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.
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
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.........
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!
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.
"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 !
"Good Listen - procedural pothole"
I really enjoy a good tale and genealogy. This is both but with a single pothole. At one point our protagonist is outlining the logical search procedure and uses the US 1890 census. The area in question does not exist as 99% of that year was destroyed.
Generaly using family history plotlines can be deadly but Steve Robinson weaves a spelbinding story sucking the reader deeper with his dual plot.
Simon Vance's reading is always a pleasure and he continues that here. A master of voice he catches charactor nicely.
"Love this series!!"
I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next installment.
I so enjoy a book that is a good mystery, keeps you guessing and is NOT focused on sex. The book is all three.
I liked how it switched back and forth between the past and present. It helped to build the suspense.
Simon Vance never disappoints. His narration is excellent!
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