New Mystery Fiction

Murder take three

5 hours 2 min ago
by Brown, Eric, 1960-
Publisher Severn House, 2017.
First world edition
201 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
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

5 hours 2 min ago
by Quinn, Spencer,
Publisher Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2017. ©2017
First Atria books hardcover edition.
323 pages ; 24 cm
Books
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"--

In Farleigh Field : a novel

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 09:01
by Bowen, Rhys,
Publisher Lake Union Publishing, [2017]
First edition.
378 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M BOW
Summary World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility. As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela's family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela's help, stop them before England falls?

Killer look

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 09:01
by Fairstein, Linda A.,
Publisher Dutton, [2016]
383 pages : map ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M FAI
Summary "New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world, well-known for its glamor and style. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the runway, where American haute couture continually astounds with its creativity, daring, and innovation in the name of beauty. Yet high fashion means high stakes, as Alex Cooper quickly discovers when businessman and designer Wolf Savage is found dead in an apparent suicide, mere days before the biggest show of his career. When the man's daughter insists Savage's death was murder, the case becomes more than a media sensation: It is a race to find a killer in a world created entirely out of fantasy and illusion. With her own job at the DA's office in jeopardy, and the temptation to self-medicate her PTSD with alcohol almost too strong to resist, Alex is not anyone's first choice for help. But she is determined to uncover the grime--and the possible homicide--beneath the glitz. Along with detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, Alex must penetrate the twisted roots and mixed motives among the high-profile players in the Garment District. The investigation takes the trio from the missing money in Wolf Savage's international fashion house to his own recovery from addiction; from the role of Louisiana Voodoo in his life to his excessive womanizing; and to the family secrets he kept so well-hidden, even from those closest to him--just as things are about to get deadly on the catwalk"--

The violated : a novel

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 09:01
by Pronzini, Bill,
Publisher Bloomsbury USA, 2017.
First edition.
xiv, 252 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M PRO
Summary In Echo Park, in the small town of Santa Rita, California, the mutilated body of Martin Torrey is found by two passersby. A registered sex offender, Torrey has been a suspect in a string of recent rapes, and instant suspicion for his murder falls on the relatives and friends of the women attacked. Police chief Griffin Kells and detective Robert Ortiz are under increasing pressure from the public and from a mayor demanding results in a case that has no easy solution. Pronzini cleverly unfolds the case through alternating perspectives--Martin Torrey's wife, caught between her grief and the fear her husband was guilty; the outraged husbands of the women violated; the enterprising editor of the local paper; the mayor concerned most with his own ratings; the detectives, often spinning in circles--until a surprising break leads to a completely unexpected conclusion.

The fifth element

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:57
by Brekke, Jørgen, 1968-
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
314 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M BRE
Summary "Police Inspector Odd Singsaker has been captured, imprisoned on an island off the Northern coast of Norway. He wakes to find himself holding a shotgun. Next to him is a corpse. But what events led him to this point? And how did he get here? A few weeks earlier, Felicia, his wife, disappeared. Though he didn't know it, she was trying to find her way back to Odd to reconcile, but then she vanished into a snowstorm. Possibly involved is a corrupt, coldblooded cop from Oslo, a devious college student who's stolen a great deal of cocaine from drug dealers, and a hit man hired by the drug dealers who have been robbed. All of these lives intersect with Odd's as he searches for Felicia. The Fifth Element is ultimately the story of what happened to Felicia Stone. Within that journey, brutal crimes are uncovered, tenacious love shines through, and chilling characters with nothing to lose will stop at nothing to get what they want. Jorgen Brekke once again delivers a chilling thriller that readers will tear through to unravel what happened--and why"--

Fateful mornings : a Henry Farrell novel

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 05:58
by Bouman, Tom,
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]
First edition.
353 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M BOU
Summary "In Wild Thyme, Pennsylvania, summer has brought Officer Henry Farrell nothing but trouble. Heroin has arrived with a surge in burglaries and other crime. When local carpenter Kevin O'Keeffe admits that he shot a man and that his girlfriend, Penny, is missing, the search leads the small-town cop to an industrial vice district across state lines that has already ensnared more than one of his neighbors. With the patience of a hunter, Farrell ventures into a world of shadow beyond the fields and forests of home"--

The devil's cup : a Hawkenlye mystery

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 05:58
by Clare, Alys,
Publisher Severn House Publishers, [2017] ©2017
First world edition.
231 pages : map ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M CLA
Summary Sir Josse d'Aquin is summoned to assist the beleaguered King John in the 17th--and final--Hawkenlye mystery. September, 1216. A foreign army has invaded England. The country is divided. Some support the rebel barons and Prince Louis of France; others remain loyal to the king. His rule under threat, King John summons Sir Josse d'Acquin to support him. But can Sir Josse save the king from himself? Meanwhile, Josse's daughter Meggie is summoned to Hawkenlye Abbey to attend a sick patient in a very distressed state. The elderly woman is warning of terrible danger unless she can complete her mission. What she learns from her patient will set Meggie on a perilous journey to retrieve a cursed treasure. But will she be in time to prevent a tragedy?

Blood red, white and blue : a Mary McGill dog mystery / Kathleen Delaney.

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 05:58
by Delaney, Kathleen,
Publisher Severn House, 2017. ©2017
First world edition.
233 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M DEL
Summary "It's the 4th July and Santa Louisa's Independence Day celebrations have gone off without a hitch. Except for the body in the oak grove, shot in the back. The victim was a visitor to the town. Mary McGill and her cocker spaniel Millie had seen him only that morning, staring in the window of Lowell's jewelery store, his German Shepherd, Ranger, at his side. Could the diamond and sapphire necklace which caught his attention have some connection with his untimely death? What brought him to Santa Louisa in the first place? Having agreed to look after Ranger temporarily, Mary is unwillingly drawn into the murder investigation. She never dreamed that her enquiries would lead her into serious danger & and more murder" --

Beyond Absolution

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 05:58
by Harrison, Cora,
Publisher Severn House Publishers, 2017.
First world edition.
249 pages ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M HAR
Summary "Reverend Mother Aquinas must discover who murdered a much-loved priest in the third of this compelling new Irish historical mystery series. Ireland. 1925. Pierced through to the brain, the dead body of the priest was found wedged into the small, dark confessional cubicle. Loved by all, Father Dominic had lent a listening ear to sinners of all kinds: gunmen and policemen; prostitutes and nuns; prosperous businessmen and petty swindlers; tradesmen and thieves. But who knelt behind the metal grid and inserted a deadly weapon into that listening ear? The Reverend Mother Aquinas can do nothing for Father Dominic, but for the sake of his brother, her old friend Father Lawrence, she is determined to find out who killed him, and why"--Publisher description.

The silent dead

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 05:58
by Honda, Tetsuya, 1969-
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2016.
First U.S. edition.
292 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M HON
Summary "When a body wrapped in a blue plastic tarp and tied up with twine is discovered near the bushes near a quiet suburban Tokyo neighborhood, Lt. Reiko Himekawa and her squad take the case. The victim was slaughtered brutally---his wounds are bizarre, and no one can figure out the "what" or the "why" of this crime. At age twenty-nine, Reiko Himekawa of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police's Homicide Division is young to have been made lieutenant, particularly because she lacks any kind of political or family connections. Despite barriers created by age, gender, and lack of connections, she is mentally tough, oblivious to danger, and has an impressive ability to solve crimes. Reiko makes a discovery that leads the police to uncover eleven other bodies, all wrapped in the same sort of plastic. Few of the bodies are identifiable, but the ones that are have no connection to each other. The only possible clue is a long shot lead to a website spoken only in whispers on the Internet, something on the dark web known as "Strawberry Night." But while she is hunting the killer, the killer is hunting her... and she may very well have been marked as the next victim"--

Trophy : a novel

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 05:58
by Jacobsen, Steffen, 1956-
Publisher Arcade Publishing, 2017.
First North American edition.
371 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M JAC
Summary "For Fans of Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Henning Mankell, a Gripping Nordic Thriller That Was a Bestseller in Denmark. After the death of her industrialist father, Elizabeth Caspersen finds a compromising DVD in his safe: it seems to show two people being hunted to their death in a gruesome, well-organized manhunt. Michael Sander, a private investigator and security consultant, is hired to find out who the victims are and why Caspersen was involved. Meanwhile, police investigator Lene Jenesen is investigating the death of a decorated war veteran found hanged on his wedding night. Having recently come into money, the man appears to have been driven to suicide, but the question is, why? As the two cases begin to intertwine, Lene and Michael uncover a chilling secret: the existence of a hunting club formed by Denmark's elite businessmen, where the targets are humans who are carefully selected and made to run for their lives. As their investigations take them into the darkest depths of humanity, uncovering crimes that reach further than they ever imagined, Lene and Michael must team up to overcome an opponent who outstrips them in resources and lethal danger-before they become the ones who are hunted"--

Take out : a mystery

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 05:58
by Maron, Margaret,
Publisher Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
First Edition.
310 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M MAR
Summary Sigrid is still reeling from the untimely death of her lover, acclaimed painter Oscar Nauman, when she is called to investigate the deaths of two homeless men in the West Village. The police at first assume an overdose, until they realize that one of the men shows no signs of drug use. Then when containers of poisoned takeout food are found nearby, Sigrid's case is suddenly much more complicated. As Sigrid investigates, she uncovers an intriguing neighborhood history: a haughty mafia widow and her disgraced godson, a retired opera star with dark secrets, an unsolved hit-and-run, and the possible discovery of a long-missing painting that will rock the art world. Soon the case is fraught with myriad suspects and motives. Who killed the two homeless men, and why? And which one was the intended victim? Or was the poisoned food meant for someone else entirely? Throwing herself into the murder investigation to distract herself from her personal grief, Sigrid still can't stop wondering what led Nauman across the country to the winding mountain road that took his life. Until she meets a man who may hold the answers she seeks...

Burials

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:52
by Evans, Mary Anna,
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
293 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M EVA
Summary A woman waits under five feet of dirt-a woman who is by now nothing but bones stained the deep red of Oklahoma clay. A delicate silver necklace, a handful of ancient pearls, and a priceless figurine rest with her. Twenty-nine years is a long time to wait for a proper burial. Faye Longchamp-Mantooth, who runs a small and shakily financed archaeological consulting firm with her husband, Joe, has come to Sylacauga so she and Joe can join his father, Sly Mantooth, in dispersing his mother's ashes. Fifteen years is a long time to wait for a proper ceremony. Faye has partially financed the trip by hiring on to consult on the reopening of a site closed down 29 years ago when archaeologist Dr. Sophia Townsend disappeared-for good. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation intends to create a park if nothing sacred lies in the soil. What no one expects is the lonely red bones that emerge as the backhoe completes its work. Inevitably they prove to be those of Sophia Townsend. And examination shows Sophia was first killed by a blow to the head. Chief Roy Cloud of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's Lighthorse Tribal Police hires Faye, who clearly can't be a suspect, to consult. Which is fine with Faye, who won't rest easy until Sophia's murder is solved. But the investigation comes uncomfortably close to home when she learns that her father-in-law knows more about the dead woman than he is willing to admit. So, it appears, does everyone in tiny Sylacauga. Dr. Sophia Townsend had possessed a sexual magnetism as forceful as an Oklahoma tornado, and she had never hesitated to use it to manipulate everyone around her, people whose hearts she broke and whose marriages she destroyed. Was she killed by one of her lovers, or by one of their wives? Or by the woman who became enthralled with her? Or maybe Sly Mantooth? Or was something else elemental-greed, buried treasure, fame-at work? Faye's obsession with this case tests her professional ethics and it tests her marriage. Such was the power of Sophia Townsend that, twenty-nine years after her murder, she wreaks havoc (along with the weather) once again.

Close

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:52
by James, Bill, 1929-
Publisher Severn House Publishers Ltd., 2017. ©2017.
First world edition.
184 pages ; 23 cm.
Books
Call Number M JAM
Summary "Thomas Wells Hart drifted into a dodgy career as a private investigator and grew clever at tailing suspects and all the other tricks of the game. Not quite clever enough, however. Coming across Hart s shot-up body, Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur and Assistant Chief Constable Des Iles have to work out their own explanation as to how he came to be executed behind the wheel of a Ford Focus in a quiet suburban street. The trail will lead them through illegal art trading, big-bucks money laundering -- and more murder. As ever, Iles suspects Harpur is hiding essential facts from him. As ever, Harpur is hiding essential facts from his boss. Will the mismatched pair manage to close the case?"--provided by publisher.

The spy across the table : a Jim Brodie thriller

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 05:45
by Lancet, Barry,
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
438 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M LAN
Summary "Jim Brodie is an antiques dealer, Japan expert, and second-generation private investigator. When two theater friends are murdered backstage at a Kennedy Center performance in Washington, DC, he's devastated--and determined to hunt down the killer. He's not the only one... Brodie flies to Tokyo to attend the second of two funerals, when his friend's daughter Anna is kidnapped during the ceremony. It is then Brodie realizes that the murders were simply bait to draw her out of hiding. Anna, it seems, is the key architect of a top-secret NSA program that gathers the personal secrets of America's most influential leaders. Secrets so damaging that North Korea and China will stop at nothing to get them."--

Snowed in with murder

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 17:41
by Wallace, Auralee,
Publisher St Martin's Press, 2017.
St. Martin's Paperbacks edition.
322 pages ; 17 cm.
Books
Call Number M WAL
Summary Erica has returned to Otter Lake, New Hampshire, to rekindle her romance with Sheriff Grady Forrester at her mom's island retreat, currently closed for the off season. Just ahead of a rapidly advancing storm front, Erica arrives to discover Mom has rented the lodge to a reality TV show. They're filming the wealthy but awful Boatright brood, who've been summoned here by their patriarch because-so he says-one of them wants to kill him. Great television, terrible timing. Not only are Erica's romantic hopes snuffed out like a candle flame, the nasty Nor'easter just became a superstorm... and no one is getting off the island 'til it blows over. When the power fails, it's lights out for the patriarch. Now, marooned with a murdered millionaire and his feuding family, it's up to Erica to take the killer by storm and get back to the business of reuniting with Grady--until death do they part!

Dangerous minds : a Knight and Moon novel

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 05:40
by Evanovich, Janet,
Publisher Bantam Books, [2017] ©2017
First Edition.
317 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M EVA
Summary "Riley Moon is a financial analyst and Emerson Knight is an eccentric billionaire's son. Together, this perfectly mismatched crime-fighting duo are looking to take down big league crime in the second mystery by author Janet Evanovich"--

A dark so deadly

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 05:40
by MacBride, Stuart,
Publisher HarperCollins, 2017.
596 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number FIC MACBRIDE
Summary Welcome to the Misfit Mob. It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of, but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from. But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting. O Division's Major Investigation Teams already have more cases than they can cope with, so, against everyone's better judgment, the Misfit Mob are just going to have to manage this one on their own. No one expects them to succeed, but right now they're the only thing standing between the killer's victims and a slow, lingering death. The question is, can they prove everyone wrong before he strikes again?

Whirlwind

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 05:40
by Norman, Hilary,
Publisher Severn House Publishers, 2017. ©2016
First world edition.
250 pages ; 23 cm
Books
Call Number M NOR
Summary A ruthless psychopath with a long-held grudge unleashes a terrifying scheme of revenge on a small New England town in this tautly-paced, compelling thriller. Liza Plain, a Boston-based journalist hoping for her big break, is dreading spending Christmas in Shiloh, Rhode Island, with her difficult grandfather - until news of the disappearance of a retired local priest triggers her realization that this could be linked to a series of unsolved, church-linked missing persons cases. Michael Rider used to be a decent man with a good life, but a past traumatic event with far-reaching consequences has left him dangerously close to breaking point. Now he is receiving strange emails from an organisation calling itself Whirlwind, offering him the chance to avenge himself on those who've done him wrong. Liza and Michael will both be in Shiloh on Christmas Eve. The night a raging blizzard seals off the town from the outside world. The night an outrage is perpetrated - and Liza will find herself at the heart of a major news story, caught in an abyss of nightmarish discovery and life-threatening danger.

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