New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

August 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The beast in the red forest

August 18, 2014
Eastland, Sam, author.
313 pages ; 25 cm
"An Inspector Pekkala novel of suspense"--Cover.
A soldier returns from the frontline of battle to report that Inspector Pekkala's charred body has been found at the site of an ambush. But Stalin refuses to believe that the indomitable Pekkala is dead. On Stalin's orders, Pekkala's assistant Kirov travels deep into the forests of Western Russia, following a trail of clues to a wilderness where partisans wage a brutal campaign against the Nazi invaders. Unknown to Kirov, he is being led into a trap - a new enemy has emerged from the fog of war, more deadly than any Kirov or Pekkala have ever faced before. Pursuing the legend of a half-human creature, said to roam the landscape of this war within a war, each step brings Kirov closer to the truth about Pekkala's disappearance. Meanwhile, Pekkala's nemesis is closing in for the kill.

Skip Rock shallows

August 18, 2014
Watson, Jan.
Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2012.
ix, 375 p. ; 21 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
Lilly Gray Corbett, a recent medical school grad, accepts an internship in the coal camp of Skip Rock, Kentucky, while her beau, Paul does his residency in Boston, but a handsome and oddly familiar miner soon gets her attention.

The spirit and the skull

August 15, 2014
Hayes, J. M., author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2014.
184 p. ; 23 cm.
Murder is unthinkable to the People--a Paleolithic tribe migrating across Alaska and becoming some of the first undocumented immigrants to enter the Americas. For them, murder isn't merely tragic, it's forbidden. Murder poisons the entire tribe and puts it at odds with nature, the Spirits, and the mighty Earth Mother. A murderer must be found and removed in order to put the world back in balance. Raven is the aging Spirit Man to a band in which a member has been strangled with a garrote. Worse, evidence of witchcraft is linked to the killing--another terrible violation of the People's covenant with the Earth Mother and the Spirits. Raven isn't a Spirit Man because of sacredly held beliefs. He holds the position because his band needed someone to do so, and because he needed to secure his place among them. Now the agnostic Spirit Man begins having dreams in which a stranger holds Raven's skull in his hands, and a woman claiming to be the Earth Mother--accepted by many followers--declares that only Raven can solve the crimes and restore the People to harmony. How will a man who doubts the authenticity of this goddess satisfy her demands? What if she and the dreams are real and successfully solving the crimes will result in Raven's imminent death? An impossible situation becomes even harder as Raven finds it increasingly likely the young woman he's falling in love with must be the guilty party.

The Agincourt bride

August 15, 2014
Hickson, Joanna.
London : Harper, 2013.
578 pages : gen. table ; 20 cm.


August 15, 2014
Callihan, Kristen, author.
New York : Forever, 2014.
411 pages ; 17 cm
Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him-until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight. Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable-and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.

American blonde

August 15, 2014
Niven, Jennifer.
New York, New York : Plume, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014].
369 pages : illustration ; 21 cm.
"A novel"--Cover.
"In 1945, Velva Jean Hart is a bona fide war heroine. After a newsreel films her triumphant return to America, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer promises to make her a star. They give her a new life story and a brand new name. As 'Kit Rogers,' she navigates the movie sets, recording sessions, parties, staged romances, and occasional backstabbing that accompany her newfound fame. She also navigates real-life romance, finding herself caught between a charismatic young writer and a sexy and enigmatic musician from her past"-- Provided by publisher.

Blind Moon Alley : a Jersey Leo novel

August 14, 2014
Florio, John, 1960- author.
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2014.
223 pages ; 21 cm
"It's Prohibition. It's Philadelphia. And Jersey Leo doesn't fit in. Jersey is an albino of mixed race. Known as "Snowball" on the street, he tends bar at a speakeasy the locals call the Ink Well. There, he's considered a hero for having saved the life of a young boy. But when his old grade school buddy, Aaron Garvey, calls from death row and asks for one last favor, all hell breaks loose. Jersey finds himself running from a band of crooked cops, hiding an escaped convict in the Ink Well, and reuniting with his grammar school crush--the now sultry Myra Banks, who has shed a club foot and become a speakeasy siren. Through it all, Jersey tries to safeguard the Ink Well with no help other than his ragtag group of friends: his ex-boxing-champion father, Ernie Leo; the street-savvy Johalis; a dim-witted dockworker named Homer; and the dubious palm reader Madame Curio. With them, Jersey digs for the truth about his friend Aaron Garvey--and winds up discovering a few things about himself"-- Provided by publisher.

The Highlander's bride trouble

August 12, 2014
Wine, Mary.
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2014].
306 pages ; 18 cm
Raised by her father and brother, Nareen Grant is strong, confident, well-educated-- and skilled with a bow and dagger. It's a tumultuous time for Scotland, and events conspire against her. Betrayed by her family, she makes her way alone, until she lands in the lap of Saer MacLeod. But she wants no help from a savage man of the Isles.

Marbeck and the privateers

August 11, 2014
Pilkington, John, 1948 June 11- author.
Sutton : Severn House, [2014].
188 p. ; 23 cm.
"Third in the series, in which government spy Martin Marbeck finds himself up against ruthless corsairs, and a traitor"--Provided by publisher.

An unwilling accomplice

August 11, 2014
Todd, Charles.
337 pages ; 24 cm.
"World War I Battlefield nurse Bess Crawford's career is in jeopardy when a murder is committed on her watch, in this absorbing and atmospheric historical mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd. Home on leave, Bess Crawford is asked to accompany a wounded soldier confined to a wheelchair to Buckingham Palace, where he's to be decorated by the King. The next morning when Bess goes to collect Wilkins, he has vanished. Both the Army and the nursing service hold Bess negligent for losing the war hero, and there will be an inquiry. Then comes disturbing word from the Shropshire police, complicating the already difficult situation: Wilkins has been spotted, and he's killed a man. If Bess is to save her own reputation, she must find Wilkins and uncover the truth. But the elusive soldier has disappeared again and even the Shropshire police have lost him. Suddenly, the moral implications of what has happened--that a patient in her charge has committed murder--become more important to Bess than her own future. She's going to solve this mysterious puzzle, but righting an injustice and saving her honor may just cost Bess her life" -- from publisher's web site.

The narrow road to the deep north : a novel

August 11, 2014
Flanagan, Richard, 1961- author.
334 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel of love and war that traces the life of one man--an Australian surgeon--from a prisoner-of-war camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway during World War II, up to the present"-- Provided by publisher.

Good debutante's guide to ruin

August 1, 2014
Jordan, Sophie, author.
New York : Avon Books, [2014]
373 pages ; 18 cm.
"The debutante files"--Title page.
Declan, the Duke of Banbury, has no interest in ushering Rosalie Hughes, his stepsister, into society. Dumped on him with nowhere else to go, he's determined to rid himself of the headstrong debutante by bestowing on her an obscenely large dowry--making her the most sought-after heiress of the season. But Rosalie isn't about to go along with Declan's plans. Surrounded by fortune hunters, how is she supposed to find a man who truly wants her? Taking control of her fate, Rosalie dons a disguise and sneaks into Sodom, a private club host to all manner of illicit activity--and frequented by her infuriatingly handsome stepbrother. In a shadowed alcove, Dec can't resist the masked temptress that sets his blood afire ... any more than Rosalie can deny her longing for a man who will send her into ruin.

I adored a lord

August 1, 2014
Ashe, Katharine, author.
xiv, 361 pages ; 18 cm.
"Avon historical romance"--Spine.
Snowbound in a castle with a bevy of the ton's scheming maidens all competing for a prince's hand in marriage, Ravenna Caulfield and Lord Vitor Courtenay find themselves wrapped in a mystery they're perfectly paired to solve.

A god in every stone : a novel

August 1, 2014
Shamsie, Kamila, 1973- author.
New York : Atavist Books, 2014.
326 pages : color map ; 23 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain by Bloomsbury Publishing."--T.p. verso.
July 1914. A young Englishwoman, Vivian Rose Spencer is running up a mountainside in an ancient land. She picks up a fig and holds it to her nose. Around her is a maze of broken columns, taller than the tallest of men. Nearby is the familiar lean form of her father's old friend, Tahsin Bey, an archaeologist. Viv is about to discover the Temple of Zeus, the call of adventure and the ecstasy of love. July, 1915. An Englishwoman and an Indian man meet on a train to Peshawar. Viv Spencer is following a cryptic message sent to her by the man she loves, from whom she has been separated by war. Qayyum Gul is returning home after losing an eye at Ypres while fighting for the British Indian army, his allegiances in tatters. When they disembark the train at Peshawar they are unaware that a connection is about to be forged between their lives - one of which they will be unaware until fifteen years later when anti-colonial resistance, an ancient artefact and a mysterious green-eyed woman will bring them together again over seventy-two hours of heartbreak, frayed loyalties and hope.

My beautiful enemy

August 1, 2014
Thomas, Sherry (Sherry M.)
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2014.
293 pages ; 18 cm
"Berkley Sensation historical romance"--Spine.
"Hidden beneath Catherine Blade's uncommon beauty is a daring that matches any man's. Although this has taken her far in the world, she still doesn't have the one thing she craves: the freedom to live life as she chooses. Finally given the chance to earn her independence, who should be standing in her way but the only man she's ever loved, the only person to ever betray her. Despite the scars Catherine left him, Captain Leighton Atwood has never been able to forget the mysterious girl who once so thoroughly captivated him. When she unexpectedly reappears in his life, he refuses to get close to her. But he cannot deny the yearning she reignites in his heart. Their reunion, however, plunges them into a web of espionage, treachery, and deadly foes. With everything at stake, Leighton and Catherine are forced to work together to find a way out. If they are ever to find safety and happiness, they must first forgive and learn to trust each other again."--from cover, p. [4].

When the world was young : a novel

August 1, 2014
Gaffney, Elizabeth, author.
x, 298 pages ; 25 cm.
Wally Baker is no ordinary girl. Living in her grandparents' Brooklyn Heights brownstone, she doesn't like dresses, needlepoint, or manners. Her love of Wonder Woman comics and ants makes her feel like a misfit-- especially in the shadow of her dazzling but unstable mother, Stella. This novel captures postwar Brooklyn through Wally's eyes, opening on V-J day, as she grows up with the rest of America. Reeling from her own unexpected wartime tragedy and navigating an increasingly fraught landscape, Wally is forced to confront painful truths about the world-- its sorrows, its prejudices, its conflicts, its limitations. But Wally also finds hope and strength in the unlikeliest places. A novel about the truths that divide and the love that keeps us together.

City of ghosts

August 1, 2014
Stanley, Kelli. author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
viii, 326 pages ; 25 cm
"A mystery"--Jacket.
"Working in San Francisco as a PI years [after her work in the Spanish Civil War, World War II seems] a world away, but it might as well be on [Miranda Corbie's] doorstep now that she's learned that her mother--whom she hasn't seen in years--is trapped in England. There isn't much she can do until the State Department asks her to keep an eye on a chemistry professor who they suspect is a Nazi spy trafficking in information on allied forces armaments. The five grand fee that the State Department is offering for the job is tempting, but what seals the deal is the chance to bring her mother home"-- Provided by publisher.

Love and let spy

August 1, 2014
Galen, Shana.
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Casablanca, c2014.
367 p. ; 17 cm.
Jane Bonde was raised to be a spy, but the ton knows her only as an elusive beauty who turns men's heads when she walks into a room. She's also the Crown's last best hope. If she can't find and destroy the diabolical Fonćé and his French spy ring, England's defenses may fall. But something even more dangerous than a madman stands in her way-- her fiancé.

Prelude for a Lord

August 1, 2014
Elliot, Camille.
viii, 343 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions on pages 341-342.

Loving Rose : the redemption of Malcolm Sinclair

July 31, 2014
Laurens, Stephanie.
New York, New York : Avon Books, c2014.
374 p. ; 17 cm.
"Miraculously spared from death, Malcolm Sinclair erases the notorious man he once was. Reinventing himself as Thomas Glendower, he strives to make amends for his past, yet he never imagines penance might come via a secretive lady he discovers living in his secluded manor. Rose has a plausible explanation for why she and her children are residing in Thomas's house, but she quickly realizes he's too intelligent to fool. Revealing the truth is impossibly dangerous, yet day by day he wins her trust, and then her heart. But then her enemy closes in, and Rose turns to Thomas as the only man who can protect her and the children. When she asks for his help, Thomas finally understands his true purpose, and with unwavering commitment, he seeks his redemption in the only way he can, through living the reality of loving Rose."--From cover.

Vengeance is mine : a Red River mystery

July 31, 2014
Wortham, Reavis Z., author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2014.
327 p. ; 25 cm.
In October of 1967, the Summer of Love is history, rock and roll is dark and revolutionary, and people in the small east Texas community of Center Springs simply want to live their lives as quietly as possible. But a handsome darkness in the form of Las Vegas gangster Anthony Agrioli has left the business to hide out in their tiny backwater settlement with his blond bombshell girlfriend. Two years earlier, Agrioli met newlyweds Cody and Norma Faye Parker in a Vegas casino and heard their enthusiastic descriptions of the perfect place to settle down and raise a family. At least it was perfect, before their peaceful world found itself in the crosshairs of a coming confrontation. Back in Center Springs, thirteen-year-old Top Parker has what his grandmother, Miss Becky, calls a poisoned gift: his dreams, though random and disconnected, always seem to come true. This time Top dreams he's a wagon hub with spokes converging from all directions. To him, the spokes symbolize that something is coming. He doesn't know their quiet community will soon be a combat zone when the gangsters arrive. But they're after something else, not Agrioli -- yet. A sheriff crooked as a dog's hind leg, an unsolved murder in the river bottoms, counterfeit money, and a bank robbery all wrapped in a country Shakespearean comedy once again bring together Constables Ned and Cody Parker, Deputy John Washington, Judge O. C. Rains, and the rest of Wortham's real and sometimes wacky cast of characters.

Rogue with a brogue

July 31, 2014
Enoch, Suzanne, author.
New York : St. Martin's, [2014].
339 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes and excerpt from "Mad, bad, and dangerous in plaid."

The great Abraham Lincoln pocket watch conspiracy

July 31, 2014
Della Quercia, Jacopo (Historian)
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
ix, 384 pages ; 21 cm
"This historical thriller is an equal-parts cocktail of action, adventure, science-fiction and comedy. The book follows a globe-trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination. Based on true events, readers will find themselves swept into a vast conspiracy spanning four continents and three oceans during the turn of the century. Fascinating technologies will be harnessed, dark secrets revealed, true villains exposed, and some of the most famous figures in history will take the stage. With surprises lurking around every corner, and a vast cast of characters to root for, Jacopo della Quercia's The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy is a heart-pounding adventure that only history could have made possible"-- Provided by publisher.

Really the blues

July 31, 2014
Koenig, Joseph, author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, [2014].
300 pages ; 24 cm
American jazz musician Eddie Piron investigates after the drummer for his band turns up floating face down in the Seine during the Nazi occupation of Paris.

Under these restless skies

July 29, 2014
Bryan, Lissa, author.
Cherrybrook, NSW : The Writer's Coffee Shop, 2014.
349 pages ; 23 cm
"Journey back in time to Tudor England with a tale of romance, intrigue, and the Celtic legends of the selkies. Will Somers has spent his life alone, thinking himself unlovable. Emma is a selkie; a creature of myth and magic, one of the immortal fae-folk of the sea. When Will finds her sleeping on a beach, he recalls the tales his grandmother told him of selkie maidens taken for wives. He seizes this unexpected chance to have a wife and family of his own and steals her pelt, binding her to him. Only when it is willingly returned will she be free. Emma has never experienced life on land and can barely contain her excitement and curiosity. She has to learn to adapt quickly to human customs, for Will is headed to the glittering, dangerous court of Henry VIII to serve as the king's fool. It's a world where careless words can lead to the scaffold and the smallest gesture is loaded with political implications. Anne Boleyn is charmed by Emma's naïveté and soothing selkie magic and wants Emma for her own fool. Anne is soon to become a wife herself, and the Queen of England. But wearing the crown does not ensure her own safety, and at Anne's side, Emma becomes entangled in the dark intrigues of the court, trying to stay afloat in the turbulent seas swept by the storms of the mercurial king. Can Will protect the woman he loves from the dangers that lurk in every shadow? Emma uses her selkie magic to soothe the king's temper, and Will uses his humor, but Henry's moods become increasingly erratic. Theirs is a vocation that provides them some protection, but in Henry VIII's court, no one is safe. Circa regna tonat: Around the throne, the thunder rolls."--Publisher's website.

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