New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

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

A ring from a marquess

March 26, 2015
Merrill, Christine.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, [2015]
281 pages ; 17 cm.
"A unexpected proposal"--Cover.
"Independent Margot de Bryun has no intention of giving a man control of her life! Although handsome rake Stephen Standish, Marquess of Fanworth, does pique her interest... Maybe a man can offer other advantages? Stephen sees Margot as perfect marriage material--talented, intelligent and alluring. But when a stolen family ruby is traced to the jewelry shop Margot owns, Stephen is infuriated and demands she become his mistress. Except Margot's not one to be easily tamed--and whether she be mistress or wife, sparks will certainly fly!"-- From back cover.

The Figaro Murders

March 26, 2015
Lebow, Laura.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
327 pages ; 22 cm
"In 1786 Vienna, Lorenzo Da Ponte is the court librettist for the Italian Theatre during the height of the enlightened reign of Emperor Joseph II. This exalted position doesn't mean he's particularly well paid, or even out of reach of the endless intrigues of the opera world. In fact, far from it. One morning, Da Ponte stops off at his barber, only to find the man being taken away to debtor's prison. Da Ponte impetuously agrees to carry a message to his barber's fiance;e and try to help her set him free, even though he's facing pressures of his own. He's got one week to finish the libretto for The Marriage of Figaro for Mozart before the opera is premiered for the Emperor himself. Da Ponte visits the house where the barber's fiance;e works--the home of a nobleman, high in the Vienna's diplomatic circles--and then returns to his own apartments, only to be dragged from his rooms in the middle of the night. It seems the young prote;ge; of the diplomat was killed right about the time Da Ponte was visiting, and he happens to be their main suspect. Now he's given a choice--go undercover into the household and uncover the murderer, or be hanged for the crime himself. Brilliantly recreating the cultural world of late 18th century Vienna, the epicenter of the Enlightenment, Lebow brings to life some of the most famous figures of music, theatre, and politics"-- Provided by publisher.

The mourning bells : a Lady of Ashes mystery

March 26, 2015
Trent, Christine, author.
New York : Kesington Books, 2015
256 pages ; 21 cm
One of Victorian London's most respected undertakers, Violet Harper has the new duty of accompanying coffins from various undertakers on the London Necropolis Railway for respectful funerals and burials in Surrey. But on her fateful first trip, the mournful silence of the train is shattered by the shrill ringing of a coffin bell--a device that prevents a person from being buried alive.Inside the noisome coffin Violet finds a man wide-eyed with fear, claiming he was falsely interred. When a second coffin bell is rung on another trip Violet grows suspicious. She voices her qualms to Inspector Hurst of Scotland Yard, only to receive a puzzling reply that, after all, it is not a crime to rise from the dead. But Violet's instincts are whispering that all is not well on the London Necropolis Railway's tracks. Is this all merely the result of clumsy undertaking, or is there something more sinister afoot? Determined to get to the heart of the matter, Violet uncovers a treacherous plot and villains who will stop at nothing to keep a lid on her search for the truth...

VietMan : a novel

March 26, 2015
Lliteras, D. S., author.
©2015
193 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Viet Man is about the transformation of a young man who enlisted in the Navy during the Viet Nam War, was trained as a hospital corpsman, was transferred into the Marine Corps, then sent to Viet Nam where he joined the elite First Recon. It is a first person narrative of alternating episodes experienced in the rear and in the bush. In the rear, Doc encounters a straw-haired Midwestern farm boy who shows him how to prepare a meal of long-rats and Loopie, a Puerto Rican from the Bronx who shares a guilt torn confession that borders on confabulation. In the bush, Doc experiences the terror of accidentally releasing a live grenade among his men, of rushing to rescue a wounded marine, and of sharing a quiet conversation in a bunker with Trang, a South Vietnamese soldier. After being assigned to the Recon Dive Team and attending the Navy diving school in the Philippines, he returns to Viet Nam where he engages in numerous combat dives and river operations. At the end of his tour, he is processed out of the military. And upon his return to his hometown as a veteran, he faces a jarring reception of insolence, indifference, and fragmented flashbacks.

Throne of darkness : a novel

March 26, 2015
Nicholas, Douglas, author.
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2015.
336 pages ; 21 cm
"Perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, this novel from acclaimed author Douglas Nicholas continues the gripping dark fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews describes as "a more profound Harry Potter for adults." It's 1215 in northwest England--the eve of the signing of the Magna Carta--and mystical Irish queen Maeve and her unlikely band of warriors must protect the region from a chilling fate. Word of a threat reaches the Northern barons: King John has plotted to import an African sorcerer and his sinister clan of blacksmiths, whose unearthly powers may spell destruction for the entire kingdom. Along with her lover, Jack, her gifted niece, Nemain, and Nemain's newlywed husband, Hob (whose hidden talents will soon be revealed), Maeve must overcome a supernatural threat unlike any she's seen before. With his characteristic blend of historical adventure and intoxicating mythological elements, Nicholas once again "goes for the throat...with brilliant writing and whip-smart plotting" (New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry). This is a richly woven tale that will leave you hungry for more"-- Provided by publisher.

The sympathizer

March 26, 2015
Nguyen, Viet Thanh, 1971- author.
New York : Grove Press, [2015]
371 pages ; 24 cm
Follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.

The language of paradise

March 26, 2015
Moss, Barbara Klein, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
xxi, 387 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
Sophy Hedge, the artistic daughter of the town's minister, falls in love with Gideon Birdsall, a driven theology student assisting her father with a Hebrew lexicon. Sophy is drawn to Gideon's intellect, passion, and spiritual nature, while Gideon glimpses in her a free soul unbound by convention. Yet Gideon's restlessness after they wed worries Sophy, and she finds his friendship with Leander Solloway, the charismatic new schoolmaster, a cause for anxiety. As the men immerse themselves in Gideon’s mystical theories, Sophy translates her fears into secret paintings. When Sophy becomes pregnant, Gideon and Leander construct a faux Eden in a greenhouse as part of a daring experiment to discover the language of paradise—the tongue Adam spoke when he named the creatures of the earth. Sophy must decide whether to live and paint in the world her husband has made or escape to save her child and herself.

At the water's edge : a novel

March 25, 2015
Gruen, Sara.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2015]
354 pages ; 25 cm
While her brother, Ellis, and his friend try to find the Loch Ness monster in an attempt to get back into her father's good graces, Maddie is left on her own in World War II-era Scotland and experiences a social awakening.

The strangler vine

March 25, 2015
Carter, Miranda, 1965- author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2015.
xiii, 369 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published: United Kingdom : Fig Tree, 2014.
"A novel"--Jacket.
"India, 1837. William Avery is a young soldier with few prospects except rotting away in campaigns in India; Jeremiah Blake is a secret political agent gone native, a genius at languages and disguises, disenchanted with the whole ethos of British rule, but who cannot resist the challenge of an unresolved mystery. What starts as a wild goose chase for this unlikely pair--trying to track down a missing writer who lifts the lid on Calcutta society--becomes very much more sinister as Blake and Avery get sucked into the mysterious Thuggee cult and its even more ominous suppression"--Dust jacket flap.

The architect's apprentice

March 25, 2015
Shafak, Elif, 1971-
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
424 pages ; 24 cm
"From the acclaimed author of The Bastard of Istanbul, a colorful, magical tale set during the height of the Ottoman Empire In her latest novel, Turkey's preeminent female writer spins an epic tale spanning nearly a century in the life of the Ottoman Empire. In 1540, twelve-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultan's menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan's beautiful daughter, Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire's chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota's help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they build Sinan's triumphant masterpieces-the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques-dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan's four apprentices. A memorable story of artistic freedom, creativity, and the clash between science and fundamentalism, Shafak's intricate novel brims with vibrant characters, intriguing adventure, and the lavish backdrop of the Ottoman court, where love and loyalty are no match for raw power"-- Provided by publisher.

The angel court affair

March 24, 2015
Perry, Anne.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
273 pages ; 25 cm
"When Thomas Pitt is tasked with playing bodyguard to Sofia Delacruz, a young and controversial British preacher who has been living in Spain and has returned to England on a mysterious errand, he thinks it's a waste of Special Branch's time and resources. But when kidnappers manage to reach Sofia murdering two of her companions in the process. Pitt learns that the message the lovely evangelist was meant to deliver was far more urgent than he knew. With his career on the line, he races to unravel the truth behind Sofia's disappearance, enlisting the help of his beloved wife Charlotte and his old friend Victor Narraway. And he soon realizes that if he cannot find Sofia before it's too late, the consequences could destroy not only his reputation, but the British empire itself"-- Provided by publisher.

Fires of winter

March 24, 2015
Lindsey, Johanna.
New York : Avon Books, [2002], ©1980.
384 pages ; 17 cm

On to Richmond

March 24, 2015
Dye, Ginny, author.
©2010
544 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Storm Clouds rollling in.
"Burdened with the responsibility of running an entire plantation, Carrie Cromwell fights to understand the forces tearing her beloved country apart. As battles rage around her, she watches her life as her life slowly unravels and she discovers truths she would never have imagined. Will her actions and decisions push her even farther from those she loves? When the danger she dreads becomes reality, will she find the courage and strength to escape?"--Author's website.

The duke's disaster

March 20, 2015
Burrowes, Grace, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015].
439 pages ; 18 cm
Includes an excerpt from: Tremaine's true love (pages [433]-439).
"Between his high-handedness, her pride, and both of their bruised and tender hearts, what else could possibly go wrong? Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, proposes to prim Lady Thea Collins because he's loath to waste time on courtship nonsense and Lady Thea should make a biddable duchess. Noah prides himself on his practicality, so he's dismayed when his engagement to Lady Thea embroils him in nothing but trouble. Is he courting a duchess of convenience or a ducal disaster? Lady Thea has fallen on hard times, and accepts His Grace's proposal because he shows every indication of being a distant and manageable husband. When the duke intrudes into every aspect of Thea's life, and adds humor, tenderness, and passionate kisses to their bargain, Thea must take His Grace firmly in hand"--Page [4] of cover.

The lady meets her match

March 20, 2015
Conkle, Gina, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015].
371 pages ; 18 cm.
"Finding her is only half the battle. Cyrus Ryland didn't become England's wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight and she's nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all"--Page [4] of cover.

The Cavendon women

March 18, 2015
Bradford, Barbara Taylor, 1933-
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
440 pages ; 25 cm
"Cavendon Women, the sequel to Bradford's Cavendon Hall follows the Inghams' and the Swanns' journey from a family weekend in the summer of 1926 through to the devastation of the Wall Street crash of 1929. It all begins on a summer weekend in July of 1926 when, for the first time in years, the earl has planned a family weekend. As the family members come together, secrets, problems, joys, and sorrows are revealed. As old enemies come out of the shadows and the Swanns' loyalty to the Ingham gets tested in ways none of them could have predicted, it's up to the Cavendon women to band together and bring their family into a new decade, and a new way of life"-- Provided by publisher.

The Cherokee rose : a novel of gardens and ghosts

March 18, 2015
Miles, Tiya, 1970-
Winston-Salem, North Carolina : John F. Blair, Publisher, [2015]
256 pages ; 24 cm

Tears of innocence

March 17, 2015
Rapp, Bill, author.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
251 pages ; 23 cm

Bone digger

March 17, 2015
Hirt, Douglas.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
157 pages ; 22 cm
"Eons past, an ancient creature the size of a bunkhouse lived out a solitary life and died all alone in a rugged canyon. Millennia later that canyon occupied an isolated corner of C. L. McSween's Rocking S. Ranch. Then McSween decied to dam up the canyon to provide water for his cattle. Paleontologist from back east, discovers the cache of bones from this long-dead Jurassic monster, he realizes they are a priceless treasure trove. C. L. McSween and his daughter Libby don't see it that way. They're concerned only about ensuring the survival of their cattle. On top of that, McSween is a superstitious ex-mountain man. He considers the bone digger a grave robber and wants him off his ranch. To Chad Larimer, foreman of the Rocking S. Ranch, Cobsworth's discovery is nothing more than a bunch of old cow bones until strangers from back east show up desperate to get their hands on them. Among the Easterners is the infamous paleontologist Professor O. C. Marsh. Marsh wants the bones for his museum and is prepared to have them at any cost. He's brought hired guns with him, and whoever gets between him and those bones is going to die. Unfortunately, Chad is the man in the middle."--cover.

The tapestry : [a novel]

March 17, 2015
Bilyeau, Nancy.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
389 pages ; 24 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"A Touchstone book."
"The next page-turner in the award-winning Joanna Stafford series takes place in the heart of the Tudor court, as the gutsy former novice risks everything to defy the most powerful men of her era. After her priory in Dartford is closed--collateral damage in tyrannical King Henry VIII's quest to overthrow the Catholic Church--Joanna resolves to live a quiet and honorable life weaving tapestries, shunning dangerous quests and conspiracies. Until she is summoned to Whitehall Palace, where her tapestry weaving has drawn the King's attention. Joanna is uncomfortable serving the King whom she has twice attempted to overthrow--unbeknownst to him. She fears for her life in a court bursting with hidden agendas and a casual disregard for the virtues she holds dear. And her suspicions are confirmed when an assassin attempts to kill her moments after arriving at Whitehall. Struggling to stay ahead of her most formidable enemy yet, an unknown one, she becomes entangled in dangerous court politics. Her dear friend Catherine Howard is rumored to be one of the King's mistresses. Joanna is determined to protect young, beautiful, nai;ve Catherine from becoming the King's next wife and possibly, victim. Set in a world of royal banquets and feasts, tournament jousts, ship voyages, and Tower Hill executions, this thrilling tale finds Joanna in her most dangerous situation yet, as she attempts to decide the life she wants to live: nun or wife, spy or subject, rebel or courtier. Joanna must finally choose her fate"-- Provided by publisher.

Pleasured

March 17, 2015
Camp, Candace.
New York, NY : Pocket Books, 2015.
369 p. ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Enraptured (unpaged).
When his daughter falls gravely ill, Damon, the Earl of Mardoun, turns to the village healer, Meg, for help, and as she nurses his beloved daughter back to health, he loses his heart to the proud beauty and must choose between marrying for duty and marrying for love.

Mademoiselle Chanel

March 16, 2015
Gortner, C. W., author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
406 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
A creative reimagining of the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel traces the development of her exceptional sewing skills in an orphanage, her transformation into a couturier and the private struggles behind her subsequent fame.

The last flight of Poxl West

March 16, 2015
Torday, Daniel.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
291 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"All his life, Elijah Goldstein has idolized his charismatic Uncle Poxl. Intensely magnetic, cultured and brilliant, Poxl takes Elijah under his wing, introducing him to opera and art and literature. But when Poxl publishes a memoir of how he was forced to leave his home north of Prague at the start of WWII and then avenged the deaths of his parents by flying RAF bombers over Germany during the war, killing thousands of German citizens, Elijah watches as the carefully constructed world his uncle has created begins to unravel. As Elijah discovers the darker truth of Poxl's past, he comes to understand that the fearless war hero he always revered is in fact a broken and devastated man who suffered unimaginable losses from which he has never recovered. Daniel Torday's debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, beautifully weaves together what it means to be a family in the shadow of war-- to love, to lose, and to heal"-- Provided by publisher.

The dragon of Handale

March 16, 2015
Clark, Cassandra, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
339 pages ; 22 cm
"A mystery"--Jacket.
"Hildegard, no longer a member of the Cistercian order of nuns, has returned to the priory after more than a year from her pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Still unsure whether she'll rejoin the Order, the Prioress suggests that a visit to Handale Priory might help provide some clarity. While walking about its grounds, Hildegard discovers the corpse of a young man in the morgue. His body bears deep gashes from neck to groin. His wounds appear to be the ravages of claws, but larger than any animal Hildegard knows of. Is it possible that the young man was killed by a dragon, as Hildegard's been told?"--Adapted from publisher description.

Inspector of the dead

March 16, 2015
Morrell, David, 1943- author.
New York ; Boston ; London : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
342 pages ; 25 cm
"Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his Confessions of an Opium-Eater, confronts London's harrowing streets to thwart the assassination of Queen Victoria. The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation. This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself. As De Quincey and Emily race to protect the queen, they uncover long-buried secrets and the heartbreaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul. Brilliantly merging historical fact with fiction, Inspector of the Dead is based on actual attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria"-- Provided by publisher.

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