New Mystery Fiction

The importance of being urnest

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:51
by Balzo, Sandra,
Publisher Severn House Publishers LTD, 2017.
183 pages ; 23 cm.
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

Bucket's list

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:51
by Blackwood, Gary L.,
Publisher Severn House, 2017.
First world edition.
233 pages ; 23 cm
Call Number M BLA
Summary Introducing private investigator Charley Field, the true-life inspiration behind Charles Dickens' Inspector Bucket, in an intriguing new Victorian mystery series. 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.

Much ado about murder

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:51
by Duncan, Elizabeth J,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
264 pages ; 22 cm.
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

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:51
by Early, Hank,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
326 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number M EAR

The usual Santas : a collection of Soho Crime Christmas capers

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:51
by Herron, Mick.
Publisher Soho Crime, 2017.
ix, 400 pages ; 20 cm
Call Number M HER
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." --

Dead of winter

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:51
by Staub, Wendy Corsi,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
279 pages ; 25 cm.
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.

Booked 4 murder

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:35
by Eaton, J. C.
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017. ©2017
First Kensington mass market edition.
314 pages ; 17 cm.
Call Number M EAT
Summary "Sophie 'Phee' Kimball is not a cop. She's a divorced, middle-aged mom who works as an account clerk for the police department in a small city in Minnesota. But her retired mother, Harriet Plunkett, is convinced Phee is the only one who can solve the mystery of a cursed book. According to Harriet, four members of her book club have already succumbed to the deadly curse. Harriet insists Phee catch the next plane to her retirement community in Sun City West, Arizona, to investigate. Is her mother just bored and lonely? She does have a new pet--a long-haired chiweenie (half Chihuahua, half Dachshund)--for company and a host of pals (although that number is admittedly dwindling). Phee is certain that their book club selection isn't cursed, but is somebody really knocking off the ladies? As Phee starts to uncover dark secrets hidden in plain sight under the blazing Arizona sun, she'll need to read between the lines before it's someone else's final chapter...."--Page [4] of cover.

Penhale wood : a mystery

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:35
by Thomas, Julia, 1959-
Publisher Midnight Ink, 2017.
First edition.
304 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number M THO
Summary On a cold December night in Cornwall, nanny Karen Peterson disappears with three-year-old Sophie Flynn. The next day, the child's body is found on the banks of Penhale Wood. A year later, Sophie's mother, Iris Flynn, appears on the doorstep of investigating officer Rob McIntyre, determined to make him reopen the case. McIntyre has his own personal demons, but Iris hijacks his life in order to find the person responsible for her daughter's death. Following the slimmest of leads, they are soon confronting ghosts from the past and a chameleon-like killer who will do anything to stay hidden.

How the finch stole Christmas! : a Meg Langslow mystery

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:34
by Andrews, Donna,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
278 pages ; 22 cm
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, 10/20/2017 - 06:34
by Meier, Leslie,
Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp. , 2017.
361 pages ; 21 cm.
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, 10/19/2017 - 06:30
by Ragan, Theresa,
Publisher Thomas & Mercer [2017]
305 pages ; 21 cm
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.

Purr M for murder

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:27
by LoTempio, T. C.,
Publisher Crooked Lane, 2017.
First edition.
294 pages ; 22 cm.
Call Number M LOT

Killing season : a thriller

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:25
by Kellerman, Faye,
Publisher William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
695 pages ; 24 cm
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, 10/18/2017 - 03:25
by Lackey, Kris, 1953-
Publisher Blackstone Publishing, 2017.
208 pages : map ; 24 cm
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.

Death of a bachelorette : a Jaine Austen mystery

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 06:22
by Levine, Laura, 1943-
Publisher Kensington Books, 2017. ©2017
First Kensington hardcover edition.
viii, 245 pages ; 22 cm.
Call Number M LEV
Summary Jaine's life has been a royal pain since she started penning dialogue for Some Day My Prince Will Come - a cheesy dating show that features bachelorettes competing for the heart of Spencer Dalworth VII, a very distant heir to the British throne. As if fending off golf ball-sized bugs on a sweltering island wasn't tough enough, Jaine must test her patience against an irritable production crew and fierce contestants who will do anything to get their prince. But Jaine never expected murder to enter the script. When one of the finalists dies in a freak accident, it's clear someone wanted the woman out of the race for good - and the police won't allow a soul off the island until they seize the culprit. Terrified of existing another day without air conditioning and eager to return home, Jaine is throwing herself into the investigation. And she better pounce on clues quickly - or there won't be any survivors left.

Whispers of warning

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 03:21
by Estevao, Jessica,
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime, 2017.
323 pages ; 20 cm.
Call Number M ESTEVAO
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, 10/17/2017 - 03:21
by Thomas, Wendall,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
First edition.
249 pages ; 22 cm.
Call Number FIC THOMAS
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"--

Murder take three : a Langham & Dupré mystery

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:16
by Brown, Eric, 1960-
Publisher Severn House, 2017.
First world edition
201 pages ; 23 cm.
Call Number M BRO
Summary "1956. American movie star Suzie Reynard is currently shooting a murder mystery film at Marling Hall, an Elizabethan manor house in the depths of the Norfolk countryside. The film's director--Suzie's lover--has been receiving threats and Suzie is convinced his life is in danger. On arriving at Marling Hall with his fiancée Marie, Private Investigator Donald Langham finds the film set awash with clashing egos, petty jealousies, ill-advised love affairs and seething resentments. And then a body is discovered in the director's trailer. It would appear to be an open-and-shut case when someone confesses to the murder. Donald and Maria are not convinced--but why would someone confess to a crime they haven't committed?"--Book jacket.

The right side : a novel

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:16
by Quinn, Spencer,
Publisher Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2017. ©2017
First Atria books hardcover edition.
323 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number M QUI
Summary "In this riveting new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of the Chet and Bernie mystery series, a deeply damaged female soldier home from the war in Afghanistan becomes obsessed with finding a missing girl, gains an unlikely ally in a stray dog, and encounters new perils beyond the combat zone. LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan as a rising star in the military, and came back a much lesser person, mentally and physically. Now missing an eye and with half her face badly scarred, she can barely remember the disastrous desert operation that almost killed her. She is confused, angry, and suspects the fault is hers, even though nobody will come out and say it. Shattered by one last blow--the sudden death of her hospital roommate, Marci--LeAnne finds herself on a fateful drive across the country, reflecting on her past and seeing no future. Her native land is now unfamiliar, recast in shadow by her one good eye, her damaged psyche, her weakened body. Arriving in the rain-soaked small town in Washington State that Marci had called home, she makes a troubling discovery: Marci's eight-year-old daughter has vanished. When a stray dog--a powerful, dark, unreadable creature, no one's idea of a pet--seems to adopt LeAnne, a surprising connection is formed and something shifts inside her. As she becomes obsessed with finding Marci's daughter, LeAnne and her inscrutable canine companion are drawn into danger as dark and menacing as her last Afghan mission. This time she has a strange but loyal fellow traveler protecting her blind side. Enthralling, suspenseful, and psychologically nuanced, The Right Side introduces one of the most unforgettable protagonists in modern fiction: isolated, broken, disillusioned--yet still seeking redemption and purpose--LeAnne takes hold of the reader and never lets go"--

The liar in the library

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 03:12
by Brett, Simon,
Publisher Crème de la Crime, 2017.
183 pages ; 23 cm
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.