New Mystery Fiction

Perish from the earth : a Lincoln and Speed mystery

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 01:09
by Putnam, Jonathan F.,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
325 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M PUT
Summary "Newly minted trial lawyer Abraham Lincoln is riding the circuit, traveling by carriage with other lawyers and a judge to bring justice to the remote parts of Illinois. Meanwhile, Lincoln's close friend Joshua Speed steams up the Mississippi River aboard a steamboat owned by Speed's father. Suddenly, his journey is interrupted when a crooked card game turns to violence -- and then murder. Speed enlists Lincoln to defend the accused, but they soon come to discover that more than just the card games are crooked aboard the Speed family's ship. As the day of judgment hurtles toward them, Lincoln must fight to save the life of his client while preserving the cause he holds so dear"--Provided by publisher.

The secret, book & scone society

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 04:07
by Adams, Ellery,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
290 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M ADA

Crazy like a fox : a novel

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 04:07
by Brown, Rita Mae,
Publisher Ballantine Books, [2017]
First edition.
xxi, 275 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M BRO
Summary "In this thrilling new foxhunting mystery from New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown, an investigation into a missing and valuable object flushes out murder, ghosts, and old family rivalries. Now "Sister" Jane Arnold and a pack of four-legged friends must catch the scent of a killer and unearth a long-buried truth. As the calendar turns, the crisp October winds bode well for this year's hunting season. But before the bugle sounds, Sister Jane takes a scenic drive up the Blue Ridge Mountains for a board meeting at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting. Brimming with colorful stories and mementos from hunts of yore, the mansion is plunged into mystery when a venerable hunting horn is stolen right out of its case.The only clue, on a left-behind cell phone, is what seems to be a "selfie" video of the horn's original owner, Wesley Carruthers--deceased since 1954. Odder still, Wesley's body was never found. When Sister makes a discovery that may explain his unsolved disappearance, it leads her back to the Jefferson Hunt at midcentury, with her faithful hounds at her side. But as the clues quickly mount, Sister is no longer sure if she's pursuing a priceless artifact, a thief, Wesley's killer. or a ghost. The only certainty is that someone wants to put Sister off the chase--perhaps permanently. Teeming with familiar and beloved characters, intrigue, and the rich local history of Virginia's horse country, Crazy Like a Fox races toward its stunning conclusion in full cry and packed with plenty of surprises. Once again, Rita Mae Brown dazzles and delights in her irresistible style, with a novel readers are certain to be crazy about. Praise for Rita Mae Brown Let Sleeping Dogs Lie "Cunning foxes, sensible hounds and sweet-tempered horses are among the sparkling conversationalists in this charming series."--The New York Times Book Review Fox Tracks "[Brown] enlivens a timely tale with. amusing accounts of her four-legged creations and delightful descriptions of the central Virginia countryside."--Richmond Times-Dispatch Hounded to Death "Fast-paced and filled with scenes from the world of fox hunting. Brown delivers the brush."--The Baltimore Sun The Tell-Tale Horse "Grabs readers from the opening scene and gallops through to the very surprising end."--Horse Illustrated The Hounds and the Fury "An intriguing story."--Associated Press"-- "In this new foxhunting mystery from New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown, an investigation into a missing and very valuable object flushes out murder, ghosts, and old family rivalries. Now "Sister" Jane Arnold and a pack of four-legged friends must catch the scent of a killer and unearth a long-buried truth"--

Two kinds of truth

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 04:07
by Connelly, Michael, 1956-
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2017. ©2017
First edition
402 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M CON
Summary Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando police and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous big-business world of prescription drug abuse. Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren't keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison. The two unrelated cases wind across each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.

Death at the Emerald

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 04:07
by Koreto, Richard J.,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
298 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M KOR
Summary When the thirty-year-old disappearance of a famous actress becomes the obsession of an elderly family friend, Lady Frances Ffolkes immerses herself in the world of Edwardian theater and the motion-picture craze in London to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.

Skeleton God

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 13:04
by Pattison, Eliot,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First Edition.
309 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M PAT
Summary "Shan Tao Yun, now the reluctant constable of a remote Tibetan town, has learned to expect the impossible at the roof of the world, but nothing has prepared him for his discovery when he investigates a report that a nun has been savagely assaulted by ghosts. In an ancient tomb by the old nun lies a gilded saint buried centuries earlier, flanked by the remains of a Chinese soldier killed fifty years before and an American man murdered only hours earlier. Shan is thrust into a maelstrom of intrigue and contradiction. The Tibetans are terrified, the notorious Public Security Bureau wants nothing to do with the murders, and the army seems determined to just bury the dead again and Shan with them. No one wants to pursue the truth--except Shan, who finds himself in a violent collision between a heartbreaking, clandestine effort to reunite Tibetan refugees separated for decades and a covert corruption investigation that reaches to the top levels of the government in Beijing. The terrible secret Shan uncovers changes his town and his life forever"--

Persons unknown : a novel

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 07:01
by Steiner, Susie, 1971-
Publisher Random House, [2017] ©2017
First U.S. edition.
312 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M STE
Summary "Detective Manon Bradshaw is five months pregnant and has officially given up on finding romantic love. Instead, she is in hot-pursuit of the work-life balance and parked in a cold case corridor--the price she's had to pay for a transfer back to Cambridgeshire. This is fine, she tells herself. She can devote herself to bringing up her motley collection of children--the new baby, and her adopted 12-year-old son Fly Dent. He needed a fresh start--he was being forever stopped and searched in London by officers who couldn't see past the color of his skin. Manon feared Fly, increasingly sullen and adolescent, was getting in with the wrong crowd at school, or possibly that he was the wrong crowd. Yes, children, home-cooked food, home by five. This is what I need, she tells herself. Yet when a well-to-do victim is found stabbed close to police HQ, she can't help but sidle in on the briefing. It emerges he is a banker from London, worth millions, called Jon-Oliver Ross. More dramatically, Ross was Manon's sister Ellie's ex, and the father of her toddler son, Solomon. The investigation swirls with greater and greater urgency, and as it begins to circle in on Manon's home and her family, she finds herself pitted against the former colleagues she once held dear--Davy Walker and Harriet Harper. Can Manon separate what she knows about the people she loves, from the suspicion hanging over them? Can she interrogate the evidence, just as she would with any other case? And when Manon instructs defense lawyer Mark Talbot to work alongside her, can she refrain from throwing herself at him in a manner unbecoming to a woman at an advanced stage of pregnancy? Manon must fight to find the truth with every fiber of her being, and this might just finish her"--

Gin and panic : a mystery

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 04:01
by Chance, Maia,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
278 pages : 22 cm
Books
Call Number M CHA
Summary Former socialite Lola Woodby, not-so-discreet private eye in Prohibition-era New York City, along with her grim Swedish sidekick, Berta, take on a piece-of-cake job: retrieving a rhinoceros trophy from the Connecticut mansion of big game hunter Rudy Montgomery. After all, their client, Lord Sudley, promises them a handsome paycheck, and the gin and tonics will be free. But no sooner do they arrive at Montgomery Hall than Rudy is shot dead with a houseful of suspicious characters standing by. Lord Sudley ups the ante, and Lola and Berta take the case. Armed with handbags stuffed with emergency chocolate, gin flasks, and a Colt .25, Lola and Berta are swiftly embroiled in a madcap puzzle of stolen diamonds, family secrets, a clutch of gangsters, and a flapper who knows her way around a safari rifle. Gin and Panic continues the Discreet Retrieval Agency Mysteries from beloved crime writer Maia Chance.

Faithless

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 04:01
by Dahl, Kjell Ola, 1958-
Publisher Orenda Books, [2017] ©2017
265 pages ; 20 cm.
Books
Call Number M DAH
Summary "Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frølich are back ... and this time, it's personal ... When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her ... and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. As he begins to look deeper into the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich's colleague Gunnarstranda finds another body, and things take a more sinister turn. With a cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway casting a shadow, and an unsettling number of coincidences clouding the plot, Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers -- and the killer -- before he strikes again"--Publisher description.

Dying to live : a Detective Kubu mystery

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 04:01
by Stanley, Michael,
Publisher Minotaur Books/St.Martin's Press, [2017].
First edition.
xi, 324 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M STA

The importance of being urnest

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:51
by Balzo, Sandra,
Publisher Severn House Publishers LTD, 2017.
183 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M BAL
Summary "The choice of an antique silver coffee urn as the final resting place for elderly Celeste Bouchard's ashes might seem a cruel joke. After all, the wealthy boutique owner was taken ill and died while daughter Hannah was off having lattes at Uncommon Grounds. But Maggy Thorsen, the coffeehouse's owner, has more pressing things on her mind: a jail break and subsequent shoot-out has forced her main squeeze, Sheriff Jake Pavlik, to take refuge with her. And Maggy has a serious decision to make: marriage or not? And with an escaped convict still on the loose, Maggy suddenly has a difficult and dangerous puzzle to solve."--from Amazon.com.

Bucket's list

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:51
by Blackwood, Gary L.,
Publisher Severn House, 2017.
First world edition.
233 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M BLA
Summary Introducing private investigator Charley Field, the true-life inspiration behind Charles Dickens' Inspector Bucket, in an intriguing new Victorian mystery series. December, 1853. Having found fame as the inspiration behind Inspector Bucket in Charles Dickens' recent bestselling serialization, Bleak House, former Detective Inspector Charley Field has set himself up as a private enquiry agent - so far without success. Matters become personal however when the body of a local prostitute is found floating in the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Having often enjoyed Rosa's company, Charley is disinclined to believe the official verdict of suicide. Convinced Rosa was murdered, he determines to track down the mysterious client who visited her the day she died. But when he finally encounters the man he believes responsible for her death, Charley discovers that there's more to Rosa's murder than even a veteran sleuth like himself could imagine.

Much ado about murder

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:51
by Duncan, Elizabeth J,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
264 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M DUN
Summary When the up-and-coming new British director for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" is found dead, a presumed suicide, costume designer Charlotte Fairfax investigates.

Heaven's crooked finger : an Earl Marcus mystery

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:51
by Early, Hank,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
326 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M EAR

The usual Santas : a collection of Soho Crime Christmas capers

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:51
by Herron, Mick.
Publisher Soho Crime, 2017.
ix, 400 pages ; 20 cm
Books
Call Number M HER
Summary "Nine mall Santas must find the imposter among them. An elderly lady seeks peace from her murderously loud neighbors at Christmastime. A young woman receives a mysterious invitation to Christmas dinner with a stranger. Niccolò Machiavelli sets out to save an Italian city. Sherlock Holmes's one-time nemesis Irene Adler finds herself in an unexpected tangle in Paris while on a routine espionage assignment. Jane Austen searches for the Dowager Duchess of Wilborough's stolen diamonds. These and other adventures in this delectable volume will whisk readers away to Christmases around the globe, from a Korean War POW camp to a Copenhagen refugee squat, from a palatial hotel in 1920s Bombay to a crumbling mansion in Havana." --

Dead of winter

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:51
by Staub, Wendy Corsi,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
279 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M STA
Summary In Valley View, a small town populated by mediums, a superstitious killer is on the prowl and gunning for Bella Jordan, who witnessed one of his body dumps, and the whole town must come together to stop the murderer before he strikes again.

Booked 4 murder

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:35
by Eaton, J. C.
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017. ©2017
First Kensington mass market edition.
314 pages ; 17 cm.
Books
Call Number M EAT
Summary "Sophie 'Phee' Kimball is not a cop. She's a divorced, middle-aged mom who works as an account clerk for the police department in a small city in Minnesota. But her retired mother, Harriet Plunkett, is convinced Phee is the only one who can solve the mystery of a cursed book. According to Harriet, four members of her book club have already succumbed to the deadly curse. Harriet insists Phee catch the next plane to her retirement community in Sun City West, Arizona, to investigate. Is her mother just bored and lonely? She does have a new pet--a long-haired chiweenie (half Chihuahua, half Dachshund)--for company and a host of pals (although that number is admittedly dwindling). Phee is certain that their book club selection isn't cursed, but is somebody really knocking off the ladies? As Phee starts to uncover dark secrets hidden in plain sight under the blazing Arizona sun, she'll need to read between the lines before it's someone else's final chapter...."--Page [4] of cover.

Penhale wood : a mystery

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:35
by Thomas, Julia, 1959-
Publisher Midnight Ink, 2017.
First edition.
304 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M THO
Summary On a cold December night in Cornwall, nanny Karen Peterson disappears with three-year-old Sophie Flynn. The next day, the child's body is found on the banks of Penhale Wood. A year later, Sophie's mother, Iris Flynn, appears on the doorstep of investigating officer Rob McIntyre, determined to make him reopen the case. McIntyre has his own personal demons, but Iris hijacks his life in order to find the person responsible for her daughter's death. Following the slimmest of leads, they are soon confronting ghosts from the past and a chameleon-like killer who will do anything to stay hidden.

How the finch stole Christmas! : a Meg Langslow mystery

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:34
by Andrews, Donna,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
278 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M AND
Summary When her husband organizes a full-scale production of A Christmas Carol with a famous veteran actor in the starring role, Meg Langslow finds herself navigating unexpected challenges in the star's baggage and enemies.

Holiday murder

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:34
by Meier, Leslie,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp. , 2017.
361 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M MEI
Summary For Lucy Stone, Christmas in Tinker's Cove, Maine isn't just about the gift of giving. Sometimes it's also about solving a crime or two. Mistletoe murder: As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband's gift, and making her daughter's angel costume for the church pageant weren't enough things for Lucy Stone's busy Christmas schedule, she's also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn't smell right" Christmas cookie murder: Petty rivalries and feuds that have long been simmering finally come to a boil, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of may guest, including Lee Cummings who accues Tucker Whitney of stealing her recipe for low fat, sugar-free cookies. But the icing on the cake is when Tucker is found strangles in her apartment on the following morning.

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