New Arrivals · Large Print Fiction

October 26, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Commonwealth : a novel

October 25, 2016
Patchett, Ann, author.
448 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly--thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them. When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another. Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together"-- Provided by publisher.

Escape clause

October 25, 2016
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23-
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2016]
500 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Whenever you hear the sky rumble, that usually means a storm. In Virgil Flowers's case, make that two. The first comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large Siberian tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are very concerned that they've been stolen for their organs. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes their parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get - and keep - what they need. As Virgil is about to find out. Then there's the home front. Virgil's relationship with his girlfriend, Frankie, has been getting kind of serious, but when Frankie's sister, Sparkle, moves in for the summer, things get a lot more complicated. Sparkle has a roving eye, and it's fixed right on Virgil. Forget a storm - this one's a tornado.

The kept woman : a novel

October 25, 2016
Slaughter, Karin, 1971- author.
New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
704 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
It's the most dangerous case of Will Trent's career. He knows this from the moment he sets foot in the abandoned Atlanta warehouse where a body lies on the floor--the body of an ex-cop. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim, evidently a woman, was carried away ... and has vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest and most high-profile athlete--a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers. A hero married to Will's ex-wife. A hero whom Will's superiors at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have spent the last six months investigating for rape.But for Will--and also for Sara Linton, the GBI's newest medical examiner--the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will's troubled past ... and the consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.

Missing : a private novel

October 25, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing Large Print, 2016.
543 pages (large print) ; 20 cm.
Previously published as Private Sydney in the UK and Australia in 2015.
Craig Gisto has promised Eliza Moss that his elite team at Private Sydney will investigate the disappearance of her father. After all, as CEO of a high-profile research company, Eric Moss shouldn't be difficult to find--except it's not just the man who's gone missing. Despite the most advanced technology at their disposal, they find every trace of him has vanished, too. And they aren't the only ones on the hunt.

Twelve days of Christmas : a novel

October 25, 2016
Macomber, Debbie.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2016]
388 pages (large print) ; 18 cm.
Friendly and bubbly, Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her standoffish neighbor, Cain Maddox, presents a particular challenge. No matter how hard she's tried to be nice, Cain rudely rebuffs her at every turn. But when Julia catches Cain stealing her newspaper from the lobby of their apartment building, that's the last straw. She's going to break through Cain's Scrooge-like exterior by killing him with kindness. To track her progress, Julia starts a blog called The Twelve Days of Christmas. Little by little Julia chips away at Cain's gruff façade to reveal the caring man underneath, and unbelievably, she feels herself falling for Cain--and she suspects that he may be falling for her as well. But as the popularity of her blog continues to grow, Julia must decide if telling Cain the truth about having chronicled their relationship to the rest of the world is worth risking their chance at love.

Woman of God

October 25, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
519, 21 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Includes an excerpt from: Never never.
St. Peter's Square, Rome. White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen. Is it possible that the new Pope is a woman? The world is watching as historic crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new Pope, one who promises to be unlike any other in the Church's history. Some followers are ecstatic, but the leading candidate has made a legion of powerful enemies. From a difficult childhood with drug addled parents, to a career as a doctor on the front lines in Sudan, to a series of trials that test her faith at every turn, Brigid Fitzgerald's convictions and callings have made her the target of all those who fear that the Church has lost its way dangerous adversaries who abhor challenges to tradition. Locked in a deadly, high-stakes battle with forces determined to undermine everything she believes in, Brigid must convert her enemies to her cause before she loses her faith and her life.

Small great things

October 25, 2016
Picoult, Jodi, 1966- author.
727 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
A woman and her husband admitted to a hospital to have a baby requests that their nurse be reassigned -- they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into a courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear.

The devoted

October 25, 2016
Fisher, Suzanne Woods, author.
437 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"Ruthie Stoltzfus loves her family must decide about her future. Should she stay Amish, or leave? She's passed the GED, saved her money, but can't quite set her journey into motion. Patrick Kelly came to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to "everything Plain." Every moment is to be cherished, especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor. Ruthie's ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is rebellious, headstrong, defiant. He'll do anything to win Ruthie back--anything--and Patrick Kelly is getting in his way"--page [4] cover.

The selfless act

October 25, 2016
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
227 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"Meet businessman Joel Byler who has gotten himself into a financial bind and his eccentric, wealthy Amish father who is done bailing out his spoiled son. When will Joel learn he must pay for his own mistakes - and at what cost to his business, his fiancée, and his Amish siblings?"--Publisher's description.

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

October 25, 2016
Coble, Colleen, author.
451 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions on pages 443-4443
Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family's blueberry barrens, but after her fields stop producing fruit, she's forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking for a nanny for his two nieces, it's almost to good to be true. And maybe it is, because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family.

All the little liars

October 25, 2016
Harris, Charlaine, author.
369 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
When four kids vanish from the soccer field, including Aurora Teagarden's brother Phillip, Aurora and her husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe start their own investigation.

Broken trust

October 25, 2016
Griffin, W. E. B., author.
483 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
While investigating the death of a young socialite, sergeant Matt Payne begins to doubt reports of her long struggle with mental illness and uncovers secrets that place lives at risk.

Darkest journey

October 25, 2016
Graham, Heather, author.
465 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Charlene "Charlie" Moreau is back in St. Francisville, Louisiana, to work on a movie. One night, she stumbles across the body of a Civil War reenactor, the second murdered in two days. Charlie is shocked to learn that her father--a guide on the Journey, a historic paddle wheeler that's sponsoring the reenactment--is a suspect. Meanwhile, Ethan Delaney, new to the FBI's Krewe of Hunters, is brought in on the case. He and Charlie have a history of their own, dating back to when he rescued her from a graveyard. Charlie arranges a Mississippi River cruise so she and Ethan can get close to the reenactors, find out who knows what, who has a motive. They discover a lot more as they resume the relationship that ended ten years ago ... but might die, along with them, on the Journey.

Fates and traitors : a novel of John Wilkes Booth

October 25, 2016
Chiaverini, Jennifer, author.
683 pages (large print) : maps ; 22 cm.
"The world would not look upon his like again. John Wilkes Booth--driven son of an acclaimed British stage actor and a Covent Garden flower girl, whose misguided quest to avenge the vanquished Confederacy led him to commit one of the most notorious acts in the annals of America--has been the subject of scholarship, speculation, and even obsession. Though in his plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln Booth did not act alone--"I am determined to be a villain," he tragically prophesized on the occasion of his acclaimed 1862 New York City debut in the role of Richard III--he is often portrayed as a shadowy figure, devoid of human connection. Yet four women were integral in the life of this unquiet American: Mary Ann, the mother he revered above all but country; his sister and confidante, Asia; Lucy Lambert Hale, the senator's daughter who loved him; and the Confederate widow Mary Surratt, to whom he entrusted the secrets of his vengeful wrath. In Fates and Traitors, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini renders for the first time as fiction the compelling interplay between these pivotal actors--some willing, others unwitting--who made an indelible mark on the history of our nation."


October 25, 2016
Mullen, Thomas, author.
639 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Responding to orders from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers, including war veterans Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers: they aren't allowed to arrest white suspects, drive squad cars, or set foot in the police headquarters. When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up dead, Boggs and Smith suspect white cops are behind it. Their investigation sets them up against a brutal cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood as his own, and his partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines"

Iris and Ruby

October 25, 2016
Thomas, Rosie, author.
649 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
The unexpected arrival of her willful teenage granddaughter, Ruby, brings life and disorder to 82-year-old Iris Black's old house in Cairo. Ruby, driven by her fraught relationship with her own mother to run away from England, is seeking refuge with the grandmother she hasn't seen for years. An unlikely bond develops between them, as Ruby helps Iris to record her fading memories of the glittering, cosmopolitan Cairo of World War II, and of her one true love--the enigmatic Captain Xan Molyneux--whom she lost to the ravages of conflict. This long-ago love has shaped Iris's life, and, as becomes increasingly apparent, those of her daughter and her granddaughter. And it is to affect them all, again, in ways they could not have imagined.

Precious and Grace

October 25, 2016
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- author.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2016.
373 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Helping Mr. Polopetsi with an entanglement in a pyramid scheme and Charlie with a dubious romance, an unassisted Precious Ramotswe tackles the case of a young Canadian woman who would find a long-lost acquaintance from her Botswana childhood.

Blind sight

October 21, 2016
O'Connell, Carol, 1947- author.
603 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
The extraordinary new Mallory novel from one of the most acclaimed crime writers in America. A blind child and a Catholic nun disappear from a city sidewalk in plain sight of onlookers. There, then gone vanished in seconds. Those who witnessed the event still cannot believe it happened. It was all too real. Detective Kathy Mallory and the NYPD s Special Crimes Unit enter the investigation when the nun s body is found with three other corpses in varying stages of decomposition left on the lawn of Gracie Mansion, home to the mayor of New York City. Sister Michael was the last to die. The child, Jonah Quill, is still missing. Like Jonah, the police are blind. Unknown to them, he is with a stone killer, and though he has unexpected resources of his own, his would-be saviors have no suspect, no useful evidence, and no clue except for Detective Mallory s suspicions of things "not said" and her penchant for getting to the truth beneath lies. Behind her back, the squad s name for her is Mallory the Machine, yet she has a dark understanding of what it is to be human. A child is waiting, time is running out, and atop her list of liars is the mayor himself and a theory of the crimes in which no sane cop could believe."

The versions of us

October 21, 2016
Barnett, Laura, 1982- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
525 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Originally published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
The one thing that's certain is that Eva and Jim met on a Cambridge street by chance and felt a connection that would last a lifetime. But as for what happened next ... They fell wildly in love or went their separate ways. They kissed or they thought better of it. They married soon after or were together for a few weeks before splitting up. They grew distracted and disappointed with their daily lives together or found solace together only after hard years spent apart. A tale of possibilities and consequences ... and how even the smallest choices can define the course of our lives.

Reckless creed

October 20, 2016
Kava, Alex, author.
417 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"In Chicago, a young man jumps from his nineteenth-story hotel room; along the Missouri river, a hunter and his son stumble upon a lake whose surface is littered with snow geese, all of them dead; and in southern Alabama, Ryder Creed and his search-and-rescue dog Grace find the body of a young woman who went missing in the Conecuh National Forest ... and it appears she filled her pockets with rocks and walked into the river. Before long Ryder Creed and FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell will discover the ominous connection among these mysterious deaths. What they find may be the most prolific killer the United States has ever known." -- Back cover.

From this day forward

October 20, 2016
Snelling, Lauraine, author.
521 pages (large print) 22 cm
Deborah MacCallister, head nurse at the Blessing hospital, has loved Toby Valders since her school days, but she's had enough of their on-again, off-again relationship. Toby truly cares for Deborah, but he's never felt like he could commit to marriage or a family. When Anton Genddarm, the new schoolteacher, comes to town, the young women of Blessing see a chance to force Toby's hand with a little strategic matchmaking. But real sparks fly between Deborah and Anton, and she finds herself in an even more complicated situation. The attention she gets from Anton makes Toby do some serious soul-searching, but is it too late?"--page [4] cover.

The undoing of Saint Silvanus

October 20, 2016
Moore, Beth, 1957- author.
691 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Jillian Slater hadn't seen her father or his mother in almost 20 years until, on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death, Adella Atwater, the manager of her grandmother's apartment house, calls and says Jillian's expenses would be paid if she'd fly in to New Orleans for the burial. What Adella didn't tell her was that the apartment house bears the dead weight of a long and painful history. As an investigation into her father's death unfolds, Jillian is drawn into the lives of the colorful collection of saints and sinners who pass through Saint Silvanus. Is her family actually cursed, or is it just this crazy old house that holds them all under its spell?

When death draws near : a Gwen Marcey novel

October 20, 2016
Parks, Carrie Stuart, author.
443 pages (large print) ; 22 cm

Hot milk

October 20, 2016
Levy, Deborah, author.
353 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Sons and daughters of ease and plenty

October 20, 2016
Ausubel, Ramona, author.
461 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

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