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The Last Queen of England (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Robinson
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Book Description

While on a visit to London, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte’s old friend and colleague dies in his arms. Before long, Tayte and a truth-seeking historian, Professor Jean Summer, find themselves following a corpse-ridden trail that takes them to the Royal Society of London, circa 1708.

What to make of the story of five men of science, colleagues of Isaac Newton and Christopher Wren, who were mysteriously hanged for high treason?

As they edge closer to the truth, Tayte and the professor find that death is once again in season. A new killer, bent on restoring what he sees as the true, royal bloodline, is on the loose...as is a Machiavellian heir-hunter who senses that the latest round of murder, kidnapping, and scandal represents an unmissable business opportunity.

The Last Queen of England is a racing thriller with a heart-stopping conclusion. It follows on from In the Blood and To the Grave but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

Revised edition: Previously published as part of the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series, this edition of The Last Queen of England includes editorial revisions.


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    ‘If you love a little history with your mystery, you’re going to love Steve Robinson’s genealogical crime series…Robinson knows how to spin generations of begats into an edge of your seat experience.’ —Cathy Cole, Kittling Books

    'It was so hard to stop reading when I was jet-lagged and exhausted that I actually woke up at 5 a.m. to finish the book. Now, that's suspense!’ —TheFamilyCurator.com

    'I’ve read and really enjoyed all of Steve’s books, and it’s hard to say which is best because they’re all great.’ —GenealogyUK.com

    'If you’re a Dan Brown fan, like I am, this book is fantastic.’ —A Year in the Life of a Reader

    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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    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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    9 of 9 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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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Brown.....you have serious competition! 10 Feb. 2013
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    Well what a truly gripping read this was from start to finish. I have read Steve's other two books involving the mystery busting legend that Jefferson Tatyte has become but you do not have to have done to fully enjoy all the twists and turns that this book takes. Warning! It is one of those books that you will not be able to put down until you have finished it! I like the introduction of a rival, I'm sure we will be seeing more of Michel Levant. Towards the end of the book things start to connect back to earlier events in the book but you are kept on tenterhooks until the end, and what and ending and cliffhanger! Can't wait for the next instalment. Brilliant.
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    18 of 20 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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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it 17 Aug. 2014
    By Linda
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    I have read the first two of this author's books and really enjoyed them but this one was clearly the best in my opinion. It was extremely well written and there were very interesting characters. The plot kept me guessing until the end and still wanting more. It was a fantastic subject and the amount of research on this must have been huge. Well done Steve - really looking forward to the next one now.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Jones as an heir hunter? 15 April 2015
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    This story is based around an overweight somewhat insecure genealogist who manages to get himself involved unwittingly in murder and mayhem. JT has arranged to meet an old colleague in London, and during the conversation he realises that he is being "set up" with a prospective date Prof Jean Summer. The description of their mutual embarrassment is beautifully handled, showing that Robinson can deal with historical detail, action-man antics and genuine emotion. When Marcus Brown is gunned down as they leave the restaurant he leaves JT with a mystery to solve which leads him and Jean, a history professor, to research the House of Stuart as someone seems to think they have a claim to the British throne. Michael Levant, an heir hunter, appears to know something about the hunt but JT doesn't trust his motives, and gradually the reason for this mistrust is developed. The characters of JT and Jean evolve as the hunt proceeds and it looks as though this pairing will work professionally and personally in following stories.
    As with any "What If" novel the reader is required to accept an unlikely premise for the action, but once you are prepared to work with the concept of secret messages left by some of the original members of the Royal Society; the "real reasons" behind the accession of George 1st rather than a member of the Stuart line, and a frantic "heir hunt" to track down descendants of those entrusted with the secret, you have an intelligent, well researched, action-packed story that moves apace. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 9 April 2013
    By Deborah
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    A slightly different genre with this one from the first two as it delves into royal history and conspiracy theories and also plausible if you use your imagination. But............... Tayte, your gonna have to stop eating all those miniature Hershey's and get some weight off with all that running around you are doing!!!! Great read with a real cliff-hanger ending. Can't wait until the sequel comes out.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great book 26 Jan. 2013
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    After the last two books, which were also very good, I couldn't wait to read this one. Very different from the first two books as the stories are very different, but still with the great character of Jefferson Tayte.
    I was drawn into the story as the author described the places so well as the characters travelled around central London. It was almost like being with them as they travelled through the very streets I knew as a child as it is so well written.
    The story is full of excitement and adventure and you don't want to put it down because you can't wait to find out what happens next.
    With each book we are getting to know Jefferson Tayte a little bit better, he's really come to life and you start to care about him. I can't wait for the next book to see how his work and personal life progress.
    If you like a good read then I thoroughly recommend this and the previous two books.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Queen of England
    Third I have read in the Jefferson Tayte series Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking
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    Although I did enjoy this book some things I did find a bit unbelivable. Could there really be all that shooting going on and no police around. Read more
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    Published 3 days ago by N. S. Lane
    4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant , well written and clever
    Loved the detail Steve Robinson writes and the tension , I was gripped from start to finish , can't wait to read the next book
    Published 5 days ago by Mrs J A Gibson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great Book loved it.
    Published 7 days ago by Carolyn Seddon
    4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
    Another great read from Mr Robinson. Thank you, sir. Almost a feeling of "to be continued" about it and I look forward to that.
    Published 8 days ago by eamon cowman
    5.0 out of 5 stars I have always liked Steve Robinsons books
    This book was very exciting and as I read in bed, I couldn't wait every night to get to bed to read this story. Read more
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