New Mystery Fiction

Unholy city : a Claire Codella mystery

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Smith, Carrie,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
310 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number FIC SMITH, CARRIE
Summary When a senior churchwarden is found murdered in the herb garden of his Manhattan church, detectives Claire Codella and Brian Haggerty set aside their differences to identify a killer among several possible suspects.

Murder with lemon tea cakes / Karen Rose Smith.

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Smith, Karen Rose,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
First Kensington mass market edition.
316 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number M SMITH
Summary "Daisy, a widowed mom of two teenagers, is used to feeling protective--so when Iris started dating the wealthy and not-quite-divorced Harvey Fitz, she worried...especially after his bitter ex stormed in and caused a scene at the party Daisy's Tea Garden was catering. Then there was the gossip she overheard about Harvey's grown children being cut out of his will. Daisy didn't want her aunt to wind up with a broken heart--but she never expected Iris to wind up a suspect in Harvey's murder. Now the apple bread and orange pekoe is on the back burner while the cops treat the shop like a crime scene--and Daisy hopes that Jonas Groft, a former detective from Philadelphia, can help her clear her aunt's name and bag the real killer before things boil over"--Back cover.

Slay bells ring

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Smith, Karen Rose,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
First Kensington mass market edition.
343 pages ; 17 cm.
Books
Call Number PBK MYS SMITH, KAREN

The devil's song : a novel

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Stahl, Lauren,
Publisher Kaylie Jones Books, Akashic Books, [2018]
312 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M STAHL

Deeds of darkness : the tenth chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Starr, Mel.
Publisher Lion Fiction, 2017.
234 pages ; 20 cm.
Books
Call Number M STARR
Summary When Bampton's coroner, Hubert Shillside, does not return from a trip to Oxford, Master Hugh de Singleton is called. Concerned for his old friend, Hugh takes to the road to investigate. Travel is safer than in times hence but, out of sight of prying eyes; it is still unwise to travel alone... Hugh finds a body, stabbed and left to rot, but it is not the body he was expecting to find. Indeed, reports of pillage, attacks, and chaos on the roads out of Oxford suddenly seem rampant. Hugh must ascertain whether the incidents are random, or whether something darker is afoot. The guilty cannot afford to be caught, but what lengths will they go to cover their tracks, and will Hugh escape unscathed?

A room with a brew

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Tremel, Joyce,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
viii, 275 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number M TREMEL

Protected by the shadows

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Tursten, Helene, 1954-
Publisher Soho Crime, 2017.
275 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC TURSTEN, HELENE
Summary "With gang violence escaling in Goteborg, Sweden, the Organized Crimes Unit pairs with the Violent Crimes Unit to help defuse the situation. But could there be a mole on the force? In this final installment of the internationally bestselling Irene Huss investigations, the gang warfare that has been brewing in Goteborg is about to explode. A member of a notorious biker gang has been set on fire--alive. Even in a culture where ritual killings are common, this brutal assault attracts the attention of both Irene's unit and the Organized Crimes Unit. Anticipating a counterattack, the two units team up to patrol the lavish party of a rival gang, but that doesn't stop another murder from occurring just outside the event hall. And that's not the only thing going up in flames. Someone has planted a bomb under Irene's husband's car. Fearing for her family's safety, Irene sends her husband and daughters into hiding and takes up residence at a colleague's apartment. Still, she can't shake the feeling that she is being stalked. Somehow, the gangs are always one step ahead of the police. Someone is leaking information. But who? Irene's life depends on discovering the answer"--

Ring in the year with murder

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Wallace, Auralee,
Publisher St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
297 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number M WALLACE

The quiche and the dead

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Weiss, Kirsten, 1968-
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
First Kensington mass market edition.
313 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number M WEISS

Monument Road

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Wiley, Michael, 1961-
Publisher Severn House, 2017. ©2017
First world edition.
248 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number FIC WILEY
Summary Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his own murder charge, Franky is torn. Should he help the man he hates more than any other, the man who remains convinced of Franky's guilt to this day? As Franky delves further, he comes to realize that in order to prove Higby's innocence, he must also prove his own. Unless he finds out what happened that fateful night eight years before, the night 15-year-old Duane Bronson and his 13-year-old brother were murdered, Franky will always be under suspicion, and the real killer will remain free. What really happened that dark, wet night on Monument Road? And is Franky prepared for the shocking truth?

Beach, breeze, bloodshed

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 18:30
by Keyse-Walker, John,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
294 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M KEY
Summary "Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse-Walker is a winner. It is written with the coral clarity of a Caribbean atoll, and evokes an edgy rhythm that suits the protagonist, Teddy Creque, and his wholly authentic domain, the Virgin Islands."--Randy Wayne White After barely surviving the first criminal investigation in living memory on the sun-drenched British Virgin island of Anegada, Constable Teddy Creque has spent the past six months trying to weather the aftermath, and move on with his life. Now, with a promotion and a medal of honor, he's newly committed to the job. So when a young woman dies in a shark attack off the coast of a neighboring island, Virgin Gorda, Teddy is happy to help when Deputy Commissioner Howard Lane orders him to capture the man-eater. But when Teddy arrives on Virgin Gorda, he begins to suspect there was human foul play involved, too. After all, the sharks around the idyllic island aren't known for attacking humans, and there are some oddities at the scene. Unfortunately, while Teddy is convinced that the woman's death wasn't accidental, not everyone on the island takes kindly to his meddling, and he's forced to be creative in his pursuit of justice. In unfamiliar territory, and with his sole witness a silent child who communicates in unorthodox ways, Teddy must earn the trust of the reserved residents of the touristy island, tangle with a loquacious parrot, and follow the clues which might lead him directly into the path of a killer. John Keyse-Walker, the winner of the 2015 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award, has written another taut, witty mystery that will keep readers mesmerized from the opening page to the stunning conclusion.

Robert B. Parker's The hangman's sonnet : a Jesse Stone novel

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 06:18
by Coleman, Reed Farrel, 1956-
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017] ©2017
353 pages ; 24 cm.
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Call Number M PAR
Summary Jesse Stone, still reeling from the murder of his fiancee by crazed assassin Mr. Peepers, must keep his emotions in check long enough to get through the wedding day of his loyal protege, Suitcase Simpson. The morning of the wedding, Jesse learns that a gala 75th birthday party is to be held for folk singer Terry Jester. Jester, once the equal of Bob Dylan, has spent the last forty years in seclusion after the mysterious disappearance of the master recording tape of his magnum opus, The Hangman's Sonnet. That same morning, an elderly Paradise woman dies while her house is being ransacked. What are the thieves looking for? And what's the connection to Terry Jester and the mysterious missing tape? Jesse's investigation is hampered by hostile politicians and a growing trail of blood and bodies, forcing him to solicit the help of mobster Vinnie Morris and a certain Boston area PI named Spenser. While the town fathers pressure him to avoid a PR nightmare, Jesse must connect the cases before the bodies pile up further"--

A devious death

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 03:17
by Maxwell, Alyssa,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2018. ©2018
First Kensington hardcover edition.
293 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M MAX
Summary Phoebe and her sister Julia are eager for a summer getaway at High Head Lodge, the newly purchased estate of their cousin Regina. But Regina's odd friend, Olive, is far from friendly, and Regina's mother and brother-- bitter over the unequal distribution of her father's inheritance-- have descended on the house to confront Regina. Eva questions the loyalty and integrity of Miss Stanley, Lady Julia's new maid. When their hostess meets an untimely end-- murdered in her bed with no signs of struggle-- Lady Phoebe and Eva must uncover secrets hidden behind closed doors, before a killer ensures they never leave High Head Lodge alive.

The blood card

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 06:15
by Griffiths, Elly,
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. ©2016
First U.S. edition.
372 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M GRI
Summary "In this nail-biting transatlantic mystery, threat of mass violence looms over Elizabeth II's coronation--can Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto crack the case and save the crown?"--

Proof of life : a J.P. Beaumont novel

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 06:15
by Jance, Judith A.,
Publisher William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
352 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M JAN
Summary "Before he retired, J. P. Beaumont had looked forward to having his days all to himself. But too much free time doesn't suit a man used to brushing close to danger. When his longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in whats officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beau is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn't mean it's over. Caught up in a situation where old actions and grudges can hold dangerous consequences in the present, Beau is forced to operate outside the familiar world of law enforcement. While seeking justice for his frenemy and healing for a long fractured family, he comes face to face with an implacable enemy who has spent decades hiding in plain sight"--From publisher's description.

A tale of two kitties : a magical cats mystery

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 06:15
by Kelly, Sofie, 1958-
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
vii, 326 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M KEL
Summary "In this charming mystery from the bestselling author of Paws and Effect, two magical cats have powers of detection that prove indispensable to librarian Kathleen Paulson"--

Death by his grace

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 06:15
by Quartey, Kwei,
Publisher Soho Crime, [2017]
257 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M QUA
Summary "Katherine Yeboah's marriage to Solomon Vanderpuye is all the talk of Accra high society. But when it becomes apparent that Katherine is infertile, Solomon's extended family accuses her of being a witch, hounding her until the relationship is so soured Solomon feels compelled to order Katherine out of the house they shared. Alone on her last night there, Katherine is brutally murdered by an intruder wielding a machete. Chief Inspector Darko Dawson of the Ghanaian federal police has personal as well as professional reasons to find the killer fast: Katherine was the first cousin of his wife, Christine, who is devastated by the tragedy. As Darko investigates, he discovers that many people close to Katherine had powerful motives to kill her, including: Solomon, her husband; James Bentsi-Enchill, her lawyer and ex-lover; and her filthy rich pastor, Bishop Clem Howard-Mills. In order to expose the truth, Darko must confront the pivotal role religion plays in Ghana--and wrestle with his old demons the investigation stirs up"--

Idyll fears : a Thomas Lynch novel

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 09:08
by Gayle, Stephanie, 1975-
Publisher Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2017.
319 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M GAY
Summary "It's two weeks before Christmas 1997, and Police Chief Thomas Lynch faces a crisis when Cody Forrand, a six-year-old with a life-threatening medical condition, goes missing during a blizzard. Lynch's suspicions about who abducted Cody are met with scorn by his detectives, some of whom can't handle the fact that's he's gay. With half the station out sick with the flu, Lynch seeks outside help. It arrives in the shape of an FBI agent for whom Lynch feels an immediate attraction. To complicate matters, local crime is on the rise and Lynch finds himself the target of prank calls and hate speech that he worries is the work of a colleague. Time is ticking away, Lynch is struggling to discover who is behind Idyll's crime spree, and he's beginning to doubt that Cody will ever be found"-- "In a sleepy Connecticut town, Police Chief Thomas Lynch investigates the disappearance of a six-year-old boy with a serious medical condition while coping with disrespect from townspeople and colleagues who don't like the fact that he's gay"--

The western star

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 09:08
by Johnson, Craig, 1961-
Publisher Viking, [2017]
viii, 295 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M JOH
Summary "Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty-five armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt.45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of twenty-four veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them. The photograph--along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement--hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge"--

The quality of mercy : a Milagro mystery

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 09:08
by Medhat, Katayoun,
Publisher Leapfrog Press, 2017.
First edition.
285 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M MED
Summary "Meet Franz Kafka, conflicted cop, hapless investigator, wide-eyed cynic on an odyssey across the Navajo reservation, pursuing a murder case"--

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