Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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The Penguin book of Gaslight crime: con artists, burglars, rogues, and scoundrels from the time of Sherlock Holmes

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: M

Call Number: M

An exclusive collection-the first- ever gathering of rogues from the gaslight era collected here for the first time: the best crime fiction from the gaslight era. All the legendary thieves are present-Arsène Lupin and A. J. Raffles, Colonel Clay and Simon Carne, Romney Pringle, Get Rich Quick Wallingford, and the Infallible Godahl- burgling London and Paris, conning New York and Ostend, laughing all the way to the bank. Also featured are stories by distinguished writers from outside the mystery and detective genres, including Sinclair Lewis, Arnold Bennett, H. G. Wells, and William Hope Hodgson. - (Penguin Putnam)

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Death come quickly

By Albert, Susan Wittig

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: M

Call Number: M

"When China's and Ruby's friend Karen Prior is mugged in a mall parking lot and dies a few days later, China begins to suspect that her friend's death was not a random assault. Karen was a filmmaker supervising a student documentary about the fifteen-year-old murder of a woman named Christine Morris and the acquittal of the man accused of the crime. Is it possible that the same person who killed Christine Morris targeted Karen? Delving into the cold case, China learns the motive for the first murder may be related to a valuable collection of Mexican art. Enlisting the help of her San Antonio lawyer friend Justine Wyzinski--aka the Whiz--China is determined to track down the murderer. But is she painting herself into a corner from which there's no escape?"--

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Aunt Dimity and the wishing well

By Atherton, Nancy

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: M

Call Number: M

"When a strapping young Australian named Jack MacBride arrives in Finch to wrap up his late uncle's affairs, heads turn in the sleepy English village. But when Lori volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle's overgrown garden, they discover something even more shocking than a stranger turning up in Finch. After Lori laughingly tosses a coin into the garden's old well and makes a wish, she is baffled to find that the wish seems to have come true. Word spreads, and the villagers turn out in droves to make wishes of their own. But as they soon learn, one person's wish is another person's worst nightmare and the village is thrown into chaos. As more and more wishes come true, Lori resolves to find out what's really going on. Is handsome Jack somehow tricking his neighbors? Or are they fooling themselves? With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help, Lori discovers that the truth is even more marvelous than a magical wishing well"--

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Don't look for me: an Amos Walker novel

By Estleman, Loren D.

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: M

Call Number: M

"Amos Walker doesn't mean to walk into trouble. But sometimes it finds him, regardless. The missing woman has left a handwritten note that said, "Don't look for me." Any P.I. would take that as a challenge, especially when he found out that she'd left the same message once before, when having an illicit affair. But this time it's different. The trail leads Walker to an herbal remedies store, where the beautiful young clerk knows nothing about the dead body in the basement . . . or about any illegal activity that might be connected to the corpse. She is, however, interested in Walker's body, and he discovers he's interested in hers as well. But he can't tarry long, for the Mafia could be involved . . . or maybe there's a connection to the porno film studio where the missing woman's former maid now works. But when two Mossad agents accost Walker--and then are brutally killed--he realizes he's discovered a plot far darker run by someone more deadly than either the Mafia or a two-bit porn pusher. Who--or what--could be so viciously murderous? Walker has few clues, and knows only that with every new murder he is no closer to solving the case. When he finally gets a break, he recognizes the silken, deadly hand of a nemesis who nearly killed him twice before . . . and this time may finish the job"--

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The Bellini card: a novel

By Goodwin, Jason

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: M

Call Number: M

In 1840, after hearing rumors that a long-lost Bellini painting has resurfaced in Venice, Sultan Abdulmecid tasks Yashim, his most trusted detective, with discovering the masterpiece's whereabouts. Once in Italy, Yashim collaborates with Palewski, his friend in the Polish consulate, to infiltrate the Venice underworld and locate the missing painting. Now, Yashim must solve the Bellini mystery before Palewski is unmasked and falls prey to a ruthless killer.

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The shadows in the street: a Simon Serrailler mystery

By Hill, Susan

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: M

Call Number: M

Simon Serrailler has just wrapped up a particularly exhausting and difficult case and is on sabbatical on a far-flung Scottish island when he is called back to Lafferton by the Chief Constable. Two local prostitutes have been found strangled. When the wife of the St. Michael's Cathedral Dean goes missing and then another respectable woman is taken on her way to work, the townspeople grow angry and afraid. Serrailler is in the greatest danger of his life.--From publisher description.

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A butterfly in flame

By Kilmer, Nicholas

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: M

Call Number: M

Taylor is sent undercover as a member of the faculty at Stilton Academy near Boston. An instructor has purportedly disappeared with a female first-year student, daughter of the Academy's only significant donor. There are other conflict brewing-- are they misguided, or sinister?

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By its cover

By Leon, Donna

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: M

Call Number: M

One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: the culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem--the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn't exist. As the investigation proceeds, the suspects multiply. And when a seemingly harmless theologian, who had spent years reading at the library turns up brutally murdered, Brunetti must question his expectations about what makes a man innocent, or guilty.

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The spook lights affair: a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery

By Muller, Marcia

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: M

Call Number: M

"In 1895 San Francisco young debutantes don't commit suicide at festive parties, particularly not under the eye of Sabina Carpenter. But Virginia St. Ives evidently did, leaping from a foggy parapet in a shimmer of ghostly light. The seemingly impossible disappearance of her body creates an even more serious problem for the firm of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services.Sabina hadn't wanted to take the assignment, but her partner John Quincannon insisted it would serve as entre´e to the city's ultra rich and powerful. That means money, and Quincannon loves the almighty dollar. Which is why he is hunting the bandit who robbed the Wells, Fargo office of $35,000.Working their separate cases (while Sabina holds John off with one light hand), the detectives give readers a tour of The City the way it was. From the infamous Barbary Coast to the expensive Tenderloin gaming houses and brothels frequented by wealthy men, Quincannon follows a danger-laden trail to unmask the murderous perpetrators of the Wells, Fargo robbery. Meanwhile, Sabina works her wiles on friends and relatives of the vanished debutante until the pieces of her puzzle start falling into place. But it's an oddly disguised gent appearing out of nowhere who provides the final clue to both cases--the shrewd "crackbrain" who believes himself to be Sherlock Holmes. Fans of Marcia's Muller's bestselling Sharon McCone novels and Bill Pronzini's Nameless Detective series will applaud The Spook Lights Affair and future exploits from the annals of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services"--

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Tom Wasp and the Newgate knocker

By Myers, Amy

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: M

Call Number: M

When chimney sweep Tom Wasp visits his friend Eliza Hogg in Newgate Prison in January 1863, on the day before she is due to be hanged, he is given the only thing of value she possesses, a pawn ticket. His 12 year old apprentice, Ned, is disappointed that the pawn item turns out to be a scruffy sailor doll, until they find a hidden secret... that sets off the two most notorious gangs of London's East End.

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Carnal curiosity

By Woods, Stuart

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: M

Call Number: M

"Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Manhattan's elite are beset by a series of clever crimes-and Stone is a materialwitness-he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud, where insider knowledge and access are limited to aprivileged few, and the wealthy are made vulnerable by thevery systems meant to keep them safe. As Stone and Dino delve deeper into their investigation, they learn that themastermind behind the incidents may have some intimate ties to Stone. And that the biggest heist is still to come"--

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Standup guy

By Woods, Stuart

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: M

Call Number: M

Stone Barrington's newest client does not seem the type to bring mayhem in his wake. A polite, well-deported gentleman, he comes to Stone seeking legal expertise on an unusual--and potentially lucrative--dilemma. Stone points him in the right direction and sends him on his way, but it's soon clear Stone hasn't seen the end of the case. Several people are keenly interested in this gentleman's activities and how they may relate to a long-ago crime . . . and some of them will stop at nothing to find the information they desire.

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