New Mystery Fiction

A twist of the knife

10 hours 8 min ago
by Masterman, Becky,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
308 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M MAS
Summary "Ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn, now happily settled in Tucson, doesn't visit her family in Florida much. But her former partner on the force, Laura Coleman--a woman whose life she has saved and who has saved her life in turn--is living there now. So when Laura calls about a case that is not going well, Brigid doesn't hesitate to get on a plane. On leave from the Bureau, Laura has been volunteering for a legal group trying to prove the innocence of a man who is on death row for killing his family. Laura is firmly convinced that he didn't do it, while Brigid isn't so sure--but the date for his execution is coming up so quickly that they'll have to act fast to find any evidence that may absolve him before it's too late...Edgar Award and CWA Gold Dagger finalist Becky Masterman's third Brigid Quinn novel is the masterful follow-up to Fear the Darkness and Rage Against the Dying"--

Mangrove lightning

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 05:12
by White, Randy Wayne,
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017] ©2017
xix, 329 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M WHI
Summary "Doc Ford has been involved in many strange cases. This may be one of the strangest. A legendary charter captain and guide named Tootsie Barlow has come to him, muttering about a curse. The members of his extended family have suffered a bizarre series of attacks, and Barlow is convinced it has something to do with a multiple murder in 1925, in which his family had a shameful part. Ford doesn't believe in curses, but as he and his friend Tomlinson begin to investigate, following the trail of the attacks from Key Largo to Tallahassee, they, too, suffer a series of near-fatal mishaps. Is it really a curse? Or just a crime spree? The answer lies in solving a near-hundred-year-old murder...and probing the mind of a madman"--

Murder, stage left : a Nero Wolfe mystery

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 05:05
by Goldsborough, Robert,
Publisher MysteriousPress.com/Open Road Integrated Media, Inc., [2017]
236 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number XX(1607733.2)
Summary When a renowned theater director senses something amiss during his latest production, he calls in Nero Wolfe. Though the corpulent genius wouldn't normally accept a job this vague, a mutual friend dangles the prospect of a very rare orchid in exchange for his services, and Wolfe can't resist. With a mind to suss out useful backstage gossip, Wolfe turns to his faithful assistant, Archie Goodwin, to impersonate a journalist in order to speak to the cast. Though Goodwin's conversations prove unfruitful, on his last day at the theater, the director is murdered in his soundproof booth, poisoned by an unseen culprit during an evening performance. In short order, an actor whose health is failing attempts suicide with the same poison. Now Goodwin is a prime suspect in the director's demise, effectively sidelining him for the rest of the case, and freelance gumshoe Saul Panzer must step in to help wrangle the various members of the play--from the ingénue and the diva to the handsome movie star and the surly stage manager--so New York's smartest, and most reclusive, private detective can determine who is responsible for these dramatic deaths and clear Goodwin's name once and for all.

The wages of sin

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 05:05
by Welsh, Kaite,
Publisher Pegasus Crime, 2017.
First Pegasus Books edition.
290 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number FIC WELSH
Summary "Sarah Gilchrist fled London and a troubled past to join the University of Edinburgh's medical school in 1892, the first year it admitted women. Determined to become a doctor despite the misgivings of her family and society, Sarah quickly finds plenty of barriers at school itself; professors who refuse to teach their new pupils, male students determined to force out their female counterparts, and-- perhaps worst of all-- female peers who will do anything to avoid being associated with a fallen woman. Desperate for a proper education, Sarah turns to one of the city's ramshackle charitable hospitals for additional training. The Saint Giles Infirmary for Women ministers to the downtrodden and drunk, the thieves and whores with nowhere else to go. There, Sarah gets quite an education, but when Lucy-- a prostitute and one of Sarah's patients-- turns up in the university dissecting room as a battered corpse, Sarah finds herself drawn into a murky underworld of bribery, brothels, and body snatchers. Painfully aware of just how little separates her own life from that of her former patient's, Sarah is determined to find out what happened to Lucy and to bring those responsible for her death to justice. But as Sarah searches for answers in Edinburgh's dank alleyways, bawdy houses, and fight clubs, she comes closer and closer to uncovering one of Edinburgh's most lucrative trades-- and, in doing so, puts her own life at risk" -- Dust jacket flap.

The secrets you keep : a novel

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 05:05
by White, Kate, 1950-
Publisher Harper, [2017]
First edition.
353 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M WHI
Summary A successful self-help author, recovering from a devastating car accident, finds her life spiraling dangerously out of control in the face of a caterer's murder and her husband's ominous secrets.

Saratoga payback

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 02:00
by Dobyns, Stephen, 1941-
Publisher Blue Rider Press, [2017]
349 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number M DOB
Summary "The latest installment in Stephen Dobyns's Charlie Bradshaw mysteries, Saratoga Payback follows the latest exploits of Saratoga Springs' most unusual and sardonic detective. Ever since the cops revoked his private investigator's license, Charlie Bradshaw has been adjusting to life as a regular senior citizen. But reading, sitting around the house, and making amateur home repairs is a far cry from his past life as Saratoga Springs' most successful everyman detective. So when Charlie discovers the sprawled corpse of Saratoga Springs' biggest nuisance on his sidewalk, the ex-P.I. is torn. Should he risk asking questions of his own, knowing he could easily be prosecuted for doing P.I. work without a license? Or should he avoid the trouble and spend his twilight years in peace? Well, the case was practically delivered to his doorstep ... Saratoga Payback, the latest installment in Stephen Dobyns's critically praised Charlie Bradshaw Mysteries, follows Charlie as he toes the line between concerned private citizen and practiced private eye. As he begins to look into the murder of the town pest, Charlie also finds himself entangled in problem that is purely Saratogian--a mission to rescue an old acquaintance's kidnapped horse. Wry, entertaining, and adroitly written, Saratoga Payback is an immensely satisfying addition to Dobyns's popular mystery series"--

Murder on the Serpentine : a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 02:00
by Perry, Anne,
Publisher Ballantine Books, [2017]
First U.S. Edition.
272 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number XX(1590691.6)
Summary Privately summoned by Queen Victoria when one of her closest confidantes is found murdered, Thomas Pitt navigates the secretive world of London society in what becomes the most dangerous case of his career.

The murder book : a Henry Johnstone mystery

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
by Adams, Jane, 1960-
Publisher Severn House Publishers Ltd., 2016. ©2016
First world edition.
236 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M ADA
Summary "Lincolnshire, England. June, 1928. When three freshly-buried bodies are unearthed in the front yard of a rented cottage, DCI Henry Johnstone, a specialist murder detective from London, is summoned to investigate. Two of the victims are identified as Mary Fields, known to have worked as a prostitute, and her seven-year-old daughter Ruby. But who is the third victim and what was he doing at the cottage? Johnstone is determined to do things by the book, but his use of forensic science and other modern methods of detection soon ruffles feathers. Frustrated by the unhelpful attitude of the local constabulary, Johnstone fears the investigation is heading nowhere. Then he's called out to another murder..."--Dust jacket.

Sinner man

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
by Block, Lawrence,
Publisher Titan Books, a division of Titan Publishing Group Ltd, 2016.
First Hard Case Crime edition.
239 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M BLO
Summary To escape punishment for a murder he didn't mean to commit, insurance man Don Barshter has to take on a new identity: Nathaniel Crowley, ferocious up-and-comer in the New York mob. But can he find safety in the skin of another man...a worse man...a sinner man...?

Cat got your diamonds : a kitty couture mystery

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
by Chase, Julie (Mystery writer)
Publisher Crooked Lane Books, 2016.
First edition.
330 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M CHA
Summary "Grandeur and opulence are everything in the famed New Orleans Garden district, where pets are family and no bling is too big. Opening Furry Godmother, pet boutique and organic treat bakery, is Lacy Marie Crocker's dream come true. After returning home following a nasty breakup with her (now ex) fiance, Pete the Cheat, it's exactly the fresh start she needs, despite her old money mother's disapproval. Full of peanut butter pupcakes and bacon-infused pawlines, and displaying sparkly Shih Tzu tutus and swanky cat headscarves, Lacy's pink-and-green, chandeliered shop is a pet lover's paradise. That is, until a man attacks her in her shop only to turn up dead the next morning- with her glitter gun as the murder weapon. And Lacy becomes public enemy #1."

A rustle of silk : a Gabriel Taverner mystery

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
by Clare, Alys,
Publisher Severn House, 2016.
First world edition.
251 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M CLA
Summary Surgeon Gabriel Taverner finds it difficult to gain the locals' trust as he attempts to reestablish himself as a country physician in rural Devon, England. A series of disturbing incidents convinces him that at least one person does not welcome his presence. Called out to examine a partially decomposed body found beside the river, Gabriel discovers that he has a personal connection to the dead man. Teaming up with Coroner Theophilus Davey to find out how the man died, Gabriel uncovers some darker aspects of the lucrative silk trade which operates from nearby Plymouth. The more he finds out, the more apparent it becomes that the people closest to him have been keeping secrets.

Glow of death

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
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. --

Day shift

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
by Harris, Charlaine.
Publisher Ace Books, 2016. ©2015
Ace premium edition.
386 pages : map ; 19 cm.
Books
Call Number M HAR
Summary "There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she's beautiful and dangerous. Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day. To make matters worse, one of Manfred's regular and very wealthy clients dies during a reading. Manfred returns from Dallas embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press. He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight..."-- Provided by publisher.

Desolation Flats

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
by Hunt, Andrew E., 1968-
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2016.
First edition.
viii, 372 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number F HUN
Summary "As war clouds loom overseas, auto racers from around the world gather at the Bonneville Salt Flats east of Salt Lake City, intent on breaking the land speed record. When Nigel Underhill, a wealthy English motorist, is found dead and his brother Clive disappears, Art Oveson of the Salt Lake City Missing Persons' Bureau is called to investigate. The Underhill family has hired a former Scotland Yard detective to assist in the search, and he and Oveson begin to follow a trail that leads from the Utah desert to the stately homes of London. As the two detectives draw closer to their suspect, Art finds that the murderer has set his sights on a target much closer to home than he had thought possible"--

The house on Cold Hill

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
by James, Peter, 1948-
Publisher Pan Macmillan, [2016] ©2015
340 pages ; 20 cm
Books
Call Number M JAM
Summary They said the dead can't hurt you ... They were wrong. The House on Cold Hill is a chilling and suspenseful ghost story from the multi-million copy bestselling author of Dead Simple, Peter James. Moving from the heart of the city of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for born townies, Ollie Harcourt, his wife, Caro, and their twelve-year-old daughter, Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House - a huge, dilapidated, Georgian mansion - they are filled with excitement. Despite the financial strain of the move, Ollie has dreamed of living in the country since he was a child, and with its acres of land, he sees Cold Hill House as a paradise for his animal-loving daughter, a base for his web-design business and a terrific long-term investment. Caro is less certain, and Jade is grumpy about being removed from all her friends. But within days of moving in, it soon becomes apparent that the Harcourt family aren't the only residents in the house. At first it is only a friend of Jade, talking to her on Facetime, who sees a spectral woman standing behind her. Then there are more sightings of her, as well as increasingly disturbing occurrences in the house. Two weeks after moving in, Caro, out in the garden, is startled to see faces staring out of an upstairs window of the house. The window of a room which holds the secret to the house's dark history ... a room which does not appear to exist ...

Stick or twist

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
by Janes, Diane,
Publisher Severn House, 2016. ©2016
First world edition.
234 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M JAN
Summary The attempted kidnap of a wealthy heiress throws up a series of unanswered questions in this twisting tale of suspense. Wealthy heiress Jude Thackeray lost her trust in men following her terrible ordeal at the hands of a ruthless kidnapper. Now she's met Mark Medlicott, she is finally learning to love again. But is Mark who - and what - he seems? No one was ever arrested following the kidnap; there were no credible suspects even. Detective Sergeant Peter Betts and his colleague, DS Hannah McMahon, are determined to crack the case. However, the deeper they dig, the more anomalies they uncover, and it becomes increasingly clear there was more to the attempted kidnap than met the eye. Soon the pair find themselves in a desperate race against time in order to prevent a further catastrophe.

Out of bounds

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
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?"--

Nasty cutter : a Raymond Donne mystery

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
by O'Mara, Tim,
Publisher Severn House, 2016. ©2016
251 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M OMA
Summary Danger gets a little too close to home for ex-cop Raymond Donne . . . When his father's former law partner, Harry Stover, is murdered while being celebrated as Williamsburg, Brooklyn's "Man of the Year," ex-cop turned schoolteacher Raymond Donne fights his old police instincts and vows to stay out of the investigation. That is until his childhood home is broken into and one of his students is threatened. Has a decades old case of his father's come back to haunt the Donne family? Could the murder have something to do with the victim's charitable work connecting low-income kids with business leaders in Williamsburg? Raymond never has liked unanswered questions, and when the answers come a little too close to his home and school, he decides he's not above giving the cops a little unwanted help.

Storm rising

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
by Schofield, Douglas,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2016.
First edition.
322 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M SCH
Summary "Lucy Hendricks hasn't had an easy time of it since her husband Jack, devoted and upstanding Bayonne, New Jersey cop, was murdered while on an investigation five years prior. There were suspicions that he had been involved with the local mafia, and the media won't let it go, making life unbearable, so Lucy moved to Florida to raise her son, Kevin, who was born without ever knowing his father. Now, Lucy returns to pick up the pieces, moving back into the house she and Jack shared, trying to move on. But the past won't loosen its grip on the young widow, and, as Kevin begins to act increasing erratically, making statements wise beyond his years and offering specific details about Jack's murder he couldn't possibly know, Lucy must figure out the mystery surrounding her husband's death. She can't trust the cops, it seems, and now the local Don has reached out to her, offering help in clearing Jack's name. As Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on Bayonne, Lucy must trust her instincts to save herself and her son from much more than a deadly storm"--

Escape to Havana

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
by Wilkshire, Nick, 1968-
Publisher Dundurn, 2016.
285 pages ; 21 cm.
Books
Call Number M WIL
Summary For Charlie Hillier, a posting to Cuba could be the perfect place to start his new life -- if he survives it. With his career stalled and the office abuzz about his soon-to-be-ex-wife's indiscretions, Ottawa bureaucrat Charlie Hillier is desperate for a change. So when the chance at a posting to the Canadian embassy in Havana comes up, he jumps at it, grateful to get as far away as he can from his ex and his dead-end job at Foreign Affairs headquarters. At first, exotic Havana seems just the place to bury his past and start anew, but he didn't count on finding a couple of kilos of cocaine under his bedroom floor, the kidnapping of a fellow diplomat, or the unsettling connection he uncovers between the former occupant of his house and a Colombian drug-runner. Before long, Charlie's only concern is whether he'll survive his posting at all.

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