The Lost Empress

Author: Steve Robinson

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

ISBN: 9781477825839

Category: Fiction

Page: 324

View: 4807

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's 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.

The Last Queen of England

Author: Steve Robinson

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

ISBN: 9781477818541

Category: Fiction

Page: 312

View: 8594

Follow American genealogist Jefferson Tayte to the Royal Society of London in 1708 as he attempts to unravel a murder, a hanging and a kidnapping.

Dying Games

Author: Steve Robinson

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

ISBN: 9781477848265

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 4118

Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It’s the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte. Hoping his insight and expertise will help solve the case, the FBI summon Tayte back to the capital. But as he struggles to crack the clues, the killer strikes again—and again. Tayte is known as the best in the business, but this time he’s up against a genealogical mastermind who always seems to be one step ahead. With the clock ticking and the body count rising, Tayte finds himself racked with guilt, his reputation and career in tatters. The killer is running rings around him; is it only a matter of time before he comes for the ultimate target? This is the sixth book in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.

Letters from the Dead

Author: Steve Robinson

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

ISBN: 9781503903104

Category:

Page: 348

View: 1015

From acclaimed author Steve Robinson comes a thrilling new Jefferson Tayte mystery. When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to prove the identity of a black sheep in his client's family tree, he unwillingly finds himself drawn into a murder investigation with nothing more to go on than a 150-year-old letter and a connection to a legendary ruby that has been missing for generations. As more letters are mysteriously left for him, Tayte becomes immersed in a centuries-old tale of greed, murder and forbidden love that takes his research from the wilds of the Scottish Highlands to the colour and heat of colonial India. A dark secret is buried in Jaipur, steeped in treachery and scandal. But why is it having such deadly repercussions in the present? Can Tayte find the ruby and prevent the past from repeating itself before it's too late? This is the seventh book in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series but it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.

The Grave

Author: James Heneghan

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

ISBN: 1554980658

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

View: 9361

Abandoned in a department store as a baby, thirteen-year-old Tom Mullen has been shuffled from one rotten foster home to another his entire life. When he hears rumors that a mass grave has been unearthed on his school grounds, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to it. The grave pulls Tom down into its terrible darkness and beyond, where he discovers that he is no longer in Liverpool in 1974 but in Ireland in 1847, at the height of the potato famine. A family named Monaghan takes him in, and for the first time Tom experiences what it is like to have parents and siblings who care for one another. But why has Tom been transported through time and space? And why must the grave keep yanking him back to his dreary lonely existence in Liverpool? Most of all, what does it mean that the Monaghan's son, Tully, is practically Tom's double?

In the Blood

Author: Steve Robinson

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

ISBN: 9781477818527

Category: Fiction

Page: 382

View: 8655

Driven by the irony of being a genealogist who doesn't know who his own parents are, JeffersonTayte soon finds that this new assignment shares a stark similarity to his own struggle. Someone has gone to great lengths to erase an entire family bloodline from recorded history and he's not going home until he's found out why. After all, if he's not good enough to find this family, how can he ever expect to be good enough to someday find his own? Set in Cornwall, England, past and present, Tayte's research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark family secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and they will stop at nothing to find them.

Kindred

Author: Steve Robinson

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

ISBN: 9781503954694

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 1980

Jefferson Tayte is good at finding people who don't want to be found. For years he has followed faint genealogical trails to reunite families--and uncover long-hidden secrets. But Tayte is a loner, a man with no ties of his own; his true identity is the most elusive case of his career. But that could all be about to change. Now Tayte has in his possession the beginnings of a new trail--clues his late mentor had started to gather--that might at last lead to his own family. With Professor Jean Summer, his partner in genealogical sleuthing, he travels to Munich to pick up the scent. But the hunt takes them deep into dangerous territory: the sinister secrets of Hitler's Germany, and those who must keep them buried at any cost. When their investigations threaten to undermine a neo-Nazi organisation, Tayte and Summer know time is running out. Can they find their way to the dark heart of a deadly history before they become its latest victims?

The Book of Lost and Found

A Novel

Author: Lucy Foley

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316375063

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 5028

From London to Corsica to Paris--as a young woman pursues the truth about her late mother, two captivating love stories unfurl. Kate Darling's enigmatic mother--a once-famous ballerina--has passed away, leaving Kate bereft. When her grandmother falls ill and bequeaths to Kate a small portrait of a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Kate's mother, Kate uncovers a mystery that may upend everything she thought she knew. Kate's journey to find the true identity of the woman in the portrait takes her to some of the world's most iconic and indulgent locales, revealing a love story that began in the wild 1920s and was disrupted by war and could now spark new love for Kate. Alternating between Kate's present-day hunt and voices from the past, THE BOOK OF LOST AND FOUND casts light on family secrets and love-both lost and found.

Sisi

Empress on Her Own: a Novel

Author: Allison Pataki

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 0812989333

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 3808

In imperial Vienna, where the court halls buzzed with waltzes and champagne, as well as temptation, rivals, and cutthroat intrigue, the intensely personal tale of Empress Sisi unraveled. Famously beautiful, a mother of four, and wife of Emperor Franz Joseph - whom she unintentionally stole away from her sister - Sisi's reign was anything but simple. Set against the backdrop of a rich, romantic, and fascinating time period, 1867-1898-marked by pivotal events such as the opening of the Suez Canal, Vienna's World Exhibition, and the lead up to WWI, this novel illuminates both Sisi, the beloved oFairy Queen,o and a Golden Age for Europe. Story Locale-19th century Austria-Hungary, Vienna

The Last Suppers

Author: Mandy Mikulencak

Publisher: A John Scognamiglio Book

ISBN: 1496710053

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 1367

Set in 1950s Louisiana, Mandy Mikulencak’s beautifully written and emotionally moving novel evokes both The Help and Dead Man Walking with the story of an unforgettable woman whose quest to provide meals for death row prisoners leads her into the secrets of her own past. Many children have grown up in the shadow of Louisiana’s Greenmount State Penitentiary. Most of them—sons and daughters of corrections officers and staff—left the place as soon as they could. Yet Ginny Polk chose to come back to work as a prison cook. She knows the harsh reality of life within those walls—the cries of men being beaten, the lines of shuffling inmates chained together. Yet she has never seen them as monsters, not even the ones sentenced to execution. That’s why, among her duties, Ginny has taken on a special responsibility: preparing their last meals. Pot roast or red beans and rice, coconut cake with seven-minute frosting or pork neck stew . . . whatever the men ask for Ginny prepares, even meeting with their heartbroken relatives to get each recipe just right. It’s her way of honoring their humanity, showing some compassion in their final hours. The prison board frowns upon the ritual, as does Roscoe Simms, Greenmount’s Warden. Her daddy’s best friend before he was murdered, Roscoe has always watched out for Ginny, and their friendship has evolved into something deep and unexpected. But when Ginny stumbles upon information about the man executed for killing her father, it leads to a series of dark and painful revelations. Truth, justice, mercy—none of these are as simple as Ginny once believed. And the most shocking crimes may not be the ones committed out of anger or greed, but the sacrifices we make for love.

The Last Empress

Author: Anchee Min

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408828995

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 5087

At the end of the nineteenth century China is rocked by foreign attacks and local rebellions. The only constant is the power wielded by one woman, Tzu Hsi, also known as Empress Orchid, who must face the perilous condition of her empire and devastating personal losses. In this sequel to the bestselling Empress Orchid, Anchee Min brings to life one of the most important figures in Chinese history, a very human leader who sacrifices all she has to protect both those she loves and her doomed empire.

The Lost Throne

Author: Chris Kuzneski

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101133187

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

View: 3246

The fourth Payne and Jones thriller from New York Times bestselling author Chris Kizneski. “A reader's delight from beginning to end. Tautly written, expertly told, smart, and exhilarating.”—New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry Carved into the towering cliffs of central Greece, the Holy Trinity monastery is all but inaccessible. Its sacred brotherhood has protected its secret for centuries. In the dead of night, the monastery’s sanctity is shattered by an elite group of warriors carrying ancient weapons. One by one, they hurl the monks from the cliff-top to the rocks below—the holy men taking their secret to their graves. Halfway across Europe, Richard Byrd has uncovered the location of a magnificent treasure, but there are those who will stop at nothing to prevent its discovery. Hoping to save himself, Byrd contacts Jonathon Payne and David Jones and begs for their help. The duo rushes to Saint Petersburg, Russia, and quickly finds themselves caught in an adventure that will change their lives forever.

The Last Tudor

Author: Philippa Gregory

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476758786

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

View: 7619

The latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous women in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen. Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king’s half-sister Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner’s block, where Jane transformed her father’s greedy power-grab into tragic martyrdom. “Learn you to die,” was the advice Jane wrote to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and fall in love. But she is heir to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and then to her sister Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a Tudor son. When Katherine’s pregnancy betrays her secret marriage, she faces imprisonment in the Tower, only yards from her sister’s scaffold. “Farewell, my sister,” writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary keeps family secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth’s suspicious glare. After seeing her sisters defy their queens, Mary is acutely aware of her own danger, but determined to command her own life. What will happen when the last Tudor defies her ruthless and unforgiving cousin Queen Elizabeth?

The Lost History of Stars

A Novel By The Author Of Guernica

Author: Dave Boling

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1616207140

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 9819

From a forgotten moment in history comes an inspiring novel about finding strength and courage in the most unimaginable places. In turn-of-the-century South Africa, fourteen-year-old Lettie, her younger brother, and her mother are Dutch Afrikaner settlers who have been taken from their farm by British soldiers and are being held in a concentration camp. It is early in the Boer War, and Lettie’s father, grandfather, and brother are off fighting the British as thousands of Afrikaner women and children are detained. The camps are cramped and disease ridden; the threat of illness and starvation are ever present. Determined to dictate their own fate, Lettie and her family give each other strength and hope as they fight to survive amid increasingly dire conditions. Brave and defiant, Lettie finds comfort in memories of stargazing with her grandfather, in her plan to be a writer, and in surprising new friendships that will both nourish and challenge her. A beautiful testament to love, family, and sheer force of will, The Lost History of Stars was inspired by Dave Boling’s grandfather’s own experience as a soldier during the Boer War. Lettie is a figure of abiding grace, and her story is richly drawn and impossible to forget.

Dollbaby

A Novel

Author: Laura Lane McNeal

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101614714

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 5351

A Top Ten Finalist for Best Historical Novel, Goodreads Choice Awards, and a LibraryReads and Okra Pick A big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in civil rights-era New Orleans—a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good measure. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been—and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum—is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets. For Fannie’s own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby’s hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places. For fans of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help, Dollbaby brings to life the charm and unrest of 1960s New Orleans through the eyes of a young girl learning to understand race for the first time. By turns uplifting and funny, poignant and full of verve, Dollbaby is a novel readers will take to their hearts.

Empress of the Night

Author: Eva Stachniak

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

ISBN: 0385679491

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 2234

The follow-up to the #1 bestseller The Winter Palace--perfect for the readers of Hilary Mantel and Alison Weir. Catherine the Great, the Romanov monarch reflects on her astonishing ascension to the throne, her leadership over the world's greatest power, and the lives sacrificed to make her the most feared woman in the world--lives including her own... Catherine the Great muses on her life, her relentless battle between love and power, the country she brought into the glorious new century, and the bodies left in her wake. By the end of her life, she had accomplished more than virtually any other woman in history. She built and grew the Romanov empire, amassed a vast fortune of art and land, and controlled an unruly and conniving court. Now, in a voice both indelible and intimate, she reflects on the decisions that gained her the world and brought her enemies to their knees. And before her last breath, shadowed by the bloody French Revolution, she sets up the end game for her last political maneuver, ensuring her successor and the greater glory of Russia.

The Pirate Empress

Author: Deborah Cannon

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781502397768

Category: Fiction

Page: 816

View: 1820

Amid the wars and power struggles of Men and Demons, a Chinese Princess sacrifices herself and all she loves to save the Empire from a scheming Fox Faerie, and keep the Cosmos in balance. With the scope of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," and the evocativeness of Roger Zelazny's "Great Book of Amber," THE PIRATE EMPRESS is an epic saga of love and betrayal, honor and hope, war—and ultimate sacrifice in Ming Dynasty China.

See No Evil

Author: Gayle Roper

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1426847157

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 1643

My home-decorating business was booming, thanks to that new account for model homes in a posh neighborhood. Of course, it didn't seem quite so posh when I came face-to-face with a man escaping the scene of his crime—a murder right next door to the house I was decorating. Now my life's on the line until the police fi nd the murderer, and I'm guarded 24/7 by my panicky roommates and the overprotective owner of the housing development, Gray Edwards. As a believer, I know help truly comes from the Lord, but I sure wish He'd sent someone less handsome.

The Ashgrove

Author: Diney Costeloe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780954038335

Category:

Page: 410

View: 4262

Eight ash trees were planted in 1921 as a memorial to those men from the village of Charlton Ambrose who were killed in World War One. Now the Ashgrove is under threat from developers, and the village is torn between the need for more housing and the wish to preserve the memorial. This book helps discover the real men behind the names.