New Mystery Fiction

Strange magic

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Moore, Syd,
Publisher Point Blank, [2017]
vii, 392 pages ; 20 cm
Call Number FIC MOORE, SYD

Show me the sinister snowman

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Mulford, Carolyn,
Publisher Cave Hollow Press, [2017] ©2017
277 pages ; 24 cm.
Call Number M MULFORD

The house of four

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Nadel, Barbara,
Publisher Headline Publishing Group, 2017. ©2017
324 pages ; 24 cm.
Call Number M NADEL
Summary Everyone in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Moda knows the Devil's House. A crumbling Ottoman mansion, and once the home of a princess, it is a place associated with ill fortune. The princess' four children, now in old age, still live in separate apartments on different floors and are rumoured never to speak to each other. Then one of them is found dead, stabbed through the heart, and it is discovered that the other three siblings have met an identical fate. There is no sign of forced entry or burglary, and all evidence must be gained from letters and diaries, but as Inspector Ikmen digs into their past it becomes clear they have been harbouring a secret....

A promise of ruin

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Overholt, Cuyler,
Publisher Sourcebooks Landmark, [2017]
311 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number M OVERHOLT
Summary "In early 1900s New York, the formidable crime syndicate known as the Black Hand has been terrorizing the city's Italian community with bombings and kidnappings. When a young Italian girl is found drowned and sexually defiled, Dr. Genevieve Summerford suspects the organization has expanded into forced prostitution, and she won't rest until the trafficking ring is brought to justice"--

Dangerous to know : a Lillian Frost and Edith Head novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Patrick, Renee
Publisher Forge, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
336 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary "December 1938. Lillian Frost has plunged head first into a world of boldfaced names and endless glamour as social secretary to movie-mad millionaire Addison Rice. Costume designer Edith Head is now in charge of Paramount Pictures' wardrobe department, although her position is precarious: potential replacements are being auditioned on a regular basis. The two friends again become partners thanks to an international scandal: a real-life incident, a historical footnote long forgotten, in which the war clouds gathering over Europe cast a shadow on Hollywood. At a swanky Manhattan dinner party the well-heeled guests speak ill of Adolf Hitler in front of a German maid with Nazi sympathies. The secrets she spills soon have all of New York society running for cover--and two of Paramount's biggest stars, Jack Benny and George Burns, facing smuggling charges. When an emigre composer seeking work at Paramount is found dead, Marlene Dietrich tells Edith she blames agents of the Reich. As Lillian and Edith unravel intrigue that extends from Paramount's fabled Bronson Gate to FDR's Oval Office, only one thing is certain: they'll do it in style"--Provided by publisher.

Murder on Black Swan Lane

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Penrose, Andrea,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
342 pages ; 22 cm.

Murder at the male revue

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Perona, Elizabeth,
Publisher Midnight Ink, 2017.
First edition.
302 pages. ; 21 cm
Call Number FIC PERONA
Summary When Mary Ruth's company is hired to cater a fundraiser featuring the Buckingham Male Revue, the ladies see the chance to cross another item off their bucket list: helping divorcée Joy McQueen get over her decades-old fear of men in the buff. But when fundraiser sponsor Camille Ledfelter is stabbed to death, the women must uncover the naked truth about who wanted her dead. Proving who did it, however, will require dodging a persistent stripper-for-hire, surviving the American Legion Bingo, drinking high-end cognac, searching for an implicated 3-D printer, and laying bare the motives of a dangerous killer"--Kirkus Reviews.

Grave errors

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Perry, Carol J,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
First Kensington mass market edition.
343 pages ; 18 cm.

The silent second : a Chuck Restic mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Phillips, Adam Walker, 1971-
Publisher Prospect Park Books, [2017]
282 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number M PHILLIPS
Summary "Chuck Restic has achieved the American dream: a successful career with a large corporation, his own home, and the best health care insurance and retirement package money can buy ... but he's crumbling inside. Twenty years in Human Resources have pushed Chuck Restic into an existential crisis. Only when he sets out to find a missing employee from his L.A. firm does he feel alive again. Applying his HR skills and wit to his moonlight detective work, Chuck unravels a web of crooked real estate deals and three murders, staving off a fourth: his own"--

If the haunting fits, wear it

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Pressey, Rose,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017. ©2017
First Kensington mass market edition.
296 pages ; 18 cm.
Summary When Cookie Chanel lands a dream assignment of providing vintage hats for a high-society Kentucky Derby party, she's brimming with excitement. Leaving her mother and best friend to mind the store at It's Vintage Y'All, Cookie packs up her psychic cat and races to Kentucky. But before she can hang her hat, her enthusiasm is dampened when the rider of the potential Derby-winning horse is put out to pasture. Now she's saddled with the jockey's ghost, who insists she find his killer. With suspects ranging from an odds-on favorite to a dark horse, Cookie may just find herself in a dead heat before the photo finish...

Ruined stones

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Reed, Eric, (Mystery writer),
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
First edition.
226 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number M REED
Summary Having survived the 1941 Blitz and the predator in her small Shropshire village, policeman's daughter Grace Baxter moves to the city of Newcastle-on-Tyne and takes on a job in the city's constabulary. Grace's arrival coincides with the discovery of the body of a young woman, curiously difficult to identify, at the scanty ruins of a Roman temple situated across from a church. The bone-numbing cold, the fogs, and the Blitz, not to mention to peculiar behavior of some of the citizens and the hostility directed towards a woman in man's work, test Grace's resolve to be an effective officer.

Only skein deep

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Sefton, Maggie,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
vi, 293 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number MYS SEF
Summary "Kelly Flynn and her boyfriend, Steve, couldn't be happier as they await the birth of their bouncing baby boy. Kelly's got a built-in group of fiber arts specialists, the Lambspun Knitters, who are working away on blankets and booties. As they sit around the table crafting their keepsakes, the story of Giselle Callahan is a popular topic of conversation. Giselle is the young wife of Henry Callahan, a Fort Connor banking scion, who traded in his previous wife of forty years for a newer model. Giselle's prowess as a skilled country club golfer and social climber puts her on someone's hit list. When she is found dead on the greens at the golf club, Kelly and her Lambspun crew worry that a vicious killer is in their midst. They must work fast to bring an unhinged murderer to justice on the back nine before Kelly's very special delivery"--

Dangerous ends

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Segura, Alex, 1980-
Publisher POLIS Books, 2017.
First hardcover edition.
311 pages ; 23 cm
Call Number M SEGURA
Summary Former journalist Pete Fernandez, now a private investigator, and his partner Kathy Bentley wade into a case that no one wants. Soon, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a pro-Castro gang and a political hit ordered by Fidel Castro himself which involved not only Pete, but his dead father's past.

The birdwatcher : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Shaw, William, 1959-
Publisher Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2017. ©2016
First North American edition.
329 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number MYS SHA

To helvetica and back

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Shelton, Paige
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
Berkley Prime Crime mass-market edition.
viii, 293 pages ; 18 cm.
Summary Star City is known for its slopes and its powder. But nestled in the valley of this ski resort town is a side street full of shops that specialize in the simple charms of earlier eras. One of those shops is the Rescued Word, where Chester Henry and his adult granddaughter Clare lovingly repair old typewriters and restore old books. When a stranger to town demands they turn over an antique Underwood typewriter they're repairing for a customer, Clare fears "she" may need to be rescued. A call to the police scares the man off, but later Clare finds his dead body in the back alley. What about a dusty old typewriter could possibly be worth killing for?

The hidden : a Monika Paniatowski mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Spencer, Sally,
Publisher Severn House, 2017.
First world edition.
186 pages ; 23 cm.
Call Number MYS SPE
Summary DCI Paniatowski's team are increasingly convinced that the girl found dead in the woods is the victim of a ritual killing, carried out by a secret society which has been established in the very heart of Whitebridge. Their problem is that without Paniatowski there to back them up, they find it impossible to persuade the ambitious DCI 'Rhino' Dixon that treating it as a mere domestic murder will get them nowhere. And so Meadows, Crane and Beresford find themselves out on a limb - cutting corners, ignoring procedure, and running the very real risk that their careers could be brought to an abrupt and dramatic end. Meanwhile, Monika herself knows not only who the killer is, but also that he is stalking Louisa, her beloved daughter. But as she is one of the killer's victims too, and is lying in a coma -- hearing everything, but unable to move or speak -- there is nothing she can do about it!

Asking for truffle : a Southern Chocolate Shop mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by St. James, Dorothy,
Publisher Crooked Lane Books, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
326 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number M ST. JAMES
Summary Chocoholic Charity Penn must save her new seaside chocolate shop from a deadly assortment of threats in this sweet series debut. When Charity Penn receives a letter saying she won a trip to South Carolina for free confectionery lessons at a seaside chocolate shop, the Chocolate Box, she's skeptical: she knows that she never entered the contest. An old prep school friend offers to look into the phony prize - and ends up drowned in a vat of chocolate. A guilt-stricken Penn heads to the sunny Southern beach town to investigate. Though she's wary of the locals, their eccentric vibe makes her defenses melt away. But learning the art of crafting delicious chocolates turns bittersweet when she unwraps a dark and deadly plot to destroy the charming resort town. Only Penn's quick thinking and a mysterious cask of rare cocoa beans can save the town she's learned to love. -- front cover, inside flap

Miss Kopp's midnight confessions

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Stewart, Amy,
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. ©2017
374 pages ; 24 cm.
Call Number STE
Summary "The best-selling author of Girl Waits with Gun and Lady Cop Makes Trouble continues her extraordinary journey into the real lives of the forgotten but fabulous Kopp sisters ... Deputy sheriff Constance Kopp is outraged to see young women brought into the Hackensack jail over dubious charges of waywardness, incorrigibility, and moral depravity. The strong-willed, patriotic Edna Heustis, who left home to work in a munitions factory, certainly doesn't belong behind bars. And sixteen-year-old runaway Minnie Davis, with few prospects and fewer friends, shouldn't be publicly shamed and packed off to a state-run reformatory. But such were the laws--and morals--of 1916. Constance uses her authority as deputy sheriff, and occasionally exceeds it, to investigate and defend these women when no one else will. But it's her sister Fleurette who puts Constance's beliefs to the test and forces her to reckon with her own ideas of how a young woman should and shouldn't behave. Against the backdrop of World War I, and drawn once again from the true story of the Kopp sisters, Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions is a spirited, page-turning story that will delight fans of historical fiction and lighthearted detective fiction alike"--

Dead in the water

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Swanson, Denise,
Publisher Sourcebooks Landmark, [2017]
vi, 344 pages ; 18 cm
Summary Scumble River may never be the same. For school psychologist Skye Denison, there's certainly no place like home. When a violent tornado devastates her small hometown of Scumble River, she can't see how the community will ever recover--especially since town councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the twister. But things get even worse for Skye when her police chief husband, Wally, disappears in the midst of investigating Zeke's death, and evidence arises pointing to foul play. Did Zeke really die in the storm, or was he murdered? And could Wally be next on the criminal's hit list?

Crime song

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Swinson, David,
Publisher Mullholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
First edition.
356 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number F SWI