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Steve Robinson
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9 Jan 2013
A centuries-old royal conspiracy. The ultimate heir hunt... It should have been a quiet weekend in London - a long overdue visit with the only true friend American genealogist Jefferson Tayte ever had. Now his friend lies bleeding in his arms and Tayte must follow his research to understand why, making him the target of a ruthless, politically motivated killer. Working with historian Professor Jean Summer and New Scotland Yard on what becomes a matter of British national security, Tayte soon finds himself in a race to solve a three-hundred-year-old genealogical puzzle. It takes them all on a deadly, high stakes chase across London as Tayte tries to connect the pieces and work out the motive behind a series of killings that spans twenty years. In what is Tayte's most personal assignment to date, The Last Queen of England combines historic fact with fiction, challenging British history as we understand it. It uncovers a conspiracy that if proved could ultimately threaten an institution that has lasted more than a thousand years: the British monarchy.


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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: FeedaRead.com (9 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782991034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782991038
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,343 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.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid and compelling 24 Feb 2013
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Brilliant, The Last Queen of England is an intelligently written book . Fast paced ,it keeps the reader on the edge of their seat as though watching a movie .The characters come to life so vividly ,the story line intrigued me from the first to last page .The Last Queen of England is portrayed in a way that makes you think ! Enjoyed the plot ,exciting, a brilliant mix of fact and fiction. A book i could not put down as with the previous books by Steve Robinson ,he is up there with the best! He has the flair to make the reader feel and visualize the places the characters are in so well. I am now looking forward to his next book ,i need to know what happens next in Jefferson Tates life . Steve Robinson is such an engaging author . Encore!Encore!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 'page-turner' from Steve Robinson! 25 Dec 2012
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Jefferson Tayte is once again in the UK and soon finds himself catapulted into a situation in which his genealogical skills are required to solve a murder... and this one involves not only the police but some important folk in government departments, too! This book, unlike Steve Robinson's others, is very much based in the here and now and so departs a little from previous formats... and it does not disappoint!

'The Last Queen of England' is fast paced and kept me interested throughout... although I did have to break off part-way in order to understand fully the concept of some genealogical maths! I'll say no more - but it was both very interesting and enlightening!

Our hero seems to have become more comfortable with the opposite sex in this book as he teams up with Jean Summer, a Professor of History, in order to get to grips with all aspects of the trail that leads them to solve the mystery ... although he's still a little gauche but very likeable.

My inner 'screen' could see the locations, car chases and action clearly even as the pace of the book increased and my excitement grew at what was happening... although I was constantly having to revise my ideas about the 'what' and 'why' as I read and there were quite a few 'heart-stopping' moments to keep THIS reader on the edge of my seat.

I won't give away any of the plot in saying that the Jacobites figure strongly in the book and Steve Robinson's ability to weave together historical detail, genealogical method and a great plot is superb. I've learned something useful in each book as well as being enthralled by the plot! What a bonus!!

This is Steve Robinson's third book and although the Jefferson Tayte character is both the central character and the catalyst for the unfolding plot of each...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books. 9 Aug 2013
By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is my favourite of the Jefferson Tayte books - so far. I liked the skilful way Steve Robinson has mixed fact and fiction, raising questions about the accepted facts of history. Did things happen the way we have always been taught that they did, and were other people at the time aware of a conspiracy which they didn't have the scientific knowledge to prove? What if they left clues for future generations to follow up when that science was available. In some ways it could be described as a bit far-fetched as, in the immortal words of an American Politician - we don't know what we don't know - but in other ways it could be a statement of faith in the future.
One of the things I liked about this book was the way in which the author presented people and events with just enough ambiguity to make us wonder if the people we think of as the good guys, really are the good guys or do they have an ulterior, and sinister, motive? As the book repeats several times - nullius in verba - take no-one's word for it.
I like the combination of genealogy and detective fiction, it works very well - after all what is genealogy but a different form of detective work? Please hurry up and write another one Mr Robinson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next book! 5 Aug 2013
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The third in the Jefferson Tayte series. Well written and easy to read. Didn't want it to end, can't wait for the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A DEVIOUS MAZE 3 Aug 2013
By Brian
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This is the third of these Genealogical Crime mysteries I have read and have enjoyed them all but how the hero has survived through all the various dangerous situations in which he has found himself requires quite a stretch of belief. I found the plot of this one very interesting, especially with the slight romantic interest which may ,or may not continue in the next adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 31 July 2013
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Really enjoyed this book kept me going right to the end. Fairly easy reading with a twist, I did not guess the outcome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 23 July 2013
By Just:)
Format:Kindle Edition
It's a good book however a bit too "action film" like in my opinion. I do like the author and most definitely the genealogical crime mystery genes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 20 July 2013
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Tautly written with good characters and any twists. The thing that impressed is that this is number three in the series and it's getting stronger - often series can deplete.
Highly recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent once again . Gripping I couldn't put this book down and can't wait for the next one ! Highly recommended.
Published 1 day ago by alisonmarie
5.0 out of 5 stars another good book
Have read all three and think they are really good. Paced well, intriguing plot and characters well depicted. Looking forward to Book 4
Published 1 day ago by MRS J LONG
3.0 out of 5 stars The last Queen of England
Plot not very convincing, characters a bit weak. Quite exciting suspense made it well worth the read. End a bit corny, I saw it coming a mile away.
Published 2 days ago by Danabhadri
4.0 out of 5 stars ... about but when I finally got into it I enjoyed it.
this one took some thinking about but when I finally got into it I enjoyed it.
Published 3 days ago by moodybutcute
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
Very thought provoking story - really enjoyed it - well written
Published 4 days ago by Doreen
3.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller
An interesting plot but at times found the detail a but long winded. Ending left me wanting more. Enjoyed the book but don't think it is one of his best.
Published 7 days ago by J. Tancred
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really enjoyed this book sort of book u struggle to put down and just have to keep reading to find out what is going to happen!
Published 10 days ago by sandra
4.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating
I had no idea that genealogy could be so fascinating. Steve Robinson has become a must-read author. These three novels have provoked me to start looking into my own family history,... Read more
Published 12 days ago by tomhughes
2.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable story
Just a little amateurish hopefully the author may improve in his next books. Looking for conspiracies within the Royal family history should give plenty of scope. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Harry Moses
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as realistic as first two.
Lived up to expectations, although felt it is getting a bit too fanciful . How many scrapes and near death experiences can one man go through ? Read more
Published 16 days ago by ruthie
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