New Arrivals · All Fiction

February 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Since you've been gone

February 26, 2015
Payne, Mary Jennifer, author.
Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2015.
220 pages ; 21 cm.

The city of blood : a Paris homicide mystery

February 26, 2015
Molay, Frédérique, 1968-
New York : Le French Book, 2015.
212 p. ; 21 cm.
"When a major Parisian modern art event gets unexpected attention on live TV, Chief of Police Nico Sirsky and his team of elite crime fighters rush to La Villette park and museum complex. On the site of the French capital's former slaughterhouses, the blood is just starting to flow, and Sirsky finds himself chasing the butcher of Paris, while his own mother faces an uncertain future." -- back cover.

The storyspinner

February 26, 2015
Wallace, Becky, author.
©2015
417 pages ; 22 cm.
The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are seeking a supposedly-dead princess to place her on the throne and end political turmoil but girls who look like the princess are being murdered and Johanna Von Arlo, forced to work for Lord Rafael DeSilva after her father's suspicious death, is a dead-ringer.

Positively beautiful

February 26, 2015
Mills, Wendy, 1973-
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
355 pages ; 22 cm
Sixteen-year-old Erin's life is fairly normal until she learns that her mother has breast cancer and she, too, may carry a mutated gene, so amid high school dramas including betrayal by her best friend, she must consider preemptive surgery to guarantee she will not be stricken.

Bone Gap

February 26, 2015
Ruby, Laura.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
345 pages ; 22 cm
Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

Sorceress

February 26, 2015
Gray, Claudia.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
347 pages ; 22 cm.
"Teenage witch Nadia must defeat the evil sorceress Elizabeth before Elizabeth gathers enough power to summon the One Beneath and destroy everything Nadia has worked to protect"-- Provided by publisher.

The winner's crime : a novel

February 26, 2015
Rutkoski, Marie, author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
405 pages ; 22 cm.
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria's crown prince is the event of a lifetime, but to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making, so as she aches to tell the truth about her engagement, she becomes a skilled practitioner of deceit and as a spy passes information and gets close to uncovering a shocking secret.

Mosquitoland

February 26, 2015
Arnold, David, 1981-
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.
342 pages ; 22 cm
"When she learns that her mother is sick in Ohio, Mim confronts her demons on a thousand-mile odyssey from Mississippi that redefines her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane"-- Provided by publisher.

Gun street girl : a Detective Sean Duffy novel

February 26, 2015
McKinty, Adrian.
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
313 pages ; 21 cm
"First published: London: Serpent's Tail, an imprint of Profile Books Ltd., 2015."
"Belfast, 1985, amidst the "Troubles": Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), struggles with burn-out as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point blank and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances. He soon discovers that Kelly was present at a decadent Oxford party where a cabinet minister's daughter died of a heroin overdose. This may or may not have something to do with Kelly's subsequent death. New evidence leads elsewhere: gun runners, arms dealers, the British government, and a rogue American agent with a fake identity. Duffy thinks he's getting somewhere when agents from MI5 show up at his doorstep and try to recruit him, thus taking him off the investigation. Duffy is in it up to his neck, doggedly pursuing a case that may finally prove his undoing"-- Provided by publisher.

Dead to me

February 26, 2015
McCoy, Mary, 1976-
New York : Hyperion, [2015]
pages ; cm
In 1948 Hollywood, a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets, sixteen-year-old Alice tries to find a young runaway who is the sole witness to a beating that put her sister, Annie, in a coma.

The tragic age : a novel

February 26, 2015
Metcalfe, Steve, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
310 pages ; 22 cm
"This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full time insomniac and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an absurd world is to stay away from it. Do not volunteer. Do not join in. Billy will be the first to tell you it doesn't always work-- not when your twin sister, Dorie, has died, not when your unhappy parents are at war with one another, not when frazzled soccer moms in two ton SUVs are more dangerous than atom bombs, and not when your guidance counselor keeps asking why you haven't applied to college. Billy's life changes when two people enter his life. Twom Twomey is a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means going a little outlaw. Twom and Billy become one another's mutual benefactor and friend. At the same time, Billy is reintroduced to Gretchen Quinn, an old and adored friend of Dorie's. It is Gretchen who suggests to Billy that the world can be transformed by creative acts of the soul. With Twom, Billy visits the dark side. And with Gretchen, Billy experiences possibilities. Billy knows that one path is leading him toward disaster and the other toward happiness. The problem is--Billy doesn't trust happiness. It's the age he's at. The tragic age"-- Provided by publisher.

The boatmaker : a novel

February 26, 2015
Benditt, John, author.
Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2015.
453 pages ; 20 cm
"In John Benditt's debut novel, a fierce, complicated, silent man wakes from a fever dream compelled to build a boat and sail away from the small island where he was born. The boat carries him to the next, bigger, island, where he becomes locked in a drunken and violent affair whose explosion propels him all the way to the mainland. There he struggles to understand the intricacies of a larger society and its dark underworld. As he encounters greed, corruption, and racial and religious hatred, he uncovers truths that allow him to redirect the course of his destiny. The boatmaker's journey cannot be traced on any map, and yet it is located at the epicenter of European history." -- Provided by publisher.

Diary of an accidental wallflower

February 26, 2015
McQuiston, Jennifer, author.
New York, New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
370 pages ; 18 cm.
Pretty and popular, Miss Clare Westmore knows exactly what (or rather, who) she wants: the next Duke of Harrington. But when she twists her ankle on the eve of the Season's most touted event, Clare is left standing in the wallflower line watching her best friend dance away with her duke. Dr. Daniel Merial is tempted to deliver more than a diagnosis to London's most unlikely wallflower, but he doesn't have time for distractions, even one so delectable. Besides, she's clearly got her sights on more promising prey. So why can't he stop thinking about her? All Clare wants to do is return to the dance floor. But as her former friends try to knock her permanently out of place, she realizes with horror she is falling for her doctor instead her duke. When her ankle finally heals and she faces her old life again, will she throw herself back into the game? Or will her time in the wallflower line have given her a glimpse of who she was really meant to be?

The return

February 26, 2015
Armentrout, Jennifer L., author.
Marlborough, CT : Spencer Hill Press, 2015.
335 pages ; 21 cm.
"A Titan novel"--Title page.
"It's been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they've given him have been violent and bloody--which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He's got to play protector which keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet. Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy's deal might be, but it's a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to 'puree.' Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her. But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all,"--page [4] of cover.

The American lover : and other stories

February 26, 2015
Tremain, Rose, author.
©2014
232 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
The American lover -- Captive -- The Jester of Astapovo -- Extra geography -- A view of Lake Superior in the fall -- Man in the water -- Juliette Greco's black dress -- The housekeeper -- Smithy -- BlackBerry winter -- Lucy and Gaston -- The closing door -- 21st-Century Juliet.
"Trapped in a London apartment, Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in 1960s Paris. The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster's cottage, miles from Moscow. A young woman who is about to marry a rich aristocrat instead begins a torrid relationship with a construction worker. A father, finally free of his daughter's demands, embarks on a long swim from his Canadian lakeside retreat. A middle-aged woman cares for her injured mother at Christmas. And in the grandest house of all, Danni the Polish housekeeper catches the eye of an enigmatic visitor, Daphne du Maurier" -- provided by publisher.

Back in the game

February 26, 2015
Wilde, Lori, author.
©2015
369 pages ; 17 cm
"A Stardust, Texas novel"--Title page.
Convinced there's more to Rowdy than a good fastball, a wicked smile, and a tight pair of pants, Breeanne can't help but be tempted. After all, it's boring always being the good girl, and Rowdy dares her to be just a little bad. The stakes are high, but win or lose, this time Breeanne's breaking all the rules playing the game of love.

The black widow

February 26, 2015
Staub, Wendy Corsi, author.
©2015
384 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes an excerpt from "Mundy's Landing."
"In the moonlight, a shovelfuls of earth fall on a wooden crate at the bottom of a deep pit. Soon the hole will be filled and covered over with leaves, erasing all trace of the victim below, waking to the horror of being buried alive... Newly divorced Gaby Duran isn't really expecting to find her soul mate on a dating site like InTune. She just needs a distraction from pining over her ex-husband, Ben, and the happy marriage they once had. And she's wise enough to know that online the truth doesn't always match the profile. Almost everyone lies a little--or a lot. But Gaby quickly discovers there is more at stake than her lonely heart. Local singles are going missing after making online connections. And a predator is searching again for the perfect match. One who will fulfill every twisted desire...or die trying,"--page [4] of cover.

The immortal who loved me

February 26, 2015
Sands, Lynsay, author.
New York, New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
357 pages ; 18 cm.

The tempting of Thomas Carrick

February 26, 2015
Laurens, Stephanie, author.
©2015
456 pages ; 17 cm.
Thomas Carrick, wealthy owner of Carrick Enterprises located in bustling Glasgow, is one of that city's most eligible bachelors. He fully intends to select an appropriate wife from the many young ladies paraded before him--yet no young lady captures his eye, much less his attention, in the way Lucilla Cynster does. For over two years, Thomas has avoided his clan's estate because it borders Lucilla's home, but disturbing reports from his clansmen force him to return to the countryside, only to discover that his uncle, the laird, is ailing, a clan family is desperately ill, and the clan healer is unconscious and dying. Duty to the clan leaves Thomas no choice but to seek help from the last woman he wants to face. Strong-willed and passionate, Lucilla has been waiting for Thomas to return and claim his rightful place by her side. He is the only man for her, just as she is his one true love. And, at last, he's back. Thomas can never forget Lucilla, much less the connection that seethes between them, but to marry her would mean embracing a life he's adamant he does not want. Lucilla remains as determined as only a Cynster can be to fight for the future she knows can be theirs.

Rock the boat

February 26, 2015
Brouwer, Sigmund, 1959- author.
Victoria, British Columbia : Orca Book Publishers 2015.
119 pages ; 19 cm.

Not otherwise specified

February 26, 2015
Moskowitz, Hannah.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2015.
260 pages ; 22 cm
Auditioning for a New York City performing arts high school could help Etta escape from her Nebraska all-girl school, where she is not gay enough for her former friends, not sick enough for her eating disorders group, and not thin enough for ballet, but it may also mean real friendships.

Terminal

February 26, 2015
Reichs, Kathy, author.
New York, NY : G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
xii, 380 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"Tory and her comrades must track a new pack of rogue Virals who have brought on the attention of a shadowy government organization intent on learning the secret to their powers"-- Provided by publisher.

Deviate

February 26, 2015
Clark, Tracy, author.
Fort Collins, Colorado : Entangled Teen, 2015.
383 pages ; 21 cm.
"Tormented after a daring escape, Cora Sandoval must find a way to stop the Arrazi from murdering innocent people and from violating, using, and killing the Scintilla for their powers. She must all except one bitter betrayal. Finn Doyle--the Irish boy who has both a piece of Cora's heart and soul--is Arrazi"--Back cover.

The dark water : aWell's end novel

February 26, 2015
Fishman, Seth.
New York, NY : G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
274 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"Mia and her friends resurface at the well's end to discover an astounding underground civilization, and immediately find themselves drawn into a terrible civil war"-- Provided by publisher.

A work of art

February 26, 2015
Maysonet, Melody.
Blue Ash, OH : Merit Press, [2015]
240 pages ; 22 cm
A teenaged girl with artistic promise puts her life on hold to protect her father, who finds himself over his head in legal trouble.

The boy who lost Fairyland

February 26, 2015
Valente, Catherynne M., 1979-
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2015.
235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"A young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Golden Wind, and becomes a changeling in our world, a place no less bizarre than Fairyland in his eyes"-- Provided by publisher.

Dark rooms

February 26, 2015
Peloquin, Lili, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
323 pages ; 24 cm
"Death sets the plot in motion: the murder of Nica Baker, beautiful, wild, enigmatic, and only sixteen. The crime is solved, and quickly--a lonely classmate, unrequited love, a suicide note confession--but memory and instinct won't allow Nica's older sister, Grace, to accept the case as closed. Dropping out of college and living at home, working at the moneyed and progressive private high school in Hartford, Connecticut, from which she recently graduated, Grace becomes increasingly obsessed with identifying and punishing the real killer"-- provided by publisher.

Epitaph : a novel of the O.K. Corral

February 26, 2015
Russell, Mary Doria, 1950- author.
New York : Ecco, 2015.
581 pages ; 24 cm
A sequel to Doc is based on the true events of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral and Wyatt Earp's survival against a backdrop of volatile politics in 1881 America.

A ghostly undertaking

February 26, 2015
Kappes, Tonya, author.
©2013.
296 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes an excerpt form "A Ghostly Grave."
"Bopped on the head from a falling plastic Santa, local undertaker Emma Lee Raines is told she's suffering from 'funeral trauma'. It's trauma all right, because the not-so-dearly departed keep talking to her. Take Ruthie Sue Payne--innkeeper, gossip queen, and arch-nemesis of Emma Lee's granny--she's adamant that she didn't just fall down those stairs. She was pushed. Ruthie has no idea who wanted her pushing up daisies. All she knows is that she can't cross over until the matter is laid to eternal rest. In the land of the living, Emma Lee's high-school crush, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, isn't ready to rule out foul play. Granny Raines, the widow of Ruthie's ex-husband and co-owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, is the prime suspect. Now Emma Lee is stuck playing detective or risk being haunted forever,"--page [4] of cover.

Sisters of Shiloh

February 26, 2015
Hepinstall, Kathy, author.
New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
247 pages ; 22 cm
"Two Southern sisters, disguised as men, who join the Confederate Army--one seeking vengeance on the battlefield, the other finding love"-- Provided by publisher.

Rebel queen : a novel

February 26, 2015
Moran, Michelle, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
354 pages ; 24 cm
"When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest ... But when they arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, the British army is met with a surprising challenge. Instead of surrendering, Queen Lakshmi raises two armies--one male and one female--and rides into battle, determined to protect her country and her people. Although her soldiers may not appear at first to be formidable against superior British weaponry and training, Lakshmi refuses to back down from the empire determined to take away the land she loves"-- Provided by publisher.

Gwendolen : a novel

February 26, 2015
Souhami, Diana, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
320 pages ; 21 cm.
"[Gwendolen] is also the heroine of George Eliot's novel Daniel Deronda and is writing to Deronda"--Cover flap.
"Gwendolen Harleth, an exceptionally beautiful upper-class Englishwoman, is gambling boldly at a resort when she catches the eye of a handsome, pensive gentleman. His gaze unnerves her, and she loses her winnings. The next day, she learns that her widowed mother and younger sisters, for whom she is financially responsible, have lost their family's fortune. As a young woman in the 1860s with only her looks to serve her, Gwendolen's options are few, so when Henleigh Grandcourt, a wealthy aristocrat, proposes to her, she accepts, despite her discovery of an alarming secret about his past"--Amazon.com.

Know your beholder : a novel

February 26, 2015
Rapp, Adam, author.
[New York] : Little, Brown, 2015.
vii 341 pages ; 24 cm.
"As winter deepens in snowbound Pollard, Illinois, thirty-something Francis Falbo is holed up in his attic apartment, recovering from a series of traumas: his mother's death, his beloved wife's desertion, and his once-ascendant rock band's irreconcilable break-up. Francis hasn't shaved in months, hasn't so much as changed out of his bathrobe-"the uniform of a Life in Default"-for nine days. Other than the agoraphobia that continues to hold him hostage, all he has left is his childhood home, whose remaining rooms he rents to a cast of eccentric tenants, including a pair of former circus performers whose daughter has gone missing. The tight-knit community has already survived a blizzard, but there is more danger in store for the citizens of Pollard before summer arrives. Francis is himself caught up in these troubles as he becomes increasingly entangled in the affairs of others, with results that are by turns disastrous, hysterical, and ultimately healing" -- from publisher's web site.

Suitcase city : a novel

February 26, 2015
Watson, Sterling, author.
[New York] : Akashic Books, 2015.
282 pages ; 23 cm
CATALOGED FROM VENDOR RECORD. SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
"A man gets himself into a little bit of trouble, then a little bit more, then a lot. And then his whole world becomes a nightmare. How does he get himself out of this mess of his own creation? The answer involves the end of an extramarital affair, reconciliation with a daughter he has neglected, and a deadly encounter with a man who comes out of the past bearing bad news and the keys to a new life. Set in Tampa, Florida, in the late 1980s, Suitcase City captures the glitter of the high life and the steamy essence of low places in the Cigar City"-- from publishers web site.

The sellout

February 26, 2015
Beatty, Paul, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
288 pages ; 22 cm
"Raised in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens--improbably smack in the middle of downtown L.A.--the narrator of The Sellout resigned himself to the fate of all other middle-class Californians: "to die in the same bedroom you'd grown up in, looking up at the crack in the stucco ceiling that had been there since '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist at Riverside Community College, he spent his childhood as the subject in psychological studies, classic experiments revised to include a racially-charged twist. He also grew up believing this pioneering work might result in a memoir that would solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a shoot out with the police, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral and some maudlin what-ifs. Fuelled by this injustice and the general disrepair of his down-trodden hometown, he sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident--the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins, our narrator initiates a course of action--one that includes reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school--destined to bring national attention. These outrageous events land him with a law suit heard by the Supreme Court, the latest in a series of cases revolving around the thorny issue of race in America. The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the most sacred tenets of the U.S. Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality--the black Chinese restaurant"-- Provided by publisher.

Above us only sky

February 26, 2015
Young-Stone, Michele, author.
[New York] : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
237 pages ; map, genealogical table ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
" On March 29, 1973, Prudence Eleanor Vilkas was born with a pair of wings molded to her back. Considered a birth defect, her wings were surgically removed, leaving only the ghost of them behind. At fifteen years old, confused and unmoored, Prudence meets her long-estranged Lithuanian grandfather and discovers a miraculous lineage beating and pulsing with past Lithuanian bird-women, storytellers with wings dragging the dirt, survivors perched on radio towers, lovers lit up like fireworks, and heroes disguised as everyday men and women. Prudence sets forth on a quest to discover her ancestors, to grapple with wings that only one other person can see, and ultimately, to find out where she belongs. Above Us Only Sky spans the 1863 January Uprising against Russian Tsarist rule in Eastern Europe to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Lithuania gaining its independence in 1991. It is a story of mutual understanding between the old and young; it is a love story; a story of survival, and most importantly a story about where we belong in the world" -- provided by publisher.

The blood brothers : a novel of Berlin gang life

February 26, 2015
Haffner, Ernst.
New York : Other Press, 2015.
xii, 165 pages ; 21 cm
Originally issued in 1932 under title: Jugend auf der landstrasse Berlin.

Season of fear

February 26, 2015
Freeman, Brian, 1963-
London : Quercus, [2014]
436 pages ; 24 cm
Politician Diane Fairmont is running for the Florida governorship, but a chill is cast over the campaign when she receives an anonymous note announcing the return of the assassin who killed her husband ten years earlier. Because of complicated ties between Fairmont and his mother, movie actress Tarla Bolton, Detective Cad Bolton is assigned to the case. A desperate race against the clock ensues as Bolton tries to unlock the secrets of a poisonous conspiracy before nature provides the perfect cover for a long-dormant killer to strike again.

Act of god

February 26, 2015
Ciment, Jill, 1953-
New York : Pantheon, [2015].
179 pages ; 21 cm

The traveling tea shop

February 26, 2015
Jones, Belinda (Belinda C.), author.
New York, New York : Berkley Books, 2015.
x, 351 pages : map ; 21 cm
Previously published as The travelling tea shop. London : Hodder, 2014 and Hodder & Stoughton Canada, 2013.
"Laurie Davis has always followed her passion. After escaping family drama to start a new life in New York City, she's up for whatever challenges life brings. So when an opportunity arises for her to use her travel industry expertise and serve as an assistant and tour guide for her idol, Pamela Lambert-Leigh, star of television's Tea-Time with Pamela, she jumps at the chance. But Laurie's exciting adventure ends up entailing a lot more than scouting locations for the cake queen's new cookbook when Pamela's sassy mother and sulky, rebellious daughter tag along for the trip. As they cruise around bakeries in New England trading local delights like Red Velvet Cake and Whoopie Pies for British specialties such as Victoria Sponge and Bakewell Tarts, more secrets than recipes are revealed. Now, in between rediscovering romance, learning to forgive family, and finding the best dessert on the East Coast, Laurie, Pamela, and the gang might find there's nothing a nice cup of tea, a sweet treat, and a little bit of friendship can't heal"-- Provided by publisher.

Lady of the eternal city

February 26, 2015
Quinn, Kate.
New York : Berkley Books, 2015.
518 pages ; 21 cm
"Elegant, secretive Sabina may be Empress of Rome, but she still stands poised on a knife's edge. She must keep the peace between two deadly enemies: her husband Hadrian, Rome's brilliant and sinister Emperor; and battered warrior Vix, who is her first love. But Sabina is guardian of a deadly secret: Vix's beautiful son Antinous has become the Emperor's latest obsession. Empress and Emperor, father and son will spin in a deadly dance of passion, betrayal, conspiracy, and war. As tragedy sends Hadrian spiraling into madness, Vix and Sabina form a last desperate pact to save the Empire. But ultimately, the fate of Rome lies with an untried girl, a spirited redhead who may just be the next Lady of the Eternal City"-- Provided by publisher.

Recipe for disaster

February 26, 2015
Ballis, Stacey.
New York : Berkley Books, 2015.
xii, 466 pages ; 21 cm
"To an outside observer, Anneke Stroudt is a mess-her shirts are stained, her fingernails stubby, her language colorful. But, despite her flaws, Anneke's life is close to perfect. She has a beautiful historic house to restore and a loving fiance who cooks like a dream. Until Anneke's charmed existence falls apart when she loses both her job and her future husband in one terrible day. In need of a new start, she packs up her disgruntled schnauzer and moves into her half-finished home, where she throws her pent-up frustration, and what little savings she has, into finishing the renovation. But at the first step into the house's overhaul, Anneke is sidetracked when she discovers a mysterious leather-bound book, long hidden away, filled with tempting recipes and steamy secrets from Emma Ditmore-Smythe, the cook for the house's original owners. Slowly, with the help of some delicious food and Emma's life lessons, Anneke begins to realize that, just like a flawless recipe, she's been waiting for the right ingredients to cook up a perfect life all along"-- Provided by publisher.

Mrs. Jeffries serves at six

February 26, 2015
Brightwell, Emily.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
501 pages ; 23 cm.
Mrs. Jeffries pinches the post -- Mrs. Jeffries pleads her case -- Mrs. Jeffries sweeps the chimney.
"Everyone's awed by Inspector Witherspoon's Scotland Yard successes, but they don't know about his secret weapon. Her name is Mrs. Jeffries, and she keeps house for the Inspector-and keeps him on his toes. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, her polished detection skills are up to the task. Because as she knows all too well, a crimesolver's work is never done. Mrs. Jeffries Pinches the Post: the dubious dealings of ruthless businessman Harrison Nye have finally done him in. But with his associate keeping secrets and his maid missing, Witherspoon and Mrs. Jeffries have their work cut out for them as they make it their business to find the culprit. Mrs. Jeffries Pleads Her Case: When the death of Harlan Westover is ruled a suicide after a slipshod investigation, it's up to Mrs. Jeffries and her staff to gently nudge the Inspector in the right direction before a killer gets away with another murder. Mrs. Jeffries Sweeps the Chimney: A dead man dressed like a vicar is discovered outside a church. An address found on the man leads Witherspoon to a dilapidated house where a skeleton is stuffed in the chimney. Luckily he has Mrs. Jeffries to help him sweep up this mess of a case."-- Provided by publisher.

Assault and pepper

February 26, 2015
Budewitz, Leslie, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
xii, 289 pages ; 17 cm.
"Includes delicious recipes!"--Page 4 of cover.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.

The bedding proposal

February 26, 2015
Warren, Tracy Anne, author.
New York, New York : A Signet Select book, [2015]
343 pages ; 17 cm.

Dark debt : a Chicagoland vampires novel

February 26, 2015
Neill, Chloe.
New York : New American Library, [2015]
383 pages ; 21 cm.
"A vampire never gets old. But neither do his enemies. When a figure from Ethan's dark past makes a splashy debut in Chicago, Merit and her Master don't know whether he's friend or foe. But they'll have to figure out soon, because trouble is brewing in the Windy City. At an exclusive society soiree attended by the upper echelons of the human and supernatural worlds, Merit and Ethan barely stop the assassination of a guest. When the target turns out to be a shady businessman with a criminal edge, Merit suspects a human vendetta. But the assassins have fangs.... The connections to Chicago's Houses go deeper than Merit knows, and even one wrong move could be her last"--Publisher.

The snow globe

February 26, 2015
Kinghorn, Judith.
New York, New York : New American Library, [2015]
398 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers guide.
"A novel"--Cover.
"Christmas 1926 holds bright promise for nineteen-year-old Daisy Forbes, with celebrations under way at Eden Hall, her family's country estate in Surrey, England. But when Daisy, the youngest of three daughters, discovers that her adored father, Howard, has been leading a double life, her illusions of perfection are shattered. Worse, his current mistress, introduced as a family friend, is joining them for the holidays. As Daisy wrestles with the truth, she blossoms in her own right, receiving a marriage proposal from one man, a declaration of love from another, and her first kiss from a third. Meanwhile, her mother, Mabel, manages these social complications with outward calm, while privately reviewing her life and contemplating significant changes. And among those belowstairs, Nancy, the housekeeper, and Mrs. Jessop, the cook, find that their long-held secrets are slowly beginning to surface.... As the seasons unfold in the new year and Daisy moves to London, desires, fortunes, and loyalties will shift during this tumultuous time after the Great War. The Forbes family and those who serve them will follow their hearts down unexpected paths that always return to where they began...Eden Hall"--Publisher.

Mistress Firebrand : renegades of the American Revolution

February 26, 2015
Thorland, Donna.
New York : New American Library, 2015.
387 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers guide.
"British Occupied Manhattan, 1777. With her witty comedies, American actress Jennifer Leighton has been packing the John Street Theater, but she longs to escape the provincial circuit for the glamour of the London stage. When the playwright General John Burgoyne visits the city, fresh from a recent success on the Continent, she seizes the opportunity to court his patronage. But her plan is foiled by British intelligence officer Severin Devere. Severin's mission is to keep the pleasure-loving general focused on the war effort and away from pretty young actresses. But the tables are turned when Severin himself can't resist Jennifer Leighton . . . . Months later, Jenny has abandoned her dreams of stage glory and begun writing seditious plays for the Rebels under the pen name "Cornelia," ridiculing "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne and his army-and undermining the crown's campaign to take Albany. By the time Severin meets up with Jenny once again, she is on a British hanging list, and Severin is ordered to find her-and deliver her to certain death. Soon, the two are launched on a desperate journey through the wilderness, toward a future shaped by the revolution-and their passion for each other"-- Provided by publisher.

Dead heat

February 26, 2015
Briggs, Patricia, author.
New York : Ace Books, 2015.
324 pages ; 24 cm.
"For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles's role as his father's enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal-or at least it starts out that way... Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae's cold war with humanity is about to heat up--and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire" -- from publisher's web site.

The crow of Connemara

February 26, 2015
Leigh, Stephen, author.
©2015
x, 304 pages ; 24 cm
"The Crow of Connemara is a contemporary Celtic fantasy set primarily in Ireland. Picking up threads from ancient Irish mythology and folktales, this story is fantasy, drama, and tragic romance all at once, a tale caught in the dark places where the world of ancient myth intersects our own, where old ways and old beliefs struggle not to be overwhelmed by the modern world. Colin Doyle is young Irish-American musician from Chicago, whose interest is traditional Irish music. Maeve Gallagher is an Oileánach, an "Islander" from Ireland's west coast. Islanders are outcasts treated with suspicion by the locals, who think them responsible for wild and strange happenings in the area. Colin soon discovers that he's connected to Maeve in ways he never could have imagined."--Publisher's description.

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