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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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Product Details

  • Series: Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477818529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477818527
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,445 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,944 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.

Customer Reviews

The twists were exciting and kept me turning the page.
Wanda
I couldn't put it down, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves genealogy or anyone who loves a good mystery.
Linda Brown
The characters are well written and a good story with the genealogy adds a lot of interest for me.
Karen S.

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141 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Marcia Pitts on August 12, 2011
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I agree with the previous reviews! I could not put this one down until I finished, (at about 3:20 a.m. this morning). Tayte won my heart as a vulnerable protagonist who surprised himself with his determination and grit. The combination of genealogy research, heavenly setting, believable, witty dialogue and cliff-hanging action created one bang-up read. Come on Steve Robinson, WE WANT MORE J.T.!
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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful By V. Ackroyd on May 11, 2012
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There was a lot I liked about this book. As an amateur genealogist, I thoroughly enjoyed Robinson's descriptions of hunting family history. He was accurate and, with the ever-increasing records that are available, plausible in his portrayal of obtaining family history. This said, that the murderer was as adept at ferreting out family history was slightly less credible. It's to Robinson's credit as a writer, however, that he kept me entertained and "with him" in the story and that it was only after finishing the book I began to wonder at some of the plot lines. As other reviewers have commented, some of the things in the book ARE quite far fetched: why the headstones if the original murderers wanted to obliterate the family? Or did they? That part of the story isn't well developed. The reader is also left with the question as to Lowenna's death. Was it murder or was it suicide? I also wish he had written a bit more about the original family as they journeyed across the ocean. Finally, after JT goes to such lengths with Amy, it was a surprise to see Julia pop up at the end. I would imagine that this will be carried forward in the next book but I was disappointed that she didn't play more of a role in this book.
Reading what I have written, it seems I have a lot to quibble with in this book but actually I enjoyed reading it and look forward to the next. It's made me think and question and be engaged in it.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rosen Trevithick on December 13, 2011
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Before you read this book, grab a pen and paper and keep them with you. That way you can plot a family tree, delighting every time a new character is revealed. You will meet a lot of intriguing Fairbornes and you'll want to keep track of them, in order to get the most out of this book.

"In the Blood" is a mystery drama that combines suspense, intrigue and revelation, set in and around the beautiful Helford Estuary in Cornwall. Its author, Steve Robinson, really makes the most of the Cornish setting, including the boating culture to maximum effect.

It's one of those tales that spans across many generations, which really widens the variety of subplots combined in one riveting tale. Parts are reminiscent of Daphne Du Maurier but with a modern edge, making this one of my favourite indie books.

The characters are appealing and well developed to the extent that when the protagonist was in danger, I had to keep reading to find out what happened to him.

Some readers are prejudiced against indie writers, but "In the Blood" goes to show that an independently published title can be, in every way, as good, if not better, than many titles from a mainstream publisher.

All in all, a jolly good read, which will appeal to men and women of all ages. I found it difficult to put down and am really looking forward to the sequel.
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135 of 151 people found the following review helpful By MrsMad on August 15, 2011
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An excellent book by this new author. I can only reiterate what others have already said before. Thanks Steve Robinson for supplying my holiday read, can't wait for the next one. Thanks to Amazon too, for providing the resource to access books and new authors, that would otherwise remain unknown. In my opinion there are too many books out there written by the same authors, including celebrities, that are flooding the market and stopping the real talent from coming through.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Freddiesmum on August 12, 2011
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I am yet another Goodreads Amazon Kindle Forum book of the month reader here! I would not have chosen this of my own accord as I dont much like crime...but this is so much more than just a crime story! The tale dips backwards and forwards and has you gripped by both ends of the story, the past and the present. The atmosphere of rural Cornwall is captured and I identified many places easily from the description alone. The writer has a gift for holding your interest on several levels and I look forward to his next offering.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kew on August 9, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. I like a good mystery and this story has plenty to exercise the mind! There are several running through the book and they are all neatly sorted in the end. I also enjoyed the switch between past and present - it isn't clunky and the story fits together seamlessly. This is a story which is very unpredictable; the author was constantly catching me out when I thought that I could guess what would happen. Amazingly well-written for a first novel I look forward to reading more by this author!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mews on August 12, 2011
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Another Goodreads Amazon Kindle group reader here. There is not much more I can add to the many well deserved 5* reviews this intellegent and well plotted mystery/thriller has received both here and on the UK site. I have been impressed (and equally unimpressed) by many of the self-published books I have read since getting my Kindle, but this one definitely rises to the top.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Angela@Florida on August 16, 2012
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I just finished reading this book. I really tried to like it, but found myself rolling my eyes too many times because of implausible situations. Firstly, the author has no idea how to portray an American and used stereotypical attributes to define the main character, Jefferson Tayte. I was confused much of the time, trying to piece together the story line and found myself sort of rushing through the dialogue just to find out 'who did it'. "Spoiler Alert!" It actually was a very interesting premise, but super hard to believe a common criminal could pull off impersonating an extremely wealthy, educated, member of elite British society in line for the baronetcy! His accent alone, back then, would have placed him in the lower class.
Maybe if the author had made the hero British it would have been easier to believe, but I have never heard an American refer to 7:30 pm as 'half seven'. Not to mention that he made an over weight, sloppy, bookish genealogist into Indiana Jones that was nearly killed (violently) 4 or 5 times - just barely escaping with his life. And as mentioned by other reviewers, are we expected to believe that a wooden box holding paper (hundreds of years old) would be dry and legible after being submerged in the ocean, not once, but twice! Not really.
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