New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

February 12, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Cometh the hour

February 11, 2016
Archer, Jeffrey, 1940- author.
©2016
404 pages ; 25 cm.
"Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia."-- Provided by publisher.

Sudden death

February 11, 2016
Enrigue, Alvaro, 1969- author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2016.
261 pages ; 22 cm
A 1599 Roman tennis match between the Italian painter Caravaggio and the Spanish poet Quevedo represents the way the world changed in their times, in a novel that goes from the execution of Anne Boleyn to Mexico after the conquest.

The arrangement

February 11, 2016
Warlick, Ashley, author.
©2016
308 pages ; 22 cm
"An irresistible novel about food, desire, and the real-life love triangle between M.F.K Fisher, her husband, and the man she left him for--the true love of her life Los Angeles, 1934. Mary Frances is on the cusp of becoming M.F.K. Fisher--the writer whose artful personal essays about food created a genre. She is hungry, and not just for food: she wants Tim, her husband Al's charming friend, who encourages her writing and seems to understand her better than anyone. Mary Frances and Al no longer share the things that once bound them together--a good glass of wine, a fine meal, their creative energy, and even their affection and intimacy. After a night's transgression with Tim, it's only a matter of time before Mary Frances claims what she truly desires, plunging all three of them into a tangled triangle of affection that will have far-reaching effects on their families, their careers, and their lives. Set in California, France, and the Swiss Alps, The Arrangement is a sparkling, sensual, and completely enveloping story of love, passion, and a woman well ahead of her time, who had the courage to be--and to take--exactly who she wanted"-- Provided by publisher.

These vicious masks

February 10, 2016
Shanker, Tarun, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2016.
298 pages ; 21 cm
In 1882 England when her beloved sister Rose vanishes, Evelyn, bored with society and its expectations, embarks on a search for Rose, encountering the reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock, who is also looking for Rose and claiming that both sisters have special healing powers.

Goddess of fire

February 10, 2016
Kirchner, Bharti.
Sutton, England : Severn House, 2015.
240 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Moorti--widowed at just 17 and about to be burned on her husband's funeral pyre--is saved from the fire by a mysterious Englishman. Taken to safety and given employment by her saviour Job Charnock, Moorti, renamed Maria, must embrace her new life amongst the English traders. But the intelligent and talented Maria is not content to be a servant for the rest of her life, and seizes the opportunity to learn English. This, she hopes, will bring her closer to the kind and gentle Job.

Trade secrets

February 10, 2016
Wishart, David, 1952- author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Crème de la Crime, 2016.
218 pages ; 22 cm
"A Marcus Corvinus mystery"--Cover.
May, AD 41. The emperor Claudius has acceded to the throne, and the citizens of Rome look forward to an era of peace and stability. Not so Marcus Corvinus however, who finds himself embroiled in not one but two investigations. A friend of his wife has asked him to look into the murder of her brother, found stabbed to death at the Shrine of Melobosis. A wily businessman and notorious womaniser, no one seems to have a good word to say about Gaius Tullius, not even his less-than-grieving widow. But who would have a good enough reason to want him dead? At the same time, Corvinus's daughter comes across a dead body in the Pollio Gardens, and urges her father to investigate. At first Marcus refuses to get involved - but when his enquiries lead him to Ostia, Rome's busy trading port, he uncovers a disturbing connection between the two deaths.

The letter bearer

February 10, 2016
Allison, Robert (War story writer)
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, [2015]
262 pages ; 24 cm
"The Rider has no memory of who he is, where he is, or how he came to be lying dying in the brutal heat of the North African desert. Rescued by a band of deserters, the Rider begins to piece together his identity, based on shards of recollection and the letters in his mailbag. The Letter Bearer is unlike any other novel of World War Two. In the midst of profound trauma, terrible warfare, and the nameless experience of desertion, this gripping story asks us to consider how men build hope when they have nothing left not even a name. When first published last year in London, Robert Allison's debut novel was met with wide praise and was nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize, described by one of its judges as "'An excellent and elegant novel written with patience and authority" Readers of Michael Ondaatje and Paul Bowles will find the landscape familiar, but the no reader will ever forget the haunting and haunted story of this remarkable victim."-- Provided by publisher.

The hunter

February 10, 2016
Byrne, Kerrigan, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2016.
418 pages ; 18 cm
"St. Martin's Paperbacks historical romance"--Spine.
When he is hired to kill actress Millie LeCour, famed assassin Christopher Argent is unable to complete his mission as he succumbs to the passion that grows between them, and he fights to keep Millie safe as danger closes in.

The Yid : [a novel]

February 9, 2016
Goldberg, Paul, 1959-
New York : Picador, 2016.
307 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"Moscow, February 1953. A week before Stalin's death, his final pogrom, "one that would forever rid the Motherland of the vermin," is in full swing. Three government goons arrive in the middle of the night to arrest Solomon Shimonovich Levinson, an actor from the defunct State Jewish Theater. But Levinson, though an old man, is a veteran of past wars, and his shocking response to the intruders sets in motion a series of events both zany and deadly as he proceeds to assemble a ragtag group to help him enact a mad-brilliant plot: the assassination of a tyrant. Levinson's cast of unlikely heroes includes Aleksandr Kogan, a machine-gunner in Levinson's Red Army band who has since become one of Moscow's premier surgeons; Frederick Lewis, an African American who came to the USSR to build smelters and stayed to work as an engineer, learning Russian, Esperanto, and Yiddish; and Kima Petrova, an enigmatic young woman with a score to settle. While the setting is Soviet Russia, the backdrop is Shakespeare: A mad king has a diabolical plan to exterminate and deport his country's remaining Jews. And wandering through the narrative, like a crazy Soviet Ragtime, are such historical figures as Paul Robeson, Solomon Mikhoels, and Marc Chagall. As hilarious as it is moving, as intellectual as it is violent--with echoes of Inglourious Basterds and Seven Samurai--THE YID is a tragicomic masterpiece of historical fiction"-- Provided by publisher.

Beauty, beast, and belladonna

February 9, 2016
Chance, Maia, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
310 pages ; 17 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
A beauty must solve a beastly murder. Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax knows how to win over an audience. That's why she's accepted the marriage proposal of the brutish Comte de Griffe to nettle her occasional investigative partner--and romantic sparring partner--the pompous if dashing Professor Penrose. But with his boorish table manners, wild mane of hair, and habit of prowling away the wee hours, the Comte has shredded Ophelia's last nerve. She intends to disengage from her feral fiancé at his winter hunting party--until Penrose, his lovely new fiancée, and a stagecoach of stranded travelers arrive at the Comte's sprawling château. Soon she can't tell the boars from the bores. When one of the guests is found clawed and bloody in the orangerie, Ophelia is determined to solve the murder before everyone starts believing the local version of Beauty and the Beast. But until the snows melt, she can't trust her eyes--or her heart--since even the most civilized people hold beastly secrets.

The photographer's wife

February 8, 2016
Joinson, Suzanne, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
338 pages ; 25 cm
"Years after photographer William Harrington participates in a 1920s project to redesign Jerusalem with British parks against a backdrop of growing nationalist unrest, his revelations about long-buried secrets transform the life of his former employer's daughter." -- Provided by publisher.

An undisturbed peace : a novel

February 5, 2016
Glickman, Mary, author.
©2016.
viii, 367 pages : map ; 21 cm
Abrahan Bento Sassaporta Naggar has traveled to America from the filthy streets of East London in search of a better life. But Abe's visions of a privileged apprenticeship in the Sassaporta Brothers' empire are soon replaced with the grim reality of indentured servitude in Greensborough, North Carolina. Some fifty miles west, Dark Water of the Mountains leads a life of irreverent solitude. The daughter of a powerful Cherokee chief, it has been nearly twenty years since she renounced her family's plans for her to marry a wealthy white man. Far away in Georgia, a black slave named Jacob has resigned himself to a life of loss and injustice in a Cherokee city of refuge for criminals. A trio of outsiders linked by love and friendship, Abe, Dark Water, and Jacob face the horrors of President Jackson's Indian Removal Act as the tribes of the South make the grueling journey across the Mississippi River and into Oklahoma.

Ginny Gall : a life in the South

February 5, 2016
Smith, Charlie, 1947- author.
New York, NY : Harper, [2016]
451 pages ; 24 cm
Delvin Walker is just a boy when his mother flees their home in Chattanooga, accused of killing a white man. Taken in by Cornelius Oliver, proprietor of the town’s leading Negro funeral home, he discovers the art of caring for the aggrieved, the promise of transcendence in the written word, and a rare peace in a hostile world. Yet tragedy visits them near daily, and after a series of devastating events—a lynching, a church burning—Delvin fears being accused of murdering a local white boy and leaves town. Haunted by his mother’s disappearance, Delvin rides the rails, meets fellow travelers, falls in love, and sees America sliding into the Great Depression. But before his hopes for life and love can be realized, he and a group of other young men are falsely charged with the rape of two white women, and shackled to a system of enslavement masquerading as justice. As he is pushed deeper into the darkness of imprisonment, his resolve to escape burns only more brightly, until in a last spasm of flight, in a white heat of terror, he is called to choose his fate.

A friend of Mr. Lincoln

February 5, 2016
Harrigan, Stephen, 1948- author.
©2016
415 pages ; 25 cm
"The novel opens in 1832 in the Black Hawk War, when Micajah (Cage) Weatherby--an imaginary character--and Lincoln meet. Afterwards Cage musters out to Springfield, Illinois, where he becomes part of the group of ambitious young men, which includes Lincoln, in this frontier town on the make. And it is through Cage that we come to know his friend Lincoln in his twenties and early thirties, the Lincoln who is already a circuit-riding lawyer and a member of the state legislature, filled with an almost ungovernable ambition. But to Cage and to others with big dreams in this group--which includes Joshua Speed, Billy Herndon, Ninian Edwards, Stephen Douglas, Jim Reed--he is also a beloved, hypnotic figure, physically powerful, by turns charmingly awkward and mesmerizingly self-possesed, and a supremely gifted story teller, a man of whom they expect big things. Cage, a poet, both admires and clashes with Lincoln, as Lincoln's legal ethics allow him to take a murderer's case, or clients on both sides of the slavery issue. And Cage, himself engaged in a long affair with an independent young widow, charts Lincoln's never easy path, from his high spirits and earthy jokes to his soul-hollowing sadness and bouts with the hypo (depression), from his disastrous courtship of another Mary to finally marriage with beautiful, capricious, politically savvy, Mary Todd, who at the close of the novel in 1847 has presented him one son and some stability, although it leads to conflict with Cage, and sends the two men on very different paths into the future"-- Provided by publisher.

Forbidden

February 4, 2016
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
©2016
370 pages ; 17 cm.
Rhine Fontaine is building the successful life he's always dreamed of--one that depends upon him passing for White. But for the first time in years, he wishes he could step out from behind the facade. The reason: Eddy Carmichael, the young woman he rescued in the desert. Outspoken, defiant, and beautiful, Eddy tempts Rhine in ways that could cost him everything...and the price seems worth paying. Eddy owes her life to Rhine, but she won't risk her heart for him. As soon as she's saved enough money from her cooking, she'll leave this Nevada town and move to California. No matter how handsome he is, no matter how fiery the heat between them, Rhine will never be hers. Giving in for just one night might quench this longing. Or it might ignite an affair as reckless and irresistible as it is forbidden...

Platinum doll

February 4, 2016
Girard, Anne, author.
©2016
352 pages ; 21 cm
Includes "Reader's guide.
"A novel about Jean Harlow"--Cover.
Set against the dazzling backdrop of Golden Age Hollywood, novelist Girard tells the story of Jean Harlow, an iconic star in the history of film.

The secrets of Lizzie Borden

February 4, 2016
Purdy, Brandy.
©2016
305 pages ; 21 cm
Lizzie Borden should be one of the most fortunate young women in Fall River, Massachusetts. Her wealthy father could easily afford to provide his daughters with fashionable clothes, travel, and a rich, cultured life. Instead, haunted by the ghost of childhood poverty, he forces Lizzie and her sister, Emma, to live frugally, denying them the simplest modern conveniences. Suitors and socializing are discouraged, as her father views all gentleman callers as fortune hunters. Lonely and deeply unhappy, Lizzie stifles her frustration, dreaming of the freedom that will come with her eventual inheritance. But soon, even that chance of future independence seems about to be ripped away. And on a stifling August day in 1892, Lizzie's long-simmering anger finally explodes. -- Cover.

Jilting the duke

February 4, 2016
Miles, Rachael, author.
New York : Kensington Publishing, 2016.
375 pages ; 18 cm
"The Muses' Salon series"--Cover.
"Aidan Somerville, Duke of Forster, is a rake, a spy, and a soldier, richer than sin and twice as handsome. Now he is also guardian to his deceased best friend's young son. The choice makes perfect sense--except that the child's mother is the lovely Sophia Gardiner, to whom Aidan was engaged before he went off to war. When the news reached him that she had married another, his ship had not yet even left the dock"--Page 4 of cover.

Death of an alchemist

February 4, 2016
Lawrence, Mary, 1959-
New York : Kensington Books, [2016]
292 pages ; 21 cm.
"A Bianca Goddard mystery"--Cover.
"For years, alchemist Ferris Stannum has devoted himself to developing the Elixir of Life, the reputed serum of immortality. Having tested his remedy successfully on an animal, Stannum intends to send his alchemy journal to a colleague in Cairo for confirmation. Instead he is strangled in his bed and his journal is stolen. As the daughter of an alchemist herself, Bianca is well acquainted with the mystical healing arts. As her husband, John, falls ill with the sweating sickness, she dares to hope Stannum's journal could contain the secret to his recovery. But first she must solve the alchemist's murder. As she ventures into a world of treachery and deceit, Stannum's death proves to be only the first in a series of murders--and Bianca's quest becomes a matter of life and death, not only for her husband, but for herself..." --Page 4 of cover.

Spoils of victory

February 4, 2016
Connell, John A.
©2016
x, 372 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Mason Collins novel"--Jacket.
"From the author of Ruins of War comes an electrifying novel featuring U.S. Army criminal investigator Mason Collins, set in the chaos of post-World War II Germany. When the Third Reich collapsed, the small town Garmisch-Partenkirchen became the home of fleeing war criminals, making it the final depository for the Nazis' stolen riches. There are fortunes to be made on the black market. Murder, extortion, and corruption have become the norm. It's a perfect storm for a criminal investigator like Mason Collins, especially when his friend, CIC Agent John Winstone, claims that a group of powerful men are taking over the lucrative trade. But before he can fully explain, Winstone--and his girlfriend-- are brutally murdered. Determined to uncover the truth, Mason plunges into a shadowy labyrinth of co-conspirators including former SS and Gestapo officers, U.S. Army OSS officers, and liberated Polish POWs. As both witnesses and evidence begin disappearing, it becomes obvious that someone on high is pulling strings to stifle the investigation--and that Mason must feel his way in the darkness if he is going to find out who in town has the most to gain--and the most to lose.."-- Provided by publisher.

A prisoner in Malta

February 3, 2016
DePoy, Phillip, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
310 pages ; 22 cm
"A Christopher Marlowe mysery."
"In 1583, the nineteen-year-old Christopher Marlowe--with a reputation as a brawler, a womanizer, a genius, and a social upstart at Cambridge University--is visited by a man representing Marlowe's benefactors. There are rumors of a growing plot against her majesty Queen Elizabeth I, and the Queen's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, has charged young Marlowe with tracking down the truth. The path to that truth seems to run through an enigmatic prisoner held in complete seclusion in a heavily guarded dungeon in Malta. Marlowe must use every bit of his wits, his skills, and his daring to unravel one of the greatest mysteries in history and help uncover and unravel scheme of assassination and invasion, one involving the government of Spain, high ranking English nobles, and even Pope himself. Christopher Marlowe--Elizabethan playwright, poet, and spy--is one of the most enigmatic figures in Renaissance England. The son of a shoemaker from Canterbury, he attended Cambridge University on scholarship and, while frequently in trouble, was bailed out through the intercession of Queen Elizabeth I's Privy Council. Long rumored to have been an agent on behalf of the Queen's spymaster, Edgar Award winner Phillip DePoy's new series brings Marlowe and his times to life"-- Provided by publisher.

Jane and the Waterloo map : being a Jane Austen mystery

February 3, 2016
Barron, Stephanie, author.
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2016]
312 pages ; 22 cm
"November, 1815. The Battle of Waterloo has come and gone, leaving the British economy in shreds; Henry Austen, high-flying banker extraordinaire, is about to declare bankruptcy dragging several of his brothers down with him. The crisis destroys Henry's health, and Jane flies to his London bedside, believing him to be dying. While she's there, the Reverend James Stanier Clarke, chaplain to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, invites Jane to tour Carlton House, the Prince's fabulous London home. Clarke is a fan of Jane's books, and during the tour he suggests she dedicate her next novel Emma to HRH, whom she despises. However, before she can speak to HRH, Jane stumbles upon a body sprawled on the carpet in (where else?) the Regent's library. The dying man, Colonel MacFarland, was a cavalry hero and a friend of Wellington's. He utters a single failing phrase: "Waterloo map" and Jane is on the hunt for a treasure of incalculable value and a killer of considerable cunning"-- Provided by publisher.

Loving Eleanor : a novel

February 3, 2016
Albert, Susan Wittig, author.
Bertram, TX : Persevero Press, [2016]
321 pages ; 22 cm
"The intimate friendship of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickock"--Cover.
When AP political reporter Lorena Hickok is assigned to cover Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of 1932 Democratic candidate FDR, the women become deeply, intimately involved.

Nelly Dean : a return to Wuthering Heights

February 3, 2016
Case, Alison A., 1961- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
474 pages ; 24 cm
In a reimagining of life at Wuthering Heights through the eyes of the Earnshaws' loyal servant, young Nelly Dean suffers heartache and betrayals at the hands of those she cherishes most and discovers what it is to know true sacrifice after a new heir is born.

Grace's forgiveness

February 2, 2016
Jebber, Molly, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
310 pages ; 17 cm.

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