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.
Only one more day until Christmas! Today’s free poem is a well-known classic: “A Visit From St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore, more commonly know as “The Night Before Christmas.” Enjoy it for free right here:
Elizabeth is counting down to Christmas Day with a series of free holiday poems, which you can stream right here over the next four days. First up is e.e. cummings’ “little tree,” a delightful and sweet poem: