Extended Audio Sample

Download Last Lessons of Summer Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Last Lessons of Summer Audiobook, by Margaret Maron Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (515 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Maron Narrator: Kate Forbes Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781449800413
Regular Price: $24.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Margaret Maron is The New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Deborah Knott series of southern mysteries, including the novels Uncommon Clay and Slow Dollar. She has won the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Macavity, and American Mystery Awards. In a rare departure from the Knott series, Maron ratchets up the suspense in the dark and captivating stand-alone mystery, Last Lessons of Summer. Amy Stedman is the young heiress of a prosperous children's book publishing company. She arrives in North Carolina from New York City to clear the family house of her grandmother's belongings and hopefully find clues to her murder-which remains unsolved. While cleaning and rummaging through the woman's dusty possessions, Amy reflects on her own unfulfilling life. Married to a vain man who doesn't love her so much as value her family's lucrative legacy, Amy realizes that their relationship strangely echoes her parents' unfortunate marriage. Soon after giving birth to her, Amy's mother Maxine committed suicide under suspicious circumstances. Amy's father, a brash businessman and unapologetic opportunist, fostered deceit and deeply seated feelings of doubt in the family. Within the walls of this old house, dark recollections of unnatural death are beginning to permeate the air-adding a premonition of menace to Amy's increasingly troubled thoughts. Was Maxine's death really a suicide? And if it wasn't, what terrible secrets may be lying in wait for Amy? Download and start listening now!

c8m5

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 2/19/2014

    " In a slight departure from her Judge Deborah Knott mysteries, we read the story of Amy Steadman, artist for the family children's book business. After Amy's grandmother is murdered, she travels to North Carolina to clean out her house, and hopefully find answers to why her mother committed suicide when she was three years old. Local law enforcement includes Dwight Bryant, Judge Deborah Knott's husband. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/15/2014

    " As she packs up her grandmother's house, Amy explores the mysteries of her mother's suicide and her grandmother's murder and makes some startling discoveries. Set in North Carolina near Raleigh, this is an enjoyable suspense story which reminds me of Barbara Michaels "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Boyd | 2/12/2014

    " good, fast read. not quiet as good as the Deborah Knot series by Margaret Maron, but actually had some crossover characters from that series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 2/8/2014

    " I liked this mystery, but not as much as I like her Deborah Knott series. I listened to it (as I have all her books). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 2/4/2014

    " Really enjoy Margaret Maron books for a quick, easy read. Good character development and storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/3/2014

    " A fun whodunit on several loevels. There is a current case and an old case to solve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaethe | 1/28/2014

    " A soothing sort of mystery for a Southerner. And a heaping helping of a delicious home filled with Craftsman furniture. With thanks to the beloved MIL who loaned it to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polly | 1/17/2014

    " "What to do, Blue?" and "What do you think, Pink?" are lines repeated several times during this typical murder/mystery novel written by Edgar winner Margaret Maron. A quick read with an unexpected ending, this book would be rated PG if it were a movie based strictly on a few references to affairs and one brief kiss. Good book and definitely recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 1/15/2014

    " not a bad summer mystery - fun fast read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/13/2014

    " I nice little mystery. Entertaining without leaving you in cold sweats of suspense or terror, but caring for the characters. Believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/4/2014

    " Enjoyed all the twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 12/19/2013

    " An interesting book of a family's secret. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 12/16/2013

    " I just wasn't interested in finishing it, so I didn't. This one just didn't grab me...it could be that I just wasn't in the mood for it though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 12/6/2013

    " Simply an awesomely written book. Started a little bit slowly, but then picked up steam and did not let go. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mel | 7/21/2013

    " Did this book seem a lot like Phyllis Whitney's Ebony Swan? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/6/2013

    " Good light summer reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 12/28/2012

    " I like any book that has a family tree in the front. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamilah | 7/17/2012

    " picked it up at the library today on audiobook! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Fraioli | 5/28/2012

    " Decent lightweight read. I like to read local authors, so I picked this up. I liked it enough to get 2 more titles from this author from the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 5/3/2012

    " For a southern gothic this is a surprisingly gntle book. Ms. Maron uses the life of a orb spider to parallel the action of the book. I thought I had figured out whodunit, but not quite! Descriptions (furniture, art, spiders) very visual and clear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 4/19/2012

    " very enjoyable, even tho it wasn't Deborah knott "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Stone | 1/31/2012

    " I like her series books better, but this was a fun, quick read if you like mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/29/2012

    " A standalone that does have some characters from the Deborah Knott series. Very very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 10/13/2011

    " We read this book for July bookclub. Margaret Maron called in to discuss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Balthazor | 6/26/2011

    " This is, I think, my favorite of the Margaret Maron mysteries. I like the voice, and it brings in some of her other characters without seeming contrived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 5/30/2011

    " Nothing special, but a really quick read and a decent mystery book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Brady | 5/25/2011

    " Very good, enjoy reading books set in North Carolina. Suspenseful , good characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 4/26/2011

    " I like her series books better, but this was a fun, quick read if you like mysteries. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan C | 9/29/2010

    " Not really read.

    I thought this was one of her Judge Knox books. It isn't. It's a stand-alone. And I will leave it standing alone.

    Just not what I was looking for. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 8/21/2010

    " I just wasn't interested in finishing it, so I didn't. This one just didn't grab me...it could be that I just wasn't in the mood for it though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 11/9/2009

    " Quick read, and some good twists, but I did not feel very drawn in and I was constantly confusing the large number of characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaethe | 9/16/2009

    " A soothing sort of mystery for a Southerner. And a heaping helping of a delicious home filled with Craftsman furniture. With thanks to the beloved MIL who loaned it to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 7/6/2009

    " good, fast read. not quiet as good as the Deborah Knot series by Margaret Maron, but actually had some crossover characters from that series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 6/24/2009

    " We read this book for July bookclub. Margaret Maron called in to discuss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 12/10/2008

    " For a southern gothic this is a surprisingly gntle book. Ms. Maron uses the life of a orb spider to parallel the action of the book. I thought I had figured out whodunit, but not quite! Descriptions (furniture, art, spiders) very visual and clear. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Margaret Maron

Margaret Maron is the author of more than twenty-five novels and two collections of short stories. Winner of several major American awards for mysteries, including the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity, her works are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature. A native Tar Heel, she still lives on her family’s country farm a few miles from Raleigh.

About the Narrator

Kate Forbes is a professionally trained actress who has appeared on Broadway, in regional theaters, and with a renowned touring company. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was active in theater, she completed an MFA at New York University School of the Arts. With this training, she launched into a successful acting career.