New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

December 12, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Kiska : a novel

December 11, 2017
Smelcer, John E., 1963- author.
Freedonia, New York : Leapfrog Press, 2017.
180 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
In 1942, when 881 Aleuts are evacuated to an internment camp nearly 2,000 miles away, fourteen-year-old Kiska stands up against the injustice and secretly becomes their champion.

Someone to wed

December 11, 2017
Balogh, Mary, author.
383 pages : genealogical table ; 18 cm.
A very practical marriage makes Alexander Westcott question his heart in the latest Regency romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone to Hold. When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can't afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life... A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate - and oh-so-dashing-earl - a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to develop between them. He is totally unprepared for the desire that overwhelms him when Wren finally lifts the veils that hide the secrets of her past...

The night language : a novel

December 11, 2017
Rocklin, David, 1961- author.
305 pages ; 22 cm
"A Genuine Vireo book."
"The story of a young man, Prince Alamayou of Abyssinia (present day Ethiopia), who is taken from his home and the Abyssinian war to the court of Queen Victoria--a world he knows nothing about. With him is Philip Layard, a young apprentice to one of the doctors on the battlefield in Abyssinia, who becomes Alamayou's guardian, only friend, and eventually, the love of his life. When Parliament accuses Alamayou of murder, the young prince is sentenced to return to Abyssinia, where he will be executed. His only hope comes from the very thing that cannot be uttered: the unexpected and forbidden love between Alamayou and Philip."--Back cover.

The irregular

December 11, 2017
Lyle, H. B., author.
294 pages ; 24 cm
"London 1909: The British Empire spans the globe, seen as an invulnerable imperial power. But Captain Vernon Kell, head of counter-intelligence at the War Office, knows better. In Russia, there is revolution in the wind; in Germany, an arms race; and in London, the streets are alive with foreign agents provocateur. Kell wants to set up a Secret Service, an agency with a mandate to act domestically and abroad to protect the Empire, but to convince his political masters he needs proof of a threat. To find that proof, he needs an agent he can trust who is smart, ruthless, and able to blend in with the hoi polloi. The playing fields of Eton may produce good army and naval officers, but not men who can work undercover in a munitions factory that appears to be leaking secrets to the Germans. As it happens, the man Kell needs is Wiggins. Trained as a child by Kell's old friend Sherlock Holmes--who organized a gang of urchin investigators known at 221B as the Baker Street Irregulars--Wiggins is a survivor: an ex-soldier with an talent for deduction perhaps second only to the Great Detective, as well as a cunning street fighter. "The best," says Holmes. But Wiggins turns down the job--he "don't do official." But when his best friend, a constable with the London police, is killed by Russian anarchists, Wiggins realizes that accepting the role of secret agent could give him the cover he needs to pursue revenge against his friend's killers. Tracking down the Russian gang responsible for the murder, Wiggins meets a mysterious beauty called Bela, who saves his life and becomes his lover. As he works for Kell, Wiggins begins to unravel a deadly international conspiracy that reaches far beyond the munitions factory"-- Provided by publisher.

Bucket's list

December 11, 2017
Blackwood, Gary L., author.
England : Severn House, 2017.
233 pages ; 23 cm
"A Charley Field victorian mystery."
Introducing private investigator Charley Field, the true-life inspiration behind Charles Dickens' Inspector Bucket, in an intriguing new Victorian mystery series. December, 1853. Having found fame as the inspiration behind Inspector Bucket in Charles Dickens' recent bestselling serialization, Bleak House, former Detective Inspector Charley Field has set himself up as a private enquiry agent - so far without success. Matters become personal however when the body of a local prostitute is found floating in the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Having often enjoyed Rosa's company, Charley is disinclined to believe the official verdict of suicide. Convinced Rosa was murdered, he determines to track down the mysterious client who visited her the day she died. But when he finally encounters the man he believes responsible for her death, Charley discovers that there's more to Rosa's murder than even a veteran sleuth like himself could imagine.

Murder in July

December 11, 2017
Hambly, Barbara, author.
250 pages ; 23 cm.
"A Benjamin January novel."
"When British spymaster Sir John Oldmixton offers Benjamin January a hundred dollars to find the murderer of an Englishman whose body has been found floating in the New Basin Canal, Benjamin turns him down immediately. As a free man of colour in New Orleans in the sweltering July of 1839, he knows this is not something he should get mixed up in. But when clues to the dead man's identity link the death to another murder, in another July in January's past, he is reluctantly drawn into the investigation. Nine years ago in Paris he failed to catch a killer-- with tragic consequences. Now in New Orleans he must unravel the earlier murder, the one that took place during the great revolt against the Bourbon kings, to solve the second killing. At stake is not merely a hundred dollars, but hidden treasure, the fate of an innocent woman-- and the lives of January's wife, son and unborn child"--Dust jacket flap.

No other Duke will do

December 11, 2017
Burrowes, Grace, author.
New York : Forever/Hachette Book Group, 2017.
348 pages : genealogical table ; 18 cm.
In desperate need of a wealthy bride so he can save his family's estate, the Duke of Haverford is instead drawn to marriage-averse Miss Elizabeth Windham, an intelligent beauty whom he connects with until gossip, meddling siblings and financial disaster threaten to derail their love.

Time's betrayal

December 11, 2017
Cleveland, David Adams.
[Vermont] : Fomite, [2017]
1167 pages ; 24 cm
"Time's Betrayal is an epic multigenerational family saga covering the years from the battle of Antietam to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Touching on elements in John le Carré's A Perfect Spy and John Knowles's A Separate Peace, the novel chronicles a son s search for a larger-than-life father, a CIA agent who disappeared in the early fifties, leaving behind a distraught wife and lovers, not to mention a Pandora's box of devastating secrets and unanswered questions that baffled all who investigated his fate--a fate as beguiling as it is mysterious. This is also a story about the crumbling edifice of the eastern Establishment after World War II and in Vietnam-era America. A poignant coming-of-age tale, it is related though the eyes of Peter Alden, whose school days are shattered when he overhears a conversation about his father from two CIA colleagues: how John Alden, a world-famous archaeologist turned OSS and CIA officer, who vanished through Checkpoint Charlie, may have been a traitor. Opening in New England during the late 1960s and set amid the idyllic Berkshire summer homes of the Alden and Williams clans, founders of the prestigious powerhouse school Winsted, incubator of famous statesmen and CIA operatives, Time s Betrayal takes the reader on a far-flung journey from the abolitionist Civil War era to Nazi-occupied Greece and to London during the Blitz, to the darkest days of the Cold War and Vietnam, to Prague during the Velvet Revolution, and timeless Venice. More than just an insider s chronicle of America s postwar ascendency and ensuing decline and the betrayals of love and principle that come in the wake of blind ambition--Time's Betrayal portrays the agonized compromises to America's founding ideals as glimpsed through the privileged lives of the country's best and brightest. Tapping into spy thriller territory, and the KGB penetration of American secrets by Kim Philby and the Cambridge Five, the narrative unfolds through a series of engrossing, if agonizing, love stories that cross the boundaries of generations in ways both profoundly unsettling and deeply moving. Although Time's Betrayal is a literate genre-bender and suspenseful page-turner full of twists and turns, the novel is really about how family history shapes who we are and how memory -- the river of Time-- guides our joint destinies, testing our most cherished hopes, shaping who we are and what we believe, and teaching us that the essential truths of our humanity--freedom, justice, love, and honor--must be reclaimed in every generation." -- Dust jacket.

Provenance : a novel

December 8, 2017
Sawyer, Donna Drew, author.
[Baltimore, MD] : Donna Drew Sawyer, 2015.
325 pages ; 21 cm
Hank Whitaker longed for more than society said he could have. When a fateful incident forces him to use his racially ambiguous looks to escape certain death; Hank assumes the identity of the same people that revile him. He never imagined he would fall in love and marry a white woman, but spirited Maggie Bennett changes everything. Now, Hank can never return to being the man he used to be. If the secret of his heritage is revealed he loses everything--his family, his successful business and his life. When tragedy strikes again and Hank is dying, he confesses to his wife and 18-year-old son, Lance, that he is really a black man passing as white. The revelation launches the family on an epic journey as Lance tries to figure out which life to live; continue passing as his father did, or shatter the facade and become the Negro he never imagined he was.

Dark asylum

December 7, 2017
Thomson, E. S., author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2017.
378 pages ; 24 cm
When the principal physician for Angel Meadow Asylum is found brutally murdered, Jem Flockhart and Will Quatermain pursue the story through the darkest corners of London. From the depths of a notorious rookery, to brothels, gallows, graveyards and the convict fleet, Jem and Will find themselves caught up in a web of dark secrets and hidden identities.


December 7, 2017
Quinn, Anthony, 1964- author.
New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, 2017.
556 pages ; 21 cm
When Freya Wyley meets Nancy Holdaway on the jubilant London streets of VE Day, they begin a competitive and passionate friendship that carries them through the war-haunted halls of Oxford, the Nuremberg trials, and the exciting cultural revolution of the 1960s. As they explore the nuances of sexual, emotional and professional rivalries, they are not immune to the sting of betrayal and the tenderness of reconciliation.

Let darkness bury the dead : a Murdoch mystery

December 7, 2017
Jennings, Maureen, author.
[Toronto, Ontario] : McClelland & Stewart, [2017]
x, 330 pages ; 23 cm.
It is November 1917. Initially, in the loyal Dominion of Canada, people are mostly eager to support the Motherland and fight for the Empire, but the carnage is horrendous and with enforced conscription, the enthusiasm for war is dimming. William Murdoch is a widower, a senior detective who, thanks to the new temperance laws, spends his time tracking down bootleggers and tipplers. As we enter the story, Jack, Murdoch's estranged son, now twenty-one, has returned from France after being wounded and gassed at the Battle of Passchendaele. The night after Jack arrives home, a young man is found stabbed to death in the impoverished area of Toronto known as the Ward. Soon after, Murdoch has to deal with a tragic suicide, also a young man. Two more murders follow in quick succession. The only common denominator is that all of the men were exempted from conscription. Increasingly worried that Jack knows more than he is letting on, Murdoch must solve these crimes before more innocents lose their lives-- Adapted from

Deadly cure : a novel

December 7, 2017
Goldstone, Lawrence, 1947- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"In 1899, in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Noah Whitestone is called urgently to his wealthy neighbor's house to treat a five-year-old boy with a shocking set of symptoms. When the child dies suddenly later that night, Noah is accused by the boy's regular physician -- the powerful and politically connected Dr. Arnold Frias -- of prescribing a lethal dose of laudanum. To prove his innocence, Noah must investigate the murder -- for it must be murder -- and confront the man whom he is convinced is the real killer. His investigation leads him to a reporter for a muckraking magazine and a beautiful radical editor who are convinced that a secret, experimental drug from Germany has caused the death of at least five local children, and possibly many more. By degrees, Noah is drawn into a dangerous world of drugs, criminals, and politics, which threatens not just his career but also his life." --From publisher's description.

The right kind of rogue

December 7, 2017
Bowman, Valerie, author.
305 pages ; 17 cm
"Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride ideally, one who's also well-connected and well-funded. . . Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry or anything to her name at all. Instead, she's from a family that's been locked in a bitter feud with Hart's for years. And now she's approaching her third London season, Meg's chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?"--Back cover.

The woodcutter's wife

December 7, 2017
Johnson, David (Marriage and family therapist), author.
485 pages ; 22 cm
"Set against the backdrop of the Civil War comes a tale of love lost and found ... Mary Thomson is no ordinary woman. She works alongside her husband William cutting firewood to sell in the city, earning herself the nickname 'The Woodcutter's Wife.' She kills a bear with her bare hands. And she prefers plowing a field to cooking a meal. The one thing she cannot seem to handle is the melancholy that has enveloped her. Mary lost four children before they were a year old, and the doctor says she will no longer be able to conceive. Mary's world flies apart when William disappears, leaving her with the arduous task of tending their farm by herself. Using her fierce independent spirit to cope as the war rages around her, she finds help in the form of a freed slave. But after fate throws her another dramatic curve, Mary is forced to make the most difficult choice of her life."-- From publisher's description.

The bride who got lucky

December 6, 2017
MacGregor, Janna, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
vi, 362 pages ; 18 cm.
After her best friend is murdered by her abusive husband, Lady Emma Cavensham, a women's rights activist, searches for evidence to put him behind bars and ends up in a compromising position that forces her into a marriage of convenience to a wife-averse earl.

The sorcerer's appendix

December 6, 2017
Brackston, Paula.
243 pages ; 24 cm.
When Gretel from the popular children's tale--now all grown up and working as a private investigator--takes on the case of a missing sorcerer, she doesn't realize that it will take her into the heart of the deep, dark woods, and face to face with an old enemy. Set in 1776 Bavaria.

A daring arrangement

December 5, 2017
Shupe, Joanna, author.
372 pages ; 17 cm.
During the Gilded Age in New York City, an English beauty with a wicked scheme gets foiled by the American scoundrel who's supposed to be helping her.

A dog for Christmas : an Amish Christmas romance

December 4, 2017
Byler, Linda, author.
© 2017
209 pages ; 20 cm
"One Christmas morning, while young Amish twins Henry and Harvey are sledding, they find a big black dog wandering in a field. They adopt the Newfoundland and name him Lucky, and he soon becomes their best friend and playmate. When tragedy strikes and Harvey drowns in a spring creek, Henry's only source of comfort is his furry companion. To make matters worse, the Depression is especially hard on Henry's parents who have more children than they can care for. He is sent to live with another family, where he becomes enchanted with Katie Stoltzfus. Eventually, Lucky passes away, leaving a hole in Henry's heart, and he wonders if he will ever find another friend as faithful and loving. As Henry grows up, he has other dogs, but none are as special as the Newfoundland he and his brother once cherished. When Katie marries another man, it seems Henry will never be happy again. Every passing Christmas reminds him of the people and animal friends now missing from his life. Though, no holiday story is complete without a miracle. In A Dog for Christmas, bestselling author Linda Byler delivers a beautiful Christmas story of quiet triumph in the face of lifelong adversity. After years of loneliness and longing, Henry is finally rewarded with a hard-won love, a family to call his own, and a new best friend. Could there possibly be a better gift than that?" -- book jacket.

Scot's bride

December 4, 2017
Quinn, Paula, author.
365 pages : genealogical table ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt from "Laird of the Black Isle" (pages [353]-365).
Highlander Patrick MacGregor likes his life just the way it is. Fighting for his coin, enjoying a woman's charms, and bearing no responsibility at all? Aye, that's the life for him. That is, until Patrick sees her - a raven-haired beauty with eyes as dark as midnight. Patrick swore never to fall in love. Not even with a lass as wild as he...especially when she's from a rival clan. Charlotte Cunningham knows Patrick is trouble the moment she sets eyes on him. Her only goal is to escape the possibility of marriage. Any marriage. But as the summer days turn into sultry nights, enticing her beyond reason, Charlie is forced to choose between the freedom she craves and the reckless rogue she can't forget.

Enchantress of numbers : a novel of Ada Lovelace

December 1, 2017
Chiaverini, Jennifer, author.
433 pages ; 24 cm
The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Estranged from Ada's father, who was infamously "mad, bad, and dangerous to know," Ada's mathematician mother is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada's mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination--or worse yet, passion or poetry--is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes. When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize that her delightful new friendship with inventor Charles Babbage--brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly--will shape her destiny.

The revolution of Marina M.

November 30, 2017
Fitch, Janet, 1955- author.
805 pages : map ; 25 cm
Marina Makarova is a woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life. Swept up on the tides of the Russian Revolution, Marina joins the marches for workers' rights, falls in love with a radical young poet, and betrays everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn. As her country goes through tremendous upheaval, Marina's own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion, devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times.

A skinful of shadows

November 30, 2017
Hardinge, Frances, author.
415 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published in hardcover by Macmillan Publishers Limited, United Kingdom, in 2017.
In the 1640s during the English Civil War, the twelve-year-old illegitimate daughter of an aristocratic family shares their unique hereditary gift: the capacity to be possessed by ghosts.

Wilde in love

November 29, 2017
James, Eloisa, author.
405 pages ; 17 cm
Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity, until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father's castle, but just as he grasps that he's not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty Miss Willa Ffynche.

The Duke and I

November 29, 2017
Quinn, Julia, 1970- author.
408 pages ; 17 cm.
"The Duke and I: the 2nd Epilogue" was originally published in The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, April 2013.
"Avon historical romance."
By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend's sister--the lovely and almost-on-the-shelf--Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of the know the truth--it's all an elaborate ruse to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable ...

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