New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

June 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The body in the ballroom

June 19, 2018
Koreto, Richard J., author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2018.
293 pages ; 24 cm.
"President Teddy Roosevelt's daring daughter, Alice, leaps into action to exonerate a friend accused of poisoning a man just about everyone hated. Alice Roosevelt, the brilliant, danger-loving daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, has already risked an assassin's bullet to solve one murder. She never expected to have to sleuth another, but she'd never pass up the opportunity, either. Anything to stave off boredom. And such an opportunity presents itself when Alice is invited to a lavish ball. The high-society guests are in high spirits as they imbibe the finest wines. But one man, detested by nearly all the partygoers, quaffs a decidedly deadlier cocktail. An African-American mechanic, who also happens to be a good friend of former Rough Rider-turned-Secret Service Agent Joseph St. Clair, is suspected of the murder-by-poison, but Alice is sure he's innocent and is back on the scene to clear his name. From downtown betting parlors to uptown mansions, Alice and Agent St. Clair uncover forbidden romances and a financial deal that just might change the world. But neither Alice nor her would-be protector may survive the case at hand in The body in the ballroom, R. J. Koreto's gripping second Alice Roosevelt mystery." -- ǂc Publishers description.

Touched by you

June 18, 2018
Wright, Elle, author.
311 pages ; 17 cm.
"Brooklyn Wells has fought her dominating father, CEO Parker Wells, every step of the way. Instead of taking her appointed place in the boardroom, she's a social worker. Instead of living for diamonds and designer gowns, she helps her community's poor and lost. And now she's falling hard for the troubled newcomer who saved her life--and holds dangerous secrets . . . For Carter Marshall, Wellspring offers a chance to put tragedy behind him and start again. Caring too much is not in the plan--until the irrepressible Brooklyn teases him to live once more . . . and recklessly lose himself in passion. But Parker Wells has a major deal riding on his daughter's arranged marriage. And he won't stop at using Brooklyn and Carter's pasts to drive them apart. As they fight scandal, betrayal, and their own vulnerabilities, will the fire between them burn even hotter--or flame out for good?"--Publisher's description.

The solace of water

June 15, 2018
Younts, Elizabeth Byler, author.
359 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"In The Solace of Water, Elizabeth Byler Younts tells the story of two women, one white and one black, in racially charged 1956, who fight personal battles of freedom and form a friendship that neither expected"-- Provided by publisher.

Loyalty to a gangsta 2

June 8, 2018
Rose, J. L., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2018.
v, 197 pages ; 22 cm
Gabriel Green returns home after a year-long sabbatical and learns that his fiancee's business is in danger. After hearing about infidelity, he reconnects with an old flame, whose life has been threatened.

The return of the Carter boys : the Carter boys 2

June 7, 2018
Granger, Desirée, author.
217 pages ; 21 cm.
As Trent thinks about stepping out on his wife in order to be with a woman from his past, Noelle has to determine whether or not to stick around when she sees a violent side of Shiloh she didn't know existed.

All work, no play

June 4, 2018
Baker, Assa Raymond, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Good2Go Publishing, 2018.
206 pages ; 22 cm
"Chicago's biggest drug trafficker J. Ross is fresh out of the pen, and looking to reclaim his spot atop the windy city's criminal hierarchy. But first, he concocts a deadly plan a revenge. Headed up by a vicious hired gun named Vudu. Vudu's marching orders are simple, travel to Milwaukee and obliterate the ones J.Ross holds responsible for his lengthy prison stint. Meanwhile, mil-town watches as its own gangland drama unfolds. Stepbrother and stepsister team Calboy and GP make their bank by ripping off dealers, while local hoods Kadeem and Gully see their flourishing drug business as a necessary evil. A stepping stone towards stardom, and better quality of life. But as all four inch closer to achieving their respective goals, loyalties begin to shift, and codes once considered sacred are suddenly breached. This, as the threat of J. Ross's newly-arrived henchman, looms large over everyone involved"--Back cover.

Los Angeles

June 1, 2018
Phillips, C. N., author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
236 pages ; 21 cm.

Broken places

May 31, 2018
Clark, Tracy P., 1961- author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2018.
vi, 361 pages ; 22 cm
Former cop Cass Raines has found the world of private investigation a less stressful way to eke out a living in the Windy City. When Father Ray Heaton asks Cass to look into a recent spate of vandalism at his church, she agrees. But only hours later she discovers his body in the church confessional, a dead gangbanger sprawled out nearby. It's dismissed as a late-night random theft, but Cass's instincts tell her that's not the motive at a cash-strapped parish like Saint Brendan's. And she intends to see justice done....

Lightning's run

May 31, 2018
Goodman, Gabriel.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
99 pages ; 20 cm.
Bullied relentlessly, Hiram Goldfarb, a Jewish immigrant in nineteenth-century New York City, learns bareknuckle fighting from a former slave wanted for a heinous crime in the South.

The accidental mistress

May 31, 2018
De León, Aya (Novelist), author.
291 pages ; 21 cm.
Sisters from Trinidad, Violet and Lily have never had much in common. Stunning Lily arrives undocumented in New York and makes her way as a stripper. But Harvard-educated Violet is this close to the perfect assimilated life, thanks to a prestigious job, and her rich bougie fiance... Until she aids a woman in trouble, and is mistaken for a notorious strip-club mogul's mistress. When she's wrongly accused of helping him embezzle millions, Violet loses everything. As Violet and Lily struggle to finally understand each other, they have only one shot to get justice for those who need it most.

A product of the system

May 31, 2018
Moore, Michel, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
282 pages ; 21 cm.

Won't stop

May 31, 2018
Johnson, Clifford, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
312 pages ; 21 cm.
"Hot Shot is at it again! Now that it's been revealed that he is an undercover FBI agent assigned to clean up as many urban cities as he can, Hot Shot and his trustworthy comrade Cotton take their skills to Oklahoma City to deal with some serious gangsters who run the drug trade"-- Provided by publisher.

Back to life : love after heartbreak

May 30, 2018
Shantaé, author.
234 pages ; 21 cm.

Anger is a gift

May 29, 2018
Oshiro, Mark, author.
463 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tor Teen book."
Six years ago, Moss Jefferies' father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media's vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks. Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals in their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

Monday's not coming

May 29, 2018
Jackson, Tiffany D., author.
435 pages ; 22 cm
Monday Charles is missing, and Claudia seems to be the one person who notices. They've always been inseparable, and when Monday doesn't show up for school fro two weeks, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday's mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and her sister April is even less help. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she's gone?

Crystal Clear

May 29, 2018
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
82 pages ; 22 cm
"A Henry Adams novella"--Cover.
From Lifetime Career Achievement Rita Award winner, USA Today bestseller, and NAACP Image Award Nominee, a story from Beverly Jenkins's acclaimed Blessings Series ... This novella--taking place after A Wish and a Prayer and before Heart of Gold --shares the inside story of fan-favorite, Crystal Chambers Brown's adventures as a runaway. A safe, stable life should be the everything that teenaged Crystal ever wanted; but though she knows she should count her blessings, part of her wants to scream at all the rules! She loves her new life and family ... but she misses her friends and being free. People say you can never go back home, but Crystal thinks they're wrong, and heads back to Dallas, to see what she left behind. But on the way, Crystal learns some home truths about the real meaning of home. Sometimes a journey backwards moves you forward ... Includes a new bonus short story, Transformation.

Tiffany Sly lives here now

May 8, 2018
Davis, Dana, 1984- author.
332 pages ; 22 cm
I've got seven days to come clean to my new dad. Seven days to tell the truth... For sixteen-year-old Tiffany Sly, life hasn't been safe or normal for a while. Losing her mom to cancer has her a little bit traumatized and now she has to leave her hometown of Chicago to live with the biological dad she's never known. Anthony Stone is a rich man with four other daughters--and rules for every second of the day. Tiffany tries to make the best of things, but she doesn't fit into her new luxurious, but super-strict, home--or get along with her standoffish sister London. The only thing that makes her new life even remotely bearable is the strange boy across the street. Marcus McKinney has had his own experiences with death, and the unexpected friendship that blossoms between them is the only thing that makes her feel grounded. But Tiffany has a secret. Another man claims he's Tiffany's real dad--and she has only seven days before he shows up to demand a paternity test and the truth comes out. With her life about to fall apart all over again, Tiffany finds herself discovering unexpected truths about her father, her mother and herself, and realizing that maybe family is in the bonds you make--and that life means sometimes taking risks.

A lucky man : stories

May 3, 2018
Brinkley, Jamel, author.
243 pages ; 24 cm
No more than a bubble -- J'ouvert, 1996 - I happy am -- Everything the mouth eats -- A family -- A lucky man -- Infinite happiness -- Wolf and Rhonda -- Clifton's place.
"Nine powerful stories set in Brooklyn and the South Bronx explore the comples ties between men whose mistakes threaten their relationships with friends, lovers, and family members." --Jacket.

Full figured 12 : Carl Weber presents

April 26, 2018
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2018]
312 pages ; 21 cm.
"Plus side divas"--Cover.
"Carl Weber presents."
The biggest loser / La Jill Hunt -- Lusting for a big girl: a full figured story / by C.N. Phillips.
"La Jill Hunt and C. N. Phillips deliver two empowering stories about big, beautiful women who are surviving and thriving in the workplace"--Back cover.

Queen hustlaz, part 2

April 26, 2018
Love, Falicia, author.
230 pages ; 21 cm
"The girls are at it again and have taken revenge to the next level. Dana has gone through an ultimate test of will and faith, but she refuses to sit still and live her life being dependent on others. Will she become the woman that she used to be, or will she fall back in the grasp of money and greed? Stephanie is in a world of her own and wants to transition away from Dana and Brittany. Will she finally slip the tight hold that Dana seemingly has over her? Jeryca's future keeps her visiting her past and remembering how Farrah was there for her, which sets her teeth on edge. She is going to make everyone involved pay dearly--even the ones currently in her circle--but with new enemies coming for her and Orlando, will revenge truly be hers, or will the wrath of her new foe bring her demise?"-- Page [4] of cover.

What kind of man would I be?

April 26, 2018
Karrington, Blake, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2018]
297 pages ; 21 cm.
Friends Dorrian, Ant, Roshon, and Carlos navigate the toxic and wonderful relationships with the women in their lives.

Dead on arrival

April 24, 2018
Swinson, Kiki, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
279 pages ; 22 cm
Desperate to pay off gambling debts, Dawn and Reese Spencer get drawn into a lucrative illegal-immigrant-smuggling ring, but after several immigrants turn up dead on arrival and Reese bets more than he can ever repay, the Feds and cold-blooded loan sharks begin closing in.


April 23, 2018
Diamond, De'nesha, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
406 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes preview of 'Conspiracy' also by author.
"In D.C.'s cutthroat political arena, revenge is the ultimate nuclear option . . . Framed for a high-profile murder, Abrianna Parker finds herself hurtling down a conspiracy rabbit hole in a desperate attempt to clear her name. Her only way out is to go after the most powerful man in the country. But the powers that be play dirty—and expose her billionaire adoptive father, Cargill Parker, and his criminal activity. With charges of collusion swirling on Capitol Hill, police and Federal agencies force Abrianna off the grid. But she’s not alone. By her side is ex-con turned private investigator Kadir Kahlifa, a man as seductive as he is dangerous. While battling a fiery passion, they team up with their band of street rebels and digital revolutionaries to burn through deception and spin to uncover the truth before it costs more innocent lives—mainly their own."--Back cover.

A time for peace

April 23, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
189 pages ; 20 cm.
"Mama B's having a time keeping her attitude in check at a beachfront wedding. For her husband's sake, Mama B tries to keep her mouth shut about the couple's obvious differences, but how is that possible when the bride is young enough to be the groom's child? And speaking of children, Mama B's got a problem with her oldest son, who has been slacking on his landlord duties. Is it time to sell the house or does she need to have a good, long talk and let him know how the cow ate the cabbage? Kennedy didn't want to invite her sister, Whitney, to the wedding because Whitney always steals the show. This wedding weekend will put their sisterhood to the test, and Mama B is just the person to help them through...if Mama B can stop feuding with her own family long enough to hear God's voice in the midst"--Back cover.

Strategic seduction

April 20, 2018
Hodges, Cheris F.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
313 pages ; 17 cm
Alicia Michaels needs a major career reboot, but starting over in Atlanta is an uphill battle for the cautious PR rep—especially after she teams up with wealthy Richmond Crawford on a make-or-break project. For one thing, the risk-taking entrepreneur is nothing like the staid businessman he used to be. For another, she and Richmond can’t see eye-to-eye on anything—except that the reckless attraction between them is sizzling, off-the-charts trouble . . .


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