Elizabeth’s narration of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, produced by Essential Audiobooks, is now available at Audible. In this new recording of Austen’s 1816 classic, Elizabeth voices such timeless characters as vain Sir Walter Eliot, snobbish Elizabeth Eliot, hypochondriac Mary Musgrove, dashing Captain Wentworth, and conflicted heroine Anne Eliot. Essential Audiobooks is a new company, launched last year, which produces unabridged versions of classic books, freshly reimagined. Elizabeth’s new audiobook of Austen’s Northanger Abbey will be released by Essential in a few months.
The House of Closed Doors series by Jane Steen is now available as a boxed set on Audible. Elizabeth also narrated the three novels as individual releases, all at Audible. This wonderful series incorporates historical fiction, romance, and mystery through the coming-of-age of Nell Lillington.
Set in the American Midwest of the 1870s, this three-novel story blends mystery, romance, history, and family drama in over 30 hours of entertaining, fast-paced listening. See why listeners rave about the writing, the plot twists, and the characters.
Nell Lillington is a spoiled, headstrong 16-year-old when she finds herself pregnant after letting a flirtation with handsome Cousin Jack get out of hand. More willing to bear the consequences of an illegitimate pregnancy than marry, she refuses to name the father and agrees to give birth in a Poor Farm and give the baby up for adoption. At the Poor Farm she meets Tess O’Dugan, a woman the world calls an imbecile but who soon becomes the sister Nell never had.
Martin Rutherford, Nell’s childhood friend, only learns of baby Sarah when Nell seeks to escape from the Poor Farm – with the child. His own aversion to marriage stems from his dark, unhappy childhood, and despite his attachment to Nell he makes no objection to her plan to move to Kansas, away from prying eyes, with Tess and Sarah. Martin, now free of family ties, has his own plans – he wishes to build a grand department store in Chicago and become one of that growing city’s merchant princes.
But Nell and Martin’s plans are steered off course by the secrets and lies of other people, and their paths to happiness are strewn with murder. Nell’s story will take you from the Illinois prairie, to frontier Kansas, and back to a Chicago teeming with opportunistic new Americans and ruthless men.
Elizabeth is excited to announce her latest audiobook release, which is another collaboration with writer Amanda DeWees. The Last Serenade (now available at Audible) is the sequel to Nocturne For a Widow, both part of the Sybil Ingram Victorian Mystery series.
When Sybil takes the stage again, murder plays the leading role.
In September 1873, medium and actress Sybil Ingram is looking forward to her new life as the wife of dashing violinist Roderick Brooke. But their plans for marriage are interrupted by a cry for help from Julia de Lioncourt, Roderick’s former lover, who implores him to come to Paris to rescue her from a blackmailer, Danton Fournier.
When they arrive in Paris, the bewitching beauty proposes a daring plan: Sybil will take Julia’s place in a new melodrama while Julia, her alibi thus secured, recovers the letters from Fournier’s home. Knowing that Roderick still harbors guilt over killing Julia’s husband in a duel, Sybil agrees to the plan for his sake – even though it’s all too clear that Julia wants Roderick back in her bed. Moreover, the theater seems to harbor a ghostly presence that may foretell disaster for the masquerade.
Catastrophe strikes when Fournier’s body is discovered stabbed through the heart. Suddenly Sybil needs an alibi. She must also find a way to prevent suspicion from falling on Roderick as well – while determining whether Julia knows more about Fournier’s death than she is admitting. Can Sybil’s abilities as a spirit medium help her discover the truth before the real killer stops her?
A delicious blend of supernatural mystery, gothic romance, and romantic comedy, the Sybil Ingram Victorian mysteries are perfect for listeners who love Victorian women sleuths like Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby, Penny Richards’s Lilly Long, Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey, and Elizabeth Peters’s Amelia Peabody. And be sure not to miss Sybil’s previous adventures in Nocturne for a Widow!
Elizabeth’s latest release is the conclusion to Jane Steen’s wonderful House of Closed Doors series: The Shadow Palace. Set in Chicago in the 1870s, this historical mystery provides the conclusion to Nell Lillington’s story, which began in The House of Closed Doors and continued in Eternal Deception.
For unwed mother Nell Lillington, 1876 Chicago – and her new wealth – offer the promise of longed-for independence. She dreams of a place in society for her daughter Sarah and contentment for her friend Tess. Yet how can she settle in a town where she’s far too likely to run into Martin Rutherford and his glittering, faithless wife, Lucetta? Can she resist her love for Martin for Sarah’s sake?
Martin was doubtless joking when he told Nell that if she got herself mixed up with a murderer for the third time, he’d disown her. But when Martin himself is arrested for murder, Nell’s dreams appear to be swallowed up in the new web of secrets she constructs to help him. Secrets that threaten to alienate Tess, Sarah, and even Martin….
The third book in the House of Closed Doors series will take you to a Chicago teeming with opportunistic new Americans, luxury-loving merchant princes and hard-hearted denizens of the underworld.
Alexis Carew fans, take note! The fourth book in J.A. Sutherland’s excellent SFF series is now available at Audible! Elizabeth has been enjoying narrating this series – about a young British female Naval officer in space – since 2015. Other books in the series include Into the Dark, Mutineer, The Little Ships, and the novellas Wronged and Planetfall. If you haven’t listened to Alexis’ adventures, find out what you’re missing by starting with Into the Dark.
For Lieutenant Alexis Carew, it should be the perfect assignment – a command of her own and a chance to return to her home star system.
What she finds is a surly crew, the dregs of every frigate and ship of the line to pass through on the way to the war’s front, a first officer who thinks the command should have been his, and colonial worlds where they believe a girl’s place is somewhere very different than command of a Queen’s starship. Add to that the mysterious disappearances of ships vital to the war effort and an old enemy who seems intent on convincing her he’s changed.
Then there’s the mongoose with an unnatural affinity for her boots.
Elizabeth’s latest release is the third play in the Oscar Wilde series from The Online Stage: the 1895 comic drama An Ideal Husband, now available at Audible! Elizabeth reads the role of the idealistic Lady Chiltern in this production, whose husband Sir Robert Chiltern (Chris Marcellus) faces crises both professional and personal when the devious Mrs. Cheveley (PJ Morgan) forces him to confront his past. In the meantime, the dandyish Lord Goring (Ben Lindsey-Clark) conducts a witty romance with Mabel Chiltern (Amanda Friday), while enduring abuse for his idleness from his cantankerous father (Alan Weyman). This wonderful production was preceded by the same cast performing The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere’s Fan, also available at Audible. The final Wilde play, A Woman of No Importance, is currently in production and will be released in March.
Elizabeth performs the role of Hermione, Queen of Sicilia, in The Online Stage production of The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, now available at Audible! This very seasonal release is one of Shakespeare’s late “romances,” which combines tragedy and comedy into a tale of jealousy and redemption.
At the opening of this late Shakespearean drama, Polixenes, the king of Bohemia, has been the longtime guest of Leontes and Hermione, the king and queen of Sicily. When the time comes for Polixenes to leave, Leontes urges him to stay longer. At first Polixenes refuses, but soon he yields to the entreaties of Hermione. His rapid change of mind convinces Leontes that the two are lovers and that Polixenes is the father of Hermione’s unborn child. Leontes’ obsessive jealously leads him to a course of action that has potentially disastrous consequences for all concerned and for the future of his kingdom.