New Arrivals · Large Print Fiction

April 22, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The horse dancer

April 21, 2017
Moyes, Jojo, 1969-
©2009
636 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
First published in Great Britain by Hodder & Stoughton, an imprint of Hachette UK, in 2009.
When Sarah's grandfather gives her a beautiful horse named Boo--hoping that one day she'll follow in his footsteps to join an elite French riding school, away from their gritty London neighborhood--she quietly trains in city's parks and alleys. But then her grandfather falls ill, and Sarah must juggle horsemanship with school and hospital visits. Natasha, a young lawyer, is reeling after her failed marriage: her professional judgment is being questioned, her new boyfriend is a let-down, and she's forced to share her house with her charismatic ex-husband. Yet when the willful fourteen-year-old Sarah lands in her path, Natasha decides to take the girl under her wing.

The barefoot summer

April 21, 2017
Brown, Carolyn, 1948- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
399 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"A heartbreakingly hilarious novel about three women who had nothing in common, except their newly deceased husband, a lakeside cabin in Bootleg, Texas, and a detective who's convinced that at least one of them conspired to commit murder"-- Provided by publisher.

The boat rocker

April 21, 2017
Jin, Ha, 1956- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
296 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Pantheon Books, 2016.
New York, 2005. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency that produces a website read by Chinese all over the world. Danlin's explosive exposés have made him legendary among readers--and feared by Communist officials. But his newest assignment may be his undoing: investigating his ex-wife, Yan Haili, an unscrupulous novelist who has willingly become a pawn of the Chinese government in order to realize her dreams of literary stardom. Hanli's scheme infuriates Danlin both morally and personally--he will do whatever it takes to expose her as a fraud. But in outing Haili, he is also provoking her powerful political allies, and he will need to draw on all of his journalistic cunning to come out of this investigation with his career--and his life--still intact.

Expecting to die

April 21, 2017
Jackson, Lisa, author.
©2016
542 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"The menacing woods of Grizzly Falls, Montana, are not for the faint of heart. But for some, they're the perfect setting for partying and pranks. They don't know there's a rapt audience amid the tangled trees, a killer with a different kind of game in mind, for whom the woods are dark and deep--and perfectly deadly"--Provided by publisher.

The Guineveres

April 21, 2017
Domet, Sarah, author.
©2016
518 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Gwen, Ginny, Win and Vere are all actually named Guinevere. They are all under the strict guidance of the nuns at Our Lady of Perpetual Adoration. They have different and equally heartbreaking reasons for coming to live at the convent. Guided by the controlling Sister Fran and the spiritually inept Father James, they work in the convalescent wing as punishment, taking care of five unidentified and comatose soldiers. When one of the soldiers awakens and another girl is sent home with him to help with his recovery, each friend imagines a future with "her" soldier outside the constraints of the religious community.

Joshua's mission

April 21, 2017
Chapman, Vannetta, author.
©2016
447 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes discussion questions and glossary.
"Joshua Kline travels from his farm in Oklahoma with a team of Amish volunteers to offer aid to an Englisch town on the gulf coast of Texas after a category 4 hurricane has ravaged the area in this story of love, forgiveness, and the grace of God that carries us through even the worst situations"--Provided by publisher.

The last woman standing

April 21, 2017
Adams, Thelma, author.
©2016
391 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Two decades after the Civil War, Josephine Marcus, the teenage daughter of Jewish immigrants, is lured to Tombstone, Arizona, with the promise of marriage to Johnny Behan, one of Arizona's famous lawmen. When the silver-tongued Behan proves unreliable, it is Wyatt Earp who emerges as Josephine's match and ignites a rivalry destined for the history books"--Provided by publisher.

Murder at Rough Point

April 21, 2017
Maxwell, Alyssa, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
392 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : Kensington Books, 2016.
In glittering Newport, Rhode Island, at the close of the nineteenth century, status is everything. But despite being a poorer relation to the venerable Vanderbilts, Emma Cross has shaped her own identity--as a reporter and a sleuth. Fancies and Fashion reporter Emma Cross is sent by the Newport Observer to cover an elite house party at Rough Point, the "cottage" owned by her distant cousin Frederick Vanderbilt, which has been rented as a retreat for artists. To her surprise, the illustrious guests include her estranged Bohemian parents--recently returned from Europe--as well as a variety of notable artists, including author Edith Wharton. But when one of the artists--an English baronet--is discovered dead at the bottom of a cliff, Rough Point becomes anything but a house of mirth. After a second guest is found murdered, no one is above suspicion--including Emma's parents.

Murder on the Moor

April 21, 2017
Deering, Julianna, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
391 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"When mysterious incidents begin occurring on a moor in Yorkshire, an old friend begs Drew for help. At first it seems to be simply bad luck--fires started, livestock scattered--but then the vicar is murdered. As danger closes in, Drew must determine what's really going on and find the killer before it's too late"--Provided by publisher.

Nest

April 21, 2017
Goodkind, Terry, author.
©2016
607 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Kate Bishop thought she was an ordinary woman living and working in Chicago. But when she unexpectedly finds herself in the middle of a police investigation into a brutal murder, Kate makes a shocking discovery: she has the ability to identify killers just by looking into their eyes. Her unique vision also makes her a target"--Provided by publisher.

On second thought

April 21, 2017
Higgins, Kristan, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
583 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Includes reader discussion questions.
"Despite the murky blended-family dynamic that has always separated them, Ainsley's and Kate's heartaches bind them together when they come to terms with the inevitable imperfection of relationships and family--and the possibility of one day finding love again"--Provided by publisher.

The road to enchantment

April 21, 2017
McLaren, Kaya, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
415 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
"As a young girl, Willow's mother left their home in Washington State in a literal blaze of glory: she set the mattress of her cheating husband on fire in her driveway, roasting marshmallow peeps and hot dogs before the fire department arrived. And with that, she and her daughter set off to New Mexico, to a new life, to a world of arroyos and canyons bordering an Apache reservation. Willow was devastated. Her eccentric mother believed in this new life and set about starting a winery and goat ranch. But for Willow, it meant initially being bullied and feeling like an outsider. Today, as a grown woman, Willow much prefers Los Angeles and her job as a studio musician. But things tend to happen in threes: her mother dies, her boyfriend dumps her, and Willow discovers she is pregnant. The DeVine Winery and Goat Ranch is all she has left, even it is in financial straits and unmanageable back taxes. There is something, though, about the call of "home." She's surprised to find that her Apache best friend Darrel along with the rest of the community seems to think she belongs far more than she ever thought she did. Can Willow redefine what home means for her, and can she make a go of the legacy her mother left behind? Told with Kaya McLaren's humor and heart, The Road to Enchantment is a story about discovering that the last thing you want is sometimes the one thing you need"-- Provided by publisher.

Shine like the dawn

April 21, 2017
Turansky, Carrie, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
520 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: Colorado Springs, Colo. : Multnomah,2017.
Includes reader's guide.
"In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother's millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible event reshaped their family, shattering an idyllic life and their future prospects. Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet. Still, the loss of her parents weighs heavily on her heart because she wonders if what happened that day on the lake might not have been an accident. When wealthy inventor and industrialist William Harcourt dies, his son and Maggie's estranged childhood friend, Nathaniel, returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father's vast estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father's engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll, and Maggie struggles to trust her old friend. Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate -- and reconciling with God? Will the search for the truth about her parents' death draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts?" -- Back cover.

Unpunished

April 21, 2017
Black, Lisa, 1963- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
400 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
A copy editor at the Cleveland Herald is found hanging above the grinding wheels of the newspaper assembly line. Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner has her suspicions about this apparent suicide, and when the evidence suggests murder, Maggie has no choice but to place her trust in the one person she doesn't trust at all. Jack Renner is a vigilante with his own code of honor. In the past, Jack has used his skills and connections as a homicide detective to take the law into his own hands, all in the name of justice. When more newspaper employees are slain, Jack may be the only person who can help Maggie unmask the killer-- even if Jack is still checking names off his own private murder list.

Urgent care

April 21, 2017
Alexander, Hannah, author.
©2015
455 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"The town of Dogwood Springs, Missouri, has been deluged by spring storms. As tornados and torrential floods rage, Pastor Archer Pierce disappears, and the town begins a frantic search against time and the elemants"--Provided by publisher.

The Wangs vs. the world

April 21, 2017
Chang, Jade, 1975- author.
©2016
558 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent--and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together"-- Provided by publisher.

Where the lost girls go

April 21, 2017
Noonan, Rosalind, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
424 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Originally published: Crooked Lane Books, 2017.
Rookie cop Laura Mori catches her first investigation when the fiery crash of a sports car lights up the night sky. The fire burns the body beyond recognition, but the police are able to identify the car as that of Kent Jameson, celebrity author and benefactor of Sunrise Lake. And Jameson fears that the unidentified body is his seventeen-year-old daughter Lucy, who stormed out of the house that night after an argument. When lab reports reveal that the body was not Lucy, but a teen runaway named Kyra whose disappearance has been linked with other missing persons--more than half a dozen lost girls who disappeared while living on the streets of Portland--the investigation takes a drastic turn. How did Kyra come to land at the Jameson estate in rural Oregon, and what was she doing driving their car? And who cut the brake lines on the vehicle? Just when Laura is making progress in the case, she comes across a suspicious lane in the forest that uncovers new evidence that will once again alter the course of the investigation and rock Sunrise Lake to its core.

Kill the next one

April 20, 2017
Axat, Federico, author.
©2016
627 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Originally published as La ultima salida by Planeta de Libros, March 2016".
"Ted McKay had it all: a beautiful wife, two daughters, a high-paying job. But after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor he finds himself with a gun to his temple, ready to pull the trigger. Then the doorbell rings. A stranger makes him a proposition: why not kill two deserving men before dying? The first target is a criminal, and the second is a man with terminal cancer who, like Ted, wants to die. After executing these kills, Ted will become someone else's next target, like a kind of suicidal daisy chain. Ted understands the stranger's logic: it's easier for a victim's family to deal with a murder than with a suicide. However, as Ted commits the murders, the crime scenes strike him as odd. The targets know him by name and possess familiar mementos. Even more bizarrely, Ted recognizes locations and men he shouldn't know. As Ted's mind begins to crack, dark secrets from his past seep through the fissures"-- Publisher's summary.

Valiant gentlemen

April 20, 2017
Murray, Sabina, author.
©2016
767 pages (large print) ; 23 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.

Antiques fate : a trash 'n' treasures mystery

April 20, 2017
Allan, Barbara, author.
©2016
331 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Brandy Borne s eccentric mother, Vivian, has been invited to perform her one-woman show of "Macbeth" at the hamlet of Old York s Brit-flavored annual fete. Brandy, sensing a dramatic disaster, and savvy shih tzu Sushi, sensing doggy treats, tag along. Before the curtain goes up, an unscripted death occurs onstage. When a second victim makes a too-hasty exit from the mortal coil, Brandy and Vivian must step into the spotlight. But a calculating killer seems to be well-rehearsed for the Borne girls ... Don t miss Brandy Borne s tips on antiques fairs Praise for Barbara Allan and the Trash n Treasures Mysteries Scenes of Midwestern small-town life, informative tidbits about the antiques business, and clever dialog. "Library Journal" The characters shine with brassy humor. "Publishers Weekly" A madcap series with non-stop humor. "RT Book Reviews""

The Last Chance Olive Ranch

April 20, 2017
Albert, Susan Wittig, author.
©2017
429 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Recipes using olive oil on pages 417-425.
"China Bayles fears for her husband's life as an escaped convict targets him ... Max Mantel, the killer McQuaid put away years ago, has busted out of Huntsville Prison and appears to be headed for Pecan Springs. McQuaid knows there's only one way to stop the vengeful convict--set a trap with himself as bait. China wants to stay by her husband's side and keep him from harm. But McQuaid insists that she get out of town and go to the Last Chance Olive Ranch, where she's agreed to teach a workshop on herbs. When China and her best friend arrive at the ranch, she learns the owner, Maddie Haskell, has her own troubles. She inherited the ranch and olive oil business from the late matriarch, Eliza Butler, but Eliza's nephew is contesting the will. While China throws herself into helping Maddie, McQuaid's plan backfires when Mantel executes a countermove he never saw coming. Now McQuaid's life is not the only one at stake--and this time may really be his last chance."-- Provided by publisher.

A word for love

April 20, 2017
Robbins, Emily, author.
©2017
363 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"It is said there are ninety-nine Arabic words for love. Bea, an American exchange student, has learned them all: in search of deep feeling, she travels to a Middle Eastern country known to hold the "The Astonishing Text," an ancient, original manuscript of a famous Arabic love story that is said to move its best readers to tears. But once in this foreign country, Bea finds that instead of intensely reading Arabic she is entwined in her host family's complicated lives-- as they lock the doors, and whisper anxiously about impending revolution. And suddenly, instead of the ancient love story she sought, it is her daily witness of a contemporary Romeo and Juliet-like romance-- between a housemaid and policeman of different cultural and political backgrounds-- that astonishes her, changes her, and makes her weep. But as the country drifts toward explosive unrest, Bea wonders how many secrets she can keep, and how long she can fight for a romance that does not belong to her."-- Provided by publisher.

I liked my life

April 20, 2017
Fabiaschi, Abby, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
443 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch...until she commits suicide, leaving her husband Brady and teenage daughter Eve heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives? How they can possibly continue without her? As they sift through details of her last days, trying to understand the woman they thought they knew, Brady and Eve are forced to come to terms with unsettling truths. Maddy, however, isn t ready to leave her family forever. Watching from beyond, she tries to find the perfect replacement for herself. Along comes Rory: pretty, caring, and spontaneous, with just the right bit of edge...but who also harbors a tragedy of her own. Will the mystery of Maddy ever come to rest? And can her family make peace with their history and begin to heal?

Redeemed hearts

April 20, 2017
Mason, Susan Anne, author.
©2016
327 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Rainbow Falls, book 3"--P. [4] of cover.
Filled with guilt over a relationship with a married man, Chloe Martin returns to her hometown, vowing to turn her life around. She never expects to be neighbors with her old crush, Aidan North. Can Chloe let go of the guilt over her past and allow herself to love again? Vice principal Aidan North is determined to open a youth center for local teens. As much as he wants to ignore the captivating Chloe, he needs her energy and enthusiasm to make the youth center a success. Aidan is uncomfortable with his attraction to Chloe, since she is clearly a woman of secrets. Lies got Aidan into trouble at his previous position, and he refuses to let history repeat itself. Can Aidan forgive Chloe's transgressions and trust her with his heart?

Death & the gravedigger's angel

April 19, 2017
Ross, Loretta, 1966- author.
©2017
361 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
In Ross's charming third mystery featuring Death (pronounced Deeth) Bogart, a wounded ex-Marine, and his auctioneer girlfriend, Wren Morgan (after 2016's Death and the Brewmaster's Widow), a murder victim turns out to be the son of the founder of a hate-preaching church, sent by his father to infiltrate a mosque in East Bledsoe Ferry, Mo. When another wounded vet, who threatened the victim earlier, is arrested, Death sets out to prove his innocence. Meanwhile, a second (and more interesting) mystery emerges when Wren finds an old sketchbook filled with artist's drawings and she tries to trace its origin. When the couple see a horror film, Wren can't resist detailing what the wimpy actresses could have done instead of going into the basement or garden or wherever the undead killer is waiting. Coincidentally, she later puts those skills into practice when the killer comes after her. The amusing banter between Death and Wren more than compensates for the plot contrivances. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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