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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.


Charles Todd
Description: Caring for an unstable soldier who believes his distant cousin is responsible for his injuries, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford investigates the patient's claims, only to find herself in unexpected danger.
Call Number: FIC Tod
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Conor Brady
Description: "In Dublin, newly promoted detective inspector Joe Swallow's life looks to be taking a turn for the better. In addition to his promotion, he's settled into a comfortable arrangement with his landlady and paramour, Maria Walsh--that is, until his newfound peace is chaotically uprooted when a series of violent attacks against women lead to an outbreak of panic and fear. Swallow is drawn into the chase for a vicious serial murderer down Dublin's dark alleys, and things on the home front are about to change in an unexpected way"--From publisher description.
Call Number: FIC Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Emily Hauser
Description: Atalanta, the abandoned daughter of the king of Pagasae, disguises herself as a man to win a place on the journey to search for the Golden Fleece, but once she is discovered, she is left in the land of Colchis and forced to make a terrible choice.
Call Number: FIC Hau
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
John Lawton
Description: "It is 1958. Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard, newly promoted after good service during Nikita Khrushchev's visit to Britain, is not looking forward to a Continental trip with his older brother, Rod. Rod was too vain to celebrate being fifty so instead takes his entire family on "the Grand Tour" for his fifty-first birthday: Paris, Siena, Florence, Vienna, Amsterdam. Restaurants, galleries and concert halls. But Frederick Troy never gets to Amsterdam. After a concert in Vienna he is approached by an old friend whom he has not seen for years--Guy Burgess, a spy for the Soviets, who says something extraordinary: "I want to come home." Troy dumps the problem on MI5 who send an agent to de-brief Burgess--but the man is gunned down only yards from the embassy, and after that, the whole plan unravels with alarming speed and Troy finds himself a suspect. As he fights to prove his innocence, Troy finds that Burgess is not the only ghost who returns to haunt him."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Law
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 30, 2017
Howard Weinstein
Description: "After the Civil War, bickering brothers Jamey and Jake Galloway set out from Serenity Falls, Texas to seek their fortune at poker tables across the west. Cautious Jamey prefers being a live coward to a dead hero, but brash big brother Jake rarely backs down from a fight. Cheated out of a fortune, they return to Texas to find their hometown threatened by a land-grabbing cattle king and a shady banker. Can Jamey and Jake cook up a scheme to outfox dirty-dealing scoundrels and save Serenity Falls--without getting themselves killed?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Wei
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Susan Holloway Scott
Description: Daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schuyler was captivated by Alexander Hamilton, a charismatic, ambitious aide to George Washington. They marry and despite the tumult of the American Revolution, Eliza is confident in her brilliant husband and in her role as his helpmate. Publicly Eliza becomes an adored member of society, respected for her fierce devotion to Hamilton as well as her grace. Behind closed doors, she manages their household and assists her husband with his political writings. Through public scandal, betrayal, personal heartbreak, and tragedy, she is tested again and again.
Call Number: FIC Sco
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Ralph Peters
Description: A great war nears its end. Robert E. Lee makes a desperate, dramatic gamble. It fails. Ulysses S. Grant moves. Veteran armies clash around Petersburg, Virginia, as Grant seeks to surround Lee and Lee makes a skillful withdrawal in the night. Richmond falls. Each day brings new combat and more casualties, as Lee's exhausted, hungry troops race to preserve the Confederacy. But Grant does not intend to let Lee escape... In one of the most thrilling episodes in American history, heroes North and South, John Brown Gordon and Phillip Sheridan, James Longstreet and Francis Channing Barlow, battle each other across southern Virginia as the armies converge on a sleepy country court house. --book jacket.
Call Number: FIC Pet
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 6, 2017
Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb
Description: "August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes--as everyone does--that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris. But as history tells us, it all happened so differently. Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict--but how?--and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father's newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears--and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene? Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris--a cherished packet of letters in hand--determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Gay
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Nicola Upson
Description: Called to the peaceful wooded churchyard of St-John's-at-Hampstead, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose faces one of the most audacious and unusual murders of his career. The body of the church's organist is found in an opened grave, together with a photograph of a manor house and a cryptic note. The image leads Archie to Cambridge, where the crisp autumn air has brought bustling life to the ancient university and town. Mystery author Josephine Tey is also in Cambridge, where the change of seasons marks a series of vicious attacks against women, spreading fear and suspicion throughout the community. Soon, another body is revealed, and in the shadow of King's College Chapel, Archie uncovers a connection twenty-five years old which haunted both victims--as well as some of their living companions.
Call Number: FIC Ups
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Will Thomas
Description: "In 1890, the first Japanese diplomatic delegation arrives in London to open an embassy. Cyrus Barker, private enquiry agent and occasional agent for the Foreign Service Office, is enlisted to display his personal Japanese garden to the visiting dignitaries. Later that night, Ambassador Toda is shot and killed in his office and Cyrus Barker is discovered across the street, watching the very same office, in possession of a revolver with one spent cartridge. Arrested by the Special Branch for the crime, Barker is vigorously interrogated and finally released due to the intervention of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, and his solicitor. With the London constabulary still convinced of his guilt, Barker is hired by the new Japanese ambassador to find the real murderer."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2017
Ethan J. Wolfe
Description: "President Chester Arthur calls semi-retired Murphy back to duty when, with a pending meeting of world leaders in New York City, prostitutes are being murdered and dismembered in the streets. Arthur's special assistant William Burke travels to New York with Murphy where Murphy is given authorization to take command of the investigation. So important is the meeting with world leaders to Arthur that he calls upon the services of the Pinkerton Detective Agency to assist Murphy. Murphy finds himself saddled with a diminutive Pinkerton's Detective named Melvin Knoop. From Scotland, he's rarely left the Pinkerton's office in Chicago, but he has a keen sense for forensics work and not much else."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Wol
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Robert Olmstead
Description: "A bankrupt widow embarks on a buffalo hunt in 1873 to try to save her late husband's land, and encounters multiple dangers along the way"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Olm
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
William Westbrook
Description: "Nicholas Fallon is captain of the schooner Sea Dog, a privateer that is fast, beautiful and deadly. Unbound by Royal Navy tradition, Fallon enjoys total independence in where he goes, how he fights, and whom he takes as crew. A woman -- Beauty McFarland -- is his first lieutenant."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Wes
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Graeme Macrae Burnet
Description: Manfred Baumann is a loner. Socially awkward and perpetually ill at ease, he spends his evenings quietly drinking and surreptitiously observing Adele Bedeau, the sullen but alluring waitress at a drab bistro in the unremarkable small French town of Saint-Louis. But one day, she simply vanishes into thin air. When Georges Gorski, a detective haunted by his failure to solve one of his first murder cases, is called in to investigate the girl's disappearance, Manfred's repressed world is shaken to its core and he is forced to confront the dark secrets of his past.
Call Number: FIC Bur
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Katharine Ashe
Description: When a woman from his past arrives at his castle in the Highlands, demanding answers, Gabriel Hume, known to society as the Devil's Duke, embarks on a game of wit and desire with Lady Amarantha Vale to keep her from learning his darkest secret.
Call Number: FIC Ash
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 20, 2017
Gregory Dowling
Description: Tour guide Alvise Marangon thinks he knows Venice better than ever, but now finds himself ensnared by mysteries as obscure as the city and in many cases just as old. Certain that he is finally about to have his guide's license revoked after a tavern brawl, Alvise is instead dragooned into the service of Missier Grande, who has linked the death of one of his agents to a secret society known as the Four Horsemen. Every attempt that Missier Grande makes to investigate the matter is blocked by forces on high, and enlisting Alvise is a move of last resort--one last-ditch effort to uncover the crimes of the present in the secrets of the past before the future claims more lives. Among the dark arcades and fetid canals of 18th century Venice, Alvise is the one who finds himself led on a tour, at any turn of which could lie a fresh corpse or an ancient conspiracy.
Call Number: FIC Dow
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Dusty Richards
Description: "During the Civil War, Texas Rangers Harp and Long John O'Malley patrol a vast, unguarded range, protecting the families of soldiers off fighting at the front. At war's end, the Rangers are disbanded, and the O'Malleys sign on with a cattle drive across the most treacherous and deadly stretch of the American frontier from Texas to Sedalia"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ric
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Jeanne Kalogridis
Description: In this irresistible historical novel set in the turbulent world of the Medicis, a young woman finds herself driven from pick-pocketing to espionage when she meets a mysterious man.
Call Number: FIC Kal
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Guy Bolton
Description: Hollywood 1939. The year that The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind were made. Detective Craine has spent his life working as a studio fixer, whitewashing the misdemeanours and crimes committed by the studio players and stars. But now he's trying to turn his back on that life, following the recent death of his wife, as he's determined to be a better parent to his young son. But then Craine's services are called upon one last time. MGM need him to smooth over the press coverage of the suicide of one of their producers. And soon, what should be a straightforward case proves anything but when connections are made between it and a brutal murder across town. And that's just the start of the story.
Call Number: FIC Bol
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Bradford Morrow
Description: In the early days of the new millennium, pages of a weathered original sonata manuscript--the gift of a Czech immigrant living out her final days in Queens--come into the hands of Meta Taverner, a young musicologist whose concert piano career was cut short by an injury. To Meta's eye, it appears to be an authentic eighteenth-century work; to her discerning ear, the music rendered there is hauntingly beautiful, clearly the undiscovered composition of a master. But there is no indication of who the composer might be. The gift comes with the request that Meta attempt to find the manuscript's true owner--a Prague friend the old woman has not heard from since the Second World War forced them apart--and to make the three-part sonata whole again. Leaving New York behind for the land of Dvořák and Kafka, Meta sets out on an unforgettable search to locate the remaining movements of the sonata and uncover a story that has influenced the course of many lives--even as it becomes clear that she isn't the only one after the music's secrets.
Call Number: FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
María Dueñas
Description: Mauro Larrea, swamped by debt and uncertainty, gambles the last of his fortune in a daring play that wins him an abandoned house and a vineyard in Andalusia de Jerez in Spain. He has every intention of selling the property and returning to Mexico. Then he meets Soledad Montalvo, the widow of a London wine merchant, who bursts into his life determined to protect her family's legacy. As his feelings for Soledad ripen into a consuming passion, Mauro seeks to restore the vineyard to its former glory, propelling himself toward a future that he never could have imagined.
Call Number: FIC Due
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Anna Lee Huber
Description: Lured to Umbersea Island to attend the engagement party of one of her late husband's fellow officers, Verity mingles among the men her husband once fought beside, and discovers dark secrets--along with a murder clearly meant to conceal them. Relying on little more than a coded letter, the help of a dashing stranger, and her own sharp instincts, Verity is forced down a path she never imagined--and comes face to face with the shattering possibility that her husband may not have been the man she thought he was. It's a truth that could set her free--or draw her ever deeper into his deception.
Call Number: FIC Hub
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Bonnie MacBird
Description: London. December 1889. Fresh from debunking a "ghostly" hound in Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, only to find himself the target of a deadly vendetta. A beautiful client arrives with a tale of ghosts, kidnapping and dynamite on a whisky estate in Scotland, but brother Mycroft trumps all with an urgent assignment in the South of France. On the fabled Riviera, Holmes and Watson encounter treachery, explosions, rival French Detective Jean Vidocq and a terrible discovery. This propels the duo northward to the snowy highlands. There, in a "haunted" castle and among the copper dinosaurs of a great whisky distillery, they and their young client face mortal danger, and Holmes realizes all three cases have blended into a single, deadly conundrum. In order to solve the mystery, the ultimate rational thinker must confront a ghost from his own past.
Call Number: FIC Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2017
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A Casualty Of War
Charles Todd
FIC Tod
The Bermuda Privateer
William Westbrook
FIC Wes
A Hunt In Winter : A Joe Swallow Mystery
Conor Brady
FIC Bra
The Disappearance Of Adèle Bedeau
Graeme Macrae Burnet
FIC Bur
For The Winner : A Novel Of Jason And The Argonauts
Emily Hauser
FIC Hau
The Duke
Katharine Ashe
FIC Ash
Friends and Traitors
John Lawton
FIC Law
The Four Horsemen
Gregory Dowling
FIC Dow
Galloway's Gamble
Howard Weinstein
FIC Wei
The O'Malleys Of Texas
Dusty Richards
FIC Ric
I, Eliza Hamilton
Susan Holloway Scott
FIC Sco
The Orphan of Florence
Jeanne Kalogridis
FIC Kal
Judgement at Appomattox
Ralph Peters
FIC Pet
The Pictures
Guy Bolton
FIC Bol
Last Christmas In Paris : A Novel Of World War I
Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb
FIC Gay
The Prague Sonata : A Novel
Bradford Morrow
FIC Mor
Nine Lessons
Nicola Upson
FIC Ups
The Vineyard : A Novel
María Dueñas
FIC Due
Old Scores
Will Thomas
FIC Tho
This Side Of Murder
Anna Lee Huber
FIC Hub
One If By Land
Ethan J. Wolfe
FIC Wol
Unquiet Spirits
Bonnie MacBird
FIC Mac
Savage Country
Robert Olmstead
FIC Olm