New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

March 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

In this grave hour : a novel

March 22, 2017
Winspear, Jacqueline, 1955- author.
©2017
335 pages ; 24 cm
When listeners last heard Maisie Dobbs, it was 1938, and the world was on the brink of war. Maisie herself was on a dangerous mission inside Nazi Germany, where she encountered an old enemy and the Fuhrer himself. In In This Grave Hour, a year has passed, and Maisie is back home in England - yet neither she nor her nation is safe. Britain has just declared war on Germany and is mobilizing for the devastating battle ahead. But when she stumbles on the deaths of a group of refugees, Maisie suspects the enemy may be closer than anyone knows.

The girl with no name

March 22, 2017
Costeloe, Diney, author.
London : Head of Zeus, 2016.
486 pages ; 24 cm
Speaking no English and carrying a precious photograph of the family she left behind in Germany crammed into her small suitcase thirteen-year-old Lisa escapes from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport and arrives in England in August 1939. After being adopted, her new home and life are blown apart during the Blitz. Waking up in the hospital with no memory, authorities give her a new name and dispatch her to a children's home.

The wages of sin

March 21, 2017
Welsh, Kaite, author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2017.
290 pages ; 24 cm
"Sarah Gilchrist fled London and a troubled past to join the University of Edinburgh's medical school in 1892, the first year it admitted women. Determined to become a doctor despite the misgivings of her family and society, Sarah quickly finds plenty of barriers at school itself; professors who refuse to teach their new pupils, male students determined to force out their female counterparts, and-- perhaps worst of all-- female peers who will do anything to avoid being associated with a fallen woman. Desperate for a proper education, Sarah turns to one of the city's ramshackle charitable hospitals for additional training. The Saint Giles Infirmary for Women ministers to the downtrodden and drunk, the thieves and whores with nowhere else to go. There, Sarah gets quite an education, but when Lucy-- a prostitute and one of Sarah's patients-- turns up in the university dissecting room as a battered corpse, Sarah finds herself drawn into a murky underworld of bribery, brothels, and body snatchers. Painfully aware of just how little separates her own life from that of her former patient's, Sarah is determined to find out what happened to Lucy and to bring those responsible for her death to justice. But as Sarah searches for answers in Edinburgh's dank alleyways, bawdy houses, and fight clubs, she comes closer and closer to uncovering one of Edinburgh's most lucrative trades-- and, in doing so, puts her own life at risk" -- Dust jacket flap.

Maid of the king's court

March 20, 2017
Worsley, Lucy, author.
©2016
348 pages ; 22 cm
Her father, Baron of Stone, announced his twelve-year-old daughter Eliza Rose Camperdowne would soon wed the son of the Earl of Westmoreland, in hope to revive the distressed family fortune through her marriage.

Last night with the duke

March 20, 2017
Grey, Amelia, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
296 pages ; 17 cm.
"The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind--until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity"--Page [4] of cover.

The road to Ithaca

March 20, 2017
Pastor, Ben, 1950-
©2014
396 pages ; 20 cm.
Wehmacht officer Bora is sent to recently occupied Crete and must investigate the brutal murder of a Red Cross representative befriended by Himmler. All the clues lead to a platoon of trigger-happy German paratroopers but is this the truth? Bora takes to the mountains of Crete to solve the case, navigating his way between local bandits and foreign resistance fighters.

For love & honor

March 20, 2017
Hedlund, Jody, author.
©2017
239 pages ; 21 cm
Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed? Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family's safety, what other choice does he have? As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

Murder on the Serpentine : a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel

March 16, 2017
Perry, Anne, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
272 pages ; 24 cm.
Privately summoned by Queen Victoria when one of her closest confidantes is found murdered, Thomas Pitt navigates the secretive world of London society in what becomes the most dangerous case of his career.

In Farleigh Field : a novel

March 15, 2017
Bowen, Rhys, author.
©2017
378 pages ; 22 cm
World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility. As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela's family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela's help, stop them before England falls?

Victoria crossing / Michael Wallace.

March 15, 2017
Wallace, Michael (Fiction writer), author.
©2016
309 pages ; 21 cm.
"Driven from Ireland during the potato famine in 1851, Protestant Victoria MacPherson and Catholic Maeve O&#x;Reilly find themselves thrown together aboard a Manhattan-bound ship. They arrive in New York City with only a small purse of silver and the promise that Maeve&#x;s brother will find them there. But he&#x;s nowhere to be found and a scam artist cons the girls out of their savings, leaving the two destitute in the tenements of Lower Manhattan. As the women claw their way up from seamstresses earning pennies a day to proprietresses starting their own shop, their success is endangered by the city&#x;s corruption and a disgraceful secret that Victoria has been keeping from Maeve. Jealous rivals, religious prejudice, and the shocking revelation of Victoria&#x;s shameful past threaten to reduce the women to rags. But will their strength, courage, and spirit be enough to help them survive and thrive once again?"--Page 4 of cover.

Bright air black

March 14, 2017
Vann, David, author.
©2017
252 pages ; 21 cm
"Following the success of Aquarium which was a New York Times Editor's Choice and garnered numerous rave reviews, David Vann transports us to 13th century B.C. to give a nuanced and electric portrait of the life of one of ancient mythology's most fascinating and notorious women, Medea. In brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings us aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Black Sea from Persia's Colchis--where Medea flees her home and father with Jason, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece. Vann's reimagining of this ancient tale offers a thrilling, realist alternative to the long held notions of Medea as monster or sorceress. We witness with dramatic urgency Medea's humanity, her Bronze Age roots and position in Greek society, her love affair with Jason, and her tragic demise. Atmospheric and spellbinding, Bright Air Black is an indispensable, fresh and provocative take on one of our earliest texts and the most intimate and corporal version of Medea's story ever told"-- Provided by publisher.

The Hollywood daughter : a novel

March 14, 2017
Alcott, Kate, author.
©2017
305 pages ; 25 cm
In 1950, Ingrid Bergman-- already a major star-- has a baby out of wedlock with her Italian lover, film director Roberto Rossellini. Previously held up as an icon of purity, Bergman's fall shocked her legions of American fans. Growing up in Hollywood, Jessica Malloy watches as her PR executive father helps make Ingrid a star at Selznick International Pictures. Over years of fleeting interactions with the actress, Jesse comes to idolize Ingrid, who she considered not only the epitome of elegance and integrity, but also the picture-perfect mother, an area where her own difficult mom falls short. When the stress placed on Jesse's father begins to reveal hidden truths about the Malloy family, Jesse's eyes are opened to the complex realities of life--and love.

The confessions of young Nero

March 13, 2017
George, Margaret, 1943- author.
©2017
514 pages ; 24 cm
"New York Times bestselling author Margaret George has brought history to vivid life with her chronicles of queens and kings. Now, she turns her gaze to an Emperor ... Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius Caesar's imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next person who seeks to control it. In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman--or child. As a boy, Nero's royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life, first when the mad emperor Caligula tries to drown him, then when his great aunt attempts to secure her own son's inheritance. Faced with shocking acts of treachery, young Nero is dealt a harsh lesson: it is better to be cruel than dead. While Nero idealizes the artistic and athletic principles of Greece, his very survival rests on his ability to navigate the sea of vipers that is Rome. The most lethal of all is his own mother, a cold-blooded woman whose singular goal is to control the empire. With cunning and poison, the obstacles fall one by one. But as Agrippina's machinations earn her son a title he is both tempted and terrified to assume, Nero's determination to escape her thrall will shape him into the man he was fated to become--an Emperor who became legendary. With impeccable research and captivating prose, The Confessions of Young Nero is the story of a boy's ruthless ascension to the throne. Detailing his journey from innocent youth to infamous ruler, it is an epic tale of the lengths to which man will go in the ultimate quest for power and survival"-- Provided by publisher.

In the name of the family : a novel

March 13, 2017
Dunant, Sarah, author.
New York : Random House, 2017.
429 pages ; 25 cm
In the Name of the Family explores the House of Borgia's final years, in the company of a young diplomat named Niccolò Machiavelli--adapted from book jacket.

Lenin's roller coaster

March 13, 2017
Downing, David, 1946- author.
©2017
viii, 322 pages ; 24 cm.
"Autumn 1917: As a generation of Europe's young men perish on the Eastern and Western fronts, British spy Jack McColl is assigned a sabotage mission deep in the heart of Central Asia, where German influence is strong and where he'll be in completely unfamiliar territory. Despite his uncanny ear for foreign languages, there is much he doesn't know about the cities he's to infiltrate, or the people he's to meet there. As he quickly realizes, the mission only becomes more dangerous the closer he gets to its heart. Meanwhile, the woman he loves, Irish-American suffragette journalist Caitlin Hanley, is in Bolshevik Russia, thrilled to have the chance to cover the Revolution. As the noose of anti-Russian government propaganda tightens around the American press, strangling the progressive and socialist workers' movements, the Russians seem to be making strides toward equality, women's rights, and real social change. Caitlin knows Moscow is where she is meant to be during this historic event--even if she is putting her own life at risk to bear witness. But four years of bloody war have taken their toll on all of Europe, and Jack and Caitlin's relationship may become another casualty. Caitlin's political convictions have always been for progress, feminism, and socialism--often diametrically opposed to the conservative goals of the British Empire Jack serves. Up until now, Jack and Caitlin have managed to set aside their allegiances and stay faithful to each other, but the stakes of their affair have risen too high. Can a revolutionary love a government spy? And if she does, will it cost one of them their lives? "-- Provided by publisher.

Silent

March 13, 2017
Mellon, David.
©2017.
317 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
This novel tells the story a girl who must pretend to be a male soldier to save her younger brothers during World War I.

Sharpe's tiger : Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Seringapatam, 1799

March 13, 2017
Cornwell, Bernard.
New York : HarperPerennial, 1999.
385 pages ; 21 cm.
In 1799, the British Army is fighting its way through India in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out. Posing as a deserter, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must penetrate into the Tippoo's city and make contact with a Scottish spy being held prisoner there. Success will mean winning his sergeant stripes; failure, being turned over to the Tippoo's brutal executioners--or his man-eating tigers. Along the way, Sharpe keeps an eye out for beautiful prostitutes, any stray loot he can get his hands on, and the chance to learn his ABCs. But when the furious British assault on the city begins, Sharpe must fight with the fierceness and agility of a tiger himself to foil the Tippoo's well-set trap--and to keep from being killed by his own side.

The cutthroat

March 10, 2017
Cussler, Clive, author.
©2017
393 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The year is 1911. Chief Investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency has had many extraordinary cases before. But none quite like this. Hired to find a young woman named Anna Pape who ran away from home to become an actress, Bell gets a shock when her murdered body turns up instead. Vowing to bring the killer to justice, he begins a manhunt which leads him into increasingly more alarming territory. Anna Pape was not alone in her fate--petite young blond women like Anna are being murdered in cities across America. And the pattern goes beyond the physical resemblance of the victims--there are disturbing familiarities about the killings themselves that send a chill through even a man as experienced with evil as Bell. If he is right about his fears, then he is on the trail of one of the greatest monsters of his time"-- Provided by publisher.

Wild Lily

March 10, 2017
Peyton, K. M, author.
[2017]
322 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2016 by David Fickling Books"--Copyright page.
In 1921 Lily Gabriel is thirteen, motherless, and runs wild on Lockwood estate where her father is the gardener; Antony Sylvester is seventeen, motherless, and the spoiled son of the rich businessman who owns the estate; so when her friendship for Anthony suddenly turns into an impossible love there is bound to be heartbreak in the future--even before the airplane Antony got for his birthday leads to a disaster that will throw a shadow over both their lives.

The night ocean

March 10, 2017
LaFarge, Paul, author.
©2017
389 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Marina Willett, M.D., has a problem. Her husband, Charlie, has become obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft, in particular with one episode in the legendary horror writer's life: In the summer of 1934, the "old gent" lived for two months with a gay teenage fan named Robert Barlow, at Barlow's family home in central Florida. What were the two of them up to? Were they friends--or something more? Just when Charlie thinks he's solved the puzzle, a new scandal erupts, and he disappears. The police say it's suicide. Marina is a psychiatrist, and she doesn't believe them. As a heartbroken Marina follows her missing husband's trail in an attempt to learn the truth, the novel moves across the decades and along the length of the continent, from a remote Ontario town, through New York and Florida to Mexico City. The Night Ocean is about love and deception -- about the way that stories earn our trust, and betray it"--Provided by publisher.

Windy City blues

March 10, 2017
Rosen, Renée, author.
New York : Berkley, [2017]
xii, 456 pages ; 21 cm
"The bestselling author of White Collar Girl and What the Lady Wants explores one woman's journey of self-discovery set against the backdrop of a musical and social revolution. In the middle of the twentieth century, the music of the Mississippi Delta arrived in Chicago, drawing the attention of entrepreneurs like the Chess brothers. Their label, Chess Records, helped shape that music into the Chicago Blues, the soundtrack for a transformative era in American History. But, for Leeba Groski, Chess Records was just where she worked... Leeba doesn't exactly fit in, but her passion for music is not lost on her neighbor, Leonard Chess, who offers her a job at his new record company. What begins as answering phones and filing becomes much more as Leeba comes into her own as a songwriter and befriends performers like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry and Etta James. But she also finds love with a black blues guitarist named Red Dupree. With their relationship unwelcome in segregated Chicago and the two of them shunned by Leeba's Orthodox Jewish family, Leeba and Red soon find themselves in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement and they discover that, in times of struggle, music can bring people together. READERS GUIDE INSIDE"-- Provided by publisher.

The Frontiersman

March 9, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York : Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
364 pages ; 17 cm.
Seventeen-year-old Breckinridge Wallace is a pioneer whose fearless instincts have finally landed him in trouble with an Indian enemy. Now, from the bustling streets of St. Louis to the vast stillness of the Missouri headwaters, Breck is discovering a new world of splendor, violence, promise and betrayal on his way to the new frontier. Most of all, he is clawing his way to manhood behind the law of the gun.

Devil in spring

March 8, 2017
Kleypas, Lisa, author.
©2017
280 pages ; 24 cm.
Most debutantes dream of finding husbands. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she's ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger. After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught by a rebellious girl who couldn't be less suitable. In fact she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He'll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil's own bargain.

The typewriter's tale

March 8, 2017
Heyns, Michiel, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
270 pages ; 22 cm
""Live all you can; it's a mistake not to." This is the maxim of celebrated author Henry James and one which his typist Frieda Wroth tries to live up to. Admiring of the great author, she nevertheless feels marginalized and undervalued in her role. But when the dashing Morton Fullerton comes to visit, Frieda finds herself at the center of an intrigue every bit as engrossing as the novels she types, bringing her into conflict with the flamboyant Edith Wharton, and compromising her loyalty to James"-- Provided by publisher.

The duke

March 8, 2017
Byrne, Kerrigan, author.
2017
377 pages ; 18 cm
"St. Martin's Paperbacks historical romance"--Spine.
"Imogen Pritchard is thrown back together with Cole Talmage, the Duke of Trenwyth, who seduced her years earlier when she was a maid in a brothel, first as his nurse and later as his neighbor after she becomes a wealthy widow."--Provided by publisher.

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