New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

August 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The bully of order : a novel

August 29, 2014
Hart, Brian (Brian Woodson)
New York : Harper, 2014.
384 pages ; 24 cm
"Set in a logging town on the lawless Pacific coast of Washington State at the turn of the twentieth century, this spell-binding novel tells the story of the Ellstrom family and the violent social and historical forces that tear them apart"-- Provided by publisher.

Age of iron

August 29, 2014
Watson, Angus, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2014.
568 pages ; 21 cm
"Iron age trilogy : book one"--Title page.
Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join -- and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one small child, and one unpredictable, highly-trained warrior with a lust for revenge that might get them all killed.

The story of land and sea : a novel

August 28, 2014
Smith, Katy Simpson, 1985-
New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
243 pages ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.
Set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, this debut novel follows three generations of family--fathers and daughters, mother and son, master and slave, characters who yearn for redemption amidst a heady brew of war, kidnapping, slavery, and love.

The Earl's mistress

August 28, 2014
Carlyle, Liz.
New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014].
388 pages ; 18 cm
"Women rarely refuse the wicked Earl of Hepplewood, whose daring exploits are only whispered about. But when his new governess answers his proposition with a slap, then stalks out, references in hand, Hepplewood finds more than his face is burning. Isabella Aldridge has brains, bravado, and beauty--but the latter is no use to a servant. Her circumstances are desperate, and with Hepplewood's words ringing in her ears, Isabella realizes she must barter her most marketable asset--her body. But when fate sends Isabella back into Hepplewood's arms, the earl must make an impossible choice--draw Isabella down into his sensual darkness, or behave with honor for the first time in his life."--from cover, page [4].

Scandal to remember

August 28, 2014
Essex, Elizabeth, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2014]
375 pages ; 18 cm.

The Bellingham bloodbath : a Colin Pendragon mystery

August 28, 2014
Harris, Gregory.
New York : Kensington Books, [2014].
298 pages ; 21 cm
"Colin Pendragon's reputation as a brilliant detective is undisputed in Victorian London. But when murder strikes inside the closed ranks of Her Majesty's Guard, he must penetrate a wall of silence and secrecy to discover the dark truth. After a captain in Her Majesty's Guard and his young wife are brutally murdered in their flat, master sleuth Colin Pendragon and his partner Ethan Pruitt are summoned to Buckingham Palace. Major Hampstead demands discretion at all costs to preserve the reputation of the Guard and insists Pendragon participate in a cover-up by misleading the press. In response, Pendragon makes the bold claim that he will solve the case in no more than three days' time or he will oblige the major and compromise himself. Racing against the clock, and thwarted at every turn by their Scotland Yard nemesis, Inspector Varcoe, Pendragon and Pruitt begin to assemble the clues around the grisly homicide, probing into private lives and uncovering closely guarded secrets. As the minutes tick away, the pressure and the danger mounts as Pendragon's integrity is on the line and a cold-blooded killer remains on the streets"--page [4] of cover.

Chateau of secrets : a novel

August 27, 2014
Dobson, Melanie B.
New York : Howard Books, 2014.
379 p. ; 22 cm.
Includes a reading group guide.
"A courageous young noblewoman risks her life to hide French resistance fighters; seventy years later, her granddaughter visits the family's abandoned chateau and uncovers shocking secrets from the past. Gisele Duchant guards a secret that could cost her life. Tunnels snake through the hill under her family's medieval chateau in Normandy. Now, with Hitler's army bearing down, her brother and several friends are hiding in the tunnels, resisting the German occupation of France. But when German soldiers take over the family's chateau, Gisele is forced to host them as well--while harboring the resistance fighters right below their feet. Taking in a Jewish friend's baby, she convinces the Nazis that it is her child, ultimately risking everything for the future of the child. When the German officers begin to suspect her deception, an unlikely hero rescues both her and the child. A present day story weaves through the past one as Chloe Salvare, Gisele's granddaughter, arrives in Normandy. After calling off her engagement with a political candidate, Chloe pays a visit to the chateau to escape publicity and work with a documentary filmmaker, Riley, who has uncovered a fascinating story about Jews serving in Hitler's army. Riley wants to research Chloe's family history and the lives that were saved in the tunnels under their house in Normandy. Chloe is floored--her family isn't Jewish, for one thing, and she doesn't know anything about tunnels or the history of the house. But as she begins to explore the dark and winding passageways beneath the chateau, nothing can prepare her for the shock of what she and Riley discover... With emotion and intrigue, Melanie Dobson brings World War II France to life in this beautiful novel about war, family, sacrifice, and the secrets of the past"-- Provided by publisher.

Expo 58

August 27, 2014
Coe, Jonathan.
Boston : New Harvest, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
274 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

The miniaturist

August 25, 2014
Burton, Jessie, author.
New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
400 pages ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.
"A novel"--Cover.
Engaging the services of a miniaturist to furnish a cabinet-sized replica of her new home, 18-year-old Nella Oortman, the wife of an illustrious merchant trader, soon discovers that the artist's tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways.

The Twelfth Night murder

August 25, 2014
Rutherford, Anne, 1956-
New York, New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
x, 305 pages ; 21 cm
"A Restoration mystery"--Cover.
"As The New Globe Players bring laughter to audiences with their production of Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night, Suzanne Thornton must bring justice to the tragic victim of a brutal murder. When the body of a young boy-murdered, mutilated, and clothed in women's attire-is found under London Bridge, Constable Pepper believes him to be a member of The New Globe Players, one of the actors who specialize in women's parts. He is not, but Suzanne, summoned to make an identification, does recognize him from an encounter in the tavern the night before-as the alluring doxy who caught the eye of more than a few of the patrons. Suzanne suspects that whoever hired him for the night reacted violently when his true sex was discovered. Moved by the lad's fate, Suzanne determines to find his killer. And first, she must uncover his identity-an investigation that leads her to one of England's wealthiest families and a powerful politician determined to keep the truth from being revealed at all costs. "-- Provided by publisher.

The winter guest

August 22, 2014
Jenoff, Pam, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin MIRA, [2014]
341 pages ; 21 cm
When Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village, wounded, but alive, she risks the safety of herself and her family, to hide Sam--a Jew. Soon her concern for the American grows into something much deeper--an attraction that will culminate in a singular act of betrayal that endangers them all--and sets in motion a chain of events that will reverberate across continents and decades.

Stalked : the boy who said no : historical fiction

August 22, 2014
Sheehy, Patti, author.
Longboat Key, Florida : Oceanview Publishing, [2014]
350 pages ; 24 cm
"A true-life novel"--Cover.
Patti Sheehy continues her novelization of the life of Frank Mederos who was born and raised in Cuba, drafted into the military and promoted to the Special Forces, and who chose to defect and escape from his homeland. Now in America, Frank faces new challenges. With five dollars in his pocket and a boatload of determination, he rejects an offer to join the CIA and takes his chances on achieving the American dream. Frank and his sweetheart, Magda, want nothing more than marriage, children, and a nice life for themselves, but their dreams are dashed. Instead, the couple faces a challenge neither of them could ever imagine. Meanwhile, sinister forces in Cuba plan to avenge Frank's escape. Can Frank outwit Cuban operatives bent on killing him? A tale of tender love, devastating loss, and the life-saving power of friendship.

Gathering shadows

August 21, 2014
Simmons, P. G., author.
©2013
782 pages ; 24 cm
pt. 1. The gray veil -- pt. 2. Dark black days.
"In 1860, Jessie Buchanan, a fiery redhead, was living life to the fullest and enjoying the leisurely Southern lifestyle, but it took all of her strength to fulfill her duties after her father's death. A breach between family members and the discovery of love caused her internal conflict as the Civil War began. When the war's horrors and hardships came to a close, the Southern way of life had been crushed by the Union. A murder of a Yankee carpetbagger, a hasty trial, a violent hurricane, and a close brush with death brought Jessie's turbulent struggles to an end."--Page 4 of cover.

The garden of letters

August 21, 2014
Richman, Alyson.
New York : Berkley Trade, 2014.
372 pages ; 21 cm
"Portofino, Italy, 1943. A young woman steps off a boat in a scenic coastal village. Although she knows how to disappear in a crowd, Elodie is too terrified to slip by the German officers while carrying her poorly forged identity papers. She is frozen until a man she's never met before claims to know her. In desperate need of shelter, Elodie follows him back to his home on the cliffs of Portofino. Only months before, Elodie Bertolotti was a cello prodigy in Verona, unconcerned with world events. But when Mussolini's Fascist regime strikes her family, Elodie is drawn into the burgeoning resistance movement by Luca, a young and impassioned bookseller. As the occupation looms, she discovers that her unique musical talents, and her courage, have the power to save lives. In Portofino, young doctor Angelo Rosselli gives the frightened and exhausted girl sanctuary. He is a man with painful secrets of his own, haunted by guilt and remorse. But Elodie's arrival has the power to awaken a sense of hope and joy that Angelo thought was lost to him forever. Written in dazzling prose and set against the rich backdrop of World War II Italy, Garden of Letters captures the hope, suspense, and romance of an uncertain era, in an epic intertwining story of first love, great tragedy, and spectacular bravery. "-- Provided by publisher.

The Darling Dahlias and the silver dollar bush

August 21, 2014
Albert, Susan Wittig, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
xvi, 285 pages ; 21 cm
"It's the spring of 1933 and times are tough all over. The only businessman not struggling is moonshiner Mickey LeDoux, though he still has to steer clear of federal agents. But banks are closing all over the country, and the small town of Darling is no exception. Folks are suddenly caught short on cash and everyone is in a panic. Desperate to avoid disaster, several town leaders--including Alvin Duffy, the bank's new vice president--hatch a plan to print Darling Dollars on newspaperman Charlie Dickens' printing press. The "funny money" can serve as temporary currency so the town can function. But when the first printing of the scrip disappears, the Darling Dahlias set out to discover who made an unauthorized withdrawal. Meanwhile County Treasurer Verna Tidwell questions whether she can trust Alvin Duffy--and the feelings he stirs up inside her. And Liz Lacy learns her longtime beau may be forced into a shotgun wedding. Seems other troubles don't just go away when there's a crisis. There'll be no pennies from heaven, but if anyone can balance things out, folks can bank on the Darling Dahlias.."-- Provided by publisher.

Maplecroft : the Borden dispatches

August 21, 2014
Priest, Cherie.
New York : Roc Trade, 2014.
435 pages ; 21 cm
" Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.... The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny. But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean's depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness. This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe. "-- Provided by publisher.

The boy at the museum : a novel

August 21, 2014
Lenz Muente, Tamera, author.
©2014
276 pages ; 22 cm
"The truths of science are not as attractive as the occasional errors of nature... So says Arthur Watson's new boss. It's winter in Cincinnati, 1834, and Arthur just landed a job at the most sensational museum in town. Living sea dogs, giant snakes, cannibal heads, shocking wax figures, and other curiosities fill its gothic halls. While looking after Enos, an eight-year-old boy born without legs who is the museum's most popular live exhibit, Arthur finds himself confronted with the museum's questionable practices. When he meets the boy's widowed mother, Elizabeth, the two become entangled in the strange world. Elizabeth has steeled herself against everyone to protect a shameful secret. To gain her favor, Arthur must confront those who see Enos merely as a curiosity to bring in the crowds. Together, they discover that their own lives, like the museum, are filled with dark truths and incredible wonders. Sometimes, no matter how hard it is to look, you just can't turn away."--Page 4 of cover.

The beast in the red forest

August 18, 2014
Eastland, Sam, author.
©2014
313 pages ; 25 cm
"An Inspector Pekkala novel of suspense"--Cover.
A soldier returns from the frontline of battle to report that Inspector Pekkala's charred body has been found at the site of an ambush. But Stalin refuses to believe that the indomitable Pekkala is dead. On Stalin's orders, Pekkala's assistant Kirov travels deep into the forests of Western Russia, following a trail of clues to a wilderness where partisans wage a brutal campaign against the Nazi invaders. Unknown to Kirov, he is being led into a trap - a new enemy has emerged from the fog of war, more deadly than any Kirov or Pekkala have ever faced before. Pursuing the legend of a half-human creature, said to roam the landscape of this war within a war, each step brings Kirov closer to the truth about Pekkala's disappearance. Meanwhile, Pekkala's nemesis is closing in for the kill.

Skip Rock shallows

August 18, 2014
Watson, Jan.
Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2012.
ix, 375 p. ; 21 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
Lilly Gray Corbett, a recent medical school grad, accepts an internship in the coal camp of Skip Rock, Kentucky, while her beau, Paul does his residency in Boston, but a handsome and oddly familiar miner soon gets her attention.

The spirit and the skull

August 15, 2014
Hayes, J. M., author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2014.
184 p. ; 23 cm.
Murder is unthinkable to the People--a Paleolithic tribe migrating across Alaska and becoming some of the first undocumented immigrants to enter the Americas. For them, murder isn't merely tragic, it's forbidden. Murder poisons the entire tribe and puts it at odds with nature, the Spirits, and the mighty Earth Mother. A murderer must be found and removed in order to put the world back in balance. Raven is the aging Spirit Man to a band in which a member has been strangled with a garrote. Worse, evidence of witchcraft is linked to the killing--another terrible violation of the People's covenant with the Earth Mother and the Spirits. Raven isn't a Spirit Man because of sacredly held beliefs. He holds the position because his band needed someone to do so, and because he needed to secure his place among them. Now the agnostic Spirit Man begins having dreams in which a stranger holds Raven's skull in his hands, and a woman claiming to be the Earth Mother--accepted by many followers--declares that only Raven can solve the crimes and restore the People to harmony. How will a man who doubts the authenticity of this goddess satisfy her demands? What if she and the dreams are real and successfully solving the crimes will result in Raven's imminent death? An impossible situation becomes even harder as Raven finds it increasingly likely the young woman he's falling in love with must be the guilty party.

The Agincourt bride

August 15, 2014
Hickson, Joanna.
London : Harper, 2013.
578 pages : gen. table ; 20 cm.

Evernight

August 15, 2014
Callihan, Kristen, author.
New York : Forever, 2014.
411 pages ; 17 cm
Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him-until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight. Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable-and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.

American blonde

August 15, 2014
Niven, Jennifer.
New York, New York : Plume, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014].
369 pages : illustration ; 21 cm.
"A novel"--Cover.
"In 1945, Velva Jean Hart is a bona fide war heroine. After a newsreel films her triumphant return to America, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer promises to make her a star. They give her a new life story and a brand new name. As 'Kit Rogers,' she navigates the movie sets, recording sessions, parties, staged romances, and occasional backstabbing that accompany her newfound fame. She also navigates real-life romance, finding herself caught between a charismatic young writer and a sexy and enigmatic musician from her past"-- Provided by publisher.

Blind Moon Alley : a Jersey Leo novel

August 14, 2014
Florio, John, 1960- author.
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2014.
223 pages ; 21 cm
"It's Prohibition. It's Philadelphia. And Jersey Leo doesn't fit in. Jersey is an albino of mixed race. Known as "Snowball" on the street, he tends bar at a speakeasy the locals call the Ink Well. There, he's considered a hero for having saved the life of a young boy. But when his old grade school buddy, Aaron Garvey, calls from death row and asks for one last favor, all hell breaks loose. Jersey finds himself running from a band of crooked cops, hiding an escaped convict in the Ink Well, and reuniting with his grammar school crush--the now sultry Myra Banks, who has shed a club foot and become a speakeasy siren. Through it all, Jersey tries to safeguard the Ink Well with no help other than his ragtag group of friends: his ex-boxing-champion father, Ernie Leo; the street-savvy Johalis; a dim-witted dockworker named Homer; and the dubious palm reader Madame Curio. With them, Jersey digs for the truth about his friend Aaron Garvey--and winds up discovering a few things about himself"-- Provided by publisher.

The Highlander's bride trouble

August 12, 2014
Wine, Mary.
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2014].
306 pages ; 18 cm
Raised by her father and brother, Nareen Grant is strong, confident, well-educated-- and skilled with a bow and dagger. It's a tumultuous time for Scotland, and events conspire against her. Betrayed by her family, she makes her way alone, until she lands in the lap of Saer MacLeod. But she wants no help from a savage man of the Isles.

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