New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

October 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Desert god : a novel of ancient Egypt

October 17, 2014
Smith, Wilbur A.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
425 pages : map ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.
Taita the fusspot slave, spiritual wiseman and advisor to the Pharaoh is caught in a maelstrom of passion and danger in his efforts to destroy the Hyksos army by forming a dubious alliance with Crete.

The Tudor Vendetta

October 17, 2014
Gortner, C. W., author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
292 pages ; 21 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"London, 1558. Queen Mary is dead, and 25-year old Elizabeth ascends the throne. Summoned to court from exile abroad, Elizabeth's intimate spy, Brendan Prescott, is reunited with the young queen, as well as his beloved Kate, scheming William Cecil, and arch-rival, Robert Dudley. A poison attempt on Elizabeth soon overshadows her coronation, but before Brendan can investigate, Elizabeth summons him in private to dispatch him on a far more confidential mission: to find her favored lady in waiting, Lady Parry, who has disappeared during a visit to her family manor in Yorkshire. Upon his arrival at the desolate sea-side manor where Lady Parry was last seen, he encounters a strange, impoverished family beset by grief, as well as mounting evidence that they hide a secret from him. The mystery surrounding Lady Parry deepens as Brendan begins to realize there is far more going on at the manor than meets the eye, but the closer he gets to the heart of the mystery in Vaughn Hall, the more he learns that in his zeal to uncover the truth, he could be precipitating Elizabeth's destruction. From the intrigue-laden passages of Whitehall to a foreboding Catholic manor and the deadly underworld of London, Brendan must race against time to unravel a vendetta that will strike at the very core of his world--a vendetta that could expose a buried past and betray everything he has fought for, including his loyalty to his queen"-- Provided by publisher.

The pierced heart : a novel

October 17, 2014
Shepherd, Lynn, 1964-
New York : Delacorte Press, [2014]
238 pages ; 25 cm

Hush now, don't explain : [a novel]

October 17, 2014
Must, Dennis.
287 pages ; 21 cm
Subtitle from cover.
"Honor, an orphan, finds her way to the Victorian boarding house where she thinks her mother might have birthed her. World War II has just ended, which alerted many Americans to the world beyond, but Honor and Billy's lives are limited to the dead-end town of DeForest Junction, Ohio, and its nearby notcherie, where exotic wemen sell their bodies to the rail men. Alongside her mixed-race 'cousin' Billy, Honor grows to womanhood, cared for by Miss Alsada and enchanted by the colorful stories of the shanty store owner, Mr. Augustus Willard, who claims to have traveled far and wide. One day, an itinerant blues musician shows up at the boardinghouse, electrifying Billy with his skill at the upright piano. He departs just as quickly, leaving behind hints that he might be Billy's father. Soon after Buster Stanley's departure, men in white hoods burn a cross in the field behind the boardinghouse and torch a number of shacks occupied by black families. Honor and Billy decide to leave DeForest Junction -- a feat they accomplish with the help of Mr. Willard, whose shanty store was burned. With Honor disguised as a boy for safety's sake, the three friends ride the rails southward, their ultimate destination: New Orleans. Billy is on the trail of Buster Stanley, but Honor is on an intense quest for Honor. How will she escape that fate of those wemen, waiting for a man to fill up the void in her life?"--Back cover.

The wicked ways of Alexander Kidd

October 16, 2014
Quinn, Paula, author.
New York : Forever, 2014.
378 pages ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt from "The scandalous secret of Abigail MacGregor" (pages [357]-378).
"An innocent stowaway. As the sheltered niece of a Highland chief, Caitrina Grant longs for adventure beyond the lush hills of Scotland. So when a pirate ship glides into the loch, tempting her with promises of exotic lands and hidden treasures, Trina sneaks aboard. But she is unprepared for the consequences-and the seductive captain who demands the ultimate price for her deception... A sinful pirate. For Alexander Kidd, the sea is no place for a lady. Pursued by deadly enemies from every direction, Alex won't rest until he claims the bounty of riches left to him by his father, the notorious Captain Kidd. A stowaway will not be tolerated-no matter how beautiful. But soon fighting his desire for Trina becomes his toughest battle yet, and he will have to make an agonizing choice: sacrifice his quest-or lose the woman who has stolen his heart."--Publisher's website.

A.D. 30 : a novel

October 15, 2014
Dekker, Ted, 1962-
New York : Center Street, 2014.
415 pages ; 24 cm
"A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine. A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart. The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all. Step back in time to the year of our Lord...A.D. 30. The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father's warriors--Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews. But Maviah's path leads her unexpectedly to another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people--and herself"-- Provided by publisher.

Saint Brigid's Bones : a Celtic adventure

October 15, 2014
Freeman, Philip, 1961-
New York : Pegasus Books, 2014.
225 p.: map ; 24
"In an evocative Celtic novel set in a time when druids roamed the land, lively young sister Deirdre embarks on a mission to find the stolen bones of her convent's patron saint. In ancient Ireland, an island ruled by kings and druids, the nuns of Saint Brigid are fighting to keep their monastery alive. When the bones of Brigid go missing from their church, the theft threatens to destroy all they have worked for. No one knows the danger they face better than Sister Deirdre, a young nun torn between two worlds. Trained as a bard and raised by a druid grandmother, she must draw upon all of her skills, both as a bard and as a nun, to find the bones before the convent begins to lose faith."--Publisher's website.

The thief taker : a key, a killer, a secret...

October 14, 2014
Quinn, C. S., author.
xiv, 413 pages ; 21 cm.
"The year is 1665...When a girl is gruesomely murdered, thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case. But the horrific remains tell him this is no isolated death. The killer's mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London, and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie's own past. Now the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates the evidence street by street"--Back cover.

The counterfeit heiress

October 13, 2014
Alexander, Tasha, 1969-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
292 pages ; 25 cm.
"After an odd encounter at a grand masquerade ball, Lady Emily becomes embroiled in the murder investigation of one of the guests, a sometime actress trying to pass herself off as the mysterious heiress and world traveler Estella Lamar. Each small discovery, however, leads to more questions. Was the intended victim Miss Lamar or the imposter? And who would want either of them dead? As Emily and Colin try to make sense of all this, a larger puzzle begins to emerge: No one has actually seen Estella Lamar in years, since her only contact has been through letters and the occasional blurry news photograph. Is she even alive? Emily and Colin's investigation of this double mystery takes them from London to Paris, where, along with their friend Cécile, they must scour the darkest corners of the city in search of the truth"-- Provided by publisher.

The goddess of small victories

October 13, 2014
Grannec, Yannick, author.
New York : Other Press, [2014]
458 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Translation of: La déesse des petites victoires.
"A love story"--Jacket.
"Princeton University, 1980. A young and unambitious librarian named Anna Roth is assigned the task of retrieving the records of Kurt Gödel--the most fascinating and hermetic mathematician of the 20th century. Her mission consists of befriending and ultimately taming the great man's widow Adele, a notoriously bitter woman set on taking belated revenge against the establishment by refusing to hand over these documents of immeasurable historical value. But as Anna soon finds out, Adele has a story of her own to tell"

The lodger

October 13, 2014
Treger, Louisa, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014.
262 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"Dorothy Richardson is existing just above the poverty line, doing secretarial work at a dentist's office ... when she is invited to spend the weekend with a childhood friend. Jane has recently married a writer who is hovering on the brink of fame. His name is H.G. Wells, or Bertie, as they call him ... Dorothy notices his grey-blue eyes taking her in, openly signalling approval. He tells her he and Jane have an agreement which allows them the freedom to take lovers, although Dorothy can tell her friend would not be happy with that arrangement. Not wanting to betray Jane, yet unable to draw back, Dorothy free-falls into an affair with Bertie"-- Provided by publisher.

Playing for the commandant

October 10, 2014
Zail, Suzy, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
245 pages ; 21 cm
A young Jewish pianist at Auschwitz, desperate to save her family, is chosen to play at the camp commandant's house. How could she know she would fall in love with the wrong boy?

A quilt for Christmas

October 9, 2014
Dallas, Sandra.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
x, 242 pages ; 20 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"It is 1864 and Eliza Spooner's husband Will has joined the Kansas volunteers to fight the Confederates, leaving her with their two children and in charge of their home and land. Eliza is confident that he will return home, and she helps pass the months making a special quilt to keep Will warm during his winter months in the army. When the unthinkable happens, she takes in a a woman and child who have been left alone and made vulnerable by the war, and she finds solace and camaraderie amongst the women of her quilting group. And when she is asked to help hide an escaped slave, she must decide for herself what is right, and who can she can count on to help her."-- Provided by publisher.

Until the sea shall give up her dead

October 9, 2014
Russell, S. Thomas.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2014].
435 pages : map ; 24 cm
"A Charles Hayden novel." --Jacket.
"Charles Hayden returns in the thrilling new naval adventure from bestselling author S. Thomas Russell, today's "Patrick O'Brian for a new generation" (Kirkus Reviews). Master and Commander Charles Hayden has received fresh orders that take him and the HMS Themis to the Caribbean, with instructions to meddle with French shipping to the colonies. While en route, they rescue two Spanish castaways who beg for help fleeing from a vengeful family situation-Hayden agrees to do what he can, though it's soon clear his two new guests aren't exactly what they seem. Arriving in the lawless Caribbean seas, Hayden and Themis find themselves torn between the forces of reckless English captains, conflicts between royalist and revolutionary Frenchmen, and Spanish ships that are enemies to both England and France. And when someone very dear to him is kidnapped, Hayden may sacrifice everything in a reckless pursuit to save her"-- Provided by publisher.

Electric City : a novel

October 7, 2014
Rosner, Elizabeth, author.
Berkeley : Counterpoint, [2014]
324 pages ; 24 cm
Exploring the scientific contributions of Thomas Edison and Charles Proteus Steimetz in upstate New York at the confluence of the Hudson River and its tributary the Mohawk--and the fate of the same place in the mid-sixties--this is a "novel of America, of its great scientific ingenuity and its emotional ambition; one that frames the birth and evolution of its towns against the struggles of its indigenous tribes, the immigrant experience, a country divided, and the technological advancements that ushered in the modern world"

The groom says yes

October 6, 2014
Maxwell, Cathy, author.
369 pages ; 18 cm.
"He had a noose around his neck and a price on his head . . . Sabrina Davidson, dutiful daughter, avowed spinster, thought she'd secured a place for herself in Aberfeldy society -- until her hard-earned acceptance of her fate is challenged by the arrival of Cormac Enright, earl of Ballin, trained physician, soldier of fortune, and convicted felon. A prim and proper miss was the last thing he needed....Mac is determined to clear his name, but first he has to find the man whose testimony sentenced him to a hangman's noose. Of course, Robert Davidson is missing and protecting Mac is Davidson's daughter, the most entrancing, frustrating, beguiling, stubborn woman Mac has ever met. And it doesn't help that he has already tasted her kisses. Or that he has found in her a passion for life and adventure to rival his own. Mac has turned Sabrina's world inside out -- but what will happen when he leaves? Or will the Groom Say Yes?"--Back cover.

Sleep in peace tonight

October 6, 2014
MacManus, James.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, [2014].
360 pages ; 22 cm
"It's January 1941, and the Blitz is devastating England. Food supplies are low, Tube stations in London have become bomb shelters, and U-boats have hampered any hope of easy victory. Though the United States maintains its isolationist position, Churchill knows that England is finished without the aid of its powerful ally. Harry Hopkins, President Roosevelt's most trusted adviser, is sent to London as his emissary, and there he falls under the spell of Churchill's commanding rhetoric--and legendary drinking habits. As he experiences life in a country under attack, Hopkins questions the United States' silence in the war. But back home FDR is paranoid about the isolationist lobby, and even Hopkins is having trouble convincing him to support the war. As Hopkins grapples with his mission and personal loyalties, he also revels in secret clubs with newsman Edward R. Murrow and has an affair with his younger driver. Except Hopkins doesn't know that his driver is a British intelligence agent. She craves wartime action and will go to any length to prove she should be on the front line. This is London under fire, and it's only when the night descends and the bombs fall that people's inner darkness comes to light. In Sleep in Peace Tonight, a tale of courage, loyalty, and love, and the sacrifices one will make in the name of each, James MacManus brings to life not only Blitz-era London and the tortuous politics of the White House but also the poignant characters and personalities that shaped the course of world history"-- Provided by publisher.

Land of dreams

October 3, 2014
Kerrigan, Kate, author.
316 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: City of hope.
"A novel"--Cover.
"Irish immigrant Ellie Hogan has finally achieved the American Dream. But her comfortable bohemian life on Fire Island, New York, is shattered when her eldest adopted son, Leo, runs away, lured by the promise of fortune and fame in Hollywood. Determined to keep her family intact, Ellie follows him west, uprooting her youngest son and long-time friend Bridie. In Los Angeles, Ellie creates a fashionable new home among the city's celebrities, artists, and movie moguls. She is also drawn into intense new friendships, including talented film composer Stan, a man far different from any she has ever met, and Suri, a beautiful Japanese woman and kindred spirit, who opens Ellie's eyes to the injustices of her country. While Leo is dazzled by Hollywood's glitz, Ellie quickly sees that the golden glamour masks a world of vanity and greed. Though she tries to navigate them around the dangers of their new home, she will not be able protect them from an even more terrifying threat: war."--Amazon website.


October 3, 2014
Roth, Kathleen Bittner, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
345 pages ; 18 cm.
When Trevor, the scion of the Andrews family, steps off of a sternwheeler and into her life, Celine finds herself drawn to this man who exudes sensuality despite her best attempts to remain emotionless in his presence.

Season for desire

October 3, 2014
Romain, Theresa.
New York, N. Y. : Kensington Publishing Corp., c2014.
312 p. ; 17 cm.
"Zebra historical romance"--Spine.
When a scorned lover threatens to ruin her reputation, Lady Audrina Bradleigh must quickly find a respectable husband and sets her sights on Giles Rutherford, an American treasure hunter with whom she is stranded at a country inn.

A brief history of seven killings

October 1, 2014
James, Marlon, 1970- author.
New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
xiv, 688 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"From the acclaimed writer of The Book of Night Women comes a masterful novel framed as a fictional oral history that explores the events and characters surrounding the attempted assassination of Bob Marley during the political turmoil on Jamaica in the late 1970s"-- Provided by publisher.

The French executioner : a novel

October 1, 2014
Humphreys, C. C. (Chris C.), author.
391 pages ; 23 cm.
In this historical adventure, the executioner who later beheaded Anne Boleyn swears an oath to her that he will bury her six-fingered hand at a crossroads in France.

The eyes of Aurora : a fifth case from the notebooks of Pliny, the younger

October 1, 2014
Bell, Albert A., 1945-
McKinleyville, California : John Daniel & Company, [2014].
268 pages ; 22 cm

What a lady needs for Christmas

September 30, 2014
Burrowes, Grace, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2014].
407 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes preview to: The laird (pages [399]-407).
"The best gifts are the unexpected ones...To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees to her family's estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin. Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors. As Christmas--and trouble--draw nearer, Dante and Joan's marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping"--Page [4] of cover.

The May bride : a novel of Tudor England

September 30, 2014
Dunn, Suzannah, 1963- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, [2014].
308 pages ; 24 cm
Milk moon -- Fruit moon -- Wolf moon -- Heyday.
"Jane Seymour finds herself in the midst of scandal and intrigue at Wolf Hall in [a] new novel of the Tudor era."--Dust jacket flap.

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