New Arrivals · Large Print Fiction

March 13, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Lavender blue murder

March 12, 2020
Childs, Laura, author.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020.
449 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Includes recipes and tea time tips"--Cover.
Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier Drayton Conneley are guests at an English bird hunt. But one shot sounds too close, and when Theodosia wanders into the neighbor's lavender field, she discovers their host, Reginald Doyle, bleeding to death. His grieving wife, Meredith, begs Theodosia and Drayton to stay the night. But after Theodosia awakens to find the house on fire, she begins an investigation that includes finger-pointing, a missing person, and a bid to find answers via a séance. And all the while Theodosia worries if she's made a mistake in inviting a prime suspect to her upscale Lavender Lady Tea.

Tuesday Mooney talks to ghosts : an adventure

March 12, 2020
Racculia, Kate, author.
©2019
651 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Tuesday Mooney is a loner. She keeps to herself, begrudgingly socializes, and spends much of her time watching old Twin Peaks and X-Files DVDs. But when Vincent Pryce, Boston's most eccentric billionaire, dies--leaving behind an epic treasure hunt through the city, with clues inspired by his hero, Edgar Allan Poe--Tuesday's adventure finally begins. Puzzle-loving Tuesday searches for clue after clue, joined by a ragtag crew: a wisecracking friend, an adoring teen neighbor, and a handsome, cagey young heir. The hunt tests their mettle, and with other teams from around the city also vying for the promised prize--a share of Pryce's immense wealth--they must move quickly. Pryce's clues can't be cracked with sharp wit alone; the searchers must summon the courage to face painful ghosts from their pasts (some more vivid than others) and discover their most guarded desires and dreams. A deliciously funny ode to imagination, overflowing with love letters to art, from The Westing Game to Madonna to the Knights of the Round Table,Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts is the perfect read for thrill seekers, wanderers, word lovers, and anyone looking for an escape to the extraordinary"-- Provided by publisher.

Behind every lie

March 11, 2020
McDonald, Christina, author.
©2020
497 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Includes discussion questions and book club guide.
"If you can't remember it, how do you prove you didn't do it? Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can't remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her. Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London--Kat's former home--for answers. But as she unravels her mother's carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn't want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn't know who to trust. Least of all herself."-- Provided by publisher.

Daisy Cooper's rules for living

March 11, 2020
Keily, Tamsin, author.
©2020
467 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Unabridged.
"Rule One: Anything Can Happen. Daisy Cooper's life has been pretty uneventful--until the moment it suddenly ends. Unfortunately, her death is--literally--an accident: Daisy wasn't meant to die for another fifty years. One terrible, embarrassing clerical error is behind it, and Death himself is to blame. As Daisy battlies against her new reality, she starts to realize that letting go isn't just a challenge faced by those left behind. And while she learns how to survive, friendship, hope, and even love come alive in the most unexpected ways"--Back cover.

Long range

March 11, 2020
Box, C. J., author.
©2020
489 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"When Joe Pickett is asked to join the rescue efforts for the victim of a startling grizzly attack, he reluctantly leaves his district behind. One survivor of the grizzly's rampage tells a bizarre story, but just as Joe begins to suspect the attack is not what it seems, he is brought home by an emergency on his own turf. Someone has targeted a prominent local judge, shooting at him from a seemingly impossible distance. While the judge was not hit, his wife is severely wounded, and it is up to Joe to find answers -- and the shooter. The search for the would-be assassin becomes personal when Joe's best friend, Nate Romanowski -- just as he's adjusting to the arrival of his first child -- falls under suspicion for the crime. It's a race against the clock as Joe tries to clear Nate's name and identify the real shooter, all while deciphering the grizzly encounter. Beset by threats both man-made and natural, the two men must go to great lengths to keep their loved ones safe." -- Provided by publisher.

The other Mrs.

March 11, 2020
Kubica, Mary, author.
©2020
549 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie. But it's not just Morgan's death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realise just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

The Warsaw protocol

March 11, 2020
Berry, Steve, 1955- author.
©2020
603 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"In New York Times bestseller, Steve Berry's, latest Cotton Malone adventure, one by one the seven precious relics of the Arma Christi, the weapons of Christ, are disappearing from sanctuaries across the world. After former Justice Department agent, Cotton Malone, witnesses the theft of one of them, he learns from his old boss, Stephanie Nelle, that a private auction is about to be held where incriminating information on the president of Poland will be offered to the highest bidder-blackmail that both the United States and Russia want, but for vastly different reasons. The price of admission to that auction is one of the relics, so Malone is first sent to a castle in Poland to steal the Holy Lance, a thousand-year-old spear sacred to not only Christians but to the Polish people, and then on to the auction itself. But nothing goes as planned and Malone is thrust into a bloody battle between three nations over information that, if exposed, could change the balance of power in Europe. From the tranquil canals of Bruges, to the elegant rooms of Wawel Castle, to deep beneath the earth into an ancient Polish salt mine, Malone is caught in the middle of a deadly war-the outcome of which turns on a secret known as the Warsaw Protocol." -- Provided by publisher.

When we were Vikings : a novel

March 11, 2020
MacDonald, Andrew (Andrew David), author.
©2020
491 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"For Zelda, a Viking enthusiast who lives with her older brother, Gert, life is best lived with some basic rules: 1. A smile means "thank you for doing something small that I liked." 2. Fist bumps and dabs = respect. 3. Strange people are not appreciated in her home. 4. Tomatoes must go in the middle of the sandwich and not get the bread wet. But when Zelda finds out that Gert has resorted to some questionable--and dangerous--methods to make money to stay afloat, Zelda launches her own quest: to be legendary. It isn't long before Zelda finds herself in a battle that tests the reach of her heroism, her love for her brother, and the depth of her Viking strength."--Provided by publisher.

You are not alone

March 11, 2020
Hendricks, Greer, author.
©2020
573 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Shay Miller has three strikes against her: no job, no apartment, no love in her life. But when she witnesses a perfectly normal looking young woman about her age make the chilling decision to leap in front of an ongoing subway train, Shay realizes she could end up in the same spiral. She is intrigued by a group of women who seem to have it all together, and they invite her with the promise: "You are not alone." Why not align herself with the glamorous and seductive Moore sisters, Cassandra and Jane? They seem to have beaten back their demons, and made a life on their own terms-a life most people can only ever envy. They are everything Shay aspires to be, and they seem to have the keys to getting exactly what they want. As Shay is pulled deeper and deeper under the spell of the Moore sisters, she finds her life getting better and better. But what price does she have to pay? What do Cassandra and Jane want from her? And what secrets do they, and Shay, have that will come to a deadly confrontation? You are not alone: Is it a promise? Or a threat?"-- Provided by publisher.

Stay : a novel

March 11, 2020
Hyde, Catherine Ryan, author.
©2019
390 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Includes book club questions.
In the summer of 1969, fourteen-year-old Lucas Painter carries a huge weight on his shoulders. His brother is fighting in Vietnam. His embattled parents are locked in a never-ending war. And his best friend, Connor, is struggling with his own family issues. To find relief from the chaos, Lucas takes long, meandering walks, and one day he veers into the woods. There he discovers an isolated cabin and two huge dogs. Frightened, he runs. And the dogs run with him. Lucas finds unusual peace in running with the dogs, and eventually he meets their owner, Zoe Dinsmore. Closed off and haunted by a tragic past, Zoe has given up. She doesn';t want to be saved. She wants out. But Lucas doesn't want her to go, and he sees an opportunity to bring more than one friend back into the light. It's either the best or worst idea he's ever had, but Lucas isn't giving up on Zoe or Connor.

St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets : a novel

March 11, 2020
Noblin, Annie England, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2020.
391 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Laid off, cheated on, mugged: what else can go wrong in Maeve Stephens' life? So when she learns her birth mother has left her a house, a vintage VW Beetle, and a marauding cat, in the small town of Timber Creek, Washington, she packs up to discover the truth about her past. She arrives to the sight of a cheerful bulldog abandoned on her front porch, a reclusive but tempting author living next door, and a set of ready-made friends at the St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets, where women knit colorful sweaters for the dogs and cats in their care. But there's also an undercurrent of something that doesn't sit right with Maeve. What's the secret (besides her!) that her mother had hidden? If Maeve is going to make Timber Creek her home, she must figure out where she fits in and unravel the truth about her past. But is she ready to be adopted again-this time, by an entire town?"--Provided by publisher.

Love protects : a novel

March 11, 2020
David, Julia, author.
©2019
390 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"From a desperate yet useful childhood at the Lennhurst Asylum and School for Disabled Children, Anna is married off to a plantation baron, a man old enough to be her father. When he collapses on the frozen pond and drowns, could it be the freedom she's never known? With barely a day of peace as a young widow, her cold-hearted stepsons throw her from their father's home. William Gibbs thinks he knows desperation. With the death of their mother, he is left to raise his four younger siblings in their one-room cabin and work their small tobacco farm. On a dark rainy night searching for his missing sister whom many consider an imbecile, Will turns to the local reverend and his wife for help. Their simple solution is to marry off the woman who has been sheltering in their church. Will agrees to take Anna as his wife. Just as the new family finds care and acceptance for one another, Anna is arrested for the murder of her first husband. Moved with his ever growing feelings for his new wife, Will vows to protect her from the ludicrous charges but he has no idea from where help will come"--Provided by publisher.

A girl's guide to the Outback

March 11, 2020
Kate, Jessica, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2020.
455 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"Samuel Payton is a passionate youth pastor in Virginia, but below the surface, he's still recovering from the blow of a failed business and insecurities he can't shake. His coworker, start-up expert Kimberly Foster, is brilliant, fearless, and capable, but years of personal rejection have left her defensive and longing for a family. Two people have never been more at odds -- or more attracted to one another. And every day at work, the sparks sure do fly. When Kimberly's ambitious plans for Sam's ministry butt up against his risk-averse nature, Sam decides that obligations to family trump his work for the church. He quits the ministry and heads home to Australia to help his sister, Jules, save her struggling farm. As Kimberly's grand plans flounder, she is forced to face the truth: that no one can replace Sam. Together they strike up a deal: if Kimberly comes to work on Jules's dairy farm and lends her business brains to their endeavor, then maybe -- just maybe -- Sam will reconsider his future with the church"--Provided by publisher.

The wonder of now

March 11, 2020
Beck, Jamie, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2020.
445 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Peyton Prescott would give anything for the carefree life she knew before breast cancer changed everything. But instead of using her second chance to move forward, she's stuck promoting the memoir her brother convinced her to write, thus reliving the very battle she wants to forget. If she hopes her European book tour will allow her to enjoy revisiting her favorite travel-writing destinations, she's wrong: her PR whiz is too consumed with his own goals to consider her needs. Mitch Mathis has relied on discipline to achieve his goals, and with his new firm's success riding on Peyton's book launch, he must keep her on task. They're here for business, not pleasure. And Mitch won't let unbridled desire harm his professional reputation-not again. When frustrated expectations and attraction throw the tour into chaos, it challenges everything Mitch and Peyton believe about themselves, life, and love, forcing these opposites to consider whether they can embrace the change they need to grow"--Provided by publisher.

An American duchess

March 11, 2020
Fyffe, Caroline, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2020.
495 pages (large print) : map ; 23 cm
"In Kent, England, the arrival of Beranger Northcott, Duke of Brightshire, causes a stir. Because with the duke comes his new American bride, who isn't quite what anyone expects. By accepting the hand of her beloved, Emma Brinkman went from hardworking Colorado rancher to duchess. Now she's expected to comport herself as nobility. Overnight. For Emma--stifled, homesick, and unable to shake the feeling she's being watched-the metamorphosis is a challenge. And if Emma's suspicions are correct, perhaps even a dangerous one. Fortunately, Emma has found a trusted friend in the orphaned Charlotte, Brightshire's scullery maid. Charlotte longs to experience-if only for a moment-the luxuries and gentry romance that come with a titled life. When one of the duke's handsome cousins takes notice of Charlotte, the castle kitchen is set abuzz with speculation. In navigating their two different stations, both servant and duchess alike will discover all they have in common-from secret fantasies to daring hearts to upending the rules of society. And that finding their places in the world-and love-is a dream that can come true-no matter the risks"--Provided by publisher.

Journey of the pharaohs :ba novel from the NUMA files

March 10, 2020
Cussler, Clive, author.
©2020
ix, 493 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
"Kurt Austin and the NUMA crew race to identify a link between an ancient Egyptian treasure, a 1927 daredevil aviator's disappearance and the sinking of a modern fishing trawler to prevent a scheme by a cutthroat arms dealer."-- Provided by publisher.

The numbers game : a novel

March 10, 2020
Steel, Danielle, author.
©2020
337 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
"Eileen Jackson was happy to set aside her own dreams to raise a family with her husband, Paul. Together they built an ordinary life in a Connecticut town, the perfect place for their kids to grow up. But when Eileen discovers that Paul's late nights in the city are hiding an affair with a younger woman, she begins to question all those years of sacrifice and compromise. On the brink of forty and wondering what she's going to do with the rest of her life, is it too late for her to start over? Meanwhile, as Paul is thrust back into the role of suburban fatherhood, his girlfriend, Olivia, is in Manhattan, struggling to find herself in the shadow of her mother, a famous actress, and her grandmother, a fiercely independent ninety-two-year-old artist. With their unique brands of advice ringing in her head, Olivia takes a major step, expanding her art gallery business internationally. Seeing her mother pursue old dreams and even find new love, Olivia realizes that there is so much she must learn about herself before committing her life to someone else. Ultimately, Eileen decides to chase her own dreams as well. She's off to Paris to attend Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. What awaits is an adventure that reinvents her life and redefines her. At every age, there are challenges to be met and new worlds to discover. In this surprising, illuminating novel, Danielle Steel gives us a warmhearted portrait of people driven by their emotions, life experiences, and loyalties, who realize that it's never too late to turn a new page and start again"-- Publisher's description.

All this could be yours

March 10, 2020
Attenberg, Jami, author.
©2019
391 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Thorndike Press Large print basic."
""If I know why they are the way they are, then maybe I can learn why I am the way I am," says Alex Tuchman of her parents. Now that her father is on his deathbed, Alex--a strong-headed lawyer, devoted mother, and loving sister--feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who Victor is and what he did over the course of his life and career. (A power-hungry real estate developer, he is, by all accounts, a bad man.) She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tightlipped mother, Barbra. As Barbra fends off Alex's unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous life with Victor. Meanwhile Gary, Alex's brother, is incommunicado, trying to get his movie career off the ground in Los Angeles. And Gary's wife, Twyla, is having a nervous breakdown, buying up all the lipstick in drug stores around New Orleans and bursting into crying fits. Dysfunction is at its peak. As each family member grapples with Victor's history, they must figure out a way to move forward--with one another, for themselves, and for the sake of their children"-- Provided by publisher.

Find me

March 10, 2020
Aciman, André, author.
©2019
347 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Thorndike Press large print basic"--T.p. verso.
"In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio's father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train with a beautiful young woman upends Sami's plans and changes his life forever. Elio soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now a New England college professor with a family, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return trip across the Atlantic. Aciman is a master of sensibility, of the intimate details and the emotional nuances that are the substance of passion. Find Me brings us back inside the magic circle of one of our greatest contemporary romances to ask if, in fact, true love ever dies"-- Provided by publisher.

The girl in white gloves : a novel of Grace Kelly

March 10, 2020
Maher, Kerri, author.
©2020
645 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
A life in snapshots ... A woman in living colour ... But behind the lens, beyond the panoramic views of glistening Mediterranean azure, she knows the truth. The sacrifices it takes for an unappreciated girl from Philadelphia to defy her family and become the reigning queen of the screen. The heartbreaking reasons she trades Hollywood for a crown. The loneliness of being a princess in a fairy tale kingdom that is all too real. Hardest of all for her adoring fans and loyal subjects to comprehend, is the harsh reality that to be the most envied woman in the world does not mean she is the happiest. Starved for affection and purpose, facing a labyrinth of romantic and social expectations with more twists and turns than Monaco's infamous winding roads, Grace must find her own way to fulfilment. But what she risks--her art, her family, her marriage - she may never get back.

In five years

March 10, 2020
Serle, Rebecca, author.
©2020
349 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Thorndike Press large print basic."
"Where do you see yourself in five years? When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this interview question, she has a meticulously crafted answer for it. Later, a newly engaged Dannie goes to sleep confident in her five-year plan. But then she wakes up in a different apartment, with a different ring, and beside a very different man. She discovers that it's 2025, five years in the future. After an intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, now back in 2020. What happened felt like much more than a dream, but she is determined to ignore the odd experience--until four-and-a-half years later, when Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision."--Provided by publisher.

Saint X

March 10, 2020
Schaitkin, Alexis, 1985- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2020.
621 pages (large print) : 22 cm.
"Hailed as a "marvel of a book" and "brilliant and unflinching," Alexis Schaitkin's stunning debut, Saint X, is a haunting portrait of grief, obsession, and the bond between two sisters never truly given the chance to know one another. Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alison's body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men - employees at the resort - are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. The story turns into national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved. For Claire and her parents, there is only the return home to broken lives. Years later, Claire is living and working in New York City when a brief but fateful encounter brings her together with Clive Richardson, one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. It is a moment that sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truth - not only to find out what happened the night of Alison's death but also to answer the elusive question: Who exactly was her sister? At seven, Claire had been barely old enough to know her: a beautiful, changeable, provocative girl of eighteen at a turbulent moment of identity formation. As Claire doggedly shadows Clive, hoping to gain his trust, waiting for the slip that will reveal the truth, an unlikely attachment develops between them, two people whose lives were forever marked by the same tragedy. For readers of Emma Cline's The Girls and Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies, Saint X is a flawlessly drawn and deeply moving story that culminates in an emotionally powerful ending. This book is part of the Thorndike Press Large Print Basic list"-- Provided by publisher.

Sisters by choice

March 10, 2020
Mallery, Susan, author.
©2020
607 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Cousins by chance, sisters by choice ... After her cat toy empire goes up in flames, Sophie Lane returns to Blackberry Island, determined to rebuild. Until small-town life reveals a big problem: she can't grow unless she learns to let go. If Sophie relaxes her grip even a little, she might lose everything. Or she might finally be free to reach for the happiness and love that have eluded her for so long. Kristine has become defined by her relationship to others. She's a wife, a mum. As much as she adores her husband and sons, she wants something for herself - a sweet little bakery just off the waterfront. She knew changing the rules wouldn't be easy, but she never imagined she might have to choose between her marriage and her dreams. Like the mainland on the horizon, Heather's goals seem beyond her grasp. Every time she manages to save for college, her mother has another crisis. Can she break free, or will she be trapped in this tiny life forever?

Apeirogon : a novel

March 9, 2020
McCann, Colum, 1965- author.
©2020
642 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of intractable conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to take to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend. Theirs is a life in which children from both sides of the wall throw stones at one another. But their worlds shift irreparably when ten-year-old old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet meant to quell unruly crowds, and again when thirteen-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn one another's stories and the loss that connects them, they become part of a much larger tale that ranges over centuries and continents. Apeirogon is a novel that balances on the knife edge of fiction and nonfiction. Bassam and Rami are real men and their actual words are a part of this narrative, one that builds through thousands of moments and images into one grand, unforgettable crescendo"-- Provided by publisher.

The authenticity project

March 6, 2020
Pooley, Clare, author.
©2020
484 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
"Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth?" This is the question that Julian Jessop, an eccentric, seventy-nine-year-old artist, poses within a pale green exercise book that he labels The Authenticity Project, before leaving it behind in Monica's Café. When Monica discovers Julian's abandoned notebook, not only does she add her own story to the book, she is determined to find a way to help Julian feel less lonely. And so it goes with the others who find the green notebook that will soon contain their deepest selves. It will also knit the group together In Real Life at Monica's Cafe, where they'll discover the thrill and sometime-risk of being completely honest--and, for some, find unexpected love."--Provided by publisher.

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