New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

April 29, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The last Neanderthal : a novel

April 28, 2017
Cameron, Claire, 1973- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
277 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
40,000 years in the past, the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth. After a crushingly hard winter, their numbers are low, but Girl, the oldest daughter, is just coming of age and her family is determined to travel to the annual meeting place and find her a mate.But the unforgiving landscape takes its toll, and Girl is left alone to care for Runt, a foundling of unknown origin. As Girl and Runt face the coming winter storms, Girl realizes she has one final chance to save her people, even if it means sacrificing part of herself.In the modern day, archaeologist Rosamund Gale works well into her pregnancy, racing to excavate newly found Neanderthal artifacts before her baby comes. Linked across the ages by the shared experience of early motherhood, both stories examine the often taboo corners of women's lives. Haunting, suspenseful, and profoundly moving, THE LAST NEANDERTHAL asks us to reconsider all we think we know about what it means to be human.

The most beautiful woman in Florence : a story of Botticelli

April 26, 2017
Palombo, Alyssa, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
309 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion guides.
"A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family's favored circle. Even before her marriage with Marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de' Medici's glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers. The men of Florence--most notably the rakish Giuliano de' Medici--become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. As Simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, The Birth of Venus."--Provided by publisher.

The shadow sister : Star's story

April 24, 2017
Riley, Lucinda, author.
498 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: The storm sister : Ally's story.
Star D'Aplièse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father--the elusive billionaire, affectionately called Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted from across the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to her true heritage, and Star nervously decides to follow hers, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world. A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in England's picturesque Lake District--just a stone's throw away from the residence of her childhood idol, Beatrix Potter--when machinations lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society's most notorious society hostesses, Alice Keppel. Flora is torn between passionate love and her duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a larger game. That is, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life ... As Star learns more of Flora's incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.

Fool's gold

April 24, 2017
Peacock, Caro, author.
218 pages ; 23 cm
A series of anonymous letters leads to a case of cold-blooded murder for 19th-century private investigator Liberty Lane. September, 1841. A new arrival has taken London society by storm. Lord Byron's handsome illegitimate son, George, recently arrived from the exotic island of Cephalonia in the company of his guardian, the mysterious Mr Vickery, has been setting female hearts aflutter. But not all the attention George attracts is welcome. Mr Vickery has been receiving disturbing letters from a woman who calls herself Helena, and he hires Liberty Lane to find out who Helena is and what she wants. As Liberty is to discover, there is more to this case than meets the eye. Is George really Lord Byron's son - or is he an imposter? And who exactly is Mr Vickery? What is his agenda? When Liberty comes across a body shot dead near Mr Vickery's home in Muswell Hill, the investigation takes a shocking turn.

The Sun King conspiracy

April 21, 2017
Jégo, Yves, author.
445 pages ; 20 cm
Translated from the French.
Originally published in France as 1661 by Timée Éditions. First published in Great Britain as The Sun King rises in 2008 by Gallic Books.
A tale of intrigue at the court of Louis XIV.

Fortune's fool : a sixth case from the notebooks of Pliny the Younger

April 21, 2017
Bell, Albert A., 1945- author.
McKinleyville, California : John Daniel & Company, 2017.
251 pages ; 21 cm.
"While staying at his villa on Lake Comum, with Tacitus and his wife as guests, Pliny decides to add on to the house. When workmen begin demolishing a wall, they find a human skeleton. Pliny knows when the wall was built and he knows his wife's father disappeared at that time. But his father-in-law supposedly drowned. Shortly after finding the skeleton, Pliny begins to receive warnings and threats to halt his investigation. Then his wife, Livia, is kidnapped. The kidnapers want a document in exchange for Livia, but Pliny has no idea where it is. With the help of Tacitus and Aurora, he rescues Livia, but Aurora is injured and suffers a miscarriage. (She had not told Pliny she was pregnant.) Pliny learns that an innkeeper in the town of Comum was his father's mistress. She knows where the missing document is. Ultimately Pliny discovers that his biological father was complicit in the death of Livia's father by hiding the body in the wall. Livia's father and two other men were involved in a pedophile ring. Her father was killed in an argument among the men."-- Provided by publisher.

The night she won Miss America

April 21, 2017
Callahan, Michael, 1963- author.
xvi, 312 pages ; 22 cm
"Inspired by a true story." --Jacket.
"Betty Jane Welch reluctantly enters the Miss Delaware contest to make her mother happy, only to surprisingly find herself the judges' choice. Just like that, she's catapulted into the big time, the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Luckily, her pageant-approved escort for the week is the dashing but mercurial Griffin McAllister, and she falls for him hard. But when the spirited Betty unexpectedly wins the crown and sash, she finds she may lose what she wants most: Griff's love. To keep him, she recklessly agrees to run away together. From the flashy carnival of the Boardwalk to the shadowy streets of Manhattan to a cliffside mansion in gilded Newport, the chase is on as the cops and a scrappy reporter secretly in love with the beauty queen threaten to unravel everything-and expose Griff's darkest secret"--Provided by publisher.

The ends of the earth : a James Maxted thriller

April 21, 2017
Goddard, Robert, author.
371 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2015 by Transworld Publishers, a division of the Random House Group."
"Internationally bestselling author Robert Goddard has been called "a master of the sly double- and triple-cross" (Seattle Times). In the third installment of the James Maxted thriller series, starring a dashing Royal Flying Corps veteran turned secret service operative, the truth about allegiances has never been less certain. The Treaty of Versailles has finally been signed, officially ending the World War I peace negotiations, and the action shifts east, to Tokyo, where a team assembled at Max's behest anxiously awaits his arrival on the docks. Max had arrived in Paris soon after the end of the Great War to investigate the suspicious death of his father, a British diplomat named Sir Henry, and soon plunged into a treacherous game of cat-and-mouse with the people behind his father's death: German spymaster Fritz Lemmer and the dark horse of the Japanese diplomatic contingent, Count Tomura. It is in Japan--where Sir Henry worked as a young government agent--that Max hopes to finally uncover the whole truth behind his father's murder and take down Lemmer's spy network once and for all. But what Max's cohort doesn't know is that his own storyline seems to have come to an end in a villa outside Marseilles. Stuck in limbo, the team decides to pursue their only lead--right into Lemmer's den. Loaded with death threats, knife fights, a kidnapping or two, and a coded list that has the power to dismantle whole governmental hierarchies, The Ends of the Earth is a masterful work of historical cut-and-thrust that tests the bonds of family and country to their very limit"-- Provided by publisher.

Dancing with death : a Nell Drury mystery

April 21, 2017
Myers, Amy, 1938- author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2017.
215 pages ; 23 cm.
"A country house mystery"
1925. The fashionable Bright Young Things from London have descended on Wychbourne Court, the Kentish stately home of Lord and Lady Ansley, for an extravagant fancy dress ball followed by a midnight Ghost Hunt -- and chef Nell Drury knows she's in for a busy weekend. What she doesn't expect to encounter is sudden violent death. When a body is discovered, Nell finds herself caught up in the police investigation which follows. As the darker side of the Roaring Twenties emerges, it becomes increasingly clear that at least one person present that night has a sinister secret to hide.

Spoils : a novel

April 20, 2017
Van Reet, Brian, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
292 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Lee Boudreaux book."
It is April 2003. American forces have taken Baghdad and are now charged with winning hearts and minds. But this vital tipping point is barely recognized for what it is, as a series of miscalculations and blunders fuels an already smoldering insurgency intent of making Iraq the next graveyard of empires. This novel explores the lives on both sides of the battle lines: Cassandra Wigheard, a nineteen-year-old gunner on an American Humvee who is captured during a deadly firefight and awakens in a prison cell; Abu Al-Hool, a lifelong mujahideen beset by a simmering crisis of conscience as he struggles against enemies from without and within, including the next wave of far more radicalized jihadists; and Specialist Sleed, a tank crewman who goes along with a "victimless" crime, the consequences of which are more awful than any he could have imagined.

The freemason's daughter

April 20, 2017
Sackier, Shelley, author.
376 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Saying goodbye to Scotland is the hardest thing Jenna MacDuff has had to do-- until she met Lord Pembroke. Jenna's small clan has risked their lives traveling the countryside as masons, secretly drumming up support and arms for the exiled King James Stuart to retake the British throne. But their next job brings them into enemy territory: England. Jenna's father repeatedly warns her to trust no one, but when the Duke of Keswick hires the clan to build a garrison on his family estate, it seems she cannot hide her capable mind from the duke's inquisitive son, Lord Alex Pembroke. Nor her growing attraction to him. When he begins to return those forbidden feelings, she finds that she's thrust into a precarious position-- keeping her newfound friendship to the duke's son a secret from her father, while concealing her father's treason from an increasingly attendant Lord Pembroke. But there's a covert plan behind the building of the garrison. Will Jenna decide to keep her family's mutinous secrets and assist her clan's cause? Or protect the you man she's falling for and keep him safe? No matter which she chooses, someone will pay a deadly price" -- Dust jacket.


April 19, 2017
Castroman, Nicole, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2017.
390 pages ; 22 cm
First mate Teach is contemplating mutiny to protect his crew from Spanish attackers, while Anne makes it to Nassau only to be confronted by lawlessness and corruption.

The practice house : a novel

April 18, 2017
McNeal, Laura, author.
482 pages ; 22 cm
"Nineteen-year-old Aldine McKenna is stuck at home with her sister and aunt in a Scottish village in 1929 when two Mormon missionaries ring the doorbell. Aldine's sister converts and moves to America to marry, and Aldine follows, hoping to find the life she's meant to lead and the person she's meant to love. In New York, Aldine answers an ad soliciting a teacher for a one-room schoolhouse in a place she can't possibly imagine: drought-stricken Kansas. She arrives as farms on the Great Plains have begun to fail and schools are going bankrupt, unable to pay or house new teachers. With no money and too much pride to turn back, she lives uneasily with the family of Ansel Price--the charming, optimistic man who placed the ad--and his family responds to her with kind curiosity, suspicion, and, most dangerously, love. Just as she's settling into her strange new life, a storm forces unspoken thoughts to the surface that will forever alter the course of their lives."

Cave dwellers : a novel

April 18, 2017
Grant, Richard, 1952- author.
339 pages ; 24 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
At Home with the Baroness von F... -- Crime in America -- From the Kreuzberg to Hell -- Librarians in Exile -- Patriots of the Wrong Era -- Strength Through Joy -- Setback Theory -- Bodies on the Second Floor -- Netting Men Like Shoals of Cod -- One Thinks of Dying Heroically -- The Vampire Did Not Disappoint -- Be Careful About Breathing -- Golden Pheasants -- Cousin Peter Is Ill -- Trying to Count Bullets -- The High Point of the Season -- Do You Truly Want to Know? -- Christ on a Rocking Horse -- When Wars Start -- The Naïveté of Youth -- What Herr Boar Has to Say -- Foolish and Dangerous -- On the Road with the Baroness von F...
"A gripping novel of historical espionage, about an eleventh-hour attempt by members of the German elite to unseat Adolf Hitler, and its endlessly complex consequences. In late 1937, the young lieutenant Oskar Langweil is recruited to this cause while attending a party at the lavish home of a baroness. A high-ranking officer in Germany's counter-intelligence agency, brings Oskar into the fold because of their mutual involvement in a patriotic youth league, and soon dispatches him to Washington, D.C. on a perilous mission. Despite his best efforts, Oskar is compromised, and must immediately find a way to sneak back into Germany unnoticed. A childhood friend introduces him to Lena, a fellow expat and Socialist, and they hatch a plan to have Oskar pose as her husband as they cross the Atlantic on a cruise ship filled with Nazis and fellow travelers. But bad luck follows them at every turn, and they find themselves messily entangled with the son of a U.S. Senator, a White Russian princess, a disgraced journalist, an aging brigadier, and a gay SS officer as the novel races toward an explosive conclusion"-- Provided by publisher.

Signs for lost children

April 18, 2017
Moss, Sarah, author.
420 pages ; 21 cm
Only weeks into their marriage a young couple embark[s] on a six-month period of separation. Tom Cavendish goes to Japan to build lighthouses and his wife Ally, a doctor, takes work at the Truro asylum where she must struggle against the terrible conditions imposed on the patients, the mores of late Victorian society and her own demons.

Alex & Eliza : a love story

April 18, 2017
De la Cruz, Melissa, 1971- author.
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
358 pages ; 22 cm
When Alex and Eliza meet one fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

A clash of spheres

April 17, 2017
Chisholm, P. F., 1958- author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
283 pages ; 23 cm
"It's late August, 1592. Sir Robert Carey, cousin to Queen Elizabeth from the wrong side of Henry VIII's blanket, remains at his post on the Borders at Carlisle. He has at last been confirmed by his monarch as Deputy Warden, is still deeply in love with Lady Elizabeth Widdrington while despising her elderly, abusive husband (will the man never die?). And he remains estranged from his dour but lethal henchman, Henry Dodd, Land-Sergeant of Gilsland, who is currently serving as one of the sergeants of the Carlisle Castle guard. Dodd can't forgive Carey for taking the high road at the conclusion of the incident at Dick of Dryhope's tower, when Sir Robert called out the Carlisle garrison, but "honourably and skillfully avoided the bloody-pitched battle" that seemed inevitable. Events come to a head at the King's court in Edinburgh where a great Disputation on the differences between the Ptolemaic and the Copernican systems, and a demonstration of the planets will be staged, a clash of spheres mirroring the same at the human level."--Jacket

I dared the duke

April 17, 2017
Bennett, Anna (Romance novelist), author.
New York, NY : St Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
356 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from The rogue is back in town.
As a companion to the Duke of Blackshire's grandmother, Miss Elizabeth Lacey refuses to make things easy for her ornery, scarred employer, and, if he wants her assistance in moving the sweet dowager duchess to the country, he must accept her dare and grant his grandmother three wishes.

My one true highlander

April 17, 2017
Enoch, Suzanne, author.
New York, NY : St Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
310 pages ; 17 cm.
"A no ordinary hero novel"--Cover.
When his reckless younger brothers kidnap a woman on her way to see the horrible Englishman Lattimer, highland warrior Graeme must find a way to make things right without getting his kin in trouble and wonders how he can ever let a woman this beautiful go.

The chapel car bride

April 14, 2017
Miller, Judith, 1944- author.
341 pages ; 22 cm
"With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives. Luke Hughes shares Hope's love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn't until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager's cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?"


April 14, 2017
Lenhardt, Melissa, author.
New York : Redhook Books/Orbit, 2017.
421 pages ; 21 cm.
"When Dr. Catherine Bennett is wrongfully accused of murder, she knows her fate likely lies with a noose unless she can disappear. Fleeing with a bounty on her head, she escapes with her maid to the uncharted territories of Colorado to build a new life with a new name. Although the story of the murderess in New York is common gossip, Catherine's false identity serves her well as she fills in as a temporary army doctor. But in a land unknown, so large and yet so small, a female doctor can only hide for so long"-- Provided by publisher.

The Devil's feast

April 13, 2017
Carter, Miranda, 1965- author.
420 pages ; 24 cm
"London, 1842. Captain William Avery is persuaded to investigate a mysterious and horrible death at the Reform, London's newest and grandest gentleman's club--a death the club is desperate to hush up. What he soon discovers is a web of rivalries and hatreds, both personal and political, simmering behind the club's handsome facade. At the center is its resident genius, Alexis Soyer, "the Napoleon of food," a chef whose culinary brilliance is matched only by his talent for self-publicity. But Avery is distracted, for where is his mentor and partner in crime Jeremiah Blake? And what if this first death is only a dress rehearsal for something far more sinister?"--Provided by publisher.

The stars are fire

April 13, 2017
Shreve, Anita, author.
241 pages ; 24 cm
A novel based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history follows the experiences of a pregnant woman who struggles to protect her two young children and watches her home burn while her husband joins the volunteer firefighters.

The house of binding thorns : a Dominion of the Fallen novel

April 13, 2017
Bodard, Aliette de, author.
356 pages ; 24 cm
"As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital. House Silverspires was once the most powerful, but just as it sought to rise again, an ancient evil brought it low. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal--to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic might be more than he can bear. In House Hawthorn, Madeleine the alchemist has had her addiction to angel essence savagely broken. Struggling to live on, she is forced on a perilous diplomatic mission to the underwater dragon kingdom--and finds herself in the midst of intrigues that have already caused one previous emissary to mysteriously disappear ... As the Houses seek a peace more devastating than war, those caught between new fears and old hatreds must find strength--or fall prey to a magic that seeks to bind all to its will" --Inside jacket.

War cry

April 12, 2017
Smith, Wilbur A., author.
496 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Courtney family novel"--Cover.
Saffron grew up on a sprawling Kenyan estate, under the watchful eye of her father, businessman and war veteran Leon Courtney. Following a family tragedy, her thirst for knowledge and adventures leads her to England, where she finds herself inevitably drawn into the lead-up to World War II. Gerhard von Meerbach is the privileged younger brother of Konrad von Meerbach, heir to an industrial fortune, and vocal supporter of the Nazi Party. Gerhard's friendship with a Jewish man forces him to take a stand, and could cost him everything he holds dear. As Saffron and Gerhard's worlds collide, will there be more to unite them than tear them apart?

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