New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

October 27, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The award : a novel

October 26, 2016
Steel, Danielle, author.
319 pages ; 24 cm
"Capturing historical events, terrifying moments of danger, tragedy, the price of war, and the invincible spirit of a woman of honor, The Award is a monumental tale from one of our most gifted storytellers--Danielle Steel's finest, most emotionally resonant novel yet. Gaëlle de Barbet is sixteen years old in 1940 when the German army occupies France and frightening changes begin. She is shocked and powerless when French gendarmes take away her closest friend, Rebekah Feldmann, and her family, and send them to a detention camp for deportation to an unknown, ominous fate. The local German military commandant makes Gaëlle family estate outside Lyon into his headquarters. Her father and brother are killed by the Germans; her mother fades away into madness and ill health. Trusted friends and employees become traitors. And by accident, Gaëlle begins a perilous journey with the French Resistance, hoping to save lives to make up for the beloved friend she could do nothing to help. Taking terrifying risks, Gaëlle becomes a valuable member of the Resistance, fearlessly delivering Jewish children to safety underneath the eyes of the Gestapo and their French collaborators. Then she is suddenly approached by the German commandant with an astonishing and dangerous plan to save part of France's artistic heritage as the Germans withdraw. And once again, her life is on the line. Conducted in secret, flawlessly carried out, her missions for the Resistance change her life and mark her for years. She is falsely accused of collaboration at the end of the war, and flees Lyon in disgrace, orphaned and alone. She goes to Paris to put the war behind her and begin a new life, with the ghosts of the past always close at hand. Gaëlle's life will take her from Paris to New York, from a career as a Dior model to marriage and motherhood, unbearable loss, and mature, lasting love. She returns to Paris to run a small museum, honoring victims of the Holocaust. She has never sought recognition for her courage during the war years she can never forget. Her label as a collaborator remains, until her granddaughter, a respected political journalist, is determined that past wrongs finally be made right, and her grandmother's brave acts be recognized. Now a grateful nation will finally acknowledge this remarkable woman. At last, she is absolved and honored as the war hero she was"-- Provided by publisher.

The house of silence

October 26, 2016
Busquets, Blanca, author.
New York : Regan Arts, 2016.
249 pages ; 22 cm
In the tradition of Elena Ferrante--a breathtaking European novel of love, loss, and the mysterious connection between four people, a valuable violin, and their passion for music.

Death among rubies

October 26, 2016
Koreto, Richard J., author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2016.
278 pages ; 24 cm.
Lady Frances Ffolkes is incensed when she finds out that her dear friends Gwendolyn and Thomasina have been subject to vicious threats. Promising to uncover their attacker, she travels with them to Kestrel's Eyrie, the fabled estate belonging to Gwen's family. But soon Frances faces an even greater problem, when Gwen's father, a powerful diplomat, is stabbed to death with his prized ruby dagger.

To stay alive : Mary Ann Graves and the tragic journey of the Donner Party

October 26, 2016
Brown, Skila, author.
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2016.
275 pages : map, portrait ; 22 cm
A young survivor of the tragic Donner Party of 1846 describes how her family and others became victims of freezing temperatures and starvation.

Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd : a Flavia de Luce novel

October 25, 2016
Bradley, C. Alan, 1938- author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
331 pages ; 20 cm
In spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to be sailing home to England. But instead of a joyous homecoming, she is greeted on the docks with unfortunate news: Her father has fallen ill, and a hospital visit will have to wait while he rests. But with Flavia's blasted sisters and insufferable cousin underfoot, Buckshaw now seems both too empty -- and not empty enough. Only too eager to run an errand for the vicar's wife, Flavia hops on her trusty bicycle, Gladys, to deliver a message to a reclusive wood-carver. Finding the front door ajar, Flavia enters and stumbles upon the poor man's body hanging upside down on the back of his bedroom door. The only living creature in the house is a feline that shows little interest in the disturbing scene. Curiosity may not kill this cat, but Flavia is energized at the prospect of a new investigation. It's amazing what the discovery of a corpse can do for one's spirits. But what awaits Flavia will shake her to the very core.

Scarlet widow

October 25, 2016
Masterton, Graham, author.
385 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Beatrice Scarlet thriller"--Jacket
London, 1750: Beatrice Scarlet is the apothecary's daughter. She can mix medicines and herbs to save the lives of her neighbours - but, try as she might, she can't save the lives of her parents. An orphan at just sixteen, Beatrice marries a preacher and emigrates to America. New Hampshire, 1756: In the farming community where Beatrice now lives, six pigs are found viciously slaughtered; slices of looking-glass embedded in their mouths. According to scripture, this is the work of Satan - but Beatrice Scarlet suspects the hands of men. As she closes in on the killer, she must act quickly to unmask him - or become the next victim herself...


October 25, 2016
Chance, Maia, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
291 pages ; 22 cm.
Discreet Retrieval Agency mysteries --Title page verso.
"After her philandering husband died and left her penniless in Prohibition-era New York, Lola Woodby escaped with her Swedish cook to the only place she could--her deceased husband's secret love nest in the middle of Manhattan. Her only comforts were chocolate cake, dime store detective novels, and the occasional highball (okay, maybe not so occasional). But rent came due and Lola and Berta were forced to accept the first job that came their way, ultimately leading them to set up shop as a Discreet Retrieval Agency, operating out of Alfie's cramped love nest. Now they're in danger of losing the business they've barely gotten off the ground-- they haven't had a job in months and money is running out. So when a society matron offers them a job, they take it-- even if it means sneaking into a detox facility and consuming only water and health food until they can steal a diary from Grace Whiddle, a resident at the 'health farm.' But barely a day in, Grace and her diary escape from the facility-- and Grace's future mother-in-law is found murdered on the premises. Lola and Berta are promptly fired. But before they can climb into Lola's red and white Duesenberg Model A and whiz off the property, they find themselves with a new client and a new charge: to solve the murder of Grace's future mother-in-law"-- Provided by publisher.

A thin bright line

October 25, 2016
Bledsoe, Lucy Jane, author.
323 pages ; 24 cm
Lucybelle, an independent and intelligent Arkansas native, leaves New York City for Chicago in the 1950s after being offered a job as the head of the editorial department for a lab, run by the Army Corps of Engineers, that studies Arctic ice cores to reveal "a story of earth's climate... perfectly preserved, for thousands of years." There, she faces an onslaught of problems as a result of her sexual identity and her presence as a woman at a workplace composed of male scientists. Racial tension arises with the introduction of Stella, a black, well-read, and charismatic photographer, with whom Lucybelle gets involved despite the disapproval of both society and peers.

Caravaggio : painter on the run

October 25, 2016
Moss, Marissa, author.
Berkeley, California : Creston Books, [2016]
345 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
In the 1600's the Inquisition ruled Rome and all painting had to obey its rules. One man refused. With his revolutionary style and fierce independence, Caravaggio dared to unchain art, putting himself in deadly peril.

Maiden flight : a novel

October 21, 2016
Haskell, Harry, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2016.
x, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Katharine Wright embodied the worldly, independent, and self-fulfilled New Woman of the early twentieth century, yet she remained in many ways a Victorian. Torn between duty and love, she agonized for months before making a devastating break with her world-famous and intensely possessive older brother Orville to marry newspaper editor Harry Haskell, the man she loved. Written by the grandson of Harry Haskell, Maiden Flight is imaginatively reconstructed from personal letters, newspaper reports, and other documents of the period--in particular, Katharine's lively and extraordinarily revealing love letters to Harry. Above all, the book celebrates Katharine's abundant store of what she called "human nature"--Her lively and perceptive outlook on life, her great capacity for both love and indignation, and her acute and sometimes crippling self-awareness"-- Provided by publisher.

The midwife's dilemma

October 21, 2016
Parr, Delia, author.
Minneapolis, Minneosta : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
317 pages ; 22 cm.
Midwife Martha Cade has decided. When he returns in February, she is going to marry Mayor Thomas Dillon. That is the only decision in life in which she feels confident these days. Everything else around her feels like it's changing too fast, from her daughter's obvious affection for the town's young doctor to Martha realizing she's ready to pass on her role as midwife to someone younger.

The authentic William James : a Sebastian Becker novel

October 19, 2016
Gallagher, Stephen, author.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2016.
316 pages ; 24 cm
In the aftermath of a fiery tragedy that leaves dozens dead and England's leaders maneuvering for an answer to stave off political ramifications, former police detective Sebastian Becker is called upon to utilize his intimacy with the insane, and familiarity with working in the shadows. Tasked with evaluating the sanity of the confessed arsonist, known as "Wild West Showman, The Authentic William James", Becker travels from the shores of Sussex to the film studios of Hollywood. Delving into the circus world to unravel the mystery of a man who admits guilt and flees will pit Becker's appointed role to do his country's bidding against his compassion to do what is right for a family.

By gaslight

October 19, 2016
Price, Steven, 1976- author.
731 pages ; 24 cm
William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of the most notorious detective of all time, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead on the fabled con Edward Shade. William's father died without ever finding Shade, but William is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows. Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. When he receives a letter from his lost beloved, he returns to London to find her. What he learns of her fate, and its connection to the man known as Shade, will force him to confront a grief he thought long-buried. A fog-enshrouded hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and séance halls ensues, creating the most unlikely of bonds: between Pinkerton, the great detective, and Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Edward Shade.

The other Einstein : a novel

October 19, 2016
Benedict, Marie, author.
296 pages ; 24 cm
The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

The perks of loving a scoundrel

October 18, 2016
McQuiston, Jennifer, author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
viii, 384 pages ; 18 cm.
"Every girl dreams of a hero...But sometimes only a scoundrel will do. No one loves books more than Miss Mary Channing. Perhaps that's why she's reached the ripe old age of six-and-twenty without ever being kissed. Her future may be as bland as milk toast, but Mary is content to simply dream about the heroes and adventures she reads about in her books. That way she won't end up with a villain instead. When she unexpectedly finds herself in the arms of Geoffrey Westmore, London's most notorious scoundrel, it feels a bit like a plot from one of her favorite novels. Suddenly, Mary understands why even the smartest heroines can fall prey to a handsome face. And Westmore is more handsome than most. But far worse than the damage to her reputation, the moment's indiscretion uncovers an assassination plot that reaches to the highest levels of society and threatens the course of the entire country. When a tight-laced miss and a scoundrel of epic proportions put their minds together, nothing can stand in their way. But unless they put their hearts together as well, a happy ending is anything but assured." -- Provided by publisher.

Crossing the horizon : a novel

October 18, 2016
Notaro, Laurie, author.
455 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In 1927, three women, including the daughter of an earl, a former cigar girl-turned-society darling, and a beauty pageant contestant, all vie to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.

El Paso : a novel

October 18, 2016
Groom, Winston, 1944- author.
xii, 477 pages ; 25 cm
When the Colonel's famous Valle del Sol ranch is raided, it was Pancho Villa who not only stole the cattle but also murdered the ranch manager. Even worse, Villa's henchmen abduct the Colonel's grandchildren in another daring raid only days later. Frantic, the aging patriarch and his adopted son race to El Paso, hoping to gather a group of cowboys brave enough to hunt down the generalissimo on his own turf. But their deep pockets and political clout mean next to nothing in a crumbling nation rife with communist sympathizers. When a twist of fate unites his party with that of Johnny Ollas, an aspiring matador whose wife has also been kidnapped by the marauding revolutionaries, the two factions gallop off on an extraordinary manhunt through some of the most inhospitable terrain on earth: the vast and snake-ridden Sierra Madre.

Sirius : a novel about the little dog who almost changed history

October 18, 2016
Crown, Jonathan, 1953- author.
247 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Translation originally published: London : Head of Zeus, 2015.
"Originally published in the German language in 2014"--Title-page verso.
"A highly original, tragicomic novel as seen through Sirius, an extraordinary dog who helps his Jewish family escape from Germany to California, becomes a Hollywood star, and, ultimately, contributes to Hitler's downfall"--

A taste for monsters

October 17, 2016
Kirby, Matthew J., 1976- author.
343 pages ; 22 cm
In 1888 seventeen-year-old Evelyn Fallow, herself disfigured by the phosphorus in the match factory where she worked, has been hired as a maid to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man--but when the Jack the Ripper murders begin she and Merrick find themselves haunted by the ghosts of the slain women, and Evelyn is caught up in the mystery of Jack's identity.

Among the living

October 17, 2016
Rabb, Jonathan, author.
303 pages ; 24 cm.
"In late summer 1947, thirty-one-year-old Yitzhak Goldah, a camp survivor, arrives in Savannah to live with his only remaining relatives. They are Abe and Pearl Jesler, older, childless, and an integral part of the thriving Jewish community that has been in Georgia since the founding of the colony. There, Yitzhak discovers a fractured world, where Reform and Conservative Jews live separate lives--distinctions, to him, that are meaningless given what he has been through. He further complicates things when, much to the Jeslers' dismay, he falls in love with Eva, a young widow within the Reform community. When a woman from Yitzhak's past suddenly appears--one who is even more shattered than he is--Yitzhak must choose between a dark and tortured familiarity and the promise of a bright new life. Set amid the backdrop of America's postwar south, Among the Living grapples with questions of identity and belonging, and steps beyond the Jewish experience as it situates Yitzhak's story during the last gasp of the Jim Crow era. Yitzhak begins to find echoes of his own experience in the lives of the black family who work for the Jeslers--an affinity he does not share with the Jeslers themselves. This realization both surprises and convinces Yitzhak that his choices are not as clear-cut as he might have thought"-- Provided by publisher.

Cakewalk : a novel

October 14, 2016
Brown, Rita Mae, author.
xiv, 301 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
"Set against the backdrop of America emerging from World War I, Cakewalk provides an entertaining look at a small town straddling the Mason Dixon line, where the townsfolk remain split between good and bad, or love and sex, or male and female, or politics and sobriety, and the inimitable, irrepressible, distinctly free-thinking Hunsenmier sisters, Louise and Julia--otherwise known as Wheezie and Jutz--and their wide circle of equally indelible friends. An outrageous, affecting, and surprising story of passion, rivalry, and small town antics only Rita Mae Brown could create"-- Provided by publisher.

The girl from Venice : a novel

October 14, 2016
Smith, Martin Cruz, 1942- author.
New York : Simon and Schuster, 2016.
308 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.
"The highly anticipated new standalone novel from Martin Cruz Smith, whom The Washington Post has declared "that uncommon phenomenon: a popular and well-regarded crime novelist who is also a writer of real distinction," The Girl from Venice is a suspenseful World War II love story set against the beauty, mystery, and danger of occupied Venice. Venice, 1945. The war may be waning, but the city known as La Serenissima is still occupied and the people of Italy fear the power of the Third Reich. One night, under a canopy of stars, a fisherman named Cenzo comes across a young woman's body floating in the lagoon and soon discovers that she is still alive and in trouble. Born to a wealthy Jewish family, Giulia is on the run from the Wehrmacht SS. Cenzo chooses to protect Giulia rather than hand her over to the Nazis. This act of kindness leads them into the world of Partisans, random executions, the arts of forgery and high explosives, Mussolini's broken promises, the black market and gold, and, everywhere, the enigmatic maze of the Venice Lagoon. The Girl from Venice is a thriller, a mystery, and a retelling of Italian history that will take your breath away. Most of all it is a love story"-- Provided by publisher.

Do you want to start a scandal

October 14, 2016
Dare, Tessa, author.
New York : Avon Books, 2016
376 pages ; 17 cm.
"On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library ... All Charlotte Highwood knows is this-- it wasn't her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers' true identity, she'll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Grandville-- the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she's ever had the misfortune to embrace ... But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own ... Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte's feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who's sorn to never love?"-- Page 4 of cover.

The Christmas secret

October 14, 2016
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
136 pages ; 21 cm
In 1880's Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Canning discovers an awful secret in her deceased mother's diary. Believing her chances for a happy marriage are spoiled, she leaves her fiancé a letter and flees town. Anticipating a Christmas Eve wedding with Elizabeth, David Stinner is confused by her letter and desperate to find her. Can David root out the truth about the past and bring back his bride? Or is the truth destined to bring an ultimate end to their romance?

Free town

October 14, 2016
Sommers, August.
[United States] : [August Sommers], [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
Title page identifies the author as "Autumn Sommers".
Cover title.
Free Town is the third in a trilogy following the continuing saga of Caesar and the freemen that he leads from Mississippi to Mexico in their search for asylum. Caesar and the now freed slaves journey to Indian Territory and then to northern Mexico where they establish a free town.

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