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The Last Queen of England (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  3,366 Ratings  ·  267 Reviews
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.

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Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published November 29th 2012
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Sonnet Fitzgerald There is no sexual content or explicit language at all.

Violence is moderate with no graphic descriptions. There are descriptions of gunshots, heart…more
There is no sexual content or explicit language at all.

Violence is moderate with no graphic descriptions. There are descriptions of gunshots, heart attacks, car crashes, and poisonings. There are two references to torture but they are neither focused on nor described in detail.

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Steve Robinson
Nov 27, 2012 Steve Robinson added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author of this book.
Karen (Kew)
Nov 29, 2012 Karen (Kew) rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to be one of several proof readers for this book. It was a very difficult book to proof read because it is so exciting that I kept getting caught up in the story and forgetting all about spellings!

This is slightly different from the first two books about JT, as this one stays firmly in the present. However, there are still strong links to the past. This story is gripping right from the start. Jefferson has stumbled upon state secrets and his life could be forfeit. There is an in
Dec 17, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
This is the third Jefferson Tayte genealogy-themed mystery book in the series. This time Tayte doesn't have an American client whose family tree he is researching, but rather is visiting his friend in London, when his friend is killed and he finds himself following the trail of his friend's research.

Like both the other books in the series, the writing is excellent--characters and settings feel real, dialogue sounds genuine, the pace was great. Tayte is a great character, and I can't wait to fin
Kath Middleton
Nov 29, 2012 Kath Middleton rated it it was amazing
American genealogist and man of mystery Jefferson Tayte has a rather different and much more personal assignment in this latest book. Steve Robinson has previously given us a past and a present narrative, woven together with great skill, but this time the action all takes place in present day London. His friend Marcus Brown has been tracing the families of five people hanged in the reign of Queen Anne and JT and a history professor friend of Marcus Brown’s become embroiled in the spin-off, poten ...more
Jud (Disney Diva)
Nov 27, 2012 Jud (Disney Diva) rated it it was amazing
This is definitely one of the best books I have read all year! I am becoming a huge fan of JT and I am eagerly awaiting his next adventure already!
JT is in London and meeting up with an old friend, who is attempting to set him up with a history expert (Jean). It is after their meeting that things start going terribly wrong, both JT and Jean are in danger and to figure it out who is behind it JT and Jean have to delve into both history and genealogy to get to the root of the scandal and if possib
B J Burton
Dec 31, 2012 B J Burton rated it really liked it
Find an eye-catching historical fact (such as Queen Anne experiencing 18 pregnancies, but having no child live beyond the age of eleven and none survive her); discover that a group of respected intellectuals were executed towards the end of her reign under mysterious circumstances; create a conspiracy theory that proof of the invalidity of the current monarchy, having been passed down the generations, is about to be used by republican sympathisers, and we should have the basis of a very readable ...more
Aug 26, 2013 Frenchie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Conspiracy Theories
Recommended to Frenchie by: Book Club
The Last Queen of England is one of the books chosen for September, in the Book Club I belong to here on GRs (L & E Bookclub).
What a book! I cannot say I understood it all (how they worked out the ''ahnentafel'' and the various anagrams so fast) but I have learned a lot of things about British History just by reading it. You can see that the author has made a laborious research to have an accurate story.

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Oh my, this is conspiracy theory at its best. I will not go into details with the plot,
Jan 24, 2013 Connie rated it really liked it
The author is getting better. This is the third book in the series. JT Tayte uses his genealogical skills to solve a puzzle amongst murder and mayhem. I hope there is at least one more in the series, as I want to know what is in the safe deposit box that will solve his biggest mystery of all. I bought these books on my Kindle. I needed something that was not too expensive to buy and a fast read. I have read other genealogical mysteries. Again, I enjoyed the journey.
The Last Queen of England is the 3rd in the Genealogical Crime Mystery series, and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it. Not only was the historical aspect interesting and enlightening, but Jefferson Tayte's genealogical investigation and his attempts to get away from the criminals were truly breath-taking. I'm glad I discovered this author, and hope he writes many more novels.
Mar 24, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dan Brown look out! The new kid on the block has arrived!

The Last Queen came across the screen of my Kindle as a suggestion. To my surprise, I took it, bought it, pressed read now, and never stopped until I finished. The ultimate villain...The side kicks....The love interest....and the American favorite, it seems, a British royal angle. The beginning seemed like a standard murder-mystery, quickly evolving into something much more complicated. Add a totally off the wall love affair (or at least,
Gill Chesney-green
Dec 26, 2012 Gill Chesney-green rated it it was amazing
This is the third of Steve Robinson's Jefferson Tayte books... the rather self-effacing American genealogist is again back in the UK. During his visit he loses a close friend as a result of a bullet and is determined to find out what the reason was for his murder. He teams up with a Professor of History, Jean Summer, and finds that the Jacobites have a connection to the death of his friend! The plot is fast-paced with a great many surprises... not least a connection with the Royal family. Howeve ...more
Lynda Kelly
Jun 11, 2015 Lynda Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner in this series though I marked it down one star as I got a little bogged down around the middle with some of the more technical genealogic stuff !! I was pleased to be able to bookmark the family tree at the beginning as I referred back to that a lot. Some of it when explained more simply was totally fascinating but when it got a bit too technical I started to glaze over.
I was a tad irritated at him keep referring to Bonnie Prince Charlie as Bonny although it was correct on the fa
Feb 11, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is in London to attend a conference and to visit an old friend. When the friend is murdered JT sets out to find his killer, and the only way to do that is to continue the research that got him killed. With the assistance of historian Jean Summer JT begins to delve into a 300-year-old conspiracy that threatens British national security and the monarchy.

Of his three novels, this one has more pure genealogy, but also more action and suspense. There are visits to
Aunty Janet
Jan 25, 2013 Aunty Janet rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book 6 stars! I'm not keen on history and not particularly bothered about genealogy, but I adore a really good thriller..... this is a really good thriller! I enjoyed the other two Jefferson Tayte novels, number 2 more than number 1 and am surprised that 3 could be even better, but it is. This book is set in London rather than Cornwall, which suited the pace of the story. It put me in mind of 'The Davinci Code', but I enjoyed this much more. I found it really difficult t ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could sit here and write so much about this book but I do not want to spoil it for anyone. Needless to say this book is fantastic, I have read the three books in this series one after the other and found each one better than the last. Be warned when you start reading this, you will need a clear weekend as I promise you it is one of those books you cannot put down and leave it, you will find yourself curled up with it, not doing anything else. I cannot wait for the next one I have been left wan ...more
JT hurtling all over London to avoid an assasin, on the back of a motorcycle driven his new lady friend, in between bouts of research as he astounds the Royal Archives Society. There's something going on with treason & Jacobites & the assasin, of course. But he has his trusty bag of Hershey's miniatures for when he gets really stressed out. Great narrator. Love this series! **Kindle Unlimited
Nov 27, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and read it in a couple of days. It was fast moving and had a highly original plot. Loved the cover picture.
Nov 02, 2014 Pauleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jefferson Tayte's adventures make genealogy look way too adventurous! I enjoyed this book and the mystery.
Kristen Hinkle
Jun 17, 2015 Kristen Hinkle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book!

It was so much fun to read. I love the genealogy piece as well as the action piece. I would definitely recommend it.
Dec 05, 2012 Melissia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
love love love his books... he can't write the next one fast enough!
Carol Kerry-green
Nov 27, 2012 Carol Kerry-green rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thriller, 2012

Probably the best Jefferson Tayte mystery yet:)
Feb 22, 2013 KM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Lots of action, twists and turns and a good mystery. Also a bit of history and genealogy which makes it fun and interesting.
Cathy Cole
Jun 29, 2014 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it
If you love a little history with your mystery, you're going to love Steve Robinson's Genealogical Crime series. If you're also interested in family history, well that's just the icing on the cake. Robinson knows how to spin generations of begats into an edge of your seat experience.

Jefferson Tayte is a genealogist who often finds himself in the UK researching his clients' family history, and you can learn a lot about the process from reading these books. (Don't grimace, it's far from being dul
May 29, 2015 Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my fist Jefferson Tayte novel. He is the main character in Robinson's historical fiction series. Tayte is 40 year old genealogist who evidently solved old family mysteries, In this case, the question is whether Queen Anne, the last of Stewart line, died without issue. In real history the Hannover succeeded Anne, and that is line still on the British throne today. Spurned on by the death of a close friend, Tayte and his new female companion, Jeanne set out to solve this genealogy mystery ...more
Sep 04, 2013 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading a lot of free or 99-cent books on my e-reader. Some are okay, some I delete after reading a chapter, but none have been more than an amusing way to pass the time.

"The Last Queen of England" by Steve Robinson got my attention. Jefferson Tayte, an American genealogist, is in London visiting a friend when he becomes embroiled in a search for the missing heir of Queen Anne, the last survivor of the Stuart line. Anne had 17 pregnancies, but left no heir -- or did she? and what would
May 15, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cathy, Christy
Recommended to Sandy by: Amazon
Shelves: 2013
A page turner! The third of the Jefferson Tayte stories, this time he finds himself researching the past of a royal line, not, as with Steve Robinson first two novels where he was hired, but this time he was visiting a friend in London and was present when his friend was murdered. Tayte finds himself following his dying friend's last words to find his killer.

Robinson's character descriptions are great - I found myself caring for them, hurting with them, and hoping with them. This book however, u
Cleo Bannister
Having read and enjoyed Steve Robinson's previous two books featuring Jefferson Tayte In the Blood: A Genealogical Crime Mystery and To the Grave (Genealogical Crime Mysteries) I was thrilled to hear that the third episode had been published.

This time the story revolves around Queen Anne and the Jacobites, a period in history that I didn't know much about. Jefferson Tayte meets his old mentor, Marcus Brown and soon there is a murder and a puzzle to be solved. This is a fast paced story with JT g
Feb 10, 2016 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Until this year the writer was previously unknown to me, and now I have just finished this 3rd book in the Jefferson Tayte series in quick succession. This book is slightly different to the previous two, in that it blends past and present into a continuous tale all set in the present day. JT is in London for a genealogy conference, rather than tracing an American client's family history, when his friend and mentor is gunned down in front of him. This causes JT to pick up the reins of his friend' ...more
Dec 17, 2013 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I picked up this book up to read, I assumed it was going to be more about a specific royal queen. I was surprised, and thoroughly delighted to discover that it is one in a series about an American genealogical researcher, Jefferson Tayte. Genealogy is one of my hobbies so it was terrific to stumble upon this first book. It is a true mystery, full of intrigue to solve the mystery of whether the barren Queen Anne, actually produced a child that was raised by foster parents. Poor Queen Anne ha ...more
Marilyn Thompson
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and I could hardly keep up with all the twists and turns in the plot. Just when I thought I had it figured out, it took a new direction. I learned a lot about the Jacobites and Queen Anne. It is an area that I have not read much about. Never having read anything else by Steve Robinson, I enjoyed his writing style. I am looking for to reading his two earlier books. I can't wait to learn more about J T and his genealogical research, this being a su ...more
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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 b ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery (6 books)
  • In the Blood (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery Book #1)
  • To the Grave (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery Book #2)
  • The Lost Empress (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery Book #4)
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“Well, take e-mail for example. People don’t write to each other anymore, do they? Once my generation’s gone, the written letter will be consigned to social history. Tell me, Jefferson. When did you last write a letter?’ Tayte had to think about it. When the occasion came to him, he smiled, wide and cheesy. ‘It was to you,’ he said. ‘I wrote you on your sixtieth birthday.’ ‘That was five years ago.’ ‘I still wrote you.’ Marcus looked sympathetic. ‘It was an e-mail.’ ‘Was it?’ Marcus nodded. ‘You see my point? Letters are key to genealogical research, and they’re becoming obsolete. Photographs are going the same way.’ He looked genuinely saddened by the thought. ‘How many connections have you made going through boxes of old letters and faded sepia photographs? How many assignments would have fallen flat without them?’ ‘Too many,’ Tayte agreed. ‘I can’t see genealogists of the future fervently poring over their clients’ old e-mails, can you? Where’s the fun in that? Where’s the excitement and the scent of time that so often accompanies the discovery?’ He had Tayte there, too. Tayte’s methods were straight out of the ‘Marcus Brown School of Family History.’ Tripping back into the past through an old letter and a few photographs represented everything he loved about his work. It wouldn’t be the same without the sensory triggers he currently took for granted.” 5 likes
“looked genuinely saddened by the thought. ‘How many connections have you made going through boxes of old letters and faded sepia photographs? How many assignments would have fallen flat without them?’ ‘Too many,’ Tayte” 2 likes
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