New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

June 23, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Stanley & Hazel

June 22, 2018
Schaffer, Jo, author.
314 pages ; 22 cm
A great depression grips the city of St. Louis in 1934. Stanley, an orphaned newsie, lives in a poor part of town hit especially hard by the economic downturn. One night, Stanley runs into Hazel, a restless debutante-in-waiting who has begun to question her posh lifestyle in the midst of the suffering she sees. She’s out and about without an escort and against her father’s wishes. When they discover the body of a girl with her head bashed in by a baseball bat, the very different and separate realities of the two teens inform their decision. Together they will figure out what happened to her and bring those responsible to justice. But getting involved with each other and digging into the secrets behind this murder earns them some powerful enemies, including a secret group seeking to rid society of all they deem undesirable. They’ve put into motion “The Winnowing,” a plan seeking to take over the city and enforce their will. As Stanley and Hazel’s forbidden feelings for one another grow, their investigation turns deadly. Now, it is up to Stanley and his gang of street kids to stop Hazel from becoming the next victim.

The lost vintage : a novel

June 22, 2018
Mah, Ann, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
372 pages ; 24 cm
A woman returns to her family's ancestral vineyard in Burgundy to study for her Master of Wine test, and uncovers a lost diary, a forgotten relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since WWII"--Provided by publisher.

The tin god

June 22, 2018
Nickson, Chris, author.
218 pages ; 23 cm.
"When Superintendent Tom Harper's wife is threatened during an election campaign, the hunt for the attacker turns personal. Leeds, England. October, 1897. Superintendent Harper is proud of his wife Annabelle. She's one of seven women selected to stand for election as a Poor Law Guardian. But even as the campaign begins, Annabelle and the other female candidates start to receive anonymous letters from someone who believes a woman';s place lies firmly in the home. The threats escalate into outright violence when an explosion rips through the church hall where Annabelle is due to hold a meeting--with fatal consequences. The only piece of evidence Harper has is a scrap of paper left at the scene containing a fragment from an old folk song. But what is its significance? As polling day approaches and the attacks increase in menace and intensity, Harper knows he's in a race against time to uncover the culprit before more deaths follow. With the lives of his wife and daughter at risk, the political becomes cruelly personal..."--provided by publisher.

A daring venture

June 22, 2018
Camden, Elizabeth, 1948- author.
340 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
In early 1900s New York, biochemist Doctor Rosalind Werner works to champion a water delivery technology that will fight water-borne illnesses. The fight brings her into contact, and conflict, with newly appointed Commissioner of Water, Nicholas Drake. They wage a public battle over the water controversy-- and a private war against their own attractions. When Rosaline becomes the target of an unknown enemy, the stakes may include her life.

Tempest at dawn : a novel

June 21, 2018
Best, James D., 1945-
Tucson, AZ : Wheatmark, ©2010.
ix, 420 pages ; 25 cm
"The United States is on the brink of total collapse. The military has been reduced to near extinction, economic turmoil saps hope, and anarchy threatens as world powers hover like vultures, eager to devour the remains. In a desperate move, a few powerful men call a secret meeting to plot the overthrow of the government. Fifty-five men came to Philadelphia in May of 1787 with a congressional charter to revise the Articles of Confederation. Instead they founded the longest lasting republic in world history"--Page 4 of cover.

The unbinding of Mary Reade

June 20, 2018
McNamara, Miriam, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2018]
267 pages ; 22 cm
In 1719, seventeen-year-old Mary Reade, who has spent most of her life disguised as a boy, decides to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack.


June 20, 2018
Pheby, Alex, author.
249 pages ; 21 cm
A portrayal of one of Daniel Paul Schreber's bouts of mental illness, his frustrations, his traumatic memories, and delusions and hopes.

The high climber of Dark Water Bay

June 20, 2018
Arden, Caroline (Writer of young adult fiction), author.
219 pages ; 23 cm
Orphaned in 1929 Lizzie, twelve, is sent to a Vancouver logging camp where the camp boss, a scoundrel, gives her a perilous job while seeking ransom from her absent uncle.

The body in the ballroom

June 19, 2018
Koreto, Richard J., author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2018.
293 pages ; 24 cm.
"President Teddy Roosevelt's daring daughter, Alice, leaps into action to exonerate a friend accused of poisoning a man just about everyone hated. Alice Roosevelt, the brilliant, danger-loving daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, has already risked an assassin's bullet to solve one murder. She never expected to have to sleuth another, but she'd never pass up the opportunity, either. Anything to stave off boredom. And such an opportunity presents itself when Alice is invited to a lavish ball. The high-society guests are in high spirits as they imbibe the finest wines. But one man, detested by nearly all the partygoers, quaffs a decidedly deadlier cocktail. An African-American mechanic, who also happens to be a good friend of former Rough Rider-turned-Secret Service Agent Joseph St. Clair, is suspected of the murder-by-poison, but Alice is sure he's innocent and is back on the scene to clear his name. From downtown betting parlors to uptown mansions, Alice and Agent St. Clair uncover forbidden romances and a financial deal that just might change the world. But neither Alice nor her would-be protector may survive the case at hand in The body in the ballroom, R. J. Koreto's gripping second Alice Roosevelt mystery." -- ǂc Publishers description.

The removes

June 18, 2018
Soli, Tatjana, author.
New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
370 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Traces the intertwining stories of Civil War hero George Armstrong Custer, his frontierswoman wife Libbie, and fifteen-year-old Anne Cummins, a captive of the Cheyenne after surviving a homestead attack.

Wicked and the wallflower

June 18, 2018
MacLean, Sarah, author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers , [2018]
404 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from Brazen and the beast.
"An Avon Romance"--Back cover.
"When Wicked Comes Calling . . .When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees--on one condition. She's seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won't accept a marriage without it. The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain . . .Bastard son of a duke and king of London's dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy. For the Promise of Passion . . . But there's nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she'd rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil's carefully laid plans are in chaos and he must choose between everything he's ever wanted . . . and the only thing he's ever desired"--Provided by publisher.

Th iconoclast's journal

June 15, 2018
Griggs, Terry, author.
Windsor, Ontario : BiblioOasis, [2018]
271 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published as Rogue's Wedding by Random House, 2002.
"Interrupted during his preparations for the conjugal duties of his wedding night by a mysterious glowing ball of light, Griffith Smolders jumps out the window and flees across the countryside of Victorian Ontario in 1898. With his bride hot on his heels, Grif's madcap adventures come to an end when Avice, intent on exacting her revenge, finally runs him aground."-- Provided by publisher.

A rebel heart

June 15, 2018
White, Beth, 1957- author.
376 pages ; 22 cm.
"Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family's Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land -- until a hotel management agent for the railroad offers her hope for the future. If she'll turn her home into a hotel, Levi Riggins says, he can all but guarantee it will be saved. Selah isn't sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee. Yet what other options does she have? She'll have to stay on her guard... but she never expected to guard her heart"--Back cover.

Tell me no lies

June 15, 2018
Griffin, Adele, author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin, 2018.
344 pages ; 22 cm
In 1980s Philadelphia, Lizzy, a studious high school senior, befriends a new girl in her class and is introduced to a life of clubs, street life and art scene, and a new life filled with doubts and deceptions.

The madonna of the mountains : a novel

June 14, 2018
Valmorbida, Elise, author.
347 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"The Madonna of the Mountains is set in Italy during the 1920s to the 1950s, and follows its heroine, Maria Vittoria, from her girlhood through her marriage and motherhood, through the National Fascist Party Rule and ending with her decision to emigrate with her family to Australia. The novel takes us into the mind and heart of one woman who must hold her family together with resilience, love, and faith, in a world where the rules are constantly changing"--Provided by publisher.

The Verdun affair : a novel

June 14, 2018
Dybek, Nick, author.
294 pages ; 24 cm
"A sweeping, romantic, and profoundly moving novel, set in Europe in the aftermath of World War I and Los Angeles in the 1950s, about a lonely young man, a beautiful widow, and the amnesiac soldier whose puzzling case binds them together even as it tears them apart."--Provided by publisher.

The button war : a tale of the Great War

June 13, 2018
Avi, 1937-
Somerville, Massachusetts. Candlewick Press, 2018.
229 pages ; 21 cm
Patryk and Jurek are as much friends as rivals in the small Russian-occupied Polish village where they live. When, in August 1914, Patryk finds an old button on the forest floor, Jurek becomes wildly jealous. Not long after, World War I comes to Poland, bringing one invading army after another to the village. Jurek devises an exciting dare among the seven boys in their pack: whoever steals the best military button will be Button King. The boys agree. The contest is on. The competition escalates from stealing uniform buttons on a wash line to looting the bodies of dead soldiers to setting up an ambush. Leading the charge is Jurek, who will do anything to be Button King. It's only Patryk who tries to stop Jurek's increasingly dangerous game before it leads to deadly consequences.

The traitor's niche : a novel

June 13, 2018
Kadare, Ismail, author.
Berkely, CA : Counterpoint Press, 2018.
200 pages ; 22 cm
"First published with the title Kamarja e Turpit in 1978 by Naim Frashri Publishing House, Tirana" -- ECIP galley.
"At the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in the main square of Constantinople, a niche is carved into ancient stone. Here, the sultan displays the severed heads of his adversaries. People flock to see the latest head and gossip about the state of the empire: the province of Albania is demanding independence again, and the niche awaits a new trophy... Tundj Hata, the imperial courier, is charged with transporting heads to the capital--a task he relishes and performs with fervor. As he travels through obscure and impoverished territories, he makes money from illicit side-shows, offering villagers the spectacle of death. The head of the rebellious Albanian governor would fetch a very high price indeed. The Traitor's Niche is a surreal tale of tyranny and rebellion, in a land where armies carry scarecrows, state officials ban entire languages, and the act of forgetting is more complicated than remembering." -- Provided by publisher.

Finding Ariadne

June 13, 2018
Marcotte, Doris Kenney, author.
356 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Return to Kaphtor, to a time when women rule and men obey. In 1465 BC, the island of Crete is Kaphtor, and the people we call Minoans are the Kephti. Ariadne, heir to the Kephti throne, vows to save the lives of Athenian Prince Theseus and thirteen innocent children who have been sent to Kaphtor as human sacrifices to the new Kephti Gods. To save Theseus and the children, Ariadne must find a way to stop violence without using violence or they will die" --Back cover.

The bird and the blade

June 12, 2018
Bannen, Megan, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
ix, 416 pages : map ; 22 cm
As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom. She becomes an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father from their enemies across the vast Mongol Empire. Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks' exile to return home. Her feelings evolve into a hopeless love, as Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. All suitors must solve three impossible riddles to win her hand-- and if they fail, they die. -- adapted from jacket

The lost family : a novel

June 12, 2018
Blum, Jenna, author.
417 pages ; 24 cm
In 1960s Manhattan, patrons flock to Masha's for the delicious food, impeccable service, and dashing owner and chef, Peter Rashkin. Peter suffers from the terrible guilt of surviving Auschwitz while his wife, Masha--the restaurant's namesake--and two young daughters perished. Although he is considered the most eligible bachelor in town, Peter has resigned himself to a solitary life. Then he falls passionately in love with beautiful young model June Bouquet, and hopes to finally let go of the past. But over the next twenty years, the indelible sadness of his memories overshadow Peter, June, and their daughter Elsbeth, transforming them in shocking, heartbreaking, and unexpected ways.

Small country : a novel

June 8, 2018
Faye, Gaël, 1982- author.
London ; New York : Hogarth, [2018]
183 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published in France as Petit Pays by Éditions Grasset in 2016.
In Burundi in 1992, ten-year-old Gabriel enjoys carefree days with his friends, but his idyllic existence and his innocence come to a brutal end when Burundi and neighboring Rwanda are hit by civil war and genocide.

It's all about the duke

June 8, 2018
Grey, Amelia, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2018.
344 pages ; 17 cm.
Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal--but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he's not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise... Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked duke who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly feminine desires. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?

The sleeping witness : a Father Gabriel mystery

June 8, 2018
De Maria, Fiorella Sultana, author.
San Francisco, CA : Ignatius Press, [2017]
172 pages ; 21 cm
"In this unusual murder mystery, the tranquility of Saint Mary's Abbey is shattered by the discovery of a gruesome crime in a cottage on the abbey grounds. A foreign artist and war hero seeking refuge from the world has been murdered. Marie Paige, the frail, sickly wife of the village doctor, lies beside him beaten into a coma. The police arrest Marie's husband, convinced that they are looking at a crime of passion. But Dr. Paige finds himself with an unlikely champion: Fr. Gabriel, a blundering but brilliant Benedictine priest who believes in his innocence and feels compelled to search for the truth. In a country struggling to come to terms with the devastation of the Second World War, even a secluded English village has its share of secrets and broken lives. It is not long before Fr. Gabriel and his companions find themselves embarking on a dangerous journey into the victims' troubled war histories and a chapter of Europe's bloodiest conflict that is almost too terrible to be acknowledged"--Cover, page 4.

Mystery loves company : another John Pickett mystery

June 8, 2018
South, Sheri Cobb, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Sonatina Press, [2017]
297 pages ; 22 cm.
"Returning to London after his honeymoon (For Deader or Worse), Bow Street Runner John Pickett soon discovers wedded bliss is not without its pitfalls, as he finds it galling to be financially dependent on Julia, his aristocratic bride. When he is summoned to the home of Lady Washbourn, Pickett finds he has something in common with the young countess: like himself, Lady Washbourn has married above her station, and now finds herself adrift in a world to which she does not truly belong. After a series of unsettling incidents--dismissed as accidents by Lord Washbourn and his mother, the dowager countess--Lady Washbourn fears her husband is trying to kill her. The couple will be hosting a masquerade ball, and the countess fears the anonymity of masks and costumes may afford Lord Washbourn an opportunity to make another, bolder attempt on her life. Tricked out in fancy dress for the occasion, Pickett feels more than a little foolish, but when one of the housemaids dies shortly after stealing a sip of Lady Washbourn's ratafia, he realizes her ladyship's fears were not unfounded. Then the coroner's jury returns a verdict of death by natural causes, and Lord Washbourn makes it clear that he considers the matter settled. Pickett stakes his professional reputation on proving the maid was murdered with a poison intended for her mistress. And with a reward of fifty pounds sterling riding on his successful resolution of the case, the marriage Pickett saves just might be his own"--From back cover.

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