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Letters from the Dead

Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (234 ratings)

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From acclaimed author Steve Robinson comes a thrilling new Jefferson Tayte mystery.

When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to prove the identity of a black sheep in his client’s family tree, he unwillingly finds himself drawn into a murder investigation with nothing more to go on than a 150-year-old letter and a connection to a legendary ruby that has been missing for generations.

As more letters are mysteriously left for him, Tayte becomes immersed in a centuries-old tale of greed, murder and forbidden love that takes his research from the wilds of the Scottish Highlands to the colour and heat of colonial India.

A dark secret is buried in Jaipur, steeped in treachery and scandal. But why is it having such deadly repercussions in the present? Can Tayte find the ruby and prevent the past from repeating itself before it’s too late?

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

©2018 Steve Robinson (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • laura
  • Florence, AL, United States
  • 09-03-18

Another hit!

Once again, Steve Robinson has held my attention for nearly 10 hours! I always hate starting one of his books, because I know that when I do, it will soon be over! I was thrilled to find that Jefferson Tayte is still on the job and using his unique knowledge and skills to solve the crime and save the day! Letters from the Dead is well written, smart and entertaining! Highly recommended!

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  • sandra
  • morgantown, west virginia, United States
  • 05-30-19

Couldn’t stop listening...

The intrigue and mystery surrounding this listen will keep you engaged from start to finish. I highly recommend this JT adventure!

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Exceeded My Expectations

I wanted something a little mindless to relax my brain. This was decidedly more complex - even a bit convoluted - but it was interesting enough to hold my interest for a cross-country drive. By far the best "genealogical," mystery I've discovered thus far.

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Mr Robinson has written several books about its eascapades as a geneologist. This carries the same excitement as the previous ones It also has a slightly changed format to handle this historical aspects. I enjoyed that change as well.

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Good story with excellent narration

Steve Robinson hits the mark again with an unlikely but intelligent hero. He returned a style in some of his previous work of shifting from past to present. It brings the story and characters to life. I especially enjoyedSimon Vance’ narration.

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Least favorite of the series

The decaying ancestral home of Tate’s Scottish client is an interesting place. And Simon Vance does an admirable job with the narration. But the story is so full of holes that it borders on comedic. In the present-day story, the bodies stack up like firewood, and no one seems to care much. Oh well, there go a couple more murders. One DI to manage such an investigation? Not likely. And I doubt the police would urge Tate to continue his research in order to flush out the killer, especially as the bodies pile up and he has no police protection at all. And there is never a satisfactory explanation for why the 150 year-old letters, with their clues, are provided to Tate one at a time. I didn’t even find the 1820s story in India very credible. The earlier books in the series are much better than this one.

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Steve Robinson Genealogy Mystery Books

I love these books...which there were more!..Nathan Dylan Goodwin is an all time favorite.

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  • yvi
  • MI, US
  • 12-08-18

Another winner

Enjoying this series of ancestral stories. Years in this one would have made the transition from past and present easier to follow. Will read the next one, too.

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ok but accent was hard to understand.

reader's accent was hard to understand
storyline was a little confusing not being familiar with Scotland, England and India history.

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Another great Jefferson Tate mystery

Another thriller involving genealogy and mystery by Steve Robinson. Waited for this new book to come out and was spellbound until the very end. Always a great read.

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  • Mrs. A. Hemsworth
  • 08-15-18

Brilliant book all round !

The plot line is amazing, the characters are great and the story is told in both the past and present which Mar Robinson pulls off seamlessly. I was hooked from the start of this book and there are enough twists and turns to keep you busy. It was also beautifully narrated and with just the right amount of an accent to play each part well. I have read The JT novels from book one and eagerly await each new novel every year, Steve Robinson doesn’t let you down and each novel reaches new heights.. Letters from the Dead is of such a high standard that it’s hard to see where Mr Robinson will go from here, he is a skilled storyteller and his talent is something I am only too happy to enjoy every year with the release of each new novel. Congratulations Mr Robinson on yet another amazing novel !

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  • J
  • 11-26-19

Another good mystery for Jefferson Tate

I enjoyed this as I have all the others in the series and look forward to another

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  • Mr. S. M. Elliott
  • 12-16-18

welcomed return

It's like Tate has not been away. The story and theme are as the previous 6 books. The story as usual runs simultaneously with the past. The story keeps you gripped from the start with plenty of twists. Must mention the narration is wonderful as usual, really bringing the story to life.

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  • pixie
  • 10-19-18

5*

what's to say? I am a huge fan of Steve Robinson, i have listened to them all. I think these stories are just begging to be made into TV films.
if you are at all interested in genealogy then you will love these books.

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  • Stuart C.
  • 10-16-18

Keeping up the standard

Another in the series. Like the others it didn't disappoint. Good story excellently performed by Simon Vance.

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  • B. Gaskell-Denvil
  • 06-08-19

different and most interesting

Finding treasure may sound a little overdone in literature over the centuries, and new books along those lines may sound just too corny. But this is very well written with excellent characterisation and some important differences. It is thoroughly enjoyable, often gripping, and entertained me on many cold nights in bed. Recommended