New Mystery Fiction

Old bones : a Bill Slider mystery

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 21:38
by Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia,
Publisher Severn House, 2017. ©2016
First world edition.
249 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M HAR
Summary When a young couple discover human remains buried in the garden of their new house, Detective Inspector Bill Slider is called upon to investigate. It appears that they have found the final resting place of fourteen-year-old Amanda Knight, who disappeared from that same garden two decades before. With a murder twenty years in the past, this is the coldest of cold cases. Most of the suspects and principal players are now dead, and all the passion is long spent ... or is it?

Death & the gravedigger's angel

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 21:38
by Ross, Loretta, 1966-
Publisher Midnight Ink, 2017. ©2017
First Edition.
ix, 251 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M ROS
Summary When former army medic Tony Dozier is accused of killing a member of the hate group that disrupted his wife's funeral, the prosecution charges premeditated murder and the defense claims temporary insanity. Former marine Death Bogart and auctioneer Wren Morgan think there's more to the story. They're both led to the long-abandoned Hadleigh House, where Wren begins preparing the contents for auction but ends up searching for the story behind an antique sketchbook. As Wren uncovers the century-old tale of a World War I soldier and his angel, Death finds a set of truths that will change...or end...their lives.

The Ripper's shadow : a Victorian mystery

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 21:38
by Rowland, Laura Joh,
Publisher Crooked Lane Books, 2017. ©2017
First edition
358 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M ROW
Summary "Miss Sarah Bain, a photographer in Whitechapel, is an independent woman with dark secrets. In the privacy of her studio, she supplements her meager income by taking illicit "boudoir photographs" of the town's local ladies of the night. But when two of her models are found gruesomely murdered within weeks of one another, Sarah begins to suspect it's more than mere coincidence. Teamed with a motley crew of friends--including a street urchin, a gay aristocrat, a Jewish butcher and his wife, and a beautiful young actress--Sarah delves into the crime of the century. But just as she starts unlocking the Ripper's secrets, she catches the attention of the local police, who believe she knows more than she's revealing, as well as from the Ripper himself, now bent on silencing her and her friends for good. Caught in the crosshairs of a ruthless killer, Sarah races through Whitechapel's darkest alleys to find the truth...until she makes a shocking discovery that challenges everything she thought she knew about the case."--Amazon.com

Killer Characters

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Adams, Ellery,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
291 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number XX(1598033.2)
Summary When her friend, fellow Bayside Book Writer Laurel, is arrested for the murder of her husbands lover, Olivia protests her arrest, and with her fellow Bayside Book Writers divided, must race against time to prove Laurels innocence before her story ends in tragedy.

Death scene : a Henry Johnstone mystery

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Adams, Jane, 1960-
Publisher Severn House Publishers Ltd., 2017.
216 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number XX(1610063.2)
Summary Cissie Rowe, a rising star of the silent screen, is found brutally murdered in her own home in the seaside town of Shoreham-By-Sea, home to a film studio and thriving theatrical community. DCI Henry Johnstone and DS Mickey Hitchens are despatched to investigate.

Death in the abstract : a Katherine Sullivan mystery

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Barnes, Emily,
Publisher Crooked Lane Books, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
311 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC BARNES
Summary "Retired police chief Katherine Sullivan moved away from Edina, Minnesota to feed her artistic soul in New Mexico. But when she receives an urgent call, her serenity is shattered. Nathan Walker, her best friend and former colleague from her days on the police force, is missing and his crew of security experts hasn't seen him in days. Now it's up to Katherine to fly home and track him down. Meanwhile, Edina is reeling from the murder of a local woman, which looks more and more like it could have a connection to Nathan's disappearance. And as Katherine digs deeper into the investigation, locating Nathan's abandoned car and compiling a list of potential kidnappers, another body is found--and Katherine fears time is running out for her friend"--Dust jacket.

A story to kill

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Cahoon, Lynn,
Publisher Kensington Books, [2016] ©2016
First Kensington mass market edition.
277 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number M CAHOON
Summary Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers' retreats in the big blue Victorian she's inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband! Now it's an authors' getaway--but Cat won't let anyone get away with murder... The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn't know why he came all the way from New York, but she's glad to have him among the quirkier--and far less famous--attendees. Cat's high school sweetheart Seth, who's fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat...some of them a little overpowering. But it's her uncle, the local police chief, whom she'll call for help when there's a surprise ending for Tom Cook in his cozy guest room. Will a killer have the last word on the new life Cat has barely begun?

The run-out groove

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Cartmel, Andrew,
Publisher Titan Books, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
416 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number FIC CARTMEL
Summary "His first adventure consisted of the search for a rare record; his second the search for a lost child. Specifically the child of Valerian, lead singer of a great rock band of the 1960s, who hanged herself in mysterious circumstances after the boy's abduction. Along the way, the Vinyl Detective finds himself marked for death, at the wrong end of a shotgun, and unknowingly dosed with LSD as a prelude to being burned alive. And then there's the grave robbing&"--Back cover.

Dead and berried

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Cochran, Peg.
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
First edition.
297 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number M COCHRAN
Summary "It's June in Cranberry Cove and Monica Albertson's plan to sell cranberry relish to chain stores is taking off. The cranberry bogs are in bloom, and local beekeeper Rick Taylor and his assistant Lori Wenk are bringing in bees to pollinate the blossoms. When a fatal prick fells Lori, the buzz is that Rick is to blame. In trying to clear her friend's name, Monica discovers that more than a few people in Cranberry Cove have felt the power of Lori's venom, and it looks as if this time she may have agitated the hive a bit too much. With the fate of the farm on the line, Monica must get to the bottom of the crime before another victim gets stung."--Page 4 of cover.

The girl who was taken

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Donlea, Charlie,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
viii, 340 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number FIC DONLEA, CHARLIE
Summary Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods.

Murder is for keeps : a Penny Brannigan mystery

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Duncan, Elizabeth J.,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
viii, 259 pages ; 22 cm.
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Call Number FIC Duncan, Elizabeth
Summary "Local artist and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan has been spending her summer painting the exterior and views of the once-lovely Gwrych Castle, now in a heartbreaking state of disrepair. A privately owned castellated country house of jaw dropping scale, the gorgeous house located just outside of Penny's picturesque Welsh town has been sadly neglected for decades. Penny is thrilled when she hears local Mark Baker is leading a team of enthusiastic volunteers to restore the castle grounds and formal gardens to their former grandeur. But there are always disagreements about how everything should be done, and it's not long before they turn deadly. Penny is horrified to discover the body of an overbearing volunteer who had opposed Mark at every turn. Convinced that Mark is innocent, Penny enlists the help of keen gardener Gareth Davies, recently retired from the North Wales Police Service. She asks that he join the volunteer brigade, so Gareth dons a hi-vis jacket, picks up a spade and picks up a few clues, too. Asked to examine watercolor paintings of the estate gardens from the 1920s, Penny is surprised to find a few clues of her own. Could the 90-year-old paintings really hold the keys to a present-day murder? Murder is for Keeps is the latest book in this charming traditional mystery series from Elizabeth J. Duncan"--

The final vow

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Flower, Amanda,
Publisher Midnight Ink, [2017]
First edition.
274 pages : illustration ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M FLOWER
Summary "Kelsey Cambridge, director of the Barton Farm living history museum, must save the Farm's reputation when a wedding planner is pushed from the bell tower of the Farm's picturesque church"--

Miles off course : a Rowland Sinclair mystery

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Gentill, Sulari,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017. ©2017
First U.S. edition.
321 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M GEN
Summary In early 1933, Rowland Sinclair and his companions are ensconced in the superlative luxury of the Hydro Majestic, Medlow Bath, where trouble seems distant indeed. When Harry Simpson vanishes, croquet and pre dinner cocktails are abandoned for the High Country where Rowland hunts for Simpson with a determination that is as mysterious as the disappearance itself.

Ghostal Living

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Greenstein, Kathleen Bridge.
Publisher Berkley Pub Group, 2017.
First edition.
340 pages ; 18 cm.
Books
Call Number M GREENSTEIN
Summary When rare books begin disappearing from the Bibliophile Bed & Breakfast, resulting in the death of an F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscript authenticator, Hamptons interior designer Meg Barret becomes caught up in catching a killer before the book closes on another victim.

The coroner's daughter

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Hughes, Andrew, 1979-
Publisher Pegasus Books Ltd., 2017.
325 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M HUGHES
Summary Dublin, 1816. A young nursemaid conceals a pregnancy and then murders her newborn in the home of the Neshams, a prominent family in a radical Christian sect known as the Brethren. Rumors swirl about the identity of the child's father, but before an inquest can be held, the maid is found dead after an apparent suicide. When Abigail Lawless, the eighteen-year-old daughter of the city coroner, by chance discovers a message from the maid's seducer, she sets out to discover the truth. An only child, Abigail has been raised amid the books and instruments of her father's grim profession, and he in turn indulges her curious and critical mind. Now she must push against the restrictions society places on a girl her age to pursue an increasingly dangerous investigation. Abigail's searches begin to uncover the well-guarded secrets of two factions―the Christian Brethren and a burgeoning rationalist community―drawing the attention of a sinister figure who emerges in fleeting glimpses and second-hand reports: the man with the lazy eye. Determined, resourceful, and intuitive, Abigail Lawless emerges as a young lady sleuth operating at the dawn of forensic science.

Bad to the bone

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Johnston, Linda O,
Publisher Midnight Ink, [2017]
First edition.
276 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M JOHNSTON
Summary "When a VimPets employee who's set her sights on Jack Loroco ends up dead, bakery owner Carrie Kennersly must defend Jack and her friend Billi from murder accusations"--

A perfect Manhattan murder

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Kiely, Tracy,
Publisher Midnight Ink, [2017]
First edition.
viii, 229 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number FIC KIELY
Summary Thrilled that their playwright friend's Broadway debut was a rousing success, Nic and Nigel are trying to enjoy the A-list after-party with their pal Harper. Unfortunately, all the champagne and repartee in the world aren't enough to overlook the churlish behavior of Harper's theater-critic husband, Dan. Nic is shocked the next morning when she learns that Dan's been murdered. Nigel thinks the world may be a better place without him. Still, Harper is their friend and they're intent on helping her any way they can. Invigorated by the thrill of the hunt and fortified by a flood of cocktails, catching the killer becomes the Martinis' top priority . . . with their behemoth Bullmastiff Skippy along for the ride.

The house of four

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Nadel, Barbara,
Publisher Headline Publishing Group, 2017. ©2017
324 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M NADEL
Summary Everyone in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Moda knows the Devil's House. A crumbling Ottoman mansion, and once the home of a princess, it is a place associated with ill fortune. The princess' four children, now in old age, still live in separate apartments on different floors and are rumoured never to speak to each other. Then one of them is found dead, stabbed through the heart, and it is discovered that the other three siblings have met an identical fate. There is no sign of forced entry or burglary, and all evidence must be gained from letters and diaries, but as Inspector Ikmen digs into their past it becomes clear they have been harbouring a secret....

Uncorking a lie

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Nettmann, Nadine, 1980-
Publisher Midnight Ink, [2017]
First edition.
230 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number FIC NETTMANN
Summary It was the kind of invitation Katie Stillwell had only dreamed about: a dinner party at the Sonoma mansion of famed wine collector Paul Rafferty to celebrate a rare bottle of wine. Everyone enjoys drinking the $19,000 wine, but Katie realizes it's not the older vintage listed on the label. When she confides in Mr. Rafferty, he asks her to investigate, and she soon discovers the deception goes beyond money. As Katie falls deeper into the world of counterfeit wine, she learns everything is at stake--even her life. Praise: "A good mystery with a limited group of suspects and unlimited wine lore."--Kirkus Reviews.

The dying detective : a mystery

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37
by Persson, Leif G. W.,
Publisher Pantheon Books, 2017.
First American edition.
426 pages : 25 cm
Books
Call Number M PER
Summary "A galvanizing new thriller from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author--a stand-alone novel that finds legendary Swedish homicide detective Lars Martin Johansson racing against time to solve one final murder. In the National Criminal Investigation Department he was known as "the man who sees around corners." Now Johansson is retired, living in the country, his police days behind him. Or so he thinks. When he finds himself in the hospital having suffered a stroke, tests revealing heart problems as well, the only thing that saves him from despair is his doctor's interest in an unsolved murder case from years before. The victim was a nine-year-old girl, raped and strangled to death, and now Johansson determines to solve the crime despite his condition. He launches an informal investigation from his hospital bed--with the help of Matilda, a wannabe Lisbeth Salander, and Max, an orphan personally invested in child-abuse cases--and begins to draw a web of connections between sex tourism, a deceased opera singer, and a self-made millionaire. And as he draws closer to solving the crime, he finds that he is confronting not just a case, but his own mortality."

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