New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

September 24, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Bloodline

September 23, 2016
Iggulden, Conn, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
xxvii, 404 pages : map, genealogical tables ; 24 cm.
"The third beautifully written novel in the War of the Roses series by bestselling author Conn Iggulden. 'Superbly plotted and paced' The Times *** - Winter 1461 - Richard Duke of York is dead, his ambitions in ruins, his head spiked on the walls of the city. King Henry VI is still held prisoner. His Lancastrian Queen rides south with an army of victorious northerners, accompanied by painted warriors from the Scottish Highlands. With the death of York, Margaret and her army seem unstoppable. Yet in killing the father, Margaret has unleashed the sons. Edward of March, now Duke of York, proclaims himself England's rightful king. Factions form and tear apart as snow falls. Through blood and treason, through broken men and vengeful women, brother shall confront brother, king shall face king. Two men can always claim a crown. Only one can keep it. Praise for the Wars of the Roses series: 'Pacey and juicy, and packed with action' Sunday Times 'Energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience' Independent 'A novel that seamlessly combines narrative, historical credence and great knowledge of the period' Daily Express 'A page-turning thriller' Mail on Sunday"-- Provided by publisher.

The wonder : a novel

September 23, 2016
Donoghue, Emma, 1969- author.
©2016
291 pages ; 25 cm
Nurse -- Watch -- Fast -- Vigil -- Shift -- Epilogue -- Author's note.
"Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell, who is said to be living without food, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl. As Anna's life ebbs away, Lib finds herself responsible not just for the care of a child but for that child's very survival. Haunting and magnetic, The Wonder is a searing examination of doubt, faith, and what nourishes us, body and soul. Written with all the propulsive tension that made Donoghue's Room a huge bestseller, it works beautifully on many levels -- an intimate tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a spellbinding story of love pitted against evil." -- from back cover.

The castle of kings

September 22, 2016
Pötzsch, Oliver, author.
©2016
xii, 644 pages : map ; 24 cm
"The Castle of Kings was first published in 2013 by Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH as Die Burg der Könige"--Title page verso.
"In 1524, in what is now Germany, hundreds of thousands of peasants revolted against the harsh treatment of their aristocratic overlords. Agnes is the daughter of one of these overlords, but she is not a typical sixteenth-century girl, refusing to wear dresses and spending more time with her pet falcon than potential suitors. There is only one suitor she is interested in: Mathis, a childhood friend who she can never marry due to his low birth status. But when a rogue knight attacks Agnes and Mathis shoots the knight to save her, the two are forced to go on the run together, into the midst of the raging Peasants' War. Over the next two years, as Agnes and Mathis travel the countryside, they are each captured by and escape from various factions of the war, participate in massive battles, make new friends both noble and peasant, and fall in love. Meanwhile, Agnes's falcon finds a mysterious ring, and Agnes begins having strange, but seemingly meaningful dreams. Dreams that lead the two lovers to revelations about their place in the world and in the emerging German states."-- Provided by publisher.

The Tengu's game of go

September 21, 2016
Hearn, Lian, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
xi, 235 pages : map ; 19 cm.
"Unrest rules the country. Only Shika can end the madness by returning the Lotus Throne to its rightful ruler. As destiny weaves its rich tapestry, a compelling drama plays out against a background of wild forests, elegant castles, hidden temples, and savage battlefields. This is the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's imagination, where animal spirits clash with warriors and children navigate a landscape as serene as it is deadly."--Provided by publisher.

Darktown : a novel

September 20, 2016
Mullen, Thomas, author.
©2016
371 pages ; 24 cm
"Responding to orders from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers, including war veterans Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers: they aren't allowed to arrest white suspects, drive squad cars, or set foot in the police headquarters. When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up dead, Boggs and Smith suspect white cops are behind it. Their investigation sets them up against a brutal cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood as his own, and his partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines"--Amazon.com.

Blue Madonna

September 20, 2016
Benn, James R., author.
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2016]
319 pages ; 24 cm.
"Billy Boyle, US Army detective and ex-Boston cop, faces his toughest investigation yet: infiltrating enemy lines in France as the Allies invade Normandy. It's late May 1944. Captain Billy Boyle is court-martialed on spurious charges of black market dealings. Stripped of his officer's rank, reduced to private, and sentenced to three months' hard labor, Boyle is given an opportunity: he can avoid his punishment if he goes behind enemy lines to rescue a high-value Allied soldier. A secret chamber and tunnels, once used by escaping Huguenots in the 17th century, has since been taken over by the Allies. But this "safe house" on the outskirts of Chaumont turns out to be anything but. Two downed airmen, one Canadian and the other American, have been murdered. Billy is flown in as part of a three-man team on June 5, 1944, the night before the Normandy invasion. Billy must solve the mystery of who is behind the murders, then lead a group escape from France back to England, with both the Germans and a killer hot on their heels"--Provided by publisher.

Beloved poison

September 20, 2016
Thomson, E. S., author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2016.
390 pages ; 24 cm
After uncovering six tiny coffins at St. Saviour's Infirmary, apprentice apothecary Jem Flockhart seeks answers, following a trail that leads from the dissecting room to Newgate prison and the gallows.

The daughter of Union County : a novel

September 20, 2016
Howard, Francine Thomas, author.
Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, [2016]
420 pages ; 21 cm
"Fourteen years after the end of slavery, Lord Henry Hardin and his wife, Lady Bertha, enjoy an entitled life in Union County, Arkansas. Until he faces a devastating reality: Bertha is unable to bear children. If Henry doesn't produce an heir, the American branch of his family name will die out. So Henry, desperate to preserve his aristocratic family lineage, does the unthinkable. When Salome, a former slave and Henry&#x;s mistress, gives birth to a white-skinned, blue-eyed daughter, Henry orders a reluctant Lady Bertha to claim the child as their own&#x;allowing young Margaret to pass into the white world of privilege. As Margaret grows older, unaware of her true parentage, devastating circumstances threaten to shroud her in pain and shame&#x;but then, ultimately, in revelation. Despite rumors about Margaret's true identity, Salome is determined to transform her daughter's bitter past into her secure future while Henry goes to extraordinary lengths to protect his legacy. Spanning decades and generations, marked by tragedy and redemption, this unforgettable saga illuminates a family&#x;s fight for their name, for survival, and for true freedom."-- Provided by publisher.

Simon Bruté and the western adventure

September 20, 2016
Bartelme, Elizabeth.
Lake Ariel, PA : Hillside Education , 2012,1959.
125 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Originally published by P.J. Kenedy & Son, New York, 1959.
Danger in Brittany--The world grows larger--Walker in Maryland--A stormy voyage--New assignments--By stagecoach and steamboat--Prairie horseman--"My children,the Potawatomies"--Wagon train tragedy--The bishop goes home--Author's note.
"Raised in the tumultuous time of the French Revolution and trained as a doctor, Simon Brute becomes a priest and is sent to the American frontier. Devoted to his flock, Fr. Brute inspires all who meet him with his zeal and tireless effort to establish the Church in the Indiana territory."--Provided by publisher.

The family interrupted : a novel

September 15, 2016
Urroz Kanan, Eloy, 1967- author.
Victoria, TX : Dalkey Archive Press, 2016.
190 pages ; 22 cm
When the poet Luis Cernuda flees Spain in February of 1938, he has no idea that he will never again set foot on his native land. In exile in England, his former lover finds him a disheartening job that only intensifies his feelings of bitterness and despair: caring for 3,800 refugee children who have also fled to England after the city of Bilbao fell to France's army. Seventy years later, a young Mexican filmmaker living in New York receives a mysterious email that throws his life into complete disarray and forever links him to the famous Spanish poet.

The orphan mother : a novel

September 15, 2016
Hicks, Robert, 1951- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
312 pages ; 24 cm
In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock the "Widow of the South"-has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But, as they are through much of the South, changes are sweeping through the town and coming for Mariah.

The smoke hunter

September 15, 2016
Benson, Jacquelyn.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
436 pages ; 21 cm
Frustrated suffragette and would-be archaeologist Ellie Mallory stumbles across a map to a city that shouldn't exist, a jungle metropolis alive and flourishing centuries after the Mayan civilization mysteriously collapsed. Discovering it would make her career, but Ellie isn't the only one after the prize. A disgraced professor and his ruthless handler are hot on her heels, willing to go any extreme to acquire the map for themselves. To race them through the uncharted jungle, Ellie needs a guide. The only one with the expertise is maverick surveyor Adam Bates. But with his determination to nose his way into Ellie's many secrets, Bates is a dangerous partner. As Ellie gets closer to her goal, she realizes it's not just her ambitions at stake. A powerful secret lies hidden in the heart of the city - and if it falls into the wrong hands, it could shake the very fate of the world.

The Strivers' Row spy

September 13, 2016
Overstreet, Jason, author.
©2016
372 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes reading group guide.
After graduating from college and an impulsive marriage to independent artist Loretta, Sidney Temple is tapped by J. Edgar Hoover to be the FBI's first African-American agent. The higher Sidney and Loretta climb in Harlem's most influential and glamorous circles, the more dangerous the stakes.

Woman in the shadows : a novel

September 13, 2016
Thynne, Jane, author.
©2014
xviii, 455 pages ; 20 cm
"Perfect for fans of Alan Furst, Kristin Hannah, and Jacqueline Winspear, here is the next exciting historical novel featuring Clara Vine, the actress and British spy in prewar Germany who maneuvers through the treacherous Nazi society gathering intelligence--and discovering a deadly secret. Berlin, 1937. Clara Vine's star is on the rise. The British-born, half-German actress is about to take her first leading role in a movie produced by the Nazis' official film studio. Even as she moves through the upper echelons of the Third Reich, Clara never stops acting. At cocktail parties hosted by Joseph and Magda Goebbels, she collects key information for Britain, risking her life for the cause. But soon it is another young woman's life, and its abrupt end, that draws her attention. Clara knew Anna Hansen as a dancer and artist's model in the heady days of the cabaret scene. But Anna left that all behind when she became engaged to an SS officer. Attending one of Hitler's notorious Bride Schools, she was being groomed as the perfect Nazi wife. When she is found murdered on the school grounds, her death is hushed up, one casualty among many in the lead-up to war. But Clara cannot fathom why Anna's death would be concealed. Was it simply an embarrassment to the regime, or did Anna know something that hastened her demise? Clara must tread carefully to unravel the truth--for the Gestapo is one step behind. Previously published in the U.K. as The Winter Garden Praise for Jane Thynne's first Clara Vine novel, The Scent of Secrets "A brilliant tale of spies and secrets, of intense psychological drama, of edgy climax and one extraordinary heroine."--Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers "A compelling story of love and betrayal in Hitler's Berlin. Peppered with real-life characters, this series offers a fascinating glimpse of the extraordinary world of the Nazi wives."--Daisy Goodwin, author of The American Heiress "An alluring blend of thrills, suspense, historic detail, and seduction."--Susan Elia MacNeal, author of the Maggie Hope series "An extraordinary, absorbing read with an array of characters so real you're there with them as war looms, and a pace that sweeps you from page to page. This is indeed a winner!"--Charles Todd, author of Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries Find your next book club pick, read special features, and more. Join the Random House Reader's Circle"-- Provided by publisher.

A Scot in the dark

September 12, 2016
MacLean, Sarah, author.
©2016
392 pages ; 18 cm.
"Miss Lillian Hargrove has lived much of her life alone in a gilded cage, longing for love and companionship. When an artist offers her pretty promises and begs her to pose for a scandalous portrait, Lily doesn't hesitate . . . until the lying libertine leaves her in disgrace. With the painting now public, Lily has no choice but to turn to the one man who might save her from ruin. The Duke of Warnick loathes all things English, none more so than the aristocracy. It does not matter that the imposing Scotsman has inherited one of the most venerable dukedoms in Britain--he wants nothing to do with it, especially when he discovers that the unwanted title comes with a troublesome ward, one who is far too old and far too beautiful to be his problem. Warnick arrives in London with a single goal: get the chit married and see her become someone else's problem, then return to a normal, quiet life in Scotland. It's the perfect plan, until Lily declares she'll only marry for love . . . and the Scot finds that there is one thing in England he likes far too much . . ."-- page 4 of cover.

The velvet hours

September 12, 2016
Richman, Alyson, author.
New York : Berkley Books, 2016.
374 pages ; 20 cm.
"As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young French woman closes the door to her late grandmother's treasure-filled apartment, unsure if she'll ever return. An elusive courtesan, Marthe de Florian cultivated a life of art and beauty, casting out all recollections of her impoverished childhood in the dark alleys of Montmartre. With Europe on the brink of war, she shares her story with her granddaughter Solange Beaugiron, using her prized possessions to reveal her innermost secrets. Most striking of all are a beautiful string of pearls and a magnificent portrait of Marthe painted by the Italian artist Giovanni Boldini. As Marthe's tale unfolds, like velvet itself, stitched with its own shadow and light, it helps to guide Solange on her own path. Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Alyson Richman brings to life Solange, the young woman forced to leave her fabled grandmother's legacy behind to save all that she loved"-- Provided by publisher.

Karolina's twins

September 12, 2016
Balson, Ronald H., author.
©2016
306 pages ; 24 cm
"From the author of Once We Were Brothers comes a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor's quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland and find two sisters lost during World War II."-- Provided by publisher.

The secrets of Wishtide : a Laetitia Rodd mystery

September 12, 2016
Saunders, Kate, 1960- author.
London : Bloomsbury, 2016.
334 pages ; 22 cm
"Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged fifty-two, is the widow of an archdeacon. Living in Hampstead with her confidante and landlady, Mrs. Bentley, who once let rooms to John Keats, Laetitia makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in the neighboring village of Highgate with his wife and ten children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence, her iron discretion, and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When Frederick brings to her attention a case involving the son of the well-respected, highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire to take up a position as the family's new governess--quickly making herself indispensable. But the seemingly simple case--looking into young Charles Calderstone's "inappropriate" love interest--soon takes a rather unpleasant turn. And as the family's secrets begin to unfold, Laetitia discovers the Calderstones have more to hide than most. Dickensian in its scope and characters, The Secrets of Wishtide brings nineteenth century society vividly to life and illuminates the effect of Victorian morality on women's lives. Introducing an irresistible new detective, the first book in the Laetitia Rodd Mystery series will enthrall and delight" -- provided by publisher.

Discovery of desire

September 12, 2016
Lord, Susanne, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2016]
371 pages ; 18 cm
"To the East India Company, he's the ideal explorer: unwed, uncomplaining, strong as an ox and profitable. There's nothing Seth Mayhew can't find--until his sister disappears en route to India. The expedition is the first he fears he may fail, until he discovers a valuable, and irresistible, ally sailing on the same ship to Bombay. But Wilhelmina Adams is on an expedition of her own--for a husband. With six sisters, no dowry and no marriage prospects in her Derbyshire village, Bombay promises a husband and security. But assisting a dangerously distracting explorer won't improve her prospects. It's an inevitable partnership, but the winds of fate are ever changing. Adventures that begin in the bazaars of Bombay can diverge to the slums of London and patchwork fields of England. And at each port of call, Seth and Mina will have to risk everything to unearth the heart's greatest prize."--Amazon.com

No mistress of mine

September 8, 2016
Guhrke, Laura Lee, author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
369 pages ; 17 cm.
Lord Denys Somerton is determined to settle down and find a respectable wife, until an unexpected inheritance brings Lola Valentine, the socially unacceptable American with with whom he shared a passionate romance, back to London.

Fates and traitors : a novel of John Wilkes Booth

September 7, 2016
Chiaverini, Jennifer, author.
New York : Dutton, [2016]
385 pages : map ; 24 cm
John Wilkes Booth, the mercurial son of an acclaimed British stage actor and a Covent Garden flower girl, committed one of the most notorious acts in American history—the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The subject of more than a century of scholarship, speculation, and even obsession, Booth is often portrayed as a shadowy figure, a violent loner whose single murderous act made him the most hated man in America. Lost to history until now is the story of the four women whom he loved and who loved him in return: Mary Ann, the steadfast matriarch of the Booth family; Asia, his loyal sister and confidante; Lucy Lambert Hale, the senator’s daughter who adored Booth yet tragically misunderstood the intensity of his wrath; and Mary Surratt, the Confederate widow entrusted with the secrets of his vengeful plot.

The ballroom : a novel

September 2, 2016
Hope, Anna, 1974- author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
320 pages ; 25 cm
"1911: Inside an asylum on the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a ballroom, vast and beautiful. For one bright evening every week, they come together and dance. When John and Ella meet, it is a dance that will change two lives forever. Set during the heat wave in the summer of 1911 at the end of the Edwardian era, this is a tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and the delicate balance between the two"-- Provided by publisher.

A gentleman in Moscow

September 2, 2016
Towles, Amor, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
462 pages : map ; 24 cm
"A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery..."-- Provided by publisher.

Poppy

September 1, 2016
Hooper, Mary, 1948- author.
©2014
271 pages ; 22 cm
First published in Great Britain in May 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
In 1914-15 England, fifteen-year-old Poppy works as a parlormaid until she is transformed by forbidden love and a war that sends her to the front line as a nurse.

Mad for the plaid

September 1, 2016
Hawkins, Karen, author.
New York : Pocket Books, 2016.
368 pages ; 17 cm.
"Prince Nikolai Romanovin is furious when his grandmother is abducted on a visit to an old friend in the Scottish Highlands. Determined to avoid an international incident, Nik plans to quietly rescue his grandmother by slipping into enemy territory disguised as a groom. But his plans go awry when he falls under the cool gray gaze of the laird's daughter... and she instantly realizes he's not who he pretends to be. Lady Ailsa Mackenzie may be plain of looks, but she has more than her fair share of wits. And for the honor of her clan, she demands to assist in the rescue. Together, Ailsa and Nik must free his grandmother from danger, while facing the growing demands of their own unruly hearts."-- back cover.

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