A curiously dated child’s suitcase arrives, unannounced and unexplained, in a modern-day Washington suburb. A week later, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is sitting in an English hotel room, staring at the wrong end of a loaded gun.
In his latest journey into the past, Tayte lands in wartime Leicestershire, England. The genealogist had hoped simply to reunite his client with the birth mother she had never met, having no idea she had been adopted. Instead, he uncovers the tale of a young girl and an American serviceman from the US 82nd Airborne, and a stolen wartime love affair that went tragically wrong.
With To the Grave, Steve Robinson confirms his status as a master of the taut and delicately constructed historical thriller.
This is the second audiobook in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series, which begins with In the Blood but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.
©2014 Steve Robinson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Totally absorbing story. A woman in her early sixties learns she was adopted. She hires a genealogist to discover her past. The story of her parent's past runs in parallel chapters with the genealogist current investigation. Very engaging! Totally enjoyable!
After this first listen, in the Jefferson Tayte series, I enjoyed it so much, I purchased another in the series.
than the first book. I had been hesitant to buy the second book because the first was difficult to get into. I was, however, surprised to find myself interested in this one.
The WWII flashbacks were well done as were the characters and family interactions.
Simon Vance, as always, was a good listen.
Gripping, sad, heartfelt
It teaches history about what happened to unwed mothers during WWII era, but with a human story I cared deeply about.
Too many to mention, but it shows how deadly gossip can be.
Even though I normally avoid WWII stories, as I'm so tired of them, the story about a girl during that time, and what happened to her life was so gripping, it held me to the end.
Great opening... Enjoyed the reading performance and full characters... It did get terribly sad...especially knowing history is peppered with these cruel moments that led to dark lives for so many girls.
I read A previous Jefferson Tate story on Kindle and thought I'd try another by audio. The story was engaging and kept me guessing until the end. I enjoy stories that periodically flashback in time as this one did. I didn't much care for the way things ended in the story, however. Among other things, I felt the author left a couple of unanswered questions that leave you scratching your head. The narration was descent considering the numerous characters and interchanging of accents.
I enjoyed the performance but I was so angry with the mother!
I did not like the ending I was sad to find out what actually happened. Family secrets can be deadly. Mother was very controlling.
Good switch with characters. The voices made me think of Harry Potter's narrator.
Not all in one mainly on my commute home.
I get too emotional with these kinds of books. A good Love story and sad Lost of Love!
An excellent story with vivid characters you can so easily picture. His books are so interesting and I really am drawn to Jefferson Tate. He is so real with frailties and he just keeps digging.
I only listened to the audio edition, so don't know if the print edition is better or not.
The plot kept me going because I wanted to know what happened to Danny and Mena. They were so in love but seemingly never found each other as World War II wound down. The mystery of this story was intriguing to the end.
Simon Vance does a remarkable job on the characters. Whether English, American, male or female, the narration is believable and I forgot that the characters were all voiced by the same person.
Some secrets need to be told.
I have worked on my own genealogy for years. The combination of genealogy research and the historical setting of the characters made this become one of my absolute favorites. I was crying at the end of the story, so heartbroken for the lives that had been ruined, and all over a misunderstanding. If I had any "secrets" I would certainly be telling them in the here and now, before it was too late.
This book was a breath of fresh air for me. The author and the narrator are a new experience, too. It's a different kind of mystery; a nice change from the usual murder story. I enjoyed watching the main character use research to resolve the problem. I'm looking forward to reading the others in the series.
I waivered between 3 and 4 stars for this book. I finally decided to go with 4 stars based on the strengths of Mina's WWII story.
The book, which alternates between 1944 and present day, is intriguing. The genealogical aspects of the search for Mina are the fascinating and move the story forward. The characters in the 1944 story are well rounded and bring the story to life. I cared about Mina and what happened to her. And when the past and the present merge, the story is first rate. The author should have stopped with Mina's story and edited out the thriller aspects-it would have been a better book.
The present day characters, including the main character (Jefferson Tayte, an American genealogist) are flat and typecast. So is the killer. No secret there, we meet the killer very early on. The bad guy(s) are transparent 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. The problem started for me when the bodies started mounting. The lackluster response of law enforcement was puzzling.
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?
A few of the details in the American scenes didn't work. When present-day Tayte has coffee with his American client, she serves the coffee from a percolator. I don't know if you can even buy percolators any more. And Tayte wears tan linen suits. And he seems to have a steady supply on hand. This is a minor problem, though. I'm sure British readers feel the same about details that American authors put in books set in the U.K.
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.
Note: This is the second in a series of three books. I have not listened to the first because it was lower rated. I am just finishing the third and will not be recommending it. Too many bodies and another mean assassin. I will write a review soon.
I would listen to it again. I found it absolutely compelling and just could not switch it off. Listened to it in one day.
When it was revealed that Mena had been raped after keeping us guessing
The scene with JT and Eliza and Mr Wells when it was revealed that although Mena had had an unhappy life at least she knew some happiness in her final years.
Definitely. Luckily I was on leave.
I intend to recommend this book to my family and friends. I enjoyed it so much more than 'In the Blood' and sincerely hope there will be more as good as this one from Steve Robinson.
I loved this book and it had me totally engrossed to the last when all the questions were answered. It was so very sad and as I got to the end the tears were brimming. The narrator did an excellent job. I would definitely read more by Steve Robinson.
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