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.
Not my usual reading choice but it was a fast pace read that kept my interest throughout. Now I'm waiting to see what the next adventure will bring.
I love the character Jefferson Tate. But the plot was so confusing, I have no idea what the outcome was! Totally frustrating.
No. I'll try one more. I loved the first two books in this series.
Maybe in England. I don't think Americans will care about royal bloodlines.
I'm so frustrated. I am completely confused about what happened! There were so many twists regarding the main conspiracy, that I still don't get what happened. I don't want to spoil this for anyone else, but I stuck with this story, even though I don't care about royal bloodlines at all, because I wanted to keep up with the main character's life for future books in the series. I paid attention, but I don't know what the outcome was.
The first two books in the series was about people's lives, the history of their families, which were mysteries. The books contain silly dangerous situations that kind of take away from the story, in my opinion, but if you just think of those silly subplots of supposedly dangerous people who care if Jefferson Tate unravels the family history, it's all in fun.
But, this book was about a confusing royal bloodline that goes back 300 years, and there is nothing about that information that makes you care, in my opinion. There is no human story involved, really. It's more a political thriller, with really silly chase scenes and conspiracies. Not at all like the first two books.
Maybe Brits will find a story about a 300 year old royal bloodline more interesting than I did, as an American, but if not, you can really skip this book - or at least fast-forward through most of it, and just pick up the tidbits about Jefferson Tate's life to take to the next book. If the next book is like this one, I'm done with this series. Too bad, because I loved the first two.
I'm sorry Steve Robinson, but I didn't like this book. And I really tried to. And I finished the book unsure about what happened to which baby or which mother!
In this third installment of Jefferson Tayte’s mysteries, Steve Robinson has twisted up his formula. Yes, there is a genealogical mystery. Yes, there are people willing to kill to keep the secrets. But where before, half the book is almost literally falling through time to become completely invested in the characters, that part is missing.
The Last Queen of England does not seem to suffer from the missing piece of the formula at all. It is still a fast-paced mystery, which drags you along all of the twists and turns. This installment feels like more of a rollercoaster ride than the previous two. Listening to the audible version, I can almost see the setting and character enacted before me on a screen.
If you’ve already read and enjoyed the first two Jefferson Tayte mysteries, you know you’re going to love this one.
this book is very cool, and well written and very informative and the series is very addictive
"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.
This is the first book I have read not realising that it was no3!! Wish I had started at the beginning. Loved it so nice to read something with people who are not perfect! Great story can't wait for the next.
To much about nothing.
All of them
Such a load of Tripe, glad I got this in the sale ! Blah! Blah ! ..
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