New Arrivals · Large Print Fiction

March 26, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Celtic empire

March 25, 2019
Cussler, Clive, author.
©2019
581 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Clive Cussler, 'The Grand Master of Adventure,' sends his intrepid heroes Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino on their wildest, boldest mission into the ancient world, unlocking extraordinary secrets and solving hideous crimes. Another fabulous read from the most beloved series from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. The murders of a team of United Nations scientists in El Salvador. A deadly collision in the waterways off the city of Detroit. An attack by tomb raiders on an archaeological site along the banks of the Nile. Is there a link between these violent events? The answer may lie in the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee the armies of her father three thousand years ago. During what was supposed to be a routine investigation in South America, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt finds himself embroiled in an international mystery, one that will lead him across the world and which will threaten everyone and everything he knows--most importantly, his own family. Pitt travels to Scotland in search of answers about the spread of an unknown disease and the shadowy bioremediation company that may be behind it. Meanwhile, his son and daughter face a threat of their own when the discoveries they have made in an Egyptian tomb put killers on their trail. These seemingly unrelated riddles come together in a stunning showdown on the rocky isles of Ireland, where only the Pitts can unravel the secrets of an ancient enigma that could change the very future of mankind. "-- Provided by publisher.

Mostly sunny

March 25, 2019
Pope, Jamie (Romance writer), author.
©2018
425 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"As a child, Sunny Gibson was abandoned by her mentally-ill mother, who left no trace behind. Now a social worker, Sunny is dedicated to helping children find loving homes-though she's still haunted by the past. So when she finds clues that her newest charge might be her younger sister, she sets out to track down the little girl's mother. But the powerful attorney she needs for the search is proving as inexplicable and distant as he is irresistible . . . From pro football player to high-powered lawyer, Julian King has succeeded at everything he's aspired to. But he still needs to make partner. Not only does he know nothing about family law, Sunny can't even pay him. If only her irrepressible caring and sweetness wasn't drawing him much too close-or making him hunger to keep her in his life. And as wrenching remembered pain on both sides threatens to shatter the delicate trust he and Sunny begin to forge, they will need more than courage to face down their pasts-and seize forever together."-- Provided by publisher.

Queenie

March 25, 2019
Carty-Williams, Candice, 1989- author.
©2019
535 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"'[B]rilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking.'--Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You; Bridget Jones's Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place. Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she's constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places . . . including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth. As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, 'What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?' -- all of the questions today's woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her. With 'fresh and honest' (Jojo Moyes) prose, Queenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today's world." -- Provided by publisher.

The woman trapped in the dark

March 25, 2019
Mason, J. D., author.
©2018
465 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Wolf pack : a Joe Pickett novel

March 25, 2019
Box, C. J., author.
©2019
465 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett encounters bad behavior on his own turf--only to have the FBI and the DOJ ask him to stand down--in the thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author C.J. Box. The good news is that Joe Pickett has his job back, after his last adventure in The Disappeared. The bad news is that hes come to learn that a drone is killing wildlife--and the drone belongs to a mysterious and wealthy man whose son is dating Joe's own daughter, Lucy. When Joe tries to lay down the rules for the drone operator, hes asked by the FBI and the DOJ to stand down, which only makes him more suspicious. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up in and around Joe's district in shocking numbers. He begins to fear that a pack of four vicious killers working on behalf of the Sinaloa cartel known as the Wolf Pack has arrived. Their target seems to be the mystery man and everyone--including Joe, Nate, and others--who is associated with him. Teaming up with a female game warden (based on a real person, one of the few female game wardens at work in Wyoming today) to confront these assassins, Joe finds himself in the most violent and dangerous predicament hes ever faced. "-- Provided by publisher.

A bound heart

March 25, 2019
Frantz, Laura, author.
©2019
555 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Their stations could not have been more different: a Scottish laird and a simple lass. When a tragedy forces both to colonial Virginia as indentured servants, can a love thwarted by tradition come to life in a new land?" -- Provided by publisher.

The lieutenant's bargain

March 25, 2019
Jennings, Regina (Regina Lea), author.
©2019
469 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Hattie Walker dreams of becoming a painter, while her parents want her to settle down. As a compromise, they give her two months to head to Denver and place her works in an exhibition or give up the dream forever. Her journey is derailed when a gunman attacks her stagecoach, leaving her to be rescued by a group of Arapaho . . . but she's too terrified to recognize them as friendly. Confirmed bachelor Lieutenant Jack Hennessey has long worked with the tribe and is tasked with trying to convince them that the mission school at Fort Reno can help their children. When a message arrives about a recovered survivor, Jack heads out to take her home--and plead his case once more. He's stunned to run into Hattie Walker, the girl who shattered his heart--but quickly realizes he has a chance to impress her. When his plan gets tangled through translation, Jack and Hattie end up in a mess that puts her dreams in peril--and tests Jack's resolve to remain single.

Redeeming light

March 25, 2019
O'Hare, Annette, author.
©2018
291 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Kappy king and the pie kaper

March 25, 2019
Lillard, Amy, author.
©2019
353 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"When an "accident" puts beloved bishop's wife Alma Miller in a coma, many in Blue Sky are quick to blame struggling widow Frannie Lehman. Both women are the best bakers around, but for years Alma's boysenberry pies have been more award-winning--and profitable--than Frannie's. And with Alma out of this fall's county festival, Frannie's pie finally wins first prize. But when Alma dies and Frannie's children fall victim to gossip and bullying, Kappy is determined to uncover the real truth. Soon Kappy and her outcast friend Edie have their hands full of odd clues. What do Alma's strange last words mean? Why would someone break into her house just to steal a quilt? Who is the mysterious new piemaker in town--and why is she still in Blue Sky after losing the festival competition? When long-buried family secrets and contested legacies start getting into the mix, Kappy and Edie must work fast before another victim gets a deadly pie in the face .. This is part of "An Amish Mystery" series."-- Provided by publisher.

The Windemere affair

March 25, 2019
Rolfs, Judith, 1942- author.
©2018
455 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Albert Windemere had many enemies, but only one hated him enough to commit murder. Psychotherapist Jennifer Trevor is placed in the cross-hairs of a killer when she's hired by her deceased client's lawyer to counsel the dead man's family. Mending hurts won't be easy. Al Windemere's list of enemies is long, and his untimely death is celebrated. But Jennifer knows that the once unscrupulous businessman had recently begun a changed life as a Christian. As Jennifer delves deeper into the dynamics of Albert's shattered relationships, she becomes the next target. It will require all her intuition and knowledge of human behavior in order to stay safe and solve the mystery, but Jennifer is determined to restore Al's reputation and find his murderer. The stakes couldn't be higher. If Jennifer's wrong, she dies"-- Provided by publisher.

Ashes on the moor

March 25, 2019
Eden, Sarah M., author.
©2018
531 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"After the death of her parents, Evangeline must succeed as a schoolteacher in a remote region of Northern England in order to claim her inheritance from her grandfather and be reunited with her younger sister, Lucy. When a local bricklayer, Dermot, offers his help, she finds herself falling in love with the Irishman"--Provided by publisher.

Check me out

March 25, 2019
Wilhite, Rebecca A., author.
©2018
437 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single. Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local café where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts than in his face-to-face conversation. When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a "battle of the bands" book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows. Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them? Check Me Out is a contemporary romance--with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac--that reminds us that it is what's on the inside that matters most.

In at the death

March 25, 2019
Duncan, Francis, 1918-1988, author.
©2018
357 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"The pseudonym for William Underhill, who was born in 1918. He lived virtually all his life in Bristol and was a 'scholarship boy' boarder at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital school. Due to family circumstances he was unable to go to university and started work in the Housing Department of Bristol City Council. Writing was always important to him and very early on he published articles in newspapers and magazines. His first detective story was published in 1936. In 1938 he married Sylvia Henly. Although a conscientious objector, he served inthe Royal Army Medical Corps in World War II, landing in France shortly after D-Day. After the war he trained as a teacher and spent the rest of his life in education, first as a primary school teacher and then as a lecturer in a college of further education. In the 1950s he studied for an external economics degree from London University. No mean feat with a family to support; his daughter, Kathryn, was born in 1943 and his son, Derek, in 1949."-- Provided by publisher.

Josephine Baker's last dance

March 25, 2019
Jones, Sherry, 1961- author.
©2018
563 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures. Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker--actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world, in Josephine Baker's Last Dance. In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones brings to life Josephines early years in servitude and poverty in America, her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page. With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today. "-- Provided by publisher.

Woman 99 : a novel

March 25, 2019
Macallister, Greer, author.
©2019
569 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Shes only a number now. When Charlotte Smiths wealthy parents commit her beloved sister Phoebe to the infamous Goldengrove Asylum, Charlotte knows theres more to the story than madness. She risks everything and follows her sister inside, surrendering her real identity as a privileged young lady of San Francisco society to become a nameless inmate, Woman 99. The longer she stays, the more she realizes that many of the women of Goldengrove arent insane, merely inconvenient and that her search for the truth threatens to dig up secrets that some very powerful people would do anything to kep. A historical thriller rich in detail, deception, and revelation, Woman 99 honors the fierce women of the past, born into a world that denied them power but underestimated their strength."-- Provided by publisher.

Listen to the marriage

March 25, 2019
Osborn, John Jay, author.
©2018
281 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Gretchen and Steve have been married for a long time. Living in San Francisco, recently separated, with two children and demanding jobs, they've started going to a marriage counselor. Unfolding over the course of ten months and taking place entirely in the marriage counselor's office, John Jay Osborn's Listen to the Marriage is the story of a fractured couple in a moment of crisis, and of the person who tries to get them to see each other again. A searing look at the obstacles we put in our own way, as well as the forces that drive us apart (and those that bring us together), Listen to the Marriage is a poignant exploration of marriage--heartbreaking and tender. -- Provided by publisher.

The shape of the ruins

March 25, 2019
Vásquez, Juan Gabriel, 1973- author.
©2018
729 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Originally published in Spanish in 2015 by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial as Laforma de las ruinas"-- Title page verso.
"A sweeping tale of conspiracy theories, assassinations, and twisted obsessions -- the much anticipated masterpiece from Juan Gabriel Vasquez. The Shape of the Ruins is a masterly story of conspiracy, political obsession, and literary investigation. A man is arrested at a museum in Colombia for attempting to steal the bullet-ridden suit of an assassin. The incident barely makes the news though the political murder this assassin committed years before set off riots that ushered in a decade of bloody civil war in the country -- "La Violencia" -- a time that still echos throughout Colombia. Soon this theft takes on greater meaning as it becomes a thread in a widening web of popular obsessions with conspiracy theories and the truth; and it haunts the people who feel that only they know the real truth behind these killings. This novel explores the darkest moments of a country's past and brings to life the hidden characters who have unknowingly shaped its modern landscape. A compulsive read, beautiful and profound and eerily relevant to our times, The Shape of the Ruins is the tour-de-force story by a master at uncovering the incisive wounds of our political memory"-- Provided by publisher.

Consumed

March 25, 2019
Ward, J. R., 1969- author.
©2019
629 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator, Ann Ashburn, who is consumed by her troubled past, her family's scorched legacy, and her current case: chasing a deadly killer"-- Provided by publisher.

Dangerous

March 25, 2019
Spencer, Minerva, author.
©2018
541 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Lady Euphemia Marlington hasn't been free in seventeen years--since she was captured by Corsairs and sold into a harem. Now the sultan is dead and Mia is back in London facing relentless newspapermen, an insatiably curious public, and her first season. Worst of all is her ashamed father's ultimatum: marry a man of his choosing or live out her life in seclusion. No doubt her potential groom is a demented octogenarian. Fortunately, Mia is no longer a girl, but a clever woman with a secret--and a plan of her own..."-- Provided by publisher.

A devil of a duke

March 25, 2019
Hunter, Madeline, author.
©2018
487 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"HE MAY BE A DEVIL. He's infamous, debaucherous, and known all over town for his complete disregard for scandal, and positively irresistible seductions. Gabriel St. James, Duke of Langford, is obscenely wealthy, jaw-droppingly handsome, and used to getting exactly what he wants. Until his attention is utterly captured by a woman who refuses to tell him her name, but can't help surrendering to his touch . . . BUT SHE'S NO ANGEL EITHER . . .Amanda Waverly is living two lives-one respectable existence as secretary to an upstanding lady, and one far more dangerous battle of wits-and willpower-with the devilish Duke. Langford may be the most tempting man she's ever met, but Amanda's got her hands full trying to escape the world of high-society crime into which she was born. And if he figures out who she really is, their sizzling passion will suddenly boil over into a much higher stakes affair . . . This is part of "Decadent Dukes Society" series."-- Provided by publisher.

Scrublands

March 25, 2019
Hammer, Chris, 1960- author.
©2018
651 pages (large print) : map ; 22 cm.
In the vein of The Dry and Before the Fall, a town's dark secrets come to light in the aftermath of a young priest's unthinkable last act in this arresting and searing debut thriller. In Riversend, an isolated rural community afflicted by an endless drought, a young priest does the unthinkable, killing five parishioners before being taken down himself. A year later, accompanied by his own demons from war-time reporting, journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend. His assignment is simple: describe how the townspeople are coping as the anniversary of their tragedy approaches. But as Martin meets the locals and hears their version of events, he begins to realize that the accepted wisdom--that the priest was a pedophile whose imminent exposure was the catalyst for the shooting, a theory established through an award-winning investigation by Martin's own newspaper--may be wrong. Just as Martin believes he's making headway, a new development rocks the town. The bodies of two German backpackers--missing since the time of the church shootings--are discovered in a dam in the scrublands, deserted backwoods marked by forest fires. As the media flocks to the scene, Martin finds himself thrown into a whole new mystery. What was the real reason behind the priest's shooting spree? And how does it connect to the backpacker murders, if at all? Martin struggles to uncover the town's dark secrets, putting his job, his mental state, and his life at risk as more and more strange happenings escalate around him. For fans of James Lee Burke, Jane Harper, and Robert Crais, Scrublands is a compelling and original crime novel that marks Chris Hammer as a stunning new voice in the genre. A compulsively readable thriller of the highest order, Scrublands never loosens its grip, from its opening scene to the very last page.

Die by the gun

March 25, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2018
443 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.

If these walls could talk

March 25, 2019
Crownover, James D., author.
©2018
473 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
"Silent Cooper and Dempsy Nealy are quarantined in an abandoned house to wait out the influenza epidemic of 1918. Secrets within the house take them back to the Lincoln County War and two infamous murders"-- Provided by publisher.

Mr. Pettigrew

March 25, 2019
Martin, L. J., author.
©2012
197 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
"Nearly starved, missing half a leg, Beau Boone stumbles out of a cattle car into the hell on wheels Transcontinental Railroad town of Nemesis, and into gunsmoke and battle to rival that of the war hes just escaped. Mr. Pettigrew and Miss Alice, of the Angel Cloud Saloon, befriend him, and soon he's sitting shotgun in the middle of a smaller, but equally deadly, conflict. And its a war no one can win. This is part of "The Nemesis Series"-- Provided by publisher.

The royal runaway

March 25, 2019
Emory, Lindsay, 1986- author.
©2018
439 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is so over this princess thing. After her fiancé jilted her on their wedding day, she's finally back home after spending four months in exile--aka it's back to press conferences, public appearances, and putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea's sick of duty. After all, that's what got her into this mess in the first place. So when she sneaks out of the palace and meets a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she relishes the chance to be a normal woman for a change. But just as she thinks she's found her Prince Charming for the night, he reveals his intentions are less than honorable: he's the brother of her former fiancé, a British spy, and he's not above blackmail. As Thea reluctantly joins forces with Nick to find out what happened the day her fiancé disappeared, together they discover a secret that could destroy a centuries-old monarchy and change life as they know it. Funny, fast-paced, and full of more twists and turns than the castle Thea lives in, The Royal Runaway is a fresh romantic comedy that will leave you cheering for the modern-day royal who chucks the rulebook aside to create her own happily-ever-after.

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