New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

June 25, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Chronicle of a last summer : a novel of Egypt

June 24, 2016
El Rashidi, Yasmine, 1977- author.
New York : Tim Duggan Books, [2016]
181 pages ; 20 cm
"A coming-of-age story that follows a Cairo native from her girlhood during Mubarak's regime to her adulthood and the radical change brought by the revolution that toppled Mubarak"-- Provided by publisher.

Drinking gourd : a Benjamin January mystery

June 24, 2016
Hambly, Barbara, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House Publishers LTD, 2016.
248 pages ; 22 cm.
"Benjamin January is called up to Vicksburg, deep in cotton-plantation country, to help a wounded 'conductor' of the Underground Railroad -- the secret network of safe-houses that guide escaping slaves to freedom. When the chief 'conductor' of the 'station' is found murdered, Jubal Cain, the coordinator of the whole Railroad system in Mississippi, is accused of the crime. Since Cain can't expose the nature of his involvement in the railroad, January has to step in and find the true killer, before their covers are blown. As January probes into the murky labyrinth of slaves, slave-holders, the fugitives who follow the 'drinking gourd' north to freedom and those who help them on their way, he discovers that there is more to the situation than meets the eye, and that sometimes there are no easy."

The dead don't bleed : a novel

June 22, 2016
Krugler, David F., 1969- author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2016.
309 pages ; 24 cm
"In a gripping World War II mystery set in Washington, D.C., a young naval intelligence officer goes undercover to solve a murder and prevent the Soviets from stealing the secrets of America's atomic bomb project."-- Amazon.com.

Forevermore

June 22, 2016
Callihan, Kristen, author.
New York : Forever, 2016.
318 pages ; 17 cm.

The royal nanny

June 22, 2016
Harper, Karen, author.
©2016
viii, 357, 14 pages ; 21 cm
"In April 1897, Charlotte Bill enters service into the house of the Duke and Duchess of York as a nanny. For decades, 'Lala', as she is called, cares for her royal charges, some of which will rule, and one known as 'The Lost Prince'."--Provided by publisher.

Stealing fire

June 22, 2016
Blevins, Winfred, author.
New York : Forge, 2016.
333 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
When Navajo detective Yazzie Goldman steps in to protect an old man from being harassed by a hood, he discovers that the old man is none other than architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright has found himself surrounded by bad people, including a Chicago gangster he's in debt to and an assistant who wants to steal Wright's plans for the Guggenheim Museum. Yazzie takes Wright into his home for protection, but he'll need to find allies if he's going to win against the bad guys.

That bright land : [a novel]

June 22, 2016
Roberts, Terry, 1956- author.
Nashville, TN : Turner Publishing Company, [2016]
322 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from cover.
Set in the summer of 1866, a year after the Civil War has ended, That Bright Land is the story of Jacob Ballard, a former Union soldier and spy who's been sent south into the North Carolina mountains to find a serial killer who is carrying out his own private war in an isolated community. His journey also takes him home to the mountains where he was born; as he searches for the killer, he meets a war widow who helps him heal his own wounds and make peace with his past. Based on true events, That Bright Land paints a compelling picture of a violent and fragile nation in the wake of the Civil War.

Diana's altar

June 22, 2016
Cleverly, Barbara, author.
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2016]
387 pages ; 22 cm.
"Cambridge, October 1933. Inside the old All Hallows Church on All Hallows' Eve, Doctor Adelaide Hartest bears witness to the final moments of a dying stranger. Despite the dagger plunged into the stranger's chest, the death is ruled a suicide, compounded by a formal confession before death. The victim, it is revealed, is known to Scotland Yard, and Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands is sent all the way from London to investigate. Thrown into a deadly ring of cloak-and-dagger politics and high-society hedonism, Sandilands must uncover the truth before the Hellfire Club, an elite society composed of intelligentsia and aristocrats, topples the institutions and harms the people he has sworn to protect--especially one he has come to truly love." -- Provided by publisher.

The broken brooch

June 22, 2016
Logan, Katherine Lowry, author.
Middletown, Dela. : Katherine Lowry Logan, 2016.
354 pages ; 23 cm

The emerald brooch

June 22, 2016
Logan, Katherine Lowry, author.
San Bernardino, Calif. : Katherine Lowry Logan, 2015.
491 pages ; 23 cm
David McBain can do the impossible with one hand tied behind his back, but miracles take him a wee bit longer... Two deployments in Afghanistan couldn't prepare Major David McBain and Captain Kenzie Wallis-Manning for the week leading up to D-Day - June 6, 1944. From the bombed-out streets of London to the huts at Bletchley Park and an interview with Alan Turing to the 2nd Battalion Army Rangers and the beaches of Normandy, this high-stakes, time-travel World War II romantic adventure will keep you enthralled, awake into the wee hours, and racing toward the end, only to wish it had never arrived.West Point graduate Kenzie Wallis-Manning planned to make the Army her career, but after being severely wounded during her second deployment, and suffering from PTSD, she retires from the military and enrolls in law school. While studying in England, she receives a package containing an emerald brooch with a Gaelic inscription. As soon as she sounds out the words engraved on the stone, she is whisked back in time to May 28, 1944. When Elliott Fraser learns his friend's half-sister, Kenzie, has disappeared, he sends David McBain and Jack Mallory to the past to find her, and bring her and her soul mate back to the future. Will David discover the mission pits him against the best interests of Britain? Will Jack's penchant for getting in trouble put his life at risk again? Will Kenzie find her soul mate, or will she lose more on the battlefield of this war than she did in Afghanistan?

Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray

June 21, 2016
Love, Dorothy, 1949- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2016]
386 pages ; 22 cm
"Mary Anna Custis Lee is a great-granddaughter of Martha Washington, wife of Confederate General Robert E Lee, and heiress to Virginia's storied Arlington house and General Washington's personal belongings. Born in bondage at Arlington, Selina Norris Gray learns to read and write in the schoolroom Mary and her mother keep for the slave children, and eventually becomes Mary's housekeeper and confidante. As Mary's health declines, Selina becomes her personal maid, strengthening a bond that lasts until death parts them. Forced to flee Arlington at the start of the Civil War, Mary entrusts the keys to her beloved home to no one but Selina. When Union troops begin looting the house, it is Selina who confronts their commander and saves many of its historic treasures."-- Provided by publisher.

We were kings

June 21, 2016
O'Malley, Thomas, 1967- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
369 pages ; 25 cm
In 1950's Boston, the Irish Republican Army is running guns and killing witnesses. Cal and Dante are committed to stopping them. When a body is discovered at the Charlestown locks--tarred, feathered and shot to death--it appears to be a gangland killing, and is almost immediately dismissed. However, Cal O'Brien's cousin, Boston PD detective Owen Lackey, recognizes the murder style as the typical retribution for IRA informers. Combined with a tip-off about a boat coming into Boston weighed down with stolen guns and ammunition, the body in the locks hints that much more may be at stake than a one-off hit.

The painter of souls

June 17, 2016
Kazan, Philip, author.
©2015
261 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Dust jacket.
Follows the journey of the boy who would become the painter Fra Filippo.

Cajun waltz

June 17, 2016
Patton, Robert H. (Robert Holbrook), 1957- author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
260 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
"The lyrics of a Cajun waltz may be dark as midnight with heartache and trouble, but still the music swings. The same goes for what happens after a shifty musician and a lonely shopgirl let destiny sweep them into an ill-suited marriage in swampy southwest Louisiana on the eve of the Depression. Love doesn't much figure between Richie Bainard and Esther Block. They build a business together while dreaming opposite dreams of fulfillment. But like a gumbo simmering with peppers and spice, desires finally come to a boil. Three generations of the volatile clan grapple with the region's economic struggles and racial tensions. The Bainard children, twins Bonnie and R.J. and their half-brother Seth, pursue separate cravings for money, sex, and religion. The chase in each case runs off the rails thanks to an ex-marine with a soft heart and a brutish devotion; a dazzling young stepmother of mixed race and mixed motives; and a high school tart who proves tougher and truer than all of them. Ultimately it takes the mass devastation of Hurricane Audrey in 1957 to cleanse the reckless passions."-- Provided by publisher.

No other will do

June 17, 2016
Witemeyer, Karen, author.
©2016
364 pages ; 22 cm
Men are optional. That was the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts taught her and why she started a successful women's colony in Harper's Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive the women out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one she trusts enough to ask. Malachi Shaw has finally earned the respect he's always craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma's telegram arrives, he leaves his job behind and rushes to Harper's Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she's not a girl any longer. She's a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn't deserve. As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.-- adapted from author website.

My Lady Jane

June 15, 2016
Hand, Cynthia, 1978- author.
©2016
491 pages ; 22 cm
Edward is the King of England. He's also dying, which is inconvenient, as he's only sixteen and he'd rather be planning his first kiss than who will inherit his crown. Jane, Edward's cousin, is far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately, Edward has arranged to marry her off to Gifford secure the line of succession. And Gifford is, well, a horse. That is, he an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated) who becomes a chestnut steed every morning, but wakes as a man at dusk, with a mouthful of hay. Very undignified. The plot thickens as the three are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy, and have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it's off with their heads?

A tale of two cities

June 15, 2016
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
xxxiv, 406 pages ; 20 cm.
When the starving French masses rise in hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent government, both the guilty and innocent become victims of their frenzied anger. Soon nothing stands in the way of the chilling figure they enlist for their cause--La Guillotine--the new invention for efficiently chopping off heads.

The girl from the Savoy

June 14, 2016
Gaynor, Hazel, author.
©2016
419, 14 pages ; 21 cm
Includes P.S. section, including biographical information about the author, historical information, and reading group discussion questions (second section, pages 1-14).
At the Savoy hotel, two women with very different pasts try to forget the devastation of the Great War and forge a new life in a city where those who dare to dream can have it all. Dolly is the Savoy's newest chambermaid, whose proximity to the dazzling hotel guests fuels her dreams to be a star like her idol, Loretta May. Loretta, the daughter of an earl, has rebelliously turned her back on the ordered life expected of a society woman and lives as she likes, but holds a dark secret. When Dolly's life collides with Loretta's, they must both learn to let go of their pasts in order to hold on to what they most desire.-- adapted from back cover.

Death on the Sapphire : a Lady Frances Ffolkes mystery

June 14, 2016
Koreto, R. J., author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2016.
292 pages ; 24 cm
"An extraordinary woman living in extraordinary times, Lady Frances Ffolkes is an Edwardian-era suffragette who has an uncanny ability to attract danger and romance. When Major Colcombe, a family friend and war veteran, dies under mysterious circumstances, the good Lady Frances discovers that he was working on a manuscript about South Africa’s bloody Boer War, which reportedly revealed a scandalous mistake that cost many innocent lives. Now, it’s up to Frances and her loyal lady's maid, June Mallow, to track down the missing manuscript and bring the killer to justice. Despite clashes with Scotland Yard and the British Secret Service, Frances never backs down and finds herself in several very unfortunate positions--and one very fortunate love triangle" -- back cover.

The devil's cold dish

June 14, 2016
Kuhns, Eleanor, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
322 pages ; 22 cm.
"Will Rees is back home on his farm in 1796 Maine with his teenage son, his pregnant wife, their five adopted children, and endless farm work under the blistering summer sun. But for all that, Rees is happy to have returned to Dugard, Maine, the town where he was born and raised, and where he's always felt at home. Until now. When a man is found dead - murdered - after getting into a public dispute with Rees, Rees starts to realize someone is intentionally trying to pin the murder on him. Then, his farm is attacked, his wife is accused of witchcraft, and a second body is found that points to the Rees family. Rees can feel the town of Dugard turning against him, and he knows that he and his family won't be safe there unless he can find the murderer and reveal the truth...before the murderer gets to him first"-- Provided by publisher.

The devils of Cardona

June 14, 2016
Carr, Matthew, 1955- author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2016.
401 pages : map ; 24 cm
"In this gripping historical thriller set in sixteenth-century Spain, a Catholic priest is murdered by a mysterious Muslim avenger as the Inquisition continues to force Moriscos to live and worship as Christians. In March 1584, the priest of Belamar de la Sierra, a small town in Aragon near the French border, is murdered in his own church. Most of the town's inhabitants are Moriscos, former Muslims who converted to Catholicism. Anxious to avert a violent backlash on the eve of a royal visit, an adviser to King Philip II appoints local magistrate Bernardo de Mendoza to investigate. A soldier and humanist, Mendoza doesn't always live up to the moral standards expected of court officials, but he has a reputation for incorruptibility. From the beginning, Mendoza finds almost universal hatred for the priest. And it isn't long before he's drawn into a complex and dangerous world in which greed, fanaticism, and state policy overlap. And as the killings continue, Mendoza's investigation is overshadowed by the real prospect of an ethnic and religious civil war. By turns an involving historical thriller and a novel with parallels to our own time, The Devils of Cardona is an unexpected and compelling read"-- Provided by publisher.

The Tumbling Turner sisters

June 14, 2016
Fay, Juliette, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"In 1919, the four Turner sisters and their parents are barely scraping along. Their father is a low-paid boot stitcher in Johnson City, NY, and the Turners are always one paycheck away from eviction. When their father's hand is crushed and he's forced to quit, their domineering mother decides that the vaudeville stage is their best--and only--chance for salvation. With everything at stake, the Tumbling Turners take to the road and the four young women, teenagers Gert, Winnie, and Kit, and Nell, a 22-year-old new mother and recent widow of the Great War, are soon immersed in the tumultuous world of American Vaudeville on a nine-city tour that will make or break them. Swindlers and ne'er-do-wells await in abundance, but so does kindness, and just maybe a chance at love."--Provided by publisher.

The whale : a love story

June 14, 2016
Beauregard, Mark.
©2016
281 pages ; 22 cm
"A rich and captivating novel set amid the witty, high-spirited literary society of 1850s New England, offering a new window on Herman Melville's emotionally charged relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne and how it transformed his masterpiece, Moby-Dick In the summer of 1850, Herman Melville finds himself hounded by creditors and afraid his writing career might be coming to an end--his last three novels have been commercial failures and the critics have turned against him. In despair, Melville takes his family for a vacation to his cousin's farm in the Berkshires, where he meets Nathaniel Hawthorne at a picnic--and his life turns upside down. The Whale chronicles the fervent love affair that grows out of that serendipitous afternoon. Already in debt, Melville recklessly borrows money to purchase a local farm in order to remain near Hawthorne, his newfound muse. The two develop a deep connection marked by tensions and estrangements, and feelings both shared and suppressed. Melville dedicated Moby-Dick to Hawthorne, and Mark Beauregard's novel fills in the story behind that dedication with historical accuracy and exquisite emotional precision, reflecting his nuanced reading of the real letters and journals of Melville, Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and others. An exuberant tale of longing and passion, The Whale captures not only a transformative relationship--long the subject of speculation--between two of our most enduring authors, but also their exhilarating moment in history, when a community of high-spirited and ambitious writers was creating truly American literature for the first time."--Amazon.com.

The woman in the photo : a novel

June 14, 2016
Hogan, Mary, 1957- author.
©2016
406, 9 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
On her eighteenth birthday, genetic information from Lee Parker's closed adoption is unlocked. She also sees an old photograph of a genetic relative, a nineteenth Century woman with hair and eyes likes hers, standing in a pile of rubble from an ecological disaster next to none other than Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross. Determined to identify the woman in the photo and unearth the mystery of that captured moment, Lee digs into history. Her journey takes her from California to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, from her present financial woes to her past of privilege, from the daily grind to an epic disaster. Once Lee's heroic DNA is revealed, will she decide to forge a new fate?

The fairest of them all

June 13, 2016
Maxwell, Cathy, author.
©2016
377 pages ; 18 cm.

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