New Mystery Fiction

Shallow end

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 23:38
by Chapman, Brenda, 1955-
Publisher Dundurn, [2017] ©2017
380 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M CHA
Summary English teacher, mother, wife, and convicted child predator Jane Thompson has made parole and she has a plan. She begins her life in the shadows while she bides her time. One month later, the bludgeoned body of the student she was found guilty of corrupting four years earlier is found on the shores of Lake Ontario. Officers Stonechild and Gundersund head up the investigation and Jane Thompson quickly becomes the prime suspect. But knowing guilt and proving it are two entirely different things. Wading through deeply buried secrets to the truth will take Stonechild and the team on a twisted journey into the heart of evil.

Proving ground

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 08:27
by Blauner, Peter,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
356 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M BLA
Summary "Nathaniel Dresden never really got along with his father, an infamous civil rights lawyer who defended criminals and spearheaded protest movements. As an act of rebellion, Natty joined the U.S. Army and served in Iraq, coming back with a chest full of commendations and a head full of disturbing memories. But when his father is found murdered near the peaceful confines of Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Natty is forced to deal with the troubled legacy of their unresolved relationship. He also has to fend off the growing suspicions of NYPD Detective Lourdes Robles, a brash Latina cop with something to prove, who thinks Natty might bear some responsibility for his father's death. Though truth be told, the list of people--cops and criminals--who wanted David Dresden out of the way is long. The search for answers leads Natty and Lourdes into an urban labyrinth where they must confront each other--and the brutal truths that could destroy them both. Proving Ground, New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner Peter Blauner's first novel in more than a decade, is a sweeping crime novel, an intricate story about the quest for redemption, and a vibrant portrait of contemporary New York City, all told in Blauner's singular voice"--

A rising man

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 08:27
by Mukherjee, Abir,
Publisher Pegasus Books, 2017.
386 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M MUK
Summary In the days of the British Raj in 1919, Captain Sam Wyndham, a former Scotland Yard detective newly arrived in Calcutta, is confronted with the murder of a British official who was found with a note in his mouth warning the British to leave India.

Love & death in Burgundy

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 08:27
by Shea, Susan C.,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
259 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M SHE
Summary "After three years of living in the small town of Reigny-sur-Canne, all Katherine Goff really wants is to be accepted by her neighbors into their little community. But as an American expat living in the proud region of Burgundy, that's no easy task. When the elderly Frenchman who lives in the village chateau is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, the town is turned into a hot bed of gossip and suspicion, and Katherine suddenly finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into the small town's secrets. A motherless teenager, a malicious French widow, a brash music producer, and a would-be Agatha Christie are among those caught up in a storm that threatens to turn Katherine's quiet life upside down. As more and more of the villagers' secrets are brought to light, Katherine must try to figure out who, if anyone, in the town she can trust, and which one of her neighbors just might be a killer"--

Murder in the Bowery : a gaslight mystery

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 08:27
by Thompson, Victoria (Victoria E.),
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
295 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M THO
Summary Frank Malloy's new client, Will, wants to find his brother, Freddie. But Freddie turns up dead.

The graves

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 08:27
by Wechsler, Pamela,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
326 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M WEC
Summary "Abby Endicott, the chief of the District Attorney's homicide unit in Boston, returns in the heart-racing follow-up to Mission Hill. Things are looking good for Abby: she's top pick to be the next District Attorney, and her musician boyfriend Ty has moved in, despite her upper crust family's objections. But a serial killer is on the loose, and with two college-aged girls dead and another missing, time is running out. When the sons of a prominent government official are linked to the murders, Abby pushes back, stopping at nothing to find justice for the girls. This time, the killer could be right under her nose, and she may be the next victim. In The Graves, former prosecutor turned television writer Pamela Wechsler delivers a tense and enthralling Boston-set thriller about the intersection of power, privilege, and justice"--

Murder wears mittens

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:27
by Goldenbaum, Sally,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington Hardover Edition
vii, 341 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M GOL
Summary After retrieving fresh lobster nets from a local Laundromat, Cass Halloran rushes to attend a last-minute gathering with her knitting circle. But Cass cant stop worrying about the lonely boy seen hanging around the dryers, and the school uniform he left behind in a hurry. When the ladies return the lost clothing the next day, they find the child and his younger sister alone, seemingly abandoned by their mother . . . The knitters intend to facilitate a family reunion, not investigate a crime. But the death of Dolores Cardozo, a recluse from the edge of town, throws the group for a loop. Especially when the missing mother and one of their own become tied to the victims hidden fortuneand her murder . . . Before scandalous secrets break bonds and rumors tear Sea Harbor apart, the Seaside Knitters need to string together the truth about Doloreswhile preventing a greedy murderer from making another move!

Dark river rising

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:27
by Johns, Roger,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
viii, 293 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M JOH
Summary "Dark River Rising is a tense and expertly-plotted mystery set against the bayous of Louisiana, from debut author Roger Johns. Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman has had better days. With her long-time partner and mentor on medical leave and a personal life in shambles, she's called to the scene of a particularly gruesome murder: the body of a known criminal has been found in a deserted warehouse, a snake sewn into his belly. Obvious signs of torture point to a cunning and cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to find what he's looking for. When Federal Agent Mason Cunningham arrives on the scene, Wallace expects a hostile takeover of the case. But when a scientist with ties to the victim goes missing from a government lab, she needs Mason's federal connections as much as he needs her local insight, and the two form an uneasy partnership to solve a case that grows more complicated--and dangerous--by the minute. Meanwhile, the killer lurks in the shadows with an agenda no one saw coming, and when Wallace and Mason threaten to get in the way they risk losing everything they hold dear. Including their lives"--

Murder most fowl

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 14:13
by Maxwell, Edith
Publisher Kensington Books, 2016.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
275 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M MAX
Summary "Spring may be just around the corner, but a cold-blooded killer has put the big chill on the residents of Westbury, Massachusetts. It looks like organic farmer-turned-sleuth Cam Flaherty will have to set aside her seedlings for the time being as she tills the soil for clues in the mysterious death of a local poultry maven. With the weather getting warmer, Cam should be spending her days pruning blueberry bushes and taking care of the new batch of chicks that just hatched. But murder knows no season. So when her fellow fowl-raiser Wayne Laitinen is found dead at his breakfast table one morning, Cam must put down her trimming shears and put on her crime-solving hat. The kind-hearted chicken farmer didn't have any enemies--or did he? A wealthy financier has been working hard to convince him to sell her his land, while a group of animal rights activists recently vandalized his property. Money troubles were threatening to sink his marriage. And a thirty-year-old scandal was driving a wedge between him and one of his oldest friends. Murder, blackmail, cover-ups. There's a fox in the hen house. But where? With some help from her off-again, on-again flame, police detective Pete Pappas, Cam will have to crack this case before Wayne's killer flies the coop forever"--Dust jacket flap.

Date with death

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Chapman, Julia,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
372 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M CHA
Summary Delilah Metcalfe, the owner of The Dales Dating Agency, is besieged by financial concerns, struggling to keep two businesses afloat and a roof over her head. She has no choice but to accept Samson O Brien as a new tenant for her office space. Dismissed from the police force and facing criminal prosecution, Samson has returned to his home town to set up a detective agency while he fights to clear his name. But when Samson gets his first case, investigating the supposed suicide of a local man, things take an unexpected turn. Soon he is discovering a trail of deaths that lead back to the door of Delilah's Dales Dating Agency. With suspicion hanging over someone they both care for, the two feuding neighbors soon realize that they need to work together to solve the mystery of the dating deaths. For Samson and Delilah, however, working together is easier said than done.

Cat got your cash : a Kitty Couture mystery

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Chase, Julie (Mystery writer),
Publisher Crooked Lane Books, 2017.
First edition.
330 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M CHA
Summary After a fashion designer is found murdered and the two cats who are the heirs to her fortune are missing, Lacy Marie Crocker tries to locate the cats only to find herself in the crosshairs of the killer.

Pekoe most poison

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Childs, Laura,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
311 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M CHI
Summary While attending the "Rat Tea," a Charleston society event, local tea shop owner Theodosia Browning becomes entangled in a murder case after the hostess's husband is poisoned.

Cold earth

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Cleeves, Ann,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
386 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number F CLE
Summary "In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died"--

Give the devil his due : a tarot mystery

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Hockensmith, Steve,
Publisher Midnight Ink, [2017]
First edition.
341 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M HOC
Summary "Reformed con artist-turned-tarot reader Alanis McLachlan gets paid for predicting the future--too bad she didn't see all the trouble in hers. First a figure from her past tries to drag her back into the life of crime she thought she'd left behind. Then a new suitor tries to sweep Alanis off her feet, forcing her on-again, off-again romance with hunky teacher Victor Castellanos to hit the skids. And then there's the little matter of the client who gets an ominous reading from Alanis . . . and is promptly murdered. Danger is in the cards for Alanis, and she'll need all her skill at reading people and reading tarot if she's going to survive"--Amazon.com

Random Road : introducing Geneva Chase

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Kies, Thomas,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
First edition.
307 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M KIES

A twist in time : a novel

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by McElwain, Julie,
Publisher Pegasus Crime, 2017.
First Pegasus Books edition.
ix, 452 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M MCE

Every body on deck : a Savannah Reid mystery

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by McKevett, G. A.,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
First Kensington Hardcover Edition.
308 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M MCK
Summary Eagerly accepting a security detail job on a luxurious Alaskan cruise to protect a famed mystery writer, Savannah Reid tackles a particularly dramatic case when her charge inexplicably flees the ship and is killed in a suspicious accident.

The good byline : a Riley Ellison mystery

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Orr, Jill,
Publisher Prospect Park Books, [2017] ©2017
288 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M ORR
Summary "The Good Byline follows Riley Ellison, a smart, quirky young heroine with Southern charm to boot. Riley feels adrift in her small hometown of Tuttle Corner, VA, newly single and bemoaning the decline of print journalism, which has dashed her long-held dream of succeeding her grandfather as an obituary writer at the local newspaper. When her childhood best friend commits suicide with no warning, Julie's grieving family asks Riley to write her obituary. As she investigates why such an ambitious young woman might want to end her life, Riley begins to consider that Julie may have actually been murdered. In the meantime, her love life becomes complicated when her ex -- Ryan -- returns to town just as things are heating up with a hot newcomer--who may have had something to do with Julie's death"--

Of books and bagpipes

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Shelton, Paige,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
304 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M SHE
Summary "Delaney Nichols has settled so comfortably into her new life in Edinburgh that she truly feels it's become more home than her once beloved Kansas. Her job at the Cracked Spine, a bookshop that specializes in rare manuscripts as well as other sundry valuable historical objects, is everything she had dreamed, with her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, entrusting her more and more with bigger jobs. Her latest task includes a trip to Castle Doune, a castle not far out of Edinburgh, to retrieve a hard-to-find edition of an old Scottish comic, an "Oor Wullie," in a cloak and dagger transaction that Edwin has orchestrated. While taking in the sights of the distant Highlands from the castle's ramparts, Delaney is startled when she spots a sandal-clad foot at the other end of the roof. Unfortunately, the foot's owner is very much dead and, based on the William Wallace costume he's wearing, perfectly matches the description of the man who was supposed to bring the Oor Wullie. As Delaney rushes to call off some approaching tourists and find the police, she comes across the Oor Wullie, its pages torn and fluttering around a side wall of the castle. Instinct tells her to take the pages and hide them under her jacket. It's not until she returns to the Cracked Spine that she realizes just how complicated this story is and endeavors to untangle the tricky plot of why someone wanted this man dead, all before getting herself booked for murder"--

What the dead leave behind

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:12
by Simpson, Rosemary, 1942-
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
390 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M SIM
Summary When her beloved fiancé is found dead after the Great Blizzard of 1888 in New York City, heiress Prudence MacKenzie, suspecting foul play, turns to her fiancé's best friend, a former Pinkerton agent, to discover the truth and find protection from sinister forces.

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