New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

June 16, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Th iconoclast's journal

June 15, 2018
Griggs, Terry, author.
Windsor, Ontario : BiblioOasis, [2018]
271 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published as Rogue's Wedding by Random House, 2002.
"Interrupted during his preparations for the conjugal duties of his wedding night by a mysterious glowing ball of light, Griffith Smolders jumps out the window and flees across the countryside of Victorian Ontario in 1898. With his bride hot on his heels, Grif's madcap adventures come to an end when Avice, intent on exacting her revenge, finally runs him aground."-- Provided by publisher.

A rebel heart

June 15, 2018
White, Beth, 1957- author.
©2018
376 pages ; 22 cm.
"Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family's Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land -- until a hotel management agent for the railroad offers her hope for the future. If she'll turn her home into a hotel, Levi Riggins says, he can all but guarantee it will be saved. Selah isn't sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee. Yet what other options does she have? She'll have to stay on her guard... but she never expected to guard her heart"--Back cover.

Tell me no lies

June 15, 2018
Griffin, Adele, author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin, 2018.
344 pages ; 22 cm
In 1980s Philadelphia, Lizzy, a studious high school senior, befriends a new girl in her class and is introduced to a life of clubs, street life and art scene, and a new life filled with doubts and deceptions.

The madonna of the mountains : a novel

June 14, 2018
Valmorbida, Elise, author.
©2017
347 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"The Madonna of the Mountains is set in Italy during the 1920s to the 1950s, and follows its heroine, Maria Vittoria, from her girlhood through her marriage and motherhood, through the National Fascist Party Rule and ending with her decision to emigrate with her family to Australia. The novel takes us into the mind and heart of one woman who must hold her family together with resilience, love, and faith, in a world where the rules are constantly changing"--Provided by publisher.

The Verdun affair : a novel

June 14, 2018
Dybek, Nick, author.
©2018
294 pages ; 24 cm
"A sweeping, romantic, and profoundly moving novel, set in Europe in the aftermath of World War I and Los Angeles in the 1950s, about a lonely young man, a beautiful widow, and the amnesiac soldier whose puzzling case binds them together even as it tears them apart."--Provided by publisher.

The button war : a tale of the Great War

June 13, 2018
Avi, 1937-
Somerville, Massachusetts. Candlewick Press, 2018.
229 pages ; 21 cm
Patryk and Jurek are as much friends as rivals in the small Russian-occupied Polish village where they live. When, in August 1914, Patryk finds an old button on the forest floor, Jurek becomes wildly jealous. Not long after, World War I comes to Poland, bringing one invading army after another to the village. Jurek devises an exciting dare among the seven boys in their pack: whoever steals the best military button will be Button King. The boys agree. The contest is on. The competition escalates from stealing uniform buttons on a wash line to looting the bodies of dead soldiers to setting up an ambush. Leading the charge is Jurek, who will do anything to be Button King. It's only Patryk who tries to stop Jurek's increasingly dangerous game before it leads to deadly consequences.

The traitor's niche : a novel

June 13, 2018
Kadare, Ismail, author.
Berkely, CA : Counterpoint Press, 2018.
200 pages ; 22 cm
"First published with the title Kamarja e Turpit in 1978 by Naim Frashri Publishing House, Tirana" -- ECIP galley.
"At the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in the main square of Constantinople, a niche is carved into ancient stone. Here, the sultan displays the severed heads of his adversaries. People flock to see the latest head and gossip about the state of the empire: the province of Albania is demanding independence again, and the niche awaits a new trophy... Tundj Hata, the imperial courier, is charged with transporting heads to the capital--a task he relishes and performs with fervor. As he travels through obscure and impoverished territories, he makes money from illicit side-shows, offering villagers the spectacle of death. The head of the rebellious Albanian governor would fetch a very high price indeed. The Traitor's Niche is a surreal tale of tyranny and rebellion, in a land where armies carry scarecrows, state officials ban entire languages, and the act of forgetting is more complicated than remembering." -- Provided by publisher.

Finding Ariadne

June 13, 2018
Marcotte, Doris Kenney, author.
©2017
356 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Return to Kaphtor, to a time when women rule and men obey. In 1465 BC, the island of Crete is Kaphtor, and the people we call Minoans are the Kephti. Ariadne, heir to the Kephti throne, vows to save the lives of Athenian Prince Theseus and thirteen innocent children who have been sent to Kaphtor as human sacrifices to the new Kephti Gods. To save Theseus and the children, Ariadne must find a way to stop violence without using violence or they will die" --Back cover.

The bird and the blade

June 12, 2018
Bannen, Megan, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
ix, 416 pages : map ; 22 cm
As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom. She becomes an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father from their enemies across the vast Mongol Empire. Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks' exile to return home. Her feelings evolve into a hopeless love, as Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. All suitors must solve three impossible riddles to win her hand-- and if they fail, they die. -- adapted from jacket

The lost family : a novel

June 12, 2018
Blum, Jenna, author.
©2018
417 pages ; 24 cm
In 1960s Manhattan, patrons flock to Masha's for the delicious food, impeccable service, and dashing owner and chef, Peter Rashkin. Peter suffers from the terrible guilt of surviving Auschwitz while his wife, Masha--the restaurant's namesake--and two young daughters perished. Although he is considered the most eligible bachelor in town, Peter has resigned himself to a solitary life. Then he falls passionately in love with beautiful young model June Bouquet, and hopes to finally let go of the past. But over the next twenty years, the indelible sadness of his memories overshadow Peter, June, and their daughter Elsbeth, transforming them in shocking, heartbreaking, and unexpected ways.

Small country : a novel

June 8, 2018
Faye, Gaël, 1982- author.
London ; New York : Hogarth, [2018]
183 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published in France as Petit Pays by Éditions Grasset in 2016.
In Burundi in 1992, ten-year-old Gabriel enjoys carefree days with his friends, but his idyllic existence and his innocence come to a brutal end when Burundi and neighboring Rwanda are hit by civil war and genocide.

It's all about the duke

June 8, 2018
Grey, Amelia, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2018.
344 pages ; 17 cm.
Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal--but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he's not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise... Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked duke who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly feminine desires. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?

The sleeping witness : a Father Gabriel mystery

June 8, 2018
De Maria, Fiorella Sultana, author.
San Francisco, CA : Ignatius Press, [2017]
172 pages ; 21 cm
"In this unusual murder mystery, the tranquility of Saint Mary's Abbey is shattered by the discovery of a gruesome crime in a cottage on the abbey grounds. A foreign artist and war hero seeking refuge from the world has been murdered. Marie Paige, the frail, sickly wife of the village doctor, lies beside him beaten into a coma. The police arrest Marie's husband, convinced that they are looking at a crime of passion. But Dr. Paige finds himself with an unlikely champion: Fr. Gabriel, a blundering but brilliant Benedictine priest who believes in his innocence and feels compelled to search for the truth. In a country struggling to come to terms with the devastation of the Second World War, even a secluded English village has its share of secrets and broken lives. It is not long before Fr. Gabriel and his companions find themselves embarking on a dangerous journey into the victims' troubled war histories and a chapter of Europe's bloodiest conflict that is almost too terrible to be acknowledged"--Cover, page 4.

Mystery loves company : another John Pickett mystery

June 8, 2018
South, Sheri Cobb, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Sonatina Press, [2017]
297 pages ; 22 cm.
"Returning to London after his honeymoon (For Deader or Worse), Bow Street Runner John Pickett soon discovers wedded bliss is not without its pitfalls, as he finds it galling to be financially dependent on Julia, his aristocratic bride. When he is summoned to the home of Lady Washbourn, Pickett finds he has something in common with the young countess: like himself, Lady Washbourn has married above her station, and now finds herself adrift in a world to which she does not truly belong. After a series of unsettling incidents--dismissed as accidents by Lord Washbourn and his mother, the dowager countess--Lady Washbourn fears her husband is trying to kill her. The couple will be hosting a masquerade ball, and the countess fears the anonymity of masks and costumes may afford Lord Washbourn an opportunity to make another, bolder attempt on her life. Tricked out in fancy dress for the occasion, Pickett feels more than a little foolish, but when one of the housemaids dies shortly after stealing a sip of Lady Washbourn's ratafia, he realizes her ladyship's fears were not unfounded. Then the coroner's jury returns a verdict of death by natural causes, and Lord Washbourn makes it clear that he considers the matter settled. Pickett stakes his professional reputation on proving the maid was murdered with a poison intended for her mistress. And with a reward of fifty pounds sterling riding on his successful resolution of the case, the marriage Pickett saves just might be his own"--From back cover.

The Fairfax incident

June 7, 2018
McCauley, Terrence, author.
Hoboken, NJ : Polis Books, LLC, 2018.
279 pages ; 22 cm.
"Manhattan, 1933. Charlie Doherty may have been kicked off the force after The Grand Central Massacre, but thanks to a wealthy benefactor, his private detective business is booming. Catering to the city's wealthy elite, Doherty is making a good living chasing down wayward spouses and runaway socialites when the case of a lifetime lands in his lap. Mrs. Fairfax, a wealthy widow, hires Doherty to prove her husband's suicide wasn't actually a suicide. It was murder. At his benefactor's urging, Doherty takes the case. He quickly finds out there is more to the Fairfax incident than a simple suicide. In an investigation that quickly involves global implications, Doherty finds himself against not only some of the most powerful people in New York City, but against the most evil men in the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Never anyone but you

June 7, 2018
Thomson, Rupert, author.
New York : Other Press, [2018]
350 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In the years preceding World War I, two young women meet, by chance, in a provincial town in France. Suzanne Malherbe, a shy seventeen-year-old with a talent for drawing, is completely entranced by the brilliant but troubled Lucie Schwob, who comes from a family of wealthy Jewish intellectuals. They embark on a clandestine love affair, terrified they will be discovered, but then, in an astonishing twist of fate, the mother of one marries the father of the other. As "sisters" they are finally free of suspicion, and, hungry for a more stimulating milieu, they move to Paris at a moment when art, literature, and politics blend in an explosive cocktail. Having reinvented themselves as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, they move in the most glamorous social circles, meeting everyone from Hemingway and Dalí to André Breton, and produce provocative photographs that still seem avant-garde today. In the 1930s, with the rise of anti-Semitism and threat of fascism, they leave Paris for Jersey, and it is on this idyllic island that they confront their destiny, creating a campaign of propaganda against Hitler's occupying forces that will put their lives in jeopardy.

Side by side

June 7, 2018
Walsh, Jenni L., author.
New York : Forge, 2018.
320 pages ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: Becoming Bonnie.
Texas: 1931. It's the height of the Great Depression, and Bonnie is miles from Clyde. When Clyde returns from prison damaged and distant, unable to keep a job, and dogged by the cops, Bonnie knows the law will soon come for him. But there's only one road forward for her. If the world won't give them their American Dream, they'll just have to take it.

Island of the mad : a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

June 6, 2018
King, Laurie R., author.
New York : Bantam, [2018]
306 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes untangle the slippery threads of insanity and deadly secrets as they investigate a disappearance in the New York Times bestselling series that Lee Child called "the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today." A June summer's evening, on the Sussex Downs, in 1925. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are strolling across their orchard when the telephone rings: an old friend's beloved aunt has failed to return following a supervised outing from Bedlam. After the previous few weeks--with a bloody murder, a terrible loss, and startling revelations about Holmes--Russell is feeling a bit unbalanced herself. The last thing she wants is to deal with the mad, and yet, she can't say no. The Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, yet she seemed to be improving--or at least, finding a point of balance in her madness. So why did she disappear? Did she take the family's jewels with her, or did someone else? The Bedlam nurse, perhaps? The trail leads Russell and Holmes through a lunatic asylum's stony halls to the warm Venice lagoon, where ethereal beauty is jarred by Mussolini's Blackshirts, where the gilded Lido set may be tempting a madwoman, and where Cole Porter sits at a piano, playing with ideas.."-- Provided by publisher.

The devil's half mile

June 6, 2018
Hirsch, Paddy, author.
New York : Forge, 2018.
300 pages : map ; 25 cm
Map on lining papers.
"Seven years after a financial crisis nearly toppled America, traders chafe at government regulations, racial tensions are rising, gangs roam the streets and corrupt financiers make back-door deals with politicians... 1799 was a hell of a year. Thanks to Alexander Hamilton, America has recovered from the panic on the Devil's Half Mile (aka Wall Street), but the young country is still finding its way. When young lawyer Justy Flanagan returns to solve his father's murder, he exposes a massive fraud that has already claimed lives, and one the perpetrators are determined to keep secret at any cost. The body count is rising, and the looming crisis could topple the nation"--Amazon.

Who is Vera Kelly?

June 6, 2018
Knecht, Rosalie, author.
Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2018.
266 pages ; 22 cm
"New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. She's working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA. Next thing she knows she's in Argentina, tasked with wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a group of student activists in Buenos Aires. As Vera becomes more and more enmeshed with the young radicals, the fragile local government begins to split at the seams. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns the Cold War makes for strange and unexpected bedfellows, and she's forced to take extreme measures to save herself. An exhilarating page turner and perceptive coming-of-age story, Who Is Vera Kelly? is a novel that introduces an original, wry and whip-smart female spy for the twenty-first century"-- Provided by publisher.

Another side of paradise : a novel

June 4, 2018
Koslow, Sally.
©2018
340 pages ; 24 cm
In 1937 Hollywood, gossip columnist Sheilah Graham's star is on the rise, while literary wonder boy F. Scott Fitzgerald's career is slowly drowning in booze. But the once-famous author, desperate to make money penning scripts for the silver screen, is charismatic enough to attract the gorgeous Miss Graham, a woman who exposes the secrets of others while carefully guarding her own. Like Fitzgerald's hero Jay Gatsby, Graham has meticulously constructed a life far removed from the poverty of her childhood in London's slums. And like Gatsby, the onetime guttersnipe learned early how to use her charms to become a hardworking success; she is feted and feared by both the movie studios and their luminaries. A notorious drunk famously married to the doomed Zelda, Fitzgerald fell hard for his "Shielah" (he never learned to spell her name), a shrewd yet softhearted woman--both a fool for love and nobody's fool--who would stay with him and help revive his career until his tragic death three years later. Working from Sheilah's memoirs, interviews, and letters, Sally Koslow revisits their scandalous love affair and Graham's dramatic transformation in London, bringing Graham and Fitzgerald gloriously to life with the color, glitter, magic, and passion of 1930s Hollywood.

Too Wilde to wed

June 4, 2018
James, Eloisa, author.
©2018
294 pages ; 24 cm.
The handsome, rakish heir to a dukedom, Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde, known to his friends as North, left England two years ago, after being jilted by Miss Diana Belgrave. He returns from war to find that he's notorious: polite society has ruled him "too wild to wed." Diana never meant to tarnish North's reputation, or his heart, but in her rush to save a helpless child, there was no time to consider the consequences of working as a governess in Lindow Castle. Now everyone has drawn the worst conclusions about the child's father, and Diana is left with bittersweet regret. When North makes it clear that he still wants her for his own, scandal or no, Diana has to fight to keep from losing her heart to the man whom she still has no intention of marrying. Yet North is returning a hardened warrior - and this is one battle he's determined to win. He wants Diana, and he'll risk everything to call her his own.

The wreckage of Eden

June 4, 2018
Lock, Norman, 1950- author.
New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2018.
285 pages ; 19 cm
When U.S. Army chaplain Robert Winter first meets Emily Dickinson, he is fascinated by the brilliance of the strange girl immersed in her botany lessons. She will become his confidante, obsession, and muse over the years as he writes to her of his friendship with the aspiring politician Abraham Lincoln, his encounter with the young newspaperman Samuel Clemens, and his crisis of conscience concerning the radical abolitionist John Brown.

Mad boy : an account of Henry Phipps in the War of 1812 : a novel

June 4, 2018
Arvin, Nick, author.
New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions , [2018]
236 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Young Henry Phipps is on a quest to realize his dying mother's last wish: to be buried at sea, surrounded by her family. Not an easy task considering Henry's ne'er-do-well father is in debtor's prison and his comically earnest older brother is busy fighting the red coats on the battlefields of Maryland. But Henry's stubborn determination knows no bounds. As he dodges the cannon fire of clashing armies and picks among the ruins of a burning capital he meets looters, British defectors, renegade slaves, a pregnant maiden in distress, and scoundrels of all types. Mad Boy is at once an antic adventure and a thoroughly convincing work of historical fiction that recreates a young nation's first truly international conflict and a key moment in the history of the emancipation of African-American slaves. -- Amazon.com

The air raid killer : the first case of Max Heller, Dresden detective

June 1, 2018
Goldammer, Frank, 1975- author.
©2018
289 pages ; 22 cm
"In the final days of the Third Reich, with the historic city of Dresden on the brink of destruction, terrifying rumors spread about the Fright Man, a demonic killer who exploited the cover of a nighttime air raid siren to mutilate and kill a young nurse. Just as seasoned detective Max Heller begins investigating, The Fright Man kills again... The investigation seems hopeless. Desperate refugees flood the streets, all of Hitler's resources are depleted, and his new boss is a ruthless SS officer. And like so many others, Heller and his wife, Karen, survive on meager rations while fearing for the lives of their sons at the front. But as tensions mount and enemy firebombs decimate the city, dangerous new clues come to light--and the determined Heller pursues a violent and twisting path to unmask a monster" -- Dust jacket.

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