New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

March 17, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A different kind of evil : a novel

March 16, 2018
Wilson, Andrew, 1967- author.
320 pages ; 24 cm
"Agatha Christie--the Queen of Crime--travels to the breathtaking Canary Islands to investigate the mysterious death of a British agent in this riveting sequel to the "twisty thriller" (Publishers Weekly) A Talent for Murder. Two months after the events of A Talent for Murder, during which Agatha Christie "disappeared," the famed mystery writer's remarkable talent for detection has captured the attention of British Special Agent Davison. Now, at his behest, she is traveling to the beautiful Canary Islands to investigate the strange and gruesome death of Douglas Greene, an agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service. As she embarks on a glamorous cruise ship to her destination, she suddenly hears a scream. Rushing over to the stern of the liner, she witnesses a woman fling herself over the side of the ship to her death. After this shocking experience, she makes it to the Grand Hotel in a lush valley on the islands. There, she meets a diverse and fascinating cast of characters, including two men who are suspected to be involved in the murder of Douglas Greene: an occultist similar to Aleister Crowley; and the secretary to a prominent scholar, who may also be a Communist spy. But Agatha soon realizes that nothing is what it seems here and she is surprised to learn that the apparent suicide of the young woman on the ocean liner is related to the murder of Douglas Greene. Now she has to unmask a different kind of evil in this sinister and thrilling mystery"-- Provided by publisher.

Graffiti palace

March 16, 2018
Lombardo, A. G., author.
New York : MCD/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
322 pages ; 22 cm
Its August 1965 and Los Angeles is scorching. Americo Monk, a street-haunting aficionado of graffiti, is frantically trying to return home to the makeshift harbor community (assembled from old shipping containers) where he lives with his girlfriend, Karmann. But this is during the Watts Riots, and although his status as a chronicler of all things underground garners him free passage through the territories fiercely controlled by gangs, his trek is nevertheless diverted.

Bury what we cannot take : a novel

March 16, 2018
Chen, Kirstin, 1981-
New York : Little A, 2018.
286 pages : map ; 22 cm
After reporting his grandmother's actions to local authorities, Ah Liam and his family attempt to flee their home on Drum Wave Islet to escape the Communist Party's investigation and punishment of their family's disloyalty.

The Darling Dahlias and the unlucky clover

March 16, 2018
Albert, Susan Wittig, author.
xii, 260 pages ; 21 cm.
It looks like the music has ended for Darling's favorite barbershop quartet, the Lucky Four Clovers - just days before the Dixie Regional Barbershop Competition. Another unlucky break: a serious foul-up in Darling's telephone system - and not a penny for repairs. And while liquor is legal again, moonshine isn't. Sheriff Buddy Norris needs a little luck when he goes into Briar Swamp to confront Cypress County's most notorious bootlegger. What he finds upends his sense of justice.

A reckoning

March 16, 2018
Spalding, Linda, author.
New York : Pantheon Books, [2017]
301 pages ; 24 cm
A Virginia family must come to terms with their slave-owning past as the Civil War approaches and an abolitionist visits their plantation, throwing it into turmoil before compelling the family to move West.

The shape of water

March 15, 2018
Toro, Guillermo del, 1964- author.
315 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In an otherworldly story set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America, an amphibious man is discovered in the Amazon--and subsequently finds love within the human race. In 1962, Elisa Esposito-- mute her whole life-- works as a janitor working the graveyard shift at Baltimore's Occam Aerospace Research Center. Only Zelda, a protective coworker, and Giles, her loving neighbor, help her make it through her day. Then she sees something she was never meant to see: an amphibious man, captured in the Amazon, to be studied for Cold War advancements. Using sign language, the two learn to communicate. Richard Strickland, the obsessed soldier who tracked the asset through the Amazon, wants nothing more than to dissect it before the Russians get a chance to steal it.

The hunger : a novel

March 14, 2018
Katsu, Alma, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
376 pages : map ; 24 cm
The ninety men, women, and children of the Donner Party are heading into one of one of the deadliest and most disastrous Western adventures in American history. Depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of a little boy-- they cannot seem to escape tragedy... or the feeling that someone-- something?-- is stalking them. As members of the group begin to disappear, the survivors start to wonder if the evil that has unfolded around them may have in fact been growing within them all along.

Mapping the bones

March 14, 2018
Yolen, Jane, author.
417 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
In Poland in the 1940s, the lives of twins Chaim and Gittel feel like a fairy tale torn apart as they must rely on each other to endure life in a ghetto and the horrors of a concentration camp where they lose everything but each other.

Undiscovered country : a novel inspired by the lives of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok

March 14, 2018
McNees, Kelly O'Connor, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
284 pages ; 24 cm
In 1932, New York City, top reporter Lorena "Hick" Hickok starts each day with a front page byline--and finishes it swigging bourbon and planning her next big scoop. But an assignment to cover FDR's campaign--and write a feature on his wife, Eleanor--turns Hick's hard-won independent life on its ear. Soon her work, and the secret entanglement with the new first lady, will take her from New York and Washington to Scotts Run, West Virginia, where impoverished coal miners' families wait in fear that the New Deal's promised hope will pass them by. Together, Eleanor and Hick imagine how the new town of Arthurdale could change the fate of hundreds of lives. But doing what is right does not come cheap, and Hick will pay in ways she never could have imagined. Undiscovered Country artfully mixes fact and fiction to portray the intense relationship between this unlikely pair. Inspired by the historical record, including the more than three thousand letters Hick and Eleanor exchanged over a span of thirty years, McNees tells this story through Hick's tough, tender, and unforgettable voice. A remarkable portrait of Depression-era America, this novel tells the poignant story of how a love that was forced to remain hidden nevertheless changed history.

Olivia Twist

March 13, 2018
Langdon, Lorie, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Blink, [2018]
331 pages ; 22 cm
"Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can't seem to escape her past or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive. Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London's East End to become the adopted nephewy of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his aunty are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love."--Jacket flap.

Memento mori : a crime novel of the Roman empire

March 13, 2018
Downie, Ruth, 1955- author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2018.
408 pages : map ; 25 cm
"A Gaius Ruso mystery"--Cover.
Ruso and Tilla investigate the death of the wife of Ruso's friend in the sacred hot spring of Aquae Sulis.

The darkling bride : a novel

March 13, 2018
Andersen, Laura, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2018.
354 pages ; 25 cm
In the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, Deeprath Castle is the home of the Darkling Bride, a local legend of a sultry and dangerous woman from long ago whose wrath continues to haunt the castle. When the estate is slated to become a public trust, scholar Carragh Ryan is hired to take inventory of its historic library. Two decades ago the parents of Aidan, the current Viscount Gallagher, died violently at Deeprath... and the case was never closed. Were their deaths related to that of Lady Jenny Gallagher, who died at Deeprath a century before under mysterious circumstances? As secrets emerge from the shadows and Carragh gets closer to answers-- and to Aidan-- will she be the Darkling Bride's next victim?

Harbor of spies : a novel of historic Havana

March 13, 2018
Lloyd, Robin, 1950- author.
308 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Set in Havana in 1863 during the American Civil War, the Spanish colonial city was alive with intrigue and war-related espionage. The protagonist - a young American ship captain by the name of Everett Townsend - is pulled into the war, not as a Naval Academy midshipman, as he had once hoped, but as the captain of a Havana-based blockade-running schooner. Even as Townsend gets entangled in the war effort, he also finds himself being pulled into the dangerous investigation of a murdered English diplomat which threatens his own life.

As the devil dares

March 13, 2018
Harrington, Anna (Romance fiction writer)
368 pages ; 17 cm.
Agreeing, against his better judgment, to find a husband for scandalous Mariah Winslow, a beautiful woman with no dowry and no sense of decorum, Lord Robert Carlisle uses every trick in the book to find her a suitable match until he realizes he wants her for himself.

The listener

March 12, 2018
McCammon, Robert R., author.
Baltimore : Cemetery Dance Publications, 2018.
332 pages ; 23 cm
1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities. In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans. In a different part of town, Curtis Mayhew, a young black man who works as a redcap for the Union Railroad Station, has a reputation for mending quarrels and misunderstandings among his friends. What those friends don't know is that Curtis has a special talent for listening... and he can sometimes hear things that aren't spoken aloud. One day, Curtis Mayhew's special talent allows him to overhear a child's cry for help, which draws him into the dangerous world of Partlow and LaFrance.

The bags of tricks affair : a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery

March 12, 2018
Pronzini, Bill, author.
254 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: The dangerous ladies affair / by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
With two con games being run by two deadly villains, Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon are forced to split up, but when Sabina's life is in danger, John realizes just how much she means to him.

All the beautiful girls : a novel

March 12, 2018
Church, Elizabeth J., author.
325 pages ; 24 cm
This is the tenderhearted story of a spirited young woman who tries to conquer her past amongst the glitz and glamour of 1960s Las Vegas-- and finds unexpected fortune, friendship, and love. When Lily Decker steps off the bus and onto the Las Vegas Strip, she is ready for a new life. Though her life is full of success, parties, newfound gal pals, and more money and luxuries than she ever thought possible, Lily is still restless. She changes her name to Ruby Wilde and finds work as a showgirl. When a passionate affair with a fiery photographer threatens to consume her, she will be forced to confront her deepest fears. Print run 75,000.

The cloister : a novel

March 12, 2018
Carroll, James, 1943- author.
364 pages ; 24 cm
After Father Michael Kavanagh sees a friend from his seminary days at the altar of his humble Inwood community parish, he wanders into the medieval haven of The Cloisters. In conversation with museum guide Rachel Vedette, he finds she retreated to the quiet of The Cloisters after her harrowing experience as a Jewish woman in France during the Holocaust. She shares with Kavanagh her late father's greatest intellectual work: a study demonstrating the relationship between the famously discredited monk Peter Abelard and Jewish scholars-- and the romance between Abelard and his intellectual equal Héloïse.

Big water

March 12, 2018
Curtis, Andrea, author.
181 pages : 21 cm
"First published in the United States, 2018" -- T.p verso.
"Seventeen-year-old Christina McBurney has led a sheltered life. But when her twin brother, Jonathan, dies of consumption, Christina, unwilling to be farmed out as a nursemaid or teacher, runs away from home and her destiny. In Owen Sound she boards the Asia, a steamship that transports passengers and freight throughout the Great Lakes. She doesn't really have a plan other than to get to Sault Ste. Marie. She'll figure things out once she's settled. But a violent storm suddenly rises on Georgian Bay, and the overloaded and top-heavy steamship begins to sink. Christina is tossed overboard. Pulled to safety just before she loses consciousness, she finds herself on a lifeboat, surrounded by a number of bedraggled and terrified passengers and crew. One by one they succumb to their injuries, until only Christina and a brooding young man named Daniel are left alive. The usual rules of society no longer apply—Daniel and Christina must now work together as equals to survive. Big Water is a fictional account of the real-life story of the only two survivors of the sinking of the SS Asia in 1882."

Knights odyssey : the return of Henry Fountain

March 12, 2018
Farmer, W. Michael, 1944- author.
397 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
"Pancho Villa befriends Henry Fountain, a bandit betrays him, Apache Kid challenges him, and a wealthy hacendado, and Apache Elias try to kill him. Riveting historical fiction that reveals the hidden world of the Sierra Madre Apaches. Knight's Odyssey is a revenant story of survival, courage, love, and debts paid and forgiven"-- Provided by publisher.

The vain conversation : a novel

March 12, 2018
Grooms, Anthony, author.
Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, [2018]
xiii, 239 pages ; 24 cm
The lynching of two couples in 1946 Georgia told by three characters who experience it: Victim, Bertrand Johnson, witness, ten-year-old Lonnie Henson and presumed killer, Noland Jacks.

Bachelor girl

March 8, 2018
Alkemade, Kim van, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2018.
405 pages ; 24 cm
"[A] novel about the destructive power of secrets and the redemptive power of love--inspired by the true story of Jacob Ruppert, the millionaire owner of the New York Yankees, and his mysterious bequest in 1939 to an unknown actress, Helen Winthrope Weyant. When the owner of the New York Yankees baseball team, Colonel Jacob Ruppert, takes Helen Winthrope, a young actress, under his wing, she thinks it's because of his guilt over her father's accidental death--and so does Albert Kramer, Ruppert's handsome personal secretary. Helen and Albert develop a deepening bond the closer they become to Ruppert, an eccentric millionaire who demands their loyalty in return for his lavish generosity. New York in the Jazz Age is filled with possibilities, especially for the young and single. Yet even as Helen embraces being a "bachelor girl"--A working woman living on her own terms--she finds herself falling in love with Albert, even after he confesses his darkest secret. When Ruppert dies, rumors swirl about his connection to Helen after the stunning revelation that he has left her the bulk of his fortune, which includes Yankee Stadium. But it is only when Ruppert's own secrets are finally revealed that Helen and Albert will be forced to confront the truth about their relationship to him--and to each other. Inspired by factual events that gripped New York City in its heyday, Bachelor Girl is a hidden history gem about family, identity, and love in all its shapes and colors"--Inside dust jacket.

No earls allowed

March 8, 2018
Galen, Shana, author.
377 pages ; 18 cm
"Lady Juliana, daughter of the Earl of St. Maur, needs all the help she can get. She's running a ramshackle orphanage, London's worst slumlord has illicit designs on her, and her father has suddenly become determined to marry her off. Enter Major Neil Wraxall, bastard son of the Marquess of Kensington, sent to assist Lady Juliana in any way he can. Lucky for her, he's handy with repairs, knows how to keep her and the orphans safe, and is a natural leader of men. Unfortunately for both of them, the scandal that ensues from their mutual attraction is going to lead them a merry dance..."--Amazon.

Santa Fe mourning : a Santa Fe revival mystery

March 7, 2018
Allen, Amanda, author.
298 pages ; 22 cm.
Madeline Vaughn-Alwin's picture-perfect life fades to gray when her childhood sweetheart perishes in the Great War. The aspiring painter leaves her wealthy New York family behind to travel across the country and start over in California. But when Maddie reaches Santa Fe, New Mexico, she halts her westward journey, certain she's found her new home amid the striking scenery and inspiring artistic community.

Chicago : a novel

March 6, 2018
Mamet, David, author.
332 pages ; 24 cm
Mobbed-up 1920s Chicago: a city where some people knew too much, and where everyone should have known better. Mike Hodge, veteran of the Great War, big shot of the Chicago Tribune, probably shouldn't have fallen in love with Annie Walsh. Then, again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh have known better than to trifle with Mike Hodge.

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