New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

December 7, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The gun room

December 6, 2016
Harding, Georgina, 1955- author.
London : Bloomsbury, 2016.
211 pages ; 22 cm
The memory of war will stay with a man longer than anything else. Dawn, mist clearing over the rice fields, a burning Vietnamese village, and a young war photographer gets the shot that might make his career. The image, of a staring soldier in the midst of mayhem, will become one of the great photographs of the war. But what he has seen in that village is more than he can bear, and he flees. Jonathan drifts on to Japan, to lose himself in the vastness of Tokyo, where there are different kinds of pictures to be taken: peacetime pictures of crowds and subways and cherry blossom. And pictures of a girl with whom he is no longer lost: innumerable pictures of Kumiko, on the streets and in the rain and in the heat of the summer. Yet even here in this alien city, his history will catch up with him: that photograph and his responsibility in taking it; his responsibility as a witness to war, and as a witness to other events buried far deeper in his past. This novel is a powerful exploration of image and memory, and of the moral complexity and emotional consequences of the experience of war.

My kind of town : a Joe Buonomo mystery

December 6, 2016
Sandrolini, John, 1965- author.
New York : Mysterious Press.com/Open Road Integrated Media, [2016]
352 pages ; 20 cm.
Sequel to: One for our baby.
"When Joe Buonomo returned from World War II, he chose to settle in California rather than go back home to Chicago--and he didn't plan on revisiting his old stomping grounds any time soon. But when Frank Sinatra asks you to fly him to the Windy City for a gig, you don't refuse. And so, reluctantly, Joe finds himself strolling down memory lane and rekindling relationships with his estranged family. But where Joe goes, trouble tends to follow"--Amazon.com.

The buried book : a novel

December 5, 2016
Pulley, D. M.
Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, [2016]
399 pages ; 21 cm.

The Norfolk mystery

December 5, 2016
Sansom, Ian.
[New York?] : Witness Impulse, ©2013.
324 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm
"It is 1937, and disillusioned Spanish Civil War veteran Stephen Sefton is broke. So when he sees a mysterious advertisment for a job where 'intelligence is essential, ' he eagerly applies. Thus begins Sefton's association with Professor Swanton Morley, an omnivorous intellect. Morley's latest project is a history of traditional England, with a guide to every county. They start in Norfolk, but when the vicar of Blakeney is found hanging from his church's bell rope, Morley and Sefton find themselves drawn into a rather more fiendish plot. Did the reverend really take his own life, or is there something darker afoot?"--Back cover.

The cottage

December 5, 2016
Phillips, Michael R., 1946- author.
©2016
405 pages : genealogical table, map ; 23 cm.
"In the Shetlands, Loni Ford discovers her inheritance is not at all what she expected, nor is local leader David Tulloch. A city girl at heart, she is surprised at how much she enjoys the peaceful atmosphere of the place. But change threatens that peace, as does a dangerous man intent on controlling the island--and Loni is all that's standing in his way"-- Provided by publisher.

The Alexandria affair

December 2, 2016
Gardner, Ashley, author.
©2016
331 pages ; 21 cm.
Captain Lacey unearths treasure and murder in Egypt in this latest mystery by Ashley Gardner (Jennifer Ashley).

Healing Ruby : a novel

December 1, 2016
Westall, Jennifer H., author.
©2014
4, 363 pages ; 23 cm

Ruler of the night

November 29, 2016
Morrell, David, 1943- author.
New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown, and Company, 2016.
342 pages ; 25 cm
Sequel to: Inspector of the dead.
1855. The railway has irrevocably altered English society: a whole day's journey can now be covered in a matter of hours. This brings freedom-- and danger. When a gentleman is stabbed to death in a locked first-class passenger compartment, the crime paralyzes London. In the next compartment, Thomas De Quincey and his daughter, Emily, discover the homicide in a most gruesome manner. They join forces with their allies in Scotland Yard, Detective Ryan and his partner-in-training, Becker, to pursue the killer. Ultimately, De Quincey must confront two ruthless adversaries: this terrifying enemy, and his own opium addiction which endangers his life and his tormented soul.

The flame bearer : a novel

November 28, 2016
Cornwell, Bernard, author.
©2016
284 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"With Britain in an uneasy state of peace, Uhtred of Bebbanburg at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago -- and which his scheming cousin still occupies. But he will need all the skills he has learned in a lifetime of war to make his dream come true." -- adapted from publisher website.

While the Duke was sleeping

November 22, 2016
Jordan, Sophie, author.
©2016
367 pages ; 17 cm.
The rogue files --Cover.
Shop girl Poppy Fairchurch knows its pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry. Still, dreams can't hurt anyone ... unlike the carriage Poppy spies bearing down upon the unsuspecting duke. After she pulls him to safety, the duke lapses into a coma and Poppy is mistaken for his fiancee. But one person isn't fooled: his arrogant and much too handsome half-brother, Struan Mackenzie. Soon Poppy isn't sure what she wants more ... the fantasy of her duke or the reality of one smoldering Scot who challenges her at every turn. An illegitimate second son, Struan may have built an empire and established himself as one of the wealthiest men in Britain, but he knows he will always be an outsider among the ton. Just like he knows the infuriating Poppy is a liar. There's no way the haughty Duke of Autenberry would deign to wed a working class girl. It doesn't matter how charming she is. Or tempting. Or how much Struan wants her for himself.

The Earl

November 22, 2016
Ashe, Katharine, author.
©2016
347 pages ; 17 cm.
How does a bookish lady bring an arrogant lord to his knees? Entice him to Scotland, strip him of titles and riches, and make him prove what sort of man he truly is. Opposites ... Handsome, wealthy, and sublimely confident, Colin Gray, the new Earl of Egremoor, has vowed to unmask the rabble-rousing pamphleteer, Lady Justice, the thorn in England's paw. And he'll stop at nothing. Attract. Smart, big-hearted, and passionately dedicated to her work, Lady Justice longs to teach her nemesis a lesson in humility. But her sister is missing, and a perilous journey with her archrival into unknown territory just might turn fierce enemies into lovers.

Four-Four-Two

November 22, 2016
Hughes, Dean, 1943- author.
©2016
268 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Forced into an internment camp at the start of World War II, eighteen-year-old Yuki enlists in the Army to fight for the Allies as a member of the "Four-Four-Two," a segregated Japanese American regiment.

The inheritance

November 21, 2016
Finch, Charles (Charles B.), author.
©2016
294 pages ; 24 cm
"A mysterious bequest of money leads to a murder in this new novel in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series whose last installment The New York Times called "a sterling addition to this well-polished series." Charles Lenox has received a cryptic plea for help from an old Harrow schoolmate, Gerald Leigh, but when he looks into the matter he finds that his friend has suddenly disappeared. As boys they had shared a secret: a bequest from a mysterious benefactor had smoothed Leigh's way into the world after the death of his father. Lenox, already with a passionate interest in detective work, made discovering the benefactor's identity his first case - but was never able to solve it. Now, years later, Leigh has been the recipient of a second, even more generous bequest. Is it from the same anonymous sponsor? Or is the money poisoned by ulterior motives? Leigh's disappearance suggests the latter, and as Lenox tries, desperately, to save his friend's life, he's forced into confrontations with both the most dangerous of east end gangs and the far more genteel denizens of the illustrious Royal Society. When someone close to the bequest dies, Lenox must finally delve deep into the past to uncover at last the identity of the person who is either his friend's savior - or his lethal enemy"-- Provided by publisher.

The Jekyll revelation

November 21, 2016
Masello, Robert, 1952- author.
©2016
484 pages ; 21 cm
While on routine patrol in the tinder-dry Topanga Canyon, environmental scientist Rafael Salazar expects to find animal poachers, not a dilapidated antique steamer trunk. Inside the peculiar case, he discovers a journal, written by the renowned Robert Louis Stevenson, which divulges ominous particulars about his creation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde . It also promises to reveal a terrible secret--the identity of Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately, the journal--whose macabre tale unfolds in an alternating narrative with Rafe's--isn't the only relic in the trunk, and Rafe isn't the only one to purloin a souvenir. A mysterious flask containing the last drops of the grisly potion that inspired Jekyll and Hyde and spawned London's most infamous killer has gone missing. And it has definitely fallen into the wrong hands.

The hidden people

November 21, 2016
Littlewood, Alison, author.
New York : Jo Fletcher, [2016]
358 pages ; 24 cm
Refusing to believe the rumors surrounding his beautiful and talented cousin's murder, nineteenth-century Englishman Albie Mirralls goes to his late cousin's village and confronts profound superstitions about the "fair folk" and their belief that his cousin was a changeling.

Left at the altar

November 21, 2016
Brownley, Margaret.
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2016]
373 p. ; 17 cm.
In the wild and untamed West, time is set by the local jeweler...but Two-Time Texas has two: two feuding jewelers and two wildly conflicting time zones. Meg Lockwood's marriage was supposed to unite the families and finally bring peace. But when she's left at the altar by her no-good fiance, Meg's dreams of dragging her quarrelsome neighbors into a ceasefire are dashed. Hired to defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there's something about Meg's sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in...even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping them apart.

Baron

November 21, 2016
Shupe, Joanna, author.
©2016
x, 326 pages ; 17 cm.
Born into one of New York's most respected families, William Sloane is a railroad baron who has all the right friends in all the right places. But no matter how much success he achieves, he always wants more. Having secured his place atop the city's highest echelons of society, he's now setting his sights on a political run. Nothing can distract him from his next pursuit--except, perhaps, the enchanting con artist he never saw coming. Ava Jones has eked out a living the only way she knows how. As "Madam Zolikoff," she hoodwinks gullible audiences into believing she can communicate with the spirit world. But her carefully crafted persona is nearly destroyed when Will Sloane walks into her life--and lays bare her latest scheme. The charlatan is certain she can seduce the handsome millionaire into keeping her secret and using her skills for his campaign--unless he's the one who's already put a spell on her.

How to impress a marquess

November 21, 2016
Ives, Susanna, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2016]
376 pages ; 17 cm
"TAKE ONE MARQUESS: Proper, put-upon, dependable, but concealing a sensitive artist's soul. ADD ONE BOHEMIAN LADY: Creative, boisterous, unruly, but secretly yearning for a steadfast love, home, and family. STIR in a sensational serialized story that has society ravenous for each installment. COMBINE with ambitious guests at an ill-fated house party hosted by a treacherous dowager possessing a poison tongue. SHAKE until a stuffy marquess and rebellious lady make a shocking discovery: the contents of their hearts are just alike. Take a sip. You'll laugh, you'll swoon, you'll never want this moving Victorian love story to end."-- Page [4] of cover.

Congress of secrets

November 17, 2016
Burgis, Stephanie, author.
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2016.
347 pages ; 21 cm
In 1814, the Congress of Vienna has just begun. Diplomats battle over a new map of Europe, actors vie for a chance at glory, and aristocrats and royals from across the continent come together to celebrate the downfall of Napoleon. Lady Caroline Wyndham, a wealthy English widow, has a secret: her childhood in Vienna was stolen from her by dark alchemy. Determined to save her father, she isn't expecting to meet his apprentice, Michael Steinhüller, now a charming con man in the middle of his riskiest scheme ever. What price will they pay to the darkness if either of them is to survive?

Lovers and newcomers

November 17, 2016
Thomas, Rosie, author.
©2010
439 pages ; 24 cm
Miranda Meadowe lives a relatively solitary life in her rustic country home, but her world dramatically changes when she invites a group of her oldest friends to move in with her. In the beginning, their reunion is joyous. They laugh, dance, drink, behave badly, and being to reclaim the things they thought would be theirs forever. But as the days pass, long-forgotten grudges resurface and new tensions emerge, and they discover that their bond may not be the same as it once was. And when an ancient burial site is discovered not far from the cottage, the outside world descends upon them and their isolation is breached.

The shores of Tripoli : Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates

November 17, 2016
Haley, James L., author.
©2016
448 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Maps on endpages.
"A novel"--Cover.
It is 1801 and President Thomas Jefferson has assembled a deep-water navy to fight the growing threat of piracy, as American civilians are regularly kidnapped by Islamist brigands and held for ransom, enslaved, or killed, all at their captors' whim. The Berber States of North Africa, especially Tripoli, claimed their faith gave them the right to pillage anyone who did not submit to their religion. Young Bliven Putnam, great-nephew of Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam, is bound for the Mediterranean and a desperate battle with the pirate ship Tripoli. He later returns under legendary Commodore Edward Preble on the Constitution, and marches across the Libyan desert with General Eaton to assault Derna--discovering the lessons he learns about war, and life, are not what he expected.

Valiant gentlemen

November 17, 2016
Murray, Sabina, author.
©2016
489 pages ; 24 cm
Humanitarian and Irish patriot Roger Casement and his closest friend Herbert Ward spent a misadventurous youth in the Congo, witnessing acts of cannibalism, among other things. Ward married Argentinian-American heiress Sarita Sanford, and they established a flourishing family life in France. Casement's covert homosexuality and nomadic lifestyle kept him floating between his work across the African continent and involvement in Irish politics. When World War I broke out, Casement and Ward's longstanding political differences finally come to a head, leading to results both tragic and riveting.

Den of wolves

November 16, 2016
Marillier, Juliet, author.
©2016
ix, 433 pages ; 24 cm.
"A ROC book."
"Healer Blackthorn knows all too well the rules of her bond to the fey: seek no vengeance, help any who ask, do only good. But after the recent ordeal she and her companion, Grim, have suffered, she knows she cannot let go of her quest to bring justice to the man who ruined her life. Despite her personal struggles, Blackthorn agrees to help the princess of Dalriada in taking care of a troubled young girl who has recently been brought to court, while Grim is sent to the girl's home at Wolf Glen to aid her wealthy father with a strange task--repairing a broken-down house deep in the woods. It doesn't take Grim long to realize that everything in Wolf Glen is not as it seems--the place is full of perilous secrets and deadly lies. Back at Winterfalls, the evil touch of Blackthorn's sworn enemy reopens old wounds and fuels her long-simmering passion for justice. With danger on two fronts, Blackthorn and Grim are faced with a heartbreaking choice--to stand once again by each other's side or to fight their battles alone."-- Provided by publisher.

Pharaoh

November 10, 2016
Smith, Wilbur A., author.
©2016
408 pages ; 24 cm
Map on end pages.
Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded. The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded. Taita, the Pharaoh's advisor and hero of Desert God and River God, once again finds himself caught up in a whirlpool of ruthless intrigue that threatens the very foundations of the beloved empire he has pledged his life to protect. Plunged into dangerous and deadly waters more treacherous than the Nile, he must use his intelligence, alchemy, and cunning to protect his Pharaoh and keep safe all he loves. With the timely arrival of an old ally the tide is turned, but Taita is branded a traitor. The new Pharaoh, Utteric, is young, weak and cruel-- and threatened by Taita's influence within the palace.

Unraveled

November 10, 2016
Wortham, Reavis Z., author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2016.
327 pages ; 23 cm.
"Constable Ned Parker has his hands full, between raising his grandchildren, Pepper and Top, and trying to keep the peace in the rural community of Center Springs, Tex. When a car runs off the bridge over Lake Lamar Dam killing Frank Clay, the white mayor, and his black secretary, Maggie Mayfield, local speculation runs rampant. Were they having an affair? Could it have been foul play? If so, who was the target: Frank or Maggie? The incident rekindles an ancient feud between the Clays and the Mayfields, and the body count rises." -- Library Journal.

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