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To the Grave
Start date
July 1, 2012
Finish date
August 31, 2012
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Oak Tree
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This story opens with Jefferson Tayte being given the choice of whether he wants to be shot in the heart or the head. It then rewinds 5 days and we see him being given a new family history to investigate. Eliza Gray wants to know who hr mother was and why she gave her up for adoption. Tayte travels to England to trace Philomena Lasseter. The modern day story is interspersed with Mena's tale during the war and makes for a compelling read. The main characters are believeable and there were times I...more
Jean Gill
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I read this straight after ‘In the blood’, having enjoyed the first book. This is even better, giving us the same mix of modern genealogical detective work and narrative set in the past. In this book, we spend more time in the past, WW2, than with Jefferson Tayte, the likeably flawed genealogical detetctive.

The mystery turns around the search for a 66 year old’s real mother and takes us into the life of Mena, a teenager in wartime Britain. Robinson’s gift for empathy with a v...more
Aunty Janet
This book is a cracking read! The story switches between Jefferson Tayte's genealogical enquiries for his client in America and the client's ancestors' story from war-torn Leicestershire. American GI's feature in the story, along with family secrets and lies. This page-turner was hard to put down and is so well written that it ended far too soon. I found it even better that the first Jefferson Tayte novel (In the Blood), you don't need to have read that one to appreciate this book. I wait with a...more
Carol Kerry-green
Really enjoyed the 2nd outing of Jefferson Tate. Mena's story was very moving in places, and JT's attempts to find her and the scrapes he got into (through no fault of his own) were memorable! Hope to look forward to a third outing?
Another absorbing, intelligent, well-written mystery from Steve Robinson. Felt completely interested in the story. Can't wait for the next one!
Karen Lowe
A delightful read - Steve really goes from strength to strength.
I thought it was well written, well paced, with a convincing evocation of wartime England.

Maureen (Mews)
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.
Another really enjoyable read. Genealogy is way more fascinating than I thought it would be, especially with the twists and turns Steve weaves so expertly into his stories.
Loved this book, my favourite kind of read, a thriller and linked in with family history.

Looking forward to more stories of JT and his research. Maybe he could come and help me with some of my brick walls ;o)
Jul 07, 2012 Laura marked it as to-read
May 19, 2013 Stonemags76 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition