancy hotel refuge to another and from one danger moment to the next, with only Allie's feisty landlady, Margo, and a couple of Cleveland cops for back-up, Allie and Tom evolve a strategy. First, turn in the ticket and claim the jackpot. Second, set up accounts to manage the millions. Third, stay alive to the end of the week--if they can.

Lucky supreme : a novel of many crimes

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:41
by Johnson, Jeff, 1969-
Publisher Arcade Publishing, [2017]
First edition.
294 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number M JOH
Summary "The first novel in a series of noir (and funny) crime novels set in Portland, Oregon's seedy side, featuring resourceful Darby Holland, owner of the tattoo parlor called The Lucky Supreme, and his brilliant and slightly mad side kick-- the twiggy, vinyl clad tattoo artist, Delia"--

Among the ruins

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:41
by Khan, Ausma Zehanat,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
viii, 357 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number M KHA
Summary "On leave from Canada's Community Policing department, Esa Khattak is traveling in Iran, reconnecting with his cultural heritage and seeking peace in the country's beautiful mosques and gardens. But Khattak's supposed break from work is cut short when he's approached by a Canadian government agent in Iran, asking him to look into the death of renowned Canadian-Iranian filmmaker Zahra Sobhani. Zahra was murdered at Iran's notorious Evin prison, where she'd been seeking the release of a well-known political prisoner. Khattak quickly finds himself embroiled in Iran's tumultuous politics and under surveillance by the regime, but when the trail leads back to Zahra's family in Canada, Khattak calls on his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, for help. Rachel uncovers a conspiracy linked to the Shah of Iran and the decades-old murders of a group of Iran's most famous dissidents. Historic letters, a connection to the Royal Ontario Museum, and a smuggling operation on the Caspian Sea are just some of the threads Rachel and Khattak begin unraveling, while the list of suspects stretches from Tehran to Toronto. But as Khattak gets caught up in the fate of Iran's political prisoners, Rachel sees through to the heart of the matter: Zahra's murder may not have been a political crime at all. From Ausma Zehanat Khan, the critically acclaimed author of The Unquiet Dead and The Language of Secrets, comes another powerful novel exploring the interplay of politics and religion, and the intensely personal ripple effects of one woman's murder"--

Athenian blues

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:41
by Koutsakēs, Polychronēs, 1974-
Publisher Bitter Lemon Press, 2017. ©2017
254 pages ; 20 cm.
Call Number M KOU
Summary Stratos Gazis hates being called a contract killer. What he is, is a conscientious fixer. He fixes problems that are only mentioned in whispers. That very few can fix. Things that people are willing to pay handsomely to get done. But now, in the midst of the Greek economic crisis and political turmoil, during a melancholy winter which makes life in Athens even more unbearable than usual, this assassin with the strict moral code is about to get involved in the most high-profile case of his career. Helped by three childhood friends, he discovers that truth is, as ever, a relative thing.

Since we fell

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:41
by Lehane, Dennis,
Publisher Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First edition.
418 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number M LEH
Summary After Rachel Childs, a former journalist, suffers an on-air mental breakdown, she lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel's marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths.

The thirst

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 14:40
by Nesbø, Jo, 1960-
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
First United States edition.
461 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Call Number F NES
Summary In Police--the last novel featuring Jo Nesbø's hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective--a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters--a murderer whose MO reignites Harry's hunt for a nemesis of his past.

Less than a treason

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 14:40
by Stabenow, Dana,
Publisher Head of Zeus, 2017 ©2017
309 pages : illustrations ; map ; 24 cm.
Call Number M STA
Summary Kate Shugak is a native Aleut working as a private investigator in Alaska. She's 5'1" tall, carrires a scar that runs from ear to ear across her throat, and owns a half-wolf, half-husky dog named Mutt. Resourceful, strong-willed, defiant, Kate is tougher than your average heroine; and she needs to be, to survive the worst the Alaskan wilds can throw at her. And throw their worst the wilds have: Kate and Mutt have both been shot.

Heat storm

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 08:39
by Castle, Richard,
Publisher Kingswell, 2017.
First hardcover edition.
312 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number M CAS
Summary Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm team up for the first time to save Nikki's mother, Cynthia, who has been in hiding (and presumed dead) for 17 years. Standing in their way is a nefarious group of Chinese businessmen known as the Shanghai Seven, who have the resources--and ruthlessness--to stop them.

Nightshade for warning : an enchanted garden mystery

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 08:39
by Cattrell, Bailey,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
323 pages ; 18 cm
Call Number M CAT

Twelve angry librarians : a cat in the stacks mystery

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 08:39
by James, Miranda,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
259 pages ; 24 cm.
Call Number M JAM
Summary "Lighthearted librarian Charlie Harris is known around his hometown of Athena, Mississippi, for walking his cat, a rescued Maine Coon named Diesel. But he may soon be taken for a walk himself--in handcuffs... Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year's annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. As if that weren't bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie's old nemesis from library school. It's been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he's still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone's skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So, when Gavin is found dead, no one seems too upset... But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin after the speech, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them, before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library"--

On Copper Street : a Tom Harper mystery

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 08:39
by Nickson, Chris,
Publisher Severn House, 2017.
First world edition
212 pages ; 23 cm.
Call Number M NIC
Summary Detective Inspector Tom Harper finds answers hard to come by in his latest, most challenging, investigation to date. Leeds, England. March, 1895. The day after his release from prison, petty criminal Henry White is found stabbed to death at his terraced home on Copper Street. Pursuing enquiries in a neighbourhood where people are suspicious of strangers and hostile to the police, DI Tom Harper and his team find the investigation hard going. If anyone knows anything about Henry White's murder -- or the robbery that landed him in gaol in the first place -- they are unable or unwilling to say. At the same time, acid is thrown over a young boy in a local bakery in a seemingly unprovoked attack. Praying for a breakthrough, Harper knows that he must uncover the motive in each case if he is to have any chance of catching the culprits. Of one thing he is certain: if he doesn't find answers soon, more deaths will follow.

The surgeon's case : a George Kocharyan mystery

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 08:39
by Rodford, E. G,
Publisher Titan Books, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
383 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number M ROD
Summary "Private Investigator George Kocharyan is on the trail of a runaway maid, the employee of a famous TV surgeon and his beauty-queen wife. The maid is accused of stealing confidential documents, and Kocharyan's investigation leads him to the city's Filipino community, where he discovers the risks faced by those working far from home. Meanwhile, the discovery of a teenager's body brings the permanently unpleasant DI Vicky Stubbing back into George's life, and as two violent strangers cross his path also looking for the missing maid, he begins to wonder if his celebrity employers are everything they seem." --

A wee homicide in the hotel

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 08:39
by Stewart, Fran, 1947-
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
x, 294 p. ; 18 cm.
Call Number M STE
Summary When Big Willie, the returning champion of the Scottish-themed games, is murdered during the Highland Festival, Peggy Winn, the owner of the ScotShop, decides to solve the crime with the help of her 14th-century ghostly companion, Dirk.

Shallow end

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 23:38
by Chapman, Brenda, 1955-
Publisher Dundurn, [2017] ©2017
380 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number M CHA
Summary English teacher, mother, wife, and convicted child predator Jane Thompson has made parole and she has a plan. She begins her life in the shadows while she bides her time. One month later, the bludgeoned body of the student she was found guilty of corrupting four years earlier is found on the shores of Lake Ontario. Officers Stonechild and Gundersund head up the investigation and Jane Thompson quickly becomes the prime suspect. But knowing guilt and proving it are two entirely different things. Wading through deeply buried secrets to the truth will take Stonechild and the team on a twisted journey into the heart of evil.

Proving ground

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 08:27
by Blauner, Peter,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
356 pages ; 25 cm.
Call Number M BLA
Summary "Nathaniel Dresden never really got along with his father, an infamous civil rights lawyer who defended criminals and spearheaded protest movements. As an act of rebellion, Natty joined the U.S. Army and served in Iraq, coming back with a chest full of commendations and a head full of disturbing memories. But when his father is found murdered near the peaceful confines of Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Natty is forced to deal with the troubled legacy of their unresolved relationship. He also has to fend off the growing suspicions of NYPD Detective Lourdes Robles, a brash Latina cop with something to prove, who thinks Natty might bear some responsibility for his father's death. Though truth be told, the list of people--cops and criminals--who wanted David Dresden out of the way is long. The search for answers leads Natty and Lourdes into an urban labyrinth where they must confront each other--and the brutal truths that could destroy them both. Proving Ground, New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner Peter Blauner's first novel in more than a decade, is a sweeping crime novel, an intricate story about the quest for redemption, and a vibrant portrait of contemporary New York City, all told in Blauner's singular voice"--

A rising man

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 08:27
by Mukherjee, Abir,
Publisher Pegasus Books, 2017.
386 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number M MUK
Summary In the days of the British Raj in 1919, Captain Sam Wyndham, a former Scotland Yard detective newly arrived in Calcutta, is confronted with the murder of a British official who was found with a note in his mouth warning the British to leave India.

Love & death in Burgundy

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 08:27
by Shea, Susan C.,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
259 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number M SHE
Summary "After three years of living in the small town of Reigny-sur-Canne, all Katherine Goff really wants is to be accepted by her neighbors into their little community. But as an American expat living in the proud region of Burgundy, that's no easy task. When the elderly Frenchman who lives in the village chateau is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, the town is turned into a hot bed of gossip and suspicion, and Katherine suddenly finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into the small town's secrets. A motherless teenager, a malicious French widow, a brash music producer, and a would-be Agatha Christie are among those caught up in a storm that threatens to turn Katherine's quiet life upside down. As more and more of the villagers' secrets are brought to light, Katherine must try to figure out who, if anyone, in the town she can trust, and which one of her neighbors just might be a killer"--