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To the Grave (Genealogical Crime Mysteries, No. 2) Paperback – June 26, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Genealogical Crime Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: FeedaRead.com; 1st edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781765413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781765418
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (722 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 the Audio CD edition.

Customer Reviews

Great story and well written.
Nancynoo
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.
Kew
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes genealogy and a good mystery book.
Ann Wall

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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Ignite on June 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 11, 2012
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To the Grave follows the life of a young girl known as Mena and the journey of Jefferson Tayte as he tries to discover what happened to her, where she went and why. It is set alternately between the present day and the 1940's during World War 2. Mena's mother is a strict Catholic and is less than impressed when Mena falls for an American G.I. soldier based just outside the village where she lives,but this is nothing compared to Mena's secret.

I loved this book, I just wish I didn't have to read it in fits and starts due to having family visiting and only being able to read during breaks at work but in spite of this I still got completely absorbed into the story. The only bad point I can make about the book is I want to know more. I want to know everything about Mena and the other characters. Steve Robinson has a wonderful style and he really knows how to write so the story reaches and not only touches a readers heart but leaves a lasting impression.

It was simply fantastic and I will definitely be reading it again. If ever you need to fall in love with reading again this book will do it. A perfect follow up to In the Blood: A Genealogical Crime Mystery #1
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ken E on September 2, 2012
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This book is an improvement on the first in the Jefferson Tayte series. It has fewer absurdities, the writing standard has improved and the narrative flows more smoothly. It is a page-turner mystery story that keeps the reader intrigued to the end.

However, the author seems to have tried to turn the book into a thriller by including murders, confrontations with the killer and escape from certain death. The murders have only a tenuous link with the mystery and the reason for killing is flimsy. The whole sub plot of the murders could have been left out without detracting from the mystery.

The author should stick with mystery stories and forget about trying to write a thriller.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. King on June 14, 2012
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I read Mr. Robinson's first book, In the Blood, and have been waiting ever since for the second book. Now, I'm going to be anxiously waiting for number three! The history and detail are very enjoyable.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elinor Johnson on June 16, 2013
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I definitely enjoyed reading this book. "To the Grave" includes so many twist and turns that make it a great mystery, trying to figure out just what was the "current crisis" was difficult and I really didn't figure it out while reading the book - yet I was still hooked to keep reading and enjoy the story.

The book also touches on some very real and sad history that unfortunately many families went through.

An American editor might help with the colloquiums that the main character "should" use to make himself sound like a Yank and not a Brit but other than that another enjoyable and excellent book by Steve Robinson.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mews on June 30, 2012
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In The Blood is a fantastic book that fully deserves the praise and 5 star ratings. To The Grave is even better. Mena's story pulls at the heart-strings, which leads to tragic circumstances that are truly heartbreaking. I look forward to reading many more stories involving JT.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 1, 2012
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The author exceeded expectations this time. A great read for anyone who likes mysteries with a bit of history and genealogy. I cannot wait for the next in the series!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CAP1024 on July 1, 2012
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I gladly give this second book in the Jefferson Tayte series 5 stars. After enjoying the first book immensely, I was thrilled to see a second book had come out, and I couldn't wait to start reading. I enjoyed this one just as much as the first. Mr. Robinson knows how to write a good mystery. Keep them coming.
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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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