A Fair Mystery

Charlotte M BRAME (1836 - 1884)

(Written by Charlotte M. Brame under the pen name Bertha M. Clay.) Honest Mark Brace is about to lose his farm, land of his ancestors, home to his wife, Patty, and small daughter, Mattie, when out of a dark and stormy night comes the answer to his prayers. A tiny babe, tender and fair, left on their doorstep with a note asking Mark and Patty to bring the child up as their own, to raise it to be good, like themselves, and to accept for their troubles a hundred pounds a year. The farm is saved, and all is peaceful for a while as the beautiful baby, Doris, grows into an even more beautiful child. But as she grows, so too grows her awareness of her own loveliness, of her difference from the humble farmers who raise her. Doris hungers for luxury, jewels and velvet, bright fetes and ardent admirers. Confident that her ethereal beauty and native wit will bring her everything she deserves, she focuses her energies on obtaining these things and sets in motion a chain of events that will break hearts, rip at the mystery surrounding her birth, and culminate in the greatest tragedy of them all. A story of love in many forms, A Fair Mystery is part romance, part tragedy, and part social commentary, one which asks us to pause a moment and reflect on what it is that is truly worth having in this life. (Summary by Elanor Sakamoto)

Genre(s): Detective Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 A Voice and a Face in the Night. Lynne Thompson
00:11:29
Play 02 A Fairy Changeling. Lynne Thompson
00:11:30
Play 03 A Daughter of Patricians. Arie
00:10:43
Play 04 The Marble Psyche. Arie
00:07:22
Play 05 'I want to be just like you.' Lynne Thompson
00:07:55
Play 06 Faithless and Debonair. Lynne Thompson
00:07:21
Play 07 All, All is Vanity. Gabriela Cowan
00:10:38
Play 08 The Young Coquette. Gabriela Cowan
00:14:00
Play 09 Poet and Gentleman. Elanor Sakamoto
00:10:42
Play 10 A Wasted Warning. Elanor Sakamoto
00:10:17
Play 11 The Foster-Sisters. Elanor Sakamoto
00:09:35
Play 12 Beauty Becomes Immortal. Sandra Estenson
00:12:31
Play 13 'Faithless and debonair.' Sandra Estenson
00:11:07
Play 14 'I will be true--forever.' Sandra Estenson
00:12:04
Play 15 A Betrothal Day. Sandra Estenson
00:11:36
Play 16 A Shining Memory. Sandra Estenson
00:11:15
Play 17 A Woman Averse to Marriage. Sandra Estenson
00:14:39
Play 18 A Prospective Pleasure for Doris. Sandra Estenson
00:14:20
Play 19 'They tell me, child, that you are really promised in marriage.' Sandra Estenson
00:16:19
Play 20 Her Eyes Invited Him. Sandra Estenson
00:17:08
Play 21 'I shall never be a model woman.' SamR
00:11:31
Play 22 The Coquette and the Man of the World. SamR
00:10:28
Play 23 An Impassioned Wooing. SamR
00:11:53
Play 24 The False Lips of Woman. SamR
00:11:08
Play 25 The Last Happy Day of His Life. SamR
00:11:03
Play 26 How She was Tempted. Petra
00:10:20
Play 27 A Woman Resolved. Petra
00:12:12
Play 28 The Flight at Midnight. Lynne Thompson
00:11:30
Play 29 A Thorn in the Garden of Roses. SamR
00:10:30
Play 30 'I could sooner plunge a dagger in his heart.' SamR
00:11:00
Play 31 'I am a man, and I will have justice.' SamR
00:11:11
Play 32 There is no True Love Except the Love of a Mother. SamR
00:10:30
Play 33 'After so many years of dread has it come at last?' SamR
00:09:49
Play 34 'I must tell you my secret.' SamR
00:11:42
Play 35 Lady Estelle's Story. SamR
00:11:12
Play 36 'He made me believe that I was the whole world to him!' SamR
00:11:45
Play 37 The Punishment of Folly. SamR
00:11:14
Play 38 A Mother's Confession. SamR
00:11:35
Play 39 A Clew at Last. SamR
00:11:36
Play 40 'I claim you as my own; I will never release you!' SamR
00:11:33
Play 41 'This is your revenge--to humiliate me.' Marsha Payne
00:14:42
Play 42 The Coquette's Blandishments. Marsha Payne
00:13:28
Play 43 The Nobleman's Oath. Marsha Payne
00:13:36
Play 44 An Appeal for Forgiveness. Marsha Payne
00:14:10
Play 45 A Thunderbolt in a Ducal Palace. Marsha Payne
00:14:58
Play 46 The Duke's Plan. Marsha Payne
00:15:05
Play 47 An Important Letter. Marsha Payne
00:14:40
Play 48 'Welcome, my daughter, to your father's heart.' Marsha Payne
00:14:09
Play 49 'Only one other person knows my secret.' Marsha Payne
00:14:18
Play 50 A Nobleman's Generosity. Marsha Payne
00:13:39
Play 51 'Be kind to her, as though you were her own child.' Marsha Payne
00:15:55
Play 52 A Young Lady Pleasantly Occupied. Marsha Payne
00:14:50
Play 53 'I must bear it for his sake.' Marsha Payne
00:14:29
Play 54 'My queen rose of the rosebuds.' Gabriela Cowan
00:17:31
Play 55 'When she was young, perhaps she loved some one like me.' Gabriela Cowan
00:16:35
Play 56 The Yearnings of a Mother's Heart. Gabriela Cowan
00:16:43
Play 57 Before the Queen. Gabriela Cowan
00:17:27
Play 58 The New Beauty Discussed. Gabriela Cowan
00:17:22
Play 59 Doris Affects a Little Curiosity. Gabriela Cowan
00:14:55
Play 60 'I might have been so happy, but for this!' Gabriela Cowan
00:15:28
Play 61 'I have seen some one like her.' Gabriela Cowan
00:15:45
Play 62 Lord Vivianne Perplexed. Gabriela Cowan
00:16:03
Play 63 A Terrible Trial. Gabriela Cowan
00:14:07
Play 64 'If she refuses, let her beware!' Gabriela Cowan
00:19:17
Play 65 A Little Artifice. Gabriela Cowan
00:15:02
Play 66 A Quiet Wedding Advocated. Gabriela Cowan
00:16:41
Play 67 A Clew at Last. Gabriela Cowan
00:16:26
Play 68 Lord Vivianne Proposes a Little Discussion. Gabriela Cowan
00:15:09
Play 69 The Price of a Secret. Gabriela Cowan
00:16:09
Play 70 The Coward's Threat. Gabriela Cowan
00:16:14
Play 71 The Earl Reluctantly Assents. Gabriela Cowan
00:15:46
Play 72 The Countess Becomes Curious. Gabriela Cowan
00:17:20
Play 73 A Last Vain Appeal. Gabriela Cowan
00:16:46
Play 74 'Heaven save Earle!' Gabriela Cowan
00:15:30
Play 75 'I shall wake up and find it a dream.' Gabriela Cowan
00:17:08
Play 76 Trying on the Wedding-Dress. Gabriela Cowan
00:15:10
Play 77 A Midnight Visitor. Gabriela Cowan
00:16:06
Play 78 Why He Suspected. Gabriela Cowan
00:16:37
Play 79 What Happened After Midnight. Gabriela Cowan
00:17:28
Play 80 The Silent Bride. Mike Pelton
00:12:30
Play 81 How the News was Told. Mike Pelton
00:13:10
Play 82 The Captain Asks Strange Questions. Mike Pelton
00:12:58
Play 83 A Mother's Anguish. Mike Pelton
00:12:21
Play 84 A Surprise for Lord Linleigh. Mike Pelton
00:12:53
Play 85 Haunted by a Dead Face. Mike Pelton
00:13:54
Play 86 Silent Love Rewarded. Mike Pelton
00:04:58