Edgar Allan Poe and the jewel of Peru / Karen Lee Street.

  • 24 May 2018
cover image"Philadelphia, 1844. As violent tensions escalate between nativists and recent Irish immigrants, Edgar Allan Poe’s fears for the safety of his wife, Virginia, and mother-in-law, Muddy, are compounded when he receives a parcel of mummified bird parts ... Just as odd is the arrival of Helena Loddiges, a young heiress who demands Poe’s help to discover why her lover died at the city’s docks on his return from an expedition to Peru. Poe is skeptical of her claims of having received messages from birds--and visitations from her lover’s ghost--but when Miss Loddiges is kidnapped, he and his friend C. Auguste Dupin must unravel a mystery involving old enemies, lost soul-mates, ornithomancy, and the legendary jewel of Peru"--Amazon.com.

Crisis at the cathedral : a Dorothy Martin mystery / Jeanne M. Dams.

  • 24 May 2018
cover image"When Dorothy Martin and her husband Alan meet the wealthy Ahmad family, they are charmed by their courtesy, their perfect English, their delightful children and their commitment to peace. Following a concert at Sherebury Cathedral, the Ahmads offer to host a party afterwards at the Rose and Crown pub. But Mr and Mrs Ahmad don't show up. Their children are asleep upstairs at the inn, but the parents are nowhere to be found . . . With suspicions of kidnap and even murder being raised, Dorothy and Alan feel compelled to assist the police and MI5 in their efforts to find their new friends, a search that will take them to London and the murky world of big business, politics and even terrorism."--Provided by publisher.

Gentlemen formerly dressed : a Rowland Sinclair mystery / Sulari Gentill.

  • 24 May 2018
cover imageHandsome, wry, and witty despite his impeccable manners, and the dedicated black sheep of his conservative, wealthy Australian family, Rowland Sinclair prefers to leave managing the immense family fortune and politics to his elder brother, Wil, while pursuing a life as a gentleman artist. A life in company of boho housemates Clyde, a fellow painter; Milton, a plagiarising poet; and Edna, the beautiful, emancipated sculptress who is both his muse and the (unacknowledged) love of his life. Having barely escaped 1933 Germany while reluctantly pursuing an off-the-books mission in Munich, the usually stoic Rowly remains horrified and deeply troubled by the changes that have come about under the Nazi government. The country which he knew in his early twenties as the centre of modern art and culture, is now, under Hitler, oppressed and sanitised. Tortured by the SA for the degeneracy of his own paintings, he bears both physical and emotional scars. For the first time he is moved to take a stance politically, to try and sway the political thought of the time. A friend of the Left and son of the Right, Rowland doesn't really know what he is doing, or what should be done, but he is consumed with a notion that something should be done. Plus he needs to recuperate. And so Rowly and his friends make for England rather than returning to Sydney. In London, in the superlative luxury of Claridge's, they feel safe. Then Viscount Pierrepont is discovered in his club, impaled by a sword. Pierrepont is sporting a frilly negligée and makeup - so, a sex crime? Too embarrassing. And too bizarre a death for this aging gentleman, and him newly wed. His murder, and the suspicion falling on his young niece, quickly plunge the Australians into a queer world of British aristocracy, Fascist Blackshirts, illicit love, scandal, and spies ranging from London and its suburbs to Bletchley Park and Oxford, and inevitably drawing in Wil Sinclair as well as players like H.G. Wells and Winston Churchill. It's a world where gentlemen are not always what they are dressed up to be.

The girl on the edge of summer / by J.M. Redmann.

  • 23 May 2018
cover imageMicky Knight reluctantly takes on two cases, one for money, one for pity. The first is a trawl though archives to solve a century old murder, for an arrogant grandson who thinks riches should absolve his family of any sins. The other, to answer a mother's anguish as she tries to understand her daughter's suicide. Micky sees no happy ending to either case; the dusty pages of history aren't going to give up their secrets after holding them for so long. And even if she finds answers for the mother's questions, nothing will bring her daughter back. But as Micky discovers, the past is never past and a young girl can lead a complicated, even dangerous, life. The secrets, both past and present, are meant to remain hidden--only the first murder is hard. The rest come easy.

Flowers and foul play : a magic garden mystery / Amanda Flower.

  • 22 May 2018
cover image"Fiona Knox lost her fiancé and her flower shop--but when she flies to Scotland to inherit her godfather's cottage and possibly magical walled garden, she may lose her life as well when she's swept into a murder investigation"--Amazon.com.

The bad break / Jill Orr.

  • 21 May 2018
cover imageWhen a cardiologist is found murdered, new reporter Riley Ellison is assigned not only to write his obituary, but to cover the murder investigation as well, but she soon begins to investigate the crime herself, a situation that puts her in the killer's crosshairs.

No second chances / Don Bruns.

  • 20 May 2018
cover image"One of Quentin Archer's fellow officers has been shot dead in broad daylight, in his own squad car. A random cop killing ... or something more sinister? With no leads to go on, Archer turns to voodoo queen Solange Cordray for help. But is he prepared to follow her advice? As Archer uncovers some surprising facts about the dead man's past, there is another murder. With the simmering racial tensions in the city threatening to escalate into outright violence, Archer begins to suspect there's far more to Officer Leroy's killing than he'd first supposed. Could it be part of a carefully-orchestrated plan of revenge?"--Book jacket.

Burials : a Faye Longchamp mystery / Mary Anna Evans.

  • 20 May 2018
cover imageA 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."-- provided by publisher.

The suffering of strangers / Caro Ramsay.

  • 20 May 2018
cover image"When a six-week-old baby is stolen from outside a village shop, Detective Inspector Costello quickly surmises there's more to this case than meets the eye. As she questions those involved, she uncovers evidence that suggests this was no impulsive act, as the police initially assumed, but something cold, logical, meticulously planned. Who has taken Baby Sholto--and why? DCI Colin Anderson meanwhile is on the Cold Case Unit, reviewing the unsolved rape of a young mother back in 1996. Convinced this wasn't the first--or last--time the attacker struck, Anderson looks for a pattern. but when he does find a connection, it reaches back into his past."--Provided by publisher

The tightrope walker / by Dorothy Gilman.

  • 19 May 2018
cover imageWhen quiet, shy Amelia Jones reads a desperate message that has fallen out of a barrel organ in the antique shop she just bought, she can't forget the words, "They're going to kill me soon ...

Lost books and old bones / Paige Shelton.

  • 19 May 2018
cover imageDelaney Nichols, originally of Kansas but settling happily into her new life as a bookseller in Edinburgh, works at the Cracked Spine in the heart of town... When her new friends, also students at the medical school, come to the shop to sell a collection of antique medical books, Delaney knows she's stumbled across a rare and important find indeed. Her boss, Edwin MacAlister, agrees to buy the multivolume set, perhaps even to keep for his own collection. But not long after the sale, one of Delaney's new friends is found murdered in the alley behind the Cracked Spine.

Footprints to murder / Marcia Talley.

  • 19 May 2018
cover image"Hannah is delighted to reconnect with her former roommate, Susan Lockley, owner of Scarborough Fairs, at a college reunion, and agrees to step in when Susan's assistant drops out of managing the Sasquatch Sesquicentennial in Granite Falls, Oregon. But when Martin Radcliffe, a professional debunker, is found murdered, surrounded by gigantic footprints, the culprit appears, or was meant to appear, obvious: Bigfoot. Fantasy or fact? As the conference disintegrates into a chaos of finger pointing, mistrust and fear, it falls to Hannah to restore order. Working closely with Jake, a retired policeman and his K-9, Harley, Hannah hastens to stave off the vigilantes and solve the crime before Bigfoot, if he exists, comes one step closer to extinction."--Amazon.com.

The witch and the dead : a wishcraft mystery / Heather Blake.

  • 19 May 2018
cover imageWhen she discovers a pile of old bones in her Aunt Ve's garage under a mess of memories and forgotten possessions, wish-granting witch Darcy Merriweather must solve a cold case to keep her aunt from doing a spell in prison.

Bad neighbors / Maia Chance.

  • 19 May 2018
cover image"Agnes Blythe and her glamorous Aunt Effie must take a break from restoring their inn to rake in the clues when a local mechanic is murdered"--Amazon.com.

Scot free : the lighter side of the dark underbelly of the California dream / Catriona McPherson.

  • 19 May 2018
cover imageLexy Campbell fell in love and left her native Scotland for a golden life in California--hitched to a hunk, building her marriage counseling practice, living the dream. Six months later she's divorced, broke, and headed home. There's just one last thing. Lexy's only client--sweet little old Mrs. Bombarro--is in jail for murdering her husband with a fireworks rocket. Lexy knows the cops have got it wrong; all she needs is a few days to prove it and somewhere cheap to sleep at night. But checking into the Last Ditch Motel brings an unexpected slice of life and a whole world of trouble.

Weeping waters / Karin Brynard ; translated from the Afrikaans by Maya Fowler and Isobel Dixon.

  • 19 May 2018
cover imageInspector Albertus Beeslaar is a traumatized cop who has abandoned tough city policing and a broken relationship in Johannesburg for a backwater post on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. But his dream of rural peace is soon shattered by the repeated attacks of a brutally efficient crime syndicate, as he struggles to train and connect with rookie local cops, Ghaap and Pyl, who resent his brusqueness and his old-school ways. A beautiful and eccentric artist and her four-year-old adopted daughter are murdered on a local farm, and angry white farmers point to her enigmatic Bushman farm manager as a key suspect. Along with Ghaap and Pyl, Beeslaar is plunged into the intrigue and racial tensions of the community and finds that violence knows no geographical or ethnic boundaries.

The break / Katherena Vermette.

  • 19 May 2018
cover imageWhen Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break--a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house--she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime.

Bellows Falls / Archer Mayor.

  • 19 May 2018
cover imageA police officer is accused of sexual harassment by the wife of a drug dealer in a Vermont town. An internal affairs investigation is opened, headed by Detective Joe Gunther who discovers police corruption and murder.

Hell on wheels / Sue Ann Jaffarian.

  • 19 May 2018
cover imageWhen Odelia Grey and her husband, Greg, attend a rugby match to cheer for their quadriplegic friends, the last thing they expect is to witness a murder on the playing court. Complicating matters is their friendship with the prime suspect. It doesn't help that Odelia's pompous boss is embroiled in a mystery of his own--one that leaves more than his super-sized ego bruised and battered. Odelia enlists the help of family and friends, and gets some surprising assistance from out of left field. But with a murderer calling the shots, Odelia wonders if she can tackle this dangerous case or if she's out of her league.

Murder in Bloomsbury : an Atlas Catesby mystery / D.M. Quincy.

  • 19 May 2018
cover imageAristocratic adventurer Atlas Catesby has spent the last year trying to forget Lady Lilliana Warwick, but when she reappears in his life imploring him to help her solve a murder, Atlas feels compelled to say yes. The ne'er-do-well brother of Lilliana's maid died of arsenic poisoning. Authorities are ruling his death an accident, but his sister suspects he was murdered. As Atlas and Lilliana investigate, they discover that the victim had a mysterious lover-- a high-born lady he threatened with scandal after she spurned him. When they finally uncover her shocking true identity, the case blows wide open and it turns out there is a whole string of women who had reason to kill the handsome charmer. Now, as Atlas fights his growing feelings for Lilliana, they must work together to catch the assassin before the killer gets to them first.

Some like it witchy / Heather Blake.

  • 18 May 2018
cover image"Wishcrafter Darcy Merriweather can charm desires into reality, but as the national bestselling Wishcraft mysteries continue, she won't be able to magically avoid trouble when death holds an open house ... The Enchanted Village is abuzz when the old Tavistock house finally goes up for sale. Darcy's friend Curecrafter Cherise Goodwin is hoping she will have the winning bid on the home, but Darcy can't shake the feeling that something bad is about to happen--and her magical instincts are usually right. Sure enough, while Darcy and Cherise are looking at the property, they discover real estate agent Raina Gallagher stone-cold dead on the floor. Clutched in her hand is a gemstone amulet and, on the wall above her, a large red A. While Raina had no shortage of enemies, there's also a dark legend about the house itself. To track down the killer, Darcy must unlock the secrets of both the deceased and the estate--and she'll need to act fast, because revenge is a deal that never closes"--Page 4 of cover.

The ritual bath : a novel / Faye Kellerman.

  • 18 May 2018
cover imageA report of rape in a Los Angeles yeshiva brings police detective Peter Decker into an insular Orthodox Jewish community, but the strict religious practices and customs of the community prevent him from following his standard investigative procedures.

Lord of the pies : a Kensington Palace chef mystery / Nell Hampton.

  • 18 May 2018
cover imageWhen Carrie Ann Cole bakes a lemon meringue pie to die for that actually kills someone, she must find out who the real killer is before her time at the Kensington Palace expires. The elegant Orangery at Kensington Palace is the perfect setting for the bridal shower of Carrie Ann Cole's best friend's sister. Personal chef to the royal family, Carrie Ann's pie theme is naturally winning. But a waiter later keels over dead into the lemon meringue pie she leaves as a thank-you to the staff and Carrie Ann realizes that somebody slipped a mickey into that meringue. Her floury fingerprints are all over that pie and the authorities suspect her distress is a cover-up for murder. Carrie Ann must set out to clear her name if she wants to stay at her dream job any longer. But all too soon, another body drops in the Orangery. This time, it's the Orangery chef. Murder won't crimp her style, and as bodies pile up, Carrie Ann uncovers palace intrigue, London nightlife, and British pies scouring for the killer in Lord of the Pies, the witty follow-up to Nell Hampton's Kale to the Queen.

The dark side of town / Sasscer Hill.

  • 18 May 2018
cover imageMcKee, now officially employed by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TPRB), is sent undercover to Saratoga Racetrack to investigate Mars Pizutti, a racehorse trainer whose horses' wins are suspiciously lucky--and lucrative. Fia's bosses believe Pizutti's success is based on illegal drugs and deceitful methods, and they want Fia to work inside his barn to ferret out the truth. But after witnessing the tragic and inexplicable suicide of a jockey, Fia discovers the rider's death is only the tip on an iceberg.

Hide and sneak / G.A. McKevett.

  • 18 May 2018
cover imageSavannah Reid of the Midnight Magnolia Detective Agency takes on the case of a rising-star actor whose wife and toddler went missing right before their nanny was found murdered.

The last first time / Andrea Bramhall.

  • 18 May 2018
cover imageWhen Gina Temple decides to go Christmas shopping for her girlfriend, Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon, in King's Lynn, everything changes. A split-second event tips their world upside-down. In this twisting lesbian thriller, Kate's subsequent investigation leads her down a crazy rabbit hole.

By his own hand / Neal Griffin.

  • 18 May 2018
cover image"The body of a young man has been found in the woods outside Newberg, dead from a close-range shotgun blast. The gun--his own--lies beside the body. Certain things dont add up for Detective Tia Suarez. Where did the fat envelope of cash in his pocket come from? Who called the police to report the body, then disappeared before the cops arrived? [And] what if it isn't suicide? What if this young mans death is covering up something that will shake the town to its foundations?"--Amazon.com.

Whispers of the dead / Spencer Kope.

  • 18 May 2018
cover image"A series of bizarre murders--the victims nearly unidentifiable--forces FBI tracker "Steps" Craig to match wits with the most cold-blooded killer he's ever encountered. A pair of severed feet, stored in a portable a cooler, is found in the house of a Federal judge in El Paso. The victim is unknown. The reason the killer went to such trouble--breaking into the judge's house--and what message he intends to send are both mysteries. Magnus "Steps" Craig is part of the elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI. Called in on special cases where his skills are especially indispensable, Steps is renowned for his incredible ability to find and follow trails over any surface better than anyone else. But there's a secret to his success. Steps has a kind of synesthesia, an ability that allows him to see whatever a person has touched in a unique color--what Steps calls 'shine.' His ability is known to only a few people--his father, the director of the FBI, and his partner, Special Agent Jimmy Donovan. The Special Tracking Unit soon discovers another, earlier victim; again, only the feet were left behind in an icebox. In Spencer Kope's Whispers of the Dead--with few clues besides the body parts left behind--Steps and his team find themselves enmeshed in the most difficult case of their careers. And The Icebox Killer has only just begun"-- Provided by publisher.

Sibanda and the black sparrowhawk / CM Elliott.

  • 18 May 2018
cover image"When a skinned body is discovered on the side of the railway line deep in the Matabele bush, Detective Jabulani Sibanda, along with his sidekick, Sergeant Ncube and the troublesome Land Rover, Miss Daisy, is back on the trial of a murderer. As more girls go missing and more bones are discovered by the tracks, Sibanda realises they are dealing with a vicious serial killer who chooses the train as his killing field. ... With winter tightening its grip, and drought and hardship threatening the population, Sibanda uses a risky strategy to trap his nemesis."-- Back cover.

A Funeral in Mantova : a Rick Montoya Italian mystery / David P. Wagner.

  • 18 May 2018
cover image"The body rolled off the planks and slipped into the water with barely a splash, quickly embraced by the steady current flowing toward the city of Mantova. It comes to rest against rocks overlooked by the grim ramparts of Castello di San Giorgio as the river Mincio flows on towards the Po and the Adriatic Sea...Rick Montoya, an American from New Mexico self-employed as a translator in Italy once again puts his linguistic skills to use for the local law in solving a crime." --adapted from Amazon.com.

A breath after drowning / Alice Blanchard

  • 18 May 2018
cover imageChild psychiatrist Kate Wolfe's world comes crashing down when one of her young patients commits suicide, so when a troubled girl is left at the hospital ward, she doubts her ability to help. But the girl knows things about Kate's past, things she shouldn't know, forcing Kate to face the murky evidence surrounding her own sister's murder 16 years before, bringing Kate face to face with her deepest fear.

Bad cops : a Henry Christie thriller / Nick Oldham.

  • 18 May 2018
cover image"Two murders, apparently unconnected: one victim shot to death in his office, the other brutally stabbed in what appears to have been a road rage incident...neither case solved. Six months later, following a desperate plea from a chief constable, Detective Superintendent Henry Christie finds himself travelling across the country to carry out an urgent review of the two killings. His investigations will plunge him into a terrifying world of murder and corruption and find him pitted against a well-organized group who seem to anticipate his every move. Henry Christie is about to discover just how bad some cops can be when their backs are against the wall.''--Book jacket

Worth killing for / Jane Haseldine.

  • 18 May 2018
cover image"[A]fter three decades of absence, Julia's conman father has resurfaced to throw her life into turmoil again. Julia was only seven when Duke Gooden abruptly left. Barely a month later, her nine-year-old brother, Ben, disappeared. Ben was her hero and protector, and though the case is cold, Julia has never given up hope of finding him. Duke's return offers vital clues--but it also makes her a target of those who intend to see Duke punished for his many sins. When Julia investigates the death of a city councilman's young nephew, she finds links to a string of other murders...and to a web of greed and kidnapping that stretches back decades. At long last, Julia may be able to discover what happened to Ben all those years ago, but only if shes willing to risk everything in her present"--Amazon.com.

Undercurrents : a Faye Longchamp mystery / Mary Anna Evans.

  • 18 May 2018
cover imageIn Undercurrents , the eleventh Faye Longchamp Mystery, Faye has traveled to Memphis, a city steeped in music, poverty, history, and the smoky tang of barbecue. She's there working alone to do an assessment of a site, welcome work for her small archaeological consulting firm. When Faye spies a child too young to be wandering along a creek alone, she follows the girl. A day later she uncovers a dying woman, buried alive near a spot where Kali might well be hiding. Nobody would blame Faye for running hard, but she can't make herself leave Kali, the woman's now orphaned daughter, who might be in danger. She's not welcomed by the people in Kali's struggling community, nor by the police working the crime. Yet she stays, for Kali, and for the bereaved who need her to communicate their fears to a police department that they trust even less than they trust Faye. When they confide rumors of other women beaten to death by a man so obsessed with burial that he places fresh flowers in their cold hands, Faye begs the police to widen the investigation to seek a serial killer. They refuse. Faye's gut is telling her that a monster is stalking Memphis, endangering the child she has come to love. If the police can't catch him, then she will have no choice but to try to find him herself.

Mile High murder : a Hannah Ives mystery / Marcia Talley.

  • 18 May 2018
cover image"It's a fact that some of the cancer support group survivors Hannah Ives works with take marijuana. Recreational use of the drug may be illegal in Maryland, but a few patients, like Maryland Sate Senator Claire Thompson, are prescribed it on medical grounds. Claire has co-sponsored a Cannabis Legalization Bill and invites Hannah to be part of a fact-finding task force that testifies before the Maryland State Senate. Before long, Hannah is in Denver, Colorado -- the Mile High City -- staying at a B&B with a group of pot pilgrims and medical refugees. But when one of the group is found dead, and a closer inspection of the body reveals the victim had been traveling under a false identity, Hannah is plunged into a dangerous cocktail of deception, drugs and death."--Book jacket

Last ferry home / Kent Harrington.

  • 18 May 2018
cover image"Since his wife's death at sea, San Francisco Police Detective Michael O'Higgins has been paralyzed by grief and shame--unable to care for their teenaged daughter, who saw her mother swept away, and unable to deal with the daily requirements of his job. Almost a year after his wife's death, O'Higgins takes a ferry ride as part of his therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder. On the boat, he meets a charming Indian family: successful young husband, two lovely daughters, and a kind, beautiful wife and mother. O'Higgins has no idea that he will meet this woman again on his first day back after bereavement leave, when he and his partner are called to a Nob Hill mansion to investigate a homicide. The victim is the handsome man O'Higgins met on the ferry, and his wife, Asha Chaundhry, is the obvious suspect"--Amazon.com.

The island / M.J. Trow.

  • 17 May 2018
cover image"1873. Matthew Grand and James Batchelor have arrived at Matthew's grand family home in Maine for the wedding of his sister Martha. But preparations are thrown into chaos when a body is discovered in an upstairs bedroom. And that's not the only skeleton in the family closet"--Publisher's description.

Rattlesnake Hill / Leslie Wheeler.

  • 17 May 2018
cover imageLibrary curator Kathryn Stinson goes to Berkshires to solve a family mystery-the identity of a nameless beauty in an old photograph belonging to an ancestor- only to fall for a possible murderer.

A death of no importance / Mariah Fredericks.

  • 17 May 2018
cover imageThrough her exquisite prose, sharp observation and deft plotting, Mariah Fredericks invites us into the heart of a changing New York in her remarkable debut adult novel.

Love is heartless / Kim Fielding.

  • 17 May 2018
cover image"Small but mighty--that could be Detective Nevin Ng's motto. Now a dedicated member of the Portland Police Bureau, he didn't let a tough start in life stop him from protecting those in need. He doesn't take crap from anyone, and he doesn't do relationships. Until he responds to the severe beating of a senior citizen and meets the victim's wealthy, bow-tied landlord. Property manager and developer Colin Westwood grew up with all the things Nevin never had, like plenty of money and a supportive, loving family. Too supportive, perhaps, since his childhood illness has left his parents unwilling to admit he's a strong, grown man. Colin does do relationships, but they never work out. Now he's thinking maybe he won't just go with the flow. Maybe it's time to try something more exciting. But being a witness to a terrible crime--or two--was more than he bargained for. Despite their differences, Colin and Nevin discover that the sparks fly when they're together. But sparks are short-lived, dampened by the advent of brutal crimes, and Colin and Nevin have seemingly little in common. The question is whether they have the heart to build something lasting."--Amazon.com.

Boystown 10 : gifts given / Marshall Thornton.

  • 17 May 2018
cover image"It's Christmas 1984, and Nick is busy juggling a couple of cases with the busy holiday season. Sugar Pilson has decided to marry and has asked Nick to check up on her fiancé. Meanwhile, he's hired to investigate a shady financial planner at Peterson-Palmer. When the two cases start to have too much in common, Nick searches for the link. Only to find out that he might be the link."-- Back cover.

The awkward squad / Sophie Hénaff ; translated from the French by Sam Gordon.

  • 17 May 2018
cover image"A new crime series starring Anne Capestan, a brilliant but disgraced police officer placed in charge of a team of department misfits to investigate decades old unsolved crimes ... Suspended from her job as a promising police officer for firing "one bullet too many", Anne Capestan is expecting the worst when she is summoned to H.Q. to learn her fate. Instead, she is surprised to be told that she is to head up a new police squad, working on solving old cold cases. Though relieved to still have a job, Capestan is not overjoyed by the prospect of her new role. Even less so when she meets her new team: a crowd of misfits, troublemakers and problem cases, none of whom are fit for purpose and yet none of whom can be fired. But from this inauspicious start, investigating the cold cases throws up a number a number of strange mysteries for Capestan and her team: was the old lady murdered seven years ago really just the victim of a botched robbery? Who was behind the dead sailor discovered in the Seine with three gunshot wounds? And why does there seem to be a curious link with a ferry that was shipwrecked off the Florida coast many years previously?"-- Provided by publisher.

Tramps and thieves / Rhys Ford.

  • 17 May 2018
cover imageAccused of his cousin's murder, ex-thief Rook Stevens and his boyfriend, LAPD Detective Dante Montoya, are caught in a twisted investigation where the bodies are piling up and time is not on their side. If they don't find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in prison --or at his grave.

Beneath the surface / Lynn H. Blackburn.

  • 17 May 2018
cover image"After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she'd left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help. Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff's Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer--one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all. Dive Team Investigations series."--Publisher's annotation.

The last stand / by Mickey Spillane ; prepared for publication and with an introduction by Max Allan Collins.

  • 17 May 2018
cover imageWhen legendary mystery writer Mickey Spillane died in 2006, he left behind the manuscript of one last novel he'd just completed: THE LAST STAND. He asked his friend and colleague (and fellow Mystery Writers of America Grand Master) Max Allan Collins to take responsibility for finding the right time and place to publish this final book. Now, on the hundredth anniversary of Spillane's birth, his millions of fans will at last get to read THE LAST STAND, together with a second never-before-published work, this one from early in Spillane's career: the feverish crime novella A BULLET FOR SATISFACTION. A tarnished former cop goes on a crusade to find a politician's killer and avoid the .45-caliber slug with his name on it. A pilot forced to make an emergency landing in the desert finds himself at the center of a struggle between FBI agents, unsavory fortune hunters, and members of the local Indian tribe to control a mysterious find that could mean wealth and power - or death. Two substantial new works filled with Spillane's muscular prose and the gorgeous women and two-fisted action the author was famous for, topped off by an introduction from Max Allan Collins describing the history of these lost manuscripts and his long relationship with the writer who was his mentor, his hero, and for much of the last century the bestselling author in the world.

Turning the tide / Edith Maxwell.

  • 17 May 2018
cover image"Quaker midwife Rose Carroll finds the body of a local suffrage organizer during the presidential election of 1888"-- Provided by publisher.

Pre-meditated murder / Tracy Weber.

  • 17 May 2018
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The master key / Masako Togawa ; translated by Simon Grove.

  • 17 May 2018
cover imageThe K Apartments for Ladies are occupied by over a hundred unmarried women, once young and lively, now grown and old - and in some cases, evil. Their residence conceals a secret, a secret connecting the unsolved kidnapping in 1951 of four-year-old George Kraft to the clandestine burial of a child's body in the basement bath-house. So, when news comes that the building must be moved to make way for a road-building project, more than one tenant waits with apprehension for the grisly revelation that will follow. Then the master key is lost, stolen and re-stolen, and suddenly no-one feels safe.

Necessary ends / Tina Whittle.

  • 17 May 2018
cover imageTai Randolph is no stranger to solving mysteries. With a taste for danger and a talent for amateur sleuthing, she has helped put an assortment of murderers behind bars, much to the displeasure of her lover, Trey Seaver. A former SWAT officer with the Atlanta police department before a car crash inflicted brain injuries forcing a retool of his life, Trey believes in letting the authorities handle complex matters of crime and punishment. He's easier with a world of black and white while Tai wrestles with too many shades of gray. But then the Talbot case flares back to life. It was the crime that rocked Atlanta -- actress Jessica Talbot shot dead in her Buckhead mansion and her husband, movie producer Nick Talbot, accused of the murder. The case seemed open and shut...until a dirty cop's secret forced prosecutors to set Talbot free. Now, four years later, someone wants Talbot dead, and the evidence points to the man most convinced of Talbot's guilt -- Trey.

Ten year stretch : celebrating a decade of crime fiction at CrimeFest / edited by Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller ; foreword by Peter James.

  • 17 May 2018
cover imageThe twenty brand new crime stories in this book have been specially commissioned to celebrate the tenth anniversary of CrimeFest, described by the Guardian as "one of the 50 best festivals in the world." Contributors come from around the world and include the legendary Maj Sjöwall who, together with partner Per Wahlöö, was the originator of Nordic noir. The editors are Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller. Martin Edwards is responsible for many award-winning anthologies and Adrian Muller is one of the co-founders of CrimeFest.

Fiction can be murder / Becky Clark.

  • 17 May 2018
cover imageMystery author Charlemagne "Charlee" Russo thinks the twisty plots and peculiar murders in her books are only the product of her imagination-- until her agent is found dead exactly as described in Charlee's new, unpublished manuscript. Suspicion now swirls around her and her critique group, and the police care more about Charlee's feeble alibi and financial problems than they do her panicky claims of innocence. To clear her name and revive her career, she must figure out which of the critique group is a murderer.

Mind of a killer : an Alec Lonsdale Victorian mystery / Simon Beaufort.

  • 17 May 2018
cover image"London, 1882. Alec Lonsdale, a young reporter on The Pall Mall Gazette, is following up a story about a fatal house fire. But the post mortem on the victim produces shocking results: Patrick Donovan's death was no accident. But why would someone murder a humble shop assistant and steal part of his brain? When a second body is discovered, its throat cut, and then a third, Lonsdale and his spirited female colleague, Hulda Freiderichs, begin to uncover evidence of a conspiracy that reaches to the highest echelons of Victorian society."--Book jacket

Lock 13 : a Chris Honeysett mystery / Peter Helton.

  • 17 May 2018
cover image"Henry Blinkhorn drowned when his boat capsized in the Severn estuary. So how come his photograph appears to show him happily fishing in The Angler six years later? The insurers who paid out a small forturne on his death have hired private investigator Chris Honeysett to track down the elusive Mr Blinkhorn and prove he's still alive. but the painter-sleuth is sidetracked from the investigation by the sudden disappearance of his life drawing model, Verity Lake. When he discovers that Verity had good reason to disappear and is hiding out on the canals, Honeysett sets off in pursuit on a borrowed narrowboat. It doesn't take him long to realise that he in turn is being followed, and that his pursuers are willing to go to any lengths to achieve their sinister purpose."--Book jacket.

Back up / Paul Colize ; translated by Louise Rogers Lalaurie.

  • 17 May 2018
cover image"Berlin, 1967: four members of the British rock band Pearl Harbour die at the same time but in separate locations. Inexplicably, the police conclude natural causes are to blame. Brussels, 2010: A homeless man is hit by a car outside the Gare du Midi, leaving him with locked-in syndrome, able to communicate (sometimes) by blinking. An Irish journalist starts to investigate. How did the members of Pearl Harbor die, and how is this linked to the homeless man in Brussels?" -- Provided by publisher.

The secrets of the Bastide Blanche : a Provençal mystery / M.L. Longworth.

  • 17 May 2018
cover image"Beguiling. Longworth evokes the pleasures of France in delicious detail--great wine, delicious meals, and fine company."--Publishers Weekly When a scandalous author moves to the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence, Verlaque and Bonnet are called in to investigate whether he's haunted by more than just his past, in this delightful new mystery from M.L. Longworth One hot summer night, Aix-en-Provence is aflutter with news that controversial author Valere Barbier, who once shared dinners with French presidents and all-night drinking bouts with rock stars, has moved into La Bastide Blanche, a grand house left empty for decades. But Valere's ideas of a peaceful retirement are quickly dashed. Rambunctious neighborhood children, a fast-talking gossip of a housekeeper, and a rival novelist filter through the home at all hours of the day--and by night there are unseen visitors with more sinister intentions. While Antoine Verlaque investigates Valere's sordid history, his wife and partner, Marine Bonnet, questions why the estate was abandoned in the first place--and what they both find raises more questions than answers. Is Valere imagining the ethereal cries that fill the bastide at night? Is he losing his mind? Or have these ghosts returned from Valere's checkered past to haunt him?"-- Provided by publisher.

A necessary evil : a novel / Abir Mukherjee.

  • 16 May 2018
cover imageIndia, 1920. The fabulously wealthy kingdom of Sambalpore is home to tigers, elephants, diamond mines, and the beautiful Palace of the Sun. But when the heir to the throne is assassinated in the presence of Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-Not' Banerjee, they discover a kingdom riven with suppressed conflict. Prince Adhir was a modernizer whose attitudes--and romantic relationships--may have upset the more religious elements of his country, while his brother--now in line to the throne--appears to be a feckless playboy. As Wyndham and Banerjee desperately try to unravel the mystery behind the assassination, they become entangled in a dangerous world where those in power live by their own rules--and those who cross their paths pay with their lives. They must find a murderer, before the murderer finds them . . .

Date with malice / Julia Chapman.

  • 16 May 2018
cover imageThe second book in a delightful new English village mystery series set in the Yorkshire Dales. When a pensioner turns up at the Dales Detective Agency and tells Samson O'Brien that someone in her old people's home is trying to kill her, he dismisses her fears as the ramblings of a confused elderly lady. But after several disturbing incidents at Fellside Court, he begins to wonder if perhaps there is something malicious at the heart of the retirement community after all. With Christmas around the corner, Samson is thrown into an investigation that will require all of his detective skills. He also needs the help of the tempestuous Delilah Metcalfe in order to infiltrate the local community, which Samson turned his back on so long ago. Against the background of a Yorkshire winter, Samson and Delilah must work together to uncover the malevolence that is threatening the lives of Bruncliffe's senior citizens; a malevolence that will come perilously close to home.

Too close to breathe / Olivia Kiernan.

  • 16 May 2018
cover image"Olivia Kiernan's tautly written debut novel immerses readers in a chilling murder case, and the tantalizing, enigmatic victim at the center of it all. In a quiet Dublin suburb, within her pristine home, Eleanor Costello is found hanging from a rope. Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan would be more than happy to declare it a suicide. Four months ago, Frankie's pursuit of a killer almost ended her life and she isn't keen on investigating another homicide. But the autopsy reveals poorly healed bones and old stab wounds, absent from medical records. A new cut is carefully, deliberately covered in paint. Eleanor's husband, Peter, is unreachable, missing. A search of the couple's home reveals only two signs of personality: a much-loved book on art and a laptop with access to the Dark Web. With the suspect pool growing, the carefully crafted profile of the victim crumbling with each new lead, and mysterious calls to Frankie's phone implying that the killer is closer than anyone would like, all Frankie knows is that Eleanor guarded her secrets as closely in life as she does in death. As the investigation grows more challenging, Frankie can't help but feel that something doesn't fit. And when another woman is found murdered, the same paint on her corpse, Frankie knows that unraveling Eleanor's life is the only way to find the murderer before he claims another victim. or finishes the fate Frankie only just managed to escape. Engrossing, complex, and atmospheric, Olivia Kiernan's debut novel will leave readers breathless"-- Provided by publisher.

A howl of wolves : a mystery / Judith Flanders.

  • 16 May 2018
cover imageBook editor and amateur sleuth Samantha Clair attends a play filled with gruesome deaths--one of which is real.

Hard aground / Brendan Dubois.

  • 16 May 2018
cover image"In this, his eleventh outing, Lewis Cole--former Department of Defense research analyst--is "hard aground" at his beachfront home, recovering from major surgery, when threats and danger come right to his front door. Alone at night, he's convinced he's hearing someone breaking and entering into his historical home, and during the day, he's being harassed by genealogy researchers, and then, a local gang involved in the highly lucrative and dangerous heroin business brutally make their appearance known. The unexplained murder of an older woman (who was an antiques dealer and a local historian) then kicks off a long, bloody trail of old history and feuds, bringing Lewis and his historical home right into the center of the violent opioid epidemic, where no one is safe--and no one will be spared"--Book jacket.

The Fleur de Sel murders : a Brittany mystery / Jean-Luc Bannalec.

  • 16 May 2018
cover imageThe old salt farmers have always said that the violet scent of the Fleur de Sel at harvest time on the salt marshes of the Guérande Peninsula has been known to cause hallucinations. Commissaire Dupin also starts to believe this when he's attacked out of the blue in the salt works.

Princess / James Patterson and Rees Jones.

  • 16 May 2018
cover imageJack Morgan receives an offer he cannot refuse. When the head of the world's foremost investigation agency receives at invitation to meet Princess Caroline, third in line to the British throne, he boards his Gulfstream jet and flies straight to London. The Princess needs Morgan's skills, and his discretion. Sophie Edwards, a close friend of the Princess, has gone missing. She needs to be found before the media become aware of it. Morgan knows there is more to this case than he is being told. But what is the Princess hiding?

Mr. Flood's last resort : a novel / Jess Kidd.

  • 16 May 2018
cover imagePresents the tale of a lonely caregiver and a cranky hoarder who tackle notions of forgiveness, independence, sainthood, duty, and connections before dark family secrets are brought to light, revealing the sinister fate of a missing local schoolgirl.

False pride : a Bea Abbot agency mystery / Veronica Heley.

  • 16 May 2018
cover image"When a client turns up, bearing a briefcase full of priceless jewels, Bea Abbot finds herself drawn into the affairs of the dysfunctional Rycroft family. Magda had been entrusted with the briefcase by her employer, wealthy art expert Lucas Rycroft - but other family members are determined to get their hands on the jewels - whatever it takes."--Publisher's description.

The otter of death / Betty Webb.

  • 16 May 2018
cover image"While taking the yearly 'otter count' at a marsh near Gunn Landing Harbor, California, zookeeper Theodora Bentley sees Maureen, her favorite otter, swimming around clutching someone's expensive smartphone. When Teddy rescues the device, she discovers a photograph of a murder-in-progress. A hasty search soon turns up the still-warm body of Stuart Booth, PhD, a local Marine Biology instructor"--Amazon.com.

The lonely witness : a novel / William Boyle.

  • 16 May 2018
cover image"When a young woman with a sordid past witnesses a murder, she finds herself fascinated by the killer and decides to track him down herself"--Amazon.com.

Coyote alibi / J. & D. Burges.

  • 16 May 2018
cover imageOn the edge of the Navajo Nation, rookie paralegal Naomi Manymules pauses on a lakeside cliff top to enjoy a moonlit moment. She hears someone swimming in the darkness far below her, and a boat drifts out of the shadows. When she glimpses something that might be a naked butt shining in the moonlight, she decides to head for home. Only later does she discover that what she'd seen was the bare behind of a murdered sleaze.

A handful of ashes / Rob McCarthy.

  • 16 May 2018
cover imageAfter a suspended whistle blower at a hospital is found dead in an apparent suicide, medical examiner Dr. Harry Kent and detective Frankie Noble discover that she was actually murdered and try to unlock the secrets that led to her death.

Dressed for death in Burgundy / Susan C. Shea.

  • 16 May 2018
cover image"...After finding herself mixed up in a murder investigation the previous Summer, Katherine Goff's life simply has not been the same. Her husband has been in the US recording a new album, the Burgundy region locals are finally starting to see her as a real neighbor, and Katherine has even started helping out with "tourist" excursions. It seems she's finally found her place in the small community of Reigny-sur-Canne. But when Katherine stumbles across a body in the local museum during a tour, she finds herself caught up once again in a whirlwind of gossip and speculation. When the police zero in on her friend Pippa as a suspect, Pippa and Katherine team up to find the real killer and clear her name. However, the more clues they discover, the more the real killer wants them off the trail. When Katherine and Pippa start receiving threats, they must decide what they are more afraid of--the police getting it wrong, or possibly becoming the killer's next targets...."--Amazon.com.

Fall of angels / Barbara Cleverly.

  • 16 May 2018
cover image"Barbara Cleverly, bestselling author of the Joe Sandilands series, introduces an ingenious new sleuth who navigates 1920s Cambridge, a European intellectual capital on the cusp of dramatic change. Great Britain, 1923: Detective Inspector John Redfyre is a godsend to the Cambridge CID. A handsome young veteran bred among the city's educated elite, he is no stranger to the set running its esteemed colleges and universities--a society that previously seemed impenetrable to even those at the top of local law enforcement, especially with the force plagued by its own history of corruption. When Redfyre is invited to attend the annual St. Barnabas College Christmas concert in his Aunt Henrietta's stead, he is expecting a quiet evening, though perhaps a bit of matchmaking mischief on his aunt's part. But he arrives to witness a minor scandal: Juno Proudfoot, the trumpeter of the headlining musical duo, is a woman, and a young one at that--practically unheard of in conservative academic circles. When she suffers a near-fatal fall after the close of the show, Redfyre must consider whether someone was trying to kill her. Has her musical talent, her beauty, or perhaps most importantly, her gender, provoked a dangerous criminal to act? Redfyre must both seek advice from and keep an eye on old friends to catch his man before more innocents fall victim"-- Provided by publisher.

Into the thinnest of air / Simon R. Green.

  • 15 May 2018
cover image"Ishmael Jones is attending the re-opening of Tyrone's Castle, an ancient Cornish inn originally built by smugglers. Over dinner, the guests entertain one another with ghost stories inspired by local legends. But it would appear the curse of Tyrone's Castle has struck for real when one of their number disappears into thin air. And then another."--Publisher's description.

Dang : A humorous mystery / R. D. Smith

  • 15 May 2018
cover imageTrailer Parks. Rednecks with Ambition. Media Coverage. Murder. Moonshine. Bootlegging. Conspiracy Theories. Rasslin' Moves. Hot Rods. Duct Tape. Mullets and Monster Trucks. Homemade Vehicles. Mazes. Escape Tunnels. Safe Rooms. Pistols and Pursuing Leads. The whole town thinks Willem has already committed two murders. Why shouldn't they believe he's committed more? For the past year and a half, Willem has been an outcast in his hometown. Everyone believes he's a killer. On top of the murder accusations, his "biofuel/fertilizer" business is failing. He's well over knee-deep in inventory with no chance of a sale in sight. When Murven, his out-of-work best buddy, volunteers to help him with his daily collection, they discover Willem is stockpiling more than he bargained for as an "entre-manure." Once the sheriff gets involved, Willem's past and Murven's general reputation slingshot them both to the top of the list of murder suspects. With a little help from an unexpected ally, they escape custody and fight to clear their names of murder. As the news spreads, every busybody and media hog in the county--family, friend or foe--wants a piece of Willem and Murven's fifteen minutes of infamy.

Alter ego : a Jonathan Stride novel / Brian Freeman.

  • 15 May 2018
cover imageWhen a freak accident kills a driver on the remote roads outside Duluth, Jonathan Stride is disturbed to discover that the victim appears to be a ghost, with a false identity and no evidence to suggest who he really was. What's worse, the man has a gun locked in the trunk, and it has recently been fired. It's up to Stride to solve the mystery, but there are those who would stop at nothing to stop him.

In dust and ashes / Anne Holt ; translated from the Norwegian by Anne Bruce.

  • 15 May 2018
cover image"In 2001, three-year-old Dina is killed in a tragic car accident. Not long thereafter Dina's mother dies under mysterious circumstances, and Dina's father Jonas is convicted of her murder. Now it's 2016, and the cold case ends up on the desk of Detective Henrik Holme, who tries to convince his mentor Hanne Wilhelmsen that Jonas might have been wrongly convicted. Holme and Wilhelmsen discover that the case could be connected to the suicide of an eccentric blogger, as well as the kidnapping of the grandson of a EuroJackpot millionaire" -- Amazon.com.

What you want to see / Kristen Lepionka.

  • 15 May 2018
cover image"The thrilling follow up to The Last Place You Look, starring troubled and determined private investigator, Roxane Weary. Marin Strasser has a secret. Her fiancé thinks her secret is that she's having an affair, and he hires P.I. Roxane Weary to prove it.Then, just days into the case, Marin is shot to death on a side street in an apparent mugging. But soon enough the police begin to focus on Roxane's client for Marin's death, so she starts to dig deeper into Marin's life--discovering that the elegant woman she's been following has a past and a half, including two previous marriages, an adult son fresh out of prison, and a criminal record of her own. The trail leads to a crew of con artists, an ugly real estate scam that defrauds unsuspecting elderly homeowners out of their property, and the suspicious accident of a wealthy older woman who lives just down the street from where Marin was killed. With Roxane's client facing a murder indictment, the scammers hit close to home to force Roxane to drop the case, and it becomes clear that the stakes are as high as the secrets run deep"-- Provided by publisher.
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