Time Was... New Historical Fiction

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We can't give you a time machine, but we can give you the next best thing - historical fiction. Explore the world's vast history with these gripping reads.


Mariah Fredericks
Description: New York City, 1910. Invisible until she's needed, Jane Prescott has perfected the art of serving as a ladies' maid to the city's upper echelons. When she takes up a position with the Benchley family, dismissed by the city's elite as "new money", Jane realizes that while she may not have financial privilege, she has a power they do not - she understands the rules of high society. The Benchleys cause further outrage when their daughter Charlotte becomes engaged to notorious playboy Norrie, the son of the eminent Newsome family. But when Norrie is found murdered at a party, Jane discovers she is uniquely positioned - she's a woman no one sees, but who witnesses everything; who possesses no social power, but that of fierce intellect - and therefore has the tools to solve his murder.
Call Number: FIC Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2018
Andrew Wilson
Description: "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."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2018
Cora Harrison
Description: "On opening an evil-smelling trunk labelled `old books', the Reverend Mother is horrified to discover the dead body of one of Cork's richest merchants. Many had reason to loathe the hides and skins merchant, but when suspicion falls on a former lay sister from her convent, the Reverend Mother decides to help find the real killer."--Publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
Kirstin Chen
Description: 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.
Call Number: FIC Che
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
Tessa Arlen
Description: "In 1916, the world is at war and the energetic Lady Montfort has persuaded her husband to offer his family's dower house to the War Office as an auxiliary hospital for officers recovering from shell-shock. Despite the hospital's success, the farming community of Haversham does not approve of a country-house hospital for men they consider to be cowards. When Captain Sir Evelyn Bray, one of the patients, is found lying face down in the vegetable garden with his head bashed in, both Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson have every reason to fear that the War Office will close their hospital."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Arl
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
John Copenhaver
Description: In the summer of 1945, Ceola Bliss is a lonely twelve-year-old tomboy, mourning the loss of her brother, Robbie, who was declared missing in the Pacific. She tries to piece together his life by rereading his favorite pulp detective story "A Date with Death" and spending time with his best friend, Jay Greenwood, in Royal Oak, VA. One unforgettable August day, Jay leads Ceola and Bunny to a stretch of woods where he found a dead woman, but when they arrive, the body is gone. They soon discover a local woman named Lily Vellum is missing and begin to piece together the threads of her murder, starting with the photograph Jay took of her abandoned body. As Ceola gets swept up playing girl detective, Bunny becomes increasingly skeptical of Jay, and begins her own investigation into the connection between Jay and Lily. She discovers a series of clues that place doubt on Jay's story about the photograph. She journeys to Washington, D.C., where she is forced to confront the brutal truth about her dear friend--a discovery that triggers a series of events that will bring tragedy to Jay and decades of estrangement between her and Ceola.
Call Number: FIC Cop
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2018
Candace Simar
Description: "Mama and little Elsa are kidnapped by Indians. As his father lies dying, fourteen-year-old Ryker Landstad promises to take the nine-year-old twins to safety and rescue Mama and Elsa. It takes all Ryker's gumption, to reach the fort, only to discover that Fort Abercrombie is besieged by 500 warriors"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Sim
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
W. Michael Farmer
Description: "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.
Call Number: FIC Far
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
Anne Gracie
Description: Shy young heiress, Lady Lily Rutherford, is in no hurry to marry. She dreams of true love and a real courtship. But when disaster strikes, she finds herself facing a scandal-forced marriage to her rescuer, Edward Galbraith, a well known rake.
Call Number: FIC Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 13, 2018
Andrea Penrose
Description: "When Lord Wrexford discovers the body of a gifted inventor in a dark London alley, he promptly alerts the watchman and lets the authorities handle the matter. But Wrexford soon finds himself drawn into the murder investigation when the inventor's widow begs for his assistance, claiming the crime was not a random robbery. It seems her husband's designs for a revolutionary steam-powered engine went missing the night of his death. The plans could be worth a fortune ... and very dangerous in the wrong hands"--back cover.
Call Number: FIC Pen
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
Shana Galen
Description: "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 on a merry dance."--Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Gal
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 13, 2018
Mary Monroe
Description: A solid marriage, a thriving business, and the esteem of their close-knit Alabama community - Joyce and Odell Watson have every reason to count their blessings. Their marriage has given well-off Joyce a chance at the family she's always wanted - and granted Odell a once-in-a-lifetime shot to escape grinding poverty. But all that respectability and status comes at a cost. Just once, Joyce and Odell want to break loose and taste life's wild side, without consequences.
Call Number: FIC Mon
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
Minrose Gwin
Description: A devastating tornado rips through the town of Tupelo, Mississippi, at the height of the Great Depression. Dovey, a black laundress, searches for her family. At the McNabb house she find the daughter of the house, Jo, who suffered a head wound. When a baby is found in the wreckage is it Jo's baby brother, Tommy, or Dovey's light-skinned great-grandson, Promise? The two women-- one black, one white; one a great-grandmother, the other a teenager-- are fighting for their families' survival in the aftermath of the tornado.
Call Number: FIC Gwi
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
Nancy Herriman
Description: Living amid the cultural flowering, religious strife, and political storms of Tudor England, Bess Ellyott is an herbalist, a widow, and a hunted woman. She fled London after her husband was brutally murdered, but the bucolic town in the countryside where she lands will offer her no solace. She still doesn't know who killed her husband, but she knows one thing: The murderer is still out there. This becomes all too clear when Bess's brother-in-law, a prosperous merchant, is himself found dead--dangling from a tree, an apparent suicide. But Bess doesn't believe that for a moment, and nor do her neighbors. Competition is cutthroat in the 17th century, and word around the town holds that the dead man is a victim of rival merchants scheming to corner the wool market. Bess, though, is convinced the killer is out to destroy her family. Town constable Christopher Harwoode will cross members of his own family to help Bess find the killer--whose next target may very well be Queen Elizabeth I--in this unshakably gripping, devilishly unpredictable series debut.
Call Number: FIC Her
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
Dusty Richards
Description: "In the brutal, unforgiving wastes of the Arizona desert, Chet Byrnes built a cattle ranching empire with his bare hands, steel will, and a fast draw. As the U.S. marshal, he risks his life to bring law to a lawless land. When a new railroad route is planned to pass through Navajo territory, Chet fights to get the Indians a contract to supply the locomotives with coal. But the corrupt politicians in Tucson and D.C. have other ideas. The coal contract means millions, and the ruthless Tucson Ring will do anything to get it--even if it means killing a U.S. marshal. Battling bandits, the railroad, and a corrupt gang of millionaires, Chet won't back down until the desert is painted red with blood." -- back cover.
Call Number: FIC Ric
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
Jane Harris
Description: Set in 1765 on the Caribbean islands of Grenada and Martinique, Sugar Money opens as two enslaved brothers - Emile and Lucien - are sent on an impossible mission forced upon them by their masters, a band of mendicant French monks.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
James Carroll
Description: A priest and a Holocaust survivor find their perspectives and senses of identity reshaped by their shared investigation into the classic romance between discredited religious scholar Peter Abelard and his intellectual paramour, Héloïse.
Call Number: FIC Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
Michael David Lukas
Description: "Joseph, a literature student at Berkeley, is the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. One day, a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, pulling him into a mesmerizing adventure to uncover the tangled history that binds the two sides of his family"--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Luk
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
Anthony Grooms
Description: 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.
Call Number: FIC Gro
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
John Gray
Description: "Vancouver is in an uproar over the death by gunshot of a Scottish nanny, Janet Stewart. An almost deliberately ham-handed police investigation has Constable Hook suspecting a cover-up. The powerful United Council of Scottish Societies is demanding an inquiry. The killing has become a political issue with an election not far away. The city is buzzing with rumours. Miss Stewart's fellow nannies have accused the Chinese houseboy of murder, capitalizing on a wave of anti-Chinese propaganda led by the Asian Exclusion League and enthusiastically supported by the sensational press--not to mention the Ku Klux Klan, which has taken up residence in upperclass Shaughnessy."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
W. Michael Gear
Description: The American Civil War tore at the very roots of our nation and destroyed most of a generation. To truly understand the madness and despair of such a horrendous conflict one needs to pick a moment. Or see that war through one family's eyes. In rural Arkansas, such was the Hancocks. Devastated by a cruel war, they faced down their personal hells and in spite of it all survived. Their survival is a testament to the power of love and the American spirit. This is their story. And ours.
Call Number: FIC Gea
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
Kelly O'Connor McNees
Description: 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.
Call Number: FIC McN
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
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A Death of No Importance
Mariah Fredericks
FIC Fre
One House Over
Mary Monroe
FIC Mon
A Different Kind of Evil
Andrew Wilson
FIC Wil
Promise
Minrose Gwin
FIC Gwi
A Gruesome Discovery
Cora Harrison
FIC Har
Searcher of the Dead
Nancy Herriman
FIC Her
Bury What We Cannot Take: A Novel
Kirstin Chen
FIC Che
Sharpshooter
Dusty Richards
FIC Ric
Death of an Unsung Hero
Tessa Arlen
FIC Arl
Sugar Money
Jane Harris
FIC Har
Dodging and Burning : A Mystery
John Copenhaver
FIC Cop
The Cloister: A Novel
James Carroll
FIC Car
Escape To Fort Abercrombie
Candace Simar
FIC Sim
The Last Watchman of Old Cairo: A Novel
Michael David Lukas
FIC Luk
Knights Odyssey
W. Michael Farmer
FIC Far
The Vain Conversation: A Novel
Anthony Grooms
FIC Gro
Marry In Scandal
Anne Gracie
FIC Gra
The White Angel: A Mystery
John Gray
FIC Gra
Murder at Half Moon Gate
Andrea Penrose
FIC Pen
This Scorched Earth
W. Michael Gear
FIC Gea
No Earls Allowed
Shana Galen
FIC Gal
Undiscovered Country
Kelly O'Connor McNees
FIC McN