New Mystery Fiction

The cat of the Baskervilles

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 03:45
by Delany, Vicki, 1951-
Publisher Crooked Lane Books, 2018. ©2018
First edition.
291 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M DEL
Summary "Legendary stage and movie star Sir Nigel Bellingham arrives on Cape Cod to star in a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles put on by the West London Theater Festival. When Sir Nigel, some of the cast, and the director visit the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop at 222 Baker Street, Gemma Doyle realizes that Sir Nigel is not at all suited to the role. He is long past his prime and an old drunk to boot. The cast, in particular the much younger actor who previously had the role, are not happy, but the show must go on. Before the play opens, Leslie Wilson, mother of Gemma's best friend Jayne, arranges a fundraising afternoon tea to be catered by Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. The tea is a huge success, but when it's time to leave, Sir Nigel has gone missing--only to be found at the bottom of the rocky cliff, dead. Along with the dead body, Gemma finds evidence incriminating Leslie Wilson. When the police, in the presence of handsome detective Ryan Ashburton and suspicious detective Louise Estrada, focus their attention on Leslie despite the numerous other suspects, the game is once again afoot and it's again up to the highly perceptive Gemma and the ever-confused but loyal Jayne to clear Jayne's mother's name."

Gin and panic

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:43
by Chance, Maia,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
278 pages : 22 cm
Books
Call Number M CHA
Summary Former socialite Lola Woodby, not-so-discreet private eye in Prohibition-era New York City, along with her grim Swedish sidekick, Berta, take on a piece-of-cake job: retrieving a rhinoceros trophy from the Connecticut mansion of big game hunter Rudy Montgomery. After all, their client, Lord Sudley, promises them a handsome paycheck, and the gin and tonics will be free. But no sooner do they arrive at Montgomery Hall than Rudy is shot dead with a houseful of suspicious characters standing by. Lord Sudley ups the ante, and Lola and Berta take the case. Armed with handbags stuffed with emergency chocolate, gin flasks, and a Colt .25, Lola and Berta are swiftly embroiled in a madcap puzzle of stolen diamonds, family secrets, a clutch of gangsters, and a flapper who knows her way around a safari rifle. Gin and Panic continues the Discreet Retrieval Agency Mysteries from beloved crime writer Maia Chance.

Faithless

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:43
by Dahl, Kjell Ola, 1958-
Publisher Orenda Books, [2017] ©2017
265 pages ; 20 cm.
Books
Call Number M DAH
Summary "Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frølich are back ... and this time, it's personal ... When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her ... and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. As he begins to look deeper into the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich's colleague Gunnarstranda finds another body, and things take a more sinister turn. With a cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway casting a shadow, and an unsettling number of coincidences clouding the plot, Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers -- and the killer -- before he strikes again"--Publisher description.

Dying to live : a Detective Kubu mystery

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:43
by Stanley, Michael,
Publisher Minotaur Books/St.Martin's Press, [2017]
First edition.
xi, 324 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M STA

The importance of being urnest

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:39
by Balzo, Sandra,
Publisher Severn House Publishers LTD, 2017.
First world edition.
183 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M BAL
Summary "The choice of an antique silver coffee urn as the final resting place for elderly Celeste Bouchard's ashes might seem a cruel joke. After all, the wealthy boutique owner was taken ill and died while daughter Hannah was off having lattes at Uncommon Grounds. But Maggy Thorsen, the coffeehouse's owner, has more pressing things on her mind: a jail break and subsequent shoot-out has forced her main squeeze, Sheriff Jake Pavlik, to take refuge with her. And Maggy has a serious decision to make: marriage or not? And with an escaped convict still on the loose, Maggy suddenly has a difficult and dangerous puzzle to solve"--From Amazon.com.

Bucket's list : a Charley Field Victorian mystery

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:39
by Blackwood, Gary L.,
Publisher Severn House, 2017.
First world edition.
233 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M BLA
Summary December, 1853. Having found fame as the inspiration behind Inspector Bucket in Charles Dickens' recent bestselling serialization, Bleak House, former Detective Inspector Charley Field has set himself up as a private enquiry agent - so far without success. Matters become personal however when the body of a local prostitute is found floating in the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Having often enjoyed Rosa's company, Charley is disinclined to believe the official verdict of suicide. Convinced Rosa was murdered, he determines to track down the mysterious client who visited her the day she died. But when he finally encounters the man he believes responsible for her death, Charley discovers that there's more to Rosa's murder than even a veteran sleuth like himself could imagine.

The usual Santas : a collection of Soho Crime Christmas capers

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:39
by Container of (work): Tursten, Helene, 1954- Elderly Lady Seeks Peace at Christmastime.
Publisher Soho Crime, 2017.
ix, 400 pages ; 20 cm
Books
Call Number M USU
Summary "Nine mall Santas must find the imposter among them. An elderly lady seeks peace from her murderously loud neighbors at Christmastime. A young woman receives a mysterious invitation to Christmas dinner with a stranger. Niccolò Machiavelli sets out to save an Italian city. Sherlock Holmes's one-time nemesis Irene Adler finds herself in an unexpected tangle in Paris while on a routine espionage assignment. Jane Austen searches for the Dowager Duchess of Wilborough's stolen diamonds. These and other adventures in this delectable volume will whisk readers away to Christmases around the globe, from a Korean War POW camp to a Copenhagen refugee squat, from a palatial hotel in 1920s Bombay to a crumbling mansion in Havana"--

Much ado about murder : a Shakespeare in the Catskills mystery

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:39
by Duncan, Elizabeth J,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
264 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M DUN
Summary When the up-and-coming new British director for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" is found dead, a presumed suicide, costume designer Charlotte Fairfax investigates.

Heaven's crooked finger : an Earl Marcus mystery

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:39
by Early, Hank,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
326 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M EAR

Dead of winter : a Lily Dale mystery

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:39
by Staub, Wendy Corsi,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
279 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M STA
Summary In Valley View, a small town populated by mediums, a superstitious killer is on the prowl and gunning for Bella Jordan, who witnessed one of his body dumps, and the whole town must come together to stop the murderer before he strikes again.

How the finch stole Christmas! : a Meg Langslow mystery

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:30
by Andrews, Donna,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
278 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M AND
Summary When her husband organizes a full-scale production of A Christmas Carol with a famous veteran actor in the starring role, Meg Langslow finds herself navigating unexpected challenges in the star's baggage and enemies.

Holiday murder

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:30
by Meier, Leslie,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp. , 2017.
361 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M MEI
Summary For Lucy Stone, Christmas in Tinker's Cove, Maine isn't just about the gift of giving. Sometimes it's also about solving a crime or two. Mistletoe murder: As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband's gift, and making her daughter's angel costume for the church pageant weren't enough things for Lucy Stone's busy Christmas schedule, she's also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn't smell right" Christmas cookie murder: Petty rivalries and feuds that have long been simmering finally come to a boil, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of may guest, including Lee Cummings who accues Tucker Whitney of stealing her recipe for low fat, sugar-free cookies. But the icing on the cake is when Tucker is found strangles in her apartment on the following morning.

Her last day : a Jessie Cole thriller

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 09:26
by Ragan, Theresa,
Publisher Thomas & Mercer [2017]
305 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M RAG
Summary Ten years ago, PI Jessie Cole and reporter Ben Morrison each suffered a tragedy that changed their lives--and now these two strangers are about to share a nightmare. For Jessie, who makes her living finding missing persons, no case has consumed her more than the disappearance of her younger sister, Sophie. But left alone to raise Sophie's daughter, she realizes that solving the case has become an unhealthy obsession. For Ben, a horrific car accident resulted in scars both physical and emotional--and amnesia that has made his life a mystery. But curiously, out of his shattered memories, there's one person he recognizes without a doubt: Jessie's sister. He just doesn't know why. Yet. But Sophie isn't the only phantom drawing Jessie and Ben together. An elusive serial murderer known as the Heartless Killer has reemerged from the shadows. His next move will cut even deeper into Jessie's worst fears. And for Ben, what happens this time is going to be unforgettable.

Killing season : a thriller

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 06:24
by Kellerman, Faye,
Publisher William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
695 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M KEL
Summary He went searching for the truth. Now a killer has found him. The more you know, the more there is to fear. Four years ago, fifteen-year-old Ellen Vicksburg went missing in the quiet town of River Remez, New Mexico. Ellen was kind, studious, and universally liked. Her younger brother, Ben, could imagine nothing worse than never knowing what happened to her, until, on the first anniversary of her death, he found her body in a shallow grave by the rivers edge. Ben, now sixteen, is committed to finding the monster who abducted and strangled Ellen. Police believe she was the victim of a psychopath known as the Demon. But Ben--a math geek too smart for his high-school classes--continues to pore over the evidence at the local police precinct, gaining an unlikely ally in his school's popular new girl, Ro Majors. In his sister's files, Ben's analytical mind sees patterns that don't fit, tiny threads that he adds to the clues from other similar unsolved murders. As the body count rises, a picture emerges of an adversary who is as cunning and methodical as he is twisted. At first the police view Ben's investigation with suspicion. Soon his obsession will mark him as a threat. But uncovering the truth may not be enough to keep Ben and those he loves safe from a relentless killer who has nothing left to lose. --Provided by Publisher.

Nail's crossing : a novel

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 06:24
by Lackey, Kris, 1953-
Publisher Blackstone Publishing, [2017]
208 pages : map ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M LAC
Summary Tribal Lighthorse policeman Bill Maytubby and county deputy Hannah Bond discover a body in a remote area of Oklahoma, and set out to investigate her murder and recreate her last days. Maytubby and Bond crisscross Oklahoma, meeting a myriad of characters and suspects. Maytubby travels to Louisiana, and uncovers a potential conspiracy. He and Bond eventually reunite in the Chickasaw Nation for a final face-off at Nail's Crossing.

Whispers of warning

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 06:19
by Estevao, Jessica
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
323 pages ; 20 cm.
Books
Call Number M EST
Summary "Ruby Proulx's new life in Orchard Beach, Maine, faces some sinister complications in the next Change of Fortune Mystery by Jessica Estevao. "Free from the clutches of her con artist father, Ruby Proulx is starting to settle in at the Belden, her aunt Honoria's seaside hotel. She loves finally being rooted in one place and also feels a sense of purpose as she helps Honoria keep her business afloat by acting as a psychic medium for the hotel's metaphysically inclined guests. When one of the guests, renowned Spiritualist and outspoken suffragist, Sophronia Foster Eldridge checks into the hotel for a monthlong stay, Ruby finds her sense of purpose expands outside the confines of home and family. Sophronia takes Ruby under her wing and mentors her in the mediumistic abilities, encouraging her to fight for women's rights. But not everyone is as happy with Sophronia's appearance in Old Orchard. When a dangerous act of sabotage is carried out and a body is found floating in the pool of a local bathhouse, Ruby takes it upon herself to find answers--and in the process learns that her new friend has been hiding some deadly secrets of her own."--

Lost luggage

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 06:19
by Thomas, Wendall,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
First edition.
249 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M THO
Summary "Cyd Redondo, a young, third-generation Brooklyn travel agent who specializes in senior citizens, has never ventured farther than New Jersey. Yet even Jersey proves risky when her Travel Agents' Convention fling, Roger Claymore, leaves her weak in the knees--and everywhere else--then sneaks out of her Atlantic City hotel room at three a.m. Back in Brooklyn, when she reads about smugglers stopped at JFK with skinks in their socks or monkeys down their pants, she never imagines she will join their ranks. But days after the pet store owner next door to Redondo Travel is poisoned, Cyd wins a free safari. Her boss, Uncle Ray, wants to cash it in for computers, but Cyd is determined to go. When Roger turns up at the Redondo clan's door, Cyd invites him along as her "plus one." And just like that she is thrown heels-first into the bizarre and sinister world of international animal smuggling"--

The liar in the library : a Fethering mystery

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:17
by Brett, Simon,
Publisher Crème de la Crime, 2017.
First world editiion.
183 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M BRE
Summary "When a talk by successful author Burton St Clair at Fethering Library ends in sudden, violent death, Jude finds herself the prime suspect in the ensuing murder investigation. She must enlist the help of her neighbour Carole not just to solve the crime, but to prove she didn't commit it"--Publisher's description.

Pulse

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:17
by Francis, Felix,
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
375 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M FRA
Summary "A smartly dressed man has been found unconscious at the local racecourse and is rushed to the hospital, where he subsequently dies. But who is he? Where does he come from? He had no form of identification on him, and no one claims the body. Doctor Chris Rankin, a specialist who treated the deceased--and who struggles with mental health issues--is intrigued by the nameless dead man, obsessed even, and starts asking questions. However, someone doesn't want the questions answered and will go to any lengths to prevent it, including an attempted murder. But when no one will believe that someone tried to kill Chris, the doctor is left with no option but to discover who the nameless man was and why he died. preferably before following him into an early grave"--

Righteous : an IQ novel

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:17
by Ide, Joe
Publisher Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
First edition.
330 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F IDE
Summary "Isaiah Quintabe has, against many odds, built a proper life for himself: a respected detective in his hometown of East Long Beach, a well-kept home, a growing library, and even a rehabilitated horse-sized pit bull (courtesy of his previous client). But something is wrong: the death of his older brother nearly a decade ago has sent him down a dark path, one that he's never truly been able to escape. RIGHTEOUS is the story of Isaiah's investigation of his brother's death, a quest that will lead him to his greatest adversary, a man who may be IQ's own Moriarty. RIGHTEOUS is also the story of Sarita, Isaiah's older brother's girlfriend, for whom Isaiah feels a lasting, troubling love. Sarita's younger sister, an erratic DJ and gambling addict, has gone missing in Las Vegas, with a frightening bookie, Chinese Triad gangsters, and her own deadbeat boyfriend hot on her tail. On the case once more with Dodson, Isaiah's fast-talking, don't-call-me-a-sidekick partner, mayhem is sure to ensue. With gun battles, car chases, and twice as many mental puzzles as before, RIGHTEOUS is a rollicking, ingenious, and thrilling roller coaster ride. It swerves from the streets of South Central to the hotels of Beverly Hills, from the casinos and massage parlors of Las Vegas to the mountains of the desert Southwest. IQ is back, and he's badder than ever"--

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