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In the Blood: A Genealogical Crime Mystery #1 (Jefferson Tayte) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Robinson
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IN THE BLOOD: A Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Crime Mystery #1. 110,000 words.
A dark secret locked in the past.  A family historian trying against the odds to unlock it.

One of Amazon UK's 'Best Books of 2011'.  A 'Kindle Customer Favourite' with over 800 five-star reviews worldwide. All titles in the series available in audiobook format from March 18, 2014.

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Family history was never supposed to be like this...

When American genealogist, Jefferson Tayte, accepted his latest assignment he had no idea it might kill him. But while murder was never part of the curriculum he is kidding himself if he thinks he can walk away from this one.

Why can't I trace them?  What happened to them?

Driven by the irony of being a genealogist who doesn't know who his own parents are, Tayte soon finds that the assignment shares a stark similarity to his own struggle. Someone has gone to great lengths to erase an entire family bloodline from recorded history and he's not going home until he's found out why. After all, if he's not good enough to find this family, how can he ever expect to be good enough to someday find his own?

Set in Cornwall, England, past and present, Tayte's research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark family secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and they will stop at nothing to find them.

The Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Crime Mysteries.  What secrets are in your family history?

From Amazon Vine Voice, Cathy G. Cole of Kittling Books:
- The mystery surrounding the Fairborne family was excellent. By book's end I hadn't figured it out. This is the first book by Steve Robinson, and I am definitely looking forward to reading more!

From the worldwide Amazon community:
- The very best of all mystery stories I have read over the years. Carolyn Harris - 8 Jan, 2014
- Jefferson Tayte is a genealogical Sherlock Holmes. Roozoo - 24 Nov, 2013
- I would recommend this book to Tom Clancy!  I couldn't put it down. Gene - 20 Aug, 2013
- I wasn't sure I was going to like it because I'm not really into genealogy - but wow what a great read! Diane Fogerty - 11 Jul, 2013
- I recently read Oliver Potzsch's book The Hangman's Daughter and The Dark Monk so I started an Amazon search for something similar. You have to read "In the Blood" you will be hooked! Karen FH - 3 Jul, 2012
- It's not often somebody takes the murder mystery in a different direction and succeeds as well as this author has done. More please! G.Beech - 25 Mar, 2012
- Just finished this and can honestly say it is the best crime novel I have read in the past year. I. Clements - 22 Feb, 2012
- This family secret laden story truly suggests not only [Robert] Goddard but EARLY Goddard at his best. Highly recommended! Hans Wollstein (Goodreads) 21 Feb, 2012
- I don't even know where to begin singing the praises of this book. It was, to me, that brilliant. Tori - 21 Feb, 2012
- Parts are reminiscent of Daphne Du Maurier but with a modern edge. Rosen Trevithick - 13 Dec, 2011
- This is a great, cleverly-written book by an author with a descriptive style that is really much better than we have any right to expect from a narrative thriller. Matt James 8 Nov, 2011
- The combination of genealogy research, heavenly setting, believable, witty dialogue and cliff-hanging action created one bang-up read. Marcia Pitts - 12 Aug, 2011
- If you want a great mystery that thrills right to the end, you cannot choose better than In The Blood. G.Robbins - 4 Aug, 2011

Books in this series.
#1 In the Blood: A dark secret locked in the past - a family historian trying against the odds to unlock it. 
#2 To the Grave: A wartime secret with deadly repercussions. 
#3 The Last Queen of England:  A centuries-old royal conspiracy.  The ultimate heir hunt.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Books in this series.
#1 In the Blood: A dark secret locked in the past - a family historian trying against the odds to unlock it. 
#2 To the Grave: A wartime secret with deadly repercussions. 
#3 The Last Queen of England:  A centuries-old royal conspiracy.  The ultimate heir hunt.

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 709 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477818529
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00560R3WM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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129 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Combination of Genealogy and Mystery August 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good first book May 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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129 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MrsMad August 15, 2011
By MrsMad
Format:Kindle Edition
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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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cornish atmosphere August 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Centuries of storylines, in one incredible book December 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended August 12, 2011
By Mews
Format:Kindle Edition
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable page turner! August 9, 2011
By Kew
Format:Kindle Edition
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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a cracking read! August 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I came to In The Blood from the monthly discussion choice from the UK Kindle Group on Goodreads. Without it I wouldn't have noticed this book, something that makes me wonder how many other superb books like this one have missed my attention.

This book was well paced throughout and one had an immediately affinity with Tayte, the seemingly ill-equipped hero of the book. It is only when things get tough that we see his real mettle. Along the way there are plenty of incidents that keep you guessing without having to rely upon red herrings to throw you off the scent.

The scenery in this book is fabulous. The locations around Cornwall are beautifully described along with the supporting cast. It is always nice to care about what is happening to the characters, something that many writers forget in their quest to get as many bangs on the page as possible.

The flashback scenes are very well handled and do not jar the main narrative and provide added detail and back story to the modern day story.

Throughout the book the tension continues to rise until you arrive at the final confrontation, which I felt was very much in keeping with the rest of the book.

If you want a great mystery that thrills right to the end, you cannot choose better than In The Blood.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Am going to read other in this series
I like some meat on the bones of my mystery stories.This book kept my interest in the setting and the story. There was and interesting main character that was not the usual hero.
Published 59 minutes ago by clara s. terry
4.0 out of 5 stars a complex and subtle novel
The main character was well drawn: One felt sympathetic due to his familiar or recognisable weaknesses and therefore championed him when he responded courageously to tough... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Virginia D.
5.0 out of 5 stars HIDDEN SECRETS IN CORNWALL
I loved that this is set mostly in Cornwall, England. I do genealogy so that hooked me. I could picture the scenes in that wonderful part of the world and relished hearing more as... Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Lois
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue and history well-entwined
The characterization was well done and the plot moved along pretty nicely. As a history fan, it was enjoyable because of the contexts and settings in England. A nice read.
Published 7 hours ago by Bryan Stroud
3.0 out of 5 stars Rahtrer long getting to the truth.
It is OKAY , but I kind of got disinterested a few times with all the genealogical details etc. It really did not really make me sit on the edge of my seat with anticipation... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Betty Winchester
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing debue
A very talented author has written his first book in a very powerful, exciting, knowledgeable, well crafted, unique way that is astonishing. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first book for this author, I intend to follow him.
Genealogy was never of interest to me, but the book has sparked an interest for me. Try out this new author, it is worth
the read!
Published 1 day ago by Gina Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Surprise
I was looking for a new book to read and decided to give this one a try. With mixed reviews and not knowing this author I wasn't sure what to expect but I was immediately hooked... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Rebecca Bronson
4.0 out of 5 stars Light reading for days when your brain is tired.Intriguing character...
I picked this book because researching family tree is a hobby of mine. That aspect of the book was interesting and earned it an extra star, but I found some aspects of the story... Read more
Published 2 days ago by billsown
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific author, great book!
Great book...I enjoy the flip flop between time periods...lots of history....pay attention - many characters. I have already started another by this author.
Published 2 days ago by Mary F
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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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