New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

July 26, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Arrowood

July 25, 2017
Finlay, Mick, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Mira, [2017]
361 pages ; 21 cm
1895: London's scared. A killer haunts the city's streets. The poor are hungry; crime bosses are taking control; the police force stretched to breaking point. While the rich turn to Sherlock Holmes, the celebrated private detective rarely visits the densely populated streets of South London, where the crimes are sleazier and the people are poorer. In a dark corner of Southwark, victims turn to a man who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele and his showy forensic approach to crime: Arrowood self-taught psychologist, occasional drunkard and private investigator. When a man mysteriously disappears and Arrowood's best lead is viciously stabbed before his eyes, he and his sidekick Barnett face their toughest quest yet: to capture the head of the most notorious gang in London.

Penance of the damned

July 25, 2017
Tremayne, Peter, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2017.
338 pages ; 24 cm.

Too Scot to handle

July 25, 2017
Burrowes, Grace, author.
©2017
361 pages : genealogical table ; 17 cm.
Includes excerpt from No Other Duke Will Do : Windham brides #3.
"As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that he's a titled gentleman, he's still fighting-this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he's happy to oblige. Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear" -- Provided by publisher.

The greatest challenge of them all

July 25, 2017
Laurens, Stephanie, author.
©2017
380 pages ; 22 cm.
Lord Drake Varisey receives unwelcome assistance from Lady Louisa Cynster in his efforts to foil a plot against England and the realm.

The lady by his side

July 25, 2017
Laurens, Stephanie, author.
©2017
248 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
A marquess in need of the right bride. An earl's daughter in search of a purpose. A betrayal that ends in murder and balloons into a threat to the realm. Sebastian Cynster knows time is running out. If he doesn't choose a wife soon, his female relatives will line up to assist him.

Never forget

July 25, 2017
Hedlund, Jody, author.
[United States] : Northern Lights Press, [2017].
345 pages ; 22 cm.
"Abbie Watson is content to spend her days clamming, crabbing, and tending Rose Island Lighthouse. Her grandpa is the head light keeper, but his senility may lead to their eviction. Since leaving the island would kill her beloved Gramps, Abbie will do anything to keep him in the one place he knows and loves. Wealthy Nathaniel Winthrop III's wild living has gained him a reputation as the 'bad boy' among the elite social circles of Newport. After a blow to the head in a yachting accident washes him up on Rose Island, Nathaniel has no memories of his past. Abbie tends the wounded stranger in her home only to realize he assumes they're married. Although she knows she needs to correct Nathaniel's mistake, his presence calms Gramps and provides a way to prevent eviction from the lighthouse. The longer the charade continues, the harder it gets for Abbie to tell Nathaniel the truth, more so as she begins to fall in love. Everyone she's ever loved has abandoned her. Will Nathaniel leave her too, once he discovers he's not really her husband?"--Back cover.

Blackthorne's bride

July 24, 2017
Johnston, Joan, 1948- author.
©2017
423 pages ; 18 cm.
"Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie's long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor. Learning that Marcus is seeking a rich American bride to save his estate, Josie plots to catch his eye —certain he'll never recognize the beauty she's become as the ragged captive he rescued. But Josie doesn't wager on her marital charade taking a tender turn, as the nobleman she's despised for years proves to be a very different man than she's imagined. And there's no denying his passionate caresses, as she falls deeper under the spell of a husband determined to claim her heart" --Back cover.

The dress in the window

July 24, 2017
Grant, Sofia, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
357, 12 pages ; 21 cm
"World War II has ended and American women are shedding their old clothes for the gorgeous new styles. Voluminous layers of taffeta and tulle, wasp waists, and beautiful colors, all so welcome after years of sensible styles and strict rationing. Jeanne Brink and her sister Peggy both had to weather every tragedy the war had to offer: Jeanne without the fiancé she's counted on, Peggy now a widowed mother, both living with Peggy's mother-in-law in a grim mill town. But despite their gray pasts they long for a bright future, Jeanne by creating stunning dresses for her clients with the help of Peggy's brilliant sketches. Together, they are able create amazing fashions and a more prosperous life than they'd ever dreamed of before the war. But sisterly love can sometimes turn into sibling jealousy. Always playing second fiddle to her sister, Peggy yearns to make her own mark. But as Peggy and Jeanne soon discover, the future is never without its surprises, ones that have the potential to make, or break, their dreams"--Back cover.

Never kiss a highlander

July 24, 2017
Sinclair, Michele, author.
©2017
470 pages ; 18 cm.
"Elite McTiernay guardsman Hamish MacBrieve is looking for a clean start. But when his brother, laird of Foinaven Castle, leaves the family holdings dangerously unprotected, Hamish has no choice but to return and keep his clansmen safe. And when he does, he discovers that Foinaven's painful memories have been replaced by the most distracting opportunity for passion. When Mairead MacMhathain learns that the eldest MacBrieve is returning home, she imagines he'll bring salvation in the form of a powerful army. Instead, the hulking, powerful man she idolized as a girl arrives alone. But now instead of a little sister, Hamish sees her as the woman she has become. And under his heated gaze, despite the danger swirling around them, Mairead finds herself tempted, taunted, and tantalizingly seduced..." -- provided by publisher.

The Saturday Evening Girls Club

July 24, 2017
Healey, Jane, author.
©2017
242 pages ; 21 cm
For the young women living in Boston's North End in 1908, the Saturday Evening Girls Club is an escape from the drudgery of daily life. For Caprice, Ada, Maria and Thea, it's the one time each week the friends can be together. They support each other's dreams and help each other navigate romances and family clashes, cultural prejudices, loss and heartbreak. Through it all one thing is certain - they could not get through it all without their friendship, and the Saturday Evening Girls Club.

Casanova's secret wife

July 24, 2017
Lynn-Davis, Barbara, 1964-
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2017]
346 pages ; 21 cm
"Caterina Capreta was an innocent girl of fourteen when she caught the attention of the world's most infamous chronicler of seduction: Giacomo Casanova. Intoxicated by a fierce love, she wed Casanova in secret. But his shocking betrayal inspired her to commit an act that would mark her forever. Now twenty years later on the island of Murano, the woman in possession of Caterina's most devastating secret has appeared with a request she cannot refuse: to take in a noble-born girl whose scandalous love affair resembles her own. But the girl's presence stirs up unwelcome memories of Caterina's turbulent past. Tested like never before, she reveals the story of the man she will never forget..."--Back cover.

Elephant moon

July 24, 2017
Sweeney, John, author.
©2012
233 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published: London: Silvertail Books, 2012.

The painted queen

July 21, 2017
Peters, Elizabeth, 1927-2013, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
xviii, 323 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.
"Egypt, 1912. Amelia Peabody and her dashing archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are once again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti and Amelia finds herself the target of assassins in this long-awaited, eagerly anticipated final installment of Elizabeth Peters's bestselling, beloved mystery series"-- Provided by publisher.

Murder in Mayfair : an Atlas Catesby mystery

July 21, 2017
Quincy, D. M. (Diana), author.
New York : Crooked Lane, [2017]
316 pages ; 22 cm
After rescuing Lilliana, who was being auctioned off by her husband in a small country village, Atlas Catesby must work to help her to clear her name after the husband is found murdered.

The witches of New York : a novel

July 19, 2017
McKay, Ami, 1968- author.
©2016
535, 14 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published in Canada in 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf Canada.
"P.S. Insights, Interviews & More..."--Cover.
New York, 1880. Séances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles, and many-- some with true powers, others gifted with the art of performance-- find work as mediums. At Tea and Sympathy, Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St. Clair provide a place for whispered confessions, secret cures, and spiritual assignations. When Beatrice hires as a shop girl, she doesn't know she has spiritual gifts. As she learns to harness her powers, she doesn't know of the evils lurking-- or the courage it will take to face them.

Perish from the earth

July 19, 2017
Putnam, Jonathan F., author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2017.
325 pages ; 25 cm.
"Newly minted trial lawyer Abraham Lincoln is riding the circuit, traveling by carriage with other lawyers and a judge to bring justice to the remote parts of Illinois. Meanwhile, Lincoln's close friend Joshua Speed steams up the Mississippi River aboard a steamboat owned by Speed's father. Suddenly, his journey is interrupted when a crooked card game turns to violence -- and then murder. Speed enlists Lincoln to defend the accused, but they soon come to discover that more than just the card games are crooked aboard the Speed family's ship. As the day of judgment hurtles toward them, Lincoln must fight to save the life of his client while preserving the cause he holds so dear" -- provided by publisher.

Careers for women : a novel

July 19, 2017
Scott, Joanna, 1960-
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
295 pages ; 22 cm
Working for the New York Port Authority in the late 1950s under the tutelage of a legendary publicist, Maggie Gleason befriends her boss's newest protégé, who goes missing amid rumors about a devastating secret from the past.

A catalog of birds

July 18, 2017
Harrington, Laura, author.
©2017
259 pages ; 21 cm
"Set in 1970, a watershed moment in American History, A Catalog of Birds tells the story of the Flynn family and the devastating impact of the Vietnam War. At the heart of the novel is the relationship between siblings Nell and Billy Flynn. Nell excels academically and is headed to college and a career in science. Billy, a passionate artist, enlists as a pilot to fulfill his lifelong dream of flying. He is the only survivor when his helicopter is shot down. When he returns home his wounds limit his ability to sketch or even hold a pencil. As Billy struggles to regain the life he once had, Nell and their family will have to do all that's possible to save him." -- Provided by publisher.

Death on Delos

July 18, 2017
Corby, Gary, author.
©2017
329 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"Greece, 545 BC: It is illegal to die on the sacred isle of Delos. It's also illegal to give birth there. Yet when murder is committed, the only available detective to solve the crime is the priestess Diotima, and she is heavily pregnant. Delos is the holy birthplace of the divine twins Apollo and Artemis, and it is an island in crisis. Not only has murder tainted the holy sanctuary, but there are about a thousand Athenian troops on the island. The army is led by the statesman Pericles and has come to take away the treasury of the Delian League, the defense fund of the Greeks against the Persian Empire. The holy people are in uproar. The Athenians are exasperated. The High Priest of the Delian Apollo is not amused. To cap it off, Diotima's husband and fellow detective, Nicolaos, is implicated in dodgy dealings that link him to the murder. Somehow Diotima must find the killer, calm the island, and. oh, yes. have a baby"-- Provided by publisher.

Live from Cairo : a novel

July 17, 2017
Bassingthwaighte, Ian, author.
©2017
323 pages : maps ; 24 cm
After being denied permission to join her husband in America, an Iraqi refugee is trapped in Cairo during the aftermath of the 2011 revolution and must rely on a foolhardy attorney with feelings for her and a not entirely legal plan to get her out.

The library of light and shadow : a novel

July 17, 2017
Rose, M. J., 1953- author.
©2017
355 pages ; 24 cm.
"In this riveting and richly drawn novel from "one of the master storytellers of historical fiction" (New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams), a talented young artist flees New York for Paris after one of her scandalous drawings reveals a dark secret--and triggers a terrible tragedy. In the wake of a dark and brutal World War, the glitz and glamour of 1925 Manhattan shine like a beacon for the high society set, desperate to keep their gaze firmly fixed to the future. But Delphine Duplessi sees more than most. At a time in her career when she could easily be unknown and penniless, like so many of her classmates from L'École des Beaux Arts, in America she has gained notoriety for her stunning "shadow portraits" that frequently expose her subjects' most scandalous secrets. Most nights Delphine doesn't mind that her gift has become mere entertainment--a party trick--for the fashionable crowd. Then, on a snowy night in February, in a penthouse high above Fifth Avenue, Delphine's mystical talent leads to a tragedy between two brothers. Devastated and disconsolate, Delphine renounces her gift and returns to her old life in the south of France where Picasso, Matisse, and the Fitzgeralds are summering. There, Delphine is thrust into recapturing the past. First by her charismatic twin brother and business manager Sebastian who attempts to cajole her back to work and into co-dependence, then by the world famous opera singer Emma Calve, who is obsessed with the writings of the fourteenth-century alchemist Nicolas Flamel. And finally by her ex-lover Mathieu, who is determined to lure her back into his arms, unaware of the danger that led Delphine to flee Paris for New York five years before. Trapped in an ancient chateau where hidden knowledge lurks in the shadows, Delphine questions everything and everyone she loves the most--her art, her magick, her family, and Mathieu--in an effort to accept them as the gifts they are. Only there can she shed her fear of loving and living with her eyes wide open"-- Provided by publisher.

Love with a Scottish outlaw

July 17, 2017
Callen, Gayle, author.
©2017
374 pages ; 18 cm.

Grace : a novel

July 13, 2017
Lynch, Paul, 1977- author.
©2017
354 pages ; 25 cm
Cast out of her home by her mother, Grace, disguised as a boy and accompanied by her younger brother, embarks on a life-changing odyssey in the looming shadow of Ireland's Great Famine.

Secret sisters : a novel

July 12, 2017
Callaway, Joy, author.
New York : Harper, 2017.
337 pages ; 21 cm

The third Nero

July 11, 2017
Davis, Lindsey, author.
©2017
321 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"In 90 A.D., following the Saturninus revolt in Germany, the Emperor Domitian has become more paranoid about traitors and dissenters around him. This leads to several senators and even provincial governors facing charges and being executed for supposed crimes of conspiracy and insulting the emperor. Wanting to root out all the supports of Saturninus from the Senate, one of Domitian's men offers to hire Flavia Alba to do some intelligence work. Flavia Alba, daughter and chip off the old block of Marcus Didius Falco, would rather avoid any and all court intrigue, thank you very much. But she's in a bit of a bind. Her wedding is fast approaching, her fiancé's still recovering--slowly--from being hit by a lightning bolt, and she's the sole support of their household. So with more than a few reservations, she agrees to "investigate." Adding to the confusion is yet another Nero pretender has shown up in Parthia and is trying to rally support for his claim for the throne. With intrigue upon intrigue swirling around the capital city, it's up to Albia to uncover what is--and isn't--the real threat"--Provided by publisher.

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