New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

May 21, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dearest rogue

May 20, 2015
Hoyt, Elizabeth, 1970-
New York : Vision, 2015.
334 pages ; 17 cm
When she is targeted by kidnappers, Lady Phoebe Batten, who is going blind, is surprised to discover an unexpected tenderness beneath the tough exterior of her bodyguard, Captain James Trevillion, as he tries to protect her.

The ways of the world : a James Maxted thriller

May 20, 2015
Goddard, Robert, author.
New York : The Mysterious Press, [2013]
403 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Originally published: United Kingdom : Transworld, 2013.
"Four years of horrific fighting have finally ended on the battlefield, but in the spring of 1919, Paris is filled with delegates from around the world who are still trying to hammer out the terms of peace. One such delegate is British diplomat Sir Henry Maxted, in charge of liaising with the Brazilians regarding seized ships. But before a deal is reached, Sir Henry turns up dead outside a Montparnasse apartment building, apparently having fallen from the roof. His sons Max and Ashley are sent to Paris to collect the body, and it quickly becomes clear that the theory the French police have put forward is flawed. But since the murder of a diplomat could be disastrous for the peace conference, no one is keen to ask questions--except Max"--Amazon.com.

The hanged man

May 18, 2015
Elrod, P. N. (Patricia Nead), author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
333 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"On a freezing Christmas Eve in 1879, a forensic psychic reader is summoned from her Baker Street lodgings to the scene of a questionable death. Alexandrina Victoria Pendlebury (named after her godmother, the current Queen of England) is adamant that the death in question is a magically compromised murder and not a suicide, as the police had assumed. After the shocking revelation contained by the body in question, Alex must put her personal loss aside to uncover the deeper issues at stake, before more bodies turn up"-- Provided by publisher.

Death ex machina

May 18, 2015
Corby, Gary, author.
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2015]
322 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
"Athenian mystery"--Jacket.
"It's the time of the Great Dionysia, the largest arts festival of the ancient world, held each year in honor of Dionysos, the god of wine. But there's a problem: A ghost is haunting Athens's grand theater. Nicolaos and his clever partner in sleuthing (and now in matrimony), the priestess Diotima, are hired to rid the theater of the ghost so that the festival can begin. With the help of Theokritos, the High Priest of Dionysos, they exorcise the ghost publicly, while secretly suspecting that a human saboteur is the actual culprit. Their efforts to protect the theater fall short when one of the actors is found hanged from the machine used to carry actors through the air when they play the part of gods. It's quite a theatrical murder. As Nico and Diotima dig into the actor's past, they discover all was not as it seemed. There are enough suspects to fill a theater. As the festival approaches and pressure mounts on all sides, can they hunt down the killer in time? Or will they simply have to hope for a deus ex machina?"-- Provided by publisher.

The falconer's apprentice

May 14, 2015
Hassell, Malve von, 1957- author.
South Hampton, New Hampshire : Namelos, 2015.
212 pages ; 23 cm
Includes notes on historical figures and suggested readings (pages 208-211).
"That bird should be destroyed!" Andreas stared at Ethelbert in shock. Blood from an angry-looking gash on the young lord's cheek dripped onto his embroidered tunic. Andreas clutched the handles of the basket containing the young peregrine. Perhaps this was a dream- Andreas, an apprentice falconer at Castle Kragenberg, cannot bear the thought of killing the young falcon and smuggles her out of the castle. Soon he realizes that his own time there has come to an end, and he stows away, with the bird, in the cart of an itinerant trader, Richard of Brugge. So begins a series of adventures that lead him from an obscure castle in northern Germany to the farthest reaches of Frederick von Hohenstaufen's Holy Roman Empire, following a path dictated by the wily trader's mysterious mission. Andreas' education as a falconer continues as they travel, but he also learns to pay attention to what is going on around him in a country fraught with political unrest. Eventually, Richard confides in Andreas, and they conspire to free Enzio, the eldest of the Emperor's illegitimate sons, from imprisonment in Bologna. The Falconer's Apprentice is a story of adventure and intrigue set in the intense social and political unrest of the Holy Roman Empire in the 13th century."--Dust jacket flap.

The book of Aron

May 13, 2015
Shepard, Jim, author.
New York : Alfred. A. Knopf, 2015.
259 pages ; 20 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Aron, [a child living in World War II Poland], is an engaging if peculiar and unhappy young boy whose family is driven by the German onslaught from the Polish countryside into Warsaw and slowly battered by deprivation, disease, and persecution ... When his family is finally stripped away from him, Aron is rescued by Janusz Korczak, a doctor renowned throughout prewar Europe as an advocate of childrens' rights who, once the Nazis swept in, was put in charge of the Warsaw orphanage. Treblinka awaits them all, but does Aron manage to escape--as his mentor suspected he could--to spread word about the atrocities?"--Amazon.com.

The Death's Head chess club

May 13, 2015
Donoghue, John, 1956- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
vi, 385 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in 2015 by Atlantic Books, Great Britain."
"A novel of the improbable friendship that arises between a Nazi officer and a Jewish chessplayer in Auschwitz SS Obersturmfuhrer Paul Meissner arrives in Auschwitz from the Russian front wounded and fit only for administrative duty. His most pressing task is to improve camp morale and he establishes a chess club, and allows officers and enlisted men to gamble on the games. Soon Meissner learns that chess is also played among the prisoners, and there are rumors of an unbeatable Jew known as "the Watchmaker." Meissner's superiors begin to demand that he demonstrate German superiority by pitting this undefeated Jew against the best Nazi players. Meissner finds Emil Clement, the Watchmaker, and a curious relationship arises between them. As more and more games are played, the stakes rise, and the two men find their fates deeply entwined. Twenty years later, the two meet again in Amsterdam--Meissner has become a bishop, and Emil is playing in an international chess tournament. Having lost his family in the horrors of the death camps, Emil wants nothing to do with the ex-Nazi officer despite their history, but Meissner is persistent. "What I hope," he tells Emil, "is that I can help you to understand that the power of forgiveness will bring healing." As both men search for a modicum of peace, they recall a gripping tale of survival and trust. A suspenseful meditation on understanding and guilt, John Donoghue's The Death's Head Chess Club is a bold debut and a rich portrait of a surprising friendship"-- Provided by publisher.

The fatal flame

May 13, 2015
Faye, Lyndsay, author.
©2015
463 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
Reluctantly embroiled in a 1840s dispute between a corrupt Tammany Hall leader and an arsonist with an agenda, Copper Star Timothy Wilde finds his investigation challenged by his brother's decision to run for public office.

To win her favor

May 13, 2015
Alexander, Tamera, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2015]
368 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes reader's extras.
"A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever" --Amazon.com.

The Altarpiece

May 12, 2015
Kennedy, Sarah, 1960- author.
©2014
224 pages : map ; 21 cm.

The unlikely lady

May 11, 2015
Bowman, Valerie, author.
©2015
335 pages ; 18 cm
London, 1816. Certain that no man wants a bluestocking for a wife, Miss Jane Lowndes is careful to wield her books and her spectacles as weapons against matrimony. Convincing her ambitious mama that she's content to stay a spinster is easier said than done, however. It's a good thing Jane is not above a bit of manufactured scandal if it will keep her from the altar, and the argumentative, contrary Lord Garrett Upton. With the war over, Garrett is determined to enjoy his bachelor's life while he can, even when it means attending a house party in celebration of a friend's wedding--and suffering Jane's notorious disdain. But when a masquerade ball leads to a mistaken kiss, he's surprised to learn that Jane's bookish exterior hides a truly passionate soul. When two such headstrong people are determined to remain unattached, can love lead to a happy ending?

Traitor's gate

May 11, 2015
Newton, Charlie.
©2015
575 pages : map ; 21 cm
"The drums of war beat amid global economic ruin. The skies, not the trenches, will decide the survivors. Rich men marshal their resources as all sides race to acquire 100-octane aviation gasoline, an unproven, unstable witches’ brew that could fuel the fastest attack aircraft. In a brutal maze of corporate treason, personal blackmail, and imperfect heroism, a young, brilliant petroleum engineer battling the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma may hold the key. Eight years ago in Jerusalem, schoolgirl Saba Hassouneh survived the murder of her family. Sentenced to the barbaric refugee camps, Saba is freed by a legendary Bedouin freedom-fighter. She embraces his life of a bandit/rebel, evolving into a fearsome Arab nationalist femme de guerre hunted by the colonial powers and religious mullahs. Saba has one mission: free her people. An epic historical thriller from acclaimed author Charlie Newton, Traitor’s Gate races toward the first shot of WWII. As the world’s true rulers vie for dominion, two unlikely lovers collide. Their attraction is immediate, their goals opposite"--Provided by publisher.

Backlands : a novel

May 8, 2015
Shorr, Victoria, author.
©2015
302 pages : map ; 22 cm
Backlands tells the true story of a group of nomadic outlaws who reigned over the area from about 1922 until 1938. Taking from the rich, admired -- and feared -- by the poor, they were led by the famously charismatic bandit Lampiao. The gang maintained their influence by fighting off all the police and soldiers the region could muster.

Church of Marvels

May 5, 2015
Parry, Leslie, 1979- author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
x, 308 pages ; 24 cm
"New York, 1895. Sylvan Threadgill, a night soiler cleaning out the privies behind the tenement houses, finds an abandoned newborn baby in the muck. An orphan himself, Sylvan rescues the child, determined to find where she belongs. Odile Church and her beautiful sister, Belle, were raised amid the applause and magical pageantry of The Church of Marvels, their mother's spectacular Coney Island sideshow. But the Church has burnt to the ground, their mother dead in its ashes. Now Belle, the family's star, has vanished into the bowels of Manhattan, leaving Odile alone and desperate to find her. A young woman named Alphie awakens to find herself trapped across the river in Blackwell's Lunatic Asylum--sure that her imprisonment is a ruse by her husband's vile, overbearing mother. On the ward she meets another young woman of ethereal beauty who does not speak, a girl with an extraordinary talent that might save them both. As these strangers' lives become increasingly connected, their stories and secrets unfold. Moving from the Coney Island seashore to the tenement-studded streets of the Lower East Side, a spectacular human circus to a brutal, terrifying asylum, Church of Marvels takes readers back to turn-of-the-century New York--a city of hardship and dreams, love and loneliness, hope and danger" -- Amazon.com

Under the same blue sky : [a novel]

May 5, 2015
Schoenewaldt, Pamela.
New York : William Morrow Paperbacks, An imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
321 pages, 16 pages ; 20 cm
Subtitle from cover.
"1914, Smoky Pittsburgh Eighteen-year-old Hazel Renner has a talent for drawing and dreams of traveling the world, a life free of the grand expectations her loving, ambitious immigrant parents want for her. When war breaks out in Europe, her fantasies are shattered, and horrific carnage and wrenching loyalties agonize her fellow German-Americans; now they're the enemy, hated and attacked. Hazel escapes to teach in Galway, a tranquil town seemingly tucked away from the world. The idyll is cracked when she and her freshly painted blue house in seem to acquire mysterious healing power. Hazel denies it all, but soon even she can't ignore the "miracles" happening around her. The town's outrage when "the wrong people" are healed leads to tragedy, and Hazel flees Galway and the terrible consequences of abilities she can't control. Her world is shaken further by the discovery of a family secret that takes her on a journey to unearth her past and find possibilities of extraordinary in a world transformed by war"-- Provided by publisher.

Ruins of war

May 5, 2015
Connell, John A.
New York : Berkley Hardcover, 2015.
viii, 372 pages ; 24 cm
"In the winter of 1945, seven months after the Nazi defeat, Munich is in ruins. Mason Collins--a former Chicago homicide detective, U.S. soldier, and prisoner of war--is now a U.S. Army criminal investigator in the American Zone of Occupation. It's his job to enforce the law in a place where order has been obliterated. And his job just became much more dangerous. A killer is stalking the devastated city--one who has knowledge of human anatomy, enacts mysterious rituals with his prey, and seems to pick victims at random. Relying on his wits and instincts, Mason must venture places where his own life is put at risk: from interrogation rooms with unrepentant Nazi war criminals to penetrating the U.S. Army's own black market. What Mason doesn't know is that the killer he's chasing is stalking him, too.."-- Provided by publisher.

Wicked promise

May 5, 2015
Martin, Kat, author.
©1998
374 pages ; 17 cm
A lady's desperate choice When the loathsome Lord Bascomb tries to force her into marriage, Elizabeth Woolcot must appeal to her influential guardian. Nicholas Warring, known as the Wicked Earl, is a darkly handsome charismatic figure--with the power to save Elizabeth but a past that could put her reputation dangerously at risk. A ruthless womanizer, he has also been convicted of murder -- and barely escaped hanging. Elizabeth can't help her attraction to the man who haunts her dreams -- nor he his hunger for her. But she knows it can never be. For Nicholas is a married man -- or at least appears to be. Then a heinous crime shatters their lives -- and Nick is the natural suspect. Elizabeth wants to believe in his innocence more than life and love itself -- but can she trust a man who has killed before?

Storm clouds rolling in

May 5, 2015
Dye, Ginny, author.
©2010
530 pages ; 21 cm.
"Carrie Cromwell comes of age as the dark clouds of the Civil War swallow the country. Born with a fiery spirit and a strong mind, she finds herself struggling between the common wisdom of the South and the truth she has discovered. The activities of the Underground Railroad and her close friendships with the Cromwell Plantation slaves create difficult choices. But when her decisions put her at odds with her heritage, and challenge her dreams, will she be able to give up all that is precious to her?"--Page 4 of cover.

Valley of the shadow

May 1, 2015
Peters, Ralph, author.
New York : Forge, 2015.
509 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A novel"--Jacket.
"The desperate struggle for mastery of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley ... pitted a remarkable cast of heroes in blue and gray against each other: ... Phillip Sheridan, a Union general with an uncanny gift for inspiring soldiers, and Jubal Early, his Confederate counterpart; ... the dashing Yankee boy-general, George Armstrong Custer, and the brilliant, courageous John Brown Gordon, a charismatic Georgian who lived one of the era's greatest love stories. From hungry, hard-bitten Rebel privates to a pair of Union officers destined to become presidents, from a neglected hero who saved our nation's capital and went on to write one of his century's greatest novels, to doomed Confederate leaders of incomparable valor, Ralph Peters brings to life yesteryear's giants and their breathtaking battles"-- Provided by publisher.

Maggie Bright : a novel of Dunkirk

May 1, 2015
Groot, Tracy, 1964-
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
360 pages : illustration, map ; 24 cm
As a small cadre of British soldiers is making its way to the Dunkirk beaches for evacuation, will the Maggie Bright be deployed to help evacuate them?

Meadowlands

May 1, 2015
Jeffrey, Elizabeth, author.
Sutton : Severn House, 2015.
216 pages ; 23 cm.

The house of Hawthorne

April 30, 2015
Robuck, Erika.
New York : New American Library, [2015]
402 pages ; 22 cm
Beset by crippling headaches from a young age and endowed with a talent for drawing, Sophia is discouraged by her well-known New England family from pursuing a woman’s traditional roles. But from their first meeting, Nathaniel and Sophia begin an intense romantic relationship that despite many setbacks leads to their marriage. Together, they will cross continents, raise children, and experience all the beauty and tragedy of an exceptional partnership. Sophia’s vivid journals and her masterful paintings kindle a fire in Nathaniel, inspiring his writing. But their children’s needs and the death of loved ones steal Sophia’s energy and time for her art, fueling in her a perennial tug-of-war between fulfilling her domestic duties and pursuing her own desires.

Devil's moon

April 30, 2015
Scott, Amanda, 1944-
New York : Forever, 2015.
xviii, 391 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes excerpt from Midnight Raider, first book in Amanda Scott's new series Border nights.
"A WARRIOR'S PROMISE. The last place Sir David "Devil" Ormiston expected his moonlight chase of a horse thief to end was in a lady's bedchamber. He is shocked to find that the raider he has pursued is no man, but a defiant beauty in disguise-and the woman he's vowed to protect at all costs. Face to face with a girl Dev thought he knew, the ever confident, marriage-resistant knight may learn that he is defenseless against the desirable woman she has become. A LADY'S SECRET. Lady Robina Gledstanes will do anything to keep her family's land out of the hands of her greedy kinsmen--except willingly submit to the handsome, cocksure Devil Ormiston. Dev's help may be just as dangerous as the threats lurking outside her castle. But when enemies scheme to steal the castle's treasure, Robina must risk losing something even more precious-her heart."--Back cover.

A good rogue is hard to find

April 30, 2015
Bowen, Kelly
New York : Forever, 2015.
354 p. ; 17 cm.
The rogue's life has been good to William Somerhall: He has his fortune, his racehorses, and his freedom. Then he moves in with his mother. It seems the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Worth has been barely skirting social disaster-assisted by one Miss Jenna Hughes, who is far too bright and beautiful to be wasting her youth as a paid companion. Now home to keep his mother from ruin, William intends to learn what's afoot by keeping his friends close-and the tempting Miss Hughes closer still.

Sweet revenge

April 30, 2015
Sands, Lynsay.
New York : Avon Books, 2014.
366 p. ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt of the author's next book, The immortal who loved me.
Highlander Galen MacDonald is on a mission of revenge: kidnap his enemy's bride and make her his. But what he doesn't count on is a clever, fiery lass wielding a blade. When he realizes Kyla is delirious with fever, Galen wastes no time in wedding her. While Kyla is grateful for the Scottish laird who saved her from marrying a loathsome man, she is just as furious that Galen has claimed her for his bride. But when they share an unforgettable night of passion, will it lead to a marriage of the heart, or will an enemy tear them apart?

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