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In the Blood

(Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  10,729 ratings  ·  989 reviews
Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.

In the Blood combines a centuries-old mystery with a present-day thriller that brings two pe
Kindle Edition, 394 pages
Published June 14th 2011 (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kylie D
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery-crime
I did really enjoy this book. It sees Jefferson Tayte, an American genealogist, travel to Cornwall in England searching for a client's ancestors. Something doesn't add up, so Tayte has to travel to look for information that he can't find over the phone or internet. His research into a family that fled the US after the War of Independence finds dead ends when Tayte can find no trace of the family, except for the father, after their arrival in England. In fact, the only information he can find is ...more
Rosen Trevithick
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 setti
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, 2019
Welp, I would never had come across this book if it wasn’t for my Mystery Book Club! Well done friends!

I really enjoyed In the Blood. My only grumble was that some of the actions and predicaments that Jefferson Tayte went through at the end were a bit unbelievable.

Come on Steve Robinson! I feel like he was writing about James Bond or John McClane and not an overweight genealogist that’s afraid of flying. Hahaha!!
It felt like an action movie but it was still a page-turner and I wasn’t bored.
So, I
The Hook - My new found interest in DNA and genealogy and an offer from Amazon to read this first in this mystery series featuring Genealogist, Jefferson Tayte, seemed a win-win deal.

The Line - ”Still, it's important to know who we are, don't you think?“

The Sinker - The premise is irresistible. A family flees America on a journey to England to escape The War of Independence and there the record stops. Tayte is hired to fill in the gaps in this family tree but soon finds out someone doesn't want
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I almost put this book down fairly early on, but I'm glad I didn't. What started off slow and a little bumpy turned out to be a very worthwhile mystery with an interesting genealogy angle.

Jefferson Tayte (JT) is trying to wrap up a family tree assignment for a wealthy and demanding client but runs into a problem - a huge hole in the Fairborne family tree. The client's descendants set sail from America to England just prior to the Revolution and there the trail stops cold for all members but one.
Steve Robinson
Jul 19, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a three-and-a-half-star read for me. The beginning almost lost me because the writing felt formulaic. In fact the mystery itself never really gipped me, although the later chapters involving the present-day crimes became page-turners. The plot made me realise how tricky it is to make the reader care about something that happened several centuries ago and Robinson gets close to doing this with a diary from a teenage girl and flashback scenes involving a feisty young woman, brilliantly na ...more
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was ok but didn’t ever really arouse my interest. It’s one that I’ve looked at multiple times but never quite been ready to read. I’m glad I did pick it up but not sure whether I’d continue the series.
Fran Hutton
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a free book I picked up on Amazon. It intrigued me because of the genealogical premise, and the setting in Cornwall where some of my own ancestors apparently came from.

I cannot tell you how impressed I was by Robinson's settings. His detail was incredible, and so accurate I could Google several of the buildings and coastal paths where the action occurred. They were dead on, and I felt like I was really there.

My only complaint was that the "hero" was one of these guys who thinks that i
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It had a very believable plot and sequence of events. It had surprising twists and turns that were quite believable and and ending that wraps up all the loose ends. Robinson has an excellent style of writing that just seems to make the story very believable. This is my first time reading anything by this author but it will definitely not be my last. I just love finding all of these new (to me) authors among my Kindle selections. They have given me excellent re ...more
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not one to read a mystery but what interested me was the genealogical part of it. I really enjoyed this book . Jefferson Tayte, a genealogist, is hired to find the descendants of a family that returned to Cornwall in 1783 from America. Lots of twists and turns. This was a page turner and I didn't even come close to figuring it out and I will be ordering the rest of this mystery series ...more
Caroline Pointer
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Genealogists and family historians, stop what you are doing right now and read this.

You absolutely must read the book In the Blood by Steve Robinson.

Take a break from your own research and see what happens when a very creative person's mind takes some genealogical ideas and fleshes out a story of intrigue, mystery, and murder. If I had been reading a paper copy, I'd call this one a page turner, but as it happens I was reading it on my new Nook Tablet, Valentina. [Yes, I name my gadgets. Mak
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genealogy
This was very good as a mystery and good genealogy, too. As an avid genealogist, I am always looking for genealogical mysteries. Dan Waddle had been a favorite, and Robinson will be one, too. There were plenty of clues, and it was exciting to read. The biggest fault, and the reason I gave it four rather than five stars, was the terrible accent he gave Jefferson. I read the paperback edition, and I understand the Kindle editions were changed. With that said, I am looking forward to getting To the ...more
Trish R.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At 47% DNF..

I find this book both confusing and it just jumps around too much. And it doesn't jump from chapter to chapter to a different year, you can be in the middle of something going on with Tayte and suddenly in the next sentence it's 1792 or 1803 or some other year in the past. I'm sure some readers like that but that's not for me. Sorry, Mr. Robinson.
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You know how, sometimes, it seems like all the stars align and, somehow, you stumble across a book that that is a perfect blend of what a 'dream book' would be about?

Yeah. That's how I feel about In the Blood. Genealogy? A mystery? A gothic feeling setting? A lovably flawed main character? Oh, and did I mention genealogy AND mystery? Oh my!

I don't even know where to begin singing the praises of this book. It was, to me, that brilliant. As soon as I flipped to the last location on it in my Kindl
My two favourite pastimes at this time of my life are genealogical research and reading, especially historical fiction and mystery thrillers, so I was delighted to discover a novel that combines all of these passions between its covers!

Yes, it did stand up to my expectations: the historical fiction part of the story is fascinating, and the present-day mystery is very skilfully woven, with moments of true suspense. All that, plus beautiful descriptions of the Cornish coastal scenery would surely
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a person thinks of the profession of a genealogist, danger isn't the first word that comes to mind as a description of the career. However, that is what Jefferson Tayte runs into when researching a family for a client. He comes to a stand still when he can no longer track a mother and her children who returned to England after the Revolutionary War. He has to fly to England to find his information. It was an enjoyable description of Jefferson on this flight. Besides his fear of flying, his ...more
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I have a massive interest in genealogy and love a crime mystery so really it was not a hard decision to give this one a shot!
Although it did start off a little slow I did enjoy getting to know the characters and really liked and cared about the main character JT. I liked the Authors descriptive writing and felt that I could really imagine the places the book was set.
The main thing I loved about the book is that I did not guess the ending at all and I love it when that happens.
Wanda Hartzenberg
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: murder-mystery
Review for In the Blood: A Genealogical Crime Mystery (Jefferson Tayte book 1)

This was a delight to read.

The book was fast paced with twists and turns and a main protagonist with an identifiable human weakness in his fear of flight.

The twists were exciting and kept me turning the page. Who knew research could be so dangerous.

The story was above all logical. The mystery real and the characters fluffed out enough to engage me throughout the book.

A 5 * read without a doubt.

This was just brilliant I was hooked from the beginning and stayed that way until the end. Five Stars plus!!!
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
I picked this book up as it was chosen as book of the month for Goodread's Amazon Kindle group. Described a a genealogical crime mystery it sounded like a good book for me, one of my favourite genres combined with a particular interest of mine. It also has elements of historical fiction, another plus.

American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is packed off to England to finish off his latest assignment, the family tree to be a birthday present for the client's wife. JT thinks the worst part of the tri
Cathy Cole
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
First Line: Mawgan Hendry was dying.

Professional genealogist Jefferson Tayte has a rich client who insists on having the research on the family tree completed in time to give as a gift. The trouble is, the trail's gone cold in America and the only thing left to do is to fly to England to see if he can find the missing pieces. Although he hates to fly, Tayte boards a plane and soon finds himself in Cornwall, where it becomes obvious that someone has gone to great lengths to erase an entire family
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
I love a good murder mystery, and this was definitely a VERY good murder mystery with a unique approach.

The protagonist is not a detective. Jefferson Tayte is a genealogist who is researching family history for a wealthy client. He has just hit a dead end that will require him to travel from Boston to Cornwall County in the UK – a serious problem since he has an intense fear of flying. Once he arrives in Cornwall, the further he gets into his research, the more mysterious the lack of family rec
Cleopatra  Pullen
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story starts with American genealogist Jefferson Tayte, JT, having to board a plane to Heathrow before catching a train to Cornwall in order to complete an assignment for a client's birthday, only problem is he is scared of flying. It took a while to get into the story as early on we are introduced to the Fairborne family boarding the boat, Betsy Rose, in America to sail to England in 1783. Once the JT had to Cornwall the parts from the past linked well with the many twists and turns happeni ...more
The Cats’ Mother
I can't remember if this was a goodreads or an Amazon recommendation, but the series was going cheap as ebooks and I liked the idea of it, and ultimately wasn't disappointed. Jefferson Tayte is an American genealogist with a fear of flying, who is commissioned to find out what happened to a family who left the USA in the late 1700s to move back to England, but then disappeared. Reluctantly, he travels to Cornwall where grieving widow Amy has unearthed a mysterious writing box in her house (I don ...more
Pete Loveday
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This a very engaging story of a Genealogist, Jefferson Tayte, who works tirelessly to unravel a family history mystery. The application of a Genealogists skills to a complex series of murders is a novel twist and the outcome is more than expected. A well constructed storyline that showcases the fascinating Cornwall coast and its inland beauty.
Jefferson Tayte is an interesting character who is portrayed with the usual flaws we all possess and uses his family history detective skills to discover t
Kylie H
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Quite an interesting plot and towards the end I found it hard to put down. I did find the movement between past and present a bit annoying but it helped the story to unfold.
Lexie Conyngham
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
One or two odd uses of language but an excellent yarn. Looking forward to the next one!
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
Solid 3.5
In the Blood is the first book in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series. Jefferson is a genealogist and he's found himself in a sticky wicket. There's one thing that makes me happy when reading. That's when stories are told in chronological order. So imagine how difficult this was for me to stick in there because the entire premise is about dealing with the past. The more he learns about the past the more you have to go to the past and it's not just one peek back, it's bit by bit of it. Th
Who knew that genealogy could be so dangerous and exciting? It was a good story if not a little far fetched.
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Steve Robinson is a London-based crime writer. He was sixteen when his first magazine article was published and he’s been writing ever since. A keen interest in family history inspired his first million-copy bestselling series, the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries, and with 'The Penmaker's Wife' and 'The Secret Wife' he is now expanding his writing to historical crime, another area he is pas ...more

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