New Mystery Fiction

Murder wears mittens

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:27
by Goldenbaum, Sally,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington Hardover Edition
vii, 341 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M GOL
Summary After retrieving fresh lobster nets from a local Laundromat, Cass Halloran rushes to attend a last-minute gathering with her knitting circle. But Cass cant stop worrying about the lonely boy seen hanging around the dryers, and the school uniform he left behind in a hurry. When the ladies return the lost clothing the next day, they find the child and his younger sister alone, seemingly abandoned by their mother . . . The knitters intend to facilitate a family reunion, not investigate a crime. But the death of Dolores Cardozo, a recluse from the edge of town, throws the group for a loop. Especially when the missing mother and one of their own become tied to the victims hidden fortuneand her murder . . . Before scandalous secrets break bonds and rumors tear Sea Harbor apart, the Seaside Knitters need to string together the truth about Doloreswhile preventing a greedy murderer from making another move!

Dark river rising

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:27
by Johns, Roger,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
viii, 293 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M JOH
Summary "Dark River Rising is a tense and expertly-plotted mystery set against the bayous of Louisiana, from debut author Roger Johns. Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman has had better days. With her long-time partner and mentor on medical leave and a personal life in shambles, she's called to the scene of a particularly gruesome murder: the body of a known criminal has been found in a deserted warehouse, a snake sewn into his belly. Obvious signs of torture point to a cunning and cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to find what he's looking for. When Federal Agent Mason Cunningham arrives on the scene, Wallace expects a hostile takeover of the case. But when a scientist with ties to the victim goes missing from a government lab, she needs Mason's federal connections as much as he needs her local insight, and the two form an uneasy partnership to solve a case that grows more complicated--and dangerous--by the minute. Meanwhile, the killer lurks in the shadows with an agenda no one saw coming, and when Wallace and Mason threaten to get in the way they risk losing everything they hold dear. Including their lives"--

Murder most fowl

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 14:13
by Maxwell, Edith
Publisher Kensington Books, 2016.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
275 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M MAX
Summary "Spring may be just around the corner, but a cold-blooded killer has put the big chill on the residents of Westbury, Massachusetts. It looks like organic farmer-turned-sleuth Cam Flaherty will have to set aside her seedlings for the time being as she tills the soil for clues in the mysterious death of a local poultry maven. With the weather getting warmer, Cam should be spending her days pruning blueberry bushes and taking care of the new batch of chicks that just hatched. But murder knows no season. So when her fellow fowl-raiser Wayne Laitinen is found dead at his breakfast table one morning, Cam must put down her trimming shears and put on her crime-solving hat. The kind-hearted chicken farmer didn't have any enemies--or did he? A wealthy financier has been working hard to convince him to sell her his land, while a group of animal rights activists recently vandalized his property. Money troubles were threatening to sink his marriage. And a thirty-year-old scandal was driving a wedge between him and one of his oldest friends. Murder, blackmail, cover-ups. There's a fox in the hen house. But where? With some help from her off-again, on-again flame, police detective Pete Pappas, Cam will have to crack this case before Wayne's killer flies the coop forever"--Dust jacket flap.

Date with death

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Chapman, Julia,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
372 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M CHA
Summary Delilah Metcalfe, the owner of The Dales Dating Agency, is besieged by financial concerns, struggling to keep two businesses afloat and a roof over her head. She has no choice but to accept Samson O Brien as a new tenant for her office space. Dismissed from the police force and facing criminal prosecution, Samson has returned to his home town to set up a detective agency while he fights to clear his name. But when Samson gets his first case, investigating the supposed suicide of a local man, things take an unexpected turn. Soon he is discovering a trail of deaths that lead back to the door of Delilah's Dales Dating Agency. With suspicion hanging over someone they both care for, the two feuding neighbors soon realize that they need to work together to solve the mystery of the dating deaths. For Samson and Delilah, however, working together is easier said than done.

Cat got your cash : a Kitty Couture mystery

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Chase, Julie (Mystery writer),
Publisher Crooked Lane Books, 2017.
First edition.
330 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M CHA
Summary After a fashion designer is found murdered and the two cats who are the heirs to her fortune are missing, Lacy Marie Crocker tries to locate the cats only to find herself in the crosshairs of the killer.

Pekoe most poison

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Childs, Laura,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
311 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M CHI
Summary While attending the "Rat Tea," a Charleston society event, local tea shop owner Theodosia Browning becomes entangled in a murder case after the hostess's husband is poisoned.

Cold earth

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Cleeves, Ann,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
386 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number F CLE
Summary "In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died"--

Give the devil his due : a tarot mystery

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Hockensmith, Steve,
Publisher Midnight Ink, [2017]
First edition.
341 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M HOC
Summary "Reformed con artist-turned-tarot reader Alanis McLachlan gets paid for predicting the future--too bad she didn't see all the trouble in hers. First a figure from her past tries to drag her back into the life of crime she thought she'd left behind. Then a new suitor tries to sweep Alanis off her feet, forcing her on-again, off-again romance with hunky teacher Victor Castellanos to hit the skids. And then there's the little matter of the client who gets an ominous reading from Alanis . . . and is promptly murdered. Danger is in the cards for Alanis, and she'll need all her skill at reading people and reading tarot if she's going to survive"--Amazon.com

Random Road : introducing Geneva Chase

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Kies, Thomas,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
First edition.
307 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M KIES

A twist in time : a novel

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by McElwain, Julie,
Publisher Pegasus Crime, 2017.
First Pegasus Books edition.
ix, 452 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M MCE

Every body on deck : a Savannah Reid mystery

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by McKevett, G. A.,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
First Kensington Hardcover Edition.
308 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M MCK
Summary Eagerly accepting a security detail job on a luxurious Alaskan cruise to protect a famed mystery writer, Savannah Reid tackles a particularly dramatic case when her charge inexplicably flees the ship and is killed in a suspicious accident.

The good byline : a Riley Ellison mystery

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Orr, Jill,
Publisher Prospect Park Books, [2017] ©2017
288 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M ORR
Summary "The Good Byline follows Riley Ellison, a smart, quirky young heroine with Southern charm to boot. Riley feels adrift in her small hometown of Tuttle Corner, VA, newly single and bemoaning the decline of print journalism, which has dashed her long-held dream of succeeding her grandfather as an obituary writer at the local newspaper. When her childhood best friend commits suicide with no warning, Julie's grieving family asks Riley to write her obituary. As she investigates why such an ambitious young woman might want to end her life, Riley begins to consider that Julie may have actually been murdered. In the meantime, her love life becomes complicated when her ex -- Ryan -- returns to town just as things are heating up with a hot newcomer--who may have had something to do with Julie's death"--

Of books and bagpipes

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Shelton, Paige,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
304 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M SHE
Summary "Delaney Nichols has settled so comfortably into her new life in Edinburgh that she truly feels it's become more home than her once beloved Kansas. Her job at the Cracked Spine, a bookshop that specializes in rare manuscripts as well as other sundry valuable historical objects, is everything she had dreamed, with her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, entrusting her more and more with bigger jobs. Her latest task includes a trip to Castle Doune, a castle not far out of Edinburgh, to retrieve a hard-to-find edition of an old Scottish comic, an "Oor Wullie," in a cloak and dagger transaction that Edwin has orchestrated. While taking in the sights of the distant Highlands from the castle's ramparts, Delaney is startled when she spots a sandal-clad foot at the other end of the roof. Unfortunately, the foot's owner is very much dead and, based on the William Wallace costume he's wearing, perfectly matches the description of the man who was supposed to bring the Oor Wullie. As Delaney rushes to call off some approaching tourists and find the police, she comes across the Oor Wullie, its pages torn and fluttering around a side wall of the castle. Instinct tells her to take the pages and hide them under her jacket. It's not until she returns to the Cracked Spine that she realizes just how complicated this story is and endeavors to untangle the tricky plot of why someone wanted this man dead, all before getting herself booked for murder"--

What the dead leave behind

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Simpson, Rosemary, 1942-
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
390 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M SIM
Summary When her beloved fiancé is found dead after the Great Blizzard of 1888 in New York City, heiress Prudence MacKenzie, suspecting foul play, turns to her fiancé's best friend, a former Pinkerton agent, to discover the truth and find protection from sinister forces.

In this grave hour : a Maisie Dobbs novel

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Winspear, Jacqueline, 1955-
Publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
335 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M WIN
Summary When listeners last heard Maisie Dobbs, it was 1938, and the world was on the brink of war. Maisie herself was on a dangerous mission inside Nazi Germany, where she encountered an old enemy and the Fuhrer himself. In In This Grave Hour, a year has passed, and Maisie is back home in England - yet neither she nor her nation is safe. Britain has just declared war on Germany and is mobilizing for the devastating battle ahead. But when she stumbles on the deaths of a group of refugees, Maisie suspects the enemy may be closer than anyone knows.

Glass houses : a novel

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 05:12
by Penny, Louise,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
391 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F PEN
Summary "When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache's own conscience is standing in judgment"--Provided by publisher.

Dead and breakfast : a Merry Ghost Inn mystery

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 02:11
by Kingsbury, Kate,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
274 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M KIN
Summary "Melanie West is getting her life back on track after a messy divorce when her grandmother, Liza Harris, asks her to open a B&B with her. Together, Liza and Melanie purchase a purportedly haunted mansion on the Oregon coast and jump right into clearing out the cobwebs. But while attempting to remove wallpaper in an upstairs bedroom, the new B&B owners stumble upon a very real skeleton in their closet. The police suspect the skeleton is that of the wife of the previous owner of the B&B, but no one in town seems to want to say much about her. As the inn owners try to juggle renovations with their own amateur investigations, their grand opening looms closer and closer--and a friendly ghost in their walls starts playing tricks. But it all comes crashing to a halt when a new body is found stabbed to death on the beach below the inn--the victim chillingly close in resemblance to Melanie herself. It seems someone doesn't appreciate newcomers prying into the small town's past, and now it's up to Melanie and Liza to get to the bottom of these murders to save their business...and their lives"--Amazon.com

Robert B. Parker's Little white lies

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:04
by Atkins, Ace,
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
304 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M PAR
Summary Connie Kelly thought she'd found her perfect man on an online dating site. He was silver-haired and handsome, with a mysterious background working for the C.I.A. She fell so hard for M. Brooks Welles that she wrote him a check for almost three hundred thousand dollars, hoping for a big return on her investment. But within weeks, both Welles and her money are gone. Her therapist, Dr. Susan Silverman, hands her Spenser's card. A self-proclaimed military hotshot, Welles had been a frequent guest on national news shows speaking with authority about politics and world events. But when he disappears, he leaves not only a jilted lover but a growing list of angry investors, duped cops, and a team of paramilitary contractors looking for revenge. Enter Spenser, who quickly discovers that everything about Welles is phony. His name, his resume, and his client list are nothing but an elaborate fraud. But uncovering the truth won't be easy, as he'll have to keep the mystery man alive long enough to get back his client's money. As the trail winds from Boston to back roads Georgia, Spenser will need help from trusted allies Hawk and Teddy Sapp to make sure Welles's next con is his last.

All the secret places : a Gin Sullivan mystery

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:04
by Carlisle, Anna,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
279 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M CAR
Summary Gin Sullivan is back in her small hometown of Trumbull, Pennsylvania on an extended leave from her job at the Chicago medical examiner's office and rekindling an old flame with her high school sweetheart, Jake. Gin is readjusting to life at home when Jake receives harrowing news early one morning. The new housing development his construction firm is building has caught fire and underneath one of the burnt homes is a dead body.

The property of lies : a Herbert Reardon historical mystery

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:04
by Eccles, Marjorie,
Publisher Severn House, 2017. ©2017
First world edition.
236 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M ECC
Summary 1930. When a body is discovered on the premises of the newly-established Maxstead Court School for Girls, Detective Inspector Herbert Reardon is called in to investigate. His wife Ellen having just accepted a job as French teacher, Reardon is alarmed to find the school a hotbed of scandalous secrets, suppressed passions, petty jealousies and wanton schoolgirl cruelty. As he pursues his enquiries, it becomes clear that the dead woman was not who - or what - she claimed to be. Who was she really - and why is Reardon convinced that more than one member of staff is not telling him the whole truth? Then a pupil goes missing - and the case takes a disturbing new twist...

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