New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

November 17, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Gin and panic

November 16, 2017
Chance, Maia, author.
278 pages : 22 cm.
"A mystery"--Jacket.
Former socialite Lola Woodby, not-so-discreet private eye in Prohibition-era New York City, along with her grim Swedish sidekick, Berta, take on a piece-of-cake job: retrieving a rhinoceros trophy from the Connecticut mansion of big game hunter Rudy Montgomery. After all, their client, Lord Sudley, promises them a handsome paycheck, and the gin and tonics will be free. But no sooner do they arrive at Montgomery Hall than Rudy is shot dead with a houseful of suspicious characters standing by. Lord Sudley ups the ante, and Lola and Berta take the case. Armed with handbags stuffed with emergency chocolate, gin flasks, and a Colt .25, Lola and Berta are swiftly embroiled in a madcap puzzle of stolen diamonds, family secrets, a clutch of gangsters, and a flapper who knows her way around a safari rifle. Gin and Panic continues the Discreet Retrieval Agency Mysteries from beloved crime writer Maia Chance.

A tangled mercy : a novel

November 16, 2017
Jordan-Lake, Joy, 1963- author.
433 pages ; 22 cm
Includes reading group questions for discussions.
"Told in alternating tales at once haunting and redemptive, A Tangled Mercy is a quintessentially American epic rooted in heartbreaking true events examining the harrowing depths of human brutality and betrayal, and our enduring hope for freedom and forgiveness." -- (Source of summary not specified)

Miss Leslie's secret : a regency romance

November 14, 2017
Moore, Jennifer (Jennifer Lunt), author.
218 pages ; 23 cm
Includes an excerpt from the author's My dearest enemy.
"Decorated war hero Conall Stewart has spent ten years envisioning his return to his beloved Scottish Highlands. But now, with the days of battle finally behind him, it seems that his dreams of home have been in vain: the land of his youth lies in ruins, and his family is gone. Though he will never stop searching for his kin, Conall knows he must begin again. But when he takes on a rented farm in a nearby town, he finds far more than the fresh start he was looking for. After catching a mischievous local lad stealing, Conall returns young Jamie to his mother, Aileen Leslie and finds the woman's coddling of the child maddening. What Conall does not realize is that Aileen hides a frightening secret: her devoted protection of Jamie is all that shelters them from discovery by a dangerous man from their past. Drawn together by circumstance, Conall soon develops a fatherly relationship with Jamie as well as romantic feelings for Aileen. But even as the couple accepts their growing affection for one another, time runs out for Aileen and her son: after years of hiding, they have been found. Conall lost his family once he will do all in his power not to let history repeat itself."-- Provided by publisher.


November 14, 2017
Organ, Emily, author.
Lexington, KY : [Manufactured by CreateSpace], 2017.
334 pages ; 21 cm.
London 1883. Actress Lizzie Dixie drowned in the River Thames. So how was she murdered five years later in Highgate Cemetery? Intrepid Fleet Street reporter Penny Green was a friend of Lizzie's and Scotland Yard needs her help. Does Penny unwittingly hold clues to Lizzie's mysterious death? Penny must work with Inspector James Blakely to investigate the worlds of theatre, showmen and politicians to uncover the truth. But who is following her? And who is sending her threatening letters? Penny is about to discover that Lizzie's life was more complicated, and dangerous, than she ever could have imagined.

The rookery

November 14, 2017
Organ, Emily, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace], [2017]
328 pages ; 21 cm.
"There's a killer in the slums. London 1884. When a thief robs Penny Green, she finds herself caught up in a horrifying murder. Someone is terrorizing the residents of St. Giles Rookery and Scotland Yard sends Inspector James Blakely to investigate. When the serial killer claims a victim outside the slums, Victorian London is sent into a panic. Can Penny's friendship with the people of St.Giles uncover the culprit? Penny and James must overcome their complicated relationship to work together, but each new murder threatens to derail their work for good"--Back cover.

Room for hope : a novel

November 14, 2017
Sawyer, Kim Vogel, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook Press, 2016.
342 pages ; 21 cm
"1930's Kansas, and the family Neva Shilling never expected to raise: her husband's other family"-- Provided by publisher.

The tiger's prey : a novel of adventure

November 13, 2017
Smith, Wilbur A., author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
426 pages ; 24 cm
When his stepfather's gambling debts leave him a marked man, Francis Courtney flees to South Africa with revenge on his mind. His uncle, Tom Courtney, killed Francis's father. Christopher Courtney gave up a privileged position to become a fierce warrior, but his path led to violence and treachery. When the two Courtney men collide, the sins of the father will change the fate of a younger generation.


November 13, 2017
Laybourne, Emmy, author.
343 pages ; 22 cm
Hanne and her siblings flee Norway after her "gift" causes her to commit murder, and on the American frontier Owen, a cowboy, leads them toward their uncle who may help them learn control.

Love held captive

November 8, 2017
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
328 pages ; 22 cm.
"Major Ethan Kelly has never been able to absolve himself of the guilt he feels for raiding a woman’s home shortly before he was taken prisoner during the Civil War. He is struggling to get through each day until he once again crosses paths with Lizbeth Barclay—the very woman he is trying to forget. Life after the war is not much different for former Captain Devin Monroe until he meets Julianne VanFleet. He knows she is the woman he’s been waiting for, but he struggles to come to terms with the sacrifices she made to survive the war. When Ethan and Devin discover that their former colonel, Adam Bushnell, is responsible for both Lizbeth’s and Julianne’s pain, they call on their former fellow soldiers to hunt him down. As the men band together to earn the trust of the women they love, Lizbeth and Julianne seek the justice they deserve in a country longing to heal."

A scandal in Battersea

November 7, 2017
Lackey, Mercedes, author.
310 pages ; 24 cm.
Christmas is special for psychic Nan Killian, medium Sarah Lyon-White and their ward Suki. It is special for their friends, Doctor John Watson, and his wife Mary, both Elemental Masters, who have found great delight in the season seeing it through young Suki's eyes. But Christmas Eve is also hallowed to dark forces, powers older than mankind, powers that come awake on this, the Longest Night. Women disappear in the dark of night, women only missed by those of their own kind. When they start to reappear, they are no longer sane. When the shadows reach for girls of good, can they stop the darkness before it can conquer all?

The safe house : a novel

November 7, 2017
Boltanski, Christophe, author.
232 pages ; 23 cm
Originally published as La cachein. ©Éditions Stock, 2015.
Car -- Kitchen -- Office -- Parlor -- Staircase -- Apartment -- Bathroom -- In-between -- Bedroom -- Attic.
In Paris's exclusive Saint-Germain neighborhood is a mansion. In that mansion lives a family. Deep in that mansion. The Bolts are that family, and they have secrets. The Safe House tells their story. When the Nazis came, Étienne Boltanski divorced his wife and walked out the front door, never to be seen again during the war. So far as the outside world knew, the Jewish doctor had fled. The truth was that he had sneaked back to hide in a secret crawl space at the heart of the house. There he lived for the duration of the war. With the Liberation, Étienne finally emerged, but he and his family were changed forever--anxious, reclusive, yet proudly eccentric. Their lives were spent, amid Bohemian disarray and lingering wartime fears, in the mansion's recesses or packed comically into the protective cocoon of a Fiat. That house (and its vehicular appendage) are at the heart of Christophe Boltanski's ingeniously structured, lightly fictionalized account of his grandparents and their extended family. The novel unfolds room by room--each chapter opening with a floorplan-- introducing us to the characters who occupy each room, including the narrator's grandmother--a woman of "savage appetites"--And his uncle Christian, whose haunted artworks would one day make him famous. "The house was a palace," Boltanski writes, "and they lived like hobos." Rejecting convention as they'd rejected the outside world, the family never celebrated birthdays, or even marked the passage of time, living instead in permanent stasis, ever more closely bonded to the house itself. --Jacket.

The midnight dance

November 3, 2017
Katz, Nikki, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2017.
311 pages ; 22 cm
In 1879, seventeen-year-old Penny yearns to escape the confines of Italy's mysterious and elite Grande Teatro and explore the flashes of memory that suggest she once lived a very different life.

The librarian of Auschwitz

November 2, 2017
Iturbe, Antonio, 1967- author.
423 pages : illustration, maps ; 24 cm
Maps on liner papers.
"Based on the true story of Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus"--Jacket.
Follows the true story of Dita Kraus, a fourteen-year-old girl from Prague who after being sent to Auschwitz is chosen to protect the eight volumes prisoners have smuggled past the guards.

Death in St. Petersburg : a Lady Emily mystery

November 2, 2017
Alexander, Tasha, 1969- author.
288 pages ; 24 cm.
"After the final curtain of Swan Lake, an animated crowd exits the Mariinsky theatre brimming with excitement from the night's performance. But outside the scene is somber. A ballerina's body lies face down in the snow, blood splattered like rose petals over the costume of the Swan Queen. The crowd is silenced by a single cry-- "Nemetseva is dead!" Amongst the theatergoers is Lady Emily, accompanying her dashing husband Colin in Russia on assignment from the Crown. But it soon becomes clear that Colin isn't the only one with work to do. When the dead ballerina's aristocratic lover comes begging for justice, Emily must apply her own set of skills to discover the rising star's murderer. Her investigation takes her on a dance across the stage of Tsarist Russia, from the opulence of the Winter Palace, to the modest flats of ex-ballerinas and the locked attics of political radicals. A mysterious dancer in white follows closely behind, making waves through St. Petersburg with her surprise performances and trail of red scarves. Is it the sweet Katenka, Nemetseva's childhood friend and favorite rival? The ghost of the murdered étoile herself? Or, something even more sinister?" -- provided by publisher.

Mr. Dickens and his carol

November 2, 2017
Silva, Samantha, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
276 pages ; 22 cm
"Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses ... On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs"--

Quarry's climax

November 1, 2017
Collins, Max Allan, author.
London : Hardcase Crime, 2017.
239 pages ; 21 cm.
Memphis, 1975. "Raunchy" doesn't begin to describe Max Climer's magazine, Climax, or his all-hours strip club, or his planned video empire. And evangelists, feminists, and local watchdog groups all want him out of business. But someone wants more than that, and has hired a killer to end Max's career permanently. Only another hit man - the ruthless professional known as Quarry, star of the acclaimed series on Cinemax - can keep Climer from becoming a casualty in the Sexual Revolution.

Uncertain glory

November 1, 2017
Sales, Joan, author.
New York : New York Review Books, [2017]
457 pages ; 21 cm.
"A classic Catalan work about love, family, and class during the Spanish Civil war. Spain, 1937. Posted to the Aragonese front, Lieutenant Lluís de Brocà i de Ruscalleda eschews the drunken antics of his comrades and goes in search of intrigue. But the lady of Castel de Olivo--a beautiful widow with a shadowy past--puts a high price on her affections. In Barcelona, Trini Milmany struggles to raise Lluís's son on her own, letters from the front her only solace. With bombs falling as fast as the city's morale, she leaves to spend the winter with Lluís's brigade on a quiet section of the line. But even on "dead" fronts the guns do not stay silent for long. Trini's decision will put her family's fate in the hands of Juli Soleràs, an old friend and a traitor of easy conscience, a philosopher-cynic locked in an eternal struggle with himself. Joan Sales, a combatant in the Spanish Civil War, distilled his experiences into a timeless story of thwarted love, lost youth, and crushed illusions. A thrilling epic that has drawn comparison with the work of Dostoyevsky and Stendhal, Uncertain Glory is a homegrown counterpart to classics such as Homage to Catalonia and For Whom the Bell Tolls"-- Provided by publisher.

The laird takes a bride

October 27, 2017
Berne, Lisa.
New York, New York : Avon Books, 2017.
372 pages ; 17 cm.
"Alasdair Penhallow, laird of his clan and master of Castle Tadgh, is forced to end his carefree bachelorhood, thanks to an ancient decree that requires him to marry. But Alasdair's search for a biddable wife comes to a screeching halt when Fate serves up Fiona Douglass. Prickly as a thistle, Fiona challenges him at every turn, rendering herself surprisingly irresistible. Her love would be a prize indeed ... if Alasdair could accept it. Fiona gave her heart once, and doesn't plan to repeat that folly. Yet she finds herself drawn to Alasdair's intelligence and strength, and the passion he incites goes well beyond her expectations for what's only a marriage of expedience. Despite herself, she's falling in love with her husband. But there's a high wall between them -- and Fiona's not sure it can ever be torn down."--Back cover.

The nine-tailed fox

October 26, 2017
Limón, Martin, 1948- author.
New York, NY : Soho Press, Inc., [2017]
323 pages ; 22 cm.
Series taken from book jacket.
"Three American GIs have gone missing in different South Korean cities. Sergeants George Sueno and Ernie Bascom, agents for the Army CID, link the disappearances to a woman locally rumored to be a gumiho, a legendary nine-thousand-tailed fox disguised as a woman. George suspects that the woman is no mythical creature, but a wealthy kidnapper who's good at covering her tracks. Scrambling to stay one step ahead of a psychotic mastermind, George realizes he will have to risk his life to discover the whereabouts of his fellow countrymen"-- Provided by publisher.

Unforgivable love

October 25, 2017
Scott, Sophfronia, author.
509, 7 pages ; 21 cm
A reimagining of the French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
1947. A sweltering stretch has Harlem's elite fleeing the city for Westchester County's breezier climes. Heiress Mae Malveaux rules society with an angel's smile and a heart of stone. To have the pleasure she craves, control is paramount, especially control of the men she attracts. Valiant Jackson has wanted Mae for years. and Mae strikes a bargain: seduce her virginal young cousin, Cecily, who is engaged to Frank Washington. Frank values her innocence above all else. If successful, Val's reward will be a night with Mae. But Val secretly seeks Elizabeth Townsend, who is fiercely loyal to her church and her civil rights attorney husband.

Among the red stars

October 25, 2017
Katz, Gwen C., author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
376 pages ; 22 cm
Determined to help the effort, female Russian air pilot Valka signs up to join an all-female aviation group, but as the war intensifies she has to decide how much she is willing to risk to defend the skies she calls home.

Duke of Desire

October 24, 2017
Hoyt, Elizabeth, 1970- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
330 pages ; 18 cm.
A lady of light. Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked - and nude! - Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him ... only to find she may have been a trifle hasty. A duke in deepest darkness. Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Resucing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe. Caught in a web of danger ... and desire ... Much to Raphael's irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life - and bed. Soon he's drawn both to her quick wit and firey passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael's past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael's own demons?


October 24, 2017
Duncan, Dave, 1933- author.
New York : Night Shade Books, [2017]
332 pages ; 22 cm.
Medieval magic, murder, and mayhem! It is 1164, and for a hundred years England has been ruled by the Normans. A young Saxon boy named Durwin, crippled by a childhood accident, had caught the eye of a Norman sage teaching at a rural school of magic. Realizing that the boy had promise, Durwin was made stable boy, and eventually allowed to attend classes. Now twenty, Durwin is proficient enough that he is assigned to teach, but the other sages refuse to promote him and he is hassled by the Norman juniors for his disability. But those troubles turn out to be the least of his worries when he manages to corrects errors in an ancient corrupted spell, which promptly prophesies murder. Sure enough, word soon reaches the school that one of the local count's house sage has died, perhaps slain by black magic. Durwin is whisked away to the family's castle, only to find that one death was only the beginning. The young sage quickly learns of a dizzying plot to assassinate King Henry. Dropped into the middle of the complex politics of England's royal courts, can Durwin stop them in time?

The Scot beds his wife

October 24, 2017
Byrne, Kerrigan, author.
New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
viii, 405 pages ; 17 cm
Includes excerpts from: The duke with the dragon tattoo and The highwayman.
Gavin St. James, Earl of Thorne, tries to claim the abandoned estate bordering his own as part of his effort to put his past behind him, but he finds himself opposed by American Tessa Ross, who hides dark secrets of her own.

A dangerous legacy

October 23, 2017
Camden, Elizabeth, 1948- author.
339 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Lucy Drake's mastery of Morse code has made her a valuable asset to the American news agencies as a telegrapher. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Newly arrived from London, Colin is talented, handsome, and insufferably charming. Despite their rivalry, Lucy realizes Colin's connections could be just what her family needs to turn the tide of their long legal battle over the fortune they were swindled out of forty years ago. When she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, neither of them realizes how far the web of treachery they're wading into will take them.

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