New Mystery Fiction

Sowed to death

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Cochran, Peg,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
298 pages ; 17 cm.
Books
Call Number PBK MYS COCHRAN, PEG
Summary "The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan--especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer's Daughter. She is submitting jams and jellies she's created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon. But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby's neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend." -- Page [4] cover.

Dead and berried

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Cochran, Peg.
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
297 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number M COCHRAN
Summary "It's June in Cranberry Cove and Monica Albertson's plan to sell cranberry relish to chain stores is taking off. The cranberry bogs are in bloom, and local beekeeper Rick Taylor and his assistant Lori Wenk are bringing in bees to pollinate the blossoms. When a fatal prick fells Lori, the buzz is that Rick is to blame. In trying to clear her friend's name, Monica discovers that more than a few people in Cranberry Cove have felt the power of Lori's venom, and it looks as if this time she may have agitated the hive a bit too much. With the fate of the farm on the line, Monica must get to the bottom of the crime before another victim gets stung."--Page 4 of cover.

Yews with caution : a flower shop mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Collins, Kate, 1951-
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
x, 323 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC COLLINS

Cat about town

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Conte, Cate,
Publisher St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017. ©2017
St. Martin's paperbacks edition.
295 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number M CONTE
Summary "The first novel in a frisky new mystery series set in a small New England town, where an unlikely citizen is called in to solve the purrfect crime. . . Maddie James has arrived in Daybreak Island, just off the coast of Massachusetts, eager to settle down and start her own business--and maybe even fall in love. When a stray orange tabby pounces into her life, she's inspired to open a cat café. But little does Maddie know that she's in for something a lot more catastrophic when her new furry companion finds the dead body of the town bully. Now all eyes are on Maddie: Who is this crazy cat-whisperer lady who's come to town? If pet-hair-maintenance and crime-fighting weren't keeping her busy enough, Maddie now has not one but two eligible bachelors who think she's the cat's pajamas . . . and will do anything to win her heart. But how can she even think about happily-ever-after while a killer remains on the loose--and on her path?"--Page 4 of cover.

The tell-tale tarte

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Corrigan, Maya,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
First Kensington mass market edition.
314 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number M CORRIGAN

A catered costume party : a mystery with recipes

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Crawford, Isis,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
314 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M CRAWFORD
Summary When Darius Witherspoon hires them to cater a costume party in honor of his missing wife, Bernie and Libby arrive at the haunted Berkshire Arms only to find out that murder is on the menu when Darius is found hanging from a noose during the festivities.

The missing masterpiece : a Dorothy Martin mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Dams, Jeanne M.,
Publisher Severn House, 2017. ©2017
First world edition.
215 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number FIC DAMS, JEANNE
Summary When Dorothy Martin goes to France - alone because Alan is stuck back home in Sherebury with a broken ankle - she worries about her ability to get along in a language she barely speaks, and in a country she hasn't seen for over fifty years. But by the time Alan joins her a week later, Dorothy has found herself embroiled in one mystery after another: a woman drowning in quicksand; a man suffering a near--fatal fall in the abbey at Mont Saint Michel; and a missing American archaeologist - all seemingly connected to a monk named Abelard who has been dead for almost nine hundred years. It isn't until another body is discovered that Dorothy's ability to 'think outside the box' finally unravels the threads of a despicable scheme.

Body on Baker street : a Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Delany, Vicki, 1951-
Publisher Crooked Lane Books ; 2017.
First edition.
297 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M DELANY
Summary In the second Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery, Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson's book signing event with Renalta Van Markoff ends in a Sherlockian controversy and death.

All signs point to murder : a zodiac mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Di Marco, Connie, 1945-
Publisher Midnight Ink, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
324 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M DI MARCO, C.
Summary The stars predict a wedding-day disaster, but San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never expected murder. Julia Bonatti is alarmed by the astrological signs looming over Geneva Leary's wedding day, but nobody asked Julia's opinion and being a bridesmaid means supporting the bride no matter what. Even with the foreboding Moon-Mars-Pluto lineup in the heavens, no one's prepared for the catastrophes that strike: a no-show sister, a passed-out wedding planner, and a lethal shooting in the dead of night. With anger and grief threatening to tear the Leary family part, Julia is determined to understand how such a terrible tragedy could occur. As she digs deeper into the family's secrets, her astrological insights will lead her to the truth about a criminal enterprise that stretches far beyond the California coast"--Booklist

Blood for wine : a Cal Claxton Oregon mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Easley, Warren C.,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
First edition.
292 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC EASLEY, WARREN
Summary "When Cal's neighbor, Jim Kavanaugh, the owner and gifted vintner of an up-and-coming winery, is accused of murdering his wife, his freedom--and the grape harvest--is suddenly in jeopardy along with his reputation, and his business begins to slide. No gentleman farmer, this puts the rugged winemaker's property, his only financial asset, in play. When a blackmail plot is hatched against the owner of adjacent land, it begins to look like a brutal game of real-life Monopoly is underway. Cal agrees to defend Jim, a good friend, which pulls him reluctantly into the blackmail plot. Emotions are running high over Lori Kavanaugh's bloody death. There is no shortage of suspects. There may be more than the one game in play. And defending Jim might well make Cal the next target of a vicious, cunning killer."--

Miraculous mysteries : locked room mysteries and impossible crimes

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Edwards, Martin, 1955-
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
First US trade paperback edition.
351 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number 808.83872 MIR
Summary Impossible crime stories have been relished by puzzle-lovers ever since the invention of detective fiction. Fiendishly intricate cases were particularly well suited to the cerebral type of detective story that became so popular during the 'golden age of murder' between the two world wars. But the tradition goes back to the days of Edgar Allan Poe and Wilkie Collins, and impossible crime stories have been written by such luminaries as Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham. This anthology celebrates their work, alongside long-hidden gems by less familiar writers. Together these stories demonstrate the range and high accomplishment of the classic British impossible crime story over more than half a century.

Continental crimes

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Edwards, Martin, 1955-
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
313 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number 808.83872 CON
Summary "A man is forbidden to uncover the secret of the tower in a fairy-tale castle by the Rhine. A headless corpse is found in a secret garden in Paris - belonging to the city's chief of police. And a drowned man is fished from the sea off the Italian Riviera, leaving the carabinieri to wonder why his socialite friends at the Villa Almirante are so unconcerned by his death. These are three of the scenarios in this new collection of vintage crime stories. Detective stories from the golden age and beyond have used European settings - cosmopolitan cities, rural idylls and crumbling chateaux - to explore timeless themes of revenge, deception, murder and haunting. Including lesser-known stories by Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, J. Jefferson Farjeon and other classic writers, this collection reveals many hidden gems of British crime"--Page [4] of cover.

Spring break : a Daniel Jacobus mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Elias, Gerald,
Publisher Severn House, 2017.
First world edition.
214 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M ELIAS
Summary "Reclusive, blind violin pedagogue Daniel Jacobus is invited to speak at a seemingly innocuous symposium on Baroque music at a prestigious music conservatory. He has no idea he is about to become enmeshed in an entrenched culture of sexual harassment and its cover-up at the highest levels. When a renowned faculty member dies of apparent natural causes, only the curious behavior of a violin student at Jacobus's master class is an indication that something may be terribly amiss"--Dust jacket.

Death by vanilla latte

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Erickson, Alex,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
First Kensington mass market edition.
313 pages ; 17 cm.
Books
Call Number PBK MYS ERICKSON, ALEX
Summary "Ever since café owner Krissy Hancock settled into a relationship and--mostly--forgot about old flames, life has become surprisingly serene. Too bad her father, famed mystery writer James Hancock, had to pay an unexpected visit to Death by Coffee and brew up a batch of trouble . . . While caught off-guard by her dad's presence, Krissy never dreamed he'd become the biggest murder suspect in town. But that's exactly what happens when James's boorish agent--a man he allegedly fired just hours earlier--is found cold and lifeless, a still-warm vanilla latte resting by his hand . . . With Pine Hills divided over her father's innocence and a fanatical fan keen on locking the author away for safe keeping, Krissy must end the madness and identify the real criminal--even if that means meeting an ex or two along the way. But as her social life becomes increasingly chaotic, Krissy may be caught in a case that's far too hot to handle" -- provided by publisher.

Perish the day : a thriller

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Farrow, John, 1947-
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
295 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number FIC Farrow, John
Summary "A co-ed is found murdered on campus, her body scarcely touched. The killer paid meticulous attention to the aesthetics of his crime. Coincidentally (or not), a college custodian is also found dead. While an epic rainstorm assails the Holyoake, New Hampshire campus, overflowing rivers and taking down power lines, a third crime scene is revealed: a professor, formerly a spy, has been shot dead in his home. A mysterious note is found that warned him to run. Each victim is connected to the Dowbiggin School of International Relations, yet none seems connected to the other. The dead student was a close friend of Sergeant-Detective Emile Cinq-Mars's niece, so he puts his nose in; when internecine battles between police departments create a rift, he covertly slips into the crevice so he can be involved in the investigation. Coming up against campus secrets, Emile Cinq-Mars must uncover the links between disparate groups quickly before the next victim is selected for an elaborate initiation into murder."--

The black cat sees his shadow

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Finch, Kay,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
295 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number M FINCH

Arrowood

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Finlay, Mick,
Publisher Mira, [2017]
361 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M FINLAY
Summary 1895: London's scared. A killer haunts the city's streets. The poor are hungry; crime bosses are taking control; the police force stretched to breaking point. While the rich turn to Sherlock Holmes, the celebrated private detective rarely visits the densely populated streets of South London, where the crimes are sleazier and the people are poorer. In a dark corner of Southwark, victims turn to a man who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele and his showy forensic approach to crime: Arrowood self-taught psychologist, occasional drunkard and private investigator. When a man mysteriously disappears and Arrowood's best lead is viciously stabbed before his eyes, he and his sidekick Barnett face their toughest quest yet: to capture the head of the most notorious gang in London.

Assaulted caramel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Flower, Amanda,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
First Kensington mass market edition.
340 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC FLOWER

Addressed to kill

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Flowers, Jean, 1937-
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
viii, 293 pages : illustration ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number M FLOWERS

Death in A major : a music lover's mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Fox, Sarah, (Mystery writer),
Publisher Witness Impulse, an imrpint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016] ©2016
264 pages ; 20 cm
Books
Call Number M FOX
Summary When Archibald Major, local big wig and nasty tyrant, drops dead at a post-concert reception, violinist Midori Bishop soon suspects foul play. Although Midori has no intention of getting involved in another murder investigation, that all changes when Jordan -- her violin student and the victim's grandson -- seeks her help convincing the police that the real killer is his uncle, a low-level criminal. As Midori digs into the victim's life, she discovers that he was a man who created discord at every turn, even within his own family, and there is no shortage of potential suspects. When someone close to Midori unexpectedly confesses to the crime, Midori must race to discover the identity of the true killer before an innocent person goes to jail for a crime they didn't commit ... and before Midori herself becomes a victim in the killer's deadly encore.

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