New Mystery Fiction

Party girls die in pearls : an Oxford girl mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Sykes, Plum,
Publisher Harper, [2017]
First edition.
329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F SYK
Summary "Internationally bestselling author of Bergdorf Blondes Plum Sykes returns with PARTY GIRLS DIE IN PEARLS, a charming murder mystery set at Oxford University in the 1980s. After Oxford's most popular classmate is found dead, new students Ursula Flowerbutton and Nancy Feingold believe she has been murdered and work to solve the mystery"--

City of masks : a Somershill Manor novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Sykes, S. D.,
Publisher Pegasus Crime, 2017.
First Pegasus Books edition.
xi, 368 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC SYKES
Summary Its 1358, and young Oswald de Lacy, Lord Somershill, is delayed in Venice as he awaits a pilgrim ship to the Holy Land. While the city is besieged by the King of Hungary, Oswald stays at the house of an English merchant, and soon comes under the spell of this decadent and dazzling island state that sits on the edge of Europe where East meets West. But Oswald has secrets. He is running away from something in England -- a shadow that still haunts him, no matter how much he consoles himself with the delights of Venice. When he finds a dead man at the carnival, he is dragged into a murder investigation that draws him deep into the intrigues of this paranoid, mysterious city. From the dungeons of the Doges Palace to the convent-brothel of Santa Lucia, Oswald must search for a murderer in this bewildering maze of alleys and canals. When he comes up against the feared Signori di Notte, the secret police, Oswald learns that he is not the only one with something to hide. Everyone is watching (or trailing) someone else; and nobody in Venice is who they appear to be. Masks, it seems, are not only for the carnival.

Shallow grave : a Matt Sinclair mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Thiem, Brian
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
326 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC THIEM, BRIAN
Summary When the Oakland coroner's office uncovers a body buried in a shallow grave in the outskirts of the city, homicide sergeant Matt Sinclair expects to find a drug dealer caught in the crosshairs of a turf war. Instead, the victim is identified as Phil Roberts, the commander of the police department's intelligence unit and Sinclair's former partner. Police brass want to pin the murder on a dead member of an outlaw motorcycle gang and they want the case closed quickly, but Sinclair and his current partner, Cathy Braddock, aren't satisfied with that answer. As Sinclair delves into the details of Roberts's past, secrets from his work and personal life come to the surface--secrets that some people will go to any length to keep buried. But Sinclair won't stop until he finds the truth, even if it means sacrificing his former partner's reputation and possibly his own career.

A conspiracy in Belgravia

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Thomas, Sherry (Sherry M.),
Publisher Berkley, 2017.
First edition.
317 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M THOMAS

Kill the heroes : a Charlie Henry mystery

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Thurlo, David,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
292 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number MYS THU
Summary "Charlie Henry, co-owner of a pawnshop and Iraq war veteran, has, for the most part, settled into his somewhat quieter life in Albuquerque. He is invited to attend the dedication of a memorial in a park, where he, other local heroes, and first responders are to be honored for their military accomplishments and dedication to the community. But trouble always seems to follow Charlie. When gunshots ring out, barely missing Charlie and hitting the man next to him, it's clear that a dangerous madman is on the loose. More shots are fired, and two more veterans are injured. Charlie thinks he might have been the target and looks around for the shooter. The crowd is in a panic, and he's unable to spot the gunman. Charlie tries to help the man who took the first hits, Nathan Whitaker, a decorated former Army helicopter pilot who has been badly wounded. No one is dead, at least not yet. But Charlie vows to find the evil person who would attack American heroes--he refuses to go down without a fight and knows that the perpetrator will soon learn that he has messed with the wrong man"--

Penance of the damned

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Tremayne, Peter,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
xiv, 338 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC Tremayne, Peter

Dressed to confess

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Vallere, Diane.
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
x, 290 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number PBK MYS VALLERE, DIANE

Fire and ashes

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Viets, Elaine, 1950-
Publisher Thomas & Mercer, [2017] ©2017
271 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M VIETS
Summary In the exclusive, gated enclave of Olympia Forest Estates, death investigator Angela Richman watches a mansion go up in a fiery blaze. With it, seventy-year-old financier Luther Delor, a drunken, bed-hopping rhinestone cowboy. Embroiled in a bitter divorce, Delor may have scandalized Chouteau Forest, but his murder has united it against the accused: Delor's twenty-year-old girlfriend, Kendra Salvato, an "outsider." With an engagement ring bigger than Chouteau County, she's being railroaded straight to death row as a gold-digging killer. All there is against Kendra is vicious gossip and anti-Mexican rage, and both are spreading like wildfire. Meanwhile, Angela is trying to douse the flames with forensic work that's putting the Forest on edge. After all, facts could implicate one of their own. Now, sifting through the ashes of a vicious crime--and the guilty secrets of the privileged--only Angela can get to the truth, and prevent an innocent woman from getting burned.

The Templars' last secret : a Bruno, Chief of Police novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Walker, Martin, 1947 January 23-
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
First United States edition.
317 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number MYS WAL
Summary "When a woman's body is found at the foot of a cliff near St. Denis, Bruno suspects a connection to the great ruined Château de Commarque, a long-ago Knights Templar stronghold that stands on the cliff above, and which, along with the labyrinth of prehistoric caves beneath it, continues to draw the interest of scholars. With the help of Amelie, a young Haitian newcomer to the Dordogne, Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance, the discovery of which could have dramatic repercussions throughout the Middle East--not to mention in St. Denis. And the woman's ties to Islamic terrorists can only heighten the pressure on Bruno to unravel the centuries-old mystery. Meanwhile, an old flame of Bruno's is assigned to work with him on the case, and the two find time, naturellement, to enjoy the supreme pleasures of the wine, food, and beauty of the Dordogne"--

The coldest fear

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Webb, Debra,
Publisher Mira, [2017]
411 pages ; 20 cm.
Books
Call Number M WEBB

A deeper grave

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Webb, Debra.
Publisher MIRA Books, [2017]
411 pages ; 19 cm.
Books
Call Number M WEBB
Summary "Serial-killer hunter Nick Shade built his legendary career chasing monsters--sadistic criminals with a gruesome thirst for death. When he rescued Montgomery detective Bobbie Gentry from horrific captivity and helped her reclaim her life, he didn't intend to be a hero. Or a target. But now a copycat murderer haunts him, and reuniting with Bobbie is his best chance at neutralizing the threat. Bobbie can't forget the nightmares of her trauma--or the man who saved her. Working with Nick to outmaneuver the person behind a deadly vendetta feeds her hope that there's more to her world than ghosts and destruction. Maybe joining Nick's search for a killer is about gratitude. Maybe it's nothing more than cold revenge. But the only way they can protect themselves is to trust each other"--Page 4 of cover.

Dead reckoning

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Wilson, Glenis,
Publisher Severn House, 2017. ©2017
First world edition.
216 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC WILSON, GLENIS
Summary "Champion jockey Harry Radcliffe is forced to enter another deadly game when he finds the body of local prostitute Alice Goode. The prime suspect for her murder is ex-con Jake Smith. When Jake demands that Harry gets him off the hook by tracking down the real killer, Harry has no choice but to agree, not when the life of his estranged, pregnant wife Annabel is at stake -- as well as his own. As Harry begins to question Alice's former clients, he uncovers some surprising secrets in her past, secrets that link Alice with members of his own family. But when he finds himself used as target practice, it's clear that someone else is equally determined to stop him finding out the truth. Will Harry survive long enough to race ride again? The odds against him are murderously high..." --

The seagull

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:42
by Cleeves, Ann,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
397 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number MYS CLE
Summary An encounter with an old enemy draws Vera into a cold case investigation with ties to her father.

Don't let go

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:42
by Coben, Harlan, 1962-
Publisher Dutton, [2017]
First edition.
vii, 351 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M COB
Summary "With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller. Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon "Nap" Dumas hasn't been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo's girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks -- and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother's death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he's been looking for. When Maura's fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions -- about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana -- whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine"--

Sleep like a baby

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:42
by Harris, Charlaine,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
262 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M HAR
Summary Robin and Aurora's newborn Sophie is proving to be quite a handful. They hire a partially trained nurse, Virginia Mitchell, to come and help the new parents for a few weeks when Robin has to leave town for work and Roe is struck with a bad case of the flu. One particularly stormy night, Roe wakes to hear her daughter crying and Virginia nowhere to be found. Searching for her reveals a body outside . . . but it isn't Virginia's. Now, not only does Roe have a baby to care for but a new puzzle to contend with - who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to Virginia?

This side of murder

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:42
by Huber, Anna Lee,
Publisher Kensington Books, [2017] ©2017
289 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M HUB
Summary Lured to Umbersea Island to attend the engagement party of one of her late husband's fellow officers, Verity mingles among the men her husband once fought beside, and discovers dark secrets--along with a murder clearly meant to conceal them. Relying on little more than a coded letter, the help of a dashing stranger, and her own sharp instincts, Verity is forced down a path she never imagined--and comes face to face with the shattering possibility that her husband may not have been the man she thought he was. It's a truth that could set her free--or draw her ever deeper into his deception...

Trace : a Joe Gunther novel

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:42
by Mayor, Archer,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
vi, 325 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M MAY
Summary The Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) has been pulled onto three cases at the same time; meanwhile, VBI head Joe Gunther has to take time off to care for his ailing mother. Those cases are now in the hands of the individual investigators. Sammie Martens is assigned a murder case. The victim is a young woman, the roommate of the daughter of Medical Examiner Beverly Hillstrom. A recent transplant from Albany, New York, Sammie must find out what put a hit man on the trail of this seemingly innocent young woman. Lester Spinney takes over a famous cold case, a double murder where a state trooper and a motorist were killed in an exchange of gunfire. Or so it has seemed for years. When Lester is told that the motorist's fingerprints were planted on the gun he's supposed to have fired, it opens the question--who really killed the state trooper? Willy Kunkle's case starts with a child's discovery of three teeth on a railroad track, leading eventually to a case of possible sabotage against critical military equipment. In cases that lead the team all over Vermont and nearby, Archer Mayor once again shows why his novels featuring Joe Gunther and the VBI team are among the finest crime fiction today.

Wolf's revenge : a Leo Maxwell mystery

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:42
by Smith, Lachlan,
Publisher Mysterious Press, [2017]
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
249 pages 24 cm
Books
Call Number M SMI

A casualty of war : a Bess Crawford mystery

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:42
by Todd, Charles,
Publisher William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
First edition.
377 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M TOD
Summary Caring for an unstable soldier who believes his distant cousin is responsible for his injuries, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford investigates the patient's claims, only to find herself in unexpected danger.

Mulch ado about murder

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 19:31
by Maxwell, Edith,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017. ©2017
First Kensington hardcover edition.
viii, 273 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M MAX
Summary "It's been a hot, dry spring in Westbury, Massachusetts. As organic farmer Cam Flaherty waits for much-needed rain, storm clouds of mystery begin to gather. Once again, it's time to put away her sun hat and put on her sleuthing cap... May has been anything but merry for Cam so far. Her parents have arrived unexpectedly and her crops are in danger of withering away. But all of that's nothing compared to the grim fate that lies in store for one of her neighbors. Nicole Kingsbury is the proud owner of the town's new hydroponic greenhouse. She claims the process will be 100% organic, but she uses chemicals to feed her crops. To Cam's surprise, her mother embarrasses her by organizing a series of loud public protests against Nicole's operation. When Nicole is found dead in a vat of hydroponic slurry--clutching another set of rosary beads--Detective Pete Pappas has a new murder to solve. Showers may be scarce this spring, but there's no shortage of suspects, including the dead woman's embittered ex husband, the Other Man whose affair ruined their marriage, and Cam's own mother. Lucky for Cam, her father turns out to have a knack for sleuthing--not to mention dealing with chickens. Will he and Cam be able to clear Mrs. Flaherty's name before the killer strikes again?"--Dust jacket flap.

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