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.


Christy Carlyle
Description: Nicholas Lyon gambled his way into a fortune and ownership of the most opulent, notorious gentlemen's club in England. But when Nick's cruel brother dies, he inherits a title he never wanted. The sooner Nick is rid of the estate that has always haunted him, the sooner he can return to the life he's built in London. But there's one obstacle--the exquisite Thomasina Thorne.
Call Number: FIC Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Carrie Callaghan
Description: In Holland 1633, a woman's ambition has no place. Judith is a painter, dodging the law and whispers of murder to try to become the first woman admitted to the Haarlem painters guild. Maria is a Catholic in a country where the faith is banned, hoping to absolve her sins by recovering a lost saint's relic. Both women's destinies will be shaped by their ambitions, running counter to the city's most powerful men, whose own plans spell disaster. A vivid portrait of a remarkable artist, A Light of Her Own is a richly-woven story of grit against the backdrop of Rembrandt and an uncompromising religion.
Call Number: FIC Cal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Candace M. Robb
Description: Amid the unrest following a failed revolt against Henry IV, Kate Clifford must defend her friend Berend from a murder charge -- adapted from cover description.
Call Number: FIC Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Anuradha Roy
Description: "In my childhood, I was known as the boy whose mother had run off with an Englishman. The man was in fact German, but in small-town India in those days, all white foreigners were largely thought of as British. So begins the story of Myshkin and his mother, Gayatri, a rebellious, alluring artist who abandons parenthood and marriage to follow her primal desire for freedom. Though freedom may be stirring in the air of India, across the world the Nazis have risen to power in Germany. At this point of crisis, a German artist from Gayatri's past seeks her out. His arrival ignites passions she has long been forced to suppress. What follows is her life as pieced together by her son, a journey that takes him through India and Dutch-held Bali. Excavating the roots of the world in which he was abandoned, he comes to understand his long-lost mother, and the connections between strife at home and a war-torn universe overtaken by patriotism."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Roy
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 17, 2018
Catherine Lloyd
Description: On a visit to Bath, Major Sir Robert Kurland and Lady Lucy Kurland discover that the English spa town is not beneficial to everyone's health when an elderly businessman befriended by Robert is found drowned in the baths.
Call Number: FIC Lly
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Sherry Jones
Description: "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."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Jon
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Jane Adams
Description: "December, 1928. When two bodies are found washed up in the Kentish marshes, it doesn't take long for DCI Henry Johnstone and DS Mickey Hitchens to identify at least one of them. Billy Crane was a known associate of Josiah Bailey, one of the East End's most notorious gangsters. But what were the victims doing in this remote and desolate spot? Is it a set-up? A revenge attack? Or could this be the start of a vicious turf war? If so, who would be brave enough to challenge Josiah Bailey, whose tentacles have a disturbingly long reach? With witnesses too frightened to talk, the two London detectives must dig deep into the past if they are to make headway in the investigation and stop the escalating violence"--Publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Ada
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Cora Harrison
Description: "Despite its regal name, the Queen's Old Castle is nothing but a low-grade department store, housed within the decrepit walls of what was once a medieval castle, built at the harbour entrance to Cork city. On her first visit for fifty years, the Reverend Mother is struck by how little has changed--apart, that is, from the strange smell of gas ... But when the store's owner staggers from his office and topples over the railings to his death, Mother Aquinas is once again drawn into a baffling murder investigation where suspects are all too plentiful. An unpopular man, Joseph Fitzwilliam had been disliked and feared by all who worked for him. And when the contents of his will are revealed, suspicion widens to include his own family"--Publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Louis L'Amour, Beau L'Amour
Description: "Fate is a ship. As the shadows of World War II gather, the SS Lichenfield is westbound across the Pacific carrying eighty thousand barrels of highly explosive naphtha. The cargo alone makes the journey perilous, with the entire crew aware that one careless moment could lead to disaster. But yet another sort of peril haunts the Lichenfield. Even beyond their day-to-day coexistence, the lives of the crew are mysteriously intertwined. Though each has his own history, dreams and jealousies, longing and rage, all are connected by a deadly web of chance and circumstance. Some are desperately fleeing the past; others chase an unknown destiny. A few are driven by the desire for adventure, while their shipmates cling to the Lichenfield as their only true home. In their hearts, these men, as well as the women and children they have left behind, carry the seeds of salvation or destruction. And all of them--kind or cruel, strong or broken--are bound to the fate of the vessel that carries them toward an ever-darkening horizon."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC LAm
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 31, 2018
Katrina Marie Carrasco
Description: "A period novel about a female detective who goes undercover (occasionally as a man), to infiltrate a smuggling ring, and navigates shifting allegiances once on the inside" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
E. S. Thomson
Description: Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain identify a link between a suicide and a prostitute's drowning death in a floating hospital that has dark ties to a private anatomy school and the opium dens of the waterfront.
Call Number: FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Ramin Ganeshram
Description: Philadelphia 1793. Hercules, President George Washington's chef, is a fixture on the Philadelphia scene. He is famous for both his culinary prowess and for ruling his kitchen like a commanding general. He has his run of the city and earns twice the salary of an average American workingman. He wears beautiful clothes and attends the theater. But while valued by the Washingtons for his prowess in the kitchen and rewarded far over and above even white servants, Hercules is enslaved in a city where most black Americans are free. Even while he masterfully manages his kitchen and the lives of those in and around it, Hercules harbors secrets-- including the fact that he is learning to read and that he is involved in a dangerous affair with Thelma, a mixed-race woman, who, passing as white, works as a companion to the daughter of one of Philadelphia's most prestigious families.Eventually Hercules' carefully crafted intrigues fall apart and he finds himself trapped by his circumstance and the will of George Washington.
Call Number: FIC Gan
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Amy Jarecki
Description: Famed for his fierceness, Laird Robert Grant is above all a loyal Highland clan chief. But when redcoats capture his rival's daughter, he sets aside their feud and races to her rescue. Aye, Janet Cameron is beautiful, cunning, and so very tempting, but a Cameron lass is the last woman he should ever desire. Janet refuses to meekly surrender, not even when surrounded by foes. She takes every chance to escape, first from the English soldiers and then from the wickedly handsome Robert. Yet with each day they spend together, his unexpected gallantry chips away her reserve little by little. As danger and treachery loom, can she trust him enough to choose love over vengeance?
Call Number: FIC Jar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 11, 2019
Eugenia Kim
Description: "From the author of The Calligrapher's Daughter comes the story of two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea, and the family that bound them together even as the Korean War kept them apart"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kim
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Lyndsay Faye
Description: "The year is 1921, and "Nobody" Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. Desperate to get as far away as possible from New York City and those who want her dead, she has her sights set on Oregon: a distant frontier that seems the end of the line."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Fay
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Ambrose Parry
Description: "Young women are being discovered dead across the Old Town, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. In the New Town, medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Simpson's patients range from the richest to the poorest of this divided city. His house is like no other, full of visiting luminaries and daring experiments in the new medical frontier of anaesthesia. It is here that Raven meets housemaid Sarah Fisher, who recognises trouble when she sees it and takes an immediate dislike to him. She has all of his intelligence but none of his privileges, in particular his medical education. With each having their own motive to look deeper into these deaths, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh's underworld, where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to make it out alive."--Amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Par
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 31, 2018
Samantha Harvey
Description: It's 1491. In the small village of Oakham, its wealthiest and most industrious resident, Tom Newman, is swept away by the river during the early hours of Shrove Saturday. Was it murder, suicide, or an accident? Narrated from the perspective of local priest John Reve--patient shepherd to his wayward flock--a shadowy portrait of the community comes to light through its residents' tortured revelations. As some of their darkest secrets are revealed, the intrigue of the unexplained death ripples through the congregation. But will Reve, a man with secrets of his own, discover what happened to Newman? And what will happen if he can't?
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Jess Montgomery
Description: When Lily Ross learns that her husband, Daniel Ross, the town's widely respected sheriff, is killed while transporting a prisoner, she is devastated and vows to avenge his death. Hours after his funeral, a stranger appears at her door. Marvena Whitcomb, a coal miner's widow, is unaware that Daniel has died, and begs to speak with him about her missing daughter. From miles away but worlds apart, Lily and Marvena's lives collide as they realize that Daniel was not the man that either of them believed him to be--and that his murder is far more complex than either of them could have imagined. Inspired by the true story of Ohio's first female sheriff, this is a powerful debut about two women's search for justice as they take on the corruption at the heart of their community.
Call Number: FIC Mon
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2019
Andrew Gaddes
Description: "England, 1324--a land rife with superstition and gripped by fear of the Church's holy wrath. When a beggar is murdered in the quiet village of Bottesford, his body draped across the altar of St. Mary's church in a perverse pose of pagan sacrifice, the Pope's Inquisitor General places the small hamlet in his sights. Anxious to stave off the Inquisition, the Bishop of Lincoln dispatches Thomas Lester, son of a disgraced Templar Knight, to investigate--but the Archbishop's fanatical emissary has already arrived to conduct his own inquiry. Thomas's investigation uncovers a viper's nest of perfidious players: the secretive wife of the local lord, a notorious Irishwoman accused of witchcraft, and a depraved assassin who has left a trail of murder and blackmail in his wake. As this sordid drama unfolds, Thomas finds himself falling in love with a woman whose beauty is matched only by her defiance of the Church's fearsome power. Is the killer poised to strike again? Will the Inquisition bring its hammer down on the hapless hamlet? And could there be a real witch hiding in plain sight? The race is on to conjure the truth"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Gad
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Loren D. Estleman
Description: "In the spring of 1896, after thirty years spent dispensing justice in Montana, Judge Harlan Blackthorne expires, leaving Deputy U.S. Marshal Page Murdock, his most steadfast officer, to escort his remains across the continent by rail. The long journey is interrupted from time to time by station stops for the public to pay its respects, and for various marching bands to serenade the departed with his favorite ballad, "After the Ball." This gives Murdock plenty of opportunity to reflect upon the years of triumphs and tragedies he's seen firsthand, always in the interest of bringing justice to a wilderness that he, his fellow deputies, and the judge played so important a role in its settlement. As the funeral train chugs through prairie, over mountains, and across rivers once ruled by buffalo herds, Indian nations, trappers, cowboys, U.S. Cavalry, entrepreneurs, and outlaws representing every level of heroism, sacrifice, ambition, and vice." -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Est
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
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A Duke Changes Everything
Christy Carlyle
FIC Car
The Blood
E. S. Thomson
FIC Tho
A Light Of Her Own
Carrie Callaghan
FIC Cal
The General's Cook: A Novel
Ramin Ganeshram
FIC Gan
A Murdered Peace
Candace M. Robb
FIC Rob
The Highland Renegade
Amy Jarecki
FIC Jar
All The Lives We Never Lived
Anuradha Roy
FIC Roy
The Kinship Of Secrets: A Novel
Eugenia Kim
FIC Kim
Death Comes To Bath
Catherine Lloyd
FIC Lly
The Paragon Hotel
Lyndsay Faye
FIC Fay
Josephine Baker's Last Dance: A Novel
Sherry Jones
FIC Jon
The Way Of All Flesh
Ambrose Parry
FIC Par
Kith And Kin
Jane Adams
FIC Ada
The Western Wind
Samantha Harvey
FIC Har
Murder At The Queen's Old Castle
Cora Harrison
FIC Har
The Widows
Jess Montgomery
FIC Mon
No Traveller Returns: A Novel
Louis L'Amour, Beau L'Amour
FIC LAm
Those Who Go By Night: A Novel
Andrew Gaddes
FIC Gad
The Best Bad Things
Katrina Marie Carrasco
FIC Car
Wild Justice
Loren D. Estleman
FIC Est