From acclaimed author Steve Robinson comes a bold new Jefferson Tayte mystery.
On a foggy night in 1914, the ocean liner Empress of Ireland sank en route to England and now lies at the bottom of Canada’s St Lawrence River. The disaster saw a loss of life comparable to the Titanic and the Lusitania, and yet her tragedy has been forgotten.
When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is shown a locket belonging to one of the Empress' victims, a British admiral’s daughter named Alice Stilwell, he must travel to England to understand the course of events that led to her death.
Tayte is expert in tracking killers across centuries. In The Lost Empress, his unique talents draw him to one of the greatest tragedies in maritime history as he unravels the truth behind Alice’s death amidst a backdrop of pre-WWI espionage.
This is the fourth book in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.
©2014 Steve Robinson (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Another great addition to the series. The stories keep getting better and the main character, JT, is someone you can relate to - no superhero here just a guy doing his job. Narration is excellent. Cannot wait for the next installment.
I can see why people like this series. It's an interesting way to weave historical events into a novel. Shamefully, I hadn't heard of the Empress of Ireland shipwreck, so I appreciated learning something new. Because he's so excellent at everything else, I'll forgive Mr. Prebble 's awful American accent. Overal, not a bad read.
"Alice Stilwell Vindicated"
Another great genealogy mystery solved by Jefferson Tayte. An American Woman hires him to find out if her grandmother, Alice Dixon, is any relation to Alice Stilwell. His client has a locket belonging to her grandmother but the name on the locked is Alice Stilwell not Dixon. So, Tayte travels to London to investigate. He attempts to visit the Metcalf home since that was Alice Stilwell's maiden name, but he is turned away at the gate by a rude and boisterous grandson of the current resident, Sir Reginald. According to the family stories, Alice Stilwell ran off and left her two young children to be raised by her parents. She was believed to be a spy for Germany and as such, the family wanted nothing to do with her. But, Tayte was not to be deterred. He went to the next person on his list, Leonard Scanlon, only to find that Scanlon was murdered two weeks earlier. While driving to visit Scanlon, Tayte is run off the road and winds up working with a Detective who is trying to solve the murder. The book goes back and forth between today and the 1914 world leading up to WW I. There is intrigue within Alice's parents house. Alice's husband Henry is kidnapped and she is forced to spy to protect his life and her children's lives. She runs away and sails to Canada in an attempt to save her husband only to find an even bigger surprise. It is a good story and Tayte is his usual self, picture Colombo in a tan suit instead of a coat. As in usual Tayte style, he solves the mystery and continues to seek his roots. This is a great series. Simon Vance narrates and he is the voice of Tayte. The audible version puts life to the words.
"Loved the story. The best of his books so far."
The most memorable moments were the events that transpired on the drive to Liverpool. Excellent!
Really enjoy this series. Hope there are more soon. Tayte is an interesting character. Just enough idiosycras to give him his own personality
You think you have it figured out, but you don't! This book has a little bit of everything, mystery, suspense, action. great for men or women.
"Very interesting book"
This book kept me interested all the way through. Even had a few surprises for me that I didn't see coming.
Simon Vance did an excellent job of narrating. He made each character sound different as they were conversing.
"I knew who not to trust but just not sure why"
I had a feeling I knew, but still wasn't sure through the whole movie.
I listened to it in one drive and I am afraid to start another because I dont' have enough drive to finish it.
"A superb mystery!"
I have had great fun with the previous books in this series, and this one is my favorite so far. I had not heard of the Empress of Ireland, and after doing a little research I now know some of that story. Being a Titanic enthusiast I was surprised to learn of the Empress's fate, and more than surprised of how it seems to be almost lost to history, at least in comparison to the story of Titanic. Well done Mr. Robinson! Simon Vance's narration is excellent, as always!!! Highly recommend!
"successful fourth book"
Most of the time when reading a series of books, the further I go in the series, the more ir feels as if the author is following an outline from the first successful story, merely changing a few bits to make it seem new. Not so in the Jefferson Tayte stories. These simply get better and better, more complex, more interesting.
Of course, it is possible that the movie, Titanic, added depth to the images of a sinking ocean liner in freezing water, but I believe Mr. Robinson added the emotional investment in the lives of the characters both contemporary and one hundred years ago.
These stories serve to remind us that mystery, intrigue and secrets exist with every generation. I truly enjoy the fluidity of the writing, the depth of the narration, the detail of the research needed to make the story come to life.
"All his books are excellent"
When we first chose to listen to the first book, we quickly decided we wanted to listen to all four of them. The narration was very impressive. The characters in all of the books were well formed and J. T. is so very likable. We are looking forward to BOOK FIVE !
Loved the story and a great follow on from the other titles. The fact that the stories are based around real historical events adds to the enjoyment. More please
"Another good Jefferson Tayte tale"
Really enjoyed this book a good continuation from the previous books in the series. Looking forward to the next.
What an utterly brilliant book!!!
This would make a fabulous film!!!
Full of mystery and intrigue, paths turning in every direction, leaving you utterly gob smacked.........
Excellent twist and turns author keeps you engaged engrossingy tantalizing very good twist at the end
everything about this was just sheer pleasure to listen to, looking forward to the next one
this is the first time I have listened to a Steve Robinson audio having READ his previous books. Nothing is lost in the spoken word, and I would recommend that you download the first of the series. The books do stand alone but the main character develops as the series goes along. First class writing!
Superb narration by Simon Vance. a great story well read. highly recommended. Hope there's more.
"Past and present collide"
Yet another cracking story. This series was a random pick for my kindle so I could listen whilst walking. Recommend to all.
"Another great adventure"
great story as always. lots of very interesting genealogical information interwoven with a fascinating story. love Jefferson Tayte and can't wait for the next installment.
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