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To the Grave (Genealogical Crime Mysteries, No. 2) Paperback – June 26, 2012
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‘Steve Robinson’s books just keep getting better. What I found exceptionally well done was Mena’s story. Robinson made that era come to life.’ —Cathy Cole, Kittling Books
'For me, this was more than a crime mystery novel; it was a piece of fiction every bit as good as Ian McEwan’s Atonement.’ —George Hamilton, author
'Family historians who enjoy crime thrillers will find this yet another gripping read, bringing an exciting edge to the research skills we are familiar with. A gripping return for genealogist/detective Jefferson Tayte.’ —Your Family Tree magazine--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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.
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The Jefferson Tayte series is a 'TEN' in my book. It is well written and well edited. The details are well researched and the story lines are full of twists and turns. The characters in To The Grave were beautifully portrayed ( I really hated Mena's mother!)
Enough writing. The third in the series is waiting for me! Genealogical Mystery is my new favorite genre!
The book has a glorious description of the 1944/45 war era in Great Britain, with the added bonus of some realistic genealogical search methods thrown in. The main character is flawed just enough that we can identify with him, and the subject of the "man hunt" through history is herself hopelessly flawed, pays a terrible price, and is eventually somewhat redeemed.
You will probably not be able to put this one down. I stayed up late just to finish, and then had the sad realization that I was finished but wanted more. Going to go buy his other two, as I expect to be just as happy with them as with this one.