New Mystery Fiction

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...

Thrill kill

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Bruns, Don,
Publisher Severn House, 2017.
First world edition.
220 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC BRUNS
Summary Beneath the carefree atmosphere of Mardi Gras, something very sinister is going on in the intriguing new Quentin Archer mystery. Three murders so far. No apparent motive; no link between the victims; none of them have been robbed. One item ties them together: a can of spray gas known as Chill has been left at the scene of each crime. Is someone killing for kicks? With no leads to pursue and no witnesses coming forward, all the cops can do is wait for murder number four. As rumours emerge, Archer realizes there's a pattern taking shape. Could there be more to these seemingly random killings than meets the eye? Teaming up with voodoo queen Solange Cordray, Archer begins to uncover evidence of a shocking conspiracy.

Macramé murder

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Bryan, Mollie Cox, 1963-
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
First Kensington mass market edition.
342 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number PBK MYS BRYAN, MOLLIE

Pudding up with murder

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Buckley, Julia, 1964-
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
viii, 293 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number PBK MYS BUCKLEY, JULIA
Summary Customers trust Lilah Drake to keep her mouthwatering meals under wraps, but when a millionaire meets his untimely end, some sinister secrets become the main course...Spring is right around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures come plenty of food requests from Lilah Drake's covered-dish clients. Lilah pulls out all the stops with a sweet new casserole for the birthday party of Marcus Cantwell, a wealthy curmudgeon who has some angry ex-wives and more than a few enemies. When he's found facedown in Lilah's casserole, it's anyone's guess as to who might have wanted the old man dead. A possible new heir to Marcus's fortune adds some unexpected spice to the investigation, but Lilah fears that the old adage is true, and "the proof is in the pudding."

A story to kill

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Cahoon, Lynn,
Publisher Kensington Books, [2016] ©2016
First Kensington mass market edition.
277 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number M CAHOON
Summary Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers' retreats in the big blue Victorian she's inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband! Now it's an authors' getaway--but Cat won't let anyone get away with murder... The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn't know why he came all the way from New York, but she's glad to have him among the quirkier--and far less famous--attendees. Cat's high school sweetheart Seth, who's fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat...some of them a little overpowering. But it's her uncle, the local police chief, whom she'll call for help when there's a surprise ending for Tom Cook in his cozy guest room. Will a killer have the last word on the new life Cat has barely begun?

A nest of vipers

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Camilleri, Andrea,
Publisher Penguin Books, [2017]
261 pages ; 20 cm
Books
Call Number FIC Camilleri, Andrea
Summary "Montalbano investigates the death of the wealthy Cosimo Barletta in a case that involves a ring of mistresses and family secrets"--

Once upon a spine : a bibliophile mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Carlisle, Kate, 1951-
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
279 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC CARLISLE
Summary "San Francisco bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright stumbles through the looking glass in a tale of murder, rare books, and a quest for the perfect pie. . . . Brooklyn's oh-so-proper future in-laws are traveling from England to meet her, and if that's not enough to set her on edge, rumors abound that the charming Courtyard Shops across the street may be replaced by high-rise apartments. Their trendy neighborhood will be ruined unless Brooklyn and her fiance Derek Stone, can persuade the shopkeepers not to sell. But with a rare edition of Alice in Wonderland causing bad blood at the Brothers Bookshop and a string of petty vandalism making everyone nervous, Brooklyn and Derek feel like they're attempting six impossible things before breakfast. Then the owner of the Rabbit Hole juice bar is felled by his own heavy shelves, and the local cobbler lies dead beside him. An accident . . . or something more sinister? Things get curiouser and curiouser when a second priceless copy of Alice is discovered. Will it stir up more trouble within the close-knit community? As the Brits descend, Brooklyn learns they're not so stuffy after all. Derek's dad is won over with chocolate cream pie, and his psychic mum would kill to help Brooklyn solve this murder--before another victim takes a tumble"--

Patterned after death

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Casey, Elizabeth Lynn,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
295 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number pbk. Casey, Elizabeth
Summary "Everyone in Sweet Briar, South Carolina, knows former high school football stars Jake Davis and Noah Madden. The two were fierce rivals once, and now, twenty years later, the dueling quarterbacks haven't lost their luster. So townsfolk are surprised when Jake and Noah team up for a business venture. And there's only one suspect when Noah turns up murdered. Margaret Louise, Jake's mother and one of the founding members of the sewing circle, isn't about to take the attack on her son's reputation lying down. In fact, she's in full mama-bear mode. And Tori and the rest of the Sweet Briar gang are more than willing to help her sharpen her claws to catch a killer."--Amazon.com.

Wrong side of the paw

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Cass, Laurie,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
345 pages ; 17 cm.
Books
Call Number pbk. Cass, Laurie
Summary "As the bookmobile rolls along the hills of Chilson, Michigan, Minnie and Eddie spread good cheer and good reads. But when her faithful feline finds his way into the middle of a murder, Minnie is there, like any good librarian, to check it out." --

When the bishop needs an alibi

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Chapman, Vannetta,
Publisher Harvest House Publishers, [2017] ©2017
338 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M CHAPMAN
Summary "Amish bishop Henry Lapp eagerly awaits the annual arrival of 20,000 sandhill cranes to the San Luis Valley of Colorado. But his visit to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge reveals more than just a miracle of God's creation. Hidden among the bulrushes and cattails is the body of Sophia Johnson--one of Monte Vista's newest residents and a waitress at the local diner. As the local authorities attempt to unravel the mystery, Henry finds himself drawn to the young woman's family and once again feels God's calling to use his extraordinary talent to aid in the investigation. His ability to draw from memory in photographic detail could help solve the case. It might also put Henry and those he loves in the direct path of a killer willing to do anything it takes to cover up a brutal crime. What happens when Henry embraces his gift and trusts in God's protection, knowing that danger could be lurking close by?"--

Give up the dead : a Jay Porter novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Clifford, Joe,
Publisher Oceanview Publishing, [2017]
261 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M CLIFFORD
Summary Three years have passed since estate-clearing handyman Jay Porter almost lost his life following a devastating accident on the thin ice of Echo Lake. His investigative work uncovering a kids-for-cash scandal may have made his hometown of Ashton, New Hampshire, a safer place, but nothing comes without a price. The traumatic, uncredited events cost Jay his wife and his son, and left him with a permanent leg injury. Jay is just putting his life back together when a mysterious stranger stops by with an offer too good to be true: a large sum of cash in exchange for finding a missing teenage boy who may have been abducted by a radical recovery group in the northern New Hampshire wilds. Skeptical of gift horses and weary of reenlisting in the local drug war, Jay passes on the offer. The next day his boss is found beaten and left for dead, painting Jay the main suspect. As clues begin to tie the two cases together, Jay finds himself back on the job and back in the line of fire.

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