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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.

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Worthwhile listen!

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.

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  • sandra
  • morgantown, west virginia, United States
  • 08-12-17

sad but true

The reality of social morals, standing and expectations of war weary England are on full display in this compelling, page turner. The second on the series does not disappoint, although, I did shed a tear.

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Wonderful performance and nicely written! Love the series!!

Steve Robinson has a smash hit series here with Jefferson Tayte. These books are highly entertaining, factual to the time period and always have a twist or two that leave you whirling. There are no curse words in the entire book! Imagine that these days! You don't ever have to be embarrassed if someone overhears the book. The love interests are believable, but not overly graphic. His descriptions are spot on, but not over the top like many books I've read. All in all, these books are wonderful! I hope Steve Robinson will continue the series for years to come!

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 01-29-17

Great WWII Story of Romance, Love, Loss, Lies

This is another terrific mystery/history story. It seemed so real even though you know it is taking place in 1944. A family torn apart by secrets withheld. A young girl forced into a home for unwed mothers from which one never escapes. That was how the Catholic Church at the time 'helped' protect morality. Lock up the girls, give away their babies. Mena is tragic because she is too young to get away from her domineering, strict Catholic, mother. The mother was hiding her daughter's pregnancy. I could go on and on but the story was about an American Genealogist hired to find out why a red suitcase arrived at the house of a woman who becomes his client. The suitcase serves as the beginning point but it leads to all kinds of twists and turns to the past and back to the present. How the sender of the suitcase knew where to send it is still a mystery to me. The whole book keeps you on your toes to get to the end so you can find out what happened to Mena. Stories like this book depicts happened to many families and stills happen today when people keep secrets. Steve Robinson is an excellent story teller and Simon Vance is a great narrator telling the story. Can't wait to find out what Jefferson Tayte gets into in the next book.

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strong series so far

the narration is very good. I'm planning to read the next entry soon. interesting plot lines

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loved it. really captivates. I love his style.

usually don't leave reviews, but I really enjoy this series. I loved the mystery and intrigue.

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Much better...

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.

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oh so grim

What could Steve Robinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Well written with no break from the unrelenting gloom...Simon Vance was wonderful but he couldn't save the me from the gloom.

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Confusing plot;Oh that’s OK I’ll marry you anyway

It is not possible to discuss the reasons for two stars without disclosing a spoiler and discussing it.

I believe in a woman’s right to choose whether or not to abort a rapist’s child to be.
Short shrift is given to the man who is willing to marry the raped women and raise the rapists child as his own.

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Another a Great Mystery

Jefferson Tayte is a professional Genealogist. I listened to the third in this series first and loved it so much I went back to listen to the first and second. I have a recently acquired interest in genealogy myself so the stories are doubly interesting to me. Plus I am learning things all along the way.

JT is trying to find the birth mother of a woman who was adopted. He could not locate her through standard means and so he realized he needed to fly to the UK to see if he could get more information there. He found the woman's family but no one really knew anything about her. He kept pushing until he uncovered the story of Mina. it kept me glued to Simon Vance's brilliant narration to the exclusion of everything else.

Even though this is part of a series, it is not necessary to listen in order. I love this series and this one in particular.

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  • Shadow
  • 04-16-14

Compelling mystery

Would you listen to To the Grave again? Why?

I would listen to it again. I found it absolutely compelling and just could not switch it off. Listened to it in one day.

What was one of the most memorable moments of To the Grave?

When it was revealed that Mena had been raped after keeping us guessing

Which scene did you most enjoy?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely. Luckily I was on leave.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Helen
  • 01-22-15

Superb

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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  • 01-10-18

Brilliant

Brilliant book, keeps you hooked right to the end. Surprising twist and turns, will definitely listen to another.

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  • A Person
  • 09-02-17

Slow

Enjoyed the first book in the series but just couldn't get interested in this one. Slow, slow and slow!

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  • andrew
  • 08-08-17

great listen

I got a bit confused at first with the characters but hang in there. great narration and great storyline

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 06-03-17

Mothers ruin

Interesting and thought provoking story of Victorian moral hang-ups that blighted our nation till the 60's. With both stories running together it was hard work to put the book down as one story built up the other started to gather speed. Very enjoyable and highly recommended .

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  • Louisa Simpson
  • 08-03-16

Brilliant and heart wrenching.

I had tears in my eyes by the end. Living in Leicester it made me realise just how much the city and it's shires has seen. Made me proud and heartbroken.

An absolute must listen.

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  • Aliza Bat-Ami
  • 06-13-16

Second in a series of disappointing stories

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I had great hopes that this might join my twin interests of whodunits and genealogy ( a different sort of mystery). The writer encumbers the book with a backstory and adversary that seem too heavy.

Would you be willing to try another book from Steve Robinson? Why or why not?

no thanks

What three words best describe Simon Vance’s voice?

fitting the story

Was To the Grave worth the listening time?

not really

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  • Patricia taylor
  • 03-03-16

wonderful story

I realy enjoyed this book,the narration by vincent vance was wonderful, the story was intriguing,i could not wait to turn to the next page,patricia

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  • Gma
  • 12-28-15

Great first experience of this author's work

Loved this ...it satisfied my needs on three levels . 1 I love murder mysteries . 2 I'm into family history, and three I love the period from late 1800's onwards. It has pace and style. Going to try first in the series now!