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Dying Games

Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
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Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It's the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte.

Hoping his insight and expertise will help solve the case, the FBI summon Tayte back to the capital. But as he struggles to crack the clues, the killer strikes again - and again. Tayte is known as the best in the business, but this time he's up against a genealogical mastermind who always seems to be one step ahead.

With the clock ticking and the body count rising, Tayte finds himself racked with guilt, his reputation and career in tatters. The killer is running rings around him; is it only a matter of time before he comes for the ultimate target?

This is the sixth book in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.

©2017 Steve Robinson (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-06-17

A Wonderful Suspense Mystery Surprise!!

My only prior exposure to the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries series was listening to In the Blood which is Book 1 in the series almost 2 years ago. In the Blood was a disappointment. I recently decided to try Dying Games which is Book 6 in this series by Steve Robinson after seeing it was getting very positive reviews at Audible, Amazon, and Goodreads. I'm happy that I tried it because it is an outstanding suspense thriller as protagonist Jefferson Tayte is frustrated again and again by a serial killer who is playing games with him in the Washington DC area by giving him the opportunity to stop murders. The killer then moves the game to England where Tayte's fiancée lives and kidnaps her as he continues to play his game. After 3 months of searching for her Tayte teams up with his fraternal twin to try to find her. The suspense builds throughout. Brit Simon Vance, one of the very best, narrates superbly.

The six novels in this series are priced well below the cost of an Audible credit. The Audible and Kindle books are available free to listen to/read for Kindle Unlimited members. Simon Vance narrates all of the audio books in the series.

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 08-17-18

Boringly Bad

I have enjoyed the previous installments of this series - but this latest entry was disappointing. It was more of a drawn out, psychological serial killer "thriller" that seemed to stray significantly from the previous story formats. I was bored halfway through and just skipped to the last chapter to read the resolution. I will continue to follow this author, but I sincerely hope that this was a just a one-time transgression and "JT" will return again to solving genealogical focused mysteries and leave serial killers to others.

Simon Vance was excellent with the delivery of the story and the only reason I finished the book

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  • Beth
  • Green Bay, WI, United States
  • 08-09-17

Do the obvious thing

I've enjoyed listening to this series, JT is an affable guy, and maybe that's part of the problem. With this last book there seems to be a lot of carnage without the corresponding angst. More than once the plot seemed to be more contrived to show off genealogy techniques than to save a life. And, more than once, I found myself wondering why on earth they didn't just do the obvious thing. Still, it's a fun read (listen) and I'm sure I'll buy into the next book when it comes out.

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  • Leslie
  • Sausalito, CA, United States
  • 11-28-17

Decent classic thriller - narration good, but...

I probably would have given this 3.5 stars for the story. It is engaging and kept my attention. The characters are a little flat, though. I do a lot of digital retouching that doesn’t require all of my attention, so I like these kind of engaging but not too deep stories to entertain me while I work. So, it fits the bill for what it is.

Simon Vance is a great narrator, but I did have a bit of a problem with him as a choice for this series. The author is British and some of the book takes place in England, so I suppose they are going for the British audience. The main character as well as most of the characters are American however, so it is a little bit jarring to hear the main character talking with a British voice trying to sound American (and not pulling it off too well.) Also, there are a few expressions that are more British than American. It’s minor, but doesn’t make sense for the American character to say them. I think they could have found an excellent American performer to read this book and it would have made more sense.

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Disappointing

Where do I start? I've loved this series until this wretched plot showed up in this book. It reminded me of the FBI series called Criminal Minds in which week after week we get a brilliant serial killer who outwits law enforcement, graphically kills victim after victim until finally caught. This is what happens to Tate. Any normal person would be scarred for life - even with years of therapy - or he would have suicided early on. In any case please let this series go back to the flavor it had in the earlier books or I will not continue with them.

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  • Peter
  • Randburg, South Africa
  • 05-07-17

Fast pace and entertaining

What I like is a book that sucks you in right from the start. It is all go and keeps moving. Its so refreshing to read - in this case listen - to something that has such a different plot to most who dunnits.

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  • Audrey
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 09-20-19

not his best by far. oh well. <br />

Great story but dragged at parts. too much amateur psychology. JT's indecisiveness was boring and didn't ring true.

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Dying Games

A genealogy expert, Jefferson Tayte, lives in London. He's contacted by an American investigator because the victim of a recent murder was part of Tayte research. Tayte immediately flies to the States to give all aid he can to solve the murder. Soon, another victim is found, also from his genealogy research - bodies pile.

Terrific murder mystery - a touch of Agatha Christie who-done-it. Even though we know who-done-it .... or do we?

Not so hot? Well, the story is modern-day, cell phones are a main source of research for Tayte. Sometimes Tayte makes long drives rather than making a phone call. Pickyunish of me.

If you've never listened to a narration by Simon Vance, give him a go, you won't be disappointed. Narration is great, no issues with production.

Dying Games is nine hours of listening in unabridged audiobook format, released in May 2017 by Brilliance Audio, and Book 6 in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries. You do not need to listen to the entire series to enjoy the story - but, you might after you hear Dying Games.

Recommended!

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  • Pamela
  • Bigfork, Montana
  • 12-23-18

Death is a game for Jefferson Tate

An odd book as the protagonist is indirectly responsible for the deaths of several people, most of whom he has never met. The who-dun-it is not long a mystery, so the story is about the race between Tate and his vengeful opponent.

I have listened to one other book in this series and that was not enough to prevent me from missing most of the reference to other people and events from earlier books. Tate is an ancestor hunter, but has gotten himself involved with deadly mysteries in the past. Those come back to haunt him in this volume.

Thank goodness for his prodigious memory though - even though he proudly disdains keeping electronic records, he is generally able to find just the right document in a room full of paper files. Too many coincidences and too many nick-of-time discoveries make the whole story implausible.

I also have a problem with his inconsistent reactions - if the drama calls for rational and cautious action, that is Tate, full stop. If the story is better served by a thoughtless and reckless response, that is Tate too. I am tired of books that make me shake my head in dismay and this is one of those.

Simon Vance is, as always, an easy listen.

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Another exciting book in the series

On to Book 7 to see how it all plays out. Still think Oliver Platt and Emma Thompson would be perfectly cast if they ever make a movie.

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  • JamesB
  • 05-11-17

A brilliant read.

This is the sixth book in the Jefferson Tayte saga it is also the best. The plot is fascinating. It is impossible to guess the next twist and there are lots o twists that enforce you to carry on reading just one more chapter. JT is such a good character that I hope the author will continue to write about him. Great stuff, Steve?

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  • Leonie Frieda
  • 10-26-17

Superb!

Fabulous Story, wonderfully narrated, and pure joy. Thank you Steve Robinson and Simon Vance for making the entire Jefferson Tate stories total BLISS! LF London

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  • Mrs M Scott
  • 09-03-17

Another Brilliant story!

Another involved, convoluted story keeping the listener in suspense until the very end. Simon Vance is a wonderful narrator, keeping the character voices easily recognisable. Although it sounds like things have come to an end, I very much hope that there will be another book.

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  • Cardicat
  • 07-09-17

Fabulous

I have read them all and have loved every one. This new book hits the spot too. Love this author.

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  • Stuart C.
  • 06-01-17

Up to standard

I enjoyed this latest JT book as I have all the series, I hope there are more to come. Also the excellent narration by Simon Vance.

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  • HT
  • 03-26-19

Good read as usual

Enjoyed this story, albeit rather gruesome. Narrator
excellent with steady pitch. Holds you right til the end.

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  • S. Rifflart
  • 09-07-18

If you like history and genealogy than you’ll love this series

It’s a great mix of thriller and detecting
Through the generations. This series just gets better with each book

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  • Chrissi Newall
  • 06-25-18

Hmm not too good

Tended to be a rather boring monologue with no cliff hangers. I think the author tried to make it exciting but the style of writing was flat and predictable.
I tried to get to the end but it just couldn’t hold my concentration. I can see why audible put it in the sale.

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  • Chery
  • 06-08-18

Awful

This was book was so awful I had to send it back. The narrator was truly terrible.

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  • Judith
  • 05-09-18

beyond belief

I'm disappointed with this one. I liked the premise of the story, events linked to genealogy. But really the links and the characters and the events involved are totally far fetched and beyond belief. These got worse as the story went on.

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  • Mari
  • 04-01-18

Disappointing.

I've enjoyed this series and I have found that the characters and stories have grown stronger with each book. However, this book was extremely disappointing. The story was way over the top and was just plain silly. Hopefully, if there are more books in this series they return to their roots of being a good mystery.