The Lost Empress : Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries

  • by Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries
  • 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Decent read

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.
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- MsONeal

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.
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- Linda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-21-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio