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.
What to make of the story of five men of science, colleagues of Isaac Newton and Christopher Wren, who were mysteriously hanged for high treason?
As they edge closer to the truth, Tayte and the professor find that death is once again in season. A new killer, bent on restoring what he sees as the true, royal bloodline, is on the loose…as is a Machiavellian heir-hunter who senses that the latest round of murder, kidnapping, and scandal represents an unmissable business opportunity.
The Last Queen of England is a racing thriller with a heart-stopping conclusion. It follows on from In the Blood and To the Grave but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.
©2014 Steve Robinson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Yes. To make certain I didn't miss anything and to enjoy the story again.
Yes. I couldn't wait for the story to progress.
Superb performance. Nailed the emotions of the characters.
Turn off the television and enjoy Simon Vance's narration of this engaging book.
This is the third in this series. I keep hoping that Jefferson Tayte grows a pair. The story line is very good but his wimpiness is getting very, very annoying.
I don't understand why, as Jefferson Tayte is an American, why they use an English narrator.
Tell us about yourself!
Love a mystery where you can learn something new in the process.
The intrigue of a 300 year old Jacobin "plot" involves learning the ins and outs of the practice of Genelogy as well as a lessor known (for me anyway) piece of history - the reigns of Queen Anne and Queen Mary of Britain.
Good story that keeps you guessing right up to the end.
I love the genealogical aspects of this book. The the first in the series, it is what maintained my interest enough to finish the book. Unlink the first book ( To The Grave) however, there is no second story to keep the reader interested.
The main character (Jefferson Tayte, an American genealogist) is flat and typecast. The assassin appears very early on and the reason for a string of assassinations is over the top. It might have been more interesting if there was more variety in the way people died. Like To the Grave it is all guns, guns, guns. The problem started for me when the bodies started mounting all over London.
The lackluster response of law enforcement was unrealistic in this day of terrorist threats and realities. British Intelligence does get involved in the case but are clueless. Why don't they take Tayte off the street after the two agents escorting him are shot? They let him wander and reveal case details to the public.
The problems from the first book show up again here. Tayte repeatedly mentions he is searching for his birth parents and that he has a weight problem. But that's all we know. Why is his weight an issue? How heavy is he? Does he have health issues. Or is it just an impression the author has of Americans? Doesn't Tayte have any relatives who know he was adopted? Were his birth parents British? It seems that is why he is so interested in British genealogy. But how does he know this? And Tayte must own stock in a tan suit manufacturing company. He seems to have a never ending stock.
The narrator, Simon Vance, is one of my favorites and he does a good job with Tayte's American English accent and pronunciation. There are instances, however, where Tatye uses a British pronunciation when he just wouldn't have.
"Full of mystery"
Well I didn't think it possible. But I am pleased to say that Steve Robinson just gets better and better..... Each and every book This being number 3.
There are just so many twists and turns, meaning that you are kept on the edge of your seat if not hanging off of it with every minute!!!!
From the first to the last, each scene getting you deeper and deeper in to the plot and fantastic story.
Hell yes!! it almost cost me my job as you just can't find a suitable place to stop.
This is a action pack adventure that will have you guessing all the way along. It has no real bad language and very little gore. but is a real must for all those thriller fans out there. Well worth a go.
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