New Mystery Fiction

Murder for Christmas

15 hours 12 min ago
by Duncan, Francis, 1918-1988,
Publisher Sourcebooks Landmark, [2017]
347 pages ; 18 cm
Call Number M DUN

Plaid and plagiarism

18 hours 12 min ago
by MacRae, Molly,
Publisher Pegasus Crime, 2017.
First Pegasus Books paperback edition.
281 pages ; 24 cm.
Call Number M MAC
Summary Four women take possession of their new bookshop, Yon Bonnie Books, in Inversgail, Scotland in the weeks before the Inversgail Literature Festival only to find the body of Una Graham, an advice columnist for the local paper. After discovering a cache of nasty letters, the four women set out to solve Una's murder.

An Aegean April : a Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis mystery

18 hours 12 min ago
by Siger, Jeffrey,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2018.
First edition.
307 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Call Number M SIG
Summary The beautiful Greek island of Lesvos, birthplace of the poet Sappho, and for centuries an agrarian paradise famed for anise-flavored ouzo and tasty sardines, sees its serenity turn into chaos as the world watches boatloads of refugees daily flee onto its shores from Turkey across the narrow Mytilini Strait. Mihalis Volandes is one of Lesvos' elite, the patriarch of a storied shipping clan. He's weathered many changes in his long life, and when a government policy accelerates the surge of refugees onto his island, he rises to prominence in relief efforts he sees as growing increasingly ineffectual. One evening, after working to stir up support for his breakthrough plan to strike at the heart of the lucrative refugee trafficking trade, he returns to his mansion in darkness - only to fall victim in his own garden to a swishing sword. A refugee-turned-local-aid-worker is found at the scene, splattered with Volandes' blood, and swiftly arrested by island police. Case closed - or would be, if young Ali Sera were not working with SafePassage, an NGO (non-government organization), headed on Lesvos by American Dana McLaughlin. McLaughlin is having none of Ali's arrest. Within hours the phone rings in the Athens office of Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, and she's requesting that Kaldis take over the investigation. Volandes was a prominent citizen and the crime particularly gruesome. Could it be terrorism or something else? But whether Ali is guilty or framed, Andreas can't ignore a powerful motive for the murder. Volandes' daring plan, if implemented, would soon shut down the cash-generating refugee-trafficking pipeline between Turkey and Lesvos. And so, we're off on a nail-biting ride with Kaldis and his team through Byzantine island politics, deteriorating diplomatic relations, and a world on fire with intrigues and more brutal deaths. This ninth Andreas Kaldis thriller once again links modern Greece to its ancient past, the powerful grip of myths upon its people, and cutting edge issues of societal change affecting our world at large.

Her beautiful monster

18 hours 12 min ago
by Tantimedh, Adi,
Publisher Leopoldo & Co./Atria, 2017.
First Leopoldo & Co/Atria hardcover edition.
310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Call Number M TAN
Summary "Enjoy another "exhilarating roller-coaster ride of unusual cases" (Publishers Weekly) in this second book of the Ravi PI series, featuring detective Ravi Chandra Singh and his team at the gleefully amoral, unfailingly dangerous secret agency Golden Sentinels. When Ravi's colleagues at Golden Sentinels discover that he sees gods in moments of heightened anxiety and stress, they are surprisingly fine with it. They even encourage him to incorporate his visions into his work, especially now that the cases have become more intense, with many hidden risks at play. But their latest case--a search for a dead Russian oligarch's last will and testament--leads to more than anyone expected: a missing heir, murderous relatives, and geopolitical implications. So, when Ravi's boss sends him to Los Angeles to wait out the heat, it's almost a relief.

A hive of homicides

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 08:17
by Lester, Meera,
Publisher Kensington Books, [2017]
First Kensington hardcover edition.
263 pages ; 22 cm.
Call Number M LES
Summary "When Abigail Mackenzie left the police force to become a farmer and beekeeper in beautiful Las Flores, California, she thought her days of criminal investigation were behind her. Her present life is mostly filled with hard work and happy occasions, including the upcoming event with her friend Paola, a truffle maker, who's renewing her vows with her husband Jake, owner of the Country Schoolhouse Winery. Abby is delighted to provide her trademark lavender honey for the occasion. But after the ceremony, the guests of honor are nowhere to be found. When Abby goes looking for them, she hears a gunshot and discovers Jake dead in his car and Paola injured beside him. Who was the intended target? Jake had a reputation as a busy bee with the ladies. Is it possible that one of his flings, stung by rejection, took revenge? Or could it be sour grapes with one of his colleagues at the winery? If Paola was meant to be the victim, Abby needs to protect her as she searches for the shooter. When a second murder occurs, it's up to Abby to crush the clues--before the killer gets her over a barrel"

Turkey trot murder : a Lucy Stone mystery

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 08:17
by Meier, Leslie,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017. ©2017
First Kensington hardcover edition.
247 pages ; 22 cm.
Call Number M MEI
Summary Besides the annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day, Lucy expects the approaching holiday to be a relatively uneventful one until she finds beautiful Alison Franklin dead and frozen in Blueberry Pond. No one knows much about Alison, except that she was the daughter of wealthy investor Ed Franklin and struggled quietly with drug addiction.--Provided by Publisher.

The Persian always meows twice

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 08:17
by Watkins, Eileen,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington trade paperback edition.
261 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number M WAT

Walking the bones : a Ryan DeMarco mystery

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 20:16
by Silvis, Randall, 1950-
Publisher Sourcebooks Landmark, [2018]
455 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number M SIL
Summary "Ryan DeMarco's decision to take a leave of absence from the Pennsylvania State Police was a surprise to everyone--but a year after the homicide case in which DeMarco put a bullet in the heart of the madman who killed his only friend's family, he can't face another day on the force. Now, heading out on an extended road trip with Jayme, his former colleague and present girlfriend, DeMarco is ready to let his old wounds heal. But when DeMarco and Jayme arrive in Jayme's tiny hometown for her grandmother's funeral, they're quickly recruited to help solve a long-dead case involving seven skeletons of young girls. DeMarco's instinct is to take to the open road again, but Jayme's desire to stay and help prevails. The investigation leads DeMarco deep into the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest, an ordeal that frightens and nearly kills him, but which eventually results in the identification of the murderer, closure for the small community, and personal redemption for DeMarco as he allows himself to love again"--

Death on tap

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:04
by Alexander, Ellie,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
310 pages ; 22 cm.
Call Number M ALE
Summary After catching her husband cheating on her, craft-brew expert Sloan Krause leaves the family business to work for a hip, new nano-brewery, only to discover a competitor dead in the fermenting tub, clutching a secret recipe.

The witches' tree : an Agatha Raisin mystery

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:01
by Beaton, M. C.,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
277 pages ; 22 cm.
Call Number M BEA
Summary Cotswolds inhabitants are used to inclement weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They strain to see the road ahead--and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered--and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime. Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion (a little glad for the excitement, to tell the truth, after a long run of lost cats and divorces on the books). But Sumpton Harcourt is a small and private village, she finds--a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation--and even her life. That the village has its own coven of witches certainly doesn't make her feel any better...

A treacherous curse : a Veronica Speedwell mystery

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 05:00
by Raybourn, Deanna,
Publisher Berkley, 2018.
First edition.
308 pages ; 24 cm.
Call Number M RAY
Summary "Veronica Speedwell returns in an adventure filled with betrayal and deception from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries. London, 1888. When archeological photographer John de Morgan mysteriously vanishes with a priceless artifact, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian colleague, Stoker Templeton-Vane, are pulled into a dangerous world of conspiracies and ancient threats. De Morgan, now married to Stoker's former wife, Caroline, was part of the Tiverton expedition, an archeological endeavor which stirred the wrath of a vengeful curse when the crew violated the tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess. Since the discovery of the sarcophagus, they have endured a string of freak accidents, sudden waves of illness, and even deaths. They wonder if it's all been an unfortunate coincidence--or if the expedition is really doomed. Rumors abound, with many convinced that de Morgan and Caroline's disappearance was staged so that they could make off with the treasure. But Veronica and Stoker are not so easily persuaded, and they race to separate the fact from the mystical and discover the truth behind the treacherous curse..."--

Death at the seaside

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Brody, Frances,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
391 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number M BRO
Summary Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there. Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma's daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweler who advanced Felicity the thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma's current gentleman friend. Kate can't help but become involved, and goes to the jeweller's shop to get some answers. When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it becomes clear that her services are needed. Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby's idyllic façade, it's up to Kate - ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden - to discover the truth behind Felicity's disappearance. And they say nothing happens in August...

Yews with caution : a flower shop mystery

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Collins, Kate, 1951-
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
x, 323 pages ; 18 cm.
Call Number M COL

A catered costume party : a mystery with recipes

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Crawford, Isis,
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
314 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number M CRA
Summary When Darius Witherspoon hires them to cater a costume party in honor of his missing wife, Bernie and Libby arrive at the haunted Berkshire Arms only to find out that murder is on the menu when Darius is found hanging from a noose during the festivities.

Hunting hour : a Timber Creek K-9 mystery

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Mizushima, Margaret,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
282 pages ; 25 cm.
Call Number M MIZ
Summary Deputy Mattie Cobb is in a dark place and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to work on issues from her past. When she and her K-9 partner Robo get called to track a missing junior high student, they find the girl dead on Smoker's Hill behind the high school, and Mattie must head to the Walker home to break the bad news. But that's only the start of trouble in Timber Creek, because soon another girl goes missing--and this time it's one of Cole's daughters. Knowing that each hour a child remains missing lessens the probability of finding her alive, Mattie and Robo lead the hunt while Cole and community volunteers join in to search everywhere. To no avail. It seems that someone has snatched all trace of the Walker girl from their midst, including her scent. Grasping at straws, Mattie and Robo follow a phoned-in tip into the dense forest, where they hope to find a trace of the girl's scent and to rescue her alive. But when Robo does catch her scent, it leads them to information that challenges everything they thought they knew about the case. Mattie and Robo must rush to hunt down the kidnapper before they're too late in Hunting Hour, the third installment in critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima's exhilarating mystery series.

Miss Kopp's midnight confessions

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Stewart, Amy,
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. ©2017
374 pages ; 24 cm.
Call Number F STE
Summary "The best-selling author of Girl Waits with Gun and Lady Cop Makes Trouble continues her extraordinary journey into the real lives of the forgotten but fabulous Kopp sisters ... Deputy sheriff Constance Kopp is outraged to see young women brought into the Hackensack jail over dubious charges of waywardness, incorrigibility, and moral depravity. The strong-willed, patriotic Edna Heustis, who left home to work in a munitions factory, certainly doesn't belong behind bars. And sixteen-year-old runaway Minnie Davis, with few prospects and fewer friends, shouldn't be publicly shamed and packed off to a state-run reformatory. But such were the laws--and morals--of 1916. Constance uses her authority as deputy sheriff, and occasionally exceeds it, to investigate and defend these women when no one else will. But it's her sister Fleurette who puts Constance's beliefs to the test and forces her to reckon with her own ideas of how a young woman should and shouldn't behave. Against the backdrop of World War I, and drawn once again from the true story of the Kopp sisters, Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions is a spirited, page-turning story that will delight fans of historical fiction and lighthearted detective fiction alike"--

A conspiracy in Belgravia

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Thomas, Sherry (Sherry M.),
Publisher Berkley, 2017.
First edition.
317 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number M THO

Many a twist : a County Cork mystery

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:52
by Connolly, Sheila,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2018. ©2018
First edition.
330 pages ; 22 cm.
Call Number M CON
Summary Pub owner Maura Donovan hasn't seen her mother for over twenty years, so when she suddenly shows up in Maura's pub, Maura's not sure what to expect. Her mother is trying to find a life for herself back home and has taken up a position working with the new owners of the Crann Mor hotel just outside Skibbereen. Until her new boss is found dead in the gardens, dumped down the hillside behind the hotel. Now, trying to rekindle the relationship they've lost, Maura must investigate in order to clear her mother's name. It's not so easy though, as long-time residents of County Cork, including the families of her employee Mick, and the family of the deceased hotel owner, have bottled deep dark family secrets not meant to be uncorked. And someone will kill to keep them that way.

In the shadow of Agatha Christie : classic crime fiction by forgotten female writers : 1850-1917

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:52
by Klinger, Leslie S.,
Publisher Pegasus Crime, 2018. ©2018
First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
xx, 328 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number M IN
Summary This new anthology brings the female crime writers who inspired Agatha Christie out of her shadow and back into the spotlight they deserve. The success of writers like Anna Katherine Green in America; L. T. Meade, C. L. Pirkis, the Baroness Orczy, and Elizabeth Corbett in England; and Mary Fortune in Australia opened doors for the women authors who followed them. While Agatha Christie may still reign supreme, the genre would be much poorer without the bold, fearless work of her predecessors.

A reckoning in the back country : a Samuel Craddock mystery

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:52
by Shames, Terry,
Publisher Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2018.
283 pages ; 21 cm
Summary "When Lewis Wilkins, a physician with a vacation home in Jarrett Creek, is attacked by vicious dogs, and several pet dogs in the area around Jarrett Creek disappear, Police Chief Samuel Craddock suspects that a dog fighting ring is operating in his territory. He has to tread carefully in his investigation, as lawmen who meddle in dog fighting put their lives at risk. The investigation is hampered because Wilkins is not a local. Craddock's focus on the investigation is thrown off by the appearance of a new woman in his life, as well as his accidental acquisition of a puppy. Digging deeper, Craddock discovers that the public face Wilkins presented was at odds with his private actions. A terrible mistake led to his disgrace as a physician, and far from being a stranger, he has ongoing acquaintances with a number of county residents who play fast and loose with the law"-- "Acting Police Chief Samuel Craddock investigates the murder of a visiting physician, whose mangled body is found in the woods"--