New Mystery Fiction

Turkey trot murder : a Lucy Stone mystery

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 05:16
by Meier, Leslie,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017. ©2017
First Kensington hardcover edition.
247 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC MEIER, LESLIE
Summary Besides the annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day, Lucy expects the approaching holiday to be a relatively uneventful one until she finds beautiful Alison Franklin dead and frozen in Blueberry Pond. No one knows much about Alison, except that she was the daughter of wealthy investor Ed Franklin and struggled quietly with drug addiction.--Provided by Publisher.

Persian always meows twice

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 05:16
by Watkins, Eileen,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington trade paperback edition.
261 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC WATKINS, EILEEN

Lockdown : a novel of suspense

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 11:03
by King, Laurie R.,
Publisher Bantam, [2017]
First edition.
386 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M KIN
Summary Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School: A day given to innocent hopes and youthful dreams. A day no one in attendance will ever forget. A year ago, Principal Linda McDonald arrived at Guadalupe determined to overturn the school's reputation for truancy, gang violence, and neglect. One of her initiatives is Career Day - bringing together children, teachers, and community presenters in a celebration of the future. But there are some in attendance who reject McDonald's bright vision. A principal with a secret. A husband with a murky past. A cop with too many questions. A kid under pressure to prove himself. A girl struggling to escape a mother's history. A young basketball player with an affection for guns. Even the school janitor has a story he dare not reveal. But no one at the gathering anticipates the shocking turn of events that will transform a day of possibilities into an explosive confrontation. Tense, poignant, and brilliantly paced, Laurie R. King's novel charts compelling characters on a collision course - a chain of interactions that locks together hidden lives, troubling secrets, and the bravest impulses of the human heart.

Death on tap

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 05:03
by Alexander, Ellie,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
310 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M ALE
Summary After catching her husband cheating on her, craft-brew expert Sloan Krause leaves the family business to work for a hip, new nano-brewery, only to discover a competitor dead in the fermenting tub, clutching a secret recipe.

Odd numbers : a Hanne Wilhelmsen novel

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:00
by Holt, Anne, 1958-
Publisher Scribner, 2017.
First Scribner hardcover edition.
326 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M HOL
Summary "On an early April afternoon, a bomb goes off in the Islamic Cooperation Council's offices in Oslo, killing twenty-three people. The Police and Security Service suspect an extremist organization to be responsible for the attack, a suspicion that grows stronger when threats of yet another, bigger explosion during the planned celebration of the Norwegian constitution reach the authorities. As a special adviser on cold cases, Hanne Wilhelmsen has cut all of her official ties to the Security Service and lives contentedly--or at least as contentedly as someone like her can manage--in solitude with her partner Nesir and their young daughter. A small computer monitor is Hanne's only window to the outside until the day of the attacks, when her closed-off world is broken open. Hanne is approached by her long lost friend, Billy T., whose son Linus has undergone some disturbing changes recently. As the mood of the city darkens, Hanne tries to help Billy T. reach out to Linus and realizes that Oslo is up against forces far more terrible and menacing than ever before"--

Cast the first stone : an Ellie Stone mystery

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:00
by Ziskin, James W., 1960-
Publisher Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2017.
303 pages ; 21 cm
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Call Number M ZIS
Summary "Ellie Stone, a young newspaper reporter in 1960s' upstate New York, is sent to Los Angeles to cover the story of a local boy about to debut in his first Hollywood movie. But when he disappears and Ellie investigates, she puts her life at risk by asking too many questions that make the Hollywood elite uncomfortable"--

The witches' tree : an Agatha Raisin mystery

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 05:00
by Beaton, M. C.,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
277 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M BEA
Summary Cotswolds inhabitants are used to inclement weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They strain to see the road ahead--and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered--and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime. Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion (a little glad for the excitement, to tell the truth, after a long run of lost cats and divorces on the books). But Sumpton Harcourt is a small and private village, she finds--a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation--and even her life. That the village has its own coven of witches certainly doesn't make her feel any better...

Murder in Saint-Germain

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:52
by Black, Cara, 1951-
Publisher Soho Crime, [2017] ©2017
326 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M BLA
Summary Paris, July 1999: Private investigator Aimée Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she's being stalked by a ghost, a Serbian warlord her team took down. She's suffering from PTSD and her boss thinks she's imagining things. She begs Aimée to investigate, is it possible Mirko Vladić could be alive and in Paris with a blood vendetta? Aimée is already working on a huge case; plus, she's got an eight-month-old baby to take care of. But she can't say no to Suzanne, whom she owes a big favor. Aimée chases the few leads she has, and all evidence confirms Mirko Vladić is dead. It seems that Suzanne is in fact paranoid, perhaps losing her mind, until Suzanne's team begins to die in a series of strange, tragic accidents. Are these just coincidences? Or are things not what they seem?

The weight of night : a novel of suspense

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:52
by Carbo, Christine,
Publisher Atria Paperback, 2017.
First Atria paperback edition.
397 pages : map ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M CAR
Summary "In a land sculpted by glaciers, the forest is on fire. Thick smoke chokes the mountain air and casts a twilight glow over the imposing mountains and vistas of Montana's Glacier National Park. When firefighters are called in to dig fuel line breaks near the small town bordering the park, a crewmember is shocked to unearth a shallow grave containing human remains. Park Police Officer Monty Harris is summoned to the site to conduct an excavation. But with a 2,500-degree incendiary monster threatening to barrel through the town and no forensic detective on hand, Monty must work outside protocol. So he seeks help from Gretchen Larson, the county's lead crime scene investigator, and someone on whom Monty feels he can rely. The two are working against the clock to determine the true identity of the victim when a teenager suddenly disappears from one of the campgrounds in Glacier. Could the cases somehow be connected? As chances for recovery of the missing boy grow slimmer and the FBI finds only dead ends, Gretchen and Monty desperately race to fit all the pieces together in time."--

Magpie murders

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:52
by Horowitz, Anthony, 1955-
Publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First U.S. edition.
241, 236 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M HOR
Summary From New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz comes Magpie Murders, a brilliant and strikingly original reimagining of the classic whodunit (a la Agatha Christie) with a contemporary mystery wrapped around it. When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pund, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job. Conway's latest tale has Atticus Pund investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she's convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.

What the dead leave behind

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:52
by Housewright, David, 1955-
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
310 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M HOU
Summary "Once a police detective in St. Paul, Minnesota, Rushmore McKenzie has become not only an unlikely millionaire, but an occasional unlicensed private investigator, doing favors for friends and people in need. When his stepdaughter Erica asks him for just such a favor, McKenzie doesn't have it in him to refuse. Even though it sounds like a very bad idea right from the start. The father of Malcolm Harris, a college friend of Erica's, was found murdered a year ago in a park in New Brighton, a town just outside the Twin Cities. With no real clues and all the obvious suspects with concrete alibis, the case has long since gone cold. As McKenzie begins poking around, he soon discovers another unsolved murder that's tangentially related to this one. And all connections seem to lead back to a group of friends the victim was close with. But all McKenzie has is a series of odd, even suspicious, coincidences--until someone decides to make it all that more serious and personal"--

Death on Nantucket

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:52
by Mathews, Francine,
Publisher Soho Crime, [2017]
274 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M MAT
Summary "Spencer Murphy is a national treasure: a famous war correspondent who escaped captivity in Southeast Asia, his books and television appearances have made him a fortune for half a century. But Spencer, a venerable member of the Wharf Rats--Nantucket's exclusive club for fishermen, storytellers, and characters--is growing forgetful with age. When Spence starts to wander and his half-Asian daughter disappears without a word, Nantucket police detective Meredith Folger is called in to investigate. The timing couldn't be worse: It's the Fourth of July, Merry's planning her wedding to cranberry farmer Peter Mason, and her new police chief is gunning for her job. When a body is discovered at Step Above, the sprawling Murphy house near Steps Beach, Merry is inclined to call it a tragic accident ... until another member of the Murphy clan comes to a brutal end. As Merry grapples with a family of unreliable storytellers--some incapable of recalling the past, and others determined that it never be known--she suspects that the truth may be forever out of reach, trapped in the failing brain of a man whose whole life turns out to be a lie"--

A crime of passion fruit

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Alexander, Ellie
Publisher St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
St. Martin's Paperbacks edition.
278 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC ALEXANDER
Summary "Jules Capshaw is trying to keep her cool as Torte gets set to make its transformation from quaint, local confectionary café to royal pastry palace. Meanwhile, Jules's estranged husband Carlos is making a desperate plea for her to come aboard his cruise ship and dazzle everyone with her signature sweets. She may be skeptical about returning to her former nautical life with Carlos but Jules can't resist an all-expense-paid trip, either. If only she knew that a dead body would find its way onto the itinerary"--Amazon.com.

Gone gull : a Meg Langslow mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Andrews, Donna,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
vi, 295 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC ANDREWS
Summary "Gone Gull brings readers yet another knee-slapping adventure filled with New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews' cast of wacky characters. Meg Langslow is spending the summer at the Biscuit Mountain Craft Center, helping her grandmother Cordelia run the studios. But someone is committing acts of vandalism, threatening to ruin the newly-opened center's reputation. Is it the work of a rival center? Have the developers who want to build a resort atop Biscuit Mountain found a new tactic to pressure Cordelia into selling? Or is the real target Meg's grandfather, who points out that any number of environmentally irresponsible people and organizations could have it in for him? While Meg is trying to track down the vandal, her grandfather is more interested in locating a rare gull. Their missions collide when a body is found in one of the classrooms. Can Meg identify the vandal and the murderer in time to save the center's name--while helping her grandfather track down and rescue his beloved gulls?"--

Death in the abstract : a Katherine Sullivan mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Barnes, Emily,
Publisher Crooked Lane Books, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
311 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC BARNES
Summary "Retired police chief Katherine Sullivan moved away from Edina, Minnesota to feed her artistic soul in New Mexico. But when she receives an urgent call, her serenity is shattered. Nathan Walker, her best friend and former colleague from her days on the police force, is missing and his crew of security experts hasn't seen him in days. Now it's up to Katherine to fly home and track him down. Meanwhile, Edina is reeling from the murder of a local woman, which looks more and more like it could have a connection to Nathan's disappearance. And as Katherine digs deeper into the investigation, locating Nathan's abandoned car and compiling a list of potential kidnappers, another body is found--and Katherine fears time is running out for her friend"--Dust jacket.

A just clause

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Barrett, Lorna,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
viii, 306 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC Barrett, Lorna
Summary "Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne'er-do-well father, John, comes to town--and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia's faith in the old man is shaken when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time. But what about bestselling thriller author Steven Richardson? Is it a coincidence that he arrived for a book signing just before the crime or that the victim was found with a signed copy of his latest bestseller? From merlot to murder, Tricia is determined to clear the family name before another body shows up and ruins Stoneham's first--and highly anticipated--wine and jazz festival"--

The devouring : a Billy Boyle World War II mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Benn, James R.,
Publisher Soho Crime, [2017] ©2017
310 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC BENN
Summary "A murder in wartime Switzerland reveals Swiss complicity with the Nazis and profiteering during World War II. Billy and Kaz are sent to neutral Switzerland to investigate the murder of a Swiss banking official with ties to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). The US and Swiss governments are about to embark on diplomatic discussions regarding the Safehaven Protocols, which are aimed at limiting the amount of war materials exported by Switzerland to the Nazis, halting the laundering of looted gold, and preventing the postwar use of Nazi wealth for war criminals. With the talks about to begin, the OSS wants their involvement in the murder cleared up, as well as to protect the participants from any threat of violence. The plans go wrong from the beginning when Billy and Kaz crash-land in France. As they make their way through occupied territory to the border, they meet Anton Lasho, a member of the Sinti ethnic group, whose family was slaughtered by the Nazis, and who is, in turn, a one-man Nazi-killing machine. They'll need his help, because as they find once they make it across the border, Swiss banks are openly laundering gold 'harvested' from concentration camps, and those that are profiting will do everything they can to protect their wealth and hide their dark secrets"--

Murder at the puppy fest

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Berenson, Laurien,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017. ©2017
First Kensington hardcover edition.
278 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number MYS BER
Summary When the wealthy philanthropist host of an annual fundraiser to benefit a local animal shelter is found dead, Melanie Travis must unearth the true cause of his death.

A ghostly light

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Blackwell, Juliet,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
329 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number PBK BLA
Summary "When her friend Alicia hires Turner Construction to renovate a historic lighthouse in the San Francisco Bay, Mel Turner can't wait to get her hands dirty. Alicia plans to transform the island property into a welcoming inn, and while Mel has never attempted a project so ambitious--or so tall--before, she's definitely up for the challenge. But trouble soon arises when Alicia's abusive ex-husband shows up to threaten both her and Mel, and later turns up dead at the base of the lighthouse stairs.

Death at the seaside

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Brody, Frances,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
391 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number FIC BRODY, FRANCES
Summary Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there. Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma's daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweler who advanced Felicity the thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma's current gentleman friend. Kate can't help but become involved, and goes to the jeweller's shop to get some answers. When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it becomes clear that her services are needed. Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby's idyllic façade, it's up to Kate - ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden - to discover the truth behind Felicity's disappearance. And they say nothing happens in August...

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