New Mystery Fiction

The woman in the water

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 22:04
by Finch, Charles (Charles B.),
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2018.
First edition.
viii, 292 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M FIN
Summary London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective--without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime--and promising to kill again--Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself. The writer's first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islet in the middle of the Thames. With few clues to go on, Lenox endeavors to solve the crime before another innocent life is lost. When the killer's sights are turned toward those whom Lenox holds most dear, the stakes are raised and Lenox is trapped in a desperate game of cat and mouse.

Murder in an English village : a Beryl and Edwina Mystery

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 19:00
by Ellicott, Jessica,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
First Kensington Harcover Edition.
294 pages : 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M ELL
Summary As friends, the boisterous and brash American Beryl couldn't be less alike than the prim and proper British Edwina. But as sleuths in an England recovering from the Great War, they're the perfect match. 1920: Flying in the face of convention, legendary American adventuress Beryl Helliwell never fails to surprise and shock. The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. The humdrum hamlet of Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. And, honestly, until America comes to its senses and repeals Prohibition, Beryl has no intention of returning stateside and subjecting herself to bathtub gin. For over three decades, Edwina Davenport has lived comfortably in Walmsley Parva, but the post-World War I bust has left her in dire financial straits and forced her to advertise for a lodger. When her long-lost school chum Beryl arrives on her doorstep-actually crashes into it in her red motorcar-Edwina welcomes her old friend as her new roommate. But her idyllic hometown has a hidden sinister side, and when the two friends are drawn in, they decide to set up shop as private inquiry agents, helping Edwina to make ends meet and satisfying Beryl's thirst for adventure. Now this odd couple will need to put their heads together to catch a killer-before this sleepy English village becomes their final resting place.

Easy errors : a Posadas County mystery

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 19:00
by Havill, Steven,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
First edition.
250 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M HAV
Summary The 22nd Posadas County Mystery, is a prequel to the prequel of the series, One Perfect Shot. It explores the younger Gastner, introduces Sheriff Eduardo Salcido, and traces the development of series stalwarts. When the first Posadas County mystery, Heartshot, published in 1991, Bill Gastner was the county Undersheriff. Over time Bill became Sheriff, then retired, and Robert Torrez took over the top spot. But what were Torrez's first days as a rookie officer like? Terrible! It's 1986. Undersheriff Bill Gastner is enjoying his usual insomnia alone inside his old adobe when jolted by a horrendous noise. Dreading what he will find, he hastens to the nearby interstate exit where a violent crash has occurred. Not only is the vehicle that struck the support pillars totaled and the driver and a passenger crushed inside, a dead boy has been ejected. As the appalled Gastner recognizes the youth and swings into action, the first deputy to join him at the scene is rookie Robert Torrez, the department's newest hire. Before Gastner can head him off, Torrez sees that the boy is his spirited younger brother. And the girl crushed inside the SUV is a younger sister. The driver of the Suburban, also dead, is the assistant District Attorney's teenaged son. Two local family tragedies. A shaken couple reports that when the Suburban, careening at nearly 100 miles an hour, passed them on the interstate, activity inside hinted at its occupants' panic. Were the three dead kids running from someone-or something-rather than speeding? Further investigation reveals that a fourth teen should have been in the vehicle, but is now missing. Where had the four kids been? And why? It appears they'd lied to their parents. Following his usual meticulous procedure, Gastner traces the vehicle's path to a remote canyon with attractive caves. The discovery he makes there balloons the case and introduces possible murder. Yet with a lack of witnesses hampering Sheriff Salcido, Gastner, Torrez, and other deputies, errors working the case can too easily be made.

Glow of death

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 03:59
by Cleland, Jane K.,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2016.
First edition.
291 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M CLE
Summary After delightedly appraising a genuine Tiffany lamp for a wealthy, Rock Point couple, Josie Prescott is dismayed when the wife is killed and she learns that both the identity of the victim and the story about the lamp were carefully constructed lies. Angry about being deceived, Josie digs for the truth, and discovers the case is far more complicated than she imagined--

Out of bounds

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 03:59
by McDermid, Val,
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016.
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
421 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M MCD
Summary "When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from twenty-two years before. It's a cold case that should be straightforward. But it's as twisted as the DNA helix itself. Meanwhile, Karen is mired in grief and guilt after the death of her partner. She finds herself irresistibly drawn to another mystery that she has no business investigating, a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. Karen's intuition is telling her something doesn't add up. But is she onto something? Or has she, as her boss has been anticipating, gone too far this time?"--

Classic ghost stories

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 03:54
by Benson, E. F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940,
Publisher Vintage, 2017.
451 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M CLA

The secret, book & scone society

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 06:49
by Adams, Ellery,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
290 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M ADA

Crazy like a fox : a novel

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 06:49
by Brown, Rita Mae,
Publisher Ballantine Books, [2017]
First edition.
xxi, 275 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M BRO
Summary "As the calendar turns, the crisp October winds bode well for this year's hunting season. But before the bugle sounds, Sister Jane takes a scenic drive up the Blue Ridge Mountains for a board meeting at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting. Brimming with colorful stories and mementos from hunts of yore, the mansion is plunged into mystery when a venerable hunting horn is stolen right out of its case.The only clue, on a left-behind cell phone, is what seems to be a "selfie" video of the horn's original owner, Wesley Carruthers--deceased since 1954. Odder still, Wesley's body was never found. When Sister makes a discovery that may explain his unsolved disappearance, it leads her back to the Jefferson Hunt at midcentury, with her faithful hounds at her side. But as the clues quickly mount, Sister is no longer sure if she's pursuing a priceless artifact, a thief, Wesley's killer. or a ghost. The only certainty is that someone wants to put Sister off the chase--perhaps permanently. Teeming with familiar and beloved characters, intrigue, and the rich local history of Virginia's horse country, Crazy Like a Fox races toward its stunning conclusion in full cry and packed with plenty of surprises"--

Two kinds of truth

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 06:49
by Connelly, Michael, 1956-
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2017. ©2017
First edition
402 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M CON
Summary Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando police and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous big-business world of prescription drug abuse. Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren't keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison. The two unrelated cases wind across each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.

Death at the Emerald : a Lady Frances Ffolkes mystery

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 06:49
by Koreto, Richard J.,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
298 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number M KOR
Summary When the thirty-year-old disappearance of a famous actress becomes the obsession of an elderly family friend, Lady Frances Ffolkes immerses herself in the world of Edwardian theater and the motion-picture craze in London to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.

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.

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