New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

December 3, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Alexandria affair

December 2, 2016
Gardner, Ashley, author.
©2016
331 pages ; 21 cm.
Captain Lacey unearths treasure and murder in Egypt in this latest mystery by Ashley Gardner (Jennifer Ashley).

Healing Ruby : a novel

December 1, 2016
Westall, Jennifer H., author.
©2014
4, 363 pages ; 23 cm

Ruler of the night

November 29, 2016
Morrell, David, 1943- author.
New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown, and Company, 2016.
342 pages ; 25 cm
Sequel to: Inspector of the dead.
1855. The railway has irrevocably altered English society: a whole day's journey can now be covered in a matter of hours. This brings freedom-- and danger. When a gentleman is stabbed to death in a locked first-class passenger compartment, the crime paralyzes London. In the next compartment, Thomas De Quincey and his daughter, Emily, discover the homicide in a most gruesome manner. They join forces with their allies in Scotland Yard, Detective Ryan and his partner-in-training, Becker, to pursue the killer. Ultimately, De Quincey must confront two ruthless adversaries: this terrifying enemy, and his own opium addiction which endangers his life and his tormented soul.

The flame bearer : a novel

November 28, 2016
Cornwell, Bernard, author.
©2016
284 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"With Britain in an uneasy state of peace, Uhtred of Bebbanburg at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago -- and which his scheming cousin still occupies. But he will need all the skills he has learned in a lifetime of war to make his dream come true." -- adapted from publisher website.

While the Duke was sleeping

November 22, 2016
Jordan, Sophie, author.
©2016
367 pages ; 17 cm.
The rogue files --Cover.
Shop girl Poppy Fairchurch knows its pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry. Still, dreams can't hurt anyone ... unlike the carriage Poppy spies bearing down upon the unsuspecting duke. After she pulls him to safety, the duke lapses into a coma and Poppy is mistaken for his fiancee. But one person isn't fooled: his arrogant and much too handsome half-brother, Struan Mackenzie. Soon Poppy isn't sure what she wants more ... the fantasy of her duke or the reality of one smoldering Scot who challenges her at every turn. An illegitimate second son, Struan may have built an empire and established himself as one of the wealthiest men in Britain, but he knows he will always be an outsider among the ton. Just like he knows the infuriating Poppy is a liar. There's no way the haughty Duke of Autenberry would deign to wed a working class girl. It doesn't matter how charming she is. Or tempting. Or how much Struan wants her for himself.

The Earl

November 22, 2016
Ashe, Katharine, author.
©2016
347 pages ; 17 cm.
How does a bookish lady bring an arrogant lord to his knees? Entice him to Scotland, strip him of titles and riches, and make him prove what sort of man he truly is. Opposites ... Handsome, wealthy, and sublimely confident, Colin Gray, the new Earl of Egremoor, has vowed to unmask the rabble-rousing pamphleteer, Lady Justice, the thorn in England's paw. And he'll stop at nothing. Attract. Smart, big-hearted, and passionately dedicated to her work, Lady Justice longs to teach her nemesis a lesson in humility. But her sister is missing, and a perilous journey with her archrival into unknown territory just might turn fierce enemies into lovers.

Four-Four-Two

November 22, 2016
Hughes, Dean, 1943- author.
©2016
268 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Forced into an internment camp at the start of World War II, eighteen-year-old Yuki enlists in the Army to fight for the Allies as a member of the "Four-Four-Two," a segregated Japanese American regiment.

The inheritance

November 21, 2016
Finch, Charles (Charles B.), author.
©2016
294 pages ; 24 cm
"A mysterious bequest of money leads to a murder in this new novel in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series whose last installment The New York Times called "a sterling addition to this well-polished series." Charles Lenox has received a cryptic plea for help from an old Harrow schoolmate, Gerald Leigh, but when he looks into the matter he finds that his friend has suddenly disappeared. As boys they had shared a secret: a bequest from a mysterious benefactor had smoothed Leigh's way into the world after the death of his father. Lenox, already with a passionate interest in detective work, made discovering the benefactor's identity his first case - but was never able to solve it. Now, years later, Leigh has been the recipient of a second, even more generous bequest. Is it from the same anonymous sponsor? Or is the money poisoned by ulterior motives? Leigh's disappearance suggests the latter, and as Lenox tries, desperately, to save his friend's life, he's forced into confrontations with both the most dangerous of east end gangs and the far more genteel denizens of the illustrious Royal Society. When someone close to the bequest dies, Lenox must finally delve deep into the past to uncover at last the identity of the person who is either his friend's savior - or his lethal enemy"-- Provided by publisher.

The Jekyll revelation

November 21, 2016
Masello, Robert, 1952- author.
©2016
484 pages ; 21 cm
While on routine patrol in the tinder-dry Topanga Canyon, environmental scientist Rafael Salazar expects to find animal poachers, not a dilapidated antique steamer trunk. Inside the peculiar case, he discovers a journal, written by the renowned Robert Louis Stevenson, which divulges ominous particulars about his creation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde . It also promises to reveal a terrible secret--the identity of Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately, the journal--whose macabre tale unfolds in an alternating narrative with Rafe's--isn't the only relic in the trunk, and Rafe isn't the only one to purloin a souvenir. A mysterious flask containing the last drops of the grisly potion that inspired Jekyll and Hyde and spawned London's most infamous killer has gone missing. And it has definitely fallen into the wrong hands.

The hidden people

November 21, 2016
Littlewood, Alison, author.
New York : Jo Fletcher, [2016]
358 pages ; 24 cm
Refusing to believe the rumors surrounding his beautiful and talented cousin's murder, nineteenth-century Englishman Albie Mirralls goes to his late cousin's village and confronts profound superstitions about the "fair folk" and their belief that his cousin was a changeling.

Left at the altar

November 21, 2016
Brownley, Margaret.
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2016]
373 p. ; 17 cm.
In the wild and untamed West, time is set by the local jeweler...but Two-Time Texas has two: two feuding jewelers and two wildly conflicting time zones. Meg Lockwood's marriage was supposed to unite the families and finally bring peace. But when she's left at the altar by her no-good fiance, Meg's dreams of dragging her quarrelsome neighbors into a ceasefire are dashed. Hired to defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there's something about Meg's sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in...even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping them apart.

Baron

November 21, 2016
Shupe, Joanna, author.
©2016
x, 326 pages ; 17 cm.
Born into one of New York's most respected families, William Sloane is a railroad baron who has all the right friends in all the right places. But no matter how much success he achieves, he always wants more. Having secured his place atop the city's highest echelons of society, he's now setting his sights on a political run. Nothing can distract him from his next pursuit--except, perhaps, the enchanting con artist he never saw coming. Ava Jones has eked out a living the only way she knows how. As "Madam Zolikoff," she hoodwinks gullible audiences into believing she can communicate with the spirit world. But her carefully crafted persona is nearly destroyed when Will Sloane walks into her life--and lays bare her latest scheme. The charlatan is certain she can seduce the handsome millionaire into keeping her secret and using her skills for his campaign--unless he's the one who's already put a spell on her.

How to impress a marquess

November 21, 2016
Ives, Susanna, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2016]
376 pages ; 17 cm
"TAKE ONE MARQUESS: Proper, put-upon, dependable, but concealing a sensitive artist's soul. ADD ONE BOHEMIAN LADY: Creative, boisterous, unruly, but secretly yearning for a steadfast love, home, and family. STIR in a sensational serialized story that has society ravenous for each installment. COMBINE with ambitious guests at an ill-fated house party hosted by a treacherous dowager possessing a poison tongue. SHAKE until a stuffy marquess and rebellious lady make a shocking discovery: the contents of their hearts are just alike. Take a sip. You'll laugh, you'll swoon, you'll never want this moving Victorian love story to end."-- Page [4] of cover.

Congress of secrets

November 17, 2016
Burgis, Stephanie, author.
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2016.
347 pages ; 21 cm
In 1814, the Congress of Vienna has just begun. Diplomats battle over a new map of Europe, actors vie for a chance at glory, and aristocrats and royals from across the continent come together to celebrate the downfall of Napoleon. Lady Caroline Wyndham, a wealthy English widow, has a secret: her childhood in Vienna was stolen from her by dark alchemy. Determined to save her father, she isn't expecting to meet his apprentice, Michael Steinhüller, now a charming con man in the middle of his riskiest scheme ever. What price will they pay to the darkness if either of them is to survive?

Lovers and newcomers

November 17, 2016
Thomas, Rosie, author.
©2010
439 pages ; 24 cm
Miranda Meadowe lives a relatively solitary life in her rustic country home, but her world dramatically changes when she invites a group of her oldest friends to move in with her. In the beginning, their reunion is joyous. They laugh, dance, drink, behave badly, and being to reclaim the things they thought would be theirs forever. But as the days pass, long-forgotten grudges resurface and new tensions emerge, and they discover that their bond may not be the same as it once was. And when an ancient burial site is discovered not far from the cottage, the outside world descends upon them and their isolation is breached.

The shores of Tripoli : Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates

November 17, 2016
Haley, James L., author.
©2016
448 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Maps on endpages.
"A novel"--Cover.
It is 1801 and President Thomas Jefferson has assembled a deep-water navy to fight the growing threat of piracy, as American civilians are regularly kidnapped by Islamist brigands and held for ransom, enslaved, or killed, all at their captors' whim. The Berber States of North Africa, especially Tripoli, claimed their faith gave them the right to pillage anyone who did not submit to their religion. Young Bliven Putnam, great-nephew of Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam, is bound for the Mediterranean and a desperate battle with the pirate ship Tripoli. He later returns under legendary Commodore Edward Preble on the Constitution, and marches across the Libyan desert with General Eaton to assault Derna--discovering the lessons he learns about war, and life, are not what he expected.

Valiant gentlemen

November 17, 2016
Murray, Sabina, author.
©2016
489 pages ; 24 cm
Humanitarian and Irish patriot Roger Casement and his closest friend Herbert Ward spent a misadventurous youth in the Congo, witnessing acts of cannibalism, among other things. Ward married Argentinian-American heiress Sarita Sanford, and they established a flourishing family life in France. Casement's covert homosexuality and nomadic lifestyle kept him floating between his work across the African continent and involvement in Irish politics. When World War I broke out, Casement and Ward's longstanding political differences finally come to a head, leading to results both tragic and riveting.

Den of wolves

November 16, 2016
Marillier, Juliet, author.
©2016
ix, 433 pages ; 24 cm.
"A ROC book."
"Healer Blackthorn knows all too well the rules of her bond to the fey: seek no vengeance, help any who ask, do only good. But after the recent ordeal she and her companion, Grim, have suffered, she knows she cannot let go of her quest to bring justice to the man who ruined her life. Despite her personal struggles, Blackthorn agrees to help the princess of Dalriada in taking care of a troubled young girl who has recently been brought to court, while Grim is sent to the girl's home at Wolf Glen to aid her wealthy father with a strange task--repairing a broken-down house deep in the woods. It doesn't take Grim long to realize that everything in Wolf Glen is not as it seems--the place is full of perilous secrets and deadly lies. Back at Winterfalls, the evil touch of Blackthorn's sworn enemy reopens old wounds and fuels her long-simmering passion for justice. With danger on two fronts, Blackthorn and Grim are faced with a heartbreaking choice--to stand once again by each other's side or to fight their battles alone."-- Provided by publisher.

Pharaoh

November 10, 2016
Smith, Wilbur A., author.
©2016
408 pages ; 24 cm
Map on end pages.
Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded. The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded. Taita, the Pharaoh's advisor and hero of Desert God and River God, once again finds himself caught up in a whirlpool of ruthless intrigue that threatens the very foundations of the beloved empire he has pledged his life to protect. Plunged into dangerous and deadly waters more treacherous than the Nile, he must use his intelligence, alchemy, and cunning to protect his Pharaoh and keep safe all he loves. With the timely arrival of an old ally the tide is turned, but Taita is branded a traitor. The new Pharaoh, Utteric, is young, weak and cruel-- and threatened by Taita's influence within the palace.

Unraveled

November 10, 2016
Wortham, Reavis Z., author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2016.
327 pages ; 23 cm.
"Constable Ned Parker has his hands full, between raising his grandchildren, Pepper and Top, and trying to keep the peace in the rural community of Center Springs, Tex. When a car runs off the bridge over Lake Lamar Dam killing Frank Clay, the white mayor, and his black secretary, Maggie Mayfield, local speculation runs rampant. Were they having an affair? Could it have been foul play? If so, who was the target: Frank or Maggie? The incident rekindles an ancient feud between the Clays and the Mayfields, and the body count rises." -- Library Journal.

Hell Bay

November 10, 2016
Thomas, Will, 1958- author.
©2016
290 pages ; 25 cm
"A Barker & Llewelyn novel" --Cover.
"At the request of Her Majesty's government, private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker agrees to take on his least favorite kind of assignment--he's to provide security for a secret conference with the French government. The conference is to take place on the private estate of Lord Hargrave on a remote island off the coast of Cornwall. The goal of the conference is the negotiation of a new treaty with France. The cover story for the gathering is a house party--an attempt to introduce Lord Hargrave's two unmarried sons to potential mates. But shortly after the parties land at the island, Lord Hargrave is killed by a sniper shot, and the French ambassador's head of security is found stabbed to death. The only means of egress from the island--a boat--has been sent away, and the means of signaling for help has been destroyed. Trapped in a manor house with no way of escape, Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, must uncover which among them is the killer before the next victim falls"--Provided by publisher.

Christmas at Dove Creek

November 10, 2016
Dunn, Scarlett, author.
©2016
364 pages ; 17 cm
Lily Starr rides like an angel and she's a crack shot. She's determined to shepherd a helpless group of outcasts from Texas to Wyoming by Christmas, including a pregnant woman whose blessed event is drawing near. So, encountering handsome Thorpe Turlow along the dangerous trail is a welcome unexpected gift, for he's as formidable as he is reserved. Besides, understanding this gentle, secretly wounded man is another challenge Lily isn't about to resist.

Skin and bone

November 9, 2016
Blake, Robin, 1948- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
337 pages : map ; 24 cm
"It's 1743, and the tanners of Preston are a pariah community, plying their unwholesome trade beside a stretch of riverside marsh where many Prestonians by ancient right graze their livestock. When the body of a newborn child is found in one of their tanning pits, Cragg's inquiry falls foul of a cabal of merchants dead set on modernizing the town's economy and regarding the despised tanners--and Cragg's apparent championship of them--as obstacles to their plan. The murder of a baby is just the evidence they need to get rid of the tanners once and for all. But the inquest into the baby's death is disrupted when the inn where it is being held mysteriously burns down, and Cragg himself faces a charge of lewdness, jeopardizing his whole future as a coroner. But the fates have not finished playing with him just yet. The sudden and suspicious death of a very prominent person may just, with the help of Fidelis's sharp forensic skills, bring about Cragg's redemption."-- Provided by publisher.

A Colorado Christmas

November 9, 2016
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2016
412 pages ; 17 cm
At the Sugarloaf Ranch, Smoke and Sally Jensen prepare to welcome Preacher home for the holidays--unaware that their friend is trailed by a storm full of trouble. On a mission of vengeance, an old trapper is rescued by Ace and Chance Jensen from ruthless outlaws--and wanted by a driven bounty hunter named Luke Jensen. And, just released from prison, a criminal mastermind assembles a vicious gang of cutthroats to extract his final revenge against his enemy--the sheriff of Big Rock, Colorado. With a snowstorm brewing, a community in jeopardy, and a showdown ready to explode, these courageous pioneers are brought together by fate and fury to forge peace on earth. But they're going to have to fight for it. With guns. With grit. With glory. Because this Christmas, the greatest gift of all is . . . staying alive.

Secrets in the snow : a novel of intrigue and romance

November 9, 2016
MacColl, Michaela, author.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2016]
264 pages ; 22 cm
"A Junior Library Guild selection"--Jacket flap.
The young Jane Austen is not particularly interested in getting married, although she does find the mysterious Mr. Lefroy an intriguing possibility--but first she has to deal with the accusation that her cousin Eliza is a French spy, and solve a murder.

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