New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

January 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Last stop in Brooklyn

January 19, 2018
Levy, Lawrence H., author.
New York : Broadway Books, 2018.
312 pages ; 21 cm.
"It's the summer of 1894, and an infidelity case has brought PI Mary Handley to a far corner of Brooklyn: Coney Island. In the midst of her investigation, Mary is contacted by a convicted man's brother to reopen a murder case. A prostitute was killed by a Jack the Ripper copycat years ago in her New York hotel room, but her true killer was never found. Once again it's up to Mary to make right the city's wrongs. New York City's untouchable head of detectives, Thomas Byrnes, swears he put the right man behind bars, but as Mary digs deeper, she finds corruption at the heart of New York's justice system, involving not only the police, but the most powerful of stock titans. Disturbing evidence of other murders begins to surface, each one mimicking Jack the Ripper's style, each one covered up by Thomas Byrnes. As Mary pieces together the extent of the damage, she crosses paths with Harper Lloyd, an investigative reporter. Their relationship grows into a partnership, and perhaps more, and together they must catch a killer who's still out there, and reverse the ruthless workings of New York's elite. It'll be Mary's most dangerous, most personal case yet"-- Provided by publisher.

King Zeno

January 19, 2018
Rich, Nathaniel, 1980- author.
©2018
386 pages ; 22 cm
"New Orleans, 1918. The birth of jazz, the Spanish flu, an ax murderer on the loose. The lives of a traumatized cop, a conflicted Mafia matriarch, and a brilliant trumpeter converge―and the Crescent City gets the rich, dark, sweeping novel it so deserves. From one of the most inventive writers of his generation, King Zeno is a historical crime novel and a searching inquiry into man’s dreams of immortality. New Orleans, a century ago: a city determined to reshape its destiny and, with it, the nation's. Downtown, a new American music is born. In Storyville, prostitution is outlawed and the police retake the streets with maximum violence. In the Ninth Ward, laborers break ground on a gigantic canal that will split the city, a work of staggering human ingenuity intended to restore New Orleans's faded mercantile glory. The war is ending and a prosperous new age dawns. But everything is thrown into chaos by a series of murders committed by an ax-wielding maniac with a peculiar taste in music. The ax murders scramble the fates of three people from different corners of town. Detective William Bastrop is an army veteran haunted by an act of wartime cowardice, recklessly bent on redemption. Isadore Zeno is a jazz cornetist with a dangerous side hustle. Beatrice Vizzini is the widow of a crime boss who yearns to take the family business straight. Each nurtures private dreams of worldly glory and eternal life, their ambitions carrying them into dark territories of obsession, paranoia, and madness. In New Orleans, a city built on swamp, nothing stays buried long."--Inside dust jacket.

The last suppers

January 17, 2018
Mikulencak, Mandy, author.
©2018
278 pages ; 22 cm
Includes a reading group guide and recipes.
Ginny Polk works as a prison cook and also prepares the last meals of those sentenced to execution. When she stumbles upon information about the man executed for killing her father, it leads to a series of dark and painful revelations.

A devious death

January 17, 2018
Maxwell, Alyssa, author.
©2018
293 pages ; 22 cm.
Phoebe and her sister Julia are eager for a summer getaway at High Head Lodge, the newly purchased estate of their cousin Regina. But Regina's odd friend, Olive, is far from friendly, and Regina's mother and brother-- bitter over the unequal distribution of her father's inheritance-- have descended on the house to confront Regina. Eva questions the loyalty and integrity of Miss Stanley, Lady Julia's new maid. When their hostess meets an untimely end-- murdered in her bed with no signs of struggle-- Lady Phoebe and Eva must uncover secrets hidden behind closed doors, before a killer ensures they never leave High Head Lodge alive.

The outcasts of time

January 17, 2018
Mortimer, Ian, 1967- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
viii, 383 pages : map ; 24 cm
Two brothers escape the Black Death by skipping forward in time, experiencing six centuries of change in six days.

Ziegfeld girls

January 17, 2018
Barthel, Sarah, 1981- author.
©2018
297 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions and an excerpt from House of silence (pages [275]-297).
"New York City, 1914. Suzanne and Jada. Entwined as sisters. Talented and resourceful. Black and white. Wealthy employer and devoted maid. Together, they realize Suzanne's dream to see her name in lights on Broadway as she becomes the dazzling Ziegfeld Follies' rising new star. But Jada's superb voice and dance skills give her an unexpected shot at her own success--and her own life. And when a jealous Suzanne reveals a shattering secret, their friendship becomes a bitter rivalry. Floundering without Jada, Suzanne consoles herself with dashing suitors and champagne nights. Jada transforms into Harlem's hottest nightclub sensation, complete with financial security and a promising new beau. But when Suzanne is plagued with increasingly dangerous 'accidents,' and both women receive threatening notes, they discover just how cold and hard staying on top can be. Now in the face of relentless racism and vicious obsession, Suzanne and Jada make an uneasy alliance to find out the truth. And with the Follies' lavish world in peril and their careers on the line, their pursuit of love, success, and equality could cost more than they ever dreamed"--Page [4] of cover.

The road to bittersweet

January 17, 2018
Everhart, Donna, author.
©2018
327 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
For fourteen-year-old Wallis Ann Stamper and her family, life in the Appalachian Mountains is simple and satisfying, though not for the tenderhearted. While her older sister, Laci--a mute, musically gifted savant--is constantly watched over and protected, Wallis Ann is as practical and sturdy as her name. When the Tuckasegee River bursts its banks, forcing them to flee in the middle of the night, those qualities save her life. But though her family is eventually reunited, the tragedy opens Wallis Ann's eyes to a world beyond the creek that's borne their name for generations. Carrying what's left of their possessions, the Stampers begin another perilous journey from their ruined home to the hill country of South Carolina. Wallis Ann's blossoming friendship with Clayton, a high diving performer for a traveling show, sparks a new opportunity, and the family joins as a singing group. But Clayton's attention to Laci drives a wedge between the two sisters. As jealousy and betrayal threaten to accomplish what hardship never could--divide the family for good--Wallis Ann makes a decision that will transform them all in unforeseeable ways...

When you love a Scotsman

January 17, 2018
Howell, Hannah, author.
©2018
315 pages ; 18 cm.
"With danger closing in from all sides, Abigail Jenson works tirelessly to protect her small Missouri farm. She doesn't require saving--but a handsome officer appears on horseback just as ruthless marauders set her cabin ablaze. With nowhere else to turn, Abigail allows the soldier with the seductive Highlander's gaze to escort her to shelter in a nearby town. Matthew MacEnroy was reluctant to join his adopted nation's conflict--until an enemy attack wounded two of his brothers. Bravely doing battle has its price when a proud, independent beauty comes under his watch--no military man can risk the powerful emotions their attraction has unleashed. But when Matthew himself is caught in the crossfire, Abigail leads their long journey home to MacEnroy valley--and her caring touch sparks the promise of a bold future together"--Amazon.com.

Carnegie's Maid

January 16, 2018
Benedict, Marie, author.
©2018.
281 pages ; 24 cm
"Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She's not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest households. She's a poor farmer's daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home. If she can keep up the ruse, that is. Serving as a lady's maid in the household of Andrew Carnegie requires skills she doesn't have, answering to an icy mistress who rules her sons and her domain with an iron fist. What Clara does have is a resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh is becoming famous for, coupled with an uncanny understanding of business, and Andrew begins to rely on her. But Clara can't let her guard down, not even when Andrew becomes something more than an employer. Revealing her past might ruin her future -- and her family's."--Provided by Publisher.

Death below stairs

January 16, 2018
Ashley, Jennifer, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2018.
329 pages ; 21 cm
Highly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by the family's eccentricities as long as they stay away from her kitchen, but trouble finds its way below stairs when her young Irish assistant is murdered. Intent on discovering who killed the helpless kitchen maid, Kat turns to the ever-capable Daniel McAdam, who is certainly much more than the charming delivery man he pretends to be. Along with the assistance of Lord Rankin's unconventional sister-in-law and a mathematical genius, Kat and Daniel discover that the household murder was the barest tip of a plot rife with danger and treason--one that's a threat to Queen Victoria herself.--Provided by Publisher.

The lost season of love and snow

January 16, 2018
Laam, Jennifer, author.
©2017
340 pages ; 21 cm
"The unforgettable story of Alexander Pushkin's beautiful wife, Natalya, a woman much admired at Court, and how she became reviled as the villain of St. Petersburg. At the beguiling age of sixteen, Natalya Goncharova is stunningly beautiful and intellectually curious. At her first public ball during the Christmas of 1828, she attracts the romantic attention of Russia's most lauded rebel poet: Alexander Pushkin. Finding herself deeply attracted to Alexander's intensity and joie de vivre, Natalya is swept up in a courtship and then a marriage full of passion but also destructive jealousies. When vicious court gossip leads Alexander to defend his honor as well as Natalya's in a duel, he tragically succumbs to his injuries. Natalya finds herself reviled for her perceived role in his death"--Amazon.com.

If ever I should love you

January 15, 2018
Maxwell, Cathy, author.
©2017
359 pages ; 18 cm.
One of three heiress debutantes who have been on the marriage market longer than ideal, finally meets her match in a penniless earl who would win her love in spite of her resolve to have a marriage in name only.

The duke of her desire

January 15, 2018
Barnes, Sophie (Romance novelist), author.
©2018.
376 pages ; 17 cm.
"When Thomas Heathmore, Duke of Coventry, agrees to steer his friend's inexperienced younger sister through society, he doesn't expect the lady in question to be so infernally stubborn. Amelia Matthews seems to have little interest in balls or suitors at all. Instead, she intends to open a school, and against his better instincts, Thomas offers to help. Yet somewhere along the line, Amelia ceases to be a simple responsibility--and becomes an undeniable temptation. Since her brother inherited a dukedom, Amelia's prospects have transformed. But though she's long been secretly infatuated with Thomas, she refuses to heed the arrogant aristocrat's advice. If only it were as easy to ignore his heated touch. And as Amelia soon learns, the ton is a minefield, where one moment's indiscretion can unleash a scandal--or entice her to surrender everything to the duke of her desire--"-- from Amazon.com

Red sky at noon

January 15, 2018
Sebag Montefiore, Simon, 1965- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
ix, 397 pages : map ; 24 cm
Imprisoned in the Gulags for a crime he did not commit, Benya Golden joins a penal battalion made up of Cossacks and convicts to fight the Nazis. He enrolls in the Russian cavalry, and on a hot summer day in July 1942, he and his band of brothers are sent on a suicide mission behind enemy lines-- and there may be a traitor among them. The only thing Benya can truly trust is his horse, Silver Socks, and that he will find no mercy in onslaught of Hitler's troops as they push East.

Woman at 1,000 degrees : a novel

January 15, 2018
Hallgrímur Helgason, 1959-
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018.
391 pages ; 24 cm
"A spirited eighty-year-old Icelandic woman reflects on her life as she lies alone in a garage in Reykjavik, waiting to die"-- Provided by publisher.

The enchanted clock : a novel

January 15, 2018
Kristeva, Julia, 1941- author.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]
ix, 318 pages ; 23 cm
"In the Palace of Versailles there is a fabulous golden clock, made for Louis XV by the king's engineer, Claude-Siméon Passemant. The astronomical clock shows the phases of the moon and the movements of the planets, and it will tell time -- hours, minutes, seconds, and even sixtieths of seconds -- until the year 9999. Passemant's clock brings the nature of time into sharp focus in Julia Kristeva's intricate, poetic novel The Enchanted Clock. Nivi Delisle, a psychoanalyst and magazine editor, nearly drowns while swimming off the Île de Ré; the astrophysicist Theo Passemant fishes her out of the water. They become lovers. While Theo wonders if he is descended from the clockmaker Passemant, Niv's son Stan, who suffers from occasional comas, develops a passion for the remarkable clock at Versailles. Soon Nivi is fixated on its maker. But then the clock is stolen, and when a young writer for Nivi's magazine mysteriously dies, the clock is found near his body. The Enchanted Clock combines past and present, jumping back and forth between points of view and across eras from eighteenth-century Versailles to the present day. Its stylistically inventive narrative voices bring both immediacy and depth to our understanding of consciousness. Nivi's life resembles her creator's in many respects, coloring Kristeva's customary erudition with autobiographical poignancy. Part detective mystery, part historical fiction, The Enchanted Clock is a philosophically and linguistically multifaceted novel, full of poetic ruminations on memory, love, and the transcendence of linear time. It is one of the most illuminating works of one of France's great writers and thinkers"-- Publisher's summary from Amazon.

Until we find home

January 15, 2018
Gohlke, Cathy, author.
©2017
xiv, 415 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions (pages 413-414).
In the early days of WWII, American Claire Stewart smuggles five French Jewish children across the channel before the Nazis storm Paris, and brings them to her estranged aunt's Lake District estate as refugees. Lady Miranda Langford agrees to take them in, but only if Claire stays to help care for them. Though desperate to return to France and the man she loves, Claire agrees, and soon fellow American David Campbell challenges her notions of love. A portrait of life on the British home front, reminding us that bravery and family come in many forms.

Impossible saints

January 15, 2018
Harwood, Clarissa, author
New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
348 pages ; 24 cm
Escaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris's orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to change women's lives by advocating for the vote, free unions, and contraception. Paul, an Anglican priest, has a big ambition of his own: to become the youngest dean of St. John's Cathedral. Lilia doesn't believe in God, but she's attracted to Paul's intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile.

The rogue is back in town

January 15, 2018
Bennett, Anna (Romance novelist)
©2018
362 pages ; 17 cm
Includes a preview of My brown-eyed earl.
"Equal parts scoundrel and seducer, he's returned to London determined to mend the rift with his older brother. All Sam must do is take possession of a tumbledown town house. A seemingly simple task, except the house is occupied--by an infuriating, whip-smart beauty who refuses to do his bidding."--Page [4] of cover.

The mannequin makers : a novel

January 11, 2018
Cliff, Craig, 1983- author.
©2013
325 pages ; 23 cm
"First published by Random House New Zealand."--Title page verso.
Marumaru, New Zealand. Colton Kemp, a department store window-dresser, is at home, watching his beloved wife die in premature childbirth. Tormented by grief, he hatches a plan to make his name and thwart his rival, the silent and gifted Carpenter: over the next sixteen years he will raise his newborn twins in secrecy and isolation, to become human mannequins in the worlds most lifelike window display.

The island

January 11, 2018
Trow, M. J., author.
Sutton, Surrey : Crème de la Crime, 2017.
218 pages ; 23 cm
"1873. Matthew Grand and James Batchelor have arrived at Matthew's grand family home in Maine for the wedding of his sister Martha. But preparations are thrown into chaos when a body is discovered in an upstairs bedroom. And that's not the only skeleton in the family closet"--Publisher's description.

The Hapsburg variation : a Cold War thriller

January 10, 2018
Rapp, Bill.
Seattle, Washington : Coffeetown Press, [2017]
253 pages ; 21 cm.
Eight years into his career with the CIA, Karl Baier once again finds himself on the front line of the Cold War. He is stationed in Vienna in the spring of 1955 as Austria and the four Allied Powers are set to sign the State Treaty, which will return Austria's independence, end the country's postwar occupation, and hopefully reduce tensions in the heart of Europe. But the Treaty will also establish Austrian neutrality, and many in the West fear it will secure Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe and create a permanent division. Asked to help investigate the death of an Austrian aristocrat and Wehrmacht veteran, Baier discovers an ambitious plan not only to block the State Treaty, but also to subvert Soviet rule in lands of the old Hapsburg Empire. Then Baier's wife is kidnapped, and the mission becomes intensely personal. Many of his basic assumptions are challenged, and he discovers that he cannot count on loyalties, even back home in Washington, D.C. At each maddening turn in the investigation, another layer must be peeled away. Even if Baier succeeds in rescuing his wife, he faces the unenviable task of unraveling an intricate web of intrigue that reaches far back into the complicated history of Central Europe. Book 2 in the Cold War Thriller series, which began with Tears of Innocence.--P. [4] of cover.

To the Duke, with love

January 10, 2018
Grey, Amelia, author.
©2017
346 pages ; 18 cm.
"Sloane Knox, the Duke of Hawksthorn, is guardian for his sweet, younger sister. Due to his misguided past as one of the infamous Rakes of St James, Hawk is hoping to avoid the Season by securing a match for her before it begins. He has the perfect gentleman in mind, but for one infuriating--and unexpectedly intoxicating--obstacle: the intended groom's own sister, Miss Loretta Quick. Having narrowly avoided her own arranged marriage to an unacceptable nobleman, Loretta is determined that her dear brother--a gentle, good-natured soul--should marry for love. Matching wits with Hawk may be her greatest challenge yet. . .until she realizes it may also be her greatest pleasure. For the young duke's irresistible charm has not only begun to crumble her stubborn resolve, it has claimed her heart in true love as well ..."--Page 4 of cover.

Becoming Malka

January 10, 2018
Trupp, Mirta Ines, author.
©2016
217 pages ; 23 cm
"In pursuit of her master's degree in Imperial Russian history, 24 year-old Molly Abramovitz is heading to Moscow for a week-long seminar. Never one to miss an opportunity for genealogical research; methodical and meticulous Molly plans a side trip to Ukraine. Intriguingly, her mother Judith evokes a favorite Yiddish proverb, 'Man plans and God laughs.' Molly's trek to her ancestral home leads to the discovery of a mythical tarot card. Will the life lessons revealed on this enchanted journey shake up her staid and uncomplicated life? Only time will tell"--Back cover.

The war bride's scrapbook : a novel in pictures

January 8, 2018
Preston, Caroline, author.
©2017
221 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
A World War II love story, narrated through a new bride's dazzling array of vintage postcards, newspaper clippings, photographs, and more
Life before Perry: 1921-1943 -- Our romance: 1943 -- Life without Perry: 1943-1945 -- Homecoming 1945.
"When Lila Jerome's husband, Perry, ships out, she begins to feel his memory slipping away. She decides to start a "war bride's scrapbook" and creates a history of their love story through vintage postcards, newspaper clippings, photographs, and more. Years later her children find the scrapbook in a closet." -- (Source of summary not specified)

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