New Mystery Fiction

Desert remains : a Gus Parker and Alex Mills novel

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 08:52
by Cooper, Steven, 1961-
Publisher Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2017.
400 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M COO
Summary "Someone is filling the desert caves around Phoenix with bodies--a madman who, in a taunting ritual, is leaving behind a record of his crimes etched into the stone. With no leads and no suspects, Detective Alex Mills sees a case spinning out of control. City leaders want the case solved yesterday, and another detective wants to elbow Mills out of the way. As the body count rises, Mills turns to Gus Parker, an "intuitive medium" whose murky visions sometimes point to real clues. It's an unorthodox approach, but Mills is desperate. When Parker is brought to the crime scenes, he sees visions of a house on fire and a screaming child. But what does it mean? He struggles to interpret his psychic messages, knowing that the killer is one step ahead and that in this vast desert, the next murder could happen anywhere. Nor does it help that he's always been unlucky in love and now finds himself the prey of a lovelorn stalker. She is throwing him off his game. Someone will win this contest, and both Parker and Mills fear it will be the cunning, ruthless killer, who is able to use the trackless landscape as a cover for his brutal crimes"-- "Detective Alex Mills turns to psychic Gus Parker to help him solve a series of baffling murders perpetrated by a deranged killer who leaves his victims' bodies and taunting clues in the desert surrounding Phoenix, AZ"--

The spy across the table : a Jim Brodie thriller

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 08:48
by Lancet, Barry,
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
438 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M LAN
Summary "Jim Brodie is an antiques dealer, Japan expert, and second-generation private investigator. When two theater friends are murdered backstage at a Kennedy Center performance in Washington, DC, he's devastated--and determined to hunt down the killer. He's not the only one... Brodie flies to Tokyo to attend the second of two funerals, when his friend's daughter Anna is kidnapped during the ceremony. It is then Brodie realizes that the murders were simply bait to draw her out of hiding. Anna, it seems, is the key architect of a top-secret NSA program that gathers the personal secrets of America's most influential leaders. Secrets so damaging that North Korea and China will stop at nothing to get them."--

The dark lake

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 05:46
by Bailey, Sarah (Australian author),
Publisher Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
First U.S. hardcover edition.
xii, 384 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F BAI
Summary The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind's student years and then again when she returned to teach drama. As much as Rosalind's life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town's richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her? Rosalind's enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets--an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not stay in the past.

Dangerous minds : a Knight and Moon novel

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 08:45
by Evanovich, Janet,
Publisher Bantam Books, [2017] ©2017
First Edition.
317 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M EVA
Summary "Riley Moon is a financial analyst and Emerson Knight is an eccentric billionaire's son. Together, this perfectly mismatched crime-fighting duo are looking to take down big league crime in the second mystery by author Janet Evanovich"--

A dark so deadly

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 08:45
by MacBride, Stuart,
Publisher HarperCollins, 2017.
596 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F MAC
Summary Welcome to the Misfit Mob. It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of, but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from. But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting. O Division's Major Investigation Teams already have more cases than they can cope with, so, against everyone's better judgment, the Misfit Mob are just going to have to manage this one on their own. No one expects them to succeed, but right now they're the only thing standing between the killer's victims and a slow, lingering death. The question is, can they prove everyone wrong before he strikes again?

Next of Kin.

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 17:36
by Tucker, James,
Publisher Thomas & Mercer 2017.
337 pages 21 cm
Books
Call Number M TUC
Summary A New Years Eve celebration begins with the pop of a champagne corkand ends with the bone-chilling screams of a killers victims. Ten-year-old Ben Brook is the lone survivor of the brutal murder of his wealthy family at their upstate New York compound. But from the moment he evades death, Bens life is in constant danger. Can NYPD detective Buddy Lock keep the boy safe from a killer intent on wiping out the entire Brook clan? When two more massacres decimate the Brookses ranks, Buddys hunt narrows. But his challenges grow as power, money, and secret crimes from the familys past stand in the way. With Ben more and more at risk, Buddy steps closer to the edge, forcing a relentless killer to become more brazen, brutal, and cunning. Saving the boy will put all of Buddys skills to the testand risk the lives of everyone he loves.

Protocol

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 17:36
by Valenti, Kathleen,
Publisher Henery Press, 2017.
First edition.
282 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M VAL
Summary "Freshly minted college graduate Maggie O’Malley embarks on a career fueled by professional ambition and a desire to escape the past. As a pharmaceutical researcher, she’s determined to save lives from the shelter of her lab. But on her very first day she’s pulled into a world of uncertainty. Reminders appear on her phone for meetings she’s never scheduled with people she’s never met. People who end up dead. With help from her best friend, Maggie discovers the victims on her phone are connected to each other and her new employer. She soon unearths a treacherous plot that threatens her mission—and her life"--Publisher's website.

Bad housekeeping : an Agnes & Effie mystery

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 08:31
by Chance, Maia,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
311 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M CHA
Summary When 28-year-old Agnes Blythe, the contented bifocals-wearing half of an academic power couple, is jilted by her professor boyfriend for the town Pilates instructor, her future is suddenly less than certain. So when her glamorous, eccentric Great Aunt Effie arrives in town and offers a job helping to salvage the condemned Stagecoach Inn, what does Agnes have to lose? But work at the inn has barely begun when the unlikely duo find the body of manipulative Kathleen Todd, with whom Agnes and Effie both have recently had words. Words strong enough to land them at the top of the suspect list.

Red sky : a Raisa Jordan thriller

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 08:31
by Goff, Chris,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017. ©2017
First edition
278 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M GOF
Summary "When People's Republic Flight 91 crashes in northeastern Ukraine with a U.S. diplomatic agent on board, U.S. Diplomatic Security Service agent Raisa Jordan is sent to investigate. The agent was escorting a prisoner home from Guangzhou, China, along with sensitive documents, and it quickly becomes apparent that the plane was intentionally downed. Was it to silence the two Americans on board? To avoid a diplomatic incident, Jordan must discover what the Americans knew that was worth killing hundreds to cover up. With Russia deeply entangled in the Ukraine and the possibility that China could be hiding reasons to bring down its own plane, tensions are high. As international relations and even more lives hang in the balance, Jordan races to stop a new Cold War"--Dust jacket flap.

The last place you look

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 08:31
by Lepionka, Kristen,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
321 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M LEP
Summary "Nobody knows what happened to Sarah Cook. The beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton--black and from the wrong side of the tracks--was convicted of the murders and is now on death row. Though he's maintained his innocence all along, the clock is running out. His execution is only weeks away when his devoted sister insists she spied Sarah at an area gas station. Willing to try anything, she hires PI Roxane Weary to look at the case and see if she can locate Sarah. Brad might be in a bad way, but private investigator Roxane Weary isn't doing so hot herself. Still reeling from the recent death of her cop father in the line of duty, her main way of dealing with her grief has been working as little and drinking as much as possible. But Roxane finds herself drawn in to the story of Sarah's vanishing act, especially when she links the disappearance to one of her father's unsolved murder cases involving another teen girl. The stakes get higher as Roxane discovers that the two girls may not be the only beautiful blonde teenagers who've turned up missing or dead. As her investigation gets darker and darker, Roxane will have to risk everything to find the truth. Lives depend on her cracking this case--hers included"--

Hell's detective : a mystery

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 08:31
by Logan, Michael (Journalist),
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
280 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M LOG

Endgame : a Nameless Detective novel

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 08:31
by Pronzini, Bill,
Publisher Forge, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
253 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M PRO
Summary The Nameless Detective has taken many cases over the years, and this is one for the books. Or rather, two cases that will test his agency's resources. Love is in the air...more to the point, love gone awry. One case involves a woman whose husband died accidentally in a remote cabin in the Sierras. The wife isn't buying that her husband was alone, and is determined to find out his secret and get closure, in spite of any potential heartbreak. The other case is a missing person . . . but the person missing was agoraphobic and never left the house. The husband swears that while their relationship was strained due to his wife's condition, he was still in love with her. He begs Nameless to clear him and find his wife before the cops come for him. Bill Pronzini's Endgame is a classic Nameless tale, twisty puzzles featuring one of mystery's best loved detectives.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas bookstore : a novel

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 08:31
by Sullivan, Matthew, 1970-
Publisher Scribner, 2017.
First Scribner hardcover edition.
328 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M SUL
Summary "When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs--the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's upper room, Lydia's life comes unglued. Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia's life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left"--

Death in St. Petersburg : a Lady Emily mystery

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 02:30
by Alexander, Tasha, 1969-
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
288 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M ALE
Summary "After the final curtain of Swan Lake, an animated crowd exits the Mariinsky theatre brimming with excitement from the night's performance. But outside the scene is somber. A ballerina's body lies face down in the snow, blood splattered like rose petals over the costume of the Swan Queen. The crowd is silenced by a single cry-- "Nemetseva is dead!" Amongst the theatergoers is Lady Emily, accompanying her dashing husband Colin in Russia on assignment from the Crown. But it soon becomes clear that Colin isn't the only one with work to do. When the dead ballerina's aristocratic lover comes begging for justice, Emily must apply her own set of skills to discover the rising star's murderer. Her investigation takes her on a dance across the stage of Tsarist Russia, from the opulence of the Winter Palace, to the modest flats of ex-ballerinas and the locked attics of political radicals. A mysterious dancer in white follows closely behind, making waves through St. Petersburg with her surprise performances and trail of red scarves. Is it the sweet Katenka, Nemetseva's childhood friend and favorite rival? The ghost of the murdered étoile herself? Or, something even more sinister?" -- provided by publisher.

Wagging through the snow

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 05:27
by Berenson, Laurien,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
196 pages ; 19 cm.
Books
Call Number M BER
Summary With a demanding teaching job at Connecticut's elite Howard Academy and five poodles scampering around the house, Melanie barely has energy for the upcoming Christmas rush. But she unwraps an unexpected challenge when her brother and ex-husband, elated by the recent success of their country café, make a spontaneous bid on a dilapidated pine tree farm. Although the ten-acre lot had been a popular seasonal destination while the original owner was still alive, it'll take some sprucing up--and a small miracle or two--before the neglected place is in shape for December. Unfortunately, the impromptu business venture goes cold when the group discovers a purebred Maltese whimpering in the snow-covered grove--right beside a dead body. Pete, a squatter who camped out on the land, apparently met his end after a fallen fir tree branch knocked him on the head. But as Melanie and Aunt Peg investigate Pete's history and the terrible habit that cost him everything, it's clear his death was no accident. Now, Melanie must run through a flurry of likely suspects and muzzle a dogged murderer in time--or she'll be next on someone's deadly list.--Provided by Publisher.

A hunt in winter : a Joe Swallow mystery

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 05:27
by Brady, Conor,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017. ©2016
First North American edition.
viii, 326 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M BRA
Summary "In Dublin, newly promoted detective inspector Joe Swallow's life looks to be taking a turn for the better. In addition to his promotion, he's settled into a comfortable arrangement with his landlady and paramour, Maria Walsh--that is, until his newfound peace is chaotically uprooted when a series of violent attacks against women lead to an outbreak of panic and fear. Swallow is drawn into the chase for a vicious serial murderer down Dublin's dark alleys, and things on the home front are about to change in an unexpected way"--From publisher description.

Death overdue

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 05:27
by Brook, Allison,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
329 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M BRO
Summary When Carrie Singleton's first event as head of programs at a small local library ends up in the sudden death of the presenter, she is determined to investigate, convinced this death is connected to another cold-case murder.

A Cajun Christmas killing : a Cajun country mystery

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 05:27
by Byron, Ellen,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
298 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M BYR

Twelve slays of Christmas

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 05:27
by Frost, Jacqueline,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
311 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M FRO

Ghost on the case

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 05:27
by Hart, Carolyn G.,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
263 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M HAR
Summary "Bailey Ruth Raeburn is back, racing against the Heavenly clock in an all-new mystery from New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Hart. Bailey Ruth finds herself comforting a distraught sister when she's sent to Adelaide, Oklahoma, on her latest mission. Susan Gilbert receives a $100,000 ransom demand for her younger sibling. When the caller wants Susan to pay a visit to her wealthy boss and take the cash from his safe, Bailey Ruth follows Susan to the home. But she finds herself in a quandary, knowing that robbery is hardly a Heavenly pursuit. While Susan waits to hear back from the kidnappers, Bailey Ruth attempts to piece together how the criminals targeted Susan and how they know about her boss's money. At a luncheon the previous week, Susan's boss asked her to open the safe so all the attendees knew it was filled with cash. Could one of the rich man's closest confidants be behind the abduction? Bailey Ruth is positive she can use her detective skills to figure out which luncheon guest arranged the kidnapping. But an unexpected twist in the case soon has Bailey Ruth seeking a murderer who has plans to send more victims to the great beyond.."--

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