New Mystery Fiction

A Christmas peril

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Hennrikus, J. A.,
Publisher Midnight Ink, [2017]
276 pages ; 20 cm.
Books
Call Number M HENNRIKUS, J.

Death of a lobster lover

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

The coroner's daughter

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Hughes, Andrew, 1979-
Publisher Pegasus Books Ltd., 2017.
325 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M HUGHES
Summary Dublin, 1816. A young nursemaid conceals a pregnancy and then murders her newborn in the home of the Neshams, a prominent family in a radical Christian sect known as the Brethren. Rumors swirl about the identity of the child's father, but before an inquest can be held, the maid is found dead after an apparent suicide. When Abigail Lawless, the eighteen-year-old daughter of the city coroner, by chance discovers a message from the maid's seducer, she sets out to discover the truth. An only child, Abigail has been raised amid the books and instruments of her father's grim profession, and he in turn indulges her curious and critical mind. Now she must push against the restrictions society places on a girl her age to pursue an increasingly dangerous investigation. Abigail's searches begin to uncover the well-guarded secrets of two factions―the Christian Brethren and a burgeoning rationalist community―drawing the attention of a sinister figure who emerges in fleeting glimpses and second-hand reports: the man with the lazy eye. Determined, resourceful, and intuitive, Abigail Lawless emerges as a young lady sleuth operating at the dawn of forensic science.

Grace to the finish

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Hyzy, Julie A.,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
294 pages ; 17 cm.
Books
Call Number pbk. Hyzy, Julie
Summary "Now that Grace Wheaton has officially been named heir to Bennett Marshfield's fortune, her usually busy schedule has become a juggling act. In addition to her duties at Marshfield Manor, she's bankrolling her roommates' refurbished wine shop. Grace is excited to check out the rustic space with Bruce and Scott. but that excitement turns to dismay when they stumble upon the body of the banker involved with the sale."--Back cover.

Need you dead

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by James, Peter, 1948-
Publisher Macmillan, 2017. ©2017
419 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
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Call Number FIC James, Peter
Summary Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you've made. A chance photograph on a client's mobile phone changes everything for her. When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.

A murder too soon

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Jecks, Michael,
Publisher Crème de la Crime, an imprint of Severn House Publishers, Ltd., 2017. ©2017
First world edition.
218 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M JECKS
Summary Jack Blackjack is ordered to eliminate a spy in Princess Elizabeth's household in this engaging Tudor mystery. June, 1554. Former cutpurse and now professional assassin Jack Blackjack has deep misgivings about his latest assignment. He has been despatched to the Palace of Woodstock, where Queen Mary's half-sister Princess Elizabeth is being kept under close guard. Jack's employer has reason to believe that a spy has been installed within the princess's household, and Jack has been ordered to kill her. Jack has no choice but to agree. But he arrives at Woodstock to discover that a murder has already been committed. As he sets out to prove his innocence by uncovering the real killer, Jack finds the palace to be a place steeped in misery and deceit; a hotbed of illicit love affairs, seething resentments, clashing egos and bitter jealousies. But who among Woodstock's residents is hiding a deadly secret - and will Jack survive long enough to find out?

Season of sacrifice : a Maya Mallick mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Kirchner, Bharti,
Publisher Severn House, 2017. ©2017
First world edition.
213 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M KIRCHNER
Summary Introducing feisty Asian-American private investigator Maya Mallick in the first of an intriguing new mystery series. During a morning stroll in Seattle's Green Lake district, Maya Mallick is horrified to see two young women, shrouded in white, set themselves ablaze in front of the temporary residence of the visiting Chinese foreign minister. She's even more shocked to recognize one of them: Sylvie Burton, a brilliant Tibetan-American biomedical scientist, who is the adopted sister of Maya's best friend. An onlooker informs her that the two women are martyrs, protesting the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Yet Maya has a nagging suspicion that all is not as it seems. With so much to live for, why would Sylvie wish to end her life in this horrific way? As Maya gets closer to the shocking truth, she finds her own life on the line.

Babylon Berlin

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Kutscher, Volker, 1962-
Publisher Sandstone Press Ltd, [2016] ©2016
518 pages ; 20 cm.
Books
Call Number M KUTSCHER
Summary Berlin, 1929. Detective Inspector Rath was a successful career officer in the Cologne Homicide Division before a shooting incident in which he inadvertently killed a man. He has been transferred to the Vice Squad in Berlin, a job he detests, even though he finds a new friend in his boss, Chief Inspector Wolter. There is seething unrest in the city and the Commissioner of Police has ordered the Vice Squad to ruthlessly enforce the ban on May Day demonstrations. The result is catastrophic with many dead and injured, and a state of emergency is declared in the Communist strongholds of the city. When a car is hauled out of Berlin's Landwehr Canal with a mutilated corpse inside, the Commissioner decides to use this mystery to divert the attention of press and public from the casualties of the demonstrations. The biggest problem is that the corpse cannot be identified.

Child of my winter : a Rick Van Lam mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Lanh, Andrew,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
First edition.
275 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M LANH
Summary Rick van Lam is bui doi , "a child of dust," as the Vietnamese scornfully called a mixed-blood kid whose father was an unknown American GI. But Rick was lucky-in time he was sent to America. And he's ended up in Hartford, Connecticut, where he's made a life as a private eye after leaving a career as a cop at the NYPD. Rick is also teaching a part-time course at Farmington College where brainy Vietnamese student Dustin Trang, a scholarship student with no social skills and an oddly hostile family, is scorned and bullied. It reminds Rick of his own miserable days in a Saigon orphanage and he reaches out. But Dustin rebuffs him. One night as a blizzard strikes, a professor is shot down in the campus parking lot. The man had befriended Justin, but their relationship had visibly soured. Dustin is everyone's hot suspect for the murder, but Rick believes the boy is innocent. Oddly, Dustin seems indifferent to others' suspicion that he's a killer. And he seems resistant to helping his case. Rick knows he owes who he has become to the loving support of his friend, Hank Nguyen, and Hank's multigenerational family. To pay it forward for Justin, Rick persuades Hank, a state cop, and some of his circle of Hartford friends to dig into Dustin's dysfunctional world, interviewing faculty and students, relatives, and a busy congregation that seems to be a focal point for the fractured Trang family. As the investigation stalls and the cops close in, Rick realizes he has to break though a web of lies, anger, and betrayals, and force Justin to reveal whatever it is he fears more than arrest for murder.

A panicked premonition : a psychic eye mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Laurie, Victoria,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
353 pages : 24 cm
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Call Number FIC LAURIE, VICTORIA
Summary "Professional psychic and FBI consultant Abby Cooper has used her visions to get her out of many a scrape--and solve many a crime--but she's about to face a murder scene that will put all her powers to the test. Abby's husband, Dutch, has a side business providing security and building panic rooms for wealthy clients. One morning, one of Dutch's partners, Dave, goes missing on his way to meet a client. Abby's instincts tell her something terrible has happened to him. Then two of Dutch's clients are found brutally murdered inside their brand new panic room, and most of the evidence points to Dave as the killer. With the authorities racing to find and arrest him, Abby's got to use all her intuitive prowess to get to Dave first, discover the real killer, and save her husband's business. This is one case where Abby is positive there's far more to this mystery than meets her inner eye."--

Gumshoe for two : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Leininger, Robert, 1946-
Publisher Oceanview Publishing, [2017] ©2017
355 pages ; 24 cm.
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Call Number FIC LEININGER, ROBERT
Summary Ex-IRS agent turned gumshoe-in-training, Mortimer Angel, is approached by a beautiful hooker, Holiday, in a casino bar in Reno. Mort first met Holiday two months ago, but now learns that she's not really a hooker. She's a college engineering student, searching for her younger sister, Allie, who disappeared three months ago. Having seen Mort in the news, Holiday knows he's a PI who finds missing persons. While in the bar with Mort, Holiday gets an unexpected phone call from Allie who says she's in Gerlach, a small town in Nevada. The call is cut off. Holiday hires Mort on the spot, dragging him off to Gerlach. When Mort finds a connection between Allie and US Senator Harry "Liar" Reinhart, a presidential candidate who vanished without a trace three days ago, things quickly turn deadly very deadly.

French fried

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Logan, Kylie
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
295 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number PBK MYS LOGAN, KYLIE

Bearly departed

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Macy, Meg,
Publisher Kensington Books, [2017]
292 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC MACY

Knot what you think

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Marks, Mary,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
First Kensington mass market edition.
311 pages ; 18 cm.
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Call Number M MARKS
Summary Martha Rose is alarmed by the discovery of Dolleen Doyle's dead body, especially when evidence suggests a fellow quilter committed the crime. Set on clearing her pal, Martha searches for answers--but with ties to a convicted fraudster's stolen millions and a secret office room, the victim's past raises even more questions. As Martha inches towards the culprit, she learns that wrapping the case up--and living to baste another square--will be trickier than she ever imagined ...

Murder at Chateau sur Mer

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Maxwell, Alyssa,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
278 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC MAXWELL

Cold hearted river

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by McCafferty, Keith,
Publisher Viking, [2017]
xii, 306 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC McCafferty, Keith
Summary "The sixth novel in the acclaimed Sean Stranahan mystery series--featuring Montana's favorite private detective. Buffalo Jump Blues, fifth in the series, is now available. A story of lost treasure, Cold Hearted River begins with the death of a woman, stranded in a spring snowstorm, who in desperation climbs into a bear's den. When Sheriff Martha Ettinger, reunited with once-again lover Sean Stranahan, investigates, she finds a fly wallet in a pannier of the dead woman's horse, the leather engraved with the initials EH. Only a few days before, Patrick Willoughby, the president of the Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club, had been approached by a man selling fishing gear that he claims once belonged to Ernest Hemingway. A coincidence? Sean doesn't think so, and he soon finds himself on the trail of a missing steamer trunk rumored to contain not only the famous writer's valuable fly fishing gear, but priceless samples of his unpublished work. The investigation will take Sean through extraordinary chapters in Hemingway's life. Inspired by a true story, Cold Hearted River is a thrilling adventure, moving from Montana to Michigan, where a woman grapples with the secrets in her heart, to a cabin in Wyoming under the Froze-To-Death Plateau, and finally to the ruins in Havana, where an old man struggles to complete his life's mission one true sentence at a time"--

Marriage is pure murder

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by McLaughlin, Staci,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
First Kensington mass market edition.
315 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number pbk. McLaughlin, Staci

Murder in disguise : a Roaring Twenties mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Miley, Mary,
Publisher Severn House, 2017.
First world edition.
234 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number FIC MILEY, MARY
Summary "Employed by Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford at their famous film studios, script girl Jessie Beckett has a reputation as a skilled amateur sleuth. So when a projectionist is shot dead at the movie theatre where he worked, his grieving widow asks Jessie if she can find out who killed him, and why. Who was the mysterious man in the red coat who fired three shots at Joe Petrovitch? And how could he vanish from the balcony with no trace? To find the answers, Jessie must delve into the dead man's history and uncover dark secrets from another continent and another era. As she is to discover, the past has a long reach"--book jacket

Hunting hour : a Timber Creek K-9 mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Mizushima, Margaret,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
282 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC MIZUSHIMA
Summary Deputy Mattie Cobb is in a dark place and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to work on issues from her past. When she and her K-9 partner Robo get called to track a missing junior high student, they find the girl dead on Smoker's Hill behind the high school, and Mattie must head to the Walker home to break the bad news. But that's only the start of trouble in Timber Creek, because soon another girl goes missing--and this time it's one of Cole's daughters. Knowing that each hour a child remains missing lessens the probability of finding her alive, Mattie and Robo lead the hunt while Cole and community volunteers join in to search everywhere. To no avail. It seems that someone has snatched all trace of the Walker girl from their midst, including her scent. Grasping at straws, Mattie and Robo follow a phoned-in tip into the dense forest, where they hope to find a trace of the girl's scent and to rescue her alive. But when Robo does catch her scent, it leads them to information that challenges everything they thought they knew about the case. Mattie and Robo must rush to hunt down the kidnapper before they're too late in Hunting Hour, the third installment in critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima's exhilarating mystery series.

Quick and the dead

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Moody, Susan,
Publisher Severn House Publishers Ltd, 2016.
First world edition.
236 pages ; 23 cm.
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Call Number FIC Moody, Susan

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