New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

November 24, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

House of the rising sun : a novel

November 23, 2015
Burke, James Lee, 1936-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
435 pages ; 25 cm
"After a violent encounter that leaves four Mexican soldiers dead, Hackberry escapes the country in possession of a stolen artifact, earning the ire of a bloodthirsty Austrian arms dealer who then places Hack's son Ishmael squarely in the cross hairs of a plot to recapture his prize, believed to be the mythic cup of Christ. Along the way, we meet three extraordinary women: Ruby Dansen, the Danish immigrant who is Ishmael's mother and Hackberry's one true love; Beatrice DeMolay, a brothel madam descended from the crusader knight who brought the shroud of Turin back from the Holy Land; and Maggie Bassett, one-time lover of the Sundance Kid, whose wiles rival those of Lady Macbeth. In her own way, each woman will aid Hackberry in his quest to reconcile with Ishmael, to vanquish their enemies, and to return the Grail to its rightful place" -- provided by publisher.

Love of the Summerfields : a novel

November 23, 2015
Moser, Nancy, author.
Overland Park, Kansas : Mustard Seed Press, 2015
374 pages ; 22 cm.

Da Vinci's tiger

November 18, 2015
Elliott, Laura, 1957- author.
287 pages ; 22 cm
In fifteenth-century Florence, the dashing Venetian ambassador commissions young Leonardo da Vinci to paint a portrait of his Platonic love, Ginevra de' Benci, a well-educated, teenaged poet in a passionless marriage, propelling her into the world of art, politics, and romance, with all of its complications.

The irresistible rogue

November 17, 2015
Bowman, Valerie, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2015.
340 pages ; 17 cm
"Daphne Swift has not laid eyes on her devilishly charming husband, Captain Rafferty Cavendish, in quite some time. As a matter of fact, she wants the rogue to annul their brief marriage so that she can marry the reliable and estimable Lord Fitzwell. But the breathtakingly handsome Rafe is not interested in letting Daphne go--at least not without paying his scandalous price."--Back cover.

Tower of thorns

November 17, 2015
Marillier, Juliet, author.
xi, 415 pages ; 24 cm.
Award-winning author Juliet Marillier's lavishly detailed Blackthorn & Grim series continues as a mysterious creature holds an enchanted and imperiled ancient Ireland in thrall. Disillusioned healer Blackthorn and her companion, Grim, have settled in Dalriada to wait out the seven years of Blackthorn's bond to her fey mentor, hoping to avoid any dire challenges. But trouble has a way of seeking out Blackthorn and Grim. Lady Geileis, a noblewoman from the northern border, has asked for the prince of Dalriada's help in expelling a howling creature from an old tower on her land--one surrounded by an impenetrable hedge of thorns. Casting a blight over the entire district, and impossible to drive out by ordinary means, it threatens both the safety and the sanity of all who live nearby. With no ready solutions to offer, the prince consults Blackthorn and Grim. As Blackthorn and Grim begin to put the pieces of this puzzle together, it's apparent that a powerful adversary is working behind the scenes. Their quest is about to become a life and death struggle--a conflict in which even the closest of friends can find themselves on opposite sides. * Publishers Weekly

The big green tent

November 17, 2015
Ulit︠s︡kai︠a︡, Li︠u︡dmila.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
viii, 579 pages ; 24 cm
An orphaned poet, a gifted pianist and a budding photographer meet in a mid-20th-century Moscow school and eventually embody the heroism, folly, compromise and hope of the Soviet dissident experience.

Hidden gold : a true story of the Holocaust

November 16, 2015
Burakowski, Ella, 1957- author.
Toronto : Second Story Press, 2015.
314 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm

Home by nightfall

November 16, 2015
Finch, Charles (Charles B.), author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
viii, 294 pages ; 25 cm.
"It's London in 1876, and the whole city is abuzz with the enigmatic disappearance of a famous foreign pianist. Lenox has an eye on the matter - as a partner in a now-thriving detective agency, he's a natural choice to investigate. Just when he's tempted to turn his focus to it entirely, however, his grieving brother asks him to come down to Sussex, and Lenox leaves the metropolis behind for the quieter country life of his boyhood. Or so he thinks. In fact, something strange is afoot in Markethouse: small thefts, books, blankets, animals, and more alarmingly a break-in at the house of a local insurance agent. As he and his brother investigate this small accumulation of mysteries, Lenox realizes that something very strange and serious indeed may be happening, more than just local mischief. Soon, he's racing to solve two cases at once, one in London and one in the country, before either turns deadly. Blending Charles Finch's trademark wit, elegance, and depth of research, this new mystery, equal parts Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, may be the finest in the series"-- Provided by publisher.


November 10, 2015
Walters, Eric, 1957- author.
[Victoria, British Columbia] : Orca Book Publishers, 2015.
258 pages ; 21 cm.
"After the orphanage she lives in is destroyed by fire, Betty, an innocent and trusting teen, takes a job as a maid in Kingston, Ontario. Welcomed into the household of the wealthy Remington clan, Betty makes friends with the staff at the house and soon discovers that her mother had also been a maid there--and that her father is in a nearby jail, convicted of murdering her mother. When she meets her father, she is taken aback by his claims of innocence, and she decides to try to uncover the truth about her mother's murder and her father's conviction. A friendly young policeman assists her in her investigation (and shows an interest in Betty that is more romantic than professional). But all is not well in the Remington household, and someone doesn't want Betty to learn the truth."-- Amazon.

Falling into bed with a duke

November 9, 2015
Heath, Lorraine, author.
372 pages ; 17 cm.
"In the first in series..."--Page [4] of cover.
Choosing spinsterhood over fortune-hungry suitors, Miss Minerva Dodger decides to enjoy one night of pleasure at the Nightingale Club where she is drawn into an intimate affair with the Duke of Ashebury, who, once he discovers her true identity, sets out to win her heart.

White collar girl

November 9, 2015
Rosen, Renée, author.
x, 424 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers guide.
"The latest novel from the bestselling author of Dollface and What the Lady Wants takes us deep into the tumultuous world of 1950s Chicago where a female journalist struggles with the heavy price of ambition... Every second of every day, something is happening. There's a story out there buried in the muck, and Jordan Walsh, coming from a family of esteemed reporters, wants to be the one to dig it up. But it's 1955, and the men who dominate the city room of the Chicago Tribune have no interest in making room for a female cub reporter. Instead Jordan is relegated to society news, reporting on Marilyn Monroe sightings at the Pump Room and interviewing secretaries for the White Collar Girl column. Even with her journalistic legacy and connections to luminaries like Mike Royko, Nelson Algren, and Ernest Hemingway, Jordan struggles to be taken seriously. Of course, that all changes the moment she establishes a secret source inside Mayor Daley's office and gets her hands on some confidential information. Now careers and lives are hanging on Jordan's every word. But if she succeeds in landing her stories on the front page, there's no guarantee she'll remain above the fold..."-- Provided by publisher.


November 9, 2015
Mawer, Simon.
New York : Other Press, [2015]
500 pages ; 21 cm
First published by Little, Brown UK in 2015.
As Allied forces close in on Berlin in spring 1945, a solitary figure emerges from the wreckage that is Germany. It is Marian Sutro, whose existence was last known to her British controllers in autumn 1943 in Paris. One of a handful of surviving agents of the Special Operations Executive, she has withstood arrest, interrogation, incarceration, and the horrors of Ravensbrück concentration camp, but at what cost? Returned to an England she barely knows and a postwar world she doesnt understand, Marian searches for something on which to ground the rest of her life. Family and friends surround her, but she is haunted by her experiences and by the guilt of knowing that her contribution to the war effort helped lead to the monstrosities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When the mysterious Major Fawley, the man who hijacked her wartime mission to Paris, emerges from the shadows to draw her into the ambiguities and uncertainties of the Cold War, she sees a way to make amends for the past and at the same time to find the identity that has never been hers.

All men fear me : an Alafair Tucker mystery

November 9, 2015
Casey, Donis, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2015.
302 pages ; 22 cm.
"The U.S. has finally entered the First World War and scheduled the first draft lottery. No one in Boynton, Oklahoma, is unaffected by the clash between rabid pro-war, anti-immigrant "patriots" and anti-conscription socialists, who are threatening an uprising rather than submit to the draft. Alafair Tucker is caught in the middle when her brother, a union organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World, pays her a visit. Rob Gunn is fresh out of an internment camp for participants in an Arizona miners' strike. He assures Alafair that he's only come to visit family, but she's not so sure. More unsettling, Alafair's eldest son enlists, and a group calling itself the "Knights of Liberty" vandalizes the farm of Alafair's German-born son-in-law. Alafair's younger son, 16-year-old Charlie, is wildly patriotic and horrified by his socialist uncle. With his father's permission Charlie takes a part-time war job at the Francis Vitric Brick Company. Soon several suspicious machine breakdowns delay production, and a couple of shift supervisors are murdered. Everyone in town suspects sabotage, some blaming German spies, others blaming the unionists and socialists. But Charlie Tucker is sure he knows who the culprit is and comes up with a plan to catch him red-handed. And then there is old Nick--a mysterious guy in a bowler hat who's been hanging around town"-- provided by publisher.

One man's flag

November 9, 2015
Downing, David, 1946-
xii, 368 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel of espionage during the First World War"--Cover.
"Spring 1915. As the Great War burns its way across Europe, Jack McColl, a spy for His Majesty's Navy, is stationed in India, charged with defending the Empire against Bengali terrorists and their German allies. In England, meanwhile, suffragette journalist Caitlin Hanley begins the business of rebuilding her life after the execution of her brother, an Irish republican sympathizer whose plot Jack McColl--Caitlin's ex-lover--had foiled. The war is changing everything, and giving fresh impulse to those causes--feminism, socialism and Irish independence--which she as a journalist has long supported. The threat of a Rising in Dublin alarms McColl's bosses as much as it dazzles Caitlin. It was one Irish plot which came between Jack and Caitlin in 1914, and it will take another to bring them back together, as both enemies and lovers"-- Provided by publisher.

Cold-hearted rake

November 6, 2015
Kleypas, Lisa, author.
New York, New York : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
402 pages ; 18 cm.
Inheriting not only an earldom, but also an estate riddled with debt and the late earl's three sisters and Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow, Devon Ravenel engages in a sensual battle of wills with this woman whose sharp wit and determination are a match for his own.

The muralist : a novel

November 6, 2015
Shapiro, Barbara A., 1951- author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015.
337 pages ; 24 cm
When Alizée Benoit, a young American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her arts patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends and fellow WPA painters, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who, while working at Christie's auction house, uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt? Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present, The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States. It captures both the inner workings of New York's art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant and quintessentially American school of Abstract Expressionism. As she did in her bestselling novel The Art Forger, B. A. Shapiro tells a gripping story while exploring provocative themes. In Alizée and Danielle she has created two unforgettable women, artists both, who compel us to ask: What happens when luminous talent collides with unstoppable historical forces? Does great art have the power to change the world?--Dust jacket.

Twain & Stanley enter paradise

November 6, 2015
Hijuelos, Oscar, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
x, 465 pages ; 24 cm
Chronicles the sojourn of journalist-explorer Henry Stanley; his wife, the painter Dorothy Tennant; and Mark Twain, Stanley's longtime friend, as they head for Cuba in search of Stanley's father.

The gold eaters : a novel

November 6, 2015
Wright, Ronald, 1948- author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2015.
367 pages ; 24 cm
Title from cover.
"Plucked from his small fishing village and captured by the conquistadors looking to plunder the gold of Peru, young Waman is the everyman thrown into extraordinary circumstances, caught up in history's throes. He finds himself at every major moment in the empire-building of the Spanish explorers, including Francisco Pizarro, and in the culture clash and violent overthrow of the Incan leaders. He becomes an indispensable translator between the two worlds, who must learn political gamesmanship in order to survive and so that he can one day find the love of his life and be reunited with his family. Based closely on real historical events, The Gold Eaters draws on Ronald Wright's expert knowledge of sixteenth-century South America, as well as his imaginative ability to bring to life an unforgettable epoch and a world forged anew from violence and upheaval"-- Provided by publisher.

Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo) : a novel

November 6, 2015
Greaves, C. Joseph, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
vii, 431 pages ; 25 cm
Presents a fictionalized account of how ambitious young prosecutor Thomas Dewey used a heroin-addicted prostitute and grifter to bring down powerful gangster Charles "Lucky" Luciano and some of his known associates in a New York courtroom in 1936.

A wicked way to win an earl

November 6, 2015
Bradley, Anna, author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2015.
296 pages ; 17 cm
"England, 1814. Delia Somerset despises the privileged ton, but her young sister, Lily, is desperate to escape their family's scandalous past and join high society. Unwilling to upset her sister, Delia reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the Sutherland estate--and avoid the gossip at all costs. Alec Sutherland is known as a hot-headed scoundrel, but nothing gets a rise out of him as much as the news that his brother desires Delia's hand in marriage. She is, after all, the daughter of the London belle who soiled their family name. He's determined to ruin her reputation as well, in the most delicious way possible. It's only a matter of time before he can woo her with his irresistible advances. As Delia devilishly plays along in Alec's game, determined to prove the joke is on him, they inch ever closer to repeating history. And in this game of seductive glances, scandalous whispers, and old debts, the outcome might be much more than either of them anticipated..."-- Page [4] of cover.

These shallow graves

November 5, 2015
Donnelly, Jennifer.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2015]
487 pages : map ; 24 cm
Map on endpapers.
A young woman in nineteenth-century New York City must struggle against gender and class boundaries when her father is found dead of a supposed suicide, and she believes there is more than meets the eye, so in order to uncover the truth she will have to decide how much she is willing to risk and lose.

The Japanese lover : a novel

November 4, 2015
Allende, Isabel, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
321 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published as El Amante Japonés in 2015 in Spain by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U."--Title page verso.
" story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War."-- Provided by publisher.

The silent boy

November 3, 2015
Taylor, Andrew, 1951 October 14- author.
London : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
424 pages ; 24 cm
Paris, 1792. Terror reigns as the city writhes in the grip of revolution. The streets run with blood as thousands lose their heads to the guillotine. Edward Savill, working in London as agent for a wealthy American, receives word that his estranged wife Augusta has been killed in France. She leaves behind ten-year-old Charles, who is brought to England to Charnwood Court, a house in the country leased by a group of emigre refugees. Savill is sent to retrieve the boy, though it proves easier to reach Charnwood than to leave. And only when Savill arrives there does he discover that Charles is mute. The boy has witnessed horrors beyond his years, but what terrible secret haunts him so deeply that he is unable to utter a word?

We five : a novel of unintended collaboration

November 3, 2015
Dunn, Mark, 1956-
365 pages ; 23 cm
"We Five tells the story of five young female friends and co-workers through the voices of five different authors, the story unfolding against five distinct historic backdrops."-- Provided by publisher.

Daniel's true desire

November 3, 2015
Burrowes, Grace, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015]
441 pages ; 18 cm.
Well on her way to spinsterhood, Lady Kirsten Haddonfield, who is unable to bear children, which is what she wants most in life, falls in love with a widowed clergyman only to find out that his wife is in fact alive, unbeknownst to him, and violently opposed to the idea of him with a new woman.

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