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Steve Robinson
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18 Mar 2014 Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery (Book 2)

A curiously dated child’s suitcase arrives, unannounced and unexplained, in a modern-day Washington suburb. A week later, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is sitting in an English hotel room, staring at the wrong end of a loaded gun.

In his latest journey into the past, Tayte lands in wartime Leicestershire, England. The genealogist had hoped simply to reunite his client with the birth mother she had never met, having no idea she had been adopted. Instead, he uncovers the tale of a young girl and an American serviceman from the US 82nd Airborne, and a stolen wartime love affair that went tragically wrong.

With To the Grave, Steve Robinson confirms his status as a master of the taut and delicately constructed historical thriller.

This is the second book in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series, which begins with In the Blood but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.

Revised edition: Previously published as part of the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series, this edition of To the Grave includes editorial revisions.


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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (18 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477818537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477818534
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Robinson drew upon his own family history for inspiration when he imagined the life and quest of his genealogist-hero, Jefferson Tayte. The talented London-based crime writer, who was first published at age 16, always wondered about his own maternal grandfather--"He was an American GI billeted in England during the Second World War," Robinson says. "A few years after the war ended he went back to America, leaving a young family behind and, to my knowledge, no further contact was made. I traced him to Los Angeles through his 1943 enlistment record and discovered that he was born in Arkansas . . ." Robinson cites crime writing and genealogy as ardent hobbies--a passion that is readily apparent in his work. He can be contacted via his website www.steve-robinson.me or his blog at www.ancestryauthor.blogspot.com.

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About the Author

Steve Robinson drew upon his own family history for inspiration when he imagined the life and quest of his genealogist-hero, Jefferson Tayte. The talented London-based crime writer, who was first published at age 16, always wondered about his own maternal grandfather – ‘He was an American GI billeted in England during the Second World War,’ Robinson says. ‘A few years after the war ended he went back to America, leaving a young family behind and, to my knowledge, no further contact was made. I traced him to Los Angeles through his 1943 enlistment record and discovered that he was born in Arkansas…’

Robinson cites crime writing and genealogy as ardent hobbies – a passion that is readily apparent in his work.

He can be contacted via his website www.steve-robinson.me or his blog at www.ancestryauthor.blogspot.com.


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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Secrets 8 Jun 2012
By Ann M
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I have a great interest in genealogy and I loved Steve Robinson's first book In the Blood. However I think his second is even better. Once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in less than a day.

Sixty six year old American Eliza Gray receives a parcel from England containing possessions which apparently belonged to her real mother. Totally bewildered as, until then, she had no idea of her adoption she turn to genealogist Jefferson Tayte. Jefferson travels to England in search of her birth mother Mena Lasseter. His research uncovers dark family secrets and leads him into considerable danger as it becomes apparent he is not the only one looking for Mena.

Set both in the present and at the end of WW2 the action moves well between the two times. It is a fascinating and at times a gripping read. Though the plot is quite intricate it is not difficult to follow. However, the author was always one step ahead of me and I couldn't guess what would happen next.

The characters of the Lasseter family are particularly well drawn and Mena is such a sympathetic character you really feel for her. Jefferson Tayte himself is developing well as a character and I looking forward to reading more about him.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstandings and misguided acts 5 Jun 2012
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Fans of Steve Robinson's loner of a genealogist, Jefferson Tayte, are going to be thrilled to bits with this second novel of which I had a preview copy. JT is researching on behalf of an American lady who has just found that she was adopted. His short stay in England on her behalf dredges up a family mystery which has had profound echoes down the years. A close-knit family is torn apart by misunderstandings and by the behaviour of a member whose reason for her misguided actions was to keep them together. What he uncovers puts his own life in danger.

This is a tense thriller which takes us back to 1944/5 so that at times, we know what Tayte is still to discover. Steve Robinson doesn't just tell the reader the story, he drops us into the scene so that we can smell the zest from the Christmas orange, feel the chill from the crystalline frost. The characters are real, believable and not all by any means likeable! Mena, our `lost' girl, has a harridan of a mother and a weak father but you can join with her in her young and growing affections. I like to think of the contrast between the modern story and that of the past as counterpoint. It's like one melody moving against another and each highlights something from the other.

I felt that the story was strong and the family interactions very credible. I was working towards the conclusion which the author gave us but only at the very end. This is a great read and very well worth the 5 stars I give it. I will happily read more from Steve Robinson. He is a talented writer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jefferson's back! 11 Jun 2012
By Kew
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Having thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, which also was Steve Robinson's first published novel, I've been looking forward to reading his next book. I wasn't disappointed; I enjoyed this even more than the first book! There is plenty to get your teeth into here - beautiful writing, mysteries, tragedy and a nail biting finale. I can really recommend this as an enjoyable and satisfying read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read! 10 Jun 2012
By Lilian
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I had waited for this book for what seemed like forever....although it wasn't that long really, and it was well worth it :-)
Steve Robinson has once again produced an excellent storyline based around genealogy, and it keeps you guessing right to the end. I loved the detailed descriptions of places and houses, which made me feel as if I was there, or would love to visit:-)
I could smell that orange, and was transported back to my own childhood when the soldier turned up at Christmas with special edible treats for the family (it was during WWII and food was rationed, so any extras were always welcome)The story moves at a great pace and has many twists and turns that keep you guessing from start to finish, with an ending that is perfect and unexpected. Altogether a brilliant read, and if you haven't yet read Steve's books I would recommend you do so without further delay :-)
Thank you Steve for another great read :-)x
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Storytelling at it's best. 7 Jun 2012
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To The Grave is Steve Robinson's second novel, following his highly acclaimed debut In The Blood which also features genealogical Private investigator Jefferson Tayte.
This book has a strong cast, so vividly drawn that he made me care about their fate and angry at the social injustices so sadly common in 1944 the time in which much of the story is set. Stylishly written and superbly constructed it benefits greatly from the meticulous quality of the author's personal research and insight.
The plot twists and turns effortlessly moving between two different eras without a glitch, one of those rare books that you want never to end..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 31 July 2012
By Mago
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4.5*s
A slower paced read than "In the Blood" as the main characters are much more fleshed out. After the 75% mark the story goes into overdrive. I certainly enjoyed the ride and can't wait for #3.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One not to miss 9 July 2012
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Now this one's special. I'll avoid the usual cliches, suffice to say it now occupies a spot in my top 5 Kindle reads since getting the device two years ago. I enjoyed the first Jefferson Tayte outing In the Blood: A Genealogical Crime Mystery #1 (Jefferson Tayte) so I was really pleased when this one appeared. I thought it would be a 'safe' read but I certainly wasn't prepared for just how compulsive it would become. I'm normally a disciplined reader, only allowing measured time slots at certain times of the day. But all that went out of the window and several bleary-eyed days followed! Nuff said?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I was going to save this book for my holiday but couldn't put it down, great read with some good twists and turns. Looking forward to the next book .
Published 9 hours ago by lilly
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
All three books I have read have been good. This one has you hooked from page 1. Really enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone. Already told several people about this author. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by MRS J LONG
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Great read.
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. As someone interested in family history research, I like the Jefferson Tayte books and this one did not disappoint. A definite page-turner.
Published 7 days ago by Saga Trophy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Interesting and exciting story. Unputdownable.
Published 7 days ago by Philipinc
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book I found the cross history/ time angle ...
I really enjoyed this book I found the cross history/ time angle was very interesting and it gripped me from start to finish x I will definitely be reading the next in the series... Read more
Published 7 days ago by mrs z makey
4.0 out of 5 stars topic different from the norm.
Very enjoyable read . Did not realise family history could be so exciting and dangerous.
Published 7 days ago by Carole M Hardcastle
5.0 out of 5 stars To the grave
Another excellent well executed novel which keeps one on the edge . I would absolutely recommend reading this book to anyone.
Published 12 days ago by Mrs. G. G. Debenham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book - more of the same please!
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to read a second book by this author great new slant on story...
Had to read a second book by this author great new slant on story telling will read Steve Robinson again.
Published 18 days ago by R I Davidson
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