New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

August 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

House of thieves : a novel

August 26, 2015
Belfoure, Charles, 1954-
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2015]
412 pages ; 24 cm
When his son racks up an impossible gambling debt to a notorious gang in nineteenth-century New York, John Cross uses his inside knowledge of high-society mansions and museums to craft a perfect heist.

The storms of war

August 26, 2015
Williams, Kate, 1974- author.
New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2015.
514 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. Rudolf and Verena are planning the wedding of their daughter Emmeline, while their eldest son, Arthur, is studying in Paris and Michael is just back from his first term at Cambridge. Celia, the youngest of the de Witt children, is on the brink of adulthood, and secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped-out future and exploring the world. But the onslaught of war changes everything and soon the de Witts find themselves sidelined and in danger of losing everything they hold dear. As Celia struggles to make sense of the changing world around her, she lies about her age to join the war effort and finds herself embroiled in a complex plot that puts not only herself but those she loves in danger. With gripping detail and brilliant empathy, Kate Williams tells the story of Celia and her family as they are shunned by a society that previously embraced them, torn apart by sorrow, and buffeted and changed by the storms of war.

The book of lost and found : a novel

August 25, 2015
Foley, Lucy, author.
Boston : Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
420 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"Originally published in the Great Britain by Harper Collins Publishers, January 2015"--Title page verso.
"Kate Darling's enigmatic mother-- a once famous ballerina-- has passed away, leaving Kate bereft. When her grandmother falls ill and bequeaths to Kate a small portrait of a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Kate's mother, Kate uncovers a mystery that may upend everything she thought she knew"--From publisher description.

Friends in high places : a Liberty Lane mystery

August 25, 2015
Peacock, Caro, author.
Sutton, [England] Severn House Publishers Ltd., 2015.
220 pages ; 23 cm.
Featuring private investigator Liberty Lane September, 1840. Novelist and patron of the arts Lady Blessington has hired Liberty Lane to escort a French gentleman to The Hague. For he has in his possession important papers that will assist in the forthcoming trial of Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, the late emperor's nephew who has failed in an attempt to seize power in France. Plans for the undercover expedition are disrupted however when a body is found hanging in the attic at Gore House, Lady Blessington's Kensington mansion. Uncovering evidence that the murder was meticulously prepared for and planned well in advance, Liberty determines to track down the killer. But she is about to find herself plunged into a highly dangerous game involving blackmail, treachery, espionage - and cold-blooded murder.

You're the Earl that I want

August 25, 2015
Bowen, Kelly, author.
New York, NY : Forever, 2015.
365 pages ; 18 cm.
"The Lords of Worth"--P. [4] of cover.
For businessman Heath Hextall, inheriting an earldom has been a damnable nuisance. The answer: find a well-bred, biddable woman to keep his life in order and observe the required social niceties. But it's always been clear that Lady Josephine Somerhall is not that woman. Once a shy slip of a girl, Joss is now brilliant, beautiful chaos in a ball gown.

Luck be a lady

August 25, 2015
Duran, Meredith, author.
New York, NY : Pocket Books, 2015.
351 pages ; 18 cm
"Pocket books romance"--Spine.
"They call her the 'Ice Queen.' Catherine Everleigh is London’s loveliest heiress, but a bitter lesson in heartbreak has taught her to keep to herself. All she wants is her birthright--the auction house that was stolen from her. To win this war, she’ll need a powerful ally. Who better than infamous and merciless crime lord Nicholas O’Shea? A marriage of convenience will no doubt serve them both. Having conquered the city’s underworld, Nick seeks a new challenge. Marrying Catherine will give him the appearance of legitimacy--and access to her world of the law-abiding elite. No one needs to know he’s coveted Catherine for a year now--their arrangement is strictly business, free from the troubling weaknesses of love. Seduction, however, is a different matter--an enticing game he means to ensure she enjoys, whether she wishes to or note."--Provided by publisher.

Not always a saint

August 24, 2015
Putney, Mary Jo.
New York, NY : Zebra Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
342 pages ; 18 cm.
"After the death of his sweetheart when he was at university, Daniel Herbert buried his grief in medical studies and his passion for healing. Viewed as a saint by those who know him, in his own mind he never quite manages to live up to his own high standards. Most men would be thrilled to learn they've inherited a title and estate from a distant relative, but Daniel is appalled because the burden of wealth will interfere with his medical calling. Warily he accepts that he must enter society and seek a wife--a sensible woman who can oversee his properties, leaving him free to continue his work. He does not expect to become intoxicated by a woman called the Black Widow, who is as mysterious as she is shockingly beautiful... Jessie Kelham's looks have always been a curse. Now alone with a young daughter and a perilous secret, she is in need of protection. But dangerously attractive Daniel Herbert is not the kind of husband she has in mind. If he recognizes her, the demons of her past will surely erupt. Yet they cannot keep apart--and soon they are drawn into a union that may bring joy--or shattering danger..."-- From

Thoreau in Phantom Bog

August 21, 2015
Oak, B. B. Henry David Thoreau mystery
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2015.
Thoreau returns to Plumford, Massachusetts in search of a fellow conductor on the Underground Railroad who has gone missing. With the help of his good friend, Dr. Adam Walker, Thoreau finds the conductor--shot to death on a back road. After another conductor is murdered in a neighboring town, a letter is found from someone claiming to have been hired to assassinate anyone harboring fugitive slaves. With all of them now potential targets, Thoreau and Walker urgently need to find the killer.

The taming of the queen

August 18, 2015
Gregory, Philippa.
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
450 pages : maps, genea. table ; 25 cm

Price of privilege

August 18, 2015
Dotta, Jessica, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, [2014]
451 pages ; 21 cm.
Julia Elliston discovers that she is an heiress and marries her childhood sweetheart, but her former ties to Chance Macy threaten her status when he claims she is legally married to him and Julia must turn to her father, Lord Pierson, for help.

The oath

August 17, 2015
Stein, Stephen Robert, 1942- author.
422 pages ; 23 cm
"The Oath tracks the intertwined lives of Dr. Katz and SS Doktor Bloch, who both survive Auschwitz and the war to practice medicine in the United States, never losing the stains upon their souls. Katz, a respected Jewish French surgeon captured by the Nazis, volunteers to serve at Auschwitz, believing he can protect his wife and children from the gas chambers by helping Joseph Mengele and other SS physicians with their human studies. There he meets Tamara Lissner, a Czech teenager who miraculously survives death in the chambers, but when he hides her in his lab, she becomes witness to the medical torture Katz is forced to impose upon fellow Jews as he assists Doktor Bloch in his cold immersion experiments. After the war, Doktor Bloch avoids criminal prosecution through "Operation Paperclip," a clandestine government program that welcomed German scientists to America (including Werner von Braun), ignoring Nazi ties and their participation in the war. Years later, Tamara reenters Dr. Katz's life, helping him deal with the shame and guilt of his actions at Auschwitz. But just when Katz is coming to terms with his past, he receives a call from former Auschwitz inmate Martin Brosky, who has devoted his life to bringing painful retribution to Nazi criminals who have evaded capture. Martin insists that Michel help him kill Bloch, and Michel must now weigh the risks of defying Martin against the sweetness of revenge, knowing well that his own sordid complicity at Auschwitz could be revealed."--Back cover.

A chorus of innocents : a Sir Robert Carey mystery

August 13, 2015
Chisholm, P. F., 1958- author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, [2015]
290 pages ; 23 cm
Thursday, 12th October, 1592. Eighteen days after the action closes in An Air of Treason, courtier Sir Robert Carey and Carey's surly, larcenous, and loyal henchman Henry Dodd, Land Sergeant of Gilsland, are back in Carlisle and the Debateable Lands -- the Border country, the Wild North, the land of the hot trod where the thieving, feuding reiver clans are "English when it suited, and Scots at their pleasure." A Chorus of Innocents ushers forward Lady Elizabeth Widdrington, a married woman whom Carey adores but respects. It opens when a very pregnant young woman rides to Lady Widdrington's tower crying that her minister husband has been murdered and she herself has been raped.


August 13, 2015
Weston, Julie W., 1943-
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
303 pages ; 23 cm
"A Nellie Burns and Moonshine mystery"--Title page.
In the early 1920s, photographer Nellie Burns leaves Chicago to find adventure and a career in the West. She lands in Ketchum, Idaho. Out one night photographing moonshadows on snow, she discovers and photographs a dead body. When the body disappears and her negatives are stolen, she joins the chase to solve the mystery and find her negatives. But the Basque sheriff does not welcome her help, and the Chinese resients in town suspect Nellie herself of murder. As Nellie unravels the mystery of the missing body, she encounters a tangled web of revenge, opium addiction, obsessive love and loss, and a haunting story of devotion.

The incarnations

August 13, 2015
Barker, Susan, 1978-
New York, NY : Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2015.
viii, 371 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2014 by Doubleday."
"Hailed as "China's Midnight's Children," a gripping new novel about a Beijing taxi driver whose past incarnations haunt him through searing letters sent by his mysterious soulmate"-- Provided by publisher.

The potter's lady

August 11, 2015
Miller, Judith, 1944-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
326 pages ; 22 cm
"Refined by love"--Title page.
"Rose McKay has just graduated from the Philadelphia School of Design for Women and is now making every effort to succeed in the pottery business in post-Civil War West Virginia, including taking advice from her handsome competitor--but has she put her trust in the wrong man?"-- Provided by publisher.

The pilgrim

August 11, 2015
Bunn, T. Davis, 1952- author.
165 pages ; 23 cm
In his latest historical epic, worldwide bestselling author Davis Bunn takes readers on a journey through an ancient landscape. Travel with Empress Helena from Caesarea to Judea. Abandoned by her husband, in danger because of her faith, but with an implacable will to do what God calls her to, she takes a perilous pilgrimage. Along the way she meets those who would help her (the wizened and wise bishop Macarius; the rough-edged but kind-hearted sergeant Cratus; the young soldier Anthony, a man who has lost everything, including his faith) and those who would harm her (the menacing and murderous Roman assassin Severus). Miracles seem to follow this humble but determined woman as she wins many over to the faith, and changes lives forever--including her own. This unforgettable story of the discovery of the True Cross will thrill readers with its adventure, and with its vivid portrait of one of Christian history's most important women.

The earl claims a bride

August 7, 2015
Grey, Amelia, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2015.
344 pages ; 18 cm.
"The Heirs' Club of scoundrels"--Cover.
"St. Martin's Paperbacks historical romance"--Spine.
After the deaths of his father and brothers leave Harrison Thornwick an earl, the prince regent threatens to have him arrested unless he marries Angelina Rule, but she is reluctant because she loves someone else.

Orphan #8

August 7, 2015
Alkemade, Kim van.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
381, 19 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.

Two bronze pennies : an Inspector Tom Harper novel

August 7, 2015
Nickson, Chris, author.
Sutton, Surrey : Severn House, 2015.
215 pages ; 23 cm.
The second intriguing historical mystery to feature Detective Inspector Tom Harper. Leeds, Christmas Eve, 1890. A young man has been found stabbed to death in the city's poverty-stricken Jewish district, his body arranged in the shape of a cross, two bronze pennies covering his eyes. As fear rises in the Jewish community, DI Tom Harper is forced to use unorthodox methods to find the killer.

The Stockholm Castle mystery

August 7, 2015
Moore, Joyce Elson, 1934-
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
303 pages ; 23 cm.
"As the Thirty Years’ War draws to a close, Johan Sokolewski, a lute-playing soldier, flees Warsaw with the Cossacks at his heels and arrives in Stockholm, where he becomes lutenist for the Swedish queen. On his first day at court, he learns that in the early hours of that morning, a body was discovered in the royal library. When the eccentric and aging queen mother discovers that her favorite book, a priceless sixth-century codex, has disappeared from its place in the library, she insists the thief and murderer are the same person. Evidence points to Zofia, the court astrologist, seen near the library that winter night, carrying what looked like a blade. Zofia is taken from her workshop and locked in a room under house arrest, but Johan believes she is innocent. When he defends her, the queen mother appoints him to lead the investigation. Failure to uncover the thief and murderer will lead to Zofia’s conviction. Unable to refuse a royal command, Johan enlists the aid of his new friend Gunne, a dwarf who frequently entertains the queen mother. Gunne knows the courtiers and much more about Stockholm Castle, including secret passages in the palace. Together, Johan and Gunne follow a trail of false leads through winding corridors and bat-filled tunnels, where wax dolls and suspicious incidents threaten to end Johan’s life."--Provided by publisher.

The marriage of opposites : a novel

July 28, 2015
Hoffman, Alice.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
369 pages ; 24 cm
"Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel's mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel's salvation is their maid Adelle's belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle's daughter. But Rachel's life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father's business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France" -- provided by publisher.

If he's noble

July 27, 2015
Howell, Hannah, author.
330 pages ; 17 cm
"The Wherlockes"--Cover.
"For Lady Primrose Wootten nothing has been ordinary since her father the Baron died and his wayward family filled the estate with greed and treachery. Primrose knows if she can just track down her brother, he can send the odious relations on their way. But instead she finds this enormous, powerful stranger, and forgets entirely what she was doing in the first place. Sir Bened Vaughn isn't much afraid of a pistol. But he is a bit afraid of the woman holding it, who stirs up something so primal he's not sure he can shake it off. Vaughn is an honorable man, and he knows he has no right to desire Primrose. Yet he does have an obligation to help her, and as they learn more about her brother's disappearance, he realizes that means staying by her side...and wondering how much longer they can resist temptation" -- provided by publisher.

The devil's seal : a mystery of ancient Ireland

July 27, 2015
Tremayne, Peter, author.
338 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Originally published: Great Britain : Headline Publishing Group, 2014.
"Ireland, A.D. 671. An Anglo-Saxon delegation arrives in Cashel to debate the new religious rules that have been handed down from Rome. The Abbot of Imleach leads the Irish delegation, which is hostile to the new rules from outsiders. Among the Anglo-Saxon group is Brother Eadulf's own younger brother Egric, whom Eadulf hasn't seen for many years. When the debate quickly becomes acrimonious, a local abbess has to step in as a mediator between the two sides. But not even a day later her body is discovered, bludgeoned to death"--Dust jacket flap.

Death at Dovecote Hatch

July 27, 2015
Cannell, Dorothy, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2015.
251 pages; 23 cm.
Sequel to: Murder at Mullings.
"A Florence Norris mystery"--Cover.
Suspecting foul play when a mild-mannered villager is found dead, housekeeper Florence Norris investigates a surprise will that reveals dark secrets in the victim's family history.

Tremaine's true love

July 27, 2015
Burrowes, Grace.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015]
409 pages ; 18 cm
When he pays a visit to the Earl of Bellefonte, Tremaine St. Michael, an astute man of business, finds himself captivated by the earl's formidable sister, Lady Nita, who he believes needs his protection as she tends to the sick and the poor.

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